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 !

TRACE activity monitor for action sports

Activity monitors are common. Running and cycling ones especially. There are a tons of these out there, which can keep track of tons of useful data: heart rate, step’s length, kl, etc. Although i’m a cycling fan’ these devices usually don’t appeal to me much. All I want to know is my average speed, top speed, how long it took, and compare it with other local bikers with strava.

However it happens I am an olympic-level snowboarder, and what differs in action sports compared to run/bike, is that there are many differents movements, forces, speed to keep track of. TRACE aims to be THE solution for all the frustrated skateboards/Surfers/Snowboarders that can’t have this kind of data, expect with outrageously expensive hardware 

 

 

i’m not a fan of surfing and skating, so that’s why I’m mainly focusing on snowboard, but know that the creator of the TRACE have thought of all three sport equaly: all have their own app in the app store: RE surf, RE skate, RE snow. Here are some screenshot or the beta versions of theses apps, which seem to be at an advanced stage:

For Skaters: Profile, Visit Detail, Trick Detail

 

For Surfers: Visit Detail, Profile, Graph Detail

 

AlpineReplay: Graph Detail, Newsfeed, Run Breakdown

 

TRACE works with bluetooth 4.0 and WiFI, but doesn’t need to be connected to your smartphone to work (which would be hard while surfing for example. It is still possible to get TRACE for 129$, although it maddens me a bit that the early bird version was 30$ cheaper and will ship 3 weeks early.

wodden keyboard for iMacs and Macbooks

to get an idea of how they look, I thought the wireless was the best example, but the keys are also available in a lighter tone, which I find more pleasant to look at:

 

Although the letters seem big, I imagine how comfortable it would be to type on these. You can find them on kickstarter, if they manage to launch the product.

Limeade 18,000 mAH battery fits in your hand, and can charge your iPhone 12 times

There are many external batteries for iPhones, some in cases, some not, but except super expensive models, they can charge iPhone once or twice. Not so good. This battery aims to be at the same time huge and as small as it can possibly be.

Actually, there are three different models: 13 000, 15 600, 18 000 mAH:

But this battery isn’t dull. It actually has a few advantages you may not knew you needed.

First, it can charge two devices at a time, like your Ipad and your iPhone, basically:

It is rechargeable by 2A, meaning it can charge in about 10h, or around a night.

It has a safety flashlight, you know, just in case you’re in the middle of nowhere and the only thing you have with you is your Limeade battery. It has a charge indicator with 4 LED, not very precise, but useful to know when the battery needs to be plugged in. It also comed with a 30 pin and micro usb cable, but no lightning cable, which are used by iPhone 5 and iPads.

 

To finish off, here is a table which shows how many times each device can be charged:

  • Apple iPhone 4 or 5: ~12.5 times
  • Samsung Galaxy S III: ~8 times
  • Samsung Galaxy Note: ~7 times
  • Amazon Kindle Fire: ~4 times
  • Apple iPad 1 or 2: ~2 times
  • Google Nexus 4: ~8.5 times
  • Google Nexus 10: ~2 times
  • Sony PSP: ~11 times
  • Apple iPod Nano: ~171 times

As you notice, you can’t use it with you PC or mac. It’s not the right voltage. Anyway, if you want to buy this monster, hurry up, they are selling like hotcakes !!!

 

Embrace+ connected bracelet keeps you up informed, without getting your smartphone out.

As you can see, the embrace+ doesn’t only target the geeks, but also the cool people that wear white shirts, and sexy women. At least I think that’s what the photo above tells us. Anyway, it doesn’t really matter. The embrace+ is a vibrating and luminous bracelet that alerts you of any notifications: calls, mails, facebook, skype, SMS, low battery and more.

If it isn’t clear enough in the image, and it isn’t, the app let you control which color. but that’s not all:

This one’s more explicit: the app lets you control the speed, blink, duration, intensity, vibration of the notification. enough settings to theoretically recognize at least 6 colors x4x4x4x4x4=6144 possibilities. In real life, i’de say around 30 different notifications can be perceived by the human brain. After that, it gets to confusing.

A final nice touch for the end: the embrace+ is entirely waterproof, lasts 10 days with 100 notifications a day, and charges in ten minutes via micro-usb. The embrace+ is re-trying to get funding on kickstarter now, after a failed tentative. However, this time, they have already reached their funding goal, as they managed to reduce cost: the embrace costs only 49$.

