Probably the best alarm clock in the world
(and definitely my gadget of the year)
Thursday December 17th 2009, 11:53
It's not that I don't do mornings, but I've never liked a rude awakening. And that's how every alarm clock I've ever owned has greeted me when it's time to get up. Until now that is because I'm now the proud owner of an aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock. True, the price tag of £179 isn't for the feint of heart, but I honestly couldn't imagine waking up without one now. You set the the aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock as you would any other alarm clock - for say 7:30am. But instead of waking you up bang on the dreaded minute, this little beauty identifies the sleep phases from your body movements and determines your optimal waking time within 30 minutes of the required time. So it might wake you up at 7:24am instead. And if it does, you'll wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed. Seriously. more
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The Solar Backpack is no ordinary rucksack. That's because it has its very own monocyrstalline solar panel on the front. This absorbs the sun's energy, transferring it into an electrical charge which is stored in a power pack - perfect for charging MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones while on the move. Better still, it's currently half price at The Gadget Shop - down from £29.99 to just £4.99.
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Biggest Swiss Army Knife
Electric Shock Alarm Clock
Umbrellas That Twinkle With Lights
Periodic Table Shower Curtain
The Return Of The Stylophone
Radio Control Dragonfly
Magic Tricks For Kids
Crazy toys for dogs
Self Pitching Tent
Grillslinger Barbecue Tools
Child Locator Alarms
Beanie hat with built in speakers
Wii Accessories - Tennis Racket, Golf Club
Turn any tap into a waterfall of light
iPod speakers that look like a Lego brick
Turn off any TV with TV B Gone
Solar Powered Mobile Phone Charger
Kota, the giant interactive dinosaur
Insect Friendly Spider Catcher
Get Superhero powers with Powerizers
Greedy Piggy Bank
Hit me with your Rhythm Sticks!
Skimboard Surfer Slide
Find up to three sets of keys
The Backwards Clock
SAS Spy Cam
Diving M ask With Built In Digital Camera
Pick Your Nose Paper Party Cups
USB Feet Warmers
Sat Nag - the opposite of Sat Nav!
Night Vision without carrots
The tiny torch that never needs batteries
Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband
Turn 35mm negatives into digital images
A retro full size pub style arcade machine
Fighting remote control helicopters
World's easiest to use camcorder
The tool kit that thinks it's a key
Electronic snoring stopper
Compact binoculars with built in digital camera
Mobile phone with unlimited music downloads
USB Travel Kit for laptop users
Electronic Countdown game
Saturday Night 1970s style MP3 speakers
The ashtray that coughs and splutters
The Blackberry Storm smartphone
Keep an eye on things with Echo Bot
The Google Phone
The wallet with a digital photo album
Musical piano gloves
Big button TV remote control
INQ¹, the social networking mobile phone
Sky Scout - Personal Planetarium
Prada Phone with bluetooth watch
Zpen - scan your handwritten notes
The toothbrush that plays music
Digital luggage scales
The eco-friendly electric scooter
Bluetooth bracelet for mobile phone
Mini Henry The Vacuum Cleaner
Emergency mobile phone charger
World's first 3D Webcam
The sleeping bag you can wear
Shoe grippers let you walk on ice
The backpack with the solar panel
The sports bra with heart monitor
The Pocket Surfer for web and email access
Use Ecoballs instead of washing powder
The talking teddy bear that spreads love
Body Composition Monitor
Pocket size photo printer
Hide your valuables in a safe can
The dumbbell alarm clock
The Eco Kettle
Transfer video tapes to your PC
The suitcase kids can ride
The weather watch
The shower radio
Free engraving for your iPod Touch
The loudest doorbell available
Spikey won't let them tamper with your drink
Shuellas- umbrellas for shoes
Turn your iPod into a mobile disco
The world's smallest HD camcorder
The watch that is also a TV
The classic hand buzzer gag
Ten Things You Didn't Want To Get For Christmas
half price mobile broadband dongle with unlimited wi-fi access from O2
Wednesday January 6th 2010, 17:12
Freedom! That's what you get when you plug a mobile broadband dongle into your laptop. Freedom to surf the net, check emails and look very sophisticated from practically anywhere you happen to be. For a limited time only, you can get a PAYG mobile broadband dongle from O2 in either white or a rather fetching pink for just £20 and you get free unlimited wi-fi access via both BT Openzone and The Cloud as part of the deal. more . . .
Take over someone's computer with this USB PC Prankster Flash Drive
Monday January 4th 2010, 14:05
Happy New Year to you! And may 2010 bring you good fortune, good health and a good few laughs too. And today I'm going to help you with the third of those wishes because you will be in fits of laughter every time you plug the USB Computer Prankster Flash Drive into someone's PC or laptop. more . . .
Keep warm while acting cool with the earmuff earphones
Friday November 27th 2009, 14:48
With Britain fast approaching its annual winter wonderland status, my thoughts turn to keeping warm - especially when I'm out and about. I've noticed ear muffs have been making something of a comeback this year and I think I know why. You can now buy them with built in headphones. So you can keep warm and act cool at the same time. more . . .
