Monthly Archives: October 2004

general October 12, 2004 posted by

Nap Cap.

Many moons ago we covered the Nap-Strap and wondered whether it worked. Well perhaps it does, since it seems the company has moved on to more adventurous stuff in the shape of the Nap Cap. $99.95. Still wondering whether it works though! ‘Stylish cap keeps your head supported in a comfortable position while you sleep in transit. Easily adjustable to position and support your head to your own liking. Removable fleece eyeshade. Simple to use, lightweight, compact, and portable.’

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general October 12, 2004 posted by

Voice text.

SpinVox. Yep, the voicemail to SMS message market is starting to heat up. Pay as you go too, which is neat. 25p per text message. They claim a world’s first, but of course regular Ferrety readers will remember DictoMail. Some nice features about this effort though, like voicemail access from any phone and voicemail to email also included as part of the package. ‘SpinVox converts your voicemails into text messages and discreetly sends them straight to your mobile phone. Now…

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general October 11, 2004 posted by

Dope on a rope!

The Talking Digital Skipping Rope. £7.99. You…puff…are still…pant, pant…too…puff…blooming…gasp, wheeze…fat! Thud! ‘Once set to your preferences, this skipping rope announces the calories consumed, which is calculated on your inputted weight, number of jumps and workout time. The voice announcement is either automatic according to preset intervals, or manually by simply pressing the talk button and it will announce what is displayed on the LCD screen. You can even set a target workout time, which will then announce the amount of…

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Bowler derby.

The Arcade Alley Bowlercade. £59.99. And why not a bowling alley in yer living room, eh? Eh? ‘Electronic bowling alley complete with 2 balls and electronic scoring module. Automatic ball return and pin reset with sound.’

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Bathtime show and tell.

Media Center Bathroom Extender. Super neat hack, dude! ‘What I have done is repurposed a [sic] Xbox controller w/ built in LCD as a second display and controller for the Media Center PC in my bedroom. This allows me to change songs, pause, change volume etc.. without leaving the bathroom. I use it while reading a book in the bathtub. I would not recommend it for DVD or TV viewing as the screen is very small. I suppose it would…

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Retro palm top fun.

The GameCenter Mini LCD game console. Funky replica arcade table for your pocket. $5.95. ‘Approx. 5 by 4.5 cm (2 by 1.8 inches) in size One of six mini replicas of 80’s style videogame table titles LCD games actually work – You can play Tank Battle, Marine Bomb, Space Attack, Volleyball, Ping Pong or Tennis!’

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Scan Zoom.

Well Olivier and the crew at ScanBuy have gone ahead and finally released Scan Zoom. $19.99 gets you the software and an add-on macro lens for your cameraphone. US only at the moment, but they’re working on it, and apparently there are a few more announcements due before the end of the year. Retailing is about to change shape for ever. ‘Compare prices immediately while shopping in stores! Automated access to PriceGrabber or Amazon information 16 camera phones currently supported…

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general October 11, 2004 posted by

Word search.

Word Search and Replace. A rather useful freeware macro app which lets you search and replace text in multiple Word documents in one go. Versions also available for Excel and Powerpoint.

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general October 11, 2004 posted by

Trsur it!

TreasureMyText.com. Cool idea kids! £12.99 a year. ‘Saving messages with Treasuremytext is easy just register and forward any SMS, any network, any country to +447781486064 at just your normal standard message rate. When you forward your message they are delivered instantly to your own private, secure account where you can view all your saved messages, organise with folders and even add your own notes and contacts. Best of all theres never any limit to the number of messages you can…

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general October 11, 2004 posted by

Peak oil?

Life After The Oil Crash. Yeah we’ve mentioned it before, but now the author has released the full text of the book in PDF format for free download on his website until the 2nd November. Maybe….

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general October 8, 2004 posted by

Screen block.

Screenblock. £60.00. Establish an open, benign and caring dictatorship in your home in one easy move. ‘Do you ever worry that your kids are watching too much television but find it very difficult to monitor Ė especially if they have a set in their room or work commitments take you out of the house regularly. Well, never fear, Screenblock is here to prevent them from getting square eyes and to help ensure that they get their homework done and crawl…

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general October 8, 2004 posted by

Park n’ prattle.

The Freestyle Plus rearview mirror with mobile phone hands free, plus parking sensor. Convergence hits the windscreen. £79.00. ‘This Mirror is not only a trendy and fashionable Hands-Free-Device, it has a built in Parking Sensor with two ultrasonic sensors inside the rear mirror. While reversing the vehicle, the sensors will sense the distance from the right, left and rear and will also indicate the distance via LCD digits(0.4-1.8m) on the mirror.’

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Screw pen.

The Tool Pen. Remember how you were angrily complaining that you couldn’t find a screwdriver with an integrated ‘write upside down” pen anywhere? Well…..$24.95. ‘Slip this little marvel into your pocket, glove box, briefcase, or purse, and youíll always have a Phillips and slot-head screwdriver along for emergency repairs…Slip off the nylon handle (used for leverage), and a secret ballpoint emerges from the Phillips head. ďQĒ couldnít have done any better! And itís not just any pen, but a pressurized…

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Smart Mirror.

The Smart Mirror. Myopic tech. ‘How can you pick out a new pair of glasses if you canít see without your old pair? One third of your customers will not be able to see themselves without their prescription glasses. But thanks to Smart Mirrorís screen-incorporated camera, your patients can try on several pairs of frames from your dispensary and take several pictures of themselves wearing the different frames.’

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general October 8, 2004 posted by

Track ’em.

Spy Tracker System. $34.99. Er.. if you’re a parent who thinks it’s a good idea to let your kids track your movements around the home at all times, then this is for you. Saner heads might disagree with your logic though…. ‘Give kids the power to detect intruders anywhere with the Spy Tracker System, a mobile early warning system that lets them know when someone’s heading their way. With three wireless motion sensors, and a high-tech tracking panel, your favorite…

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