You have heard of the phrase that boys/girls just want to have fun. Well, guess what – in the 21st century, even robots, too, would like to have their fair share of fun. Having said that, anyone who has observed children would know that the little ones have boundless levels of energy, and it can get pretty difficult in trying to keep up with them. Robots like the £139.99 Parrot Jumping Sumo is one boisterous jumping robot that is controlled using your smartphone. Yeah, I know right, there’s an app for that and all that jazz.
The Parrot Jumping Sumo comes across as a highly advanced robot that will carry with it a wide-angle camera. This camera is capable of streaming video feeds to your smartphone, not to mention record all that is going on around. Be prepared to get dizzy as it jumps up to heights of 80cm as well as a similar length, while recording all that the wide-angle camera sees. Not only that, it is also lightweight and with all of that jumping that goes on, it too needs to be extremely robust so that it can survive both indoor as well as outdoor (ab)use. Scurrying around at speeds of up to 2m/s (7km/h), the Parrot Jumping Sumo is also capable of pushing objects and balancing by itself. This is an interesting addition to other Parrot releases like the Rolling Spider Mini Drone.
[ Parrot Jumping Sumo is a robot that bounces around copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
When it comes to the world of smartphones, you can be sure that there will be plenty of accessories released for it in the course of time. There are dime a dozen choices to choose from, so as the discerning consumer, which particular model should you gun for in the first place? Having said that, here is something that is slightly out of the ordinary, where it hails from the folks over at Felix, who intends to make your iPhone yours through the personalization options that HoldTight delivers. HoldTight is a customizable case that sports flexible bands which will offer a wide array of styles and uses, for instance, it can function as a cord keeper for ear buds, make sure that your credit card goes nowhere, doubles up as a holster which ensures your phone remains securely in hand as you indulge in a little bit of vigorous outdoor activity, among others.
With HoldTight, you will have the peace of mind that you need not remain bogged down by a bulky wallet, so that you can travel with just the bare essentials regardless of what they are. With HoldTight, users will be able to enjoy the kind of freedom that one has to switch up the items that they carry according to their needs, which must be said, changes throughout the day.
Each HoldTight case will be accompanied by 7 bands with 9 different colors for you to choose from, delivering nearly limitless options. Thanks to a simple stretch, snap and go installation process, there but remains one question left for users – “What will you HoldTight?” Sure, the HoldTight is not going to be on the same page as that of the technologically advanced Lunecase, but there are times in life when a more practical and pragmatic approach is appreciated further compared to something that is ahead of the curve.
The next time you step up to an ATM machine to make a withdrawal, you might want to take a moment to pause and think about the potential that this money spitting machine is capable of. Sure, it would be great to make a withdrawal of $50 to have the machine malfunction and spit out $50,000 in the process because of a screw up somewhere. However, chances are you are better off buying the lottery to gain a windfall, so what else can an ATM machine do? YouTube user [Aussie50] has managed to hack into an ATM machine by installing Doom on it, and apart from that, it looks as though the ATM’s very own buttons are used to control your Space Marine as he goes about blasting the denizens of hell back to where they belong.
Considering how majority of today’s ATMs do run on some kind of Windows version, it should not be too much of a hassle to get an extremely well loved and classic game like Doom to run on a version of Windows. If you were to notice right at the beginning of the video, you are able to check out what looks to be a default Windows XP background screen, which is something that just about every one of us are able to identify. In the later part of the video, [Aussie50] drops to what resembles that of an MS-DOS command line, which is something that old school computer users will be able to identify with, and with great glee, I might add. Chances are the ATM machine that [Aussie50] uses runs on Windows XP, although he might have had to go through the steps of installing MS-DOS emulation software like DOSBOX before that.
[Aussie50] also managed to get the receipt printer working, and who knows, each time you complete a level, the printer would issue a “certificate” of sorts so that no one can accuse of you fibbing about it.
We do wonder, however, whether the Russian ATMs that run on illegal versions of Windows will be able to jump aboard the Doom bandwagon.
Have you jumped aboard the Windows Phone bandwagon already? If you are thinking of making the jump and yet are a little tight on your purse strings, there is something mid -range from the folks over at Nokia, and that would be the Nokia Lumia 530 which runs on Windows Phone 8.1 Of course, we have seen other Lumia handsets in the last like the Nokia Lumia 635, and with the Lumia 530, it intends to act as a bridge for the masses to make the jump over to Microsoft’s mobile platform.
