Monday, July 28, 2014

Sense By Hello Wants To End All Your Sleeping Problems

What you see here is not a mementos of Beijing’s bird’s nest stadium used in 2008 Summer Olympics, though looks pretty much like one, only rounded and sexier. It is the newest new kid on the sleep monitor block, simply called Sense that, like all sleep monitors in the market, aims to end all your sleeping problems. the thing about Sense is, it doesn’t promise magic with a single device; it actually comprises of three things: the beautifully sculpted sensor that does its job without marring your bedroom’s decor, a small but sensitive clip-on sleep tracking sensor that detects every toss and turn you make during sleep, and a mobile app that score your sleep, log any disturbances and presents them so you will be in the know of why you get or not get a good night sleep.

The small clip-on or Small Pill as it is called, attaches to your pillow and packs a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope for picking up movements. It connects to Sense via Bluetooth Low Energy and ANT without any intervention on your part, and it does not need to be recharged until a year or so. while Sleep Pill is doing that, Sense collates the data and at the same keep tabs on the environment in which you sleep with sensors that monitors the level of light in your room, detects the temperature and humidity level, and even a particulate sensor that could detect particles that our naked eyes can’t see, such as pollen for example, which could be potentially disruptive to people who have allergies. the idea is, if you know say for example, pollen or perhaps certain level of humidity is disturbing your sleep, you will be able to act on it like getting an air purifier specifically to tackle pollen issue or increasing or decreasing the humidity accordingly, so that you can truly have a good night sleep.

The Sense also packs a power speaker that can play white noise to sooth your sleep if you so desire. however, the star feature (or at least to us) is the Smart Alarm, which is designed to wake you up at the right time in your sleep cycle, so that you won’t fall back into deep sleep again and waking feeling all messed up. it all sounds promising on paper and to be honest, I’d be lying if i were to say I am not a bit impressed or convinced by the features and if you are like me, the good news is, these guys are running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter where you can grab Sense sleep monitor, which includes Sense and a Sleep Pill, at a special price of $99.

And since Hello has already been dabbling in Sense for about a year now, you don’t have wait for too long to see Sense at your doorstep. If all goes well (in fact it has been going really well as the campaign has breached $1 million mark), delivery will commence in November 2014.

Multi-Tool Hair Clip Is For Hardworking Ladies Or Dude With Bangs To Hold Up

Up till today, multi-tool seems like a reserved-for-men thing. It has become a norm where no words need to be spoken and little doubt that mostly men will reach out to the shelves for one. But what about pretty lass who want to fix something too?

I mean, you don’t expect ladies to be hanging a multi-tool on her on pretty sundress do you? A necklace would be too in your face too, but a hair clip sounds just about right and that’s precisely what the Leatherdos Mini Tools Clip has to offer: seven tools in one inconspicuous hair clip.

At its basic level, it helps to hold up the hair and on a more advanced level, this stainless steel hair clip also serves as a flat-head screwdriver with three sizes to choose from for fixing up stuff like tightening the screws on glasses, a wrench that could handle 8mm or 5/16 bolts, a serrated edge for whatever cutting job (watch out for the hair, though), a ruler, and a trolley coin with a varied uses such as peeling of orange.

Heck, it could even hold up a lighted wick for your lighting needs. Just throw in a saucer with some oil and it is a go.

With the Leatherdos Mini Tools Clip, you are essentially putting a toolbox in your hair and as a boon; it is probably the cheapest and smallest multi-tool you can get. You can get it from Animi Causa for just$9.99 a pop. Perhaps not cheap as a hair clip, but as a multi-tool, it sure is.

Future Airbus Planes Might Have Bicycle Saddle Like Seats In Economy Class

Airbus is having a busy year, it seems. The company has again filed for some new patents that talk about economy class seats that will cater to passengers by providing them something similar to the bicycle saddles. The patent talks about allowing the firm to cater for more people during flights that last only a couple of hours.

The seats can be flipped to create more space in the cabin when they are not in use. According to the patent application; ‘In effect, to increase the number of cabin seats, the space allotted to each passenger must be reduced.’ The bicycle seats are affixed to a vertical bar and capable of being retracted when not in use as mentioned already.

