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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 now goes solo with GPS

Parrot has launched a new version of their AR Drone, the Parrot AR Drone GPS Edition.
The Parrot AR Drone GPS Edition will retail for $299.95, and the device comes with Parrot’s GPS Slight Recorder, and a camouflage paint job.

In April 2014, Parrot will release the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 GPS Edition, a new special edition of the camouflage AR.Drone 2.0 model that comes with the GPS Flight Recorder module. Skilled pilots will benefit from more accurate flight stabilization, their flight displayed in 3D, GPS localization of their journey, and the ability for their AR Drone 2.0 to fly automatically.

Flight Recorder GPS Module: The black box. Plugged into the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 USB port, the GPS Flight Recorder turns into a real black box and saves more than 350 parameters including the exact position of the quadricopter throughout each flight. When flying more than 6 meters high, this will also enhance its stabilisation.  
The collected data can be viewed in 3D and analysed through the AR.Drone Academy maps.
Equipped with 4Go Flash memory, the GPS Flight Recorder Module can also record approximately two hours of HD video. This content can be easily shared with the AR.Drone community via the AR.Drone Academy.
You can find out more information about the new Parrot AR Drone GPS Edition over at Parrot at the link below.
Source Parrot , ar.drone2.0
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

George Lucas Explains How Star Wars Lightsaber is Created

Star Wars fans are sure to enjoy this new 15 minute Star Wars featurette which has been published to YouTube this week and describes the birth of the Star Wars Lightsaber.
Witihin the new short film George Lucas with the help of actor Mark Hamill, and sound designer Ben Burtt discuss the concept and creation of the lightsaber. Check it out after the jump.
“George Lucas recalls that Star Wars was influenced by pirate and swashbuckling films of the ’40s, which showcased the romantic side of fighting, illustrated in characters like Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood. With Jedi, who were heroes in this tradition, the director needed a weapon that would match their ideals. In a clip from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the lightsaber is introduced by Obi-Wan Kenobi, who says it’s “not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”
“Thus, the lightsaber also became a symbol for more peaceful, honorable times, representing what the galaxy was like before the Empire. Originally, Lucas says, Jedi were meant to fight with just swords. But to give the weapon a technological edge, they became “laser swords,” able to deflect incoming fire — which made sense, character-wise, as Jedi were not meant to be warlike, aggressive fighters.”
Source: Verge : Slashfilm : Star Wars
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

16 New Lego Simpsons Minifigures For 25th Anniversary

Lego has today announced that it will be soon launching 16 new Simpsons mini figures to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the animated series.
Lego and Simpsons fans can expect to see the new Lego Simpsons mini figures arriving in stores during May of this year and include all your favourite characters.
The Characters include : Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Ned, Grampa, Ralph, Nelson, Apu, Chief Wiggum, Krusty, Itchy, Scratchy, Mr Burns, and of course Milhouse.
Unfortunately no information on prices or whether they will be available as one kit has been revealed by Lego as yet, but as soon as more information becomes available we will keep you updated as always. Click on the image below to expand it.

“Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has broadcast 545 episodes and the 25th season began on September 30, 2013. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series.”
Source: Gizmodo
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Six Gadgets From The 90's That Changed The World

Ah, the nineties. Bill Clinton, 90210, and classic films like Batman Forever and Godzilla. The beginning of depraved, celebrity-obsessed pop culture aside, the 1990's were a time of great change and innovation, especially when it comes to technology. Going back, it's easy to see how various technologies inspired many of the phones, tablets, and other pieces of tech we carry around today. Without further ado, here are six gadgets from the 90's that changed the world.

iMac G3

By the time the iMac G3 came out, home computers were nothing new, but they were took a lot of room and were hardly something you'd have out in the living room. The iMac changed that. Its slick, colourful design where buyers could choose their colour of preference meant it was not only pretty, but it felt personal. Not only that, but it managed to put all of the technology from bulky computer cases into the computer's monitor, which meant no tangle of wires and no need for additional machinery. The thing looked so good it was featured in a variety of movies and tv shows as unpaid product placement.

