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Gecko Gives Any Smartphone Wireless-“Style” Charging Capabilities


Notice the word “style” in that headline. That’s because Gecko isn’t true wireless charging… but it’s pretty darn close. The system consists of three parts: a dongle that goes into your smartphone’s charging port, a dongle that goes into a USB port, and an adapter that goes over the business end of your existing charging cable. Once set up, the strong magnets on the surface of each connecting dongle align themselves so that you can casually set your phone down and it’ll start charging. Yes, there’s still a physical connection, so it’s not really wireless, but it’s close in the sense that you don’t have to take the extra step to manually plug a cable in. You’ll laugh and say “how lazy are we that we can’t even plug a cable in?”, but then you’d be missing the fact that tons of people love the convenience that wireless charging has brought them. It’s cool to simply toss your phone down on a surface as you walk in from work and have it start charging without needing to pause even for one second. At least, that’s what the folks behind Gecko hope you’ll believe. It works with iOS and Android mobile devices, and the best part is how cheap it is: a $9 pledge on IndieGogo.


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Japanese Company Makes Sliced Chocolate


Your cheese (or cheese “product”) comes in convenient, individually-wrapped slices. So why not do the same with chocolate? That’s the thinking behind Japanese company Bourbon’s “Nama Chocolate”. Each slice is about 2mm thick (0.08inches) and offers “a rich, creamy confectionary that’s not as sweet as fudge, but more intense in flavor than ordinary milk chocolate”. You’re free to make pretty shapes with it, or simply slap it between two pieces of bread. It’ll save you the step of having to spread your chocolate, and gives you a bit more freedom to do stuff that you wouldn’t normally be able to do with regular hard chocolate. It’s 3,240 yen, or US$27 for bulk packs.


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Lytro Immerge Can Take VR To A Whole New Level


We’re big fans of everything Lytro makes, because they bring true innovation to the field of digital photography. Where most progress comes in the form of more megapixels, slimmer designs and other marginal improvements, Lytro brings “Ray Field Technology” that lets them capture more information per image than normal cameras. Now with the Immerge, they’re hoping to do the same to the field of VR. It’s a 360 degree camera that captures the world around it in a way that’s never been done, giving the VR viewer six degrees of freedom. So, whereas a VR user can now look both ways horizontally and vertically, with Immerge you’ll be adding up/down and left/right freedom, for a true immersive experience. It’s a complex system aimed a professional storytellers who want to create a complex virtual environment, and it’s still under development so there’s no price or availability information. If you’re in the creative game, you can apply to test a prototype.

Lytro Immerge from Lytro on Vimeo.

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Luma WiFi Router Will Get Rid Of Dead Spots, is The Last Router You’ll Ever Need


You know how it is: your Internet works just fine from the bedroom, but step into the bathroom for, uh, some quality reading and suddenly your signal drops out. It’s a reality of using a single Wifi router in a larger home, since dead spots will appear in the strangest and most unpredictable of places. But Luma does things differently. It’s a router that uses several repeaters placed around the house in order to automatically create a mesh network that gives you consistent access from any part of your home. Luma will tell you where to place the units for best coverage, after analyzing signal strength in different rooms. Additionally, you get tons of app-controlled options, like the ability to pause the Internet, schedule time-off periods, grant or deny access to single devices with a swipe, set up a firewall and restrict access to chosen devices, and monitor and track different devices’ usage. It’s a brilliant system, and since it’s on pre-sale, you can get three Lumas for $249, a 50% reduction on its expected retail price.

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Athena: Aims to Reduce Sexual Assaults


The following article is brought to you by The Tech Info Group – Ed

Athena helps protect women from sexual assault with one push of a button.

Sexual assault is a serious issue in every country. When founder Yasmine Mustafa came to realize the severity of the issue after a South American solo trip she decided to use her time and energy for the development of a solution for change. It was with this goal in mind that ROAR for Good was born, along with their flagship anti-assault device, Athena.

The Athena is a state-of-the-art device designed specifically to be as effective as possible while maintaining a level of inconspicuousness. The idea behind Athena is to ward off an attacker before any damage can be done while simultaneously calling for help from the authorities and any other contacts you wish. When Athena is activated it releases a powerful alarm and will send text message containing the individual’s location to emergency contacts.

