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Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set spruces up the kitchen

3 hours 10 min ago

I know that R2-D2, the little astromech droid that could, and did in fact, play an extremely crucial role in the Rebel Alliance striking at the heart of the Galactic Empire before, is also a little bit domesticated. What do I mean by that? Well, it might be able to get out of tight spots against other droids that are far larger and more powerful, but it is also a decent hand in the kitchen. Case in point, this $19.99 Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set.

The Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set, as its name suggests, will feature an entire set of measuring cups that resemble parts of R2-D2. In fact, its whole body is built from a quartet of measuring cups: 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup. You will not be able to find this anywhere else, as it is a ThinkGeek creation and exclusive, and has also been officially licensed by Lucasfilm to roll off the production lines. The detachable utility arms can be used as nested measuring spoons of 1/4, 1/2, 1 tsp, and 1/3 tbsp, while the dome itself is both 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp. It might be able to withstand a laser shot or two, but this R2-D2 is extremely averse to being placed in a microwave.
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Ride the Olympic Ceremony Monowheel in your home

4 hours 10 min ago

Want to own a little bit of history? That can be arranged, of course, but you will need a fairly fat bank balance if you want to do so. The Olympics have long been revered to be an event that is held once every four years, where the indomitable human spirit is celebrated, and everyone comes out as winners in their respective disciplines. How about getting hold of the glow-in-the-dark, pedal-powered monowheel that was used during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics? This is made possible as long as you have $7,000 to part with, where you can then own this piece of history in the form of the Olympic Ceremony Monowheel.

The Olympic Ceremony Monowheel sports a spinning outer ring of bright LEDs that surround a shadowed cyclist right at the center, and you can be sure that riding this bad boy down the street would be able to bring just about everything to a standstill, just like how it mesmerized spectators six years ago. All that you need to do is to position yourself on the padded seat within the inner ring’s circumference and grip the handlebars for balance, and you’re good to go. The pedals will operate the outer wheel, where it will be surrounded by a rubber tire which maintains contact with the ground as it propels the monowheel forward.
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PureGear reveals PureMove sports armband

5 hours 11 min ago

PureGear does not want to miss out on the fitness bandwagon, and intend to make your work out all the more satisfying with the brand new PureMove sports armband. What makes the PureMove so special? Well, this innovative sports armband is touted to be the best way which can be used to bring your music and conversation along with you the next time you go out on a hike, walk (with or without the dog), or jog.

The PureMove sports armband would let you wear your iPhone 5S/5/5C securely on your arm all the while offering direct screen access, which means you will be able to enjoy fast and easy interaction with your music and apps, all without the annoyance of plastic sleeves. The convenient design would also mean thatthe headphone jack and volume controls remain completely unobstructed, now how about that?

Of course, when we talk about fitness products, it also means that there will be sweat involved just about all the time, so it is nice to hear that the PureMove sports a washable band that features unique Dry+Flex technology. A coconut carbon layer has been applied to the inner side of the band that delivers antibacterial, odor-free, moisture-wicking performance. The band itself is made with square, embossed lining which will promote blood circulation and airflow, and it happens to be constructed with TPU wings that can flex to accommodate a wide range of arm sizes.

To further enhance your safety as you wear this bad boy, the design itself incorporates 3M reflective material that is normally found on safety vests for enhanced visibility at night. In addition, the PureMove will also include an optional cord management clip that ensures storage for excess headset cables. Those who are interested in the PureMove will be able to pick it up in a couple of sizes: S/M (9”-12”) or M/L (10”-15”) with Black/Green and Gray/Pink color options, all for $49.99 a pop

Press Release
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420 Audio announces new High-Fi Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

6 hours 11 min ago

Just when you thought that the design for wireless Bluetooth speakers could not get any more generic, here we are with an offering from the folks over at 420 Audio – with their spanking new High-Fi Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Just in case you were wondering, 4/20 happens to be the holiday that cannabis enthusiasts have been waiting to celebrate across the country on April 20th. This would mean the unique design of the High-Fi speaker flows with the celebration, where the form factor itself expresses your affinity for the green goodness.

