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Gaming on the mobile platform has moved on from dedicated handheld consoles such as the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP (although the next stage of evolution, the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita have been released for quite some time already) over to the smartphone and tablet platforms for obvious reasons – smartphone games are smaller and more manageable, and they do not need to take up too much of your time as most of them happen to be casual titles. The freemium model, however, does get my goat, how about you? Having said that, some games on modern day touchscreen mobile devices do take up more visual real estate than what some of us are comfortable with, which is where the SteelSeries Stratus XL wireless gaming controller for iOS devices come in handy.
Having it play nice with an ever growing roster of controller-enabled games that are released in the App Store, gamers will now have more options to enjoy either a full-sized or pocket-sized wireless controller. According to Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO, “We have been working for well over a year now on perfecting the wireless controller experience for iOS devices. We have been incredibly impressed by the way the SteelSeries Stratus has been received by consumers so far and we are looking forward to introducing the Stratus XL to the iOS gaming community – who have been asking for a full-sized controller option. The Stratus XL was designed to meet their demands, delivered with the premium features and top-to-bottom quality expected from SteelSeries.”
The Stratus XL Wireless Gaming Controller might look like an Xbox 360 controller at first glance perhaps due to its color configuration, but it is not that. Instead, it will feature a console-style layout alongside a pressure-sensitive directional pad (D-pad), 4 pressure-sensitive action buttons and a quartet of shoulder buttons, where a pair of pressure-sensitive top shoulder buttons as well as two analog trigger bottom shoulder buttons will make up the entire configuration. There is also a dedicated pairing button which will allow it to hook up to iOS devices via Bluetooth, alongside a convenient on/off switch that helps you prolong its battery life as much as possible. A couple of AA batteries are said to deliver approximately 40 hours of gametime.
Pricing details remain to be confirmed as at press time.
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SteelSeries Stratus XL wireless gaming controller out later this year
The world of mobile gaming has definitely improved by leaps and bounds over the years, where we have seen superior hardware deliver a far more engaging mobile gaming experience than ever before, making smartphones and tablets as the default gaming platforms of choice compared to dedicated portable gaming machines such as the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PS Vita. Having said that, touchscreen controls aren’t exactly the best method of enjoying a mobile game, simply because your thumbs would have covered up some space on the screen that might have been put to better use. Enter the $99.99 Razer Junglecat gamepad that might just kick off a revolution for iOS-powered devices.
The Razer Junglecat gamepad, as its name suggests, delivers a platform for gamers on iOS devices to enjoy gaming-grade control alongside customizability with unimpeded phone access. Doing away with all kinds of unwanted baggage on the Razer Junglecat gamepad, the controller is as svelte as possible, sporting the ability to mold itself seamlessly with the sleek profile of the iPhone. What you end up is with an ultra-durable slider which will reveal or hide the gamepad as desired.
Gamers will find that the Razer Junglecat gamepad boasts of a full set of gaming functions, including AXBY pressure-sensitive buttons, D-pad and bumpers, hance doing away with the need for pesky on screen controls while freeing up valuable screen real estate. Even when the Razer Junglecat gamepad is attached, all buttons on the iPhone as well as its ports will remain available in its pocket-ready compact form, and since the entire shebang measures a mere 20m thin, the controller itself does tend to feel as though it is a standard protective case.
Expect to see the Razer Junglecat gamepad see a worldwide release later this coming July, and whether the masses will pick up and bite on this idea or not remains to be seen. It is an interesting accessory to check out though, that is for sure.
Razer Junglecat gamepad targets iOS devices
There are a multitude of activity trackers out there that can tell you how many steps you’ve taken, the amount of calories burned, your sleep patterns, and more. They come in various shapes and sizes, and are used by those who want to have solid numbers on how they’re doing with their exercising regimen. For those who smoke and want to stay fit, there’s another element involved to keep track of, and it’s not always easy.
If you light up cigarettes every day, do you count the number you’ve had? If you want to start keeping track of your intake as well as get on the road to quitting, then there’s an activity tracker that was made just for you. The Quitbit is an electric lighter that will let you know how many cigarettes you’ve had, and can help you to lessen the amount you smoke daily. Not only will it show you how long it has been since your last one, but it can be programmed not to work if you want to go without a smoke for a certain period of time. This is only for the smoking aspect, so an exterior exercise tracker would also be needed if you wanted to have progress reports on your entire routine.
