The weekly gadget review at Ubergizmo

By March 03, 2008

Each week, Atelier reviews what is trendy on the web magazine of our great expert contributor. is dedicated to consumer electronics news and reviews.   Marijuana Vending Machine Now this is a vending machine that you

don't see every day - it dispenses medical marijuana. Located in three spots throughout Los Angeles, it was created by Vincent Mehdisadeh, the owner of the Los Angeles Herbal Nutrition Center. Needless to say, these machines have already gotten the attention of federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents who are raring to find out more about these machines as to whether they violate any law(s). These machines can be accessed 24/7, while preserving one's anonymity when attaining medically prescribed marijuana.   Hi-Gain Wireless-G Dish Adapter Boost your home's wireless signal with the Hi-Gain Wireless-G Dish Adapter today - this device might not be as small as you'd like it to be, but at the very least you can be sure of a strong signal no matter which part of the home you're currently at. Of course, I don't think this is recommended if you happen to live in one of those mansions featured on MTV's "Cribs", but for the ordinary Joe, it ought to do more than enough to blanket your home with strong WiFi signals, allowing you to check up on the latest gadget news even if you're in the loo. It supposedly offers a 300% increase in wireless signal and is hooked up to your desktop/notebook via USB. Are you willing to splash out $62 on this?   Wiimote Hacked To Control Curtains Those who have spent a night at the Bellagio will know that curtains in there are remote controlled, but you don't have to travel all the way to Las Vegas in order to experience this luxury. All you need is a little DIY knowledge, a Wiimote and you're good to go. "The curtain control system is an existing system from Goelst and is called "G-Rail 6200". Normally it is controlled by infrared or wallswitches. However, it can also be controlled with a CAN bus. I used this CAN bus to interface with an old PC." Guess the Wii has more than one use, eh?   Yet Another Video Watch Telling the time has gotten a technological boost with this offering from Chinavasion. It features the following specifications : 1.8" display 20fps video playback 2.5mm headphone jack (what, no 3.5mm?) Audio playback support Tells the time (duh) Fancy picking up this rather tacky looking timepiece? It retails for $85.71 a pop, and don't blame me if you suddenly find yourself unable to pick up any girl from the day of purchase.   Pet Mate Elite The Pet Mate Elite prevents your cat from coming in and going out as it pleases - this technologically advanced flap allows you to control just which pet is able to come in to your home, even down to the exact minute. Eight RFID chips are attached to different pets, where the Pet Mate Elite will detect the corresponding RFID tag and compare it to the permission levels set by you before it grants/deny access. I wonder whether there is a Teenager Mate Elite that lets you set down ground rules in a much stricter manner without threats of being grounded. The Pet Mate Elite can be picked up for £99.95.   Disinfecting UV Scanner Paranoid androids can pick up this Disinfecting UV Scanner that, according to the product description, "protects your family from colds, flu, and germs such as E. coli. Portable scanner instantly disinfects doorknobs, faucets, computer keyboards and mouse, phones. Just wave it over the item-kills 99.9% of germs in seconds. Great for travel and everyday use. Uses 4 AAA batteries (not included). Folds to just 4 1/2" long to fit in included carry pouch." $29.99 for your peace of mind, and unless you're extremely subsceptible to diseases and pathogens, the Disinfecting UV Scanner sounds more like a novelty item than a necessary purchase.   MSI ECOlution Motherboard Everyone knows that computer motherboards tend to generate a whole lot of heat, so why not harness all the heat generated to push coolers which will then keep the system cool for better performance? This sounds like a novel idea, where MSI has come up with the ECOlution motherboard in order to harness the power of heat, transforming it into kinetic energy that will then power the chipset's cooler. I guess this is a pretty automatic solution, because when the motherboard is cooled down enough, the cooler won't have any more kinetic energy from heat and stop functioning until it is hot enough inside again. Hopefully the accessory on the motherboard won't generate too much noise.   Find all the sources, and discover more consumer electronics news and reviews at     FEEDBACK For comments on this article, email us at

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