Walyou http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:01:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Japan: the robot hotel is a reality http://walyou.com/japan-the-robot-hotel-is-a-reality/ http://walyou.com/japan-the-robot-hotel-is-a-reality/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:01:36 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217260

Japan has surprised us in the last few days with something new: a robot hotel. Nagasaki now has its Hen-na Hotel (“weird hotel”), staffed almost exclusively with automatons. Read all about it here!

Passengers visiting the robot hotel at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in the Nagasaki prefecture will be welcomed by a very realistic looking ladies, if they speak Japanese… or by a dinosaur if they speak English. Several robots staff this hotel, and will carry luggage to the rooms, control the lockers, clean, and other tasks while the room service is all managed via tablets provided by the hotel itself. The doors to each of the guest’s rooms will use facial recognition and practically the entire building will be using solar energy, a measure taken both to save energy and protect the environment.

Another bit of news is that the prices of the rooms will be changing through time, using a bid system which works in direct relationship to the demand each time of the year. There is a minimum base price of $60 USD per room, and a max of $150 for the triple room which isn’t all that high, all things considered. They have yet to release the prices for the special and luxury rooms, but this is a five star hotel after all so it could be quite higher.

In the future, the hotel will grow to have some 72 rooms, as their website explains, and a future expansion which will add 72 more by March of 2016. There is also a plan to open some 1000 hotels just like this around the world – quite ambitious.

It would seem that the Japanese are ready for this idea to catch on. If this will have results or not, only time will tell, but if you want to travel to Nagasaki and give this place a try. head over to their official website (in English) and make your reservation.

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I5 Plus Smartband Takes Simplicity to the Extreme http://walyou.com/iwown-i5-plus-smartband-review/ http://walyou.com/iwown-i5-plus-smartband-review/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:41:03 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217238

While some wearable manufacturers prefer to make overly complex devices, Iwown teaches everyone a lesson in simplicity with its I5 Plus waterproof smartband.

1. Contents of the Box
2. Design and Build Quality
3. Connectivity
4. Menu and Navigation
5. Battery Life
6. Price and Availability
7. Conclusions

Contents of the Box

At a first glance, it might look like something is missing from the box, but in fact, there’s everything needed to get started. Upon opening the box, a logical question could arise: “Shouldn’t there also be a USB cable included?” Well, no, since the main part of the smartband also includes a USB plug.

Inside the box, you will find just the smartband and a user manual. Instructions on how to set it up and how to use it are available in both English and Chinese, fact that indicates the manufacturer’s desire to market this product internationally.

Design and Build Quality

The back of the Iwown I5 Plus looks a bit like it was made in a rush. Other than that, the smartband is impressively well built. The TPU band has a slot for the USB plug and two other holes for securing the main unit into place. Check out the following slideshow to get an idea about how the item looks.

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It really would be something if all wearables priced this low were made out of so sturdy materials. The only thing that worries me is what would happen to the main unit if pressure is applied onto it while it charges. That being said, when it’s “plugged” into the bracelet, there are no chances the USB plug could ever get damaged. Add to that the fact that the smartband is IP67 certified, which means it is dust- and waterproof, and you have a rather impressive product.

Connectivity

As most wearables out there, the I5 Plus connects to smartphones via Bluetooth. In terms of operating system compatibility, it works with iOS 7.0+ or Android 4.3+.

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The companion app, called Zeroner, is about as simple as the smartband itself. However, judging by the 2.3/5 score it has on Google Play Store, I’d say that most people aren’t happy with it, with the most cited reasons being bugs, connectivity issues with various smartphones, and loss of data after unexpected resets. Fortunately, I didn’t experience any of these problems, and the overall experience was very pleasant.

Right after launching the app, you need to set up an account using an e-mail address and a password, to make sure that your statistics get synced, should you want to pair the smartband with another device.

Menu and Navigation

If it’s versatility you’re after, Iwown’s I5 Plus might just be up your alley. Navigating through the menu is done by swiping to the left or to the right, while confirming a selection is done by pressing the touch screen for three seconds. Here are some of the things it can do.

