Universal remotes are often big, clumsy pieces of plastic that confuse us a lot more than they help. Even worse, if you misplace it, you might be out of luck on changing the channel. A new crowd-funding campaign could fix all that, though, making almost any smartphone — and nearly any receiver — compatible.
Having a few pieces of tech on-hand can make your drive a bit easier. We’re not talking about the tech baked into your car’s software, but the things you can tote around with you. From listening to music to not running out of power, these five items can make your day a bit easier on you.
With the Ninja Sphere and a wireless internet connection in your home, you’ll be well on your way to connecting every electronic device you own to a smart interface. Ninja Sphere comes from the same folks that’ve created the Ninja Block, a very similar piece of hardware that runs the same code but does not work with a display, gestures, or radio connectivity. The Ninja Sphere upgrades the whole works.
Smartwatches are becoming a fad but veteran watch maker Casio isn't taking the bait. Instead of overloading its Bluetooth-enabled G-SHOCK GBA-400 with smartphone features, it is taking the opposite approach and is putting the "smart" back into the smartphone but still leaves the watch in control.
Are you frequently losing things? TrackR bravo is a new tiny tracking device that will reverse your bad luck, allowing you to keep track of whatever item you've attached it to. The tracker connects to your smartphone, giving you a couple options to see where your lost item is located.
Fitbit for Windows Phone has launched, bringing support for the popular fitness tracker to Microsoft's smartphone platform. The new software not only acts as a companion for synchronizing wearables like the Fitbit Flex, but can also do basic step tracking in its own right, with some tweaks to take advantage of Windows Phone's UI.
We've seen a variety of wristbands targeted towards parents, all of them selling the promise of safety in a world that feels increasingly dangerous. iSwimband is a similar wearable, but one that narrows its purpose down to one specific activity: swimming, and the related prevention of drowning.
India is poised to be the launchpad for the proliferation of so-called smart shoes, with the company Ducere Technologies preparing to launch its new connected insoles and shoes called Lechal. With these products, wearers are provided with haptic feedback to aid in navigation.