Walyou » Gadgets http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Kokoon EEG Headphones Enable Lucid Dreaming http://walyou.com/kokoon-eeg-headphones-lucid-dreaming/ http://walyou.com/kokoon-eeg-headphones-lucid-dreaming/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 20:50:35 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216498

Taking control over what we do in our dreams has been a sought after thing since times immemorial, but the Kokoon EEG headphones might enable us to do just that.

Tim Santos, the mechanical engineer and product designer who developed Kokoon, seems to think that headphones that analyze your brainwaves through electroencephalography are a far better way to induce lucid dreams than by using a headband with a similar function. The reason behind that might be the fact that Kokoon actually makes use of sound for relaxing you, and that’s just the first stage of the process.

During the second stage, audio levels adjust as you fall asleep, to make sure that you do not perceive the generated sounds as noise. That would definitely defeat the entire purpose of the device. During the next stage, Kokoon generates white noise to promote deep sleep. The EEG headphones will wake you up at the optimum point in the sleep cycle, to ensure that you are rested and won’t feel groggy the whole day. The companion app provides plenty of sleep insights, with graphical representations of every sleep stage. That will surely help users better understand the effectiveness of the device.

Kokoon is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, and at the time of writing, the project had already raised $342,944 – 3.4 times more than the $100K funding goal. Pledging $139 as an early bird, or $159 as a regular backer, will secure a pair of Kokoon EEG headphones for lucid dreaming for you. Orders will be shipped in February 2016, provided that everything goes to plan by then.

People eager to enter the world of lucid dreaming should probably be mindful of their wallets, before investing on something that might never materialize. Back in November 2013, LUCI, an “advanced lucid dreaming inducer” in the form of a headband, was featured on Kickstarter, where the project raised more than 9 times the funding goal before the Internet proved that it was all a scam and the crowdfunding platform shut down the project. Kokoon’s partnership with Onkyo, a fairly popular Japanese electronics manufacturer, suggests that this product has greater chances of becoming a reality, though, and overall better chances of being a functional product. Seeing how successful their campaign is, I can’t wait to see if they’ll introduce any stretch goals.

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PIPO X8 Packs Windows in a Tablet-TV Box Hybrid http://walyou.com/pipo-x8-windows-tablet-tv-box/ http://walyou.com/pipo-x8-windows-tablet-tv-box/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 20:07:49 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216479

It’s not unheard of to hook up a tablet to a TV via MHL, but the PIPO X8 takes thing a little bit further by actually incorporating a tablet into a TV box that connects via HDMI to the telly.

Experimenting with designs and form factors is not always a bad thing, as some of the most popular All-in-One devices must have been created that way. However, a tablet-TV box hybrid such as the PIPO X8 will definitely cause some eyebrows to raise, as the overlapping features are so many, one might consider the hybrid as being redundant. PIPO is not afraid to new things in terms of design, and after delivering some of the most affordable TV boxes and Windows tablets based on Intel’s Z3735F chipset, it now moved to creating a device that combines the two previously-independent items.

There are two hardware configurations for the PIPO X8. One of them is powered by Intel’s Z3736F SoC that includes a quad-core CPU running at up to 2.16Ghz, while the other has a Z3735F clocked at 1.83Ghz. Both of them sport an Intel HD GPU. In terms of memory, this media player sports 2GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of ROM.

The storage can be furthermore expanded by using an SD card of up to 64GB. All of these are more than enough for playing media both on the included 7″ 10-point multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 × 600, as well as on larger TVs and monitors. Connectivity options abound, as there is Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, LAN, HDMI, and microUSB, so you can connect to the TV or monitor, but also to other devices.

As far as the software is concerned, the tablet/TV box hybrid runs on Windows 8.1 with Bing, Microsoft’s special version of Windows for cheap devices. A dual-OS version will also be available, and the users of this one will be able to choose to boot into Windows or Android. Giving people alternatives is great, but you have to wonder if there’s any room left for files besides these two operating systems.

GearBest is currently selling the PIPO X8 Windows tablet-TV box hybrid for $123.98, but you can get it for $107.89 if you apply the coupon code PIPOX8 at checkout. The pre-sale period ends on May 22, so chances are that the coupon expires on that day, as well. By the looks of it, this store has the dual boot version that also packs Android 4.4 besides Windows with Bing.

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The limited edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge is confirmed http://walyou.com/the-limited-edition-iron-man-galaxy-s6-edge-is-confirmed/ http://walyou.com/the-limited-edition-iron-man-galaxy-s6-edge-is-confirmed/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 20:03:09 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216470

Samsung and Marvel are working together in a very special project to promote each other’s work. In order to do this, the Korean giant will be launching a special edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge, made to look like Tony Stark’s alter ego, Iron Man.

