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Fujifilm Z5FD camera, with digital face targeting

By admin on November 9th, 2006

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That’s destroy as in ‘make them look silly by taking pictures when they’re drunk’, obviously. Fujifilm may have a facial targeting system in its new FinePix Z5fd camera, but it hasn’t got around to installing missiles yet. The face detection tech can hone in on up to ten faces in a frame, and optimise the focus and exposure of your shot to make sure they’re all sharp and clear.

The cam is available in three colours – Raspberry Red, Mocha Brown and Silver – and has 6.3 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom, and a 2.5-inch screen. Oh, and a cool Blog Mode which adjusts image settings for posting online, reducing the need for time-consuming Photoshop tweaking when back at your computer. The Z5fd goes on sale in January, so hang on to those Christmas vouchers…

(FinePix website)



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Gupi, the interactive guinea pig

By admin on November 9th, 2006

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That’s a rhetorical question by the way. OF COURSE you want an interactive guinea pig. And if you don’t, you will once you’ve read this post. Gupi is a robo-guinea-pig, who wanders round your house without bumping into things, pooing on the carpet, or nicking your lettuce. He reacts to noises, light and touch, and like all good virtual pets, he gets the hump if you ignore him (i.e. once the novelty has worn off).

His battery charger is a plastic carrot, and this is actually the third-generation Gupi, so he’s got some quite complex behaviour. He makes 20 different sounds (most of which are some variation on "weeeEEEEE!" I daresay), and if he meets another Gupi, they talk and perform a dance. What more manly gadget could there be, eh? He costs £39.99 from Gadgets.co.uk, and will be all the rage at Christmas. Possibly. BUY IT



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Heineken tracks beer from space

By admin on November 8th, 2006

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When I heard that Heineken was setting up a pilot project called the Beer Living Lab, I was all set to be first in the queue. Okay, so it would’ve been even better if it was Magners, but the chance to live inside a luxurious laboratory drinking beer while scientists poked me with wires was too good to miss.

Sadly, that’s not what it’s about. Instead, it’s about Heineken attaching wireless devices to shipments of its beer so they can be tracked using GPS and mobile networks – presumably to stop That Bloke Down The Road from nicking barrels off the back of lorries and selling cheap booze to your street. Don’t pretend you didn’t know.

The pilot’s the work of IBM and the University of Amsterdam, and should speed up deliveries and cut costs – making Heineken even more p***-cheap than it is already. Hopefully.

(via vnunet.com)



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Intelligent surveillance and guard robot

By admin on November 8th, 2006

GuardrobotOkay, so Arnie isn’t taking time off from his day job governing California any time soon to whup Kim Jong-il’s butt. But South Korea has unveiled an Intelligent Surveillance and Guard Robot, which is going to patrol its border and shoot at any intruders. It’s like a robotic sentry gun, which booms out "Who goes there?’ (in Korean) when it detects someone, and then OPENS FIRE WITHOUT MERCY.

Prototypes of the bot are being trialled this year, and assuming it goes well (i.e. they don’t try to storm the Seoul Parliament and set up a robo-republic), they could be on duty sometime next year. Even better, there’s a YouTube video of the ISGR in action, complete with what sounds like a 1980s US cop show backing track.

(via Technovelgy)



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FruitBalls fruit bowls

By admin on November 8th, 2006

Fruitballs Men don’t eat enough fruit. But we do like football. Combine these two well-recognised concepts, and you’d probably come up with a fruit bowl that’s shaped like a football, to cunningly tempt us blokes into munching a few apples. Except then you’d realise someone had invented it already. FruitBalls are designed to look like deflated footballs and basketballs, but they’re proper ceramic bowls.

Ideal for filling full of healthy fruit and standing on a table (note: you don’t actually have to eat the fruit – just having it on display improves your all-round health by 24.6%). At least until the dog makes a grab for it and ends up spitting teeth all over the carpet. Nasty business. They cost £34.95, and are being sold by Firebox. BUY IT



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Hero of the day: Pierluigi Collina

By mofgimmers on November 8th, 2006

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Name Pierluigi Collina

Job Super Referee.

Special Powers Taking no shit from brattish footballers and giving the deathly thousand yard stare.

He said "Some thought losing hair could be a problem for a referee. I showed that wasn’t true. Plus, I save on hair products."

They said Germany and Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn once joked,
"Collina is a world-class referee, there’s no doubt about that, but he
doesn’t bring luck, does he?"

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Pure Evoke-1XT Marshall DAB radio

By ShinyMedia on November 7th, 2006

Ac_marshall_editionLet’s get the obvious gag out of the way first: this is the first DAB radio to go all the way to eleven. There, it had to be said. Pure and Marshall – the makers of classic rock ‘n’ roll amps – have teamed up to bring you this uber-cool radio. The 1XT is modelled by Alice Cooper and, as you can see, it’s incorporated the iconic styling of a Marshall amp and updated it for the 21st century. It’s available from John Lewis, Richer Sounds and selected independent retailers, priced around £100. We. Want. One. Badly.



