Monthly Archives: July 2009

Gadgets July 21, 2009 posted by

PowerPax – the battery clip organizer

Yeah we get it. The PowerPax, a clip in which to store all your loose batteries. Brilliant, why haven’t they thought of that before? Whaddya mean they have? The rubber band? Nah, not possible, too simple. From $4.95.   Provides terminal protection at both ends of the battery • Dispenses batteries with one hand for safety and convenience • Store your disposable or rechargeable batteries in a compact easy to find holder • Unique locking feature holds batteries firmly in…

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Gadgets July 21, 2009 posted by

Electronic Bongo Drum T-Shirt – play dat chest hair man

This Electronic Bongo Drum T-Shirt offers more than just understated elegance and refinement. It also gives you the chance to busk your way to a good smacking at whatever venue you choose to haunt. The built in speaker is bound to attract attention, if only from a passing paramedic as they wheel you away for treatment after the blows. 100% cotton, 1000% annoying. £30.57.  The Electronic Bongo Drum T-Shirt is a touch sensitive drum T-shirt with built-in speaker, so you can belt…

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Awesome July 21, 2009 posted by

The 3D Printer comes of age – making parts you can’t get anywhere else

I stumbled across this amazing story of US television host Jay Leno using a 3D scanner and printer to create obsolete spare parts for his car collection and was immediately transported into a world of science fiction wonder. How cool is this technology? OK, so the parts have to be relatively unsophisticated, but just think of the potential as these printers advance in capabilities and the price comes down. We’ll finally be free from the constraints of obsolescence and will…

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Awesome July 21, 2009 posted by

Google Advanced Image Search – huzzah for royalty free creative commons

So Google has at last introduced a menu driven Advanced Image Search which lets you specify images which are free to use for personal or commercial purposes. This makes it super easy to find great images for projects of all types, without all that tiresome license stuff. Remember though, that the best images are still only found on commercial sites for a fee, but that’s life.   Labeled for reuse Your results will only include images labeled with a license…

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Gadgets July 20, 2009 posted by

Power Assisted Pedaler – out with the puffing, in with the ahhh…

The Power Assisted Pedaler. Because, like, exercise is such a drag, y’know? Actually it looks laudably useful if you’re recuperating from a serious leg injury and don’t want to overdo your physio, but what’s the betting the main buyers are healthy but indolent power gym wannabes? $149.95.  This exercise pedaler provides a power-assisted leg workout for those with limited mobility to help improve muscular strength and coordination. Just a 15-minute workout helps improve muscle strength and range of motion and…

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announcement July 20, 2009 posted by

Tokyoflash Competition Reminder – clock is ticking

Hey readers, just a quick reminder that our Tokyoflash competition is finishing this Friday, the 24th of July. Get your entries in to be included in the drawer draw to win your choice of any Tokyoflash watch (excluding the Independent range). Thanks to everyone who has already entered, especially for all the Ferret love. You can find the competition here, with all the instructions and directions. If you’re having trouble, well we can’t give hints, but have a look at…

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Eco Friendly July 20, 2009 posted by

Solar Powered Travel Bag – plain and fancy, earthy and bleugh…

We’re complete suckers for tech that looks like tat, and this Solar Powered Travel Bag fits the bill to a T. Just look at it. A more nondescript, almost pig ugly carrying implement you’ll be hard pressed to find this side of the Urals, and as for utility, is anyone seriously going to believe that this tiny solar panel will charge anything larger than an electric toothpick in under 3 months? No, thought not. Still, if you’ve got a spare £14.99…

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Gadgets July 20, 2009 posted by

Hunt and Peck Keyboard – the keyboard designed for the one finger typist

The Hunt & Peck Keyboard ditches the conventional QWERTY layout in favour of a much more logical (!) ABCDEF format, just so all the Pitman challenged typists can hack away in comfort and joy. In the unlikely event there’s a sudden pandemic of proper typing disease, you can press a button and use the thing as a standard keyboard. Phew eh? $29.95.  The perfect (and perfectly logical) computer keyboard for the one-finger typist. If you never took typing and still use…

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Gadgets July 20, 2009 posted by

CR-7200 microSD Compact Flash Adapter – because you can never have too many slots, m’dear

The PhotoFast CR-7200 microSD Compact Flash Adapter [Japanese] offers us four – count ‘em – yes four microSD slots in one Compact Flash form factor. The idea is for us to use the device to store and transfer…um…actually not really sure. Is it to transfer mobile phone data/photos to a PC? Or to slot into a DSLR to store photos in microSD because…? Nope, not a clue. Yet another what the…? product hits the shelves. [Via] Tags: gadget, cr-7200+microSD+compact+flash+adapter, memory

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Bookmark This! July 20, 2009 posted by

Wakoopa – discover new software and games

Wakoopa is certainly something new. It’s a software and games community sharing tool which looks at what you like and then starts to recommend the same kind of tools that others in the community are using. Download and install the free program and it monitors which programs you use. It also, rather scarily, uploads this information to the community server so it can be analysed, so if you’re a little worried about letting the world know you use MS Paint,…

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Bookmark This! July 20, 2009 posted by

26 Photoshop Retouching Tutorials – learn how to manipulate like a pro

Read these 26 Photoshop Retouching Tutorials and learn how to tweak, pervert, manipulate and make your photos lie like a professional. You’ll be the envy of your friends and a total object of desire. Really.  Adobe Photoshop is the go-to tool for digital artists when it comes to professionally retouching images. Enhancing and retouching photos in Photoshop is an effective way to “work with what you’ve got”. There are many tips, tricks, and techniques for improving things like skin tone…

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Gadgets July 20, 2009 posted by

Spy Top Hat Hidden Camera DVR – Indie would be proud

Oh.My.Goodness. We didn’t have any spy cameras on the Ferret last week. No problems, here we are, this is the stylish Spy Top Hat Hidden Camera DVR. Just ignore for the moment that it’s not a top hat and that spies probably don’t wear hats and trench coats anymore. It records colour video at 352288 resolution with sound, in .avi format. Memory is 4Gb built-in with up to 4Gb of removable flash storage. Recording uses about 1Gb/hour and the battery…

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Free Software July 20, 2009 posted by

Lightbox – advanced digital image editor

I’ve been playing with Lightbox, a lightweight, multi-talented image editor. It’s a small download, about 10Mb, and it’s very quick and responsive. The interface and dialogs are a little quirky but all very usable. The Lightbox Basic version lets you work with 48 bit files, performs quick-and-easy photo touchups, opens RAW files, fixes colour casts as well as the usual print, crop and resize. Lightbox Plus gives you history, snapshots, clone brush, dodge&burn, HSL and LAB colour modes, masking, blurring…

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reprise July 19, 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. iDump – back up your iPod music to your PC hard disk real quick and easy – The unfortunately named iDump… Minimum Noise – awesome crowdsourced music marketplace offers cash opportunities for musicians – Minimum Noise is a superb new… Goofram – Google vs WolframAlpha – Still unsure whether the results… Bluetooth for sports fans – aka Facebook at the football – The…

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Gadgets July 18, 2009 posted by

Cool-er eBook Reader – expandable eBook reader adds colour to svelte design

Question: What’s ‘wafer thin’, comes in a range of eight ‘snazzy’ colours and saves your back? Answer: A Cool-er eBook Reader. This svelte device features a 6 inch e-ink screen, 1GB of memory expandable via SD cards and a battery which will last for around 8000 pages of readables. Which is more than enough to view the autobiography of Napoleon’s hairdresser. For some strange reason it also looks startlingly similar to a well know brand of music player, goodness knows why. Sure…

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