Walyou » Gadgets http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:42:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Sleek Star Wars battery chargers feature characters & lightsabers http://walyou.com/star-wars-battery-chargers/ http://walyou.com/star-wars-battery-chargers/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:24:39 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215001

Ensure your battery lasts enough so you can keep checking Star Wars memorabilia with Star Wars themed battery chargers, because recursion is pretty awesome.

Ensure your smartphone never runs out of battery again. No matter whether you recharge it the previous night or not, spending the day online does take a toll on your battery, so MimoPowerTube came up with a special series of chargers with Star Wars themes.

These are themed after C-3PO, Darth Vader, a Lightsaber and a Stormtrooper – no R2D2 this time around. These gadgets will store energy and then use their multi-adapter to connect to whatever kind of gadget the user desires via USB.

The best part is having an energy back up, because running out is the worst. You can check its specifications right below, via ThinkGeek:

  • Recharge your smartphones or other 5V devices with these fun, Star Wars-y, backup batteries
  • MimoPowerTubes recharge via USB
  • Choose from:
    • C-3PO
    • Darth Vader
    • Lightsaber
    • Stormtrooper
  • Tech Specs:
    • Capacity: 2600mAh
    • Cell Type: Li-ion battery
    • Input: DC 5V 500mA
    • Output: DC 5V 800mA
    • Cycle Life: 500 times
    • DC Charging Time: 3-4 hours
  • Includes: MimoPowerTube, USB charging cable with multiple tips (microUSB, miniUSB, Nokia, Apple 30 pin, Apple Lightning), and a velvet carrying pouch
  • Dimensions: approx. 0.8″ diameter x 3.5″ tall

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Dasung 13.3 E-ink Monitor: the return of black & white http://walyou.com/dasung-13-3-e-ink-monitor/ http://walyou.com/dasung-13-3-e-ink-monitor/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:13:57 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214990

Remember black and white monitors from before the VGA times? They’re back – in a way that doesn’t mean technology involution.

Kindle users are familiar already with E-ink displays found in their readers, but they seemed to not have many other users. Yet that was only until Chinese company Dasung Tech came along and figured they could create a computer monitor based off of it. By using Fina‘s electronic paper display (EPD) module, they created a 1600×1200 USB monitor users can employ to read text without straining their eyes. Sure, it might be hard to check Instagram selfies in this type of screen, but it is meant to be a secondary display, and not a main one.

The display doesn’t come cheap, retailing in China for some $970 USD, yet for those who read a lot from their computer screens, it might be worth it in the end. Who knows, users might even end up saving money in the long term thanks to power efficiency…

Via Technabob

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Be My Eyes App Helps You Help a Blind Person http://walyou.com/be-my-eyes-app-helps-you-help-a-blind-person/ http://walyou.com/be-my-eyes-app-helps-you-help-a-blind-person/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:45 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214945

A new iPhone app allows sighted people to aid the blind in day to day activities.

Being blind or vision impaired is no walk in the park. While those with bad vision often have guide dogs, there are obviously things that a guide dog cannot help with; after all they are trained to keep you out of harm’s way and not to read, write or do things that require opposable thumbs.

Having a human carer also poses some challenges as not only do carers cost money, they aren’t always available all of the time. It means that for parts of the day, someone with poor vision is at the mercy of their eyesight and there’s nothing they can do about it.

Until now. The iPhone already has such features as multitouch, VoiceOver, Siri, Speak Screen, Dictation, and Zoom that make interacting with the device that much easier but now, going one step further is an app called Be My Eyes which connects those with bad vision to those with good eyesight so that they can find help for everyday tasks.

Be My Eyes works by setting up a live video chat between the helper and the vision impaired person. Basic tasks such as reading labels and use by dates can all be conducted by volunteers, with the volunteers gaining points for their work.

The developer explains:

“As soon as the first sighted user accepts the request for help a live audio-video connection will be set up between the two and the sighted user can tell the blind person what she sees when the blind user points his phone at something using the rear-facing camera.

