Night Vision Contacts

Posted in Night Vision by Tam Yue on April 16th, 2014

Night Vision contactsUniversity of Michigan researchers have created a new material that detects infrared light. The super-thin material can be integrated with different devices such as cell phones or placed on top of contact lenses to allow users to see in the dark. The material, graphene, is a single layer of carbon atoms that can sense the whole infrared spectrum.

Zhaohui Zhong, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is the lead researcher on the project said; “Our work pioneered a new way to detect light. We envision that people will be able to adopt this same mechanism in other material and device platforms. If we integrate it with a contact lens or other wearable electronics, it expands your vision. It provides you another way of interacting with your environment.”

Most devices with “night vision” now require a  built in cooling unit in order for …

Buy Google Glass – Today Only

Posted in Google Glass by Darrin Olson on April 15th, 2014

Google Glass On Sale for One DayIf you’ve been longing to be one of the elite, hand-selected by Google to try out their new Google Glass product, today is your chance. Google has offered Glass up for sale to the general public for one day only.

Google did not specify how many will be available for purchase today, but did say that they plan to have the product open to the mass consumer market later this year. Today you can purchase Glass and choose from a variety of 5 colors (charcoal, tangerine, cotton, shale and sky), and 5 different frame styles for clear lenses and 3 styles of tinted shades. The extra charge for the frame styles have been waived, but the product itself will set you back $1500.

There are also some Glass accessories available for purchase from Google as part of …

Justice Cap hides your identity from Big Brother

Posted in Apparel by Tam Yue on March 31st, 2014

Justice CapIt doesn’t matter if you are a celebrity who is being stalked by the paparazzi,  or you continuously feel like Big Brother is watching, or maybe you just hate having your picture taken. We found the perfect thing for you.

The Justice Cap looks like a normal baseball cap. The major difference is there is a built in set of high powered LED lights along the rim of the visor. These lights make it difficult for most cameras to capture your face in a video or on a digital camera. Used it at night and this hat works perfectly to black out your face. During the daylight hours, however, it will only be able to hide part of your face.

Watch their YouTube video to get an idea of the capabilities of this simple yet perfect way to hide your identity.

Apple Wants to Help you Text While You Walk

Posted in Apple,patents by Tam Yue on March 31st, 2014

Texting while walking.Not too many of us are willing to admit it, but it most likely has happened to you. You are walking along and you get a text that you need to reply to. Do you stop, step out of everyone’s way and then reply? Most likely you continue walking, your eyes focused on the phone in your hands and not on the inevitable light pole just ahead. We all know what happens next, we have all seen the youtube videos and think that it could never happen to you.

Well, walking into harms way while texting might be more common than many people think and has actually spawned some laws in some cities. To this, Apple has just filed for a patent to start working on the technology for “transparent texting“. This technology will enable you to text and see …

Darth Vader Toaster Gets an Upgrade

Posted in Star Wars by Tam Yue on March 31st, 2014

Darth Vader toasterIn 2008, we did an article about a Darth Vader toaster that was considered a must have for Star Wars junkies. Well, the toaster just got an upgrade.  The new version is shaped just like the Dark Lord’s helmet and is the ultimate addition to your kitchen counter.  The toaster burns the Star Wars logo on one side and the image of Darth Vader on the other.

This new toaster is coming out in July and can be pre-ordered from Bigbadtoystore.com to have proudly displayed on your kitchen counter for a mere $44.99.

Olympus Announces Latest Tough TG-3 iHS Camera

Posted in Cameras,Olympus by Darrin Olson on March 31st, 2014

Olympus Tough TG-3 iHS CameraOlympus announced on Monday the release of the Tough TG-3 iHS point-and-shoot camera, a successor to the TG-2 from last year with some notable improvements including increased megapixels, built-in Wifi and remote control through your Android or iOS mobile device.

The Tough TG-3 comes with a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, can handle drops from up to seven feet and being submerged in up to 50 feet of water. Adding to the the “tough”-ness, Olympus says it can also stand up to 220 foot pounds of pressure without cracking and will operate down to 14°F.

The latest Tough camera has a 3-inch rear LCD, and will come in black or red sometime in June for $349.99.

via TechShout

Cupcake ATM Launches in New York

Posted in Food by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2014

Cupcake ATMYou read this correctly and are more than justified in being excited. This week New York has joined cities including Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills to have an actual vending machine that puts out fresh cupcakes made to order. Simply use the touch screen to choose from nine flavors (black & white, chocolate coconut, Cuban coffee, dark chocolate, lemon meringue, red velvet, strawberry, vanilla or vanilla milk chocolate), swipe your card to be charged $4.25 per cupcake and your tasty baked good is produced from a door next to the screen.

Sprinkles via USA Today

Microsoft launches Office for iPad

Posted in Microsoft by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2014

Microsoft Office for iPadMicrosoft announced on Thursday the much anticipated release of Office for the iPad. Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO just last month, announced that the app would be available on iPads by 11 AM PST on Thursday the 27th.

Microsoft released Office for the iPhone back in June of last year, but surprisingly had not yet released a version specifically formatted for the iPad until now. Office for the iPad is free to install and view Office documents, but to do anything more than that you will need to buy an Office 365 subscription for $99.99 annually.

