Monthly Archives: April 2006

Fun & Games April 14, 2006 posted by

Bouncy castle.

Invasion Slide. If you’re going to have a bouncy castle at a party, just make sure it’s big, OK? Really big. Otherwise what’s the point?  The alien theme comes to its maximum expression in INVASION. Not only its looks are impressive; our engineers managed to achieve a unique shaky experience for the passengers of the Space Module. INVASION’S giant slide is an invitation to reach the mother ship and later descend among the aliens to pilot the Space Module. This…

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Mobile Tech April 13, 2006 posted by

Mio GPS PDA Phone.

The Mio A701 GPS PDA Phone. £389.95 says you’ve got a phone with just about everything crammed in there except the proverbial kitchen blender. GPS, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth comms, SD slot, 128 MB ROM memory and 64 MB RAM memory, USB port and handwriting recognition. Pfft, who needs a Star Trek Communicator?  With the SirfStar III chipset incorporated the Mio A701 is capable of quick, reliable satellite fixes. Tri-Band GSM/GPRS phone functionality ensures that the A701 can be used…

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Gadgets April 13, 2006 posted by

PocketDock.

The PocketDock USB/Line Out Adapter for iPod. Rather useful little keychain widget let’s you hook your iPod up to a standard Hi-Fi system using Line Out or to a computer with a USB cable. Instant party time. $29.95.  The brand-new PocketDock with Line Out and USB is here! This indispensable device lets you connect the iPod’s docking port to a standard USB cable. No need to carry the special docking cable — the tiny PocketDock easily fits in your wallet,…

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Gadgets April 13, 2006 posted by

One DAB, to go.

The One DAB Radio. There’s something glorious about a company releasing a lurid pink piece of electcronica in this day and age. It says either, a) we’re frightfully clever and slightly trendy or b) we’re frightfully colour blind. Anyhoo 49.99 buys you a pink digital radio set. That’s it really.  ONE is a truly portable DAB radio. ChargePAK ready as standard, ONE also offers class-leading battery life, with around 35 hours of DAB listening from six standard C size batteries. In addition to…

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Gadgets April 13, 2006 posted by

USB lock with timer.

The USB Wireless PC Lock with Timer. Ingeniously, this wireless computer device not only locks the PC when you move away, but also shuts it down after a certain user definable time via an inbuilt timer. Just right for knocking off work early. Or getting fired. Whichever comes second. $29.00.  You can protect your private data in your computer by plugging in this USB Wireless Security Lock. It changes into Lock Mode when user is 2 meters away from computer. And computer will…

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Mobile Tech April 13, 2006 posted by

Gold Lock secured.

The Gold Lock Security Phone. Rather clever mobile phone software which encrypts your voice calls on the fly to provide secure calls. Push and talk technology using 1024 bit encryption. Apparently licensed by the Israeli ministry of defence, now there’s a surprise. And so secret it doesn’t even have a price. Shhhh…..  To execute a confidential call with absolute security, just press the joystick in the center of the keypad and release when finished talking (“push and talk” method)…How is the cryptography used?…

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Bookmark This! April 13, 2006 posted by

Portable Playlist.

Portable Playlist. Love it. Lots. An online audio player which lets you create playlists you can access from any machine, anywhere. A kind of Netvibes for audio if you will. But what is standout is the interface. Simple, easy and fast. Very Ajax Web 2.0 glory-licious. Check it out!

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cool tech April 12, 2006 posted by

Sun Tracker.

The Sun Tracker is an ‘automated solar panel’ that follows the sun for added efficiency. Now this is the kind of tech we’ll give a cheer for, but only if it’ll power up our television long enough to watch American Idol. $109.95.  The Sun Tracker is an automated solar panel that actually follows the Sun for increased power. Capable of rotating over a 160° east to west, the Sun Tracker will increase the power output of photovoltaic arrays by over…

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Gadgets April 12, 2006 posted by

Photo Frame Deluxe.

The Recordable Photo Frame with FM Radio and Alarm Clock. At first we thought this was a combo digital photo frame with add-on convergence, but then we realised that you had to insert your own paper image and all the joy was sucked out of our lives. Funny how one small missing feature can turn a bright day dull. But then we remembered that it would save electricity and cheered up a bit. $25.00.  # Built-in IC recorder records a…

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Fun & Games April 12, 2006 posted by

Shadow Magic Kit.

The Shadow Magic Kit is either a genius gizmo or just weird, and we haven’t quite worked out which. Basically we’re talking strobe lighting which freezes shadows on walls. There see, told ya. Why would you want to do this? Well maybe you’re Peter Pan, dufus. $24.95.  This high-tech strobe freezes shadows on the wall – you keep moving, but your shadow doesn’t. Add doodles, details and other drawings with the special light pen. Amaze your friends and discover a…

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Gadgets April 12, 2006 posted by

DIY Clock.

The DIY Clock has a subtly pleasing symmetry, doncha think? Just you, some black foam Roman numerals and a bit of creativity. Oh and some Blu-Tack maybe. £29.99 ($48.28).  You chose where and how far apart to stick the twelve roman numeral numbers (they all have simple peel off backs), and then hang the mechanism with its distinctive classic metal hands in the middle. The numbers will stick to pretty well anything – but if you want to keep changing…

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Gadgets April 12, 2006 posted by

Docking pen recorder.

Pen Recorder with Docking Station. Is it portable or is it desktop? Do you care? We travel to the four corners of the globe looking for this stuff for you and all you can do is snigger? Tshaw!  Dock your digital pen recorder into the docking station to create your own desktop memo recording system. The recorder docking station with its integral speaker system allows you to listen to your recorded messages. It also comes with a large LCD display…

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Gadgets April 12, 2006 posted by

Cheap cam.

The Aiptek Pocket DV II 4–in-1 Digital Camera. Camcorder, webcam, voice recorder and digital camera. Stop yawning, it’s $39.99. How cheap can these things get? [Via Robot Wisdom]  This digital camera also operates as a digital camcorder, PC camera, and voice recorder. Other features include a CompactFlash card slot, 1.4″ color LCD display, 16MB internal memory, 320×240 video resolution, and USB connectivity.

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Gadgets April 11, 2006 posted by

The I-PPO.

The I-PPO. Designed to look like a compact mirror, this little doohickey gives ladies information on their…ahem…menstrual cycles. A kind of ovulation PDA if you will. Perhaps it’s been designed like this to make it easy for a quick check up while waiting for a bus or in a restaurant. Sounds a bit weird to us, but then again we’re Ferrets.  The design of this product was based on the basic hand mirror. Hand mirrors are a common portable item carried by…

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