8 August 2014

10 Best Gadgets in 2014

Now a days Gadgets playing an important role in every human being life.   Although people put a lot of attention on the announcements from major players in the industry such as Samsung, LG, and Sony, lately, independent companies and startups have the ones shaking things up.
Combined with the usual presentation of interesting, exciting, and unorthodox independent projects, and you’ve got one of the best CESs in recent memory.
These all gadgets using latest technology. 

Here are 10 latest technology used Best gadgets in 2014
10. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro
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This massive 12.2” tablet is Samsung’s answer to both the iPad Air and the Surface 2. Samsung has taken Android and placed what they call the Magazine UX on top of it. While I’m not so certain the new homescreen interface is necessarily the best for “professionals”, it takes the best parts of Windows 8’s live tiles and is a big improvement over most of Samsung’s typical TouchWiz Android skins. The Note Pro also includes the Note 3’s excellent stylus to make for a big tablet that is fun to interact with and write on.
9. 3Doodler
This Kickstarter darling made its big public appearance at CES this year and the result was quite exciting. This 3D printing pen takes all of the modeling out of 3D printing and opens up creating objects to pretty much everyone—including kids. While you might not be able to do quite as much as you could with an actual 3D printer, it’s a heck of a lot of fun to play with for only $99.
8. Mophie Space Pack
There are always an insane amount of smartphone accessory companies at CES, but few of them manage to capture the attention of audiences. Then there was a Mophie Space pack. This iPhone 5/5s case not only charges your phone with additional battery, it also adds 32GB of storage to your device. The Mophie lets you drop your videos, pictures, and documents straight into its storage and even lets you play videos right from it. Not only that, the Space Pack is designed beautifully and surprisingly doesn’t add a lot of heft to the phone.
7. Steam Machines
The desire to break into the home console market has been growing among both consumers and companies for years now, whether it’s from independent Android consoles like the Ouya or big rumored living room takeovers from the likes of Valve or Apple. This year at CES was where Valve CEO Gabe Newell finally lifted the lid off of the first generation of Steam Machines. The amount of computers on display was a bit shocking—as was the announcement that the consoles would range from anywhere between $500 and $6000. While many of these models still feel like prototypes in many ways, there is no longer any question regarding whether or not Valve is actually serious about the living room market. They are—and Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have reason to be paying attention.
6. LG’s Curved TV
The whole curved screen shtick has quickly become the great gimmick of 2014—that is, until LG showed off its 105” OLED 4k TV that just happened to have a nice flexible display on it. The curvature to this massive, gorgeous television feels just right—and unlike the curved displays on their smartphones, actually enhances the experience. This might be another product that won’t be hitting Best Buy shelves anytime soon, but that doesn’t take anything from the fact that LG has made an immersive and interesting television.
5. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Smartphones aren’t really much of a thing at CES anymore because most of the big manufacturers now save the unveiling of their flagship devices for their individual conferences and press events. However, Sony quietly brought what might be their best smartphone in years to the show: the Xperia Z1 Compact. Despite the silly name, the Z1 Compact feels like the . If this device eventually makes it to US market and is available at carrier stores, the excellent camera and accessible form factor might just make it the early frontrunner in the 2014 Android scene.
4. Playstation Now
Playstation Now isn’t exactly a gadget—but for gamers, this online game streaming service was the most important announcement at CES this year. Sony had purchased the cloud gaming service Gaikai in 2012, but it wasn’t until this year at CES that we knew what for. Not only does Playstation Now effortlessly solve the backwards compatibility problem, but now Sony just may have the Playstation 4’s killer app—the thing that will make gamers want to reserve space for it under their TV.
3. Oculus Rift Crystal Cove
The Oculus Rift is one of those prototypes that just keeps getting better and better each time we see it. This year, Oculus showed off their new prototype, the Crystal Cove. This new hardware takes care of nearly all of the problems I noticed with the original—most notably the motion blurring, the resolution, and the lack of head tracking. Now armed with a camera that tracks the movement of your head in space (think Kinect here), the Oculus Rift’s experience is now that much more immersive. I can’t wait to see what Oculus ends up shipping customers—all I know is that it feels like it’s getting awful close.
2. Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector
Sony’s most peculiar and most exciting announcement this year was the Ultra Short Throw 4k Projector. Due to the surprisingly short distance the projector sits from the wall and the incredibly sharp picture, this 4k projector feels like the future of not only projectors—but TVs as a whole.
1. Pebble Steel Smartwatch
The Pebble Smartwatch made near the top of our list of best mobile gadgets of 2013—and for good reason. It was the first—and perhaps the only—smartwatch that made sense for the average person that doesn’t want strangers staring at their wrist while walking down the street. The Steel isn’t just a 2014 update to the original model—it is Pebble’s next step toward reaching the mainstream market with their device. Both the leather and aluminum straps look and feel fantastic—and while they’re no Rolex, the update might be enough for those who don’t currently wear a watch every day.

