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When you need to get from point A to B, you plug in the directions on your phone and make your way to where you need to go. This can be the case for walking, biking, taking the bus, and more. However, it’s easiest to keep track of where you’re going in your car as there aren’t exterior sounds to drown out what your GPS says, and it can sit right in front of you. When walking, you don’t need directions to come at you as quickly, as your pace isn’t going to be too fast.
However, when riding your bike you might want your information to be a bit more readily available. It’s not so easy to pull out your phone and check if you’re on the right path. If you wish you had a bit more assistance in finding your way, then the Schwinn CycleNav Bike Navigation system might be able to help you out. This is a Bluetooth device that will attach to your handlebars, and tell you which way to go.
This has an app which you will need to use on your smartphone, and it is compatible with both iOS and Android (4.1 or later). Since this is taking front and center on your bike, it only makes sense that this would also be an LED bike light to help you navigate when the sun is no longer making an appearance. If you don’t want to rely on pulling out your phone or keeping in earbuds to be able to hear what directions your phone is spitting out, this is a $50 purchase that will get you the CycleNav Bike Navigation, a bike mount, rechargeable battery, and a charging cable.
Mobile gaming is the best way to fill a few minutes on a bus or train while on your way to work. Some are embarrassed about the genre of game they play, trying to hide their screen from others around them. On the other hand, there are those who embrace their geekery in full force, by purchasing accessories to make gaming easier.
If you are one hardcore gamer who has no time for fooling around, then you likely want an accessory that can be assembled quickly, has amazing quality, and won’t take up much space. The Razer JungleCat will give you everything you could want for an iPhone game controller. It has a D-pad, ABXY buttons, and bumpers. If you want to stow it away, simply slide the gamepad shut and it will all but disappear. This will add a bit more bulk and length to your phone, but it won’t be by much.
Seeing that many mobile gaming add-ons need a mounting bracket or jut out of the sides, this is a far better option. This will offer some level of protection from drops and falls, but you likely won’t want any aspect of this combination to hit the ground. You can fully customize your controller with the Razer Junglecat iOS app, which will allow you to remap your buttons, as well as their sensitivity. This was designed for the iPhone 5/5S, and will give you full access to all of the buttons on your phone. This is available for purchase at a price point of $99.99.
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We’ve seen them in all shapes, sizes, and colors with a variety of functions. However, because activity trackers only have a few things to track, people stop using them after a couple of months. What if you were given an activity tracker that not only had all the applications you wanted, but you could add more that will integrate with your social media outlets and fitness apps? The Razer Nabu looks simple, sleek, and can have as many functions as you can think up. This simple black band can be complimented by green, orange, white, or plain black on the inside of the band. The outside of the band features a private message screen that will instantly activate to show you whatever details you would want to see.
This will keep tabs on normal activity tracker goals like calories burnt, steps taken, floors climbed, distance traveled, and hours slept. However, you can also be alerted of calls, incoming emails, messages, reminders, twitter, Facebook, and more. The price is yet to be determined, but you can get into the beta program for just $1 if you act quickly. The SDK is already available to mess with for those who would like to develop applications, and they can all be made available for the community to use. It will last for about 5-7 days on one charge. The Nabu will work with the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C, and Android 4.3.
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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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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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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.
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