Walyou » Gadgets http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:57:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Seek Thermal Camera Gives You Night Vision on the Go http://walyou.com/seek-thermal-camera-night-vision/ http://walyou.com/seek-thermal-camera-night-vision/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:30:38 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180339

There are plenty of situations when you wish you could see in the dark, and the Seek Thermal Camera was built with those exact situations in mind.

Available as an accessory for iPhones and Android smartphones, Thermal is a camera that enables to feel at least 33% like the Predator. Let’s face it, thermal vision is not only useful when hearing noises while walking down an empty street, but also when confronted with household problems. In fact, Seek Thermal suggests that the camera they developed could have such applications as safety and security, home improvement, cooking and boating. Pet owners

Seek Thermal Camera is by no means the first, nor the only device of its kind, as the Flir One personal thermal imager provides the iPhone with similar features. There surely are other manufacturers of similar devices out there, but for the time being, only Seek and Flir are fighting for the top spot. Obviously, as the competition stiffens, customers feel more appreciated, since companies are striving to come up with innovations. On top of that, the price of the components used for building such devices drops in time as the demand increases.

“Seek’s breakthrough technology lets people see heat for the first time, something that only
government agencies and companies could afford in the past. The Seek camera not only gives average consumers the capabilities in home improvement and safety and security that only professionals used to have, but we are also especially excited about the hundreds
of new use cases for thermal that our camera will enable,” pointed out Seek Thermal CEO, Robert Acker.

Since it is available in a portable format, Seek Thermal Camera is compact enough to carry in your pocket, when you don’t use it. The manufacturer makes no difference between iPhone and Android users, and offers the camera at the same price – $199. The difference is made by the connectors, as the iPhone one comes with a Lightning plug, while the Android one sports microUSB, and the companion apps. Both can be purchased on the Seek Thermal website. It should be noted that the camera is not compatible with some cases. If that happens, you need to either remove the smartphone’s case or use an extender.

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MusicGlove Hand Device Accelerates Recovery of Stroke Patients http://walyou.com/musicglove-hand-rehabilitation-device/ http://walyou.com/musicglove-hand-rehabilitation-device/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:30:12 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180316

People who are recovering from a stroke or from other health conditions that have an impact on hand movement can now go through a new type of rehabilitation that’s based on a system called MusicGlove.

Developed by Irvine, CA-based Flint Rehabilitation Devices, the MusicGlove couldn’t have had a more self-descriptive name. It is worn as a glove on the hand that was affected by the stroke, and it gathers data regarding the fingers that are moving. Upon doing so, the wearer receives some visual feedback that motivates him or her to focus on the fingers that require more exercise. Now this is where it gets interesting: the visual feedback is provided in a manner that resembles the GuitarHero video game quite a lot. Come to think of it, this pretty much explains the first part of the device’s name.

Here is a fragment of the announcement:

“In addition to being fun and effective, MusicGlove changes the way clinics provide hand therapy. The device requires minimum intervention from a therapist while users play the game, so clinics can provide more intensive group therapy without increasing staff. MusicGlove also records accurate quantitative data that allows therapists to set goals for their patients and track functional improvements over time. The low price and ease of use of MusicGlove is a breath of fresh air for clinics that typically do not have access to other smart rehabilitation technology and equipment that can cost over $50,000USD and require advanced training to use.

Results of a randomized controlled trial of MusicGlove with individuals with stroke published in the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation showed that people using MusicGlove had significantly greater improvements in hand function than people doing conventional hand exercises after only two weeks. Users reported regaining the ability to open doorknobs, type on a keyboard, wash dishes, use silverware, bathe and wash themselves, and use the restroom independently after exercising with the device.”

The gamification of various activities seems to be fruitful not only when it comes to apps such as the old Foursquare, but also in medical recovery.

MusicGlove is available for sale on the manufacturer’s website, in two different versions. The home version costs $1,149, while the clinic version will set customers back a whooping $4,199.

