Monthly Archives: December 2008

cool tech December 13, 2008 posted by

Prinics Photo Frame Printer – view and print in one handy box

The Prinics PFP-8B Photo Frame Printer combines an 8 inch digital photo frame with a 300 dpi dye sublimation thermal printer which can output a 6×4 photo in 50 seconds. Each cartridge refill supplies 36 high resolution prints, so it’s kind of like having your own home photo lab. There’s a memory card reader on board and a remote control for the picture frame (which can also play music). Sounds cool. [Via AVING]  Stacking of printed photographs (max. 12 photographs)…

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Gadgets December 12, 2008 posted by

Intercepter Phones – hear all, see all, know all…

Give an Interceptor Phone to your loved one this Christmas and you’ll end up knowing more about their life than they will. These Nokia handsets are actually completely normal except for the Intercepter software installed on them, but that’s enough! A handset so enhanced will do lots of clever things for you, like send you an SMS every time the phone is switched on. Send you an SMS of all callers to the target phone, copy you on text messages, activate the…

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Gadgets December 12, 2008 posted by

No More Jet Lag – acupressure kit helps reset errant body clocks

No More Jet Lag is a pretty self-explanatory product name really, isn’t it? The kit comes with a set of dials to identify your travel times, and some charts to help you press the right points to reset your body clock and have you up and about in no time. As long as it’s 3.00 am of course. £4.84.  An astonishingly simple device that teaches you how to eliminate jet lag. Will help re-set your internal clock by applying acupressure to specific…

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Gadgets December 12, 2008 posted by

Etre Touchy – keep your hands warm while touching your touchy things

The Etre Touchy gloves are designed to let you fondle your touchscreens even in the bitter depths of winter. They’ve done this by cutting off the thumb and index finger tips to make sure you can stroke, glide, multi-touch and similar all with minimal risk of frostbite. Frozen chicken as I am, I’m gonna have to pass on this. I’d rather wrassle a warthog than expose any part of my pinkies to sub-zero temperatures, even if it is for something as important as locating the…

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Bookmark This! December 12, 2008 posted by

Tiny Checkout – very cool little online checkout service

Tiny Checkout is a clever little solution to an old problem. How can you quickly set up a payment checkout for a small ticket item like an e-book, shareware program or music track or similar? Sure you can sign up for a full shopping cart service (expensive) or grab an open source script (cheap but complex) or even roll up your sleeves and create your own Paypal page if you’re geeky. But now there’s an even quicker way. Just pop over…

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cool tech December 12, 2008 posted by

iPhonesque – make your boring old cell phone look like an iPhone to the web

iPhonesque lets you change the user agent information of your Symbian powered cell phone’s web browser so you appear like a different handset. You can make yourself look like an iPhone, a Nokia N95 and so on. This can be very useful if you suspect you’re getting wrongly formatted content from broken sites. It also means you can feel mighty proud of yourself that you can access iPhone sites without having to pay those extortionate monthly fees. Oh and you’ll…

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Bookmark This! December 12, 2008 posted by

Blip FM – Digg for music?

Blip FM is a new service that offers up music in a continuous rolling front page stream. It’s got a shed load of voting options (hence the Digg reference) for DJs as well as tracks, and the community plays a big part in driving music and DJs to prominent positions on the site through favouriting and things called blips (aka votes) and props. It’s got a cutesy design, an impressive set of features and can be quite engrossing, which has got to be good. It’s nice…

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Gadgets December 11, 2008 posted by

Piano Hands – who needs a keyboard?

Piano Hands feature a pair of gloves with sensors in the fingertips. Each finger is a different note, and you trigger an octave shift with the heel of the palm. OK, so you’re not going to be able to Chopin your face, but it could be amusing to make the nearest table top your plaything. £49.99.  Sensors on the fingertips of these natty gloves trigger the piano notes that play through the attached speaker, you get an octave out of…

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Awesome December 11, 2008 posted by

DoodleBuzz – typographic news explorer

DoodleBuzz is a new take on displaying news articles from around the internets. Choose a news item you wish to search for and make a squiggle to display relevant articles. You can then drag out the more interesting articles, explore them in detail, see where else they link to or click through to the story itself. Words don’t really do DoodleBuzz justice so go and have a play, it’s very cool and a great way to discover new angles on…

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DoodleBuzz – typographic news explorer
Fun & Games December 11, 2008 posted by

Candy Grabber – you can’t help but help yourself

  Nothing worth having comes easily as the old proverb says. The Candy Grabber enforces this by making you work for your sweets. Pop in one of the provided tokens and control the grabber forwards-and-back, up-and-down and open-and-close to grab your treat. It even has 1 minute and 15 seconds of fairground music to keep you entertained as well as canned applause when you finally demonstrate your dexterity. $US39.99 and annoyingly needs three D batteries. What are you going to…

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Candy Grabber – you can’t help but help yourself
but is it art? December 11, 2008 posted by

DNA Mini Portraits – because you’re unique, just like everyone else

A DNA Mini Portrait is a great way to tell the world “it doesn’t suck to be me”. Each portrait is a one-off picture of your DNA, unless you happen to have an identical twin, and is elegantly framed so you can show it off proudly. Simply contact DNA 11 and they’ll send you a DNA collection kit. Wipe the swab around the inside of your mouth, post it back to them with $169US and your DNA portrait will be…

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DNA Mini Portraits – because you’re unique, just like everyone else
but is it art? December 11, 2008 posted by

Spoonflower – design your own fabric

Spoonflower is a new webservice (is that a new word?) and etsy community that allows you to design your own patterned fabric and have it printed and delivered. It’s in beta mode at the moment and not everything’s been ironed out but it is up and running. The idea is you design a swatch or a repeating pattern that is printed across the fabric. You choose how much you want printed and they make it and ship it out to…

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Spoonflower – design your own fabric
Gadgets December 11, 2008 posted by

Digital Photo Frame Keyring – perfect for Grandmas

We found this Kaiser Baas 1.5″ digital photo frame keyring in our local office supply super-mega-jumbo store and it’s quite nifty. It can hold around 70 photos and accepts either JPG or BMP files which it displays on a 1.5″ screen. The little screen is pretty ho hum, colours are bluish and you’ll need to find the right angle to view the photos clearly but it’s usable and quite bright. The screen looks like a colour mobile phone screen from…

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Digital Photo Frame Keyring – perfect for Grandmas
diy December 10, 2008 posted by

Honda HP450 Power Carrier – your new wheelbarrow is ready Mr Tracy

Looking like something Brains might have designed, the Honda HP450 Power Carrier is a high capacity, petrol-powered wheelbarrow with go-anywhere rubber treads and a get-out-of-my-way attitude. Driven by a pull-start 163cc, 5.5hp 4-stroke engine the HP450 can carry 450kg on level ground or 250kg up a 25 slope. It’s equipped with a hydrostatic transmission with two forward gears and one reverse and it can run continuously for 2.5 hours on a tank of fuel. They’re easy to drive too, just…

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Honda HP450 Power Carrier – your new wheelbarrow is ready Mr Tracy
Gadgets December 10, 2008 posted by

Big Knob Radio – small radio, large knob

The Big Knob Radio is a small desktop radio with a large tuning knob. What, you need more? OK, well you’re probably looking at what could be the largest radio tuning knob in the world. Are you starting to feel as truly inspired and humbled as we are yet? Good. $69.95.  The large, oversized tuning dial makes it easy to tune in your favorite stations, and the two-foot, telescopic antenna reaches out for those hard-to-bring-in stations. A full complement of input and output…

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