Lifeblogging will become much easier with inventions such as Lightbox. This tiny, smartphone camera extension clips to your shirt and lets you capture large parts of your day for posterity. Lifebox measures 1.5″, holds 8 gb onboard memory and its waterproof, aluminum body weighs about 30 grams. A single button lets you record 12 second videos, take photos or record audio and upload it to the cloud. The cloud I say! Imagine filming your day at age 25 and reliving it at age 85. Marvel at how young you used to look and not the shriveled old man you’ve turned into at 85.
Tech By on Apr 23, 2014
The Internet of Things will result in smart bulbs, smart fridges, smart everything. Hopefully, this doesn’t mean the hassle of tons of remote controls and apps. m!Qbe, pronounced em-cube, looks to give users a universal controller for their smart environment. Each side of the m!Qbe controls a device, and users can tap or touch (either a short or long touch) that side to tell the device what to do. It’s a cool looking device, although it’s reasonable to wonder if anyone can remember the function of all six sides. If that happens, it’d made a cool-looking, albeit, expensive die.
Tech By on Apr 3, 2014
Amazon Fire TV ($99) was announced today and it will compete with Apple TV and Roku. The box will stream video, audio and play games. Amazon already has announced Disney, Double Fine , Gameloft, 2K and Ubisoft as publishers. Users can stream music from their Amazon libraries and apps such as Pandora, TuneIn and iHeartRadio.
As for video streaming, Amazon Prime instant video will be part of the system and obvious services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube will be supported. WatchESPN, MLB.tv, NBA, Crackle, Bloomberg TV and others will also be part of the mix.
Tech By on Mar 12, 2014
Supposedly, there are still people out there who read actual books. The ones with spines, paper and covers. Imagine that. This Clothespin Clip Light ($8) both illuminates the words on the pages and keeps your place in the story. It’s a unique design on a traditional everyday object and looks quite unobtrusive.
Tech By on Mar 10, 2014
Streaming music and MP3s. Quite convenient. Also horrible quality. At least compared to what the artist intended the listener to hear. For audiophiles, this can be quite frustrating, the sacrifice between quality and convenience. Beloved rocker Neil Young looks to throw some salt in digital music’s game with Pono ($400), a high-fidelity music player.
According to Young, listeners at best hear 5% of the original studio sound with MP3s and 15% with CDs. He doesn’t say the percentage for Pono, let’s just assume one meee-llion percent. The player holds 128gb of storage which can be expanded via the memory slot. Pono preorders begin this weekend on Kickstarter, where early birds can get special pricing.
Tech By on Mar 4, 2014
Apple begins its march into automobiles with Apple CarPlay. The system turns your dashboard into an iOS-powered system through the iPhone’s lightning port. Any iPhone users before iPhone 5 are out of luck. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will begin having the option next week. Honda, Hyundai and Jaguar will offer it later this year. Many car manufacturers will have it eventually in the future.
Tech By on Feb 25, 2014
Samsung unveiled the new Gear Fit and wow, it’s impressive. Not just its features, but its design. It’s a fitness tracker, so the now-standard movement, heart rate and sleep patterns will be recorded. More than that, the Fit is water-resistant and includes phone notifications, timer and stopwatch all on a curved OLED screen. It forgoes all the Dick Tracy-type wizadry in favor of functions people actually need and use, all included in a stylish band that they will actually wear.
Tech By on Feb 21, 2014
Wearable technology, it’s a thing now. Apple’s smartwatch might monitor your health, Google plans to make smart contact lenses, the list is endless. The Dash ($199), while not revolutionary, takes a small step into the future with these in-ear Bluetooth headphones. They have all the requisite headphone features: noise cancellation, 4GB of onboard storage, ear bone transduction microphone.
What sets it apart are the in-built health and body sensors. These help track your heart rate, oxygen saturation and energy expenditure. What they haven’t figured out is how to keep us from losing headphones. There’s a reason most cost $10.