As a sighted user you don’t need to worry about missing a call and ‘leave a blind person hanging’ – you are a part of the bigger Be My Eyes helper-network and we will find the next available sighted person in the network. The challenges that the blind person needs help with can be anything from knowing the expiry date on the milk to getting help crossing the street.”

Be My Eyes is now available for free via the App Store.

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Displio, bridging the gap between widgets and the real world http://walyou.com/displio-widgets-real-world/ http://walyou.com/displio-widgets-real-world/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:07:20 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214952

Widgets have been around on cellphones and computers for a couple years, but now they jump into the real world becoming gadgets instead.

Widgets, the tiny displays with information about the world, are now making the jump to the physical realm in the form of actual gadgets. Pretty, cute and colorful gadgets at that. These devices have an electronic ink screen that measures 2.7″ inches and can show climate, calendar, e-mails, or even updates on Twitter as if it was a smartphone.

Depending on their position they can show a different widget, and users don’t need to use buttons to see or change them: it’s all touch-driven. In order to do the initial configuration, users can just use an app on their smartphones. Yet, the most clever aspect about Displio is is the API to expand its functionalities, so any creator can patch their own creations in it. As they claim, “if it’s on the Internet, it can be in Displio”.

The team behind Displio are trying to get it crowdfunded via Kickstarter, and with 29 days to go they have already gathered half of the funds they need. Once released, Diplio will retail for $99 USD in any of its seven color variations (white, red, blue, green, yellow, black or grey), or $119 USD for the special edition in wood.

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New Apple leak shows us their 12-inch MacBook Air http://walyou.com/new-apple-leak-shows-us-their-12-inch-macbook-air/ http://walyou.com/new-apple-leak-shows-us-their-12-inch-macbook-air/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:46:04 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214931

We know a new, slimmer Mac design is just around the corner for Apple, but it’s only thank to this leak that we get our first look

Chinese website iFanr surprised everyone after posting a collection of pictures showing the assembly line for the new MacBook Air by Apple. This new 12 inch model is supposed to come out this year, but specific dates are not clear as of now, although we’re speculating Q1, before the end of March.

The latest MacBook will come out along a new wave of the gadgets by apple we’ve come to know and love, such as the latest iPad and the new iPad Pro.

Via: MacRumors

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Apple Watch battery will last between 2 and 5 hours http://walyou.com/apple-watch-battery/ http://walyou.com/apple-watch-battery/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:26 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214905

New reports around the web suggest that, if used “actively”, the Apple Watch’s (or iWatch) battery would only last between 2 and 5 hours.

A new report from the Mac-centric website 9 to 5 mac claims Apple’s new smartwatch would have a rather short battery life, which would last only a couple of hours if used “actively”. This is because of the A5 processor it uses summed to the Retina screen, both responsible for the watch’s smooth performance. If it was used in mixed mode instead (combining both passive and active), the battery life could go up to 19 horas or even go up to three days in stand by.

9 to 5 Mac claims the Cupertino guys conducted several stress tests and weren’t really happy with the results. By giving it intense use (say, playing games), the battery would be drained in mere two hours and a half, while running apps instead would make it last for three and half hours. Even with only the screen being on all the time, battery life seems to be exceedingly short.

These results are particularly worrying for Apple if we were to compare these with those of the competition. The Moto 360, for example, can work for some 24 hours in mixed mode while the Samsung Gear S can go on for an entire day. The Peblle Smartwatch, although an entirely different beast, can be used for a week without recharging, even.

Apple have not sent any communications about these issues yet, but they trust the iWatch will be used passively and this won’t impact user experience. The Cupertino team are aiming for some 19 hours in mixed mode, but they already know battery life will be rather short, and least in this first generation. Would we be safer if we waited for the obvious iWatch 2 instead?

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HoloLens: Microsoft brings augmented reality to the masses http://walyou.com/hololens-microsoft-brings-augmented-reality-to-the-masses/ http://walyou.com/hololens-microsoft-brings-augmented-reality-to-the-masses/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:55:35 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214893

Windows 10 won’t just be confined to your computer and cellphone, but will be all around us thanks to augmented reality and new hardware.

