Showing posts with label Gadgets-and-Accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gadgets-and-Accessories. Show all posts
At this year's I/O keynote, the company has announced three updates for Google Home, its voice-based virtual assistant for homes.

Google Home

Hands-free calling


With the help of Google Assistant, Home shall be able to call any number in the US and Canada. The best part is that Google will not charge any additional fee for the same. Hands-free calling supports multiple users as well, so Home will perform the personalized action depending on who is requesting for it.

Increased entertainment options


Google Home now supports HBO Now, CBS All Access, HGTV (Netflix is already added) and also Spotify's free service along with Soundcloud ad Deezer, hence increasing the number of available entertainment options. Bluetooth is supported as well.

Visual responses via Chromecast


Adding interfacing with other devices like smartphones and TV screens (via Chromecast), Google Home will now 'show' information instead of just speaking it out. For instance, when asked for driving directions, Assistant will route it to the smartphone. If connected via Chromecast, appointments and search results can be viewed on the big screen.

Google Lens and standalone Daydream VR headsets are also announced. Stay tuned for more announcements from the Google I/O event.
The Google Daydream mobile Virtual Reality platform is getting an interesting expansion. In this world of smartphone-based VR headsets, Google has announced at the I/O event that standalone VR headsets will be manufactured.

Google Daydream based VR headsets will now be standalone


What this effectively means is that the new headsets will not rely on any device whatsoever, be it a console, PC, or smartphone.

Even though there is not much information regarding how this is supposed to work, Google has hinted at the use of WorldSense to achieve the same. The technology will not require any external sensors. It will employ inside-out positional tracking instead.

As far as motion control is concerned, the sketches presented by the company at the keynote hints at a controller just like the one that ships with Daydream View.

HTC Vive branded standalone VR headsets are coming soon


Google has partnered with HTC and Lenovo to produce such devices. HTC's Vive branded standalone VR headset is expected to hit the markets sometime later this year. Exact release dates or pricing information is not revealed yet.

Google Lens and updates to Google Home are also announced. Stay tuned for more announcements from the Google I/O event.
Qualcomm has announced upgrades to its mid-range chipset line, viz. Snapdragon 653 and 625, with the introduction of Snapdragon 660 and 630 respectively. The new processors are focused towards enhancing the capabilities of their predecessors, in turn giving more power to OEMs to produce powerful mid-range devices.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and 630 bring the top-shelf features to mid range chipsets


The chipsets are equipped with Qualcomm Spectra 160 premium camera ISP, a feature that was present only in the top-range (800 tier) Snapdragons until now. It will result in accurate color reproduction, dual pixel autofocus, smooth optical zoom, and superior low-light photography. It also paves the way for more dual-camera smartphones in the future since the power efficiency and throughput will be improved.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (only) comes with the proprietary Hexagon 680 DSP. It enables high performance and power efficient processing of computer vision, imaging, and machine intelligence workloads.

The new processors feature a Snapdragon X12 LTE modem. It supports 600 Mbps maximum download speed, the first in mid-ranged 600 tier chipsets. Advanced RF front-end support ensures. Also, the Snapdragon 660 supports 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi which increases data throughput and lowers the download power consumption.

When compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 660 is 20% more performant in the Kryo (octa-core) 260 CPU and 30% in the Adreno 512 GPU. These numbers are 10% in the CPU (octa-core Cortex A53) and 30% in the Adreno 508 GPU for Snapdragon 630.

The new chipsets support Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging technology. Regarding security, the exclusive Mobile Security feature provides hardware-level protection, device attestation, and user authentication.

Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK support on the new SoC's empowers the developers to deploy machine learning and artificial intelligence in their applications.

A 14nm FinFET process is utilized in both the processors. They are capable of recording and playing 4K videos, and can support up to 8 gigs of RAM. The 660 supports displays up to QHD (2K) resolution, while the 630 limits it to FHD/QXGA (1080p).

