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Outstanding bandwidth tests with Speedtest.net

While there are many companies out there offering to test your internet’s connection speed, some will even charge you a subscription fee for a simple Download and Upload rate.

This is where Speedtest.net really stands out. It’s FREE and it has an outstanding graphical user interface that overlays your location and that of its servers on a map.



More after the jump.

Continue Reading Add comment August 20th, 2006

iPod Full Body Invisible Shield

After removing the invisible shield screen protector on my iPod, I applied the full body shield which covers just under 100% of the iPod’s surface. Once again, I’ve been very impressed with the results!



More after the jump!

Continue Reading 15 comments August 10th, 2006

Removing invisible shield from iPod: Easy?

A few weeks back, I got an invisible shield for my iPod’s screen. I was so satisfied with it that I decided to go for a full body shield for my iPod.

Now that my all new full body shield is here, just how easy will it be to remove the old screen shield so that I can put on the new one? According to the FAQ on ShieldZone’s website,

Q: How do I remove the invisibleSHIELD if I need to?
A: Removing the invisibleSHIELD from your electronic device is easier than it may seem. It is much like peeling off a sticker. You will want to start at one corner and slowly peel back small pieces at a time until the invisibleSHIELD has completely been removed from off of your device.

Is a material as tough as the invisible shield (which was originally designed to protect the edges of military helicopter blades) as easy to remove as ShieldZone claims? Let’s find out!

Video of the removal after the jump!

Continue Reading 3 comments July 25th, 2006

USB “Air Conditioned” Shirt

Ex Sony technician, Kouzi Ichigaya has come up with a simple idea to keep cool this summer: The USB Air Conditioned Shirt. It’s powered either by USB or AA batteries or through your car’s cigarette lighter.

Somewhat to my disappointment however, it’s not exactly air-conditioned. The shirt simply features two fans on each side of the waist which blow air inside the shirt. This leads to evaporative cooling by vapourising sweat without the use of any heat pumps as is the case in air conditioners. It’s nevertheless a cool idea, but to be fair, I think it ought to be called the air-cooled shirt.

Via [EverythingUSB]

Add comment July 20th, 2006

Eating while using your computer is now even easier

The Keyboard Food Tray: Yet another reason to have a working lunch.

Designer Duck Young Kong has come up with the Keyboard Food Tray. What is it? A tray that will hold your food just above your keyboard, letting you eat while typing away without having to relocate your keyboard or other documents on your desk. It features a rectangular spot big enough to hold a sandwich or a burger as well as a circular spot to keep your coffee cup.

Keyboard Food Tray

More after the jump.

Continue Reading 1 comment July 10th, 2006

10x bigger hard drives with nanotubes

Following some research funded by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) at Seagate, it was found that nanotubes that leak a lubricant vapour could lead to 10x bigger capacity hard drives!


Nano Tube

The technology is based on the concept that more information can be stored on a magnetic hard drive by heating it. However, until the nanotubes came into play, it was impossible to operate hard drives at such temperatures because they cause all the lubricant to evaporate.

More after the jump.

Continue Reading Add comment July 7th, 2006

iPod Screen with invisible shield protection

After writing about the Invisible Shield from shieldzone.com last week, I decided to try it out for myself. I bought (off eBay) a screen protector for my iPod.


iPod Invisible Shield

More after the jump, including a slideshow of the shield application.

Continue Reading 2 comments July 1st, 2006

Ultrasound ringtone only teenagers can hear!

Back in April, an untrasound device was installed by a Theatre Square in the UK in an attempt to repell young trouble makers. It works by emitting a very annoying high pitched sound which can only be heard by young people. This is because most adults gradually lose the ability to hear high pitched sounds.

While this has proven effective in repelling yobs from the theatre square, it has also been exploited by teenagers as a ringtone which their teachers will not hear in class.

To find out if you can hear the ringtone dubbed the Mosquito Tone, listen the mp3 file here:

Mosquito Ringtone MP3

This has also been featured by the BBC and they have an audio clip (Real Player) demonstrating the use at the theatre square.

[Via The New York Times]

18 comments June 25th, 2006

Invisible Shield to protect your Gadgets

The invisible shield from ShiedZone is as the name suggests a very thin (about 0.2 mm or 0.0008 inches) film that you apply to the surface of your device (iPod, phone, laptop etc) to protect it. But this isn’t your typical cling film in the kitchen cupboard. It was originally designed for the US military to protect the edges of helicopter blades so the blades would withstand hundred mile-per-hour dust, dirt and sand.

With this level of toughness built into a film so thin, the invisible shield is guaranteed to protect your device from scratches without sacrificing its looks. The shield is so tough that it is almost impossible to rip it apart with a pen.

Pictures and Video after the jump.

Continue Reading 3 comments June 24th, 2006

The Lenovo Tapes: In the research lab

Lenovo is the largest PC manufacturer in China and they have purchased IBM’s PC division in 2005. However, this is not the most exciting thing about this company. They seem to have some amazing research going on in their research and development labs!

www.lenovo-tapes.com have somehow got hold of some footage from their labs and they are up to some very cool stuff! It would take too many words to describe all this, so here’s the footage:



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This last video could possibly be featuring technology similar to IO2’s heliodisplay!

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Very cool, so cool in fact that the footage is suspiciously considered to be fake/have been doctored. Either way, I’m sure we all wish out laptops could do those amazing tricks!

Add comment May 18th, 2006

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