The Ubi is basically a ubiquitous computing device that in theory could connect anyone anywhere in the home or office to the internet via voice control. There are so many uses for a device like this, yet the Ubi is not that expensive and it is almost fully funded on Kickstarter too. Continue reading “Ubi Means Voice Controlled Computing For The Home”
The new Wedge Touch Mouse from Microsoft, is a brilliant design that looks like it’s going to be easy to use and because there are no wires it is not going to get all tangled up either, which is a bonus. This has been designed with Windows 8 in mind, but that does not mean it cannot be used with any other operating system, but at £45 ($70) it is rather an expensive accessory. Continue reading “Microsoft Previews The Wedge Touch Mouse”
Looking at this wireless keyboard you can see the similarities between this one and the smart looking aluminium keyboard that comes with the iMac. However, this keyboard is solar powered and it uses Bluetooth to connect to devices and therefore it will have profiles so that it can be used with a number of iOS devices, which is cool.
According to Denis Pavillard, who is the vice president of experience design at Logitech, he said in the firms press release;
“Laptops, smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous – both at work and at play. Because Apple devices are central to this trend, Logitech is committed to improving the way people interact with them. With its simple solar charging, familiar Mac layout and comfortable design, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 will appeal to Apple users worldwide.”
Priced at £52 ($80)
If you are worried that one of your neighbours is piggy backing on the back of your wireless network, then changing your password regularly is essential! Alternatively, you might want to consider this anti wireless wallpaper, it has been specially developed to keep snoopers out and your network safe. Sure, it is a little pricey but what price can be placed on security?
According to Pierre Lemaitre-Auger, who is a researcher at the Polytechnic Institute Grenoble Institute of Technology, where the product was developed, he said;
A wireless network is provided with protections that can be cracked by the crafty. If you put wallpaper on the walls around an office or apartment, your wifi works well but it cannot be hacked!
This wallpaper is not cheap, it will cost you around £500 for a square metre, too bad if your house in on the large side!
The mobile phone provider O2 have struck a deal with the high street coffee chain Costa to provide its customers with free wireless broadband. This will mean that all Costa Coffee customers will be able to surf the net while drinking their Latte, regardless of which mobile provider they are currently using. All the customer has to do, is sign up in store or at an O2 hotspot to enjoy this free service.
According to the O2 press release;
O2 today announces that it has agreed a partnership to provide Costa, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, with its market-changing wifi service. This partnership will see the coffee chain’s 14 million monthly customers provided with free, fast, reliable and easy to use wifi. The deployment has started in London this month to make sure stores are set up for festivities planned this summer across the capital. The roll out through 2012 will ensure many of the 700 cups of coffee served every minute across the UK will be accompanied by O2 Wifi.
Jawbone are well known for creating some interesting designs that have a look all of their own. A while ago, they launched the Jambox portable sound system, but now they have come with the Big Jambox and yes, you have guessed it, this time are bigger; in fact, it is around twice the size and has battery capable of delivering around fifteen hours of sound.
These are the details for the interesting and large Big Jambox speaker;
BIG #JAMBOX turns any phone, tablet or mobile device into a portable, hi-fi sound system. Now you can play music, movies and games and fill even the largest spaces with sound. Precision-tuned drivers and dual passive bass radiators work in concert to produce amazingly clear, full audio at any volume.
Priced at £185 ($300)
Source [Geeky Gadgets]
Next year the US based car maker Chrysler will be offering a cool new wireless charging system in the new Dodge Dart. It has been developed by the firms Mopar division and will eliminate the need for cables and cords from the cigarette lighter.
According to Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.
“At Mopar, we look for every single opportunity to make our customers’ lives easier. Our industry-first in-vehicle wireless charging system is the perfect solution for those connected customers who are always on the go.”
The wireless charging system will launch in 2013 and will cost £125 ($200)
As you can see from the main image, this spy camera is just slightly larger than the pound coin and yet it offers two hours of power from a standard battery and it can be accessed wirelessly from laptop or Smartphone running the Smart i app from the App Store.
Here are the specs and Product Features for The world’s smallest Wi-Fi camera!
Range up to 100m
The camera is suitable for use as a spy camera, security camera or just for having fun!
High quality images & sound without wires to a PC or Phone
Uses a standard battery (supplied) for up to 2 hour’s use
Transmits directly to your iPhone/iPad, Android Phone, Windows/OSX PC both locally or over the internet
Footage can be recorded on to PC/Mac using a web browser or on to an iPhone, iPad or Android device
Smart-i app available for download from the App Store
Battery Requirements: CR2 battery (included)
Dimensions: Measures approximately 2cm (W) x 1.8cm (D) x 5.5cm (H) and Weighs approximately 50g
Accessories Pack Includes: Stand with USB output, USB power cable (81cm in length), USB mains plug and Car USB port
Priced at £79.99 in the UK and $126 in the US
As we get closer to the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, we are getting little snippets of information, such as a post on the Building Windows 8 blog regarding wireless network optimization.
