Gadgets are not only found within the realm of the consumer sector. The military is actually gadget heaven for the latest and most advance electronic equipment. And they need to be at the cutting edge of technology because we’re talking about defense and the protection of lives – not just the civilians but also military personnel as well. [Read more…]
A Smoke Alarm That Will SMS You
Home safety is very important. For gadget lovers, gadget are not just the ones they bring with them and show off to the public. True gadget love will also extend to items inside the home, including things that help keep our homes safe for us. [Read more…]
A Slim Flashlight on Steroids
Haven’t you guys noticed that flashlights can practically be considered as a true-blue electronic gadget mainly because of the different kinds of technology that is being put in it? Many of my male friends have this obsession with flashlights that you’d think they’re talking about the latest mobile phones. In a way, I understand this interest in flashlights. It’s a very masculine equipment that is often used in many male-dominated occupations. [Read more…]
Glasses for the Socially Challenged
So you have problems interacting with people face to face. You are not alone. There are countless people out there who seem to have issues conversing with others. Whether it is because they are shy or it is because they seem to say the wrong things (and not even realize it), it can be a painful thing to see other people turn away from you.
If you have always had the problem of NOT being a good conversationalist, have you ever stopped to think that it could be due to the fact that you are not skilled at reading what other people think or how they react to what you are saying? After all, conversation is also about being able to read the person on the other end.
Enter Rosalind Picard of MIT and Rana el Kaliouby of the University of Cambridge, UK. These two individuals have worked to help the socially challenged people of the universe. (Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the driving idea behind the project.)
Their work has resulted in a pair of glasses with an embedded chip and camera. These two things work together to analyze facial expressions of the person that you are talking to. Upon analysis, the system will give you feedback via some LED lights that are also part of the glasses. Green for “you’re doing a good job conversing” and red for “you’re being a social fail”. Now if you want more audible feedback, you can wear headphones which will sum up the data as well. What you do with the feedback – that is totally up to you!
Analysis is all about the facial cues and other non-verbal cues that people have when conversing. In many cases, we learn all about these cues and take our lead from them. One issue I am seeing here is the fact that different cultures will have different cues. It seems, though, that the creators are already working on software that will recognize Japanese cues. That leaves a gazillion other cultures.
In any case, the concept behind the glasses are pretty cool, but unfortunately, we can’t buy them from the nearest accessories shop yet.
Note: The image shown above is NOT the glasses Picard and al Kaliouby have created.
Photo courtesy of Emily Gieczewski
Bring Your Music To The Water
Swimming is a great pastime and a very rigorous sport that will give you the kind of total body workout everyone needs. But swimming can be boring unless you bring something to entertain you with as you do your laps. One of these devices is the H2O Interval Swim System. [Read more…]
1080P HD Waterproof Spy Camera Watch
Do you spend your spare time watching spy movies or TV shows? Or maybe you like to read and re-read Ian Fleming’s books. If you are into all things spy – in a good way, not the freaky, creepy way – then here is a gadget that you will definitely want to get your hands on.
The 1080P HD Waterproof Spy Camera Watch has recently been listed at Etronixmart ((Buy here)) and it looks pretty promising. It comes with two options – a steel strap or a leather strap. If the idea of having a watch that can take videos (at 1920 x 1280, no less) is not enough to excite you, then maybe the added factor of this baby being waterproof will help. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of an urgent reason to have a video-taking watch while swimming, but I am sure there is one decent reason out there, waiting to be discovered. There is, of course, the option to use this watch instead of an underwater camera, although it might not be possible as with the limited details presented in the site, it seems to me that the watch has to be connected to a computer to record video. Of course, the watch can be used as a regular watch, showing “real” time.
The 1080p waterproof spy camera watch has an embedded operating system and records video in AVI, while it captures images in JPG. For images, the resolution is 4032 x 3024. For video purposes, the watch also has a built-in mic, ensuring that you will not miss out on the sounds. (Again, I won’t delve into the reasons.)
Other important numbers:
- Uses mini USB
- Frame rate is 25 frames
- Powered by a 320mAh Lithium Ion battery; on full charge, the watch can take videos for up to 100 minutes
It may not be the most practical gadget in the market today, but I think that this waterproof spy camera watch will make for a pretty cool gift. It is currently on sale for $52.99, which is the only reason that I would even consider getting one. Otherwise, the regular price is a little too much for something that might not serve me a practical purpose. Then again, it would be a good way to practice one’s spy skills, yes?
The Scooter Reimagined
Inventors and design companies seem to be paying extra attention to devices and gadgets that aid in your mobility. We’ve featured a number of these devices before in Gadzooki. Now prepare for another entrant in this market – the Whiplash Scooter. [Read more…]
The Phone Watch That Makes You Look Cool
Back in 1997, I read a news article about concept designs for new mobile phones that will come out in ten to fifteen years. One of the concepts was a ring that you put on your finger that is also a small mobile phone. It looked like it came out of a science fiction movie. We’re now at that time they were envisioning and even though a ring mobile phone has not arrived yet, miniaturization has allowed manufacturers to create a watch phone like the Burg5 Phone Watch. [Read more…]
A USB Charger That Leaches Power For You
Haven’t you guys noticed that we’re getting more and more reliant on our gadgets? We rely on our smart phones, tablets, computers and whatever else you use on a daily basis for many important tasks. But our gadgets are not “immortal” so to speak. They need power to run. I’m pretty sure you guys have experienced seeing that red blinking light on your device that indicates your gadget is about to die but you have a desperate use for it. [Read more…]
Turn your Apple Device into an Oscilloscope
Apple’s devices are so versatile that manufacturers keep thinking of various things to attach to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone actually thinks up of a way to attach a coffee machine to an iPad or iPhone. Before that glorious day arrives though we can just ogle right now over an oscilloscope that attaches to your Apple device. [Read more…]
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