الجمعة، 24 أكتوبر، 2014

LG G Watch R Appears On Amazon

The LG G Watch R launched in South Korea earlier this month, the device is expected to launch in the U.S. and Europe next month, although it appears that you can now buy the new smartwatch in the US from a third party retailer.
Amazon have the LG G Watch R listed on their website for $398.75, the device is apparently being sold on Amazon by a South Korean retailer.

The LG G Watch R comes with a 1.3 inch flexible P-OLED (plastic OLED) display that has a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, the device also comes with a quad core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.
Other specifications on the G Watch R include 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built in storage, the new smartwatch comes with Google’s Android Wear OS. It also features a 410 mAh battery and comes with an IP67 rating.

 The G Watch R retails for 352,000 won in South Korea, which is around $330, so the one on Amazon is obviously being sold at a premium, LG have yet to announce their official pricing for the device in the U.S.

The Apple Mac Bench, Made For Old Macs

If you are an Apple fan and want something a little different for your furniture, then you may want to have a look at this bench created by Klaus Geiger, the Apple Mac Bench.
As you can see from the photos, Klaus uses two Apple power Mac G5s for the legs of his bench, and he also created some other modular furniture using casings from Apple Macs.

 A seat and table furniture concept based on the aluminium housing of the PowerMac G5 computer from Apple. The computers were produced over a period of almost 10 years in the outwardly identical form: a milestone in the development of the design.

Because they are simply too good to be disposed of, we have developed this “upcycling” project and develop…
The idea for the bench gave the initial impetus. A seat from a solid wood Board refers to the radius of the “Temple” of the housing and integrates so seamlessly into the overall shape.

KRGT-1 Bike

 have this week unveiled their new range of motorbikes in the form of the new KRGT-1 Bike which is powered by a 124 cubic inch v-twin engine or 2,032cc in metric.

The KRGT-1has been developed with industry veterans S&S Cycle and Baker Drivetrain and combines both classic design using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques.

“Traditional V-twin side-mounted intakes lay in the way of the rider’s leg, disrupting ergonomics and balance. Working in conjunction with S&S Cycle we developed the Arch Down Draft Induction System, positioning it between the billet aluminum fuel cells. Making the KRGT-1 sleek, comfortable and agile.

 Shaped and efficient intake dams collect and deliver air to the torquey 124” S&S V-twin keeping it fully aspirated. Multi-function design allows the dams to support and frame the KRGT-1’s billet aluminum headlight housing.

 Each KRGT-1 gas tank is machined from 534 pounds of billet aluminum. This 66 hour process yields two 9 pound fuel cells which are then custom finished and joined. The right cell interior was designed and reinforced to act as a structural chassis member. The entire Arch Down Draft system is contained between the two fuel cell chambers and frame.”

Montblanc Rolls out Pens and Leather Covers for Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has done very well with its line of phablets called the Galaxy Note series. One hallmark of these smartphones is that they have very large screens and those screen scan be written on with a stylus. The Stylus is called the S Pen and stores away in the top of the smartphone. Montblanc is a company that has been making fine writing instruments for decades.
Montblanc and Samsung have teamed up to make a high-end line of accessories for the Galaxy Note 4 that includes a couple pens and leather covers for the smartphone. There are two pens that are able to write on the screen of the smartphone and on plain paper. The pens include the Montblanc e-StarWalker and Montblanc Pix.

The two covers are the same, but differ in how they look on the outside. One is called the Extreme Leather Cover and it has a woven, almost carbon fiber look to it. The other is the Meisterstuck Soft Grain leather cover. Both have a digital ID chip inside that gives the user access to Montblanc digital content like 3D unlock effects, special S Note software, and five screen writing nibs. Pricing and availability are unknown.
الاثنين، 20 أكتوبر، 2014

Sony’s PS4 Remote Play May Come To Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

Earlier this year, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 Remote Play, which currently exclusive to the Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact.

However, it seems the PS4 Remote Play may launch come with support for existing Xperia devices too. Sony inadvertently confirmed this via their Xperia Lounge app, which mentions confirms that Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet will get PS4 Remote Play functionality upon its launch in November later this year.

It doesn’t mention if any other Xperia device will work with the remote, but it’s good to see that Xperia Z2 and Tablet Z2 will get support for it. Plus, there’s hardly any major difference between the Xperia Z2 and the Z3, so it kind of makes sense for the Japanese OEM to offer support to those two devices as well.

New Dyson Humidifier Uses Ultraviolet Light To Clean Air

Dyson well known for its innovative vacuum cleaners has this week unveiled a new addition to their range of products with the launch of the Dyson Humidifier.
The Dyson Humidifier uses ultraviolet light to clean the air and remove any germs that might be circulating, preventing dry air in the process, as well as being equipped with a dual function for year round use.