Compact and pretty. Sound like something you may have in your pocket today?

Game Boy

Playing video games on the go? Yes please!

It was chunky, it was grey, and it certainly wasn't all that portable, but boy did the Game Boy carve itself a huge niche. The appeal of being able to play Mario and Zelda on the go was just too much. The Game Boy showed there was an audience out there craving portability, and though the product itself made it look like they had a huge tumour on their thigh, it was worth it because the software was just so good.

Everything the Game Boy was can really be encapsulated in four words: TETRIS ON THE GO!

Motorola StarTAC

The nineties saw the rise of the mobile phone, and the Motorola StarTAC epitomised everything about those phones at the time. Its sleek black design, the way you flipped it open to take calls, its pocket-size... without the StarTAC, mobile phones as we know them may not have been what they are now.

Casio Digital Diary

Keeping with the portability theme, how's about this little beauty? The Casio Digital Diary was a cheap gadget that could store phone contacts and notes. Before long, every kid on the playground was carrying one of these around. I'm not sure how much use they actually ended up getting, but it prepared an entire generation for the use of portable technology as a means of organising their lives. 

Apple PowerBook G3

This was the all-in-one device of the 90's. The PowerBook was a laptop that featured a sleek, black design, a fourteen inch screen, powerful specs, and CD, DVD, Floppy, and Zip drives. It may be bulky by today's standards, but it proved you could throw everything and the kitchen sink into a computer and still make it portable.

Sony PlayStation

After a trip down Portability Avenue, we find ourselves back in the living room with the PlayStation. Not only did Sony's original console provide players the ability to navigate through three-dimensional games, it also introduced the world to Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo, and many other franchises that are still bringing in the bucks today. It also helped create a generation of gamers who would continue to play video games well into their thirties.

Author Bio: 
Anthony Goldstein is a freelance writer who is patiently waiting for the legalisation of polygamy, as he loves both his Windows tablet and his Macbook. He frequently uses Flexirent to check out the latest computer technology has to offer.
Monday, February 17, 2014

Most Useful Gadgets To Have For Your Car

Long car journeys can often be tedious.  Whether you’re driving across the country for business or bringing your family on a holiday, you always seem to be missing a few car accessories that would solve all of the problems.  Perhaps everyone’s phones die at the same time, yet there’s only one charging port?  Maybe your air conditioning breaks down as you’re driving through southern France at the peak of Summer?  Or maybe your suit jacket is hung awkwardly by the backseat window, being creased and crinkled as your work colleague leans against.  Even driving to work every morning you may find that your flask of coffee has gone stone cold by the time you get there.  Don’t worry; there are car accessories out there that are ideal for you!

Cigarette Lighter Extension Cord

Most phones come with adapters that allow you to charge your phone from the 12v cigarette lighter in your car.  What a good idea you may think, but consider this.  You’ve packed your three teenage kids into the backseat to bring them on a family holiday somewhere.  Naturally, they will all be on their phones, trawling through Facebook and texting their friends.  Inevitably their phone batteries will die and they will all want to charge the same time.  I’m pretty sure that’s how World War 3 is going to start.  You can avoid all of this hassle be being prepared and investing in a 3-way extension for the cigarette lighter. 
This cheap, but potentially life-saving, gadget is available to buy from online car parts and accessories retailers.

Dashboard Fans

Dashboard fans aren’t people sitting on your dashboard cheering at you as you drive along.  They are actually a very good alternative to air conditioning for the hot and clammy weather.  With air conditioning and climate control, it can be difficult to get the correct temperature that suits everyone.  It may be too cold for some, too hot for others, too hot in the back but too cold in the front, and so on.  The possibilities of inconvenience are endless.  Dashboard fans provide you with two options: on or off.  It then creates a cool and steady breeze throughout the car, separating you from the sweltering heat outside.
The dashboard fan has an easy installation too.  It simply sits rigidly on your dashboard and plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter.  That 3-way adapter would sure come in handy for this.

