Monthly Archives: July 2009

Gadgets July 23, 2009 posted by

Blinx – Sound Responsive LED Headphones

With these Blinx Sound Responsive LED Earphones blazing away you’ll leave no doubt that you’re rocking out to hardcore tunes. Each earphone has three LEDs that pulse with the music and are driven by the inline LED equipped control box. They work with any music device equipped with a 3.5mm socket. 24.95, but I’m not sure if the batteries are replaceable. Blinx headphones work with any device with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. When the earphones are switched on and…

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Gadgets July 23, 2009 posted by

Shintaro Wireless Media Center Keyboard

If the Logitech diNovo Edge wireless keyboard is a little out of your price range, then have a look at the Shintaro Wireless Media Center Keyboard. Designed for Windows Media Centre, it’s got a built-in 400 dpi trackpad, integrated media centre hotkeys, volume buttons and a USB receiver dongle. Needs 2 AA batteries and priced around AU$70. Shintaro’s Wireless Media Center Keyboard allows you to surf the web, watch movies & TV, listen to music or send instant messages and…

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Eco Friendly July 22, 2009 posted by

Solar Sound Bluetooth Speaker – not just cutting edge but eco too

The Solar Sound Bluetooth Speaker contains two 5W speakers, and can connect to your Bluetooth phone or laptop and so save you getting all wrapped up in your music. Or cables. Or something. What’s more it contains a solar panel which means no more batteries. Although please remember kiddies, it will need 12 hours sunlight to provide 8 hours speaker sound, so think hard before you squander those precious daylight minutes. £59.99.  Solar Sound Bluetooth Speakers are light and portable…

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Gadgets July 22, 2009 posted by

Water Powered Flower Pot Clock – cute vase thinks it has all the time in the world

This Water Powered Flower Pot Clock really has some sort of identity crisis. One minute it’s there merrily pushing up your daisies, the next it’s coming over all precise and timely. The water power keeps it going for around 6 weeks, and it never needs pruning. Which is handy.  1.Water green power clock with Bottle 2.Time and date display 3. Water power source 4.Water Power:4-6 weeks plus one times the water 5.Products can also be used as vases Tags: gadget,…

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Gadgets July 22, 2009 posted by

Smartlinq GPS Mobile Phone – the first easy phone with inbuilt emergency tracking system

The Smartlinq GPS Phone comes with a minimum set of buttons and an on-board GPS system which provides instant tracking in the case of an emergency. It’s obviously targeted at the elderly and vulnerable, and comes with a full operator service to make things even easier. You can tell it’s a caring handset by the big friendly looking SOS button in the middle. £149.99 plus £12.99 a month for a ‘Careline Package’.  SmartlinQ easy to use GPS mobile phone is…

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but is it art? July 22, 2009 posted by

Taste of Talking Salt and Pepper Shakers – Move over Bakelite

Yesterday’s design revolution is tomorrow’s kitsch, and with the Taste of Talking Salt and Pepper Shakers the circle is complete. Made from the the speaker and mic covers of old white telephones (hopefully washed) and mounted onto the indicator covers from a Morris Mini, the Taste of Talking should spice* up even the dullest dinner. Actually they’re not kitsch, I like ’em. No good on a boat though. US$22. *Sorry but I had to say that. No really, they made…

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general July 22, 2009 posted by

LAlarm – free laptop alarm software stops your computer from wandering off

LAlarm is a free security program for laptop computers which sounds a loud alarm if your laptop suddenly decides to take a wander off to the shops without letting you know. As well as sounding the siren song, it will also nuke all the data on your hard disk, so you’d better hope that little Jimmy doesn’t make a grab for the Dell when you’re in the kitchen making a coffee. Free for personal use, $25.00 for commercial.  LAlarm is…

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cool tech July 22, 2009 posted by

