Monthly Archives: November 2010

Gadgets November 17, 2010 posted by

Cordless Carpal Tunnel Relief Wrap – remove pain from your wrist and restore joy to your life

The Cordless Carpal Tunnel Relief Wrap is a deep infrared device which reduces the swelling and improves blood circulation. Of course the best way to avoid RSI in the first place is to heed the initial warning signs and stop doing the movements that cause the pain immediately. Do it some other way or change your ergonomics completely to avoid the repetition. Anyway, if it’s too late this could help. $69.95.  This battery-powered heated wrist wrap alleviates compression on the median…

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Gadgets November 17, 2010 posted by

Mini Roadmaster – simple keychain GPS gives vocal local advice

This tiny keychain Mini Roadmaster is a bare bones GPS navigation device which makes no pretensions to being a full mapping system. Instead you get a basic but useful voice navigation system which will guide you to a nearby point of interest that you need, like a gas station, restaurant, or hotel. It also offers a simple city to city navigation service, but it’s not going to replace Garmin or Tom Tom any time soon. But then again look at…

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Bio Trash – scientists grow plants which can produce plastic

The phrase “genetically engineered” has never been so aptly applied as to this. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, working with the Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences, have announced they’ve successfully engineered a plant that could potentially be used to make plastics. The process involves growing plants which can produce high levels of Omega-7 fatty acids (FA’s), which are then used to create plastic. Researchers have been exploring ways to utilize these genes for a while…

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Bio Trash – scientists grow plants which can produce plastic
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Sort My Files – freeware automatically sorts your life into relevant folders

Sort My Files is an interesting little freeware tool to catalog files in a source folder into their constituent groups. I tend to have Temp folders which contain a lot of downloads and other random files, and I don’t have time to sort the files in there, so I just keep adding to them all higgledy piggledy over time.   With this little prog I can at last split out the files into Music, Images, Documents etc which will make finding…

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but is it art? November 17, 2010 posted by

80 Gigapixels London – tour London from the comfort of your couch

80 Gigapixel London is currently the world’s largest 360 degree panorama image. And it’s huge. Big enough to tour the whole capital from your mouse and armchair. Swooping and zooming in and out is incredibly good fun, especially when you happen across moments of poignancy or just everyday stuff of city life and people. There’s a Treasure Hunt coming up this Thursday with prizes, so have a go, see if you can find all the clues. And don’t forget to take…

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OVK Slowdown – the free app that trains youngsters to drive slower

OVK Slowdown is a free iPhone app designed to help train youngsters to drive slower while listening to their music. The theory is that people drive faster when listening to their favourite tracks, so the app automatically slows down the music and even stops it if you’re exceeding the local speed limit. It’s clever all right, but we’re trying to work out what stops the kids from just deleting the app instantly once it gets annoying. The software has been created by a group of…

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Gadgets November 16, 2010 posted by

42000 Station Car Radio – plug and play. And play. And Play…

This 42000 Station Car Radio is, of course, Internet powered. Stick the thing into your computer USB port, record the stations you want to listen to and then enjoy the sounds in your car via the cigar lighter socket. The 2GB memory holds up to 45 hours of sound, it broadcasts through your car stereo via an internal FM transmitter and it has a remote control. Yay! $59.95.   Once plugged into a computer using the included USB cable, its software…

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Gadgets November 16, 2010 posted by

Escali Extra High Capacity Scales – the gift you definitely don’t want for Xmas

Dude, if there’s one gift you will not want to receive in your life it’s this one. These Escali Extra High Capacity Scales will weigh any creature up to 400lbs or 180kg in weight. Sadly there are 32 customer reviews, and not one of them is a vet as far as we can tell. Folks, as a big-boned blogger meself, I sympathise. $39.95.  The large digits on the XL bathroom scale make for easier reading, and the convenient tap-on platform allows…

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Gadgets November 16, 2010 posted by

Extending Magnetic Flashlight – reach, reveal and recover…

What’s clever about this Extending Magnetic Flashlight is the fact that they made the tip of the torch extra magnetic to pick up those metallic things that the paunch won’t allow. Keys, screws, strange lumps of alien iron ore. Now the rear of the couch holds no terror for your soul. $14.95.  It reaches all the places you can’t. Expands and retracts for maximum convenience – 22.5″ when fully extended and retracts down to 7.5″. There’s a magnetic tip to help you retrieve…

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Gadgets November 16, 2010 posted by

Toast Strips Stamper – eggy soldier your bread with ease

If you don’t know what Eggy Soldiers are, move on, there’s nothing to see here. If you do know, then you’ll appreciate the elegance of this Toast Strips Stamper, which lets you create dinky toast strips instantly, just perfect for dipping into those gooey yellow yolks. Mmmm….$3.99.  Rock the stamper over your un-toasted piece of bread, toss your bread in the toaster and when it’s done pull it apart for tasty toast strips! It’s that simple. The Toast Strip Stamper…

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Light Artist – freeware gives your photos some serious lighting love

Light Artist is a freeware program which lets you tweak, modify and generally play around with the light settings on your digital photographs. You can enhance sunsets, add mood, change the quality of light on a subject and more. You can even add a bit of embossing if you want to go overboard. It’s fun, free and kind of frivolous.   Light Artist is a program that allows you to add realistic lighting effects to your photos. With this program…

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12 YouTube Hacks – how to get maximise your enjoyment of everyone’s favourite video site

I really like this list of 12 YouTube Hacks, as it defines just how popular this video site has become for all of us, both young and old. I particularly like TubeChop (which lets you splice YouTube videos to highlight a specific section) and the YouTube Labs. I am currently trying out the super lean Feather version of YouTube from the labs, and it’s fun.  Whether you want to view a video with a far-away friend, compare two clips, or find…

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QR Generators – how to make your own for free

QR barcode generators are cool. So cool in fact that one day they’re going to be a mad craze, you watch. Just as soon as someone works out how to use them on products for fun and profit via smartphone cameras and stuff. So, being one step ahead of the game, here’s our offering of a trio of QR generators you can use to encode virtually anything to be smartphone readable. Kaywa QR Code Generator. Very cool online barcode generator which copes…

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Gadgets November 15, 2010 posted by

Instant Impresario Guitar – the electric guitar that isn’t…

Q:When is a guitar not a guitar? A: when it’s an Instant Impresario Guitar which doesn’t have conventional strings and frets, but instead uses a chord button motif up the neck, with a strum block in the body. It’s very strange, if you’re going to play something like this, why not…ahem…play it? Anyhoo, the thing also comes with an internal speaker and four built in demo songs. Which could be handy when inspiration runs out. $599.95.   This is the device…

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Gadgets November 15, 2010 posted by

HD Multimedia Player – world’s smallest multimedia player

This flash drive sized HD Multimedia Player is being touted as the world’s smallest. It certainly looks small, and surprising has a pretty solid spec for such a tiny beast. The output is composite analogue, so no digital loveliness for your money, but it will cope with MPEG4, DIVX, VOB, MP3, OGG and the rest, which means you’ll be able to run just about anything through it. You can either use the supplied cables to attach it to your TV…

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