Coolest Gadgets » Tech News http://www.coolest-gadgets.com Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:59:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.20 Sports Performance Meets High Tech http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20150321/sports-performance-meets-high-tech/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20150321/sports-performance-meets-high-tech/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:03:40 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=209780

How to athletes keep getting better? Just when we think an athletic feat is unsurmountable, a record is broken. Hits, runs, pitches (the throws…not the grass), bats, bowls, tackles, speeds, heights, goals, assists…the quantities and speeds continue to reach new records. Ever wonder how they keep improving what we believe cannot be improved? Sure, advancements in diet, exercise, training, video and scouting have revolutionized the athlete’s life. But in our ever-growing age of technology you can guarantee the tech involvement in enhancing athletic performance is high. One Australian company has been and continues revolutionizing how technology and human performance collide and advance.

Meet Catapult, a global leader in athlete analytics. Decades ago, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) partnered with the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) – home of future Catapult founders Shaun Holthouse and Igor van de Griendt. Through the micro-technology catapult_5advancements of future, the AIS began to deep dive with Holthouse and van de Griendt on athlete performance. Realizing that performance was always different in competition than in training, the ‘wearability’ factor of sensors became crucial to capturing data so as to analyze an athlete’s performance when exerting themselves at high levels.  Their wearable innovations led them to success for the Australian Olympic teams in the early 2000.  Soon after this success, Catapult was founded in 2006.
Catapult systems are ultimately designed to evaluate athlete’s power and efficiency through a number of measurements and give users the ability to easily analyze the data. Teams, clubs and individuals can use GPS-based outdoor tracking or a multilateration indoor system with ‘portable satellites’. All motions, actions, speeds and reactions can be tracked. Their IMA (Inertial Movement Analysis) enables athlete’s performance to be accurate to their own abilities too, factoring out the impact of the force of gravity. And their Openfield platform means the days of crunching performance numbers are gone. An easy to use interface means each coach, trainer or athlete can analyze performance in the way they choose.

To this day the wearable technology produced by Catapult rank them as a global leader. Their client base ranges from big name clubs in the NFL (Dallas Cowboys), NBA (San Antonio Spurs), Football/Soccer (Newcastle United, US Men’s National Team), Rugby (Saracens) and many many more. Global media has responded too, with ESPN calling it one of the best sports innovations since 1998. Visit their website to learn more.

So what does this mean for the average person? Well, rest assured that our favorite teams now have another weapon in their quest to win divisions, leagues and championships. And who knows, maybe these wearable technologies will make it to the consumer side in the future, to help us weekend warriors.

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Apple Pay – Making Changes to how you Charge http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20141017/apple-pay-making-charge/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20141017/apple-pay-making-charge/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:30:37 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=147586 Apple-Pay-in-action-1

There are very few of us that don’t walk around with at least one credit card these days. They certainly do have their conveniences. What I find alarming is the sheer numbers of folks that have had their credit card information compromised, or even stolen. It’s gotten to the point where every time I hand someone my plastic, I find myself eying them up with unfounded suspicions. Heck, its almost enough to make me want to start carrying cash! 

If you’ve ever felt the same way, you have to check out Apple Pay, a brand new way of exchanging money that will change how you pay, with this new, cool and contactless payment system. With unique security features that are built right into the devices we all  already have with us every day, you can use your iPhone, Apple Watch, or even your iPad to pay in a safe, easy, and confidential way.

Apple Pay combines Apple’s hardware, software and services to create the unique and intuitive experience you’ve come to expect from Apple. You simply register a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, and the actual card numbers will never be stored on the device, or even on the Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number (or DAN) is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Then, each transaction will be authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the stripe on the back of your card.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and you will still qualify for all  the rewards and benefits offered by your credit and debit card companies. Soon you’ll be able to simply hold your iPhone near the contactless reader while keeping your finger on the Touch ID, and you wont even have to look to see that the transaction is complete, a subtle buzz and vibration lets you know the deal is done. Apple Pay is rolling out now in Manhattan, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with additional markets being announced in 2015. So may stores, so little time.