Contactless Power Transmission – Japanese get closer to some wireless nirvana

Japanese researchers recently unveiled a rather clever contactless power transmission system which can supply power without wires to an object up to 60 cm away. OK, so it’s no Tesla device, but that’s still pretty interesting, especially if you consider the type of applications which could benefit from the technology. Beaming power without wires is one of those techs, like the flying car, which has always seemed so close, yet so far. One to watch perhaps?  The company had a…

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Eco Friendly July 22, 2009 posted by

Green Speed air-powered motorcycle – air powered speed machine

While it’s only a prototype at the moment the Green Speed air-powered motorcycle sure looks the part. Designed by Edwin Yi Yuan and RMIT University, the bike is powered by compressed air stored in a pair of carbon-fibre air tanks. The compressed air drives a Di Pietro Rotary Air Engine which can rotate up to 10,000 rpm. Combined with a featherweight bike built for speed, this should make for a fun ride. The final version will also have a solar…

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Gadgets July 21, 2009 posted by

Field Tracker 2100 – the ultimate desert texter

You’re a texting addict and you’ve just been posted to the depths of the Amazon rain forest. What to do? Relax, just pop down to your local comms store and pick up a Field Tracker 2100 satellite texting device. From that moment on you’ll be able to text away (where r u? Party tonite!) from anywhere in the world using the Iridium low earth network. A GPS chipset is included and there’s even an optional solar panel charging pack. Pricing…

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Gadgets July 21, 2009 posted by

Queensland Police Declare War on Wardrivers

In what’s being billed as a world first, police in the northern Australian state of Queensland have decided to clamp down on the free flowing crime hose that is unsecured WiFi networks. In between bouts of IMing, Warcraft levelling and torrenting, police will be cruising the suburbs on the hunt for open WiFi routers to warn their owners of the dangers of using their PCs on an unsecured network. “All unsecured WiFi networks out there are open for exploitation by…

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Gadgets July 21, 2009 posted by

Avatar Digital Binocular Sports Camera – the stakeout machine

World too far away? Want to see stuff but can’t move closer? If you’ve answered Yes to either of these questions then you need the Avatar Digital Binocular Sports Camera. It’s got a 2 megapixel camera with a 21 optical zoom and 2.5″ display. There’s 1 Gb of internal storage, a microSD slot, TV out, a voice memo for dictating your shopping lists and you can record stills or video. When the bird watching get slow, there’s a built-in media…

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Fun & Games July 21, 2009 posted by

Pocket Retro Game Emulator – return to the golden age of handheld gaming

The Pocket Retro Game Emulator harks back to a time when men were men and pixels were garish. Yes, we’re talking NES, SNES, Sega and all the daft fun that involved beeps. This pocket friendly console comes with 4GB of storage space, miniSD expansion and the ability to play the best classic console games from yesteryear. It’ll also play back movies, MP3 files, eBooks and record your voice. Oh and it has an FM radio built in. So not *that* retro…

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Gadgets July 21, 2009 posted by

Sushi Train Restaurant and Game – sushi train training game

The Sushi Train Restaurant and Game brings sushi train fun into your home. Just try and pick up the sushi pieces from the replica Shinkansen bullet train while your friends send it hurtling around the track via the controller. When you’re done, put the fake sushi pieces away, load it up with nigirizushi and liven up your dinner party. Needs AA and AAA batteries. US$105 from the Japan Trend Shop. A replica of the N700 series Shinkansen, the Sushi Train…

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Bookmark This! July 21, 2009 posted by

Earth Alerts – freeware delivers disaster news direct to your desktop

Earth Alerts is a freeware program which lets you monitor disaster alerts around the world in near real time. That’s right, now you can learn about natural disasters and suchlike way ahead of the BBC. Or maybe even Twitter. Just choose your favourite species of disaster (mm…I fancy a bit of Tsunami Tuesday today), grab some popcorn and settle down to an evening of fun and hilarity. Better than Lost and so satisfying to know it’s not you or yours…

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