If you ever wanted to control your PC with a simple hand move, just like Tom Cruise did in his famous Minority Report movie, now it’s the right time to get started! While you’d probably still have to wait a bit for the massive 3D hologram screens they used in the movie, the hands PC control part it’s available for purchase in the form a small stylish receiver box called Leap Motion.
The Leap Motion is a plug-and-play device compatible with Windows 7/8 and Mac OS X 10.7 or latter and allows you to control dedicated software via hand movements. Simply plug in the device, place it in front of your keyboard so it can “sense” all your hands moves and you’re ready to roll. The Leap Motion detects a large variety of motions such hand writing and drawing, pinch moves, 360 degrees rotations, 3 axis (up/down/back/forth) moves allowing you to point, wave, reach, grab, pick and drop something, write messages and so on … Pretty impressive!
The Leap Motion Controller works on dedicated software which can be downloaded from the Leap Motion App Store (there are 221 free and paid apps and games available at the time this article was published). It might not sound like a lot if you compare it with Apple’s Apps Store, but it’s still a good number of apps covering most needs and, given the strong community of developers behind the Leap Motion Controller, things can only get better! Check out the video to see the Leap motion Controller in action …
Either you’re a professional always on the road and you need to make a sales presentation, you’re a family guy who wants to enjoy some cool recorded videos on your iPhone, play a game on a big screen or watch a movie, or you’re at the office and you want to make a video conference call with your business partners or even with your buddies, a portable micro projector might be the best solution for you! Small, portable and lightweight enough to always carry them in your bag or laptop sleeve, pocket projectors have all chances to become your new best friend and help you better accomplish your work tasks as well as better enjoying those cool family moments recorded on your phone’s memory!
The Smartphone Pocket Projector from Hammacher is a one of these cool portable projectors designed to work with iPhone, Android smartphone and tablets, iPad, Windows and Mac laptops and desktops, home media players – basically any gadget that can output video signal via HDMI or VGA plugs. The pocket projector outputs 55 lumens and 720p HD resolution, sports an internal audio speaker for playing audio and video files, features a microSD slot and an internal media player which can play most audio and video formats, includes a MHL adapter for connecting compatible Android devices and it’s powered by internal rechargeable battery which allows around 1.5 hours of continuous projection on a full charge.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to control all gadgets around you by simply moving your hand and doing pre-defined hand gestures? Just think about it … gesture gaming on your TV, PowerPoint slides control with a simple hand gesture, controlling flying drones by twisting your hand, controlling your PC, tablet and phone handsfree and so much more … Sky is the limit!
Is this a glimpse into the futuristic 22nd century gadgetry? Not at all … The MYO Gesture Control Armband is a very real gadget, it’s already in production and it will ready for shipping in the begging of 2015. The MYO Armband connects wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows PC, Mac or any other Bluetooth enabled device and, by intelligently matching an ARM Cortex M4 processor with a wide series of sensors such as: medical grade stainless steel EMG sensors, a nine-axis IMU, a three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer and a three-axis magnetometer, allows you to control the connected devices by using simple hand gestures.
The MYO will set you back $199 US and is available for pre-ordering with delivery scheduled for the beginning of 2015.
Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Check the Thalmic Labs Myo Armband in action in the post video and let me know your thoughts about it in the comments bellow …
Yes, I know, the market is already crowded by thousands and thousands of cool cases and sleeves for your bellowed iPhone, your iPad or your Mac! So what sets the Chivote iCollection apart from the crowd? Other than the smart functional design, the handmade build, the premium vegetable tanned leather used to manufacture the gear and the decent pricing – we like that we can “dress” all our gadgets in the same style! The iCollection is composed of three protective cases – an iPhone / iPod Touch model which also includes a rear pocket for storing a couple of credit cards and bills, an iPad protective case which doubles as a tablet stand and a MacBook leather case and stand designed to protect the 13″ and 15″ Apple laptop models!
Cool, isn’t it? The Chivote iCollection is in project mode at Kickstarter and you can secure the entire collection for iPhone, iPad and Mac for an early bird price of $156 US. The cases are also available individually.
UPDATE 01/31/2015 – the iCollection from Chivote was successful crowdfunded and it is available for purchase on the Chivote website via the Buy Now link bellow.
3D printing made big leaps in the past couple of years. As 3D printing quality increased and prices decreased over the years, more and more people are starting to use 3D printing on regular bases.
A while back we featured the Cube 3D printer from Cubify. which is a smaller, home and office-friendly printer designed to print small scale objects. Today, I want to tell you about another gadget from Cubify, the Sense 3D Scanner, which is designed to help you create and generate the printing plans by simply scanning the object you want to print.
The 3D scanner works on all major PC platforms (Windows 7 and 8 as well as Mac OS X 10.8 and later), has a reasonable field of view for it’s size (Horizontal: 45°; Vertical: 57.5°; Diagonal: 69°) and features automatic object recognition and extraction, simple and powerful software cropping and processing as well as full integration with the Cube 3D printer from Cubify for seamless object reproduction.
With so much data floating around, backups are no longer a luxury, but a must! Think about all those pics from your smartphone, all those videos with your kids, documents, contacts, personal files, music and the list goes on and on … I am not going to stress more the data backup importance, because I know you do it! Don’t you?
On the other hand I am going to speak about the safety of your backups! Let me start with a little story – a friend of mine, a real geek, used to keep not 1, not 2, but 3 backup sets for all his data (including his smartphone, tablet and his home and work laptops). One day, the inevitable happened, and his apartment got flooded by the neighbor above. He called the guy, they stopped the flood and the neighbor helped him clean the apartment. All good until now. This is when the disaster happened! He opened his laptop but it was not working. It was full of water. He grabbed his girlfriend’s laptop which was not water damaged, he opened his desk to grab one of his backup HDD’s to copy some files and … Surprise! As all three of his backup HDD’s were on the lowest shelf of his desk, they were all water damaged!
So here you have a geeky guy who knew the importance of backups, with 1 set of original data and 3 sets of backups who lost all his digital life because the neighbor in the apartment above! Imagine that!
The good news is that in the end he was able to recover most of his data from the damaged HDD’s! The bad news is that this could happen to anyone, including you!
All this to say that backups are not enough to protect your data. You should also take steps to protect your backup drives from thieves and the elements! You can do this the hard way (as I do it) by using two encrypted HDD’s and always having one at a remote location (work, a friend, family member) or the simple way, by using disaster proof hard drives!
The ioSafe rugged portable 1TB external hard drive is one of the top disaster proof HDD‘s out there! The drive works on MAC and PC (USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt) features a full metal jacket that protects it against the elements, crushes and drops. The HDD mechanism inside the metal jacket is fully suspended in all 6 motion axes, so it will survives extreme shocks under most circumstances. The HDD is rated to with crush protection up to 5,000 lbs (2,267 KG), drop protection up to 20′ (that’s 6 meters), 30′ (9.15 meters) deep submersion in salty/fresh water for up to 3 days, full immersion in various liquids including diesel, oils, fuels, hydraulic fluids, continuous exposure to UV, blowing sand, blowing dust, rain, salt fog, icing or freezing rain. All this without loosing not even one byte of data!
Regarding the anti theft protection, the ioSafe PA51000U3YR features a solid Kensington Lock compatible slot which should be enough to discourage a dishonest person as well as a theft protection software which allows full drive AES encryption.
That’s the good part about it! The bad part is that this ioSafe beast comes with a premium price of $600! Well … you probably see it as premium because you didn’t hit the floor yet, but, if you already lost your data once, you know it’s a real bargain!!! Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I am curious to see how do you manage your backup drives …