In our house, we have an iPhone, an Android phone, an LG phone, 3 iPods, two Nooks, and a digital camera. Something is always on the charger, and almost every device has a unique plug. Keeping the cables accessible and organized is a challenge. Enter the Magnetic Organization System (MOS) to the rescue. Read More →
If your family is anything like mine, the dog is not just a pet, it is more like a child. We celebrate birthdays, they get Christmas presents, and whenever possible, they are with us. For dedicated pet parents, there is nothing worse than having a pet go missing. Securus makes a number of GPS locating products for tracking and monitoring people, possessions, and pets. The SpotLite 2.0 is Securus’ second generation pet GPS tracking device. They have teamed with the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) program to provide 24/7 recovery of your lost pet. Read More →
Leatherman has released another tool in their Military/EMT-aimed multi-tools. The 16-tool OHT is designed so that both the blades AND the pliers can be operated with one hand. The OHT has both needle-nose and regular pliers with wire cutters, 4 blades including a strap cutter, saw, can opener, bottle opener, screwdrivers, threaded attachment for #8-32 Cleaning Rod, and O2 bottle wrench. It is available in Desert Tan, Black, and Silver. It comes with Leatherman’s 25-year warranty and has a street price of ~$70.
Though you still can’t carry your complete Zombie Apocalypse toolkit with you on a plane (my personal favorite, the Dead On Annihilator Superhammer is shown), as of April 25th, 2013, the TSA is changing the rules on small pocketknives, toy bats, ski poles, hockey and lacross sticks, pool cues, and golf clubs. Now, if I could just have those 3 Leatherman Squirts that I have donated to the government back…
Google has announced that they are starting a contest for non-developers to purchase Glass ahead of the retail release. Explorers are required to submit in 50 words or less to Twitter or Goggle+ what they would do with the interactive, web-enabled glasses. The deadline for applications is February 27th, 2013. It is not cheap however! If selected, the glasses are $1,500, and you must attend a pick event in New York, San Francisco, or LA.
After a long stretch of wearing mechanical, self-winding watches, I got the urge for a state-of-the-art timepiece. An international trip where I needed to keep track of multiple time-zones was the final straw. After a lot of research and window shopping, I decided on the Casio G-Shock G-Aviation Mutli-Mission Combi (MMC), the GW3500B-1A (#5173). Read More →
Adafruit , run by the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Limor “Ladyada” Fried, has announced the Gemma, a wearable micro-controller board with just a 1” diameter. The Gemma uses an Atmel Attiny85 and is programmable with the Arduino IDE through a micro-USB cable.
It has three programmable I/O pins, one analog input, and two Pulse-Width Modulated (PWM) pins for driving LEDs. The Gemma is perfect for DIY wearable art and fashion projects. It is based on the existing Flora board but is smaller for more compact designs.
You can sign up for a shipping notification at the Gemma page link, above.
The Electric Imp is now out of beta and shipping developer kits. The Imp is an SD-card sized WiFi (802.11b/g/n) module with built-in antenna, 6 I/O, Arm Cortex M3 Micro-controller, and a Cloud-based infrastructure for programming and control. The I/O supports serial, I2C, SPI, A2D, D2A, and PWM interfaces. The Imp uses the Squirrel programming language, which is a small footprint C/C++ derivative for embedded devices. The programming interface is entirely web-based and offers both local, and server based API.
The “April” breakout board offers an SD Socket, 3.4-16v battery/DC input power supply, and USB power connections. There is also an Arduino Shield for interfacing to the Imp Card. All I/O is brought out on 0.1” headers for easy bread boarding and experimentation. The Imp and developer kits are offered at AdaFruit and SparkFun Electronics, starting at $29.95. What do you want to wire up to the web today?