Roll-up cooking mat design could prove useful in small flats

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He’s a clever chap, Designer Maurizio Maiorana. He’s put together a concept design for a cooking mat that can be folded up and used on any surface without burning it. It’s all thanks to the remarkable thermal properties of silver.

There’s three hotplates on the device, and they’re surrounded by holes that blow out hot air, keeping the bottom cool while keeping a pan hot. As it connects with just a normal plug, this could also be useful for campers, or people in caravans.

It can handle temperatures of -60 to 280 degrees Celsius, and should be pretty easy to clean, too, thanks to the liquid silicone rubber that the whole thing’s made of. I want one.

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Buffalo intros world's first solid state NAS drive: quiet storage at a price

Andy Merrett Peripherals 2 Comments

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We’re gradually moving to a world where devices that used to have hard drives in them are now sporting solid-state drives instead, but it’s still quite a hit on the wallet.

Take Buffalo’s latest device which it claims is a world first — a solid state Network Attached Storage (NAS) device that can be used to store all your multimedia files, is compact, reliable, has low power consumption, and is extremely quiet…

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Mileage Tracker: GPS tech comes to the rescue to help with your expenses

Andy Merrett Satellite Navigation systems, Transport 6 Comments

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Perhaps now isn’t the best time to remind you that (if you have to do the dreaded Tax Return) you’ve a little over a day left to complete it.

However, if nitty-gritty stuff like car mileage tracking has been a real pain to calculate then the Mileage Tracker could be the answer.

Using GPS (naturally), it can track what distances you’ve travelled in your car and export it to a CSV file (boring) or Google Earth (cool)…

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TokyoFlash reveals latest wristwatch creation: Kisai Keisan

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It’s been a while since we’ve marvelled over TokyoFlash’s wristwatches, but the Japanese company has returned with its latest creation — the Kisai Keisan.

The watch combines a raised convex bubble lens with precision-engineered optical technology which diffuses the LEDs for a bright, magnified lighting effect. At least, that’s what TokyoFlash says…

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DEADLY GADGETS: Sniper-rifle mounted iPod dock

Duncan Geere iPod, MP3 players, Weaponry 2 Comments

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We’ve seen deadly iPod accessories before, but this is the first iPod accessory I’ve seen for killing people that aren’t you. It’s a handy iPod Touch mount for your sniper rifle. What do you mean you don’t have a sniper rifle?

On the App Store, there’s some matching ballistics software, called Bullet Flight. Though if you live in Washington DC, I wouldn’t recommend buying it until tomorrow, unless you want a visit from the FBI. You can choose to correct for distance, wind direction, elevation and temperature. No coriolis effect, sadly.

In the meantime, it gets boring on a rooftop for hours on end – so what would be on a sniper’s playlist? I’ve started making a Spotify playlist here. Let me know your suggestions in the comments.

(via the Firearm Blog)

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Suck up to your iPhone with the iFlyz Media Stand

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iFlyz (so named, presumably, because the company manufactures stuff that’s useful on flights) has announced its Media Stand for the iPhone. This ingenious piece of kit is basically a strong sucker (patented suction cap, no less) on a long flexible arm and clamp.

It will attach to the back of an iPhone or iPod Touch by the power of spit, though given my success with suction caps over the year (no rude jokes, please) I’d be wary of trusting it to iPhone’s protected by leather or silicone cases…

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Fake heart rate monitor wristwatch taunts your time-telling skills

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Just when you’d got the hang of telling the time on a variety of Tokyo Flash watches, along comes the EIN Cyber Heartbeat LED watch which enables you to make a fool of yourself in front of complete strangers who ask you the time as you try to decipher the heart monitor-like display…

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CES 2009: LEGO-inspired kids gadgets coming soon courtesy of Digital Blue

Andy Merrett Cameras, CES 2009, Gadgets, Toys Leave a Comment

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One of the quirkier stories to come out of CES this year was the partnership between Digital Blue and LEGO which will see a number of kid-centric gadgets produced with the iconic plastic brick look.

This isn’t build it yourself, unfortunately, so don’t think you’ll be able to buy a box full of LEGO pieces, a CMOS sensor, LCD and a few buttons and create your own digital camera. It’s just the look, rather than the actual coloured blocks, but that’s probably just as well as it would be pretty irritating to drop said camera and have it break into a hundred pieces…

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CES 2009: World's first projector phone

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I’ll be honest here – I’ve never sat there with my phone and wished I could project its contents onto a handy flat surface, but I recognise that there’s a few situations it might come in handy – a camping trip, or impromptu business meeting, perhaps.

Well, even if there’s not much demand, Logitech Wireless has a solution regardless. It’s the “Logic Bolt”. It’s got an inbult projector, which can throw a 64″ image onto any white, flat, surface that you desire. It’s also got GPS, a 3-megapixel camera and a touchscreen. Not exactly pretty though, is it?

(via ShinyShiny)

More CES gubbins here.

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Warm those hands (or other parts) with the Zippo Hand Warmer

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This is one of those little gadgets that could come in very useful as we sink deeper into the long cold days of winter. The Zippo Hand Warmer is a compact, highly polished chrome device that can be filled with premium lighter fluid, producing ten times the heat of traditional models, and lasting for up to 24 hours.

Apparently it will fit easily into pockets, gloves, and even pants (this came from an American site, so it may be best not to slip them into your boxers) so you could well use it to heat up a lot more than just your hands…

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