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Sensoria Smart Socks – is that a Fitness Trainer in your Shoe?

Coolest Gadgets - Thu, 2014-08-21 19:00

It seems as though we are inundated with fitness trackers these days, most of them have their own unique twist on what they offer, most have the same kinds of limitations. Of course the idea of wearable technology is relatively new, and as such, new developments are coming in fast and furiously. An example? Check it out…

You’re used to sensors that tell you how far and how fast, right? Now there are Smart Socks that will also tell you how well you did it. This Smart Sock is made up of 3 components. The first is a comfy, washable sock, followed by a rechargeable, magnetic anklet that clips onto the sock, and of course, no wearable technology would be complete without an associated app, from which you get to track and monitor all your collected information.

Its not the basic information that your Smart Socks can provide you that make them so cool, its the fact that they can track exactly where your foot is falling, and how hard each part of the foot strikes the ground. Information like this can help runners improve performance, prevent injuries, or even simply select the right pair of running shoes.

Wearable tech is all the rage, and if you feel as though your fitness program could be enhanced by owning some Sensoria Smart Socks, by all means, head on over to sensoriafitness.com, and pre-order a bundle for around a 199 bucks, and soon you could be running like the wind. Me? I’ll be here on the couch.
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Geek Chic appeals to the refined nerd

Coolest Gadgets - Thu, 2014-08-21 18:53

When it comes to buying furniture, most of us aren’t going to pay too much attention to quality. If it works for our purposes and doesn’t cost much, we’ll be on board. However, if you do have some disposable income and want to have furnishings that you could pass on in the future, you’re going to want something sturdy, beautiful, and useful. If you have enough left over from buying regular things like chairs and bookcases and happen to enjoy tabletop gaming, then a table specifically for your game nights might be in order.

There are options out there that have extra storage, but they’ll never be catered to your individual needs. If you want to impress your friends, and have a place to play that is both geeky and refined, then Geek Chic has you covered. They’re a company that creates custom geek furniture with a special attention to detail. They make hand-crafted chairs and cabinets for storage, but the real point of interest is their gaming tables.

There are several different base models to choose from, and from there the customization can go all over the place. You can choose the length, width, wood, insets, lids, accessories, and more. On their page they state very clearly that these are made to order. They work very closely with each customer to give them what they want while still making it a functioning part of your home. The price is obviously going to vary, as you can be in the hundreds or hundreds of thousands. Having seen these tables in person at a convention, they are truly a sight to behold. If you have the money and live in a family of tabletop-lovers, this is an heirloom-worthy piece of furniture. Seeing that this is not an impulse buy, be prepared to go through several steps and wait for a year or more to get your custom order.

Available for custom-order on geekchicq
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Verizon introduces the HTC One (M8) for Windows

Coolest Gadgets - Thu, 2014-08-21 15:00

The HTC One has proven itself to be a worthy flagship device since it rolled out last year, and this year, we have seen even more improvements made to the smartphone, where it was introduced as the HTC One (M8). Picking up a fair number of positive reviews ever since it was released, the HTC One (M8) happened to be an Android powered device. It looks as though HTC has something else up their sleeves, and this would be to deliver a flagship smartphone, for the first time ever in the industry, to come in two different operating system flavors – Android and Windows Phone, with the latter being known as the HTC One (M8) for Windows.

As you can tell by the name of the device itself, everything about it ought to be the same as that of the vanilla HTC One (M8), other that the fact that this Verizon-bound device will run on the Windows Phone platform. This means one should expect to see the very same stunning, award-winning design as well as the most recent Windows Phone software. Your hands will definitely feel comfortable with its all metal unibody design as well as elegantly curved back that matches your hand’s contours.

Other unique experiences that were once the domain of the original HTC One (M8) can also be found here, and these include HTC BlinkFeed, HTC BoomSound, Duo Camera with UltraPixel, Video Highlights, a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera that is great for selfies, as well as support for the HTC Dot View case.

