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.

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.

The amazing remote quadrocopter car “B”

“B” could seem like any other quadrocopter around, with vertical circular protections to protect from shocks. The thing is, those innocent protection are also wheels !

As the wheels are taller than the body, it is theoretically possible to lad and the back, and continue driving. The transition from the two modes, driving and flying, can be achieved while moving forward.

The “B” lasts 15mn on a single charge; which isn’t that bad, and packs a HD camera onboard, as well as a microSD slot to save those videos. The Wheels are extremely flexible, making the “B” a kind of super 4×4 that can go anywhere.

world’s most beautiful 3D printer: colors and micron precision.

you may suppose I’m pitching it strong a bit. Well, maybe I am, but just look at this, and we’ll compare it to other 3D printers:

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the only one possible to horn in is the FORM 1 (I’m sorry about comparing every printer with the FORM, but it’s the most precise and the most beautiful to date !):

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We don’t have much infos on the ProDesk3D, but a feature stands out: It is able to print in different colors without changing the leed manually. It is also as precise as the FORM 1, as they are announcing 25 micron precision, meaning you can’t even see it.

The ProDesk3D by BotObjects isn’t selling yet, as they are still in development, but I’m felling a crowndfunding campaign will likely emerge sonner than later. For Now, they only have a one page Website.

P.S: don’t forget I started a new blog here, which if you liked this kind of stuff, will likely interest you as well 😉

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.

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.

houses for object are cute little hooks for everyday objects

the three pig houses are not made of straw, or even brick, but of the like the second house, the material being used is wood the most beautiful of the three pig houses.

Except from this silly joke, Let’s get to the point. The houses are made to create a dedicated place for three distinct objects: keys, watchs, and eyewear. The base of the house is not in wood but in rubber, available in a set of blue/orange/yellow or a set of all white.

I personally like it a lot, the fact that it’s constructible and de-constructible is a +, but the trestles can’t fit in the empty space in the middle, which could have been thought of. In the possibility of your enjoyment, you can pre-order it on kickstarter right now, or even after, for you still have more than a month to pledge.

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 ?

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:

 

THE most complicated puzzle ever, sanity, is insane !

Why so much passion ? Well this puzzle has over 2 Trillion possible combinations, few compared to the forty-three trillion possibilities of the Rubik’s cube, but still, based on pure luck, the Rubik’s cube would take the age of the universe to resolve, so this one might only tale 5% of the age of the universe…At least if you do it based on luck. 

Although it is a little big, I love the idea, and one of the killer feature is that every sanity is unique, making it impossible to watch videos on youtube to explain the whole process. Here is a scheme to show you how it works, although I didn’t fully understand the 5 axis thing…

 

If you are still interested, spread the word and pre-order on kickstarter before it’s too late !

The virtual lock for your bike is called bikespicke, and it seems awesome so far

Virtual lock ? what does that possibly means ? To understand the concept, you have to know how this add-on for bikes works. First, just place it on your bike.

The BikeSpike on a bicycle without the cage

As the bikespike is GPS monitored, you can choose in the Iphone app when it is or isn’t supposed to move:

User Interface on an iPhone 5

Now, if the bike moves when it’s not supposed to, you will be notified, and a SMS can be send to friends who live nearby, with the exact location of the bike. Of course you can go and search it yourself if ou prefer (I think I do).

Secondly, it can be used with fitness apps, for the basics stuff, speed, journey, cal, stuff like that. The SDK is open, so if the project succeed, other developers will be able to develop their own apps. Isn’t it neat ?

If you want to own one, you’de better pre-order one, and spread the word around you, as for now, it isn’t likely to be funded

 

ego smartmouse, the only mouse you’ll ever need.

What does smartmouse means, anyway ? in which way is it “smart” ?Ego! Smartmouse materials and colors

First, except from the basic bluetooth mouse capacities, you can use it the same way as a wiimote: to point at your screen, scroll, etc. With the built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, you can also use it to play games on your PC, or TV connected to your computer. Sadly, it cannot be used on TV without a PC connected to it. So that’s not super useful, after all.

Play!

the EGO comes with 2,4,6, or 8gb of storage. You may ask why a mouse needs so much gigabytes. Well, it happens that whenever you connect via bluetooth to a computer, you can transfer data to your mouse, or from your mouse to your computer, wirelessly. Neat ? Yeah. In fact this is my favorite aspect of the EGO. I find the accelerometer not useful for work task, and merely useful for gaming. Let’s be honest. Who’s going to play fruit ninja on his PC ? No one.

If this smartmouse appeals to you, pre-order it now on kickstarter of course.

The 3Doddler, the world’s first 3D printing pen.

You heard me right, this amazing pen can print what you’re drawing with it. The object in itself isn’t really beautiful, but what it can do sure is. All of those sculpture were made BY HAND.

You may think it’s pure magic, but in fact the principle is based on superfast cooling. This way the plastic thread doesn’t fall. As easy as that, really. It uses the same plastic thread as any other 3D printer, and for your pledge you’ll get a full bag of it. Now if you really want to check the engine by yourself, Although it looks like a soldering iron, here  it is:

3Doodler in action

Do you want to see something cool you can do with it, after some practice ?

Actually there is technique to build the Eiffel tower:

2 ft Eiffel Tower Stencil

 

If you want to buy one for yourself, it only costs 99$ on kickstarter but be quick, there are only 107 left !