Monthly Archives: November 2009

Gadgets November 20, 2009 posted by

Iceotope – Smart server cooling with liquid

Computer server rooms are the ecological equivalent of storing a bunch of blower heaters in a giant coolroom. But people need their MySecondFaceLifeBook pages and so servers will get hot. Iceotope on the other hand, have a great idea for keeping all those hot and busy machines cool, especially as server densities keep increasing. The Iceotope system uses a triple circuit, liquid cooling system that completely eliminates air as a heat transfer medium. The system immerses each server motherboard in…

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Gadgets November 20, 2009 posted by

USB Whirl Wind Warmer Cup – No more stirring your coffee

Oh Brando, you’re pushing the friendship here. You’ve gone and stocked a USB powered drink mixer and warmer and I was all ready to give it the boot … but you’ve gone and made it stylish, and I don’t think I’d mind too much if I had one on my desk. The USB Whirl Wind Warmer Cup just does that. It heats your drink and makes it dizzy. It keeps it around 40C using just the power of USB. Bung…

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Gadgets November 20, 2009 posted by

Olive 4HD – Very hi fi music server

The Olive 4HD is a Hi Fi media server for the CD-collecting generation and music connoisseur. The 4HD plugs straight into a stereo amplifier for playback but also rips CDs and 24bit CDs to its 2TB hard drive via the state-of-the-art DAC and CD drive. It can store 6,000 CDs or 20,000 24bit tracks which should keep the party going for a while. It’s not just highbrow music though, it’ll connect to your 802.11b/g/n or Gigabit network, talk to your…

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Eco Friendly November 20, 2009 posted by

XO2 Urban Transformer – Brilliant folding electric scooter

The XO2 Electric Scooter does what folks have dreamed about since we first saw the Jetsons cartoons – it folds in on itself. Called the first “Urban Transformer” scooter, the XO2 is a series of lightweight, electrically-powered scooters with a low saddle, large backrest and are easy to use. Manufactured by French company XOR Motors, it folds into a quarter cubic meter luggage cart in seconds, small enough to drag onto a train or upstairs to the office for a…

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Gadgets November 20, 2009 posted by

Boxing Alarm Clock – Wake up ready to go nine rounds

How much boxing blurb can I squeeze into one article? Well, you’ll definitely wake up swinging with this Boxing Alarm Clock, ready to hook into the day, dance like a butterfly and knock naysayers to the ropes. When it’s time to wake up the announcer will sound, challenging you to get off the canvas and hit the clock 10 times before the bell. If not, all bell will break loose, right next to your ear. If boxing’s not your thing,…

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Gadgets November 19, 2009 posted by

USB VOIP Phone and Card Reader – Ultra slim USB phone

This USB VOIP Phone and Card Reader kills two USB gadgets with one plug. It’s a full-duplex plug-and-play VOIP phone, compatible with all the usual suspects and it has a built-in USB card reader for SD/MMC cards (doesn’t say anything about SDHC). If that’s not enough it will also act as an external speaker. Works with Windows ME to XP and has a 1m cable. US$12.69 from Uxsight. Brand New VoIP USB Handset Full Duplex Internet Phone for Skype, GoogleTalk,…

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Gadgets November 19, 2009 posted by

Cinemin Swivel – Portable, posable pocket projector

The cutely named Cinemin Swivel is one of these new pico projectors. It’s a small DLP projector that can produce a 1.5m image from about 2m away or a floor-to-ceiling image across a typical room, whatever that is. This isn’t a big game projector, it’s more about showing pics to Grandma or plugging in your iPhone to share a movie with the bloke next to you on the plane. Its LED lightsource has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, pumps out 8…

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Fun & Games November 19, 2009 posted by

Humunga Stache – for dog lovers everywhere

Christmas is, amazingly, around the corner, so what better to consider that a dog toy with a twist of humor? The Humunga Stache is one of the most whimsical dog chews I’ve seen yet. This non-toxic black rubber ball has a molded giant mustache attached. When your dog bites into the ball, he suddenly looks like a character out of a Victorian novel! A word of caution. This is a fetch toy only – be sure to supervise your dog…

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Gadgets November 19, 2009 posted by

Auto Domino Building Truck – Cheat your way into the Guinness Book of Records

Brando call this Auto Domino Building Truck a toy. I reckon, in the ancient art of domino stacking it will soon be a controlled substance. Just load up the truck with some of the 200 multicoloured dominoes and away you go. Needs 2 AA batteries and US$24.90. The Wonderful Auto DOMINO Building Truck!! When the Truck is start moving, you can adjust the Angle of the Truck path for Building up your Own patterns Dominos. It may be the Fastest…

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Eco Friendly November 19, 2009 posted by

Taga Trike Baby Stroller Combo – now mum can have her bike and beat it

The Taga Trike Baby Stroller combines the clunky utility of an urban tricycle with the darn useful convertibility of a baby buggy. So now mum can ride to the shops, get off, do a quickie conversion and push baby round the store without having to break stride. Almost.   The video makes it look almost too easy (note how they make a strategic cut during the switch) but there’s no doubt that it’s got a whole load of usefulness packed…

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Gadgets November 19, 2009 posted by

Stylophone Beatbox – ugly is as ugly does…but fun

This Stylophone Beatbox is as ugly dull as its forbears, but we had to feature it because of one thing. The crazy face marketing video. It’s got to be one of the funniest product promos we’ve seen in a while. Awesome lads. (btw snark aside, it looks like a fun machine).  Like a stylus-operated mini drum with retro electro-attitude (try saying that after a few tinnies), the Stylophone Beatbox boasts three different sound modes: Drum Kit, Beatbox and Bass Stylophone. There’s…

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Bookmark This! November 19, 2009 posted by

TED: Torrent Episode Downloader – the easy way to keep up with your fave TV

T.E.D. – Torrent Episode Downloader – is a free program for TV junkies who need to keep up to date with their favourite programs. Missed an episode? No problem, just fire up TED, add the show and it will automatically hunt out and download the Torrent file so you can play catch up viewer later on. Marvellous.  ted makes downloading TV shows easy! We are two TV addicts. The internet is great to provide us with our favorite TV shows free,…

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huh..? November 19, 2009 posted by

Confused about 2012? – you will be…

2012: End of the World? The scientists and New Age folk square off in this cleverly done visual map of the arguments for and against a coming cataclysm. You may have your own view, you may not. This will do nothing to change your opinion, but you may find it interesting. Or not. [PS: the new movie 2012? Paf! Not so much information, more like candy floss. Sugar sweet and instantly forgettable.] Tags: 2012, predictions, prophecy

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announcement November 19, 2009 posted by

Request to PRs – aaaaarrrrghh……

A short request to the PR folk out there. Please don’t send us any more press releases relating to: a) Gadget cases. Have you any idea at all just how AWFUL these things are? What, they keep your handheld warm, cosy, safe and BORING?? b) iPhone stands. Who cares? No really. c) Plastic screen protectors for cell phones. Mind numbingly dreary. d) iPod docks. Ditto. Unless they’re nuclear powered and come with a signed copy of The Audacity of Pope. e) Cutesy…

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Bizarre November 19, 2009 posted by

Laptop Steering Wheel Desk – Gadget reviews gone wild

I’m detecting a hint of sarcasm from the Amazon reviewers for this Laptop Steering Wheel Desk. [Via That Will Buff Out] This laptop steering desk is great! Cons: When I turn the corner, things fall off. Interferes with texting. Pro: I can fill out paperwork, watch YouTube on my Iphone, check the map to see where the next client is or read a book while stuck in Los Angeles traffic. I cut a hole in mine so it’ll hold my…

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