With Windows Phone 8.1 running underneath the hood, you will also be able to enjoy the “company” of Cortana, which is Windows Phone’s truly personal digital assistant, as she makes her debut on HTC. Those who are interested will be able to pick up the HTC One (M8) for Windows for $99.99 with a new two-year contract from Verizon, or $29.99 per month on Verizon Edge.

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Sharp AQUOS Crystal smartphone launches in the US

Coolest Gadgets - Thu, 2014-08-21 14:00

When one talks about smartphones over here in the US, the usual suspects would pop up – the iPhone from Apple as well as other Android-powered devices from the likes of Samsung, HTC and LG, while Nokia would ply the trade of Windows Phone, with BlackBerry targeting what’s left of the corporate market with their range of BlackBerry OS devices. However, the name Sharp (which hails from Japan) would rarely, if ever, pop up, although we have seen a few Sharp AQUOS phones in the past before. This time around, we have yet another Sharp AQUOS smartphone hit the US market, and it is a beauty, being known as the Sharp AQUOS Crystal.

Just take a look at the Sharp AQUOS Crystal and you will be left stunned, as it comes in a nearly 5” borderless HD display that will go all the way to the edge of the handset, offering an unparalleled immersive mobile experience. Running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat as the mobile operating system of choice, it will also tease your ears further with the Harman Kardon Clari-Fi and LiveStage audio technologies, as it has been specially designed in order to deliver music in an unprecedented manner on a mobile device. With LiveStage technology, it offers a more lifelike listening experience by adding dimension to the sound, while Clari-Fi technology will further improve digital sound quality as it restores compressed digital music.

Other hardware specifications of the Sharp AQUOS Crystal include an 8MP shooter at the back, with a 1.2MP front facing camera for selfies up to 720p resolution. Shooting in low light conditions should not be a problem thanks to the Night Catch feature that will brighten both subject and background using the built in flash. The entire shebang weighs 4.97 ounces and measures 5.16” x 2.6” x 0.40”, and it will feature a 5” HD edgeless LCD display. As for the muscle, you get a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and a 2,040mAh Lithium-Ion battery to keep things going. Expect the Sharp AQUOS Crystal smartphone to be made available Stateside via Sprint.

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Monotype's Dan Rhatigan discusses Ryman Eco,...

Not Cot - Thu, 2014-08-21 13:44
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Digital Password Storage Vault takes the burden off your mind

Coolest Gadgets - Thu, 2014-08-21 13:00

Our memories do fail us from time to time, especially when we advance in our age. Of course, this is no excuse when we are inefficient at doing something, since there are always other memory aids that could help us remember the essentials, including a notebook where the traditional pen and paper method would work just right. With the advent of technological advancements, not to mention numerous accounts that require us to have a password that has a combination of alphanumeric characters, it can get overwhelming at times. The $39.99 Digital Password Storage Vault might be able to help you out here then.

Take note that this is not the first password vault of its kind in the world, and chances are it will not be the last, either. With the Digital Password Storage Vault, you will be able to store and protect up to a whopping 3,000 passwords, where it can stash away case-sensitive user names, passwords, web addresses, security questions and answers. You will need to make sure that you remember master password however, so that there will be no unauthorized access. It is powered by a couple of AAA batteries.
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Di-Dah-Dit – A playful telepresence device by...

Not Cot - Thu, 2014-08-21 12:44
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Inflatable Howling Haunted House lets you prepare for Halloween early

Coolest Gadgets - Thu, 2014-08-21 12:00

When it comes to inflating various items around the house, surely one would think of something more along the lines of an Inflatable Massage Chair, right? What if we were to set our sights on something that is a whole lot larger, such as the $299.95 Inflatable Howling Haunted House? This is an inflatable 12′-high haunted house which will certainly usher in the spirit of Halloween with aplomb, making your house the coolest one on the block to visit. You will be able to see this house howl, scream, as well as flash its lights whenever there are unsuspecting visitors that pass through its ominous arched doorway.