Display time and date: There is no way to manually set the time and date, but the smartband syncs these details when getting paired with your smartphone using the companion app. To see the current time, you either have to tap the display or do a wrist gesture, as you would if you wore a conventional timepiece. On the other hand, to see the current date, you need to swipe up or down when the time is displayed.

Sleep and fitness tracking: Using the included accelerometer, the I5 Plus can tell when you’re sleeping (moreover, it can distinguish deep from light sleep), and when you’re moving around. When it comes to fitness, it counts calories, number of steps and distance. Of course, no fitness tracker out there is extremely accurate, so these are more like estimations. To make sure sedentariness doesn’t get to you, you can set sedentary reminders or move alerts, as Iwown calls these.

Push caller ID and notifications: When your phone rings, the caller ID will get displayed on the smartband’s screen. Similarly, when you’re getting notifications from certain apps, they are transmitted to the I5 Plus, provided that the Bluetooth connection is not broken. According to the Zeroner app, you can be alerted using vibrations whenever you’re getting a text, or when receiving messages on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or Skype. You’ll have to enable notifications for each of these apps in Zeroner.

Alarm clock: This is yet another feature that’s handled using the companion app. You can set up as many alarms as you want, and you can even establish a pattern for them, depending on the day they fire up.

Battery Life

The I5 Plus allegedly features a 75mAh battery that should keep the smartband up and running for up to a week. The manufacturer recommends charging the device for half an hour prior to using it. From my experience, the battery can last a week, but that will depend a lot on how the smartband is used. Setting up a lot of alarms and getting a ton of notifications will cause the battery life to drop dramatically.

Price and Availability

At $16.36, which is as much as it costs on GearBest, the I5 Plus competes against Xiaomi’s Mi Band. On the upside, this one has a display, but the lesser companion app and the poorer battery life rank it lower than Xiaomi’s wearable.

Conclusions

Iwown’s I5 Plus packs quite a few features for its small price. That makes it a good choice when compared to its mainstream counterparts, considering that the latter cost a few times more. It remains to be seen how and if this smartband stands the test of time, but so far, the

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6 Different Types of Time Travel Movies http://walyou.com/time-travel-movies-categories/ http://walyou.com/time-travel-movies-categories/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217230

I’m a sucker for Time Travel films, even the ones that are poorly done. Of all the Sci-Fi sub-genres, it’s my favorite, and includes the best film of all-time: Back to the future.

But not all time travel films are the same. There are those dealing with alternate timelines. Others tackle different paradoxes, the most famous of them being the grandfather paradox. Others are all about escaping a time loop which is reliving the same day over and over again.

Grandfather Paradox

 

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Maybe the most famous of the cinematic time travel tropes: The time traveler goes back in time and kills his own grandfather. As a result, the time traveler is never born. But, if he were never born, then he would be unable to travel through time and kill his grandfather, which means the traveler would then be born after all — but then, if he were born, he would be able to travel through time and kill his grandfather. In Back to the Future, travelling back to 1955 causes Marty to interfere with his parents’ meeting, and then races to rectify the mistake before he’s erased from existence. But… if he is erased from existence, then he never would have traveled back in time and interfered with his parents’ first meeting, and thus would have been born after all.

Alternate Timeline

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In the film Deja Vu there’s a perfect example of the alternate timeline facet of Time Travel in films. Someone affects the events of the past, creating an alternate timeline where his/hers present never occurred, or has been altered.

Predestination Paradox

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In this paradox, the protagonist travels back in time and starts a chain of events that underpin their own present, which is pretty much a chicken-and-egg scenario, with a loop sequence that doesn’t actually have a beginning. Interstellar is an excellent example of this paradox.

Time Loop

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There are a few different kinds of time loops in film: In films like Edge of Tomorrow, Groundhog Day and Source Code, he same time loop is formed multiple times. The time period repeats over and over again, trapping the protagonist until he does it the “right” way.

