Coolest Gadgets » Software Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Perceptive Devices’ Smyle Mouse delivers hands-free computer controls Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:08 +0000

Perceptive Devices has something that might just help you navigate through the challenges of working with a mouse for a disabled person by drawing upon their expertise in the field of Human Computer Interaction, having announced the newest release of its gesture control software that is simply known as the Smyle Mouse. Those who are disabled will definitely find that a computer is of not much use if they are unable to navigate through the user interface, and thankfully, the Smyle Mouse software is able to help this group of users out.

Already a big fan of the Smyle Mouse, Jeff Nicklas shared, ”I lost the use of my arms about two years ago so whenever I used the computer I needed assistance. Obviously, my productivity decreased dramatically, impacting not only my career but my family life as well. Before Smyle Mouse, I only spent about 30 minutes a day on my laptop, but now, I can use my laptop over nine hours a day without assistance.”

How does Smyle Mouse work? Users will be able to achieve mouse control in a totally hands-free, touch-free and voice-free manner. It does so by tracking one’s facial gestures through a simple webcam. This will then be translated into mouse commands for precise and responsive mouse control. A user will then be able to initiate a click, scroll or drag through the simple act of smiling, and those who suffer from spinal cord injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS and carpal tunnel syndrome can take advantage of it. The most recent version 1.2 software will incorporate multiple improvements. This enables one to enjoy increased user productivity, not to mention added customization of the Smyle Mouse experience.

Basically, as long as your machine runs on Windows 7 or newer, you will be able to take advantage of the Smyle Mouse. Definitely beats the conventional explanation of the mouse for sure!

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Kaspersky Internet Security for Android keeps a lookout for mobile device owners Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:00:35 +0000 is-for-androidViruses and malware happen to be quite a threat in this day and age, especially when one takes into consideration the sheer amount of mobile devices that we happen to own. Not only that, we are also less than careful with the passwords that we use, sometimes even sharing our social media passwords with others. Kaspersky Lab knows that it takes some effort to build a safety net in a connected lifestyle, which is why they have come up with a new version of Kaspersky Internet Security for Android that, apart from delivering improved performance speed and protection quality, it will also come with an option for managing protection via Android Wear devices.

Kaspersky Internet Security for Android will deliver protection from all sorts of of threats, and in a move to make it even more user-friendly and accessible, Kaspersky Lab has also rolled out an update that includes control via Android Wear smart watches. This means the user’s smartwatch will now show off notifications from Kaspersky Internet Security for Android, and can be installed on a paired smartphone or tablet. It will also play nice with Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices.

The new Kaspersky Internet Security for Android can be obtained right now from Google Play, on the Kaspersky Lab site, and also as part of Kaspersky Internet Security – Multi-Device and Kaspersky Total Security – Multi-Device. If you would like to have a little bit more peace of mind when it comes to the security of your mobile devices, surely this is a little investment not to be ignored in the long run!

Apart from having more protection against malicious software and websites, the solution will also come with tools to remotely control a device if it’s lost or stolen, and can filter out unwanted calls and messages, and to hide personal data from prying eyes. Not only that, you are also able to control the product remotely through the My Kaspersky portal, for instance, to activate the Anti-Theft function, to enable or disable the Privacy Protection function or to update anti-virus databases.

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The Imitone – a mind-to-MIDI program that can make anyone into a musician Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:30:09 +0000 Imitone

If you like coming up with songs, but don’t know the first thing about composing or playing an instrument, most of your ideas are likely going to be lost because you don’t have a way to record anything. If you can get your hands on some sort of keyboard, that’s a good first step as it has everything laid out for you. However, getting through the process of recording sometimes takes away from your original idea as you forget and muddle things as you go. Not knowing which key is which makes this even harder as you wouldn’t even know what to write down!

