If you happen to be in the market for a tablet at the moment, there are way too many choices to pick from, especially if you are part of the Android revolution. There are high end models on one end of the spectrum, plenty of mid-range choices and full of fodder at the bottom rung. However, if you’re someone who prefers to jive to the iOS side of things, then Apple’s rather limited collection of iPads ought to cater to your needs, too. As for Windows 8, well, this platform is not the most popular of operating systems out there when it comes to touchscreen devices like tablets, but this does not mean it isn’t deserving of a shot. The Xplore X6 rugged tablet from Xplore Technologies is one such device.
What makes the Xplore XC6 rugged tablet stand out from the rest of the candidates in the tablet department? Surely at first glance, the burly design would make you know that this is a “no nonsense” device, where it should be able to welcome any kind of punishment meted out by you without breaking a sweat. Sporting a full shift battery that lasts up to 8.5 hours on a single charge, the Xplore XC6 also comes with a multi-resistive display that has capacitive-like sensitivity, allowing you to use it even when your fingers are wet and you’re wearing a glove. The screen itself sports 10 finger multi-touch support with pinch and zoom capabilities.
Your eyes, too, would not suffer at all when you use the Xplore XC6 under bright sunlight since it has a brightness level of 1300 NITs. Certified MIL-STD-810G for vibration, multiple drop and shock test and altitude, this bad boy comes completely protected against dust and can be submerged for up to 30 minutes in a meter of water. There are rounded, industrial rubber over-molded corner bumpers that ensures you enjoy adequate shock protection, while the magnesium alloy chassis would do its job to resist torsion, shear and impact damage. Above all, a 4th gen Intel Core i5-4300U processor would give you the necessary processing power required to be productive on the move, while a 128GB SSD (upgradeable to 256GB) offers adequate storage options.
So, you have just gone out to get yourself a spanking new iPad, and wished that it would not end up getting scratched or “hurt” by an accidental nick or drop? That should not be a problem, considering the numerous third party iPad cases that are in the market today, but just how many of those will be able to get their respective jobs done without actually losing its functionality? Logitech of Switzerland has long had a worthwhile history when it comes to iPad accessories, and their latest new Logitech Ultrathin that targets the iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display would fit the bill perfectly. The Logitech Ultrathin improves upon its flexibility and design of its award winning predecessor, sporting a thinner and lighter keyboard cover, in addition to sporting a new multi-angle slot that gives one the freedom to adjust the viewing angle accordingly.
Considering how the iPad’s usage patterns have changed over time, the Logitech Ultrathin could not arrive at a more timely manner. No longer are iPads used primarily to consume content, as it too, is a tool to create content wherever you go.
With the Logitech Ultrathin, you can more or less call this as your other half of the iPad. Sporting a new, flexible, multi-angle slot that will be able to securely attach to your iPad using a magnetic clip, you will be able to tilt your iPad to the right angle that suits you, making it a more comfortable typing experience. The Bluetooth keboard iself will boast of well spaced keys that has an optimized layout, where it will be accompanied by iOS shortcuts so that you would not be greeted with an unfamiliar interface. Expect the Logitech Ultrathin for iPad Air to retail for $99.99 each, while for the iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display, it will be $10 more affordable as it hits the US and Europe later next month.
There are so many gadgets to carry around that it starts to become annoying figuring out which cable goes to what. Everything needs to be charged almost daily, and even though we try to keep things neat and simple, that isn’t always the case. As our lives become busier, it’s hard to keep tabs on our health, which is why activity trackers are becoming more and more popular.
However, the drawback with those is that they are oftentimes very noticeable when you’re dressed for work. If you want something that isn’t going to stick out like a sore thumb, the Goccia might be the answer. This is the world’s smallest activity tracker that is made of tempered glass and aluminum. It’s about the size of a shirt button, and is very easy to use, charge, and sync. It’s 100%waterproof, which means you can use it while running, cycling, swimming, sleeping, and more.
