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The Best Spy Gadgets Around

THE ULTIMATE SPY GADGETS

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If you’re keen to keep an eye on a loved one, an employee or someone else you deem to be sneaking about behind your back then you’ll be happy to know that there are a substantial number of quality spy gadgets available on the market that’ll assist you with your covert and stealth-like observations!

JAKKS PACIFIC EYECLOPS NIGHT VISION

Despite the fact that we’re led to believe that carrots can help us see in the dark, those less enthused about munching on endless vegetables will be pleased to discover that toy company Jakks Pacific have actually created a cool gadget to do the job for you. EyeClops Night Vision goggles can illuminate dark spaces to a quality comparable to that of military- strength night vision but of course it won’t cost you as much. This infrared innovation is a comfortable accessory to wear and is great fun for those of all ages.

AJOKA CHARGER DVR

At first glance this may look like just a typical charger. But as this seemingly innocent looking appliance sits plugged into a wall socket it’s doing something much more than just charging a device. Ajoka’s charger has special capabilities that normal chargers do not; boasting the ability to record video and audio of everything that occurs in its line of sight. The gadget can hold up to 66 hours of video thanks to a 2GB microSD card meaning you can utilise this excellent spy device for hours on end without raising any suspicion.

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STARCHASE

This particular spy-based gadget has a much more safety- orientated purpose and it really could help save lives. StarChase’s vehicle tracking gadget allows the police to fire a projectile at a speeding car that contains a GPS receiver and wireless transmitter. This allows the police to effectively mark the car and keep track of it instead of chasing it down and potentially putting innocent lives at risk during high speed pursuits. Of course the device is available for commercial users too so if you’re keen to keep a track on your significant other then this one’s for you.

GOOGLE GLASS

Following much initial furore, Google Glass seemed to have paled in to significance over the last year or so. However, fans of the futuristic device will be glad to know that it’s mounting a revival. Having been tested on online slots at Royal Vegas by developers looking to create a more immersive gaming experience, demand has shot up for the product and now innovators are looking for unique ways in which to utilize the technology. Boasting all the features you need to take inconspicuous snaps, Google Glass has allegedly been used to keep tabs on people all over the US without standing out.

 

Who Needs Another Gadget?

We all do.  There’s gadgets for all walks of life; for school, exercise, work, recreation and most of all for our entertainment.  Depending on your specifics, there are some that can fit the bill for all of those, such as smartphones, and a great deal that accomplish very specific tasks.

To me, it’s getting to the point where you carry or wear many devices on a daily basis.  For example, a fitbit to count your steps, a smartphone to keep in communication and a tablet or laptop for work or school.  Whatever your needs, there are many gadgets out there to suit you.  I find that techcred.co.uk has everything in the way of useful gadgetry that you could possibly need.  Everything from smartphones and tablets, to TVs, gaming systems, laptops and cameras.

Some newer gadgets are really setting the bar high for technology as of late.  Wearables, such as smart watches and various fitness trackers are packed with a ton of options that give you a huge variety of electronic capabilities.  3D printers have been a fad for a while now, and are able to print everything from cars and replacement body limbs, to medications and even candy!

One of my personal favorite categories is in gaming.  Many improvements have been made this last year, with the Sony PSP being able to play games from a cloud, Nintendo giving the DSi true 3D technology, and my personal favorite, Valve’s new Steam Box, that will allow you to play all of your Steam games through any TV in your home, console style!  So many advances and strides in technology today that are giving individuals and companies alike the ideas to create many quality of life components for us to use on a daily basis.  Are these gadgets helping us with life, or leashing us to our technological masters?  You decide!

A look at the Technology that can help to Protect your Home in 2015

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In the modern age, the concept of home security is far different than it was in previous generations. Whereas the level of security of homes and buildings was measured by the quality of alarms, windows and external doors, for example, there are now additional metrics that can be used to test the strength and fortitude of your property. In fact, by integrating modern and smart gadgets into your home, you can create a safe and secure space that is blessed with added value.

Whether you are looking to protect the residents who live within your home or simply want to boost the value of your property before listing it on the sell house fast market, here are some examples of technology that can assist you.

Video Monitoring Hardware

One of the most popular commercial security methods is video monitoring, and this type of technology has also become accessible on the domestic market in recent times. This enables home-owners to see exactly what is going on in and outside of their homes during times of absence, with products such as Oco providing discreet video monitoring that can be accessed through a smartphone. This provides real-time video streaming regardless of where you are in the world, and means that you can alert the authorities if you notice anything suspicious occurring at your property.