Head Rest Clothes Hangar

This is exactly what it says on the tin.  Instead of hanging your jacket or shirt covering the backseat window, this clothes hangar fits onto the back of your front seat.  Eliminating the garment’s constant swinging back and forth that comes with the motion of the car, this clothes hangar prevents your item of clothing from getting creased, not to mention giving your backseat passengers much more room and actually allowing them to look out the window.  This car accessory is a must have for any businessman to keep them looking smart and presentable when they arrive at their business meeting.

Heated Car Mug

Another essential, and very clever, car accessory, this heated car mug never lets your hot beverage go cold, as the mug itself is heated by being plugged into the cigarette lighter.  That 3-way adapter is really looking like a good idea now, isn’t it?  Your coffee will still be suitable for you to drink when you get to work, rather than having to gulp it down while driving and spilling it all over your lap.

Author Bio:
This article was written by John Smyth, an avid car enthusiast who finds himself watching any and all car shows he comes across on TV, while scouring a map to find the best possible road trip available.
Sunday, January 26, 2014

Socializing Tips For Geeks And Nerds

There are many ways that tech-savvy people can meet up with and get to know other people with similar interests. The best way to meet others that have similar lifestyles is to find places where like people gather and come together.

User Groups

There are hundreds of user groups all over the US that cater to any type of interest. There are advertisements in  local papers or on Craigslist when user group events are planned. There may be a social media page for user groups in the local area as well. There will be a gathering of people, sometimes large and sometimes small, that will listen to a speaker in the professional field, or may have a panel of experts to discuss certain topics in line with the event.
Usually, the speaker will talk about a certain technology or methodology. Afterwards, there will be a time for the audience to ask questions or make comments. Any question about the subject is welcome, and usually the speaker is glad to go over anything that may be difficult to understand for some.

Afterwards, there is a time to gather and chat with other participants about any topic. Sometimes this is easier if there are some similar faces, but there may be a few awkward moments before people start getting to know each other. Eventually, many of the same people start attending the same future group events, and there is more socialization with each gathering.

Gradually, it will be easier as everyone gets to know each other. Exchanging business cards and personal information is a great way to network and get to know others in a different environment. Socialization is easy because everyone in attendance at the group event has at least one thing in common.

Bar Camps

Bar Camps are groups of people who have interests that revolve around technology and the internet. They get together for a "conference" type event. At this event, there are workshops that attendees can participate in. Attending a bar camp can be a great way for a technology-minded person to get to know others with the same interests.

Gaming and comic cons are similar in nature to bar camps. Some usually take place when a new game is launched. Newbies can ask for tips and tricks from more professional gamers, usually personally or thru their gaming site, if they have one.

Code Camps

Code camps are similar to bar camps. They are also free to attend and usually happen on the weekend. There are typically different presenters that are members of the local community. Different community members will suggest topics to be discussed, and it is not unlikely that those same people present the information to the group.

Code camps are used by the community to promote software development. They usually last for one day, yet there are many different topics of discussion to attend. This would allow someone the opportunity to get to know many different people during the day by choosing different tracks.

Bar camps and code camps are full of people that have similar interests, and there are also many speakers and discussions that appeal to large amount of people. These are excellent ways to meet people that share similar interests. The topics are intriguing and most people are excited to get to know other participants that share their lifestyle and interests.

Much like user groups, the more bar camps and code camps that someone attends, the easier it gets to meet and get to know others. People can be successful at doing this by working up the courage to speak to someone that they may find interesting. There are other events in addition to these suggestions. Using the internet to locate some of these groups can be the best way to get the most up-to-date information.

Author Bio:
Marcie Mehegan has been an online writer and blogger since 2007. She has a degree in marketing and currently writes on social media marketing, business technologies and other related topics for businesses.  
Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Benefits of Bluetooth Audio Speakers

It is not a long time when Bluetooth audio speakers arrived into the market. They are the latest addition in wireless world. The Bluetooth technology of these speakers is same like other Bluetooth devices. This technology allows you to share music with different devices without any difficulty. Therefore it can be a better option than other normal speakers as you will get more flexibility here. These speakers are the better option for music lovers as they can get the required portability with ease. It is completely up to them when and where they want to enjoy their favorite tracks. There are various Bluetooth audio speakers present in market now which can offer you some good features.

