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World Precision Instruments has a “cool gadget” for the humane research purpose. It is called Rodent guillotine and as the name says it is a guillotine to get rid of the rat you just experimented on! According to the product page,

The small animal guillotine has been completely redesigned for ease of use and extra added safety features. The blades are drawn together by magnetic force to ensure a clean and precise cut through very strong bones and skin.

There is a large base for stability, long handle for extra leverage, spring action so the blades can not fall down unexpectedly, hardened stainless blades for endurance, simplified construction for easy maintenance. The fluoropolymer coated surface on the base makes cleaning easy.

The guillotine is considered one of the most humane methods to dispense with a subject (emphasis mine).

To me the most scary part was the pricing. There are three guillotine sizes and the smallest one costs $600! The largest one costs $1240 is intended for “large animals”.

March 22, 2008 | Posted in Gadgets | No Comments »

E-Ink display based watches are now available for sale at ThinkGeek. This makes use of the advanced e-paper technology. E-paper is a display technology designed to appear like ordinary ink on paper. Unlike a conventional flat panel display, which uses a backlight to illuminate its pixels, electronic paper reflects light like ordinary paper and is capable of holding text and images indefinitely without drawing electricity, while allowing the image to be changed later.  Hence these watch displays are customizable as can be seen below.

The E Ink technology used in this watch depicts digital time with the look of electronic paper and can be read accurately and instantly from any angle – vastly improving on dull liquid crystal displays (LCDs) that typify previous digital watches. The customizable dial allows you to select different styles, from the precise detail of full numerals and indices to the simplicity of no markings all.

But I don’t think 16 different display options are worth the price tag of $250! I might buy it if it is available for $100.

March 21, 2008 | Posted in Gadgets | No Comments »

It was exactly 10 years ago in march 1998, world’s first MP3 player MPMan F10 was born. MPMan F10 had a flash storage of 32MB and required PC parallel port to transfer music files. F10 was manufactured by Korea’s Saehan Information Systems. Initially it was priced at $250!

Here are the MPMan F10 Specifications if you are curious like me!

  • Dimensions: 91 (H) x 70 (L) x 16.5 (W) mm
  • Weight: 65 grams
  • Storage: 32 or 64MB integrated flash memory, non-expandable
  • Power Source: two 1.5V AA rechargeable batteries with a docking station for recharging
  • Output capacity: headphones, 5mWx2
  • Mega Bass Function: 24dB (125Hz)
  • As you can see it was a compact MP3 player even in 1998! I bought one of these when I was in UK. Amazingly it still works.

    A detailed review of MPMan F20 which is very similar to F10 is available here.

March 20, 2008 | Posted in Gadgets | No Comments »

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