Sure, everybody says duct tape can fix anything, but now it really can. Patch up the bloke in your life with these; Duct Tape Bandage from 3M and no one will laugh at him … much. Probably doesn’t help hammer related injuries even though they’re made of real duct tape. Nexcare� Duct Tape Bandages are made of real duct tape with medical grade adhesive. * Longer length for larger fingers * Adhesive seals around the pad to help keep out…Read More
Author Archives: Dan
Info: Dan Ferris is the Red Ferret’s Oceanic correspondent and Associate Editor based in Sydney, Australia. Despite not knowing Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman, Dan has risen above adversity and now scours the world for interesting tidbits to write about. He spends far too much time photographing stuff and tinkering with computers.
Peanut Butter Machine – for all nuts smooth and chunky
Everyone knows that things you make yourself taste better and that’s obviously the idea behind the Peanut Butter Machine. Fill ‘er up with any type of nuts in shells (peanuts, sunflower, cashews and even macadamias for goodness sake) and it grinds them down to a sticky, gooey mess fit to spread on bread or bake into cookies. Might also be good if you make a lot of tahini or eat a lot of hummus. My only question is, how on…Read More
The Retriever – the little motorbike that could
If you have aspirations of running your own breakdown towing service, then check out The Retriever from Swedish company Coming Through. The Retriever is a heavily modified Honda Goldwing 1800cc motorcycle with a hideaway car-towing rig on the back. Designed to squeeze into those hard to reach breakdowns and avoid the resulting gridlock. The car trailer has a 3 wheel design that isolates the bike from the weight of the car and allows the bike to corner naturally. The trailer…Read More
Automatic Adjustable Wrench – talk the torque
Determined to blur the line between power tools and hand tools, Black and Decker has come up with the Automatic Adjustable Wrench. The Auto Wrench adjusts to the width of the bolt head (up to 32mm across) with just the press of a button. Powered by 2 included AAA batteries, which are good for 650 cycles, the 8″ wrench can also be adjusted by hand in case you’re stuck for batteries and can apply up to 220 foot-pounds of torque….Read More
Kinetik bags – protect your notebook from the school of hard knocks
Computer peripheral company extraordinaire, Logitech, make a range of hard shell backpacks and briefcases for your notebook called Kinetik. Incorporating a padded sleeve inside for your notebook and expandable pockets for all your other goodies, the outside of the bag is a hard plastic shell to beef up protection and defend against knocks. The backpack version even stands up when you place it on the ground. Professional yet stylish and practical the Kinetik bags hold most 15″ notebooks or a…Read More
Kool Dogz – home-made icy doggy treats
Keep your pooch cool, calm and collected with the Kool Dogz frozen treat maker. It comes with everything you need to make giant fun-filled ice blocks for Fido and Fifi. Simply toss in pooch’s favourite toys or freeze-proof snacks, fill with water and freeze. When it’s ready attach it to the fitting, stab it in the ground and let ’em at it. Doggy heaven on a stick. Kool Dogz was invented out of pure necessity. After fifteen pairs of shoes…Read More
Tooth Tunes – get that song out of my head!
Toy behemoth Hasbro has released a music-playing toothbrush called Tooth Tunes. The idea being you keep brushing your teeth until the music runs out. The freaky part is the music is transmitted into your ears via bone conduction through your jaw so you can only hear the music if you’re brushing correctly. Now don’t get me wrong, anything that helps children to clean their teeth more effectively and makes it fun gets a tick in my book. However each toothbrush…Read More
EARTH Atlas – a global investment
Looking for an alternative to those pricey GPS systems? Then how about the EARTH atlas, a very limited edition 580 page silver bound tome measuring 36″ by 18″? EARTH has been a 20 year labour of love for Sydney-sider Gordon Cheers who couldn’t get any of the big name publishers to take his idea of a luxury atlas seriously. Undeterred he started his own publishing company and gathered a team of 100 cartographers and 50 editors to compile the facts…Read More
ColorRight – fix that pesky white balance for good
One of the easiest ways for someone new at digital to photography to spice up their photos is to use the correct white balance. Sure you can leave the choice up to the camera but it’s pretty much guessing and it never looks quite right. So you do it yourself. Can you see the sun? Press the sun button. Inside under fluorescent light? Press the glowing bar button. But with compact fluorescent lights everywhere and sunlight mixed with tungsten lights,…Read More
Targus Express Port Docking Station – just like USB but faster!
If you use your notebook on a desk everyday, chances are you’re finding it a pain in the back. Well, peripherals-maker Targus may have something to help you. The Express Card Laptop Docking Station is a docking station that will connect with any laptop via the notebook’s Express Card slot. The docking station itself is equipped with Gigabit ethernet, 4 USB-A ports, a microphone input, Toslink S/PDIF 5.1 sound output, front, rear and centre analogue audio outputs and of course…Read More
BlueAnt Z9i – where i stands for improvement!
Despite the stigma, Bluetooth headsets are pretty darn useful things and bluetooth specialty company, BlueAnt, is doing some great things. Their latest offering is the Z9i bluetooth headset which adds some extra oomph to their CES 2007 award winning Z9 headset. First it allows you to pair it with up to 5 devices instead of the usual 1. So you can pair it with your phone, your other-half’s phone and even the laptop so you can Skype with it. You…Read More
A quick note to any gadget-reliant British round-the-world-sailors …
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the US Coast Guard is pushing to turn off satellite detection of the ubiquitous 121.5 MHz emergency beacon. Unfortunately they plan on doing it at the height of the southern hemisphere summer, the 1st of February 2009. After the satellite detection is switched off, the only way the beacon would be heard is by a plane passing overhead. So if you’re a British yachtsperson sailing around the world and you’re planning on getting into…Read More
Smart Candle – waxing-free zone
Battery powered faux candles have been around for years, but Smart Candle has taken the idea a couple of steps further. Primarily aimed at businesses that use large numbers of candles every day, Smart Candle make a range of rechargeable candles for decorative use. For businesses the cost of decorative candles start to add up, especially if you burn hundreds of them a year. When you add on damage to things from wax spills and burns, then something like the…Read More
Worldwide Travel Adapter – power to the people, wherever they are
Jet lag. It’s a pain in the neck. Your head’s in one time zone, your feet are in another and on top of that you’ve got to find the right power adapter, figure out what you can plug into the wall and avoiding dying of electricity poisoning. Well with the Powerbright Worldwide Travel Adapter, travelling just got that little bit easier. Looking like a cross between an ordinary travel power adapter and a Keyport, but cheaper, the Worldwide Travel Adapter…Read More
Pixily – the paperless office comes knocking
Pixily is an online document scanning and storage service that can bring you closer to your dream of a paperless home office. After you sign on with them you are sent a prepaid envelope that you use to forward all the documents you wish to scanned and stored. Your scanned documents are converted to recognisable text and are labelled and fully searchable via your online filing cabinet. Pixily not only handles paper-based documents, you can also upload digital documents like…Read More