The Office app includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint with a familiar ribbon interface, similar to the desktop version of the application. Buttons are slightly larger to support swiping instead of clicking to also try to integrate into the familiar usability of …

LG Launches New Smart Bulb, Connects via Bluetooth or WiFi

Posted in Lighting by Tam Yue on March 24th, 2014

LG Smart BulbLG announced the release of a new Smart Bulb in the coming days in Korea that interacts with you through your iOS or Android device. This new LED light bulb comes with some pretty nifty features which are already leaving us wanting in the US.

This simple but handy features include blinking the light when you have a call on your device, and having a light slowly brighten as a silent alarm from your mobile device. The LG Smart Bulb can also be set to turn on and off for periods of time during the day while you are away on vacation to make house look as if someone is home. Another cool feature allows your mobile OS to set mood lighting based on the music that it’s playing. So having some really intense music will generate a bright light, …

BenQ Announces TH681 HD and 3D Home Projector

Posted in BenQ,Projectors by Darrin Olson on March 22nd, 2014

BenQ TH681 HD Home ProjectorBenQ announced on Thursday their planned release of the TH681 Full HD Home Projector. The TH681 boasts a bright display of 3000 lumens for a 1080p resolution picture with a 10,000:1 high contrast ratio. It is also capable of showing 3D media, provided you have a device that will play 3D content and you bring your 3D glasses.

The projector uses Eco-Smart technology to help with power consumption and provides a lamp life of up to 6500 hours when utilizing the Eco-Smart mode. It also comes with all of the standard ports such as HDMI, RGB, Composite, S-Video, Mini-Jack, RCA and USB. It even includes a single 10W speaker if for some reason your not sporting surround sound with your projection.

The BenQ TH681 is planning its availability on March 26th, and pricing is expected to be around $1200 USD …

Cloak App Helps Avoid Social Interaction

Posted in Mobile Apps by Darrin Olson on March 22nd, 2014

Cloak Mobile AppWhile most applications involving social media encourage interaction, Cloak is an anti-social app developed to help individuals avoid interaction.

Cloak is a mobile app for iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) that will query posts on Foursquare and Instagram for individuals that you specify, or for everyone in your social network, and try to identify their last known location. Individuals that were recently nearby will show up on a map identifying where they recently were so you can go somewhere else. After about four hours the locations time off and no longer show, assuming the individual you want to avoid has moved on.

The app currently only interacts with Foursquare and Instagram, so your anti-target must utilize one of these services for the system to work but the creators hope to integrate with other social media services soon including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Snapchat …

XBox One Sales up 96 Percent in the UK

Posted in Games,Xbox One by Tam Yue on March 18th, 2014

TitanfallAs predicted, Respawn’s Titanfall is the number one selling game for XBox One and PC so far in 2014.  The game also sparked a rise in sales of Xbox One consoles in the UK to it’s highest level. In fact, many are reporting to buy the console just so they can play the game.

XBox One Titanfall bundles have accounted for more than 70 percent of Xbox One hardware sold since the release of the game on March 14th. The bundles includes the console and a download token of the game for £399.

Let’s here your comments from those that have played TitanFall, so far.

Lightsaber Umbrella’s

Posted in Star Wars by Tam Yue on March 10th, 2014

Lightsaber umbrellaThis is yet another item you must add to your Star Wars collection. A lightsaber umbrella is perfect for the rainy days of spring. You can choose between three different sabers (or umbrella’s if you prefer to call them that). If you are feeling a little Jedi during the rain, you can choose either the Yoda or Obi-Wan. Yoda has a green shaft while Obi-Wan has a blue shaft, both have the Jedi insignia on the umbrella. If you not feeling the Jedi love that day, you can always choose the Darth Vader version the difference being it has a red shaft and the Imperial insignia on the umbrella. Which ever one you choose, you will certainly feel a little more powerful over the rain than those other guys walking around without an umbrella.

OpenPool anyone?

Posted in Games by Tam Yue on March 10th, 2014

OpenPool Billiards TableHere is a great addition for your man cave/game room; OpenPool. This new interactive device will make one of  the oldest non-tech games out there extremely high tech and you will have the most talked about game rooms in town. OpenPool takes an otherwise normal pool table and turns it into a hot bed of visual effects. An example of this is shown on their website is called the “Pond” effect, it makes the table look as thought you are playing on water rather than felt.

How this works is through two Kinects, a projector, pocket detectors , and collision detector. The Kinects follow the ball movement, the projector displays the visual effects on the table, the pocket detectors detect when a ball is made into each pocket and displays visual effects, and the collision detector uses a microphone to detect …

Time to Let Go of Your Windows XP

Posted in Windows XP by Darrin Olson on March 8th, 2014

Windows XP reaches end of lifeIt’s doubtful that any avid readers of the ‘brick are still sporting a Windows XP machine for their online perusing, however if you are (and our stats tell us that 15% of you Windows users visiting here are) you may want to pay attention.

After a few pushes of the date, Microsoft’s end of life for Windows XP is coming near and it appears they are sticking with it this time. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer be officially supporting the operating system. This doesn’t mean that your XP machine will suddenly quit working, but it does mean that in about 30 days there will no longer be technical support or more importantly, security updates for this operating system.

After some time this will likely leave an XP user that accesses the internet with some vulnerabilities to …