Aug 262014
 

Leica X Vario Closeup Side Picture
With its 16.2 MP, APS-C-sized sensor, fixed 18-46mm f/3.5-6.4 lens and a shutter speed ranging between 30-1/2000sec the Leica X Vario is designed for enthusiast photographers in love with the German brand, but don’t necessarily want to spend a ton of money for a pricey M-System.

ALSO CHECK the Sigma DP2 Quatro Camera and the Hasselblad HV Full-Frame DSLR we featured earlier.

The Leica X Vario is slotted below the M model and above the X2, packs a Leica Vario-Elmar 18-46mm lens (28-70mm equivalent), 3-5 fps continuous shooting, 100-12,500 ISO and is … simply cool! Leica cool!!! Given the camera is entirely made in Germany by Leica (and by this I mean it’s not a repackaged Panasonic camera but a real Leica model) and the next step up on the Leica’s modeling chart is the M9 which costs about $7,000 for a camera with similar lens, the $2,099 priced X Vario is a good choice for anyone who wants a lower budget Leica camera.

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Aug 252014
 

Roambotics Jr. - The Autonomous Patrolling Security Robotic Guard
The Roambotics Jr. Is set to bring that future a tad closer! Jr. is an autonomous wheeled robot designed to patrol your home/office and act as a security camera, record audio and video footage, sync it to the company’s cloud and allowing you to watch it in real time on your PC or smartphone. The cool part about the Roambotics Jr. is that it has a 360 degrees recording field and, via the proprietary included software, is able to learn, understand and efficiently patrol a delimited perimeter avoiding furniture, obstacles, ground holes and pools. Not only that, but when it feels senses something fishy going around, the Jr. will send the owner notifications via the smartphone app or email.

ALSO CHECK these cool posts related to home security: Cammy Or How To Efficiently Video Monitor From Your Smartphone and AngelBlocks Or How To Raise You Home’s Intelligence!

Cool, isn’t it? A little wheeled Fido on steroids to help you protect your belongings and keep your family safe!

The Roambotics Jr. will be available for the consumer market somewhere in 2016. No pricing was announced yet, but make sure you bookmark this article as we will post additional info as soon as we get our hands on it.

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Aug 212014
 

Energizer XP18000 Universal Power Bank
We featured many power banks here at CoolPile.com, but, for some reason, we always focused on external batteries designed to charge small gadgets such as smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, basically everything powered and charged by USB cables! Check out some them here: the JunoJumpr, the PoweriSite, the PowerPak Ultra, the TsirTech smartphone wrist band charger, the PowerFlask and so on …

Now it’s time we get more serious into this power banks situation! A while back I was looking for an extended battery for my laptop and soon I realized that it makes no sense to put money into an battery which will serve only one gadget – my laptop. So I decided to go for an battery powerful enough to charge my laptop, versatile enough to allow multiple gadgets charging and lightweight enough to comfortably carry it in my daily backpack!

While I am still researching the subject and I did not settle for a model yet, the Energizer XP18000 seems to be a serious contender! The device is truly universal, can charge just about anything that gets power juice via USB and can add up to 5 hours of usage to a regular laptop or up to 8 hours of use to smaller netbooks.

The Energizer XP18000 can recharge up to 3 devices at the same time, comes with 3 power cables, 6 cell phone tips, 3 media tips, 9 laptop tips, an AC adapter and a carrying bag. The XP18000 is also part of the Free Tips For Life Energizer program which allows users to get 2 free charging tips every year, for the life time of their registered power bank! So no worry if you buy a new gadget!

$159 | BUY NOW

 

Aug 202014
 

Navdy  Or How To Safely Interact With Your Smartphone While Driving & Still Keeping Your Eyes On The Road
Smartphones and cars don’t really go hand in hand! There are too many temptations to take your eyes from the road and check your phone for incoming text massages, navigation directions, emails, social media notifications and messages, dial calls and so on … And taking your eyes from the road causes accidents!

