It has taken a while for Funny Or Die to launch an app for their news stories, but finally the News Flash app has launched for the owners of iOS powered devices. Continue reading →
There are lots of Glasses type products coming out at the moment, but which one do you choose in order to get the complete range of features and services. Well the straight answer is check the features, but many of these ideas are linked to other brands. So, what about these Space Glasses, they have the term Glasses and Space in the name so these must be good. However, really, these are cool glasses with a lot to offer the buyer and that is all that matter these day, more tech for your buck is a good rule of thumb. We have established that the Space Glasses are cool, but enough about looks what do these glasses have to offer?
They come with the display offers dual immersive transparent displays with 1280 x 720 pixel resolutions for both displays and a field of View of 40°! Touchscreen features precise finger and gesture interaction on a 3D Stereoscopic display. It runs on an Intel i5 CPU, has 4 GB of RAM, a 128 GB solid state drive (SSD) and a 32Whr battery. Networking is provided through the 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0 and connectivity is available through a fast USB 3.0 port. There is a 3D Time of flight depth sensor with twin RGB Cameras, a 9 axis Integrated Motion Unit, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and built in Compass. It is going to be running with help of MetaApp Store, featuring over five hundred Meta Applications in development.
These AR Glasses are not ready to deliver yet, but they are taking pre orders for them! Prices are set to start from around $3,000 or £1,833.
Source: Space Glasses
Why read the latest news stories when you can listen and watch what is going on through an app on your Smartphone! This is what Wibbitz is, it is a free app that allows the user to choose the content they want and if it is really good share it with family and friends too. It is like a mash up between voice search and news summaries, in other words it is a cool way of keeping up with the news. With the Wibbitz app for the iPhone you will be able to watch and listen to all of the latest news stories and features taken from the all of the top news sites and enjoy the content as it appears on modern and smart swipe style interface. Continue reading →
There are a few ways of looking at the WildCat robot designed and tested by Boston Dynamics, one is that it could be a really useful tool for transported much needed supplies to unsafe areas such as those affected by natural disasters etc.
The other is that it will be adopted by the military, armed to the teeth and let loose, where it will become aware and realise that the human race is the enemy! We know the rest of the story as the machines start giving themselves numbers preceded by a T!
The WildCat being tested here was able to reach speeds of 16 mph on an even surface, it is quite fast on rough terrain too and as such a robot like this one can do a lot of good in the right situations.
Source: Boston Dynamics
If you have a solar collector air heater, then you will know that it is not all plain sailing as in order to control the flow of warm air the fans will have to be controlled in some way and this is where the Okapi control device comes in! This small device may fit in your hand but it could pay for itself in no time. The Okapi is the brain for your solar air system, it will control everything from the speed of the fans to when clouds block the sun and in turn makes subtle adjustments to system.
We know what the Okapi can do, but what are the features that this device has to offer the user. It will be able to control up to two units, powers a low voltage fan, control system monitors performance, fan speed optimised for maximum airflow, safety features built in and the Okapi device can be powered by solar or battery power.
Greenhill do not say how much this device is going to cost once it goes retail, but the Okapi can be pre-ordered from just $225 or £139.
Source: Greenhill Envirotechnologies
You might have thought that getting up close and personal with the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, might be a little difficult and yet it seems that the man from Google has managed to get in with the Google Street View gear on his back to produce a cool view of the most famous science experiment in the world.
Actually, it is not that exciting, but the idea of checking out the most famous, powerful and largest particle accelerator is simply one of the coolest to be seen.
Source: Google Street View
In the case of a natural disaster, such as flood or earthquake, making a phone call might be out of the question and so we may turn to social media or to be more precise the micro blogging site Twitter! It is amazing how much detail can be put into a short message and once it has been posted its there for all to see.
This was the basis of Lifeline, a feature that Twitter created in order to assist Japanese users during an emergency situation. Now Twitter are introducing Twitter Alerts with the view to allowing people to warn others of natural and emergency situations, when other means of communications are unavailable.
In order to set up the Twitter alert, simply visit the organisations Twitter Alert Page to activate this service with your account. You will need Twitter for iPhone version 5.10 or higher and Twitter for Android 4.1.6 or higher in order for this service to work properly.
Source: Twitter Blog
Google have a new Nexus on the way and according to their new TV advert, it is so cool that it will even help you get you a new girlfriend! but if you are more interested in what it has to offer, well then it has a nice 7.02 inch display with HD and a 1920 x 1200 of pixel resolutions, it is powered by the quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, comes with 2 GB of RAM and dual-band Wi-Fi. 1.2 MP front facing and 5 MP rear facing cameras and a battery that offers up to nine hours of active use.
This is why the new seven inch Nexus from Google is worth checking out;
The new 7” tablet from Google. Powerful, portable and made for what matters to you. Now thinner, lighter, and faster – Nexus 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the world’s sharpest 7” tablet screen – putting over 2.3 million pixels in the palm of your hand.
This new Nexus model will be launching by the end of this month in the US with a starting price of around $229 (£150)! Google say that the device will be available in other countries soon.
Source: Google Nexus 7
Here is an interesting new pen, it looks like a regular pen and it writes in ink too! However, the difference is the built in computer that monitors the users writing and detects spelling errors, warning the user with a subtle vibrating action! There are so many uses for this, kids at school or just about anyone who struggles with spelling, we all have our moments and now that we use computers all of the time, when it comes to actual writing we need all the help that we can get.
This is where the project is at the moment, more funding will allow the team to move on;
Prototype housing and prototype computer were “married”
Motion sensor perfectly connected
HWR software runs fast (~20ms per character in block handwriting)
Sensor recognized his first words: “Mama” and “Papa”
PCB design started (oval shape)
Inner construction of the housing is ongoing
Kickstarter project ready to launch
Investment negotiations with a major German game manufacturer
Connections to retailers and distributors have already been made
Once this pen goes on sale, expect to pay around $189 (£125) for it! However, for a short while, it is available on Kickstarter from $135 (£89).
The Google Science Fair is a good place to find new and exciting ideas, but what makes it even better is the event has just three age groups; 13 to 14, 15 to 16 and 17 to 18! One of this year’s finalists is fifteen year old Ann Makosinski, a Canadian student who has come up with an idea for flashlight that requires no batteries at all. Instead, it uses body heat; in fact, the body will produce enough energy to power three LED’s, which is exactly what this thermoelectric flashlight has.
This is what Ann Makosinski, has to say about the video;
My submission for the Google Science Fair. A 2 minute summary of my project. And I apologize for my weird “vault” accent everyone is debating over . We have these accents down west, y’all….
We think that this is a great idea!