Fake images of different smartphones featuring the likeness of the Avengers or other Marvel characters had been making the rounds around the web for a while, but finally something real happened. Samsung displayed a picture of the box depicted above, where we can see a luxury edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge with Iron Man’s mask.

A render artist created this other version showing the possible direction Samsung might take, featuring Tony Stark’s yellow and red as the colors for the case. Also, it seems these are not the only productions Samsung could release based off of the most recent movie in the Marvel Universe: probable future projects include cases and sleeves. So, get ready comic book fans, because special editions are coming.

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Second generation Moto 360 to be introduced at Google I/O 2015 http://walyou.com/second-generation-moto-360-to-be-introduced-at-google-io-2015/ http://walyou.com/second-generation-moto-360-to-be-introduced-at-google-io-2015/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 19:00:42 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216468

A new wave of rumors suggest that the Google I/O 2015 might not only see the introduction of the new Android M, but also the second generation Moto 360.

The 28th of May is the confirmed date for the Google I/O 2015, a tech conference from Google and partners which seems to be getting things ready for the introduction of Android M, the next big update for Android systems. Yet, that is not all that is scheduled, as certain sources hint at the possibility of the next Moto 360 being introduced in it. This data comes from a Bluetooth certification with a serial code that is surprisingly close to that of the original model – the original Moto 360 was codenamed BTMW01, whereas other sources report a rather similar BTMW03.

There isn’t a lot of data available, but speculation is rampant: apparently, Motorola’s new smartwatches would sport a small screen with a 360×360 resolution, ARM V7 CPU, and is codenamed “Smelt”, running a Android 5.1 Lolipop variation. Truth is, there were also some images shared by the Lenovo team, which suggest the possibility of two screens, not unlike what the Apple Watch does, but this is far from confirmed – for now, all we can do is wait and see.

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TVs Smarten Up with MeegoPad T02 Computer on a Stick http://walyou.com/meegopad-t02-computer-on-a-stick/ http://walyou.com/meegopad-t02-computer-on-a-stick/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 20:55:38 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216464

It’s one thing to own a smart TV that knows a bit of browsing and a bit of social networking, with a pinch of media playing thrown in the mix, and an entirely different thing to run Windows on it and do almost everything you could do on a fully-fledged computer.

The HDMI media stick market used to be dominated by Android, as far as the operating system goes, but that’s about to change. Since the introduction of the less power-hungry Windows with Bing, HDMI media players (or rather computers-on-a-stick) powered by this OS are emerging. Given the popularity of Microsoft’s operating system (even when trimmed down, as it is the case with Windows with Bing), it shouldn’t surprise anyone if devices such as the MeegoPad T02 become the norm.

T02’s Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail CPU runs at 1.33Ghz, and is paired with an Intel HD GPU and 2GB of RAM to ensure that apps run smoothly enough. In terms of internal storage, this Compute Stick-killer has 32GB that can be furthermore expanded via a microSD card of up to 64GB. As far as the software is concerned, MeegoPad T02 runs on Windows 8.1 with Bing, which is precisely the aforementioned trimmed down version of Windows that Microsoft made for low-cost devices. In other words, users don’t have to worry about running a pirated version of the OS, as this really isn’t the case.

A microUSB port was also included for connecting peripherals. For wireless connections, the stick features a Wi-Fi antenna compatible with the 802.11b/n/g standards. While there definitely could have been more connectivity options, this is still not bad at all, especially considering the price of this device.

MeegoPad T02 is currently available on GearBest for $109, but you can slice off $10 by applying the coupon code GBMT02 during the checkout procedure. Considering that Intel offers its own computer on a stick for $150, MeegoPad will undoubtedly force the chip maker and other companies wanting to enter this field to reconsider their pricing strategies. Ironically, MeegoPad’s HDMI stick is powered by an Intel chipset, but I assume that a reason for the price difference is the Chinese company’s lower profit. And just in case Windows is not your kind of thing, this reseller also has an Ubuntu version of the MeegoPad T02, priced at $90.13.

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NeuVision 3 Turns Smartphones into Mobile Steadicams http://walyou.com/neuvision-3-mobile-steadicam/ http://walyou.com/neuvision-3-mobile-steadicam/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 20:42:59 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216429

Not so long ago, shooting professional videos was only possible with very expensive equipment, but the emergence of smartphones and affordable handheld gimbals, such as the NeuVision 3, enables everyone to become a videographer.

When it comes to image stabilization, it’s much easier to achieve that when shooting photos than videos, and the fact that a lot of cameras and smartphones include that technology is proof of that. Optical image stabilization has made its way into affordable devices, but it still seemed we had to wait a little bit longer if we wanted to shoot professional videos. Handheld gimbals do a great job at stabilizing the image while recording, even if the videographer happens to move chaotically at times. Basically, such a device can make the difference between a found footage clip from a horror movie and a dreamy sequence shot perfectly.

