Items tagged with Gadget

A Japanese company is doing something that will help people feel better about going out in a crowd. No one wants to go out in public smelly, but some people can’t seem to tell when they stink. A company called Tanita has a new gadget going on sale this month that is designed to smell your stink for you and assign it a numerical ranking. The device is the ES-100 (why is it not called the Stank-o-Meter?) and it is essentially a handheld smell checker that measures the intensity of body odor on a scale of 0-10. A ranking of ten is the worst. It works in a similar fashion to the alcohol breath analyzers that Tanita also makes. Rather than scanning for alcohol on the breath, this device scans... Read more...
There has been a lot of talk recently about Apple trying to move the Apple Watch from simply being a fashion wearable to a legitimate medical device with the integration of heart monitoring features. The KardiaBand heart EKG accessory is already available and FDA approved to allow at-risk people to accurately monitor their heart. Sources are now saying that Apple is working on its own EKG heart monitor tech that will be integrated directly into the watch. This could have a massive impact on these third-party accessories like the KardiaBand. Sources claim that one version in testing now requires the wearer to squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand not wearing the watch.... Read more...
Today, for the first time since Atom first debuted, Intel is launching an updated version of the core that does more than integrate additional function blocks and lower power consumption. The tablet iteration of the new SoC is called Bay Trail, and it's aimed at the red-hot tablet and handheld market currently occupied by various chips from Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung, and NVIDIA. Our first thought?  Finally. This is what Intel's Atom architecture always aspired to. Intel Atom Z3000 Bay Trail Die - 22nm Low Power 3D Tri-Gate Technology Intel has done some impressive things with Atom, including its first serious forays into mobile phones and tablets, but the Bonnell microarchitecture that debuted... Read more...
Bluetooth devices have been playing an increasingly important role in our lives, and with BT 3.0 and BT 4.0, low-energy devices are getting in on the fun as well. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is announcing the creation of the Sports and Fitness Working Group, and members are being accepted as we speak. This group will work together to enhance interoperability between Bluetooth enabled sports and fitness sensor products and training computers (Bluetooth Smart devices) and hub devices such as smartphones, PCs, TVs (Bluetooth Smart Ready devices), gym equipment, watches and more to allow a new generation of functionality. Fitness devices have exploded in recent years, with even... Read more...
Fitness-related gadgets seems to be everywhere these days. The revised iPod nano has enhanced support for Nike + iPod, Motorola just unveiled a similar gadget of their own, and now Adidas is jumping into the ring. The company has just revealed the miCoach SPEED_CELL, an interestingly named product that is claimed to be the first device to capture information from motion in every direction and measures key performance metrics including speed, distance and time during practice and competition. The miCoach SPEED_CELL is designed to monitor, evaluate and increase performance of athletes across multiple sports including soccer, football, basketball, tennis and running. The miCoach SPEED_CELL sits... Read more...
In need of some good news for your weekend? Try this on for size. With the economy on the rebound, many analysts are looking to the consumer electronics sector to see if disposable income is once again being spent on new PCs and other gadgets that we could probably live without, but would rather not. After Microsoft, Intel and just about everyone else suffered less than ideal quarters throughout 2009, we've seen some rather glowing reports from the earnings front this year. And now, the Consumer Electronics Association (the same trade group that organizes CES each year) is estimating that spending on consumer electronics will be quite lofty in 2010. How lofty? Recent reports of positivity around... Read more...
Gadget lovers have a particular hate for airport security. Even if they're trained professionals who fly on a weekly basis, there's just no quick way to get through the rigors involved in passing onto the sterile side. Those grey buckets become your worst enemy: before you know it, you've claimed five or six of them and taken up the whole belt, and the passengers behind you are glaring and growing increasingly impatient. Anyone who travels with numerous notebooks, cameras, hard drives, battery packs and lenses knows the pains of passing through airport security. Each laptop has to go in its own bin, and if you have too many cables, drives and other gizmos in your carry-on, you'll have to set... Read more...
