Coolest Gadgets Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:02:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Sphero Force Band controls BB-8 with the wave of your hand Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:15:27 +0000 sphero-force-band

When you watched Star Wars for the first time, how badly did you wish you could use the Force? While it is more complicated than simple telekinesis, that part is the one we all hone in on. For kids, that is amplified by a thousand, and they will pretend they have it and wave their arms around like mad regardless of whether or not they actually affect anything in the tangible world.

If you are a kind and giving parent who has gotten your child a Sphero BB-8, or are just young at heart and bought one for yourself, your interest might be peaked by this Force Band. It’s a wearable bracelet will let you control BB-8 through Force gestures like push, pull, and drive. Of course, this wouldn’t be worth spending $79 on if it was reliant on having BB-8, so there are plenty of cool things you can do without having the little droid around.

This toy has two modes, which includes Droid Control and Force Awareness. One obviously needs the Sphero droid, while the other will let you practice channeling the Force to wield a Lightsaber, battle with a blaster (both of which require more toys that are separate costs), or record and view virtual holographic messages in your environment. It’s in the same vein as Pokemon Go in that you would need to have it on and active to find these messages, but you’re not necessarily capturing any cool Star Wars creatures.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The Anti-Sleep Alarm makes sure late-night drivers don’t doze off Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:07:49 +0000 stopsleep-driver-alarm

We have all dealt with driving drowsy. It’s not safe, or a good idea, but sometimes you only have so much time to get from point A to B, and sleep has to go by the wayside. While it sort of goes without saying, this is super dangerous, especially if you don’t have someone else in the car with you to talk to you and keep you awake. It only takes a second to get in a serious accident or drive off the road, so if you’re driving a lot you’ll want to have some sort of precaution in place.

This Anti-Sleep Alarm is a two-finger ring that will let you know you’re starting to nod off before you actually do. If it works as intended, it will let you know up to 5 minutes before you start to slip into slumber. It charges via micro USB cable, and while it says it has a long battery life, that doesn’t mean it’s going to live through a 10-hour drive of constant use. The method of alarm it uses is vibration, and it should buzz for about 2-3 seconds when it goes off so that it’s sure you don’t “miss” feeling it.

The size is universal, so it should fit any size fingers, though there will always be exceptions to the rule. It’s made of an allergen-proof material, and can be used straight out of the box without any special setup. Since it costs $189, it better work more exceptionally than advertised as a truck driver who is relying on this wouldn’t be happy about spending that much money if it didn’t.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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Satechi slim aluminum wireless keypad merges form and function Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:00:41 +0000 satechi-slim-aluminum-keypadMany modern day notebooks these days are pretty nifty as they are not only lightweight, but also relatively slim and small in nature. This makes such notebooks a snap to tote around, being particularly useful when you are on a showfloor trying to cover as much news as possible without ending up with a strained shoulder and bad back afterwards. More often than not, compromises have to be made, and most notebooks have long ditched the keypad. Bean counters might not be used to this when working on a notebook, and rather than lug around a full sized USB keyboard whenever you travel with your notebook for work, why not settle for something far smaller — and more convenient? Satechi has the answer with their latest slim aluminum wireless keypad.

Merging both form and function to deliver the Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad, this is one sleek accessory that will be able to expand the functionality of a user’s current keyboard, resulting in a more comfortable environment when one is busy with accounting tasks and Excel spreadsheets, among others.

It will function by relying on Bluetooth connectivity, which would mean you get to free up one USB port on your notebook — and we know how precious USB ports are as a commodity when notebooks entered the Ultrabook era. Since it is Bluetooth-enabled, the Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad will be able to play nice with both Mac and PCs. It comes in an ergonomic, tilted design, accompanied by anti-slip pads which will be able to provide users with maximum comfort as it remains secured while you work on important tasks. The Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad will sport a slim profile, and that makes it a joy to tote around.

The $39.99 Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad will be powered by a built-in rechargeable lithium battery, where a full charge delivers up to two weeks of juice. Expect this smart wireless keypad to enter sleep mode when not in use for an hour in an effort to conserve battery life.

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KNBOR brings Wi-Fi connectivity into your ceiling lamp Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:21 +0000 knborSo you have just moved into your spiffy new home — and are wondering just what kind of interior design features that you would like to throw into the mix. The thing is, you are pretty sure that setting up a Wi-Fi network is one of your main priorities — and to get that right, you would need to make sure that you have a decent Wi-Fi router in place. The thing is, there might be some issues with dead spots in your home — especially if it is a spacious one, where cement walls and doors block the Wi-Fi signal. The KNBOR ceiling lamp intends to relegate that issue to the history bin, as it delivers Wi-Fi connectivity alongside your ceiling lamp.

