Friday, September 12, 2014

Dyson’s First Robot Vacuum Cleaner Has 360-Degree Vision For Navigation

Some must be thinking: with so many electronics giants making robot vacuum cleaner, why hasn’t big name like Dyson jump on the bandwagon yet? Well. You see Dyson is the like the Apple of home appliance world. They take painstaking effort to make sure they get it right, or at least ‘right’ in the eyes of the company.

So here it is, after expending sixteen years and an astronomical sum of nearly $47 million, Dyson has finally taken the wrap off its first robot vacuum cleaner, dubbed the 360 Eye. Being a Dyson product, you can expect two things: meticulously engineered on the inside and pretty on the outside – both which you will find in the Dyson 360 Eye.

However, at first look, it appears that the 360 Eye is significantly taller than most robot vacuum cleaners out there and for good reasons: it is packed with cyclone technology, on top of its own energy-efficient motor. We can’t say it is for the best of an autonomous vacuum cleaner cos’ the height makes under sofa or beds a no go zone.

The 360 Eye is so named because it apparently has a 360-degree camera that allows it to “see” your house and in addition to that, it is also rigged with infrared sensors that allow it to navigate around efficiently. It can even select objects as reference points and triangulate to determine its own position. Those are the navigation aspect.

This Is A Wooden Light Bulb And Yes, It Actually Lights Up, Albeit Subtly

To use wood as the material to make a light bulb is nothing less than dreaming of the impossible, or so we thought. however, German light bulb specialist didn’t think so and neither did Japanese product designer Ryosuke Fukusada, and together they conceived a light bulb fashion out of 100-year-old Pine that actually let light passes – if ever so slightly. Still, it is a feat beyond most people’s wildest imagination and one that calls for the use of an ancient and rarely practiced Japanese technique known as “Rokuro” which Fukusada sought out a master in this trade to create. The “Rokuro” technique involves turning a solid block of pine wood on a lathe, shaping the interior as the master craftsman hollows it out to an insane thickness of around 2-3mm.

Once the ‘bulb’ takes shape, a low-heat LED light bulb is carefully placed within, while a recyclable aluminum socket completes the package. The Wooden Light Bulb may be a bulb, perhaps even a novel one at that, but it is a culmination of modern design vision and traditional craftsmanship. The beauty of the bulb is, it is virtually indistinguishable to solid wood when not on, but when the switch is flipped, the super thin pine wood allows light to pass through, accentuating the natural wood’s markings. The resultant light is of orange and red hues that reminiscence of a glowing orb. Naturally, this bulb is not meant to light up an area, but to serve as a decorative light art. However, at €2,000 a piece (about US$2,630), it is not a light art that most people can afford.

Gogroove Sonaverse BXL Portable Speaker Boombox

If you need a cool-looking speaker that combines clear audio playback, surprising input versatility and maximum portability for full-range music on the go, we have just the right boombox for you – SonaVERSE BXL is here to brighten up your day with crisp-clear playback and GoGroove signature design, and it boasts a rechargeable 3.7V battery to round off the best music box you can find with such an affordable price tag ($34.99).

Packed inside a trendy black-and-gold cube with a leatherized texture shell and a set of LED backlit glow lights, all fixed to a convenient carry handle, the portable SonaVERSE BX speaker sports dual stereo front-firing 50 millimeter drivers (3W each, with 6W RMS and 12W peak) for impressive, room-filling audio. It can play back music from virtually any paired gadget, be it smartphone, regular cell phone, laptop or tablet, MP3 or MP4 player, desktop PC, DVD player, handheld gaming consoles and other audio device connectible via the universal 3.5 millimeter auxiliary jack.

The little powerful boombox will work well with smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4, S IV Mini, Active, Zoom, S III Mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Mega, Stellar, as well as Apple iPhone 4, 4S and 5, Nokia Lumia 925, 928, 920, 820, 520 and 52. It will also deliver rich and full audio when paired with HTC One, Mini, First, Droid DNA, 8X, EVO, Desire, One X and X+, S and SV, as well as LG Google Nexus 4, Optimus G and G Pro, L3, Motorola Droid RAZR HD, MAXX HD, M, Photon Q, Atrix HD, and BlackBerry Z10, Q5 and Q10. It can be connected to Sony Xperia Z, ZL, T, S, P, U, Ion and audio players such as Apple iPod, Sandisk Sansa Clip+, Samsung Galaxy Media Player and Sony Walkman. Among tablets, GoGroove SonaVERSE BX will work with Google Nexus 7 or 10, Nook HD, Acer Iconia, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 or Note 8.0  and 10.1, Microsoft Surface Pro, Asus VivoTab RT, Smart, MeMO Pad FHD 10, HD 7, Transformer Infinity as well as Apple iPad 4 or iPad mini, Coby Kyros, Hisense Sero 7 Pro and LT. You can also connect it with Apple Macbook,  Acer, Toshiba, Asus, Lenovo, HP, Dell, Samsung or Sony laptops for some beefy audio playback and surprisingly enough, the little speaker will also work well with most Phillips, Sony and Coby DVD players. Now that’s quite a wide range of source devices for such a small boombox fellow, you’ll admit.
Thanks to its built-in media ports, SonaVERSE BX can also function as a basic MP3 player and play music files stored on a USB flash drive or SD/SDHC memory card (up to 16GB). Using the boombox in this mode, you can control the playback settings and play/pause or change tracks, or even choose the ‘Random’ mode for some handy party playlist shuffle.

Ideal for blasting your music loud and clear on the go, SonaVERSE BX can deliver up to seven hours of playback thanks to its removable 800mAh Li-ion battery which can be easily recharged via the included USB cable or AC charger. Sizing 10 x 4.25 x 4 inches and weighing slightly over 2 pounds, SonaVERSE speaker comes with 3 years of manufacturer’s quality guarantee so you need not worry about repairs and component replacements.

Versatile, compact and durable, SonaVERSE BX is an excellent boombox at a relatively low price so make sure you check it out.

Get it from Amazon here: Portable Speaker Boombox

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