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Mogees Turns Just About Anything Into An Instrument


Finding yourself always tapping away on surfaces, creating a beat from stuff that wasn’t meant to be musical? Well then, Mogees is just for you. It’s a special vibration sensor that attaches to anything, and allows you to map different vibration patterns to different instruments. This way you can turn your living space into a whole percussion set. You first have to program the app and tell it which vibrations correspond to which instrument (eg. tapping with open palms on a door could be the snare drum, using the knuckles could be the high hat, and hitting it with a key could be the kick drum), it’ll then recognize the vibrations and communicate the signal to your phone, which in turn emits the corresponding sound. Imagine sitting at your desk at work and kicking out a whole drum set by tapping on your drawers, your stapler or anything else that comes to mind. It sounds ridiculous, but you really have to watch the video to see the potential.

It’s not limited to drum sounds, incidentally. Mogee outputs MIDI signals, so you can map just about any instrument to your vibrations and get creative. It’s a fully-funded Kickstarter, and a £96 ($147) pledge will get you one with delivery in November!

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Windcatcher Airpad 2 Air Mattress Amplifies Your Breath, Inflates In Seconds


Going camping with an air mattress can be a bit of a luxury, since it does usually require you to also carry a pump of some kind. The Windcatcher Airpad 2 mattress on the other hand seems to have developed a system that allows you to inflate it using nothing but the power of your breath. As you blow into it, their special valve allows for the surrounding air to also enter, amplifying the power of your breath tenfold. In this matter, the mattress can be inflated in seconds without using pumps. The valve never touches the ground, and you never have to put your mouth against anything that might have been into contact with the soil. Since the valve is so large, deflation is super easy, and makes packing up and leaving a breeze. You really have to watch the video below to realize how well this works.

It’s a fantastic looking product, and it costs only $100. For this price you also get a 4 INCH THICK QUILTED support system for superior cushioning and comfort.

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One Sensor Cameras Are On The Way Out: Meet the L16, A Camera With 16 Lenses and Sensors


A few years ago we told you about the Lytro camera, an innovative new type of camera that let you shoot first, and focus on your subject later. Now we’re finding out about L16, a 16 sensor and lens device that represents yet another advance in the field of photography. It does all that the Lytro does, and more.

Using a new approach to folded optics design, the Light L16 Camera packs DSLR quality into a slim and streamlined camera body. It’s like having a camera body, zoom, and 3 fast prime lenses right in your pocket. With 16 individual cameras, 10 of them firing simultaneously, the L16 captures the detail of your shot at multiple fixed focal lengths. Then the images are computationally fused to create an incredible high-quality final image with up to 52 megapixel resolution.

Using sophisticated depth-mapping technology, Light lets you adjust focus and depth of field even after a photo is taken, all the way to f/1.2. With built-in, 35-150mm true optical zoom, you get right into the scene without fuzziness or pixelation. Low-light conditions bring out the best in Light’s imaging engine. You get beautifully-lit photos, even as the day’s light starts to fade.

It’s a fascinating product, in a small enough form factor that you could carry it around with you in your pocket. But like any new technology, you’ll have to pay for the privilege of being among the first to own it: it’s $1,299 as a pre-order, and $1,699 full retail. And you’ll have to wait until Summer 2016 to get one.


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OneLid Is A Lid For All Your Pots


Usually when you get a pot, you have to keep track of its lid forever because no other one will fit. And admit it: you’ve used a large plate instead of the lid more than once because you couldn’t find it, haven’t you? With OneLid, you’ll just have to keep track of one, for any pots up to 22cm (8.6 in.) in diameter. It fits any pot because the underside is convex and is made of silicone with a Nylon core. It’ll sit and partially seal any sized pot and will redirect boiling water back into the mix. Special grooves allow for just the right amount of steam to escape and prevent a boil-over, while they also do double-duty as a strainer. The silicone construction means you won’t be hearing any metal-on-metal clangs. The best part is you’ll only have to pledge $30 to secure your own, with shipping in February 2016.


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