Friday, May 16, 2014

Gresso Unveils Radical Black Collection

Luxury smartphone maker Gresso has released a collection of three new phones, a variant of the hugely successful Radical smartphone they unveiled last December. The new phone is named Gresso Radical Black Collection and has three different models of its own. This too is based on the OS Android 4.1.2 and has a 4.5 inch touchscreen display. As we expect from Gresso, phone’s clean design, attention to detail and materials used in making the phone are of high quality and craftsmanship.

The Gresso Radical Black is molded from a solid Grade 5 titanium plate. As you know one of titanium’s biggest properties is its strength, this bodes well in the machining process when making the case, as it involves aggressive milling. Labor intensive milling process takes 9 hours and done using cutting edge equipment. Once this process is complete a PVD-coating is applied to get its rich black color. A first in smartphone manufacture, the sensor keys are also made from titanium with PVD coating applied. The PVD finish also protect the titanium surface against scratches in addition to enhancing its visual appeal.
The Gresso logo on the front panel is offered in three different materials for customers to choose from – high polished titanium, yellow or white 18k gold. This is also a very limited edition with only numbered 100 pieces from each model available. Each phone is hand-engraved with its exclusive number. Available only at with high polished titanium priced at $2,500 and 18 karat gold versions at $3,000 each.

High Polished Titanium – $2,500

 Yellow 18 Karat Gold – $3,000

White 18 Karat Gold – $3,000

Tado Cooling Turns Any Air Conditioner Into Smart Ac

With Internet of Things being all the rage, we can’t help but to notice that older home appliances, such as the good’ol AC units, are being left in the cold. We can’t say everything that is non-connected in the home can be inducted into your home automation network, but one thing for sure is, with the tado Cooling, you can turn virtually any types of AC system (as long as it has a remote) into a smart one. In addition to being able to remotely turn on and off the AC wherever you may be using your smartphone, tado Cooling also supports indoor presence detection to turn on when you are in the room, or turn off when you step out. Tado communicates with your AC unit via infrared, just like remote does, and connects to your smartphone through your local WiFi network.

Thanks to the companion app’s geolocation services, tado will know when you leave your home or if you are on your way back. With this information at hand, the device will then turn off or on the AC accordingly. For those live in countries with extreme heat, we bet you will appreciate the aforementioned feature, cos’ you will be entering into a pre-cooled room instead of a sauna or oven. Tado uses Bluetooth LE to detect your smartphone as you move around the house and adjust the temperature to adapt accordingly.

It also has a built-in humidity sensor, allowing you to set your desired humidity level and tado will ‘tweak’ the AC to maintain the set humidity level.
Taking a minimalistic design approach, the hardware features a LED matrix provides an elegant and discreet way of displaying information when you need it, while a capacitive surface lets you manually control the AC unit. The tado Cooling can be yours if you back the project on its Kickstarter campaign page.

The early backer special has run out, but you can still pre-order one for 99 bucks there is also a limited color edition, if the standard hospital white is not your cuppa, but that will set you back at $179. Of course, all these will only materialize if it reaches its target funding goal of $150K.

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