Sandy McMurray
reviews toys, games, gadgets, and media
for SEVEN magazine.

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About Sandy

Sandy has been writing about tech stuff in plain language since 1994.
He knows why your computer does that weird thing, and how to stop it.

Sandy is passionate about his faith, his family, strong coffee, apple pie, potatoes (all kinds), and that cool thing Apple announced recently.

Posts tagged gadgets

I get a lot of email from public relations and marketing folks, hoping for a mention. Here’s my favourite recent product pitch (from several weeks ago) for “the world’s biggest LED TV.”

How big is BIG? The Sharp 90” is almost the exact size of an Olympic-sized regulation ping pong table – though we must advise you to refrain from using paddles on this beauty.

With Sharp’s family of big screens, not only will you win in the style category, you’ll take home the gold from a technical aspect as well. Whether it’s a 60, 70, 80, or even a 90-inch screen, you’ll catch all the action, from the start of the 500m to the most extreme dives on the beach volleyball court, with a Sharp big screen.

The marketing judges hereby award the gold medal for Olympic-themed marketing to Sharp’s AQUOS big screen TVs.

Surprising benefits of robot cleaners 

As domestic help, robots have flaws. I bought my Roomba about three years ago; the Mint joined it a year later. But my dream of an immaculate, machine-cleaned home has yet to materialize—they can be slow and you have to space out your furniture to give them room to maneuver. But they earn their keep in other ways: They’re entertaining—a cross between the Three Stooges and a geeky Discovery Channel reality show. I’ve read that owners often grow attached to their machines. Some give their vacuums names; there’s even a website that sells clothing for Roombas.

Read the whole thing:
The Surprising Benefits of Robot Cleaners - WSJ.com

The “dolphin jetpack" can’t possibly be as awesome as it looks. I suspect it’s very dangerous and really loud, but it looks cool.

We may not have a cure for cancer or a reliable replacement for gasoline, but engineers are working around the clock trying to recreate Mario’s water jetpack and Dick Tracy’s wrist radio.

(via Warren Ellis)

"8, 9, 10 years old — old enough for… Green Machine!
A racer for guys who like a ride that’s really fast!”

We didn’t have any sidewalks or paved roads nearby when I was 8, 9, 10 years old, and my parents would not buy me a Green Machine. Now that I’m 45 years old, it’s too late.

Or is it?

If you’re rich and desperate to recapture your childhood, check out the new Green Machine from Hammacher Schlemmer.

All you need is $75,000.


This is simultaneously awesome and ridiculous — a handmade dock that naturally amplifies the sound from an iPad through an old metal Victrola horn. The designer, Matt Richmond, is now making furniture at Tovin Design.

A version for iPod was offered in limited numbers and sold out. The iPad version is currently listed at Design Within Reach but (sadly) is “not available at this time”.

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