Monthly Archives: December 2009

Gadgets December 14, 2009 posted by

K2 Wristop Computer – large clunky plastic does the business at a ridiculous price

The remarkable thing about this K2 Wristop Computer is not the fact that it combines a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, weather station, thermometer and digital timepiece in an acre of luscious black plastic. No. It’s the fact that the price of £12.40 (including free windshield mounting kit) makes something of a mockery of the new Suunto Elementum Terra which costs around the same as a small car for a similar specification.  The K2 – Wristop Digital Compass, Altimeter, Barometer, Thermometer is your best sidekick when you’re outdoors….

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Gadgets December 14, 2009 posted by

Shutter Buddy – Improves your kid photos

The ShutterBuddy is a high-contrast add-on for your camera that grabs kids’ attention so they’re looking at the camera and not at the wall. It’s a cloth cover that goes over the lens allowing the flash and lens to protrude. It doesn’t look like it would fit an SLR though, especially if you use the onboard flash. US$19.99 The shutter buddy is a revolutionary new product that uses the science of infant vision development and pattern recognition to capture and…

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Gadgets December 14, 2009 posted by

Remote Controlled Hovering Space Surfer

Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a real life hoverboard. This twin-fan, remote controlled hovering space surfer will lift off the ground on its own, rotate through 360 and moves left/right and forward, cos everyone knows you can’t skate backwards. Runs for 15 minutes on a 70 minute charge and needs a 9V battery for the remote. US$89.95 from Hammacher. This is the remote controlled space surfer that hovers in the air, spins 360º, and moves left, right, and forward–all…

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cool tech December 14, 2009 posted by

Why eco light bulbs aren’t what they seem – some useful info for greenies

This BBC report on why eco light bulbs aren’t what they seem is one of the best articles I’ve seen yet on the issue of eco bulbs for the home – the technology, the real pay-back figures, their effectiveness and the future. Worth the read.  At home, brightness varies as conditions change. “A compact fluorescent light is designed to provide maximum light output at 25C, and when it gets hotter or colder than that, its brightness can be reduced. “If your bulb is…

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Gadgets December 14, 2009 posted by

Doormat Sneak – No hiding from these scales

The Doormat Sneak is a set of scales vaguely hidden in an ordinary coco hair (coir) doormat. Designed by Spanish Gizmo site Curiosite, the Doormat Sneak gives you the upper hand when relatives come calling and start hassling you about your weight. Entirely mechanical, it doesn’t need any batteries and goes all the weigh way to 300lbs. It seems to be only a prototype at the moment, along with their Rotgut detector. Sneak Doormat doormat is a scale, when someone…

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reprise December 13, 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. FrostWire – open source P2P freeware combines iTunes with BitTorrent –  FrostWire is a cool freeware… Woya – the very cool way to find some *real* bargains on the web – Woya is super cool new shopping… Portable Stereo Laptop Speaker – Laptop sound bar – Laptop speakers usually aren’t… GreenPrint – Useful freeware to save money and trees – Nigel blogged…

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Gadgets December 12, 2009 posted by

Bacteria Assassin Ninja Toothbrush Sanitizer – Nukes toothbrush germs good

The Bacteria Assassin Ninja Toothbrush Sanitizer is more than a mouthful, it’s a mouthful of superclean toothbrush bristles. Using bacteria kryptonite, UV light, it sterilises your nasty toothbrush just in time for it to be re-infected by your oral flora. Needs 3 AA batteries. US$36.99 Yep, those bacteria are seriously nasty and need to be assassinated. Kill them all with ultra-violet shurikens and katanas with this cute little bathroom ninja. Place your toothbrush in this ninja’s care, and using secret…

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Gadgets December 11, 2009 posted by

Airplane Seat Back Valet – stay cosy and confused in coach

Look, if you need one of these Airplane Seat Back Valet things, then you’re flying too much OK? Take it from us, nesting yourself up in torture chamber slot C23 is not going to make your life better, happier or more fulfilling. You’re just going to get fat ankles. Keep the tidy away urge channelled to the SUV seat-back at the weekends and you may just live longer and remember your kid’s names without resorting to the Filofax. $39.95.  This tote…