 
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VegiBee – What’s the Buzz About? http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140814/vegibee-buzz/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140814/vegibee-buzz/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:00:11 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=116172  

 

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I’m sure many of you have heard about the mysterious mass die-off of honey bee colonies that pollinate around $30 billion worth of crops here in the US alone. It has so decimated America’s Honeybee population that scientists tell us that one more bad winter and the effect on our fields would be devastating. Studies are suggesting several reasons for this bee apocalypse, none of which seem easy to fix. What shall we do about our dwindling bee populations and the effect on our gardens?

Yup, there’s a gadget for that. Check out the VegiBee Garden Pollinator, designed to imitate the high frequency vibrations made by a bee’s wings during pollination. The VegiBee actually creates sonic vibrations that will gently release pollen from a flower onto a specially designed collection spoon. In a matter of seconds, enough pollen is collected to pollinate 4-5 flowers by dipping the flower stigma into the collected pollen, on the same plant. Yes, its a little time consuming, but, the pollinators will actually boost the average garden yield by more than 30% annually.

So if you’re an avid gardener who wants to take it to the next level, or you simply want to give the bees a helping hand, and increase your garden yield then VegiBee might have a gizmo you will want. Chose between 2 models,  including a 5 speed rechargeable unit that retails for under 45 bucks, and an express battery powered unit that retails for around $29.99. Available from amazon.com. Un-BEE-lievable!
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Coin – ALL your Credit Cards in One http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140731/coin-credit-cards/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140731/coin-credit-cards/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:00:32 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=107725 Unknown I have to admit I’m not the most organized gal on the planet. My wallets a mess, I have a gazillion credit cards, none of which are where they should be at any given time. I use one to pay for something, and stick it in my jacket pocket. I use another one, and it goes into my dressy handbag, only to be found 3 months after it expired. I need the cards, but I sure wish they were a little easier to keep track of.

So I’m super excited to introduce you to Coin, an amazing little gadget that is the answer to my prayers. Coin is a high tech credit card solution that allows you to load ALL your actual credit cards onto one credit card-like device. You accomplish this via your smartphone. A card reader comes with your nifty little Coin, and you just plug it in and swipe away, even taking pictures of the cards for display. Name your cards, and then you’re ready to charge away.

Say you’re at a business luncheon and want to pay with your company card, simply select it from the list, and voila! lunch is on the boss. A birthday present for mom? You might decide to select the card that gives the best reward points. Coin looks like a credit card, it swipes like a credit card, but it gives you all the cards you will ever need in one convenient location. You wouldn’t want to lose a card like that, now would you? No worries. Unlike your ordinary credit cards, your smartphone will alert you if your Coin gets left behind.

All your credit cards in one place, built in loss protection, and, having the coolest high tech credit card on the planet? Sign me up! If you’d like to learn more, or get in on pre-ordering the 55 dollar Coin, visit onlycoin.com and break out your boring old credit card one last time. Hopefully it will ship this summer.
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Powdered Alcohol – New Beverage Enhancer causes a “Stir” http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140423/powdered-alcohol-beverage-enhancer-stir/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140423/powdered-alcohol-beverage-enhancer-stir/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:00:54 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=89383 images-1

Picture it. You and some college chums are heading out to the movies… the beach… a ballgame. You know that a frosty adult beverage would make whatever you’re doing a little more relaxing, and fun, but the drinks are expensive, or simply not allowed at the venue. Sure, you can sneak the stuff into the place in a watermelon, or a boda bag strapped to your bum, but fret no more, the answer to your dilemma may just be on the horizon.

Check out Palcohol, exactly what you’re hoping it is, a powdered drink mix for grown-ups. You just whip out a glass and add five ounces of water to the packet’s contents, and voila! a reconstituted cocktail that packs the same “punch” as the standard mixed drink you might find at your local watering hole. Supposedly conceived as a way to cut down on weight and packaging (it’s their story, let them tell it) the concept of a powdered alcohol is sure to be a hit with the just-turned-21 set, and die hide partiers alike.

