Samsung has achieved yet another first in their heavily feathered cap already, and this time around, it has something to do with the very first 1TB mSATA SSD in the world. This particular SSD would be known as the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA (mini-Serial ATA) Solid State Drive (SSD), where both the SSD’s thickness and weight are said to be around 40% and a twelfth of a typical hard disk drive, respectively. That is surely lightweight, and considering the far smaller size that it comes in, you can be sure that it will be tiny enough to usher in a new era of even smaller desktop computers!
It is said that this Samsung 1TB mSATA SSD will be able to deliver 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) , not to mention sequential read and write speed of 540 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 520 MB/s. And no, you do not need to wait for a long time to pick up this puppy, since Samsung has announced that it will be made available later this month worldwide, where the exact launch date will depend on just which region it is rolling out in.
The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD will continue from where the 840 EVO line-up left off, which was originally introduced in July this year at the Samsung SSD Global Summit. This model will boast of the compact mSATA form factor, which is roughly 25% that of a 2.5” SSD, and yet it does not compromise when it comes to the level of high density and high performance.
If you do not have the budget nor the need for 1TB of storage space, fret not – the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD range will still arrive in other capacities for you to choose from, including 120GB, 250GB, and 500TB. Which particular model would you go for if you’re building your own PC from scratch?
Do you love drums and all things percussion? Assuming you have answered in the affirmative, here is the DrumPants, which is a Kickstarter project that hopes to garner enough financial support from the masses before it can be realized as an actual product. The DrumPants will be able to play more than 100 built in sounds, ranging from drums to percussion, synthesizers, guitars, or pianos, or even being able to make your own tunes. Apart from that, you are also able to program extra actions in order to control slideshows, silence your phone, and control websites such as Netflix or Youtube with but a simple tap.
With the DrumPants, you can use it to integrate with and use any apps which accept MIDI or OSC signals. Music that has been created can be sent by the DrumPants kit to other music apps in order to loop and edit music, among others. The DrumPants will basically allow you to play it anywhere, loud or quiet, with the help of a pair of headphones or a portable speaker.
Want to wear it with any clothing (both under and over)? Sure, not a problem. The reason behind the creation of the DrumPants would be the ability to create as well as play music on the go. It intends to offer just about everyone the ability to be able to create and capture music whenever they experience an “Eureka!” moment, and it could be on your daily commute to work, or simply sitting by the lake and breathing in the beauty of a sunrise. Made out of high quality industrial materials, the DrumPants are comfortable, durable, and affordable. Do you have enough faith in it to make it a reality?
Each pair of DrumPants would come with half a dozen 6 velocity sensors, stick-on quick release pads for attaching to clothes, and the DrumPants app that lets you connect DrumPants to a computer via USB.
When it comes to tablets, most of the world is split into the world of Android as well as Apple’s iOS-powered iPad and iPad mini. The thing is, these tablets might come with fantastic looking displays at extremely high resolution, but where 3D is concerned, tablets on either side of the divide still come up short. The $349.95 No Glasses 3D Tablet does what it says – it delivers 3D imaging on a tablet format without the need for you to wear a pair of 3D glasses, now how about that for being a whole lot less dorky?
I would suppose that the technology behind the No Glasses 3D Tablet would be pretty much similar in nature to the Nintendo 3DS, where that portable gaming handheld device could display degrees of 3D visuals depending on the slider set according to your preference, or you can choose to turn it off altogether. With the No Glasses 3D Tablet, it comes with a parallax barrier laid atop its 8″ LCD display, so that each eye receives a slightly different set of pixels. Other hardware features include 16GB of internal memory, a memory card slot for expansion purposes, the ability to distinguish between 3D and 2D content alongside automatic playback, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 2-megapixel camera at the back and a VGA front-facing camera. Any takers for the No Glasses 3D Tablet?
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Are all keyboards created equal? The correct answer would be, no. After all, there are so many different kinds of keyboards to choose from, where it is further broken down into musical as well as computer keyboards. Well, this time around, we will be talking about the musical keyboard, so here is the $99.99 Xkey USB mobile MIDI keyboard which should be able to get budding enthusiasts begin to compose their own sonatas in no time at all.
The Xkey USB mobile MIDI keyboard would arrive with polyphonic aftertouch, letting one play with class, making it ready to meet all of your recording and performing needs head on. It is extremely thin in its form factor, not to mention lightweight for easy portability. Those who are on a tight budget would definitely do well to take a closer look at it, since it comes loaded with features which are more often than not found in higher priced models. Connecting it to a computer is a snap, as it does so via USB, sipping extremely little amounts of energy. It sports full sized keys, 128 levels of velocity sensitivity, and polyphonic aftertouch to boot.
