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Funky stuff, man!

cool tech January 13, 2005 posted by

Organize IT.

Socket’s OrganizeIT Suite. $299.00. A rather cool and definitely geeky way to organize and catalogue your collections using your PDA and their barcode scanner and software. A bit too ‘High Fidelity’ for the Ferret’s taste, but hey…  The software application in conjunction with the SDIO ISC scans UPC bar codes and retrieves valuable data on the web to complete a comprehensive database of music and video. Information can be synchronized between Pocket PC and Palm OS mobile devices and the…

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cool tech January 12, 2005 posted by


Is the PikAx the ultimate air guitar? Probably. [Thanks Tom].  The PikAx experience is two-fold. The first is what we like to call jammin’. Here you can select and assign your favourite riffs from your record collection and play like your guitar heroes. The second is where you can assign full chord sounds to the buttons of the PikAx and trigger them by strumming/striking the strings of the PikAx – letting you play like a true musician.

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cool tech January 11, 2005 posted by

Hands free and fancy.

The new Culmann Variocom VC4 (Deutsch) hands-free car phone unit is a real modular marvel. The feature set includes plug-in voice recognition, Bluetooth and GPS audio navigation cards and a neato PDA/laptop socket to let you use the phone as a modem for your snazzy handheld. The Bluetooth is so your passengers can also use the hands free features of the unit without inserting their handset. I think.

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cool tech January 7, 2005 posted by

OneClick and you’re gone.

The OneClick intelligent computer power strip. £28.00 worth of cleverness. Super neato.  OneClick the intelligent mains panel automatically controls the power to all of your peripherals from your computer. Switch on your computer and OneClick instantly switches power to your monitor, scanner, printer, games console and speakers. Switch your computer off and OneClick turns them all off again. It’s that simple. OneClick can save you energy, save you money, extend the life of all your peripherals and give you the…

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cool tech January 7, 2005 posted by

Hive mentality?

Lots of chat around about the upcoming new Exeem service [dead link at the moment, note!] to replace BitTorrent, but I’m wondering whether tech like this SwarmStream stuff is really the future of large file downloading? Answers on a broadband pipe to…  The SwarmStream SDK is a comprehensive suite of acceleration technologies that greatly enhance the raw speed and reliability, of enterprise, consumer, and military applications over Wide-Area Networks. Onion Networks redefines state-of-the-art by being the first company to provide WAN…

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cool tech January 6, 2005 posted by

Blue power.

HaveBlue. Fuel cell technology for boats. Pretty cool stuff.  HaveBlue’s proprietary hydrogen-based auxiliary power generators make that dream a reality. For the first time, powerboats will have a practical alternative to diesel generators, one that transforms the hydrogen in water (H2O) into the electrical power needed to run everything onboard… without detrimental environmental impact on the seas, inland waterways or the air.

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cool tech January 5, 2005 posted by

Dive, dive!

The Aladin Pro Ultra dive computer. $526.40. If this Ferret was brave enough to go diving – among all those creepy crawlies and slimy things – then this is definitely the watch he’d wear. Not the gold Rolex, oh no.   The Aladin Pro Ultra has an oxygen clock that keeps an eye on O2 toxicity. This computer also allows you to dive on normal air at 21% O2, or dive on a level of O2 from 22% to 50%. And as…

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cool tech January 4, 2005 posted by


Skype + Podcast Recorder = Skypecasting. Oh yes, funky is it indeedy!  The front-end solution for podcasters to create great sounding audio recordings from interviews and conference calls using Skype. For the last few days I’ve been recording podcasts using Skype. As the call ends with a couple of clicks it is converted to mp3 and uploaded to a blog. This is a real bloggers solution providing podcasting in almost real-time without resorting to studios, or fancy gear.

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cool tech January 4, 2005 posted by

Senso the dramatic.

The Rinspeed Senso is billed as the ‘most sensuous car in the world’. Let’s just hope that it’s not too temperamental or high maintenance as well, eh? More here.   …the idea behind the car is that it will sense and adapt to the driver’s mood. The car apparently uses a combination of biometric and other information to assess the driver’s mindset, then assists the driver to reach an optimum state of mind by altering ambient light, and “feel, smell and sound.”

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cool tech December 24, 2004 posted by

Beyond burnt toast.

The Beyond Microwave Oven. The no-brainer cooking utensil. Just pop the nosh into the hole, scan the food packaging barcode with the integrated scanner and it’ll cook the stuff to perfection. Apparently. 4000 codes included and updates available. Sounds like the perfect bachelor machine, don’t it?  Finally, an easy way to cook meals perfectly and evenly every time. No more guesswork. Just scan the barcode on your food packagethe Beyond Microwave Oven does the rest. Perfect Chicken a la King….

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cool tech December 23, 2004 posted by

The Stone posie.

The Estone Ripper 510. $645.00. Rips CDs, records off the radio, built-in 45W amp, sorts playlists, stores 5000 tracks on a removable USB 2.0 hard disk and fits into a normal car slot. Cool stuff! Oh and apparently it may well handle MPEG4 video as well. More here.  The Estone Car MP3 player is the world’s best. You can download your favorite internet MP3 to the Estone player via its removable USB hard disk. While keeping all the features of traditional car audio…

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cool tech December 20, 2004 posted by

Mobile matters.

This week is mobile phone software week here on the Ferret. So without further ado, Kablog for Java, Symbian and Palm. $19.99.   KABLOG is a tool for mobile phones and PDAs that allows you to post photos and blog entries to blog servers and services such as TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger, B2, Blog-City, UserLand (Radio), Roller, SnipSnap, and other blog servers that support either the simple blogger xmlrpc interface or the extended metaWeblog interface.

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cool tech December 20, 2004 posted by

Wireless wellness.

Well it had to come. The WiFi heart monitor. Well OK, perhaps not WiFi, but certainly wireless. Six Billion Dollar Man kind of spooky, eh? One day some male nurse in Bangalore will probably know when we’re about to keel over and kick the fish before we do.  A revolutionary Personal Health Status Monitor for early detection of life threatening cardiac rhythms is just one of the exciting new medical devices set to revolutionise health care…The device’s body-worn sensors wirelessly communicate the health…

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cool tech December 16, 2004 posted by


The Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter. $49.95. Apparently, according to Ferrety reader Doobie-Won, this is the bees kneecaps for locating wireless signals when out and about. And who, pray, are we to argue?  The Digital Hotspotter is the first full-featured, second-generation Wi-Fi detection and analysis device. Like “first generation” analog Wi-Fi detectors, the Digital Hotspotter detects signal availability and strength. However, it is the only device of its kind that provides essential information about wireless networks, including: 

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cool tech December 16, 2004 posted by


nBot. So everyone’s making Segway type bots nowadays? Who’d a thunk it? Just check out the list of links at the bottom of the page if you don’t believe.

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