Home automation systems are a wonderful wave of the future, but they do much more for homeowners than manage parts of the home remotely or automatically. Surely, the homeowner can turn on the security system with their smartphone or check to make sure that they turned off the stove before they left the house. However, the homeowner can get a great deal of information from the system that tells them the maintenance issues they have in the house. Read more
LogmeOnce is a new project launched at Kickstarter, which caught my attention as soon as I read the description. This is a portable device that looks and works as USB storage device but comes powered by the latest software security technologies to keep all your passwords in one place and log you in any account automatically. Besides these, LogmeOnce can also charge your smartphone when the battery runs out and you need to place emergency calls. Read more
Here is a useful new device I want to show you. The QiPack is a portable powerbank that can charge your smartphone wherever you are and it does that wirelessly, based on the inductive charging technology. I know that not many of you have smartphones supporting wireless charging, but QiPack has a solution for this too, coming with a phone case that enables wireless charging for smartphones. Read more
Unlike other activity trackers that come in the shape of a wrist band, watch, ankle accessory, or shirt accessory, SmartMove is an innovative tracker coming in the shape of insoles. They can track your activity while you’re wearing your favorite shoes and the gadget promises to measure everything very accurately. Read more
Coming in Aero, Maverick, Navigator, Outland, and Scout designs, the GLXS5 is a new rugged case for Samsung Galaxy S5, developed by Urban Armor Gear and tested to meet military specifications. The case model combines style and protection with functionality and convenience to enable protection against sharp objects and accidental impacts. Read more
Created from soft silicone and measuring less than 100 mm, the new SSSSSpeaker seems to be perfect for those who want to listen to share music with others, wherever they are, or limit the experience to their ears only. The audio gadget is lightweight, small and easy to use, but it’s main feature is the collapsible shape. Folding and unfolding it reminds me of the collapsible cups I was playing with when I was little, only this time I can’t use it to drink water. It’s the design that got it nominated for a Red Dot Design Award. Read more
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Rechargeable batteries are now commonplace in society and there are many different types which can be bought in store or online. Before trying to find batteries online you need to know exactly what battery you need and here we look at some of the different types available.
The Nickel Cadmium battery
This is one of the longest established, dating back as far as the 19th century. This type of battery uses nickel hydroxide for the positive electrode, cadium as the negative electrode and potassium hydroxide as the electrolyte. The battery’s small size and discharge capacity makes them ideal for smaller devices and they have received praise for their consistency and the fact they keep their performance until the point at which they come to the end of their charge cycle. In recent years however, they have been overtaken, to some extent, by newer Lithium and Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries. Read more
Third-party smartphone gaming controllers were one of the most talked about gadgets last year and gaming companies are expected to spruce up the trend in 2014. Though there have been no major announcements made so far for controllers, with Huawei’s Tron grabbing most of the attention at the CES 2014, there are some options that were released last year which Android device owners can now take advantage of on the cheap.
And in case you are wondering why you should use a controller to play an Android game instead of the screen controllers, I submit the following:
• They significantly enhance the gaming experience on mobile.
• They can be used to perform other functions: control presentations, snap images remotely and track down the smartphone.
• They can accommodate multi-player gaming on the small screen.
Among the choices available, these three Android controllers currently provide the best value and are available for $50 and under:
It has been seen that smartphone screens increased in size and form factor over the course of time, and even Apple has been forced to follow the trend and reportedly will be releasing an iPhablet in May. However, the developers behind the iMpulse controller think smaller is better, perhaps the reason why they’ve released the smallest available wireless controller for Android and iOS devices to date. Read more
With AngelBlocks you can make almost everything in your home smart. Using peel-and-stick, you can attach these blocks to different items or places in the house or near it to enable them to communicate with you in order to get updates in changes. The blocks use wireless technology to send notification to your smartphone, wherever you are. Read more
When the homeowner is in need of water filtration systems for their house, they have many choices that are going to allow them to change the way the water in their home tastes while also allowing the family to have clean and tasty drinking water. This means that the family has the best opportunities to feel good and become more healthy when they have filtration in their home set up to ensure that they are never without clean and fresh water. This water goes to every part of the house, and it also allows the people in the family the chance to drink something that is going to help them stay healthy. Even after people are done drinking the water, they can send this filtered water to the appliances in the house. Whether the water goes to the refrigerator, the freezer, the dishwasher, the washing machine or even to all the other sinks and shower heads in the house, this water can help to permeate the family’s lifestyle. Read more