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LIFX LED Lightbulb’s Kickstarter Success Shows There’s Some Heavy Demand

A while ago we wrote about The Bluetooth Light Bulb. It was a nice product but its availability was not known. Now we’re hearing about the LIFX LED Bulb and we’re starting to hope we can actually get our hands on something real. Unlike the other one, the LIFX works with WiFi to communicate with its application. One bulb connects to the router, and then creates a mesh network with every other one you have installed in your home. Once online, you can adjust each bulb’s brightness and color, as well as program it with a timer. Other features include the ability to dim the light when you go to bed, and to automatically match the colour to the music you’re listening to (mood lighting).

It’s $65 right now as a pledge on Kickstarter, with delivery slated for March 2013. More importantly, the project is not only fully funded, but it’s raised $700,000+ when its goal was $100,000, proving that the market is ripe to bring a bit of innovation to an invention that’s barely changed in the last 100 years.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

NETGEAR WiFi Booster Lets You Roam Your Mansion Freely

By David Ponce

Dropping out of range of your WiFi router can be pretty annoying, especially when you’re in the middle of streaming a really good episode of Breaking Bad on your iPad while comfortably lazing in your yard. If you’ve got a 3G device, it might then just switch to cellular data and keep going, but you’ll be eating away at your very limited (and expensive) bandwidth. Better just splurge $40 on a Netgear WiFi booster. It takes your current 2.4Ghz 802.11 b/g/n signals and amplifies them so they reach out further. There’s no specific details on just how much further, but at $40, any little bit can go a long way.

It should be available later this summer.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

CyberQ Wifi Device Brings BBQing Into The 21st Century

By David Ponce

We tried our hands at using a smoker here at OhGizmo HQ once. The meat that resulted was sooty, tough, acrid, bitter and just plain gross. That’s probably because we had no idea what we were doing and the smoker we were using was cheap. But even with a better quality smoker and half a clue as to what to do, it’s pretty hard to get it right. The CyberQ Wifi device wants to make it as simple as possible. Featuring one pit probe as well as three food probes, it keeps an eye on temperatures and relays this information to you via Wifi. You can be in your living room and monitor the cooking through a smartphone. And even if you’re not looking at your phone the entire time, alarms can be setup for when temps deviate too far up or down from a set goal.

But the CyberQ Wifi is more than just a remote thermometer. As we understand it, it’s able to actually control your pit, raising or lowering temperatures itself as needed. Seeing as we’re still BBQ noobs, we don’t really understand how it does this. But from the looks of it, the $295 it will cost you appear to be money well spent.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Kuhl Air Conditioners To Get WiFi Links

By David Ponce

Kuhl already makes air conditioners. But they’re allegedly about to get a little more high tech with the introduction of the FriedrichLink™ Wi-Fi Adapter. This will work in tandem with an iOS application and will let you start, set, and stop your machine from anywhere. Not only that but you can program the entire week, so if you know you’ll be out on the weekend you can just set the AC to off during that time and not even worry about, you know, actually walking up to the machine and doing something.

There’s no price or availability information.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Future Intel-Powered Ultrabooks To Include Behind The Scenes Access To Devicescape WiFi

By David Ponce

So it’s possible that future Ultrabooks (and perhaps other Intel-powered computing machines) will come pre-loaded with software from Devicescape, which would make it possible for the machines to seamlessly access over 8 million WiFi Hotspots worldwide. Devicescape has a “Curated Virtual Network” (CVN) of hotspots and the idea is that whenever you’d be in range of one, even if your laptop is in your bag with the lid closed, it would still be able to connect and update some software. It’d be all done silently, with no user interaction. That way you’d be online and up to date (think stock quotes, Twitter, email, etc.) as soon as you actually turn the machine on. There’s no word of course on whether this will affect the price of the machines, or even if it’ll diminish battery life. Windows 8 does have Connected Standby, so if that works correctly when the time comes, this whole setup might happen at a minimal impact on battery. Whenever it is and for whatever price, any option that makes it easier to get connected is welcome by us.

