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Funky stuff, man!

cool tech May 12, 2005 posted by


Talkr. OK, enough with the lazy e already. Sheesh! Anyway Talkr converts text only blogs into Podcasts. Actually it converts any RSS feed into speech. $9.95 for 10 hours of audio per month.   Talkr provides a service that allows you to listen to your favorite text-only news sources rather than read them. If you can point us to an RSS feed (a machine-readable version of your favorite blog or news source) we will convert that feed from text to…

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cool tech May 11, 2005 posted by

Share and peer.

Folder Share. Your files anywhere. But not on top of that stupid rock, I bet. Anyhoo, there’s a free basic plan and a subscription one with more features. Looks neato. [Thanks to Rob for the pointer.]  FolderShare allows you to create a private peer-to-peer network that will help you to synchronize files across multiple devices and access or share files with colleagues and friends. You no longer need to send large files via email, burn them to CDs/DVDs and mail…

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cool tech May 3, 2005 posted by

Hot squash.

The new Virtual Spectator system for squash, VS SquashTrac, goes to somewhat extreme lengths to immerse fans in the action. Not only can you see the usual stats, multi camera angles and other courtside goodness, but also a thermographic image to check just how hot the players are getting. Next up – the Throbbing Vein Cam.  VS SquashTrac combines multi-camera video, electronic player tracking, and thermographic imaging to provide multiple perspectives and performance analytics on a squash player’s every move. Through the…

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cool tech May 2, 2005 posted by


The iClub. Whoa, serious tech applied to golf. Tiger up your swing…ah….tiger. $595.00.  The iClub is leading a revolution in golf instruction. Attach it to any club, the iClub wirelessly tracks your swing and provides real-time, 3D feedback both on and off the course. Created by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, our proprietary motion sensing technologies blend seamlessly with Artificial Intelligence to provide simple, easy to use feedback…the iClub is proven to increase distance, improve control, and demystify…

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cool tech April 28, 2005 posted by

Nokia returns.

The Nokia N91. The beginning of the N, eh? Hmm, smart stuff Mr Marketing Makkinnen. Regular readers will remember that the Ferret tends not to comment on vanilla device launches unless there’s something special about them, but this one may well fit the bill…

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cool tech April 22, 2005 posted by

Google search history RSS.

The Google Search History RSS feed creator. Well that didn’t take long, did it? And rather slick indeed.  This tool goes through your current Google Search History, grabs all of your recent searches and turns it into an RSS feed. Would work best set up as a nightly/hourly cron job, redirecting to a file. This tool is written in Perl and uses a few, slick, modules: WWW::Mechanize, XML::LibXML, and XML::RSS.

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cool tech April 21, 2005 posted by

Park by phone.

Pay by Phone parking has hit London at last. Woo-hoo. Clever tech developed by ParkMobile lets harassed motorists pay for the exact amount of time they spend in a parking bay just by making a mobile phone call. No more fumbling for change or over filling the meter. This is verily a huge advance for mankind. [via the Beeb]  When you arrive at a parking space call the pre-set Parkmobile number on your phone. You don’t need to speak – just key in a three-digit code…

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cool tech April 21, 2005 posted by

P2P parp.

Dijjer. Beta P2P application with a cool twist. It’s easy to use. Now there’s novel, eh bach?  You don’t need to install anything. Just put a file on your site as you normally do, but add “” to the beginning of your links: normal link: “” dijjer link:”” When they click a Dijjer link, users will get some of the file from your website, but most of it will come from other people running Dijjer. That’s how you save bandwidth….

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cool tech April 11, 2005 posted by

Super Fast Pizza.

Super Fast Pizza. Geek heaven. The ovens are in the trucks, see? Is that clever or what? From the ‘why didn’t they think of this before’, dept?  Our high-tech Mobile Kitchens are licensed restaurants. We outfit them with Custom Ovens that can cook your pizza at a speedy 600 degrees. Our Mobile Pizza Kitchens utilize the latest in wireless internet technology, and produce enough electricity to power your home. (And they look pretty sporty too!) Remember, we cook your pizza…

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cool tech April 11, 2005 posted by

Roll yer own maps.

Using Google Maps tech, the folk at have come up with a simple, free tool to create your own annotated maps (a la Engadget), using addresses or lat/long co-ordinates if you want. Terribly funky tech at its finest. Test only at the moment and there’s a limit of 10 maps.  

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cool tech April 5, 2005 posted by

OnTime Ethernet clock.

The OnTime Ethernet powered digital clock. Not just network powered, but network updated too, for that extra special bit of real geek cred. From $195.00 with pen protectors.  The OnTime clock plugs into an Ethernet jack on your local area network. No AC plug is required, so installation is inexpensive and it’s easy to move clocks around. Power is supplied over the data wiring using the IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet standard, the same power source as Voice-over-IP telephones. The…

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cool tech April 4, 2005 posted by

Paint and peel.

Maskin Paint and Peel. You want to change the colour of your car on demand? Well this is the stuff you need. Face mask, swag bag, crowbar and safe blowing kit extra.  Maskin comes from mask: it’s about switching identities in virtually no time. But with Maskin, changing the looks of a vehicle with individual designs also means extra protection by a “second skin”…Will the paint come off without difficulties? No leftovers will stick to the car part after the…

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cool tech March 31, 2005 posted by

Thrice as nice.

The Powatryke. Five speed, electric and oooh look, a basket. £795.00.  The uses for the Powatryke seem to be endless, we have customers using them for deliveries in major cities, local village shops using them for home deliveries and people using them to do the shopping. The Powatryke has also proved to be an ideal mobility vehicle, providing many elderly and physically challenged customers with a new mode of safe and efficient transport.

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cool tech March 28, 2005 posted by

Dive and drive.

The Newt Suit One Atmosphere System. Perfect for an intimate his n’hers diving honeymoon, doncha think?  Offered as a pair of submersible fully articulated atmospheric diving suits and two thruster packs. The ultimate alternative to costly saturation diving operations without the extra cost and associated risks. The Newt Suits are equipped with articulated joints for exceptional mobility. Ideal where an ROV just won’t do the job completely or a saturation dive team is far too costly.

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cool tech March 25, 2005 posted by

Air to there.

The Dolphin2 extracts pure water from the air, then delivers it hot or cold. We’ve mentioned this type of technology before, but it looks as though this product will come with consumer friendly pricing for the home. What price the bottled water market then, eh?  The Dolphin 2 will provide membrane filtered, UV-purified and treated hot and cold water without the inconvenience of buying water refills, storing used and unused water bottles, and troublesome piping. Not only will the Dolphin 2 provide hassle-free water,…

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