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PuzzlePhone is on Indiegogo

Puzzle PhoneGenerally, I usually avoid writing about crowdfunded projects, but there was something about the name of Puzzle Phone that I liked. It sounds like the perfect smartphone for The Labyrinth House. Yeah, if the Puzzle Phone wants to promote itself, then so will I.

Anyway, the Puzzle Phone is modular piece of equipment that has three easy-to-change modules. These modules are the Heart, the Spine, and the Brain. The Brain is the CPU, GPU, and RAM with the storage and camera. The Spin is the structure of the device that holds the LCD and all the electronics with a longer lifespan. The Heart is a secondary set of electronics including a battery that can be developed according to user needs.

All three parts can be easily upgraded, replaced, or repaired so it has maximum longevity and performance. So instead of just replacing the phone every year, you just replace certain parts. Also, if you bust the screen, you don’t have to replace the whole phone either.

As it is, here are the specs: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5-inch screen, 12 Megapixel rear cameras, 5 Megapixel front facing camera, 2,800 mAh battery, 3 GB of RAM, ARM 64 bits, 8 cores processor, as well as the usual Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and other smartphone standards.

You can find out more information about Puzzle Phone on the Indiegogo site here.

Posted by on November 5th, 2015 No Comments

The speeC-EZ from iCreation

speec-EZI recently had a chance to get to know a company called iCreation, and I would highly recommend checking out their products if you haven’t already. They now have a Kickstarter project that is called the speeC-EZ.

In case you are stumbling on the pronunciation, it is pronounced “Speakeasy”. You know, those places during Prohibition that sold illegal alcoholic beverages. In this case, the speeC-EZ is made to prevent car accidents, specifically those caused by distracted driving.

I think we all know that people being on their smartphones have caused some serious accidents, so the speeC-EZ is made to pair with the smartphone so you can control it with your voice. This means you can keep your phone in your glovebox with all the gloves, and you can send/receive texts, make/receive calls, send/receive emails, play tunes, and get some navigation.

As you can see, it mounts in the car’s charging port, and this is what powers it. Then there is a noise cancellation microphone that will turn on as long as it is plugged in.

If you want this, you can pledge for it on the Kickstarter page and help them achieve their $50,000 goal. I have no idea when it will be available to the general public for purchase.

Posted by on August 19th, 2015 No Comments

Juicer lets you charge a smartphone with a smartphone

MoocherMan, you know I love reporting on crowdfunded projects, and they often come up with some tech that really should be out right now, but just isn’t. The Juicer is one of those products.

All it is a double ended microUSB cable and you plug one end into one smartphone and then plug one end into the other. One gets juiced, and the other presumably gets drained. Apparently the stealing power device has the green dot and the other end will gain it.

The Juicer is an Indigogo project that is seeking $65,000 in funds, and it only has $6,000 so far. It could use some more, and $10 can get you a fresh one.

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Posted by on February 19th, 2015 No Comments

Plan V can use a 9 Volt Battery to charge your phone

9 volt chargerYou know what is funny? Power used to be synonymous with batteries, but I’m guessing that the battery business went down since smartphones came about. After all, with an app for that, all you need is to charge your phone.

Hence the rise of the mobile battery business. I’m going to discuss a new type of mobile battery later this week, but for now, I’m going to discuss the Plan V charger. Plan V is so named because it uses a 9 Volt battery to charge your phone. Just when you thought batteries and mobile devices didn’t have an intersection.

If you are looking to get in on this Plan V, you can go to Kickstarter and support it. A donation of $10 will secure you a microUSB version, and it will help reach its $30,000 goal. By the way, I checked the Kickstarter site and it has achieved more than $29,000 of its thirty thousand dollar goal. Yeah, I think it will make it.

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Posted by on December 2nd, 2014 No Comments

Flic Button gives your smartphone one-button possibilities

Clearly, our world has changed since Apple told us “there’s an app for that”. As the video above explains, sometimes you just want to push a button and do something, instead of, I don’t know, unlocking your phone and doing it.

I have to admire Flic button for doing that. A single press will do one thing, and a double press do another. The things that you can do with this Flic button including a camera shutter for selfies, or turn the ringer on to escape a boring conversation. Yes, the video shows that, and I like a secret button that will transmit your GPS coordinates.

I am told that the Flic can work with home automation devices, like smart light bulbs and such. You should be able to go on the Indiegogo site and see more details, and I don’t think it will be long before you see it in stores.