A Home Sensing System

This is one of the most understated and yet impactful examples of technology on the market, and one that can help you to manage your home regardless of where you are in the world. Thanks to innovations such as Wally Home, for example, it is possible to track water leaks, humidity and temperature through real-time alerts that notify you if anything extends beyond normal values. This can be invaluable during periods when you are away from the home, as the ability to identify potential issues as they happen and implement reactive measures can save you thousands of pounds over time.

The Video Ring Doorbell

While this may not sound like a security feature, this is a multipurpose product that can help you to achieve multiple goals. The Ring Video Doorbell is operated by home Wi-Fi, and it uses this connection to transmit the sound of a chime to a designated smartphone. It does far more than this alone; however, as it also uses an integrated, built-in video camera to create the impression that someone is at home when in fact the house is empty. Interestingly, there is also a motion alert feature included with the device, which enables you to see who is coming to the door or loitering outside of your home regardless of whether or not they have pressed the doorbell.

Wearable technology: looking to the future

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Wearable technology is nothing new – we’ve already seen Apple unveil its long-awaited Apple Watch and seen Katy Perry strut her stuff in an LED dress. But, what’s the future of wearable tech and is it here to stay?

While it’s clear that wearable technology has an appeal to the fashion and gadget-conscious among us, wearable tech has long being used within the health industry for more practical concerns. If you take hearing aids for example, it was once the case that devices were rather large and noticeable for the wearer. Nowadays, technology has advanced to a stage where hearing aids are much more inconspicuous in their design.

Audiology specialists like Hidden Hearing for example, offer hearing aids which are almost invisible and fit inside the contours of the ear. In the same way as we’ve seen mobile phones and mp3 players reduce in size over the years hearing aids have moved in a similar direction. As well as the more traditional in-ear designs, hearing aids are also available as necklaces and within the frames of glasses.

From an aesthetic point of view, clothing designers have been quick to explore new ways of incorporating technology in their designs. The LED dress Katy Perry wore in 2010 helped the trend to gain visibility and since then there have been countless celebrities who have jumped on the bandwagon. Remember the Jimmy Choo Zap flashing sandals worn by Fergie? Or how about Lady Gaga’s animatronic dress with moving wings?

There’s no doubt that such outlandish designs add to the stage presence of celebs, but is it a trend which is here to stay and how much does it appeal to the general public?

According to trend forecaster WGSN, the wearables market is here to stay but we should expect to see a change in direction in the coming years. There will be a move away from flashing lights and gimmickry and a move towards incorporating communication elements to serve a more practical purpose. For example, phones and cameras which are integrated into garments.

Surrey-based firm Intelligent Textiles has already begun to consider the more practical element of wearable tech by weaving electronic circuits into military uniforms. The idea is that soldiers will only need to carry a single power source rather than multiple batteries.

While the novelty element of wearable tech may be short-lived, once companies harness the idea of using wearable tech to solve genuine problems, it’s likely the market will continue to expand.

 

Five Hottest Mobile Startups to Watch In 2015

Not all of the mobile startups launched last year were warmly met by users. Of course, developers will not stop experimenting and presenting new applications. So, there is no doubt that 2015 will explode with new inventions.

Here are 5 mobile startups to watch in 2015.

Slack

This startup will be interesting for enterprises looking for an innovative communication and messaging app. Slack allows workspaces sharing files, sending private messages and using group chat rooms. This communication app has quickly gained recognition in the business world and is already used by many big and small enterprises. In fact, this is one of the fastest developing enterprise applications ever created. There is no doubt that the demand for Slack will grow this year.

The startup has raised $180 million in funding. Among its world-famous investors are: Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins.

Wish

This is a real catch for shopaholics. This mobile shopping application is somewhat similar to Pinterest. The app exhibits items you wish buying. The startup founders are pretty sure in their success and hope their pet project will raise 100 million dollars and will later be evaluated in 1 billion dollars.

For the moment, Wish was funded $78.7 million by Jared Leto, GGV Capital and Legend Capital.

Headspace

Many enterprises across Silicon Valley are obsessed with meditation nowadays. They believe, meditation is the best method of helping employees boost their productivity. Headspace founders decided to snatch good money on this trend and created an application that allows users meditating on their own time. More than one million users in over 150 countries are already meditating with Headspace.

Funding capital of the meditation app is equal to 4 million dollars. The names of investors are kept under wraps.

Instacart

Want to buy groceries and have them delivered to your door, without leaving the comfort of home? This is not a dream, as with Instacart you can purchase groceries online or from your mobile phone.

Instacart has a decent funding capital – $154.8 million. The main startup investors are Sam Altman, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Khosla Ventures, Aaron Levie.

Yik Yak

This gossip applications with a fancy name has taken college and high school students by storm. Yik Yak allows posting anything you want absolutely anonymously. Being a location-based app, it enables watching information posted by the nearby people only. To stop the spreading of rumours, some schools have blocked Yik Yak.

