Author: Conner Flynn

Keyboard Fidget Spinners

I’ll be honest, I find the whole fidget spinner thing to be stupid. Do you really need a toy to fidget with? Are you nervous? Can you not just practice some self control? Anyway, just when you thought that the fidget spinner craze was over, they pull you back in. Notice I said you, not me. Meet the latest in fidgeting technology. keyboard fidget spinners. A company called Hammer has unveiled a series of replaceable fidget spinner key caps for your keyboard. So feel free to fidget the day away as your type and get your work done. Just replace your keycaps with these little helicopters and go to town my friends. These will not be good for those who practice the hunt and peck method of typing since these replacement keys don’t come labeled in any way. However, the rest of you can type, spin your little...

E-Ink Digital Sticky Note System

Omylis has created the Missmo digital sticky note display, which is unique because it offers a connected way of keeping families and work associates informed of important dates or updates. This can be done without the usual mass emails or messages. Let’s say that you put it on the fridge. It allows notifications to be seen by multiple people as they pass by the fridge, keeping everyone up to date with what is going on. The device works by incorporating an e-ink display that will display a short amount of text that it receives via a connected device. This can include information from SMS messages, notifications and more. You can place it on the fridge, wall, a table,almost anywhere. This keeps everyone informed about updates in a streamlined and casual way. Put it in high traffic areas. https://ksr-video.imgix.net/projects/3143301/video-825953-h264_high.mp4 This is a unique and somewhat more personal way of...

Lynx Video-Enabled Robot With Amazon Alexa

One day robots may well wipe us humans off the face of the Earth, but until then, we can enjoy being the masters. One of the latest slaves that we can make dance on our whim is UBTECH Robotics’ Lynx, a video-enabled humanoid robot that can be activated by carrying out a conversation with none other than Amazon Alexa. This voice-activated robotic companion uses both Amazon Alexa’s skills and UBTECH’s robotics to enrich your life. Features include a smartphone-connected Surveillance Mode, Avatar Mode, it can also dictate, listen to and send emails for you, place video calls over Wi-Fi, manage your calendar, give you alerts and much more. All while being cute and acting like your best buddy. The Surveillance Mode in the app will take a 30 second video if the PIR sensor on the chest is activated. This little robot is a great companion to have...

Jim Beam’s Smart Decanter Offers Shots On Demand

Despite our technological advancements, mankind still has to pour his own shots and to be honest, that’s a bit disappointing. Well, those days of manual shot pouring are over and guess who we have to thank for that? Jim Beam of course. Was there any doubt that it would have been anyone else? The all-new smart decanter from Jim Beam is called JIM, naturally. It makes it possible for drinkers of a legal drinking age to simply say “Hey Jim” to get a shot. A shot of bourbon is instantly poured on command. It’s like Alexa’s much cooler Uncle. This smart voice-activated bourbon decanter has a built-in compartment for bourbon storage and features the voice of Jim Beam’s seventh generation master distiller Fred Noe. The limited-edition JIM will cost you just under $35, which is not bad at all. This isn’t some astronomically priced gadget just for the...

The Magbulb Magnetic Light Bulb Socket Makes Bulb Changing Easy

Changing a lightbulb isn’t the hardest thing we have to do. In fact, it’s pretty damn easy. And these days we can even make this task much easier. The Magbulb magnetic light bulb socket is designed to help simplify even this already easy process. Replacing bulbs is now as easy as it could possibly ever be. It doesn’t get easier than this. This lightbulb system is super simple. It works by outfitting your traditional socket with a magnetic base that allows bulbs to be swapped out in mere seconds. No more unscrewing that bulb at odd angles while your arm gets tired and fatigued. You wimp. This first world problem has been solved. You can switch a light bulb in no time at all. The whole simple process is much quicker and simpler. I know, I know. You had no idea that you needed this in your life...

SPINX – The World’s First Toilet Cleaning Robot

There are few chores in life as nasty as cleaning the toilet. Even a clean looking toilet is nasty and teaming with all kinds of germs and bacteria. This is not a chore that anyone wants to be doing. Even if you wear gloves, the mere act of cleaning your toilet just leaves you feeling dirty. That’s why janitors are heroes. Anyway, now you can say goodbye to that old toilet brush. You will never have to clean the bowl or the seat again thanks to SPINX, the world’s first toilet cleaning robot. It works simple. A robotic arm with a rotating brush reaches down and cleans the toilet bowl, then SPINX’s water jets wash the seat and dry it with compressed air. The lid will hold up to 330 pounds and is gently closing. No matter how hard you try to force it, it closes gently and...