The Imitone is hoping to change that, by letting you record with whatever is easiest for you to use. This program is ‘plug and play’, and can turn humming, playing an instrument, or tapping on a table into notes. It’s about as close to mind-to-MIDI as we’re going to get. This will work with all sorts of different music programs, including GarageBand. You don’t even need a fancy microphone, as it can pull from your laptop (if it has a built-in mic).

The interface looks almost like a video game, which will help in making it easy to navigate. This will give you volume control, scale selection, pitch bend/glide, and it can detect vibrato. There is a more professional version as well, called Imitone Prime, which will give you voice timbre control, multi-channel control, adjustable tuning, noise cancellation, and more. Regular Imitone will cost you around $25, and the Prime version will cost around $60.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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IKEA relies on Augmented Reality technology to make furniture shopping easier for customers Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00:15 +0000 ikea-arFurniture giant IKEA has always provided a fun shopping experience, where kids can have their kids meals and play time at Småland, while the meatballs are always a top draw. You can practically spend an entire day there with your family while the whole bunch of you shops for different bits and pieces that you think would fit into the new home. Well, considering how times have changed, IKEA too, wants to keep up to date by offering Augmented Reality (AR) technology which makes it easier for customers to shop.

Needless to say, this AR tech would require shoppers to own a compatible smartphone, but then again, who does not have a smartphone these days? Apart from that, the mobile app would also allow customers to “test” furniture from the comfort of their own home, now how about that? We will be able to see the most extensive ever use of Augmented Reality (AR) by IKEA when they roll out the new mobile catalogue later this month.

AR will be used to place its products into customers’ rooms, letting them find the right fit, and when August 25th rolls around on the calendar, you will find the app launched in the Apple App Store and Google Play. The 2014 IKEA Catalogue app will enable customers to literally try out 90 products for size (of course, they will also take shape, color and positioning into consideration as well) in their own homes. The app will rely on the catalogue to judge the approximate scale of the furnishings, where it will measure the size of the catalogue itself when laid on the floor in the camera, resulting in an augmented reality image of the furnishings in order for it to appear as correct as possible in the room. This enables customers to check out just how different IKEA sofas, chairs, beds, bookcases, chests of drawers and desks will look like in their rooms virtually, all through your smartphone camera.

Of course, there will still be a print version of the IKEA catalog, but AR tech is definitely breathing new life into the furniture shopping experience!
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LG Cloud service goes global Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:00:22 +0000 In the 21st century, the cloud is no longer the domain of the skies, but rather, it is an online service that has brought plenty of benefits to the masses, since it enables one to stash some files online (as long as space permits, of course) in one’s account, which can be accessed anytime, anywhere – so long as there is a decent Internet connection, of course. Different companies have come up with various cloud services, ranging from Dropbox to Google’s suite of productivity apps, and now we have South Korea consumer electronics giant LG having announced the global availability of the LG Cloud service. First launched in the US, South Korea and Russia last year, the LG Cloud (which happens to be a TV-centric service) will be introduced in over 40 other countries that will include Europe, Asia, Central Asia and Latin America regions by the end of May.

Just what does LG Cloud bring to the table? For starters, it will pave the way for users to stream content straight to LG Cinema 3D Smart TVs, in addition to deliver a convenient location to store entertainment content which will automatically synchronize between PCs, smartphones and TVs.

Richard Choi, senior vice president of the Smart Business Center at LG Electronics, said, “LG Cloud eliminates the time-consuming process of having to download or manually transfer content between devices. Today’s consumers are no longer loyal to only one type of screen. They move seamlessly from TVs to PCs to smartphones and it’s up to us to help them get the content they want whenever and wherever they want it. LG is one of very few companies that can offer integration across so many display products.”

