Friday, June 13, 2014

Adidas Wants You To Improve Your Skills With Micoach Smart Ball

Getting the soccer fever already? Then I bet you are practicing day and night, and in between the live telecasts in hope that one day you will have your shot on the world stage. Before you can actually get there, you need to be discovered. And before you can get noticed, you will need to have the skills and that would mean you will need a proper coach, or you could skip past the rouge and/or pricey coach and self-train with the Adidas MICoach Smart Ball. using Bluetooth Smart (aka Bluetooth Low Energy), this sensors-loaded soccer ball connects to your smartphone and together with a companion app, lets you in on the crucial ball-handling information that only a ball knows best. Heck, your coach won’t even know how hard or where your foot lands on the ball, which makes the ball the worthy as a coach and it won’t nag at you or spit in your face, calling you a ‘lady’.

It offers a myriad of data that previously real coach could only dream of, including strength of the kick, the flight trajectories and even detail the ball spin and the impact points – all accessible from the miCoach Smart Ball app. ok, maybe you still need a real coach who can digest these information and from there, help you improve your techniques. The app also features a dedicated training section that focus on improving your skills and finally graduating to more advanced techniques. There is also a challenge yourself section that pits you to better your scores in speed, bend around and even get you to replicate pro level free kicks. Of course, datas can be saved for performance monitoring.

The smart ball looks like any regular soccer ball and apart from the sensors, it is also rigged with wireless charging capabilities that allows it to be recharged just by placing the ball on the included charging dock. The Adidas miCoach Smart Ball is available now from Adidas web store, Apple retail stores, as well as Apple Online Store for $299 a pop.

Big Ass Fans Haiku Smart Fan Turns On Only When There Are People

With all the talks about smart air-conditioning, it seems like there’s no place for traditional ceiling fans since they are basically not intelligent enough to cope with our modern lifestyle, but specialist ceiling fan maker Big Ass Fans begs to differ. It has added ceiling fans to the world of smart appliances and devices with the Big Ass Fans Haiku SenseME Smart Fan and it takes little guessing what it is capable of. like it is smart but power-sucking, cooling agent-reliant counterpart, Haiku SenseME Smart Fan completely negates the need for traditional remote and only runs when it senses people in the room, and will automatically adjusts the speed, faster or slower, according to the room temperature. It will, of course, turn off when it detects the last person has left the room.

An associated smartphone app allows you to remotely adjust the fan’s speed to your liking and the appliance will try to learn your adjustments for future reference. The smart fan also comes with the option to include LED lighting, which you can also manually adjust the brightness from your smartphone. The app also allows you to set schedule for the fan and the light features, making forgetting to turn off a thing of the past. And if you have the fan installed in your room, Haiku SenseME Smart Fan can also double as an alarm, letting you customize and schedule an alarm with any combination of fan, light and sound. Yes. it has audio too. Though no specific were offered in this respect. Speaking of which, it also has a “Gradual Awake” mode that will slowly speed up the fan and gently brightens the light “for a more pleasant wake-up.”

Haiku SenseME Smart Fan is expected to be available this summer. If you can’t wait, you can secure yours by pre-ordering it, but be prepared to drop at least $995 for one. A hefty sum for a ceiling fan, no doubt, but it is the way to go if want ceiling fans to be part of your connected home.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Goes Official, Touts Wqxga Super Amoled Display

So the rumor has turned official and looking at the specs and design of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S, we’d say that these are the tables you might want to grab if you are in the market for a visually stunning device, both inside and out. Two tablets were announced: 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch model. Power comes from either an Exynos 5 Octa which brings together a 1.9GHz and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2.3GHz quad-core processor. We would think the latter is the likely version for stateside. Both models will have 3GB RAM and a choice of 16 or 32GB capacity, plus storage expansion of up to 128GB via microSD. Basically, the two models only differs in size, with the rest of the hard specs remain largely unchanged.

The processor, though powerful, isn’t the real star of the show. the real star of this duo is perhaps the eye-watering WQXGA Super AMOLED display touting 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (yes. it is in 16:10 A.R.) that is said to deliver more than 90% of Adobe RGB color coverage and an astounding 100,000:1 contrast ratio, proving you with vibrancy you craved along with deeper blacks and brighter whites. the presentation is display focus, with the device boasting technologies like Adaptive Display that will ensure optimal viewing under any lighting conditions (apparently, even under sunlight) and pre-set pro modes (AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo), plus users-adjustable settings. Super AMOLED technology does without traditional backlighting and therefore sucks up less energy and allows for ridiculously thin profile of just 6.6mm. The devices are pretty lightweight too, with the 10.5 weighing in at 465g and the 8.4-inch model tips the scale at mere 294g.

Aesthetically, it continues with the S5 design language and also sports slim bezel, and is given golden treatment around the edges – which is a little superfluous, if you ask me. there is a couple software enhancements (it runs on Android KitKat, btw) including Papergarden that brings digital versions of popular magazines with interactive and high-resolution contents to Galaxy Tab S, and multi-user support (up to 8 users) with fingerprint sensor, allowing individuals to log in to their personal optimized profile using the built-in fingerprint scanner. Other key features include 8MP and 2MP cameras, wireless ac MIMO, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, IrLEF, GPS and GLONASS, plus a bunch of sensors, including Fingerprint sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor and more. The Samsung GALAXY Tab S will hit the market this July for $399 and $499 for the WiFi-only models. LTE models will be available a later date.

Vor-Power Puts Portable Battery Right Into Your Bag’s Shoulder Strap

Smartphones are getting larger and to think that you need to lug around an external battery pack, however small it is, to support your heavy usage can be quite a turn off. until the day battery can be infinitely lasting (we will keep dreaming), we have to think of ways to minimize our gadget burden and the Vorbeck Flexible Battery Straps is one of the many emerging solution. Vorbeck has developed and integrated a 7,200 mAh lithium-ion battery pack into a shoulder strap suitable for most messenger bags. weighing under one pound, it offers two USB ports (1x 1A and 1x 2A outputs) and one micro USB port for juicing your USB-powered portable gadgets on the go without weighing you down or taking up valuable real estate in your bag.

The strap functions just like any shoulder strap, maintaining the same flexibility expected of any bag straps.
It is water resistance and rug to take up the beatings from everyday use. the strap is totally capable of sustaining drop from over 100 feet and remains unscathed even when ran over by an automobile. According to Vorbeck, when fully charged, the integrated battery is capable of providing up to 50 hours of additional talk or surf time, or keep your smartphone fully juice for up to 5 times. Additional features include airmesh padding provides soft and breathable cushion, charge indicator lights, and it comes complete with an elastic phone pocket that could swallow up phone as big as the Galaxy Note.

There is also a card pocket too for your identification or whatever cards you may have. and best of all, it is made in the good’ol U.S. of A. pricing has yet to be released, but watch out for it this Fall.

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