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GadgetTrak lets you track your iPad or iPhone’s location

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2010

The GadgetTrak iOS application has been updated and released in to the iTunes Store. This app will let you track the location of your iOS devices in the event that they get lost or stolen. GadgetTrak senses when your iPhone or iPad has changed its location and the GadgetTrak server keeps track of where your phone has been.

Tracking data is transmitted over a secure SSL connection and you can also use GadgetTrak to protect your Mac and Windows laptops. Just go to Trak.me from your device or use the in-app button to setup the tracking.

Touchscreens can now track hovering fingers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Cellphones with Cyprus touchscreens, like the Nokia S60 and Palm Pre, will have an extra dimension very soon. Hovering. No, they won’t hover by your ear. This is like when you’re working on your desktop computer, and an icon changes when you move your cursor over it. Get it? Starting in the next few months, cellphones will be able to do just that, by detecting your finger near the screen, and letting you hover the cursor without touching the screen.

How’s that for awesome? The lack of finger-hover tracking is one of the lame reasons Apple used for not having Flash on its iPhone or iPad touchscreens, so what will they say now? They may just change their i-tune someday soon.

[Dvice]

FedEX SenseAware keeps an eye on your package

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2009

FedEX SenseAware keeps an eye on your packageYour package is important. You must always protect your package. It hurts when your package is abused and kicked, which can result in you falling to your knees sobbing… I’m talking about your package, not the family jewels. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Never worry about your package again, with FedEX’s SenseAware. It will give you much more useful info regarding your package, than the traditional tracking number does. The device uses an accelerometer, light sensor, cellular transmitter and a GPS receiver to gather and report data on how your package is being treated…Or mistreated. It even knows whether it was opened in the desired location. You can log on to the website and check out the info any time.

Hot Wheels: Margarita Madness

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2009


The coolest thing my Hot Wheels cars ever did was go in loops real fast and lose a little paint with each crash. What you see above is a hot wheels track that was hacked into a margarita dispenser. The track is set up with a series of microswitches and a Basic Stamp 1 board to communicate that your Hot Wheels cars have completed the tricks performed.

That’s when this system rewards you as a 12-volt pump fills up the margarita cup from the pre-mixed gas can full of alcohol. I’m guessing the more you play this game, the funner it gets. It’s the new nerd drinking game of choice for modders and Hot Wheels enthusiasts alike.

US TiVo users can now order & track Domino’s Pizza

Posted in Tivo by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2008

US TiVo users can now order & track Domino’s PizzaAmerican couch potatoes can thank TiVo and Domino’s Pizza for teaming up to offer them on-demand pizza ordering for broadband-connected TiVo subscribers. The service was announced for Australia earlier in the month, but USA users get the first crack at it. One weak point is the lack of a scheduled delivery option, but this may be just a taste of what’s to come as it shows that many differentiating types of applications could find their way to your TiVo box. Go ahead, order up. Just get off the couch now and then will ya?

8-lane Salextric slot-car racing track

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2008

8-lane Salextric slot-car racing track
Many a kid has played with their slot car race track and watched as their racer zipped through the curves and straightaways only to be dislodged and careen off the track. It never gets old even as we age. It’s just that when you grow up, you need a bigger track. And in this case 8 whole lanes of fun.

This thing is no joke either. It’s not some cheap plastic toy. Instead it’s quality made, going so far as to prevent power-supply faults and even car-derailing bumps, which leaves you free to enjoy the race. All you have to do is clear the necessary real estate and invite a bunch of friends over. It beats playing this slot car game.

Ceiling track broom is useless but cool

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2008

Ceiling track broom is useless but cool
This is one of the coolest ways to get out of housework that I’ve seen yet. Who cares that it does a crappy job. Fact is, you are getting out of doing housework. It was designed by Servet Kocyigit as an art piece in 2005. It’s named Blue Side Up and if you only have a small strip of floor that gets dirty, or if that is all you care to clean, this is the perfect solution.

Of course, one big drawback to this is that you would never be able to close the doors in the rooms where the broom sweeps. Pretty neat. But a dangling monkey with some scrubbing tools would be far more entertaining, zooming around your home. Of course, then you would have to clean up after it. So, I guess this idea is as good as it’s likely to get.