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Google’s Project Glass, a pet project of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is still in its prototype phase yet offers a glimpse into the future of wearable tech. (See the skydiving demo with the live video feed from the glasses at Google I/O.) Unsurprisingly, others have taken up the challenge of developing similar head-mounted technology, including Apple and Olympus. Apple received a patent yesterday for a “head-mounted display”, which, although it sounds like more of a killer peripheral for the iPhone that a standalone device, would no doubt whip Apple’s fan base into a must-have-it frenzy. The display would essentially display information, video, photos, and so on received... Read more...
Although we expected the Pebble smartwatch’s SDK to emerge sometime in August, the team released a developer preview of it at Google I/O. The document will help devs get cracking on configuring apps to play nicely with Pebble and includes code to push and receive notifications and data to and from Pebble. The document will continue to evolve between now and the final SDK release. Pebble became an overnight Kickstarter sensation, demonstrating the power of a compelling idea to elicit grassroots support through the fundraising site. Though requesting just $100,000 in funding, Pebble eventually raised more than $10.2 million with 68,929 backers. The device works with devices on both the iOS... Read more...
Project Glass has been the intriguing pet project of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and although we’ve seen teases of the prototype here and there, Brin and company dropped some more details and showed off the specs’ potential with a presentation for the ages at Google's I/O. Here’s video of a live Google+ Hangout being streamed via several pairs of Google Glasses, which was just a precursor the epic live skydiving/rappelling/biking presentation the gang made at the conference: Although it’s hard to follow that level of awesome with boring old details, here they are: Once Google Glasses become a bona fide consumer product, people will essentially be able to live stream... Read more...
Even as the world digitizes more and every day, paper products--receipts, business cards, bills, and so on--are still an ever-present reality, which is why Fujitsu has its handy family of portable ScanSnap scanners. The latest member is the ScanSnap S1300i, which boasts some new productivity features, the ability to scan to mobile devices, and support for scanning directly to cloud services such as Dropbox. The device is compatible with both Macs and PCs, can run on USB power, and is rated for 12 double-sided color pages per minute. It features automatic quality selection, Mark Text to turn highlighted items into searchable keywords, ABBYY FineReader that converts scanned documents into Word... Read more...
My, how these tiny PCs-on-a-stick are proliferating. The latest flash drive-sized mini computer is the Pocket TV from Infinitec, a dedicated HDMI dongle designed to convert any TV into a Smart TV with Android 4.0. The device fits neatly into the palm of the hand and features a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, Mali-400MP HD 1080p graphics, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB of additional storage, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. Ports include mini USB, HDMI 1.3 out, and a USB 2.0 input for connecting all manner of devices, including a keyboard, mouse, or the Infinitec air remote. If the videos posted on the Kickstarter page (50 bonus points if you can spot the Hot... Read more...
Folks have been clamoring for more on Google's Project Glass, and Sergey Brin--one of the co-founders of Google who is now burying himself in the R&D department--recently appeared on “The Gavin Newsom” on The Current with the prototype glasses perched on his face. (Side note: Yes, that Gavin Newsom. He’s a lieutenant governor with a talk show.) The visit was actually a bit awkward as you can see in the video, as it’s a lot of Brin and Newsom describing what they’re seeing via the glasses with no visual for the audience. However, Brin dropped a bomb when he stated that he’d like to have the glasses out as early as next year. Brin preceded that statement... Read more...
Who doesn’t like snappier performance in an SD card? ADATA announced the Premier Pro SDHC and SDXC cards, which are packing performancing-enhancing Ultra High Speed I (UHS-I) technology. Designed especially for professional photographers who also need more capacity and faster performance, the Premier Pro SDHC and SDXC cards boast read/write speeds of up to 95/45MB/s and are X-ray proof and can handle extreme temperatures. They also feature error correcting code (ECC) and write-switch protection and come in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The cards come with a lifetime warranty and will be available soon in the U.S. and Canada. ADATA Launches Premier Pro SDHC & SDXC Cards Featuring... Read more...
