Monthly Archives: March 2010

Awesome March 2, 2010 posted by

9 mm Solar Sensor – awesome tiny self powered computer could be a game changer

This teeny 9mm Solar Sensor is probably the smallest self-powered computer in the world, and it’s totally amazing. The thing contains a full ARM processor, solar cells and a tiny battery, and consumes less power in sleep mode than people generate when they blink their eyes. The researchers are, as you’d expect, initially targeting this marvel at the medical market, but the capacity to keep itself powered up for years on nothing more than body heat, movement or solar exposure, suggests that this thing could end up…

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Gadgets March 2, 2010 posted by

H2Office – Your floating office away from home

Custom designed offices sure are a thing this year, but this H2Office looks pretty darn special. It’s a 9m long floating office with space for a couple of desks, a fold-out bed, a lounge and a kitchenette. There’s even a sun deck up on top. It runs off 240V shore-power but is designed to be berthed in a marina or a private waterway. There are tonnes of options as well including, DC power, wind/solar generator, air conditioning and teak flooring….

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H2Office – Your floating office away from home
Bookmark This! March 2, 2010 posted by

FreeTube – free online television done properly

FreeTube is free online television. And guess what? It actually works, and without blinding you with acres of advertising, blinky smilies, pop up marigolds or whatever other spammy nonsense those other TV sites serve up. It’s even got a handy diagnosis page to check whether you’ve got everything you need to enjoy the programming. Very nice indeed.  Welcome to FreeTube – a service that lets you watch live Internet TV channels online for free without the need for any special…

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Gadgets March 2, 2010 posted by

Codeorgan – Turns a website into music

Don’t know how it works, not sure what’s it’s for or what you do with it, but Codeorgan sure is a one-of-a-kind. Enter any website and Codeorgan will use divination, dowsing and a complex algorithm to turn the text of the website into a musical scale, blend in some drum ‘n’ bass and then rock out. You can then of course Tweet or Facebook your creation. Very cute. THE CODEORGAN ANALYSES THE *BODY* CONTENT OF ANY WEB PAGE AND TRANSLATES…

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Codeorgan – Turns a website into music
Gadgets March 2, 2010 posted by

Stanley Construction Jobsite Radio – Music for the work site

Stanley have put their two cents worth into this jobsite music box phenomenon with the Stanley Construction Jobsite Radio. It’ll play mp3, and wma files from USB or SD cards, has an AM/FM radio and an auxiliary input. There’s even a digital display, USB charging sockets for your phone and a pair of 12V DC power sockets for your cup warmer. Needs 110V AC. US$59 Perhaps you enjoy the melody of heavy equipment and the percussion of the jackhammer, but…

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Stanley Construction Jobsite Radio – Music for the work site
general March 2, 2010 posted by

Virtual Aviation – experience life in the cockpit of a real £10 million flight simulator

Virtual Aviation offer full blown flight simulator experiences to the public. Fly any of the major commercial aircraft of the day, from 747s to Airbus to Boeing 737NG. I’ve experienced this kind of flight sim and it’s unbelievably amazing. Just like being in the real thing (and I’ve done the real thing too). Pricey though, starts at £300+  for an hour on fixed sim. Great for flying-phobics though eh?  These flight simulators are sophisticated training devices normally reserved for airline…

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Bookmark This! March 2, 2010 posted by

The Sixty One – stylish hot or not for new music

The Sixty One. No interface, just new music. Listen, rate, move on. No no wrong. There’s more, it’s just tucked away in the tiny nav bars. Sign up, login, add to playlist, complete quests for rewards, make friends, join a community, comment, download tracks, vote on tracks, upload tracks, find similar music. Fascinating application, really. Half game, half music app, half community love fest, half Net radio.   Be nice. We’re a community of many types of people who all have…

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Free Software March 2, 2010 posted by

70 of the Best Free and Open Source Games for download – Part 1 (of 3)

VDrift. Cross platform driving game with a neat physics engine and really playable AI and decent graphics. You’ll need a steering wheel to get the best out of it of course. 0AD is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game with professional style graphics, and the kind of detail you would expect to find in a commercial product. Think Microsoft’s Age of Empires series and you’re close. Still in pre-release, but available if you’re happy downloading source code.   Hedgewars is…

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70 of the Best Free and Open Source Games for download – Part 1 (of 3)
Bizarre March 2, 2010 posted by

Wiper Mirror – Wipes out foggy bathroom mirrors

Now I’m sorry, but if I’m going to be asked to pay a hundred quid for this Wiper Mirror then it should darn well do the mirror wiping for me, and it better have one of those variable intermittent settings. Or I could get a bathroom fan. Hmmm decisions decisions. 100. Ever been left with unsightly watermarks or abusive messages written in the condensation of your bathroom mirror? Well, here’s the answer – this mirror is fitted with a car…

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Wiper Mirror – Wipes out foggy bathroom mirrors
Gadgets March 2, 2010 posted by

Tiny Cordless LED Light – Cool cordless photography light

Brando already has a couple of LED video/photo lights, but they’re fairly extreme . This Tiny Cordless LED Light looks much more portable. It packs 76 LEDs and needs 4 AA batteries, but it would be useful for macro or product shoots, or stick it on the top of your camcorder for a touch of warm light. It even comes with an orange filter to simulate tungsten (incandescent) light and a diffuser. Best of all it won’t get hot. US$39…

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Tiny Cordless LED Light – Cool cordless photography light
opinion piece March 2, 2010 posted by

Save the BBC

The BBC is under attack from commercial organisations who want to remove it from their competitive landscape, as a scapegoat to paper over their own commercial inefficiencies. Great for them, lousy for the rest of us. There’s a petition to Save the BBC for those who are interested. Pass it on  – http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bbc/97.php?CLICKTF and another one http://38degrees.org.uk/page/s/bbccuts#petition Tags: bbc, save+the+bbc

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cool tech March 1, 2010 posted by

W Phone Watch – quad band, camera, MP3 player, phone tells the time too

This W PhoneWatch is a pretty impressive piece of kit. It’s not much bigger than a conventional wristwatch, but crams in a quad band mobile phone, a VGA camera, MP3 player and…um…a timepiece. There’s a microSD slot which supports up to 2 GB in data storage, a colour touchscreen and a Bluetooth headset to provide hands-free calling. Have they missed anything? Probably not. $199.99. Nice Nice review at CrunchGear.  The W PhoneWatch incorporates a GSM phone that supports the 850MHz, 900MHz,…

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Gadgets March 1, 2010 posted by

Guitar Tuner Clip – 3 in 1 mini guitar tuner and more

Guitar tuners have gone high tech from my ol’ days of strummin’ chords. This Guitar Tuner Clip (CVPQ-G196) clips to the headstock of your gee-tar and has a bright and easy-to-see display. Best of all you get to chose whether it samples the notes using the microphone or via the vibrations in the guitar neck. When you’re done tuning you can switch on the metronome and stay on the beat from 30 to 250 bpm. There’s also a tone generator…

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Guitar Tuner Clip – 3 in 1 mini guitar tuner and more
cool tech March 1, 2010 posted by

Zeo Personal Sleep Coach – sort out your sleeping problems, tech style

Do you have trouble sleeping? Banish the problem with the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach. How? Just slip the headband on at night, and in the morning you’ll get a report detailing how long and how deeply you slept. That’s stage 1. Stage 2 is a personal coaching regime based on lifestyle data you input, which will recommend changes to your routine to help improve your sleeping results. That strong black coffee at 11pm? Reading 20 page financial reports just before you switch…

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