No one knows exactly when Palcohol will hit a store near you, although it is already approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, there have been some labeling concerns that need to be addressed… but when it’s ready, it will be sold anywhere where liquor can be sold and of course, to purchase it you have to be of legal drinking age. It will be available here in the United States and abroad, and you’ll also be able to get it online. As usual, we’ll keep you posted. Cheers!
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Technology and Tastebuds – Digital Lollipops Could Taste like Turkey http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20131128/technology-taste-digital-lollipops-flavor/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20131128/technology-taste-digital-lollipops-flavor/#comments Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:50:55 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=85720 dtl

Ah Thanksgiving, I believe it exists not only to remind us of all the things we have to be thankful for, but also to drive home the fact that eating is a wonderful thing. Of course too-much-turkey hangover, and a 5 pound weight gain overnight …not so much. If only we could have all the pleasure of food and snacks, with none of the pesky after effects.

Now, what if you could eat a nice leafy green salad, and have your tastebuds tell you that it was a bacon double cheeseburger with fried onions and extra ketchup? Well, it could happen, in fact, Nimesha Ranasinghe, a Ph.D. research scholar at the National University of Singapore, is in the process of developing a device that actually simulates flavors directly on the tip of your tongue, using a “lollipop” consisting of a silver electrode.

In fact, Nimesha and his team are able to reproduce our most established basic tastes, like, sweet, salty, sour and bitter, and by combining these flavors, a person’s taste receptors are fooled by simply varying the alternating current from the lollipop and slight but rapid changes in temperature. Imagine being able to one day believe you are tasting real food!

Where could this technology take us? I can think of a vast market for such a device. From dieters to diabetics being able to experience foods that shouldn’t be on the menu, to advertisers being able to offer up sample tastes of their next delicious offerings, to entertainment venues like movie theaters, where you would be able to taste what you see on screen. Yup, it could be huge… but for the time being, I’m sticking with my turkey and gravy – and then I’m going to take a nap.

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Bitcoin – Like Spending Cash, Online? http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20131127/bitcoin-spending-cash-online/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20131127/bitcoin-spending-cash-online/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:24:33 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=85651 images

I spent some time today trying to firm up my holiday travel plans. While I perused some online travel agencies, I came across one that just announced  it would now accept Bitcoins as a form of payment for airfare booked through their website. Bitcoins? I think I’ve heard of them, some sort of decentralized digital currency, kind of like cash for the internet, but I believe it’s time to learn more…

In short, Bitcoin is an online network that folks can use to send payments from one to another, in that respect only, perhaps vaguely similar to Paypal. Bitcom is the worlds first “open” financial network. No one actually owns it, or runs the Bitcoin network. It’s actually a peer-to-peer system, with people like us, and our computers working together to process these transactions and, Bitcoin is its own currency, with this monetary unit being called a Bitcoin. Are you guys with me so far?

Because Bitcoin has all these unique properties, the hope is that use of it will allow all kinds of exciting applications that could not be covered by previous payment systems. Evidently, there are quite a few merchants already hopping on the Bitcoin bandwagon and offering up everything from cupcakes to web hosting services for Bitcoin payments. Who knew? Of course it appears that a big draw (to those so inclined) may be the ability to move your Bitcoin around without the taxman knocking on your door.

So what now? It looks like Bitcoin is growing, payments are being made worldwide, people are purchasing Bitcoin as an investment, and yes, some folks are already getting rich off it. People all over the world are already trading hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin every day. Wow.  To learn more, visit bitcoin.org and let us know what you think. Now I have to get back to my plane tickets.
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CES Unveiled – a Preview of Things to Come http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20131112/ces-unveiled-preview/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20131112/ces-unveiled-preview/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:58:27 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=85180 images

Today I’m off to the Consumer Electronics Show kick-off event in New York City. Designed to offer up a sneak peek at some of the years most innovative products in the technology arena. A full 2 months before the CES main event to be held in Las Vegas, CES Unveiled will shine the spotlight on some of the latest and greatest tech products, and award winning innovations that might just be making their way to a store near you.

