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Gadget Freaks Gadget Regurge !

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Isn’t it really annoying when you sit down for your favourite sitcom and it’s as if they’ve run out of ideas and you get a  regurgative ‘ walk down memory lane’ type show. You know like on Seinfeld when they sit around and Jerry says,” Hey remember the time Elaine and Peterman……….” And 30 minutes of cliche ridden segways follows to hightlights from past episodes!  I think you get the idea. Almost as bad as the retro nostalgic trend to remake movies of the classic 60’s TV shows like Get Smart and The Thunderbirds!

Anyway despair not! Today here at Gadget Freaks we thought we’d take a look at some of the more interesting gadgets we’ve reviewed to celebrate our 3 month anniversary here on WordPress.

Retro and nosltalgic in itself, this USB powered mini-fridge is just the ticket now that summer is well on its way. Styled on a 1950’s refrigerator, it has hot and cold controls and is just perfect for cooling a can on a hot day whilst watching Moto GP or something just as cool.

 

Staying on a retro theme, we really loved this MP 3 cassette player. Shaped like and old tape it is in fact an MP 3 gadget you can actually use in and old cassette player. Roll out all those 70’s hits and impress your younger friends who may have never seen such a thing!

 

Ah and who could forget our post and review on the 2008 Ducati Desmosedici GP 8 Moto GP bike. With its V4 Fourstroke 799cc motor pumping out 200+ horsepower weighing 148(dry) kg and hitting a top speed in excess of 310 kmh it surely is the ultimate gadget.

 

 

Anyway that’s it for our walk down memory lane. If you missed any of our past posts take your own retro read of our gizmo & gadgets reviews and race previews. Stay tuned for new any interesting gadgets and news right here on WordPress!

“Pimp My Wii”

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When Nintendo launched its Wii game console in 2006 I’m sure that even they could not have imagined its universal popularity. As of December 31, 2007 20.13 million units have been sold and demand continues to outstrip supply making the Wii a much sought after gadget. Not surprisingly a significant after market accessories industry has sprung up manufacturing all manner of gizmos to pimp your Wii. With its remote controllers the game has become so popular that it is said that even Queen Elizabeth plays on a Wii ! So we here at Gadget Freaks took a Wii peek into the wierd and wonderful world of Wii and here’s some of what we found.

 

If you are into ‘shoot ’em up’ gaming then this is for you. This Wii Shotgun is just the ticket if the Wii Zapper is not macho enough for you. Basically it’s a shotgun shaped holder for your Wiimote and Nunchuck so you can blast virtual zombies with ease and gusto. I can just imagine Queen Lizzy mowing ’em down with this baby!

 

To further enhance the ‘rumble’ feature of Wii controllers one company has developed this Wii game chair. Dubbed ‘The Hot Seat’ , the Pyramat Sound rocker S2000 looks somewhat like an old car seat but packs twin 8 watt speakers in the headrest with a 5.5 inch Powersub 30 watt subwoofer under the seat. Great for feeling your music and living your movies but we think it would really come into its own with car racing games. Hmmm……I hope they make a mini-moto gp rumble bike!!!!!!

 

Do you like to Wii on the road ? If so then check this out. This LCD Wii Monitor attaches to the base of the Wii unit and features a ball socket to allow the screen to be placed in many ways and it folds down when not in use. With its built in stereo speakers and 7 inch LCD display it is like having your own Wii laptop. A car cigarette lighter adaptor is included so you can even Wii in the car ! I can just imagine Queen Liz playing Mario Brothers in the back of the Royal Roller whilst taking the corgis out for a spin!

 

You gotta love the folk from The Land of the Rising Sun. This Wii gadget must take the cake as the craziest after market Wii product out there. The Super Pi Pi Brothers is …… well click the link to see! Somehow I can not and do not want to picture Her Majesty indulging in this ! ( Note – This was an April Fools gadget on Thinkgeek)

 

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April 19, 2008 at 8:09 am

Top 5 Gadgets To Make Sure You Don’t Miss A Minute Of The Action!

