Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gadgets May 10, 2011 posted by

Inflatable Roof Rack – perfect for those ‘oops’ IKEA moments

This Inflatable Roof Rack is clever enough to keep locked in the trunk for those times when you suddenly find yourself buying a full sized wardrobe from IKEA when all you went in for were some candles. Yeah, been there, done that, got the T. Anyhoo, they will support up to 150 lbs in weight and inflate using an included electric air compressor which fits into the cigar lighter socket. It’s a nice idea all right, priced at $149.95. If you want…

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Gadgets May 10, 2011 posted by

Talking Envelopes – say it like you mean it…

Talking Envelopes are envelopes which record audio of up to 10 seconds in duration. They can be re-recorded over, so if you’re really short of cash make sure to use a pencil to address them, and grab the thing back after you’ve given the gift. Hey, recycle and win, eh? The envelope plays back when the flap is opened, and it comes in different sizes to cope with various card stock. Priced from $4.75 each (in sets of 10 only)….

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general May 10, 2011 posted by

Streamwriter – awesome freeware lets you record the web

Streamwriter is a very cool new open source Internet streaming radio recorder and editor which works extremely well. You can record as many stations as you like at one time into MP3 or AAC, it comes with a built in station browser and will also automatically split tracks as they finish. You can also manually edit the track lengths as required. One excellent feature I’ve not seen before is the ability to set up a wishlist of tracks you want to record, and the…

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cool tech May 10, 2011 posted by

B-Squares – super cool solar hobbyist product coming soon…

We’re a bit reluctant to feature too many Kickstarter projects here because there’s no guarantee they’ll actually make it into production, but this one is fully over-funded already, and it’s extremely cool. B-Squares is a modular solar electronics kit based around an ingenious magnetic clip format, which lets you create neat projects without all that nasty soldering or wiring. The solar panels can be clipped together in various combinations to output different voltages etc, and there are some nice optional panels like an…

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Gadgets May 10, 2011 posted by

Monteverde Stylus Ballpoint Pen

There are usually one or two “old-fashioned” writing utensils that we use on a regular basis, despite the fact that we have a zillion different ones laying around the house collecting dust. Usually a pen or pencil that have some sort of strange sentimental value; it’s your favorite color or was a gift, for example. If you use a lot of touch-screen electronics and paper products somewhat simultaneously every day, you may want to look into the Monteverde Stylus Ballpoint…

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Monteverde Stylus Ballpoint Pen
but is it art? May 10, 2011 posted by

DIY clock lets you put your favorite LP on the wall

If you’re in the market for a new clock, there are limitless choices out there. From plain and boring to the extravagant, the possibilities are endless. However, that perfect timepiece might end up costing you a pretty penny. Sometimes it’s better to just make your own, which will get you the perfect look and a low price. If you are a music lover, you might check out this quick and easy guide to making a clock out of an old…

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DIY clock lets you put your favorite LP on the wall
Mobile Tech May 10, 2011 posted by

It Happened Here app is your own personal tour guide

Have you ever been visiting a new city, and wondered what cool things happened in the area? If you had a tour guide, they’d be able to tell you every little interesting fact. However, such guides cost money, and you have to walk around according to their schedule. There are also books with information, but you don’t want to be flipping through the pages trying to find your location, instead of enjoying the sites. What you need is an app…

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It Happened Here app is your own personal tour guide
Awesome May 10, 2011 posted by

Lumadot LED Umbrella lights your way on those dark, stormy nights

Having an umbrella on hand can be useful for days when it’s rainy out. However, if it is dark and looking like a torrential downpour, you may need a little assistance trying to see. The Lumadot LED Umbrella is likely the best way for you to look like you were trying to play a game of Pac Man on the outside of your umbrella, and give some external light. This umbrella includes a row of fiber optic lights that will…

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Lumadot LED Umbrella lights your way on those dark, stormy nights
Gadgets May 10, 2011 posted by

Thirsty Light reminds to to water your dying plants

Plants can really liven up a home or office space, but they can be a little hard to keep up with. Not everyone has a green thumb, so for those of us that need a reminder here and there, the Thirsty Light will keep us on track, and our plants happy and healthy. This long durable brass probe will let you know when your plant is drying out and needs a little more H20 love by flashing a light at…

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Thirsty Light reminds to to water your dying plants
but is it art? May 10, 2011 posted by

Azimuth SP-1 Landship Watch

There are a lot of watches out there that are the regular round-faced stainless steel link wristbands. Only very rarely do you see a watch that will make you do a double take, and the Azimuth SP-1 Landship Watch fits perfectly into that elusive category. Its design is very unique in that it was modeled after the early 20th century landships. It’s terribly surprising right? The top turret of this “tank” has a window that show the hours, and a…

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Azimuth SP-1 Landship Watch
Gadgets May 9, 2011 posted by

Thumb Keyboard With Rear-Facing Trackpad

The iTablet Thumb Keyboard may be the world’s first handheld keyboard with a rear facing touchpad, which might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. It can connect with Bluetooth devices such as the iOS devices, PS3, PC and some TVs. The keys are backlit, which is very helpful for those of us who like to use our electronics when it’s dark out. What’s really nice is that if you’re using this with your HTPC is that you’re getting a…

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Thumb Keyboard With Rear-Facing Trackpad
Awesome May 9, 2011 posted by

Learn how to make your own DIY Capacitor

DIY projects are great for a number of reasons. Not only do you (generally) end up with something that costs a fraction of what you’d pay at the store, but you also get a great sense of accomplishment. Knowing that you built something with your bare hands is one of the best feelings out there. (Plus you get full bragging rights with your friends.) Well, sometimes one of the most difficult parts about such projects is understanding the basics. That’s…

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Learn how to make your own DIY Capacitor
Gadgets May 9, 2011 posted by

Program your Android device to phone home if stolen

Losing your phone can be a devastating event. With so much of our lives wrapped up in one tiny device, you can go through several stages of panic when you realize that it’s not where you left it. First, you’re convinced that you just left it somewhere else, and then it’s safe and sound. Once you’ve decided that it’s nowhere in your possession, you start to worry about all of the private things it holds in its memories, along with…

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Program your Android device to phone home if stolen
Gadgets May 9, 2011 posted by

Cuddletunes Teddy Bear MP3 Player And Web Recorder

A lot of times, music is very soothing for little ones. It’s not surprising that we sing or hum to try and calm kids down. If you’re wanting to pacify your kids, or just give them an MP3 full of music they love you may want to look into getting the Cuddletunes Teddy Bear MP3 Player And Web Recorder. With this cute and almost too adorable bear, you can make a soundtrack on the Cuddletunes website that your kids can…

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Cuddletunes Teddy Bear MP3 Player And Web Recorder
Eco Friendly May 9, 2011 posted by

Eton’s Soulra XL Solar Dock

If you though a regular solar dock for your iPhone was awesome, prepare to be blown away with Eton’s Soulra XL Solar Dock. The larger, retractable solar panel will help to make sure your iPhone and iPod will charge up for as long as you’d like. This newer model they’ve put out will also be able to soak up the sun a lot more effectively. For only having to spend $300 on this once and never having to pay for…

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Eton’s Soulra XL Solar Dock