Walyou » Gadgets http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:35:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Plan V Failsafe Smartphone Charger Turns 9V Batteries Into Power Banks http://walyou.com/plan-v-failsafe-smartphone-charger-turns-9v-batteries-into-power-banks/ http://walyou.com/plan-v-failsafe-smartphone-charger-turns-9v-batteries-into-power-banks/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:35:45 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196400

When the smartphone’s battery runs out, we either need to rely on power banks or hug the walls, as iPhone users usually do. The Plan V failsafe smartphone charger means to divert us from both.

9V batteries don’t get much love these days, most portable devices being powered either by AA/AAA batteries or by custom Li-Ion ones. That being said, they won’t disappear anytime soon, as people are continuously finding new purposes for them. Plan V, the failsafe smartphone charger developed by Flintu, relies on such a battery to provide you with the necessary power in your time of need.

Flintu has tried to make this gadget as useful as possible. It sure is practical when your battery runs out and you need to place a call or write a text message, but it also needs to be handy at all times. What better form factor than a keychain, in this scenario? Of course, you had better be somewhere where 9V batteries aren’t a rarity, as that would defeat the entire purpose of this smartphone charger.

“Plan V, not just another battery back-up for you to leave at home or forget to charge, it is a failsafe charging device which is ALWAYS on you. So small you won’t know it’s there, until you need it.

You’ve all experienced it at least once, you’re on the go, your phone is flat and you need to; urgently call your friend, navigate to a meeting or even worse, get out of a dangerous situation.

Plan V is a failsafe device you don’t need to charge and is so small you can take it everywhere (on your keyring). It works much like a car jumper cable. You simply connect a 9 volt battery to the Plan V device and then hook it up to your phone. And since these are the square batteries you find in smoke alarms, they’re about as widely available as chocolate bars.”

Flintu has turned to Kickstarter to raise the money needed for manufacturing the Plan V smartphone charger. Supposing that the AUD $30,000 funding goal is reached within the next 29 days, anyone who backed the project with AUD $10 as an early bird or AUD $15 as a regular backer will get their Plan V in February 2015. For a bit more you can get an powerbank capable of charging your smartphone or tablet multiple times, so you need to decide if this charger is right for you before making an investment and waiting for 3 months to get it.

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Hashkey: the 1-key keyboard for hashtags http://walyou.com/hashkey-the-1-key-keyboard-for-hashtags/ http://walyou.com/hashkey-the-1-key-keyboard-for-hashtags/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:07:31 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196394

It’s unbelievable how popular the hashtag got since the advent of Twitter, considering it’s not so easily accessible on our keyboards. Hashkey aims to change that.

As evidenced by its wide usage, most of us would imagine social media is easy, no matter who you are… then, thanksgiving or any other holiday comes around, you talk with Nana, and realize how different and non-representative your bubble is from the rest of the world. Turns out a lot of people can’t even figure out where the hashtag key is, because there’s none, and you have to use shift to do it. The Hashkey team key wants to go around this by providing the first one-key keyboard ever, dedicated solely to the hashtag.

Hashkey is a one-key USB keyboard that focuses solely on the hashtag, and does nothing else: it’s not a product for the geek that already knows everything about social media, but for the uninitiated who needs an extra hand making it easier. It’s currently in crowd-funding stage at Kickstarter, where a pledge of £17 (around $27 USD) can land you the basic standard HashKey, in plastic. There’s this incredible version in aluminum, though, that might be totally worth it, so be sure to check it out.

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Keyboard light hack lets users play Snake http://walyou.com/keyboard-light-hack-lets-users-play-snake/ http://walyou.com/keyboard-light-hack-lets-users-play-snake/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:00:57 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196364

Gadgets, phones and technology have evolved so much that we don’t even need screens anymore to play classics such as snake, as this hack evidences.

Snake might be one of the ultimate time wasters, timeless as it’s simple yet addictive. That is why Hackaday user [Sprite_TM] chose to revamp the classic to work without screens, computers, or anything except a lighted keyboard. This keyboard’s only particularity is that it has individually addressable LEDs, one of the current fads amongst makers, bur other than that it’s just a regular keyboard with a few specialized functions. When [Sprite_TM] took it to work, a colleague joked, saying ‘you’ve had this keyboard for 24 hours now, and it has a bunch of LEDs and some arrow keys. I’m disappointed you haven’t got Snake running on it yet’, which sounded a lot like a challenge to him.

The keyboard itself is the Coolermaster Quickfire Rapid-I, a board with a small ARM Cortex CPU and 32k of RAM. which was plenty for this project.Using an executable file that overrode the updater, [Sprite] made a back-up of the defaults, and started programming on it. And note, even though playing Snake is the part we found the most amusing to make a story about, there’s plenty users can do with a hacked keyboard like this, so check the original post at Hackaday for more ideas and information about the project.