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Underwater Volcano lamp

By admin on November 7th, 2006

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And no, this is nothing to do with what happens if you take a bath too soon after scoffing all the sprouts during Christmas lunch. Tsk. Instead, this Underwater Volcano is a lamp being sold by The Doghouse, and is like a next-generation lava lamp.

Its core changes colour when switched on, while firing out red-hot magma balls, along with a "rhythmic swishing sound". Hang on, I’m not so sure I want my swanky lamps to make a sound. Still, if you don’t mind this lamp’s attention-grabbing antics, it’s mains-powered and costs £29.99. They’re probably selling faster than hot geological rock cakes! BUY IT



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The world’s safest table-saw

By admin on November 7th, 2006

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DIY equipment with built-in safety mechanisms to stop you turning your limbs into a bloody pulp? That’s spoiling the fun! What about the element of manly danger, eh? Nevertheless, if you’re worried about your cack-handed home improvement sending you to casualty, SawStop is worth a look. It’s a 10-inch cabinet saw whose blade automatically retracts within five milliseconds upon "accidental contact" (i.e. with something pink and hand-shaped).

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Sony 007 spy gadgets

By ShinyMedia on November 7th, 2006

Picture_1_245This limited-edition kit, launched to tie-in with the new Bond movie, Casino Royale, features an 11-inch Sony Vaio TX laptop equipped with an Intel Core Solo processor and an 80GB hard drive. It comes packaged in a 007-branded aluminium attaché case – try taking that on the Tube without getting laughed at. Sony has also thrown in one if its CyberShot DSC-T50 digicams, handy for, er, taking ‘secret’ photographs. Unfortunately the Sony 007 Spy Gear kit is not yet available in the UK, but we’re sure that you could find a way to smuggle in a grey import – mini submarine disguised as a dolphin, anyone?

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Hero of the day: Geoff Capes

By mofgimmers on November 7th, 2006

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Name Geoff Capes

Job Rent-a-strong man and shot put champ. Oh, and he’s a prize winning budgerigar breeder. No… really.

Special Powers Ripping yellow pages in half, throwing shot-puts really really far and tipping mini’s over on his own. He’s a bit of a hooligan really isn’t he?

He said "When I had the opportunity to acquire a small stud of Recessive Pieds I took it with enthusiasm. They were beautiful Budgerigars which, for too long, had been smaller and slimmer than Normals. I saw the chance of making improvements. My approach was to pair them with Normals of the highest standard in my stud and to acquire top quality Recessive Pied outcrosses that displayed exhibition features approximating to those of Normals." That’d be Geoff talking about budgies…

They said It surprises some people that a man of Geoff Capes’ physical stature should be gentle enough to keep and breed birds.

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Katamari Damacy 2D web game

By admin on November 6th, 2006

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Seriously, don’t waste time reading this post. Just click here and go see a 2D Flash version of legendary (i.e. only geeks know it) game Katamari Damacy. Otherwise known as The One Where You Roll Stuff Up Into A Big Ball. Yes, the graphics are rudimentary, the music gets on your wick after a short time, and all the text in Japanese. But still, it’s genius.

The aim is to roll around the screen using the King icon to guide your ball, picking up animals, objects and ultimately big things. It rules. PLAY IT



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Toshiba out-of-body VR helmet

By admin on November 6th, 2006

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Want an out-of-body experience? Forget about strong drugs or jumping in front of a speeding vehicle. All you need is Toshiba’s new VR helmet, which claims to be a lighter, more wearable version of those virtual reality helmets which everyone had in the 1980s. Didn’t we?

Anyway, it weighs 3kg, and has a 16-inch screen inside, which shows a virtual world that’s synchronised with your head movements. At the moment, it’s just a concept product, although Toshiba reckons it could be used for gaming or movie-watching. I reckon they should get it hooked up to Second Life pronto.

(via CNN)



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USB drum kit

By admin on November 6th, 2006

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Deep in every man’s heart, there’s the desire to spend 20 minutes thumping out the drum solo from Led Zep’s ‘Moby Dick’ while screaming like a wild animal. Really, there is. Even if you don’t even like Led Zeppelin. And imagine how much better this would be if you could record your crashings and bashings directly into your computer, to share with The World…

Well, now you can. Firebox has this rather marvellous USB Drum Kit, which plugs into your USB port for just that. Because it’s electronic, it contains 233 drum sounds and 50 preset rhythm patterns, while it’s also ‘velocity-sensitive’ (i.e. it knows how hard you’re thumping it). Oh, and you can play it through headphones, so you don’t get an ASBO. It’s worth £129.95 of any man’s money, assuming you have the room for it in your PC den. BUY IT



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James Bond’s five coolest cars

By ShinyMedia on November 6th, 2006

1 ASTON MARTIN DB5
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The classic Bond car, by a mile. Fitted with machine guns, radar, a bullet shield and the all-important ejector seat, it is still the most famous car in the history of 007 movies. In Goldfinger, the DB5 crashes into a brick wall after a chase involving a couple of black Mercedes, but it was revived for a brief appearance in Thunderball. The Sean Connery of Bond cars (in other words, the best and most stylish).

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