Up for grabs: Hottest gadgets trending on the web
Samsung Galaxy Beam
Now you can carry the cinema in your hand. Samsung has announced an upgrade to its Galaxy Beam - a new phone that would simply be able to stream your favoutire move or a game through an in built projector.
The Samsung Galaxy Beam with a 4 inch screen, 1Ghz processor, 5 megapixel digital camera,8 GB internal memory and a powerful 15 lumens projector.
Apart from all the basic features of a phone which includes its ability to make a voice call and send text messages, it can also project pictures, video, and anything that the phone can display onto a 50 inch wide flat surface.
To be launched in multiple countries around the world Samsung is yet to announce the pricing for the new device.
LG LSM Mouse Scanner
It is time to get rid of your bulky old printers and scanners. With the LG Scanner Mouse your desktop mouse will double up as a scanner with just a drag over the original piece of paper. It also converts text into a Microsoft Word or Excel document and share the document real-time through social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
The wired laser mouse lets you preview the scanner image on screen even as you sweep the mouse over an image at any speed. The device uses CMOS chip for video capture and the overlapping video images are processed and aligned with each other in real time apart from performing an image correction and carrying out a realignment if necessary.
The integrated Optical Character Recognition (OCR), lets the user copy its text into any document and can handle over a hundred languages.
Motorola Mobility Connected
It has a simple mission - making the Smart Home simple. So from switching on the lights as you enter your house to playing your favorite music or even switching off the security cameras that has been keeping a watch of your home in your absence the new system will help you control and integrate every digital element in your their home, from anywhere.
The not so simple box brings together powerful processing and 4Home technology adding connected home services – such as home control, home security and even energy management. All that users have to do is plug in the gateway, and the unit automatically connects their home control devices to the home network.
Now, with just the push of a button, the devices in the home can be paired wirelessly and connected to the cloud for remote management on a host of devices. And connected home services can be added, managed and troubleshot on the fly.
This is achieved with a powerful 1.2 GHz processor running Motorola’s open 4Home software platform. It also allows consumers to access their homes remotely, from a smartphone, tablet or PC. Not just, the back-end architecture combined with Motorola’s on-board EDGE™ Service Assurance software lets service providers deliver support and service activation in real time.
4 Solar Joos
Solar charges are not just going mobile but waterproof too. The impressive Joos Orange Solar Charger supports multiple devices be it your mobile phones and tablets to small medical refrigerators or water purifiers. It can even charge while fully submerged in water.
It works in real-world light conditions (low light, in the shade and even light rain) and as the manufactures claim charges at least 3.5x faster than any other portable solar charger at the same price ($149).
It has multi- positional legs that pull out from the back of the unit and can be adjusted into a position that angles the solar cell to best face the sun. Users can capture solar energy to charge your devices immediately, or store the energy in the on-board battery for later use. It can also be charged from a computer – or any USB power source.
We have already had many different brands of glasses that can record but what makes the new Pivot Video Recording Eyewear is its user friendly design and discreet features.
The device recently that won recognition at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Market Trade Show in Salt Lake City in the United States this year’s sleek and records high-definition video at 1080p.
“The focus is on quality,” says inventor Christopher Cox. “For the first time, these video sunglasses finally combine the best of the best: the true high-definition point-of view video that people now demand, inside top quality designer-style sunglasses. The bulk, mounts and hassles are gone; technology and style are in.”
“We want to change how people record video,” says Cox. “By simply rocking the pivot switch, users can record exactly what they are seeing and hearing, or take 12 mega pixel still images. We’ve worked hard to design a smart blend of urban fashion and outdoor style with super easy-to- use technology. We think people will be Pivot-proud and have fun capturing their thrills and memories hands free.”
The glasses have an 8GB internal storage and can be connected to a computer using a micro-USB port.
Weather control jacket
North Face has come up with yet another waterproof product which it claims to be the first truly breathable, fully waterproof, temperature regulating fabric.
Called the “Jammu Jacket” Polartec® NeoShell®, this new technical jacket provides the ultimate in personal climate control. This new material permits air permeability that helps accelerate moisture vapor and transport exponentially. Bottom line: You’ll stay dry, from rain and sweat.