In Looper and Frequency, it’s a one-and-done loop. It’s formed and then the timeline continues. In the lesser known Triangle, Timecrimes and The Route V50 there are multiple time loops overlapping each other.

Time Slip

 

The time slip is a little more subtle than the previous methods, as the protagonist or time traveller isn’t aware he has just made the change. Midnight in Paris is a fine example of this trope, as the time travel occurence isn’t explained. Unlike a lot of other films with this “time trick”, the character isn’t stranded in the new “time” he encountered but moves back and forth between “worlds”.

Ontological Paradox

A scenario where, through time travel, a future event is the cause of an earlier (past). The paradox usually involves the creation or transfer of an object, an idea, or information.

Hat Tip

For more on time travel, check out these “actual” cases of time travel, or our ranking of the best films in this category.

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13 Superheroes in Their Dog Version http://walyou.com/superheroes-as-dogs/ http://walyou.com/superheroes-as-dogs/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:39 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217208

Dogs are the best beings on this planet, so wouldn’t Superheroes, specifically Marvel’s, look a lot better as their dog-selves? Josh Lynch makes the magic happen.

Wolverine

Alcoholic mutt.

Spider-Man

Sadly, the Spidey suit can only cover a part of his body.

Iron Man

He’s got a lot of swag.

Hulk

Green makes him look ill.

Cyclops

That’s one awesome looking dog.

Thor

It’s probably hard swinging that hammer with no hands, but at least he’s worthy.

Doctor Strange

Weird, he doesn’t look magical.

Doctor Octopus

It’s easier finding food that way.

Ghost Rider

Dog from hell.

Mister Fantastic

The perfect stretchy kind.

Galactus & the Silver Surfer

It’s difficult being a god.

Silver Surfer

Being a herald seems even more depressing.

M.O.D.O.K

Rock bottom.

For Lynch’s works & website

For more fun with dogs and their relationship with the geeky world, here are a few of and looking super cute in costume.

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Windows 10: everything you need to know http://walyou.com/windows-10-everything-you-need-to-know/ http://walyou.com/windows-10-everything-you-need-to-know/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:40:38 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217224

Microsoft’s next brainchild is just around the corner and heading up for release this week as a massive update to every Windows 7 and upwards. This plataform promises to work with just any device, and improve user experience – although the last few months have seen a surge in rumors questioning how the many versions work, whether it’s really going to be free, and system requirements. Don’t worry, we’ve got your answers here.

Will it be free?

Windows 10 will be released tomorrow, the 29th of July. From this date onwards, you will have a year to update your device for free, as long as you’re running a Windows 7 or Windows 8 device. After this period, upgrading will have a cost depending on your version.

System requirements

In order to update, it’s important that you are running the latest version of your OS, whether it is Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update. When it comes to the hardware side of things, you will need 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM for the 32 bits version and 2 GB for the 64 bits one; along with 16 GB in your drive for the 32 bits version and 20 GB for 64 bits. Also, you need to have a DirectX 9 compatible video card with WDDM 1.0 and a 1024 X 600 screen.

Windows 10 editions

  • Windows 10 Home: Available for PCs and mobile devices for home. Includes Microsoft Edge and Windows Hello for facial recognition. Suggested price is $119 USD.
  • Windows 10 Pro: A complement for the previous version, it will allow users to connect to other domains and use Windows Update for Business. It’s the equivalent of Windows 8 Pro. Suggested price is $199 USD.
  • Windows 10 Mobile: It will replace Windows Phone, and include optimized tactile versions of Office along with mobile exclusive features.
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise: It’s a variant of Windows 10 Mobile, but designed for companies with smartphone & tablets licenses.

Windows Insider program

All Windows users on the Windows Insider program will get access to it even after a year. They will get to try the new betas and builds before anyone else. For everyone else, it will have a cost.

Updating

Keep in mind this is a world-wide update, and probably won’t be available for all users from the get go, as soon as the calendar hits the 29th. Once it’s ready, users will get a notification and will be able to schedule the update date if they wish to update at another time.