One of the best things about Bluetooth audio speakers is that it consumes very less power. Many speakers require big adaptor to work but it is not the case here. There are many good Bluetooth speakers which can easily work with batteries without any difficulty. Moreover you need not have to invest your time to install it every time. You can easily connect your Bluetooth Audio Speaker with any of your compatible Bluetooth device. There it is highly supportive in this case. You can carry it anywhere as per your need. Many people like to different places with friends. They like to set camps in an unknown area. Therefore you can easily enjoy music at those places. Bluetooth Audio speakers are available in different colors and sizes. Therefore you can make your selection with ease. Many people like to keep one set for their home and one for outdoor activities. Therefore if you have a similar plan then you can certainly consider Bluetooth audio speakers.
There are various places for where you can purchase Bluetooth audio speakers. You can check offline stores as well as online stores. However if you want to get an economical and genuine deal then it is better to check the online option. You can get a genuine device within your budget. Here you can check Hot Sale Bluetooth FM USB Chargeable Audio Speaker. It is a genuine device which is available at an economical price. There are various color options available. You can choose from Gold, Pink, Blue, Green, and Yellow option. You do not require any kind of wire to connect it. Microphone can be utilized here. It supports MP3 and it is portable device. It is an excellent device which can give you full value to your money. Battery life of this speaker is excellent. Sound quality is fabulous. Many people who are using this device are saying that it is certainly among the best speakers of the market. Therefore if you want to purchase a high-quality Bluetooth audio speaker then you can purchase this speaker.    

Author Bio:
Emmy from is good at writing something about technology news and doing some reviews about unique electronics. She likes reading and testing some new tech stuffs to show more information about current technology development.
Thursday, January 9, 2014

Watches from the Future - Titanium Technology

Titanium Technology for Watches of the Future

Watches require meticulous crafting. They are a compromise between art and mechanical engineering. The precision needed to make each component accounts for a large part of the watch's cost. High-end watches command prices in six or seven figures. Even allowing for a premium commanded by a fashionable designer name and the cost of advertising and reputation, a judicious use of high-tech materials can produce a watch that is both top quality and a reasonable price. Titanium is a material that may accomplish this feat.

Balance Spring

The balance spring is the most important part of the watch. For stainless steel suppliers, this was an ideal market as early balance springs were made of steel. But friction and heat generation between components occurs in watches with prolonged use and the spring weakens over time. So new alloys such as nickel and chromium-based Elinvar and cobalt-based Nivarox had to be fabricated for low coefficients of thermal expansion and non-magnetic properties.

Gears and Pinions

Stainless steel suppliers also provided the materials for watch gears and pinions, although brass has also been used. However, titanium suppliers now have a have a growing watch market with the titanium alloy Ti-6Al4V. A form of titanium also used in dental and orthopaedic implants, it is an alloy that consists of six per cent aluminium and four percent vanadium. It has a high strength and superb thermal and mechanical properties.

Powder Technology

The real innovation in using Ti-6Al4V for watch parts is to build up each component from a titanium powder. Conventionally, titanium suppliers such as Dynamic Metals manufactured ingots of the metal alloy. Watchmakers would strip away material from the ingot to create parts. Much of the metal would be wasted.

Laser Melting

The powder bed technology works by using a laser to melt the metal powder from the bottom up in layers, like creating an object in 3D printing. This technique can create an endless number of small parts without any waste. Only the particle size of the powders sets a lower limit to the part size.

Cold Spray Technology

Cold spray technology is another method of producing precise watch parts. This uses titanium powder particles accelerated to high velocities in a gas jet at supersonic speed but at temperatures below the metal's melting point. The high-pressure impact on a surface enables a quick bonding with a substrate and thick layers of metal to be built up rapidly. This produces watch parts with a very good surface finish.