You can set goals for yourself, and keep track of them through 8 LEDs that are on the face of Goccia. This is tailored for iPhone or iPad users, and can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or clip. It can hold a charge for 14 days, and juices up wirelessly. Syncing is simple in that you only need to place it over the camera of your iDevice, and it will transmit all the important data. There is talk of making this accessible for Android and Windows, but that isn’t available at the moment. Getting Goccia, a wristband, clasp, and necklace accessory will cost anywhere from $95-200.
We all get stressed out about different things. Sometimes it’s working too many days in a row, not having anything “fun” scheduled into your week, or just annoying everyday occurrences. Sooner or later, the things that make you tense up are going to make knots in your muscles. This is why we enjoy taking hot baths and are always in search of a massage.
The Outdoor Massage Body Roll will help you relax wherever you are. This is meant primarily for the outdoors as the name suggests, but there’s nothing wrong with laying down on the floor at work and just taking a few deep breaths now and again. In fact, this will boost your productivity so your brain isn’t in such a constant flurry. It would probably help if we didn’t all drink so much coffee, but it just tastes so good!
This body roll has four points of vibration massage that will help your muscles to calm themselves. When its not in use, it can be rolled up like a yoga mat. It is water, fade, and mildew resistant fabric, which likely means it’s not going to be the softest thing you’ve ever put your head on. This would be best paired with a beach towel that is large enough to cover it. You’ll be looking at $50 if you’re interested, and it probably won’t see much use until the weather is warm enough for swimming outdoors. Unless of course you like a little cool breeze hanging around.
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Normally, when we talk about papercraft, most of the time it would have nothing to do with electricity or the ilk, as a pair of scissors and some glue would be able to do the trick. Well, the $15.99 DIY Lunar Modules Light-up Paper Toys might be something that parents would want to check out, especially when you take into consideration just how expensive some childrens’ toys can get these days. The electric papercraft that you see here will come combined with an electronics kit, where you will be able to toy with a trio of landers, namely the Spaceboy, Alien Girl, and Tabula Rasa (which is blank, in order for you to jazz it up with your own art).
The DIY Lunar Modules Light-up Paper Toys have been described to be a perfect combination of papercraft and electronics, where it is officially known as “papertronics.” These are paper toys with electronic circuits within, and turning on your DIY Lunar Modules Light-up Paper Toys would make them cool night lights that kids would love to own in their room, or adults at their special project bench in the basement or up in the attic. All that you need is some imagination, some artistic ability and a little extra tape, and you’re good to go. Each purchase comes with a trio of Lunar Modules, 3 resistors, 3 LEDs, 3 strips of metal tape, 3 batteries (CR 2032), and the relevant instructions.
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There is nothing quite like relying on nature to provide us with nourishment and sustenance – after all, that has been the way for far too long, and even until now, mankind continues to take what is free and turn it into a profit-making enterprise. Well, you might want to do your bit to help ease the consumption of power from the grid by relying on the power of the sun, using the £49.99 Port Solar Charger in your household, charging up those energy thirsty devices while you are on the move.
For instance, there is an integrated suction cup that allows you to stick it to any window, and it will connect to any other compatible device thanks to an integrated USB port. The Port Solar Charger is extremely light in nature and would be able to fit into just about any pocket easily, making this the ideal device to carry around on your travels. The Port Solar Charger comes with a 1,000 mAh battery that delivers an additional 65% charge to mobiles. If you’re going to travel outdoors this coming summer for long periods of time, I would like to think that the Port Solar Charger is an indispensable piece of equipment to own.
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id America did introduce a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month that targeted the LED light-equipped portable charger of theirs, which has been called as the L.E.D. Nearly half of the goal amount has already been raised in the first week of the campaign alone, which is definitely an encouraging sign – hopefully it will be able to meet the funding goal in the coming week. The L.E.D portable charger is best described as a combination portable charger for personal electronic devices, while doubling up as an adjustable LED lamp to boot.
Running with a 5,200mAh lithium-ion battery located underneath the hood, the L.E.D. is capable of charging a multitude of personal electronic devices all the way to full capacity at their highest charging rate. This particular charger would be equipped with 5V1A microUSB input that it makes use of to juice itself up, and you will be able to plug in a gamut of personal electronic devices including the likes of smartphones, digital cameras, GPS devices and MP3 players if you so desire, allowing all of these to juice up thanks to a separate 5V2A USB output port. The 2A port would also let the L.E.D to charge even full-size tablets such at the iPad at their maximum charging rate.
