• Kodak PixPro SP360 Brings 360-Degree Capture To Action Cams

    Kodak PixPro SP360 Brings 360-Degree Capture To Action Cams

    While the Kodak PixPro SP360 isn’t the first 360-degree action camera to show up, it’s definitely the first to make it to a large consumer market. Sorry, crowdfunded 360-degree action cams, you got beat to the punch by an established pro. Clad in the shape of a compact cube, it has a fixed domed lens on top that allows it to capture a 360-degree angle of the action.   Whether you like speeding down on bicycles downhill, jumping out of planes, [...]

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  • Fitbit Surge Adds Smartwatch Functions To The Fitness Tracker

    Fitbit Surge Adds Smartwatch Functions To The Fitness Tracker

    We’re slowly seeing smartwatches and fitness trackers combine into a single device.  It makes sense, after all, considering both wearable devices want to take space on our wrists.  The latest to make the leap is the Fitbit Surge, which combines multi-sport tracking with notifications and music control. Billed as “the ultimate fitness super watch,” it’s really best described as “feature-packed.”  Sure, it won’t have the breadth of apps available on full-fledged smartwatches like Pebble and Android Wear, but it’s about [...]

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  • Keys-To-Go Is The Water-Repelling Portable Keyboard Your iPad Longs For

    Keys-To-Go Is The Water-Repelling Portable Keyboard Your iPad Longs For

    When it comes to buying keyboards, you can always go one of two ways: buy multiple cheap ones that you replace as soon as it breaks or buy more expensive models that are meant to last.  If you’re going the latter route, it better be fortified enough to survive the ravages that lay ahead.  Logitech’s Keys-To-Go does seem like it’s really up to that challenge. A portable keyboard designed for iOS devices, it’s duly rigged to withstand the bumps and [...]

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  • Amazon Launches Fire TV Stick, A Chromecast Competitor For $39

    Amazon Launches Fire TV Stick, A Chromecast Competitor For $39

    A large part of the Google Chromecast’s success can be attributed to its low price, which makes it an easy decision to purchase if you have no current way of streaming content to the TV.  Amazon knows this, so the giant e-commerce company is embracing the same low pricing with its own streaming dongle, the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Just like other streaming dongles, it plugs into a TV’s HDMI port to connect it to the internet.  Pick up the [...]

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  • Hemingwrite Revives The Typewriter As A Dedicated Writing Computer That Can Run Six Weeks On A Charge

    Hemingwrite Revives The Typewriter As A Dedicated Writing Computer That Can Run Six Weeks On A Charge

    Distraction-free writing on a computer is easy enough.  Just disconnect it from the internet, turn off your phone, and launch nothing other than your word processing application.  Easy.  But we’re complicated people and, sometimes, we need more complicated solutions to maximize our productivity.  Enter the Hemingwrite. A single-purpose writing device, it’s a portable computer whose sole function is to let you write.  You do so by typing on a mechanical keyboard packing Cherry MX switches, with the words appearing in [...]

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  • Lumu Turns The iPhone Into A Light Meter For Film Photography Buffs

    Lumu Turns The iPhone Into A Light Meter For Film Photography Buffs

    Modern cameras come with advanced sensors and algorithms that allow them to automatically measure light and take optimal shots.  If you’re working with film, however, those things still need to be done separately, making a light meter indispensable when it comes to choosing the right exposure for each shot.  The Lumu is a small accessory that lets you turn an iPhone (iOS 6 and newer) into one. Designed to measure incidental light, the device will give accurate readings on the [...]

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  • Take Advantage Of Extra Headroom In Your Fridge With bottleLoft

    Take Advantage Of Extra Headroom In Your Fridge With bottleLoft

    How do you make more room in your fridge for extra beers?  Drink the ones inside.  In case that isn’t an option yet (you still need the six pack for an audition or something – yes, we’re assuming you’re all male models), this magnetic bottleLoft might do the trick. Described as “the world’s first magnetic bottle hanger for your refrigerator,” it lets you take advantage of any underutilized headroom space in any area of the fridge.   Simply stick one of [...]

