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Petsmobility: Keep track of your puppy

So you like your pet. No, no, you really like your pet. You like him enough to spend Heaven knows how much to keep track of him every second of every hour. And you know what? You’re proud of it.PetMobility Cell Phone

Here’s how this works. You program the collar to recognise your phone number (like your cell’s). Then you attach the collar to your pet. You go to work. You go on the internet. With the GPS unit, you know where your pet is at any time. You get lonely. You miss him. You dial the collar’s number. It recognizes yours and answers. You chat away and get a fuzzy warm feeling.

Fun, no? Well, PetsMobility Network seems to think so. They’re banking on the $34.3 billion pet and pet related expenditure maket ($34.3 billion???!?!) to make a pretty penny from this. And you know what? I bet they will.

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WiFi Seeker, 50$ signal finder

Wifi seekerThis one’s pretty self-explanatory. You’re out traipsing around the city and you’d like to know if there’s a WiFi connection without having to remove your laptop from it’s carrying case. Simply press the button on the WiFi Seeker, and it’ll let you know if there’s anything within 300 meters. It’ll even give you signal strength, from 1(bad) to 4(good).

The downside is you have no idea what the name of the connection is, or even if you can use it. That’s when you pop your baby out to find out. At 50$ and attached to your keychain, not a bad thing to have, if only to save yourself the trouble of fetching and booting the laptop.

Oh yeah… and it’s kind of fugly.

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Old News, DVP642 is cinephile’s best friend

DVP642 Divx playerWe the good folk at OhGizmo! would never condone such illegal activities as downloading movies from the internet. To do so would be tentamount to murdering whole film carpenter’s families, as some commercials make explicitely clear. That being said, I find it necessary to write a couple of lines about the best darn Divx enabled DVD player on the market right now.

It’s the Philips DVP642. Why the best? Well, it plays Divx and Xvid is why (as well as regular DVDs)! And it’s 70$; 50$ refurbished. It’s been out for a while, and there are quite a few other players that do the same thing out there. Still not at this price though.

VersaLaser, from thought to object in 10k$

If you have ten big ones lying around, this little toy could be very useful to you. Not to mention fun. Versalaser materials printer

The idea behind this is quite simple. Think your object through, scan or draw it, input raw material into VersaLaser’s hungry mouth and wait a little. Soon enough, out comes your shiny new widget, freshly carved by ten thousand dollars’ worth of impossibly powerful CO2 laser fury.

Now, if it were me, I’d play around with it for two hours and run out of things to make. But that’s just me.

Not an awful lot more to be said about this, so there you have it.

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Think Secret on iPod 5G

Lawsuit? What lawsuit?… The guys at Think Secret are always good for coming up with delectable information about our favorite music player, hot water or not. Gotta love’em.

So here are the goods. The next mini (referred to as Osiris within Apple… Osiris?) will probably sport a 5Gb drive. Of course, we knew that already. It seems Seagate (as opposed to Hitachi) will be supplying them. Same form factor, new colors, new firmware with (possibly) added functionality.

For the big brother, it seems the white is getting a little fade-out. Instead, a more silverish finish will replace it, in line with the look of their latest products. There’s talk of 80Gb and single plate 40Gb (making them as slim as the current 20Gb).

And that, my friends, is the skinny on the next pods…

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iPod-like phone from Siemens

So one minute, Siemens’ mobile division is going to be sold to LG. The next minute, it’s not. I say, oh well.

Siemens' SF65 iPod-like phoneIn any case what’s undeniable to me is that they must be getting desperate to sell something. And you know what they say… “When sales are low, iPodify your products!” Well, that seems to be just what they’ve done here. It’s a pretty phone, I have to admit. Then again, I’m a sucker for anything Apple (I think their product designers are purebred garden gnomes raised by God Himself.)

The SF65 comes with a 1.3MP camera and flash, which is certainly lovely. Yet it has no bluetooth or POP3 email support, essentially making it a connectivity island. Some (me) would even call it… a bimbo.

Navigate to the SF65 in Siemens’ website to see for yourself.

Low cost 1Gb flash drives on eBay

So the iPod is ubiquitous. No one is contesting that. If you don’t own one, you’re no one. (iPod bashers, please restrain yourselves.) Yet, when looking at the specs of this cute little thing in the picture, it’s hard to resist the urge to splurge. Now by no means am I suggesting you purchase it (Heaven forbid!) instead of an iPod, or iPod Shuffle, no no. Perhaps then, as well as.Cheap Flash Drive

What is it, you ask? It’s a sexy little flash drive. 1Gb in storage. FM tuner. Voice recorder. OLED screen. Rechargeable battery (instead of AAA). Washes the dishes. Takes out the trash. Pretty much everything an iPod shuffle has, except for the USB 2.0 connection (this is 1.1). What’s the big deal? The 100$ price tage of course.

They’re all over eBay, so check it out.

For the next little while, here

Batmax: Battery Life Extender

Now why does that make me feel very skeptical? Why does this have a “Eat More, Weigh Less!” feel to it? Or “Wear This Bracelet and Win Marathons!!”? Or something. Well I don’t know. Perhaps it’s the big bowl of cynicism I had last night.Battery Extender Sticker

Whatever the case, this little thing claims to extend the life of your battery (of just about any electronic device apparently) by just sticking it on. Or, as their product page puts it, it:

    Extends the battery life.
    Reduces the charging time.
    Prolongs the battery life span.
    Rejuvenates the current batteries.
    Eliminates the “memory” effect.
    Protects the battery

See, see? Rejuvenates! It’s like a rejuvenation cream, but for your battery!

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iPod-like Dog Musicmaker Thing

When I was a young child, my parents took me to Disneyworld. Somewhere in there, they had this nifty contraption. You waved your hands over some spots of light, and you’d get some control over this orchestra of sorts. Music making dog It was fun… for about five minutes. Well, now Sega has made a little dog that can do just that. Yipee!

It can spew a combination of 720 different melodies. It’ll sort of dance around to the tune of it’s own music. You can plug an audio jack in it’s ass. It looks like an Ipod. It seems totally useless. Like most kid’s toys, I imagine.

By the way, guys, the link is in Japanese.

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Story via Engadget