The Blumoo HomeBase turns your Android and iOs mobile devices into universal remote controllers capable to interact and command most gadgets in your house. The HomeBase connects to your iPhone, iPad,Apple Watch or Android devices via Bluetooth, picks up your commands from the mobile app and translates them into simple infrared wireless signals that your home devices understand.
The Blumoo supports over 250,000 devices, features a simple setup process, replaces all your remote controllers, can be personalized for each member of the family, comes with an interactive TV guide and even streams your music from your phone to your sound system. Sounds cool, isn’t it? Check it out!
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.
Your smartphone is already amazing and capable of helping you achieve extraordinary things countless times every day! But how about making it even more amazing and extend it’s arrays of magical powers?
The Ryobi Phone Works are a a kit of smartools that, once hooked up to your iPhone or Android device, extend your smartphone’s capabilities of pro-measuring and analyzing information to better manage home improvement projects. As the guys from Ryobi well say : “Upgrade from expensive, single-function hand tools and work smarter with RYOBI Phone Works Mobile App and Devices.”
The Ryobi Phone Works are compatible with most iPhone and Android phone models (check the compatibility list here), come with dedicated iOs and Android apps and feature the following tools: laser level, moisture level, inspection scope, laser distance measure, stud finder, infrared thermometer, laser pointer, noise suppression earphones.
There’s been a while since we heard exciting news from the desktop side of personal computing! But that’s all about to change with the Sprout, the latest HP project in desktop personal computers, a 23-in touch screen Windows 8.1 machine with Intel RealSense 3D camera which combines depth-sensing and infrared cameras for accurate 3D scanning and a second screen projected on a large capacitive touchpad called TouchMat to allow users Kinect-type interactions with the PC. So how does it actually work? The main screen of the Sprout works just like any Windows 8 touch enabled LCD. The Illumintor (that scanner part) scans 2D and 3D objects placed on the TouchMat, transfers them live to a design app on the Sprout and allows users to interact with scans using the same TouchMat as input device and secondary display at the same time! Cool, isn’t it?
The HP Sprout Creativity Station is powered by a 4th gen Core i7-4790S processor and has NVIDIA GeForce GT graphics, 1TB of storage, 8GBs of RAM (upgradable to 16GB) and a 23″ Full HD 1080p touch-enabled backlit LCD display.
As technology advances with big steps and everyday hundreds and thousands of new gadgets are released to the market to make our lives easier, there was time somebody took a closer look at the good old remote controller and bring it into the 21st century!
Don’t get me wrong! There were other remote controllers too that got upgraded to the digital world (take for example the Logitech Harmony Touch), but can we really consider them Smart?
Logitech’s news lines of Harmony remote controls, the Harmony Ultimate Home, not only allows you to control all your media devices from one single controller, but also helps you control your entire home while you’re lying on the couch enjoying our favorite show.
The Harmony Ultimate Home control kit syncs with your iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth 4.0 and allows you to control your home automation system via the free iOs and Android Logitech apps. On the other end, the smart controller connects to various devices in your house using infrared (IR), Bluetooth or Wi-Fi wireless signal allowing you to control all your home automation as well as media devices from one master remote.
Another cool option worth mentioning is the possibility of creating user defined macros (recording and replaying a suite of actions by only touching one button). Let’s say for example that your regular routing for watching a movie is: close the window, dim the light, extend the couch, turn on the TV and the media player, set the picture and audio modes to Movie and set the starting volume to 57. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home allows your to record all these actions and re-do them by simply hitting the assigned command button (of course, we assume that your home automation system already allows you to automate all these actions). Cool, isn’t it?
3D printing is the next black! But in order to be able to print in 3D, you need some to somehow map the object’s detailed information!
Here’s where the Occipital Structure Sensor comes into the game! The Structure is an iPad addon which, once mounted, gives your favorite tablet 3D scanning superpowers!
Here are some technical specs: the Structure is powered by it’s own internal battery which allows about 4 hours of continuous usage; it has an anodized aluminum chassis which confers it a beautiful exterior as well as a thermal core that keeps the precision optics inside at an optimal temperature; dual infrared LED’s to improve vision in low light.
The Structure sensor can make room captures and can automatically calculate distance (I can only imagine how real estate agents and interior designers will go crazy about this) as well as scan object which can be reproduced/printed via 3D printers (compatible with Shapeways.com3D printing).
The 3D scanner was designed for full compatibility with iPvad 4th generation (via the Lightning connector) but cam also work on other iOS devices as well as on Android, Linux, Windows and osX (“Hacker” package available to order) and is available for pre-order after a successful Kickstarter campaign which helped the manufacturer raise 1.3 million USD.
Night Vision is awesome. It’s like having Super Powers … You see them … They don’t see you … They have no idea what’s waiting them in the dark … OK… OK … Maybe I’m too much into the James Bond stuff ….
So back to our Midnight Shot Infrared Camera. The 12 MP digital camera allows you to shot infrared pictures and videos in absolute dark – up to 20 feet (about 6 meters away). The night vision is assured by 3 IR LEDs invisible to human eye. The shutter speed is ¼ – 1/3000 seconds while the exposure is AE/+-2EV (1/3 EV Step).
Another cool feature is that (this is based on the ThinkGeek.com description) when the IR is used during the daylight you can shot pic through various thin materials like paper and some types of clothing! Did you get that? – Through some types of clothing!!!If you’re thinking what I am thinking, you’re really not politically correct !!!