3 August 2014

USBCELL batteries help as can be recharged hundreds of times from USB ports

USBCELL re-usable batteries aim to help save you money, hassle as well as reduce battery waste.
From Feb 1st 2010 in the UK it becomes law for stores to help more with collection and recycle batteries - and elswhere in Europe with the EU batteries Directive. Similarly in the US - RBRC and Call2Recycle are trying to help reduce global batterty waste - which amounts to over 15 billion batteries in landfill each year. That's enough rubbish alkaline batteries to create a column of batteries to the moon and back.
USBCELL batteries help as can be recharged hundreds of times from USB ports on computers, laptops, games devices, hubs or in regular charger - so you don't need to find/carry one.

The USBCell AA rechargeable batteries plug into any USB port on your laptop, home PC, or even through a cord, and recharge the batteries to 90% within 5 hours. The batteries can be recharged hundreds of times and are great for when you are on the go and need some juice, but don't carry around batteries like a crazy person would.
Rechargeable USB Batteries

The new SEC-MDU012AAN 2-AA eneloop battery with USB Charger pack utilizes SANYO’s advanced rechargeable battery technology

Here is batteries which can long last 33% more than ordinary battery.  and its rechargeable.
The new SEC-MDU012AAN 2-AA eneloop battery with USB Charger pack utilizes SANYO’s advanced rechargeable battery technology allowing them to be recharged up to 1500 times, 33% more than any eneloop battery!

They deliver excellent power performance. They come pre-charged and can be used immediately out of the package. These eneloop cells also have increased storage life and better extreme temperature performance than the original eneloop batteries. 

  • Travel USB charging kit with SANYO eneloop 1,900 mAh Ni-MH minimum, low self discharge rechargeable AA batteries
  • Maintain 75 percent of their charge after 3 years of storage
  • Can be recharged up to 1,500 times
  • Pre-charged and ready to use right out of the package
  • Work in extreme temperatures down to –4°F
  • Provide long lasting power at a cost of only 4¢ per recharge
  • Pre-Charged using power generated from solar energy
  • No memory effect – batteries can be recharged when fully, or partially drained
  • USB charger is designed for charging 2 pcs. AA or AAA Ni-MH batteries
SANYO 1500 cycle rechargeable eneloop Ni-MH batteries maintain up to 75% of their charge after three years of storage compared to conventional rechargeable batteries which often have 0% charge after only 2 years of non-use.

eneloop batteries offer exceptional shelf life so you can use your rechargeable batteries when and where you need them most. The USB charger is designed for charging two AA or AAA eneloop or other Ni-MH batteries. It can charge an AA rechargeable eneloop battery in 2.3 hours per battery cell, or it can charge an AAA rechargeable eneloop battery in one hour per cell.

Keep your portable players, cameras, flashlights and other devices powered in the winter. eneloop 1500 cycle and XX batteries deliver exceptional performance at extreme low temperatures, down to –4°F.

