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Say what you will about the inconvenience of security checks, but this year alone the TSA found thousands of loaded guns, a hand grenade, and an enchilada with an 8-inch knife inside the carry-on baggage of forgetful travelers. Many of the people who lost knives to these checks simply forget them, or didn’t consider them to be knives because the blade was part of a larger tool. To give travelers some piece of mind (and style), Leatherman created the Tread multi-tool. Meant to be worn like a bracelet, the Tread hides its tools inside its stainless steel links.  Each link has multiple tools,... Read more...
Last month, news emerged that Philips was suing Nintendo over alleged patent infringements in the U.S., and the proverbial chickens are already coming home to roost in other countries. According to Reuters, Philips said it has won a patent suit in the UK (although no details about amounts for compensation have been shared). The patents concern motion, gesture, and pointing control that Philips licenses to companies that make set-top boxes and game consoles, and the company has asserted that Nintendo has been using the technology in the Wii U without a functioning license agreement. Philips spokesman... Read more...
Google Glass costs $1,500 for the time being, but a teardown of the spectacles reveals that the total cost of the materials inside totals $79.78. That’s what you’d call a significant markup. TechInsight’s Teardown.com did the dirty work, and they found that the most expensive part was the Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor ($13.96). Glass also has 16GB of Toshiba EGW1 64G NAND memory ($4.68), 512MB of SK Hynix mobile DDR2 SDRAM ($8.18), a 5MP camera ($5.66), and a 570mAh battery ($1.14). Source: TechInsights The full list is quite interesting, but as the teardown is brief and... Read more...
Google’s charming little Chromecast dongle has proven to be quite a popular device, and the latest app to add Chromecast to its list of supported devices is Redbox Instant. The latest version, 1.5.1, includes Chromecast support as well as minor bug fixes. Redbox Instant allows users unlimited movie streaming on your phone or tablet--and now, your TV--as well as the ability to reserve movies as a Redbox kiosk or buy or rent movies, even if you don’t have a subscription to Redbox. Chromecast already supports quite a few choice apps, including Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora,... Read more...
Bacon is over. Or at least, it’s over in the sense that whenever a pop culture Thing makes it up the ladder to the corporate world, it immediately stops being cool. Thus, the official Oscar Mayer Bacon Alarm Clock seems to indicate that the nation’s cult of bacon has run its course. (Or perhaps bacon worship has reached its zenith by allowing corporate America to not just participate, but further the religion?) What would a “bacon alarm clock” be, exactly? If you guessed an iPhone accessory and companion app that wakes you up with the sound and smell of bacon, you’d... Read more...
You want to record yourself playing music? Easy. Plug in to a Fender SLIDE, connect the SLIDE to your PC or mobile device, and have at it. DIY home recording has come a long way; a certain number of years ago (let’s not specify how many), if you wanted to lay down tracks with your band or just have some good demos of your burgeoning singer/songwriter greatness, you needed a 4-track tape recorder--and those things weren’t cheap. These days all you need is a relatively inexpensive digital recording interface, which is usually some kind of box with a couple of instrument or mic inputs... Read more...
Belkin has an intriguing suite of WeMo-branded smart devices for home automation, including light switches, motion detectors, integration with appliances, and more, but security firm IOActive recently discovered multiple vulnerabilities in WeMo--vulnerabilities that Belkin says it has now patched. Belkin’s statement on the subject reads in part: Belkin has corrected the list of five potential vulnerabilities affecting the WeMo line of home automation solutions that was published in a CERT advisory on February 18. Belkin was in contact with the security researchers prior to the publication... Read more...
Chromecast is great. It lets you stream just about anything to your TV from the Internet, and it does so in a unique, simple, and brilliant way: instead of streaming directly from your smartphone or tablet, your device tells Chromecast to do the streaming. A group led by a pair of ex-Google employees has essentially done the same thing for audio that Chromecast does for video with its simple device called “Beep”. Beep (or is it “a Beep”?) is a metal dial that connects directly to virtually any speakers in your home via 3.5mm AUX, RCA, or optical input and connects wirelessly... Read more...
Human adaptability is a hell of a thing, and one needs to look no further than quadriplegics who refuse to miss out. There are many quadriplegic gamers out there, and thanks to the work of Ken Yankelevitz, they’ve been able to enjoy a great deal of gaming for decades with his specially-designed joysticks. However, Yankelevitz has been unable to continue his work due to age and health issues of his own, but the mantle has been picked up by Fred Davison, who is raising Kickstarter funds to develop the next generation of adaptive game controllers. His case is compelling. “Video games today... Read more...
“Iridium GO! is unlike anything the world has seen before,” reads the bold proclamation on the Iridium website. “Powered by the world's furthest reaching network, this compact, rugged and portable unit creates the first ever reliable global connection for voice and data communications on up to 5 smartphones, laptops or tablets.” The device looks a bit unconventional--a boxy little thing with a stubby antenna that pops up--which is commensurate with what it offers, which is global Internet access. The device relies on satellites for connectivity and grants users voice calls,... Read more...
Amazon is testing the use of drones to make deliveries in populated areas, but the Lakemade Beer Company of Stevens Point, Wisconsin is testing the idea of drones in decidedly unpopulated areas--namely, ice fishing shacks. “Our tests are on vast, wide-open frozen lakes free of trees and power lines. Our drone can fly as the crow flies, straight to our target, based on GPS coordinates provided by an ice angler. Fish houses are very uniform in height, so we can fly lower than FAA limits, too,” said Lakemade Beer Company president Jack Supple. “It’s the perfect proving ground... Read more...
Just yesterday, a report emerged that TiVo was laying off much of its hardware design team, leaving only a skeleton crew to support existing devices, and getting out of the hardware business altogether to focus on the cloud. According to comments made by TiVo VP of corporate communications Steve Wymer to The Verge, the notion that TiVo is abandoning hardware is false. “It's not right to say that TiVo's out of the hardware business. We're just as fired up as consumers are about the Roamio and we expect to deliver on that for years to come. It's one of our core businesses and our shining jewel."... Read more...
Hasselblad is a something of a legendary name in photography and has been making medium-format cameras for decades, and now the company has made another step forward in innovation with the impending Hasselblad H5D-50c. The 50MP medium-format H5D-50c is similar to the company’s existing H5D-50 model except that it has a CMOS sensor instead of a CCD, which Hasselblad claims is a world’s first. Hasselblad says that the new sensor will enable faster capture rates, longer shutter speeds, and better ISO performance, as well as “greatly improved” Live Video in Phocus and multi-shot... Read more...
Sometimes a company has an idea that hits everyone right in the zeitgeist. Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are terrific indicators of what people will be interested in buying, because they speak volumes with their support. We’ve seen it in the recent past with projects like Pebble, OUYA, and the Oculus Rift, and smartphone camera lens maker Moment is enjoying some of that same grassroots success. Moment was looking to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter, but it blew way past that amount right away, netting $100,000 in just 28 hours. Currently, with 25 days to go in the campaign, Moment has raised... Read more...
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