Verizon has another Jetpack, the 890L, which is designed to give travelers a way to create a mobile 4G LTE-powered WiFi cloud hotspot. The device allows up to ten wireless devices to connect simultaneously, which is ideal for business teams travelling abroad; indeed, the device is supported in 205 countries. Users can employ VPN passthrough technology and WEP/WPA/WPA2 security. Verizon states that customers can count on between 5Mb/s and 12Mb/s download and 2Mb/s to 5Mb/s upload speeds where 4G LTE service is available. The device itself has a physical keypad and an OLED screen and will be available May 24th for $19.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year service commitment). Go Global... Read more...
The whole $25 Raspberry Pi Linux computer thing has been fun to follow, despite the delivery delays and occasional hardware whoopsie. One of the headaches some users have apparently been experiencing is that they’ve had to reinstall the firmware after working with the Raspberry Pi images. A dev named Hexxeh got so tired of having to do this that he made his own firmware update tool to do it for him called rpi-updater. Because he’s a good open sourcer, Hexxeh has made the tool freely available to all users, and despite his disclaimer that rpi-updater is “rather experimental”, the Raspberry Pi folks think highly enough about it to link to the tool on their own website. You... Read more...
Last month, the Pebble smartwatch project was the darling of Kickstarter, raising $3.7 million in mere days; at this moment, the project is poised to top the $8 million mark at any time. Amid the swooning the Pebble devs are no doubt experiencing, the group is finding time to strike deals with other developers. The group announced that the first app partner for the the Pebble smartwatch is RunKeeper. RunKeeper, which is available on both the iOS and Android platforms, helps athletes track fitness data during workouts, and with a user base of 10 million, it’s both a lucrative partnership for the Pebble team and a sensible use of the device, which can display data from the app so a user can... Read more...
If you had the forethought to pre-order a NOOK Simple Touch with its gently glowing screen for night or day reading, you’re in luck--Barnes and Noble said in a press release that pre-orders are shipping “over the next week”. The caveat? Supplies are limited, but if you pre-order pronto, you can still snag one in time for Mother’s Day. (PSA: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th this year. Don’t forget.) If you’re quick, you might be able to pick one up in a store; they’re coming in limited quantities in early May. The press release also noted that the new NOOK will be on display and available for tinkering in B&N stores, so if you’re on the... Read more...
When the team behind the Pebble smartwatch launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, they were looking for $100,000. To date, and with just over a month of fundraising time to go, the group has already raised over $3.7 million with over 25,000 backers. They claim it’s the most-funded Kickstarter project ever. The Pebble is a smartwatch that uses e-paper for its screen, and the device is both compatible with iOS and Android and capable of running its own apps, which users can load via Bluetooth. The little four-button device is waterproof and offers customizable faces, an application switcher, 3 axis accelerometer, and an ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller. Although the Pebble is itself... Read more...
Oh, those lucky Canucks. Today, Roku announced that the Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS set-top streaming players are available in Canada. The Roku 2 XD connects to the Internet via WiFi and offers 1080p video; the Roku 2 XS offers the same, as well as a remote control with motion control, an Ethernet port, and a USB port. The players include over a hundred channels of entertainment, including sporting events, Netflix, music, photos and video, news, weather, and even (casual) games. Roku says more channels are coming, bringing Canadian Roku users closer to the 450 channels available in the U.S. The Roku 2 XD costs $89.99 (CAD), while the Roku 2 XS is available for $109.99 (CAD).... Read more...
Acer’s new ultraportable pico projector is indeed a pocket-sized device at just 4.72 x 3.23 x 1 inches (WxDxH), and it weighs less than half a pound. Designed as a companion for a notebook, The little guy can run off of a USB port (with support for USB 3.0) for convenience or from AC power when a brighter display is required. Any Acer notebook power adapter can also power the C120, which is a nice touch. The projector’s native display is 16:9 WVGA (854x480), with a maximum resolution of 16:10 QXGA (1280x800). The contrast ratio is 1000:1, color saturation is 60 to 120 percent NTSC, and the projection throw ranges from 15.75 inches to 12.14 feet. The LED lamp is rated for 20,000 hours... Read more...
A TechCruncher recently got a sneak peak at a new Kindle under development in Amazon’s labs, and although most of the device was apparently hidden under cardboard, the premier feature was exposed: a glowing screen. In late 2010, it seems, Amazon snapped up lighting technology company Oy Modilis and its many patents (and talent) and is working on integrating lighting to the Kindle’s screen. The lighting element will be inserted as a layer in the screen and use energy-efficient LEDs; the whole effect promises to be easier on the eyes than LCD screens used on tablets. New Kindle design concept (Image credit: TechCrunch) There’s no video of any sort--yet--but Techcrunch’s... Read more...