SANYO’s "Clean Energy Loop" initiative has become a reality. All eneloop 1500 cycle and XX batteries are charged at the factory in Japan using power generated from solar energy.

eneloop…Consistently High Voltage Level 
The initial voltage level of a battery provides no indication of how long the battery will last or how much power it can deliver. Alkaline battery cells rapidly drop below 1.5V soon after they are put into use and the voltage continues to steadily decline over time.

Since alkaline cells are non-rechargeable, they must be discarded and then replaced. SANYO’s eneloop batteries deliver best-in-class Ni-MH high capacity power and are rechargeable up to 1500 times. Devices like cameras flash units and wireless game controllers can easily draw more than 1000mA of current; rapidly depleting alkaline batteries. 

eneloop batteries maintain a consistently high voltage level keeping your devices operating for a longer period of time. When you use eneloop Ni-MH rechargeable batteries, you will realize that “1.2V” can indeed be better than “1.5V”.

Regular disposable AA and AAA batteries are considered Primary Cells, and are most widely recognized as conventional “alkaline” batteries. There are two electrodes inside each cell; one is made of Zinc, known as the anode (the negative terminal) and the other is made of Manganese Dioxide, known as the cathode (the positive terminal). The electrodes are surrounded by an alkaline electrolyte, the chemical from which alkaline batteries get their name.

Battery chemistry of an alkaline battery generates 1.5V. As the chemical reaction fades, so does the power of the alkaline battery cell. This is why the voltage from alkaline batteries drops off shortly after the battery is put into use and the power continues to fade over time.

Ni-MH rechargeable batteries have two electrodes inside the cell: Nickel and Mercury Hydride. Battery chemistry of an Ni-MH rechargeable battery generates 1.2V. While alkaline batteries experience rapid drops in voltage Ni-MH rechargeable batteries maintain the same voltage throughout most of the entire charge.

The chemical makeup of Ni-MH batteries eliminates the “memory effect”, which means the cells can be recharged at any time without having to be fully discharged.

eneloop batteries have continued to raise the performance bar in Ni-MH rechargeable technology. eneloop has increased “low self discharge” performance on Ni-MH rechargeable batteries which allows eneloop cells to store power for longer periods of time.

The new SANYO eneloop battery incorporates a highly-durable super-lattice alloy which lessens the deterioration of this important alloy material. This super-lattice alloy increases the electrical capacity of the battery chemistry through lower internal resistance and delivers a long lasting, stable voltage output. 

A new strong, thin outer case has also been added to the eneloop battery design in order to improve the internal cell space efficiency. The new case optimizes the balance of the components and when combined with other improvements have led to an increase in the number of times that eneloop batteries can be recharged.

Wireless game controllers incorporate power-hungry features such as built-in speakers, gyroscopes and motion sensors. Consider the hidden cost of ownership in operating two wireless game controllers.

Let’s make the following assumptions: 

  1. You play video games one hour per day or 365 hours per year, using two remote/wireless controllers.
  2. A pair of batteries (either alkaline or eneloop) will provide you with roughly 20 hours of game-playusage time.
  3. In the first year, you will need 18.25 pairs of batteries per controller (either new alkaline or recharged eneloops).
  4. You will consume 73 alkaline battery cells in one year (for two controllers) compared to only 4 eneloop cells which can be recharged 1500 times ($0.04 per cell).
  5. Four AA Alkaline batteries will cost roughly $5.49 MSRP.
  6. Four AA eneloop batteries with an AC charger will cost $21.99 MSRP.
Now let’s look at the annual cost of ownership in only the first few years and then extend it out to ten years (at that point, you probably won’t be playing on the same game system). It is quite obvious that eneloop more than pays for itself in just the first year of ownership!

Wireless game controllers incorporate power-hungry features such as built-in speakers, gyroscopes and motion sensors. Consider the hidden cost of ownership in operating two wireless game controllers.

