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Speedseat F1 racing seat

By admin on November 1st, 2006

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Forget negotiating the twists and turns of a console F1 circuit using a regular joypad. What you want is a Speedseat racing seat, which is a fully adjustable platform in which to park your bottom while haring through virtual chicanes. It folds up so can be stashed behind the sofa when not in use (after all, you wouldn’t sit your mother-in-law in it when she comes round for a cuppa), and can be adjusted to fit any age.

The package we’ve found throws in a Joytech Williams F1 Force Feedback racing wheel for extra realism, providing proper resistance, three air-cooled motors, and proper stick-shift gears. At £142.99, it ain’t cheap, but if you’re not moneyed enough to buy your way into a proper F1 cockpit, it’s the next best thing. BUY IT



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Team Losi 8ight 4WD competition buggy

By admin on October 31st, 2006

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Okay, so I’ll admit I know very little about remote-controlled cars, especially when buying them from proper RC websites (as opposed to whatever cartoon spin-off is on sale in Woolworths this week). But the Team Losi 8ight 1:8 4WD Competition Buggy looks pretty smart to me. It’s got a centrally-mounted motor, oversized shocks, a 4-shoe clutch and an extra-thick machined chassis. Don’t worry, just nod as if all that makes sense, like I’m doing.

More importantly, retailer Ben Racing says it’s easy to tune, easy to maintain and easy to drive fast, which is surely the point. There is all manner of other technical data on their website, explaining why it "redefines 1/8 off-road nitro buggy racing". But all you need to know is it costs £438.99, and will look spiffing (until you drive it slap bang into your neighbour’s wall). BUY IT



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USB FM Music

By admin on October 31st, 2006

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Now this is cool. Forget the hundreds of silly USB gadgets that have sprung up in the last few months (despite the fact that no-one I know has ever bought a single one of them. Ever.) Instant FM Music is shaped like a USB key, but lets you tune into FM and web radio stations, record individual programmes, and even identify the songs on the playlist. It’s made by ADS Tech.

The Tivo-like features come from the bundled Snaptune One software, which lets you pause and rewind live radio, listen to any song recorded in the last week, and go online to buy related downloads or CD albums. The gadget also sorts your recordings into iPod-friendly files. What the music industry will make of it is anyone’s guess, but for now, it’s rocketed to the top of Brandish’s Christmas wishlist.

ADS Tech website
 



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Hero of the day: Sheriff John Bunnell

By mofgimmers on October 31st, 2006

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Name
John Bunnell

Job Big voiced ex cop, soundtracking a thousand TV cop chases.

Special Powers Talking the talk and offering crims their ‘gunishment’.

He said "Jack may be nimble. Jack maybe quick. But when Jack takes on the Cleveland County PD, he’s going to GET BURNED!"

They said Bunnell has been described as using "cheesy, over exagerated melodrama, blatent overuse of illiteration [sic] and an extreme excess of cliche prison references". Just how wrong can you be?

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Jonas Damon cube clock

By mofgimmers on October 31st, 2006

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This bizarre clock thing is from the mind of Jonas Damon. He’s got a ‘Open Edition’ which is a collection of home objects that arrives at the new by revisiting the familiar. Sound pretentious? Yes. Looks cool? Bigger yes. All the pieces of the collection are surreal twists on bog standard items.

The clock is a series of black cubes, each displaying one glowing red number and when placed in the correct order, it displays the current time. It looks like something that was designed in the late seventies to look futuristic… and boy does it look ace. Of course, to confuse your mates, you can place them in completely the wrong order, and just have a cool looking jumble of changing digit. Each block is 2" x 1.5" x 1.5" (5 x 4 x 4 cm) and is priced at €90.00. BUY IT



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BMW 3 Series convertible

By ShinyMedia on October 31st, 2006

News5328d42ed15c6fac2b6895e808bd086cdbd3So this is the new BMW 3-Series convertible. What do you think? We think it’s pretty damn unpretty. The proportions seem slightly off – it just seems muscular in the wrong places, if that makes any sense at all. Anyhoo, it’s a BMW 3-Series convertible, so it’ll sell like hot cakes. You’ll be able to buy it this spring, initially in 325i and 335i flavours. Other models in the series, including the diesel, will be launched later in 2007. As you’d expect from German car manufacturers, this car is full of high-tech innovations, such as sun-reflective leather seats (’cause don’t we all hate sticking to leather in high summer!). More pix of the car after the click…
[Via Pocket Lint]

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Nokia 330 GPS navigator

By ShinyMedia on October 30th, 2006

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The 330 is Nokia’s first dedicated GPS sat-nav system. What took ‘em so long? It features a
3.5-inch colour touchscreen and a speaker for audio route guidance which doubles up as a speaker for music playback – the device
also functions as an MP3 and video player, as well as being able to
display digital images, all via SD card. The 330 ships with a 2GB
Micro SD card containing Route 66 Navigate 7 navigation software and
Navteq maps for UK, Ireland and continental Europe. We expect it to be a big hit; Nokia is a well-supported brand and this is a nice-looking, well-made unit.

