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Gadget News

  • Hollywood-inspired US Military project developing ‘Iron Man’ supersuit

    In a move that'll make Marvel fanboys squeal with delight and others sigh in utter disbelief, the US government is reportedly recruiting the help of Hollywood special effects masters to build a fully functioning Iron Man-like suit. Legacy Effects, the special effects team that brought the world cinematic marvels like Pacific Rim, Life of Pi and Iron Man among others, has been hired by the US Military to co-develop what is dubbed Project TALOS (or Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit). It doesn't sound quite as cool as Iron Man, unfortunately. A measly budget of US$80-million has been allocated -- which...

  • This ingenious device lets you send scents and odours from your iPhone

    If the world thought constant uploads of meals to the internet was a thing of the past, they may soon have to deal with more than just pictures. Cambridge-based start up Vapor Communications, has developed the oPhone, a device that literally allows its users to receive photographs with odours. The unique project this week launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, with inventors David Edwards and Rachel Field yesterday sending the first scent message across the Atlantic. The device is available to early backers for US$149. The oPhone reproduces scents tagged in an image sent from the device's iPhone app - oSnap. Eight...

  • Parrot’s Bebop drone features virtual reality Oculus ‘Skycontroller’

    Parrot, the French manufacturer behind the AR Drone range, has unveiled its latest flyer, the adorably-named Bebop. The hand-sized red and black drone is equipped with a full HD, fully movable 14MP camera with a 180° viewing field, a GPS that allows self-adjusted hover mode without the need for user control, and 8GB storage. Sadly, the Wall Street Journal reports that the battery life is an inadequate 12 minutes. But the real kicker is the controller. Parrot allows consumers the option of a wireless Oculus Rift unit called the "Skycontroller." It's an impressive piece of kit. The First Person View glasses (the...

  • Air-doodling LIX 3D pen shatters Kickstarter funding goal

    3D printing technology has taken off in a big way recently. Last year, the world saw the first useful 3D printing pen, the 3Doodler. It set Kickstarter alight by reaching its target four hours after its launch, and raised over US$2.3-million in total. A year later, London-based startup Lix has seen its rendition of a 3D pen completely funded just two hours into its own campaign. Just like the 3Doodler, Lix's 3D pen allows the user to draw multidimensional works of art, by and melting and manipulating ABS or PLA plastic. The heated material is fed through the device's internal mechanism,...

  • Neil Young launches US$399 Pono Music player to ‘save us from MP3s’

    MP3 players are all the rage, according to legendary musician Neil Young, who's about to launch his first US$399 (not a typo) music device, named PonoMusic. Unlike the US$10 MP3 player you can buy down at the Kwik-E-Mart, PonoMusic reportedly offers the best sound reproduction in an audio device yet, in conjunction with Ayre acoustics. For US$399 we're getting 128GB storage (with a slot for memory cards), equivalent to 1 000 to 2 000 high-resolution songs, give or take. PonoMusic's offering is going to be a lot like Apple and its iPod in that the Pono store and device are...

  • The coolest gadgets of CES 2014 so far [CES2014]

    The press got a sneak peek at what will be unwrapped in the coming week. We battled through the crowd to find the most interesting gadgets at the pre-show, and here's what we've come up with. Catterpillar Inc (CAT) isn't exactly renowned for making phones, but the company just dropped something right out of 1990 -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The B100 is a feature phone that can be dropped from a height of 1.8 meters onto solid concrete, submerged in water for half an hour and can even withstand temperatures from -25 to 55 degrees celsius. Unlike...

  • Swizz-Army knife of tech gadgets ‘If Convertible’ goes Ubuntu

    Three parts, two screens, one device to rule them all. Idealfuture is currently raising funds for its campaign on Indiegogo and hopes its If Convertible will be the 2014's gadget game changer. The so-called Swizz-Army knife of computing devices aims to satisfy your needs for a smartphone, tablet and notebook -- putting it all under one data plan. The company announced today it's begun development on an Ubuntu & Android version of our if convertible Alpha series. The awkwardly-named If Convertible looks like a notebook with an identity crises... which it maybe is but it does feature dual screens of...

  • iPhone-controlled paper plane PowerUp 3.0 flies through its Kickstarter goal

    Another day, another awesome Kickstarter project funded in the first 24 hours. PowerUp 3.0 turns your traditional paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled flying machine. Yup, pledge US$40 or more and you'll get this little contraption you just stick to any boring folded paper plane. You then pair this device with your smartphone using a dedicated app to steer, propel and cause ultimate havoc... wherever. So how does it work? It's very simple. If you're capable of folding a paper jet, then you should be able to figure this out in no time. Connecting via Bluetooth, the app is used to indicate the...

  • Guardian: the wearable Bluetooth tech that helps you track your kid

    Nearly 8-million children get lost every year. The shocking statistic inspired Taiwanese startup Beluvv to create Guardian, a small wearable device that is able to track a child’s movements. The device (which can be worn as everything from a necklace to a watch) is paired up with a smartphone app using Bluetooth, allowing you to check if your child is wandering outside a safe perimeter and quickly locate them on a map. The app also utilizes the network of users to help each other find a child when the child goes out of the parent’s pre-set radar. For example,...

  • eBay’s My Gadgets is a database that keeps track of all your electronics

    My Gadgets is a private collection of all gadgets you own. A database of the old and the new. With eBay's new inventory system, you'll get the total value of what your gadgets are selling for on the popular auctioning site. In the end, most gadgets are disposable. They either break or get outdated before the next Santa comes chiming. This lucrative recycling system lets you add and sell-off your dusty goodies with one click on eBay. As noted by Engadget, My Gadgets is meant for those seeking to clear out the old. The value of any one good is based...