The Unijem Wall Light Security Camera

These days our need for security is more important than ever. There are a lot of crazy people out there, as well as thieves, vandals and other miscreants. So you have to have some eyeson your home while you are away. The Unijem Wall Light Security Camera is a good solution. It has a four-in-one design that consumers will love. The unit starts recording the instant motion is detected then sends an alert directly to you on your smartphone so you can check things out. Hopefully it was just a stray cat, but if it turns out to be a robber, well, that guy is not going to have a good night down at the police station. You can access the 180-degree video feed day or night thanks to the built-in night vision capabilities.You will always have eyes on your home. It also features a built-in alarm to...

The Hang-Up Light Illuminates Your Closet

Closets are dark scary places, which is probably why some of us prefer them closed while we sleep because it’s a well known fact that ghosts and monsters use them as portals to enter our world. But even aside from the creepy aspect of a dark closet, you really should add some light. You can install some lighting of course, but that requires either rewiring your home or installing one of those battery operated lights that really stink. Or you can go another way. Use some hangers that provide the light. I think that’s a much better idea. The Hang-Up Light is designed to offer you the ability to see everything without a traditional light. It is just like a regular hanger, except this one has LEDs that will shine brightly into your closet, letting you view your wardrobe collection. This way you won’t have to turn on...

The Pepper Bot Now Works At The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

You wouldn’t be aware if you live in the United States, but robots really and truly are taking all of our jobs. The Japanese know it. Over there robots can be found everywhere interacting with people. This is lowly becoming the case in America too. For instance, the newest staff member at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a humanoid robot named Pepper. Pepper is now the hotel’s new Technical Ambassador. This job stealer stands four feet tall and greets guests in the Sky Lobby on the 23rd floor. He will do things like guess a guest’s gender, age and mood and even give them personalized interactions by picking up on facial cues, as well as body and voice cues. Basically, he is showing folks a good time and getting them comfortable with robots for when his siblings take over the world one day soon. Pepper will even...

Smart Capture Binoculars

Binoculars are great for getting an upclose view of the action if you are far away, whether it’s a sporting event or if you are just bird watching. But one thing that they have never been able to do is record that action so you can check it out at your convenience later. Well, luckily we are living in the 21st century and has access to the ‘eyeQ‘ smart capture binoculars. They are have been designed to offer users the ability to get an up close view of an event just like standard binoculars, while also allowing you to record and share it with friends using your smartphone. The ‘eyeQ’ binoculars will capture both images and video with up to 16x zoom using the wireless touch control on the top of the device. Now that we have binoculars that can record video, I think maybe we have connected...

Sony’s Aibo Robot Dog Learns Some New Tricks

Sony isn’t new to the world of robot dogs, but it has been awhile since they updated the Aibo with the latest technology. Robot dogs are great because it gives users the ability to have a pet without having to actually feed or take care of it. No walks, no cleaning up poop, no buying expensive food and taking it to the vet. There are lots of great reasons to want a robot pet, especially as technology makes them more authentic. We still have a way to go to make them like real dogs, but we are slowly getting there. Sony’s latest Aibo has OLED eyes along with AI technology that will allow the pooch to become more familiar with its owner than ever before. So this is getting in the realm of a true companion for your home. Interestingly, this time around, Sony’s Aibo robot dog loves...

Qoobo Robotic Cat Responds To Your Touch

Do you love the idea of owning a cat, but just haven’t made the commitment yet? Don’t worry, I’m sure you would be a good fur-parent. To make it easy for you and ease into pet ownership spend some time with ‘Qoobo‘. It is a soft robotic cat that is an alternative to a real one. This will gradually get you familiarized with having a cat. There are some great benefits too. No fur to clean up or get on your clothes, no litter box to clean, no scratching on furniture. This robotic companion is essentially a cat with just the body and the tail. Kinda looks like a pillow. It was revealed at this year’s CEATAC trade show in Japan. The tail even moves. Just put it on your lap, pet it and that tail will do its thing, responding to your touch. All of the comfort...

The JouJou Cube Touch Turns Your iPad Into A Stamp Pad

Kids love arts and crafts, or at least they used to before all of these high tech tablets and phones got their attention. Kids used to play with rubber stamps a lot more often. You know, the kind where they press the stamp into some ink (Hopefully child safe) and them stamp the image onto paper. Well, now they can have the best of both worlds with Takara-Tomy’s JouJou Cube Touch toy. It updates the low-tech stamp pad for kids of this generation. You have your stamps and you have your tablet. It involves a set of digital stamps that can be placed on the screen of a tablet, creating the image in the same way an ink stamp would, only no ink and no paper. The stamps create interactive worlds, since certain stamp combinations create special animations and effects. These educational stamp sets come in different themes,...

