GOkey: Charger. Cable. Locator. Memory. All on your key-ring.

the goKey is probably what you’ve been waiting for. It is an amazing project, which you’ll discover by reading until the end. 

First, it has a 400 mAh battery, enough to last you around 2h on an iPhone 5s which has a 1440 mAh battery. according to my very scientific research, that account for 36% of the iPhone’s battery, which is realistic for its size. To check the remaining battery, Gokey has an accelerometer which allows it to recognize a shake gesture, telling you how much more it has left with three colors: red is low, green is full, and orange charging. 

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next it has both a USB cable at the end of the key part, and the lightning connector wraps around the rounded part in a very nice manner, meaning it can also be used as a simple cable, to charge or to sync data like with any cable. Basic stuff. 

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Aaaaand more interestingly, it includes a features many projects already advertised heavily: a bluetooth locator. That means, that if you lose your phone, by pressing on the goKey, it makes the phone ring, just like calling it from another phone would do, but when you are alone, you probably don’t have two phones. Or if you do, that’s pretty lame. Meh. THAT’S NOT ALL ! it works both ways ! if you lose your keys, or more accurately the goKey and anything attached to it, the goKey app helps you find it  and makes it ring at the same time ! I guess the excuse “I lost my keys isn’t valid anymore… Well I guess we have to adapt. 

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Finally, when you thought it could’t go any further than this, sometimes, once upon a hundred times, a projects stands out and succeed where so many have failed. The goKey provides either 8, 16 or 32gb options. For now it is only accessible via the USB cable, so not on the iPhone, but the MFI certification of another project which does just that, external memory available in iphone apps, tells me it could get into either this version or the next. 

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 Fellow enthusiast have a few ideas for enhancing an already incredible project, which may or may not be included in the stretched goals, as so far there hasn’t been any. What most call for is the possibility to access data from the iPhone, which is a hurdle to get certification for, USB 3.0 which I haven’t even thought of mainly because my Macbook air from 2011 doesn’t has it and i’ve never felt the need for it, an increase in battery which the team is said to be working on the best they can, and the possibility of using it as a PowerPoint presenter for presentations to skip slides, which I find great and feasible with current hardware If I am not mistaken.

What’s more, the project has a referral system which refunds you 10$ everyone pledges from your own personal link. So far 20 people already won’t have to pay a single dim for their goKey. If you have friends and a network, there is a strong chance that might be your case too ! at the least you’ll probably get at least one 10$ off, which is better than nothing. 

So hurry up to get yours, as there is a limited number of units still available !

 

Helios Bars – Transform any bike into a smart bike.

if you know about fixie, then you probably don’t want to add extra lights, speed counters, GPS to your bike. It would make it ugly. Helio bars can do all of it, in the bar:

The two models proposed, the bullhorn and the drop style look absolutly gorgeous :

 

The Helios includes one front light, which seems decently powerful, two side lights, which you can activate in blinking re when turning, a Low powered GPS, and a speed counter, which can make the two rear lights change color accordingly:

What’s more, the Helios comes with an iPhone app, in which you can set light color, anda bluetooth proximity sensor wich will light the bike when you arrive. The GPS function sin’t really included in the app, but a weird SMS system allows you to text your bike, and it will respond the exact location. I would have preferred a real time map, but for some reasons, it isn’t there.

Anyway, the Helios bars is the best bike gadget I’ve seen so far, and I’ll definitely buy one soon !

 

 

HiddenRadio2 bluetooth speaker is overwhelmingly good

A long time has passed since my last post, but rejoice, today’s awesome product might make you excuse me for that.

Introducing HiddenRadio2, a revision of the first iteration of the name HiddenRadio, which was rather well received by tech critics. The main drawback were FM usability and Sound not being so great after all.

but both of these concern seem to have been resolved with this year’s product.