Just as if we were living in the world of Minority Report, augmented reality is now ready to become, well, a reality itself. Thanks to its holographic technology, Microsoft can now create augmented reality version of their Windows 10 OS to combine real and virtual interface elements for users wearing the HoloLens, their latest wearable headset device. By using it, a new range of possibilities and uses open up, such as engineers seeing instructions overlaid on the actual projects they’re working on, or the layout of a location or project to organize tasks in a team.

This technology has universal support under Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest OS, so users can build once and use everywhere. The Redmond company says holographic technology will work with all kinds of headsets already out there, such as the Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR, but it’s their new in-house headset that took our attention: the Microsoft HoloLens is their idea of a headset, and will be available “within the Windows 10 timeframe.”

HoloLens can pair up with all kind of devices running Windows 10, and has its own custom CPU and Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) as to not tax the system it’s interacting with. HoloLens doesn’t require mobile phones or computers, and can be used completely independent of any other gadgets.

Because the life or death of these gadgets depends mostly on what you can do with it, Microsoft is also releasing HoloStudio, which is a 3D modelling tool users can employ to create their own holograms that others can interact with, or even 3D print them for physical use. Now it really feels the future is among us.

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Mad Catz Introduces Hybrid Game Controller L.Y.N.X. 9 http://walyou.com/mad-catz-introduces-hybrid-game-controller-l-y-n-x-9/ http://walyou.com/mad-catz-introduces-hybrid-game-controller-l-y-n-x-9/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:00:58 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214860

Mad Catz’ latest gaming peripheral looks more Optimus Prime or Megatron than your typical third-party controller, but that is exactly its selling point.

Revealed at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the L.Y.N.X. 9 is a hybrid game controller for both PC and Android devices that can change its practical form, almost like the transforming robots of cartoon and film fame.

With a few simple arrangements, the L.Y.N.X. 9 can change from its compact, easy-to-travel-with form, to fit a wide range of situations.

Need a fully-sized gaming controller for your PC, with dual analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and the works? The L.Y.N.X. 9 can do that. How about an attachable controller for your tablet or smart phone that can give you the best of portability and control input? The L.Y.N.X. 9 can do that too, and with ease. So long pesky on-screen touch controls.

The L.Y.N.X. 9 promises to be a “no-compromise, full-size controller experience” that “will work with pretty much anything.” And from what is included with the L.Y.N.X. 9, Mad Catz means it. They’ve also built in a small track pad and an in-built mic to the controller, and for situations that call for texting, a keyboard module that snaps into the bottom.

Mad Catz plans on release the L.Y.N.X. 9 sometime in 2015, and at an interesting price. $299. Expensive, yes; much so than any current third-party controller out on the market. But if the L.Y.N.X. 9 is superb in function, it might attract the high-end gaming consumer that’s looking for something to bridge the gap in all their input needs, both on the couch and on-the-go.

Source: Mad Catz

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5 Gadgets Apple Should Make Next http://walyou.com/5-gadgets-apple-should-make-next/ http://walyou.com/5-gadgets-apple-should-make-next/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:26:37 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214803

As Apple gears up to release the Apple Watch, we look at some of the other gadgets that the electronics maker could release onto the market.

Worth over $600 billion dollars, Apple is the most valuable company in the world. Best known for its iPhones, iPods, iPads and Mac computers, Apple makes most of its money from the same, familiar product lines. For a bit of perspective, the upcoming Apple Watch (due out in early 2015) is the first new product line that Apple has come up with since the very first iPad was released all the way back in 2010.

Five years is a very long time to to work on a product (even if you are debuting it in three different versions) and it’s led us to ask ‘what gadgets could Apple make if they put their minds to it?’ With that much money and that much technical talent at their disposal the possibilities are virtually endless so read on to see what gadgets we think Apple should make next.

1. iShoe

For a company that makes gadgets that encourage us to sit on our behinds and waste the day away, Apple is surprisingly devoted to fitness. Take iOS 8 for example which included Healthbook, an app that would collect all of the health and fitness related data from third-party apps and send them to your doctor so that you can figure out when everything is going fine or when you should go in for a check up.