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Most of us cannot live without our favorite portable devices around, even more so when we do a whole lot of traveling. If you tend to spend plenty of time in the city or in urban areas, then chances are pretty good that you would never have an issue about the lack of electricity to power up your smartphone or tablet at the end of a long day. However, what happens when you and the family decide to rough it out for a couple of weeks, to get close to nature, and yet your little ones still want to have their daily dose of Angry Birds and Candy Crush on your iPad? Fret not, Power Practical has got your back with the unveiling of the PowerPot X and PowerPot XL.
Both the PowerPot X and PowerPot XL are now a Kickstarter project, where this crowd funding platform intends to deliver the next generation in thermoelectric power assuming all goes well. They were both named after their respective power emission of 10 Watts, which would mean that the PowerPot X Series are capable of charging a tablet, two smartphones or four GoPros simultaneously. As for “fuel”, it requires nothing other than fire and water to get the job done. Even better yet, without the presence of moving parts within, they are extremely easy to use. Since it requires no dependency on sunlight, the PowerPot is able to produce electricity in any weather, day or night, indoors and out.
Assuming the PowerPot X and PowerPot XL have been set up in mediocre conditions, they are still capable of producing 5 Watts of power, which would be able to provide users with ample power in order to keep on charging. With more power available to you, that would mean spending more time to explore your surroundings instead of waiting around the camp area so that your respective digital cameras and tablets will be able to hold enough charge for use. Not only that, they also double up as a source for boiling water for soups, hot drinks or freeze dried meals. The PowerPot X is currently going for $189, while larger groups will have to settle for the PowerPot XL for $199 a pop.
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Is there nothing that Apple cannot do without placing the letter “i” in front of the noun? I guess the answer would be no, and here we are with Apple’s latest attempt which would be known as the iBeacon. The iBeacon is meant to guide shoppers who want to pick up an Apple product, where Cupertino hopes to be able to guide you around an Apple Store whenever you have stepped foot inside. It does not matter whether you are meant to pick up an order, or if you would like to perform an upgrade to a brand new iPhone, or perhaps are in the market for the latest pair of headphones, the iBeacon is here to assist you.
Of course, one could say that the ripple of the iBeacon would end up beyond Apple Stores. Who knows? Perhaps one day down the road, commuters could end up receiving information on subway delays whenever they stand on a platform, while museum visitors will be able to pick up details on the painting that they happen to be looking at. As for other retailers, they might be able to deliver deals or keep track of just which aisles do shoppers linger around the longest. There is also the possibility of in-store location technology that others might harp on privacy concerns, but chances are just a small segment of shoppers would feel that way, since many more are willing to be tracked assuming there is something in it for them.
Apple kicked off the use of such technology at its 254 U.S. stores on Friday, where iBeacon will be able to send you messages concerning products, events and other information, depending on which part of the Apple Store that you are in. Of course, you would first need to install the Apple Store app, before allowing it to send notices based on your location. Apart from that, there is also th eneed to turn on Bluetooth connectivity while ensuring that your device runs on iOS 7. With the iBeacon feature, you will be notified if the computer you ordered is ready for pickup, among others.
I did it again this year, spent an entire day setting up and decorating the tree. I have to admit that I love it! What I don’t love? Taking that sucker down again, taking off each ornament and putting it all away, piece by piece. I promise to have it back in the basement before Valentines Day next year… and then, I’ve got to find a better way.
Check out the Pop Up Decorated Tree, certainly an acceptable tree facsimile, that arrives in flat pancake fashion, fully decorated with holly leaf accents, red poinsettias and solid red and plaid ribbons. The tree is finished off with matte red and gold shatterproof ball ornaments and lighting is included, featuring 350 mini lights in red, blue green and amber. Fa la la!
You simply drag it out of storage each year, and attach it to its included stand and using the easy pop-up assembly, you’re just a quick hoist away from sheer Christmas joy. The tree is recommended for indoor use, and if one of the bulbs burn out, the rest of the tree stays lit. The tree comes with a special end connector in order to properly position your own lighted tree topper. Just think of all the time you’ll have for baking and caroling.
So if instant-Christmas sounds good to you this year, and years to come, get yourself the 6 foot Pop-up Tree at amazon.com for only around 100 bucks, and then get back to wrapping all your presents, and hitting up the wassail bowl.