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Well race fans it’s that time of year again. Moto GP kicked off last weekend and this weekend Formula One revs up in Melbourne, Australa. We here at Gadget Freaks just despise missing a minute of the action. All the good stuff seems to happen when you get up to get a beer or you need to explain to your better half why this race is far more important than getting the lawn mowed or some other trivial domestic need. So let’s have a look at some gadgets that will ensure you don’t need to miss a moment of the action.

1- Husqvarna’s Autonomous Solar Lawnmower.

‘Never Mow Again’, it says on the blurb. Sweet words indeed if you need to spend half your day off dragging some old noisy contraption around your yard. Well those innovative Swedes at Husqvarna have come up with the world’s first ‘Solar Robot Lawnmower’. Charge it up and set it mowing. Leaving you to concentrate on more important tasks, like watching motorsports. I’d imagine it would be pretty quiet to so you won’t be interupted by a noisy two-stroke engine leaving your ears to take in the sweet sounds of screaming racing engines! Joy! Read more……

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2- The Beverage Buggy.

Ever gotten up to refresh your beverage of choice and you hear ‘ Oh that was a huge crash’ or ‘ That was the best passing move you’ll ever see’ ? Well lament no more! Introducing the beverage buggy. This little remote control device will scoot to the kitchen and be back with your drinks faster than Fangio. ( provided there is someone to load it up-see gadget #5 ) Read more…….

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3- USB Missile Launcher With Webcam.

A must have for the hardcore motorsports fan! At last a USB with webcam to ensure pinpoint accuracy. Not only great for deterring anyone inconsiderate enough to interrupt the race but also handy to fire at Alonso or perhaps even the referee if your watching football. Be rudely interrupted no more. Read more………

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4- Waterprooof TV

So let’s imaging a hot sunday afternoon, your solar robot is mowing the lawn, your beverage buggy is keeping the fluids up. What better place to watch the race than in the pool. Well this waterproof monitor would be ideal for worry free viewing in an aquatic atmosphere. One of our other faves here at Gadget Freaks is F1 Powerboat racing so with this monitor you can really get into the feel of things. Read more…..

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5- The Wife Remote.

Ok so we are out at the pool with our waterproof TV , our beverage buggy is keeping the fluids up, our solar robot is mowing the lawn and we have our arsenal of missiles loaded and aimed. However, it’s not enough! Honey!!! Arrrgh! Time to bring out the big guns. The wife remote has some very handy functions race fans. Combine the mute with the beer button and it’s sunday bliss. Read more…..

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And finally just in case you get home and it’s raceday and you can’t get the TV off of Oprah……….See here!

Moto GP- Grand Prix of Qatar 2008 Race Review.

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Well it was worth the wait! The 2008 Grand Prix of Qatar promised to be a classic race and it did not fail to deliver. With all the team changing and the new rookies coming into the premier class this year the anticipation was high. Throw in the historic first night race and you have one heck of a pre-season frenzy. Qualifying and the race were full of surprises and drama, in fact it couldn’t have been scripted any better! So let’s take a look at what happened.

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The Spectacular Qatar circuit all lit up and ready for racing!

Qualifying

All eyes were on the first qualifying session for the season looking for answers to all the pre-season curiosities. Most pundits were focused on the Yamaha camp and the controversy surrounding the tyre maufacturer split. With Moto GP Legend God -Like Valentino Rossi on Bridgestones and the other 3 Yamaha riders on Michelin all attention was on the outcome of the timesheets. As it turned out Jorge Lorenzo( Fiat Yamaha) in his Moto GP debut snatched pole from fellow Yamaha pilot James Toseland ( Tech 3) with his team mate Colin Edwards making up the front row of the grid. Ironically Valentino was back on the third row giving the paddock alot to talk about. Casey Stoner(Marlboro Ducati-Bridgestone) was 4th fastest followed by Randy DePuniet( LCR Honda-Michelin) and 2006 World Champion American Nicky Hayden(Repsol Honda-Michelin) rounding out the second row. With only 3 Bridgestone shod machines in the top ten(and only Stoner at the pointy end) the questions over the wisdom of Rossi changing to Bridestones were looking like being answered. It was indeed beginning to look like ‘The Doctor’ had made a disastrous error. However, qualifying is one thing and the race is another so most were waiting till after the flag before making any firm statements. So…….what happenened in the race?