The name is pretty difficult to roll off the tongue, that is for sure, but this is one Kickstarter project that is worth checking out. This is a smart ceiling lamp which will boast of a multitude of programmable lighting options, where all of them are controllable from the lamp’s very own mobile app. The lamp’s colors can be manually chosen and synchronized to music, and you can also opt to have it dim or brighten at selected hours of the day in order to mimic your sleeping habits.

It’s main draw would be the Wi-Fi signal-producing capability. When hooked up to an Ethernet port, a KNBOR unit will be transformed into a wireless router — which would make it a Wi-Fi hotspot in the room where it is installed. Since the KNBOR will probably be right on top of the ceiling, you do not have to worry about concrete or shelves blocking the signal in that particular room. In other words, wherever there is light, there is Wi-Fi. KNBOR will rely on the latest Power Line Communication (PLC) technology, which consumes less electricity that ever before without sacrificing on speed, signal strength and performance.

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This Tea Egg has a built-in hourglass Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:00:34 +0000 tea-egg-hourglass

When you have a moment to nab a cup of tea, you want it to be a relaxing, bright spot in your day. You don’t want to brew your tea for too little or too much time as you’ll only be left with a sad hot cup of liquid that you don’t want to drink, but also don’t want to throw out. While there are a myriad of apps to act as a timer, some of us like more old-fashioned methods that are a bit more tangible than opening an app.

This Tea Egg will steep your tea through a stainless steel egg at the bottom, and will give you an hourglass on the top. What makes this unique is that the hourglass is magnetic, and you’ll be able to take it off to flip it whenever you need. It has markings for 2-5 minutes, but you’ll need to be knowledgeable on what time is best for what tea.

This is certainly a nifty trinket for loose-leaf tea lovers, but it is a tad pricey at $24.95 for the novelty. Thankfully, there’s also a stand it comes with so you have a place for the used up leaves to sit until you’re ready to deal with them. This comes in red or black, though you’ll have to be ok with whatever color option you get as you don’t get to pick.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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Polar M200 GPS running watch looks way too cool Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:30:16 +0000 polar-m200When it comes to wearable sports and fitness technology, there is one particular name that has etched itself into the back of our minds: Polar. Polar has come up with its fair share of GPS training watches in the past, and here we are with another potential winner — the Polar M200 GPS running watch.

The Polar M200 GPS running watch is a device that is waterproof, making sure you would not have a single excuse not to suit up and head for your daily run even when it starts to pour on the outside. Equipped with Polar’s proprietary wrist-based heart rate technology, the Polar M200 will come with 24/7 activity and sleep tracking as well as stylish interchangeable color wristbands. Those who are interested can pick it up for $149 a pop or €149 across the pond, making it a highly affordable device when it comes to providing reliable training metrics as well as live, personalized training guidance.

It does not matter which particular level your running is at — the Polar M200 will still be able to offer key metrics such as pace and distance thanks to its integrated GPS capability. Not only that, it will also boast of Polar’s optical heart rate measurement, which is a unique algorithm that has been specially developed and optimized by Polar that can meet their industry-leading heart rate standards. When the Polar M200 GPS is fully juiced up, you get up to half a dozen hours of training time with GPS and optical heart rate.

Not only that, it will also be able to track your daily activity such as steps, burned calories, sleep time and sleep quality. A built in vibration function will inform users of incoming calls, messages, calendar alerts and social media notifications, while sending you reminders if you remain inactive for too long a period of time. Arriving with a choice of small/medium and medium/large changeable wristbands for the perfect fit, you can pick from red and black colors while other changeable wristband colors will be sold separately.

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Cozmo is a mischievous robot that wants to be your friend Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:30:41 +0000 cozmo

It may not be today, or tomorrow, but we really are approaching the time when robots will have sentience. While that could either be a good or bad thing, we won’t know until it happens. Until then, we can have little robot friends that have a bit of a human streak programmed into them.

While Cozmo might sound a bit like WALL-E, he certainly doesn’t have the same temperament. This little droid is quite curious, wanting to learn, plot, plan, and play with whoever is around. It is meant for children to play with, and comes packed with content and games of speed and skill. He even comes with three interactive Power Cubes for specialty games. Thanks to its bright blue eyes that emote, it will be easy to forget that you’re hanging out with a piece of plastic!

You don’t have to worry about putting anything together, as Cozmo only needs to be juiced up through its drive-on/drive-off charging dock. There is the matter of having an iOS or Android device around, but at this point, who doesn’t have one of them? While Cozmo will learn and grow in your home, you can expedite its learning through the SDK if you have a creative imagination. While Cozmo doesn’t have a microphone, you’ll be able to program things for Cozmo to say, such as the weather or remind you about buying milk. This will cost you $179.99, and starts shipping tomorrow.