The High-Fi Wireless Bluetooth Speaker will hook up to compatible smartphones as well as tablets using Bluetooth connectivity, and the best part of it? It will be legal in all 50 states, so there is no need to worry about having the authorities in place bashing down your door because you happen to be in possession of illegal substances.

The High-Fi Wireless Bluetooth Speaker will be able to transform any moment into a high time, letting you kick back and connect with those around you. The speaker itself will be tiny in size, small enough to pack away in your stash box, letting you pull it out in double quick time so that you can add your favorite jams to any smoke session. Not only that, it also has fun operating sounds for you to discover, and depending on what other substances you’ve been taking, you might be in for long hours of laughter.

For instance, when you start to pair the speaker to your phone, it will cough, and when it’s successfully connected to the speaker, it giggles. Other sound effects will include a bong rip when you power up, and an “I’m Hungry” cry when you power down.

As for its pricing details, it will cost $39.99 a pop as at press time, but we do know that the USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery within would let you enjoy your music for up to half a dozen hours before it requires a trip to the nearest power outlet.

Press Release
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The Abyss Table Lamp is an otherworldly light source

Thu, 2014-04-17 19:30


There are everyday objects that we have become accustomed to. We all have a generic shape of a sink, toilet, desk, and other household items in our minds. Sometimes a designer will create these normal objects in a way that seems mind-blowing, but only because it changes the way we look at these commonalities. If you want to surround yourself with the unconventional, then you likely want to challenge the concept of how you perceive everyday items.

The Abyss Table Lamp by Kundalini is like no other lamp you’ve seen (you know, besides rope lights). This can be twisted into any form and keep their shape, which means it can become whatever you think isn’t going to scare you to death to see when you walk into a room. By itself, it would likely resemble a deep-sea fish, waiting for you to be close enough to strike.

This is a modular structure made from injection moulded opal polycarbonate that has high voltage LEDs. It is 43” in length, and as it is coming from a designer, the $855 price tag shouldn’t be too shocking (just kidding, that’s a load of money and you can be downright outraged if you want). Just remember, if it exists, then there must be some sort of market for it. If you like the idea, but can’t toss money out of your fancy car while driving down a gold-paved road, then this could potentially be a DIY project that could cost far less and look just as awesome.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The Trinity will charge your gadgets through wind power

Thu, 2014-04-17 18:30


We all like the idea of getting something for nothing, but there are usually consequences involved with that line of thinking. Having to charge so many different gadgets is going to hike up your energy bill, but not to a point where you’re going to be destitute. What would you do if there was a way for you to charge all your gizmos without having to tack onto a bill?

We’ve seen a lot of solar-powered options for backpacks, phones, and more, but not many wind turbines. Mainly because they’re so bulky, and would be obnoxious to carry around. If there’s a will there’s a way, and innovative minds found a way to create the Trinity. This portable wind turbine will charge any USB device, and fits everything it needs into a 12” cylinder that can fit in your bag. It utilizes a 15W generator that holds 15,000mAh, which will give you several full charges on your smartphone.

To use this device, pull out the aluminum legs to arrange them in either a tripod configuration or on the ground to fit your situation. The blades will open and close in correspondence with the legs. The bottom of Trinity has a USB plug to charge your devices, and a miniUSB plug so you can charge up the internal power bank via wall socket. This will cost anywhere from $250-300. Seeing that this is fairly pricey, you’ll want to make sure this is something that would see enough use to justify it rather than just getting a more portable backup battery that requires no set up.