It’s for that reason that the iShoe would be a great addition to Apple’s existing range of products. The company is already partnered up with Nike to allow their Nike trainers to to sync data about your run to your phone but that requires you to get a separate sensor and put it in the sole of the shoe. What if Apple had their own futuristic line that synced the data automatically and recommended run techniques or apps to download and could even be paired with fun apps to make you run, sweat and work out a bit harder?

2. iPoo

While it may seem like a joke, an Apple toilet would actually be a fantastic idea. Just like the iShoe, we envision it as the ultimate gadget for the health focused.

We all use toilets every single day of our lives (apart from babies in nappies, obviously) and each day our toilet bowl learns more about us than a routine check up could tell our doctors. In that gleaming white porcelain we reveal what we’ve eaten, how much we’ve eaten, if we’re healthy and if we’re not. If there was a toilet that could analyse this data and tell us exactly what’s going on within our bodies (and offer more in-depth info than your basic health app or running shoe) it would be incredibly valuable.

And if it seems unlikely, consider that there’s already a smart toilet…for cats.

3. iGame

When the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were announced back in September, one of the biggest features that Apple was shouting about (other than the size of the screen or the improved battery life) was Metal. No not metal like the bendy aluminium that the iPhone 6 Plus is made of (har har) but Metal as in the technology used to make the iPhone a better device for gaming.

Apple clearly has the chops to make devices for gaming then, so why not make a games console? There are so many great and fun games already available on iOS such as Angry Birds, Cut The Rope and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood (we really mean it about that last one) and with these games being available so cheaply, it would be an affordable alternative to the PS4 or the Xbox One and players would have access to more games too.

And not only this but Apple could continuously release the game box in different designs and each one could come packaged with the latest iOS and on top of that Apple could make users who already own the iGame console pay to get the next update. It means that Apple still makes its money and we still get access to great games without having to pay hundreds of dollars each year.

4. iCar

An iCar is another possible Apple gadget that just makes ‘sense’. According to Apple over 90% of new cars sold in the United States have iPod/iPhone connectivity, making it easier than ever before to plug your USB cable into your device and blast your favourite music through the speakers of the vehicle. But what if Apple went one step further? What if they made cars of their own that not just let you play music from your mobile devices but let you control the cars too?

Google is already working on driverless cars and has plans to get them to market by 2020 and as Apple has more resources (they are worth twice as much as Google) they could potentially do the same. On your iPhone you could fire up maps and type in a destination and the car would automatically take you there, informing you of gas stations, sights that you might want to see and other important locations (e.g restaurants or stores) along the way.

5. iEye

Admittedly this one is mostly featured in order for us to make a terrible ‘iEye captain!’ joke but on the serious side of things, Apple could really work on hi-tech eyes and eyewear.

In July last year Google signed a deal with pharmaceutical company Novartis to develop a smart contact lens that would help those with diabetes monitor their glucose levels. While that’s certainly a useful product, what Apple’s contact lenses could go one further offering more health data (which it could cross-reference with the iPoo and the iShoe, of course) as well as extra insights on our world.

It doesn’t necessarily have to offer a Google Glass (Google’s hi-0tech glasses wearable) like heads-up display but it could come up with pop ups of interesting information or even tag a location/bit of info and save it to our iPhones for us. That would truly be an innovative gadget.

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Sony’s stainless steel smartwatch up for preorders in Europe http://walyou.com/sony-stainless-steel-smartwatch-preorders/ http://walyou.com/sony-stainless-steel-smartwatch-preorders/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:00:25 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214800

Sony’s big star from CES 2015, their Sony SmartWatch 3, is now up for preorders at select European websites such as Amazon.

Besides the regular Sony SmartWatch 3, Sony announced a special edition made out of stainless steel that grabbed everyone’s attention. This version is now up for pre-ordering in Europe, and can be seen at Amazon Germany, where it sells for €243. And, although the site is taking pre-orders, they haven’t announced the exact release date.

This stainless steel edition runs the same specs as the regular one, with its square 320X320 pixels display and its 1.2GHz quad core processor. It has a storage capacity of 4GB, along with 512 MB of RAM, running Android Wear.

Via XPERIA Blog

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