Monthly Archives: May 2009

reprise May 10, 2009 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Red Ferret posts from the past week for those who missed them. Enjoy. Celery – Where are they now? – Celery popped up on the Ferret a… Solar Fairy Lights – sparkly garden lights without the guilt – Fairly lights are party-lighting… Mighty Mouse 5 – water proof mouse for off road computing – Forget the other mighty mices, the… 50cc Engine Kit for Bicycles – let dead dinosaurs speed you on your way –…

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Gadgets May 9, 2009 posted by

Ratchet Allen Keys – Allen keys plus technology equals win

Has building all of Timmy and Sally’s new Ikea furniture got you down? If so then you need one of these Ratchet Allen Keys. They’re available in both Metric and Imperial and come packed with 9 different sized keys from 1.5mm to 6mm. The fold out cover becomes the handle and it can rotate a full 360. How more super-useful can you get? Where has this idea been all our lives? A bent steel hex-shaped handle (often called an Allen-key)…

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Ratchet Allen Keys – Allen keys plus technology equals win
Gadgets May 9, 2009 posted by

Wireless Car MP3 Player with Remote – the car music player for the car

This Wireless Car MP3 Player with Remote slots into your redundant (it is redundant, right?) cigar holder and gives you full MP3 player loveliness along with an FM transmitter to beam the audio to your in-dash stereo. It also features a USB slot for playing external flash drive library audio, plus an SD card slot for infinite memory upgrades. Dinky is the word. £12.01 is the price.  With the help of this MP3 Wireless FM Transmitter you can listen to…

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Gadgets May 8, 2009 posted by

Blood Tantalum – how our gadget habit affects the world’s war zones

[Photo from Open Anthropology] There’s a fascinating article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald on the illegal world-wide trade in minerals, specifically what has become known as blood tantalum. Most people would be aware of conflict or blood diamonds and how the profits from selling them are used to finance wars in strife-torn areas. As more and more international pressure is being brought to bear on this diamond trade, some of the rebel groups are turning to other minerals to finance…

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Blood Tantalum – how our gadget habit affects the world’s war zones
Awesome May 8, 2009 posted by

Gruber Assist – the invisible electric bike retrofit

The Gruber Assist kit is a very cool electrical motor retrofit for standard bicycles which gives pedal assist power from an invisible drive train. The clever bit is to embed the 22 inch long motor and drive assembly into the frame by making it tubular, so instead of having to replace wheels, you just have to replace a seat pillar (video). The kit offers 200W of power, weighs a trifling 900 g and comes with a saddlebag housed NiMH battery (or LiION option)…

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Gadgets May 8, 2009 posted by

Novatel MiFi 2200 Personal Hotspot – probably not the best way to WiFi your world

The Novatel MiFi 2200 Personal Hotspot is nice and all, but we can’t help thinking that it doesn’t really offer anything more exciting than your own 3G mobile phone loaded up with a copy of JoikuSpot. Let’s think about this for a moment – a carrier tethered lump of hardware at $399.99 or a €15.00 bit of software which currently works with Symbian or 3 network handsets (Windows Mobile is catered for by WM WifiRouter).   We’re guessing it’s probably…

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Gadgets May 8, 2009 posted by

Tri-Field Meter Kit – Trekkie specs reach the real world…almost

The Tri-Field Meter Kit contains three different sensors which let you measure electric, magnetic and RF fields with the kind of coolness that Dr McCoy himself would envy. Some folk even think it can detect the presence of ghosts, but hey…we’re staying Casper agnostic, OK? All we know is those LED light arrays sure look purty. $74.95.  The technical applications are endless. Use it to detect radiation from monitors and TV’s, electrical discharges from appliances, RF emissions from unknown or hidden…

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hardware May 8, 2009 posted by

Baja Skimmer – jet ski meets airboat…water surrenders

The Baja Skimmer is a cross between one of those airboats you see skimming across the Florida swamps and a jet ski. It’s fast, fast with a top speed of around 60 mph and a cruise of 55 mph and it’ll keep you going for 2 hours at a time. It’ll ‘fly’ in as little as 7 inches of water, and comes with a ‘whisper fan’ which is apparently quieter than a jetski.  Baja Skimmer provides this rush while maintaining…

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Bookmark This! May 8, 2009 posted by

Solicall – freeware offers noise reduction and recording for your Internet calls

Solicall is a small freeware utility that offers noise reduction for your Internet phone calls. It works with most softphone products, but it won’t work on Windows Vista (only XP and 2000) which is a weird one. The idea is the software identifies your voice, maps its frequencies and then filters out all extraneous sound to let your words shine through in crystal clearness. It offers echo cancelling and call recording as well, which is nice. To use it with…

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cool tech May 7, 2009 posted by

Gocycle – the lightest production electric bicycle in the world

The Gocycle is the world’s lightest production electric bicycle, weighing in at a measly 16.2kg. It offers a range of up to 20 miles, a top speed of 15 mph and a recharge time of 3.5 hours. Sealed for life chain, suspension system, three speed gearing and a price tag of £1,158.00. Pretty little thing!  For best performance and long life of the battery, you should place the battery on charge immediately after any riding and leave it charging continuously 24…

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Bizarre May 7, 2009 posted by

Star Trek Voyager Singularity – every Voyager episode at once, for art’s sake

What happens when you display every Star Trek Voyager episode ever made on the screen at once? You get the Star Trek Voyager Singularity. Artist Arthur Vierkant torrented all 172 Voyager episodes, assembled them in Final Cut Pro and produced a 56 minute long episode showing all of the episodes at once. I don’t think there was any sound. Click through and see a 2 minute, fast forward version. [via Information Aesthetics] Concept: Display each episode of the television series…

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Star Trek Voyager Singularity – every Voyager episode at once, for art’s sake
Gadgets May 7, 2009 posted by

Finis Circuit Trainer – your electronic personal workout buddy

Program the Finis Circuit Trainer with your choice of training session lengths and rest periods and the thing will beep very loudly when it’s time to stop or start. It copes with up to 99 sessions at a go, after which it will call an ambulance and phone your wife. $179.99.  Circuit training is interval strength training with exercises selected to improve power and endurance, and as the name implies, the FINIS Circuit Trainer is used to assist you during your…

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Gadgets May 7, 2009 posted by

Star Trek Communicator USB Internet Phone – earth calling Orson…

Live out your planet saving fantasies with this Star Trek Communicator USB Internet Phone and who knows, maybe one day you’ll get to meet the real Mr Spock. You know, the one who actually lives in an igloo on Mars and eats plasma for breakfast. Either that or you’ll get to chat to your Auntie in Sao Paulo on Skype. $44.00.  Star Trek “The Original Series” Replica, USB Communicator internet phone which is plug and play and allows users to…

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Bookmark This! May 7, 2009 posted by

Poladroid – polaroid your pics and party like it’s 1979

If your photos have colour accuracy that is way too good, not enough vignetting and frankly just look too 2009, then head on over to Poladroid and sort them out. Just download the app (yes I know), drop in your photos and wait . . . wait . . shake and you’ll have your pics. Any swooning, overwhelming waves of nostalgia or dizziness is not the responsibility of management. You’ll just have to deal. [Photo by from the Polardroid Flickr…

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Poladroid – polaroid your pics and party like it’s 1979