With the LG Cloud app, one is able to access videos, photos and music the moment it is uploaded to the user’s account. You can get it from Google Play or the LG Smart World store, where this easy-to-install app will play nice with LG CINEMA 3D Smart TVs, PCs and Android smartphones.
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Razer Comms Beta connects gamers around the world Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:00:22 +0000 When it comes to gaming, there is one name that would definitely resonate with gamers – whether they are casual or hardcore, it does not matter. Razer is a name that has rolled out its fair share of hardware, be they mice, mouse pads, or keyboards (and even tablets recently), not to mention marrying such high-tech hardware to software apps that get the job done. Well, Razer’s latest effort would come in the form of the Razer Comms that is currently in Beta format, where it will help to connect gamers around the world. Let us learn more about Razer Comms in the extended story.

In a nutshell, Razer Comms is an all-in-one communications solution for gamers. After taking in feedback that were gleaned from a community-based closed beta program, Razer Comms will now see the incorporation of VoIP client, instant messaging and IRC-chat features, where it will enable gamers all over the world to hook up to a single service, all without having to fork out an additional cent. After all, times are hard, and this is another example that there is a free lunch after all. Not only that, Razer Comms also boasts of an in-game overlay that will seamlessly integrate with PC games, delivering uninterrupted gameplay while at the same time typing or talking with friends.

Razer Comms will rely on the implementation of complex audio algorithms as well as an ultra-fast server infrastructure in order to deliver precise, crisp and clear communication without any danger of timeouts or lag spikes. Not only that, it also features advanced noise reduction and echo cancellation, which will definitely be a boon to the millions of PC gamers around the world.

The history of Razer Comms is a rather interesting one, where it came about as an internal project that was built on the spare “10 percent passion time” of a couple of engineers (sounds a bit like Google, no?). After taking in their fair share of fan requests to make it widely available, Razer Comms is now a fully supported project with a specially designated team working on it. Let’s hope that when Razer Comms is no longer in beta, it would be a game changer, pun not intended.

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iPhone Recovery Pro – So you Don’t Totally Lose it! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:59:40 +0000

There’s a lot of good and bad that comes with technology, most of it is good, and I love it. But while our smartphones and computers streamline our lives they can certainly complicate them as well.We rely on our SmartPhones and computers for everything, all of our most important information, and then I’m also concerned about our kids, their connection with the world around them may just be too intimate. I love my electronics, don’t get me wrong, but I’d like a tool that keeps everything and everybody safe.

Check out ER-220 SmartPhone Recovery Pro not only does it back up the data you have, but gets you back the things you deleted as well. All of us know the horror of watching the little trash can open and close and then realizing you just made a horrible mistake. ER-220 can be used to recover deleted data from your iPhone quickly and easily, and to display all your information on an intuitive interface residing on your Mac. Being able to see deleted data… that’s a very good thing.

The software lets you see almost all the existing data on your phone, but best of all, it allows you to recover your deleted stuff including messages, call history, contacts, notes and calendar entries, and the all important iTunes files. Recovery Pro lets you have access to all your phones info, even if you have your phone no more. Recovery Pro also lets you take all your precious information and easily export it to your Mac as a backup file.

The software runs from the Flashdrive, so you won’t need to install a conspicuous file anywhere, and it seems to me that it can not only save you from the trauma of losing your phone or information but more importantly, for those of us that need it, a pretty sneaky way to check up on your kids or spouse.. yeah… I went there. To find out more, or to check out the Windows version, visit Think of it, piece of mind, for under 80 bucks.
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LG Avatarbook announced Sun, 07 Apr 2013 15:58:34 +0000 When we talk about consumer electronics firm LG, what comes into your mind first? Well, of course those snazzy looking Smart TVs would be right on the top of any wishlist for most folks, in addition to the wonderful fridges that seem to have a whole lot more functionality thrown into the mix compared to the TVs of yesteryear. Well, here we are with a new kind of interactive smart TV app which will do a whole lot more to augment your little one’s imagination, as it enables young learners to end up as part of beloved children’s stories as well as songs. In a nutshell, the LG Avatarbook will place your little ones squarely in the thick of action.