Available for crowdfunding via Kickstarter
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NuForce Primo 8 in-ear headphones announced

Thu, 2014-04-17 16:00

NuForce, a name that would be familiar with those who are interested in professional and consumer audio gear, has recently announced the introduction of the NuForce Primo 8, which so happens to be its flagship audiophile-quality in-ear headphones. The NuForce Primo 8 will see the unification of coherence and seamlessness of one-driver earphones alongside the detail and transient speed of balanced armature drivers, resulting in an extraordinarily natural, lifelike sound. This translates to the Primo 8 excelling in its ability to reproduce vocals unlike any other in-ear headphone on the market at this point in time.

NuForce has ensured that every individual Primo 8 earpiece will come with a quartet of proprietary balanced armature speakers in order to form a unique 3-way design. The four balanced-armature drivers that are located in each earphone are capable of delivering smooth, extended response, explosive dynamic realism and fatigue-free sound. Out of that, two of them would operate as one for bass frequencies, where one speaker will cater for the midrange while the other is for treble.

When there are two speakers that work in tandem in order to reproduce the lowest frequency ranges, the listener will be able to experience the purest, most natural bass possible. The Primo 8’s fast, rock-solid bass serves as the foundation for dynamic sound reproduction that was previously available only in the most costly over-ear dynamic and electrostatic designs.

Apart from that, the Primo 8’s proprietary crossover design would also see the earphone’s four speakers singing together in unity as one. Such technology would be clearly audible, where listening to plucked strings would make you feel as though you are attending a “live” event, while percussion explodes in a truly three-dimensional sound stage. The NuForce Primo 8 would retail for a whopping $499, but that is the price one has to pay for quality.

Press Release
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NuForce Primo 8 in-ear headphones announced

Thu, 2014-04-17 16:00

NuForce, a name that would be familiar with those who are interested in professional and consumer audio gear, has recently announced the introduction of the NuForce Primo 8, which so happens to be its flagship audiophile-quality in-ear headphones. The NuForce Primo 8 will see the unification of coherence and seamlessness of one-driver earphones alongside the detail and transient speed of balanced armature drivers, resulting in an extraordinarily natural, lifelike sound. This translates to the Primo 8 excelling in its ability to reproduce vocals unlike any other in-ear headphone on the market at this point in time.

NuForce has ensured that every individual Primo 8 earpiece will come with a quartet of proprietary balanced armature speakers in order to form a unique 3-way design. The four balanced-armature drivers that are located in each earphone are capable of delivering smooth, extended response, explosive dynamic realism and fatigue-free sound. Out of that, two of them would operate as one for bass frequencies, where one speaker will cater for the midrange while the other is for treble.

When there are two speakers that work in tandem in order to reproduce the lowest frequency ranges, the listener will be able to experience the purest, most natural bass possible. The Primo 8’s fast, rock-solid bass serves as the foundation for dynamic sound reproduction that was previously available only in the most costly over-ear dynamic and electrostatic designs.

Apart from that, the Primo 8’s proprietary crossover design would also see the earphone’s four speakers singing together in unity as one. Such technology would be clearly audible, where listening to plucked strings would make you feel as though you are attending a “live” event, while percussion explodes in a truly three-dimensional sound stage. The NuForce Primo 8 would retail for a whopping $499, but that is the price one has to pay for quality.

Press Release
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Heated Lotion Dispenser keeps hands clean and warm

Thu, 2014-04-17 15:00

We humans operate best at an optimal temperature, too cold and it would be inefficient for us to walk around all wrapped up like a puffed up mummy, too hot and the sweltering heat would just about sap one’s energy away before doing anything in the first place. Going to the washroom is something that most of us do every single day, and after we’re done with our business, it is time to wash them hands. During the winter, your hands might get cold very fast, which is why the $39.99 Heated Lotion Dispenser does its bit to help by making your hand lotion warm, soothing your digits as you spread the lotion all over.