The Airbus officials have stated that the patent does not request for the seats to be commercialized. Mary Anne Greczyn, Spokeswoman for Airbus, says; ‘Many, if not most, of these concepts will never be developed, but in case the future of commercial aviation makes one of our patents relevant, our work is protected. Right now these patent filings are simply conceptual.’

The firm has also admitted, as you would have guessed by now, that this approach would only work for short hour flight and said; ‘Reduced comfort remains tolerable for the passengers in as much as the flight lasts only one or a few hours.’

Do you think Airbus will employ this concept if granted the patent or is the patent really as it has been stated; a way of owning its ideas?

This Washing Machine Shaped Like A Wheel Cleans Your Clothes While You Run In It

Are you one of those people who need a nudge or maybe a little more than that to go to the gym every day? What if the gym was brought to you at the comfort of your home? Well at least a part of it. And that too coupled with a dose of motivation that you always seem to be looking around for.
At this year’s Electrolux Design Lab competition, the theme of which was The Home of Tomorrow, Si Hyeong Ryu, a graduate in product design from Samsung Art and Design School and now a freelance designer, presented the concept of the Wheel washing machine and treadmill.

Ryu presented the concept of a human sized hamster-style wheel that is equipped with device to capture kinetic energy from the running movements of the person on the wheel, and uses this to power other home appliances.
It uses this kinetic energy harnessed from the human motion to power built-in washers, to churn water and wash clothes while providing the user with the information he needs on a display.
‘Wheel is a crossover between gym bike and washing machine by using human kinetic power to save electricity and our nature,’ said Ryu.

Ryu further suggested that the power generated from the spinning motion of the wheel can be used to wash clothes while the unused power can be saved as electricity for future purposes.
The details of Ryu’s concept also feature equipping the canisters with washing balls, designed to not only shorten the washing time but also to save water during the process.
To make it more user friendly and to give the user a better workout experience, the Wheel has a flexible display, which gives you ‘a visual experience’. This means it can display films or music videos as well.
The Wheel could also be equipped with Solar panels in case the treadmill is not being used. These will absorb the solar energy from daylight to power the machine.

The machine could come with a lot of variations as Ryu suggested but the point remains that “The Home of Tomorrow” should definitely have one of these.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Nooka Introduces Its First Chronograph Watch Inspired By Space Race Of The 60s

For ten years, NYC-based NOOKA has been turning out fashionable timepieces, but never had a chronograph to its name. Well, things are about change as it hits Indiegogo with the company’s very first chronograph watch, NOOKRONO. With a design inspired by the Space Race of the 1960s, NOOKRONO takes on a clean, minimalist design approach with large legible dial face that’s easy on the eyes. Instead of time markers, the watch face is decorated with lines reaching in every direction and adorned with chronograph sub-dials that appear to be floating. From what we can see, the watch does have a distinctive sixties appeal. Despite being minimal, the watch stands out with its large 48mm case diameter and has a profile that’s 11mm thick. The large watch face is paired to uniformly narrow straps of either soft silicone band or stainless steel band.

Another notable feature is the movement. NOOKA chose to go with an in-house designed custom movement and as for water resistance, it will likely to be between 3 – 5 ATM (or about 30 – 50 meters), but this number will be finalized only upon water testing of the production model. There are four models to choose from during the Indiegogo campaign: Multi, Steel, Night and Lux. the former two are fitted with soft silicone band and clear mineral crystal, while the Night gets a stainless steel band and green sapphire crystal. The Lux model sports an 18K gold-plated face and band, matched to clear sapphire crystal. The NOOKRONO Chronograph will only made in small batches and only available through this Indiegogo campaign.

The Multi and Steel models will have 500 units each, the Night model, 250 units and only 10 units are allotted for the Lux version. You can pre-order NOOKRONO Chronograph Watch from now until September 20. Early backers can put down 200 bucks for the Multi and if that runs out, it will cost $250. The Steel goes for the same 250 bucks and the Night has a higher price tag of $500. If gold is what you are after, then be prepared to drop 5 grand for it.

