Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Meet Clio The First (Almost) Invisible Speaker

Usually we see speakers as having a circular driver – it’s the most common form of a speaker. ClearView Clio completely changes the design of your normal speaker and makes it beautiful at the same time. This amazingly designed device will not only fill our office or bedroom with sound of great quality and loudness, but also become a centrepiece.

The speaker may seem invisible at first sight. This is because it consists of only two elements: a large and thin sheet of curved acrylic glass, and a compact base unit. While the latter houses a 2-inch woofer and stereo dipole speakers, the see-through transducer is used to resonate and create the sound waves.

The design allows for the speaker to output the sound in multiple directions and deliver a stunning listening experience.
Thanks to built-in Bluetooth connectivity, ClearView Clio can be hooked up to any smartphone or tablet to stream music wirelessly.

If you would rather use a traditional cable, there’s a 3.5 mm jack alongside a standard set of buttons.

The Clio in three colour options is available for pre-order at $349 from ClearView’s website and expected to ship in late March.

Liquipel Makes Your Gadgets Waterproof

Liquipel makes technology waterproof and they actually are so confident in its ability that they guarantee that if you report that your device has been affected by water after it has be Liquipel’d that they will help you get a new device.

How it works is that we all know that electricity and water are bad together, especially for electronics. What happens is not that the water ruins the device by simply killing it, the water is a conductor of electricity. If anything, the water supercharges the device to the point where it over loads. The Sabertooth motherboard has actually come out on the market and it is said to be so strong that it isn’t affected by water at all.

The way Liquipel makes technology waterproof is that they place the device into a chamber. They then pressurize the chamber to suck out all of the air inside the chamber. So in essence, your phone is in space while this happens. Once your phone is in the airless pocket the Liquipel solution is vaporized into the chamber. The gas sticks to the device on a molecule level and bonds with the material. Once it comes out it is now waterproof. Therefore, the simplicity of how Liquipel makes technology waterproof is incredible.

Just as Liquipel makes technology waterproof, the Liquipel can actually be applied to many different things. One of the partners actually mentioned something that would revolutionize the cost maintenance of bridges. You know those things that span the width of rivers and rust over time, Liquipel would actually remove the rust that comes on regular steel because it would block out the water.

Also, speaking of different applications Liquipel can actually be used as a replacement for a windshield wiper as it effectively lets the rain roll right off instead of pelt the windshield and stay. It can be used on engine parts so they don’t rust from weather over time. Water boats can put Liquipel on the bottom of their boats and become faster because the Liquipel actually repels the water. Clothes are now waterproof to where rain just rolls right off, which means a great deal to those in uniform who often times are stuck in a wet suit.

The amount of applications that Liquipel can be used for is just endless, and Liquipel will make more than technology waterproof, keep an eye on Liquipel as it reshapes our lives and homes.

Bheestie Moisture Remover for Electronics

Here's an anecdote about why Bheestie, a bag lined with ultra-absorbant beads for removing moisture from afflicted electronics measuring less than 9-1/4" high x 6" wide, is a viable commodity in contemporary society. Once there was a (traffic-stoppingly handsome) boy with a cellphone and impeccable oral hygiene. While being admirably efficient, simultaneously texting and brushing his teeth one morning, he dropped his cellphone into a sink of running water.

In a frantic effort to make it work again by pushing 972 random buttons, he inadvertently texted the word "balls" to at least 6 people in his recent text history before burying the phone in rice for the day. Upon returning from work, he found that the rice successfully dried out his phone, but left it covered in white dust and smelling like Asian food.

The moral of the story is that rice works. It will suck evil water molecules right out of phones and other electronics. My mom has dropped her iPhone in the toilet at least 3 times, and salvaged it every one of them with the miracle of rice. But the argument for spending $24 on a Bheestie is: what are people who don't touch carbs supposed to do when they drop their phones in the toilet? Or get caught in the rain with their Tron watch? Or spill a martini on their digital camera? Or sweat profusely all over music output and listening devices while working out?

The Bheestie mylar bag supports regular overnight electronics and headphones dry-out sessions for up to a year, or until its beads turn from blue to white. It's way less messy, and far more portable than rice, and in addition to healing doused equipment, will also preserve and prolong the lives of that which encounters moisture repeatedly, say, at the gym, ocean, or ski slopes.

The Dash Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones

And we thought wireless in-ear headphones can never be realized, but here it is, the world’s first smart wireless headphones, The Dash Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones, is ready to get in the hands of those who are willing to drop a few hundred bucks for a pair. not only did Munich-based Bragi, the maker of The Dash, made wireless in-ear audio buds a reality (in size of regular earbuds, of course), but it also managed to pack it to the brim with features like an embedded 4GB (good for up to 1,000 music files) music player and a fitness tracker that keeps tab on your movements like pace, steps, cadence and distance, measures your heart rate and more. The device will provide audible feedback even without being tethered to the smartphone.

The Dash Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones does all that, along with the core duty of providing wireless music enjoyment via Bluetooth connectivity, as well as for taking/answering calls through an embedded custom ear bone MEMS microphone. The audio ear buds (which looks rather Tron-ish, in my opinion) provides noise isolation like most in-ear headphones do, but with a simple swipe on the earbuds’ surface, you can enable or disable ambient sound to pass through. the buds are juiced by 100 mAh lithium polymer battery, offering up to 4 hours of music playback (3 hours, if it does the tracking as well) and up to 250 hours of standby time, and it is of course, shock resistant and waterproof up to 1m of water. Sounds exciting? It certainly is and the product’s popularity on Kickstarter is a solid testimony of this.

The Dash’s campaign on Kickstarter quickly raced past the 100K mark in just 24 hours and at the time of this writing, it has already garnered support from over 1,600 backers with nearly $330K in funding. Which brings us to the good news: by backing this project up, you are essentially pre-ordering it with expected delivery to be in November 2014. The early bird special is gone, but you can still get at $199, which is a good 100 bucks off the eventual retail sticker. 

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