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eCapture Technologies recently announced a Kickstarter campaign for its LyfieEye device, which is something that will cater for those who have a penchant for snapping photos with their smartphones wherever they go. Of course, there are different ways and methods to shoot something in a creative manner with but a smartphone, but it would not hurt to be able to have a unique camera accessory to go along with your shots. The LyfieEye is touted to be the first truly affordable camcorder that plugs straight into Android phone ports — it works across USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB Type-C types.
With the LyfieEye, you can preview, record and playback immersive spherical 360º videos and photos. These recorded media can subsequently be shared directly to Facebook and YouTube for 360º Spherical Views. Not only that, it will be able to synchronize flawlessly with any VR (Virtual Reality) headset that is currently available on the market, all without the need for any kind of technical lag. The direct microUSB plug-in will also make a solid connection without any kind of interference. In other words, the LyfieEye will be able to plug, record and share seamlessly.
The LyfieEye can be used on Android smartphones with the supporting app enhancing it. Known as LyfieView, this app is a snap to use, and its elegant UI will enable users to capture spherical 360º content using their LyfieEye. This allows one to experience spherical 360º video first-hand. Viewers are able to check out beyond what their viewfinders are aimed at, as well as experience immersive, spherical 360º content on their smartphones.
In order to make the LyfieEye possible, there are proprietary technologies which empower it. Among them include an innovative, seamless LyfieSense architecture which optimizes several specialist technologies: among them include optical lenses, semiconductor image sensors, an image processing IC chip that was created specifically for synchronizing LyfieEye’s two lenses, the USB connector for USB 2.0 / 3.0 / Type-C, and software integration with smartphones.
Targeting long term use, the LyfieEye will come with a recommended retail price of $149 a pop, but the first hundred backers can pick up it up as a discount for $109.
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ViVi is a rather interesting piece of equipment, where it claims to be the most versatile music LED light tool in the world which will be able to synchronize music automatically. Basically, the ViVi Music LED Controller is here to bring a revolution to the future of live lighting control, where it offers real-time tracking of any song seamlessly thanks its exclusive VibeSync technology. In other words, the ViVi Music LED Controller can synchronize to your beat in real-time, separating it into a trio of distinct frequency ranges (bass/mids/highs) and outputs these to addressable LEDs for a stunning lightshow.
To make things easier for anyone who would like to introduce some light action to their music, the ViVi Music LED Controller will play nice with just about any addressable LED light strips for an easily expandable setup. This is a portable, wearable device that will definitely help you to create events that will drop jaws, that’s for sure!
How does the ViVi Music LED Controller work? Well, as mentioned earlier, its first-of-its-kind VibeSync will be able to analyze your music’s sound spectrum and produce a synchronized light show which will then help to visualize your vibe by isolating sounds over three common EQ channels – bass (lows), midrange (mids), and treble (highs) on individual outputs.
Your music will then react to volume, beats per minute (BPM), where the ViVi automatically generates different animations so that your audience can visualize the music in order to make it a more immersive experience.
No longer do you need to scratch your head as a DJ or musician when you want to create stunning light shows, as the ViVi Music LED Controller can get the job done — all without investing thousands of dollars in intelligent lighting gear, not to mention the hours involved in figuring out and programming DMX controllers. With ViVi, all you need to do is to plug in your LED light strips to each channel, use an external microphone or plug your device into the AUX cable directly for direct synchronization, and you’re good to go.
We seem to be on the very futile search to find the perfect smartwatch. New aspects and innovations keep being realized for this wearable technology, and while some products are just a rehashing of things that already exist, there are those that want to improve on the model. Smartwatches have been around long enough now that we essentially know what we would want, need, and like to have.
The Ticwatch 2 is yet another smartwatch, but they claim to be the most interactive. It has a dialer, calendar, weather report, voice search, gives notifications, controls your music, has Find My Phone, is compatible with Google Fit, Uber, Yelp, does fitness tracking, and has plenty of customization. Changing out bands for work and exercise is simple as you don’t need any tools to switch it out. Voice interaction is started by saying “Ok, Tico” and from there you should be able to call an Uber without opening the app, find a restaurant nearby, and more.
There’s touch control where certain swipes mean different actions, there’s a side strip along the outside of the clock face on the side so you can scroll, zoom, and control your volume without covering up the screen. Flipping your wrist twice will answer calls and knocking the watch twice will shuffle the songs. Putting your hand over the watch face will switch the watch to incognito mode where it just looks like a nice digital watch. It works with iPhone and Android, and will cost you $159 or more. While this is very surface level information, you’ll want to read more on their Kickstarter campaign as they’ve reached over a million in funding despite only asking for $50k.