Samsung Curved 105-Inch 4k Tv Cost A Cool $120,000, Available For Pre-Order Now

When Samsung first show off its curved 105-inch 4K TV at the CES this year, the company described it as “the world’s first, largest and most curved 105-inch curved UHD TV”, which won’t argue with. Now that the price is out, it should add “the most expensive” to the description so you won’t catch falling off the chair when learn that it cost a super cool $120,000. The good news is, Samsung will be offering the UN105S9W with the firm’s “Samsung Elite Service” where Samsung Field Engineers will be there to walk you through your new acquisition’s features and optimized it in accordance to your viewing environment. After which, they will leave and so no, the field engineers are not yours to keep. What’s left is a hulking gadget that has 11 million pixels spread across a display with an unusual aspect ratio and resolution of 21:9 and 5,120 x 2,160 pixels, respectively.

Thankfully, it has the aesthetic to match its monstrosity (it better be for $120K). The set is clad in a beautiful metallic frame with super narrow bezel and a wood finish back panel. Why the back panel? Because for first time in the history of TV hardware, you get to see part of the back of a television set (if ever so slightly) and hence, the importance of keeping it (the back) as suave as the rest of the set. It is also a smart TV, which means you will have access to apps and surf the web.

There is also a multi-link feature for viewing TV programs and surfing the net at the same time too, and believe it or not, this enormous curved TV is wall-mountable too. Hmm. Curve device on a flat wall don’t quite sounds right to us, but i am sure some carpentry magic can make it part of the wall. no?

Samsung Curved 105-Inch is aviable at

Asus Rt-Ac87 Wireless Router Goes Official, Lay Claims As The World’s Fastest 5ghz Router

Unlike automobile or processors, there is no clear gauge which we can use to determine how fast our home wireless network is. You can check how fast our broadband or fiber serves to us, but once it is on wireless under your roof, the performance is really dependent on the environment and the usage. That said, we are not sure if we will be actually getting the fastest 5GHz, which boast speeds of up to 1.73Gbps, out of the ASUS RT-AC87 Dual-band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit Router as the company have so claimed. Anyhow, this particular WiFi router is also touted as the “the world’s first” Wave 2 802.11ac consumer router.

the device is powered by Quantenna QSR1000 4×4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset and harnesses the power of four external antennas, and Universal Beamforming technology (similar to those employ in NETGEAR Nighthawk X6) to maximize the range and improving signal strength even for older clients i.e. the still widely used 802.11a/b/g/n. the router is ideal for those who have many users under one roof with a host of different connected things vying for wireless signal at the same time. Though, we suspect it may only work best if you have many 802.11ac-equipped devices to take advantage of the speed it has to offer.

for concerned parents, you’d be glad that the ASUS RT-AC87 also sells itself as having the “most advanced built-in parental controls in mainstream routers”, though it fall short of detailing why so, except that it features AiProtection with Trend Micro that uses real-time network monitoring to snoop out malware and other intrusions in advance so those nasties won’t have a chance to reach your computer or any connected devices. The ASUS said the RT-AC87 Dual-band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit Router will be available to North America “shortly” for $269.99.

Asus Rt-Ac87 Wireless Router is available at Amazon.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You Can Tell The Time Of 24 Cities Just By Rolling This World Clock

To know the time of different countries is as easy as firing up the browser and Google it, but if you are more of style-conscious person or simply want a quick answer, then we believe that this 11+ World Clock designed by cloudandco might just tickle your fancy. Sticking the design ethos of creating valuable experience and timeless design, the World Clock takes on a minimalist approach, featuring a single tone look with embossed time scale on the clock face and on the peripheral, debossed with the name of the 24 cities.

To tell the time of other cities, all you have to do is roll the clock to the desire city marked on the side of the clock. Upon releasing the clock, it will immediately transition back to the local time and that’s all there is to it. Rolling. It is so simple that the 11+ World Clock could very well be the most simple and quickest world time clock ever conceived.

This roll-to-tell-time feature is made possible by a clever rolling mechanism and independently working hands that are kept from rotating with the rest of the clock by counterweights incorporated at the bottom of the clock. In this way, when the clock is rolled, only the clock face moves (as in rotates) thereby revealing the time of the chosen location. we love the idea of having less is more, except that the 11+ World Clock by cloudandco isn’t really less, it just has a brilliant design that conceals the fact that it is more than a mere cylindrical clock.

The 11+ World Clock by cloudandco comes in three colorways: midnight blue, modern grey and orange passion (our favorite. no prize for guessing why) and it can be yours for 49 bucks. Keep going for a video to see the World Clock in action.