Cost-Effective Process

This will be the future technology for creating high-quality titanium parts for watches at a reasonable cost. The cold spray method in particular is fast and will reduce production lead times. Both the melted powder bed and the cold spray technology eliminate techniques to harden watch parts after manufacture, such as age hardening or annealing.

Energy Efficiency

These are also energy-efficient methods. Leftover material from ingots has to be collected and recycled. The titanium recycling process consumes substantial amounts of energy.

The only limitation to the new technology is that the small parts still have to be manufactured by hand to achieve a high level of precision. But there is a good opportunity here for future technological innovation.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Kickstarter project: Magnic Light Launching Today

What is Magnic Light?

Magnic Light is the first contactless dynamo-powered bike light system with no additional components in the wheels. You'll get neverending bright light from a tiny 60g unit without batteries, without wheel contact, without cables and without any noticeable resistance. Sounds like a miracle but is based on simple physical principles and has nothing to do with perpetual motion machine pseudo-science. When we published Magnic Light here on Kickstarter in February 2012 many couldn't believe this technology can be true. 

How does it work? 

The key is eddy current technology: Energy is drawn from the rotating bicycle wheels without any physical contacts, and thus without friction. Electricity is generated in the lights by making use of eddy currents created by strong magnets (International Patent Pending PCT/EP/2012/001431). When the wheel moves magnets inside the generator induce eddy currents with corresponding magnetic fields in the wheel which interact with the magnets in the generator. With this new technique lights can be completely encapsulated with no batteries polluting environment and no external cables but with enormous efficiency. You can't feel any resistance but you'll be impressed by the neverending powerful light.

Only highest quality!

The main principle of Magnic Light is simple but costly: Uncompromising efficiency! This means Magnic Light magnets have the highest known magnetization level, Magnic Light LEDs have the highest efficiency currently available, Magnic Light lenses have highest light yield for the driver and the Magnic Light body has the smallest size and weight possible for its purpose: Powerful light with no effort!

Magnic Light polycarbonate pieces for the generator unit

In 2013 Magnic Light was awarded with the ISPO Brandnew Award of ISPO Munich as winner of the category bike parts.

"With Magnic Light you never run out of power. It‘s system generates a bright light beam that leads you through the night - only through the rotation of the rims. No need of additional components, batteries and cable tangle."

What's new in Magnic Light iC?

With Magnic Light iC we present a new exciting technology on Kickstarter: Microprocessor controlled steady light + intelligent energy control + non blinding light.

You might wonder why we need a microprocessor for an additional steady light. This is necessary because we want to keep efficiency on the highest level.

At slow speed (in curves/ on tricky underground) or when you stop an internal capacitor delivers energy for extra light. The international version has a switch for flash/constant stop light. The German version has no flash mode according to traffic rules.

For a standard bicycle dynamo energy losses for steady light electronics (incl. rectifier) are not important compared to the bigger total energy consumption of the system. Magnic Light acts on a lower level so these losses are not acceptable in order to keep efficiency high. Although Magnic Light works with less energy than large dynamos the emitted light is approximately at the same level - mainly for two reasons:

1.Speed optimized generator without lossy electronics

The Magnic Light microprocessor adapts the generator electronics to your cycling speed: This means that, starting at a speed of 3km/h to a speed above 30 km/h the generator works with high efficiency while most standard dynamos have a very limited optimal speed range between 10 and 20 km/h.

2.Leds with 160 lumen per watt
The Magnic Light generator is tailored to the leds used which reach almost 50% of the theoretically possible values- in comparison to 10-25 % of good standard systems:

Theoretically the maximum white light you can obtain from 1 watt is ~350 lumen. But good standard leds just deliver ~40 lumen per watt (used in many bicycle lights) which is only 11% of the maximum. Light bulbs only have 10-15 lumen per watt while theoretically the maximum light possible is 685 lumen per watt for green light. 
With high power leds you'll get ~80 lm/W while the Cree leds used in Magnic Light deliver ~160 lumen per watt (because we feed each of them with less than 1 watt which means operating temperatures below 35 ° C). So we get ~46% of the theoretical maximum and hence 4 times more than standard LEDs.

