Walyou http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:11:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 15 Perfect Gadget Ideas for Men http://walyou.com/gadgets-for-men/ http://walyou.com/gadgets-for-men/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:12:47 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217403

Getting men presents, whether it’s for your average guy or for the hardcore gadget fan, can be complicated. Aware of this, we put together a list of our favorite gadgets and trinkets that would be enjoyed by pretty much any guy out there. Whether you’re buying gadgets for a father, brother, husband or lover, this list should either land you some incredible stuff, or give you some general ideas of where to go or what type of things to look for.

If you happen to like what you see, click on the image for information on how to buy them!

AGS Wireless Laser Projection Keyboard

If your smartphone is more than a gadget, and a working tool you simply can not work without, it might be time to consider investing in a typing alternative that doesn’t make the whole experience hellish. That’s what virtual keyboards do, project keyboards on your desk so you don’t actually have to lug around one, and type comfortably just like you would in your desktop.

Maverick OT-3BBQ Digital BBQ Thermometer

Some people just know how to get the meat to look and taste the way they want. For the rest of us, we have the option of struggling or using a more scientific approach, and if this second option is what interests you, you have to check out the digital BBQ thermometers. This model we picked is even wireless, so you can even walk around the house while your meat cooks.

A2DP Steering Wheel Bluetooth Hands free Wireless Speakerphone

There are some calls that we just can’t afford to miss, whether we’re at work or in the middle of the freeway, driving. If you happen to find yourself in the second situation, you might want to consider a wireless speakerphone so you don’t have to deal with your smartphone while you drive. We all care, we all want you to be safe, so be sure to check this baby out. Wouldn’t this make a fantastic Christmas present?

Philips Norelco BG2040/34 Bodygroom 7100

Anyone serious about their career in a corporate environment (or pretty much anywhere else) knows the importance of grooming. The process is simple enough, as long as you have the right tools, and by “the right tools”, we pretty much mean only this groomer which will replace your entire stash of trinkets, and this balance between useful and minimalism is the reason why this is one of the best gadgets for men.

RAVPower 16000mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank

Speaking of the ever-present smartphones, it can be quite complicated to run out of juice in the middle of something important, and portable chargers are becoming more and more important in our every day routines. This one in particular is one of our favorite models for being among the fastest charger bays out there, but also having room for more than one phone, which depending on your line of work may mean a lot and add a lot of value.

SWIG Scottish Heritage Flask Gift Set

A very classy gift for the guys in the family who enjoy their drinks. This set includes the SWIG Hip Flask, a Stainless Steel Funnel, SWIG Gift Packaging, and can even be engraved and personalized. This gift is especially good for the proud scotch descendants, here’s your opportunity to reconnect with your heritage!

Atecher Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Wristband for Android & iOS

Not quite a smartwatch, but way beyond a smartband, the Atecher for Android is the perfect gadget for the health conscious. It can be worn to run, swim, cycle, or climb, where it will provide useful information about performance and stuff like heart rate and so on. It also will measure non athletic activities such as sleep quality, and even wake you up as an alarm clock. This model works pretty much with any iPhone or Android phone of the last few years – it’s a fantastic gift for the health conscious in Christmas.

Danby DBC120BLS Beverage Center

A man cave needs to have a place for drinks! We recommend this beverage center for finding the right balance between quantity and size, with its different sized segments that make it easier to sort out your drinks. We claim this is a gadget for men, but no woman can resist a well-stocked fridge, either.

KeySmart – Compact Key Holder

 

One of the worst parts of being an adult is the sheer number of keys we end up holding at any given time. Sometimes, they are not even our house keys, but friends, relatives or whatever else – but no matter. It doesn’t need to be a problem as long as you’re wielding a compact key holder like this.

Flylinktech RD-802 LED Projector

Share your media! This projector works with a variety of devices and connections including HDMI/USB/SD/VGA/AV, and more. This is particularly good to use along with smartphones, and it’s so lightweight you can carry it around without any issues. This is a fantastic gadget for fathers who want to share their digital pictures, or a great gadget for the office that can help with presentations.