The new 1500 cycle eneloop delivers four important new features

  1. 500 extra charging cycles - The new eneloop is rechargeable up to 1500 times
  2. 33% improved low self-discharge - The new 1500 cycle battery maintains 75% of its charge for up to 3 years when not in use. The original version maintained 75% of its charge for up to 2 years when not in use.
  3. Improved low temperature performance - The new 1500 cycle battery can be used in environments down to -4 degrees F. The original eneloop can be used in temperatures as low as 14 degrees F.
  4. The new eneloop 1500 cycle battery is even more environment-friendly – each battery cell is pre-charged using solar energy when it leaves the factory in Japan.
Genuine SANYO eneloop Batteries
SANYO has three authentic “styles” of packaging: 1. The 1500 cycle batteries which are in a blue/green cardboard blister design with a earth image screened on the package. 2. The 1000 cycle batteries are in a blue and orange cardboard blister pack. 3. The eneloop XX batteries are in a black cardboard blister package. Products sold in plastic bags or flexible foil style packages are not authorized for sale by SANYO in the U.S. and may not contain authentic SANYO batteries.

How to tell the difference between the “new 1500" and the “original 1000” eneloop batteries
It is easy to distinguish between the 1500 and 1000 cycle eneloop batteries. The 1500 battery has a gray top (in the Green/Blue package pictured) and the 1000 (in the Blue/Orange package pictured) has a white top.

31 July 2014

Xiaomi's star rises as Chinese handset makers gnaw at Samsung's share

Xiaomi's star rises as Chinese handset makers gnaw at Samsung's share: Report

Xiaomi Inc, the three-year old company known as the Apple of China, has become the world`s No.5 smartphone maker by market share while Samsung Electronics Co Ltd`s lead has continued to shrink, a report by Strategy Analytics shows.

Three out of the world`s top 5 smartphone sellers were Chinese manufacturers in the second quarter, Strategic Analytics said, as China`s low-cost offerings on the Android operating system whittle away Samsung`s market share. 

The South Korean giant, which reported its worst quarterly profit in two years on Thursday, saw its share slide to 25.2 percent from 32.6 percent a year ago, while Chinese rivals Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd have gained, Strategy Analytics said. 

The latest figures illustrate how Samsung - although still dominant - has lost its footing two years after it overtook Apple Inc as the world`s smartphone market leader. 

Even though total smartphone sales rose to 295.2 million units during the second quarter from 233 million a year ago, Samsung was the only major manufacturer to report a drop in absolute number of shipments. 

Samsung warned investors on Thursday that the second half of 2014 will remain "a challenge", citing competition from its rivals. 

Xiaomi claimed 5.1 percent of global smartphone sales in the second quarter, up sharply from just 1.8 percent a year earlier.

"Xiaomi`s next step is to target the international market in Asia and Europe, where it will have to invest big money to familiarise Western consumers with its unfamiliar brand name," said Strategy Analytics director Woody Oh, who called Xiaomi the star performer in the second quarter. 

Apple saw its market share shrink to 11.9 percent from 13.4 percent and remained a distant second place. 

The Strategy Analytics study aligns closely with estimates released this week by IDC, which reported a similar drop in Samsung sales. 

LG held sixth place in the Strategy Analytics report and fifth place according to IDC estimates.

Motorola Moto G gets Rs 2,000 price cut; Xiaomi effect?

Motorola Moto G gets Rs 2,000 price cut; Xiaomi effect?

 The Motorola Moto G, which is sold in India via online retailing site Flipkart, has got a price cut of Rs 2,000. 

Flipkart said that the handset will now be available at Rs 10,499 for the 8GB version and Rs 11,999 for the 16GB version, till the stocks last. The handset will be delivered within two to three business days, as per Flipkart.

There are speculations in the media that the Moto G price cut announcement has come in the wake of Chinese handset maker Xiaomi's new smartphone launch in India. 

The second stock of 
Moto G price cut , which debuted in the Indian smartphone market earlier this month, was sold out within 5 seconds of going on sale.

Flipkart is exclusively selling Xiaomi's handsets in India.

Motorola in February this year launched the much-awaited Moto G is at Rs 12,499 for 8 GB version and Rs 13,999 for the 16 GB variant.

Moto G, which sports a 4.5-inch HD display, is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 graphics, 1 GB of RAM and has a dual SIM option.

