Loki the Smart Wi-Fi Meat Thermometer Review

Not to be confused with Thor’s half- brother, this Loki is the high-tech gadget to make your grilling great!

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PRNewsFoto/Loki Products, Inc.

This gadget looks like it’s straight out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s actually a useful tool for cooking. This sphere with a glowing ring is a meat thermometer that works with your smart phone to tell you when your meat is exactly the right temperature.

What’s in the Loki Box?

The carrying case is very classy. It has a hard shell covered with a mesh-type material, and it zips shut. The foam is shaped to hold everything, although, after it’s used I think the foam could come out, as it’s hard to fit everything back in perfectly. When you unzip the case, you’ll find:

  • A magnetic Loki Sphere
  • 1 Loki Probe (extras purchased separately)
  • 9 volt battery
  • 6 foot USB cable
  • Wall power supply

The Loki Sphere

The Loki Sphere is magnetic, which makes it great for sticking to your oven or metallic grill. It has a flat bottom so you could just place it on a table as well. The dimensions of the sphere are 2.85″ x 2.85″ x 2.4″.

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Each port, which is actually color coded, will fit a different probe if you are doing up to four different meats at the same time. The LED color ring will light up different colors when the meat is done. There’s also a port for USB charging if you don’t want to use the 9 volt battery to power the sphere.

The Loki App

When you are ready to use Loki, you’ll need to download the app and pair Loki with your wi-fi. A 2.4gHz network is required. I have seen reviews where people had issues with pairing. My wi-fi network picked up Loki immediately.

I had problems installing the app on my Samsung Galaxy S7, but I think it might have more to do with my stupid phone, which I’m going to be upgrading soon. On TechnoMark’s LG G6 phone, the app installed perfectly.

The app is nice. It allows you to determine the right temperature to cook your meat up, find recipes, and share photos on social media. Most importantly, it will help you determine cooking time, and let you know when your meat is done if you don’t want to hang around and watch the cook. Here is more info on the app.

Purchasing Loki

On the Loki site, it’s currently on sale for $129. This is a good time to purchase- just in time for Thanksgiving. If you want more than one probe, you’ll have to purchase them separately. The probes are also on sale for $19. You can buy a bundle with all four probes for $219 on Amazon, but that’s more than you would spend if you got everything on sale at the Loki site. That price might make sense if/when the sale stops. You would also get free shipping through the Loki site.

Disclaimer: We received a free product for the purpose of our review. No other compensation has been given.

A New Kind of Drone, Titan, Being Backed on IndieGogo

Normally when we review a product, we get a chance to get our hands on the product. We hope that we’ll be able to do a second review when this Kickstarter project comes out, but here is an overview of something we think is really neat! Introducing, Titan- an underwater drone that will produce quality video footage at a depth deeper than its rivals.

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With a 4K camera and 1080p filming capability, great underwater footage can be taken with the aid of a 160 degree wide angle lens. A couple of LED spotlights on the drone give you a combined 3,000 lumens. This is good, because the drone is able to go down to depths of 150 meters (490 feet). This is deeper than other drones out there go (50 to 100 meters).

There is, of course, a handy app to download, and it has all these features shown here:

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Here’s a video to show you exactly what this drone is all about:

The first drones are said to be deliverable this month for the early backers. The basic Titan kit is currently available for $1799 on Indiegogo. This is 30 percent of the mfrp, so it’s a great time to get one.

The basic kit includes:

  • the Titan
  • 50m Tether Cable
  • Remote Controller
  • Titan Hard-shell Case
  • Wireless Transmitter
  • 4 * Weight Module

We can’t wait for a chance to try this underwater drone out for ourselves. I think it would be a great Christmas gift for the Jacques Cousteau in your family.

Project 475 Kits Will Technologically Prepare the Next Generation

Project 475 aConsidering that the younger generation is addicted to tech, it is up to the older one to teach them how to make better tech. This is why there is such a push for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mechanics) education, and there have been a lot of educational toys to help with this.

The issue is that many of these educational toys are muy expensivo. As someone who has written a book on Lego MINDSTORMS, I know that those kits cost a few hundred dollars. Wouldn’t it be easier to create a kit that can teach kids about how to create educational electronic kits with nothing more than materials found in the average home?

That is just what the 475 Kits are designed to do, and it is quite a bright idea. Not only that, these kits will be available to users on a subscription basis, so you get a new kit every once in a while around a theme.

Now, this idea is just a Kickstarter project, at least until it can get its proper funding (and you should give to it). The plan is that the first kit be a Home Audio Kit. The first would be a Collaboard for using resistance using graphite pencils, the second is an electric ukulele, and then a DJ Mixing Station, which you can see in the image.

All of these can be done with the Andruino Board and materials like bottle caps, CDs, and a hot glue gun. In fact, if you click on the link below, you will see a video of the next project, which is a hand grasping.

Hand Grasp

Project 475 bYou can imagine what this does for the user as he or she can create something of their own with simple materials. Suddenly, creating some technical creation becomes easier, and you don’t have to buy a lot of expensive equipment, like a 3-D printer and such.

Well, I am looking forward to the day when these kits become available for subscription, as these 475 Kits will make a smarter and more tech-savvy generation. Until then, please go over to project 475’s Kickstarter page and donate to them.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.