Cpulse Case Wants To Add Light Show To Your Android Phone With 128 Multicolored Leds

There are smartphone protective cases and there are cases that offer to do more than just protection. i believe we have seen quite a bit of the latter, including multi-tool cases, case rigged with camera controllers and even one that adds a second e-ink display to your device. Now, you can add lights to the list. The cPulse case by Codlight is not just any lights; it is a protective case pimped out with a bunch of multi-color RGB LEDs – 128 of them, to be exact.

The odd thing is, this ‘protective case’, though sleek, will take over your device’s display and with a help of a companion app, allows you to dish out some cool light show. Apart from that, you can also customized cPulse to display notifications such as those from Facebook, Twitter, or perhaps, use it as an alarm clock function. You can even use the LEDs for photography in lowlight conditions too.

The accessory consists of two parts: the a slide-in case and the LED-ridden panel which is hinged to the slide-in case that allows the panel to be tilted and rotated for say, when leaving it on a table as an ambience light or such (imagine a camcorder with a flip out display, yea, it looks and works something of sort). One thing to note is, this light case has no battery to call its own. Its edge-to-edge LED lights will need to piggy back on your device’s battery, which is a big no-no for today’s juice-deprived handsets, but according to its creator, those LEDs are ultra-low power consumption items and would accounts for 7% of your handset’s total battery capacity. Well, a usage is a usage, no matter what, which might be a turn-off factor unless you one hardcore light show lover.

Of course, there are a whole lot of other use for this accessory, but as noted, it will be at the expense of your smartphone’s battery which is kind of a taboo to many smartphone users. however, if you are undaunted by this fact and embraces the whole light movement thing, you can head on down to the product’s Kickstarter campaign to show your love by pledging $89 or more and be rewarded with one such case if the project hits or goes beyond its rather lofty funding goal of $350,000. Check out a product video to see the cPulse case in action. oh, there is one more thing (or maybe two). cPulse case by Codlight is only compatible with devices on Android 4.4 and as of now, is available to suit LG G3, HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Frebble Lets You Virtually Touch And Hold Hands With Your Loved Ones Online

Touching a loved one can be so soothing and when you are going through tough times, a mere squeeze of hand could help uplift your mood. However, this changes when you are away from your loved ones. You can talk and now video chat, all thanks to technology, but there has been no such thing to mimic touch, well not until now. Meet Frebble that has been designed by Frederic Petrignani, an entrepreneur from Netherlands. The gadget is currently raising funds at Kickstarter.

Frebble relies on Bluetooth to connect to your system and in words of its manufacturers; ‘For a granddaughter calling grandma with special news, for a husband far away from a wife, for distant grown daughters who crave the comfort of their mother’s touch, for a best friend who wants to let her friend know it will all be ok, Frebble connects – as simply, subtly and as powerfully as though the person was right there with you. While there are many ways to see and hear your loved ones through the power of the internet, the tactile element has been missing – until now. With Frebble, you can cut through the distance and share that smallest gesture – the squeeze of the hand – that means so much.’

Moving on to the design of the gadget; it has been designed ergonomically so that it can fit easily and comfortably in the hand of the user and better stimulate the feeling of holding and squeezing other person’s hand. When you press your Frebble unit, the corresponding unit will apply pressure to the other intended receiver’s hand. This is true irrespective of the fact that where they are. The effect is achieved by making use of two pressure sensors on the front of the device that register the ‘squeeze’ and two vibration motors that are located on the side in order to make the sensation feel more realistic. The gadget also has an integrated bar known as squeeze bar in order to replicate the holding hands.

An LED will light up to indicate the connection status and also when you have got a squeeze waiting. Yup, you can send offline squeezes too folks. The gadget will be compatible with Skype, Hangout and other apps (iOS, Android) that are set to release in September along with Frebble. Each unit measures about 5” in length and comes equipped with a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery that can survive for 4 hours if being used or more if on standby. The gadget is made from plastic while also imparting rubberized padded areas in order to impart easy gripping.

The gadget will be able to charge by employing a micro-USB cable and will be able to work with Google Chrome version 24 or higher and Firefox version 16 and higher. The gadget is available as a pair for a price of $89 on Kickstarter.

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