Monthly Archives: August 2008

Fun & Games August 12, 2008 posted by

HANNspree Kid’s Televisions – have you hugged your TV lately?

HANNSspree make a line of funky 10″ LCD televisions for kids. The puppy comes ready for loving with oversized buttons, a removable (and washable) cover and a face you just can’t say no to. The TV bit has an 800×600 (4:3) resolution, 450:1 contrast ratio and a brightness of 350 cd/m. It also accepts S-Video, RCA and RF, but no VGA. He also comes with a remote control so you’ll know he’ll be obedient. Check out the apple ones too!…

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Gadgets August 11, 2008 posted by

PLX Kiwi – engine and driving monitor helps improve your mpg by up to 33%, or your carbon back…

The PLX Kiwi is an engine and driving monitor device which helps you save fuel by displaying your fuel consumption live as you drive. It also displays a scorecard which lets you know if you’re driving properly and responsibly (i.e. in Drive Green Mode) by accelerating smoothly, avoiding harsh braking etc etc. We’re a little concerned about the training mode, because we have visions of people peering myopically at the screen while crashing spectacularly into the nearest tree. But hey, what do we…

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Gadgets August 11, 2008 posted by

Counterfeit Money Detector – new gizmo promises to stop thief and get you rich

This Chinese Counterfeit Money Detector goes some way beyond your normal version and offers not only UV light scanning but also magnetic detection which checks the note for the thin metal wire that should be buried in there somewhere. Unless you’re in poor old Zimbabwe of course, where you simply don’t have time to check the currency before it’s lost another 20% in value.  This very portable and useful system uses 2 different technologies in order to detect the counterfeit…

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cool tech August 11, 2008 posted by

Most Accurate Geek Clocks – time brought down to earth by technology

So you think your timepiece is accurate eh? Well take a look at this trio of clocks, a ‘scope model, a Nixie and a Flip model all hooked up to some sort of frighteningly obtuse geek equipment array which results in accuracy of a few nano-seconds a day. Er…how much time did they waste on this again…?  Here, the Nixie clock is driven by a KVARZ CH1-75 Active Hydrogen Maser (5 MHz) through a HP 3325B synthesizer (60 Hz) through…

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Bookmark This! August 11, 2008 posted by

121 Blackberry Tips – power user’s guide for crackberry addicts

121 Blackberry Tips. This is one for all you Crackberry addicts out there – you know who you are. The only tip I couldn’t find was how to stop answering your emails at midnight when you’re just about to turn the light off and hit the sack. I’ll take another look later.  CrackBerry addicts, are you ready to take your BlackBerry to the next level? In this list, you’ll find some of the most awesome tips, hacks, how-tos and guides for the BlackBerry, making it…

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reprise August 10, 2008 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Ferrety posts from the past week for anyone who missed them. Enjoy. ClickFree Backup – the no-install data backup system for dummies – The new ClickFree Backup system is… ShareMiner – the search engine for files only – ShareMiner. So this is… MIT professor Daniel Nocera discovers more efficient way to store solar energy for use at night – MIT professor Daniel Nocera and… Crosley Traveler Turntable CD – retro portable music player gets a modern…

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cool tech August 9, 2008 posted by

Toyota Winglet – Segway killer or jumped up roller skate?

The unveiling of the new Toyota Winglet electric personal transport device  last week must have sent shudders coursing down the back of Segway investors everywhere. Built in partnership with Sony’s robot division, the new concept looks infinitely more appealing than the clunky Segway, although it does suffer from a number of performance limitations. For a start it can only move at a maximum of 6 kph and the range is a measly 10 km (compared to the Segway’s 38 km range and 20…

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cool tech August 8, 2008 posted by

UseeIsee Picture Fone – unlimited videophone calls to any landline or cell phone in the USA

The UseeIsee Picture Fone combines the webcam loveliness of the PC with the price sensitivity of Skype to give you free user to user global video calls without a computer and unlimited calls to landlines and mobile phones in North America for a flat fee of $39.95. OK, so it’s not doing anything that Skype can’t, but it is infinitely more grandma friendly. No hunting around for the headphones, mouse dialling or fiddling with audio settings. Just plug it into your broadband modem and off…

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cool tech August 8, 2008 posted by

Pi 8 Speed Electric Bicycle – one red hot chilli pepper to go…

The Pi 8 Speed Electric Bicycle may look odd, but the specs say cool cool cool. You can either use it in full electric mode, and go for 30 miles at up to 20 mph or switch it to pedal assist (pedalec) and increase your range to 100 miles with a 3 to 5 hour re-charge. We’re talking 1500 mpg equivalent from the Lithium Ion batteries buried in the tube frame. Designed by Marcus Hayes in San Francisco, it’s the type of…

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Gadgets August 8, 2008 posted by

Papershow – from pen to digital whiteboard in one easy sweep

Papershow is the latest product to make use of Anoto digital pen technology, and couples a Bluetooth USB dongle with a digital pen and paper set to let you beam your scribbles directly from paper to whiteboard or computer. Just slot the dongle into your laptop, pick up the pen and your writing will automatically be transferred to the computer in digital form for further processing or enjoyment. It’s clever all right, but whichever way you look at it, you’re still tied to…

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cool tech August 8, 2008 posted by

Microsoft’s Sphere – cool touch controlled interface looks to the future

Microsoft Sphere. I’m a little behind the curve on this one, but my dear daughter pointed out how cool this was and I’ve got to agree. The dudes at Microsoft have taken a very cool product called the Magic Planet digital video globe (below) and added touch navigation to it using an infrared camera and some software smarts. They’re figuring it could be useful for things like omni-directional video conferencing or multimedia browsing, and the videos certainly make it look a…

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Bizarre August 8, 2008 posted by

DecisionPaper – don’t bother working out your life, let a dead tree do it for you

DecisionPaper is a somewhat different kind of Magic 8 Ball for y’all. To reach a decision you simply pull a bit of paper out of the pad and tear it down the middle. How it splits gives you the answer. Confused? All will soon be clear. Available for love, wishes and decisions, and hey you can also write on the paper if you get the urge. $5.00.  The quantum unpredictability of tearing paper lets you make wishes and decisions by completely natural…

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Bookmark This! August 8, 2008 posted by

Musicshake moves – updates Facebook, ringtones and more…

The guys from Musicshake have done some interesting upgrade work. You can now export your tunes to Facebook or Imeem and even create a ringtone, which must make it the best ringtone maker on the market. I’ve uploaded my Trails track to Imeem (you need to be logged in) which is fun. I still think this is one of the funnest music applications on the web. Tags: musicshake, music+maker, ringtone+maker

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Gadgets August 7, 2008 posted by

Verilux Desktop Light Therapy Box – combat jet lag and those sad days with some light and cheer

This Verilux Desktop Light Therapy Box sends 5000 lux of light in your direction from a 36 watt bulb to help you combat all those nasty jet lag blues or even the more debilitating Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s small enough to sit next to your MacBook Pro, is guaranteed buzz and flicker free and should give you 10,000 hours of melatonin tweaking fun before you need to replace the light source. $89.95.  Just 30 minutes of exposure to the light from this slim box can…

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Mobile Tech August 7, 2008 posted by

DropCard – the business card distributor in your mobile phone

DropCard. Sign up, set up a personal and a business profile with all your relevant contact details and information like websites, then when you meet someone you just SMS their email address to 41411 and bingo, they’ll receive your details via email automatically. Nice idea, huh? No more fumbling around for a tatty business card in the darkest corner of your wallet. The personal card option is a neat touch too, useful for those special ‘moments’ in the local bar,…

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