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If you’re a fan of puzzles, then you likely have a Rubiks cube or two lying around at home. While there are a variety of puzzles out on the market, there’s a pretty big gap between easy and cheap and challenging and expensive. You wouldn’t want to spend $10 on a movie that only lasted ten minutes, so why would you spend $5 on something you can solve in two minutes?
The problem with puzzles is that once you’ve solved them, there’s really no reason to play them again as you already figured it out. This is why the Codex Silenda is taking an extra step with their puzzle. This is a 5-page book that you can only open by solving each page of the codex. In addition to giving your brain a workout, there’s also a story that ties the pages together, and has a hidden storage compartment if you really want to keep something hidden from prying eyes.
While this is handcrafted in the sense that it was developed and put together by the team that came up with the idea, the pieces were made with a laser cutter. The Codex is presently part of a crowdfunding campaign that is more than successful, and while an assembled version would’ve cost you $150, there are also options to get an unassembled version which it would be up to you to put together with a manual that walks you through the steps or gives you just enough hints that putting it together is puzzle enough. The tiers are sold out, but they presently have a waiting list for those who want a Codex of their very own.
More information on Kickstarter
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Multiplayer gaming has long broken through the barriers of being confined to desktop machines for quite some time now, thanks to faster Internet connectivity that is available to the masses, not to mention more and more sophisticated console titles. Having said that, many multiplayer games these days will see groups of people split into teams, and since speaking gets the message across a whole lot faster compared to typing it down, a gaming headset has become quite the staple peripheral among gamers for a while already. If you are on a tight budget and yet would like a gaming headset to go along with your console experience, then the $24.99 GRX-340 Gaming Headset would be able to get the job done.
You will be able to choose from blue or green shades which will be made available for the Sony PS4 or Xbox One, respectively. The GRX-340 Gaming Headset will arrive with 40mm audio drivers and includes a high performance microphone with advanced circuitry so that whatever instructions that you have for your team members will be sent out, loud and clear. It is not wireless, however, so do take note of that, as it connects via a 3.5mm standard stereo plug. The microphone comes with an on/off switch so that you can kill communications when the situation requires it.
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When it comes to earbuds, there are two major issues with which users tend to grapple with – finding the right fit, as well as the relatively short battery life. ELWN Earbuds has decided to come up against the twin juggernauts of earbud problems by launching its Kickstarter campaign this coming week, hoping that they can up the ante in the personal audio industry with its groundbreaking new technology. In other words, ELWN is proud to deliver the ultimate personal audio solution for the athletic, ambitious, and audiophile on-the-go in the form of the ELWN Fit.
ELWN Earbuds’ Fit have been specially designed with a wide range of fit options and truly wireless technology, where it will arrive in a stylish all-weather design. With this, users are able to make calls, enjoy music, and workout indoors or out, all the while enjoying comfort without having to compromise on the quality of sound.
As the ELWN Fit will be true blue wireless earbuds, they run on battery power. However, with the patent pending Infinity Band charger, users will be free from having to constantly charge and re-charge it, as the Infinity Band breaks new barriers by being a first of its kind system that enables the charging of the earbud’s batteries while in use. In other words, one would be able to enjoy a virtually endless battery life cycle, now how about that for convenience?
Not only that, anyone who decides to pick up the ELWN Fit will be on the receiving end of an industry leading 180 earbud combinations, which more or less guarantees a secure, customizable fit for nearly every ear on the planet. Among its audio and design features include a microphone that is made for crystal clear calls, water resistant shells with SoX touch coating, CD-Like quality sound, an advanced Bluetooth chipset with CVC aptX technology, and specially engineered 6mm Micro Dynamic Drivers. Any takers for the Kickstarter project?
In the past, a watch is not so much a piece of equipment that you wear around your wrist as it is a timekeeping device, and for good reason, too – folks did not have the privilege that we have today when it comes to telling the time in a myriad of ways; ranging from our computers to smartphones and other digital signage. These days, watches are more of a fashion statement with the side function of being able to tell you the time, or perhaps smartwatches end up augmenting your smartphone experience as you can tell whether there is an incoming call or email with a look of your wrist, rather than having to reach into your pocket and taking out your phone. Inkwell would like to spice things up a bit in the watch department with their latest tattoo watch range.
Inkwell happens to be a watch brand that has been inspired by tattoo art, and it was created and approved by professional tattoo artists. Touted to be the first tattoo watch project to date thanks to its unique strap embossing technology, it makes it indistinguishable from actual tattoo thanks to its tangible depth of lines and contours and natural coloring work.
