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So You Want to Build a Smart Garage? Start With These Gadgets.

Smart Garage

Not all people who want to start making their houses smart remember to include their garage. But you, you’re smart to know that your garage is one of the weakest spots in your home. Your garage door is probably the most-used door to your house. It’s just fitting to secure it too, along with your front door.

So, let’s start? Here are the recommended gadgets that you should have when making your garage smart.

Garage Door Controllers

This is the obvious must-have. Garage door controllers like the Chamberlain MyQ System let you control and monitor your garage door from your smartphone. It’s pretty nifty, especially if you’re the type who always seem to forget whether you have left your garage door open or not. You don’t need to drive all the way back home, just take your phone out and check.

Automated Lighting Systems

Your garage door may automatically open up and let you in when you arrive, but how can you park safely when it’s dark in there? Make sure you follow up by installing smart lighting fixtures in your garage. The popular choice is always Philips Hue bulbs; they’re super powerful too. But, there are cheaper alternatives which function just fine like the Ashia Light which is equipped with motion sensors.

Smart Tools

Your garage is also the home of your big tools, right? If you want to multitask and avoid wasting time by looking for a misplaced tool, you can invest in smart tools like Black and Decker’s drill. You can use your phone to locate it, lock or unlock it, and operate it. It even has a port which can charge up your phone.

These are just a few of the recommended gadgets that we think are worthy to sit in your smart garage. We actually have a lot more. Check them out below.

[Things You Need to Make Your Dumb Garage “Smart”]

Here’s Ancil Lim’s Take on What HTC M8 Could Look Like

HTC M8 Render

Several rumors are circulating all over the internet about the launch of the purported HTC M8, expected to be the successor of HTC One which was codenamed M7. So, we won’t be surprised if the Taiwanese manufacturer releases the device with a different name. There’s no word from HTC about One’s successor, but designers on the internet are thinking beyond their imagination to come up with the concept design of the alleged handset. Among them is Ancel Lim, who created a concept render of what the upcoming HTC flagship device could look like. Keep in mind that this is just a concept design and not something official.

Based on rumors, HTC M8 is rumored to come with a 5-inch full HD display with 1080p resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset with a clock speed of 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM and is expected to run Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed out of the box. The alleged HTC M8 is expected to see the daylight in February next year, possibly at the Mobile World Congress 2014.

[Concept Phones]

Purported Samsung Galaxy S5 Concept Design

Samsung Galaxy S5 Concept

We’ve yet to see a leaked image of the purported Samsung Galaxy S5, but the folks at Sim Only Radar designed what they think could be the next Galaxy S handset, with a rounder display and very thin bezels. A rumor has it that the upcoming Galaxy S5 will come in two versions: one featuring a curved display with metal design while the other one will carry the same plastic form factor as the previous Galaxy S versions. And, the concept image goes pretty well with what we’ve heard about the appearance of the handset.

The handset is rumored to come with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display boasting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, 4GB of RAM, 16GB storage with microSD card slot, a 64-bit processor, a 16MP ISOCELL camera with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed out of the box. There’s no official word about the availability, but rumors suggest it will launch by the end of Q1 next year, possibly by the end of February 2014 while a few of them points at April.

[SIM Only Radar]

Google Tablet – The iPad Killer?


By Gaurav Kheterpal

Even before the buzz around the release of Apple iPad could settle down, Google has set the alarm bells ringing for Apple by releasing the first images of its much anticipated concept – The Google Tablet. Much like the iPad, the Google Tablet will have a sleek and stylish design.

The device will offer innovative features like contextual actions triggered via dwell (What does that even mean? -Ed.), UI Zooming for multiple tabs and an ability to create multiple browsers on the screen. Google has collaborated with a number of leading hardware manufacturers to implement this concept and once it comes to life, it might well turn out to be the iPad killer. Or perhaps this secret Apple project will.

[ The Chromium Project ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]

Armatix Gun: Watch That Trigger


By Gaurav Kheterpal

When you have a gun in your hand, people often advice you – ‘Watch that Trigger’. Armatix decided to take that advice literally and came up with a watch that controls your gun. Wearing a stylish wrist watch is trendy (except this watch is fugly) and owning a gun has its own aura – so if the two can be combined, it offers you the best of both worlds.

The gun won’t work and a red LED will light up if the watch isn’t in close proximity of the gun. The way this unusual combination works is through the watch sending a wireless arming signal to the gun. If the gun picks up the signal, it gets armed and a green LED lights up. Priced at nearly 7,000 Euros, this is quite an expensive affair.

I’m wondering what happens if your watch battery dies out and you need the gun?

Armatix ] VIA [ Wired ]

Robotic Lifeguard Saves Your Life Using Silicon Instead Of Silicone

By Jonathan Kimak

The Seascout is a prototype rescue craft designed and created by Andre Harley. He created the prototype using the Lego mindstorms robotics NXT kit. The Seascout will use GPS to track anyone who has fallen into the water. It will scoop the person up and take them to safety. It will also have radios so that the person in the water can communicate with someone on the shore(or boat). It is also intended to be able to work in situations and weather that a human lifeguard would not be able to handle.

So now we have robots that can serve beer and robots that can save you when you get drunk and fall into the ocean. Forget about terminators taking over the world. We’re being taken over by helpful and cute Wall-Es.

[ Andre Harley ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

The Pioneer Brings Back Lighted Shoes


By Luke Anderson

Remember back in the 90’s when light-up shoes were all the rage, and people actually said the phrase “all the rage”? Well someone has come up with a design for a new light-up shoe that might actually have a purpose, unlike those hideous things we all wore as kids.

The Pioneer is a shoe designed for people that love to go walking, running or jogging at night. I will admit that my favorite time to jog (when I actually jog, which is rare) is at night. Then again my favorite time to do anything is at night. The sneakers have built-in LEDs which produce a beam of light  up to 1.5 meters away. You’ll get around 12 hours out of each charge, which isnt’ too bad since the tiny battery will be contained within a shoe. Unfortunately it is only a concept for now.

VIA [ Yanko Design ]