Here’s a terrific gadget which we’d love to see go into full production. The P&P Office Waste Paper Processor takes ordinary A4 printouts, combines them with lead and a bit of glue and spits out perfectly formed pencils in seconds.
While multi-function devices like Android and Apple smartphones are all well and good, there’s still a lot to be said for specialist single-function devices like the Garmin Fenix GPS wristwatch. Garmin are doing a great job reinventing themselves in the face of the smartphone assault on GPS devices as evidenced by this watch built for explorers. It features an altimeter, barometer, compass and waypoint-enabled GPS in one sweet looking unit and can even send data wirelessly to your phone.
Here’s a terrific website for KickStarter fans. As anyone who’s ever used the KickStarter website will tell you – it’s crap and painful to browse. Outgrow.me meets a great need – the ability to quickly view only those projects that got funded and taking orders or pre-orders.
It’s available in any colour you like, as long as it’s white, and it comes with tide and moon graphs. Clearly designed to appeal to stylish surfer types (or people who live near Kilburn High Street in London, natch), the snappily named GLX150X-7 is the result of a colloboration with Hawaiian design studio In4mation. It’s good for 200M water resistance, has an illuminator LED with flash alert, world time (29TZ/48 cities), two multi-function alarms and one snooze alarm, 1/100th second stopwatch with auto-start, countdown timer, 12/24 hr formats, and mute function. It’s retail price is $110.
The Thunderbolt port that Apple has built into the latest iterations of its desktop and laptop range has endured a long wait for useful peripherals that can leverage the incredible bandwidth it’s capable of. Belkin are on the case however, with their Thunderbolt Express Dock which was previewed at CES2012. The idea is that you have just two leads plugged into your Mac – power and Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt cable goes to this dock which offers gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire 800 port, one HDMI port, one 3.5mm Audio port and two Thunderbolt ports (one upstream and one downstream) for daisy-chaining to another Thunderbolt compatible device. Nice.
No matter how advanced technology gets, no kitchen is complete without a radio of some sort. The Tivoli Audio SongBook won’t clash with your kitchen no matter how modern it is and it can survive the rigours of the room thanks to a rubberised outer coating. It’ll play AM or FM radio and has an auxiliary input so you can plug your iPod/iPhone/Android in while you’re cooking up a storm. It’s yours for $199.99.
Camera scanner apps for smartphones are awesome. They enable you to use the camera on your smartphone to scan documents into memory for later retrieval. You can use them for anything from business cards to restaurant menus. The problem is that the software depends a lot on your ability to hold the phone straight and steady. If you haven’t got very strong arms, then Scanbox, a KickStarter project, may be what you’re looking for. It’s a neat box that positions your phone exactly the right distance from the document you want to scan.
How cool are these watches? The Ninja Time wristwatches were designed by Andy Kurovets and look awesome. The left eye shows the hours and the right eye shows the minutes, so at 3:45 you get a full cross-eyed cataclysm.
I‘ve never been much of a wine drinker, but I do love a good cup of coffee. And while I don’t go to the effort of roasting my own beans, I do take some care to enjoy a good blend brewed properly. The vacuum brewing method apparently retains all the oils that are lost with other techniques, however you will have to wait for between 5 and 11 minutes depending on the amount of water you use. The Pebo is yours for $80USD.
The speed with which technology progresses never ceases to amaze me – even more so the convergence of that technology, where one kind of tech crosses over into another. And that’s precisely what TriggerTrap is about – it leverages the power of your iPhone to bring innovative new forms of photography to the table. Even better it’s very modestly priced at about $20 for the cable/dongle for the iPhone and $10 for the accompanying iOS app.
Amongst the features that TriggerTrap makes possible are timelapses (including both eased and HDR timelapses), sound activated exposures, shock and vibration exposure, metal and magnetism proximity sensors, facial recognition and motion detection. It also includes a cable release mode for standard long exposure shots and a star trail mode to make those trendy night-sky photos that are all the rage now.
The sophistication of the devices appearing on Kickstarters continues to impress me. This amazing gizmo is a modular sensor with a huge range of possible applications and a nifty iPhone app interface. Node is currently about half way to being funded.
Admittedly I do most of my reading on an electronic device these days, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that this is an innovative solution to the problem with bookmarks. The Albatross Bookmark Indie-GoGo project just received full funding.
HydraCoach; calculates your need for hydration (don't know if I need this but it's a nifty gadget).
This is a hybrid bike with not only exceptional performance but stunning aesthetics as well. The motor power and battery capacity is well over the industry standard and a truly futuristic look will sure attract some eyeballs around you. The Terminus is the ultimate trail-machine for the ones who appreciate the best availa
Camalien LED concept watch changes its colors depending on your surroundings - Designers Peter and Sam have come up with a concept watch they’ve dubbed the Camalien. It’s an LED watch with a sleek design that also comes with a camera built into it that will record your surroundings and will change the watch’s color accordingly. | #Design #Watches |