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Sep 242014
 

Blackberry Porsche Design P’9983
Blackberry and Porsche Design just announced the latest fruit of their 4 years old collaboration – the Blackberry Porsche Design P’9983!

Just as the previous models, the 2011 P’9981 and the 2013 P’9982, the 3rd generation of the Blackberry Porsche Design smartphone wants to be exclusive device which combines the Porsche unique style with BlackBerry’s experience in creating productivity smartphone – “The Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry® combines a unique stylish design from an iconic, timeless brand with the fluid and effortless productivity experience of BlackBerry® 10 technology.”

While on the exterior the P’9983 is a cool, fancy phone, on the interior things are a bit different. The device is powered by the same chipset as the year-old Q10 – dual Core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 paired with 2GB of RAM, 64GB of on-board storage, a 2,100mAh battery, microSD, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC and even an FM Radio . A 720x720px 3.1-in touchscreen resides on the upper side of the phone leaving the bottom of the device available for Blackberry’s famous physical keyboard, this time coming with clear glass-touches!

While we have no pricing info, the company representatives confirmed that the Blackberry Porsche Design P’9983 will be available by early October at all Porsche Design stores.

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Sep 102014
 

Apple 4.7in iPhone 6 And 5.5 iPhone 6 Plus Smartphones With Retina HD Display
I initially intended this article to be rant longer post about the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and how Apple made history with its famous smartphone line. But finally, as the net is full of Apple histories and tons of posts pro and contra their latest models, I decided to compile it in a couple of phrases and let go on the subject …

While I love how Apple designs their gadgets with that fancy, metallic finish, I know how reliable and fast their smartphones and tablets are, I envy iOs users for having access first and sometimes exclusively to some apps and games (although this changed a lot lately, Android is keeping the pace very well and it even starts setting the trend) I always stayed on the Android side of the technology!

I always saw Steve Job’s Apple as a trend setter. They always took the hard path (remember … promoting touch screens when all gadgets had buttons, promoting Bluetooth when all headsets had wires, promoting cool and expensive designs and most smartphones were struggling finding a decent finish, reliability and ease of usage when all manufacturers looked to cut costs and quality… and so on) and they were well rewarded for doing so (hey … while they were pushing hard they become the most valued company of the face of Earth!!!).

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Sep 052014
 

AirType The Keyboardless Keyboard From The Future
If you think about it, typing did not improve much in the past 150 years. Yes, we passed from typewriters to wired PC keyboards and from wireless keyboards to virtual keypads as those in smartphone and tablets, but still, that’s not much of an advancement. The shape changed but not he content!

There’s also the CTX laser keyboard we told you about a while ago which clearly is a huge improvement over traditional keyboards, but pretty much follows the same, classic direction!

AirType is an Austin, Texas start-up which has as main objective bringing the classic keyboard into the 21 century!
AirType is an innovative device which is worn over your hands, it learns your finger movements, adapts to your typing style, comes with dynamic text prediction and correction and allows you to type anywhere and everywhere. Literally – imagine you’re typing an email, someone takes away the keyboard, but you keep on typing and the text builds up on the screen by some kind of magic! The device connects to smartphones, tablets and laptops via low energy Bluetooth, is easy to wear and remove and, when not in use, can be easily stored by clipping it on the tablet or laptop.

AirType is in prototype stage at this moment. We do not have any news about the release date or the pricing grid, but there are strong chances you’ll see it on Kickstarter or Indiegogo once it’s ready to hit production.

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Sep 042014
 

Oral-B Smart Series Or Tooth Brushing 2.0
It was just about time the good ol’ classic tooth brush gets an upgrade (and yes electric toothbrush, I am looking at you too!!!)!
The German Oral-B Smart Series is deemed to be the world’s first interactive tooth brush that collects, analyses and advises you how to better clean your teeth.

The tooth brush connects with free Android and iPhone apps via low-energy Bluetooth 4, tracks a number of brushing-related metrics such as how often, how long and how well are your brushing your teeth and allows cleaning program customization based on your dentist’s professional advice. Here’s how Oral-B describes it:
Delivers Expert Guidance with Focused Care: The purpose is not to outsmart dental professionals, but to work hand-in-hand with them. Dental professionals can program patients’ brushing routines in the app to help improve their brushing behaviors and focus on problem zones within the mouth.

While pricing and availability details are still unclear at this point, one thing is sure … I would hate my dentist being able to log into his portal and see how and when I brush my teeth … Imagine him starting to send notifications about it … I can already see his triumphal smile …

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Sep 022014
 

Noke Bluetooth Padlock
Just as the iFingerLock biometric padlock we featured earlier, the Fuz Design Noke Padlock is designed to overcome classic padlock problems such as losing the keys or forgetting the opening combinations.
The Noke padlock connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and, via free iPhone and Android apps allows easy setup and operation. You can setup multiple smartphones to open a Noke, you can share access with other users, you can check usage history and easily unlock the padlock without even pulling the phone from your pocket.
The Noke padlock has a built-in battery which lasts up to a year of usage and, if you run out of battery or if you don’t have your phone with you, it can be operated by simply tapping the hinge (just as classic Morse code) and entering a quick click code previously set up.

The Noke Padlock is in project mode at Kickstarter and you reserve one for $59 (that’s about $30 less than what it would retail for). The project already reached it’s funding cap 9meaning that the Noke will be produced and released to the market) and the delivery is scheduled for February 2015.

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Aug 292014
 

GOW Smart Fabric Workout Shirt With Integrated Sensors
Improve your workouts with the GOW Smart Fabric Shirt With Integrated Sensors.
This fancy smart-shirt features a HRM (heart rate monitor), sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and free GOW iPhone and Android apps! How’s that sounding for a running shirt?

All you have to do is select between four training modes: running, biking, hiking, or working out at the gym, and let the shirt do its job! The HRM will transfer workout data to the smartphone app, which, based on the received information, will calculate burned calories, traveled distance, best times, ran tracks and even compete against your friends!
The workout outfit is available for men (as a t-shirt) and for women (as a bra), is made of seamless fabric, ensures maximum comfort, moisture release and avoids chafing (technical yarn with Bosy thermoregulation), can be hand washed or machine washed, and the HRM unit can be cleaned, if necessary, with mild soap and clean water.

ALSO CHECK the Superman Alter Ego Compression Shirt an the Superhero Muscle Shirt we featured earlier from Under Armour.

The best part about it is that you get an all-in-one-training-cool-2.0-t-shirt and you no longer have to worry about gearing up a ton of gadgets before going out running. Considering all gadgets are included in the shirt, you will probably have to dismiss them once the t-shirt wears out, but, given it’s reasonable pricing – $79.99 US as we speak (hey … that’s not a lot more than the price of a good, brand working shirt) , it’s still worth the shot!

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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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