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Monthly Archives: September 2017

BMW Develops Wireless Charging Pad For Their New Hybrid

Wireless charging sure is exciting isn’t it? Not having to worry about your phone being dead because you forgot to plug it in, and instead just laying a charging slab is one of the coolest new features on a smartphone. Well, BMW is doing something just as exciting for their new 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid, a wireless pad that is able to charge your car overnight.

Like you’d expect, the pad works like any wireless charger and you simply drive your car on top of the rather large pad to have it start charging. The car’s display will guide you with gridlines to show you when you’re properly positioned over the pad. BMW even says the 9.4kWh battery in the hybrid can be charged in about 3.5 hours, which about the same rate as plugging it in.

It’s not available yet, and it still needs UL approval to move forward, so it could be a few years until this feature is available on any BMW electric/hybrid models. Despite that, I think as electric cars become much more prevalent, this is going to be an increasingly enticing feature for people taking the plunge into electric cars. The future sure is looking cool, isn’t it?

[ TheVerge ]

Commodore 64 Mini Announced for 2018

That’s right, another company is following in the footsteps of Nintendo’s success and announcing their own retro console, this time it’s Commodore rebranding their super popular 1982 Commodore 64 in a miniature format. The Commodore 64 Mini features two USB ports, an included joystick and an HDMI output, as well as including 64 built-in classic games from the home computer.

It’ll be interesting to see if you’ll be able to use the Commodore Mini just like an old C64 computer for a blast to the past, or it’ll be strictly limited to playing C64 games. The original 1982 version was the best-selling computer model of all-time selling roughly 10-17 million units, so there could be many people wanting to relive their days of programming in BASIC.

The Commodore 64 Mini will be expected in early 2018 and will cost $70, and company also says that it plans to release a full-size version of the computer in 2018 as well.

[ Commodore 64 Mini ] VIA [ IGN ]

Treat Yourself With These Tech Goodies That Are On Sale

Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced Water Flosser

I don’t know about you, but I think traditional floss strings are problematic and challenging to use. If you have the same opinion, you can try out this Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced Water Flosser. Yeah, it uses water to clean the unreachable spaces between your teeth. Dentists recommend it and say water flossing is healthier for your gums and teeth.

FitDesk Desk Bike

Swamped with desk jobs? That’s no excuse to skip exercises if you have the FitDesk Desk Bike. This is a smart and healthier way to work—while cycling and sweating it out. It offers you a working desk, comfortable beach cruiser style seat, and forearm massage rollers. No worries, the flywheels aren’t noisy. You can still work in peace.

Firestick + Voice Remote + Echo Dot Combo

Lastly, treat yourself with the Firestick + Voice Remote + Echo Dot Combo and enjoy days and nights on your couch. Alexa will take care of your requests. Just tell her. Just relax and enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills. Better stuff your fridge and have your favorite pizza parlor on speed dial.

Elago Earhooks Make Your AirPods Fit Better

As someone who’s used a number of different headphones, I know that the best shaped in-ear headphones for a workout have a small hook that helps lock the headphone in place. And if you’ve invested over $150 for a pair of AirPods, you’d probably like to use them in any situation without having them fall out of your ear.

Well, Elago Earhooks help you do just that. They’re just small silicone tips that attach to your AirPods to give them that little hook to allow the headphones to fit more securely in your ear, improving on the rather mediocre fit of Apple’s headphones.

The Earhooks come in a number of colors and at around $9, it might just be worth it to try as some people find they really prefer the hook design of headphones. And I see no reason why they wouldn’t work with the standard Apple Airpods if you really want to improve the fit.

[ Amazon ]

BeoPlay S3 Flexible Wireless Home Speaker

Introducing the BeoPlay S3 Flexible Wireless Home Speaker, the best speaker for quality and clear sound. Using the refined engineering of Bang & Olufsen, this Bluetooth speaker is powerful enough to be heard throughout the house. Choose to keep on speaker at home or add a few to connect and simultaneously play the same content. The BeoPlay S3 provides true sound giving you the music as it was supposed to be heard.

