Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

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Automatic – Smart Driving Assistant

November 26, 2013

Automatic, the smart driving startup that builds an accessory for just about any vehicle, is expanding its list of retail partners beyond Apple thanks to a new deal with Amazon. That means the car will be available to a whole new group of customers, thanks to a distribution arrangement with the world’s largest online retailer.

Automatic’s Link plugs into a car’s ODB-11 port, which is generally going unused on any vehicle between service spots, but which essentially provides access to the car’s central nervous system and can relate back a huge amount of information about your vehicle and its travels, including fuel consumption, detailed information about “check engine” and other service lights that appear on your dashboard, and can also detect crashes and send automatic calls for help.

The deal for Automatic means retail presence that could help it become more than just a niche product for tech enthusiasts. And that could be good news for the connected car space in general: Our own Chris Velazco reviewed the product and found that it helped make him more conscious of his own driving habits, which could in turn lead to a number of other use cases for that new awareness and newly unearthed information. With other accessories feeding from the pipe Automatic provides, we could see all kinds of different incarnations of intelligent driving accessories, but first Automatic’s Link needs to reach critical mass. Article here.

Automatic – $99.95

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theQ Camera

September 6, 2013

If you don’t want to fill up your phone’s storage with a billion pictures, theQ Camera could be your new photo-snapping wingman. It’s got built-in 3G which allows you to automatically upload your shots to whatever social media sites you wish and store everything you shoot online. One of the neat little features is the two shutter buttons on the camera, one gives you a flash and one doesn’t. TheQ Camera boasts a lens with an f2.4 aperture, it allows you to add filters to your photos, and is actually waterproof. You can pre-order now and the first units should get shipped out in about a month. $199

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Sigmo Voice Translation Device

August 21, 2013

If you’ve spent any amount of time traveling abroad, you’ve likely run into a language barrier, making it hard to get the most out of your trip. With the Sigmo Voice Translation Device ($50) you can avoid those issues, without resorting to learning a new language. This device connects to your iOS or Android device over Bluetooth and, using existing services, translates your voice into one of 25 different languages. Just speak into the microphone and it will translate everything you say, playing it back over the speaker. It’s small and light, so you can bring it anywhere, attach it to your clothes, or hang it around your neck. http://buysigmo.com/

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What’s in Your Pocket? – Everyday Carry

August 14, 2013

Everyday Carry, or EDC, generally refers to small items or gadgets worn, carried, or made available in pockets, holsters, or bags on a daily basis to manage common tasks or for use in unexpected situations or emergencies. In a broader sense, it is a lifestyle, discipline, or philosophy of preparedness.     http://everyday-carry.com

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Algae Lamp Absorbs 200-Times More Carbon Dioxide Than Trees, Doesn’t Require Electricity

March 4, 2013

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has invented an innovative algae lamp, and it’s claimed to absorb 200-times more CO2 than trees, at the rate of 1-ton annually, or what a tree absorbs over its entire lifetime. Pierre has basically developed a lighting system that requires no electricity for power. Instead, it draws carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and uses it to produce light as well as oxygen as a byproduct. The key ingredient? Algae. There are certain types of algae that can feed off of organic carbon as well as sunlight, and in the process produce carbohydrate energy for themselves as well as oxygen as a waste product.

According to Geek.com, “Cajella’s lamps consist of algae-filled water along with a light and battery system. During the day the algae produce energy from sunlight that is then stored in the batteries. Then at night the energy is used to power the light. However, as the algae can also produce energy from carbon, sunlight isn’t required for the process to work. That means such lights can be placed where there is no natural light and the air will effectively be cleaned on a daily basis.”

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The Bookbook – Macbook case

April 19, 2012

BookBook is a one-of-a-kind, hardback leather case designed exclusively for MacBook Pro. Available in Classic Black or Vibrant Red, BookBook brings three levels of security to your prized Mac. First, the hardback cover and spine provide solid protection from the rigors of the road. Second, the vintage book design disguises MacBook for superior security. And third, the stylish case protects you from being like everyone else because BookBook is totally original, just like you. Twelvesouth

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Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 Smartphone

October 30, 2011

The performance you demand. The power you need. Styled by Porsche Design, forged in stainless steel, finished in leather and powered by BlackBerry®. The Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone from BlackBerry®is engineered luxury at its finest. Superior BlackBerry performance and elegant Porsche Design styling place the P’9981 smartphone in a class of its own. An enhanced 1.2 GHz processor and 8 GB of onboard memory powers a responsive and nimble browsing experience, 720p HD video recording, dual band Wi-Fi®, a built-in compass and access to a selection of exclusive apps. Link

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BACtrack SingleShot – Disposable Breath Alcohol Tester

June 8, 2011

Don’t drink and drive – PERIOD. I believe most people don’t, but there are those situations where you go out for a drink or two, maybe have something with dinner, feel completely fine and then drive home. If your judgement has already been impaired by alcohol, of any limit, then why do you trust it to decide if you should get behind the wheel? Stay on the safe side, for everyone’s sake, and get a second opinion by blowing into one of these cool new BACtrack SingleShot – Disposable Breath Alcohol Testers.

Unlike those large and pricey electronic breathalyzers, these inexpensive, single-use breath alcohol testers don’t require batteries, maintenance, recalibration or training. Just squeeze the center of the tube to activate the test, blow through it for 12 seconds and if the crystals change color from yellow to blue-green, then your blood alcohol level is at or above the limit. The testers are clinically proven to be over 99% accurate with rapid results, have been cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Department of Transportation as an Alcohol Screening Device and are available in 0.02% (zero-tolerance), 0.05%, and 0.08% (legal driving limit) BAC thresholds. It’s simple to use, easy to read the results and small enough to fit in any purse or pocket. Although these are great to have, please remember to just drink responsibly in the first place.

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Phonekerchief – Signal Blocking Phone Handkerchief

May 16, 2011

Going out to dinner lately has gotten to be nothing but a table full of people playing with their phones. Well if this sounds familiar, then it’s time to get one of these cool new Phonekerchiefs. When an annoying phone comes out, just snatch it away and wrap it up in this phone handkerchief to effectively kill the signal and restore some manners to the table. This innovative, service-blocking handkerchief is made with silver fibers to block incoming calls and texts, but still sends a clear message. Quite possibly the greatest invention ever made!

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