From products designed to simply help you take better social media pictures, and cases set up to conveniently store your ear buds, to high tech keyboards, amazing games and an awesome sounding new portable, wireless speaker system from Korus, that DOESN’T use bluetooth or wireless, has amazing range, and is literally plug and play. Watch for a review coming later this week!

CES has a long history of introducing the world to some of our most exciting technologies. In 1970, CES was the first to showcase the video cassette recorder, and 1981 gave us the first CD player, with a myriad of innovations before and after,  I’m more than excited to see what the future has in store for us now.

Rest assured I’ll be checking out some of the “Coolest-Gadgets” I can find, and tell you everything you need to know, including purchasing and real time availability information. So check back soon, for some high tech stuff you could only dream about…until now.
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Leveraged Freedom Chair is really Going Places! http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130507/leveraged-freedom-chair/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130507/leveraged-freedom-chair/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 22:00:41 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=80605

When I was kid, I had a dirt bike accident and broke my leg. I spent that entire summer confined to a wheelchair, forget the fact that I couldn’t swim because of the cast, and my leg was hot and itchy for the whole 10 weeks, I hated the wheelchair. I could never get anywhere fast enough, my arms hurt, and well, lets face it, there hasn’t been too much wheelchair innovation in a long while. What if I really needed that chair for a long time? What if I needed it forever, and what if I lived in a country that didn’t have all the ramps and sidewalk accessibility that I always took for granted?

Please check out the Leveraged Freedom Chair, being developed here in the United States, this unique and high performance wheelchair is being designed specifically with helping the disabled located in developing countries in mind. The Freedom Chair has variable gears, depending on where your hands grab the removable levers, and it was built to go off-road, the option to use leverage in order to propel the chair instead of only being able to turn the wheels with your hands, gives you a lot more torque with less effort, enabling you to conquer hills, rocks and more rugged terrain.

With over 20 – 40 million people in developing countries living in rural areas, needing the assistance of a wheelchair, this new Freedom Chair is a life altering accomplishment. A collaboration of efforts between Continuum and MIT’s Mobility Lab, the Freedom Chair will, no doubt, change the lives and lifestyles of millions of people who can now get out of their homes, go to school, or work, or simply get on with the business of caring for themselves or their families. Yes! they will be sold here in the U.S.A, and the best part? Buy one for yourself, and 3 will go to a developing country. Now thats what I call a good deal. No word yet on pricing, but I’ll keep you posted. Check out the video here.
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The Un-Coolest Gadget Is… http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130329/uncoolest-gadget/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20130329/uncoolest-gadget/#comments Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:45:28 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=79874

For as many cool gadgets there are in the world there are plenty of gadget failures. We all probably invested in Betamax, Laserdisc or some other technology that didn’t take off. Sounded like a great idea at the time, right? The famous UK TV program The Gadget Show recently polled 1000 viewers to determine the biggest gadget disaster of all time. Some were good technology, but were executed poorly and competitors pounced. Some were ridiculous technology that customers never adopted. But they all have one thing in common – they failed.

The winner of this not-so-prestigious title? The Sinclair C5 battery and pedal powered three-wheeler, launched in the mid 80s. Yep, you don’t see many of those on the roads. Nor did you ever as they only sold 20,000 units. Other gadget fails to make the list include Betamax, Sega Game Gear, Pizza Scissors and Rabbit mobile phones. OK, so maybe requiring a sort of receiver box in proximity to the phone wasn’t the greatest idea. But the company went on to become Orange – so they have seen their fair share of success. View the top 10 list of gadget on the Daily Mirror’s site and think about these fails the next time you ante up for new gadgets.
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