It's true: the most powerful man in the Western World doesn't know how to operate an iPod, an iPad, an Xbox or a PlayStation. At a graduation commencement ceremony today at Hampton University in Virginia, U.S. President Barack Obama stated the following: "With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation."The quote was obviously part of a larger point, that the information overload world in which we live can often become more of a burden than something empowering. He also noted that "some of the craziest claims... Read more...
Sanyo's Eneloop brand has to be one of our favorite new things going. We've already seen an Eneloop charging stick that is perfect for recharging weak gadgets, and now the next Eneloop device is one for warming your hands. Yeah, hand warming! As the gadget world branches out into wilder and wilder gizmos, Sanyo's Eneloop Kairo is an egg-styled device in white or pink (though the double-sided warmer also comes in silver), and are obviously designed to heat up your frigid hands in the cold, bitter winter. The device is somewhat smaller than a deck of cards, and while the single-sided version offers an internal Li-ion battery that delivers a level of heat ranging from 102 degrees F in the low setting... Read more...
Hammacher Schlemmer has a wide, wide variety of wares. It carries everything from cups to 3D webcams, so it's no surprise to hear that it also carries electric skateboards that even Marty McFly would be jealous of. The newest gizmo to grace the company's electronic storefront is the 19-MPH Skateboard, which is exactly what you'd think: a motorized skateboard that travels at up to 19 mph. The board is powered by a 36-Volt battery and it hosts a 600-watt motor; it's capable of hitting its top speed in just 4 seconds, and it can supposedly head up hills and over terrain without issue. Both acceleration and braking are handled via a remote wireless trigger, and the battery provides a range of up... Read more...
Imagine being able to keep track of everything in your pantry, in your CD collection and in your DVD cabinet.For just (just?) $250, you can. The Portable Barcode Scanner holds up to 250 (ironically) barcodes at a time and fits right in your hand.If you're one of those folks who's always lending out books or movies or games to friends and have trouble keeping track of who has what, this just might be the solution, hmm? The Intelliscanner Mini has a rechargable internal battery, a USB interface for downloading your information, software to help manage wine collections, inventory, groceries, books, CDs, DVDs, comic books and more. It even — gasp! — has a neck lanyard with detachable clip.With your... Read more...
Frankly, we find this to be one of the sillier things we've seen in a while, but with some friends in American Mensa we had to write about it. It's the Mensa Puzzle Alarm clock, and apparently it's been developed with the assistance of the U.K. Mensa branch. Not a genius? Move along; you'll never turn it off. Seriously, it's similar to that old Simon game. You have to remember and enter a sequence of colored lights to shut the darn thing off. However, if you get it wrong or are too slow, it'll sound the alarm again --- this time louder --- and louder --- and louder. Of course, if you look carefully, there's a "Wimp Out" button. Press that, and you'll get a bonus of 30 seconds of an extra loud... Read more...
This actually sounds like something designed for the CW show Beauty and the Geek." In this new Playboy TV series, Gadget or the Girl, a guy will be forced to choose between a hot weekend getaway with the girl of his choice, or a mystery gadget. The episode starts with the guy forced to choose immediately between three women, ditching one. The remaining three go on a date to get to know each other, and eventually he narrows his choice down to one woman. But then he has to decide between a gadget and the girl, with the possibly high-tech toys ranging from a 60" plasma TV to an arcade game machine. In what sounds like Let's Make a Deal, though, the guy doesn't know what the gadget is until he makes... Read more...
A few years ago when Fossil released a PDA watch, our hearts skipped a beat.  Now Van Der Led is releasing a watch with a feature list that made our hearts palpitate:“The Van Der Led WM2 is a quad-band GSM watch with itty bitty 1.3-inch, 260k color touchscreen display, stereo Bluetooth, up to 240-hours of standby or 300-minutes talk, and 1GB of storage for a few of your MP3 or MP4 files.”For the time being this is the closest you can get to owning a watch that would make you feel like the star of a 007 movie.  If this watch garners some success and even carves out a little piece of the market for itself, we have a feeling this won't be the last of its kind.If Apple decides to mate the iPhone’s... Read more...
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