All game no pain with the i-Ex Gaming Chair
Saturday November 7th 2009, 22:41
Looking for the ultimate comfort in a gaming chair? Sit yourself down then on an i-Ex Gaming Chair, the new generation of beanbags specifically designed for gamers. The i-eX has a structured bucket seat with panelled headrest and arm support, making it one of the most comfortable gaming chairs on the market. It's unique design provides back and neck support and its mammoth size makes it perfect for kids and "big kids" too. more . . .
Ride shotgun in the world's fastest double bed
Friday October 30th 2009, 10:50
There are some scarily crazy people out there and I'm hoping you are one of them because some nutter has converted a double bed into a motor vehicle and they want to take you for a ride in it! Not only that they've done the same with a sofa and an office desk. more . . .
The lazy man's cup of tea
Thursday October 22nd 2009, 13:29
If there's a lazy bugger in your household who won't even get up to find the TV remote control, here's the perfect gadget for them. The Self-Stirring Mug. That's right, the proud owner of this mug won't even have to stir a cup of tea. Simply press the button on the handle and the mug does the stirring for you. more . . .
Build your own internal combustion engine
Tuesday October 6th 2009, 10:20
According to the RAC, lack of basic car maintenance is behind half of all the breakdowns its mechanics attend. And that's because increasing numbers of us don't know how things work and that includes engines. You can help stop the rot by buying someone the Build Your Own Internal Combustion Engine Kit. more . . .
Nintendo games on a keyring
Wednesday August 19th 2009, 12:17
Compared to today's multi-media uberfeast, we were positively starved of gaming entertainment in decades gone by. So much so that in the 1980s, we were positively drooling over a certain rotund plumber with a dodgy moustache called Mario. And if we weren't zapping mushrooms with said plumber, we were pretending to be a giant monkey called Donkey Kong. You can relive those oh so heady days of gaming nirvana wherever you happen to be thanks to the ultimate in portable gaming consoles - the new Nintendo Game Keyrings. more . . .
Don't reach for the TV remote control until you've used Cyber Clean
Friday August 7th 2009, 11:47
Did you know that in a hotel room, the first, last and most touched item is usually the TV remote control? And your guess is as good as mine as to whose hands it was in before you get to channel hop. Or where else those hands have been. For example, while 95% of people say they wash their hands after going to the toilet, studies show that far less people actually do. Which brings me nicely on to why I'm investing in a jar of Cyber Clean. more . . .
Sink every putt with the remote control golf ball
Saturday July 25th 2009, 08:15
I'm usually of the opinion that golf is a good walk spoiled. Probably because my handicap is that I can't even hit the ball. That said, even I was sitting in front of my TV screen willing Tom Watson on to putt that ball at the 18th hole to win the Open at Turnberry last week. And he would have done too if only he had used the latest weapon in the golfer's armoury, the Remote Control Golf Ball. more . . .
Never again be lost for words on your foreign travels
Monday July 20th 2009, 16:08
It's amazing how a few words in a foreign tongue open so many doors when you're in tourist mode overseas. The locals positively love the fact that you're making the effort - unlike most Brits abroad who think everyone understands that universal language, Shouted English. Phrase books come in handy as do electronic translators, but neither give you the key to the door - pronunciation. The answer is a lovely bit of kit from Trinvo called the Talking Translator. It not only stores over 750 commonly used travel-related sentences and more than 2,500 words in a dozen different languages, it says them in a crystal clear human voice in the respective native language. more . . .
The non-spill dog bowl for dogs not dragons
Tuesday June 25th 2009, 14:33
I'm a big fan of Dragon's Den, the television programme that allows people to pitch their business idea to a panel of wealthy business people in the hope of securing funding. My favourite bit is when the dragons get it very wrong and don't back a sure-fire winner like the Trunki suitcase for kids or the Road Refresher Non-Spill Dog Bowl. A dog bowl so good, Barack Obama even ordered one for the White House pooch, Bo. more . . .
The shocking truth about your car key fob
Tuesday June 16th 2009, 10:15
Is your car key fob hiding a shocking secret? Hopefully not, but I know exactly where you can find one that does. With the emphasis on the word shocking. The element of surprise is crucial for practical jokes to be successful and few would expect a humble car key fob to be the latest in a long line of electric shock jokes that goes back to pens, lighters and the classic hand buzzer. The Shocking Car Key looks like any modern remote locking car key, but it doesn't open car doors. Instead it delivers an electric shock! more . . .
The power station in your pocket
Thursday June 11th 2009, 11:07
Whether it's an i-Pod, digital camera, mobile phone, PDA or PSP, chances are one electrical gadget or another has run out of juice when you've left the charger at home or are miles from the nearest electrical socket. Or to be frank, you've let yourself down by a) forgetting to charge the battery in the first place and b) not carrying a Freeloader Solar Charger in your pocket. All the Freeloader needs to get in the mood for dispensing power is some sunlight (and if the sun's gone AWOL, because it's night time for example), you can charge it via a USB port. more . . .
An internet ready mini laptop for less than £100
Friday June 5th 2009, 10:26
The Asus Eee PC range of mini laptops has revolutionised the laptop market and given birth to a whole new world of smaller laptops. Perfect for children and as a second computer that you can take anywhere, you can now get your hands on one for less than a ton as Del Boy might say. Measuring just 225mm wide and 170mm deep,and weighing in at just 928g, you can take this netbook laptop anywhere. more . . .
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