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Zano Drone Follows You For A Fraction Of The Price

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A while ago we wrote about The Airdog, a somewhat heavy-duty drone whose distinguishing feature was that it could follow you around, filming you, while you did whatever stunts you wanted. It was, and is, a great idea, but the AirDog was expensive at $1,200 or so. Now we have news of the Zano drone, which purports to do much the same thing. Granted, this is a palm-sized device that may not offer the same kind of stability or robustness as the AirDog, but at $335 (£215) it’s hard to dismiss. The Zano tethers to your phone through WiFi and can fly itself. Press ‘hold’ and it stays in place, filming you in 720p from as far as 30 meters away. Press the Follow button, and it finds a way to keep the set distance between itself and you, while trying to keep you in the frame. IR sensors all around the drone make sure that it doesn’t run into any obstacles while it’s filming. When you’re done, a press of yet another button will cause it to return to base, for you to easily retrieve it.

There are several more features on this drone, such as a customizable 8X8 LED panel on the front, but we won’t list them all. Check out their fully funded Kickstarter for more details. A pledge will get you a drone by June of 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

NoPhone Is A Piece Of Plastic That Helps You Cut Your Smartphone Addiction

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Your smartphone is always in your front pocket, reassuring you with its hefty weight, giving you a solid block to periodically touch and remind yourself that yes, you’re connected, yes you can be reached, yes you can Instagram any second you’d like… But if that life of an addict is no longer for you, and you’ve decided to ditch your phone for good (bold move, my friend!), the NoPhone might help you transition. It’s just a piece of plastic. But it’s a piece of plastic meant to mimic the look and feel of a phone. You carry it in your pocket as you would a phone, and it gives you the same tactile feedback, minus any functionality whatsoever. It weighs between 2.82 and 3.5 ounces (between 80 and 100 grams), and its measurements are as follows: Height: 5.5 inches (140 mm), Width: 2.6 inches (67 mm), Depth: 0.29 inches (7.3 mm). Standard smartphone dimensions.

A selfie upgrade is available, which consists of a mirror, and can send you your own selfies to yourself in realtime. You can even “add a verbal hashtag by syncing your brain and vocal cords.” It’s brilliant. Best of all, it’s only $12 and should be able to ship in time for Christmas.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Ditto Is A Simple Button, Adds Lots Of Functionality To Your Phone

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If you’ve no intention of buying a smart watch (and really, you shouldn’t), you can still enjoy some of the benefits at a fraction of the price. Ditto is a simple-as-pie button that contains nothing more than a battery, a vibration module and a Bluetooth module. But what it does is allow you to customize which notifications make it through to your attention, and which stay on the phone. With the app, you can customize the vibration pattern to alert you of pretty much anything you like and care about, from getting a new Tinder match to getting a phone call from the wife. Whatever it is, Ditto will alert you if it’s important to you, so that you can put your phone away and stop obsessing. If you’re like pretty much everyone else, this will instantly seem like a great idea, considering the sheer number of notifications we get for just about everything. Additionally, you can use Ditto as a proximity tracker, which will vibrate when your phone gets out of range.

For $29, there are far more expensive ways to get one of the more important functionalities found in a smart watch.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Prynt Case Turns Your Smartphone Into A Polaroid

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The days of having pictures printed on actual physical paper that you can hold in your hands are pretty much gone. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t lost anything in the transition. There was a certain magical element to being able to pass a bit of paper around your group (rather than a heavy and breakable smartphone), right after the pic had been taken. Heck, there’s even more nostalgia when stumbling on an old Polaroid stuck between old papers. So that’s why we have a soft spot for Prynt. It’s a case for Android and iPhones that will contain a tiny printer and up to 30 sheets of paper. The current prototype takes around 50 seconds to print one picture, but the hopes are that by the time all the hardware elements are properly integrated, this figure will be cut down to about 30 seconds.