Evelots Press Button Self Stirring Mug

This is one of those toys that are so cool you just can’t help but wonder how come you don’t have one for yourself. This mug will stirr its contents with the press of a button, because only a caveman would use a spoon. This should be the norm, and not a novelty gadget.

Omaker M4 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

The perfect speaker to use both inside the house and outside of it, the Omaker M4 has some 12 hours of playtime and could easily outlast your smartphone’s battery. With over 33 feet range, you can keep the music going at all times. It might be a good gift now that the holiday season is about to roll over.

Trailer Eyes T-86 GoRidePro Helmet Sport Action Camera

For the extreme sports loving guys out there, this is the perfect way to record their trips and adventures. Whether it is cycling, hiking or climbing, this is the most cost-efficient way to get a great quality camera for the most daring moments.

PlayStation 4 video game console

The PS4 neds no introduction. The best selling console of this generation is not only an incredibly powerful video game machine with games like The Last of Us, The Witcher 3 and Destiny, but also has the potential of becoming the center of your living room thanks to its TV box capabilities and functionalities with Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and more. We might have made this list as gadgets for men, but no matter who you are, this is an investment worth considering.

High-Tech Place Dual Wheel Electric Scooter Galactic Wheels 400

This self-balancing electric scooter is a joy to have around and a fantastic gift for those who enjoy mastering fun toys. It can travel at 10 kmph and provide many, many hours of fun. Wouldn’t this be a fantastic gift for the geekier members of the family?

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MemoryMirror : see the mirror that changes your clothes http://walyou.com/memorymirror-see-the-mirror-that-changes-your-clothes/ http://walyou.com/memorymirror-see-the-mirror-that-changes-your-clothes/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:39:34 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217417

MemoMi have created a mirror unlike any other. The MemoryMirror allows you to see how any particular piece of cloth would look in any other color. Read all about it here!

 

Meet the ultimate gadget for the fashion conscious and say goodbye forever to the “which color would look best?” dilemma. The MemoryMirror is a new gadget that uses Intel’s RealSense technology, and allows users to see 360 degrees of any specific image of what they’re wearing and change the colors of any specific part of the outfit with simply gestures like opening or clenching a fist. Still, if that still sounds complicated, users may want to use a specially designed app for smartphones which can still access the entire range of possibilities in the MemoryMirror.

 

Another feature in the MemoryMirror is a split-screen effect which allows to see two colors of any given garment, and even compare and share with friends via email in image or picture format. This is particularly useful if you need a second opinion or can’t decide.

The MemoryMirror introduces a completely new experience when it comes to buying clothes and trying those out, as you can see how the colors look before even buying them. Whether this is a revolution, or technology that complicates a process that doesn’t need to be so hard, only time will tell.

You can learn more about the MemoryMirror in the official website, and even buy your own if this sounds like a must-have gadget to you.

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Old Photos Turned Into Creepy Animated GIFs http://walyou.com/old-photographs-creepy-animated-gifs/ http://walyou.com/old-photographs-creepy-animated-gifs/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:15:12 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217414

The combination of black and white photos found on the Library of Congress online archive with the imagination and talent of Kevin Weir (Flux Machine) results in some very creepy animated gifs.

The towers from Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

The crow (Reminds me of Bioshock)

Shadow soldier

Low-Tech War of the Worlds

The appearing skull

Multiple personalities

For more animated gif action, check out these moving comic book covers or these classic disney pencil animations before they got the color makeover.

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Mamma Nessie Colander Is a Cute Match for Boiled Vegetables http://walyou.com/mamma-nessie-colander-spoon/ http://walyou.com/mamma-nessie-colander-spoon/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:35:03 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217386

It may seem odd for a manufacturer of kitchen appliances to get inspiration for the design of their products from such cryptids as the Loch Ness Monster, but OTOTO Design appears to have hit a gold mine with their Mamma Nessie colander .

The Mamma Nessie colander comes a few months after the Nessie ladle made waves on the Web. The reason behind the naming is quite simple: due to its similar shape and larger dimensions, the colander spoon looks much like a nest for the ladle, and the two are spectacular together.

