All right, so the Fairphone is not all that it is cracked up to be – there is no balance to the Force that needs to be done, although on certain levels, some people might agree that there is a need for the smartphone manufacturing industry to encourage a change that will keep things sustainable in the long run. Apparently, the manufacturing process of smartphones do seem to come with its fair share of environmental and social issues, ranging from their use of conflict minerals all the way to the working conditions at the factory for the workers there. The Fairphone hopes to change that, being an idea from a social enterprise.
What kind of positive vibes does the Fairphone bring with it? Well, for starters, it will make use of conflict-free raw materials during its construction and manufacturing, while the workers who work at the assembly lines will be paid a fair wage, which in turn would reduce exploitation of manpower while raising the standard of living in the community around. Not only that, there is also the effort to set up e-waste recycling programs that will ensure that such consumer electronics devices will be recycled or disposed off properly at the end of their life cycle.
As for the materials used by the Fairphone, it will contain conflict-free tin where its soldering paste is concerned, hailing from conflict-free mines in the South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The tantalum in its capacitors too, have been extracted from coltan sourced from Mai Baridi, Kisengo and Luba, which so happens to be conflict-free mines located in the northern part of the Katanga Province, DRC.
The other hardware specifications include a durable and scratch-resistant 4.3″ touchscreen display, 16GB of internal memory, cameras at the back as well as in front, a quad-core processor, and the Fairphone OS which is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Available in Europe for 310€ each, it remains to be seen whether it will be released worldwide or not.
We all want to ditch our gas-guzzling vehicles in search of a cleaner and less expensive option. Sadly, most of what’s on the market has an initial cost that is so high that it’s not worth it. The other issue being that most of them can’t go very far.
If you’re wanting to switch to an electric bike, but are concerned about the range, then the Johammer J1 might be an option. If you have the money to make the change that is, seeing that it costs around $31,600. This can charge in close to four hours, which will be the equivalent of 125 miles. This can go anywhere from 30-60+ miles an hour, which isn’t too bad compared with most.
The rearview mirror has high-resolution displays that will show all relevant driving information you would need to know while on the road. Probably the best part, which will be a drawback to some, is that this has a completely silent motor, meaning you’ll be able to hear the birds sing as you cruise down the road. This is available in silver, white, blue, yellow, and green, and looks like a blend between new and old world. It has a brush-less AC-motor with a single-level gear, both running in oil bath with lifetime lubrication, and is maintenance free. Regardless of all its snazziness, it still costs a boatload of money, and won’t be useful year-round.
Available for purchase on johammer, found via ohgizmo
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There are a few things in the office that don’t really travel well. One of the main things is a printer, which can make life pretty stressful if you’re on the go constantly. You come to rely on a hotel having one for public use, but sometimes that doesn’t always happen.
If you often find yourself needing to print things without a way of doing it, then the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer might be able to lend you a hand. This is about the size of your fist, and can print an A4 page in about 40 seconds. Simply activate the printer by sliding the hatch to reveal the inkjet, and start printing away. The inkjet will last for about 1,000 pages, and at the moment, you’ll only be able to print grayscale images or black text. This is a rechargeable device, and will last for about an hour on one charge.
You will need to make sure you line up the printer properly, otherwise your printing is going to be everywhere but where you want it. It is capable of printing multiple pages, and will stop once it has reached the bottom, and will wait until you move it to the new page, and tap the correct button on the corresponding app. The cartridge is easy to find as it is a standard HP one, so you can find it just about anywhere. This will be available in white and black, and will cost around $200-220.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
[ The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer will let you bring your office anywhere copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
I’m a fan of that Survival Show, you know the one, where they drop groups of people on an island with nothing but the clothes on their back, and some rice. My husband likes to think he would do well on a show like that. On the other hand, I’d just want to hide on the other side of the island and hope everyone forgot about me. Oh, and I’d try to get away with having this next cool gadget hidden in my sneaker…
Check out the Survival Card 2, a small gizmo that can stack the cards in your favor when it comes to surviving almost any unexpected accident, weather event, disaster, or game show. The Survival Card is actually a 2 inch serrated knife, made of stainless steel, a magnesium alloy fire starter, a red LED safety light, and a survival whistle, all encased in a perfectly portable, 2 oz, credit card sized package.
The Survival Card also contains a built in pass thru for a lanyard, a small toothpick, and a tweezer. So whether you wear it around your neck, on your backpack, or just pop it in your purse, pocket or wallet, you’ll have almost everything you might need to keep you “in the game” If you’d like to get your hands on one, and have around 20 bucks to spare, head on over to amazon.com… and by the way, how would they know if a contestant had something like this hidden in their shoe, do they search them???
[ Survival Card 2 – The Safety Kit that Fits in your Wallet copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
If there is one thing that any cubicle drone would need to spruce up his or her workspace, then a fern or small cactus would be perfect. After all, a little bit of green never hurt anyone, and some green would definitely add color and life to the vicinity. Unfortunately, not everyone has green fingers, which is why when you come across something like the £49.99 Parrot Flower Power, it might be worth checking out.
