Gadgets come in all shapes and sizes, and SlashGear is checking out the four-wheeled variety this weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. A yearly show of the finest in classics, one-offs and customs, joined by what manufacturers hope will become the classics of the future, it's a gearhead's dream event.
Garmin has outed the unusually-named chirp, a $22.99 geocaching dongle intended for those people whose idea of a good weekend is snuffling round clutching their PND and looking for treasure in Tupperware. Compatible with any of the company's wirelessly-enabled handhelds, the chirp can basically be programmed to give location hints for other geocachers, and then hidden - it's waterproof, usefully - so as to encourage them along the way whenever they pass.
I'm not sure why, but no matter how long I drive a car with keyless entry it seems like I always hit the wrong button on the remote. I end up locking the doors rather than unlocking and I had a car once where I popped the trunk all the time.
I have a couple young kids that have no concept of money and how to save it by saving electricity or using less water. My son will stand in the shower until the giant water heater in our house is empty if you don't keep an eye on him. A new green gadget called the Waterpebble is a great visual indicator for when someone should get out of the shower to save on water.
D-Link would like to point out that Sling Media aren't the only company who can do place-shifting with interestingly-designed hardware, and to that end the networking specialists have outed the D-Link Pebble Media Player at CES 2010. A curvaceous lump with both HDMI and ethernet connectivity, the Pebble can stream media from across a network or play it from local memory cards or USB sticks.
After a while all the iPod accessories start to blend into one great black and white mass, and it takes something special to stand out. Well, I'm making no claims on just how special this speaker-set is (having not heard it in action) but if the sound is a sweet as the design then Saitek are on to a good thing. Looking like a gently smoothed pebble, the iPhonic pocket speakers are battery powered and can in fact be used with any portable audio device thanks to the standard headphone jack. Owners of iPod's Nano, however, are specially catered for, with a cool little stand (shown in the picture after the cut).
4 AAA batteries power the twin neodymium speakers that Saitek promises have "extended bass", and the unit is clever enough to turn itself on off automatically with the music playing and stopping to reach a maximum battery life of 12 hours. It's thankfully scratch-resistant, though that doesn't necessarily mean you can keep it rattling round your rucksack with your keys and expect it to come out unscathed! Available now for $69.95 and £39.99.
This week Misfit is launching the newest exclusive Apple Watch app, bringing more fitness-friendly functionality to the wearable world. This software will allow the user to select a time interval of 1, 4, or 7 minutes, receiving then a recommendation of a total body workout that'll be best suited for them at that time. This workout will include body-weight exercises, and "high intensity circuit training" that'll aim to burn calories and build strength for the user. Misfit Minute also provides the Apple Watch user with a collection of encouraging and inspirational messages during their workout.
It seems that we might no longer need to rely on hacks or workarounds to get Android Wear devices to work with iPhones in the hopefully very near future. MohammadAG, developer of the popular Xposed Framework root mods (Android counterpart of iPhone's "jailbreak") revealed on Twitter that he stumbled upon something quite interesting in Android Wear 4.4W code. In it, he saw code named AncsHandler, referring to iOS' Apple Notification Center Service, which to him implies that Google itself might actually be working on bridging Android Wear and iOS already.
For some tech fans, a geeky watch is a smartwatch like the new Apple Watch or even a Pebble smartwatch. For others a geeky time pieces needs to tell time in some difficult to read way that leaves the uninitiated wondering how it works. There are certainly plenty of watches that are made in a factory that fall into that latter category.
Crowdfunding records are being smashed right and left. We showed you Indiegogo's Flow Hive at the beginning of their fund. To catch you up, they asked for a measly $70,000 USD. Now, they broke the record for the most funds ever raised by a single project on Indiegogo. They raised $5.3 million USD for Flow Hive. Flow Hive broke the previous record on Indiegogo of $5 million USD raised by Hour of Code which aims to teach 100 million students, who don't have access to computer science courses, how to code.