Octopus-Inspired Rubber Skin Could Be The Key To Shape-Shifting Robots

Octopuses are amazing creatures. They’re not only smart, they are survivors, able to camouflage themselves by changing colors and changing the texture of their skin to mimic the environment. For all of our advancement, humans can’t do that. Well, one day robots will be able to. That’s because a group of scientists from Cornell University in New York and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts want to give soft robots the same ability. That’s why they created an artificial elastic skin that can morph into different shapes and textures. That’s right, one day robots will camouflage themselves and seal our doom. This material is based on the muscle underneath octopus skin that controls the animal’s dermal papillae. Those are the protrusions in the skin that pop up when it wants to blend into its surroundings. It has several layers, including a fiber mesh and the rubber skin. All...

World’s Fastest RC Plane Hits Speeds Up to 451 MPH

There are toys that go fast and then there are toys that go fast! This RC plane goes super fast. This isn’t the kind of rc toy you buy at your local hobby shop either. Why? Because it has an actual jet engine and can therefore hit speeds up to 451 MPH. German airline captain, Niels Herbrich, designed and built this amazing toy and I for one, would love to have a turn flying it. It is without a doubt, the world’s fastest remote-controlled airplane. It packs in a Behotec 180 turbine jet engine and in the footage shown here, Herbrich somehow manages to keep sight of the thing and controls it during a world record flight training session in August. It is amazing to see this thing in action and it seems to behave just like a real jet. I would love to see a bunch of...

‘Block’ Connection Blocking Phone Case

As much as technology has improved our lives, it has also had some unintended side effects. People find it hard to tear themselves away from their phones. Sometimes they even ignore those in the real world in favor of what is going on on their device. It is especially annoying when you are talking with someone and they are constantly checking their phone. Some people have even walked into traffic and been killed by cars because they were glued to their phone screen. It’s a real problem that proves that too much of a good thing can be very bad. So it is important to disconnect now and then and be a part of the real world. That’s where “Block” comes in handy. It is a connection-blocking case with a sleek appearance. If you want to prevent messages, calls and notifications from distracting you, just place your mobile...

The Force Is Strong With These Samsung POWERbot VR7000 Vacuums

Robotic vacuums have been a thing for a while now. They faithfully clean up our homes 24/7 like the little drones they are. That saves us humans a lot of time and energy because we no longer have to do the job ourselves. With these robot servants being everywhere, I’ve often wondered why manufacturers don’t make them more unique, with more color options, fun designs or even some good old fashioned geek branding. Well Samsung is finally getting hip to the fact that our robot vacuums should be more unique. And so the POWERbot VR7000 series is going Star Wars. These limited edition Samsung POWERbot VR7000 series vacuums look like a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. The stormtrooper costs about $700, and the Darth Vader version is about $800. This is a great way to really stick it to the galactic empire. Both Vader and Stormtroopers used to be...

Sharp’s RoBoHon Robot Is Now More Affordable

All of the cool robots, like the rest of the coolest toys, are super expensive. Well, if you’ve been waiting for a price drop for Sharp’s cute robot phone, your wait is almost over. As of October 6th, you can get a RoBoHon for just 138,000 yen (about $1,230). That’s a 60,000 yen drop(or $530) from the original price. Sure, that’s still pricey, but we are talking about an honest to God robot here people. There is one small catch that you may or may not care about: It doesn’t come with cellular function. Aside from that, this WiFi-only RoBoHon is identical to its LTE counterpart. It still has the same Snapdragon 400 chipset, Android 5.0 OS, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera (with 720p video recording), a 720p pico projector in the head, a 1,700 mAh battery and a 2-inch QVGA touchscreen in back....

Honda’s E2-DR Disaster Response Robot Can Climb Ladders

Robots are learning new tricks all the time and for every trick they learn they become more useful. These tricks are especially useful when you’re talking about disaster response. The disaster response team of the future is going to be all robot. And what that robot is capable of could determine your life or death. Honda has unveiled a working prototype of its E2-DR disaster response robot and it is very capable already. It stands 1.68 meters high and weighs 85 kilograms. E2-DR can walk, navigate over objects, climb stairs and ladders, get through narrow spaces and traverse piles of debris like a bot on a mission, which it is. This robot can even stand being in the rain for 20 minutes. To keep it as lightweight as possible, Honda exchanged traditional cables for optical fibers. It also has a 1000-Wh lithium-ion battery that delivers 90 minutes of...

