One of the weakest part of all modern smartphones is their screen. Drop it a couple of times (sometimes once it’s more than enough!) and you need to visit a repairs shop!
But how much is too much for a smartphone screen? Check out this cool test did by the guys from TechRax – they drop tested all iPhone models starting with the 2007 iPhone 2G to the 2014’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus …
Which iPhone model did best manage this stress test? Check it out and let me know your thought in the comments bellow!
Designed with fitness and training in mind, Dr Dre’s PowerBeats2 wireless in-ear headphones are built to last and keep you entertained during your workouts. The PowerBeats2 are compatible with iPhone, Android and any other Bluetooth enabled gadgets, come with a improved design over the first generation, 6 hours continuous play battery life, quick charge function (15 minutes of charge allow up to 1 hours of music play), flexible earhooks, lightweight built and RemoteTalk controls for calls and music play. The PowerBeats2 are IPX-4 sweat and water resistant, which makes them a perfect companion for your fitness workouts!
The speaker sports high-performance drivers and enhanced bass port design, it’s powered by an USB rechargeable battery which allows up to 8 hours of music streaming on a full charge and doubles as a phone system with dual-microphone and built-in echo and noise cancellation technology, allowing you to take personal and conference calls without the need of any additional equipment. The Harman Kardon Esquire Mini is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled gadgets including iPhone, Android and Windows devices.
With so many smartphones and tablets in a modern family home (not even mentioning smartwatches, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, etc…), finding a free charging spot for your device it’s not an easy job! Sometimes, I even feel charging a phone is like a contagious disease … as soon as you plug in your device, someone always appears from nowhere … “Can I plug mine for 5 min only, than it’s all yours? Please … Please…“!
Of course, you can use multiple chargers like everybody else does, but again … if your family is anything like mine, no one is ever unplugging the chargers and store them away of sight. And seeing every electrical plug around crowded with chargers it’s not a lot better, isn’t it?
This is where desk charging stations like the BlueLounge Sanctuary4 come into the game to fix the charging management issue! The Sanctuary4 is a cool Appleish style squared charging box that features 4 USB charging ports (total output of 4Amps), rubberized device tray and an adjustable tablet stand for charging and movie watching. The device can charge up to 4 smartphones or two tablets at the same time and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android devices and any other USB powered gadget.
The Parrot Bebop Drone is designed to allow you take awesome pictures and record amazing movies from the height of the skies, offering FPV (First Person View) footage via a dedicated free iPhone or Android app.
The Parrot Bebop Drone roughly measures 12-in (28cm) square and 1.5-in (3.6cm) tall, weighs around 14.5 ounces (that’s a maximum weight of 410 grams), is powered by a rechargeable battery which allows up to 11 minutes of flight at speeds up to 45mph (75KMH) in winds up to 30mph (50KMH). The drone is equipped with a 14MP 180-degree angle of view f2.2 fish-eye lens camera capable of recording full-HD 1080p MP4 movies or taking JPEG and Adobe DNG picture files.
Both, the Parrot drone and the installed camera, can be controlled via the iOs (iPhone, iPad and iPod) or Android FreeFlight Parrot app which connects to your phone or tablet via Wi-Fi and has a range of about 980ft (300 meters). For those looking to extend the flying area of the drone, Parrot offers a Skycontroller addon which features an amplified Wi-Fi radio and 4 antennas to boost the device’s range up to 1.2 miles (2kilometers). The Skycontroller addon runs on Android and allows image output to smartphones, tablets as well as HDMI screens and TVs and VR sets such as the Oculus Rift (via HDMI), Zeiss Cinemizer or Sony FPV.
While it might look a bit more expensive than other power storage units we featured here at the Cool Pile, the Brunton Hydrogen Reactor is a viable source of electrical power to charge your gadgets while off-the-grid for more than couple of days.
The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Portable Fuel Cell is perfect for charging your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphones and tablets, GPS units, MP3 players, basically anything that can be powered from an USB plug. The reactor hydrogen cells are environmentally safe, toxic chemicals free, they come in solid state with no natural discharge format and output 5V @ 2amp. Each Hydrocore can charge an iPhone for up to 6 times and can be recharged up to 1,000 times with the help of a H2O Hydrolyzer Charge Station ($231.09 US). Two hydrogen cores are included in the initial purchase and additional cores can be purchased individually if needed.
The Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker is designed to bring coffee brewing to the 21st century!
The coffee brewer heavily relies on the Wemo Home Automation system to allow coffee making at distance, push notifications to your smartphone when the coffee is ready as well as other various reminders related to the the coffee brewing system. So how does it work exactly? You download the free Wemo app on your iPhone or Android device, you leave the coffee maker ready to brew and, when you’re ready to get home simply activate the coffee machine from your app! Fresh, hot, good tasting coffee will wait you at your arrival! The mobile apps also help you to schedule the coffee machine up to 1 week ahead, check the Mr Coffee status, turn it OFF if you forgot it open when you left home, adjust overall settings as well as read notifications and reminders about what’s happening with your coffee.
The Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker can make up to 10 cups of coffee in about 8 minutes and features a double-wall, vacuum-insulated, stainless-steel thermal carafe that keeps the flavor fresh and the coffee hot for hours.