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  • VR For The Masses: Zeiss VR One Is A $99 Smartphone-Based VR Headset

    VR For The Masses: Zeiss VR One Is A $99 Smartphone-Based VR Headset

    Based on feedback from everyone who’s played around with the Oculus Rift, it might indeed be the future of VR.  Or it might also be Sony and their upcoming Project Morpheus, which we’ve been hearing huge things about.  But that’s the future.  For the next year or so, VR might very well belong to the Gear VR and the Google VR Headsets of the world.  Well, here’s another one of the lot: the Carl Zeiss VR One. Yes, that Carl [...]

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  • Darma Is The World’s First Inactivity Tracker… Wait, What?

    Darma Is The World’s First Inactivity Tracker… Wait, What?

    Many of the best office chairs are designed to encourage movement while you’re sitting, using adjustable position, tension, and cushioning to keep people active even while they spend the whole day cooped up in a cubicle.   But how do you know you’re really moving enough to offset the potential problems of a sedentary life?  Simple fact is, you don’t.  That’s the problem Darma is meant to solve. Described as “the world’s first inactivity tracker,” it’s a smart cushion that lays [...]

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  • Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Stocking up on supplies for a potential apocalypse future (or just a run of the mill catastrophe) is always a good idea.  If you’re going to throw in some emergency lamps in there, then you have to make sure it’s one that’s going to light up when you actually need it.  That’s the preparedness the Blackout Buddy H20 is designed to provide. Unlike conventional emergency lamps and flashlights, it doesn’t use batteries that, due to their limited shelf life, can [...]

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  • Build Smartwatches And Other Wearable Gadgets With TinyScreen

    Build Smartwatches And Other Wearable Gadgets With TinyScreen

    When building your own electronic devices, whether for a personal project or a product prototype, the size of your screen usually dictates how big the device ends up being.  And when it comes to building wearables, small displays are key.  That’s exactly what TinyScreen brings to your electronic toolset. Designed for electronics makers and tinkerers, it’s a thumb-sized screen that measures a hair just under one inch diagonally.  The small size makes it ideal for integrating into lightweight wearable gadgets, [...]

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  • Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Clocks, smoke alarms, remotes, flashlights, toys – we still use plenty of things that rely on good old AA batteries.  And while they work well enough, wouldn’t you rather be able to control them over Bluetooth just like your smart bulbs?  That’s exactly the convenience that Tethercell brings. A small adapter case with an onboard computer chip, it comes with a slot to hold a traditional AA battery.  The idea is, to put it in the battery compartment with a [...]

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  • GoPro Hero4 Black Brings Pro-Quality 4K Video At 30 FPS

    GoPro Hero4 Black Brings Pro-Quality 4K Video At 30 FPS

    Daredevils, adrenaline junkies, and drone pilots, rejoice! The new GoPros are here.  And the star of the show, the GoPro Hero4 Black, boasts some serious features upgrade from its best-selling action cam predecessor. Fans of 4K video, double rejoice!  The new flagship camera doubles the frame rate of the outgoing model’s ultra-HD video captures, allowing you to record up to 30 fps, making it a compelling option for professional-quality 4K recordings, with 2.7K video maxing out a 50 fps and [...]

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  • Haven Reinvents The Door Lock Into Something Way Stronger Than Deadbolt

    Haven Reinvents The Door Lock Into Something Way Stronger Than Deadbolt

    Smart locks are great, but they still use the same old locking mechanism that’s prone to giving out when someone brute forces their way through your door.   That’s why Haven, a new smart lock, does things an entirely different way. Rather than be situated along the height of the door, the redesigned lock sits on the floor, where it’s wedged right under the door, the strongest point of the entryway.  It’s, basically, a doorstop.  Except, instead of simply serving as [...]