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Push button, receive bacon: early internet meme comes to life http://walyou.com/push-button-receive-bacon-machine/ http://walyou.com/push-button-receive-bacon-machine/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:00:29 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196347

Long overdue by many years, an old meme receives a new wind by coming into existence. The result is both hilarious and delicious.

An early Internet meme (Ok, 2004 is not that early, but still) made fun of the instructions found on hand dryer devices by writing Push Button, Receive Bacon around them either in printed letters or just hand-writing, as the hot air depicted in the pictures totally looked like bacon strips. Minessota inventors at The Rabbit Hole created a machine based off of that idea for the Deconstruction.

This bacon machine doesn’t actually use any hot air to cook the bacon but a fuser from a laser printer instead. This fuser can already go over 450ºF, and goes around the meat cooking it so a paper shredder can cut it in strips afterwards. Isn’t this the thing we’ve all been wanting for so long?

Via Technabob

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Pantelligent, the smart frying pan that gets recipes just right http://walyou.com/pantelligent/ http://walyou.com/pantelligent/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:00:54 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196344

Some people obsess more than others when cooking, and for those who need to get temperatures and quantities just right, here is the ultimate gadget.

Pantelligent is one of those gadgets that makes you wonder how come no one had thought about it before. The idea is pretty simple: they claim the key to a properly made meal is timing and temperature, so by controlling those, you can guarantee any meal will turn just right, eliminating potential room for error. The Pantelligent itself is the name of this frying pan that links to your smartphone (so far, only iOS) and displays useful information such as temperature, timing and so on as well as instructions and steps to follow  to get the recipe right.

The pan has a few sensors that interact with smartphones via Bluetooth LE, but it uses them to do more than just repeat instructions: it can also learn from whoever uses it and store a number of recipes of the user’s own creation, as well as allow a freestyle mode, which just displays the numbers without the steps for any particular recipe: never claim that Pantelligent doesn’t let you experiment!

The Pantelligent team is attempting to get their project crowdfunded on Kickstarter, where they have already met their initial goal (that means that the Pantelligent will exist) and users can get their own by making a pledge of $199 USD, which should be cheaper than the eventual commercial release. The Pantelligent should start shipping next year in August.

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Pinc Headset and iPhone 6 Put VR at Your Fingertips http://walyou.com/pinc-vr-headset-iphone-6/ http://walyou.com/pinc-vr-headset-iphone-6/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:57:50 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196336

Virtual reality headsets are not yet mainstream, but they have already gone past being only an accessory for gaming. Pinc VR pairs up with the iPhone 6 to show us how the UI of the future could look like.

Following Samsung’s example of creating a VR headset that requires a smartphone to function, Pinc developed one that works in tandem with an iPhone 6 to give people control over a Minority Report-like UI. Besides the headset, the setup also includes two rings which need to be placed on the index fingers to enable the headset to track the movement of the hands.

“We see the opportunity for VR as much broader than just gaming. Areas like everyday computing, productivity and commerce are very interesting for us. When we can control mobile applications in 3D environments, we get into a new realm of computing” said Milan Baic, President of Cordon, who’s heading Pin? product development.

There are plenty of possible applications for such a VR headset, and the first one is obviously related to the way people interact with their mobile devices. Having multiple screens one next to another could enable users to type text messages while watching a clip or scrolling a website, even though only one of the screens is in focus and the others occupy the peripheral vision.

“The biggest limitation for customers, developers and brands is the screen and interaction size on mobile devices,” pointed out Baic. This VR headset really has the potential of redefining multi-tasking on mobile devices. There are several ways to display the mobile screens next to each other, including Tile, Spider, Cabinet, Horizon, Carousel, and Hover. Users are encouraged to pick the mode that suits their needs best.

Pinc could change the way we interact with maps, and this is something not many VR headset manufacturers have thought of. Needless to say, using Pinc for directions while driving would have disastrous results. Maybe an AR headset would be better in that case, or in the case of motorcycle drivers, an AR helmet.

Not at last, the Pinc VR headset could turn shopping into a completely new experience. There are already plenty of websites that showcase their products in 360-degree views, but what if we could see them in 3D, right in front of our eyes.

The Pinc VR headset is available for pre-order on the manufacturer’s website for CAD $99. The manufacturer of Pinc even provides an SDK that app developers can use to make their software compatible with the VR headset.

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MOCAheart, a cardiovascular health tracker for the masses http://walyou.com/mocaheart-cardiovascular-health-tracker/ http://walyou.com/mocaheart-cardiovascular-health-tracker/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:00:46 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196322

MOCAheart is a ECG tracking device that will help you monitor your own body, but with a twist that makes it way more useful and easy to read.

Sedentary life, although all too common, is not the best for our health. For those who need a little extra help with awareness and taking care of their own bodies, here comes MOCAheart, a gadget recently funded on KickStarter that is up to the task. MOCAheart doesn’t try to be like every other tracker and measure heart rate, blood oxygenation, and so on (although it can, if that’s what you want), but provide information based on their special proprietary format, the MOCA INDEX that is easier to read, and more useful to work around if you’re not a doctor.