This doesn’t keep track of anything else besides your smoking habits and thanks to the app, there’s a community that can cheer you on as you progress. The whole point of buying this $70-90 lighter is to negate your need for it, but it will certainly pay for itself in the amount you don’t spend on cigarettes. As this is an electric lighter, you won’t need to worry about needing to refuel, but it will need recharging after about a week of normal use. This will work with iOS 5+ and Android 4.3+.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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The Quitbit wants you to stop smoking and live healthier
I know quite a few folks who rely on their smartphone entirely. They have cut the cord (so to speak) with their landline services. I am inching closer to that end, although I haven’t quite arrived just yet. My concern was having to walk around with my phone in my pocket, or run the risk of not being able to hear it ring…
Well, that hurdle has been jumped. Check out Renny, a portable Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone that requires no wires and no installation. Renny has a range of up to 200 feet, and it rings, and loudly announces who it is that’s calling… even if your mobile phone is on vibrate or silent! Renny will let you connect 2 phones at a time and allows you to pick up your calls via it’s built-in microphone (no more running to find the cell) Use Renny’s useful hands-free function and control your phone use with selectable ringtones, and Call Answer/End/Reject and Mute control.
Renny can be used at home, in your car, or out by the pool.It can also stream your favorite music wirelessly from your mp3 player, tablet, smartphone or computer using Bluetooth wireless technology. So if you’re tired of missing cellphone calls while you’re at home, or you just want to ditch your home phone service altogether, Renny might just be the gadget for you. Grab one at amazon.com for under 100 bucks.
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Renny – Because your Phone isn’t Always in your Pocket
We have a general thirst for knowledge of the world that can’t be quenched. We were born with no understanding of our surroundings, and have to be taught what things are, how they work, and how to interact with what’s in front of us. After a certain point, it’s up to us to gain knowledge about the world rather than being educated by teachers or parents.
If you want to know anything nowadays, you normally go to your phone and look things up online. If you’re wanting to know about the structure of an object, Wikipedia is not going to give you detailed information of what sits in front of you. If you wish you could learn more about the world around you, then the SCiO might peak your interest. This is a molecular scanner that can tell you the makeup of matter for anything you scan. Sound like the tricorder from Star Trek? It’s a bit behind the curve by comparison, but that’s where this is headed.
It has a tiny spectrometer which will tell you the chemical makeup of whatever you scan and send the information to your smartphone (iPad 3, iPhone 4S+, or Android 4.3+). You can get nutritional facts, see how ripe produce is, check the quality of your cooking oil, authenticate medicine, and much more. Everything you upload and tag will be sent to a giant database, which will help with research about the planet we live on. The app is very easy to navigate, and there is dev kit available for those who want specific information, but it costs $400-1000 in comparison to the regular SCiO which will cost $200-300.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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We all had and/or have a special toy that we grew up with. Sometimes it’s a bear, blanket, or maybe it’s a strange stuffed animal like a puffer fish. Whatever it may be, it was more often than not a sort of security item, with which we felt safe from monsters in our own imagination at night, or dealing with new environments. While kids today still have teddy bears, they often pay more attention to technology as a comfort item.
Giving kids a smartphone or tablet is a great way to entertain them for hours, but it should be more functional aside from just showing them moving pictures and making sounds. The DiDi teddy bear is hoping to bridge the gap between entertainment and learning. This is a teddy bear cover for iPads, and corresponds with an app that will teach reading, and work as a sort of Tamagotchi.
You’ll be able to feed DiDi, brush its teeth, and play games. There are even touch toys so that everything isn’t screen-based. Currently there are three “belly books”, 3 educational games, and responses for interactions. There is also a bunny plush version named TuTu that works with iPhones and iPod Touch. Paying $25 will get you DiDi with all the touch toys, and if you’re quick about it the same price will also get you the TuTu bunny package.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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DiDi is a modern teddy bear that will help little ones learn to read
We depend on our phones to keep us in the loop. Can’t find your ride at the airport, running late, need to send an email, or find directions? Our phones have become an all-knowing source of information as well as a way to stay connected. The only time it doesn’t do all of these amazing things, is when it dies. Of course, you can always get a backup battery, but there are thousands of options available, and you want to find one that fits your specific needs.
If you only want a little boost in power near the end of the day, and don’t want a backup battery to take up a lot of room in your bag, then the TravelCard would be perfect. This is about the size of a credit card, but it is several times thicker. It houses a 1300mAh battery, which can give your phone about a 40-55% charge, which equates to 5 hours of talk time, 96 of standby, or 4.5 of playing with apps.
