Monday, June 30, 2014

Veuve Clicquot buries champagne in Baltic Sea in ageing experiment

When Christian Ekstrom, a local diver, finally got to explore a sunken two-masted schooner he had known about for years, he found bottles, lots of bottles, so he brought one to the surface. That was in Mariehamn, Finland. And that significant discovery of shipwrecked bottles from 2010 has inspired Veuve Clicquot to make this unusual experiment in the same area. French champagne house based in Reims has buried 300 bottles and 50 magnums of its Champagne in the Baltic Sea.

The bottles of bubbly encaged in a specially built, underwater cellar, will remain buried for 50 years, some 43 metres deep near the privately owned island of Silverska in the Aland archipelago off the Finland coast.
“The idea,” said Veuve Clicquot’s chief winemaker, Dominique Demarville, “is to try and replicate the [2010] discovery by sinking a selection of various cuvees to the seabed to see how the wine ages when compared with the same wines in Clicquot’s own cellars in Reims.

“The sea remains at a pretty constant four degrees celsius compared to our cellar’s 11 degrees,” said Demarville. “And at that depth the pressure of around 5 atmospheres is very close to the pressure inside the bottles.”

Champagne experts will be invited to compare the seabed Champagne with the bottles in Veuve Clicquot’s cellars in two or three years.

Rotimatic Makes World’s Most Expensive Faltbread

Finally something along the lines of ‘Back To The Future’ is here. Rotimatic isn’t so much a robot as expected, but is innovative kitchen appliance which bakes faltbreads, and it’s turn out the most expensive in the world. Rotimatic is capable of pulling together flour, oil and water from a trio of hoppers, before mixing them into a dough and baking it into bread, while giving you options on thickness, baking duration, quantity of oil and type of flour on the built-in LCD.

It’s the world’s first robot that makes fresh hot rotis and wraps, one a minute, in fact, and also flour discs for fried other options like pooris and paranthas.

For the lucky first few hundred pre-order customers, the Rotimatic will be available for $600, while for all others, it stands at $1,000.

Gold-plated Vladimir Putin iPhone 5S Will Cost You $4,300

About Vladimir Putin’s popularity in Russia needless to speak. And now, Vladimir Putin super fans, at least some wealthy can show their love for their dear leader if buying special version of the iPhone with his face on it. Italian luxury brand Caviar/Perla Penna built the so-called “Supremo Putin” phone, which is encrusted in 18-karat-gold. Putin’s face is engraved in the gold plating of the iPhone 5s, along with the Russian coat of arms and the first lines from the national anthem.

“It’s time to feel genuine pride and express your position clearly, without further ado,” the company says, in an appeal to patriotic Russians.

“President Vladimir Putin has become a symbol of the new generation, a strong-willed and decisive leader.”
It retails for $4,300 and is part of a line of extravagant phones marketed toward “people of the highest circle,” as the company puts it. Bad thing, Putin’s most passionate fans – average Russians can’t afford buying one of these.

Bvlgari Il Giardino Marino Timepiece

Bvlgari continues to explore the wonders of nature’s gardens. This time by presenting the Il Giardino Marino – new limited edition women’s timepiece inspired by the wonders of marine life. This wristwatch achieves the remarkable feat of combining the art of miniature painting – a much valued technique that dates back to the golden age of the Renaissance artists – with the perfection of haute jewellery, which is the signature of Bvlgari’s master artisans, and the precision of Swiss fine watchmaking.

The main features are fishes, sparkling sea stars, coral, mother-of-pearl and 29 brilliant-cut diamonds on the dial all set against a dark blue background evoking the deep ocean.

Housed within an 18-karat rose gold 37mm case, available with or without a set of 36 cut diamonds totaling 2.8-karats, the watch’s other notable components include a gold crown set with a rubellite stone, double sapphire crystals and a Swiss automatic Bvlgari in-house caliber BVL 263 movement.
It is made of platinum with a sapphire bridge, polished and hand-finished parts, and a 22-karat gold rotor and features Côtes de Genève decoration and fine circular graining. The watch also comes with a blue alligator leather strap with an 18-karat rose gold pin buckle.