The jacket has won the "Gear of the Year" award from National Geographic Adventure for best softshell jacket. Priced at $399 it has a seam-taped waterproof construction, yet is extremely breathable, and has an interior fabric face that's soft, warm and comfortable against the skin.
Brondell Swash 1000
The Brondell device - an advanced toilet seat uses two retractable wash wands for posterior and feminine areas.
Priced at $599 the device replaces your existing toilet seat and has a heated seat and delivers a warm water wash with temperature, pressure, and nozzle position adjustability.
Two self-cleaning retractable wands are used, one for the posterior wash and another for the feminine wash. All functions are easily operated at the turn of a dial or at the push of a button with a wireless remote control.
The Swash 1000 also includes a warm air dryer for a complete "hands-free" experience as well as other special features.
According to the company effective cleansing is generally accomplished in 15 to 25 seconds.
Forget about focus just shoot
The new Lytro camera allows users to take shots of a brightly lit area without the use having to bother about adjusting the focus.
As the product description says unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.
When you press the shutter release, the camera collects light from all directions.
Next, the camera's software compiles what's basically a 3D map of the captured image. Once you post the photo, anyone with the URL can refocus the image by clicking on a new area of focus.
The 4.4 inches long and 1.6 inches square instrument has an f/2.0 aperture and 8x optical zoom comes in two types an 8GB version and a 16GB version and has a Micro-USB port for charging and transfers.
The Toothbrush Timer
Next time you brush your teeth in the morning, your smartphone might just tell you when to start and when to stop.
Beam Technologies plan to launch the world’s first high tech toothbrush - The Beam.
The toothbrush will connect to your smartphone through Bluetooth, yes Bluetooth, and record your brushing pattern.
It then activates the timer and suggests the ideal brushing time for your teeth.
According to the company’s website, (https://beamtoothbrush.com/beam/brush-overview.php) an average person brush their teeth for only 46 seconds.
By using the timer the brush time could increase to the ideal 2 minute period, required to keep your teeth healthy.
Apart from recording your brushing pattern it can also track up to four brushes and displays an analysis of the brushing pattern for the entire week.
At present, it only connects to an Android device but according to reports the developers are working on an iPhone app as well.
The company is currently targeting to market the product using dentists, offering them incentives and even advertisement space on the Beam app.
“Ask your patients to email their report before their next appointment (or bring in their smartphone) so you and your hygienist can quickly review their usage characteristics. Patient compliance and accountability will never be the same!” the website added.
Available in Blue and Pink the toothbrush has a battery life of 90 days and could cost about $50. A replacement head is priced at $10.
The Pet Tracker
Imagine your lost pet sending you a text message informing you its location.
That is exactly what Tagg pet Tracker can do.
The pet tracking system (www.pettracker.com) can be used on a dog or a cat weighing more than 4.5kgs and uses advanced GPS tracking technology to allow its owner to see where his pet animal is and receive a notification when it leaves the area limits.
The lightweight tracker attaches to the animal’s existing collar and is designed to be worn at all times, even while swimming.
The device allows the owner to set up a Tagg zone, a “geofence."
The missing dog’s location can be found either using the computer or a tag mobile application.
The lightweight device weighing 1.16 oz is built in such a way that it can withstand the pet jumping, running, digging and even swimming.
The Tagg tracker comes with a Li-Ion battery that can last up to 30 days. A low battery reminder will be emailed to the owner every time the deice needs to be recharged.
The device is priced at $99.95. Subscribers are then charged $7.99 every month.
All Clear water
Next time you travel afar and cannot carry your Al Bayan or Masafi water bottles, do not worry the solution is at hand.
CamelBak has introduced a new water bottle - All Clear – which promises to microbiologically purify water using UV light technology in just about 60 seconds.
The technology developed by CamelBak utilises proven UV technology to effectively neutralize microbiological contaminants without introducing chemicals.
The product website says it is the same technology employed by many urban water municipalities for its reliable effectiveness in the large-scale purification of tap water.
The company claims its system reduces bacteria by 99.9999 per cent, viruses by 99.99 per cent and protozoa by 99.9 per cent meeting EPA standards.
The UV technology and the bulb is integrated into an energy-efficient cap, whereby users just at the press of a button delivers maximum UV exposure.
The All Clear bulb is engineered to last 10,000 cycles which is approximately the equivalent of 3 bottles a day, every day, for 9 years, says the description on the website.