OTOTO, the design studio that came up with the idea of creating all sorts of funny-looking kitchen gadgets, realized that most products found in stores nowadays have a pretty dull aspect. Young people, in particular, could benefit from colorful appliances and innovative designs, as it’s nothing more depressing than to cook in a black and inox environment.

Measuring 12x11x29 cm, Mamma Nessie is entirely made out of plastic. Personally, I would have preferred silicone, as it withstands much higher temperatures. However, given its purpose and the fact it mostly comes in contact with boiling water, the colander spoon should be safe.

The dimensions of the spoon make Mamma Nessie adequate for boiled vegetables, but short pasta is also an option to consider. As far as I can tell, the colander spoon won’t play well with spaghetti or tagliatelle, so if you’re looking for a tool to handle these, you should probably check the other products from OTOTO’s portfolio.

Mamma Nessie is currently being sold by SOHO Design Shop for $18.90, in two color options: green and turquoise. A purple version isn’t yet available, but considering that the ladle comes in this color, it shouldn’t take long until Mamma is dressed in it, too. In time, this colander spoon might be sold by more stores, but for the time being, the green version is exclusive to SOHO.

It is also possible to buy the Nessie set, which includes the colander spoon and the ladle. This way, you get to add a touch of color to your kitchen, while also saving some money, as getting the two separately costs more. Sets of differently colored Mamma Nessies should be available soon, considering that ladle sets are already being sold.

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Sony introduce their Metal Gear Solid themed Xperia http://walyou.com/sony-introduce-their-metal-gear-solid-themed-xperia/ http://walyou.com/sony-introduce-their-metal-gear-solid-themed-xperia/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:52:53 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217381

Sony introduced their next Xperia phone, the Sony Xperia J1 Compact themed after the Metal Gear Solid video game series, which is coming back in September with Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain.

It’s not very common to see smartphones in the market themed after popular video games. They generally get themes after brands such as Ferrari or Porsche, or popular franchises at the time such as Samsung’s Iron Man themed Galaxy series, but gamers can be happy now as Sony have introduced their Sony Xperia J1 Compact, themed after the upcoming video game Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain. Gamers will be able to buy their Sony smartphone sporting an Outer Haven logo on the back, along with wallpapers, ringtones and an artbook to match, all based on the Metal Gear franchise. The J1 Compact will be the only Xperia model to include all of these items, although the Xperia Z4 tablet and Xperia Z3 Compact will feature themed framed and casing. The Sony Xperia J1 Compact The Phantom Pain edition will be available for preorders on September for $480 USD.

The specs will be no different from the regular edition, so this is more of a treat for fans than its own, unique model. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is one of the most awaited video games of the last few years, and with its conflicted yet imminent launch happening in a couple weeks for now, it has made quite a few headlines. For example, creator Hideo Kojima will be leaving Konami after the release of the game after the company canceled his other project Silent Hills (which had Guillermo del Toro’s collaboration, even) amongst many other news.

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10 Beautiful Disney Pencil Animations http://walyou.com/best-disney-pencil-animations/ http://walyou.com/best-disney-pencil-animations/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:00:36 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217377

It’s rare to see 2D, by hand big budget animated films these days, but it’s hard to argue that they still hold a very captivating sort of magic to them, part of it thanks to the nostalgia factor working overtime when we encounter something reminding us of our childhood.

Like these pencil test drawings for Disney films like Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Besides being gorgeous to look at, they pinch at your heart a little bit because of the reasons mentioned above.

Belle & Beast

Robin Hood, Milt Kahl

Peter Pan, Milt Kahl

Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Glen Keane

Jasmine (Aladdin), Mark Henn

Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Marc Davis

The Princess and the Frog

Shere Khan (The Jungle Book), Milt Kahl

101 Dalmatians

Rapunzel, Glen Keane

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For some more awesome GIF action, here is one of my favorite posts – Comic Book Covers Coming to Life

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Mystery over: this is Andriod Marshmallow http://walyou.com/mystery-over-this-is-andriod-marshmallow/ http://walyou.com/mystery-over-this-is-andriod-marshmallow/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:39:50 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217371

We’re getting closer to the official release of what is going to be Android Marshmallow. Ever since March rumors started happening about this new iteration, and Google themselves confirmed in may during the Google I/O that the next Android OS would be codenamed “M”, but without any further explanation of what M stood for.

