Monthly Archives: November 2003

general November 21, 2003 posted by

Shocking thought.

The No-Contact Jacket is a ladies ‘defensive jacket’ which dispenses 80,000 volts of low amperage electric current on demand. ‘If an assailant were to grab hold of the wearer the high voltage shocking exterior would interrupt their neurological impulses which control voluntary muscle movement. The neuromuscular system would be overwhelmed causing disorientation and loss of balance to occur and of course pain.’ “May I help you with your coat, madam?”

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general November 21, 2003 posted by

What an ideea!

The IDEEA MiniSun is ‘a device that for the first time can analyze body motion, measure physical activity, monitor behavior patterns, and estimate energy expenditure in a free-living situation on 24-hr basis, with unprecedented power and accuracy.’ It’s apparently being promoted to help with patient rehab and activity and energy monitoring for things like obesity studies.

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general November 21, 2003 posted by

Preying on the pedestrian?

The City Mantis electric bike has a range of 10 to 14 miles, folds flat (‘in seconds’) for storage and transportation and has adjustable suspension. Priced at around £299.99.

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general November 21, 2003 posted by

Net sweeper.

The super cool looking Samsung Crubo (aka VC-RP30W) robot vacuum cleaner comes with a couple of very interesting extras. One, you can control it remotely from a Web browser and secondly it has an integrated web camera so you can use it as a sort of steerable security monitoring device when you’re out of the house. Got a touch of the flattened Dalek about it, I have to say.

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general November 21, 2003 posted by

Home comforts.

The new Siemens GigaSet 4010 DECT home phone incorporates a whole lotta cool features, ranging from SMS and walkie talkie functionality, to a baby monitor feature which alerts you if it ‘hears’ baby crying. Around $75.00.

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general November 21, 2003 posted by

Couch potatoes.

An ordinary heartwarming tale of two guys, an open road and their couch-bike. ‘Yet, despite all our transgressions, Constable Demeau seemed at odds with himself over how to handle us. Though our couchbike may have posed an imminent threat to public safety, he had to admit that it was indeed “a nice rig”.’

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general November 21, 2003 posted by

Speak up!

The Speak-Easi is a £22.99 gizmoid that ‘turns any phone handset, mobile or landline, into a handsfree – which means you can enjoy chatting while you get on with chores, take notes, move around the room or just lie in bed in a semi-comatose state.’ The gimmick? It sports two shiny chrome lips with move in sync with the caller’s speech. Riiiigghhht!!!!

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general November 21, 2003 posted by

Flexible solar power.

The BatterySaver Flex 10 is a flexible solar charging panel. Around $549.00 Australian. ‘The BatterySAVER FLEX™ 10 can also run GPS, cell phones and other portable electronics through the optional power connectors.’

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general November 20, 2003 posted by

Face craft?

You might be forgiven for thinking that Uslu Airlines offers no more than cheap flights to Tenerife, but actually it’s a revolutionary new airbrush cosmetics system for ladies that looks really neat. It’s certainly not cheap at $461.00 for the base system, but there are some fairly famous reasons why it could take off in a big way sometime soon.

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general November 20, 2003 posted by

Instant replay.

Bushnell’s Instant Replay binoculars ‘can record a 30 second continuous video loop, allowing you to capture and review sports action on the LCD screen right after it happens.’

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general November 20, 2003 posted by

Testing times.

UK police and researchers are currently testing out a new PDA type testing device which can identify ‘drivers impaired by drugs, alcohol or excessive tiredness’ by assessing three critical driving skills: motor control, ability to react to the unexpected, and concentration levels. No more sucking of blood or blowing into that little plastic bag eh officer?

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general November 20, 2003 posted by

Fat chance.

I think that the Fat Wallet discount bargain finder service has come of age. Proof? The fact that it keeps getting hassled by retailers for pre-releasing special pricing offers. Some of the deep links are unfortunately a bit awry, but hey, whatever. Go guys!

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general November 20, 2003 posted by

Once, twice, three times a lady…

The Actroid Act Lody (?) [Babel] looks like some kind of Japanese B flick experiment gone wrong. But I think that it’s serious and for real. A kind of compressed air driven pseudo-android. Yikes!

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