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Posted by on November 21st, 2014 No Comments

The Pachamas Augmented Reality Pajamas

PachamasIt has been a while since I have talked about Augmented Reality. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a way to viewing something on your phone or tablet with a special code.

Imagine if you have that on your pajamas. Think of it, you actually have something that turn the characters on your soft and warm clothes into something living? Yeah, that is the vision of Pachamas. Just imagine how it could work, reading your kids a bedtime story.

According to my Source, there is stories about Pacha that “promotes self-discovery, empathy, ignite the imagination, reconnect your child with nature, and most imporrtantly, foster self esteem”.

Right now, the Pachamas are available to fund on Kickstarter now here.

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Posted by on November 17th, 2014 No Comments

Bluesmart is a very advanced Suitcase

BluesmartA few months ago, I reported on the Coolest Cooler, which was a cooler on Kickstarter that had just about everything from a cell phone charger and more. To me, this feels like the ultimate technologicalization (I’m totally copyrighting the word) of a color. Today, I’m talking about another technologicalization of something we all know: the suitcase.

This is the Bluesmart, and it is a suitcase that can connect wirelessly to your smartphone thanks to the power of Bluetooth. This gives you the power to digitally lock your suitcase and use location tracking as well. Not only that, the suitcase actually has a scale so it can tell you how heavy your big is. This feature will come in handy for when weight limit might be a problem.

Another feature is the handy charger that can juice up a cell phone about six times and can do two devices at once. The Bluesmart also has some smart features like a padded pocket for the laptop.

Now, this is an Indiegogo project, but the price is currently $235. It has totally raised its funding goals.

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Posted by on November 7th, 2014 No Comments

Dexmo Exoskeleton allows the user to “touch” VR items

DexmoIn case you are wondering what you are seeing here is not some device that you hook up to your hand and forces you to type. I’m not looking forward to the dystopian world where that exists, but I’m not certain whether or not a work with the Dexmo Exoskeleton by Dexta Technologies will be a perfect utopia.

The Dexmo Exoskeleton is designed to track the position of your fingers and wrists, and then stops their movement when you are about to grab a virtual object. That is right, my friends, this is the device you have been waiting for, as it allows you to feel what exists in a virtual world. I suppose that those who want the VR of the Oculus Rift are really going to love this particular product.

In case you get too excited about this new technology, then you should know that it is somewhat limited. Apparently, it only works on the thumb and index finger, so you can pinch something in a virtual world, but you cannot feel it with all fingers. It actually doesn’t surprise me that this technology has limits, because in all honesty, I think we want something more. You might think it is great to pinch things in your game, but you are going to want to touch on all places on your skin. That’s right, we aren’t going to be satisfied until we have perfect replication of the technology of The Matrix.

If you want to get in on this technology, it is selling cheap at just $65 per pledge on its Kickstarter site, with a more complete version going at $159. I think it has a chance to hit its financial goals, so we will see how much of a “game-changer” this is.

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Posted by on October 29th, 2014 No Comments

Hooke, Hooke, give us the 3D sound of the Hooke!

HookeOkay, I know that there has been a craze for 3D vision, and perhaps you as wondering what is 3D audio? Well, if you had the Hooke, then you would know.

The Hooke is a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones that have a microphone in each earbud, also known as Binaural recording. This allows the user to record off their camera and hear the sound all around him/her. Then you can upload this video, and it apparently sounds better.

I say “apparently”, because I haven’t tried the Hooke and don’t know what it sounds like in 3D audio. You can find some samples of it on its official Kickstarter site, and assuming that no sound has been tampered with, it sounds very good.

So, is the Hooke going to change headphones as we know it? It did make its $100,000 funding goals, let’s see what the future holds.

Posted by on October 24th, 2014 No Comments

SensoTRACK, a wearable health and activity monitor

sensotrackWhat you are looking at is not some kind of Bluetooth earphone, but it is one of those wearable devices. The SensoTRACK is not one that wears on the wrist like many health trackers, but on the ear, near a temporal artery.

So what does it measure? It can do respiration, heart rates, real-time blood pressure reading, and it even detect oxygen saturation in your body. Then it can count your steps and calories you burn, measure the speed and activity level in exercise.

Now, this is a Kickstarter project, and I’ve been reporting on a lot of crowdfunding projects these days. You should be able to get it for an early bird special for $199.

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Posted by on October 23rd, 2014 No Comments