Expect to see it in the shops before the end of the year, with an estimated price of around £200.

[Via The Register]



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B&O Serene mobile

By admin on October 30th, 2006

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They don’t just make hi-fis and funny-shaped home telephones, y’know. The US is getting rather excited this week about Serene, which is Bang & Olufsen’s first mobile phone, produced in partnership with Samsung. It’s been out here in Europe for a while, but we thought it was worth reminding you of the handset they say has "the purest relationship between function and form".

Serene is a clamshell phone, but unlike its rivals, the screen is actually on the bottom half of the device, with the top half given over to a circular keypad. In other words, it looks striking, but is a bugger for text messaging or playing games. It’s got a slightly weedy camera too, and a whopping price tag over here of around £700 if you hunt around. (Serene website)



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Recording studio that fits in your pocket

By admin on October 30th, 2006

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Good news for bands looking to while away a few hours on the tour-bus (or, more realistically, amateur guitarists with delusions of Clapton-esque grandeur). US firm Boss has launched a recording studio the size of an iPod. The Micro BR is a four-track studio, which includes more than 300 drum patterns to use as backing for your sub-Blunt strummings.

It’s also capable of playing MP3 songs, with the suggested use of you loading your favourite songs in, then slowing them down so you can learn the guitar solos. A nation playing the riff from Sweet Child o’ Mine will surely be the result. Meanwhile, the device records your work onto SD memory cards, with the included 128MB card capable of storing up to 65 minutes, albeit if you’re using a single mono track. (Boss website)



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Hero of the day: James the Cat

By mofgimmers on October 30th, 2006

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Name
James The Cat

Job Posho layabout feline.

Special Powers Dossing. Chasing birds and butterflies. Hanging around with Dragons, Frogs, Kangaroos, Snails and others.

He said "My name’s James, James The Cat….
      I’ve had fame, money, and all that!…"

They said Frida the Snail… a talking snail at that had a pop at James when he became (rather bizarrely) a diplomat. A diplomat for what exactly? Anyway, after doing some scribbles of his name, Frida shot him down with "That spells Jams not James. You can’t spell! You little pig!"

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Super disco Lav Nav toilet seat

By mofgimmers on October 30th, 2006

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Since the invention of the humble toilet seat men and women have been arguing. Should it be up? Should it be down? My usual reply is "It’s not a bloody ornament". Until now. Now, you can have disco lights on your throne and avoid those poor ladies from sitting on cold enamel on sleepy bog visits. With the ridiculously named Lav Nav, you get a  small contoured unit that attaches to the toilet seat with the enclosed adhesive strip. It also has a built-in sensor that is triggered by movement, which means that it provides psychedelic lighting for those dozy late night pit stops in the bathroom. The contraction incorporates a nightlight, "visual targeting system" and "Put the seat down!" reminder technology and only takes to AA batteries. Just watch out for low flying planes mistaking it for a runway. BUY IT



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Homestar Planetarium

By admin on October 30th, 2006

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Grr to Madame Tussauds, for their decision at the start of 2006 to refocus the London Planetarium away from galactic stars towards, well, earthbound stars. As in celebrities. So what to do now if you fancy a spot of star-gazing, and can’t be arsed to drive out to the middle of nowhere to stare at Uranus?

The Homestar Planetarium is one answer, projecting 10,000 stars onto your ceiling at the touch of a button. It apparently uses the same lens as a full-size planetarium, and comes with discs to show stars from the northern and southern hemispheres. Plus, you can set it to regularly project shooting stars, letting you make a wish as often as you like. It costs £99.95 from Firebox. Brian May would certainly approve. BUY IT



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VW Golf GTi Edition 30

By ShinyMedia on October 27th, 2006

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The shit-off-a-shovel ‘Edition 30′ is a limited edition GTi designed by Volkswagen to celebrate 30 years of the Golf brand. It’s a 227bhp beast capable of doing 150mph. VW are making just 1,500 models of the car, which will be available to buy in January 2007, with prices starting at around £23,000. With so few models being built, the Edition 30 is set to become an instant classic.
[Via Autocar]



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Hero of the day: Bruce Lee

By mofgimmers on October 27th, 2006

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Name Bruce Lee

Job Ace Kung Fu master, inventor of Jeet Kune Do and philosopher.

Special Powers The mighty and mystical ‘one inch punch’ Does exactly as it says on the tin.

He said "Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend."

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Stiletto dragster bike

By mofgimmers on October 27th, 2006

Ace_stiletto_bike_1With all decent chaps at least thinking of being a bit greener and considering doing a bit of excercise, it seems that getting a bike would be the best thing to do if you want to kill two birds with one stone. Instead of going for some dull mountain bike, or worse still, a racer, why not get all P.I.M.P. when cruising around the street.

The company Stiletto make a bunch of dragster style bikes that look cooler than your average bike and not only that, you might turn the heads of a few ladies on it. With prices averaging around £350, the only drawback seems to be that they are primed for ne’er-do-well’s to pinch them, and I don’t think you’ll be doing much cross-country on ‘em.

BUY ONE




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