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  • Power Sharing Cable Lets You Share Battery Charge Between Different Gadgets

    Power Sharing Cable Lets You Share Battery Charge Between Different Gadgets

    At long last, someone made a cable that lets you draw power from one mobile device to another via microUSB.  That’s right, no more relying on external batteries or scrambling to find an outlet when your phone drains at an inopportune time.  Just ask someone with a freshly-charged phone if you can siphon a little of their juice using the Samsung Power Sharing Cable. The catch?  It only can only draw power from Samsung’s mobile devices.  Even worse, it will [...]

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  • 10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    Self-described as “the greatest show and tell on Earth,” (and we agree with that statement) Maker Faire returned to  New York this past weekend, bringing with it a wide array of fascinating new technology, impressive DIY projects, and oddball curiosities that have all become a trademark of the ever-growing maker movement. Like every Maker Faire, the event brought together a wide cross-section of people, including engineers, craftsmen, educators, tech enthusiasts, artists, science fans, and the occasional indescribable figure. Most importantly, [...]

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  • Forget The Smartwatch, Keep An Eye On Your Phone With Sony’s SmartEyeGlass

    Forget The Smartwatch, Keep An Eye On Your Phone With Sony’s SmartEyeGlass

    Because everyone thought Google Glass was ugly, yet still had people buying and wearing it even without the appearance-softening Titanium Glasses, Sony is also releasing its own face-mounted wearable.  Called the SmartEyeGlass, it’s a pair of connected glasses that, to put it nicely, makes Google Glass seem like the pinnacle of stylish design. The good news?  When worn on the face, it looks like a chunky and excessively wide pair of glasses, rather than a futuristic ensemble that makes you [...]

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  • Misfit Flash: This $50 Fitness Tracker Runs On A Coin Battery Keeping It Powered For 6 Months

    Misfit Flash: This $50 Fitness Tracker Runs On A Coin Battery Keeping It Powered For 6 Months

      Like other wrist-worn fitness trackers, the Misfit Flash will measure your all-day activity and sleep levels.  Nothing more, nothing less. Unlike them, it comes with a couple of additions that might make you want to choose it over everything else in the market. For one, it’s styled like a casual watch.  Not big and bulky like a smartwatch, but just the right size, with a look that’s similar to those timeless plastic Swatch designs.  With a LED-based, analog-style display, [...]

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  • iPhone Controlled Philips BlueTouch Pain Relief Patch Helps You Soothe Aching Muscles

    iPhone Controlled Philips BlueTouch Pain Relief Patch Helps You Soothe Aching Muscles

    Since we’re already in the process of controlling everything with our phones, why not our muscle relief treatments?  Philips is doing just that with the BlueTouch, a wireless TENS (transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation) device that you can control on an iPhone. TENS devices, of course, have been around for years, helping ease both chronic and acute muscle pains for many individuals.  Philips’ new device does exactly the same thing as those, passing electric current over a person’s skin to activate [...]

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  • Quirky’s Pickup Power Puts An External Battery Inside A Power Strip… And It Somehow Makes Sense

    Quirky’s Pickup Power Puts An External Battery Inside A Power Strip… And It Somehow Makes Sense

    At first glance, the Pickup Power looks like the most inefficient power strip ever made, with a trio of outlets on one side and none on the other.  Except, it turns out, that’s the trick that makes this power strip more useful than others. Developed over at Quirky, the other half of the strip that doesn’t have any outlets actually contains a removable power brick that you can slip in your pocket for charging your mobile gadgets while on the [...]

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  • Nexstar Evolution Smart Telescope Can Self-Position Depending On Which Celestial Body You Want To Observe

    Nexstar Evolution Smart Telescope Can Self-Position Depending On Which Celestial Body You Want To Observe

    Sure, you can use any properly-equipped telescope to do some amateur astronomy.  If you want to observe specific astronomical bodies, though, you’ll have to fumble with a star map and painstakingly navigate to whatever it is you’re hoping to chance upon.  Yeah, it’s highly inefficient.  The Nexstar Evolution changes that. Made by Celestron, it’s a telescope that can automatically orient itself to any documented celestial body you tell it to.  Want to look at the Andromeda Galaxy?  Not a problem.  [...]