The Inkwell project is an idea that intends to transfer the physical properties of a tattoo onto leather straps, as opposed to making a beautiful yet ordinary print. So far, dozens of material types and technologies have been tried before arriving at the satisfying result of today, ending up in the straps that you see being used.
For Inkwell’s first series, there will be a trio of timepieces available, where each of them is made of 316L stainless steel with an option of PVD coating and Ronda 763 swiss movement on board. The watch cases themselves have been designed after the original creation of Rupert Inkwell, assembled and welded with his own hands. As for its signature sturdy leather straps, these were created with unique embossing imprints that deliver authentic depth and physical qualities to the image and colored by hand. Its packaging will be a leather roll decorated in tattoo stylistics. You can’t get any cooler than that, for real!
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Do you remember what it was like to be completely immersed in playing pretend? An entire afternoon was spent in some faraway place that didn’t exist, and we could visit it whenever we wanted. LEGOs made that even more fun since we could materialize an aspect of that world in a real space, and the only limits to what we made was our creativity. Nowadays it’s hard to find something fun that you can sink into in the same way, unless it’s Minecraft.
If you really did love LEGOs and still think about playing with them from time to time (or still do), then you’re probably looking for ways to make it more fun. Brixo came up with a brilliant plan to make these blocks more enticing in an educational way. These are bricks that have sensors, motors, connected apps, and are battery-powered. They basically gave LEGOs an upgrade and will now let them do tricks.
It wouldn’t be hard to lose an afternoon in playing with these as you’ll have a trigger block, connector blocks, and an action block. They’re covered in chrome, and have unique plastic arms that connect them electrically to carry out pretty much any function you can think of. You can make a moving Ferris wheel, a light that will alert you to emails or turn on when the lights go off, or you can program it to do more complex functions such as give your dog a treat for going to their crate if someone comes to the door. There aren’t any wires or springs, it has built-in safety mechanisms, and is 100% compatible with other building bricks on the market. The standard kit which gives you a motor block, 20 2×1 blocks, 3 2×2 blocks, 30 4×1 blocks, 2 LED lights, 1 light switch, and 1 proximity switch will cost you $59.
Brixo just put an awesome new spin on LEGOs
If you were asked to learn how to code without any prior knowledge of the concepts, how panicked would you be? Now imagine how terrifying learning to code would be for a kid. The world is run on electronics that they seem to think is powered by magic. They only know how to navigate apps, but don’t know anything about how to create something new.
Providing kids with fun options to learn complex principles is the best way to help them understand, and that is the very aim of Cubetto. This is a game for kids 3 and up which teaches the basics of coding and engineering without a computer in sight. It consists of three parts, which is comprised of the Cubetto robot, the board (a physical programming console), and color-coded blocks which will act as the programming language. The object of the game is to get Cubetto from point A to B on the included map.
The color-coded pieces provide Cubetto with functions of forward, right, left, and function. Kids will be playing with algorithms, functions, and loops through physical pieces they can hold. On the board you’ll have the main sequence, a subroutine, and a Go button which sends the data of the combination of pieces to Cubetto. There are multiple maps and story books to guide Cubetto through, and every adventure is going to be completely unique since there’s no wrong way to play. This child-centered play-learning method will cost you $195 for the full set, and you’ll need 6 AA batteries for 4-6 hours of play time.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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There are lots of ways you can express yourself. Our hobbies are usually the way we show our passions, and we can pour hours of work into projects without realizing we’re doing it. If you are lucky enough to turn a hobby into a job, then you know the struggles of keeping the creativity alive. Music is a particularly difficult venture, not only because you need to work at it to sound good, but there’s also so much of it already out there that it’s difficult to feel like you’re making something new.
If you don’t want to tackle a classical instrument like the piano or violin, then maybe something from the digital realm that offers more expression will tickle your fancy. The Remidi is a glove that will allow your movements and rhythm to be your instrument. It features 8 pressure sensitive sensors in the fingers and palm that you can set to make custom sounds or remix previous ones while your gestures will control the effects.
The glove knows which sensor you press, how long, and how hard or soft to give the sound the right intensity and length. The controls will know if you’re up, down, left, right, moving slow or fast, and will alter the sounds accordingly. There is of course an app that will let you change things up or record while in transit from place to place. The glove is made of spandex, and with the cuff will weigh 1.8 pounds. Its battery will last for about 8-10 hours, and a single glove will cost you $199.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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