Bvlgari Il Giardino Marino Timepiece is limited to only 100 pieces (50 of each version), rendering the watch a token of true exclusivity.

Christian Lacroix’s First Line of Smartphone Accessories

French brand Christian Lacroix has introduced its first line of smartphone accessories. The line has been developed in collaboration with BigBen Connected, an expert in smartphone and tablet accessories, and it was designed by Sacha Walckhoff, Christian Lacroix’s Creative Director. It consists notably of a series of Butterfly Parade cases whose design conjures up Sevilian women walking through the Alcazar Gardens surrounded by colorful butterflies. It also features Eden Roc, a tribute to the famous luxury hotel in Antibes in the south of France and Paseo with beautiful golden, silver and black tones.

New line of smartphone and tablet cases, will be available this fall, starting from €24.90 ($33.90) for iPhone cases, €39.90 ($53.30) for iPad mini cases, and €44.90 ($61) for iPad cases.

Google Gives Away VR Headsets That Cost Only A Dollar To Make

The Google I/O conference held in San Francisco this year ended with a boom. The participants didn’t get a regular laptop or a tablet. What they got was a piece of cardboard! Yes, that’s true. Cardboard! Turns out, it is Google’s attempt of DIY Virtual Reality Headset.
The project started as an attempt to prototype Virtual Reality experiences at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris. The results inspired a large number of people to work together.

Cardboard works with an android app, a 188MB download, for virtual reality.
This means that you activate this app on your phone, stick your phone in cardboard, and fix your eyes in the eye sockets cut in the cardboard. Compared to the Oculus Rift, the Google’s Cardboard is inexpensive. This makes ‘VR for Everyone!’

Cardboard works with almost all the modern android phones- 4.1 or later. The Cardboard app can be triggered automatically by NFC. A pair of magnets on one side of the box is used as a button for clicking.

The cardboard app comes with 7 amazing experiences:

  • Youtube allows you to watch a selection of Youtube videos
  • With Street Vue you can wander around in a VR version of street view.
  • “Exhibit” lets you look at a few 3D recreations of objects.
  • Earth Flyover lets you zoom around a city in Google Earth.
  • Photo Sphere Viewer lets you look around panoramas.
  • Use Windy Day to watch animals in a cartoony environment.
  • Tour Guide will let you explore the world!

Experiencing virtual reality was never this simple and fun. And disposable!
If you were not at the Google’s conference to get one headset, you can build your own! You just need to have a pizza box (extra-large!), lenses and magnets.

The VR toolkit by Google is experimental and they share it with developers at this early stage to let them experiment in the same way as they do right now. We hope that it’s a matter of months that someone will come up with a similar kick starter project. And a year down, we’ll be looking at VR Headset compatibility as well while buying our phones.

Friday, June 27, 2014

This Is The World’s First Smart Charger That Automatically Turns Off When The Gadget Is Fully Charged

We have all wondered this but never really seen anything happen in this regard until now; why can’t our smartphone chargers be smart as well? What we are trying to say is this; you put your cell phone on charging usually at night and it would be really nice if the charger would automatically switch off once the phone has been charged completely, no? Such a charger would prove to be environment friendly, energy efficient and hazard free. However, there has been no such charger, well until now. Say hello to the Asmo charger, which is basically the world’s first smart charger capable of cutting off electricity once the smartphone has been charged completely.

The gadget comes from a 33 year old I.T. engineer by the name of Asmo Saloranta who lives in Oulu, Finland. His inspiration for the gadget hit him when his fiancée, Johanna Papinaho, lost her childhood home to a fire that was started because a mobile charger was left plugged in. The Asmo charger takes care of this problem by automatically shutting down and isolating its connection from the electricity grid when the charging is complete or when you unplug the phone from it.

In words of Saloranta; ‘I set myself a challenge to invent a charger that is much safer and consumes no standby power. Two years later, I came up with a solution. How it works is the power to the charger is limited and isolated from the grid – it’s a pulse of power that comes off the grid rather than a stream. The phone charger simply turns of the flow.

