Gismos from war and space
August 5th, 2010

Just as productive for human invention (and far more peaceable), the aerospace industry has fostered similar entrepreneurial activity, with sharp-eyed investors seeing the potential for consumer or industrial markets in some very specialised products such as those below.

iPod 40Gb
September 21st, 2004

Devotee websites like iPodlounge.com and tens of millions of discussion forum threads, a global industry in accessories that seem to get more outlandish, and several entire companies have sprung up around Apple’s simple but beautiful digital music player.


Blaze HDTV Tuner, Compare Office, CorelDAW Suite X4, Canon IXUS 80IS
August 21st, 2008

It asks you during installation if you want to associate all your usual Microsoft Office file formats with Compare Office, meaning you’ll be opening .doc and .xls files in it instead of Microsoft’s version, but that’s a handy addition if you want to avoid Microsoft Office and simply use an alternative.

Sony Walkman
February 14th, 2006

At $379, the Sony Walkman gives you 6Gb. For $449, Apple gives you 30Gb. That works out to Sony charging you exactly four and a half times per unit of storage for your music.


SuperPen Professional
April 24th, 2007

The product website says the OCR technology is 97% effective based on what it calls ‘standard’ font size average. The SuperPen is most comfortable with very clean serif or san serif fonts of a usual book or magazine size — some bigger headlines we tried failed to translate.

Apple TV
March 4th, 2009

The device takes up less space than a few large remote controls on your TV cabinet, and connects to both the TV and your home network router via cable or wireless. There are a few limitations, but like everything Apple does, it points the way to the future. A word of warning however — watch your downloads. It’ll be easy to rack up big data charges.






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