EP Trailer is a backup charger for an electrical vehicle

ep-tender-hatch-ev-1You know how smartphones have a battery accessory? Well, there is a lot of electrical cars that could use a little back-up battery.

What you are seeing on the back of this car is an EP Tender, and it is a generator on wheels. It is connected to the car’s battery via a cable, and the generator switches on and feed the battery its necessary juice. It is capable of 22kW energy while the car is traveling at 80 miles per hour.

This is pretty interesting, and considering that I have no idea if our roads are set up for electrical vehicles to take road trips. I mean, isn’t there something set up for electrical vehicles?

So, I wonder if we will be seeing more of these on vehicles in the future. I guess that depends on whether or not there are more electrical vehicles in the future.


Mega Man-Pram is the most masculine stroller there ever was

manliest-baby-strollerAs someone who once had to push his progeny with a stroller, I know how non-masculine it looks. This Mega Man-Pram is designed to really be the most masculine stroller that I know of.

This Mega Man-Pram is about 6.5 feet tall, and it comes with hydraulic suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, rear-view mirrors, an anti-stress push-bar grip, high-spec brakes, a high-beam headlight, and brake lights.

The Mega Man-Pram was created by Skoda, and the company apparently surveyed 1,000 British dads to find out what men want when it comes to strollers. Apparently, this is what 76 percent of the fathers wanted to see, and that 33 percent of the dads found to push a stroller to be “embarrassing”. Heck, 25 percent refuse to push the stroller at all, and I wonder how many of these dads would change a diaper?



LG unveils the G2 QuickWindow Case

lg-g2-quickwindowI don’t know about you, I have a case with a cover that allows me to close up my Galaxy S III. I think that most of us should get something like that just to protect our valuable touchscreen, and LG is prepared for this.

The big LG is announcing a QuickWindow Case for their new phone the LG G2. The case essentially has a hole in the case that is a window for the LG G2 in order to show the clock, weather report, alarm, music player, incoming phone calls and text messages.

Yes, it looks like that LG G2 is shaping up to be quite a phone, and I just heard that the LG G2 will come with music from the Vienna Boy’s Choir. I am not making that up, seriously.

I am not certain what price the QuickWindow will be, but it will be available in many colors including black, white, pink, purple, blue, mint, and yellow when it comes out with the G2.


Nokia’s new method of augmented reality job searches

joblens_uk_-_1As someone who has had to “pound the pavement” a few times in my life, I can tell you that I wish the job market was a little more structured. Considering that getting a job is the most important thing in our lives, you would think we would have some system in place that would insure that we are all employed.

Of course, I love all things augmented reality based, so you can imagine the excitement when I saw that Nokia launched an augmented reality job search app known as JobLens. In case you are wondering, JobLens enables you to simply hold up your smartphone and you can see where the posted jobs are from where you are standing with your smartphone.

In addition to this outstanding feature, JobLens can also work with your social media to see if your friends are connected to anyone who has any jobs available.

Well, is this going to be something that changes the job market? We will see. We shall see. I like anything that can make the world a better place.


Air Clicker Camera requires no camera or smartphone to work

air-clicker-cameraIf you have ever used your fingers to take an imaginary picture of something, then you are getting why the Air Clicker Camera was invented.

The Air Clicker is a Bluetooth enabled camera lens that has a motion sensor shutter button on two kinds of bands. All you need to do is just put your fingers in the right positions, and do a click gesture. I have no idea if you will hear an actual “click”, but the images are sent to the smartphone itself.

I think this is quite cool, and it shows where we are headed as a society. That is, mobile accessories which are quite small, but all connected via Bluetooth to some central hub that comes with us that we call a smartphone. After all, most of wear a Bluetooth headset, which is a perfect substitute for a phone receiver.

I can’t help but wonder what will be next?


The Brickcase by Smallworks

iphone-5-clearWell, I am pretty certain that you know that I am a lover of all things LEGO, as I have written two books on it. They are Pratical Lego Technics and Lego Technic Robotics, in case you might want to buy them off Amazon. I once covered a case for a smartphone that was made by Belkin, but this one is from Smallworks.

As far as I am concerned, what they are doing is no small work. I am not certain what more I can say about the BrickCase, but it is a case that can hold bricks. That’s right, it can be used as a big Lego piece.