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GhostDash HUD Puts Virtual Rivals on the Dashboard of Rookie Racers http://walyou.com/ghostdash-virtual-rivals-dashboard-racing/ http://walyou.com/ghostdash-virtual-rivals-dashboard-racing/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:28:51 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180311

Heads-up displays used in the automotive industry kept AR elements to a minimum, showing mostly driving-related data and at most some sort of guidance for the lane. GhostDash is a HUD that does so much more, by helping rookie racers to get better at driving against rivals.

Competition is good, and not only because the lack of it leads to monopolies in all sorts of industries. Competition is what motivates us to work harder and go beyond our limits. In motorsports, rivals are essential, as they represent a reference, a point where we must get and a limit we must exceed. Motorsports wouldn’t make much sense if there would be only one driver at each event, unless it’s breaking records we’re talking about. With that in mind, High Rise Garage developed GhostDash, an HUD that puts virtual rivals on the dashboard, so you can give your best on the track.

The GhostDash kit includes a GPS unit that collects raw data, a device that makes sense out of all that information, a projector and a 15″ display screen. The good part is that the contrast of the projected virtual rivals is just right, meaning you won’t have to squeeze your eyes in order to see them, nor will it obstruct your visual field so you don’t see the road. Since the system runs on Windows, High Rise Garage recommends you to use a Surface Pro tablet as the interface between the GPS unit and the projector. In case it wasn’t obvious already, the tablet isn’t included in the price.

High Rise Garage’s GhostDash is currently featured on Kickstarter, where its creators are looking to raise $43,500 for turning the AR HUD into a reality. At the time of writing, backers had pledged less than 5% of the needed sum, but you need to take into account that the campaign still has 27 more days to go. Early birds can get the GhostDash software (without the kit) for $25, while the regular price is $40. The GhostDash HUD itself costs $1,700, which is quite a hefty sum, but this won’t even make a dent in the wallet of people who can afford a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. After all, you wouldn’t buy this AR HUD to equip a Dacia Sandero with it, now would you?

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Apple is quickly approaching their billionth sold iOS gadget http://walyou.com/apple-billionth-sold-ios-gadget/ http://walyou.com/apple-billionth-sold-ios-gadget/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:11 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180286

Apple’s quick rise after the revolution the iPhone represented is the ultimate success story. Now the company approaches a new milestone: their billionth sold gadget.

2007, when Apple released their first iPhone doesn’t seem that long ago yet looking at their positioning and brand recognition, it would seem they have been around forever. Since that initial iPhone there have been iPads and iPod Touch, the evolution of their previous smash hit, the original iPod.

So far Apple has sold over 225 million iPads, number which they expect to increase with the launch of the new models (chief amongst them the iPad air 2), and if things keep progressing smoothly, this quarter will see Apple’s billionth sale of an iOS device. The only other platforms that have achieved this milestone have been Facebook, Android, and Windows so far. This only took them seven years, imagine what they can do in seven more.

Via; The Loop

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A Microsoft Smartwatch Could Launch in November http://walyou.com/a-microsoft-smartwatch-could-launch-in-november/ http://walyou.com/a-microsoft-smartwatch-could-launch-in-november/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:48 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180195

As their competitors continue to take steps into the smartwatch market, according to reports, Microsoft could be set to launch a wearable of their own.

The Apple Watch; you might have heard of it? Apple’s shiny new wrist decoration is preparing to take the wearable market by storm at some point early next year. The problem is, the Apple Watch has yet to prove itself and the only ‘killer’ feature that it has is a navigational dial that lets you zoom in and out of its display. Hardly worthy of a back of the box mention. On the other hand, Android-powered smartwatches the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Moto 360 boast fitness features and mobile phone interactivity for a much lower price but the awful battery life makes them a hassle. Leave to a Microsoft smartwatch to right their wrongs then as the company is reportedly set to launch a wearable soon.

