Scio Pocket Molecular Scanner

Posted in Health by Tam Yue on May 27th, 2014

Scio Molecular ScannerHow would you like your very own mass spectrometer that is small enough to fit in your pocket? Or, maybe the question we should ask is; who wouldn’t like their very own mass spectrometer?

Bring on Scio, made by the guys over at Consumer Physics, this is the first molecular scanner that can fit in the palm of your hand. Scio is a device that can scan physical objects and tell you their chemical make up. You want to know what exactly is in that medication your Dr prescribed to you, this little device can tell you just by scanning one of the pills.

Scio could also revolutionize the way we eat. It is not another fad dieting technique, it can analyze the number of calories, fat, carbohydrates, and proteins based on the estimated weight of a food you are …

SpinChill: Cold Beer in 60 Seconds

Posted in Coolers by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

SpinChillTake two really smart Mechanical Engineers from the University of Florida, give them a luke warm beer and they come up with a brilliant idea. They used their knowledge of engineering, heat transfer and their love of cold beer to come up with the SpinChill.

They found that cooling a container of liquid in a tub of ice took much longer than if that container was constantly spinning. The reason for this has to do with heat transfer. If the container is just sitting in the ice the outside layer of the liquid cools and it insulates the inner liquid which slows down the overall cooling process. By spinning the container it allows the warm liquid in the center to reach the outer edge where it can be cooled instantly.

Are Phone Booths Coming Back?

Posted in Telephones by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

Phone BoothNeed a place to have a private conversation on your cell phone at work? Or maybe you need to change into your super suit? The Finnish company Framery designed a sound proof “phone booth” for you to do either.

Many people at work are subjected to an open floor plan with seemingly square miles of cubicles where you can hear everyone and don’t get a second of private time. Framery goes into great lengths to discuss the importance of the sound insulation for privacy, the acoustics inside, and the design of these booths.

Rumors of Tango Tablet from Google

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 23rd, 2014

ATAP Project Tango from GoogleSources in the know have reports that Google is planning to release a 7″ Tang-enabled table in the next couple of months. This tablet would be a larger scale version of the Tango released back in February, equipped to identify and track objects as three dimensional objects in your environment.

Project Tango is part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group and is creating the devices to bring our real 3D world to our mobile devices instead of the device only understanding the limits of its screen. The possibilities might seem a little narrow at first but it will be interesting to see what it opens. Google provides some example uses such as immediately finding the product you are looking for when you enter a store, helping someone who is visually impaired or having a more interactive game with your real, dynamic environment.

Collectible Tyrion Lannister Figurine

Posted in Game of Thrones by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

Tyrion Lannister figurineApparently HBO’s Game of Thrones has reached a new level of geek-dom from adoring fans; enough so that people are selling and purchasing collectibles from the hit TV show.

If you’re a fan and would like to join in, this Tyrion Lannister figurine is a good place to start. It stands about 8.5 inches tall and actually comes with two pairs of exchangeable hands, a goblet, and a book. (We would have though Jaimie would be the one with an exchangeable hand.) The facial features are as realistic as they can get. It is just proof that the guys at Threezero are really good at what they do.

Osmo Will Bring Your Kids Back to the Real World

Posted in Games,Kids by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

Osmo for iPadThis is for all you parents out there that need to get your kids from staring at their iPads. The Osmo digital toy for iPad will help do just that, bring them back to the real world.

This new device will come with three games, all of which will make your kids want to play and interact with their friends. The games are Tangram, Words and Newton. In Tangram you match puzzle pieces to complete a shape on the screen. While playing Words you can play against another team to spell out a word that matches the picture on the screen. Newton features a ball that falls down the screen through a maze that you choose to draw on the piece of paper in front of the device, or you can lay anything in front of the iPad and it …

Yelp Adds Video to Their Reviews

Posted in Yelp by Tam Yue on May 22nd, 2014

Yelp to add videoYelp announced today that people who wish to post reviews on their site will be able to add up to 12 seconds of video. They have allowed users to post pictures with their reviews but the addition of video will allow the reader to experience the atmosphere of the business.

Yelp already has a plan to make sure that all the videos are screened prior to them being added to the site. This screening process will make sure that no unsuitable videos are posted and it will allow the most useful videos to move to the top of the review.

This new feature is expected to roll out in early June to their “elite users” prior to it becoming available to everyone else a little later in the year. They have over 23,000 pictures uploaded to the site every day, …

Olloclip iPad 4-in-1 Photo Lens

Posted in iPad,iPad accessories by Tam Yue on May 21st, 2014

Olloclip for iPadOlloclip for iPad and iPad mini is now available for pre-order. This versatile lens is made to slip on and off your mobile device in a just a few seconds.

