Tuesday, August 19, 2014

50 Cent Launches Earphones That Detect Your Heart Rate And Change Pace Of Music Accordingly

Beats have been a sensation all over the world. Launched by Apple and Dr Dre before, 50 Cent is the one coming in the business now. He has teamed up with Intel and created a range of smart headphones. Named as SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear, the headphones feature sensors that check the heart rate of the wearer at all times – no matter what you are doing. This gadget does not need to be charged, like any other gadget that views your heart rate, it simply draws energy from the connected phone or MP3 Player.

All this information about the changes in your heart rate can be then sent over the internet to be analysed and one can receive professional advice to work out, or to lose weight. The device has a built-in optical sensor to measure the change in heart rate as it cancels the noise signals caused by the movement of the body motion and ambient light. One of the perks of these headphones is that the software can change the pace of music based on the pace of your heart to get in sync with your level of activity.

The company claims that they will provide their buyers with the same high-end audio quality that is observed across the SMS Audio Range. These come in the famous “ear-hook” design and are packaged as water and sweat proof. And they can also be synchronized to your RunKeeper app. Prototypes unveiled in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, these smart headphones will hit the market and will be available for purchase later in the year and will be sold under 50 Cent’s branding.

‘Intel is focused on driving innovation in the wearable technology segment by partnering with lifestyle brands like SMS Audio that complement our technology and design expertise,’ corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group at Intel, Michael Bell told us.

SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear can be found at Amazon.com

Skully Motorcycle Helmet Will Make You Drive Your Bike Like Iron Man

In an age where there is so much traffic on the roads, accidents are just something waiting to happen. And in those accidents, motorcyclists are those who get injured the most. Hence, helmets are a necessity for riders. Where a simple helmet can offer you just safety, there’s a lot more that a helmet can offer to its rider as Dr. Marcus Weller, CEO of Skully AR-1 thinks. After being in a number of accidents, he started looking for a helmet that offered what he needed, but failed to find anything fulfilling his requirements which consisted mainly of a rear view camera, HUD directions and GPS.

“At the time, I didn’t even have a motorcycle, but I was ready to spend money on it, which made me realize that I needed to build it,” said Weller.
So that’s what led him to design the Skully AR-1. He designed it to fulfill every requirement that he had from a bike helmet. The Idea was inspired from his 2011 accident, where he took his eyes off the road to read a sign. Skully AR-1 comes with a heads-up display that projects information below the right eye and is not a nuisance when you are looking at the road.
The display also contains a rear view mirror that provides you the view of the back and is quite wide. It saves the rider from the hassle of turning around to check the traffic behind and can keep eyes on the road in front at all times.

The screen comes with GPS thanks to an integrated GPS antenna, that can provide directions. The image appears to be 10 feet ahead of the rider and stays in focus at all times, regardless where the rider is looking. This automatic infinitely variable focus has been made possible by a technology known as Synapse platform.
Skully offers Bluetooth connectivity that can not only help you with hands free calling but can also be used to play your favorite songs using music services such as Pandora. It offers voice recognition system as well for better experience. The companion app makes sure that the heads-up display is in the perfect spot as no two riders will have the same head and face.

Even with all the assistance it provides, we cannot help but wonder if the helmet could actually be adding to the distractions for the rider. After almost 0.1 million beta tester applications in 2013, Weller recently turned to crowd funding source Indiegogo with an objective of raising enough funds to launch the product in the market by 2015 and he succeeded.

Where his objective was to raise 250,000, he raised over $1 million. And now the product is available for pre-order for $1400.

Basket Pannier Straps A Portable Picnic Table To Your Bike

If you are already nostalgic about the last days of summer, this bike pannier/picnic basket might lift your spirits, as it's such a civilized dream of the way biking should be - carefree, and fun, with the wind at your back and the sun on your face.

Netherlands-based designer Jeriƫl Bobbe of Bloon Design first created a portable, foldout picnic table plus settings that he calls Springtime. Then Bobbe went a step further by making Springtime easily adapt to any basic bike rack.

Despite youth being on his side, he says “I’m really bad with sitting on the ground”, which is obviously bad news when it comes to picnics. So he put his designer thinking cap on and six months later came up with a portable picnic table with integrated seating. Called Springtime, it resembles a set of sturdy bike panniers. It is in fact a modular storage and dining system, with crockery, cutlery and folding table stowed in the two padded seats, which can be slung over a bike rack.

Due to be available commercially in May, Springtime is fashioned from birch, which is both lightweight and durable. This pale wood contrasts with the “fresh and frisky” colour palette Bobbe has used on the upholstery.

It’s unclear how heavy the panniers would be, whether they really would fit on any bike, and whether there’s actually room for any food in them. But for a style-conscious cyclist with an appetite for al fresco dining, these will naturally be minor issues.

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