Navdy is a nifty car gadget that promises to solve this issue and allow you to interact with your smartphone while keeping your eyes on the road. How do they do it? You simply put Navdy on your car’s dashboard, it connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android smartphone and, via a HUD (heads-up display), it projects information from your phone and displays it … on the road in front of your vehicle! Well, it doesn’t really project the info on the road, but on the device’s 5.1in transparent screen, which makes it look like it’s projected on the road in front of you.

ALSO CHECK the Garmin Windshield HUD (Head-Up Display) and the Skully P1 HUD Motorcycle Helmet we wrote about earlier.

Other than displaying navigation directions, Navdy can be controlled via air-gestures and voice commands to allow you to send messages and emails, answer and dial calls, control music playback and, if connected to the car’s computer via the OBDII interface, can allow you to monitor car performance and diagnostics by displaying the info on its HUD.

Navdy is presently on a private crowdfunding campaign and you can pre-order one for $299. Delivery is scheduled for early 2015.

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Aug 192014
 

Looxcie LX2 Wearable Video Cam for iPhone and Android - In Action
Wearing an action camera is no longer a big deal … when doing sports? But did you try mounting your favorite GoPro while taking a walk in the park or going to work? Whatever your reasons might be to do so, it still looks weird! So, if you need to record footage of you’re doing and still have your hands free for other activities, the Looxcie LX2 wearable video camera has you covered! And all this without making you look weird or stupid!

The Looxcie LX2 is lightweight (less than 1oz – that’s less than 22 grams!) and can be worn just as a Bluetooth headphone piece, can be clipped to caps, bike helmets, mounted on car windshields or on a tripod. The camera allows up to 5 hours of video recording, allows instant clip creation and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or i-Cloud, is powered by rechargeable battery with a life time of up to 4 hours and is compatible with iPhone and Android devices.

Given the small format size of the Looxcie LX2 the only control available on the camera is the power button. All other operations like viewing, controlling the video capture, sharing videos and other setting can be done via the free iOs and Android apps that come with the camera.

Don’t expect miracles when it comes to footage quality. The Looxcie LX2 records in 480p (854×480 pixels) and allows live streaming in 320p (480×320 pixels) – which makes it OK for amateur video recordings.

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Aug 182014
 

Garmin Approach S6 (010-01195-00) GPS Golf Watch
The internet is full of tips and tricks on how to improve your golf game! But why not taking your training in the digital world of the 21st century?
The Garmin Approach S6 was designed to do just that! The Approach S4 golf watch comes with ove 30,000 international course maps on-board, a GPS sensor to help you position and find your yardage and shot direction and an array of functions such as SwingStrength , SwingTempo, TempoTrainer, yardages to front, back and middle of and so on …, to help you get a better player!

ALSO CHECK the Golf Personal GPS Caddy and the Golf Grip Trainer we featured earlier.

As a cool addition, the Garmin Approach S6 also allows receive emails, text messages and notifications from your iPhone and iPad! A real golf oriented smartwatch!

Let’s hear your thoughts bellow in the comments! Would you use a such virtual assistant to help you improve your swing?

$399,99 | BUY NOW
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Aug 122014
 

Mobile Home - Or How To Use Siri On Your iPhone While Driving Without Taking Your Eyes From The Road [Product Review]
The Mobile Home is one of those gadgets you don’t even know you need, until you use it. It is designed to improve your existing car hands-free system, help you to easier interact with your iPhone Personal Assistant, Siri and allow you to use your phone while driving, making sure your hands stay on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road in front of you!

The Mobile Home arrived quickly by priority mail. The package contains one unit of the Mobile Home with a full set of accessories including a metal visor clip, Velcro band sticky back fasteners if you prefer to mount the mobile home anywhere else then on your car’s visor and two CR2450 (each battery is good for around 6 months under normal use conditions) – low priced replacements available here.
The device is very simple to use – simply unpack it, hit the pairing button for a couple of seconds to allow the Bluetooth connection setup, fix the unit in your car and you’re ready to go. The Mobile Home is compatible with any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with Siri enabled (some functions may vary though based on your phone or tablet’s setup) and will allow you interact with Siri just as you would do it directly from your device.
Cool and useful, check it out on the manufacturer’s website …

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