The app has raised $73.5 million in funding.

If you have your own startup idea in mind, however you do not know how to put it to life, Lezgro team is ready to help you. This is a company with an excellent experience of custom software and application development. High-end web and mobile applications created by Lezgro are highly prized by their customers across the world.

LINEAR ACTUATORS IN ROBOT’S MOTION

Linear Actuators in Robot’s Motion   

Introduction

A robot motion can be controlled by Linear Actuators (for example www.progressiveautomations.com/track-linear-actuator). A linear actuator is an electric device that used in converting the revolving motion of a DC motor into linear movements. Linear movements refer to the pull and push movements that make it possible to lift, push, tilt or pull objects simply by using a remote. Linear actuators are useful in robotic applications to help them in performing such movements.

Methods

There are multifaceted methods of using linear actuator to perform robotic motions. However, a simple method requires an external source of power popularly a DC motor which is attached with a gearbox. One can use an external control box such as PLC where one plugs in the actuator’s plug into a control box. If one does not wish to use a control box they can cut the plug and stick the two wires into a battery or switch.

Requirements

The general tools required include an aluminum sheet, a driller, fasteners, and two sets of small wheels. The aluminum sheet is used to install the motor to the robot’s body by drilling two holes into the bottom right and top left of the aluminum sheet. The fasteners on the other hand are used to install the motor onto the robot by drilling two holes into the motor’s installation panel.

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How It Works

The first step involves connecting the servo motor controller to the Direct Current motor and connecting the servo motor controller to the micro controller. This ensures that power is supplied to the actuator and the robot. The servo ensures the correct voltage is supplied to the linear actuator while the micro controller also helps on determining the amount of power needed to run the robot and the actuator. The wheels are then installed on the robot to provide motion to the robot. The wheels are attached to the robot and the motor by drilling holes on them and fastening them properly onto the devices using the fasteners. After the motor is turned on, the amount of power required to run the application should be adjusted. The control boxes and remote controls allow a person to control the movement of the linear actuator.

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Scanaflo Home Urine Testing via Iphone

Scanaflo™ is a urine test kit in development that will empower people to monitor their health at home.

Health tech startup Scanadu is working on the cutting-edge of a new type of medical technology that could one day put the hospital in the palm of our hands. Scanadu is now in the testing phase with Scanaflo. This is an iPhone-ready urinalysis strip that, with just one pee, knows if you are pregnant, diabetic or have been smoking weed.

Found via TechCrunch

The Internet of Sheep

Internet of Sheep

The Internet of Things is the idea that all physical objects could communicate data over the internet to other connected devices.

In rural Wales, researchers have begun a study into the Internet of Sheep, attaching devices to livestock to gather information. Researchers say the beauty of sheep is that they stick together — easily transmitting data between the flock.

When the flock comes close to an internet receiving station it would transmit data to researchers at Lancaster University.

CNN has the full story on these connected sheep.

PS4 or Xbox One: Who is the winner?

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This is going to be a pretty tough comparison to make. This is mainly down to the fact that there is very little in terms of noticeable differences between the PS4 and Xbox One. You have to realize that console games have become a whole lot more ‘PC like’ over the years, and that means there is very little difference in terms of hardware. That being said; the PlayStation 4 has drastically outsold the Xbox One in most regions of the world. This means that gamers have spoken. The PS4 is better than the Xbox One. Just why though? Well; let’s take a little look, shall we?

I would start with the processor here, although to be fair the Xbox One does actually boast a considerably better processor than the PlayStation 4. In all fairness however; much of the processing power is actually taken up by the Kinect device, so whilst there is a 10% boost of power for the Xbox One, it is brought down to about the same during those ‘Kinect’ games. That being said; the processor in this day and age is not the most important part. The most important part is the graphics processor.

I am not going to dive into the actual graphics card in each. This will make sense to barely any readers (no offence here, it is just that the graphics cards are not generic). There is a roughly 10% higher amount of graphics capabilities on the PlayStation 4 than the Xbox One. This means that the PlayStation 4 is able to render slightly better graphics and perform at slightly higher frame rates. If you want a more in-depth comparison on the specs of the two consoles, GoWin wrote a good piece about it back in August.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both have 8GB of RAM. The PlayStation 4 opts for the slightly higher performing GDDR5 memory though (i.e. the read and write access of the RAM is a great deal higher). You do however have to be aware that GDDR5 technology is still in its earliest stages. Even the most avid of PC Builders are not going down that route nowadays, due to the fact that it is still relatively unstable. That being said, from a RAM perspective the PS4 is slightly better than the Xbox One.