Maximal light output of Magnic Light leds compared with theoretical values and other leds

Magnic Light led power is combined with customized high quality lenses with very focused beam angle:

Magnic light custommized high quality PMMA lenses

For Magnic Light iC we have redesigned our lenses in the past months to avoid blinding of oncoming traffic. 

This was a complex task for the responsible engineer because we didn't want to enlarge lenses and body but keep the beam angle at 8 degrees.

Magnic light lenses with light distribution designed according to German STVZO (and many other countries) traffic rules. Instead of blinding oncoming traffic more light will be on the road.

Why again on Kickstarter?

Our first Kickstarter project was a big success, and thanks to the help of our backers, we were able to build a worldwide production network starting from the ground up. We delivered a product of higher quality than we had ever expected. Thanks to Kickstarter, Magnic Light has become a well known, worldwide product. The technology we have created has the potential to dramatically change the bicycle market and furthermore revolutionize other industrial applications.

As a small start-up company we are facing a difficult situation. Production for the distributor market presents a much higher risk, it costs significantly more money, and follows entirely different rules from a Kickstarter campaign. We believe in the Kickstarter community and its ability to nurture quality over low-cost driven business tactics. If this Kickstarter project proves successful, we will be able to produce the best second generation Magnic Lights possible. In our first campaign, delivering such quality would have been impossible without the exceptional assistance of companies who believed in the potential of Magnic Light. Our teams in Asia, Europe, and the US work hard together on the development of Magnic Light. Many have become good friends along the way.

Here you see me filling the first version pieces with glue manually.

We are convinced that a good product needs fair conditions for employees and for its customers. For the Kickstarter backers, this means we can offer rewards at prices far below the market level, because we can ship directly.

Quality & Reliability

Magnic Light has more than proven its reliability throughout the last 9 months. More than one million kilometers have been illuminated with Magnic Light by the growing community. Out of the thousands of Magnic Light sold, only 9 units were exchanged, mainly due to mounting / adapter problems, which we improved in the new version.


We have succesfully produced Magnic Light in 2013. Most of the tools for injection molding can still be used for Magnic Light iC. This means there only remain a few uncertainties in the scheduling. In a worst case scenario, delays in production or transport may be a question of a few weeks, but not months.

January: Finishing tests of electronic circuits
January: Mass production of injection mold pieces, magnets, circuit boards, lenses, adapters, packages
February: Coil winding, assembly, soldering -> Quality control -> Packaging
March/April: Shipment of rewards

Dirk Strothmann

Magnic Innovations GmbH & Co KG
Lohkamp 5
33829 Borgholzhausen, Germany
Tel. (+49) 5425 930547

Fax. (+49) 5425 930548
Friday, December 27, 2013

6 Cool Pieces Of Techno Jewelery You Can Wear On Your Wrist

Do you want to look at some examples of jewelry with different types of technology built into them? Not only are they really cool, but some of them will come in handy in certain situations. Maybe you've heard of a few of them, but I bet some will be completely new to you so let's find out.

Iron Samurai Watch 


If you're interested in Japanese history you'll probably know about the ancient samurai warriors. They aren't walking around these days, but this fantastic LED watch is based on the suit they used to wear. It basically looks like a linked chain that would have been used as armor, but if you look in between the gaps you will see LED lights that display the time. It is a watch that doesn't look anything like a watch but instead looks like a bracelet.

Jawbone Up 


The technology involved in the last piece of jewelry wasn't too sophisticated, but wait until you see what is packed inside the Up. It's one of the most popular fitness tracking gadgets on the market and it will tell you everything about the way you move. It will even be able to track your sleeping patterns at night which will help you get into a better sleeping routine. It will also integrate with some of the biggest fitness apps on the market that you might already be using.

MyBand Fitness Wristband 


Speaking of fitness where do you put your iPhone when you go for a run? If you leave it at home it means nobody will be able to reach you until you get back. Carry it around in your pocket and it will only annoy you. MyBand have come out with a great new wristband you can wear and the iPhone will fit inside. There is also a lining of waterproof neoprene to protect your phone from sweat should you decide to wipe your forehead on the band as you're running along.

