Every day, it seems like the line between the "real" world and the virtual is becoming more blurred - and a new device looks like it could be the first step to erasing it entirely. It's called Twine, and it's a little 2.5" rubber box that ties physical inputs - motion, temperature, moisture, etc. - to virtual outputs, like email or tweets.
Can’t see your text messages with that big crack on your screen blocking your view? Well here’s some good news for you--
The Rolly is an on-the-go toothbrush alternative that forgoes the handle entirely – all you have to do is chew a spiky rubber disc for a few minutes, and your pearly-whites are good as brushed. It’s currently launching in the UK, and we can’t wait to try them out.
We've grown accustomed to devices that can see better than the human eye – from binocular telescopes to electron microscopes – but now technology is moving on to the human nose. In fact, a new electronic nose, from Florida-based iSense, can not only better the human sense of smell, it can leave even specially trained bloodhounds in the dust. About the size of a mobile phone, the new eNose analyzes puffs of air Breathalyzer-style, to detect everything from spoiled food to cancer in its earliest stages.
In a world where everyone seems to have the same iPod, what’s a status-hungry, badge-seeking hipster supposed to do? Focus on how the music gets from iPod to ear.
This year's hot toys sound like something out of science fiction. They're brainwave controlled games that you manipulate using nothing but the power of your mind. The key is wireless headsets that can read your brain activity (using a simplified version of the technology underlying EEG medical tests) and translate it into physical actions.
Certainly the toys are revolutionary. Geoff Walker, a senior vice president at Mattel, acknowledges that users "spend the first 20 minutes stunned that it actually works."
It’s that time of year again. The beach has given way to the classroom. But the days of sending your child off to school with some freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils and a new three-ring binder are long gone. These days, progressive schools are turning to ‘smart boards’ as a teaching tool, and tech marketers are targeting returning scholars with a crop of fun and cool new technologies for use in the home or classroom. Here’s a roundup of just a few:
Consumers today live and die by their high tech devices, and they wouldn’t dream of doing without them. There is a new movement among some consumers, however, to bring to the high tech category a more natural, organic or simply more nostalgic feel. Here are a few of the interesting high tech/low tech hybrids we’ve come across recently:
iPod Gone Retro
Ah, the holiday season, filled with fun and frolic. Sometimes it's enough to make a person long for the quiet calm of the bleak midwinter! For those who can't wait until the post-New Year's lull, here are a few handy holiday helpers:
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Every time we think that technology developers can't compress power and performance any more than they already have, that's just what they go ahead and do. And, despite being used to it, sometimes we can't help but still be impressed. Not just at how tiny, but at the diversity of products that are getting the mini treatment.
Don't drop it in your coffee by mistake.