We may not have hover boards yet, but we can have motorized shoes, and Acton is leading the charge with its RocketSkates. Already a Kickstarter hit, the futuristic electric skates are controlled by your feet and can push you along at potentially four times the average walking pace. Risking life and limb (not to mention being laughed at by onlookers), I caught up with Acton to try out the latest prototype.
Admit it, some of you are in the calories counting game; Yes, I am guilty of it too – but does the number on food packaging really accurate? There is a startup based in Israel called Consumer Physics Inc that is developing a laser-based gear called SCIO that would scan your food and tells you the chemical compound that is in the food, it will then return details of nutrition value including calories to user’s smartphone.
An Italian company called Thingk has hit Indiegogo with an interesting internet of things product that aims at people wanting a dual function object for the kitchen that has more than one use. The product is called the GKILO and while it looks like a block of wood, it is actually two objects in one. Depending on which side you lay the GKILO on, it will perform one of two uses.
Wicked Lasers has unveiled its latest product called the Flashtorch. This isn't a laser like we typically see from the company; rather this is a flashlight that has a massive 4100 lumens of light output. The light that the Flashtorch produces is white in color and the light is bright enough to do all sorts of things you could never do with a normal flashlight.
Sous-vide cooking isn't new, but Mellow aims to make it mainstream with its eponymous "kitchen robot", a smart appliance that can not only cook but cool, and all controlled from your smartphone. Sous-vide, if you've not been keeping up to date with your kitchen trends, epitomizes the "low and slow" method of cooking. Ingredients are vacuum sealed in a plastic bag and then immersed for several hours or even a couple of days in a warm water bath, gently cooking through.
An activity tracker called the Goccia has turned up on Kickstarter and it claims to be the smallest and simplest tracker on the market today. While most of the activity trackers out there are designed to be worn on the wrist like a watch or bracelet, the Goccia is small enough that it can be worn on a sleeve or other out of the way location.
Even with the prevelance of digital cameras and mobile devices, 35 mm film remains a mainstay of photography. But for those who want to bring this traditional medium to the digital age, the Reflecta ProScan 10T might offer the best way to preserve old slides or even just convert newer negatives.
It doesn't matter how good the password is on your computer if you forget to lock the machine when you step away. A lot of people set up secure passwords to lock their machines and keep people from being able to access their computer without their knowledge. Many of these same people have their machines set to lock 10-15 minutes after the last activity.
There are several different brands of robot vacuum cleaners on the market today and they all promise to do the same things. They will clean the floors in your home without you having to push the vacuum around yourself. You can even set them to clean when you aren't at home so you don’t have to hear the vacuum run.