Gadget watch: Robocopp keeps abusers at bay

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise! If you haven’t been waking up on time and have been snoozing the alarm daily, then among this week’s gadgets we have one that will make you healthy, wealthy and wise.

Another gadget on the list is Robocopp, which aims to completely ‘eliminate’ rape and rapists from the world and it may have Mitchell Obama’s support, too.

And Bruno, upgrades your waste bins. Bruno not only sucks up dust but also alerts you when the bin is almost full and needs clearance. Read on:

Electric bike that auto-powers itself

This is no ordinary bicycle. Priced about $3,800, the electric bike gets recharged as you pedal, thereby providing  enough power supply. What’s more the bike also folds and gets to one-third of its original size.

Instead of rotating the rear wheel, pedalling this bike turns the built-in alternator and converts mechanical energy into electrical energy to the rechargeable lithium-ion battery.


The bicycle also comes with a 2 1/2" colour LCD on the handle bars, which  allows riders to easily select pedal resistance, acceleration, and speeds up to 16 MPH.

Bruno –smart vacuum trash can

Bruno is a next-generation dustbin fitted with a vacuum cleaner and several other smart features. Now all you need to do is sweep the floor and bring the dust closer to the smart bin and the integrated vacuum feature delivers the dust directly into the trash can.

Well, that’s not all. The bin connects to user’s mobile through an app and reminds the user when the bin is about to be full. It also alerts when the bin is running out of custom-fitted Bruno bags. It accepts standard 13-gallon kitchen trash bags and has a motion sensing lid, which enables anyone to wave hands across the top of the lid for it to open.

It is powered by  an 18-volt battery, which will last 30 days on a single charge.

The project is currently being crowd funded and has already raised $95,000 way ahead of its $50,000 goal. You can order one for $159.

Robocopp – your personal bodyguard

If you are expecting this gadget to be some sort of a robot, or anything to do with the Hollywood series, then you are mistaken.

Robocopp claims to be a social start-up with a goal to eradicate rape.

The project involves the development of a Robocopp 0.9 a GPS enabled wristband that is equipped with 120db siren. The GPS tagged distress signal can be activated with the touch of a button and will immediately alert a Robocopp operator who will then let your friends, family or police know that you are in trouble.


The device is powered by solar cells and has a lifespan of over 15 years. Founders of the project had earlier come out with Robocopp 0.5 a simple keychain equipped with emergency LED light and a 120dB siren.

“We're now seeking funding to introduce a more sophisticated and advanced GPS-tracked wearable device. Our goal is to eradicate one of the most hideous and unfortunately wide-spread crimes: rape. It is certainly a lofty goal, but it is not impossible,” says the introductory note on crowd funding website Indiegogo where the project is listed with a goal to raise $341,000. You can order a Robocopp keychain for $59 and a wristband for $249.

Boat that hunts for fishes

How often do you go fishing and return empty handed. Not any more, a new fishing boat has a unique feature whereby it catches fish on its own. The remote-controlled boat is about 17 1/2"and can catch up to a fish which weighs about 900 grams.

The boat is operated with a remote control and has a bobber that indicates when a fish has bitten the bait. It also comes with a hook, snap swivel, bobber, and 150' of nylon. The boat is priced at about $70.


This product is best suited for all those late risers, who are in the habit of switching off the alarm and getting right back under the blanket. Chipper is a smart gadget that can be attached to any existing mattresses. The advantage is that the alarm will continue to ring until you get out of your bed.

The device contains an alarm that hangs off the side of your bed and, using Bluetooth, your mobile phone controls the alarm times and settings. A standard USB wall adapter powers the system.

All you need to do is place the capacitive sensor strip under your mattress, halfway down the length of your bed.

Describing the process, the developers note that Chipper measures capacitance rather than measuring force, pressure, or mechanical movement.

To detect bed occupancy, the sensor pad acts as one plate of a capacitor, and you act as the other. The mattress acts at the distance between the two plates. When the user gets out of bed, the sensor no longer has a second plate, and the capacitance decreases.

“This allow us to build a sensor that is cheaper to build, thinner and sensitive to the entire bed. Capacitance is the ability to hold an electric charge between two objects.”


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