December 7, 2009
The USB Cup Warmer is an extremely simple concept that can be extremely useful. You make a cup of tea, sit down at your PC, become thoroughly involved in something and before you know it your drinks are stone cold. However, with this little device being plugged into your USB port, it will keep your cuppa warm whilst you work.
The device measures in at 12cm squared, so it’s around the size of a normal coaster and therefore is not going to take up too much space on most desks. It plugs directly into your PC or Mac but unlike some USB devices, this one can be turned off when not in use rather than having to unplug it.Continue reading »
December 7, 2009
The HD Ultra Slim Pocket Video Camera is a beautifully sleek, and extremely portable video capture device. Capable of snapping high definition video, or 5 megapixel still photos as well as being an MP3 player. It’s compact, light and stylish.
This camcorder stores its videos in .AVI format which is suitable for almost any user as it is compatible with Windows Media Player as well as other media playing software such as the VLC media player. Therefore viewing your creation on your PC is as simple as possible.Continue reading »
December 6, 2009
The market for e-book readers is becoming increasingly congested these days. The Foxit eSlick eBook Reader is competing against devices such as the Amazon Kindle 2, Amazon Kindle DX, COOLER eBook Reader, as well as Sony e-Reader products, which as usual are not what you would call great value with some devices being well over £200.
However, competition is rightly good for the consumer and rightly so the Foxit eSlick ebook readers are just £189.99 which is far greater value for money when you consider the quality of the product. It is slim and stylish and extremely functional. Weighing just 180g, it is lightweight, yet still boasts a decent size screen to provide you with an easy reading experience. It’s also available in either black or white models.Continue reading »
December 6, 2009
The modern age of first person shooter’s have been crying out for the 3rd Space FPS Gaming Vest ever since it began. All gamers who have enjoyed the likes of Call of Duty or Medal of Honor have always dreamed of a device which allows them to almost get into the game, to be more immersed in it, well how about feeling the bullets without the excruciating pain of real life?
The vest features 8 pads which deliver 10lbs of force into your body when you are punched, kicked or shot in-game, giving you some real feedback and improving the gaming experience to leave you with an ultimately realistic immersion of war, minus only the fear of real injury or death.Continue reading »
December 5, 2009
The name doen’t really give a lot away other than the fact that it’s a robot. But the Choro Robo Q is a different robot. In fact, it’s said to be the smallest working robot in existence. It seems that in Japan, where it originated, the smaller the better.
The robot is a remote control device which is extremely capable. And portable!. It charges using the controller and it can be carried inside too, which just shows how small it really is because I can assure you, it’s not a particularly large controller. It charges magnetically by coupling with the controller.Continue reading »
December 4, 2009
One of the classics from modern gaming. You have the original old-school characters such as Mario, Sonic etc. But for the modern gaming era we have Sackboy from the popular PS3 game Little Big Planet. The game was a big hit recently featuring totally customisable gaming areas and Sackboy was the hero.
This cute doll is a completely accurate representation of the game and his arms, legs and head can be positioned into several poses. He can stand in various poses on your bookshelf or desk and geek up your bedroom or office. With this you will surely be the envy of any Little Big Planet players as everybody who has played the game, loves the pixelated version of Sackboy.Continue reading »
December 3, 2009
The Tao Digital Photo Keyring really does exactly what it seems. You may have seen or own a digital photo frame which can display a slideshow of all your favourite moments. These are definitely a significant improvement over a single still photo if you’re one for a gadget. So why not carry a miniature on your keychain.
Unlike the larger digital frames though, it does not cost the earth. At £13 it is perhaps a bit more expensive than a regular key fob, but this comes with 8MB of memory to store images and can display all of your photo’s in a constantly crisp display, rather than one old and faded one.Continue reading »
December 3, 2009
The WildCharge wireless charging device is an unbelievably great value gadget which relieves your room of trailing wires and overloading plug sockets. Charging gadgets has always been a chore to me, finding the right charger, finding an empty socket, plugging it in, connecting the device to the charger and waiting…waiting…
But no more, the WildCharge allows you to get rid of all that time and space consuming wire, and instead, have an aesthetically acceptable device which wirelessly, yes wirelessly charges your gadgets such as an iPhone/iPod, Blackberry or Nokia phone with just a single plug socket taken up by the WildCharge itself.Continue reading »
December 3, 2009
Now what’s this? The Sega Indoor Fireworks Projector? Well you may have seen my article earlier on about the indoor Star Theatre Planetarium. Well if you did, and you like the idea, then perhaps this could be for you too. It works on a very similar principal of light shining through a set of discs, except this time instead of displaying the night sky, it projects animated fireworks into your living room.
So this Christmas and New Year especially, there’s no more standing in a muddy field, freezing cold and wet through watching fireworks, as you can get one of these nifty little gadgets and sit in front of the warm fire watching a display which is just as interesting.Continue reading »
December 2, 2009
Well it’s that time of year again at work, the Christmas tree and decorations get put up and bring a bit of festive cheers to the usual proceedings of a day in the office, people are planning for the Christmas party and of course, hopefully one of the more organised people are planning a Secret Santa gift giving system, much Firebox’s Global Secret Santa, but obviously on a much smaller scale!