You can see from the illustration below that my son used his BrickCase for the iPhone 4 to make a little house and some other buildings. All I can say is that I hope this gets more models of phones out, and quickly.

20130728_183023They currently have cases for the iPod Touch 4G, iPhone 4/4S, and iPhone 5. No Samsung phones, and no iPad. Oh, there also T-shirts.

You should be able to get the BrickCases on the Smallworks site for about $24.99. You will find they come in a lot of cool colors.

Ziphius gets all of its funding on Kickstarter

ziphiusI have seen a lot of Kickstarter projects come and go, and I found it odd that this particular project, the Ziphius, made its $125,000 funding goals.

So what is the Ziphius? It is a drone that you can control while it is in the water, and it has a camera on it, too. I have seen drones like the AR.Drone from parrot that are quadcopters, and they have a camera too. The Ziphius has a 160 degree tilting angle HD camera to see above and below the water level.

The Ziphius can also be used for a lot of interesting app features, such as an some augmented reality apps. I am told that the Ziphius looks like a pet as it “expresses its emotions and shows autonomous behaviors”.

Well, I have no idea how much the Ziphius will cost, but I hope that there will a model that goes underwater. Some say why? I say why not?


Dex Type allows you to type on nothing

dextype-leap-motion-appSome of you might remember when I covered the Epic from Celluon Store, a laser-projected keyboard that you can type on for a smartphone or tablet. Now the Dex Type wants to take the concept of typing on a tabletop keyboard and remove the keyboard.

As you can see in the image, the user is simply moving his or her fingers, and then the proper letters and numbers will appear. This is possible with the magic of Leap Motion technology, a product that we have covered before and had the potential to change a lot of things.

According to my Source, the actual typing experience on the Dex Type might seem sluggish, but it does have a good autocorrect engine. My Source also states that you can draw what you want to say on the screen. I really wish that my Source had gone into more detail about that one.

So, if you have a Leap Motion, you can pick it up on the Chrome Web Store for free until August 7th. After that, you can get a free version with ads, along with a $4.99 paid version.


Speculative Fiction Saturday: Donnie Darko

donnie darkoI know I usually do Speculative Fiction Friday on Friday, but I have changed it so it is Saturday. The reason why I changed it is because less people read my blog on the weekends, so I might as well just do a post that is fun for you and me.

Today’s sample is a film that has less closure than last week’s Blade Runner. Donnie Darko was not a huge hit when it was first released in the theaters in 2001, but the film has a huge cult following over the last decade. Back when I was tutoring for college, most of students’ favorite movie was this one.

Donnie Darko is one of those films that I like, but I just cannot explain why I like it or even what it really is about. Personally, I have seen a lot of films that have a lot of closure, and it is comforting to see one that shuns it. It doesn’t do this just to be different, either.

The film opens with teenager Donnie, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, asleep in the middle of the road. Apparently, some possibly imaginary friend named Frank has led him there. Donnie is told by Frank that the world will soon end on Halloween night of 1988. In case you are worried that Donnie could be killed with his nocturnal subconscious activities, he actually would have been killed in his own house, as a jet engine falls through the roof and crushes his room.

Seriously, that is what happens. The FAA doesn’t know the origin of the jet engine, but they compensate the Darko family for the damages. Donnie is then encouraged by Frank to do some interesting things like flood his high school and set a motivational speaker’s house on fire.

If this doesn’t make sense, don’t worry. If you have seen the movie, and don’t mind spoilers, go ahead and read the rest of the review after the jump.

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The Jongo S3 and A2 from PURE

jongo_systemsThe last time I talked about PURE, it was when I was reviewing the Sensia 200D Connect. The company has recently unveiled the Jongo S3 wireless speaker and A2 multiroom Hi-Fi Adapter.

I will start with the S3 that you see in the picture to the left. It has four tweeters for 360 degree audio, along with an upward-firing subwoofer for some “powerful bass”. You can pair a single S3 with Bluetooth, or you can use Wi-Fi to go multiroom. All this is thanks to a Pure Connect app, and it has 10 hours of battery life.

Jongo A2Okay, time to switch gears and talk about the Jongo A2. This allows you to stream music and radio wirelessly from a mobile or tablet using Bluetooth. Like the S3, it uses the PureConnect app, so any one of these will seriously start your house a-rockin’.

You can purchase the Jongo S3 for about $199, and the Jongo A2 for about $129.