DOCKr 4in1 solution for Ipad: keyboard, battery, speakers, usb, protective case.

Actually The DOCKr is advertised as a 6in one Product, but the last two are “colos and style” and “multiple angles of viewing”, wich aren’t really features, you know. At first, the DOCKr seems like a cheap plastic accessory, and that’s too bad, because in fact, it is one of the most advanced solutions to turn any Ipad in a small computer.

See ? it looks like a toy. Nevertheless, It’s actually great. The battery included is about 4-8h, and can charge other devices, via the usb port. The keyboard in fact is just a space for the apple bluetooth keyboard or the inuenvo keyboard they sell, but as it is the best bluetooth keyboard, we won’t complain about that, are we ? A noteworthy feature, the Ipad can be in portrait or landscape mode. Neat. Last but not least, the wireless speakers are bluetooth, stereo, and are effective from 30 feet. for 135$ with a keyboard,The DOCKr really a good deal.

rollin’slide case for Iphone 5 seems to be able to do anything

If you read it before, just know that the project relaunched recently.

The Rollin’slide one of the best Iphone case out there. Let’s see why.

First the idea is a case that slides, allowing easier universal docking:

So that’s the main feature of the rolling slide case. But what it can also do is contain one credit card in between the case and the Iphone. Sliding the case allows easy access to it:

Recently, this feature has become more and more mainstream, so it shouldn’t appear as a mind-blowing feature. What is indeed a H bomb-blowing feature is the little fragrance stick (yes you read right, perfume), an accessory mostly aimed for the ladies, although It isn’t absolutely forbidden to us, men, to use it.

Wait ! that’s not all ! The space used by the fragrance stick can also be used for a usb key (8gb) little less “tendance” than perfume, but a lot more useful for sure.

Last but not least feature, a small screen cleaner can be put in this space as well. I personally prefer the usb stick, as no on needs a screen cleaner, just use your tee-shirt goddamnit ! Anyway don’t confound the perfume stick and the screen cleaner, they look kind of the same:

I fell like I’ve run a marathon, but no, it’s just another Iphone case. Or an incredible supernatural magnificent multifunction case, you decide.If you really want it so badly as I do or want more infos about the rolling slide case, Go to kickstarter and see for yourself.

A few bottles on kickstarter

Recently, three sport bottles managed to raise more than 68 000$ on kickstarter, which is quite a lot, the best one currently has 186 000$, it’s the NAVA.

As you may notice, the particularity of this bottle is that it filters the water, something that existed on traditional water containers, but not on bootles. The kickstarter campaign is still running, so it’s still time to get yours !

The second one is the Umoro one, specially designed for fitness:

As the photos make it obvious, the Umoro allows you to put substances on the top part, then release it in the water when needed. I guess It has a use for some fitness-crazy people, but since I am not, I don’t get it. Maybe you do ?

And finally the last one, which is my favorite: The Square

You may have notice, the square is square. It’s aluminium. It can open from both sides, making it simpler to clean, by hand or in the dishwasher, as it is dishwasher-free. Even though it doesn’t include sf functionality, the design is so much better. In fact, the designers are formers Apple designers. What’s more, the water I drink is already treated, there’s no need for even more purification, and I don’t need to add drugs to my water to have big muscles and all. So this one’s perfect, at least for me.                    Link: www.consignd.com/shop/etienne-vandamme-9

What’s your favorite one ? I’de like to hear from you 🙂

sending music to two distinct bluetooth speakers with iPhone is now possible, thanks to Vertus

I believe the title says it all: this little jack add-on allows you to connect to two different speakers via bluetooth, something known to be impossible, bluetooth wasn’t meant to be used this way. Thanks to this product, the music goes through an unclear wireless connection. Anyway, if it works, who cares ?

 

The two jack input are supposed to be connected to the left and right speakers, then it will do the trick. The first one kind of takes the left band and left the right one to the other one.

It even has a sleek charging station that fits the aluminum style of the two gadgets:

As I do indeed have two Jambox, this will surely fits my needs. In case you are unfamiliar, you can uses these on any bluetooth speakers with a jack cable, meaning all of them: Jambox, boombox, Bose soundlink, etc.

