Like most other areas of life, driving is becoming an increasingly "smart" activity, mostly due to the connected nature of modern life. We've seen some systems crop up lately that aim to provide drivers with more data on their driving habits, and among them is the new Akolyt, a smart sensor that plugs into a car's OBD connector and gathers data on all things vehicular. That data is then shuttled to the driver's smartphone where it is laid out in simple to digest blocks of data, including trends that show over time.
The automotive status symbol may no longer be the fob on your keyring but the smartwatch on your wrist, and we’ve got up close with the LG-made wearable Audi casually revealed during its CES keynote. R&D chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg used the watch to summon a self-driving Prologue to the stage, the touchscreen timepiece similar in appearance to LG’s existing circular-screened Android Wear model, but updated to suit the German marque’s automotive needs. Audi exclusively demonstrated the new smartwatch to SlashGear, and explained to me why it’s more than just a G Watch R with a custom skin.
Carbon fiber has been around for a long time and is routinely used in situations where strength, lightweight, and performance are required. The material is used frequently in aircraft and automotive production. A new video drone has debuted called the Carbon Flyer that is made completely from carbon fiber.
It's a common tactic: if you're going to be away from home overnight, you leave a lamp on. This will hopefully make opportunistic thieves think twice before breaking in, leaving doubt about whether someone is home. This is an old trick, though, one that has since been augmented with light timers to simulate something a bit more real. That is the basis upon which BeON, a new smart light bulb system, is designed -- and, unlike lamps and timers, BeON bulbs include a few extra features that'll cover all the bases.
The team behind Etsy's success know good and well there's quite a bit of money transferring hands between citizens of the Etsy community. Because of this - and because they want to continue to grow with great success - they've decided to get into the credit card business. Not creating credit cards, mind you, but reading them. In comes the "Sell on Etsy Reader" and Etsy Seller app, users will be able to sell their wares on the web and in real life with ease.
If you’re a frequent flyer, you understand how fun airline baggage restrictions are. Is that bag too big to carry on? Too heavy? Do you even know where it is?! All these things (and more) have travelers sweating under the collar daily, but fear not — Bluesmart is here. The connected luggage is more than a neat carry-on that connects to your smartphone via an app for location awareness, it’s the first all-in-one travelers companion we’ve seen that you might actually want.
BMW has given the electric car charger a smart makeover, boosting performance, integrating with smart home technologies, and and opening the door to further cutting ties to the mainstream grid. The BMW i Wallbox Pro joins BMW's existing i Wallbox Pure for cars like the i8 and i3, but boosts power to 7.4 kW and throws in a 7-inch touchscreen for more in-depth control and feedback.
With Ford SYNC, you’re able to interface with your vehicle through your steering wheel for calls, music, and directions. With Automatic, car owners are able to get vehicle diagnostics sent to their smartphone. Together, Ford and the team behind the Automatic device are creating a smarter system.
Let's face it. For all the power that gets added to our smartphones year after year, the battery is quickly becoming the bottleneck in our enjoyment of our mobile devices. Thus the need for emergency power reserves. But with external batteries and cases come bulk or wires, neither of which are convenient or exactly pleasant to use. That's where bKey tries to come in.