All Clear is programmed to automatically cease operation after that point.
The bottle can treat about 0.75L of water with each cycle and its two rechargeable lithium Ion batteries built into the cap delivers more than 80 cycles per full charge.
There is even an LCD screen that verifies the success of the purification process. CamelBak is so confident of its new gadget that it is backing it with lifetime guarantee. The bottle is selling for $99, with an optional pre-filter available for $15.
Mobileye – crash test dummy
A new device created by a US based company claims it can drastically reduce the number of road accidents, caused mainly due to negligence.
The Mobileye 5-Series warns drivers at the possibility of an accident, be it from a reckless motorist or a jaywalker crossing a street.
The Mobileye 5-Series assists the driver, by identifying dangerous situations on the roads and providing audio-visual warnings to prevent or mitigate a collision.
These new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems also enables the user to visualise these critical real-time warnings for the first time on their smartphone.
The gadget also reads and displays traffic signs, automatically turns high beams on or off, activates lane departure warning, forward collision warning, headway monitoring and pedestrian collision warning.
Nabi – android for the baby
My nine-month old daughter already has her favourite toys, and one of the top few items on the list is my Samsung Galaxy Tablet.
The $200 kid-friendly android tablet – the Nabi (https://www.nabitablet.com/ ) - can be a perfect gift for your baby.
The device has a responsive touchscreen, large size app buttons, access to a huge variety of kid appropriate content like music, books, games and movies.
To prevent your child from opening adult or banned applications, the tablet has inbuilt parental control software.
This device can be used for web browsing apart from watching movies and TV shows, reading books, learning math, and much more.
The instrument has a 7”multi touch responsive, high-resolution display that allows kids to easily interact with kid-friendly games and content. The Nabi app store has about 500 applications and games catered to kids.
The wi-fi ready instrument has a 4GB rom and can be used continuously for five hours.
Camping enthusiasts have a reason to smile.
For all those who very often end up in the desert without proper firewood and not sufficient charge on the phone – here is a perfect solution. Small bits of twigs can not only be used to cook a meal but also to charge your phone.
Biolite’s Campstove (https://www.biolitestove.com/) can cook meals with very little firewood or even twigs and is quick to light, fast to boil and clean to use.
By converting heat from the fire into usable electricity, the stove will recharge the phones, lights and other gadgets while dinner is being cooked.
According to the website, open wood fires are inefficient, wasting potential energy and creating toxic smoke due to incomplete combustion.
The stove is carefully designed and uses fans to blow air into the fire thereby improving combustion.
Since such stoves require small amounts of electricity to power their fans and most people who cook on wood are without grid or battery access the stoves solve this problem by converting a fraction of the fire’s thermal energy into electricity to power the combustion improvement system.
Excess electricity is made available to users for charging small electronic devices such as mobile phones, LED lights, GPS and many others.
Well, there are many such devices and what’s different? Swann has introduced in what they are terming as the world’s first recording pen with the largest memory space to date - four times the capacity of any existing recording pens.
The two new gadgets – HD PenCam and PenCam 4GB conceal a miniature video camera and DVR inside.
The HD PenCam is capable of capturing high definition AVI videos (1280 x 720) and features the largest internal memory of any PenCam to date – of upto 16GB in micro SD card.
The other model comes with a built-in internal storage (PenCam 4GB). Both versions switch between video and photo mode with a touch of a button, feature date and time stamping, and are compatible with PCs and Macs.
The HD PenCam is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that lasts 45 minutes on a full charge and recharges via a computer’s USB port.
The 16GB MicroSD card allows users to capture up to eight hours of video or 72,000 still images and is priced at $99.99.
The 4GB built-in memory allows users to record upto 2 hours of video or 18,000 still images and is priced at $69.99.
Mobee Magic Feet – charge freely
Now you can wirelessly charge some of your apple products including the Bluetooth keyboard mouse and the trackpad.
The Mobee Magic Feet inductive charging system (https://www.mobeetechnology.com/the-magic-feet.html) can send power to these devices without you having to connect them to the power socket and what’s more you do not even need to remove the batteries from the socket.
Mobee Magic can charge up to 3 devices at once. A full charge from empty takes 6 hours and each charged device can last for 10 days.
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