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10 iPhone Apps to Help You Survive the Holidays

Sometimes going home for the holidays can be a case of collective insanity. I tend to fly on the big travel days when the airport security lines are ridiculously long, my flight is more expensive, and my family is more stressed than normal.

This year, I plan to use my iPhone as a problem solver for all my holiday woes. From traveling, to shopping, to entertaining the kiddies, these iPhone apps cover everything but those family fights (even the iPhone’s not that miraculous!). Read the rest of this entry »


6 Unique Ways To Charge Your Batteries

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  • Filed under: General
  • Date: Nov 6,2009

Last year, Orange teamed up with GotWind to produce the Dance Charge: an armband which contains the technology necessary to harness kinetic energy and use it to power gadgets. This basically means the owner can wear the armband whilst dancing all day at a festival, get back to the tent and plug a mobile phone into the now-charged unit. Hey Presto! Even more reason to stay active. Orange are yet to release the Dance Charge nationwide and as of yet only a few exist, but we’re guessing they’ll be a common sight before long.

Pedal for Power

From Japanese company Rakuten comes a battery charger sure to attract equal amounts of love and hate from its owner. On the plus side, the charger doesn’t rely on an external electrical source to power up devices’ batteries once plugged in; instead it requires someone to pedal furiously, either with their feet or hands, with a view to generating the power needed to revive the battery. As if that wasn’t enough to seal your approval, the device also boasts a flashlight just in case you get caught short after dark. According to the Rakuten website the device sells for ¥11,130, which equates to approximately £76.80.

Just Add Urine

Aqua Power System’s NoPoPo batteries are certainly unique. The name stands for No Pollution Power and inside each battery is a combination of magnesium and carbon which, when introduced to certain liquids (e.g. water, or even urine), can produce 437 milliamp-hours (mAh) of power. So, if your camera runs out of battery whilst you’re taking a stroll through the countryside, a quick pipette full of urine can introduce enough power for those vital few extra snaps before coming home.

The Self Charging Battery

Why use a charging device when the battery itself has a USB connection? USBCELL batteries have exactly that. Simply flip open the end of the battery, plug it into a USB port and it’ll begin to charge. The major downside is the price – a pack of 2 AAs will currently set you back £10.99 – but still, it’s a good start. At the moment only the AA batteries you see above are available to buy, but many more products are apparently in development.

The Toasty Charger

Gimmick aside, Hyun-A Ko’s Toasty Charger is actually an aesthetically pleasing device designed to charge your lithium-ion batteries. After the battery is placed in the slot – much like a piece of pre-toasted bread – the lever is pushed down in order to begin the charging process. The front of the toaster then slowly turns yellow as the battery becomes fully charged, at which point it pops up, full of juice and raring to go. More info can be found at Yanko Design.

Wireless Charging

The Powermat is a thing of beauty: a thin, sleek mat upon which you just need to place your gadget of choice for it to begin recharging. Apart from the mat itself, there’s no need to plug anything in, plus you can place multiple devices on the Powermat concurrently as long as there’s ample space. At present, the mat is compatible with ‘iPhones, BlackBerrys, MP3 players, cell phones, headsets, hand held electronic games, digital cameras, and GPS units’ and will set you back approximately £100, receiver included.


19 Cool Products That Are Almost Impossible to Use

Sometimes modern design and minimalism go a little too far and it’s hard to figure out exactly what the products are.

We’ve tracked down 19 products that look quite cool but leave you wondering wtf? Read the rest of this entry »


Top 10 Most Annoying Alarm Clocks

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  • Filed under: General
  • Date: Oct 1,2009

When it comes to alarm clocks, their job is to get you out of bed. Here are 10 alarm clocks that get you out of bed in a very annoying fashion.