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The website ThinkGeek has an excellent tradition of making amazing products that are April Fool’s jokes, and later turning them into tangible things you can buy. In 2012, they created a very awesome, but very fake hoodie that had light-up and sound effects perfect for those who like role playing games, or just to look snazzy on the dance floor. It was all just a joke, until now.
The Technomage Digital Wizard Hoodie is a sweater that will let you cast spells, each with their own light pattern and sounds. Of course, it’s not just a matter of wiggling your fingers and saying ‘hocus pocus’. There are intricate motions you need to do for each spell, and it will take some time to get them down pat. That being said, this may not be a good purchase for those who can’t master timed movements.
This is made out of cotton, and needs 6 AA batteries to function. While it is machine washable, you will want to remove all of the electronics before you stick it in with water and soap. It’s available in sizes small to a XXL. After each spell you’ll need to put your arms in the ‘restore mana’ position. It is capable of 9 spells, including electroshock, thunderbolt, restore health, fireball, shockwave, energy beam, raise the dead, warp, water bending, and color casting. I desperately hope someone hacks this so they can do earth, fire, and air bending too. It will cost you $120, and will certainly be the talk of your gaming group.
Looking for a more “old school” gadget gift, check out our selection of retro gadgets and toys.
Being able to hear our music and television programs is rather important to us. Using your tablet as your main entertainment hub is good and well, but you’re likely going to want better speakers than what came standard on your device. Of course, this is merely one more gizmo to bring around with you. Wouldn’t it be nice if all our essential gadgets had every feature we wanted and came in a compact package?
If you have an iPad, chances are you’ve fallen prey to the smart cover. They’re clever and useful, but they don’t even really protect your whole tablet. Should it happen to have a premium Bluetooth loudspeaker system in it, then it might be a more valid option. The SoundPad for iPad is just that, with 4 built-in speakers that will give you wireless sound that won’t be an extra burden to carry around.
It still works as a magnetic screen protector just as the smart cover did, with the same functions of putting your iPad on standby or waking it up when you cover or uncover it. These are available for Air, the classic iPad, and the Mini. You can choose from white, black, green, blue, or red, and they will cost you $129 (the price doesn’t change depending on what kind of iPad it is for). Seeing that the speakers will be facing you, the sound will obviously be greatly improved already, but they’re making it sound as if the speakers will do the lows and highs justice. However, that remains to be seen.
Available for purchase on Atoll, found via Gizmodiva
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The iPhone and iPod touch do come with above average camera sensors where a smartphone or smart mobile device is concerned, and we have seen some pretty stunning image compositions captured in the hands of a skilled photographer. The thing is, what would happen if you had additional tools to help you out so that you can increase the quality of your shots even further? This is where the olloclip Macro 3-in-1 photo lens solution comes in handy, where you can now shoot great looking close up shots with the iPhone 5s as well as 5th generation iPod touch, all for $69.99 a pop.
There will be a trio of different macro lenses available – 21x, 14x, and 7x macro magnification, so that you will end up with the right kind of detail level that you have always wanted. After all, looking at things from a different perspective will more often than not open up your mind to something new and fresh. With the olloclip Marco, you will be able to examine small objects such as coins, stamps, rocks, relics, insects, plants, gems, circuit boards, and even your own skin, looking at those with a renewed sense of wonder. It is also tiny enough to be stashed into your pocket or palm of your hand, and will play nice with a host of popular apps where among them include Instagram, Facebook and iPhone’s Camera, iPhoto and iMovie built-in apps.
The trio of high-powered macro lenses found in the olloclip Macro happen to be engineered with a grand total of half a dozen elements, allowing it to deliver additional edge-to-edge clarity, greater depth of field, nicely diffused light on the image, less pincushion distortion and a higher degree of bokeh, which is also better described as aesthetic blur in out-of-focus areas. The extremely high magnification will be able to let you focus in on details and textures which are not seen with the naked eye easily. Any takers?
The folks over at Digital Foci have come up with something that is rather interesting – the Picture Porter Advanced. Of course, the name itself does lead to the question of what is it exactly? Is it a service, or could it very well be a new kind of portable hardware? Well, the Picture Porter Advanced is best described to be a portable digital picture management tool that will feature high capacity storage capability. The thing is, it is not quite the finished article just yet, which is the reason behind the launch of a campaign that is known as Picture Porter – Essential Digital Photo Manager. The entire objective of this particular campaign is to raise $63,000 by December 14, 2013, which is slightly more than a week from now. Just what will be done with all of the money raised? Well, it will be used to complete the device’s production as final firmware testing is implemented, in addition to creating tooling for the housing design.
