Walyou » Gadgets http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:49:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Interacket Is a Wearable that Turns You Into a Chameleon http://walyou.com/interacket-color-changing-jacket/ http://walyou.com/interacket-color-changing-jacket/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:49:27 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180194

Invisibility cloaks won’t become mainstream anytime soon. However, when wearing the Interacket jacket, you will be able to adapt more easily to the surroundings.

Do you have problems blending in? Instead of going to a shrink, maybe you should try Interacket, a piece of wearable tech in the form of a jacket that changes its color according to the objects that you are touching. Oslo-based Drap og Design created this color-changing jacket thinking that it would add a nice touch to parties.

Even though it consists of three layers, the Interacket Jacket is not that heavy, weighing just about as much as a hoodie. The layer that’s closest to the skin is a silver reflective lining, while the outermost layer is a waterproof, translucent thin painter’s coverall top. It’s in the middle that all the magic really happens. There, red, green and blue lights controlled by open-source Arduino chips. On top of that, each sleeve includes a color sensor, so that the jacket’s color adjust to the one of the touched object.

Whenever the wearer touches an object, the respective side of the jacket changes its color to match the object. The fact that only part of the jacket and not all of it changes the color could be regarded as a downside. Still, the effect remains mind-blowing, and it’s probably better that it works like this, as it camouflages at least a bit of the wearer.

For the time being, the Interacket Jacket is but a prototype. However, its inventors are already working on the second version of this. It may take a while until a commercially viable color-changing jacket is produced, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from hoping. Such a wearable would turn a lot of heads both at fashion shows and on Halloween.

I feel a bit sorry about the Norwegians who invented this. There have been plenty of competitions for putting Arduino chips to an as innovative as possible use, and the Interacket Jacket could have easily won any of them. The fact that it wasn’t unveiled during such a contest doesn’t make this wearable any less fascinating. If only more inventors were as creative as this crazy bunch…

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Game of Thrones’ Dragon Egg flash drives: Balerion, the nerd http://walyou.com/game-of-thrones-dragon-egg-flash-drives-balerion-the-nerd/ http://walyou.com/game-of-thrones-dragon-egg-flash-drives-balerion-the-nerd/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:03:30 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180183

Game of Thrones made a season long point about just how valuable dragons are, but we bet even that value pales compared to that of information.

Game of Thrones has inspired all kinds of merchandising, and of course flash drive units are amongst them. In this case, the units are shaped as tiny dragon eggs, with a diameter of 0.8? and a lenght of 1 1/3?. These eggs pack 8 GB, which isn’t enough for a whole season of the HBO hit show in 1080p, but plenty to carry around information. You can get yours at ThinkGeek for $29.99 USD.

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Archos: a set of VR glasses that costs less than $30 USD http://walyou.com/archos-vr-glasses/ http://walyou.com/archos-vr-glasses/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:00:51 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180173

It would seem Facebook with Oculus and Sony with Morpheus are the big players in the VR space, but along comes Archos with the lowest entry price yet.

Virtual reality is not here quite yet, although its arrival seems imminent. Facebook, Samsung and Sony seem to be leading the race thanks to their very solid upcoming efforts although all of them are very early prototypes, models, or projects. As things stand now, save for a couple honorable exceptions, virtual reality seems to be more set in the near future than the present, yet that doesn’t mean people aren’t working to get it to the masses. That is exactly what Archos is attempting to do, by releasing their own headset priced at $29.99, the cheapest set yet.

The Archos is meant to be paired with a smartphone, ideally a 5? model capable of displaying 1080p and sporting a quad-core processor into the headset (so, basically, a Nexus 5?). The phone and Archos headset are then strapped to the user’s head who will now be ready to enjoy the joys of the virtual world. It would seem the multimedia contents are not here just yet, but the fact that companies are willing to bring virtual reality to the masses sets us off for a fantastic start.

