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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 ]

iSwimband Helps Prevent Kids From Drowning

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According to the CDC, “from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day.” That’s much too large a number, and if the iSwimband pictured above can help bring it down even just a bit, we’re all for it. This device basically alerts you when it senses that one of your children could be in danger of drowning. There are two models: one is for swimmers and is worn around the head, the other is a wristband for younger kids and those who don’t swim yet. The swimmer’s headband lets kids go in the water, but will alert you on your phone if it senses its been under water for too long. The non-swimmer’s wristband however will immediately ping you if it gets wet. This way you can step away from the pool for a couple of minutes, or read that book, without having to worry that your kid will disobey you and actually get in the water like you told him not to. It’s $99 for a set including the app, and two sensors.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

GoTenna Keeps You Connected, Even Off The Grid

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There are times when cellular services just stop working. Whether it’s because we’re off the grid in the wilderness, or in the middle of a natural disaster, our lives have become dependant on being able to communicate with one another and when outages happen, we tend to freak out. GoTenna is a device that connects to a smartphone and allows it to communicate with another GoTenna-connected phone, even when you have no service. It uses low-frequency radio waves to transmit low-density data over long distances, which in ideal conditions can give you a 50.5 miles range. You can send texts to one another, or share locations so you can find your loved ones even when everyone around you is desperately trying to use their cellphones to do the same. You can even send encrypted messages to one another which aren’t stored anywhere.

It’s a powerful device with tons of features and we feel it completely warrants the $150/pair asking price. That’s the pre-order rate, which is expected to go up to $300 for a pair once it fully hits retail distribution. It ships in late Fall 2014.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|Net ]