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 is already available in the market. The Snapdragon 630 will start shipping by the end of this month.

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Samsung has finally decided to foray into the portable gaming world with the launch of Notebook Odyssey at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Samsung Notebook Odyssey 15 top

The portable gaming device comes in two variants - one with a 15.6-inch display and the other with a 17.3-inch screen (with a resolution of 1920x1080 in both cases). The 15.6-inch version offers 280 nits of brightness, while there are 300 nits available on its elder sibling. Both the models feature anti-glare surface for reduced reflection and are powered by 7th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor.

On the graphics front, the 15-inch model is fitted with Nvidia GTX1050 GPU. Note that it is the most entry-level card in the GTX 10 series. There is no word yet on the GPU of the Odyssey 17. Anything above 1050 will be an improvement, however!

Samsung Notebook Odyssey 15 open

On the hardware front, Odyssey 15 supports up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, 256 GB solid-state drive, and 1 TB hard-disk drive. The bigger model has double the capacity of RAM and SSD, while the HDD capacity remains the same.

Samsung Notebook Odyssey comes with something called a HexaFlow Vent at the bottom, whose job is to keep the device cool during gameplay. To enhance the storage and memory, the vent can be opened to fit in more hardware.

Samsung Notebook Odyssey 17 top

The keys on the smaller variant have 0.3 mm crater keycaps along with backlit WASD keys for better gaming control. On the 17-inch variant, things are taken to another level. The keycaps are 0.5 mm volcano, and the backlit color of each cap can be customized to suit one's need.

The battery capacity is 43 Wh on the smaller model, and 93 Wh on the bigger one. Odyssey 15 comes in black and white color options and weighs around 2.5 kg. Odyssey 17 is manufactured only in black and weighs 3.8 kg approximately.

Samsung Notebook Odyssey 17 open

Details regarding pricing and availability of Samsung Notebook Odyssey are yet to be announced.

October 23, 2016:


Nintendo has released a video showing the looks of the much awaited Nintendo Switch, aka the Nintendo NX.


April 27, 2016:


We have a good and a bad news for avid gamers. The bad news is that the mysterious gaming console from the house of Nintendo (yes, we are talking about the NX) is not going to launch anytime this year. Instead, it will launch, wait for it, in March next year. That's the good news.

Nintendo NX

After a lot of speculations, Nintendo has finally confirmed the NX launch date via a tweet posted by them. After a lot of fake leaks regarding the console's controller, we are happy to have an official statement. A lot of rumors over time have also hinted towards the NX being a hybrid of console and handheld form, but sadly there is no official information that can clear the air around the matter.

Additionally, according to another tweet, the upcoming Legend of Zelda game will simultaneously launch on Wii U and NX in 2017. In fact, it will be the focus of the next press event by Nintendo, which is scheduled for June this year. Unfortunately, this means that the gaming community will have to wait almost an year to get their hands on the new game. Better late than never.

Miitomo, the smartphone game by Nintendo which was launched earlier this year has now been played by more than 10 million people. As a result, the company has decided to bring more apps to smartphones, and this list includes the famous Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing.





And now we wait.
Most of us use memory cards with our smartphones and digital cameras to make sure we have that extra storage when it is needed the most. At Photokina 2014, SanDisk introduced a 512 GB memory card. Taking this a step further, they have now revealed a prototype of the 1 TB SDXC card at the same event this year held in Cologne, Germany.

SanDisk 1 TB SDXC card prototype

Going a few years down the memory lane, the first SanDisk 64 MB SD card was introduced sixteen years ago. (link)

Increasing demand for 4K and 8K video content, and applications employing Virtual Reality, 360-degree video solutions, and 24x7 video surveillance systems are perfect candidates that expect more-and-more storage in the devices they run on. This 1 TB card should fit their purpose.