This will only work with iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 5th gen iPod touch, and the 7th gen iPod nano. To charge the TravelCard, simply plug it in via USB, and LEDs will indicate how much juice it has. There is a connector built in to this device, so you don’t need to worry about having cables on hand anymore. This is a tad pricey at $45 seeing that you won’t even get a full charge out of it, but if it fits your situation perfectly, then go for it.
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The TravelCard is a backup battery that can keep up with a busy lifestyle
Do we all remember learning how to brush our teeth? In my day that meant those little red disclosing tablets that you would chew, and they would leave bright red stains on the teeth you neglected. My kiddo should know how to brush, but I’m not sure she gets the consequences of not doing it properly. Of course modern technology has a solution…Check out Kolibree, a cool new gadget designed to help you brush smarter. Used like your regular toothbrush, Kolibree sends real-time data directly to your smartphone. Easily check to see if you’ve brushed for long enough, or brushed in all the right places, using intelligent sensors and connected technology. Yup, its a Bluetooth toothbrush with a nifty associated app.
Kolibree’s toothbrush actually contains a sensor that can track the areas of your mouth that you’re brushing, and it lets you know what sections might need a little more attention. The toothbrush measures how often, and for how long you spend brushing and, if you’re not gettin’ it done, you’ll get a low brushing score. Good for kids and adults alike, Kolibree will help anyone who cares about their smile, to brush smarter.
Kolibree tells us that it’s an open platform, which means they can create limitless digital dental experiences through the use of creative apps, including games, music & video apps, healthcare & well-being apps, even interactions with your dentist. I think Kolibree will do more for kids learning to brush their teeth than a musical toothbrush and an egg timer ever did. Watch for the Kickstarter campaign sometime this summer… they’re expected to price out between 100 and 200 bucks depending which one you get. It seems like brushing your teeth might never be the same. To sign up for notices, or for more info, visit kolibree.com.
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As much as we’d like to think we always wrap our cables before shoving them in our bag (which is certainly well-organized to begin with), we sometimes forget. Of course, that leads to a tangled mess that doesn’t necessarily take a long time to undo, but is pretty annoying to deal with. Probably because we have to do it multiple times with various charging cables, headphones, and more.
If you’d prefer to start cutting down on the amount of cables you have to keep track of, then the Slimo can help. This is a wireless charging system that plugs into the 8 pin lightning connector on your iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, and iPad or iPod 5th gen. Once it is plugged into your device, simply adhere the super thin Slimo receiver to the back, and use with any QI-marked transmitter. This will streamline the charging process, and save you from having to wrestle with cables.
Getting just the receiver will cost you around $30, and getting a set with both the receiver and a power bank 5000mAh transmitter will cost around $69. You can use a case while charging your iDevice with this, so long as it’s not made of any aluminum or metal. If you already have all the cables and ability to wrap them, then this won’t really be necessary, but those interested know that they’re putting money down for convenience.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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The Slimo iPhone Charging System removes cables from the equation
Motrr, a name that is familiar with delivering high design robotics to everyday life, alongside Appologics, a specialist in mobile video, have worked together to streamline the process of shooting high definition videos as well as photography in a hands-free manner. Videography has been said to be the ultimate app for novice and expert camera enthusiasts, where it enables users to control all camera functions remotely, at the same time viewing the camera’s view in Full HD from a different browser. When mounted in a Motrr Galileo, which is a 360° robotic spinning platform for the iPhone and/or iPod, as users are able to pan/tilt their cameras remotely, not to mention Videography offering the ability to follow objects (such as faces), motion or colored objects automatically in order to ensure that they remain in the center of the view.
Videography would be able to offer all the features that one might be able to expect from a professional camera, and when paired with the Galileo, it would enable users to capture footage without the hassle of standing behind the camera. Galileo is capable of automatically detecting and following objects, motion or specific colors that one has determined beforehand, making it the ideal tool to capture a memorable birthday party, or to record your professor’s lecture as he walks around the lecture hall, with the practical application being virtually unlimited.
Videography can be best described to be a full-featured camera app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad, as it delivers Full HD video recording capability in 1080p with CD-quality audio, high-res still images, slow motion, time lapse, 16x zoom, Dropbox integration and even advanced motion controlled recordings. Those who are interested will be able to pick up the Motrr Galileo in two flavors – Bluetooth (whic will be compatible with iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 4S and iPod Touch 5th generation for $149.95 a pop) and 30-pin (compatible with iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 3GS & iPod Touch 4th generation for $99.95 each).
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Motrr Galileo lets you zoom in on the subject all the time