Pebble, the E-Paper Smartwatch

Another Kickstarter project that I backed early last year was the Pebble E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android, it was phenomenally successful, raising an amazing $10 million even though it only had a goal of $100,000. It has been over 10 years since I’ve worn a watch but I knew as soon as I saw the Pebble that […]

Air Quality Egg – Community air quality monitoring

Way back in March 2012 I backed my first Kickstarter project, the Air Quality Egg from Wicked Device, a project to build a community-led air quality sensing network. It has been a long time coming but despite Royal Mail’s best efforts it has finally arrived. From the Air Quality Egg website: “A community-led air quality sensing network that […]

The TiVo AltEPG Project

In early 2000 TiVo launched their revolutionary Linux based PVR in the UK in partnership with Sky TV and it soon picked up a loyal fanbase. Unfortunately due to a lack of marketing it never took off as it should have and TiVo pulled out of the UK in January 2003 and Sky later went […]

FIGnition: Build your own 8-bit computer

Build a computer from components in an afternoon? How could I resist? Using only 3 chips and only 46 components in total, the FIGnition is a brand new 8-bit computer designed by Julian Skidmore that you can build yourself. It runs a variant of FIG-Forth and is based around the Atmel AVR microcontroller (an AtMega168), along […]

IOIO Input/Output board for Android

I’ve just received one of these wonderful little I/O boards for Android. The IOIO connects to an Android phone or tablet via USB allowing it to act on external inputs and control external devices, no modification of the Android device is required and no firmware programming is necessary, just ordinary Android application authoring with a […]

Advent Vega Android Tablet Review

The Advent Vega is a £250 Android tablet from the DSG group which has been hotly anticipated since its announcement a couple of months ago. The specification is high for the price point with a 10.1″ widescreen LCD with capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, front facing camera, HDMI output, USB port and Micro SD slot. The […]

Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15 Digital Camera

I’ve had my eye out for a compact digital camera for a while and after a lot of research I finally bought the 12 mega pixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15 from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. It has a great feature set, the price was right and virtually all the reviews said it was a […]

iPhone Coma Bug Fixed?

Photo credit: William Hook I’ve been quite enamoured with my iPhone, personally I don’t think any other smartphone comes close at the moment but I’m no Apple fan boy, just a pragmatist. If something better comes along I’ll be onto it. Unfortunately, I and many many others have been experiencing unpredictable lock ups since the […]

iPhone 3G

Photo credit: AlexLawrence After much umming and ahhing I finally decided to get an iPhone 3G 16GB and wow, what a fantastic bit of kit. Feels so good in the hand (you’d have to try it to understand) and the OS is the slickest mobile OS I’ve seen by a good margin. Definitely the best […]

Hydrofoam

How good are these things! Water, air and land and available for around £100 from your favourite auction site!