It is said that the Lumia 530 is more than capable of impressing right out of the box courtesy of Windows Phone 8.1 running. Users will be able to enjoy great features such as Action Center, Word Flow, Cortana (as and where available) and personalized Start screen backgrounds which everyone can enjoy.
Underneath the hood, you will find that the Lumia 530 runs on a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that ought to deliver blazing fast performance at its price, delivering a lag-free experience regardless of whether you are surfing the Internet, using your favorite apps, or playing some games, enjoying all that the 4-inch LCD display is capable of offering.
Apart from that, all of the classic Microsoft apps including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been packaged in the form of Microsoft Office, allowing you to bring it with you wherever you go. With the power of the cloud, any kind of new document that you create or existing document you edit will be synchronized automatically, ensuring that you have the latest version regardless of which particular device you access it from.
There is 15GB of free cloud storage for you to enjoy via OneDrive, where Lumia 530’s on-board memory is expandable up to 128GB thanks to a microSD memory card slot, which is heck of a lot of space to enjoy. Not only that, there are single SIM 3G and Dual SIM 3G versions of the Lumia 530 to choose from, where it will retail for less than €100 when it hits the markets this August.
Headphones are something that just about every single one of us have, especially when we have so many devices around that will be able to play back music on the move. Wired headphones have been around for the longest time, and they are not about to go away anytime soon. Of course, there are wireless headphones around, but are those able to get the tunes right to your skull directly, in a clear manner? The $99.99 Aftershokz Bluez 2 wireless bone conduction headphones is surely able to do so, as the black band wraps behind your head and will rest in front of your ears.
This would ensure that your ears remain open, since the Aftershokz Bluez 2 wireless bone conduction headphones sends sound directly to the cochlea. Each purchase will comprise of a pair of headphones, adjustable tension band, and a storage pouch. With this, you can hear what you are listening to, and yet have the advantage of knowing what else is going on in the world all around you. Sounds like the perfect headphones to wear have when you are out on your morning runs! While this is not first of such headphones like the Parrot Zik in the market, it certainly offers a decent option.
[ Aftershokz Bluez 2 delivers wireless bone conduction goodness copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
When it comes to drying your clothes, I still prefer the good, old fashioned way, that is, to hang it out under the sun to dry. There is no need to place it into a dryer, which consumes plenty of electricity in the long run. The sun, however, delivers free rays, and there is nothing quite like a set of freshly hung laundry – with UV rays that will also kill all sorts of germs along the way. The CordoClip Auto Clothesline Kit is an automatic clothesline that will help you save hundreds of dollars in energy bills along the way.
It will retail anywhere from $129.95 to $149.95, where it will boast of a pulley system design which makes it far faster and easier to load and unload laundry. Apart from that, one can easily attach it to a fence or outside wall. Not only that, it is also durable and sturdy, which is capable of resisting winds of up to 60 mph. Even better is, this particular PermaClip clothespins will remain on and never rust, although some bit of assembly is required before you put it up. I’m sure this is great to place such a particular USB flash drive, too.
[ CordoClip Auto Clothesline Kit reels in the clothes in double quick time copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Kickstarter is a great place to raise funds from the masses if you do happen to have something that most of the people would like to have, but did not think of it just yet. We have seen our fair share of wireless chargers in the past, but this particular one that has hit Kickstarter hails from Lutman Design Studio, arriving in the form of Swich, which is a wireless charger that functions as a stand for smartphones, being designed in wood and ceramics. It is a snap to use, looks great as a fashionable mobile appliance, and will also do its bit to assist users so that they can charge up their dog tired battery and access phone apps in a wholly new way.
The Swich claims that no other chargers out there in the market is capable of matching its organic design, where the wooden and ceramic structure happens to be inspired by minimalism and presented in a perfect round shape. The form itself will “push” the phone up to float that is slightly above the desk, making it look like that of a surfer that rides a wave. The whole idea of Swich was to ensure that it looked as organic as possible, and would definitely arrive in a shape that complements any office or home décor style.
The classic Swich stand will boast of fine ceramics and American walnut, and the charging stand itself functions as an allusion to tradition and resilience. This mobile accessory would ensure that your smartphone remains looking classy and timeless on its charging stand, which points to a historic background of materials while boasting an inspiring form.
