Aumi Mini smart night light doubles as a notification light
Your phone and tablet and laptop all notify you of new messages, of course, and there’s a decent chance you have a smartwatch that does the same. If that’s still not enough, a new special nightlight will fill the void. Called Aumi Mini, this night light doubles as a notification light, alerting you to certain things including social media mentions … Continue reading...
SMACH Z handheld gaming PC is in very deep trouble
Although it doesn’t exactly represent majority of the cases, supporting a project on Kickstarter or Indiegogo always involves a chance of never getting what you invested in. Sometimes it’s due to a scam, sometimes it is due to unfortunate circumstances. And sometimes it’s a little bit of both. It’s still too early to say where on that range the SMACH … Continue reading...
This Bluetooth fidget spinner tracks your spins and speed
Do you have master fidget spinner skills but no solid way to prove it? A soon-to-launch fidget spinner with built-in Bluetooth has the solution, using the wireless technology to connect the spinner to a smartphone running a companion app. Things like speed, combos, and more are tracked in the app, which then allows the user to share their results, brag … Continue reading...
Bluesmart Series 2 smart luggage features built-in GPS and a ‘supercharger’
Following its original offering back in 2014, Bluesmart has launched its latest product, the Series 2. The luggage is designed for frequent travelers and anyone who is security-minded, offering features like auto-lock that keeps the bag secured, GPS + 3G luggage tracking, and even a built-in ‘supercharger’ for powering a phone or laptop. The Series 2 is being crowdfunded on … Continue reading...
Q.bo One open source robot launches for DIYers
A new type of consumer-tier robot has launched, and it is called Q.bo One. This model, unlike ones before it, is open source and designed for anyone to build. The robot utilizes a simple programming language called Scratch, while the hardware itself is based around Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Multiple cameras, microphones, lights and speakers, among other things, makes Q.bo … Continue reading...
Sony KOOV robotics kit finally out a year later, on Indiegogo
Sony has a rather strange relationship with consumer robotics lately. It’s definitely no stranger to them, having had at least two in the past. Now it is taking a more educational spin to these robots, but it isn’t going directly to the market. Toio, revealed last week, is on Sony’s internal “First Flight” crowdfunding platform. And now the KOOV coding … Continue reading...
Tertill is a solar-powered weeding Roomba
Even before this current generation of smart home appliances and the Internet of Things wave, homes of the future were already flaunting the rolling robot discs that is the Roomba. But Roombas only take care of the unwanted materials inside the house. For unwanted things outside the house, like weeds in your garden, there’s Tertill. Perhaps taking its name from … Continue reading...
Sony Toio is a mashup of tiny cube robots and game consoles
Sony might not be a name you’d immediately associate with robotic toys, but it does, or rather did, have a few under its name, from the dog-like Aibo to the the “dancing” Rolly to, more recently, the KOOV robotics kit. It isn’t done yet, however, and a Toio product may be just over the horizon. Aimed at very young learners, … Continue reading...
Arsenal taps AI to shoot pro-tier photos with your DSLR
The number of people who own a DSLR versus the number of people who know how to effectively use them are at odds. Even if you’ve mastered shooting a particular type of scene, it can be difficult to get the best shot in an unfamiliar environment, not to mention the time it takes manually adjusting the camera’s settings. That’s where … Continue reading...
BIKI is a drone that can dive and swim but not fly
Who says all drones can do is fly and crash? While nothing in its formal definition limits it as such, drones these days have mostly been associated with unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Robosea, however, is introducing a new kind of UAV, an unmanned aquatic vehicle. BIKI doesn’t look like a helicopter but more like a fish, because that is … Continue reading...
FYB London handbag totes fingerprint scanner, wireless charging
We’ve seen our fair share of smart bags, from backpacks to luggages. While those can appeal to users of any gender, there are times when some might want a bag that is so smart it can hide in plain sight.That is, a bag that is both smart and fashionable at the same time. Fortunately for them, someone has also thought … Continue reading...
NOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack blast past $1m milestone on Kickstarter
The company formerly known as BASICS has announced the Kickstarter funding success of its latest project, the NOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack. This campaign has exceeded the $1 million funding mark with more than a month remaining, marking the second time NOMATIC has had a travel bag reach and then pass the million-dollar threshold. These particular bags, says the company, … Continue reading...
FilmLab app turns film negatives into full-size color images using a phone
There’s a good chance you or your parents and grandparents have piles of old film negatives containing snapshots from your childhood or the more distant past. These negatives likely contain photos that would be fun to check out but none worth the hassle and cost of actually getting them developed (otherwise you’d have already done it). Here to fill that … Continue reading...
LumiCharge LED desk lamp and charger mini Review
The LumiCharge LED Desk Lamp with Universal Phone Charger is an interesting proposition for desk-sitting gadget lovers. On one hand, it’s a lamp – it’s able to shine in several different hues, which is great – and it has the time, date, and temperature on it. It also has a multi-tipped phone dock on it for the charging of the … Continue reading...
The Light Phone does nothing but make and receive calls
It’s hard to imagine going back to a time before smartphones were commonplace. Not being able to use the apps we’ve come to rely on daily, pull up information with a few taps, or even capture photos with our phones seems like it would be a modern-day hell. Even worse, going back to before we could send text messages by … Continue reading...
PowerUp is a charging and sync hub for MacBooks and more
The adoption of USB-C is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it tries to fulfill the promise of one connector to rule them all. On the other hand, as Apple demonstrated, that sometimes meant dramatically reducing the amount of ports available. This, however, has created a golden opportunity for accessory makers to offer innovative products to fill in the … Continue reading...
Friday Smart Lock is a stylish, unassuming connected home lock
A new smart lock called ‘Friday’ has successfully finished a crowdfunding campaign, raising more than $175k to arrive on the market. The lock, like competing models, is designed to work with modern technology to take the hassle out of home security. The lock itself is minimalist and attractive, not readily standing out as a smart product. Despite its looks, though, … Continue reading...
Jelly is the world’s smallest 4G LTE Android smartphone
Jelly is an Android smartphone with 4G network support. Neither of those two things make the phone notable, at least not in and of themselves. Rather it is the phone’s miniature 2.5-inch touchscreen display that makes the phone worth looking at and that earns it the title of ‘world’s smallest’ 4G smartphone. This handset looks, at first glance, like a … Continue reading...
ZX Spectrum Next makes another stab at nostalgia
The power of nostalgia is not to be underestimated. It has been 35 years since Sir Clive Sinclair’s company launched the ZX Spectrum, rivaling the US’ Commodore 64, yet the “retro” computer still has a strong following. The proof? Almost every crowdfunding campaign to revive it is met with immediate success, which doesn’t always translate into actual deliverables. Undaunted, fans … Continue reading...
Rigiet handheld stabilizer review
Smartphone cameras have become much more than just tools of last resort. But, try as they might, there are still things they will not be able to do well because of the constraints of space and physics. Low-light performance is one, stabilization is another. While even a little OIS helps, you’ll inevitably need some outside help. That is where Rigiet … Continue reading...