Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gadgets May 9, 2011 posted by

Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit

Being one with nature can be a beautiful thing. Getting caught in the wilderness at nighttime with no light in bear country can be terrifying. Itís best to keep a fire starter kit on you at all times, but a big question is what kind to get. The Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit has basically everything you need to make sure you have a fighting chance to see and have warmth at night. This waterproof kit has waxed tinder sticks…

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Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit
reprise May 8, 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. Build your own DIY texture projector for professional-looking portraits – We’ve all had portraits done for… Nerf releases first squirt gun with "magazines" – The taste and smells of summer are… InMojo is like the Etsy for open source hardware – If you are a hardware or gadget… Use freeware to encrypt your flash drive contents – Flash drives have to be…

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Gadgets May 7, 2011 posted by

Morse Code Signal Lamp – make like a naughtical maestro and impress…

This Morse Code Signal Lamp may not sway the course of a battle, or signal distant allies, but it will give your room the right kind of nautical ambience and blend in with the portholes, ancient mariner tea cups and the signed copy of Moby Dick on the capstan coffee table. Unfortunately it only supports a measly powered 100 watt bulb, so you can forget about signalling Mrs Miggins next door for a shanty singing get together. $1,300.00.  Faithful to the original,…

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cool tech May 6, 2011 posted by

Smarthydro – the most advanced bathtub in the world

The Smarthydro is slick, Brazilian and smarter than your average Space Shuttle. Controlled by remote control or smartphone, it fills itself, keeps the temperature constant, features a bubble and light show on demand and when you’re done it’ll clean itself at the push of a button. Just about the only thing it won’t do is scrub your back, but that’s probably an upcoming optional extra. You want to know how slick this product is? Well it’s even got its own…

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Bookmark This! May 6, 2011 posted by

Freshmax Shirts – high tech shirts eliminate unsightly underarm sweat patches for ever

Smug dude is smug because he’s wearing a new Freshmax Shirt, which is made of a patented type of super weave cotton which wicks sweat away from the body while preventing damp patches from marring the shirt exterior. Result, no nasty sweaty underarm embarrassment. It’s taken the Brit developers 8 years to come up with the technology, and there’s only one fabric mill in the world that can make this stuff, and it’s hidden on the Swiss/French border. Sounds like a…

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Bookmark This! May 6, 2011 posted by

SyncMate – freeware lets you sync your Android phone with your Apple Mac

Moved over to the dark side, we have? Need a simple way to sync our Mac with our new Android phone, we do? Then take a look at SyncMate. This free software program lets you sync your contacts and calendars between Mac and Android via USB, Bluetooth or WiFi. Upgrade to the Expert paid version ($39.95) and you’ll be able to keep your folders, music, images and the rest in harmony as well. Super useful.  With SyncMate you can easily…

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Fun & Games May 6, 2011 posted by

Vroominator lets you pretend that you’re driving a fast car

Some of us weren’t born into a high standard of living, but have to be surrounded by people in extremely nice cars. Thankfully we don’t need to have the look, because we have excellent imaginations, and the Vroominator. Whether you have a Geo metro, or a mini van, you too can enjoy all of the robust sounds of a sports car’s V8 engine. All you do is plug the Vroominator into your vehicle’s DC adapter, tune to an unused FM…

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Vroominator lets you pretend that you’re driving a fast car
Free Software May 6, 2011 posted by

Use freeware to remove background noise from your audio tracks

Have you ever recorded a bit of audio (or video), only to find that there is a good amount of ambient background noise mucking it up? One of the best ways to fix this problem is to invest in a better microphone. That does require spending some money, and doesn’t exactly help you with existing audio tracks that have the problem. Well don’t worry, there is a way to clean up the track, and you don’t need to spend a…

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Use freeware to remove background noise from your audio tracks
Gadgets May 6, 2011 posted by

Ratcheting Hex Key Wrench makes your job much easier

Getting new furniture is always so exciting! You plan and plot for months about how to arrange everything for when the new furniture arrives. Then the big moment comes, the contents of the box sprawled out in an open space, and all you have is a hex wrench that came with it. This is about the time all those months of enjoyment dwindle as the nightmare of putting the whole thing together with a hex wrench that you don’t have…

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Ratcheting Hex Key Wrench makes your job much easier
Gadgets May 6, 2011 posted by

Chef Sleeves keep your iPad safe from harm in the kitchen

I use my iPad just about everyday. One of the biggest concerns we have as owners of a tablet is keeping it clean and free of spills. Cooking a new recipe in the kitchen is always good fun, but needing to have the iPad in there with you to look at an ingredient list can be scary if you’re not wanting to get anything on it. One egg or cup of water out of place and you could quickly have…

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Chef Sleeves keep your iPad safe from harm in the kitchen
Awesome May 6, 2011 posted by

Build your own Sunrise Alarm Clock

The worst part about waking up is the annoying sound that your alarm makes. It really doesn’t even matter what sound the alarm is emitting, as almost any sound is annoying when it disturbs you from your slumber. So what’s the best way to wake up? Some might argue that having a light slowly brighten a room (simulating a sunrise) is the best, and most natural way to wake in the morning. There are even a number of clocks that…

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Build your own Sunrise Alarm Clock
Fun & Games May 6, 2011 posted by

S’More to Love S’More Maker

As a child, and even as an adult, I have some very fond memories connected to s’mores. The memories are usually connected to how awful I was at making them. No matter what, they would end up in the fire because they melted off, burned, or glued to the stick I had them on. Needless to say, it was a joy to find out about the S’More to Love S’More Maker. This cage-like contraption is an upside down basket for…

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S’More to Love S’More Maker
Awesome May 5, 2011 posted by

New hope for healing diabetic-related wounds with cotton candy-like material

Unhealed wounds in diabetics from a condition called venous stasis can create serous consequences, including the possibility of amputation of a limb. But a new, potentially inexpensive nanofiber called Derma-Fuse holds the potential to heal wounds quickly and safely. Developed by the Mo-Sci Corporation in Missouri, this cotton candy-like substance -which is composed of borate glass nanofibers – helped speed the healing of venous stasis ulcers in a majority of patients enrolled in a small human clinical test group of…

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New hope for healing diabetic-related wounds with cotton candy-like material
hmm..interesting May 5, 2011 posted by

New translucent curtains drastically increases sound absorption

How do you weigh the need for privacy and relative quiet against letting sunlight in? It used to be a trade off. Now researchers from Swiss company Empa and award-winning designer Annette Douglas have created a lightweight, translucent curtain five times more effective at absorbing sound than traditional ones. Working with Empa acousticians, who developed a mathematical model of a fabric, Douglas brought in silk weavers from Weisbrod-Zurrer AG to manufacture fabric samples to test and optimize the acoustic properties…

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New translucent curtains drastically increases sound absorption
heh heh! May 5, 2011 posted by

Grill-Top PizzaQue Stone lets you cook your pizza on the grill

Making homemade pizza always makes it taste better for some reason. Cooking the pizza and getting all the dough and toppings to the right temperature, however can be a bit of a task. As you canít really stab your Italian pie with a thermometer over and over again, you may want to look into getting a Grill-Top PizzaQue Stone. This is one of the only ways Iíve heard of that will make sure your pizza is evenly cooked and give…

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Grill-Top PizzaQue Stone lets you cook your pizza on the grill