“Just a few short years ago the idea of a 1 TB capacity point in an SD card seemed so futuristic – it is amazing that we are now at the point where it is becoming a reality. With the growing demand for applications like VR, we can certainly use 1 TB when we are out shooting continuous high-quality video. High-capacity cards allow us to capture more without interruption, streamlining our workflow, and eliminating the worry that we may miss a moment because we have to stop to swap out cards,”

said Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

SanDisk 1 TB SDXC card prototype

Since this is just a prototype, price and availability dates for the product are not known. However, the price can be speculated from the fact that the 512 GB card retailed at $799 in the beginning. The figure later fell to $599.
Milagrow has today launched the AguaBot 5.0 in India. It is a wet mopping, dry cleaning, and floor vacuuming robot.

Milagrow AguaBot 5.0

The robot comes with a water reservoir and smart mop attachment of size 350x210 mm. The front portion of the mop will do the wet mopping while the back portion would wipe the floor dry.

Milagrow AguaBot 5.0 comes with dual suction control, which gets activated by manually pressing a button on the remote control, or when the AguaBot senses extra dirt. Needless to say, more battery is needed to use this feature. The maximum suction can go up to 45 W.

The AguaBot 5.0 has a brushless cleaning mechanism. 

It is equipped with extra thick anti-slippage tires and state of the art automobile suspension technology. Movement sensors have been concealed above the universal front wheel. It can climb door sills up to 22 mm. 

It can cover almost 3500 square feet in about 120 minutes.

The battery used is removable and is easily replaceable. The High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter can be washed using cold water.

Milagrow AguaBot 5.0 comes loaded with features like Robotic 6th Sense, automatic obstacle and fall detection, all-surface cleaning and self-diagnosis.

The robot is available for ₹31,990 ($480 approx.). This includes a two-year warranty period.

How does it work?


Following are the steps to be followed:

1. Fill the water in the water reservoir.
2. Put the mop at the bottom of the water tank.
3. Attach the reservoir to the robot.
4. Sit back and relax.

Watch it in action:

Google has finally launched the newest version of Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio in India. Note that these devices were first unveiled sometime last year.

The new Google Chromecast

The new Chromecast comes with a sleek design, and can hence easily fit into TVs with crowded ports. It is expected to make streaming faster since it supports the latest WiFi standards. The device is priced at ₹3,399 ($50 approx.) on the Google Play Store. It is expected to hit the usual online marketplaces in the coming months.

Google Chromecast Audio

Chromecast Audio is a device that plugs into speakers to stream radio, podcasts and music over WiFi. The small device can be plugged into your speakers. With the multi-room feature, multiple speakers can be connected together to create a perfect home-entertainment system. It is also priced at ₹3,399 ($50 approx.).

The Chromecast app has been updated to make it easier to search for content. Functionality for improved search and personalised suggestions has been implemented.
Amazon had today launched Kindle Oasis in India. It is the eighth generation of Kindle, the famous e-reader series by the American giant. It features an incredibly thin and light design. Its USP is the charging cover with a dual-battery system (more on this later).

Kindle Oasis

The Oasis features a thin touch 300 ppi Paperwhite display, and an ergonomic grip. The built-in front light has 60% more LEDs when compared to previous versions. The device has a metal-plated featherweight polymer frame. The metal plating is done by the process of structural electroplating, thus making the device lightweight.

The reader comes in an entirely different shape than its predecessors. The center of gravity is shifted to the user's palm. This ensures that the device rests in the hand, much like the spine of a book. A built-in accelerometer detects which hand is being used, and automatically rotates the page and the physical page turn buttons accordingly.

Kindle Oasis rear

The cover fits closely around the bezel of the device. It is a smart cover, which means it turns the Oasis' screen on/off when flipped. Oasis features a dual-battery system, one in the device itself and the other in its leather cover! If the cover is connected to the device, the battery in the cover automatically charges the device's battery. Both the batteries can be charged together via the wall socket.

