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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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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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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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Kolibree – Your Dental Health, Now on the Net
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
Yes, I let my 10 year old use my electronics, I’m not saying it’s done without fear. I try to instill upon her a healthy respect for my “stuff”. I like it to come back to me in relatively the same way she borrowed it, charged, scratch and dent free… so far we’re at about 98%, and to be fair, it might have actually been the gremlin that left my iPad on the picnic table in the rain…
You know what helps quell some of the fear? LifeProof fre cases, their high quality smartphone and tablet cases help you get the most out of your electronics, with a hefty dose of confidence, and the freedom to take your iPhones and iPads anywhere you want to go. (or even *gasp* to let your kids use them) New to LifeProof’s line is the fre case for your iPad Air. Imagine an iPad that’s waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof and snow proof!
The LifeProof fre will let you, and your iPad or iPhone, plunge underwater, walk in the rain, hit the slopes, or the beach without worrying. The LifeProof fre case won’t interfere with the device’s sound output or touch screen clarity and, the LifeProof fre actually protects your iDevice in water up to 6.6 ft. for up to an hour, and from drops more than 4 ft.
So if a case built to military standards for shock and impact protection in a sleek design is what you need to protect your iPads and iPhones from the world, and your kids, you should get one over at lifeproof.com and remember to check out the new fre case for your iPad Air. Prices starting at under 80 bucks.
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Why are we so interested in looking at our faces? Does it make it think about what we used to look like, and compare it to the current version of ourselves? It could be personal growth, but oftentimes it’s a good way to validate yourself by posting tons of face photos online for social media sites to your followers to give you a confidence boost. Nothing wrong with that, but some people do get to be a bit excessive about it.
If you take the selfie game pretty seriously, then you’re likely in the market for a shutter remote control so you don’t have blurry photos. The HISY is one such item that will work with your iDevice without the use of an app. All it needs to do to connect is be paired via Bluetooth. This can go for almost two years (based on doing 100 shots a day!) without needing a battery replacement, so you won’t need to worry about having to charge one more device.
This would be perfect for creative selfies or group shots as it has a range of 30-90 feet. It will cost you around $25, which isn’t too bad for such an item. There is even a headphone jack attachment so you can keep it handy at all times rather than stuffing it in your bag and missing a perfect photo opportunity. If you also like to record videos, this will be able to start and stop the recording process.
HISY wants you to take as many selfies as you can
We can listen to music in a variety of ways. It can be on our own device, where we cherry-pick what songs are on there with specific playlists, CDs or records which play only what’s on them, online music stations which are also determined by you, or the radio. The latter of these options has local and national news, commercials, special events, music picked by the host or callers, and the main use for most of us, is using this medium for information in times of emergency. Aside from having a radio in your car, most of us don’t really bother with getting something that specifically works as a radio.
There are apps you can download, but you will usually need some form of internet connection. This is where the Lightning FM Radio for iPhone and iPad might come in handy. It is an 8pin lightning compatible FM radio that plugs directly into your iDevice. It will draw power from your phone, and you can change the station by pressing a single button.
This is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad mini, and the iPod Touch 5th Gen. It’s a neat idea for those who prefer to listen to the radio, though it is a bit costly at around $30. If this was going to be used in emergency situations, then it also doesn’t help that draws power from your phone, which could end up being a lifeline for you. It might be better to save up a bit more for a hand-crank or solar powered radio that is portable and has phone charging capabilities.
Turn your iPhone 5 into an FM Radio