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The Creator Of Android Wants To Give You A Free Dashcam, Free As In Beer

Not the dashcam being discussed.

Not the dashcam being discussed.

Years ago, Andy Rubin gave the world Android. Not content with how practical and slow moving Google could be (yes, that says more about Andy Rubin than it says about Google), he eventually left and founded Playground Global, a hybrid consulting firm/incubator that focuses on developing the technologies that will drive the world of tomorrow. And one of the many projects incubating there at the moment is the plan to develop a dashcam that will be given to the end user free of charge. Yes, a dashcam like the Russians are fond of having on their windshields, yours to keep, for $0. Of course… free never means free, and although you won’t have to spend any money on it, you will have to agree to have the camera send data back to HQ. Just what that data is, and what they plan to do with it isn’t clear at the moment (talks of AI, world mapping, Street-View competition, etc.), but Rubin is no idiot, and the company he founded to the tune of $350 million in funding is aware that they’ll have to alleviate privacy concerns if and when their project launches.

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A Contraceptive Switch For Men? Vasectomies Could Be On The Way Out

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When it comes to contraceptive measures, men have far fewer than women. Aside from condoms, there’s always a vasectomy, but that requires surgery and although it can sometimes be reversed, that too requires surgery, making the option rather unappealing. But now a company claims to have invented a device that can stop the flow of sperm at the flip of a switch, and allow it to flow through again without further surgery. The Bimek SLV is a spermatic duct valve that is surgically attached to the ducts that carry sperm, and can interrupt this flow if the wearer flips the switch beneath his skin. Flow remains interrupted until the switch is flipped back, finally giving men simply, easy and fast fertility control.

The device is currently being tested and isn’t ready to market, and once it does get approval, will likely not be covered by many insurance plans. Still, given its appeal, we expect hordes of men to pay for this out of pocket. Price is still unknown.

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It’s Clunky But It Works: World’s First Legit Hover Board

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It’s not quite as slick as what Marty McFly was riding on BTTF II, but it’s as close as we’re going to get in 2015. A Romanian company has announced the ArcaBoard, an actual working hover board that we believe is real mostly because of how shitty its specs are. First off, it’s as big as a small mattress, weighing in at a portly 82 kg (180 lb) and measuring 145 x 76 x 15 cm (57 x 30 x 6 inches). Then, it only works 6 minutes at a time, going to a top speed of 20 km/h (12.5 mph) with a range of just over 1 mile. Then, it takes 6 hours to recharge (unless you pay an extra $4,500 for a 36 minute fast charger). Finally, it costs $19,900! All that being said, it does hover the way you’d imagine, going over sand, rocks, even water. 36 high-power electric ducted fans create up to 272 horsepower and 430 lb (195 kg) of thrust, and the device is steered either with your body or “via a Bluetooth-connected iOS or Android app that activates a stabilization system and relays navigation commands via hand movements.”

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Firefighting Robot: TAF 20

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One of the latest firefighting robots was unveiled on December 10, 2015, in Sydney, Australia, by the Minister for Emergency Services and the Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner. The amazing high-tech firefighter robot known as TAF 20 can take the heat. 

The Trucked Vehicle TAF 20 is a fire fighting extinguishing turbine that has been mounted on a compact crawler vehicle. The turbine has a nozzle ring which atomizes extinguishing foam and water to form particulate matter that is distributed by a propeller directly on the flames to envelop the burning object and smother the soot and smoke, reducing the emission of fumes.

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Do You Like Freshly Brewed Coffee Enough That You’d Want To Make It In A To-Go Flask?

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People have been carrying their hot coffee in Thermos mugs for pretty much as long as the company has been around. But some purists will tell you that the taste doesn’t come close to that of a freshly brewed cup. So that’s where Mojoe comes in. It’s a self-contained coffee brewing device that does everything from A to Z.

The Mojoe uses a “VacDrip” brewing process, which combines elements of vacuum brewing and drip brewing. After pouring water into the center chamber and filling the reusable filter with grounds, you turn the Mojoe on via the push button on the side. The element heats the water up (to 200° F (93° C), hot enough to do a proper extraction) and the ensuing steam pushes the water up through the siphon and over the grounds, filling the coffee chamber with hot, freshly brewed joe. The process takes about 10 minutes. You can preload cream and sugar or add it after brewing. The Mojoe also doubles as a travel mug, so you drink directly from it.

The company will sell you extra battery three-packs so you can keep on brewing even after you’ve exhausted the single-brew battery. The only downside of this system is that in order to incorporate everything in one small-enough size mug, you can only make 8.5 fl oz (251 ml) of actual coffee. That’s less than Americans are used to, but might not deter the sort of person who goes to this sort of length to get super fresh coffee.

You can get your own you’ll have to drop a $79 on their fully-funded Kickstarter, and wait until May 2016 to get yours.