In response to the hood muffling the sound and more generally relatively poor deep and eerie high, The team implemented a top of the line technology called dual “speaker neodymium“. Let see what that really means. Apparently they have a “high output to weight ratio which makes them ideal for a number of portable applications”. Perfect for the HiddenRadio2 isn’t it ? the result is cristal-clear highs and cavernous deeps:

About the FM radio, well, there is none now. Get over it. Life moves on. Honestly what use is there to an FM radio when you’ve got all these application that can stream thousands of radios from the internet like TuneIn Radio ?

But that is not all folks ! You did not honestly though it would be it did you ? HiddenRadio2 has still 3 main features you ant to hear about:

Let’s go over them from left to right, right ? That would totally makes sense. But let’s do the contrary like true anarchists.

Magic lift means you just have to touch the top to boot up the device like and raise the top like it’s an elevator from Star Trek or something.

Smart control is actually more or less the same thing as magic lift, in the way it uses the touch sensor on the top to enable simple control: tap once to pause, tap twice to go forward, or draw a circle clockwise to increase the volume. Hell yeah, you can even call siri ! As the HiddenRadio2 has noise-canceling mics and hands free calls software, My guess is that you’ll start using Siri a lot more with the Speaker than before. Anyway my thought is that it’s pretty damn cool.

Multipoint, I think you’ve guessed by now enables you to connect to multiple speakers at once. Two different use case: you can have one in each room, or enable stereo and use them to watch a movie or something.

Lastly, the battery last a whooping 15 hours, which is not the highest in the portable speakers jungle but still in the high end. It can deliver some 90db, meaning you’ll suffer hearing loss if you stay around it at max volume for too long.          In case the design wasn’t obvious enough, the HiddenRadio2 has a 360° sound, how could it not.

To conclude, I’de say that for 149$, it’s a rather admirable deal, if the sound is indeed better than before. However don’t wait for the kickstarter campaign to end, as retail versions will sell for some 199$. Whatever, just take a look at this comparaison, you won’t argue very long

 

 

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Life-proof battery pack launches on kickstarter

there are as many external batteries for mobiles devices as there are battery low warning. It never stops. every week, another company launches a revolutionary product. It often isn’t. This time though, the claim is justified.

The Zendure isn’t one, but three different batteries: 9000, 12 000, 15 000 mah.

First, the basic model can charge 8.5 times an iPhone. That’s huge. It can also be run over by a car. You know, just in case you wanted to try.

The Zendure can actually charge while being charged, meaning you don’t even need an adapter for you smartphone cable when you leave to an exotic country.

Unlike the battery of any electronic device, the battery can stay 95% charged after 6 month without being used a single time.

There is no need to boot the Zendure. The battery detects when a cable is plugged-in, and boots up the battery.

And Voila ! I think I’ve just given you 4  killer features that’ll make you want to rush to their campaign. Am I being a little over-enthusiastic ? That’s possible :p. But bear in mind that no other battery can achieve the last 3 features !

 

 

Let’s fund Wally case !

I already talked about Wally Wallet, but the wally case differs a little it includes a physical case:

Apart from that, the wally wallet is the same, the idea behind it hasn’t changed: you can put a few credit card and swipe them out in an easy and funny way:

I guess If I had one I would spend the entire day opening and closing :p.

However, everything isn’t bright in Distil Union: The Wally case is not going to get funded, unless you help them, and soon ! The campaign still has 4 days to go, and as the creators put it, they just need 75 backers to successfully launch the Wally Case on kickstarter !

Hex: A copter that anyone can fly!

I apologize for copying their own title, but the basic principle of their quadrocopter couldn’t be explained in a better way.

I love quadrocopters. I though about buying the nanocopter, but it requires a pc and PS3 controller to work. I have a mac, and even if I did have a PC, I don’t really like the idea of having to move around a computer to control a toy. On the other hand, there is the smartphone-controlled  parrot AR drone, which retails for 300€. Not for me.

This one combines the best of the two worlds.

It’s at the same time rather cheap, user-friendly, it can record video, and supports different add-on which can be purchased later. The frame is 3D printed, and can be changed anytime.

As Hex is gaining more and more attention from the DIY community and online press, and has already 26 times their initial pledge, some stretched goals are coming, free of charge:

You still have a lot of time to preorder Hex, as their campaign still has 32 days left to go.