New Toy
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The Polaroid PoGo which prints 3"x2" sticky labels. The device is nice to hold, pocket sized and not too heavy, lighter than my iPhone. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery and comes with a clunker of a power adaptor. I think it’s reasonably priced, at £49.00 and media isn’t extortionate, with each sticker working out at 20p each. The paper is all you need to buy – there’s no separate ink, hence "Zink". Quality is acceptable, depending largely on the image size, which must be a jpg, not png/pdf and has to be bluetooth transferred to the device (??B on the Mac when selecting an image does this). It takes about half a minute to transfer and print a 1.5MB photo out, which is automatically resized to the paper length, meaning an image which is not 3×2 will be cropped, rather than surrounded by whitespace. I’m finding that annoying. You can’t add the device as a printer, which is a shame! There’s also a campaign to petition Apple to support bluetooth printing from the iPhone. It’s a pity Apple didn’t support Bluetooth transfers from the get-go.

Heavy mode – Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus AW
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Heavy mode – Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus AW
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To carry ALL my computer and camera equipment for overseas travelling (work or leisure) if there is a need. Weight 14kg including the tripod which is not in the picture.

Wii sensorbar
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A homemade wii sensorbar made with worth of stuff from Radio Shack.

Sorry this is a crappy phonecam picture, but there’s a good reason. Phone cameras pick up infrared light, but normal digital cameras filter that out. So the only way to "see" that the lights are working is to use a cameraphone.

The Wii "sensor bar" is really just a bunch of IR-emitting lights. You can prove that by pointing a cameraphone at it. So, if you want to simulate the sensor bar (so you can use your Wiimote with a computer or something), you just need a couple of strong IR emitters. Two candles will work, or two 60-watt bulbs. This is the less-flammable, low-power solution.


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