Widgets, Gadgets, Toys, Design and Technology by Adam Bidwell...

  • 10/02/2009 - 13:07
    My main hobby is cycling. I like to keep fit and explore the countryside, so I regularly set off on my bike when I have spare time. From a fitness point of view, I was interested in keeping track of the routes I take, how long it takes me to ride them and also how hilly the routes are in comparison with each other. So, I've recently acquired a GPS device (in my G1 android mobile phone) and this can log my latitude, longitude and elevation as I ride around using an application called RideTrac .
  • 26/11/2008 - 01:03
    Bidding on eBay auctions at the last minute seems like the best way to get a good bargain. However, I've been missing the end of auctions because the e-mail reminder arrives far too early. By the time the auction actually ends i've moved on to something else. Ideally then, i would get a text message a couple of minutes before the auction end, so I can nip online and snap up a bargain. eBay offer the service to send you a text message alert, but each of them costs money, so i've set about how I can do this for free.
  • 21/07/2008 - 17:11
    This project is the first part of a larger attempt to make a graphical application builder for web designers.
  • 28/05/2008 - 12:26
    As a continuation of the Musicbox project, this one links to a last.fm account and manages music based on trends. The main purpose of the application was to allow me to access my music collection and playlists from a web browser, much in the same way that Jinzora works. On top of this, playback is logged using audioscrobbler, this allows the application to find new music and events that are based on the music already in the collection.
  • 29/03/2008 - 18:12
    A while back I had acquired a Netgear media router and discovered that it was possible to install your own software on it using an open-source package called OpenWRT. I like having music all around the house, so it seemed like a good plan to convert the router into a portable music player. Once I began to play around it was clear that the solution would become quite flexible.