Monthly Archives: April 2011

cool tech April 18, 2011 posted by

Use a laser pointer to control your lights (or just about anything else)

As humans, it seems that we’re on a quest to become lazier. We hide it behind the guise of making our lives easier. Either way, we don’t want to put any more effort into small tasks than is absolutely necessary. Take, for instance, the turning on and off of electronics. We’ve had The Clapper since I can remember. Just a clap can turn anything with a plug on or off. If clapping is too loud for you, you could always…

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Use a laser pointer to control your lights (or just about anything else)
Free Software April 18, 2011 posted by

Can’t find your phone? Use this site to call it

How many times have you lost your cell phone? Losing such an important gadget can put you into a frenzy, even if you know that it’s still somewhere in the house. Giving it a call is the easiest way to locate it, but if that’s your only phone, you’re going to have some issues there. But fear not, next time you need to find your cell in a pinch, you’ll have an easy way to make it ring. I Can’t…

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Can’t find your phone? Use this site to call it
huh..? April 18, 2011 posted by

The Skier Controlled Tow Boat

How many times have you wanted to go water skiing, only to find that you don’t have anyone to drive the boat? Sure, you could always pay someone to take you for a few laps around the lake, but why not try to be a little more self-sufficient? That’s right, steer the boat while you’re being pulled behind it. While that might sound like a feat worthy of James Bond, you can actually do it yourself, with the right boat….

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The Skier Controlled Tow Boat
general April 18, 2011 posted by

TomTom High Speed Car Charger – fast car charger powers up three devices at one

The new TomTom High Speed Car Charger is proof that we’re cramming too much tech into our travelling lives. I mean c’mon, charging up three devices at a time, at 4x normal speed? It don’t sound natural, Ma. Mobile phone, GPS, hands free transmitter unit…mmm…actually maybe it could be useful after all. £19.99.  Charge up to 3 devices at the same time with the high speed multi charger. Suitable for USB devices such as mobile phones and navigation devices as well…

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Gadgets April 18, 2011 posted by

Light Touch – turn any surface into a touch screen

This Light Touch tech feeds off the projector keyboard products we’ve seen before, but extends it to include multitouch functionality. We’re still not totally convinced that this type of product has a future until they can improve a) the accuracy and responsiveness and b) the interference problems with ambient lighting, but we’re willing to suspend belief and cheer it on, if only because it would be cool to use one of these in earnest one day.    Light Touch is…

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Bookmark This! April 18, 2011 posted by

Where There is No Doctor – free village health care handbook

Where There Is No Doctor is a free online e-book which offers a wealth of free healthcare information for circumstances where no ‘conventional’ medical assistance is available. The title is available for online browsing on the site or as a complete downloadable PDF e-book. Nice resource to have in case of emergency, especially for those without a nearby doctor.  This handbook has been written primarily for those who live far from medical centers, in places where there is no doctor. But even…

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diy April 18, 2011 posted by

Build your own cardboard laptop stand

If you use your laptop as your main computer at home, you’ve probably found that using it on a desk isn’t the most ergonomic thing in the world. After all, your monitor should be sitting at eye level so that you don’t have to bend your neck to look at it. The easiest solution is to purchase a laptop stand, which props your computer up at the correct height and angle. So what if you don’t have the funds to…

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Build your own cardboard laptop stand
reprise April 17, 2011 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. Frame Mobile Phone Holder – if you’ve got it, flaunt it… – This Frame Mobile Phone Holder is… Coffee Cup Power Inverter is ingenious – There are plenty of situations… Invisible Money Clip – clever gadget keeps your pocket looking slimline trendy – The Invisible Money Clip is… Spicy Guitar – freeware guitar synthesizer offers fun licks for all – Spicy Guitar…

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Gadgets April 16, 2011 posted by

Light & Sound Speaker Hat – now you can look like an annoying gonk as well as sound like one

Yep, they’ve finally gone and done it. This Light & Sound Speaker Hat combines an amplified speaker system with a flashing equalizer panel, so not only will you annoy people on the bus with some incredibly boring thump thump, but now they can sear their eyeballs with the purgatory of an LED light dance swirling above your ears. They don’t deserve you, do they? $31.99.  Featuring two light-up graphic equalizer panels and built in speakers, this headgear will not only keep…

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Awesome April 15, 2011 posted by

One minute test for concussions on the horizon

Concussions among professional sports are are often mis-diagnosed, posing serious, sometimes potentially fatal consequences to injured players. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMPfeKnTuC8&feature=player_embedded#at=62 Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have developed the one-minute King-Devick (K-D) test, which essentially tests an athlete’s ability to read numbers. Showing a series of numbers on flash cards to an injured athlete and recording the time it takes to respond, any sideline doctor, coach or trainer can instantly determine if the player has sustained a concussion. A…

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One minute test for concussions on the horizon
Gadgets April 15, 2011 posted by

Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal – Android box turns your TV into a web browser

There’s no denying the speed of infiltration of our homes by teh mighty Internets, and this new product is just one more proof of that. The Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal is a set top box designed to deliver the world wide web to your flat screen TV with the minimum fuss and maximum utility. The Android powered device plugs directly into your television’s HDMI port, comes with WiFi and Ethernet on-board, supports 1080p HD playback and has an optional wireless keyboard…

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Gadgets April 15, 2011 posted by

iPhone Bottle Opener Case – the smartphone accessory for dumb owners

This iPhone Bottle Opener Case is like, yeah right! Because you’re definitely going to take your very expensive, much prized, much envied handheld computer and start cracking open beverage bottles and opening ring pull cans with it. No question. Oh look, it even comes with an app that keeps tabs of how many tops you’ve popped. Liquids and electronics? A priceless match! $19.95.  For sleek, durable protection of your iPhone , the ultra-slim Bottle and Can Opener for iPhone 4…

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Bookmark This! April 15, 2011 posted by

001 Game Creator – freeware turns you into an ace game maker

Fancy yourself as a bit of a budding game designer but don’t know how to get started? Why not try out this 001 Game Creator freeware, which lets you put together a potential blockbuster on your computer. The engine offers point and click scripting, and a goodly selection of add-on items you can use to build your universe. Don’t go expecting to produce a new Halo or anything will ya, it’s strictly for simpler fare, but that doesn’t mean your gameplay…

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Trackeverycoin – free hybrid mobile and web expense monitor

Trackeverycoin is a hybrid web and mobile application which lets you keep track of income and expenses quickly and easily. The clever thing about it, which sets it apart from most other personal expense monitoring type products, is the fact that the mobile and web account synch immediately, which means you can keep track of things much easier than having to wait until you get home to your desk to enter it all in. There are lots of nice pretty graphical…

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Gadgets April 15, 2011 posted by

Giant Flip Clock tells time in a retro fashion

For those of us out there that are big fans of telling time, now there is an equally big clock out there that will flip numbers around to give the up-to-date minute. Sure, there are plenty of round clocks out there that can get the job done, but none of them are as cool as this one. This clock is basically a flip-calendar that tells time. A total of four cards will display your time, with the hours and minutes…

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Giant Flip Clock tells time in a retro fashion