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Home Entertainment Items That You Can Buy at a Bargain

Nebula Mars Portable Cinema

Got a flair for those old-school outdoor movies? You can set up one anytime you like with this Nebula Mars Portable Cinema. This little guy can project 3000 lumens of brilliantly defined picture with a 1280×800 true resolution. You may need a giant movie screen or you could use your outdoor tent as a screen. It’s only $450 instead of $800, but only for today.

Klipsch Wireless Subwoofer

Get that house-shaking bass that your audio system lacks without having to deal with tangled cables. This black and copper Klipsch Wireless Subwoofer is the answer. Simply connect the pre-paid transmitter to the subwoofer or LFE out of your favorite component and connect. Because it’s wireless, you can just place it anywhere in your entertainment room and it’ll work—and look sleek. The price is down to $300 from $549 and you get less than 24 hours for this deal.

Soaiy Aurora Projection LED Night Lamp

Lastly, we have this Soaiy Aurora Projection LED Night Lamp with endless uses. Place it in the nursery, in your bar area, your living room, your outdoor patio or just anywhere you like. It’ll give you the relaxing light show that you need. Not only will it make the bedtime easier (and the dark less scarier) for your kids, it’s a refreshing light show too for adults. It also comes with a speaker that can play your phone’s or iPod’s music. Now only $20.

Pi Can Wirelessly Charge Your Device Up To A Foot Away

Wireless charging is quickly becoming more mainstream, especially since Apple recently announced its inclusion on the new iPhones. But as great as it feels to lay your phone down on a pad and have it charge without plugging it in, it can still be a hassle having to lay it perfectly on a pad or else the phone won’t charge, as well as the phone not being able to charge when you pick it up briefly to respond to a message.

Well, wireless charging may soon be taken to the next level, as a group of MIT alumni have created Pi, a small desktop device that uses inductive charging to wirelessly charge multiple devices up to a foot away. It works in similar way to standard wireless chargers, but uses a new magnetic-field algorithm to align the magnetic field with your device, no matter its orientation. With this innovation, the device can also charge up to four devices at full charge or more devices for a lowered charge.

The only downside is that the device requires a special phone case, but hopefully the tech can be built into phones, much like Qi wireless charging. The Pi isn’t available yet but the company plans for it cost under $200 when it is made available.

[ Pi ] VIA [ PopularMechanics ]

The Dadbag Is Why We Don’t Deserve Nice Things

Remember the fanny pack, fashion icon of the 1990’s that turned dads everywhere into walking storage shelves? Maybe I’m harsh, but I’d say it’s the worst thing ever. It’s essentially a purse with a plastic buckle that wraps around your waist. And much like the mullet, and acid washed jeans, the fanny pack died an undignified death, left in the middle of the streets as men everywhere realized at the exact same moment just how dorky they looked.

Well, now someone is trying to take the title of ‘worst product ever’ by combining that fanny pack with the look of a ‘dad gut’. It’s exactly as simple, and monstrous as it sounds, a fanny pack that protrudes out from under your shirt to make you look like a new dad.

To be fair, if you’re into practicality, the Dadbag looks to have plenty of space to store your wallet, keys, phone and dignity with room to spare. It’s not available yet, but it’s creator Albert Pukies is looking for people to help put it into production.

[ The Dadbag ]

This Battery-Free Phone Runs on Radio Waves and Magic

Imagine a magical cellphone that didn’t need to be charged to make calls. Well, Vamsi Talla has built just that, a single board cellphone that doesn’t need to be charged and doesn’t even have a battery.

So how does it work? The phone receives power through sunlight or RF waves from cellphone towers, the phone then uses a process called backscattering to make a call by modifying and reflecting those waves back to the tower. Just like I thought, magic. The phone runs on magic.

The phone can even make Skype calls, which further proves that it’s a form of black magic. And while in use, the phone only consumes 3 microwatts of power, while a standard smartphone uses about 10,000 times that.

With this innovation, smartphones could one day be able to make simple call, even when their battery is completely dead. Talla plans to add an e-ink display for very basic functions, and hopes the phone could eventually be a cheap solution for people in third-world countries as it currently only costs about $1 to produce.

[ IEEE ]