Our homes are getting smarter and smarter everyday! Cool gadgets such as the NEEO Smart Remote, the Goji Smart Remote, the Peq Smart Home Sensor and many others hit the market everyday and use the latest technologies combined with fast internet connections to allow you better monitor, control and interact with your home.
The Withings Home is another such cool gadget designed to allow you better interact with your house and increase your overall comfort. The Withings Home is a features a wide angle 135-degree 5MP HD camera with night vision which allows you to constantly video monitor what’s happening in your home, a 2w high quality speaker and 2 digital microphones, noise and motion detectors which allow the camera to record footage only when something it’s happening in the room, an air quality analyzer which, matched with an iPhone or Android app, can analyze and track the quality of the air inside your house as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity for fast wireless and cable data transfers.
A while back we featured Razer’s Blade Gaming Laptop as being one of the coolest and most versatile gamer notebooks around. Now we’re back with even better news – Razer updated the Blade making it even more powerful and The New Razer Blade is out on the shelves, ready to offer you countless hours of top gaming pleasure!
With all technological advances in the past years, our homes become more and more intelligent every day!
But most of these gadgets that harness the power of artificial intelligence and allow us to manage our homes easier and make them more fun, also need to be controlled in a way or another, so a new niche seems to configure for hardware and software manufacturer.
Until now, each individual home automation device used to have its own controller (either an individual remote, an iPhone or Android app or even phone and SMS switches), just like 25 years ago when every gadget in our living room had it’s own remote! Remember that? But times changed and the universal remote (read Logitech Harmony) was invented, ready to allow you to control all your gadgets from one main unit.
Well, history repeats, isn’t it? The NEEO Smart Remote is designed to do for your home what the Harmony did for your living-room – aggregate all controllers under one main unit and help you easier manage all your home automation devices.
The NEEO system comes with two units – the brain and the controller. The brain is a solid aluminum & acrylic glass unit which is able to connect with over 30,000 gadgets via IR (infrared) – the technology used in all classic remote controllers, Bluetooth, WiFi, 6LowPAN, ZigBee, Thread and Z-Wave protocols – basically most remote controller technologies available on the market. Additionally, a learning feature can teach the remote new commands in case the device you want to hook up it’s not in the internal database.
The Controller unit of the NEEO comes with a high definition display designed to help you control all the devices connected to the Brain, an array of sensors which can identify users and load personal profiles, activate and deactivate parental control as well as SOS activation in case you misplace your remote. The NEEO system can also be fully controlled by dedicated iPhone and Android apps.
The NEEO Thinking Remote is in project stage at Kickstarter (already reached it’s funding cap) and you can secure a kit for $219. The delivery is set for May 2015.
Remember the original Star Wars episode when R2-D2 projected Princess Leia’s hologram and helped her ask General Kenobi’s help in her struggle against the Empire? Based on the same idea of projecting a hologram, the Star Wars R2-D2 Keyboard is a very cute little laser virtual keyboard designed to help you better type long texts while keeping a very small and portable format.
The R2-D2 virtual keyboard is about the size of an iPhone, it works via Bluetooth 3.0 and is compatible with all iPhone models, all Android devices, Windows and Apple laptops and desktop PC’s as well as most Bluetooth enabled gadgets. The laser keyboard has a full QWERTY layout with 68 keys, is powered by an 660mAh rechargeable internal battery which allows about 2 hours of usage on a full charge (3 hours), has light intensity, sound and sensitivity settings as well as R2-D2 specific sound effects while typing!
On the … dark side of the offer, the R2-D2 Virtual Keyboard will set you back $339, but hey … no price is too high if you wanna be a real Jedi!
Good, old simple tools were used for ages and they’re doing a great job most times you’re trying to build something, do a DIY project or simply fix some broken stuff. But, as technology gets better and cheaper everyday, it’s no surprise tools evolve and get digitized as well, just as most things around us.
The classic measurement tape is one of the latest tools touched by the angel of technology! The eTape16 brings the digital power to the classic tape measure and allows you to improve your productivity with a simple touch of a button. The eTape16 features a large digital display, dual short therm memory with individual buttons for multiple measurements, blade lock, unit convertor between US and Metric systems as well as Bluetooth connectivity (optional) for data transfer t your iPhone or Android device. On the outside, the eTape16 has a rugged build, a high quality rubber top, inside measure anvil and a strong polycarbonate case for extended durability. Cool isn’t it? I wonder that’s the next tool getting the 2.0 touch …
No larger than a regular pocket knife and weight just 1.5-ounces (that’s about 1/3 of the size and weight of an iPhone), the WayTools TextBlade is a minimalist Bluetooth keyboard designed easier type long messages while on the go!
The TextBlade features an innovative design with magnetic hinges which snaps in place by itself and turns ON the keyboard, 8 ultra smart keys which perfectly emulate a full QWERTY keyboard with 19 mm spacing between keys (just like any regular desktop keyboard), connects to your device via low energy Bluetooth 4.0 and it is compatible with most devices out there including iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets, Windows and Mac PC, basically Bluetooth enabled gadget. Check out the TextBlade in action and let me know your thoughts about it in he comments below.
Now that the Google Glass project is closed as we know it (hopefully they’ll re-open it with an even more appealing concept), people in love with augmented reality must turn towards other devices.
The Epson Moverio BT-200 is a such cool device which makes augmented reality available to users in a similar way Google Glass did – via a pair of high tech glasses. The Epson Moverio glasses can be used with prescription lenses and sun shades, feature motion sensors a front camera built into the frame as well as a dual screen 3D display for augmented reality applications and an additional UltiMicron full color LCD on the sides for video projections.
More than that, the Epson Moverio come with a Control Unit running on Android 4.0 OS which connects to the glasses via Bluetooth or WiFi and expands the main unit’s capabilities with additional sensors, Micro SD extended storage and a control touchpad. Check the demonstration video in the post (quick note: they’re using the previous BT-100 Moverio model in the demo vid).