Kindle Oasis weighs 131 grams. It is 3.4 mm thick at its thinnest point, and is available for pre-order at a price of ₹23,999 ($360 approx.) for the WiFi-only variant, and ₹27,999 ($420 approx.) for the WiFi-cum-3G variant.
Acer has expanded its Chromebook series of laptops with the launch of Acer Chromebook 14. It is unique from its predecessors because it features a 14-inch display, and an all-aluminum chassis. The USP of this device is the 14-hour battery life, as claimed by the manufacturer (more on this later).

Acer Chromebook 14

The device comes with a 720p webcam with 1280x720 resolution, HD audio and video recording. It has dual stereo speakers and an integrated digital microphone.

The IPS display is 20% larger than 11-inch models. It comes in full HD (1920 x 1080) and HD (1366x768) resolutions. Wide viewing angles up to 170 degrees are supported. The display boasts of ComfyView low-reflection and anti-glare properties, which help in reducing strain to the eyes.

The 14-hour battery life is advertised for the models with HD display. Buy the one with FHD, and you end up getting around 12-hour battery juice (which is still impressive). The Acer Chromebook 14 runs on Intel Celeron processor (dual-core or quad-core), paired with either 2 GB or 4 GB dual-channel LPDDR3 SDRAM. The internal storage is either 16 GB or 32 GB, which is supported by 100 GB free storage on Google Drive.

The laptop weighs 1.55 kg, and measures 0.67 inches (17 mm) at its thickest point. With an all-metal body and such thinness, the device appears to be a Macbook Air clone.

On the connectivity front, it comes with two USB 3.1 ports and an HDMI port. Usual options including WiFi and Bluetooth are available.

Acer Chromebook 14 will be available next month onwards. Price for the premium model with FHD display, 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM is $300.
iRobot has announced yet another robot, the Braava jet Mopping Robot, to its series of home offerings. It is designed to mop hard floor surfaces with high amounts of traffic, such as kitchen and bathroom.

iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot

The device features a compact design. It comprises of a vibrating cleaning head, a precision jet spray and a set of cleaning pads to lift dirt and stains.

There are three cleaning modes, one for each type of the cleaning pad, viz. wet, damp and dry mode. In the wet mode, the Wet Mopping pad will be used to clean dirt and stains on well-sealed floors in a triple-pass. In the damp mode, the Damp Sweeping pad will clean the furniture, floors, tiles and stone for dust and dirt in a double-pass. Both these modes involve cleaning with water. In the dry mode, the Dry Sweeping pad will clean the hard floors for dirt, dust and pet hair in a single-pass. Moreover, the robot will automatically decide the cleaning mode based upon the pad attached to it.

Filling water in iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot

Braava jet comes packaged with a lithium-ion battery. The box contains two cleaning pads of each type. Extra pads can be bought separately.

The device is smart enough to detect and avoid any obstacles. It is also capable of accessing hard-to-reach places, including under kitchen cabinets and around toilet seats. There is also a Virtual Wall mode, which can be used to define a boundary beyond which the robot won’t travel.

Changing the cleaning pad on iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot

The Braava jet Mopping Robot is available at a price of $199 starting next month. Braava jet cleaning pads are separately available for $7.99 for a box of ten. The washable cleaning pads are separately available for $19.99 USD for a box of two.
Samsung has today announced the launch of Samsung Portable SSD T3. It is a palm-sized, external Solid State Drive (SSD). It is equipped with their proprietary Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and SSD TurboWrite technology, thus providing advanced performance.

Samsung Portable SSD T3 launched in India

The Portable SSD T3 offers fast read and write speeds. It drive comes with sequential read/write speeds of up to 450 megabytes per second (MB/s) with a USB 3.0 Type-C interface. The responsiveness is as fast as internal SSD with random read/write speed up to 240 times faster than external HDD.

This drive comes with a wide range of capacity options, viz. 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. It comes with AES-256 bit hardware encryption, and boasts of an intuitive user interface.

The Portable SSD T3 has a slim and compact design. It weighs about 51 g, and measures 74.0x58.0x10.5 mm. It features premium aesthetics such as dark silver metal with black design and anti-scratch urethane coating.

