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Prong PocketPlug Case Lets You Charge Your iPhone, Minus the Wires

PocketPlug

The Prong PocketPlug case makes charging your iPhone infinitely more convenient. All you have to do is slide your phone into the case, pull out the prongs, and plug it into an outlet. The case is specially convenient when you’re travelling since there are no more docks, chargers, or wires to deal with.

The disadvantage is that you won’t be able to use your phone comfortably while it’s charging, since it’s attached upright on the socket. If you prefer corded charging, then you can tote along your wire since the case has a micro USB port on the side.Continue Reading

Liftware Spoon Lets Parkinson’s Patients Feed Themselves

Liftware Spoon

People with Parkinson’s often have a difficult time feeding themselves due to the tremors associated with the disease. In most cases, someone else has to feed them because it might cause injury or result in a mess. However, this might all soon change thanks to Lift Labs’ innovator Liftware Spoon that automatically tracks and compensates for shaking motions and tremors.

The spoon is equipped with sensors that have a high degree of sensitivity, so they can detect even the slightest tremor that’s made. It then moves in the other direction to cancel that tremor out. During testing, the Liftware was found to cancel out over 70 percent of these tremors, which is enough to allow those with Parkinson’s to feed themselves once more.

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Nymi Bracelet Replaces Passwords With Your Heartbeat

Nymi

Bionym takes security one step further with Nymi, which combines Bluetooth proximity detection technology and electrocardiograms to create a new authentication process. The device is meant to be worn as a bracelet and measures the wearer’s cardiac rhythm, which is unique to each person. This rhythm is then used as a password of sorts to unlock digital and physical devices, from smartphones and laptops to doors and other objects.

Once Nymi recognizes the wearer’s heartbeat, it communicates wirelessly to unlock nearby devices. It’ll keep going until the wearer removes it or when someone else wears it. At that point, it will detect a different cardiac rhythm and lock that person out.

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Kapture is a Wristwatch That Records Your Every Word

Kapture

Want a record of everything that you’ve said? You can either call the NSA or slap this contraption on your wrist. Obviously the former isn’t an actual option, so your best bet is Kapture. It’s a wristwatch-slash-wearable audio recorder that records your every word. The catch is that it only has enough memory to store 60 seconds of sound, so you can only go back and listen to the last minute of your immediate past on playback.

Kapture constantly and continuously records audio. Given its limited storage, it is also continuously erasing data and recording over previous recordings, too. Its creators are seeking $300,000 for seed funding and will be launching the project on Kickstarter on September 3rd.

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Shower Head Prompts People to Take Shorter Showers, Saves Water

Uji Shower

How long is a typical shower for you? Seven minutes is apparently ideal. At least, that’s the figure that Uji’s inventors are working with. But first thing’s first, what’s Uzi? It’s a shower head with a built-in lighting system. The light turns from green to red in a span of seven minutes, which basically signals the person bathing to wrap things up (and wrap himself or herself in a towel!)

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Rumor Mill: Samsung to Launch the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch at IFA

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch

The competition between Samsung and Apple is fiercer than ever. It’s been rumored for months that Apple is working on a smart watch, but Samsung is working actively to beat them to the punch.

Sources say that Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch at their IFA press event, which will be held on September 4th. Apple is also said to be planning a press conference announcing the iWatch this September, but specifics on both events are not yet available or officially announced by either manufacturer.

Few details have been confirmed for the Galaxy Gear, but you can expect it to be compatible with Samsung’s wide range of smartphones and tablets.

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Google’s New Nexus 7 Tablet Now Available for Pre-Orders

Nexus 7

Google has announced the much-awaited and newer version of the Nexus 7. I was gifted the older Nexus 7 last Christmas, along with some tablet accessories and it has lived up to every expectation so far. It has its limitations and occasional hick-ups, given that it’s a budget tablet and all, but it definitely ranks high up in my books and is almost up to par with Apple and Samsung’s tablets.

The new Nexus 7 received a bunch of upgrades, such as a rear-facing camera which its predecessor doesn’t have. It will come equipped with an Adreno 320 GPU and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM.

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Lernstift Linux Smart Pen Vibrates When You Spell Something Wrong

Lernstift Linux smart pen

If you’re particularly bad at spelling, then this pen can help you out. It’s the Lernstift smart pen, and it vibrates gently whenever its user makes a spelling error. It looks like a regular pen on the outside, but it packs some pretty unique and sophisticated tech on the inside. The Lernstift actually has an embedded Linux inside it’s tiny frame, which is equipped with a motion sensor, memory, and processor, along with a WiFi and vibrating module.

The pen can be used as a learning tool all by itself or in conjunction with apps. The Lernstift has two primary functions: orthography mode, which recognizes and points out spelling errors, and calligraphy mode, which points out any flaws in penmanship form or legibility. The pen will need to be calibrated during its first use

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OhGizmo! Review: The WakaWaka Solar Charger

WakaWaka Solar Power Light and Charger

In case of emergency, you will soon realize that two things you’ll definitely need is a source of light and a way to communicate to others (or to the outside world, if you’re trapped or stuck somewhere.) In short, you’ll need a torch and a phone with a charged-up battery. The WakaWaka Solar Charger is both of that, minus the actual phone, as it is actually a solar-powered device charger and flashlight in one.

The WakaWaka is primarily a charger, and it’s a pretty flexible one at that. You can position the device where the sunlight hits the solar panel in full and leave it there for 8 hours to achieve a full charge. If you can’t wait that long, then you can also just plug it in to your computer’s USB port or charge your device via AC–but then, where’s the fun in that?

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