Protected with Corning Gorilla glass, Moto G has a water repellent nano-coating inside and outside, which provides protection to the handset from light splashes of water.

Moto G has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. On the features front, Moto G has a revamped Phone app, which prioritises contacts based talk time and call frequency. The Photos app allows viewing and editing of locally stored and Google+ images.

The Indian smartphone market is witnessing strong competition between local and international players, all vying to grab a share of the multi-billion dollar market.

27 July 2014

Moto 360: Smartwatches are now officially cool(er)

There is something seriously wrong happening in San Francisco. No I’m not referring to the unending wave of $4 ‘artisan toast’ shops that have started appearing in that city, instead I’m talking about the fact that San Fran society’s perception of tech is failing to keep up with the speed with which said tech is progressing. Ironic considering how much of it is designed there.

This was most starkly proven in late February when a woman was attacked in a San Fran bar simply for wearing Google Glass.

Now it’s important to note that there are some pretty massive economic factors that mean it has started in San Francisco. For starters the non silicon-infused/enthused population is feeling the hurt of 6,000 Converse-wearing start-ups setting up shop in their city resulting in raised house prices and the loss of the streets to the no doubt thoroughly evil 'Google busses' that ferry the tech workforce to their out-of-town design-o-domes.

It’s a global issue, and soon we’ll start noticing it more here in the UK. Conversations in pubs will strike up in which people will loudly mention the 'Glassholes' sat at the other end of the bar.

This isn’t anything new; remember when Bluetooth headsets first appeared? What started initially as curiosity turned for many into a loathing of their users. These bloody people, wandering down high streets with an air of being SO important that they couldn’t even be arsed to manipulate their sodding hands into a gripping position around their funting phones. Shouting 'Yah, sell the orphanage stock and buy radioactive waste. Squash later?'

Look around today, however, and you’ll see many people talking through their headphones.

This is of course, where I finally get to my point, and it is the just-announced Moto 360. This smartwatch is clean cut, sexy and, crucially, it looks just like a watch. Put it side by side with a Galaxy Gear and it’s like two totally unalike things in a pod. You might get more attention for wearing the Gear, but the odds of it being positive aren’t in your favour.

The reason for that is that we’re not ready for the future. People say they want it, but ultimately society has to adjust first, like a stubborn dog who’s moved house.

How many of us are actually comfortable talking to our phones – I don’t mean to other people, I mean to your plastic pals who are fun to be with, Siri and Google Now. I’d wager that if you do it’s either to show it off or try and make it say something inappropriate.

The Moto 360 works precisely because it doesn’t force us into that box of being an "early adopter". It’s the reason Pebble has been relatively successful, and why headphones with a mic on the cable have replaced bulbous, ear-mounted lozenges with blue lights flashing on them.

Motorola has taken things even further by actually encouraging you to engage less with the device, thanks to the contextual nature of its operating system. Simply pop the directions into your phone with your hands and that’s it – your phone goes back in your pocket. Not sure which left to take? Quickly glance at your watch and it’ll show you; no faffing around in menus, it’s just there. Now that sounds useful both in terms of getting from A to B and in terms of not having a youth on a bicycle suddenly appear at speed from behind you then vanish into the sunset with your smartphone in his rascally grasp.

Google Glass is a great, revolutionary, and I loved every second it adorned my gawping face. But if I had to choose a product I would actually pay for and wear every day, it’d have to be a smartwatch. Especially if it looks like a watch and I don’t have to talk to it.

Apple and Samsung head back to court for patent battle

The new case will focus on their smartphone and tablet patents and whether or not there are any infringements. 

"The parties tried hard to accuse each other's latest and greatest products, but US patent litigation is slow, which is why this 2014 trial will be about 2012 and pre-2012 products," intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller said.

The tech rivals will go toe-to-toe before District Court Judge Lucy Koh in the California city of San Jose.

Koh headed the trial last year that resulted in a jury declaring Samsung owed Apple more than a billion dollars in damages for infringing patents with older Android devices. 