1-Ring Moon Smart Security Camera Levitates

When you install a security camera in your home, you usually have to settle for a single viewpoint, but we can do better. The 1-Ring ‘Moon’ smart camera changes the game. Insert Star Wars “That’s no moon” joke here. This security camera is designed with a levitating design, allowing the camera to capture 360-degrees of footage in any space. Now everything will be within your field of view. It’s a brilliant design and I’m surprised we haven’t seen this everywhere by now. It is suspended in mid-air and ready to be a literal eye in the sky, just at a low altitude. It can instantly detect movement and events, so will automatically rotate to begin filming. You can access this gravity defying camera using the accompanying app and of course get notifications if there are any disturbances detected when you’re away from home. The 1-Ring ‘Moon’ smart camera...

Arkansas Dentist Creates Star Wars Spoof To Promote Laser Technology

Jonesboro, Arkansas dentist Dr. J. Steven Abernathy is obviously a huge Star Wars fan. So when it came time to promote PIPS, a precision laser activated irrigation technology, obviously he’s going to turn to Star Wars. Well, the spoof video that he created here is just wonderful. It’s like being in an alternate universe where somehow Star Wars and dentistry have collided. This is without a doubt, the most epic root canal commercial in existence. Honestly, I’m not sure how many even exist, but this is the best. I bet he shows this to all of his new patients first thing. It probably puts them at ease right away. All I know is that if I lived in Arkansas, he would be my dentist. The floss is strong with him. I can feel it. Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind seeing two more videos like this, one for...

Guy Straps Six Rafts Together For Crazy White Water Rafting Experience

I’m a big chicken. You won’t catch me jumping out of a plane, hang gliding or even whitewater rafting. These things are all dangerous enough as they are, but some people like to up the crazy factor. Like this guy. Navigating currents like this is dangerous even if you have the best gear and all of the proper safety equipment. How do you make it even more deadly? Well, you could always stack six rafts on top of each other and hit the rapids. Professional rafter Covey Baack did just that, using custom nine foot oar extensions. He navigated some class four rapids on top of this crazy creation. It looks like it could tip at any time. I would say it is his skills more than the structure itself that kept him alive and not in the water at all. I have to admit, it does look...

Nuada Hand Strength Enhancing Gloves

It’s hard to say if they have a working prototype of the Nuada glove or not. It may just be a concept with renderings. But it is still worth our while. The video is just 2 minutes worth of cartoon people. We do hear that the company has demonstrated a functional Nuada device at Disrupt SF, but it has a long way to go before it reaches the company’s description. Nevertheless, it is a great indication of where wearables are headed. The idea is that it can provide a boost in hand gripping, lifting, pushing, and pulling strength. This is great for the elderly who have lost some strength, or for others who just want a performance enhancement so they can lift things without straining. Think about it. A wearable like this changes everything. Once Nuada becomes what it claims, it will be a thin, flexible, and ergonomic...

How To Mute Annoying Friends On Facebook

Even though we enjoy talking with our friends on Facebook, we all have those friends who are annoying. Maybe they constantly post things you hate. Maybe they never shut up. Maybe you scrolled past 200 baby pictures already this morning. Maybe a brand is doing way too much advertising. It would be nice to be able to mute these people, rather than unfollowing them which would be awkward and make them feel bad. Well, there is a way. Facebook is testing a new feature called “Snooze.” It allows you to temporarily mute your friends for a pre-determined amount of time. A day, a week, or a month. This gives you a little more flexibility when it comes to hiding posts you don’t want to see. It’s easy and like we said, no one’s feelings get hurt, because they won’t know that you’ve muted them. This is a great...

This Guy Built A Commodore 64 VR Rig

VR is all about immersive experiences.The more real it is, the better. The problem is, not everyone can afford a $500 Oculus Rift headset and a thousand dollar VR-ready gaming PC. Well, there is a cheaper option. If you don’t mind taking a technological step backward. One Commodore 64 fan created a pair of virtual reality goggles for the classic 8-bit computer, the Commodore 64. You can find the supplies you need for cheap at thrift shops. Jim_64 added an LCD display to a cheap pair of VR goggles. These mirror what’s on an old CRT TV connected to his Commodore 64. So how to you get VR content on an old rig like this? Well, Jim_64 had to code his own virtual reality adventure game called Street Defender. When I say Virtual Reality, in this case it is what VR might have looked like way back when....

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