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.
The Moto 360 has a lot to live up to. Motorola's wearable spoiled our first taste of Android Wear smartwatches back in July, leaving the first square-faced examples to run the platform looking hopelessly geeky in comparison. Arguably the closest to a regular watch in design we've seen so far, and - though the Apple Watch may respectfully disagree - quite possibly the most handsome, the Moto 360 certainly has the style box ticked, but is that enough to earn a place on the wrist?
True to its promise, Jawbone today is expanding its UP app beyond the confines of its own fitness band, turning the personal digital coach into a platform of its own. The timing is perfect, too, since the new UP will also tie in with Apple's own ecosystem via the new M8 motion coprocessor on the new iPhone 6 and the newly unveiled Apple Watch.
Bezels — everyone has them, and everyone gets annoyed by them at some point. The part of your device that isn’t screen is sometimes an eyesore, reminding you that your magical device has working parts making it go, and needs to be held together. We’ve seen how smartphones stack up to the bezel challenge, but what about smartwatches? A new graphic tells us all about it.
Jawbone is expected to open up its platform to the movement sensors in devices other than its own UP24 fitness band, with new apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Android Wear expected over the next month. The move, which could be announced as early as tomorrow we're told, will see Jawbone's fitness platform pull in data from smartphones and wearables - including Pebble - along with seamlessly integrating with Apple's HealthKit, so that data gathered by the iWatch should also be supported.