The Asmo charger comes with a number of different connectors which also include the Apple 30-pin connector, the latest Lighting connector and even a micro USB. Users also have an option to either pledge for a US or EU two-prong plug on Kickstarter. A UK version of the gadget will be launched later this year.
Saloranta further said that; ‘It is really taking off now, I am now in talks with mobile phone manufacturers. ‘There have been so many tragic stories about phone chargers when they have been left on; I thought it was strange that nobody had done this. Johanna is definitely my driving force behind the project, her story helped me come up with the idea, and she is very passionate. Our mission is to make the world a better place. By leaving mobile phone chargers on, we use the equivalent of two nuclear power plants or 25,000 wind power mills.’
While this charger helps us become safer, it also works as an eye opener by helping us realize that how much of energy are we wasting by just keeping our chargers plugged in or keeping the switch turned on.

Fendi X Beats By Dre Headphone Collection

Italian fashion house Fendi has teamed up with Beats by Dre to create an exclusive headphone collection. Introduced during Spring/Summer Milan Men’s Fashion Week on Monday, headphones will be available in 10 colors that include sunflower yellow, fire red, emerald green, blackboard and asphalt. Made from Selleria leather and hand stitched by Fendi’s skilled artisans, headphones feature Fendi logo on the side on top. Collection also come with one headphone set in exotic black crocodile leather.

Frock and roll, and fashion and tech goes hand in hand these days. This is Beats by Dre’s second collaboration with a fashion label. Last December designer Alexander Wang worked with Beats to create the Beats x Alexander Wang Limited Edition collection. In April Chanel and Monster worked together to launch Chanel x Monster headphones. Fendi x Beats by Dre headphones will hit stores by the end of 2014 in time for holidays – be patient.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Convert any watch or band into a smartwatch with this gadget!

If you're repulsed by the unfashionable state of smartwatches today, but crave their functionality, a forthcoming device promises the best of both worlds.
Glance, by Kiwi Wearable, is a clip-on device that attaches to any wristwatch to become a secondary interface for your smartphone. It's the brains (and screen) of a smartwatch without the watch itself.
"The whole thing is a button," Ali Nawab, founder of the company, told me recently. In testing and prototyping the product, Nawab said he and his team found that about "80 percent of the market wears a watch still." So instead of asking people to replace their stylish watches with a smartwatch, the team designed Glance as a watch accessory.

The device looks like a small OLED touch screen that snaps onto a watch or wristband and juts off the side. Like most smartwatches, it will connect to your phone (Android and iOS) via Bluetooth so it can display incoming messages and phone call information. Glance will also be able to work as a controller for smart television sets, and to control your computer—think advancing slides during a presentation. Motion sensors inside the device enable it to also double as an activity tracker for fitness.

While the company doesn't yet have any products on shelves, it has been preparing to ship pre-ordered units of its first announced wearable device, Kiwi Move (an impressive gadget on a conceptual level that I thought was the most underrated product at the 2014 International CES). But Move, says Nawab, is shaping up to be more of a developer device, whereas Glance seems better positioned for the consumer market.

The company, Kiwi Wearable, specializes in products and technology related to kinetics or motion. In fact, the company's name is an abbreviation of "kinetic wireless." Because of this area of expertise, Glance and other products in development by the company utilize motion-based gestures to a degree that most other wearable technologies are not, outside of video game hardware, at least. For example, users will be able to train the Kiwi Move to recognize gestures and carry out a command anytime the gesture is made.

Using the companion mobile app (also only in developer phase at the moment), you could train the Kiwi Move, for instance, to launch Shazam on your phone anytime you draw a checkmark in the air. Training Kiwi Move to recognize gestures and carry out commands seems to be open to the imagination, and coding prowess for developers, of course. It's unclear whether Glance will have the same training options, but a video of Kiwi Glance in action (below) suggests it will certainly support plenty of motion-based gestures.
Glance is only in the funding phase (on Kickstarter) at this time, with units expected to ship to backers in the coming weeks, according to Nawab.

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