The damages were later assessed and changed to $929m leaving Samsung to appeal. 

This time round could prove detrimental for Samsung as its best-selling Galaxy range is in dispute, a line of products that the company can’t afford to lose. 

"Both in the United States and globally, Apple and Samsung have established themselves as fierce competitors in the smartphone market and fierce adversaries in the courtroom," Koh said during rulings on injunctions, testimony and other matters ahead of trial.

Meanwhile Apple is already appealing a court ruling from last year regarding the company’s involvement in alleged ebook price fixing. 

Krusell Print Slim Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500.. Eye catchy

A graphic star! It is Krusell's frosting on the cake in the cover family if you love graphic patterns.  Precise cutouts for all functions Edge gives an ultimate facedown protection for the screen Easy to mount, remove or change Superior fitting
Time has come to dress your Samsung Galaxy S4 in style with this Krusell Back Cover Case. This model specific cover comes in trendy colors and brings style and fashion to your device. The cover has precise cutouts for all functions and is easy to mount, remove or change.

As your looks may won’t shift to other side.  It gives much more trendy looks for your s4 model.   very vibrant and gives the phone a unique look. only downside is the surface is very smooth so chances of it slipping from grip may occur. the phone cover is very light and does not offer a lot of protection; but in terms of appearance and uniqueness the case wins out.

Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight
9 g
Product Dimensions
13.7 x 0.8 x 7 cm

Price of this product in Amazon.in is   1,495.00

25 July 2014

Oplus launches XonPhone 5 at Rs 7,999

Oplus India, a subsidiary of Oplus Taiwan, has launched its XonPhone 5 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs 7,999, this smartphone will be exclusively available on online retailer Snapdeal.
The XonPhone 5 features a five-inch, 720x1280p IPS display and is powered by a 1.3Ghz MediaTek quad-core processor. The phone has 1GB of RAM and runs on Android KitKat. It has 16GB internal storage along with an expandable memory card slot. It has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera.
The dual-SIM device packs in a 2,000 mAh battery. Connectivity options onboard include 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. The phone will be available in silver, grey, and gold colour variants.
Soumitra Gupta, CEO, Oplus, says, "We are extremely elated to be launching the XonPhone 5, an innovative smartphone with ultimate features ensuring a unique user experience. Our association with India's largest marketplace, Snapdeal.com, has yielded us great results for our tablet and we are affirmative that our smartphone will also witness great acceptance from the users."

All Public Restrooms Need To Have This Kohler Touchless Flush Kit

Finding a public toilet when a grumbling in your stomach strikes? Like a gift from God. Having to touch the flush that's undoubtedly flush with invisible germs from the rotating door of people who have used the toilet before you? Like a horrifying demonstration of God's wrath. Now, if only some billionaire germophobe can donate a few units of these Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kits to every public restroom in the world, public toilets never have to feel that way again.

An easy to install retrofit kit, it helps you turn any old toilet into the kind of high-tech restroom facility that requires no contact to flush. Just wave your hand anywhere over the tank lid and it will immediately send the necessary stream of water to send all your dump into its proper resting place.

Sadly, the Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kit won't work with all toilets. Most canister and flapper toilets in existence should be fair game, but those with dual-flush, top-mount flush, pressure-assist, and ballcock valves, however, will need to retain their gross "touch my germ-filled flush with your equally germ-filled hands" for the moment. Installation should be quick, requiring no more than 20 minutes unless you decided to do the work while drunk on 55% alcohol beer.

The system works by projecting an electromagnetic field through the top of the tank lid, which it uses to sense when a hand is being waved right over it. Pretty cool. Since it uses electronics to generate the field, it requries four AA batteries to operate.

The Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kit is available now, priced at $99.97.
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24 July 2014

Vessyl Smart Cup Knows Exactly What You’re Drinking

Vessyl is a smart cup that can detect the kind of drink that's poured into it. Whether it's coffee, vodka, or Gatorade (yes, it can recognize brands and even flavors), this device can tell you before you even take a sip.