The Heated Lotion Dispenser is a snap to use – all that you need to do is fill up the 16 oz. reservoir with your favorite hand lotion or body lotion, where the coil heat design will ensure that the lotion inside will warm up (without spoiling or altering its chemical make up) in a matter of two minutes thereabouts. Of course, it will need to be plugged in in order to work, and there is an LED power indicator light to inform you that it is turned on, alongside a 5′ cord with an on/off switch.
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Flea Killing Pet Comb gets rid of them critters

Thu, 2014-04-17 14:00

When you happen to have a dog, it is imperative that one be a responsible pet owner and give that dog what it deserves – a number of square meals each day depending on its age, breed and activity level, daily walks and exercise, some play time, as well as the customary visit to the vet for all of its shots, not to mention getting a bath from time to time to make sure that it remains nice and clean. Ah yes, keeping it free from fleas and ticks, too, is something that some folks overlook. Combing your dog’s coat each day will not only ensure it does not end up in a tangled mess, especially for those long haired breeds, it also helps you bond with your pooch and weed out nasty ticks and fleas (with the right comb, of course). Why not go the extra mile and get the $39.95 Flea Killing Pet Comb instead?

This is a cordless device that will emit a low voltage whenever it is combed through a pet’s coat, helping kill fleas on contact. I do wonder whether we will hear those nasty zapping sounds whenever an electrified fly swatter is used to zap mosquitoes and the like, but chances are the voltage is too small to emit such a loud sound. The Flea Killing Pet Comb has been certified to be used safely on cats and dogs regardless of their age and size. I like the fact that this can zap fleas without having to rely on chemicals that could result in an allergic reaction. All fleas will be trapped on the comb for easy disposal afterwards when you clean it, and do keep a pair of AA batteries around handy as a backup.
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Accidentally Extraordinary looks to Kickstarter to roll out the AE 51st Studios Unplugged headphones

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:00

Not all headphones are created equal, and you can tell by referring to Accidentally Extraordinary, the headphone startup that is the main driving force behind the highly-rated 51st Studios over-ear walnut headphones. Well, they have decided to turn to Kickstarter in order to raise funds for the manufacturing and roll out of their first ever production wood headphones that will boast of Bluetooth connectivity, calling it the AE 51st Studios Unplugged.

I would like to think that the AE 51st Studios Unplugged intends to continue from where its highly successful predecessor, the AE 51st Studios, left off. Relying on the popular design, Accidentally Extraordinary (AE) hopes to raise $60,000 in the next 22 days on Kickstarter so that they can begin to produce the AE 51st Studios Unplugged.

Founder and CEO of AE Kunal Dalal shared, “This launch is important for us. We were thrilled with the love our first headphones received, and now we are trying to build on that success in market as seemingly crowded as this. Because, actually, when it comes to headphones like ours at this price-point, I don’t think there’s that much in the way of competition.”

The AE 51st Studios Unplugged model will support wireless connectivity obviously as it handles Bluetooth connectivity with ease, sporting a multi-function button that can handle power/playback/call functions, with an embedded microphone that caters for wireless calls. There is a sleek looking slider on the left ear cup for next/previous track, while the Volume Slider on the headphone will work too, regardless of whether it is in wired or wireless mode. Walnut wood is used for a distinguished look and a richer listening experience, while the clever implementation of anodized stainless steel for its headband delivers a clean, crisp, ultra-modern finish. Just in case the rest of your devices have not caught up with the Bluetooth program just yet, there will be a detachable 3.5mm cable that caters for wired listening.

Product Page via Press Release
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The Spinpod will let you take perfectly stitched panoramas

Wed, 2014-04-16 19:39


Photography gives you the ability to show other people how you see the world. It can literally be anything you want it to be (though I think we’re all ok with not seeing a constant stream of selfies and food). Seeing that smartphones have pretty decent cameras now, it comes as no surprise that there are a myriad of accessories that you can buy to create something that is more than just a picture that was snapped on the go.

If you like taking panoramas and prefer to take photos on a phone rather than a dedicated camera, then you’re going to love the Spinpod. This is a small spinning mount for your smartphone or compact camera. You can shoot in portrait mode with this, but will probably want to spend the extra $15 it will take to get the landscape mount. It is capable of spinning either clockwise or counterclockwise with LEDs that will show you which direction it is going, and you can change directions by swiping your finger towards the LED that isn’t lit.

