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Funky stuff, man!

cool tech June 27, 2005 posted by

World’s smallest helicopter?

Is this the world’s smallest Co-Axial Helicopter?  Or Photoshop? [Update: oooh, it’s real. $30,000.00 for the kit. Thanks Ponyboy.]  It can Carry On average a 70kg (155 lb.) pilot.It can fly approximately 1 hour on a 5-gallon tank of fuel.Its Engine is Two-stroke, air-cooled, 125cc, horizontally opposed. Two-cylinder.Its also radio controlled…Four independent engines enable normal flight to continue with one engine out. Emergency landing under full control is possible on two engines. Ballistic parachute provided above the mast.

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cool tech June 27, 2005 posted by

Skype out?

Jajah. A webphone pretender to the Skype crown. P2P, video phone, Skype/SIP compatible, SIP box/phone available, send SMS to mobiles, language translation for text, voice call to landline phones at reduced rates, conferencing, voicemail, call forwarding, customisable ringtones….shall I go on? Check it out, if only for the somewhat weird Australian and Austrian connection.  What if I run out of credit? Will you just cut me off? No, we would never do that. The fair pay system guarantees that when…

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cool tech June 24, 2005 posted by

Home a-roam phone.

The VoIP 500DP DECT Phone. Look ma, it’s an Internet phone, and a wireless DECT home phone. All in one rather ugly looking combo. But who cares, it’s brill and £96.91. Two Ethernet ports, SIP compatible, 8MB SDRAM, echo cancellation, PSTN, Caller ID, speakerphone and SMS send/receive. Yowsers!

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cool tech June 15, 2005 posted by

Color Pickr.

Color Pickr. Genius. Locate Flickr photos via their colour match. Now if only it could differentiate between the freely licensed images and the restricted ones. Anyhoo, I’m definitely beginning to see the attraction of the Flickr open API.

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cool tech June 14, 2005 posted by

Mobile deskphone.

In amongst the flurry of mobile handset announcements yesterday from the CommunicAsia mobile telecoms show, was a little gem from Nokia which flew in under the radar. The company has just announced a deal with OnRelay to market and supply the MBX convergent PBX mobile phone tech to corporate customers. This is super clever stuff which basically lets you seamlessly route mobile calls to and from your office switchboard on demand, even if you’re roaming 5000 miles away. How to…

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cool tech June 14, 2005 posted by

Photos a go go.

The good folk at are now offering an instant mobile phone photo upload service. Snap and send for instant display. These techs are cool, we need more of them. Also worth looking at the FlexWindow service. Free for personal use.

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cool tech May 30, 2005 posted by

Photo fashion.

Momento. Photos to coffee table books. Clever Aussie chic from A$25 + A$1.00 per page. You know what? It’s a very cool idea.  Momento is an Australian printing service that allows anyone to transform their photos into personalised hardcover coffee-table books easily and affordably … You design a photobook with the free Momento software; We print, bind and deliver the books to your door Whether you’d like to present your holiday photos in a contemporary format, clear your hard disk of…

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cool tech May 27, 2005 posted by

Litter be gone!

Litter Kwitter. Aussie cat toilet training system. Too much.  Works with any cat. Works with cats of any age. Works in just a few weeks. With comprehensive ‘How To’ DVD to lead you and your cat to success.

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cool tech May 26, 2005 posted by

Ding dong, Schwinn song.

The rather funky Schwinn Sting-Ray bicycle has gone all electric on us. $399.00 buys you a craft that will cruise at up to 14 mph for 2 hours at a time. And checkit, the electric motor looks just like a real motorbike block. Cute. More here.  The throttle’s LED indicator indicates battery condition, and feedback from the computer denotes real-time battery power. Another handy feature on the Schwinn Sting-Ray Electric is the removable, rechargeable battery system, which can be charged on…

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cool tech May 26, 2005 posted by

100% Flat-Free ?

The Amerityre ‘no air’ polyurethane tyre. Forget the Tweel, this looks like it could be cheaper, more robust and quicker to market. Only as a spare tyre at the moment, though.  The advantages of the “zero pressure” tire are as follows: Reliability: Solid polyurethane elastomer construction does not require high pressure to carry vehicle load, and provides the consumer with an “always ready” solution in the event of regular tire failure. Durability: Polyurethane elastomer material performance meets or exceeds performance…

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cool tech May 25, 2005 posted by

Small claims online.

Money Claim Online. Yowsers, the small claims court moves online in the UK. That’s freakily efficiently 21st century isn’t it?  Money Claim Online is a simple, convenient and secure way of making a claim on the internet. With Money Claim Online you can keep an eye on the status of your Claim, Judgment and/or Warrant. You will be asked to pay the fees to issue Claims and Warrants online by Debit or Credit Card. Money Claim Online has been designed…

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cool tech May 20, 2005 posted by

Power to the pooch.

The Dog Powered Scooter. Well actually a harness and outrigger that you can attach to any ‘approved’ 2 wheeled vehicle. $240.00 plus shipping. Twin dog accessory an extra $180.00. The cat powered version is on hold while Tiddles takes a nap! Super clever stuff.  Simply harness the dog and clip them into the frame and off you go. With just a few outings pulling the scooter the dog quickly learns when to slow (by feeling the braking) and which direction to…

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cool tech May 13, 2005 posted by


Fundable. A kind of group hug escrow scheme. Very cool idea. The super interesting thing is that a) you can link in your eBay feedback status to give you an instant sort of reference, and b) after the beta is over they’re releasing the software for free download under Open Source. Which means that anyone will be able to set up collaborative funding schemes at will. Tres neat. [via metafilter]  Fundable is a new service that lets groups of people…

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cool tech May 13, 2005 posted by

User power.

The web is a-buzz with hot technology right now, with mother Google seemingly leading the charge to re-invent, re-engineer and imagineer all kinds of apps. But what happens when the power shifts to the user, through the use of creative browser add-ons which let you change pages you’re viewing? The answer is, potentially, a lot! Well a sneak peak of a few ‘user annotation’ or ‘user scripting’ tools may well help us to understand where this is heading. Just imagine being…

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