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.

photo credit: Geneinno

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:

photo credit: Geneinno

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.


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.