There are three options for delay timers ranging from 5-15 seconds that can be set by hitting the hourglass/timer button. This should work with any tripod, which you will almost definitely want. On its own, without the mounting bracket or any additional stabilization, it will cost you $60. It comes with a MicroUSB charging cable, mounting adapter, and a carrying pouch.

Available for purchase on thespinpod
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The Dart won’t let chunky laptop chargers weigh you down

Wed, 2014-04-16 19:00


New laptops seem to be coming out every week. They’re thinner, sleeker, and say they can do more than any other version out there. The biggest drawback with these things is having to use a charging cable that is attached to a big block of an adapter. They’re a nuisance to wrap after unplugging, so they often end up a tangled mess that only adds weight to your bag.

If you’d prefer to keep things as streamlined as possible, then you might like the idea of the Dart. This is the world’s smallest laptop adapter, and it can work just as well as what you have at home right now. This is a 65W charger that can fit in your pocket, which makes life for traveling professionals who frequently work online a whole lot easier. This can work with all major PC brands, and can keep its cool when in use.

This is available in blue, magenta, silver, gunmetal, or orange, and will cost around $89-110. It can charge devices while simultaneously juicing up your laptop without issue. To plug up your laptop, the people that are creating Dart named FINsix will provide the correct DC connector(s) with each adapter. This would be great for those who have to pay attention to how much weight they carry around, but otherwise, there’s no real point in tossing a hundred bucks for a smaller version of something you already have.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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Brinno Digital Peephole Viewer – Knock, Knock?

Wed, 2014-04-16 19:00

I’ve taught my daughter the same thing we all learned as kids, NEVER open the door, unless you’re absolutely sure who it is on the other side. Yes, we have little peepholes on our hotel room doors and at our homes… but now even they are a risk. Reverse peephole viewers allow those so inclined, to look right into your private space, and even photograph you without your knowledge. I’m not liking that.

Check out the Brinno Digital PeepHole Viewer, using a cool LCD display, you can check out just who it is at your door, without even alerting them to your presence. The PeepHole Viewer turns what used to be a squinty, one-eye-closed experience, into a crisp clear picture, that can even be enhanced for more detail. Let’s say there’s a knock at the door, you simply push the button in order to see a full color, enhanced image of the person lurking outside your door. The image is easy to see, and the viewer even compensates for low light situations. Best of all, there’s no chance someone is peeping back at you at the same time.

Another press of the Digital Peephle Veiwer’s button gives you a zoomed-in image, in case you’re looking for greater detail. (like whether or not your favorite Girl Scout has your cookies or not!) The unit also turns off automatically after 10 seconds, so you don’t need to manually turn it off, and a low battery indicator light is built right into the viewer. The Brinno Digital Peephole Viewer replaces most existing peep holes in doors from 1-3/8-Inch to 2-1/4-Inch thick. It’s quite simple to install and runs on 2 AA batteries. If you’d like to add some high tech security to your front door, you can get one at amazon.com for under 70 bucks.
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Quoridor Pocket Maze-Forming Travel Game helps you exercise your brain on the move

Wed, 2014-04-16 15:00

I know that we are a society that is obsessed with mobile devices these days, and Generation Z grew up in a digital environment, so much so that anything analog is looked upon in disdain, as they wonder how we, their parents, were able to live with knobs, dials, and the idea of sending snail mail to one another across time. Still, there are some things that digital cannot beat – such as reading a newspaper or a book which do not require any batteries, not to mention the fact that newspaper can be used for many other functions once you’re done reading it. Well, games on mobile devices have exploded too, but it might be good if one enjoys something old school while on the move, such as the $19.99 Quoridor Pocket Maze-Forming Travel Game.