LaCie is looking to take advantage of the Thunderbolt interface on new Macs with an eSATA hub. Users can connect eSATA drives to their Macs without relying on an ExpressCard slot (and getting slightly better 3Gb/s performance). The hubs each have two Thunderbolt ports, making daisy-chaining devices possible and apparently without losing performance. LaCie says that you can have up to a dozen eSATA devices running on a daisy chain at once (using up to six hubs), including display and storage devices. The hubs are available for sale now for $199. Upgrade Existing Storage with the LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt™ Series April 5, 2012 - Today LaCie announced the availability of the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt™... Read more...
The fruit of Project Glass, a project born from Google X, is essentially a futuristic-looking pair of glasses that probably runs on Android and bring the whole Google experience right up to your face (and left eye, apparently). There have been plenty of rumblings and rumors about these glasses for months, and today the Project Glass group released some tasty design concepts to keep the fires burning. As you can see, the shades look to have a lightweight metal frame, eye pads, and a small screen mounted in front of the left eye. You can see from the nifty video created by Project Glass that the glasses should have a video camera, Internet access, and phone capabilities with multitasking. Voice... Read more...
You have to love a portable media card reader for its usefulness and portability, but today, Kingston Digital announced that it has improved on its MobileLite G3 by adding USB 3.0 support for the latest iteration. The new MobileLite G3 is of course backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and also supports SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/SDHC/SDXC, and Memory Stick Pro Duo. Although the device is compatible with most Windows and Linux OSes, USB 3.0 functionality apparently won’t work on Macs. For $17, you can take home the MobileLite G3, which is backed by a two-year warranty and free tech support. Kingston Releases MobileLite G3 with USB 3.0 Compatibility New Card Reader Essential Part of One's Mobile... Read more...
Verizon has been impressively aggressive in rolling out 4G LTE networks all over the country, and part of the benefit of doing so is that the wireless provider can offer products like the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot (MiFi 4620), which will be available at Verizon Wireless and Best Buy stores starting on April 12th. The MiFi 4620 purports to support up to ten WiFi-enabled devices simultaneously and should operate in 205 countries, granting international travelers high-speed mobile Internet. There’s a simple user interface with an OLED display that allows users to adjust settings and check information. Although the device itself will retail for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate,... Read more...
Coby isn’t exactly a household electronics name, but the company is churning out low-cost products at a fairly good clip. Two of the tablets the company demoed at CES, the Coby Kyros MID7042 and MID9742, are shipping now, with four more to follow soon at different screen sizes. These tablets are definitely what you would consider inexpensive, with the MID7042 coming in $179 and the MID9742 costing $279. The MID7042 is a 7-inch tablet (800x480), while the MID9742 boasts 9.7 inches (1024 x 768) of screen real estate. Both devices run on Cortex A8 chips, have 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage with expandability up to 32GB, and are WiFi-only (b/g/n). They also have a USB 2.0 port, mini-HDMI... Read more...
In an effort to deliver solutions for networking the increasing number of Internet-ready devices that populate the average home, TRENDnet is now shipping the TPL-405E, a powerline adapter equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and 500Mb/s speed. As long as one adapter is connected to a router, any other adapters on the same system automatically connect to each other with a secure encryption key, which can be changed by pressing the sync button. The TPL-405E costs $109.99 and comes with a three-year limited warranty. TRENDnet® Ships a 500Mbps Powerline Adapter with Four Integrated Gigabit Ports TORRANCE, Calif.–March 15, 2012–TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking... Read more...
Much is made of “developing markets” in nations like India, where the population dwarfs that of the U.S. and tech companies work to develop products that average consumers can afford. Sometimes, those developing nations take matters into their own hands. The long-awaited, Indian-homegrown tablet that alleged to cost just $35 and landed in October is making a splash. The tablet, dubbed “Aakash” but commercially known as the DataWind UbiSlate7, actually costs closer to $47 (2,499 rupees) at the moment (it was $60 when it launched), which is still a sensationally low cost. In the two weeks since it went on sale, the Aakash has 1.4 million orders. According to an AFP report,... Read more...
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