Following the tradition of naming their mobile OS’s with brands or candy names, Google have finally revealed what the M stands for in the new Android M: Marshmallow. This new version, Android 6.0, will be arriving during fall, and will again depend on phone companies if and when they update their current OSs. As of now, Google confirmed all Nexus owners will be able to flash their devices to upgrade to Android 6.0.

Android M brings forth updates that deal with security. Mainly the permissions that apps ask for, which instead of asking for all of them from the get-go, each permission will have to be granted individually whence they are needed, as to prevent malaware from getting control of the phone.

Along with the reveal of the name, Google have revealed the new Android 6.0 SDK with a Marshmallow software preview exclusive for Nexus devices. This update also brings support for Google’s Android Pay mobile app, USB Type-C support and, as always, stability tweaks all over. As opposed to Android 5.0 Lollipop, this new version doesn’t seem a substantial user interface update.

And on some related hardware news, rumors have been going around that Android 6.0 Marshmallow might make its debut on two new devices, one from Huawei and, more interestingly, a Nexus 5 sequel from LG leaked not long ago, one of the most critically acclaimed phones of the last cycle.

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7 Inviting Travel Posters for Star Wars Tourism http://walyou.com/star-wars-tourism-travel-posters/ http://walyou.com/star-wars-tourism-travel-posters/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:00:34 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217361

If there was no war in the Star Wars universe and travelling from planet to planet or system to system was a safe, advisable thing, than these would probably serve as the posters for travel agencies trying to promote inter-planetary tourism.

Alas, that isn’t the case. Also, the Star Wars universe isn’t real. Alas also. But at least there are people willing to put the time and effort with their creativity and talent to make it feel as real as possible, like these travel posters, made by the talented Justin Van Genderen.

Tatooine

Coruscant

Dagobah

Moon of Endor

Naboo

Hoth

 

Bespin

 

For more of his works

And for those who like this brand of fictional travel poster-ism, check out these brilliant ones for the planets in our solar system or back to geeky travel from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Twitter hires the founder and developer behind Falcon Pro http://walyou.com/twitter-hires-the-founder-and-developer-behind-falcon-pro/ http://walyou.com/twitter-hires-the-founder-and-developer-behind-falcon-pro/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:17:09 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217350

Twitter has hired the founder and developer of Flacon Pro, a popular client acclaimed for its clean, modern design, in order to improve the mobile experience. This app is already famous for adding a lot to the Twitter experience in terms of design and usability, and the network of the blue bird stands to gain a lot from this team up.

Twitter has gone through some rough times trying to get their official mobile apps just right. It’s been so complicated finding the proper balance that it has not been uncommon for them to straight up buy competitors from other clients such as the team behind Tweeetdeck, or hire the main developers behind other apps such as Falcon Pro’s very own Joaquim Vergès. The truth is, Twitter has been fighting tooth and nail to attract users to their official apps so they can retain control over what other users see, such as ads or promoted tweets, but many times they’ve faced indifference, and users straight up ignoring them in favor of other apps developed by third parties instead of their own official app. A great example of this situation was when, in 2011, Twitter bought Tweetdeck for $28.5 million dollars as the client was reaching a quota of 50% of all Twitter users, which helped them retain control. Similarly, they’ve also bought Tweetie some 5 years ago, a popular iOS client in which the current official app for Apple is based off.

In an attempt to please their user base with their official mobile app for Android, as we explained before, Twitter has hired the developer Joaquim Vergès, the man behind Falcon Pro. He himself broke the news to the world, obviously, through his Twitter account, and also confirmed he would be working alongside the group who is tweaking the design and user interface of the official Android app. Regardless, he also asked Falcon Pro users to keep their cool, as he explained he wasn’t going to stop developing this app, and that he would update it with new features and improvements.