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A jubilant Jorge Lorenzo after bagging pole position in his Moto GP debut.

The Race

The pre-race atmosphere was electric as the field lined up on the grid. The floodlight track was so bright that several riders wore MP3 sunglasses and looking at John Hopkins (Rizla Suzuki) he had some serious metal going on.

The pace was frenetic from the second the start lights went out with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) making a blinding start from the 4th row of the grid to lead them into the first corner. With 7 riders trying to occupy the same patch of ground there was a considerable amount of pushing and shoving going on with Casey Stoner copping a fair whack that dropped him down to 6th place. Pedrosa tried to get away but was eventually reeled in by Rossi and Stoner and later Lorenzo. At one stage James Toseland showed why he is World Superbike Champion with a massive contact passing move on Lorenzo, no doubt taking the talented rookie by complete surprise. Meanwhile Casey Stoner seemed to sit back in fifth place watching the mayhem ahead of him. However, once warmed up he began to methodically reel in the riders in front of him one by one until only Rossi, who led briefly, stood between him and the lead. It didn’t take long and Stoner was in front with Lorenzo also getting past ‘The Doctor’ who later faded to fifth and the end of the race.

At the checkered flag it was Stoner a clear winner with a magnificent and determined performance from Lorenzo in second with Pedrosa third. Another rookie to put in a fine first race result was Andrea Dovizioso (JIR Team Scot Honda) who battled with Rossi on the final laps coming out on top to finish 4th.

In summary it was an amazing race. It once again highlighted the talent of Casey Stoner as he was clearly in a class of his own on his Bridgestone shod Ducati. There are 3 other Ducatis in the field and not one was even close to the front. Hopefully finally the banter about his tyre and machine advantage that was bannded around for most of last year will finally be put to rest.

So it’s off to Jerez in Spain on the 30th of March when the hostilities resume. No doubt the Rossi camp and a few other teams will be burning the midnight oil to try and find some magic to combat the Stoner/Ducati onslaught. So till next time………….publication1.jpg

Lorenzo #48 tries valiantly to haul in Stoner

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March 10, 2008 at 9:31 am

Moto GP 2008 Pre-Season Review Pt2

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Only a few more sleeps until the 2008 Moto GP season kicks off in Qatar. Last time at Gadget Freaks we looked at the Ducati factory squad and today we’ll take a look at their main challenger- the Fiat Yamaha team and the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha team.

What a line up both Yamaha teams have this year. Desperate to reclaim the Moto GP crown they have a line-up which is like a who’s who of World Motorcycle Champions. In the Fiat garage of course Valentino Rossi will head the team with reigning 2 time 250cc World Champ Jorge Lorenzo making the move up from the quarter litre class this year. Over in the Tech 3 pit are Superbike legends ColinEdwards and James Toseland. Mr. Toseland is of course 2 time (and reigning) WorldSuperbike champion and Edwards won it in 2000. All in all the four Yamaha riders for 2008 have 12 World Championships between them. Not a bad team eh?

Never far from controversy and the media spotlight, Valentino Rossi( 7 time World Champion) has managed to get himself a deal to run Bridgestone tyres this season whilst all the other Yamaha campaigners are on Michelins. Rossi lost his crown for the second year running in 2007 and has elected to jump ship from the French tyre maufacturer causing somewhat of a split in the Yamaha camp as they must run different garages this year as to protect their tyre technology. Time will tell if ‘The Doctor’ (Valentino Rossi) has made the right choice as Michelin have dominated GP motorcycle racing for a decade or more only losing to Casey Stoner and Ducati last year.

Now let’s take a peek at what the Yamaha camp has chosen as their weapon of choice for 2008.

The YZR – M1

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Valentino Rossi 46 & Jorge Lorenzo 48- Note the differing Tyre logos!

Yamaha YZR-M1 Specifications:

Engine:Liquid cooled inline four-cylinder, four stroke, six speed gearbox.