The MOCA INDEX is derived from the velocity of blood moving through the body, using pulse transit time to indicate a reading, and calculate from that whether a person’s blood pressure is regular or not. This differs from other methods that use pulse transit time by being less complicated, and in the end, more useful. But if the concept is hard to grasp, check the video the MOCA team did where they do this gadget proper justice.

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Bionic Bird is a Drone That Looks Like a Bird, Flies Like a Dream http://walyou.com/bionic-bird-is-a-drone-that-looks-like-a-bird-flies-like-a-dream/ http://walyou.com/bionic-bird-is-a-drone-that-looks-like-a-bird-flies-like-a-dream/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:49 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196306

As drone usage becomes more widespread, one company has created the Bionic Bird which resembles a real bird in every single way.

Quite quickly, we are seeing drones go from just an enthusiast’s passion to a serious form of surveillance and product transport. However, a huge problem with these unmanned drones is that not only can they be big, clunky and rather unsightly, but their size (and the spinning rotors that many come equipped with) can be a serious source of danger.

So if we want to use drones to undertake some serious, stealthy spying or if we want to move things from one place to another safely, this is a problem that’s going to have to be eliminated. With the Bionic Bird, one team may have just found a solution.

As the name suggests, the big selling point about the Bionic Bird is that it’s biomimetic. What that means is that it mimics a real bird; from its aerial control to the way that it flaps its wings. So convincing is its bird-like movement that the Bionic Bird can even successfully trick other birds into thinking that it’s one of them.

And that’s a huge deal. Not just for the aforementioned health and safety reasons (arguably, actual birds are less likely to get hurt by a drone with wings instead of rotors and if it’s something they don’t feel threatened by) but because it’s less likely to get knocked out of the sky, it helps the drone better serve its purpose.

It’s also handy that the Bionic Bird is controlled via Bluetooth 4.0. You can control it from your smartphone or tablet (iOS for now, Android support will go live early next year) so you’ll be able to walk around and fly it instead of being cemented behind a control booth. One downside to this is that it only has a range of 100 meters, so that’s something to be considered.

This all said, the Bionic Bird Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is up and running, having already surpassed its $25,000 goal (it sits at $100,000 at the time of writing). The device will retail for $149 but securing one through Indiegogo will bag you one for $100 with guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

Source: Bionic Bird Indiegogo Page

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Nokia’s new, secret gadget is an Android tablet http://walyou.com/nokia-secret-android-tablet/ http://walyou.com/nokia-secret-android-tablet/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:55:57 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196267

The teasing is over, and Nokia has made its first product announcement since Microsoft took over their mobile division: the Nokia N1 Android tablet.

As reported yesterday, Nokia might be out of the mobile business but is far from down for the count. The Finnish giant has announced their new Android-powered tablet, which marks their hopefully triumphant return to the hardware side of business. This new creation is called the N1 tablet, and will come out in Q1 2015, first in China and then in the rest of the world.

This is not the work of just Nokia. who turned the N1 tablet into an international collaboration by licensing the Nokia brand and having software and design created by third parties such as Foxconn from Taiwan. What this phone does not have is an American collaboration, as Nokia have clarified time and again that Microsoft had nothing to with any part of the N1′s development, which will eventually lead to a market with two separate companies called Nokia, and two of them providing official Nokia products. Confusing, much?

The N1 itself is made to compete head on with the iPad mini at 7.9in (20.1cm), but it is powered by a custom version of the Google’s Android 5.0 operating system. It will sell at retail for $249. So, who is excited to see Nokia fight back?

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Biodegradable drone decomposes after crashing http://walyou.com/biodegradable-drone-decomposes-after-crashing/ http://walyou.com/biodegradable-drone-decomposes-after-crashing/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:00:33 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=196202

Meet the sneakiest drone on Earth, a drone capable of decomposing after being used and disappear without leaving a trace: the perfect spy gadget.

The UAV illustrating this story is quite something: a regular looking drone that is actually made from biodegradable materials that melt away into its surroundings once its life cycle is done. The idea is for it to disappear without leaving any trace, and for that reason the Ecovative Design team chose to build it out of a fungal material called mycelium, made sturdy by applying plant-based cellulose on it. Even the circuitry is organic, as it is made of silver nanoparticle ink, capable of biodegrading too.

The concept is simple: these drones can fly and go anywhere, but can dissapear almost instantly if they crash, without leaving any trace. As the creators explain, “no one would know if you’d spilled some sugar water or if there’d been an airplane there”.

The model still uses some non-biodegradable materials which haven’t been replaced yet: mainly the rotors, controls and battery, which they’ll either address in the future or forget entirely about them, because it’s not like anyone could recognize a drone just seeing those parts by themselves, right? Right?

Via Technabob

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