Author Archives: Nigel

Full Name: Nigel Powell Website:
Info: Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don't we all?
cool tech August 14, 2020 posted by Nigel

Inochi – the world’s first stylish clear mask … at a price

The Inochi mask is being billed as the world’s first stylish clear mask. And we’ve got to say they’ve got a point. It’s definitely very cool to be able to see people’s faces again. No more guessing whether it’s scowls or smiles, and it also reminds us of how things were before we de-personalised ourselves to stay safe. Of course we totally understand why we need to wear masks, because it is stupid not to.  So put it ON! Anyway…

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Inochi – the world’s first stylish clear mask … at a price
Eco Friendly August 12, 2020 posted by Nigel

The Lucid Air blows open the EV range war with a huge 517 miles on a single charge

The new Lucid Air electric car just announced a huge estimated range of 517 miles from a single charge. Which means we’re now clearly entering a new phase of the range wars. It’s not enough that EV performance is pushing supercars into red faced retreat, now we’re going to see range numbers which will humble even the most frugal gas guzzler. Remember we’re really only still at the start of this whole game. If they can hit these numbers now,…

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The Lucid Air blows open the EV range war with a huge 517 miles on a single charge
cool tech August 10, 2020 posted by Nigel

Emrod – wireless electricity system announced. No more ugly pylons?

New Zealand startup Emrod has started trials of a new wireless electricity system which they say could do away with the need for cables, pylons and all that stuff when delivering electrical power in rural areas. What makes this new project different is the fact that it has attracted the attention – and funding – from one of New Zealand’s biggest power companies. Trials with Powerco will begin in October, although the early prototype will initially only be able to…

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Emrod – wireless electricity system announced. No more ugly pylons?
Electric Cars August 4, 2020 posted by Nigel

MingHong SEV S2 – $900 six-seater electric car is cheap, cheerful and oh so slow

We’ve seen – and driven – our share of electric vehicles over the years, but this Alibaba sourced vanette, called the MingHong SEV S2 really does take the cake. Billed as a ‘modern premium sedan’, this BMW grilled $900 runabout boasts a staggering 60 km/h top speed and a range of up to 60 miles or so. Mr Tesla better watch out. The sales site doesn’t hide the real use of this car – “small Chinese adult electric car”. So…

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MingHong SEV S2 – $900 six-seater electric car is cheap, cheerful and oh so slow
Eco Friendly July 27, 2020 posted by Nigel

Revolution Container – recycled shipping container offers COVID friendly eco washing on the forecourt

Photo-Me, the mega passport photo booth people, have just announced a new edition to their portable launderette products for the high street. The Revolution Container is a recycled shipping container which holds four washing machines and two dryers capable of offering launderette services from supermarket, gas station and other forecourts. The 5.5 tonne box – which fits into 2 car parking spaces – is designed to be functional rather than beautiful, but the owners hope that it will provide a…

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Revolution Container – recycled shipping container offers COVID friendly eco washing on the forecourt
Awesome July 23, 2020 posted by Nigel

PanSeer – new blood test may be able to detect cancer four years before symptoms appear

An international team of scientists have just announced an experimental blood test they dubbed PanSeer, which they suggest could detect certain types of cancer in people up to four years before any symptoms show up. If the new tech works out long term, it could revolutionise the battle against some of the most common cancers in the world. The team started out by focusing on malignancies which could occur in the liver, stomach, lung and colorectal regions of the body….

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PanSeer – new blood test may be able to detect cancer four years before symptoms appear
Awesome July 21, 2020 posted by Nigel

Proteus – new un-cuttable material promises to make bike thefts a thing of the past

Bicycle theft is big business. Thanks to the easy availability of tools like battery power angle grinders, even the most carefully secured bike can be stolen in minutes. Now, thanks to Proteus, a new material developed in the U.K. and Europe, these cut and grab days may be over for good. The team behind the new wonder material have shown that while a 10mm military grade armoured steel plate could be cut through by an angle grinder in 20 seconds,…

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Proteus – new un-cuttable material promises to make bike thefts a thing of the past
future tech July 19, 2020 posted by Nigel

The terrifying promise of GPT-3 AI – software’s Manhattan Project?

We’ve been threatened with Artificial Intelligence for decades now, but we’ve just seen the release of something which looks totally terrifying and yet inevitable. The good folk at OPENAI – an open source organisation dedicated to keeping AI development transparent, and featuring supporters such as Elon Musk and Peter Thiel – have just privately released the GPT-3 API to selected people. OK, geeks. The terrifying bit is how good this stuff is now. You remember all the furore about DeepFake…

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The terrifying promise of GPT-3 AI – software’s Manhattan Project?
Eco Friendly February 13, 2019 posted by Nigel

New Wash – Forget the shampoo and go totally natural clean

If you’re trying to go properly green and eco, you’ll know that one of  the most difficult things to drop is the less than earth friendly shampoo stuff. Sure there are options which don’t involve strange ingredients and horse hair. But for the most part we’ve been stuck with chemically enhanced products only. Until now.

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New Wash – Forget the shampoo and go totally natural clean
huh..? October 18, 2017 posted by Nigel

EAZY Bike – is this another crowdfunding project which is just too good to be true? [Crowdfunding]

We love covering new products, especially when they are eco cool, such as e-bikes. So we were really enthusiastic when we came across a new crowdfunding campaign for a bolt-on electric bike conversion kit called EAZY Bike. It looks very practical, hails from Sweden, and is very cheap. Perfect for mass adoption. But on closer inspection our Spidey Sense started tingling big time. We’re not necessarily saying there’s anything dodgy about the project, just that there are some rather odd…

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EAZY Bike – is this another crowdfunding project which is just too good to be true? [Crowdfunding]
announcement May 18, 2017 posted by Nigel

Sayso For Good and The Red Ferret team up to do a wee bit of good

Every so often we here at Ferret Towers crawl out of our basement and try and do a bit of good. Just to remember what it feels like. So it’s with pleasure that we announce a tie-up with the Sayso For Good folk, who are also trying to combine commerce with humanitarian causes. Those of you with long enough memories will remember that we used to feature the free Hunger Site banner on the front page, which delivered rice to…

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Sayso For Good and The Red Ferret team up to do a wee bit of good