Prynt is the brainchild of a French startup, who is now looking for funding and is planning a Kickstarter early next year. So expect to hear back from this product in the months to come. Expected retail price will be a very affordable $99.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]

ComfortWay iPhone Case Provides Cheap Data Roaming

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Modern smartphone have transformed our data usage habits, which is fine as long as you’re in your home country, paying your reasonable rates. But the minute you travel you expose yourself to exorbitant roaming charges. ComfortWay is working on a pretty cool Travel Case for the iPhone 5/5S, and 6, that could give you up to 200MB a day for as little as $2/day. The case contains a configurable SIM that will download the proper carrier settings as soon as you launch the companion app, after arriving at your destination of course. Once logged in, it turns itself into a WiFi hotspot that your iPhone (and up to 9 other devices) then connects to. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 2,400 mAh battery in there as well?

The protocol is HSPA+, which boasts speeds up to 42Mb/s; that’s plenty fast even for HD video. After you’ve reached the 200MB cap, speeds are reduced to 128Kbps. It’s a pay-as-you-go type of product, with credits easily added through Visa, MasterCard or Paypal, in the companion app.

All in all, it sounds like a great product, but seeing as it’s a Kickstarter, it’s far from being available. A pledge of $79 will save you a spot, but that’s the Early Bird pricing. And if it does reach its goals, expect to see the case around May 2015.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

This Prototype OLED Screen Can Fold Into Thirds

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The large screen size of the new iPhone 6 Plus has rekindled the conversation of just how big these devices will get. More screen real estate is always a good thing, but a pocket-bursting phone that looks like a tablet not so much. That why bending screens may be a way to have your cake and eat it too. The above prototype OLED screen, developed by Japanese firm Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, better known as SEL Co. Ltd, fully folds down into thirds, while remaining completely functional. It has been tested to fold and unfold up to 100,000 times, so durability isn’t an issue; that’s two bending sessions a day… for 137 years. The screen itself measures 8.7-inches, and has a 1080p resolution, giving a 254ppi pixel density. And as cool as it is, there’s clearly no word on when or even if this particular model might ever make its way to actual devices you can buy. Still, it’s nice to know the tech is being developed and it’s probably just a matter of time until we start seeing bending devices pop up on the market.

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[ Nikkei Tech article ] VIA [ Digital Trends ]

Chargerito Is The World’s Smallest Phone Charger

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Claims to be the “world’s smallest” anything tend to be taken with a grain of salt around these parts. Looking at the Chargerito, however, it’s really hard to imagine the company being wrong in claiming to have developed the world’s smallest phone charger. Just look at the thing. It measures 2.1″ x 1.3″, which is about the size of a standard car key fob. You can just toss this in your pocket and feel the reassurance of knowing that you’ll be able to top up your battery pretty much anywhere you go.

Chargerito is a $19 pre-order, and comes in Apple’s Lightning cable version or Micro-USB.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Stylish LG G3 Sets New Standards

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The latest addition to join LG’s G series, the LG G3 phone is sleek, stylish and innovative to its core. Offering an even more sophisticated look and feel from other popular devices in the family, the G3 also delivers a simplified user experience. The device features a gorgeous 5.5-Inch Quad HD display for a fuller viewing experience, a metallic fingerprint-resistant brushed exterior and Laser Auto Focus to cut down on the time it takes to focus. 

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LightFreq Bulb Does A Lot More Than Just Change Colors

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The exposure received by the Philip’s Hue being sold in Apple Stores has gotten lots of people thinking about smart LED bulbs that change colours through an application on your phone. It’s a hot niche right now, and Lightfreq is an interesting new entrant. Aside from the aforementioned colour-changing abilities, the bulb has built-in speakers that play music of a quality allegedly “rivalling the Beats Pill”. And if you buy more than one bulb, the Follow Me feature enables the sound to follow you from room to room, turning itself off in the room you left and picking up in the new one. The same principle goes for illumination: you won’t have to remember to turn lights off ever again! Built-in microphones also give the bulb an intercom ability, letting you, say, talk to someone in the kitchen while you’re in the bedroom, while a wake-up mode slowly increases brightness at a preset time until you’re awake.

There are tong of features and if it works as advertised, LightFreq could make a splash in the scene. It’s a $55 pledge for early-birds, with the price jumping up to $70 afterwards.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]