If you made the reservation in the previous months, you might have noticed there’s been updates. This is basically Microsoft getting rid of files, setting up the stage to have a clear installation. When it comes to the update itself, it might take 20 minutes in newer computers to an hour on older machines.

In theory, there should be no loss of files with this update, but you should back up all of your important files regardless – because no matter what, that is always a good idea.

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9 Superhero Film Posters If They Were Made During Hollywood’s Golden Age http://walyou.com/superhero-film-posters-silver-screen/ http://walyou.com/superhero-film-posters-silver-screen/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:13 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217190

If Hollywood was making Superhero films back in the good old days of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, stars like Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck and Clark Gable would be starring in them, and looking quite fantastic on the posters.

The Batman

Superman

The Joker & Harley Quinn

Iron Man

Wonder Woman

Aquaman

Power Girl

Teen Titans

Vision & the Scarlet Witch

 

Hat Tip: Reddit

For a little bit more on alternative film posters, check out this interesting collection of fan made versions for famous films, this 8-bit redesign or my personal favorite, the neon lights edition

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Check the International Space Station from the inside http://walyou.com/check-the-international-space-station-from-the-inside/ http://walyou.com/check-the-international-space-station-from-the-inside/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:31:10 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217188

The ESA (European Space Agency) has made possible to virtually take a stroll on the International Space Station (ISS). This is somewhat like a Google Maps service inside the spaceship.

The ESA came up with a simple yet really cool concept: to let users virtually walk around, using the zoom, turning around and exploring every inch of the ISS, just as if the people on the other side of their computers were on the space station themselves.

Recently, Samantha Cristoforetti broke the female record of permanence in space with some 199 outside our planet, and before coming back to Earth performed a mission where she had to take 15 images of each one of the modules of the International Space Station.  After some time in processing, they created a virtual model of the ISS in 360º degrees, which users can check out from the ESA‘s official website.

The only part we won’t be able to visit is the sector that corresponds to the Russian modules, which will be added this year – so no conspiracy theories, there.

This experience isn’t only about checking out the space station, but also having a certain degree of interaction. Depending on where users place their cursos, they will be able to check out videos and text that explain what is going on on screen, as if it was a new version of the old Encarta encyclopedia.

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Facebook Urges You to Upload Videos Straight to It http://walyou.com/facebook-video-upload/ http://walyou.com/facebook-video-upload/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:27:56 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217186

While sharing YouTube videos on the social network will remain an option for a long time to come, Facebook would rather you uploaded your videos straight to their website.

Rumors about Facebook launching its own video streaming service have been floating around for a month now, so encouraging people to upload straight to the social network instead of linking to other websites seems to all be part of the plan.

The Next Web noticed the above message when linking to a YouTube video on their Facebook page. All in all, this is an attempt to drive more traffic to the social network, under the pretext that native videos are more attractive to customers.

I said customers and not friends because the “Boost Post” button from the image makes it clear that this feature is meant for businesses, at least for the time being. Should Facebook make this available to individuals, all sorts of problems could arise from the fact that some people would start uploading copyrighted viral content in order to make their page more popular. Facebook cannot detect stolen videos automatically, but according to an e-mail sent by a spokesperson to The Next Web, here’s how the company will handle copyright infringement:

“For years we’ve used the Audible Magic system to help prevent unauthorized video content. We also have reporting tools in place to allow content owners to report potential copyright infringement, and upon receiving a valid notice we remove unauthorized content. We also suspend accounts of people with repeated IP violations when appropriate.

As video continues to grow on Facebook, we’re actively exploring further solutions to help IP owners identify and manage potential infringing content, tailored for our unique platform and ecosystem.

This is a significant technical challenge to solve, but we have a team working on it and expect to have more to share this summer. As with all products and experiences on Facebook, we’re listening to feedback, and want to continue to improve our content management tools for people and publishers.”