Needless to say, there are plenty of scenarios when a camera stabilizer could come in handy. First of all, people shooting videos while performing sports might find this whole idea interesting, as sports and action cameras are not that great when it comes to stabilization.

Secondly, Neuvision 3 can be used for taking selfies, and even for recording yourself or your friends. There are plenty of selfie sticks out there, but none of them offers image stabilization, and if that’s one of the things you’re looking for, then you’d be delighted to find out about this additional functionality.

Not at last, you can take footage of your loved ones without you having to be excluded from the picture. That must have been one of the greatest drawbacks in the past, as the person behind the camera didn’t make it in the video (or if he did, the image was very shaky, or someone else had to handle the camera). That’s no longer the case with the Neuvision 3, which enables amateur videographers to lock onto a subject and film him or her without any having to fear that the resulting video will look unprofessional.

GearBest has the Neuvision 3 smartphone camera stabilizer listed for $134.51, but you can get it for $119.99 by using the coupon code NVS3 at checkout. If you want to start a career in filmmaking, but are on a tight budget, the Neuvision is definitely a good starting point, not to mention a very affordable one, considering how expensive these handheld gimbals can run.

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C.H.I.P, the cheapest computer ever http://walyou.com/c-h-i-p-the-cheapest-computer-ever/ http://walyou.com/c-h-i-p-the-cheapest-computer-ever/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 21:13:59 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216422

Are you looking for the fastest PC, able to run GTA 5 and Skyrim in 120 FPS? Because this is the exact opposite.  Meet C.H.I.P., a $9 USD computer that’s both the cheapest and smallest PC in the world.

After a very succesful crowsfunding campaing on Kickstarter a very interesting project surfaced from the minds of Next Thing Co. This is a mini PC with 3 ports, that retails for only $9 USD. C.H.I.P. (such is its name) is able to perform as a miniature computer, as long as the necessary peripherals are plugged into it – and just like the Raspberry Pi 2, it can be configured to perform almost any task, as it is an Open Source project.

C.H.I.P. sports a 1Ghz ARM processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of storage – furthermore, it can also  connect to other gadgets and networks via Bluetooth and WiFi, as well as being fully compatible with Linux.

One of the quirks of this project is a little accesory called Pocket C.H.I.P., which makes it absolutely portable and gives the computer some 7 hours of autonomy. The first few devices are going to be distributed this May, and may indeed be the way of the future. At that price point, who can say no?

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Vidonn X6 Tracks Sleep and Fitness on a Budget http://walyou.com/vidonn-x6-fitness-and-sleep-tracker/ http://walyou.com/vidonn-x6-fitness-and-sleep-tracker/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 20:24:22 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216407

Whoever thinks that fitness and sleep trackers must cost a fortune to be functional certainly hasn’t taken Vidonn’s products into consideration. The X6 takes care of these tasks gracefully, without forcing you to spend insane amounts of money.

This IP65-certified Bluetooth 4.0 smartband is affordable and highly-functional, which isn’t something you could say about the wearables of Samsung or FitBit, for example, which leave a hole in your wallet. At the end of the day, it matters more what a piece of wearable tech can do for you, and not which big brand made it. “A little stone in the way overturns a great wain,” says a proverb that seems to apply more and more in the modern tech world, as smaller names making good looking and well-functioning products can pose serious threats to the bigger players.

One of the many things that the Vidonn X6 can do is display notifications from the smartphone it’s paired with. Companion apps have been created for both Android and iPhone, to make sure that most people can use such a smartband. Incoming calls, texts, Skype, Whatsapp and Viber messages can be conveyed to the X6, so you don’t miss a thing.

It only takes a finger swipe to operate Vidonn’s latest wearable, and that’s definitely something to look for in such a device. After all, using a smartband doesn’t have to disrupt all your other activities, but complement them.

When it comes to fitness tracking, Vidonn X6 takes several parameters in account: number of steps, covered distance and calories burned. The fun fact about owning this smartband is that you can compete against other people owning one, and it gets even better when these people include members of your family or friends.

Although in theory you could also organize sleeping competitions, with the Vidonn X6 it’s not about who sleeps more, but who sleeps better. All in all, the smartband might actually be a way of improving the quality of your sleep, as you’ll know just how much deep sleep you got the previous night. It’s up to you to find ways of exhausting your body in order to get more sleep, but the X6 is great for knowing just where you’ve started, not to mention that it offers ongoing monitoring.