The lens holder slips over the corner of your iPad and will bring four new lenses to your device. For lenses you will have a fish-eye with a 180-degree field-of-view, a wide-angle that doubles the field of the iPad’s camera, a 10x macro with 18mm focus length and 15X macro with 12mm focus length.

Print Your Favorite Photos on Your Sneakers

Posted in Adidas by Tam Yue on May 21st, 2014

Adidas ZX Flux sneakersAdidas announced via their Instagram account that they will be rolling out a new app for iPhone and Android users called #zxflux in August 2014.  This app will allow you to print any photos taken with your phone onto a pair of Adidas ZX Flux sneakers. Imagine showing off your favorite photo on your shoes! This definitely takes social media to a new level.

That picture of the perfect sunset you took can be with you all the time, all you have to do is look down. Or maybe you took a great picture of your pet, or your spouse, or the burger you at for lunch yesterday……

Sada Bike Folds into Size of an Umbrella

Posted in Biking by Darrin Olson on May 20th, 2014

Folding Sada BikeWe’ve seen quite a few folding bikes over the years but none quite like the Sada Bike. The unique part of the design here is that the wheels are hubless, having no center sprocket and no spokes. The bike folds with one motion and the wheels come away from the frame completely.

Anyone that has done some bike riding might question the loss of leverage through gears on a center sprocket, and anyone that is a little bit of a heavier rider might also quickly note that the wheels without spokes might not hold a person. But, Sada really seems to be targeting more of a compact city bike that won’t be setting speed records or taking on any significant air. The bike (without the wheels) folds roughly into the size of any umbrella and can be packed into a …

HiRemote IR For Your Smartphone

Posted in Remotes by Darrin Olson on May 20th, 2014

HiRemote IR Remote Control for SmartphonesWhile IR communication still has a place, the low signal, unidirectional, line of site required technology does not find its way into many modern day devices. Except entertainment media component remote controls, of course.

Because of this, unless your media components support WiFi, Bluetooth or NFC you are going to need to keep track of that remote. That is unless you get your hands on the HiRemote from Chineese startup commpany called Jeeqi. This device plugs into the 3.5mm jack on your smartphone and has an associated app that lets you use your handset as a IR blaster to control your TV, Blu-ray and other components. No more looking through the cushions for the remote.

Jeeqi is looking for funding to support a project to produce the HiRomote on a site called Pozible, which is an Asia-Pacific …

Rubik’s Cube turns 40

Posted in Toys by Tam Yue on May 19th, 2014

Rubiks CubeHappy Birthday to one of the most frustrating puzzles ever invented. Most people can’t even solve the thing without cheating via the solution book or, now a days, YouTube.

The Rubiks Cube was designed by Erno Rubik and was originally meant to be a learning tool to help explain 3 dimensional geometry. When he turned all the pieces, it ended up taking him a month solve it. It was in 1979 that he took the cube to a toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany when it was bought and licensed.

Google in Talks for Buying Twitch

Posted in Digital Video by Darrin Olson on May 19th, 2014

Twitch LogoAccording to Variety, YouTube has already acquired the video game streaming service Twitch in a $1 billion dollar deal. Twitch has been called the ESPN of video games, bringing live streaming video content of video games while they are being played.

YouTube has been the foremost giant in providing streaming video of saved content but has not had as much success in the live streaming market, especially with gamers. Twitch on the other hand has done very well with live streaming content and is well-known among the gaming population. Both have been making moves into the others territory in the recent past and some good competition was expected between two in the way of content and service offerings. The talk of this deal has brought concern to many who had hoped for better offerings as a result of competition that will …

R2-D2 Virtual Keyboard

Posted in Star Wars by Tam Yue on May 19th, 2014

R2 D2 Virtual KeyboardYet another must have for the Star Wars collector. Virtual keyboards have been around in some form for years, but This R2-D2 virtual keyboard projector makes all others look pretty boring.

He will make you feel like you have your very own R2-D2 droid at home. He beeps when you power on/off, as you type and sounds just like the real thing. This little guy can control either your mobile device or your personal computer through a Bluetooth 3.0 connection.

The downside to this; the price. He will run you about $330 over at Run A Town. We think that is a bit of a stretch considering non-Star Wars projectors are about 1/2 of that.

Flappy Bird Returns

Posted in Games by Tam Yue on May 16th, 2014

flappy birdYep, you read that right, Flappy Bird is returning to the app store in August.

Dong Nguyen, creator of the game, said the new version will be less addictive and will have the option of multi-player capabilities. Nguyen previously had pulled the game off the market after he noticed people becoming addicted. He felt people should spend their time doing more productive things than playing a game. Ironically, at the high point he was making $50,000 a day with over 50 million downloads of the hit game.

Nguyen also announced that he created a new game with similar concept. He Tweeted “I am making a new game, so people can forget about Flappy Bird for a while.” There was only a screen shot of the new game that might be similar to Flappy Bird, with a person jumping from building to …