It has a metal body with a shock resistant internal frame. It is shock resistant up to 1,500 G and resistant up to 2 meter drop test. It has a thermal guard, which efficiently manages workload to prevent overheating.

T3 uses exFAT as its default file recognition format. It can be controlled via an Android app, which supports password changes and remaining capacity checks.

The new Portable SSD T3 will go on sale from 21st of this month. It is priced at ₹10,999 ($165 approx.) for 250 GB, ₹18,999 ($285 approx.) for 500 GB, ₹37,999 ($565 approx.) for 1 TB and ₹74,999 ($1,120 approx.) for 2 TB.

The drive comes with a 3 year warranty. It will be available both online and offline. You can order it on Amazon, Flipkart or Snapdeal.
Zebronics has today unveiled its first Bluetooth game controllers for Android devices. The ZEB-75WG and ZEB-350WG gaming controllers are aimed at bringing an uninterrupted gaming experience, converting the smartphones or tablets into a pocket into gaming consoles at the same time.

Zebronics ZEB-75WG

The pads are embodied with 8 ways direction buttons which are designed to fit perfectly in the user's fingers. These are backed with Turbo and Auto mode buttons. They are also built-in with 2 analog sticks.

These controllers are ergonomically and aesthetically designed with a comfortable rubber grip and sturdy clamp matched with slip proof handle to play for longer hours without discomfort. The ZEB-75WG comes with spring loaded mount for mobile while ZEB-350WG comes with Stainless steel telescopic spring mount for mobiles and tablets. Both models are equipped with Bluetooth 3.0 and come with built-in rechargeable batteries.


Zebronics ZEB-350WG

They also encompass 12 fire buttons with mode switch option.

The 75WG is priced at 1,900 ($30 approx.), while the 350WG is priced at 3,600 ($55 approx.).
Zebronics has launched the ZEB-3203LED TV in India. It is a stylish 32-inch (80 cms) HD LED TV with a lot of awesome features and an elegant design.

Zebronics ZEB-3203LED TV

The slim depth and narrow bezel design nearly eliminates the space between the screen and the bezel. It possesses a sleek look.

The device offers a superior dynamic contrast ratio of 300000:1. Now see the colors how they were meant to be seen with 16.7 million display colors.

It boasts of an extra wide viewing angle of 178 degrees (both vertically and horizontally) thus giving the best view from any angle.

The device is backed by 12 W sound output. These powerful speakers reproduce a varied range of sound from rich bass to full audio spectrum, adding an extra punch to the audio experience. There is also a heightened sense of depth in the audio.

It is very efficient in terms of power. Enhancing power utility in the panel, this TV has ultra-low power consumption.

The TV offers a wide range of connectivity ports like RF, HDMI, AV in/AV out, VGA in, Earphone out and USB.

The device is priced at 18,990 ($280 approx.). It is backed with one year of on-site warranty and after sales services.

Zebronics ZEB-3203LED specifications


Panel: Edge LED
Display size: 32 inch (80 cms)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Brightness: 250 nits
Display colors: 16.7 million
Dynamic contrast ratio: 300000:1
Resolution (pixels): 1366x768
Viewing angle (degress): 178 (both horizontal and vertical)
Audio output: 12 W x 2
Price: 18,990 ($280 approx.)
SteelSeries has launched Rival 700, a gaming mouse equipped with first-ever onboard OLED display. It also boasts of customizable tactile alerts and swappable physical components.

SteelSeries Rival 700

Gamers can configure resolution settings up to 16,000 counts per inch (CPI) and down to one millisecond of customizable response time, equaling zero lag time.

The display is located at the tip of the user's index finger. The players can personalize it to track their stats, change profiles, see their settings as well as set custom logos and animations. With tactile alerts, the mouse is no longer merely an input device - gamers can now feel in-game events.

The sensor module on the device is removable, allowing gamers to swap to a laser sensor or other future options. No need to buy a new mouse every time! The mouse cover is swappable to ones with different designs and surfaces.

