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Things that go ‘boo’ in the night!

Gadgets January 11, 2005 posted by

Power punch.

Portable Power Unit. $159.95. This is some power puppy, let me tell you. Not only does it store enough juice to jump-start up to 20 cars, but it comes with plug sockets for indoor use, air compressor, lantern, radio and alarm clock (in case you nod off while inflating the airbed, we suppose).  When the safety-sealed battery is fully charged (simply plug it into AC overnight), the power source provides 400 watts of AC power, enough to run a TV…

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Gadgets January 11, 2005 posted by

Ionic tree.

The Ionic Air Purifying Tree. $99.95. Clearly trees in their present form are simply not up to the task of scrubbing our deficient atmosphere. Cue the bionic, ionic version. Golly, how lucky are we?   Restore the natural balance of the air in your home. The difference? Its patented carbon filament ionization system. How it works: First, the air passes through 5 layers of purification ensuring that dust and dirt are paralyzed in their tracks (all 5 layers are self-contained…

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Gadgets January 11, 2005 posted by

Power tester.

The Digital Battery Tester. £5.99. Useful little widget for battery users everywhere, especially if you’re fed up fiddling around with a multimeter to check on old cells.  The LCD display of this Digital Battery Tester clearly indicates the voltage of D, C, AA, AAA and 9 V batteries, especially as there are two different scales for 1.5 V and 9 V batteries. It’s compact design is another advantage.

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Gadgets January 10, 2005 posted by

Clear as a bell.

The AccoustiClear Alarm Clock Radio. Comes with the speaker embedded in the clear plastic, see? That’s why they call it the Accousti….ah ferget it. Should be a mirror, really. So you can see just how happy you are to wake up at 4am on those chilly Mondays. $100.00.   Meet the bedside alarm clock radio that sounds like a full-size audio system. Our AcoustiClear Alarm Clock Radio uses advanced clear-speaker technology to deliver rich, three-dimensional sound to your bedside. Its integrated mini-subwoofer provides deep,…

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Gadgets January 10, 2005 posted by

USB Cup warmer.

USB Cup Warmer. At last, a geeky grande half-decaf, skim, foam but no whip, hazelnut latte with sprinkles warmer that actually looks as though it’ll work. £9.99 ($16.48).  Why is it that a really good cuppa always seems to cool at 10 times the normal rate when you’re working at your computer, it’s really very annoying. Well at last there’s a suitably techy solution in the USB cup warmer. Simply plug this little gadget into your USB port, wrap the…

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Gadgets January 7, 2005 posted by

Oh la, choc.

The Chocolatiere. $29.95. The Ferret can’t stand chocolate. Nope. Nasty stuff. All that brown. Sweetness. Melty, gooey-ness. Mmm… Er…excuse us for a moment, be right back…  Excalibur’s new Chocolatiere is both a chocolate fondue pot and your personal fancy–candy maker. Delight your guests with an invitingly warm (but not too hot!) dipping chocolate for their strawberries, pineapple chunks, orange slices, bananas or other favorites. Or create a five inch, whipped–cream–filled chocolate–covered heart for Valentine’s day. Or use the other included molds…

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Gadgets January 7, 2005 posted by


Robopet. I don’t know. The Japanese keep announcing astonishing feats of robotic genius, and all we keep coming up with in the West are stupid, cute useless things? Yes, yes, I know it’s a different market, but still…  This biomechanical Robopet is extremely expressive with lifelike animations and digital animal sounds. Robopet is easily programmed with a remote to perform sequences of movements and tricks. Robopet walks, crawls, sits down and stands up, runs and jumps, and can perform an array…

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Gadgets January 6, 2005 posted by

Project Calc Plus.

The ProjectCalc Plus. $19.99. Totally useful tool for you ardent DIYers. More here.  The ProjectCalc Plus Feet-Inch-Fraction calculator will help solve 100’s of building and home improvement projects. Prevent estimating errors. Instantly calculate the amount of material you need: Paint, Wallpaper, 4 x 8 Sheets, Bricks, Blocks, Decks, Fencing, Concrete, Mulch, Carpet, Tile and more! Store ‘user defined’ quantities and dimensions. This is the perfect addition to every tool kit. Design, apply, install and finish your improvements with precision and…

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Gadgets January 5, 2005 posted by

Chatty pack.

Create a Memory. $12.95. “Ma, ma. What’s a dreidel? And why must I have one that talks?” “Do be quiet dear, and smile for the nice camera.”  Give your loved ones a spoken message and a special photo they can enjoy even when you can’t be with them! Record an eight-second message—it’s easy, and you can re-record whenever you wish. Beautiful gold or blue dreidel rests on its included stand on your desk, coffee table or dresser to keep those dear…

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Gadgets January 5, 2005 posted by

xBox xtended.

The Divineo X-Tender. $59.95. Need more hard disk space for that Halo movie spectacular? Well fear not, brave knight! [Via Geek Out]  The X-tender allows you to expand your console therefore giving you enough space to support up to two additional hard drives. Melded to perfectly integrate your Xbox, this kit comes with a custom front panel with 3 activity LED, a custom made hard drive mounting plate (to accommodate 1 or 2 hard drives) and a custom molded rear…

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Gadgets January 5, 2005 posted by

Mon-store sound.

The Monster iCarPlay Cassette. $19.95 buys you an iPod accessory which says more about the quality of your in-car stereo system than a nodding dog ever could. And it’s in white. I’ll take two please, Jack!  Spring-loaded cassette head helps maintain contact with cassette player’s head for clear sound. 40 inch cord so iPod can be placed within reach while driving. 24k gold-plated minijack contacts resist corrosion for maximum signal transfer.

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Gadgets January 4, 2005 posted by

Power Angel.

The Power Angel. So how much juice do we use while recharging, standing by and powering on? Find out with this little tool. $39.99.  Whether you want to examine the energy efficiency of appliances, see how much an always-on device adds to your monthly electricity bill, or determine the total heat generated by a computer, the Seasonic PowerAngel gives you accurate and reliable information on a simple LCD digital display.

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Gadgets December 24, 2004 posted by

Remote key.

Remote Controlled Lock. $119.99. Yep, just one more thing to lose down the back of the sofa.  Still looking for keyholes in the dark? You won’t be with these locksets that allow you to unlock your door with a convenient remote control. These high-security, infrared remote control systems are similar to the keyless entry systems on luxury cars, yet can be installed easily by even the most novice do-it-yourselfers. You won’t even have to drill any holes or wire any…

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Gadgets December 22, 2004 posted by

Survive and thrive.

The Highgear Multi-Survival Module. 3 oz, $19.95 and very very crafty. Compass, loud whistle, LED flashlight, signalling mirror, magnifying glass, match compartment, thermometer.  Safety mirror swivels out for use as signaling device. Magnifier can focus the sun to light a fire. Watertight compartment on the back keeps half a dozen wooden matches dry. Digital thermometer switches from °F to °C. All in a sleekly engineered, indestructible case!

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Gadgets December 22, 2004 posted by

Kick dat bu**.

The Buttkicker Kit. Sounds like a corporal punishment tool, but turns out to be a home theatre and gaming audio enhancer. See, that’s life and the nature of marketing for ya! $599.99.  the ButtKicker LFE is a “silent subwoofer” that mounts to your furniture and allows you to feel powerful bass without excessive volume. Easy to use with home theater seating, all types of furniture, or even under your floor, the easy-to-use ButtKicker LFE Kit has everything you need to…

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