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OhGizmo! Review: The Escort Max 360 Laser And Radar Detector

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Escort Radar + Laser Detectors for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Earlier this year I was driving in a rural area where the speed limit is typically 70mph. It was at dusk with no one around and I was going about 75mph. Suddenly, I see out of the corner of my eye what appeared to be a police car on the side of the road but with his lights off. He then proceeds to flip his lights on and pulls me over. So I’m thinking to myself, “Hey this shouldn’t be a big deal, only 5mph over the limit isn’t going to call for a ticket, he’s probably just going to warn me to slow down or something”. Nope. He informed me that I was doing 75 in a 55 zone. I was blown away. “55? I just saw a sign that said 70 a few miles back!” I exclaimed to the officer. He was generous and bumped my speed down to 69 so that it would not impact my insurance as much, however I had just joined the 41 million Americans ticketed every year for speeding. I was frustrated with this sudden speed limit change because no sooner did I get back onto the road did I see the speed limit change to 65mph and then in a few miles back to 70mph. I later learned that this particular stretch of road is well known for its constant varying speed limits and speed traps. Boy do I wish Escort had sent me their latest radar detector and driving aid, the Max 360, back in January.

The Max 360 features dual antennas, one in front and one in back. These allow for a total 360 degree protection whether it be radar, laser, air, or photo detection as well as using arrows to indicate where the signals are coming from. While this is fantastic, there are other radar detectors that have similar features. What sets the Max 360 apart I found, are Escort Live and AutoLearn.

Escort Live is a crowdsourced app that you can download to your smartphone that allows you and other Escort users to mark speed traps, red light cameras, and other road hazards. With the Max 360’s GPS system, it can alert you via spoken messages about these hazards, as well as warning you when you exceed speed limits for the roads you are on. This would have been great to have had that fateful day I got my speeding ticket in January. AutoLearn allows for Max360 to take full advantage of its GPS system so it can intelligently reject false alerts based on their signal frequency and location. That means whenever you drive by a gas station with automatic doors you aren’t going to get false alerts like you would with other radar detectors on the market. I learned that you can also manually lockout any false alerts you do encounter by tapping the mute button three times on the car charger. I used this feature often to help teach the system what were false positives. It did surprisingly well I found, and it was not uncommon to have car rides that were completely silent as Autolearn was actively tuning out false signals.

My two favorite examples where the Max360 has helped me in driving were both centered around speed traps. The first was when I was coming home from work late one night and I had just gotten onto the freeway. As soon as I merged, I instantly heard a loud beeping, an arrow point straight ahead and a female voice say calmly “laser”. Up until this time I had encountered an unusually low amount of speed traps in my area and hadn’t really had a chance for the Max360 to truly shine in this regard. But that night it instantly let me know that about a half mile ahead of me was a highway patrolman sitting on the shoulder, lights off, shooting laser at all cars merging onto the highway. I was doing the speed limit of 65mph so there was no reason for him to stop me, however it was surprising how quickly I learned of the speed trap ahead of me and to not worry when I eventually saw the cop on the side of the road. The other example was when I was going to a family function on Thanksgiving. I was driving along the highway when suddenly I saw a highway patrolman on the side of the road, once again shooting laser. I panicked as I hadn’t been paying attention to my speed and was not sure how fast I had been going. As I passed him, I saw his car pull out, lights turned on. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. I thought for sure that I was going to get a ticket again. But then I thought to myself, “Wait the Max360 didn’t detect anything, there’s no way he hit me with his laser gun”. I was right, because soon after I realized this I saw him blast past me to pull someone else over.

The Max360 has been a great tool that has helped me drive smarter since I got it a few weeks ago. By alerting me to speed traps, it has kept me from getting any further speeding tickets as well as keeping me aware of red light cameras and photographic speed traps (through early warning on the K and KA bands). What really has impressed me though, is that Escort will pay for any future speeding tickets you get when you purchase the Max360 from the factory. To me that really shows they stand behind their product, and after having used it for a few weeks, I can understand why.

You guys should definitely check out the Escort 360 website!

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

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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

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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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Torch Router Helps Parents Manage Their Kids’ Browsing Habits

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With the multitude of devices in most homes these days, it’s a bit of a hassle keeping track of who does what online. But the Torch Router can help conscientious parents keep tabs on their kids habits, as well as limit what they do online.

It’s easy-to-use interface lets you see what sites every device on your network is visiting, how much data they’re using, and how much time they’re spending online. You can set limits on each device’s usage, suspend their ability to connect to the Internet (without affecting the other devices on your network), and block specific sites on a per-device basis

Other features include the ability to pause the Internet altogether during dinner time or bedtime, and is compatible with most home gizmos and gadgets such as iPad, Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, Sonos, and Nest. A detailed report can break time spent online into categories such as social media, education and gaming, so you have a better grasp of your children’s browsing habits. And since this is all done at the router level, you know they won’t be able to erase their history before you get to it.

It’ll cost $200 once it hits retail, but the Kickstarter early-birds can get it for half that price… if the campaign funds. Expect a March 2016 delivery if that happens.

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