The second motivation is that the success of Facebook videos are easier to track in Page Insights. There’s no denying about that, but I’d say that this move could’ve been done more tactfully. This way, it just looks like the social network is trying to manipulate businesses so that it makes more and more money.

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Get Online Anywhere with Teclast X98 Air http://walyou.com/teclast-x98-air/ http://walyou.com/teclast-x98-air/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:47:10 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217174

There’s still a great gap between modern tablets, in terms of connectivity, with some sporting 4G and others having only Wi-Fi. Getting one with 3G, such as the Teclast X98 Air, seems to be the safest bet.

Teclast’s naming scheme for their tablets seems very confusing at first, since there are three tablets bearing the X98 name. Furthermore, the confusion is fueled by the fact that the manufacturer uses Z3735F and Z3736F CPUs in these tablets. Besides the basic model, there is also an X98 Air, and an X98 Air II. The one in question has 3G connectivity via a SIM card, while the Air II can only connect via Wi-Fi. As TechTablets.com pointed out in a YouTube video, there are also some differences in the display refresh rate and cameras.

At the core of the X98 Air sits an Intel Z3736F CPU running at up to 2.16Ghz, along with Intel’s 7th-gen GPU. Those two combined ensure smooth operation under both Android 4.4 and Windows 8.1 with Bing, seeing that the tablet comes with both of them. Besides that there are 2GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM, which vary depending on the OS that you use.

As for the display, Teclast insists that it is a Retina one, but with a 9.7″ diagonal and a QXGA resolution (that would be 2048 x 1536, making it a 4:3 screen), it only has 264ppi, which is lower than Retina’s minimum of 300ppi. I’m not a huge fan of 4:3 displays, but as long as this gets the job done, I guess it’s OK.

Besides the ever-present Wi-Fi and the built-in 3G (in the form of WCDMA 2100Mhz), the X98 Air also sports GPS, which is a welcome addition, since you don’t get to see this type of connectivity in every tablet. Combined with 3G, this means that you can shoot up Google Maps (either the Android app or the website, if you’re using Windows) to find out where you are.

The other specs are common for Chinese tablets. Teclast X98 Air features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP snapper for video calls and selfies, along with a microphone and speakers for calls under Android. The 8000mAh battery should provide up to 7 hours of continuous video playback, assuming that you’re not running any demanding apps in the background.

At $201.29, which is as much as it costs on GearBest, Teclast X98 Air has quite some decent specs, and assuming that everything works as advertised, users should have a great experience using them.

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Tagloo, an alternative to Google Photos and Facebook Moments http://walyou.com/tagloo-an-alternative-to-google-photos-and-facebook-moments/ http://walyou.com/tagloo-an-alternative-to-google-photos-and-facebook-moments/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:36:14 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217175

Tagloo is a Spanish start-up that began its activity in late 2014, and recently released their photography app to become an alternative to Google Photos and Facebook Moments.

The Tagloo team made some of the main features in the app very well known, as its unique tagging system where we can see the many pictures in our cellphone, organized, tagged and filtered in any way we so desire – these aren’t photo albums, but unlimited tags that allow users to organize the pictures in a personalized, non-automatic way. For example, friends, sunsets, travel, or any other tag anyone can think of. Another nice feature is its sharing system, which might be one of the easiest systems ever created whren it comes to usability. With Tagloo, as soon as someone tags someone else, both users will have the picture on their accounts, which they can in turn share in different groups  each. Tagloo is trying to recreate the photo album concept from the point of view that this app is solving its most basic issue: finding specific pictures, no matter the system, can be quite complicated but now we can find and share with an easy system.

The Tagloo team claim that they “don’t fight for space in the cloud. Our service is not meant to just store pictures away, it’s so much more than that”

Tagloo saves the pictures on a private cloud so they don’t affect the smartphone’s memory, and in case the phone either breaks, gets stolen or lost, the pictures are safe thanks to its account system. This app is completely free for the first 3 gigabytes, and can be used with any gadget running on iOS 8, although they have confirmed they are working on bringing this unique app to Android devices all over the world.

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