Securing your bike is always a challenge and a good bike lock is an important part. One of the challenges with key-based locks is of course someone just picking the lock. An inventor here claims to have created an un-pickable lock since the key chamber is simply not exposed. Just opening the lock is fairly complicated and we suggest just watching the video.
Leapfrog doesn’t want to leave anyone out of the latest wearable tech trends and has unveiled a smartwatch for kids called the LeapBand. The device is designed for children from 4-7 years old and features an activity tracker while taking care of a virtual pet.
The LeapBand is water-resistant with a high-res color display, built-in accelerometer to track activity, a rechargeable battery and also has a watch in either analog or digital mode. Kids wear the smartwatch to take care of one of eight different digital pets – dog, panda, cat, monkey, robot, dragon, unicorn, or a penguin. The device encourages healthy activity using the accelerometer to track challenges giving to them such as jumping, wiggling, hopping, etc. where they earn rewards and treats to care for their pet.
The LeapBand from LeapFrog comes in colors of blue, green and pink, …
If you’ve ever wanted to take advantage of a solar charger without breaking the bank, Chinavision has a deal going with an affordable 4500mAh solar power bank. The charger is a mere 4 tall, 2 inches wide, and only half an inch thick.
In addition to its ability to be fully charged by the sun in 4-5 hours, it can also be charged directly from the wall if needed, as well. It has a standard and a mini USB port with 4 adapters for different phone types, but new iPhone owners will need to bring their own Lightning cord.
The solar chargers goes for around $18 USD, or less if you buy more.
It seems that regardless of the model, if you use your smartphone with its full smartphone capabilities all day long, you’re going battery is not going to make it through the day. There are a multitude of chargers available on the market to aid in this task, with one of those being the Pebble Aria.
This small, portable device carries a 3500mAh battery with enough juice to charge most phones a couple of times, but the Aria also comes with another significant feature. It has a built-in speaker that can run on its own for up to 70 hours. The speaker is not wireless however, undoubtedly saving on power, and connects with a standard 3.5mm jack. The charger works through a standard USB connection.
The Pebble Aria is available now and can be picked up for a little under …
Cougar has announced the 700M, a new gaming mouse targeting (pun intended) First Person Shooter (FPS) gamers. The general specs show a 32bit ARM processor, 512MB onboard flash memory, an 8,200 DPI sensor and eight programmable buttons allowing it to store over 16 million macros. The palm rest is actually detachable and the weight configuration is adjustable to your own preferences.
The mouse itself even looks like a future-age gaming weapon and comes with another interchangeable palm rest. It also has a specific sniper button to help provide more accurate shots without moving the mouse while pressing. No word on an actual release date or pricing on the M700, quite yet.
According to reports from some users, Twitter has been testing out a new “Mute” function in its Twitter interface. The mute option reportedly will allow a user to block another user’s tweets and retweets from their timeline.
Some Twitter users had posted screenshots of the new menu option with the ability to mute a particular person that they were following, but the feature has not been rolled out to everyone or publicly announced. Users of third party applications like TweetBot and TweetDeck with not find this feature as anything new, as it has been widely used and popular with those system.
University 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 …
If 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 …
It 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.
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 …
In 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 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.
You 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.
Microsoft 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 …