More than identifying the beverage in the cup, the device can also determine its nutritional information on the fly. All that data will then be sent into a smartphone app where you can check just how much watered down the draft beer they've been serving at the corner bar really is (not that you'll stop drinking it -- you'd just like to know).

Aimed at the same fitness set that rely on gadgets for their exercise monitoring, Vessyl gives people a way to get a detailed and accurate nutritional record of the stuff they drink throughout the day. It comes styled like a 13-oz travel mug, too, making it easy to bring with you wherever you go. Unlike other health monitoring devices, Vessyl can be informative even without looking at the app, since it comes with a vertical display panel that will spell out exactly the name of the drink it detects (should make for a cool party trick). The same display will also show a color-coded light that informs you of how much hydration you've had (and still need) throughout the course of a day.

Hidden inside the walls of the cup is a proprietary molecular sensor, which performs a reading of the beverage without having to come in contact with it. A motion sensor is also included, which is used to switch on the onboard display (it lights up everytime the cup is tilted).


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Refuel Lets You Know How Much Propane You Have Left In The Tank

Propane tanks have needed a gauge to inform users how much gas is left in the tank since forever.  And since no one appears to be doing anything about it any time soon, someone made Refuel, a third-party device that lets you check your tank’s gas levels at any time.
Another product of the growing partnership between Quirky and GE, the device consists of a plastic and rubber scale that you place under the tank, which is tethered to a disc with magnetic backing that holds the sensors, LED indicators, and other electronics that you can stick onto the gas grill’s frame.  It works by measuring the weight of the tank, then calculating how much gas is left based on that.

You can check gas levels by using the onboard LED indicators (tap it to light up), as well as on a smartphone using Quirky’s Wink app.   It also sends alerts when your propane is running out, so you never have to be stuck with an empty tank right in the middle of a backyard cookout.  The rig can work on any gas grills that don't use hanging propane tanks (yes, even that awesome BBQ Dragster), with heat-resistant parts, so you never have to worry about things getting too hot.  Dimensions are 9.4 x 9.4 x 2 inches for the base and 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches for the disc.  It powers using four AA batteries (good for 60 days).

The Refuel is available directly from Quirky, priced at $49.99.
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Patchnride Can Repair Punctured Bike Tires In 60 Seconds

Patchnride is a small handheld tool that you can use to quickly patch punctures on your bicycle tires.  And by quickly, they're not kidding.  You don't even need to remove the tire from the bike.  Instead, you just patch it in place using a process that can take as short as 60 seconds.
Instead of a messy and laborious 12-step process like traditional tire repair work, the device lets you fix a tire in just a few steps. You simply have to locate the puncture with the bundled leak detector, clean any debris from the area, insert the tool into the tire, press the release button, and remove the tool.  Done.  Just pump air back in and get back on the road.

Rather than use a sealant as you'd probably expect, Patchnride actually covers up the holes using patch pods that can seal any cuts up to 3mm.  One patch pod can only be used for one puncture, so make sure you bring a few every time you go out riding for an extended amount of time (you can only load the tool with one patch pod at a time).  Since it patches the tire from the inside, it's a permanent fix, too, so there's no need to bring it to a shop later for repairs.  The tool can work on, practically, any bike tire (tubular, clinchers, MTB, cruisers, tubeless , fat, and running strollers), although you'll need to buy different types of patch pods for different kinds of tires.  It measures just 5 inches long, so you can keep it in a pocket of your bike jacket, a pouch on your bike bag, or under the saddle.

Slated to ship in the Fall, the Patchnride is now on pre-order, priced at $30.
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Use The goTenna To Send And Receive Texts Without Internet Access or Cell Service

The goTenna is a radio antenna that can communicate with other goTenna units.   Designed to work with a mobile app, it lets you send text messages to other goTenna users even without cell service or internet access in the area.
Designed for off-grid use, it lets you have a way to communicate even with no access to cell towers, WiFi networks, or communication satellites in sight.  Need a way to text friends who split with the main group during a hike?  This will do it.  How about text-chatting with friends on the secluded private island while you take the Wally 55 Power Boat out for a ride?  This will work.  Basically, it’s a personal communication network open to anyone with a goTenna and a smartphone.