If you want to keep track of your sleep habits, the number of steps taken every day, and the smartphone notifications that you might miss otherwise, head to GearBest, where the Vidonn X6 can be purchased for $28.99 (or $26.73, if you apply the coupon code GBVX6 during checkout).

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Archos introduce new, dual-sim jailbroken smartphones http://walyou.com/archos-introduce-new-dual-sim-jailbroken-smartphones/ http://walyou.com/archos-introduce-new-dual-sim-jailbroken-smartphones/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 19:55:34 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216404

French comapny Archos are introducing two new smartphones around the world, dubbed Archos 40c Titanium and 50b Neon, both dual-sim and jailbroken.

Both sets, which will be only sold only jailbroken, and not through regular operators, come to replace the previous generation of Archos phones in every country where they were being sold. Now, with a greater investment and higher aim, the French company is trying to become a new option in the face of the biggest brands, with better prices for a higher than average hardware.

Frederic Balay explained in a press conference that they were “pioneers when it came to introducing Android into Europe, and now we plan to expand to other markets such as South America. We know entering any market is hard, but we believe the general population is interested in technology and has genuine passion”.

The Archos 40c Titanium, their low-mid range set, sports a Mediatek Dual-Core 1.3Hz Cortex A7 processor, with 512MB Ram, and 4 GB external storage, which can expand up to 64 via MicroSD cards. Also, it sports a 4 inch screen (800×480), and a 1450mah battery along with a 5mpx rear camera and 0.3 front camera. It’s biggest draw is that it can play almost any kind of video files that are relevant at all: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, MKV, FLV.

Meanwhile, the 50b Neon, their strongest set has a similar processor with 1GB Ram, 8 gigas of internal storage (expansible to 64GB), a 5 inch screen (800×480), 5mpx rear camera, and a 2mpx front camera, capable of recording in full HD, all powered with a 2000mah battery. Also, the Neon will have interchangeable faceplates along with a few free games courtesy of the Gameloft team.

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LeTV X600 Juggernaut Marks the Debut of MediaTek helio X10 http://walyou.com/mediatek-helio-x10-letv-x600/ http://walyou.com/mediatek-helio-x10-letv-x600/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 20:44:01 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=216372

Internet company turned phone maker Leshi is about to launch one of the first devices powered by Mediatek’s high-end 64-bit chipset.

About three weeks ago, LeTV started making some waves in China when it released pictures and some specs of its flagships (that’s right, plural), which are not only bezel-less, but also the first smartphones to sport a USB Type-C. Called by some China’s Netflix, about in the same way Xiaomi is (wrongfully, I might add) referred to as China’s Apple (whereas it’s more of China’s Amazon), LeTV is about to set the phone making industry on fire with its high-end, yet affordable LeTV One, One Pro, and LeTV Max. Whereas the last two are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, the first one, which is also known as LeTV X600, is going to be the first smartphone to run on Mediatek’s helio X10, a SoC that’s supposed to blow the competition out of the water, besides offering support for 120Hz displays.

The X600 will come with a 5.5″ 1920×1080 IPS display with a pixel density of 403ppi, so there’s nothing otherworldly in that department. Things take a turn for the better when it comes to the included CPU, an octa-core beast running at 2.0Ghz, which is paired with a Imagination PowerVR G6200, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. The latest aspect could’ve been better, especially since this phablet doesn’t come with a microSD slot. Two other versions with 32, respectively 64GB of on-board memory have been created, but those will surely cost more than the basic model.

If OnePlus One was yesteryear’s flagship killer, this year the title belongs to the X600, and deservedly so. To make sure that no performance is sacrificed because of incompatibilities, LeTV offers Android 5.0 on this phablet, and not as an OTA update, but straight out of the box.

As for the cameras, LeTV opted for a 13MP camera on the back with AF and dual-LED flash, while selfies will be the duty of the 5MP 90-degree wide-angle camera found in the front. Connectivity is yet another aspect that abounds in options, since the phablet has (almost) everything you could possibly need: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, an infrared emitter for remote control functionality, and LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz.

As mentioned before, this is the first smartphone to feature USB Type-C instead of the typical microUSB port. That means that not only will data transfers happen at much higher speeds, but also that that the X600 will charge much faster than its microUSB counterparts. The only thing that leaves a bit to be desired is the 3000mAh battery, but provided that the software is optimized, there shouldn’t be any problems in that department, either.

See below how the LeTV X600 compares in size to the iPhone.

Not at last, the AnTuTu Benchmark scores of LeTV X600 indicate that this phablet could go anyday of the week against its more expensive competitors.

GearBest has started today the pre-sale for LeTV X600, and has it at $364.39. However, this reseller is willing to offer it for about $45 less (or more precisely, for $319) if you apply the coupon code LETVX600 during the checkout procedure.

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