10. Sfera alarm clock

sfera alarm clock

The Sfera alarm clock hangs from the ceiling above your bed. When the alarm goes off, you can reach up and touch it to activate the snooze function causing it retract towards the ceiling. When snooze goes off again, you have to reach higher to activate the snooze again. Each time you activate the snooze function the alarm retracts a little higher to the point that you get your butt out of bed. Read the rest of this entry »


Top Ten Complaints of the Geek’s Wife

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  • Filed under: General
  • Date: Sep 23,2009

Naturally, as this blog is GeekDad.com, we don’t hear as much from our better halves.  Our sometimes less obsessive, more socially adjusted halves.  I thought it might be a nice time to air some of their issues with their nerdier partners.

Fellas, this may save you a trip to the dog house (or at least a night on the sofa).10.    He wants me to dress as Yeoman Rand every Halloween.  Seriously?  She’s a Starfleet petty officer and she doesn’t wear pants?  And the wig too?  They wear bouffant hairdos in the 2260s?

9.    Yes, I know who Yeoman Rand is.  That’s actually in my head along with the fact that she was played by Grace Lee Whitney who was let go after only eight episodes, and all the factors that played into her being let go.  This is occupying much-needed space in my brain.  I think about this each and every time I forget where my keys are. Read the rest of this entry »


Duracell is expanding their mobile charger lineup with new “Smart Power” products—but it’s their myGrid wireless charging pad that has us excited.

We have seen conductive chargers like this before, but it appears to be one of the first from a big brand like Duracell. Apparently, Power Sleeve and/or Power Clip adapters that are needed for myGrid compatibility will be available for several popular phone brands like Apple, Blackberry, Nokia and Motorola. Read the rest of this entry »


HTC

In an interview with T3, HTC’s Chief Innovation Officer Horace Luke justifies the impressive Teflon coating on the HTC Hero by saying that the iPhone is slippery as hell. The obvious solution, of course, is seedless watermelons.

He also says that there are three “classes” of Android phone. Obviously HTC isn’t happy with Android as is, and will skin it like they do with Windows mobile.

There are three classes of Android phone: the first was the Google-branded phones, the G1 and Magic; the Hero is the first in the second category, in which we added our own customised UI, but we didn’t change everything because they did some great things, like push email, integrating Google Maps etc; and the third is the quick and dirty Chinese knockoffs that won’t work with Marketplace. They’re Linux phones, really.


Sony Introduces the Worlds First Organic LED TV

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  • Filed under: HDTV
  • Date: May 11,2009

SONY OLED COLOR TECHNOLOGY

Sony introduces the world’s first Organic LED (OLED) TV panel. Not only does this panel revolutionize the LED TV industry but it does it with style. It features a 3mm thin panel and outstanding contrast and color reproduction.

Sony’s new OLED  features fast response times, high brightness and various screen tilt capabilities. Most of all it is energy efficient and it uses organic material. Sony’s new Organic LED TV is not only a must have gadget but also enviromentally friendly, what more can you ask for? Read the rest of this entry »


19 Weird and Wacky Gadgets That You Will Probably Never Need

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  • Filed under: General
  • Date: Jan 30,2009

There are handy gadgets on the market these days that serve as a benefit in one way or another, and then there are the gadgets that satisfy some aesthetic but serve no other purpose at all.

There are dozens, if not hundreds or even thousands, of gadgets out there that provide no benefit other than being cool, or funny, or even oddly disturbing.

Below we’ve got a list of gadgets that are superfluous in function, yet fun and entertaining. We present to you 19 weird and wacky gadgets that you will probably never need. Read the rest of this entry »


15 Awesome Things to Have in Your High Tech Home

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  • Filed under: General
  • Date: Jan 24,2009

If you are a techie, you like having all the coolest gadgets you can get your hands on in your home.

I have included hings that make your life at home easier like the WashDryIron, and things that make your home a little more fun like the Pong clock. If you are looking for a little added security, check out the rotating Airsoft gun turret with an attached camera.

Here are 15 awesome things to have in a high tech home. Read the rest of this entry »