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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Is There No End To What An iPhone Camera Can Do?

By David Ponce

We were amazed last time we mentioned the iPhone camera’s medical abilities: there’s an app to monitor not only heart rate, but also heart rhythm, respiration rate and blood oxygen saturation. Yeah, and now it turns out your iPhone can be turned into a Geiger counter without the need of an extra accessory like the one from Scosche we talked about a while ago. See, all you have to do is block the camera with dark tape (electrician’s tape will do) and run this app, the Wikisensor. Turns out that radioactive particles can go through dark tape and be detected by the sensor on the iPhone’s camera as little flashes. Since no visible light is supposed to be coming through, the app correlates the little flashes to radioactivity. Its detection threshold is 5 MicroSieverts per hour.

Watch the video below to get an idea of what radioactivity looks like to your iPhone’s sensor. The Wikisensor application seems to cost $1 or 0,79 €.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

This Car Wears Its Airbags On The Outside

By David Ponce

Crazy as that headline sounds, that’s pretty much what we’re looking at here. Developed by a Japanese company called Humanix in conjunction with Hiroshima University, the iSAVE-SC1 is supposed to be the world’s safest car. Well… Let’s see now. First off, we’re not entirely sure it fits the description of a car, really, since its top speed is 50km/h. Then, it’s got three wheels. Finally, it’s electric… Quite frankly at this point it sounds more like a glorified golf cart.

Oh and yeah, it has what looks like airbags all over it, ostensibly to soften the blows from a collision. It’s a real product which will go on sale in Japan for US$10,400. Then there is talk of mass-production, though we’re less certain of mass-adoption. We realize that changing energy markets dictate that maybe we should be shifting our ideas and expectations of what our transportation forms ought to look like. And it’s nice to be safe… but have they even looked at it?

VIA [ Techcrunch Gadgets ]

Quickfix Emergency Bicycle Fender Looks Handy

By David Ponce

Riding around in bicycles is fun and green and all that business but when it’s raining or there’s mud around, it’s another story. Sure, you could have a fender on your bike… but it’s not that common in North America. Is it? Fenders in general look a little weird to us, to be honest… Regardless, this particular item by a London based company called Full Windsor, could be an excellent compromise for those wishing to remain fender-free, except when needed. It’s called the Quickfix and is a flat piece of plastic that folds into a fender and attaches via press clips. Describing how this is done is complicated, so just look at the picture above please. It’s just as easily detached and stowed away when the road dries up a bit.

Word is that that the Quickfix is a real product that should hit the market just as soon as Full Windsor is able to find vendors. No word on price either.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Wired's Gadget Lab ]

Deal Of The Day: $400 Off On 55 Inch LG LED TV

By David Ponce

It’s a little depressing to me personally to see prices like these, since I own a 55 inch TV but paid nowhere near the $999 this LG set is after the $400 in rebates. Granted this was over 2 years ago, but suffice it to say I’m still making monthly payments on it. But that’s the reality of the market and today you can have the 55LV3700, a 55 inch, 60Hz LED LCD HDTV that features full HD 1920 x 1080p LED LCD display, LED backlighting, NetCast Entertainment Access, 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and more.

$1k.

[ $400 Off On 55 Inch LG LED TV ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Bottle Lock Keeps Your Bike Safe And Stylish

By Chris Scott Barr

It’s a little sad that we live in a world where we constantly worry about someone stealing our possessions. After all, it’s a hassle to lock up your bike every time you need to park it somewhere. I mean, you could risk it and just not bother, but if it does get stolen, you won’t be happy at all. Wouldn’t it be better to just deal with having a lock? Heck, you could even get an inconspicuous one like this Bottle Lock.

The bottle lock looks much like an ordinary water bottle, and fits in the appropriate holder found on most bikes. Just pull out the 5′ cable, loop it around something sturdy (don’t forget to loop it around the bike frame) and then lock the end back into the “bottle.” If you’re wearing a pair of those tight bike shorts and don’t have room for your keys or cash, there’s even a place in the bottom to store small items such as those. At $34, it isn’t going to cost much more than an ordinary lock, and looks a lot better when not in use.

[ Kuat ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Giant USB Mouse Lives Up To Its Name

By Chris Scott Barr

Everyone knows that clowns like to have oversized accessories. I mean, just look at their shoes, or ties. It kind of makes you wonder whether or not they have other oversized things at home. I like to think that this Giant USB Mouse from Brando is what every clown uses when they’re working on the computer.

Take away the glowing LEDs and the fact that you could easily operate it with two hands, and you have yourself a plain old boring wired mouse. But when it’s that big, do you really need it to do anything else to justify the $20 price tag? I think not.

[ Brando ] VIA [ Technabob ]

clipSYNC holds your keys and charges your phone

By Chris Scott Barr

What is the worst thing that could possibly happen to you? If you answered “my cell phone could die and I don’t have my charging cable on me”, then you might want to rethink your priorities in life. You also might want to look into this clipSYNC from Scosche.

This carabiner does more than just clip your keys to your belt loop. Two piece flip out to expose a standard USB plug and either an iPhonedock connector or both a miniUSB and microUSB plug. This allows you to use any nearby computer to charge your phone (or other device that uses these connectors) in a pinch. The nice thing is that due to the small size, you can carry it around all the time. You can get either version for just $20.

[ Scosche ] VIA [ GeekyGadgets ]

IRIS 9000 Lets You Control Siri From Across The Room

By Chris Scott Barr

“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” These are words that almost every geek knows, and hopes that they never hear from a computer system. If they don’t ring a bell, they were the ones uttered by HAL 9000 to Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey. HAL was an intelligent computer that was capable of making decisions, as well as (usually) following commands. Naturally, since Siri was introduced earlier this month, there have been a lot of HAL references. In fact, if you ask her about him, she will refuse to discuss the matter.

Well thanks to the bright minds at ThinkGeek, you’ll soon be able to transform Siri into HAL. This IRIS 9000 docking station features a remote with a single button that activates Siri. The station’s built-in microphone will pick up your voice commands, and Siri will respond as usual. The only difference is that the light in IRIS’s eye will flicker while she speaks. I don’t know about you, but I find that both creepy and awesome. For $60, this will also act as a normal docking station, a speakerphone and music player.

[ ThinkGeek ] VIA [ CoolestGadgets ]

Quickly Sort Your LEGOs With BOX4BLOX

By Chris Scott Barr

When anyone asks what my favorite childhood toys were, I almost always refer to my LEGOs. It’s a pretty obvious choice, as I easily spent more time with them than anything else, and I still keep some in my office to this very day. I don’t really build my own creations anymore, as I don’t have time to sift through hundreds and hundreds of plastic pieces looking for that special brick. Then again, with this BOX4BLOX I might not have to.

Using a series of boxes with incrementally-sized grids in the bottoms, this contraption will actually help you sort your LEGOs in short order. Now it won’t organize them in to specific brick piles, but it will sort them into four different sizes. Just start piling some bricks into the top box, then shift them around until the smaller ones fall through. Keep shaking it until you’re satisfied that the majority of the smaller pieces have fallen to the appropriate level. Rinse and repeat until you’re finished. This $40 sifter will hold roughly 1500-1700 of your favorite bricks.

[ BOX4BLOX ]