Windows

Jul 032014
 

Zmartframe Or How to Turn Your Classic PC Screen To Modern Touch Screen
With technology evolving so quickly, things that were modern and fancy yesterday, are already outdated today! Think about all those smartphones, tablets, TV sets, laptops and so on … Manufacturers release newer models with improved tech specs every year, sometimes even twice a year!
As I have a box full of older, outdated gadgets in perfect functioning state, I am always looking around for ways to repurpose and give them a new life! This is how I felt onto the Zmartframe.

Just as the Universal Touch Screen Camera Adaptor For Laptops we told you about earlier, the Zmartframe is designed to turn your old, classic PC screen into a modern screen with touch capabilities.

Available for 19″, 22″ and 24″ screens, the Zmartframe is compatible with Win XP/7/8 PCs an works on a Plug And Play system – attach the frame, connect the USB plug and calibrate the screen the first time you plug it and you’re ready to roll and enjoy 2-point multi touch on your old PC screen! Another cool feature is that the Zmartframe has Android embedded in it! So, without any additional gear, your classic screen can be turned into a modern tablet with instant access to millions of apps from the Google Play store.

The Zmartframe is in project mode at Indiegogo and you secure one for $260 US (the 19″ version).

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Jun 162014
 

Cubify Sense 3D Scanner Scanning Shoe And Displaying On Laptop
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.

$419 | BUY NOW
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Jun 102014
 

E-Blue WebTV Wireless Keybord With Touchpad And Remote Controller For Android, Windows, Mac And Playstation
Smart TV‘s are the new Black in town. Not only they allow you to watch TV shows, but they also connect to the internet, give access to video streaming from Netflix, Youtube and many more as well as allow users instal various apps to extend the TV set “intelligence” and features range.

And this simply cool. I always loved to see independent gadgets interconnecting for a greater and better user experience! But what if you already bought a TV a couple of years back, it’s still working very well, but you want access to this new generation of features? You could change your TV (hey, you already do that every year with your smartphone!!), or you could improve your existing one by hooking it up to your PC, Android device or even your game console.

ALSO CHECK the Bluetooth Mini Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse and the Measy RC13 –Keyboard Air Mouse With D-Pad, Speaker and Skype Phone Integrated!

The Web@TV Wireless Keyboard Trackpad is a cool remote controller designed to help you build your Smart TV and allow you to control your PC, Android phone/tablet or Playstation when outputting on your TV set. The device features a touch pad to mimick mouse moves, switch, scroll buttons, mini keyboard and multimedia keys and works over 2.4GHz wireless frequency (16 connection channels available) from a distance of 16-35 feet (5-10 meters) from your device.

$38 | BUY NOW
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Jun 052014
 

ioSafe Rugged Portable 1 TB External Hard Drive (USB 3.0)
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!

ALSO CHECK the ioSafe Waterproof, Fireproof 3TB External Hard Drive (SK3TB Solo G3) and the Rugged Portable LaCie HDD With USB 3.0 & Thunderbolt we featured earlier.

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

$601 | BUY NOW

 

Mar 252014
 

Universal Touch Screen Camera Adaptor For Laptops
Either you like it or not, most last generation laptop models come touch enabled screens. But what to do with older models (read even last generation models), which don’t feature touch technology, when you realize you need it for various tasks or simply for improving the comfort of your online browsing?

Here’s where the Touch Screen Camera For Laptops comes into the game. The adapter is compatible with Windows 8 and higher devices, comes with a stylus pen to help navigation or to completely replace your mouse and even has a built-in webcam for various video recording needs. For those of you asking yourselves how this gadget works – it can’t get simpler than that – simply mount the converter on your screen, instal the driver, hook-up the USB plug and your ready to go.

While the device is a bit bulky to be carried around mounted on your laptop, I can see some more usage advantages for desktop PC’s fix fixed screens (think about those 21″+ screens you have at home and office).

$42.47 | BUY NOW
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Jan 202014
 

Desk Shot Standing Scanner Or How To Scan Files Without A Bulky Scanner!
Made by King Jim, “maker of Japan’s most stylish and technically funky office tools“, the Desk Shot Standing Scanner is a cool standing scanner designed to allow you digitize your documents while saving you the pain of having a bulky, full sized machine on your desk.

ALSO CHECK Translator Scanner Mouse the PiQx Xcanex – Portable Scanner That Attaches To Your Laptop Lid And Allows You To Scan Documents On The Go and the The Pen Sized Scanner Allows You To Easily Scan Documents While On The Go

Simply place a sheet of paper in front of the standing scanner, choose one of the three operation modes (A4 scan, Marker Scan which only scans the document area marked with a fluorescent marker and Non-Correction Scan which will digitize the entire surface in front of the sensor). On the technical side, the Desk Shot Standing Scanner works only with Windows PC, scans A4 sheets at 160 dpi resolution, features autofocus, is powered by a regular USB plug and scans to PDF, JPG and PNG.

$233 | BUY NOW
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Jan 132014
 

DrumPants - The Wearable Musical Instrument In Your Pocket
Play whenever inspiration strikes“.
The Drumpants are wearable musical instruments designed to allow you to play anywhere – from “air drumming” in the bus to live performing on a stage!

ALSO CHECK – SubPac M1 – Feel The Bass Wherever You Go and the Harman Kardon Esquire Or How To Have Good Quality Music While On The Go

The Drumpants work with iOs and Android mobile devices and desktop computers (including Windows, Mac and Linux laptops) via Bluetooth connection and feature two individual strips which include two drum pad sensors each, a control unit which allows you to change scales and tones and a looping pedal which allows loops and beats recording with a simple foot tap. The two drum strips are padded with ultra-thin Velcro designed to easily attach and remove from any clothing.

The wearable drumpants have over 100 sounds built-in including drums, percussion, guitar, piano and many more. Check-out the vid for a cool demo.

$99+ | BUY NOW
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