The Quoridor Pocket Maze-Forming Travel Game will basically require you to get from one side of the maze to the other, without bumping into any of the walls, of course. It is somewhat like the Light Cycles game in Tron, where this easily portable travel game will sport integrated drawers in the board itself so that you can stash away all of the parts without having a piece go missing by accident. The average play time is 15 minutes, and best of all is, there is no need for batteries to recharge since it doesn’t use any in the first place!
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Best Waffle Maker quells those hunger pangs

Wed, 2014-04-16 14:00

Hammacher has certified yet another device and deemed it to be fit enough to carry the “The Best” prefix, and this time around it would be the $249.95 Best Waffle Maker. What makes this particular home appliance deserve such a title, and why does it cost so much? As you know how the saying goes – pay peanuts and you end up with monkeys. The Best Waffle Maker is no monkey business, this I can assure you, as it has consistently produced perfectly cooked waffles and was easy to use. This chef’s-grade appliance sports dual grid surfaces within its rotating clamshell, allowing one to bake a couple of 7.5″ diameter Belgian waffles simultaneously.

With the Best Waffle Maker, you will be able to keep the hunger pangs of your family at bay, and in tests, both waffles came out evenly baked. This translates to a golden and crispy texture on the outside, and yet remaining nice and moist right down in the middle, all without having to carry any burnt or raw spots that are found in the waffles which were made using lesser models. Apart from that, the nonstick plates also make it a snap to remove cooked waffles, while its handles remained cool to the touch so that you do not end up burning yourself by accident. The Best Waffle Maker would let you know when it is preheating, ready for batter, and when the waffles are ready.
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Skullcandy introduces Women’s headphones and earbuds collection

Wed, 2014-04-16 13:00

When it comes to headphones and earphones, this particular industry seems to settle comfortably into a unisex mindset, ranging from its fit to acoustics and design. Well, Skullcandy, ever the innovator, intends to turn things on its head by introducing a range of products that will feature reimagined acoustics, engineering, and industrial design. We are talking about the extremely functional yet relentlessly forward Skullcandy Women’s collection that was specially developed via careful thought and extensive research, having drawn inspiration from within Skullcandy’s very own team of Olympic and Athlete Ambassadors, where among them include the talented pro-snowboarder Kimmy Fasani and pro-surfer Leila Hurst. This particular collection would be a representation of youth, passion, strength, and singularity of the female consumer market.

Michelle Whitehead, Skullcandy’s Director of Brand and Sports Marketing shared, “The truth is there are real anatomical, acoustical, and behavioral differences in how male and female consumers experience our product. Our goal was to understand these differences well enough to design products, from the ground up, that would legitimately improve the audio experience for our female consumer. We are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

All three products, the Knockout, Bombshell, and Dime, did include acoustics, comfort, materialization, fit, and even hygiene during the development process. Apart from that, the collection’s audio drivers have also been custom-tuned to reflect field research that supports the fact that both women and men hear differently (no doubt about that!), as Skullcandy engineers worked round the clock in order to come up with what they deem is the perfect headband fit for the ladies, in addition to earbud size and shape.

Fine tuned and specially engineered for women, this range will be further complimented by premium fabrics and materialization. There are floral prints, rose gold finishes, and subtle stud embellishments which happen to be bold fashion-forward aesthetics that will add a dash of feminine edge to the predominantly unisex category, functioning as a mirror to what female consumers and their unique styles and perspectives carry. Expect Skullcandy Women’s to have launched in the U.S. already, where it will cost anywhere from $29.99 to $99.99, depending on the model that you choose.
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Pentagon To Recycle Old Drones As Wi-Fi Hotspots

Wed, 2014-04-16 12:00

The Pentagon has plans to breath new life into old drones, and they will do so by transforming these once loyal servants into Wi-Fi hotspots. Of course, using drones as a Wi-Fi hotspot is not exactly the newest idea on the block, and neither does it elicit an “Eureka!” moment, but it is interesting to see how this might change the face of battle in a war. Normally, the equipment that is required for long-range high-bandwidth Wi-Fi is more often than not unavailable to troops in the field. With some modifications made, engineers do hope that this will change, offering airborne Wi-Fi hotspots which allows isolated troops to have a decent data connection.