Fret not about it not making it past a couple of Halloweens, this is no shy and retiring device, since it is made out of durable 75-denier polyester fabric, and the house itself sports a sound sensor which will be able to detect the moment a young child or parent walk under its 72″-high arched portal. Upon detection, the 60 LEDs will flash and change its color from red to green, as its built-in sound chip will play back a 15-second loop of scary sounds. There is a witch that perches on a flaming cauldron right up in front, while a leafless tree will remain seated at the front corner, with a skeleton and black cat peering out of the top windows. To complete the scene, another eight stakes and three ropes will tether the house to the ground.
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Not Cot - Thu, 2014-08-21 11:44
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Nature Technicolor create histological slides...

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Decoy studies by Maskull Lasserre, including...

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BBC Wildlife Director John Downer on spy-cam...

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Tiny T-Rex Invasion - Illustrated fun from Jay...

Not Cot - Thu, 2014-08-21 02:45
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Iconic works of art by inscribing messages on...

Not Cot - Wed, 2014-08-20 22:31
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Aquabot makes your water bottle spray 25 feet...

Not Cot - Wed, 2014-08-20 21:31
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The Capsule contains a robotic pet you can’t kill

Coolest Gadgets - Wed, 2014-08-20 20:49

Busy lifestyles seem to be all too common. We can’t stop to smell the roses because there are too many things to do. It can be a lonely life working every second of every day, and if you crave some companionship, then you would likely think about getting a pet. Of course, that would mean even more responsibilities in your day for which there is likely not room in your schedule.

If you still want a little creature to look over, then maybe one can’t kill is the best option. The Capsule is a closed tank system that has a few robotic fish called LumiPUFF blubbing about inside. You are supposed to feed them through an app on your smartphone, but they won’t keel over if you forget for a day or two. Well, actually it will disable (no light and no movement) until you restart the game on your phone if you forget to feed it.

There are LEDs inside of these little fish to let you know when they’re starting to get hungry, but there’s also a function that will allow them to light up should your smartphone receive a notification. The fish are powered wirelessly, and will react to you tapping on the glass and feeding them. You can choose background colors, as well as the colors for the three sections of the fish that light up. There’s no need to change out batteries or the water at any point in time, however, you will need to keep it plugged in! There is currently no pricing available on this tank.

More information available on sphere.technology, found via technabob
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The Jokari Soda Bottle Fizz Keeper Pump prevents flat pop

Coolest Gadgets - Wed, 2014-08-20 20:14

Soda is a delightful treat that pairs best with pizza or take out meals. Some drink it frequently, and others make it a rare delicacy (this should be the case, but it’s hard to kick the habit). Should you prefer to only have a cup or two every so often, you’ll likely find that your fizzy drink has gone flat after a little while. If you wish that your sugared-up beverage would keep its just-opened freshness, you’ll need a little help.

While you could just purchase a soda maker and make a glass only when you want a bubbly syrup-filled drink, there are other options. The Jokari Soda Bottle Fizz Keeper Pump is one such method of saving bubbles. It will fit the top of most 2-liter bottles, and will re-pressurize plastic bottles to keep your soft drinks from going flat. It can keep them fresh for several weeks, meaning you won’t have to buy a new bottle if your soda cravings are few and far in between.

This seems like a great idea for those who aren’t avid soda fans, but like to have it around the house. Paying around $12 will get you three of these, and they will fit on most plastic bottles that have the same type of opening as a 2 liter. It would be a decent purchase if you’re a little slow on drinking pop, but for those who have soda with every meal, this is a bit overkill.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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Samsung Level Box mini wireless speakers might be small but packs a punch

Coolest Gadgets - Wed, 2014-08-20 15:00

When we talk about wireless speakers, those have gotten all the more common in this day and age. After all, since we are still working in moving in the direction of a paperless society, it looks as though the wireless movement has garnered a faster pace. Wireless charging is slowly but surely catching on, not only for mobile device but for electric cars as well, and so has the wireless speaker market matured in recent years. Here we are with something from South Korean conglomerate Samsung with their Samsung Level Box mini wireless speakers.

