Monthly Archives: June 2009

Gadgets June 9, 2009 posted by

Jumbo Universal Remote – easy on the eyes

Do you keep losing the remote? Do you have to keep finding the buttons for Gran? Life will be easier with one these Jumbo Universal Remotes. As well as being easy to find your own buttons to push, it’s also a universal remote compatible with most major brands of AV gear. 12.95 and bring your own pair of AA batteries. The Jumbo Remote by Innovage presents a solution to several common problems. You can replace all your existing remotes with…

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Jumbo Universal Remote – easy on the eyes
Eco Friendly June 9, 2009 posted by

GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater – world’s first Energy Star water heater

The new GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater – set to premiere in late 2009 -gives you the hot water you want, using half the energy you’d expect. The system takes natural heat from the ambient air and transfers it into the water, thereby saving around $250 per year in heat-up costs. The electronic control system gives you set and forget control, and the onboard sensors enable the device to self-monitor and notify the homeowner of potential problems. This trendy looking…

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GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater – world’s first Energy Star water heater
Gadgets June 8, 2009 posted by

Zipit Motorized Blister Pack Opener – no more struggling with your plastic demons

The Zipit Motorized Blister Pack Opener takes the war against intractable blister pack containers to a completely new level. Throw away your stone age implements like scissors and knives, just pop in a couple of AA cells, hit the power switch and give an evil cackle as the whirling blade slices through plastic, blister and your table. Ooops. $19.99.  The Zipit Motorized Clamshell Package Opener is the first and only motorized tool specifically designed to safely and easily open these troublesome clamshell…

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Eco Friendly June 8, 2009 posted by

Eco Mouse – green rodent also calculates your value to the planet

This Eco Mouse features a small green button which instantly punts your computer into stand-by mode. Apparently this little innovation will help save the planet, and in order to prove it the rodent comes with a bit of software which calculates just how much energy and money you’re saving. Fast route to a rosy, self-satisfied glow. £15.66.  This nice design mouse has an ECO button; when pushing this button the computer will automatically go into the “stand by” mode. A computer…

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Bookmark This! June 8, 2009 posted by

Keyfinder – retrieve your software license numbers quickly and easily

Keyfinder retrieves the license numbers of your Windows software, which is an absolute boon if you’ve thrown away a CD case by mistake and need to reinstall your software in an emergency. It’s also tres useful if you want to upgrade an old program and can’t find the serial number of the installed product. This commercial version costs $6.95 and now recognises over 170 software titles, but there’s also a free version lurking around which offers cut down functionality.  Jalapeno…

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Gadgets June 8, 2009 posted by

AQ Wireless Outdoor Speakers- wireless with waterproof, why worry?

These AQ wireless outdoor speakers might be just what you need for an easy outdoor music system setup. Hook the transmitter up to an any 3.5mm stereo jack (hifi, ipod, mp3 player, tv etc) and it will broadcast to the cone-shaped speakers, up to 100 metres away outside, or 35 metres through walls. Each 3.5W speaker is equipped with it’s own on/off switch, tuning button, auto power off and a volume control. You can also add any number of speakers…

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AQ Wireless Outdoor Speakers- wireless with waterproof, why worry?
Awesome June 8, 2009 posted by

Propane Powered Lawn Trimmer – clean air lawn tech

Lehr make a range of propane-powered garden equipment including this Propane-Powered Lawn Trimmer. Propane is brilliant as a fuel as it burns much cleaner than petrol, and propane engines are simpler and lighter. The Lehr Trimmer runs on propane from an ordinary 16 oz gas bottle which you can pick up from any hardware store. Just screw it in and away you go, no mess, no choke, no priming. The engine is a 25cc four-stroke so it’s quieter than a…

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Propane Powered Lawn Trimmer – clean air lawn tech
Gadgets June 8, 2009 posted by

The Lear Jet Repo Man – someone option this movie!