At the time of writing, the last early bird must have sold out, so you’ll have to pay the 79$ on kickstarter before next month

charge your Iphone with your friend’s Iphone ? Now possible with chargebite

can you imagine the situation ? You don’t have any battery, but all of your friends or coworkers do. Why not borrow them a little power ? As simple as that:

ChargeBite compatibility

the chargebite is composed of 3 mini 30pin connector. One of them is used to receive power. The other two are used to send power. No battery, no cable. So tiny it fits on a keychain:ChargeBite attaches to your keychain

It seems like this project launched today or at least recently, so if you want to get your hands on the early birds, it is still time ! head over to their indiegogo project for more precisions on the chargeBite.

HAPIfork makes you eat slower=healthier.

do you remember CES buzz around the HAPIfork ? many people laughed about it, some found it interesting, some loved the idea. Now is the time when this project becomes a reality, as it just came to kickstarter to crowndfund this smart fork.

How does the HAPIfork works ?

Me too, before I understood how the fork worked, I was dubious. But now I just find it’s one of the best health product of the year. What do you think about the HAPIfork ?

The crabby wallet stands out of the profusion of kickstarter wallet

I stooped talking about wallets because recently, nothing new is around. Well that’s not true anymore, the Crabby wallet is in the place !

The crabby wallet has 3 main features:

first, it can hold cards and cash, as many as 10, which  the basic functionality of any wallet.

Secondly, it can hold a key attached to the key ring:

last but not least, It can hold an Iphone, making the crabby wallet a new kind of Iphone wallet, one which can be used with or without the phone. In my opinion, this is the key selling point, even if the key ring is practical.

If you wan tot get yours, hurry up, they are selling really well !

Zendock cleans the mess of cables connected to your macbookpro

The idea has already been thought of, here and here, but this one’s a little different, as it leaves more movement liberty to the user.

As shown in the video, it’s really useful when connecting a macbook pro to an external display. The only downside is that is doesn’t include the recharge cable, while still leaving place for it:

As you can see above, this dock works with Macbook pro and retina, sadly no macbook air version, probably because there isn’t enough usb ports to make it of any use…

If you have a macbook and like this project, just visit their kickstarter campaign.

Cyborgs are coming…

At first I just wanted to talk about today’s discovery, but then I thought this was to important to be just another bill. Today, when we think of cyborg and human to computer interaction, we usually think of Apple rumored Iwatch, Google upcoming glasses. But in order to be enhanced, the interface has to disappear to connect the bodt directly to the computer. That’s what a recent product called myo wants to do. To have a quick idea of what it actually does, check the video:

this is for me far more advanced than any other product. the interface is absent. The body is the interface, like leap motion, bit myo doesn’t only work in front of a computer, it works everywhere, with drones, robots, computer, smartphones, etc. I clearly see a future where people will have the same, but miniaturized in their forearm, along with GPS accelerometers, NFC etc, and more conservative will just wear the arm band.  What do you think of that as cyborgisation of humanity ? I’de love to hear your thought about this, I’m so exited !

PS: I just preordered mine, and there isn’t a lot more if any left, as my command was 24000 out of 25000 !

 

 

DoorJamz is a fully customizable doorbell controlled by your smartphone

I previously talked about wifi doorbell, and the awesome lockitron, but this doorbell has a different goal: it just enables you to play your music,placed on an SD card, and control everything using your Iphone. It can also schedule the sound for naps, etc. Finally, you can schedule for the year which music you want to be played everyday. Oh, and I almost forgot it has a motion detector instead of a button, and that every time it rings, a snapshot is sent to your device. Will you remember all of this ? I don’t think I will, but I certainly like the original design of the DoorJamz:

before heading to their indiegogo project, you might want to check this funny video they made:

 

thermodo thermometer FINALLY gives real time temperature to the Iphone

One of the iphone meteo app is that the temperature is taken by external sensors, so indoor temperature is absolutely impossible to mesure. Until now. Robocat team, which is behind thermo (a weather app with more than 2 000 000 downloads), has found the solution. It’s called Thermodo.

So small, We can wonder why it’s not directly integrated IN the Iphone, but God works in mysterious ways. Anyway, it works exactly like you would expect it to work, launch the thermodo app, connect the thermodo in the jack port, and exact temperature will show up. The battery impact is close to none, so you can leave the thermodo in place if you want, or put it back on your keychain.

So you see, It’s not to complicated. It works from -20 to 50 °C degrees, more than the Iphone itself can bare. Pledge now to get your owns, it just costs a little 25$