The Samsung Level Box mini wireless speakers will be the most recent addition to Samsung’s Level series of premium audio products, where it offers a similar level of high-quality sound as the Level Box, although those who are tight on space in their already cramped homes will be pleased as punch to find out that the Samsung Level Box mini comes in a lighter and more compact metallic body. In fact, you will not find the Level Box mini cramp your home’s decorative style in any way, since it arrives in an assortment of rich and vivid colors to deliver consumers a stylish, affordable and exceptional listening experience.

As the Samsung Level Box mini comes with a large 55mm stereo speaker as well as a passive radiator, it has been specially optimized to deliver premium-quality sound which is not only powerful, but crisp and balanced as well. The Level Box mini will play nice with the Samsung Level App, where it offers Volume Control, Text-to-Speech, S Voice and SoundAlive. SoundAlive happens to be Samsung’s innovative audio technology, where it is capable of making automatic adjustments on its own in order to deliver the best sound quality possible. The Level Box mini will also make use of the aptX codec so that one can enjoy uninterrupted, robust streaming. The 1,600mAh battery is said to be good for 25 hours of playback, and once can choose from Blue, Blue Black, Red, and Silver colors.

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Razer unveils all-new Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard

Coolest Gadgets - Wed, 2014-08-20 14:00

Avid gamers are a pampered lot, and if you happen to fall under that particular category, you would be able to know just what I am talking about. The folks over at Razer, who are extremely passionate about the kind of hardware that they roll out for the masses, have upped the ante this time around with the Razer Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard. This is no vanilla BlackWidow keyboard that we have seen in the past, but it involves a tie in with one of the world’s premier eSports teams in order to deliver a custom-branded Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard that works wonders when paired with an exclusive Razer mouse.

The CLG BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth gaming keyboard will be able to offer CLG players and fans a customized gaming setup, where you will find the team’s logo having been imprinted onto a unique two-tone black and white body, and the keys themselves will come illuminated in CLG’s white coloring.

Forget all that you know about traditional mechanical switches that have been designed for typing, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches were specially designed and engineered from the ground up for gaming – and nothing else. Extensive research has seen Razer’s engineers figure out the optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter, where they reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half so that one can enjoy more precise gaming commands. Not only that, there are also gold plated contact points that results in a projected lifespan of up to 60 million keystrokes, now how about that when it comes to durability and quality?

Those who are interested in picking up the Razer Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard will be able to do so for $149.99 a pop over here in the U.S., and if you happen to live across the pond, it is going to burn a €149.99 hole in your pocket.

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SnapLite Desk Lamp iPhone 5 Scanner does more than just offer a reading light

Coolest Gadgets - Wed, 2014-08-20 13:00

Not all scanners are created equal, and this is something that one ought to take into consideration before making a purchase, especially when it is going to cost you a bomb – relatively speaking, at least where scanner prices are concerned, that is. Now here is a non-traditional scanner form factor – the $251 SnapLite Desk Lamp iPhone 5 Scanner. It looks like a regular desk lamp that you would see in any normal office or study, but when the situation calls for it, this bad boy is capable of handling scans of up to A4 sizes.

Just how does the SnapLite Desk Lamp iPhone 5 Scanner work? Well, transforming it from a regular workstation light or lap is a snap, where all that you need to do is to slide your handset onto the top and you’re good to go. This particular stand has been perfectly designed for your iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, where it will make sure your smartphone’s camera ends up as a scanner, handling a range of objects and documents up to A4 size. Not only that, you will be able to choose from a bunch of other functions and timer options, making this the ideal accessory to use at home or at the office. With its laser guide, you will gain superior scanning ability on the move, while one can also make adjustments to the lighting and brightness levels in double quick time.
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