Apart from being able to charge up mobile devices, the L.E.D would also deliver a different aspect that is essential to everyday life: and that would be light. The charger boasts of a trio of separate LED bulbs, which is more than what some of the other competing products in the market do come with, allowing you to make use of the L.E.D. in a wide range of projects or situations.
The LED lights are touted to be able to last for over 100 hours on a single charge, and it boasts of touch-sensitive control that enables the user to effortlessly switch between a trio of different brightness levels, depending on the situation that you are in at the moment. There will also be a pair of charging docks per charger, letting users keep one at home and one at the office to charge L.E.D whenever you need it most.
When it comes to dedicated GPS navigation devices, this seems to be a sunset industry, considering the navigation capability that smartphones and tablets alike these days sport. Well, I am quite sure that it has ended up as a niche market. Case in point, DeLorme has just unveiled their latest generation of inReach devices, calling it the inReach Explorer, which will target stores some time in early May, where it will builds on DeLorme’s award-winning technology in order to ensure that outdoor adventurers, offshore boaters, hunters, aviators, travelers and workers will be able to remain connected regardless of where they go.
The inReach Explorer is not only able to deliver messaging, tracking and SOS capabilities, it is also capable of letting users view, create or navigate routes and waypoints. There is the presence of an easy-to-follow map view that shows off the various routes, waypoints, tracks and messages geo-located onscreen for backtracking or self-rescue. In addition, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors will work in tandem to ensure accuracy while providing heading and bearing information, accurate elevation readings, speed and other useful trip statistics.
Apart from that, DeLorme has also announced the launch of Freedom subscription plans for the entire slew of inReach products, where users will need to pay for the satellite service only when they need it, all on a monthly basis. This ought to make it more attractive, being a Pay As You Use model that will not strain one’s monthly financial burdens.
Michael Heffron, CEO of DeLorme, shared, “inReach Explorer is the first personal satellite communicator to bring together the power of navigation with truly global SOS alerting, GPS tracking and two-way text messaging in one rugged, waterproof device. For people whose recreational activities or work takes them to remote locations without reliable cellular coverage, inReach Explorer is a single, lightweight device that can help them navigate, communicate and seek help in the event of an emergency.” The inReach Explorer will retail for $379 a pop if you’re interested.
The military certainly has its fair share of “big boys’ toys”, so to speak, where there are weapons and technology which the world knows nothing about – unless it is by chance or force that such weapons and technological wizardry are revealed. In fact, the advancement of technology in recent years have done a whole lot to change the map of the battlefield – pilotless drones are now used to scout an area ahead of time, as well as to deliver a payload without risking the life of a human being sitting inside a real cockpit, and GPS too, has helped missiles be even more accurate. As for getting around, well, tanks and planes aren’t exactly the quietest rides in town, but how about motorcycles? Logos Technologies has received a small business innovation research (SBIR) grant from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in order to work on a military-use hybrid-electric motorcycle that has near-silent capability.
It is hoped by DARPA that this particular technology, when it matures fully, will enable tiny, distributed military teams to move long distances in the shortest time possible, all the while remaining stealth as they make their way across harsh enemy terrain.
Specially developed in partnership with San Francisco-based all-electric motorcycle producer BRD, this particular platform will merge Logos Technologies’ quieted, multifuel hybrid-electric power system alongside a cutting-edge, off-road electric motorcycle platform that has been developed by BRD. This particular initiative is said to be the first time that a two-wheel-drive, multifuel hybrid capability has been integrated into a full-size off-road motorcycle – successfully, to boot.
The hybrid-electric idea also paves the way for extended periods of near-silent, electric-only-propulsion, in addition to the generation of supplemental electric power for use by personnel in the field. No idea on how much such a bike will cost eventually, but if it is going to help win wars, there is no price tag issue left anymore, is there?