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JikoPower’s Spark ensures you have electricity even during a disaster Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:00:11 +0000 jiko-sparkAnyone who has been to an area that has been badly hit by a natural disaster such as a typhoon, flood, or earthquake would find it difficult to describe the situation there. It is an amalgamation of emotions all rolled into one, as the sheer scale of devastation starts to sink in. Getting those who are able to safety is of the utmost importance, and most of the time, there would be a disruption of the basic necessities — food might be in short supply, and there would most probably not have any kind of water or electricity supply. With so many of us reliant on our mobile devices to carry vital information and remain connected, a power bank is not going to do the trick in a post-natural disaster scenario. JikoPower figured out that their Spark is the better alternative.

Spark would be an invention which delivers electricity to people during disasters or in remote areas regardless of where one is. This is a simple solution, being a handheld device which will be able to convert wasted energy from cookstoves and fires into electricity in order to have it power up smartphones, batteries, LED lights, and other kinds of small devices. It is not only useful in the event of a disaster, but would also work great in underdeveloped areas and countries.

Imagine using clean electricity to power one’s life — without having to depend on polluting kerosene for light, and neither does one have to travel across long distances in order to charge one’s cell phone — while paying an arm and a leg for it. The JikoPower Spark functions as a tiny thermoelectric generator (TEG), sporting a 2-5 watt output using a water reservoir with a metal arm inserted directly onto a cookstove or fire. Basically, as one cooks, the heat generated will create electricity that will be captured by the Spark.

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The TRAKK Shell Backpack is a portable speaker for those who can’t sit still Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:30:39 +0000 trakk-backpack

There are some people who actually enjoy working out. It’s normally those kids who grew up playing sports and never thought that being outside is as much of a chore as it is to everyone else. Then again, once you start getting healthy, it is pretty fun to go on a run or take a scenic bike ride. It can be a nice way to take a break from staring at screens and working every second you breathe.

If you like the escape from your visual prison but still want to listen to the top 50 hits on your phone, then the TRAKK Shell Backpack is going to be just what you need. This is a backpack to carry all your nerd tech, water, and snacks, and will also be a 20W Hi-Fi Bluetooth speaker and 5200 mAh power bank. It seems like a must-have item for gadget-loving adventurers who go from morning workout to work to evening bike rides without stopping to juice up their phone.

This pack is rated IPX5, being able to take a water jet in any direction without ruining your smartphone inside, meaning rain is of little inconvenience. It’s also shockproof, comfortable to wear for hours at a time, has speakers loud enough to be heard in rain or while running on gravel, and has pockets galore for all of your stuff. There’s a controller for the speaker so you can control your music, volume, turn on snazzy lights on the backpack, or take calls. This is a $149.95 backpack that is only for serious music-lovers who can’t stand to sit down.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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Zero Zero Robotics reveals the Hover Camera Passport Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:00:27 +0000 hover-camera-passportDrones do seem to be dime a dozen these days, but how many of us have already decided to settle for a particular model that suits our needs? It really depends on our needs and of course, pricing. There are some high end drones out there that can capture 4K video without missing a beat, but you will definitely need a fair bit of practice in order to obtain good shots. Zero Zero Robotics has their portable solution in the form of the Hover Camera Passport, which will cost all of just $599. The Hover Camera Passport is touted to be the first truly consumer-friendly and self-piloting flying camera, making it as an essential travel accessory in the future for the avid shutterbug.

The Hover Camera Passport has been specially tailored to the personal travel experience, where it will merge the portability of a smartphone alongside the point of view image capturing capabilities of a drone. Touted to be the only truly self-flying camera on the market, the Hover Camera Passport will pave the way for a new category of consumer flying robotics, making it simple and easy to use, letting you remain in the moment at all times.

It does not matter where you are — in a bustling city or in the outskirts, or even in the great outdoors, the Hover Camera Passport is not restricted by the restraints of controllers that interrupt the moments which you would like to remember. All that you need to do is to unfold the flying camera, power it on, and the Camera Passport will take off. It can steadily frame the perfect shot thanks to Zero Zero Robotics’ proprietary Embedded AI technology, as it goes about capturing memories effortlessly in 13MP photos and 4K video.

The Hover Camera Passport tips the scales at just 242 grams, and arrives fully enclosed in carbon fiber while boating of AI-based safety mechanisms to ensure the user and their surroundings are unscathed despite being flown indoors and out.

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