Monthly Archives: July 2010

Awesome July 8, 2010 posted by

Mind Control comes to the computer – science fiction now fact?

This EPOCH Headset is one component of an astonishing new system being promoted to give people mind control over computing and gaming. Couple this head mounted brain scanner with the second component, a software program called Jedi Mouse and you have a system which can give physically impaired people the ability to control a computer purely through the power of thought. Sound far fetched? Watch the video.   The idea is for the user to train their brain to deliver specific responses to commands…

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Gadgets July 8, 2010 posted by

Wii Mario Kart – move your gaming off the video screen onto the floor

Here’s a novel twist. This Wii RC Mario Kart set is a radio controlled game which recreates the Mario Kart video game experience on your floor, instead of on the console screen. The infrared controllers let you fire weapons to slow down or obstruct your opponents just like the game, just press the fire button. Life imitating art, imitating life? $29.00 including course barriers.  Each controller will be Light and Sound to select the weapon randomly. When you get one…

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Gadgets July 8, 2010 posted by

Peace Gun – fire elastic bands, make friends…

The logic of this escapes me somewhat, but apparently this Peace Gun makes for friendly relations by firing elastic bands and not lethals. Load up four bands, and this semi-automatic from Japan will unleash it’s load at the targets with surprising accuracy (it says here). Good for a boring day at the office maybe? £15.99/$23.12.  The Peace Gun can be taken apart and then re-assembled. It consists of a number of pieces of laser cut perspex, and contains an internal…

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Bookmark This! July 8, 2010 posted by

SoftKey Revealer – freeware lets you retrieve lost CD and software keys on your computer

Softkey Revealer is a freeware program which retrieves CD keys and serial numbers for programs installed on your computer. Great if you need to reinstall or move a program and you’ve lost or forgotten the serial number you paid for. The freeware doesn’t support every program on the market, but it covers over 700 of the most popular software packages, including most Microsoft programs, which is pretty useful. It also won’t reveal game keys, for that you’ll need Game Key…

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Bookmark This! July 8, 2010 posted by

Its Hidden – free private surfing service

Its Hidden is a new free private surfing VPN service that lets people surf, and access things like BitTorrent free from people trying to snoop on them. It’s ideal for folks in countries which insist on checking which sites you visit, whether you like it or not. To use the service you’ll need to register, and then set up a new network connection in Windows (selecting VPN). Then when you want some privacy just click on the desktop icon, enter in your…

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Gadgets July 7, 2010 posted by

Devotec Solar Sound 2 – super cool solar powered Bluetooth speaker really delivers

The new Devotec Solar Sound 2 Bluetooth Speaker has got to be one of the coolest portable speakers I’ve come across yet. As well as offering conventional wireless Bluetooth sound from your mobile phone or other BT device, it can act as a bridge between your phone and HiFi, using the Line Out socket and a cable connected to your stereo system. The twin speakers really are loud, which probably results from the really solid heft of the case, this is not one of those nasty lightweight plasticy portable…

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Gadgets July 7, 2010 posted by

Micro SIM Cutter – create a micro SIM from your normal SIM card

This Micro SIM Cutter promises to take your olde worlde ancient SIM card and transform it magically into a wonderful 21 st century Micro SIM marvel which you can then plonk into your jailbroken iPhone 4 to do with as you will. Um…we’re not really sure whether the procedure is reversible, so good luck when you discover your new iPhone can’t make or receive calls if you hold it incorrectly and want to return to your trusty Nokia. Ah well,…

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hardware July 7, 2010 posted by

Terminator 6 – multifunctional slimming system

This Terminator 6 ‘multifunctional slimming system’ has us a bit spooked. It’s not that we’re worried about the prospect of Skynet taking over our beauty salons, it’s more an irrational fear of this product spawning yet another dire digitally enhanced Arnie sequel, which would really be too much. Anyhoo, this thing can’t morph into different shapes (we hope) but it can and does use ultrasound to tackle cellulite, features a ‘tripolar’ fat burning function, and throws a vacuum and laser…

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cool tech July 7, 2010 posted by

Android powered Lenova LePhone now available West of Beijing?

So it looks as though we mere Western mortals can now buy the Android powered Lenova LePhone outside China, and with free shipping to boot. The 3G handset sports a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen, 1 GHz processor, 512 RAM, 3 megapixel camera, GPS and all your usual Android goodies, in a rather sleek package. And there’s that cool keyboard dock too, of course. Only Android 1.6 at the moment, but Lenova are big enough to keep it updated we’re thinking….

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Awesome July 7, 2010 posted by

6 Awesome Free Bicycle Maintenance, Tips & Repair Sources

Got a bike? Wish you knew more about it and how to keep it running and happy? Well me too. So here’s some great sources of information and guides on everything bicycle oriented. Sheldon Brown’s Bicycle Technical Info. The late Mr Brown was something of a bike legend and his site shows why. Crammed full of helpful tips and hints on all aspects of cycling, not just repairs. Bicycle Tutor. A superb resource for repairs and maintenance, especially the videos which are clear and easy to understand….

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hmm..interesting July 7, 2010 posted by

Fairshare Music – download music legally and help some charities too

Fairshare Music is designed to make you feel good about your listening. You buy music tracks or albums, they donate half their net profit to a charity of your choice. The site is laid out well, and the choice is good (8.5 million tracks), but really are people that concerned about mixing philanthropy with their pet sounds? Time will tell. You can audition tracks and downloads are MP3 at 320 kbps, but surprisingly there’s very little in the way of artist information or…

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cool tech July 6, 2010 posted by

Could this NETRA Android app kill the optician business?

Researchers at MIT’s media lab have come up with a prototype Android app which lets users check their own eyesight by viewing their mobile phone screen through a special plastic lens device. The eye test software on the phone then works out the data needed to create their eye prescription in around 3 minutes. Note that it won’t be able to check out your eyes for disease like glaucoma. The whole thing looks as though it could come in at around $2 a…

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Gadgets July 6, 2010 posted by

Transformer Convoy iPod Dock – move it, groove it…

This Transformer Convoy iPod Dock is the weirdest thing ever. Optimus Prime in white with speakers and a music dock for your iPod. Is it meant to change mid-song, or when you’re done dancing or what? Who thinks up these things? How much do they get paid? Can I have their job? $168.00.  Transformers Convoy – iPod Speaker & Docking (Collector Series) is Transporting and Playing iPod music for you! Compatible with iPod, iPod Video and iPod nano. It is Highly Recommended…

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