It seems that the Microsoft team believe that a device running Windows 8 will be able to connect so fast to a wireless network from standby making it more like mobile broadband and even more impressive is that they claim the device may even connect before the display comes, now that’s fast!
According to Billy Anders, a group program manager on the Microsoft devices and networking team, he said;
“This means you can reconnect your PC to a Wi-Fi network from standby in about a second – often times before your display is even ready,”
He went on to say that;
“You do not have to do anything special for this – Windows just learns which network you prefer and manages everything for you.”
Finally, on the subject of switching, he said;
“On a PC that has both mobile broadband and Wi-Fi, we’ll move you from mobile broadband to the less costly Wi-Fi network automatically whenever Wi-Fi is available, again reducing your mobile broadband usage and your potential for bill shock,”
Source [PC Pro]
This is a brand new device called Feedair, it is a new start up that hopes to grab the notification market and shake it up a little. However, this has always been a tough market and Feedair is following in some verge large footsteps, such as Microsoft. However, maybe it is going to take a small start up to make this work, the device needs a wireless connection and Smartphone to work, let the notifications begin.
These are the details on this interesting concept called Feedair;
Meet your new Feedair friend! Feedair is your new information notification friend that lives with you in any fixed position in the home or office. Depending on your lifestyle needs, Feedair provides updates of your choice in non-intrusive, easy-to-read text-like messages
It may only be a couple after the launch of the iPhone 4S by Apple, but already the Samsung legal have been filling lawsuits in Europe in an attempt to ban the device from going on sale! The issue is over the use of wireless technology and the ability to transfer data via 3G, Samsung claim that the technology used by Apple infringes on their patents.
According to a statement by Samsung on this matter;
“Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology, and we will steadfastly protect our intellectual property,”
What better way is there than to listen to music through a very stylish speaker system! Not only that but a wireless speaker system, which at the same time looks cool too! Well that is what this Philips system is. The system is called the Fidelio Wireless speaker with AirPlay, which allows the user to steam an entire iTunes catalogue to any AirPlay enabled speaker. The free Philips Fidelio app brings lots of cool exclusive features to your Fidelio system, this is your music collection connected!
This is what Philips has to say about these cool looking and designed speakers;
AirPlay lets you stream your entire iTunes music collection to your Fidelio docking stations. It plays wirelessly from the iTunes program on your computer, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch – to any AirPlay-enabled speaker in your home. All you have to do is ensure your speakers are connected to your Wi-Fi network. AirPlay also lets you play simultaneously on every speaker in every room. Get your favourite tunes to follow you whichever room you go.
Price starts at around $300
Source [Philips USA]
By now most of us know that Apple will be releasing a new version of the iPhone next year, but it seems that they are also looking into a new way of charging the device too! Naturally, the whole idea is under wraps, but it is believed that the new system will use some sort of wireless system. Basically, it will have a base unit that the user plugs in and simply places the device on top for a charge and sync.
According to a company spokesperson;
Investors expect a bigger boost to Apple’s phone business next year. People briefed on Apple’s plans said the company is planning a major iPhone revamp then, with one person saying the company has been experimenting with features such as a new way of charging the phone. Apple has also been working on a less-expensive phone with new features such as an edge-to-edge screen, according to this person.
Source [Geeky Gadgets]
Using a netbook while travelling has just easier with this clever little device that fits over the users finger like a ring, but with a little bit of practice it becomes a fully functional computer mouse, ideal for netbooks. The mouse has all of the features that you would expect from a wireless mouse, it is just smaller will probably take a bit of getting used to at first, but you can see great this working for travellers etc.
These are the features and specs for the Genius ring mouse;
Slide your thumb on the touch panel area for an in-air cursor movement and scrolling
Touch Control technology enables a 1,000dpi movement sensitivity
2.4GHz radio frequency minimizes interference and extends the working distance up to 10 meters
Use the portable USB charger to charge the built-in Li-ion battery from a notebook or PC
The carrying case gives the most reliable protection to the Ring Mouse anywhere you go.
ioMedia software provides up to six Scene Modes controller such as Office-Web browsing/Presentation
Dimension: 29 x 40 x 32mm (approx.)
Priced at around £40 ($55)
Forget about connecting your music player with cable that runs down to inside of your shirt, this is the Freedom Bluetooth connected headset, these are connected with a cable between the buds only, and so there are no mishaps with the cable pulling at the music player or your ears!
These were first seen at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year, but now they are available for sale, with six hours of battery life this is the ideal piece of kit for those who like to get out and about without getting tangled up at all!
Here are some of the features for the Freedom Bluetooth headphone set;
The Freedom features a clean, natural looking design and wearing style, 6 hours music and play time, a premium hard shell magnet sealed carry case, 3 sizes of ear tips, and 3 sizes of secure fit ear cushions for sports
Priced at £61 ($99)