Via Technabob

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4 Amazing Product Reveals from Apple’s iPad Event http://walyou.com/4-amazing-product-reveals-from-apples-ipad-event/ http://walyou.com/4-amazing-product-reveals-from-apples-ipad-event/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:18 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180143

After their September event saw the reveal of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple’s October conference showed us new iPads, iMacs and more.

Oh Apple, you sly old dogs you. When their September event began, they promptly threw down the gauntlet and challenged each and every one of their competitors to step up to the plate. Apple’s freshly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones would be more powerful than ever before, have a better battery life and would even be optimised for mobile game developers. Those are some beefy specs to trifle with.

Despite the Bendgate controversy, both iPhones have gotten off to a stellar start, having sold over 10 million units across the globe after just three days on sale. Hoping to achieve similar sales success with a new line of iPad, the company hosted a similar event yesterday. So, to make sure that you’ve got every piece of important info from the show, we’ve put together a handy facts round up for you to pore over.

1. iPad Mini 3

While the tagline of the iPhone 6 Plus might be ‘bigger and better’, with the iPad Mini line of tablets Apple is keen to downsize.

Now on their third iteration, the newly announced iPad Mini 3 is essentially just the iPad Mini 2 but with a different name. Both tablets are 8 inches, the iPad Mini 3 isn’t any lighter or thinner than its predecessor and all of the technical specs are the same. It has the same battery life, processor and there’s no discerning technical reason to purchase one.

So what’s new for the iPad Mini 3? The TouchID fingerprint scanner.

Used to purchase things with Apple Pay (which will only be available in North America at launch), TouchID also has the benefit of unlocking your tablet and having extra security for your peace of mind. But, this single feature adds $100 to the iPad Mini 3′s price (the cheapest version of the Mini 3 is $399). When it launches next week you’ll be better off skipping it and forking out for the cheaper iPad Mini 2 instead.

2. iPad Air 2

Also out next week is the iPad Air 2. Going for a similar ‘bigger doesn’t always mean better’ stance, the iPad Air 2 is just 6.1mm thick, a whopping 18% thinner than the iPad Air that came before it.

That thinness doesn’t mean that Apple has skimped out on tech specs either as the tablet is packing some incredible power. The iPad Air 2 will have the A8x chip and will be the first device to do so. As a result, the Air 2 will be a great deal faster than the two iPhone 6 devices (which have the A8 chip instead) and will surely make a noticeable difference. Don’t expect this extreme power to drain too much either as Apple says it has 10 hours of battery life.

The final back of the box feature is its TouchID sensor. Coming just in time for Apple Pay which is set to go live on Monday, the iPad Air 2 has that iconic ring around its home button.

The iPad Air 2 goes on sale next week and the Wi-Fi only model will cost $499.

3. Retina iMac

Think those iPad screens are too small for you? You might be interested in the Retina iMac instead then.

As the name suggests, Apple’s brand new desktop is all about those shinier, far better looking visuals. Not only is its 27-inch display ideal for watching movies and TV shows, that screen is also 5K (a 5210 x 2880 resolution) which is the world’s highest resolution display, says Apple.

Its innards are quite good on paper too. Boasting a 3.5GHz Intel i5 processor (although a 4GHz Intel i7 configuration is available too) and 8GB of RAM, things are kept speedy whilst its AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and its 1TB fusion drive means that there’s more than enough power and space to run the latest gaming blockbusters.

All of this comes at a price though as the Retina iMac starts at $2,499. It starts shipping next Thursday.

4. Mac Mini

For anyone who wants all of the Apple Mac brilliance but at a fraction of the cost, the updated Mac Mini might be a better option.

Essentially being a iMac hard-drive without a screen, the latest version of the Mac Mini comes in three different flavours. The best (and most expensive of these) has a 2.8GHz dual-core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM which should run rather speedily. It also packs Intel Iris Graphics and a 1GB Fusion Drive which again, should be perfect for running games.