The Avatarbook smart TV app will enable children to see themselves onscreen as the main characters, where they will appear as animated versions in various classics such as Aladdin, Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland. Other than that, Avatarbook is also a fantastic method for young learners to engage in a far more direct manner with age-appropriate literature and music.

Richard Choi, senior vice president of the Smart Business Center at LG Electronics, said, “Avatarbook is part of LG’s commitment to bringing child-friendly, interactive educational apps to its Smart TV platform. As a medium, Smart TV has unlimited potential to really engage young learners in new and compelling ways. As a leading Smart TV manufacturer, we believe strongly the need to develop unique applications that the entire family can enjoy.”

It is all too easy to be part of an exciting tale or happy tune on Avatarbook, and most kids are able to do so themselves. First of all, one will have to choose from 10 fun songs or five classic children’s stories, following that, they will be able to capture a self portrait by using the LG Smart TV’s integrated camera. There are 20 different hairstyles to choose from, in addition to changing the size, shape and contrast of their new avatar’s face. Expect it to be on LG’s App store later this month.

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Amazon updates their Cloud Drive Desktop app Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:30:27 +0000 Well, if you have yet to enjoy the wonders of the cloud, perhaps it is time to do so, and what better way to start than with a name that most folks are more than familiar with, even more so, trust? Amazon has their Cloud Drive app out for some time already, and now, they have introduced yet another update for the Cloud Drive Desktop app that will introduce a spanking new file synchronization feature which would make life easier for the end user to manage files across multiple computers, all thanks to the updated Cloud Drive Desktop app. This new app will play nice with both Windows and Mac platforms, where it will also include File Sync, which will enable users to easily store and access files in the Amazon Cloud right from a folder on their computer regardless of where they are, as long as they remain connected to the Internet.

All files that are stashed in this particular folder will also see a copy stored automatically in Cloud Drive, and it is easily accessible. Whenever you choose to install the app on a second computer, your entire collection of synced files will also be “transported” there as well. Don’t you think that this particular idea would make it extremely simple for users to place files in Cloud Drive, sort of an “upload and forget” mechanism?

At least it shows how seriously that Amazon is taking its web services infrastructure. Right now, documents which are stashed in Cloud Drive will be automatically available in the Docs library over on the Kindle Fire. As for photos, those stashed in Cloud Drive will automatically be available in the Photos library on Kindle Fire and Cloud Drive Photos for Android. All photos which have been uploaded from the Cloud Drive Photos app on your phone are also automatically downloaded to the Cloud Drive folder on your computer.

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]]> 0 is now official Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:30:51 +0000 Do you remember when web email kicked off in the early days of dial up connectivity? Yes sir, everyone wanted and rushed for an email address, and the younger (and more foolish, I might add) ones among us realized that all of the cool email usernames were already taken, leaving us to agree to whatever the machine’s reasoning threw our way, such as or, where they all sound so wrong on different levels in this day and age. Embarrassing, even. Well, having said that, perhaps it might have been half a decade since you decided to log into your Hotmail account, but you might want to do so soon, as Microsoft has officially launched on Tuesday, which would mark the demise of its predecessor, Hotmail.

Yes sir, a minute of silence for the faithful departed please. Taking approximately 7 months after Microsoft unveiled a preview of the Outlook email service, the software giant decided to announced the end of its beta run over in a blog post. Having picked up Hotmail in 1997 (was it that long ago?), Microsoft claimed that they will switch users from Hotmail over to the new Outlook service “soon”, but it is a good thing that the Redmond, Washington company will not force these affected users to change their emails to an “” address.

Be warned, though, change is definitely coming later this summer, so you might want to mentally prepare yourself for a jump over to the Outlook bandwagon after being in love with Hotmail for so long. Microsoft said, “Everything from their email address, password, messages, folders, contacts, rules, vaation replies, etc. will stay the same, with no disruption in service.” With over 60 million folks who are actively using, hey, we certainly cannot argue with such levels of approval, can we? Do you think you will miss Hotmail?

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