According to Forbes we’ll see Microsoft’s smartwatch on the market soon and it will be packing some killer features too. Its biggest selling point will likely be its heart-rate sensor. Using technology similar to the Xbox One’s Kinect 2.0 camera add-on, the Microsoft smartwatch will reportedly be able to passively measure your heart-rate. Other than being a really nifty thing to show off to your friends, that sensor could lead to actual health benefits. If your heart rate has been a bit low and you want some tangible proof to show your doctor, if you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your workouts or if you just like to scare yourself silly by watching it rise and fall during the day, the sensor will allow you to do all of that.

Other key features include the fact that the device will work across many platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Given that the Apple Watch only works with iOS devices, a Microsoft smartwatch would certainly have a larger target market but it also means that we can sync our data no matter which phone we have. Microsoft’s rumoured device also wins in terms of battery life as it’s said to last for two days without being charged whereas the Apple Watch, the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Moto 360 can only last for one. All good things to hear so we’ll keep you posted once the device is officially announced.

Source: Forbes

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Terrifying Pieces of Jewelry Rely on Human Veins for Power http://walyou.com/kizhner-jewelry-veins-power/ http://walyou.com/kizhner-jewelry-veins-power/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:51:05 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180244

Whether these pieces of jewelry qualify as wearables is debatable, but one thing is certain: they’re just in time for this year’s Halloween.

Most manufacturers of wearables made to look like jewelry are struggling to find more reliable power sources for their gadgets, so that wearers don’t end up disappointed. Come to think of it, not only wearables are susceptible to making us feel frustrated when their battery runs out. Smartphones, tablets, and other battery-powered gadgets can easily get us to our wits end. Naomi Kizhner, an Israeli graduate student, seems to have found a solution to that by powering pieces of jewelry with our veins.

OK. Just a little pinprick. There’ll be no more “Ah! I forgot to grab a power bank for my jewelry,” but you may feel a little sick. “Comfortably Numb” lyrics aside, the jewelry designed by Naomi uses your body’s electricity to run.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Naomi pointed out that “I wanted to provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to ‘feed’ our addiction in the world of declining resources.” The designer confirms this way that it takes extreme actions to raise awareness nowadays.

“There are lots of developments of renewable energy resources, but the human body is a natural resource for energy that is constantly renewed, as long as we are alive. I wanted to explore the post-humanistic approach that sees the human body as a resource… Will we be willing to sacrifice our bodies in order to produce more energy? My intention is to provoke a discussion,” added Naomi.

As interesting as these pieces of jewelry may be, I really hope that they don’t become a thing. Naomi’s Energy Addicts project was simply created as a statement, and things that connect directly to your veins should remain in hospitals. I also fear there’s a risk of infection, but then again, piercings have gone a long way since they were invented, and these are not that far off.

Do you want to learn more about Naomi’s designs? Then head over to her website, to see her take on industrial design. She is without a doubt talented, even though some might dismiss her project simply because they are different.

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Hendo Hoverboards: this time it’s the real thing http://walyou.com/hendo-hoverboards/ http://walyou.com/hendo-hoverboards/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:21:42 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180243

You know the formula: us, tech websites discuss hoverboards, we mention Back to the Future, and show you a hoverboard concept. But what if one of them actually was getting things right?Are hoverboards about to become mainstream? We don’t know, but we hope they do.

The Hendo Hoverboards team was set on making hoverboards a thing, and after 18 prototypes, they’re closer than anyone has ever been. Their current model is capable of floating 1 inch above ground on any non-ferromagnetic conductor. The Hendo team hopes they’ll get around this by creating hoverboard parks around the country where users will be able to enjoy their boards and, who knows, even compete. Wouldn’t that be a sight to behold?

These hoverboards use four disc-shaped hover engines to stay afloat by creating a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself. Then, just like with a regular skateboard, users only need to propel themselves with their legs, and that’s that. Turns out just making a pledge of $699 USD can already get you one of these babies. If the number is not tempting enough, you might want to rethink it after watching the video below.

Via Kickstarter

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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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