This version of the Mac Mini is priced at $999 which may seem like a bargain in comparison to the Retina iMac. However you will need to purchase a screen (or you could plug it into your TV via a HDMI cable), a mouse and a keyboard so you should factor this into your budget if you plan to buy one.

The new Mac Mini is available now.

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Blueshift Hydrogen Is an Ultra-Fast Charging Supercapacitor-Powered Speaker http://walyou.com/blueshift-hydrogen-ultra-fast-charging-bluetooth-speaker/ http://walyou.com/blueshift-hydrogen-ultra-fast-charging-bluetooth-speaker/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:53:30 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180156

Thought that Nexus 6′s 15 minutes of charging/6 hours of use ratio was impressive? Wait till you hear what the Hydrogen speaker can do!

Bluetooth speakers seem to be all the rave now, mostly due to their unequaled convenience. While in most cases you have to worry about battery life instead of tangled wires that never seem to be long enough, it’s easier to fire up your music on the smartphone or tablet and listen to it anywhere you want. However, Blueshift Hydrogen is the type of Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t make you panic whenever its battery runs out. Thanks to the included Supercapacitors, this speaker is up again in no time, even though you need to make a small compromise.

Just five minutes of charging will enable you to listen to music for more than four hours at 80% of the volume. Maybe that doesn’t sound right for partying, but then again, I doubt that these speakers were created with parties in mind. Another great news is that the included battery can be charged up to half a million times before starting to wear out. In case you want to listen music on a device that doesn’t feature Bluetooth A2DP, you can connect it to Hydrogen via a 1/8″ cable. A wall charger is provided for replenishing the energy of the speaker when it runs out.

The 9 x 8 x 4-inches bamboo cabinet is home to a 3-inch full-range driver that should deliver crystal clear sound. What I like the most about the design of this wireless speaker is that it’s nothing overcomplicated. In fact, manufacturers claim that a clean design is exactly what they wanted, probably hoping that it would transmit the potential buyers the idea that the sound is equally clean.

Blueshift Hydrogen is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaing on CrowdSupply. With 27 more days to go and 49% raised out of the $10K needed for mass-producing the speaker, chances are this project will be a success! Anyone who pledged $300 as an early bird or $330 as a regular backer should expect to receive the speaker in January or March, respectively. There are plenty of other options for the wealthier backers. Even the cost paid by early birds might seem a bit steep, but innovation comes at a price, most often.

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Digitsole Acts as a Pedometer, Keeps Your Feet Warm http://walyou.com/digitsole-pedometer-heater/ http://walyou.com/digitsole-pedometer-heater/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:22:55 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180150

Smart socks? Checked! Smart shoes? Checked! Smart soles? Well, they’re really close to becoming a reality!

Wearable tech companies have developed all sorts of things that keep track of our workouts without forcing us to wear any additional gadgets, such as smart bracelets or smartwatches. In other words, some creators of wearables really want us to feel as natural as possible, without any extras. Soles would qualify for that, as they don’t alter walking that much, and if they do, it’s for the better.

Brought to life by the eponymous Nancy, France-based company, Digitsole couldn’t have had a more intuitive name. These digital soles double as a step counter, but that’s not the only thing great about them. Using the companion app, which is available on both Android and iOS, users can turn on the heat in the soles. Such features will surely be appreciated in the cold of winter, whenever going skiing, snowboard, hiking or simply walking. That’s particularly great if your peripheral vascular system is… well, not that great.

The smart soles connect to the smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 LE. After pairing them, you can easily turn on the warm up function. What’s neat about the app is just how much control offers you over the temperature of your feet. More precisely, the temperature of each sole can be adjusted independently, and I assume there must be some threshold, so that you don’t feel that your feet are on fire.

The fitness tracking functions of the app requires you to enter your weight and height. Upon doing so, the companion app will tell you how much you have walked and how many calories you have burned. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s exactly what some people need.

Digitsole is currently featured on Kickstarter, where backers have already pledged more than double the $40K necessary for mass-producing the gadget. Super Early Birds, the ones who backed the project with $99 will get their Digitsole in January 2015. However, if you’re in a hurry and need it under your Christmas tree, you will have to get $179 out of your pocket.