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cool tech December 11, 2009 posted by

BUGbase WiFi – the open source DIY mobile phone kit

The BUGbase is a tiny Linux computer which comes with 4 slots for add-ons. The base unit features Bluetooth, a chunky rechargeable battery, USB, Ethernet, microSD slot and a tripod mount, and you can add modules to beef it up with things like GPS, WiFi, colour touchscreen, audio and motion sensing. What’s really interesting about this $449.00 open source hardware, however, is that any day now a new 3G GSM module is going to hit the deck, which will effectively give you…

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hardware December 11, 2009 posted by

Miguel Caballero High Security Fashion – crime lord fashionistas listen up…

Miguel Caballero likes to think of itself as the Armani of bulletproof fashion wear, featuring all sorts of designer apparel designed to prevent bullets from entering rich client flesh. A quick browse through the catalogue of the new American website reveals such delights as this Tuxedo Shirt (never know when you’re gonna be popped at the opera eh?), a very trendy leather bomber jacket (!) and a positively Silicon Valley-esque Polo Shirt. Now we’re trying hard to be fair here, but the truly poignant part is how obvious it is…

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Gadgets December 11, 2009 posted by

DVB-803 – the smallest SCART DVR in the world?

So this DVB-803 DVR looks like the smallest of its kind we’ve ever seen. Direct attach to the SCART socket, timer video recording (save via external USB flash or hard drive), auto PAL/NTSC selection, 7 day electronic program guide, 5 event timers and parental control lock-down. Oh and teletext support and remote control. Honestly, who needs a set top box eh? Price? Hong Kong negotiable.   Picture in graphics(PIG) supported # 256 colors on-screen display # Channel search in automatic, manual,…

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Awesome December 11, 2009 posted by

Free Project Music – high quality original music for all kinds of uses

Creative Commons loving composer Kevin MacLeod has a shed load of free top quality music clips for private and commercial projects on offer, the only requirement being a small attribution link. The clips are in a variety of categories, ranging from film soundtracks to reggae, jazz, rock and world music, and they’re tagged with differing moods to make it easy to identify the right piece for your requirements. Lots of different lengths and very high production quality too. You can even…

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Gadgets December 11, 2009 posted by

Balancing Tire Gauge – Lets you balance two tires at once

The only thing more important than the correct air pressure in your tires, is the correct air pressure in all your tires. This Balancing Tire Gauge won’t help your tightrope walking but it will equalise the pressure in both of your front tires or rear tires, simply. First connect the two tires together with the gauge to equalise their pressure. Then connect the gauge to the compressed air and fill them both to right level. Too easy. US$49.98 Just attach…

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Gadgets December 11, 2009 posted by

Dumbell Alarm Clock – Rise and rep

Here’s another alarm clock designed to wake you up and keep you moving. The Dumbbell Alarm Clock needs you to do 30 reps before it shuts up. It weighs 660g (1.5 lbs), has 2 types of alarms and needs a pair of AAA batteries. Dunking it in water may stop the alarm as well. 19.99 On the sound of the alarm clock only 30 upward swings of the 660g dumbbell shuts off the repeating buzz. Watch your total count down…

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Gadgets December 11, 2009 posted by

Evergreen Watering System – Keep that Christmas tree happy

This Evergreen Watering System looks fairly simple. Fill the fake present with water and it will maintain the water level in the tree-watering pot. Holds 8 litres of water which should keep the tree happy for 4 to 8 days. Just make sure you add water to the right present. US$16.99 Keep your Christmas tree fresh, fragrant and safe! The Ever-Green watering system constantly “gravity-feeds” water to your tree reservoir via a 56″ hose. 9-1/4″-dia., 8″-tall “gift box” reservoir tank…

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