The Picture Porter Advanced has been pre-tested as FCC and CE compliant, where it is was specially designed to replace or complement existing picture and video handling tools that are in the market. It does not matter whether you are a professional photographer or a parent who wants to keep track of all those tender moments in your little one’s life, the Picture Porter Advanced makes your task a whole lot easier. After all, as many of us can attest to, managing all those pictures captured with your digital devices could be an overwhelming task if it were not done properly.
Charles Huang, Chief Designer of the Picture Porter Advanced, shared, “This device will change the way people back up, protect, organize, view, and share all of their digital photos. It is designed to improve every aspect of one’s photo management routine.” The Picture Porter Advanced will arrive with a 5″ TFT-LCD display, carry up to 1TB of storage space in the form of a hard drive or SSD, while featuring USB connectors that will play nice with a variety of devices, including notebooks, USB flash drives and external hard drives. Photographers too, will love the Picture Porter Advanced as it comes with various memory card readers without the need for an adapter. Want to share your images on a large screen TV? That’s no problem at all, as an HDMI connection would be able to output all of it to compatible TVs and monitors. Here’s hoping that this Kickstarter project would be a success!
Portable gaming consoles remain within the domain of Nintendo and Sony, with their Nintendo 3DS as well as PS Vita, respectively, but their territory have been encroached upon by other forms of mobile gaming, no thanks to the huge popularity of tablets as well as smartphones. Well, here is another player that intends to bite off a chunk of this lucrative market – the $149.99 GCW-ZERO, which happens to be an open source gaming console. With the GCW-ZERO, you know for sure that you have something good going on here, especially when it has been built by gamers for gamers.
Specially designed with open source games in mind, it will be able to handle a plethora of games that used to run on the NES, SNES, GBA, Sega, PlayStation, PC and plenty more, being basically too many to mention. Powered by Linux, it already comes with a slew of open source software that is ready to rock and roll. Alternatively, you can also opt to change the operating system if you so desire. As for the hardware specifications, you might be pleased to hear that there will not be any pesky thumbs blocking your view, since it comes with a responsive D-pad, an analog nub, two shoulder buttons and tilt controls. Underneath the hood, a 1GHz processor accompanied by 512MB RAM gets the job done, while its 16GB of internal memory can be augmented by another microSD card to hit an additional 64GB.
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We have become a society that is interested in what’s going on in other peoples’ lives, thanks to the advancements made in technology as well as the social networking bug that has bitten just about everyone. Well, when you have a tool which will further the end of spontaneous photography, why not? Enter the £299.99 Autographer which will arrive with a 136° eye view lens that is guaranteed to make sure that everyone will be able to cram into the photo.
The Autographer will be equipped with 5 on board smart sensors, where you can choose from whenever you are snap happy. Touted to be a revolutionary new kind of camera, the Autographer has been specially constructed to deliver spontaneous and hands-free image capture moments. Arriving in an ultra-compact, stylish, discreet and light form factor, you might not even notice that the Autographer is there in the first place, as you clip it to your jacket, hang it around your neck or place it on the table at a party. The battery is good to go for 24 hours on a full charge, and the control panel allows you to select on whether to dial up the rate of image capture or not.
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More people injure themselves on a dull blade than a sharp one. However, if you give someone a sharp blade when they’re used to dull ones, they’ll also probably slice themselves open. Once you get used to a tool working as it should though, you get annoyed whenever it doesn’t work as well. Most of us deal with shaving. Whether it be your face, legs, or arms, there’s a very good chance you’re pulling a blade across your skin once every day or every other day.
As we all know, these can become very dull over time, and need to be replaced. What if you could extend their lives by a longshot just by sharpening them? You can’t take them to a grinding stone per se, but the Razor Pit Sharpener should do the trick. It is said to work with any type of razor, and will only cost $25. Seeing that this will prolong the life of your utensil, it will essentially pay for itself over time. Of course, that’s under the pretense that you will use it correctly.
This is made of a Thermo Plastic Elastomeric which has the properties of silicone and rubber. It will take off all of the soap, skin, and hair that lessens the capabilities of the razor. Of course, if you just keep things tidy whenever you’re shaving, this becomes a pretty useless object as you can’t really get access to the backside. To clean this, simply rinse it under water after it’s been used and it will be ready to go.
