Here is a simple idea that turns into a beautiful item for your home. Named Kago, this unusual piece of metal is made of pure tin which adds a silver finish and makes malleable. Thanks to the smart cutting design, it allows you to create different shapes and turn the flat piece into a beautiful, modern vase for your artificial flower arrangements, or into a spectacular fruit basket. Read more
The Shock Sensor Lamp was developed as a simple tool that alerts you whenever it detects quakes of magnitude 3 on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale, and it does it by automatically switching on. The lamp is small, at 8.8 x 3.6 cm, so you can place it on a wall, door and even purse, using wither the built-in magnet or the strap. Read more
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