VIA [ TheVerge ]

Almond Router Features LCD Screen

By David Ponce

Routers are an indispensable piece of equipment in the home, but they’re often one of the most feared. Think about it. When was the las time you changed your WiFi password? Or changed any of the settings? When did you last type 192.168.0.1 or something like that in your browser bar? “Never” is the answer many of you will give, and that’s just because routers aren’t that easy to use. The Almond router from Securifi hopes to change all that with the inclusion of an LCD touchscreen on its body. Hardware wise, we’re looking at a typical router: 802.11b/g/n, 300Mbps MIMO, 100m range, etc. But it’s the touchscreen UI that makes the Almond stand out; it’ll allow you to configure everything right on your device with a few simple finger presses.

The Almond should hit the market in the spring of this year for under $70.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gadget Review ]

Lookee TV Streams Internet Radio And TV

Lookee TV Desktop (Image courtesy Best-Supplier)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are countless boxes capable of streaming radio broadcasts from the internet, instead of just over-the-air, giving you access to content from all over the world. But the Lookee TV one-ups them all by adding the ability to stream video content from the internet as well. All-in-all it gives you access to over 1,400 ‘TV’ channels and over 3,000 radio stations, including podcasts.

Now enjoying that wealth of content on a 4.3-inch 480×272 pixel display is not exactly a home theater caliber experience, so the Lookee includes a standard definition video-out connection for hooking it up to a larger display. But the device seems to be targeted as a more advanced alternative to your standard alarm clock, so perhaps it’s best enjoyed bedside as an alternative to the witty banter of your local radio morning hosts. Users have the ability to search for stations by region, language, genre or custom keywords, and favorites lists can be compiled for preferred content. It of course also doubles as a desktop media player/digital photo frame with audio and video content like AVI, FLV, MKV and WMV files played from an SD card.

Even with all that functionality I’m still a little confused as to where the best place something like this could be enjoyed. On your desk at work? In the kitchen? On a bedside table? And at $199.99 it seems a little expensive for something I’m not entirely sure what to do with.

[ Lookee TV Desktop ]

Logitec’s New LAN-WH450N/GR Is A Wireless Router, Not A Wind Turbine

Logitec LAN-WH450N/GR (Image courtesy Logitec)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re worried you might have to stick Logitec’s new LAN-WH450N/GR wireless router outside or near a window to catch a breeze and keep it powered, don’t be. What looks like blades on a wind turbine is actually its tri-tenna design which supposedly lets this IEEE802.11 n/a/g/b router achieve speeds of up to 450Mbps (theoretical value) when using compatible devices. It’s also got gigabit ethernet on board if you prefer to go the more reliable wired route, all the standard wireless security methods you’d expect to find on a wifi router these days and will be available mid-April for ~$230 (¥19,000).

[ Logitech LAN-WH450N/GR ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

D-Link Releases A Couple Of New Tiny Wifi Adapters

D-Link Wifi Adapters (Images courtesy D-Link)
By Andrew Liszewski

If your aging desktop or laptop is starting to feel a little dated, particularly when it comes to wifi speeds, an easy way to bring it up to modern standards without having to remove a single screw is through a USB wireless adapter. And if something unobtrusive is what you’re after, last week D-Link released a couple of new wifi adapters with minimal footprints.

The DWA-131 Wireless N Nano USB Adapter, aka the ‘larger’ of the two pictured above, works on IEEE 802.11n or ‘g’ networks and features 11n technology for speeds up to 300Mbps. Its dime-sized built-in antenna also provides for a greater range, and uses the company’s ‘Intelligent Antenna Technology’ to circumvent dead spots and interference by broadcasting multiple signals at the same time. The DWA-121 Wireless N 150 Pico USB Adapter is the smaller of the two pictured above, and offers mostly the same features as the DWA-131 though with speeds reduced to 150 Mbps, and obviously a more limited range given its minimally sized antenna. Both are currently available directly from D-Link for $49.99.

[ D-Link DWA-131 & DWA-121 ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]