The design styling and technology builds on the already launched Dyson bladeless fans and heaters, and the new Dyson Humidifier is equipped with a 3 litre water reservoir and a piezoelectric transducer that has been designed to vibrate up to 1.7 million times a second creating tiny airborne microscopic water particles to purify the air.
The technology in the system is called Dyson’s Air Multiplier and exposes the water within the humidifier to ultraviolet rays twice making sure that 99.9 percent of bacteria are killed before the water droplets are recirculating around your home.
Unfortunately Dyson has announced that they will only be launching the new Dyson Humidifier in Japan this year and other markets will have to wait until the fall of 2015 to be able to get their hands on the innovative new range of humidifiers. For more information on the new Dyson Humidifier jump over to the Dyson website for details. Dyson explains :

“Before releasing any mist, Ultraviolet Cleanse technology uses a three-minute cycle to kill 99.9% of bacteria in the tank of water. Every drop of water is exposed to an ultraviolet light and then atomised by a piezo. This ensures that any mist projected is always 99.9% bacteria-free.
The Dyson humidifier measures temperature and humidity and adjusts accordingly to project a hygienic mist for a comfortable environment. The accurate humidistat and efficient water management system ensure up to 18 hours of continuous use on one tank of water. And there’s a built-in sleep timer for automatic turn off.”

Microsoft Smartwatch With Fitness Focus Coming Soon

We have been hearing rumors about a new Microsoft Smartwatch for some time, the device is said to be designed for sports and fitness, and now it looks like Microsoft are getting ready to launch the device.

According to a recent report, the fitness focused Microsoft Smartwatch could launch ‘within weeks’, and this will not juts be a Windows Phone compatible smartwatch, it is also expected to work with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android devices.

The Microsoft Smartwatch is said to focus heavily on fitness and sports tracking, and the device is rumored to come with around 11 different sensor to measure everything from your heart rate and more.

The device is said to come with a 1.5 inch display, although the actual design of the display is not known at the moment, it could feature a design similar to the one above, or it could look more like a normal watch.

As yet there are really not very many details on what hardware the Microsoft Smartwatch will come with, it will be interesting to see what the device is like.

If Microsoft does decide to make their new smartwatch compatible with a number of different operatinbg systems, then it could end up being a popular device.

RetroPi Raspberry Pi Emulator In-Car Console System

Makers and hobbyists that enjoy building projects using the awesome Raspberry Pi single board computer might be interested in a new project published over on the Instructables website that provides instructions on how to create a Raspberry Pi Emulator in-car console.
The Raspberry Pi Emulator or RetroPi as it has been named, was created by Instructable’s member MoTinkerGNome and uses a Raspberry Pi B+, 3W class d amplifier together with a 5 inch TFT screen complete with mini driver HDMI purchased from Adafruit, all housed in a Pelican 1050 dry box.

MoTinkerGNome explains a little more about the awesome Raspberry Pi Emulator and his design process :

“Scope of project: After building a Bar-Top Raspberry Pi retro gaming machine I determined that while cool I cant take it around easily as it weighs about 40 lbs and is the size of a large microwave. And while fun for the basement perhaps Arthur would want to play it in the car for the long drives back to his Moms house.

My original plan for this build was based off the Adafruit PiGRRL but I I wanted the ability to play the SNES and Genesis emulators. I figured I would just need to add a couple more buttons and it would be a peace of cake. I thought wrong.

Unlike my other projects I bought almost everything for this build. I used my 10% off coupon for being a pro member with Adafruit, I have to say their support forums are great and the benefit of being an Instructables Pro member was worth it just with the savings on that one order. I chose the the 5″ non touch TFT with HDMI input however in hindsight with the finished project I would have picked a analog/composite display as the driver board and signal wires are easier to route then HDMI.

الجمعة، 17 أكتوبر، 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launched Today

Samsung has announced that their new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone goes on sale in a number of countries today, which includes the U.S., the UK, Canada, China, Germany, France, Malaysia, South Africa, India and Italy.

The company has also said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be launching in more countries soon, although they did not give a list of other countries where the handset is headed.

The handset comes with some impressive specifications, which include a 5.7 inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

The Galaxy Note 4 is powered by the latest high end mobile processor from Qualcomm, the quad core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, the device also comes with an Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with some high end cameras, on the back of the handset there is a 16 megapixel camera with a range of advanced features, on the front of the device there is a 3.7 megapixel camera.

The new Note 4 comes with two storage options 32gB or 64GB and the device comes with Samsung’s S-Pen, plus Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

The handset will be available in the U.S. and UK from today,

Audiovox Android Tablet Doubles As In-Car Entertainment System

Audiovox has this week unveiled a new Android tablet they have created that has been designed to provide standard tablet functions you would expect that also double up as a Vehicle Entertainment System and media centre using an additional smart dock device.
The Audiovox Android tablet is equipped with an 8 inch display and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, supported by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and equipped with 8 GB of internal storage that can be expanded further using additional microSD cards.

The Audiovox Vehicle Entertainment System incorporates a foldout support arm on the back of the tablet which can be used as either a kickstand or inserted into the additional smart dock adapter that can be connected to the headrests of your car seats. Audiovox explains :
“The T852SBK has Bluetooth connectivity, lets users plug in their favorite hi-definition devices and micro SD memory cards through a HDMI output and microSD card slot. This unit includes all the most popular applications, and are preloaded so the user can read books, listen to music, browse the internet, read email and watch video, right out of the box.
This full featured tablet is also Google Play certified, which gives the user access to thousands of applications available in the Google Play store and comes with built-in WiFi connectivity so you can enjoy your entertainment from work, home or on the go.”
The Audiovox tablet and vehicle entertainment system is now available to purchase for $300 and comes equipped with a built-in 100 channel FM transmitter, as well as running Google’s older Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. Together with 0.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calling, together with a 2 megapixel rear facing for video and photographs.

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