The goTenna is a bar-style piece of hardware that can be clipped to a belt loop or a bag zipper for easy portability.  To use, simply pair your goTenna with a smartphone (iOS and Android) over Bluetooth, launch the app, and you’re duly equipped to text anyone with their own goTenna in tow.  Since it’s a private network, texts arrive fast, with messages quickly transmitted via low-frequency radio waves in under a second.  All messages are self-destructing and come with end-to-end encryption for security.    It can send and receive messages from any goTenna within a 50.5-mile range.
The device has onboard memory that can store up to several thousand messages, in case it isn’t paired to a phone yet (it will immediately push messages as soon as it connects).  Onboard battery, however, is only good for 30 hours of active use, so you’ll have to find a way to keep replenishing the thing for use in the wild outdoors.
Slated to ship late in the Fall, the goTenna is now available for preorder.  Price is $149.99 a pair.
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Forget The Cooler, Take This Solar-Powered Anywhere Fridge To Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Can you finally bring a fridge to your next camping adventure?  That's the hope behind the Anywhere Fridge, a portable outdoor fridge that uses solar power to keep your food and beverages cold.
While it looks nothing more than a metal ice chest, the appliance comes with removable solar panels at the top that feed power to a battery module inside the machine.  There's no mention of how much electricity the setup can actually generate, but I guess they're hoping it's plentiful enough to power the compressor during daylight while trickling enough juice the battery's way to keep the thing running at night.  Will this actually work?  I have no idea, but it will be glorious if it does.

The Anywhere Fridge  comes in two sizes (80 and 30 quarts), both styled like a conventional freezer that opens from the top (which should help it retain cold air even when opened, saving the compressor from doing extra work).  It comes with an easy-to-use control panel that lets you adjust temperature between -8 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing it serve as either a freezer, a fridge, or even a food warmer.  While designed to draw power from the sun, it can also be charged via a regular power outlet, as well as from a car's cigarette lighter port.
Construction is aircraft-grade aluminum for durability, with a retractable handle and a pair of small wheels facilitating easy transport (you just drag it like a trolley).  It's weather-proof, too, so you can leave it in the backyard as a personal outdoor fridge that chills your beer free of charge (take that, beer-burying eCool). When the container is empty, the entire thing can be collapsed into a flat-packed frame measuring just 5 inches thick.

An Indiegogo campaign is currently running for Anywhere Fridge.  Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $199.
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Napwrap Helps You Maintain Good Posture While Napping On A Seat

We’ve seen plenty of products designed to keep people comfortable while they catch a nap during trips, with solutions that range from strapping the person to their chair to supporting their heads with a goofy-looking brace.  The Napwrap is a new offering that keeps thing a lot simpler, using a single strap whose sole purpose is to support the user’s arms.
Why the arms?  Apparently, the position of the arms has a significant bearing on a person’s ability to take a relaxing nap while sitting down.  When your arms move, it pulls on your shoulder, which then affects the way your head is rested, making it one of the most common reasons for sudden disruptions during sleep.

Described as a "personal armrest," the Napwrap will first wrap around one of your upper arms, where it can then support the wrist on your other arm.  That’s it.  The design, basically, holds your arms in a crossed position, evenly distributing the weight and keeping your shoulders in an optimal angle to support your head.  It uses an elastic strap with fine extruded hook taps for closure, ensuring your hands don’t uncross at any point during use.
When not in use, you can just keep it wrapped around your upper arm like a mini-sleeve of sorts.   It can also be used to mount a phone on your arm (just hold it under the strap), wrapped over your face as an eye mask, or worn around your head as an ear muff.  Construction is 2mm mesh for the strap’s external side and soft bamboo velour for the side that winds around your arms.
Originally a successfully-funded Kickstarter project, Napwrap is now available commercially.  Price is $20.
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