Anyway, Secret Santa is always a good idea in my opinion as it saves racking your brains for presents for several different people, so you you’re just let stuck with finding one perfect office gift and usually for a wallet-friendly budget price, so here’s a few ideas from Zath for you to ponder over!Continue reading »
December 1, 2009
That’s right you can now get Lego Board Games! Those timeless little bricks that have given us endless fun throughout the years have now been incorporated into Lego-built board games. But not just any board games, these have the added touch of having to build, destroy and rebuild the game and even the dice when you play. This gives you something that other board games can’t and that is the ability to never play the same game twice. Each game will be unique depending on how you assemble your board.
Admittedly, these are quite a contrast from a more serious Lego robotics project like the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0, but perhaps no less fun as there are various different Lego Board Games from which to choose from, two of which we’ll give a quick run-down of here…Continue reading »
December 1, 2009
The Digital Video Memo is the ultimate fridge magnet for those of us with fading memories. Rather than shove sticky notes all over the place that are prone to falling off and slipping under the fridge, simply stick one digital video memo magnet onto the fridge and start recording your reminders.
The details are very simple. When you think of something you might forget, record your message using the built in camera and the LED light will flicker until you press the playback button and view your message in all its glory and trigger that old memory of yours.Continue reading »
November 30, 2009
How have you managed to live so far without the Star Wars Force Trainer? Are you one with the Force? I’m sure we’ve all pretended to use the force at some point whether it is to open the automatic doors at the supermarket, or attempting to bring the TV remote across the room purely out of laziness. Well, for the real Star Wars fans among us this is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Sort of.
The Star Wars Force Trainer allows you to use your brainwaves and the motion of your hand to manoeuvre a star wars-esque ball up and down a star wars-esque tube. It doesn’t really sound that exciting when it comes down to it, but the technology behind it is pretty revolutionary and it’s the closest you’re going to get to using the Force outside of playing a video game like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.Continue reading »
November 30, 2009
What is the Refresh Charging Station for? Well if you’re anything like me, then you have a lot of gadgets such as phones, laptops, MP3 players etc. Lying around a lot of the time and of course, they need charging every now and again. And charging each of these gadgets, as we know requires a charger, which can be bulky, ugly and generally clutters everything up.
The Refresh Charging Station combines all your chargers into one single area which will turn your cluttered desk into one neat, sleek charging area leaving you more space to work and play.Continue reading »
November 29, 2009
LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is probably the most amazing thing you will ever see in your whole life. Well, almost. This super advanced robot allows you to build your very own machine out of not so ordinary LEGO.
Considering you can construct this thing yourself with little or no knowledge of building robots, it is excitingly capable. There are 4 different types of robot possible to construct from the set, which comes with instructions for all 4 in the box along with a quick start guide and easy to use ‘drag and drop’ software to program and control your robot from your computer.Continue reading »
November 28, 2009
The Alien Abduction Lamp is an extremely realistic LED lamp which will almost have you believe that a cow is being abducted in your room! A high quality metal lamp with energy saving LED’s that provide great amounts of light in a ‘fun’ way without enlarging your carbon footprint.
The UFO is made from high quality steel with a ‘pearl black’ finish which is aesthetically pleasing and the windows which alternate between a green and yellow glow. Inside lies a stereotypical green alien with a flat face, huge eyes and no eyelids. The cow being abducted is actually removable so perhaps you can pretend that it has already been and gone.Continue reading »
November 28, 2009
The USB Tape Express is an ingenious piece of technology that converts almost any type of audio cassette into digital audio for your PC and/or MP3 player.
Connecting via USB, the device uses EZ tape converter software, compatible with Windows or Mac OS X to guide you through the transfer to MP3. Firebox.com claims the software to be ‘idiot-proof’ so it should be an easy enough process for just about anyone to use, perhaps your parents will find this item particularly useful and would be able to tell you about these strange items they used to use in their youth – audio cassette tapes!Continue reading »
November 27, 2009
Crafted from super strong fabric, the Stealth Laptop Sleeve gives you the power to carry your laptop with you wherever you may go, without having a sling a laptop backpack over your shoulder. It looks just like an old manila envelope so passers-by won’t be looking at you with a painful look of disgust and sharing whispers about your tatty 90’s IBM laptop bag.
Of course, this doesn’t really happen, but either way, it’s something different. A novelty method of safely transporting your notebook PC so you can be a little bit out of the ordinary, but also it will actually deter those more unscrupulous types who might be looking to steal a standard looking laptop bag.Continue reading »
November 26, 2009
The Star Theatre Planetarium is an easy way to recreate the night sky in any of the rooms in your house. The ultra white LED lights on the planetarium project an almost realistic star gazing experience in your own home.
If you’ve ever been to a planetarium, you may have been amazed by what you saw, well this little gadget brings the same technology to you so you don’t have to leave your house to have the same experience.Continue reading »
November 26, 2009
The GrooveNeo iPod Alarm Clock Radio is more than just an alarm clock. It’s also an iPod dock with an integrated AM/FM radio. Features 2.75” stereo speakers so it should produce pretty loud and clear sound quality, although don’t expect anything Bose like from this device. Having said that, I’m sure it’s sufficient for waking you up in the morning.
The volume of the sound and the brightness of the red LED display makes it a pretty good alarm clock with a remote control so that you can position anywhere in your room. It can wake you up with any playlist of your choice, or even podcasts which is pretty cool as I’m sure there are some songs on your iPod that you wouldn’t want to wake up to. Or you can just set it to the old fashioned buzzer sound.Continue reading »