You don’t want to be “that guy” this Christmas who gets someone a gift that they really don’t want. Technology is a minefield when it comes to giving gifts, purely because every product has its own unique selling point and everyone has their own preferences. Hopefully, I’m about to give you a quick list of things that may not be appreciated this Christmas, to give you a better idea of what to avoid.
If you want a sleek, portable device to take with you as a backup power supply in case your phone dies when you’re in the middle of nowhere, you may want to check out PowerMonkey.
Awesome name aside, PowerMonkey chargers come in two varieties and can keep your gadgets running when there isn’t a mains plug in site!
The eXplorer version, available in blue and grey, uses solar panels to keep whatever you attach to it running. You may not want to be in the UK relying on solar power, but if you’re in a remotely sunny place you should be good until you reach a plug! You can also charge the eXplorer version via AC or USB if you want to make sure you have enough power before you leave. [Read more...]
Do you feel the need for something more to help you procrastinate at work? Are you tired of the USB desktop fan already? Then take note, readers! I present to you the USB Microscope.
Giving you 400x magnification, the microscope connects to your PC via USB and allows you to zoom in on object that you place underneath it. Simply plug it in, install the necessary software which is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X 10.5 or above, and admire the view of that seriously dirty desk of yours! [Read more...]
If you’re like me, you will have boxes and boxes of old negative photos that are never seen because they aren’t on your computer, and often get forgotten.
If you want to take all those negatives and make digital copies of them, it’s as easy as putting them through this USB negative scanner, which will transfer them to your computer for you! Simple.
When you put your negatives through the scanner, you can change various settings for importing them, such as the colour depth and dpi using the supplied software.
You won’t need to worry about using batteries or the mains to power the scanner either as it can be fully powered via USB, no alternate power source necessary. [Read more...]
There’s cool, then there’s awesome, then there’s anti-gravity at the top of the technical food chain! This one is so cool it’s not a question of whether you should buy it, the question is how much time you should spend admiring the supplied globe float. In mid air. Above the platform.
I’m not kidding around either, as the anti-gravity platform utilises insanely powerful magnets to levitate the included globe that you can place above it. It will float, rotate, and look super cool wherever you put it – it’s straight out of Star Trek! There are even LEDs around the base to add a little extra “nerd” to the package. [Read more...]
USB peripherals have been all the rage in the past few years, and it appears that this year is no exception. If you live in the UK right now your first priority may not be keeping cool, but preventing an early death thanks to hypothermia, but you can never plan too far ahead for the future, right?
If your office always seems like a warm, stuffy place to work, then you may be interested in the USB Desktop Fan offered by Firebox. This one couldn’t be much simpler: simply plug the fan in to a spare USB port in to your computer, and relax as you’re cooled down by a gust of fresh air. [Read more...]
You remember this little fella, right? Bigtrak is a programmable vehicle that can remember up to 16 commands (and loop those 16 commands for as long as you want it to) and infuriate you as it bumps in to every object imaginable as you send it on a mission across the living room!
So how exactly do you control the thing? Well, on the top of the device is a 23 button keypad which allows you to specify which direction you want it to go and how many lengths it should go in a particular direction. You can tell it to rotate any number of degrees, too, sending it on a wild goose chase for the sole purpose of wreaking havoc with your resident pet.
With Apple’s tablet being more popular than ever, iPad stands have proven to be a great accessory for many owners. To say that the market for stands is saturated would be an understatement; we covered 5 of the best iPad stands last year, and since then many more have made their way in to the limelight.
One such stand worth taking a good look at is the iMac-styled ‘Maclove Titan for iPad’ stand. [Read more...]
In the past being a ‘geek’ or a ‘nerd’ wasn’t something to shout about being in mainstream society, however perhaps thanks to the Internet, more and more people are fans of ‘Geek Chic’ and embracing their inner geek!
Now to celebrate this, us geeks now have our own day, 25th May is Geek Pride Day and has been celebrated since 2006 – why the 25th May? Well back in 1977, that was the day of the premiere of the original Star Wars movie, so that seems like a suitable date to me!
There are no shortage of pocket projectors out there, just check Firebox.com or IWOOT for proof of that, and as is usually the case, such saturation makes it difficult to stand out. So, it does take something pretty special to compete, and taking a look at the Adapt Pico Play LED Pocket Projector at first gave very little indication of possessing such a spark. However, here is the in-depth review after having a play with the device.
To look at, the device is neither especially pleasurable, nor the opposite. It’s pretty modest in its design, aesthetically speaking anyway, using a contrasting black and metallic silver case. The emphasis being on the aesthetic design there, because design incorporates more than just looks, and the curvaceous design, diminutive size and weight of the handheld projected make it great to hold, perfect to carry around. On the other hand, the plastic material it’s crafted from doesn’t feel particularly substantial, and the quality of the build is entirely questionable. That’s not to say that it feels like it will fall apart in your hand, I just wouldn’t feel save in throwing it around, is all.