Luckily for the pretentious ones, there are plenty of different colors available. There’s diversity in sizes as well, so if you’re wearing between 6 and 12, there’s a Digitsole made for you.

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ASUS-Built Google Nexus Player: What Is It and Who Is It For? http://walyou.com/asus-built-google-nexus-player-android-tv/ http://walyou.com/asus-built-google-nexus-player-android-tv/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:59:00 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180112

There may be a lot of Android TV dongles and boxes out there, but none of them was really built with the official blessing of the big G. None of them except for the newly launched ASUS Nexus Player, that is.

Remember last year’s crazy rumors about Google launching a console? Well, it looks that they eventually came true, in the form of an Android TV box that’s named the Nexus Player. Mind you, this round device (btw, that’s a nice change from Apple and Amazon’s rectangular TV boxes) isn’t made just for gaming, even though that’s a nice bonus. The Nexus Player was built for running all sorts of Android apps, and can stream movies and music straight from Google’s Play Store.

One of the small details that will set the Nexus Player apart from not only its competition, but also similar Android TV boxes is the remote control. It has only a few buttons, so in this aspect it’s quite similar to the one that comes with the Apple TV. However, one of those buttons is exactly what makes the difference. The Nexus Player’s remote control features a voice search (or rather voice command) button, which means that the device itself works superbly in tandem with Google Now.

The Nexus Player line also includes a gaming controller that’s sold separately. As great as touchscreens may be on mobile devices, when it comes to gaming on a large screen, nothing beats a real hardware controller. Well, maybe a keyboard and mouse set is slightly better, but not in the Android world.

It’s nice that Google has considered making the Nexus Player compatible not only with Android devices, but also with iOS ones. When you want to stream content from the mobile device to the TV using the Player, it no longer matters what operating system you’re running.

Also, syncing content between Android devices is great, if you want to start watching a movie on the TV, but want to continue it on the sofa.

Connecting the Nexus Player to the TV is dead simple, as the Android TV box comes with an HDMI out port. In terms of technical specs, it’s equipped with 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel Atom CPU and an Wi-Fi ac card.

At $99, the Nexus Player is a tad more expensive than Amazon’s Fire TV, but slightly cheaper than the Apple TV. The problem comes when wanting to play games, as the controller costs an additional $39.

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Motorola & Google officially unveil the Nexus 6: it’s a monster http://walyou.com/motorola-google-nexus-6/ http://walyou.com/motorola-google-nexus-6/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:14:27 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180106

Finally, after months of speculating we can give our readers the full scoop on the Nexus 6, the most recent iteration in the Nexus family of phones. Are you ready? This is what you have to know.

The Motorola team have made official that they will be the ones to bring the Nexus 6 to the masses, along with promises of a huge 5.96” AMOLED screen and the best battery life on any smartphone yet. Apparently, only 15 minutes of charge can give users up to 6 extra hours of use! The Nexus 6 (along with the Nexus 4 & 5) will debut Android 5 Lollipop, the latest Android OS which claims to be the most flexible, fast and responsive yet.

The Nexus 6, just like all other phones in the Nexus family at the time of release, is an absolute powerhouse, and has a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 with quad-core CPU under the hood with 3 GB of ram to play with. Just to put this in perspective, the latest iPhone 6 and Nexus 4 have 1 GB while the Nexus 5 had 2. It comes in two versions, one with 32 GB and another with 64 GB for storage in only one size: 159.3mm tall ( 6.27 inches), 83.0 mm width ( 3.15 inches) and a curve of 3.8-10.1mm (0.15-0.39 inches) weighing 184 grams (6.49 ounces): this phone is absolutely massive, being halfway between a regular smartphone and a tablet.

The Nexus 6 sports 2 cameras, a rear one with a 13 MP capable of 4K UHD video capture (so those 64 GB of storage can be put to good use) and a front, 2 MP one. It will come in two colors, Midnight Blue and Cloud White which it seems to have inherited from the Moto X family of phones.