One of the key things which separates the PlayStation 4 from the Xbox One is the fact that most cross-platform games nowadays tend to utilize the PlayStation 4 as the lead development console. This means that many of the games that are developed for both consoles have to be ported over to the Xbox One. This in turn means that the games are never that well-optimized. This means that if the Xbox One did actually boast a better spec it would not perform as well as the PlayStation 4. We had this problem in the last generation. The PlayStation 3 was considerably better than the Xbox 360 in terms of spec, but the Xbox 360 was easier to develop for and thus the PlayStation 3 had a ton of poor quality ‘ports’.

"Coffee Messenger" the First Touch-Based Smart Messaging App for Google’s Android Wear

Coffee Messenger App

Awear is a wearables startup and yesterday they announced “Coffee Messenger” a free app for Android Wear that lets you text from your smartwatch.

Some of the benefits of the app are that it’s FREE in Google Play! 🙂 It also has hundreds of customizable messages you can send with a swipe of the finger such as “Meet me for coffee” or “Running late…see you at home.”. And you don’t need to pull out your phone to see who’s texting, this is a great user experience. You can just flick your wrist to respond to the SMS. I also like that you can customize vibrations so you know who’s trying to get your attention.

Coffee for Android Wear is free and available today at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.awear.coffee. The app works on the popular smartwatches Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, Sony SmartWatch 3, Asus ZenWatch and Moto 360.

Here Come The Night Vision Contact Lenses

Those night-vision devices used by hunters and soldiers may soon get a lot smaller — small enough, in fact, to be built right in to contact lenses.

From the Navy Times:

Night-vision goggle technology has become more effective, streamlined and nimble in the past 10 years. But what if you could ditch that bulky headgear and pop in a pair of night-vision contact lenses?

It may sound like science fiction, but such dime-sized, lightweight optics may be possible in the future, thanks to researchers at the University of Michigan who have created a material that absorbs infrared rays at room temperature and translates them into an electrical signal, much like a silicon chip works with visible light inside a digital camera.

Gadgets

Super Mario Bros!

Check out the Super Mario Bros action figures from everbuying I found.

The site has all kinds of Electronic Gadgets. Everything from multifunction tools, 3D glasses and electronic cigarettes! I really like the portable solar panels to power up your mobile devices. If you do go for one of the solar panels, check for compatibility with your device and check the power capability meets your device’s needs.

Wireless Bluetooth Bamboo Keyboard

Wireless BT Bamboo KB

Here’s a very cool idea – A beautiful, natural, and environmentally friendly wireless Bluetooth bamboo keyboard for all of your electronic devices. This idea is a project being promoted through the crowd-funding site Indiegogo, it’s the brainchild of brothers Chase and Chris and it’s worthy of checking out.

Visit their site to read about the prototyping and all the R&D that’s been invested in this project, these folks could use our help with funding support.

Video Mapping, New Concept of Entertainment

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image mappingVideo mapping is becoming popular as an exciting way to spice up events or conferences. Video mapping usually manipulates common entertainment technology (such as projectors) in creative and innovative ways. It is a technique that consists of projecting video images on buildings, streets, people or just about any kind of complex surface or 3D form to alter the viewer’s senses and perspective. The projectors used for video mapping are capable of bending and highlighting just about any form or space. These projectors are able to create unbelievable optical illusions that baffle the minds of viewers. The clever use of suggestive play of light “turns” a physical object into something very different just by altering its perception of form. Video mapping can be applied in virtually limitless ways. It depends on your requirements and preferences. If you are interested in the projectors used for this performance you can check out for more information about projectors at projectorshop24.co.uk.

Video mapping is a relatively new concept and it is becoming more and more popular these days. This new use of common technology has taken many by surprise, leaving them with an unexpected experience. The main reason of its rapid success is that the public gets heavily emotionally invested in the show. Each viewer gets a sense of “exploration” with every video mapping show. The spectacle is not just “another nice video projection”, but it is quite surprising and exciting because it involves not only physical space, but virtual space too.

There two common ways of understanding how to make a video mapping projection.
1. Prepare images to project on a designated surface of your choice. The images can be projected as if the streets or buildings were some kind of blank screen. Remember that there are almost no limits here. You may choose just about anything depending on your requirements and creativity. The surface itself creates some kind of mask which saves you from doing all the time consuming calibration that video mapping usually requires.
2. The Masking. This is exactly what it means: masking is about creating masks (some kind of opacity templates) with the exact form and position of the different elements of the building, space architecture, 3D object etc. On those masks, or in the space between them, is where the images and video are going to be projected, using a relatively simple technique called alpha channel.

With enough creativity, video mapping may be just what you need to dramatically spice up just about any event. The viewer’s will probably never forget the experience.

This Youtube video shows a good example of what’s possible here, this is impressive.