There’s a great story on Salon.com about Nick Popovich, the Lear Jet Repo Man. Nick has made a very good living repossessing commercial, private and business jets. Now with the financiapocalypse weighing on the big end of town, times are good for Nick and his merry little band. Seriously, even if only half of it is true it needs to be made into a movie. Nick Popovich is a repo man, but not the kind that spirits away Hyundais from…

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The Lear Jet Repo Man – someone option this movie!
reprise June 7, 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. Ecco Pocket GPS – your own high tech homie pigeon – The Ecco Pocket GPS is a… CableDrop – an end to pesky disappearing cables – CableDrop is one of those simple… Sir Insult-a-Lot – olde worlde insult generator on tap – Sir Insult-a-Lot is a $0.99c… Similarity – find and remove duplicate music files via sound – Similarity is a clever…

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Gadgets June 6, 2009 posted by

Yondi – cool travel pillow for kids

The Yondi Travel Pillow is designed to stop all that head flopping stuff that kids do when they fall asleep while travelling. The secret is in the head hugger chin-rest design which cushions and protects via a magnetic clasp. Nice idea, as any parent will attest. From £11.95.  Designed by the people behind the multi award-winning Trunki ride-on suitcase, the contoured Yondi fits behind the head, whilst its neck-hugging paws connect underneath the chin using ingenious magnets, keeping your tot…

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Bookmark This! June 6, 2009 posted by

Wix – build yourself a Flash website for free

Wix is a online Flash website creator allowing you to create without touching any HTML or Flash code. You can choose from a range of templates geared towards everyone from designers, photographers, social pages or MySpace and build it using a drag-and-drop interface all in your browser. There’s a range of non-Flash elements for you to add including effects, animations and graphical bits and pieces. You can import photos from Flickr, videos from YouTube as well as uploading your own…

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Wix – build yourself a Flash website for free
Gadgets June 5, 2009 posted by

Switch Commuter Bike – simple practical folding bike

This year’s Australian Design Awards have popped up some great stuff, but it’s even more impressive when the winner is a student. This Switch Commuter Bike won the student design prize and it’s easy to see why. Most folding bikes are quite complicated, with small wheels and complex folding mechanism. The Switch is a standard sized bike that folds in half in a single simple motion. Once collapsed you can push it around on its wheels making it much easier…

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Switch Commuter Bike – simple practical folding bike
Gadgets June 5, 2009 posted by

40 Second Electric Toothbrush – the ultimate plaque pounder

The 40 Second Electric Toothbrush is the sort of implement that probably keeps Dracula awake at night. The four pivoting heads clean six toothy surfaces in one go, and all at 810 rpm. Scary stuff. But if it can really do the job in 40 seconds instead of minutes and minutes and hours and hours, it gets our vote. We just wish those bristles weren’t so red and bloody looking. $99.95.  Unlike typical toothbrushes that only clean one surface at a time, this…

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Awesome June 5, 2009 posted by

Code X Yacht – Formula 1 powered ultra boat built by the Cylons

This amazing look machine is the Code X Yacht, an ultra performance hybrid sports boat. She’s powered by a pair of Ilmor Marine 710 horsepower V10 Formula 1 engines that push along at 90 knots (167 km/h). There is also a bank of solar cells to charge the lithium ion batteries and run the electric motors. Running on electrons will only get you 9 knots but it does mean you can slip out silently while basking in the sun. The…

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Code X Yacht – Formula 1 powered ultra boat built by the Cylons
Gadgets June 5, 2009 posted by

Hydrokinetic Adjustable Wrench – hydraulic wrench makes for nut and bolt heaven

This Hydrokinetic Adjustable Wrench may look a little twee, but the principles behind the design look sound. Open a valve, push a plunger to adjust the fit against your target nut or bolt and tighten valve. Voila, snug tight turning torquiness. It can cope with up to 23 different metric and standard nut sizes, and is purposely slimline to fit into niche corners. Stylish steel eh? $24.99.  To adjust the Hydrokinetic Adjustable Wrench, just open the valve, fit around the nut…

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