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  • Apple Watch Brings New Communication Methods, Complete Fitness Tracking Capabilities

    Apple Watch Brings New Communication Methods, Complete Fitness Tracking Capabilities

    We’ve seen the startups take their stab at smartwatches.  Then, we’ve seen Google and its manufacturing partners make their play.  This time around, it’s the big dog of mobile unveiling its wearable tech: the Apple Watch. Like most smartwatches, the device is meant to pair with a smartphone (in this case, any iPhone 5 or newer), sending notifications, calls, and messages on the phone directly to the wrist-mounted gadget.  As expected, however, that barely scratches the surface of what the [...]

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  • 3D Robotics IRIS+ Drone Can Navigate And Record Subjects All On Its Own

    3D Robotics IRIS+ Drone Can Navigate And Record Subjects All On Its Own

    There’s no shortage of drones available in the market for aerial photography and videography.  When it comes to ease of use, though, it’s going to be tough to find one as newbie-friendly as the IRIS+. Made by 3D Robotics, it’s an erstwhile regular quadcopter drone, similar to the ones from Parrot and the dozen or so consumer drone manufacturers in the market.  Except it’s designed to eliminate the skills barrier, giving everyone, from tech-averse grandmas to clumsy kids, the chance [...]

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  • 4SeTV Tuner Lets You Watch Four Shows On One TV At The Same Time

    4SeTV Tuner Lets You Watch Four Shows On One TV At The Same Time

    Sports are among the few TV programs where you can turn off the sound and still enjoy every minute of the show.  That’s why the 4SeTV, a tuner that can show four channels on your TV at the same time, is being marketed primarily towards sports fans. That’s right, four live shows on one screen.  No more flipping the channels to keep up with the PGA Tour, the NBA, the NFL, and whatever other game is being broadcast (like chessboxing [...]

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  • Dyson 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum Brings 360-Degree Camera, Tank Treads, And Maximum Suction Power

    Dyson 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum Brings 360-Degree Camera, Tank Treads, And Maximum Suction Power

    Ever since robotic vacuum cleaners went mainstream, we’ve been waiting to see the king of vacuums take their stab at the game.  And for a long time, Dyson just didn’t seem interested in taking a piece of that growing pie.  Turns out, that changes now with the new Dyson Eye 360. Unsurprisingly, the company is making a big splash on the scene, with a device that’s, arguably, one of the most advanced in the market.  No, it will still likely [...]

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  • Check Out These 20 Cool Products From Fred And Friends Fall 2014 Lineup

    Check Out These 20 Cool Products From Fred And Friends Fall 2014 Lineup

    We’re huge fans of Fred and their off-the-wall takes on erstwhile humdrum home and office staples.  Check out what they have in store for fans in the Fall 2014. 1. Nested Measuring Cups   This nesting set of measuring cups consists of a mother hen that opens to reveal an egg, which then opens to reveal a baby chick.  Each of the pieces (hen, egg, and chick) can be split into two halves, the bottom of which serves as a [...]

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  • PUC Lets You Connect Any MIDI Controller Wirelessly To iOS Devices

    PUC Lets You Connect Any MIDI Controller Wirelessly To iOS Devices

    Hooking up your MIDI devices to an iPhone makes it easy to play music on the road.  The mass of wires you will have to deal, however, makes it just as much of a mess as when you’re playing at home.  The PUC can save you from the hassle. Created by the same guys behind the Jamstik, it’s a wireless MIDI interface that hooks up to your MIDI keytar, DJ controller, or Bliptronics Synthesizer to give the instrument the ability [...]

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