While this all sounds fantastic, users will still have to wait a little more to buy as it will be available for pre-orders through the Google Play Store in late October. Furthermore, the starting price seems to be a staggering $649 USD, which is about twice what the Nexus 5 costs. Worth it? well, that is more the user’s call than ours.

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Air umbrella deflects rain with an air force field http://walyou.com/air-umbrella-deflects-rain-with-an-air-force-field/ http://walyou.com/air-umbrella-deflects-rain-with-an-air-force-field/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:00:50 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180079

Umbrellas have not yet found a way to access the internet and somehow combine that with their intended use. That doesn’t mean an umbrella can’t be smart.

Umbrellas can become quite troublesome in big cities, where people gotta traverse crowded and cramped highways to reach their destinations. All things considered, an umbrella can sometimes be more troublesome than straight up getting damp. Yet, here comes a solution to get rid of the bulky traditional umbrellas that aims to make it really easy to stay out of everyone else’s way: this is not only for your sake, but also for the sake of those walking close to you. Are we in front of the first great revolution in the umbrella industry since its inception?

This gadget is called the Air Umbrella, and it works by blowing a constant stream of air that prevents rain from touching them, effectively forming a forcefield the rain cannot penetrate. Sure, this does sound like sci-fi, and the first thing we imagine is an extremely loud and heavy gadget but the video in their Kickstarter page challenges these ideas.

So far the air umbrella claims to be good enough for two simultaneous users, although it’s still in its R&D phase. It has a controller that users can employ to adjust the size/power of the air emitted. Not bad at all, we say.

Via Ubergizmo

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TinyScreen Brings Games to Tiny Gadgets http://walyou.com/tinyscreen-brings-games-to-tiny-gadgets/ http://walyou.com/tinyscreen-brings-games-to-tiny-gadgets/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:00:19 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180029

Using miniature OLED screens, one team wants to let us make our own tiny, mobile gadgets.

The wearable gadgets on the market today are incredulously expensive. A pair of Google Glass will set you back by $1000 despite Google’s pair of hi-tech spectacles still being in beta. The Apple Watch is yet to be released and has yet to really prove itself bar a nifty dial on the side that lets us zoom in and out of the display but the cheapest version is expected to retail for hundreds of dollars when it’s made available next year.

So what if you were able to recreate the brilliant features of these wearables but much cheaper? And you could even customise them yourself? Well that’s what one Akron, Ohio based team is aiming to bring us, having launched a Kickstarter project for TinyScreen.

A colour OLED display, each TinyScreen can be fixed and customised at your will. Whether you want to make a giant wall of miniature blinking displays, or attach them to an existing device (or even make your very own wearable out of them) TinyScreens lets us do that whether we have programming knowledge or not.

Working with their TinyDuino platform (a smaller version of Arduino – a microcontroller that helps make things more interactive) users can customise the TinyScreens to display whatever information you’d like. Some suggestions include attaching them to a pair of normal glasses so that you can check information on the fly, to a smartwatch that communicates with your smartphone and notifies you of incoming messages and phone calls.

TinyScreens support joysticks too via Joystick Tinyshield or you can use the buttons on the side of the screen to play games. So far a Flappy Bird clone has been made for it while the team behind it explains that that are “many more games to come” through their own efforts and through their open source software library.

And, as if that weren’t enough, each TinyScreen has video support too. The team says any video of any length can be played on them when a microSD card is inserted (keep in mind TinyScreens do use batteries though so it’s probably best not to watch a 3 hour epic on them) though you’ll have to convert the videos into the proper file type. They’ve got computer software available that lets you do that though, so that’s definitely a feature to keep an eye on.

As it stands, the TinyScreen Kickstarter campaign is at $79,000 which is way above their $15,000 goal. It’s definitely happening then, but check the source link below if you want to back the project.

Source: TinyScreen Kickstarter

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