This does seem to be pretty much in vein with that of Facebook’s initiative to deliver their Connectivity Lab idea to the world, blanketing even remote areas with Wi-Fi connectivity, although critics of this program have (justifiable) fears that such drones could be the weak point when it comes to security.

On the flipside, if this program takes off successfully (pun not intended), then troops on the battlefield will be able to gain access to a secure, stable and fast internet connection. Dick Ridgway, Darpa programme manager shared, “We’re pleased with the technical achievements we’ve seen so far in steerable millimetre-wave antennas and millimetre-wave amplifier technology. These successes – and the novel networking approaches needed to maintain these high-capacity links – are key to providing forward deployed units with the same high-capacity connectivity we all enjoy over our 4G cell-phone networks.”

The initial phases of this particular drone transformation program would include smaller, steerable antennas; signal boosters; increased power efficiency and a light pod that will allow the device to be carried without burdening the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) itself. It is said that this network could very well hit the 1 gigabit per-second (Gb/s) capacity, making it as fast as Google Fiber’s. Tweets and Facebook updates directly from the battlefield, yo!

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MIP is the World’s First Balancing Robot who will carry your drink for you

Tue, 2014-04-15 19:30


We’re in an age of technology, but still don’t have robot servants roaming around. There are some pretty interesting ones that crop up here and there, but they’re oftentimes inaccessible to the general public. If you’ve always wanted your own little robot friend, maybe it’s time to start seeing what’s on the market.

While you could get a Furby, there’s a good chance you know of their evil, and are smart enough to stay away from them (those things turn themselves on in the middle of the night to tell you they hate you, even when you’ve taken out the batteries). If you want a slightly less creepy robot buddy, then MIP (Mobile Inverted Pendulum) might be able to help. It’s the World’s First Balancing Robot, and it can carry its own body weight around, which is the equivalent of a can of soda. You can control it through the app by tracing on the screen the path you want MIP to follow, or by hand gestures.

There are 7 game modes to choose from, including motion, tracking, dance, roam, tricks, cage, and game. It does come with a tray on which you can put just about anything, so long as it doesn’t weight more than a can of soda. This will work on either Android 4+ and Apple iOS7+, and needs 4AAA batteries to function. For those of you that want a chipper looking robot friend, you’ll be looking at putting out around $168 or more on this little robotic butler.

Available for purchase on Firebox
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TomTom Runner Cardio GPS Watch – race yourself for the best time

Tue, 2014-04-15 18:49


If you want to start taking running seriously, then you know how difficult it can be. It’s a long, painful road to get to a place where you can go for more than a minute without gasping for air. Once you have passed the rough part, it’s not like it gets any easier, but it won’t seem as cumbersome. Who knows, maybe you’ll even start enjoying it!

While you can just keep running until you can’t run anymore, it’s sometimes good to keep track of how far you’ve gone, and maybe even compete with your old running times. If you’re always up for improving, but need a way to keep track, then the TomTom Cardio Multi-Sport or the Cardio Runner GPS Watch can help. These do function as a time piece of course, but they have a built-in heart rate monitor which can tell you what your optimal heart rate zone is, it can keep track of your speed, show you real-time running information, and will give you vibration alerts so you can keep listening to music without interruption.

The Multi-Sport can be used for running, cycling, and swimming, while the runner is obviously aimed at only one of those. There is of course a price difference between them, with a range from $345-390. There are 5 different intensities you can train in called sprint, speed, endure, fat burn, and easy. This can be charged and synced with your computer, and will work with a plethora of running apps. It will be available on the 30th of this month.

Available for preorder on TomTom, found via redferret
[ TomTom Runner Cardio GPS Watch – race yourself for the best time copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]

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