Swich also comes with a special, brand new function, where it has been specially designed to adapt to screen rotation needs. For instance, the head of the stand is capable of rotating along with the phone in order to turn the screen in the preferred position. The device can also be placed vertically or horizontally, where one can then switch the position at any time with a simple turn. Hopefully this is one idea that will kick off for good.
Some sound can be therapeutic for us, while others can drive us insane. For example, would you rather listen to a dripping faucet or a cat purring? Music is what we choose to listen to most often, and there are a myriad of options for headphones and speaker systems that will provide you with sound at varying qualities. If you are quite the audiophile, then you can differentiate subtle nuances in the caliber of various speakers and headsets. Using different materials such as wood, plastic, and glass will yield very different properties.
If you want to be extremely specific, then even the type of wood can come into play. The Nenrin Mini Healing Speaker is made of Kyoto Kitayama cedar that can only be harvested after 30 years of growth. It seems a bit far-fetched to say that sounds coming through this timber would heal you in some way, but who am I to argue the properties of a wood-based speaker?
This is Bluetooth-enabled, and puts out 15W. There is a Jinshibo or Deshibo option available, one being a treated and the other being natural wood. Even with the understanding that this is a very particular item with healing properties, and takes 30 years of growing to harvest, its $1,500+ price tag seems a bit over-the-top. That kind of money would be better spent on several spa days and healthy food.
Available for purchase on Japan-Trend-Shop
Music is the one language we can all understand. Long ago you could only hear it in person, but now you can carry around a huge variety of genres in your pocket. The method in which we listen to it has changed drastically over the past couple of decades. The Walkman is probably one of the most well-known music players, which came into existence in 1979 (it did herald the age of portable music players after all). Though Apple products have taken the spotlight, that doesn’t mean it’s down for the count.
The Walkman is now making a comeback, but won’t be using cassettes any longer. While it may have the same dimensions as the iPod Touch, it’s far thicker, and has 128GB internal storage. The touchscreen is 4 inches with a 854×480 resolution. This can play ultra-high resolution audio formats (FLAC, WAV, etc), and as the body was carved from an aluminum block, noise will be reduced.
The battery should last around 32 hours off of a 3 hour charge, and seeing as you won’t be using this for calls, text, surfing the web or any other phone-related activities, it’s actually going to hold its charge. This comes with quality headphones, as well it should seeing that you’d be spending around $700 on this. The trade-off in a higher price is that the quality of your sound will be vastly improved. While this has already released in Asia and parts of Europe, there is not currently a launch date for the US.
Available for purchase on Amazon, found via damngeeky
[ Sony ZX1 – The Walkman has risen from the grave, and looks good copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
While we have seen some pretty impressive USB chargers in the past, including the XE4400 USB Battery and Wall Charger, none of them have the ability to juice up a fair number of devices simultaneously – and I am talking about more than five devices here. Sure, you can always daisy chain some USB hubs to your computer’s USB port, but chances are pretty high that those ports will be unable to deliver sufficient power to juice up whatever power hungry devices which you own that can be charged via USB. BiteMyApple.co might have a unique solution that also looks good on any desk – the Skiva PowerFlow Octofire USB Charger.
In fact, the Skiva PowerFlow Octofire USB Charger holds the distinction of being the first-ever USB charger that comes equipped with eight ports, letting you charge up multiple devices all at the same time. This is touted to be a universal power solution for those who happen to deal with device overload in their lives. Considering how other multi-gadget chargers in the market tend to have up to 4 ports at most, which may only do one amp per port that is not optimal charging capacity, the Skiva PowerFlow Octofire USB Charger blows the mind away, offering double the number of ports and power.
In fact, the Octofire has a power capacity that lets it charge up 8 USB devices at the same time, with each at up to 2.1A/5V power. Not only that, it has Smart Device Detection capability, enabling it to intelligently detect the device while providing the required charging, ensuring that enough power is sent to multiple devices at optimal current simultaneously. In terms of safety, fret not as the Octofire sports an AC/DC adapter that is UL, CE, FCC, and RoHS Certified, ensuring it remains protected against overcharging, overheating, and over-voltage. The asking price? A relatively reasonable $79.99.