Hottest Gadgets of the Week: BlackBerry 'killer' finally gets bump

Could this finally kill the BlackBerry?

iOS users who want a BlackBerry styled physical keyboard might actually get one, thanks to a new innovative technology.

There is also the $35 device that claims to actually detect HIV and STD in a patient.

For bachelors, there is the new ‘Bookniture’ that saves space in their living room.

Phorm – iPad keyboard finally gets a real bump

For Apple fans who want a keyboard that can match that of a BlackBerry, Tactus technology has created an iPad case that adds small little bumps on a digital keyboard.

The application-controlled, completely transparent physical buttons rise up from the touch-screen surface on demand.

With the buttons enabled, users can push and type or rest their fingers as they would with any physical button or keyboard.

When the buttons are disabled, they recede into the screen, becoming invisible.

Using microfluidics small fluid channels are routed throughout the layer and enable fluid to expand the top polymer layer to create the physical buttons.

A controller on the back is connected to the layer, which controls the state of the buttons.

According to the developers, the technology could soon be introduced into the iPhone and other devices as well.

The case is currently available for pre-order for the iPad mini for $99, a discount of $50. Preorders are currently only available in the United States.



It’s a simple piece of furniture in the form of a book. Created by a Singapore-based designer, this is one such gadget that simply uses innovation in its true sense.

The piece of furniture takes its shape when you unzip the book cover and unfold it wherein it can be a stool, a foot rest, a nightstand, a standing work desk.

It has been designed using a combination of advanced honeycomb paper structure with traditional craft of book-binding.

The binding is performed in a factory which specializes in traditional book assembly.

It is currently being featured on Kickstarter and has already raised $229,000 with 32 more days to go.

Currently you can pay $70 to pre-order one a pledge for the project.

15-minute HIV detector

Another gadget that is raising eyebrows is a dongle that can detect HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in just 15 minutes and can be connected to an iOS or an Android device.

Created by researchers at Columbia University the device uses just a drop of blood for its testing – similar to any blood sugar test by a diabetic patient -  and does not even need a separate battery power.

A research paper published in Science Translational Medicine notes that the device performs most prominent tests including ELISA at a fraction of the cost.

While a machine that conducts ELISA test otherwise costs more than Dh50,000, this dongle is priced at around $35 and will go a long way in controlling the spread of the deadly virus.

Smartwatch 3

Sometime this week, Sony will start retailing its wearable device that it unveiled at the CES in January. The stainless steel edition of SmartWatch 3 launches across the globe from this week.

The latest edition of the smartwatch is specifically designed for Android Wear’s standalone functionality – wherein it can function independently without a smartphone.

Sony has also promised to come out with a modular SmartWatch 3 “holder” kit that will allow to customise the new smartwatch with any 24mm watch strap.


Standing out among the umpteen number of mobile projectors is PicoPro – a slim, light weight laser projector, that’s gaining attention for its design and ease of use.

A product of Celluon, the $350 device can project images from your laptop and your smartphone to upto 50 inches.

PicoPro uses lasers instead of standard LEDs with a contrast of 80,000 to 1.

The device can handle handles HD video (1920 X 720p) at 16:9 wide screen and can connect to the smartphone using a Bluetooth or a cable.


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