Balance Restoring Wristband


How many electrical devices do you come into contact with on a daily basis? I'm guessing your phone is attached to your ear for hours each day. Being in such close contact with so many different electrical gizmos can leave our body's own electrical field a little messed up. Zentrom claim their cool new bracelet can help restore balance in your body. They look like those little rubber bracelets you see popping up all over the place claiming to represent different organizations.

MyRingGuard Safety Ring 


You have to be careful because there are some weird people out there who want to harm you. I don't want you to be scared, but I just want you to understand how helpful the next piece of jewelry could be. It's a safety ring you can wear when you're out running at night or walking alone in the woods. Whenever you end up in danger the ring will communicate with an app on your phone and it will alert people you're in danger so they can call the police.

Flash Drive Wristband 


Do you feel better when you're wearing something nice on your wrist? You might like one of these bracelets that also comes with the added bonus of having a flash drive built into it. Now when you're at the office you will be able to bring something home with you easily. When you're working at a cafe you will be able to save important work until you get the chance to go home and save it properly. You never know when you'll need to save something to a flash drive.

Which ones stand out?

Do you think you'd ever wear any of these gadgets because they would improve your life, or do you think of them as gimmicks that would get in the way? Let us know in the comments below because it would be nice to see what everyone thinks.

Author Bio:
The author of this article, Ryan Hall, works for Lior Diamonds, retailers of marquise cut diamonds. Ryan enjoys playing golf and is a huge fan of Phil Mickelson.

Coolest Car Gadgets

Got a new car but feel like it’s a little low on excitement? Most of us can’t afford cars with all sorts of fancy add-ons, but you can liven up your ride with some high-tech gadgets. These picks will give your car a new edge and also provide some pretty handy services to make your life easier.

Delphi Vehicle Diagnostics

This clever device plugs into the ODB port in your car and troubleshoots any problems your car may be having with its diagnostic tools. It also connects with your mobile phone and up to 5 of any Wi-Fi-enabled devices to allow you to unlock and lock your car from your phone (especially useful if you’re prone to losing your keys). This gadget also lets you track your car from your computer and set special security features.

Kensington Proximo

Ever wished you had a gadget for that infuriating moment when you can’t find your car in a busy car park? This sensor will attach to your car and connect with your phone to allow you to track your vehicle down in no time.

Griffin iTrip with Aha

This wireless gadget streams radio stations from your phone through to your car speakers so you can listen to your favourite tunes at any time without fiddling with connection cables. It now also includes some extra features, such as special stations that find nearby points of interest such as petrol stations or restaurants for you to stop at, along with channels for weather reports and traffic updates.

Telematics Black Box

There are special insurance policies out there that can offer you major discounts on your insurance premiums based on the way you drive. If you’re a relatively safe driver, and especially if you’re only on the road at particular times, you could be rewarded for your caution with discounts reduced premiums. You’re driving is tracked by one of these black box trackers,  installed by a mechanic into your car. What does the box do? It monitors location, acceleration, braking and other factors then lets the insurer know what your driving is like. This is one gadget that could seriously save you money.  

Grippy Gadget Mat from ThinkGeek

If you’re constantly losing things in your car, be it your phone, keys, or spare change, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a handy new mat you can place on your dashboard that will secure all of your necessity into one specific spot. You’ll never have to dig around in your car again!

BodyGard 5-in1 Keychain Emergency Tools

This very useful keychain from BodyGard offers you a range of emergency measures all built into your car keys. You’ll find a seatbelt cutter to help cut you free in case of an accident, a glass breaker to smash your window open if needs be, a flashlight and distress flasher and a sonic alarm. If you’re a slightly nervous driver or feel you could use a little boost to your safety, this is definitely the gadget for you.

Buddy Desk

Often find yourself working from your car? This mini mobile workspace fits into your seat under your steering wheel to make a quick writing space or laptop desk so that you can get what you need to get done anytime, anywhere. Preferably not while driving, though.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


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