With the Parrot Flower Power, it is as though there is a highly experienced gardener right on the spot at your disposal. This particular device will be able to discover and tend to the specific needs of your plants, making you more like the helping hand to the device, than the other way around. It is capable of measuring all the important characteristics and details such as moisture, temperature, light and fertilizer levels, before it synchronizes with your smartphone over Bluetooth to let you know what is lacking. For those who find it difficult to even take care of a cactus, then the Parrot Flower Power is the answer to their prayers when it comes to prolonging life in a pot. The Parrot Flower Power runs on a single AAA battery that ought to give it approximately half a year’s worth of battery life.
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There are times in life when we do not see the need to actually perform an upgrade to our existing hardware or car, simply because we love the current model, and have no need for something newer and better. However, technology moves at such a breakneck speed, that whatever is deemed as top of the range today might end up as obsolete just a short few months down the road. Let’s say you have a really good pair of headphones that you purchased a couple of years back, and love it to bits. Now that everyone’s jumped aboard the wireless bandwagon, what choice have you? Enter the $39.99 Smartbean Bluetooth Wireless Receiver, where it is capable of turning your favorite pair of headphones into a Bluetooth-compatible model.
The audio controls on the Smartbean Bluetooth Wireless Receiver would let you adjust the volume level, pause, and skip tracks, with the ability to switch seamlessly between audio and phone functions to boot. It will also be able to work with a speaker if you so desire, despite being designed for headphones primarily. Sporting a wireless range of 30 feet, the Smartbean Bluetooth Wireless Receiver has a rechargeable battery that delivers approximately 6 hours of talk time on a full charge.
[ Smartbean Bluetooth Wireless Receiver introduces Bluetooth connectivity to any headphones copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
There are times when you would need to bite the bullet and actually do something about your existing situation if you do not want the same old mistakes or scenarios to repeat itself. I am referring to the likes of putting up with an old, stuttering keyboard and mouse at your workplace, being frustrated when the cursor does not go where you want it to, as well as keyboards that have keys which do not register with a regular tap. Well, those who are in the market for a keyboard and mouse combo might consider checking out the recently announced Adesso Tru-Form Media 1500GB wireless ergonomic keyboard and mouse.
Yes sir, the Adesso Tru-Form Media 1500GB also goes by the moniker WKB-1500GB for short, where it allows users a couple of advanced input devices with ergonomic design, multifunctional features, and a wireless range of up to 30 feet. The asking price stands at an extremely affordable $69.99, and you will be able to pick up the Tru-Form Media 1500GB from major retailers and e-retailers.
The Adesso Tru-Form Media 1500GB comes in a stylish form factor as well as gently-sloped split keyboard design (reminds you of Microsoft’s old ergonomic keyboard, does it not?) that will complement the natural curves and positioning of hands, wrists, and forearms for maximum comfort and extensive use. Of course, if you’re a gamer, the way the keys are split right down the middle might not be the most optimal arrangement, especially when you need to access certain hotkeys, and a millisecond slower might result in defeat instead of victory. The Adesso Tru-Form Media 1500GB seems a whole lot more comfortable in an office setting, where its membrane key switches provide improved tactile response and a quieter typing experience, which is touted to last up to five million keystrokes.
As for the wireless, ergonomic laser mouse, it has laser sensor technology that delivers improved speed and accuracy, alongside a switch for DPI resolution control (800/ 1200/ 1600dpi), apart from a pair of Internet navigation buttons. Any takers?
Gamers can be a fickle lot, and it can get pretty tricky trying to figure out what it is exactly that they are looking for. Well, if you have been waiting to pick up a new gaming keyboard for the longest time, but have never really managed to get around to it, perhaps you might want to see what the Corsair Vengeance K70 is all about, where this mechanical gaming keyboard has been specially designed for PC gaming performance with German-made Cherry MX mechanical keyswitches for that ultimate gaming experience.
I am quite sure that gamers too, would have heard about Corsair because of their exploits in the RAM department as well as SSD storage. They aren’t a slouch in the high-performance PC gaming hardware department, either, having announced the award-winning Vengeance K70 mechanical gaming keyboard to arrive in black aluminum with red backlit keys, where it will also be available with Cherry MX Blue and Brown keyswitches, if variety is what you would like to have in your life.
First of all, your eyes will definitely appreciate the sophisticated aesthetics that have gone into the refreshed Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard, where it sports an anodized black aluminum chassis for long-lasting durability and timeless style. There is also a vibrant red backlight that shines through each key, oozing an industrial look that is capable of complimenting any gamer set up. The overall backlighting is adjustable to four different levels of intensity, where the lighting for each key can be independently enabled or disabled. There is key-by-key lighting customization that opens the door for users to highlight just the keys they require to emphasize, including WASD, before one saves the setting directly to the K70′s onboard memory.
You should not miss a keystroke ever again, thanks to its 100% anti-ghosted matrix, full n-key rollover and 1000Hz reporting rate, while multimedia controls provide you with quick access to volume, skip tracks, play, stop, and pause. There are also a nifty USB port that supports accessories including Corsair’s very own Vengeance gaming headset or mouse. Expect the new versions of the Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard to be available this month with an asking price of $129.99, where each of these will feature a 2 year warranty.