Capacity: 799cc

Max. Power: 210 hp

Max. Speed: 320 kmh+

Dry Weight: 148kg

Tyres: Lorenzo- 16.0″ front, 16.5″ rear Michelin

Rossi- 16.5″ front & rear Bridgestone

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March 6, 2008 at 11:07 am

Moto GP 2008 Pre-Season Review

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Well folks it’s that time of year again and the 2008 Moto GP season is set to roll at the Losail Circuit in Qatar this weekend. As mentioned in previous posts this first GP of the year will be run at night under lights, quite an historic occasion. Of course we here at Gadget Freaks are out of our minds with excitement and anticipation as this season promises to be an absolute cracker!

With the reigning World Champion Casey Stoner from Australia in fine early form in testing and a host of ex-champions and rookies eager for a taste of the Moet it is going to be hot hot hot! The field this year hosts no fewer than 10 present or former World Champions (incl. 125cc,250cc,Moto GP and World Superbikes) and a host of young rookies up from the 250cc class.

Favourite for the title this year is 2007 Moto GP Champion Casey Stoner. The young Australian took the championship (and Valentino Rossi) by the scruff of the neck last year and won in convincing style. In only his second premier class season he took on all comers on his factory Ducati and won. This year he is joined at Ducati by Italian Marco Melandri (2002 250cc World Champion) a wild and exciting rider.Although it has to be said he has struggled with the new Ducati GP8 ( like most who ride the beast) whilst Casey has been setting the tracks on fire. However if Marco can come to grips with the world’s most powerful racing motorcycle he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Ducati entered Moto GP in 2003 after great success in World Superbike and immediately got onto the podium. It had been decades since a manufacturer had beaten the Japanese Big 4 at Grand Prix level but it would take a few years to claim the top spot. Now, however, they are dominating with Casey Stoner whilst the other Ducati riders ( including the D’antin satellite team) are battling to come to grips with the brute power of the factory Dukes.

So let’s take a look at the awesome hardware that the team will campaign this year- The Ducati Desmosedici GP8 !

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Specifications.

Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four stroke, desmodronic DOHC, four valves per cylinder, 6 speed gearbox.

Capacity: 799cc

Max. Power: 200 hp +

Max. Speed: 310kph/180mph +

Dry weight: 148kg

Tyres: Bridgestone 16.5″ front and rear.

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Now that’s what I call a gadget!

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Casey Stoner in action last year. This year of course he’ll be wearing the #1 plate.

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March 4, 2008 at 8:19 am

I Wear My Sunglasses At Night.

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I’m sure everyone has experienced that annoying thing when you get a song stuck in your head and you can’t get it out. It is usually some 80’s classic by some one hit wonder with a mullet come poodle hairstyle that you heard in a 7-Eleven or a supermarket.

It happened to me today when I was looking at the Moto GP test results from Qatar. For those that don’t know , this years first race is being held at night for the first time in history. Pretty exciting stuff yeah? So anyway, as I mentioned in a previous Gadget Freaks blog ( Ultimate Gadgets ) the Moto GP stars are usually seen off track or prepping for the race wearing MP3 sunglasses. Add these two factors together and you get that unforgettable tune by Corey Hart. Yes folks…..I wear my sunglasses at night

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So if you hadn’t already guessed this blog is about MP3 sunglasses. We will have a comprehensive Moto GP preview later this week on all the machinery, gadgets and the main protagonists.

MP3 shades trailblazers Oakley are without doubt the leaders in the market. However, there are quite a few up-and-comers getting in on their act. Take a look at this Top10.

The Oakley Thump range is what you usually see hanging off the ears of the Moto GP boys. Great looking and high-quality units, they carry a fairly hefty price tag ( around US$300-500). Check out these stylish Tortoiseshell babies!!

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If the Oakley range is priced a little out of your range you may want to check out some of these MP3 sunglasses. Spotted over at Gizmondo these sunglasses are made by Evergreen and although they don’t have the price tag and brand name of the Oakley models they do appear to have very similar features and performance. Check out these at Coolest-Gadgets Also check out Coolest-Gadgets.com for its way cool gadget forum.

If you’ve never owned a pair of MP3 sunglasses there is a great demo video on Youtube that may help to explain all you wanted to know. Of course Youtube as always is a great source of information on most things and MP3 sunglasses are no exception. Check out Youtube as there are a pile of vids on this subject. There’s even one with some gratuitous glam on it. Whoo hoo!

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March 3, 2008 at 2:28 am