The sensor has the ability to accurately track movement speeds of up to 300 inches per second at 50 g of acceleration.

SteelSeries Rival 700 OLED display in action

It comes packaged with a 3 feet rubber cable and a 6 feet braided cable.

The mouse features a soft-touch surface with sculpted side grips that provide a raised texture for maximum comfort along with durable, double-shot injected left and right buttons.

The device will be available in Spring this year for $99.99. Optional sensor and mouse covers will also be available alongwith.

Love counter-strike? Count your headshots now! Is it the most powerful gaming mouse in the world?
Zebronics today announced the launch of its newest powerbank, the ZEB PG8000, with a battery capacity of 8,000 mAh.

Zebronics ZEB PG8000

Focussing on the safety aspect, the battery is made of lithium polymer that protects the device from overcharging and short circuit. The LED indicator shows the remaining battery left when you are using, and the remaining battery that needs to be charged when it is charging.

Encased in the aluminium alloy shell, the powerbank, with its finest construction, shall repel any form of degeneration, corrosion or rusting. Its round edges and a thin profile make it comfortable to hold and carry along. The device weighs just 189 grams.

Priced at ₹1,999 ($30 approx.), the device bears two USB ports for simultaneous charging. Moreover, with its 2.1 A and 1 A output respectively, it promises to get your battery fully charged in half the time. We wonder how is the company making that claim, because this will depend upon the capacity of the battery being charged!

It is available in Titanium Silver and Gleaming Gold color options.

Zebronics ZEB PG8000 specifications


Battery: 8,000 mAh
Weight: 189 g
Price: ₹1,999 ($30 approx.)
Have you ever wished to be able to also listen to the outside world when listening to your favorite track on your headphones? I have so wished this was possible. Now it is! Thanks to these bone conduction headphones.

Batband ear-free headphones

This product is currently looking for funds on Kickstarter, and has already achieved a little more than 70% of its goal at the time of writing.

Batband headphones, from the house of Studio Banana Things, claims to transmit the audio through the bones in the skull, while the ears remain uncovered.

Batband transmits the audio through the bones in the skull, while the ears remain uncovered

The outer frame is made up of cold-formed spring steel with black oxide finish. The inner is made up of molded PU foam.

It can be connected to the user's smartphone via the Bluetooth interface, so that one can wirelessly play music. It can also be used for making or taking calls, via the microphone present on it. A button on the left can be used to power the device on or off, and also to take and end calls, or to play and pause. A capacitive swipe panel on the right can be used for volume or track control. The device also possesses a pressure sensor.

It is powered by two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, with a capacity if 300 mAh each. It is believed to provide six hours of playback, or eight hours of talk-time. The micro USB port can be used for charging the device.


How it works?



Batband relays the sound waves directly to the inner ear

The device, consisting of transducers, transmits the sounds waves at a frequency that allows them to be conducted through the bones in the skull. As a result, they are perceived by the inner ear, while the outer ear remains free.

To achieve this, three transducers are incorporated. They touch the user's head at three different places - two touching the sides of the head (hence transmitting sound via the temporal bones), and the third touches the back of the head (hence transmitting sound via the occipital bone).

The applications are endless. One can use it to take calls on-the-go, conversate on Skype, get spoken GPS instructions, play games, or simply listen to music during transit or while sweating out in the gym.

It can be pre-booked for $149 a piece. The campaign runs till October 28, 2015. And if the required funding is met, you might get your heads on the device by April next year.

Watch the related video:



Time to enjoy :)
Many a times you'd have missed shooting a very nice scene just because your GoPro ran out of battery. Worry no more, this selfie stick claims to charge your camera even under water, so that you can continuously enjoy shooting.


PolarPro PowerGrip H2O

This product is currently looking for funds on Kickstarter, and has already achieved a little more than one-fifth of its goal at the time of writing.