Up next, Joaquim’s tweets where he broke the news:

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6 Ideas for a Sequel to the Witcher 3 http://walyou.com/witcher-3-sequels-ideas/ http://walyou.com/witcher-3-sequels-ideas/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:00:25 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217335

For now, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the last game in the successful series as CD Projekt RED move on to work on something new. But it would be foolish to let what is turning out to be a hugely successful franchise fade away without making the most of the growing fan base and momentum.

The Witcher games serve as continuation to the stories of Geralt the Witcher, initially short stories followed by five novels and a prequel book, written by Andrzej Sapkowski. The games pick up where the novels end, and do a very good job of building on the source material and growing on from it.

And what now? The sequels can go in a number of directions, although the game (Witcher 3) ends differently for everyone who plays it, considering all the choices you have to make about a few major issues. There are also two expansions coming out in the next six months which might affect the grand story.

And still, there are enough interesting things to see and do in the world created by Sapkowski and expanded by the video games, and we’re here to offer our assistance in finding the right idea to develop into the next game.

Ciri the Witcher

There are a number of possible endings in Witcher 3. My favorite one, for Ciri at least (and it’s also the one I got on my playthrough), is her becoming a Witcher. She and Geralt work as a pair for a bit before parting.

The next game will be about Ciri’s stories on the trail, although with no Witcher schools existing anymore (that we know of) she’s basically constantly on the go, without a Winter hibernation spot. I’m not quite sure about the story but obviously she’ll get involved in Northern Kingdoms vs Nilfgaardian empire politics and wars and it would be wise to involve her elven blood and connections somehow.

Still Geralt

Geralt, in most endings, keeps on hunting monsters, although if he’s with Triss or Yennefer (or maybe even without them, just like it happened to me when trying to grab the moon and the sun at the same time) he does a lot less than before.

This should have the biggest appeal to the fans of the series, because he’s the most famous character, the main protagonist in all three games and he simply is The Witcher. 

Just like Ciri’s case, it’ll be about once again getting mixed up in North vs South wars among the many side quests that better minds than me can come up with, but the main thing here is sticking with what works, only finding new motivation and life goal for Geralt.

The Other Witcher Schools

There’s one more option in my opinion for a protagonist. Another Witcher. While it does seem like Witchers are a dying breed, and not just in Kaer Morhen. But lets say somewhere in this fictional world there’s a Witcher school still operating. Maybe down in the South, or maybe in some land we haven’t been exposed to in the books or the games. This opens up the possibility of moving away from Temeria, Kaedwen, Aedirn and Redania, although in the end of some of the games, they’ve all been swallowed by the Nilfgaardian empire, except for Temeria which sort of get to keep their independence.

Make it About the Other Worlds

One of the most popular quests in Witcher 3 was when Geralt joins Avallac’h and they travel together through a number of worlds (a desert one, a weird tropical one, an ice one) to reach the home of the Aen Elle and their city of Tir ná Lia.

In short, the possibilities are endless, especially with Ciri being able to time travel as well, although maybe after stopping the White Frost some of those powers have disappeared.

Wizards Making a Comeback

Regardless of the choices you make during Witcher 3, magicians and sorceresses are on the run, at least in the Northern Kingdoms. But being arrogant and talented, they’re also ambitious. Part of the next game could involve some power struggle between magicians who once again try to create a lodge or some sort of cabal to influence or even rule over the other rulers, be it in Kovir or even in the Nilfgaardian provinces.

Prequel

There are short stories and novels to go back to. While following the story in the books would create an interesting situation because of how the Open World allows you to stray off the main quest, it can be worked around, especially in the short stories settings and some parts in the Novels timeframe. Ciri escaping Cintra and Geralt finding her? Previous Geralt hunting of monsters? The story of the Witchers before the pogrom in their home Kaer Morhen? There are plenty of good ideas to develop into a game (and also a decent movie or TV series if we’re on the subject), even if they’re only mentioned in a line or two during the books or games themselves. (Image Source)

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