Available for purchase on uncommongoods, found via greenheads
[ Razor Pit Blade Sharpener – Sweeny Todd would be proud copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
I remember being a kid and having a little wooden cigar box in which to keep all my treasures. I would have given anything if that little box could have locked. There was something magical about being able to keep your secrets safe. I still have a little memento box, and I think they could be cute gifts for any little girl.
Check out the Girl Tech Keepsake Box, a modern spin on a centuries old tradition, this box happens to be the ultimate password-protected keepsake box for all of a girl’s private things. Once you set up, and lock this cute little pink box, it will only open to its owners voice and only if the secret password is spoken, can it be opened to reveal her treasures.
The Keepsake box comes with special digital memory tagging stickers and matching keys to help her “catalog” some of her special trinkets,ensuring she will never forget the stories behind each item. Adding to the excitement, she will find hidden within the box, an extra secret compartment for top secret, or special items that will require a second password in order to open.
So if you have a little girl, who might enjoy a remembrance box with some added security against pesky brothers, or little sisters. This might be the perfect gift. It’s available on amazon.com for under 35 bucks batteries not included, and if you still need help figuring out your Christmas lists, don’t forget to check out our coolest-gadgets.com gift guides.
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One item that we can all relate to is the ever-present LEGO. It’s taken on more modern forms and made to relate to popular culture, but it’s still just a bunch of building blocks that you can create a whole new world with. Minecraft was tremendously popular because it held many of the same principles. It’s the mindset of ‘here are some things which with you can create and destroy at your leisure, have fun’.
Of course, they often came at a price (have you ever stepped on a LEGO?). Jokes aside, these hold a near and dear spot in many of our hearts. Seeing something related to this iconic product always brings a smile to our faces. If you want to wear that gentle reminder that you can create and make amazing things, the LEGO My Watch will definitely do that. It has all the bright primary-centric colors we grew up knowing, but has all the functionality of a digital watch.
Of course, it has an alarm, and is water resistant. Keep in mind that means you can wash your hands with it on, but not go for a swim. It’s made out of rubber, which is infinitely more comfortable than wearing hard plastic. It is a unisex watch, but will need to be worn by someone who doesn’t mind a few strange looks. This will only cost you $25, and is sure to brighten your day. Seeing that winter is coming, we’re all going to need this sort of pick-me-up in the colorless months.
We’ve all done it at least once. The keys are on the counter, in a drawer, fell out of your bag, or worse, are locked in your car. Unless you have a roadside assistance service at your fingertips, you’re going to have to call a professional. Let me tell you that’s no cheap endeavor either. Not to mention you get to deal with the shame of having to call someone to bail you out of a bad situation because you forgot an essential item.
While you likely aren’t carrying a lock pick around in your pocket, there is a way to have a kit on you. It comes in the form of earrings, and they are both elegant and useful. They have intricate patterns and at first might look like pretty, dangly pieces of jewelry, but they are much more. Owning this pair of Lockpick Earrings will give you access to a small hook pick, a small half diamond pick, a single ball rake, a C-rake, an S-rake, and a tension wrench.
The picks are a “.02 stainless steel, which means they are lightweight, but still strong enough to get the job done. They are held onto the earring with silver-plated jump rings that will allow you to piece apart the set when you need it. Don’t worry, these can be worn every day, and won’t snap on their first use. They’ll cost you $35, which isn’t bad for a nice set of earrings, especially when they have a special function. Try to make sure you use this power for good and not evil though, yea?
Available for purchase on Etsy, found via OhGizmo
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Let’s say you’re looking for a new vehicle to get from A to B. The only difference is that it isn’t a car for getting to work, or a bicycle to save gas money on short trips. It’s something that needs to be able to handle rugged terrain, and can withstand harsh environments. While anything that is inspired from military gear is normally pretty rugged, it’s also expensive as all get out.
The Military Inspired Polaris Sportsman WV850 is one serious tank of an ATV. While the engine and frame aren’t too much different than something else you’d find in the market, the wheels are the big selling point here. They are TerrainArmor, which are non-pneumatic tires that can’t be slashed, shot, or popped. This is great if you’re on the battlefield, but the real-life applications for this are not as great.
This is not drop in the bucket financially. You’re looking at $15,000 for this commercial-grade vehicle. Even then, it’s not very practical for a business to have this unless they’re in a particularly shady area. While it may be useful in combat settings or video games, this just isn’t going to be worth it for day-to-day life. If you do have that kind of income to toss at it though, you can brag to all of your friends how no one can ruin your tires.
Available for purchase on Polaris, found on OhGizmo
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