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Geeky Gizmos

  • Knomo’s Knomad will get and keep you going

    Carrying around more and more cables, gizmos means finding items can be annoying and tangles are a daily occurrence. Showing they are more than simply a luxury bag maker, Knomo is fixing this and venturing into the electronics market with a battery collaboration (via CasePower) for its forthcoming product “Knomad” — a portable organiser. Made from cotton canvas with brass fixtures and a raw leather touchpoint trip (no mucky hands to ruin it!) this is one durable bit of kit. Not waterproof but splash-proof for sure – it’s meant to be taken out, used and lusted...

  • Sweetened Raspberry Pi B+ features four USB ports, lower power drain

    Coming under increased pressure from the likes of the BeagleBone and the HummingBoard in the battle of the micro-computers, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched a refreshed model dubbed the “Model B+”. The original Model B has been roaming the wild for a good two years now without so much as a change of clothes, but finally the Cambridgeshire-based firm has pushed what it deems “the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi.” For those expecting a beefier hardware upgrade, cue disappointment. Although it will remain at a highly competitive US$35, the Model B+ now features double the USB ports, a...

  • I know what you’re thinking: Google Glass, now with mind control

    Google Glass doesn’t exactly have a wonderful public image, nor the people who use it. The US$1 000 device has come under some scrutiny for its privacy pervasive nature in a post-Snowden world. But a new appendage may just change this perception, or involuntarily, make it worse. NeuroSky, manufacturers of brainwave harnessing biosensors, had its MindWave Mobile fitted to Google Glass, allowing the wearer to control the Glass using nothing but brain function. While the Glass fits around the ears, the MindWave is mounted on the forehead. No touch, motion or speech is needed at all, just thought. The EEG and Glass...

  • 9 gadgets that scream ‘America!’

    When John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence back in 1776, the term “technology” probably encompassed what was then bourgeoning stream engine technology and the quill used to sign the parchment. Nearly 350 years later though, as Americans gear up for the celebration of this day, technology is an integral part of their and the world society in general. As the homes and streets from New York to Los Angeles are painted red, white and blue, why should techology not follow suit and take part in the celebrations? Here are nine of the most patriotic, America-loving, Fourth of July-celebrating gizmos...

  • Powerful $45 HummingBoard mini-PC becomes latest Raspberry Pi-eater

    The Raspberry Pi has sat atop the single-board computing throne for a long while now, without so much as a challenger in sight. But an Israeli-led company, SolidRun, is now taking orders for it’s Pi-eater — the HummingBoard. Sparked into creation by Kossay Omary and Rabeeh Khoury in 2010, SolidRun has previous experience in building home media devices, most notably the CuBox series. The HummingBoard takes this philosophy and strips it ever so lightly. Although the single-board, scalable computer is slightly wider than the Pi, it has everything one should expect from its competitor. There are three models currently available, starting...

  • Tetris-playing T-shirt brings games and garments together

    Tetris has been around since the mid-eighties, but has never been played quite like this before. Marc Kerger, a techie hailing from the tiny state of Luxembourg has created the wearable-to-end-all-wearables — a Tetris-playing T-shirt. Paying homage to the game’s 30th anniversary, Kerger placed 128 LEDs onto a 3D-printed custom housing, some soft material to pose as buttons and a set of Adafruit Matrix controllers to govern all the lights. These components are then mated to an Arduino Uno microcontroller and powered by some rechargeable AA batteries. The result? A working, wearable and fully portable Tetris game that can be played...

  • Ai.Frame is a motion-controlled mini-robot that moonwalks its way into your heart

    For those who remember the original Transformers¬†or Go-Bots brand of toys, this Kickstarter project will perhaps conjure the fondest of memories. Shenzen-based project, Ai.Frame creates miniature humanoid robots, fully customisable and open-source, fit for tweaking. It’s also the next big hit on Kickstarter. Started in 2012 by Chinese innovators Jiaqi Hu and Zebo Sun, Ai.Frame has blown past its initial funding goal in just two days with five weeks to go. The most affordable robot is available for backers at just US$179. “There are many great robotic inventions on the market,” notes the developers, “but in the meantime, for most people,...

  • Netgear’s Nighthawk X6 first 3.2Gbps Tri-Band router

    Netgear, the maker of all things networking, has launched what it claims is the world’s first Tri-Band WiFi router — the US$299 “Nighthawk X6.” With a name like that, it could easily be mistaken for an actual gaming console, or the eponymous aircraft made by Lockheed, rather than a router. It’s apt as well, as the Nighthawk is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, with three offload CPUs spreading additional load. While supporting the 802.11ac standard, the router houses five ethernet ports, six antennas and three wireless transmission bands — two 5GHz and one 2.4GHz — while “Smart Connect” technology places...

  • AirDog action sports drone will let us view life in the third-person

    The one feature dearly lacking on GoPro action cameras is a set of wings. But the developers behind the AirDog have likely solved that problem with the creation of the “world’s first auto-follow action sports drone” designed to film the user from high above. The US$995 AirDog is a waterproof, foldable, quad-copter drone that has a quirkily attractive LEGO-like appearance, but features a gyro-stabilised gimbal that reduces camera shake while automatically adjusting pitch and yaw. It’s serious machinery, developed by Helico Aerospace Industries, a group of extreme sports enthusiasts themselves. Other electronic wizardry ensures that the drone doesn’t crash into anything,...

  • Google reveals new powerful 3D-mapping tablet with Kinect-like features

    Google just released a prototype tablet that carries NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra K1 and can smoothly map out physical spaces in real-time. Developed by Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) division, Project Tango’s tablet uses 3D cameras to make virtual replicas of your surroundings. Now, how sci-fi is that? Given its larger size to the smartphone, Google’s three-dimensional mapping device is able to hold more than enough hardware than your everyday tablet. Similar to the Nexus 7, the Android tablet carries a 7″ display but features much beefier mechanics such as NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra K1, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of...