PowerGrip H2O, from the house of PolarPro, is a waterproof selfie stick with an integrated 6,700 mAh battery which claims to increase the film time to half a day, or fully charge the camera half a dozen times. It can work at depths of up to 30 m, and is compatible with GoPro Hero4, GoPro Hero3+ and GoPro Hero3 cameras.

The device features dual USB ports, and can hence charge two devices simultaneously. And it can be itself charged via the micro USB port, similar to the one found on smartphones.

The selfie stick can extend up to 33 inches, thus allowing one to take great wide-angle shots. The two (11 inches each) extension arms are fold-able, making the device portable. The weight of the gadget is 255 g. The extension arms weigh 57 g each.

The device can also be used with a smartphone, thanks to the smartphone mount included with the grip of the device. So step out in rain or snow and shoot stuff with your smartphone, but make sure your phone is also water resistant before trying so!

There is also a tripod, in case you are a fan of long time lapse images. And if you are shooting in low-light and might need a flash, a waterproof LED Kit is also provided. It is a group of 6 LEDs, and provides 500 lumens of ilumination.


How it works?



PolarPro PowerGrip H2O can work up to 30 m deep under water

The device comes with a waterproof replacement door, which is part of the Udnerwater Live Charge Kit. This door covers the USB sockets and connects to a waterproof backdoor for a GoPro and its rear charging port.

$69 is the limited edition price of the device. You can still buy it for $79 once the limited edition stock is over. $99 will fetch you the device along with the LED Kit, or the Live Charge Kit. A combo of Live Charge Kit, LED Kit, StrapMount and a travel case can be ordered for $149.

The campaign runs till October 10, 2015. And if the required funding is met, you might get your hands on the device by November.

Watch the related video:



Happy shooting :)
Measuring body temperature is the first thing we do when we feel unwell. The same old thermometer comes to our rescue. But who likes fiddling with that mercury! This $25 smart thermometer featured on IndieGoGo is something worth considering.


Tympani smart thermometer

Tympani smart thermometer, from the house of Caring Things, is an ear-bud sized thermometer that plugs directly into the 3.5 mm audio jack of your smartphone. It is compact, and we are promised to get a reading within 2 seconds. Isn't that fast?


Diagrammatic illustration of Tympani smart thermometer

The body of the device is made up of soft rubber. This ensures no physical harm to the user's ear. It also prevents from being pushed too far into the ear.


How it works?



Tympani smart thermometer in action

The device is actually an infrared in-ear thermometer. It uses infrared senor to measure the heat generated by the eardrum and the surrounding tissue (or the tympanic membrane). The measured reading is then converted into an audio signal which can be read by the smartphone application. Support for both Android and iOS devices is available.

One can track and monitor the temperatures using the app. One can also enter detailed notes, or track symptoms of diseases. Those records can then be shared with the physician.

At the time of writing, this promising product had already achieved its goal of $10,000.

Watch the related video:



So no more holding a thermometer in the mouth and waiting for half a minute. Happy thermo-metering :)
If you are a top-loader washing machine user, one thing you would love about it is the ability to add a piece of laundry, even when the wash cycle is on. This might be the reason for you not switching to front-loader machines as well. No more excuses, because Samsung makes this happen.


Samsung WW8500 AddWash

Samsung has launched the WW8500 AddWash at IFA, 2015. The machine features an extra door built on top of the upper part of the main door. By making use of this door, items can be added at any point during the wash cycle. Users need to press a button to inform the system before opening this special door. The wash cycle is then paused, and one can load extra laundry into the current wash cycle, and resume it later.

The door is child-locked so that the kids at home do not make it their playground.

Not only can this help to add any leftover laundry item to the primary load, but it can also be used to handle those special clothes which are not required to be subjected to a complete wash cycle, suggests Samsung.

Also, since home-automation is the new trend, the machine is designed to send notifications on Android or iOS app installed on your smartphone. The machine will communicate with you, and let you know before it starts a new wash cycle.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow