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Summer’s all but over, but it’s no less important to stay hydrated. According to the CDC 43 percent of Americans drink fewer than four glasses of water a day, and while the actual amount you should drink varies from person to person, four glasses probably doesn’t cut it.
That’s where Caktus, a neat Finnish hardware startup that presented at TechLaunch’s second New Jersey demo day, comes into play. Their mission? To fix that dearth of drinking with an app and a curious sensor that straps onto your water bottle.
The sensor (called, adorably enough, the Hug) is a foam-lined gizmo that wraps itself around a water bottle and quietly tracks its motion. It’s not just a pint-sized koozie though — the Hug quietly monitors the bottle’s movements so it can provide its user with a rough idea how much fluid they’ve imbibed so far. Think of it as a giant Jawbone Up that straps onto your water receptacle and you’re on the right track.
As always though, the hardware is only part of the equation. A companion app (iOS only for now) uses an algorithm to suss out which of those motions actually correspond to the user lifting the bottle to drink and which are just noise caused by random movements. The app also tracks ambient temperature and keeps tabs on what sorts of exercise you’re doing (you still have to punch that in yourself) so it can update your hydration goal in real time.
To hear founder Panu Keski-Pukkila tell it, the Hug (and the rest of Caktus) was born out of pure necessity. An avid extreme athlete, he grew used to his girlfriend reminding him to drink more water while he was out carving up slopes in the Alps. When she moved to New York, though, that useful feedback mechanism disappeared and Keski-Pukkila set out to create something that could fill that particular hydro-centric void.
And you know what? As downright kooky as the whole thing sounds, the combo of the Hug sensor and the app actually worked really well. In a brief demo, the sensor was accurately able to determine that roughly two ounces of water were squeezed out of the bottle, and the partner app updated almost immediately. With the Hug, you’re not quantifying yourself so much as you’re quantifying the stuff that goes in your body. That said, the team is taking a proactive approach when it comes to all those fitness-tracking gizmos floating around out there. They’ve already managed to bake in Fitbit support so users won’t have to punch in how many glasses of water they’ve downed in a day.
For now the device is still strictly in its prototype phase, but the team is eagerly working to get the Hug, its partner app, and a dev-friendly API ready for prime time by early next year. So far they’ve locked up $ 25k in seed funding from the TechLaunch accelerator, and they plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign in early 2014 to lock up the cash necessary to start producing these things en masse.
One of Netflix’s goals has always been to combat piracy of TV shows and movies — if you can get all the shows and movies you want for only a few dollars a month, the company hopes you’ll stop downloading them illegally. But as the service rolls out in the Netherlands, Reed Hastings’ team has gone so far as to actually check piracy statistics in determining what shows to buy. VP of Content Acquisition Kelly Merryman told Tweakers that “with the purchase of series, we look at what does well on piracy sites.” That led to Netflix buying Prison Break, for instance, a commonly torrented show in the Netherlands.
Merryman told Tweakers about some of Netflix’s other considerations as well, including shows like The Voice that the company…
Triangle Tree is releasing spicy, sweet and plain Edible Spoons, a line of pet treat looking spoons that can be consumed after your meal, avoiding the earth-unfriendly disposal of plastic spoons like I just do not put them in the dishwasher and recycle them. Haha, what do you imply you’re not expected to do that? I dunno, the spicy one may be all right with Indian or Thai however I’m having a tough time thinking of the sweet or plain ones complimenting my Penis Shaped Sugar Bombs in the morning. PROTIP: things that aren’t nutritious that are made to be edible usually taste like spunk. That said, I’ll keep judgement on these things until my puppy in fact tries one. Isn’t that right, Chloe? Man, she adores licking those sandals.
Struck the jump for a couple more product shots due to the fact that I made the mistake of modifying them to post and do not wish to feel like those mins were a waste.
Accessory Manufacturers Aren’t Sure (Or Aren’t Saying) If Apple’s Adapter Will Allow Sound And Video presentation Dock Outcome
One of the most significant concerns I ’ ve had about the Apple ’ s brand-new Super port is the perceived (or genuine) obsolescence of an entire constellation of iPod 30-pin compatible units. Now that anxiety appears verified. As we discovered today, the Lightning to 30-pin adapter included an important caveat: “ Video presentation and iPod Out not supported. ” This suggests thousands if not millions of gadgets will come to be e-waste.
However are we sure these adapters won ’ t work?
I reached out to a significant iPod dock business this morning and got a reply that must disconcert anyone with a dock in their house. The company rep, who will certainly continue to be nameless, wrote back:
This business makes a few of the best-known docks in the market and I truly doubt they aren ’ t conscious of these compatibility concerns at this late date. Yet this response is troubling: if these people don ’ t understand exactly what ’ s up with Lightning, who does?
Commenters elsewhere are taking note that “ iPod out ” is not the same as audio out, but nevertheless this does leave some accessories out in the cold. That makers still need to hang around to confirm compatibility is the real problem here: with any luck they ’ d know already.
We probably won ’ t understand much about Lightning architecture until devices are in individuals ’ hands and probably Apple isn ’ t at fault here – they ’ re pushing their innovation forward as any type of sane company would. But just what we have right here is a Schrödinger ’ s cat of port innovation and I ’ m leaning towards the cat being dead.
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Yeaaaaah, I’m Gonna Need A Taster To Make Sure These Aren’t Poison: Game Of Thrones House Sigil Cupcakes
This is a set of cupcakes featuring the Game of Thrones house sigils from the opening sequence of the program created by The Regali kitchen. They also utilized them to make a little reenactment of the intro which looks a lot more like a couple cupcakes spinning around and absolutely no of those little castles appearing all over the place. Still, they did an excellent job with the cupcakes. Given I would not consume them, but that’s simply me and I like my cupcakes how I like an enthusiast’s breasts: formerly dealt with by others as little as possible.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots and a video recording.
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If you’d picked up a Sony Smartwatch, you might have noticed that some apps plod along; not anymore, courtesy of a just-posted update: third-party apps, the music jukebox and weather should all be speedier. Sony has also fixed the watch face — a slightly important part of a watch — to keep it always visible whether or not the device is in standby mode. Similarly, if you use the Smartwatch for exercise, you’ll be glad to know that Endomondo’s tracker app has now received Sony’s seal of approval as a watch companion. Hit the Google Play link below if you can’t wait to get moving, but you’ll get a heads-up from the Android app in the days ahead if there’s no rush.
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Question by : I love robotics, but i am not sure which subjects i need and what engineer is it called?
i am in grade 10 and next year i will be in 11, so i am not sure what subject do i need for doing a course, which involves major robotics in it, in university.
Answer by Adz G
Most likely called robotics engineering or systems engineering. As for the subjects needed, typically for any type of engineering maths and physics are a must, but if you could do cumputer science, maths and physics that would be perfect.
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Wow. We expected a lot of news out of Mobile World Congress but who knew HTC would have so. freaking. much.
I was having trouble keeping track of it myself, so for the good of the both of us, I thought it might be fitting to bundle all this news up into something a tad more easily digestible.
And off we go…
The first thing you should know is that HTC is changing up its current branding strategy. Most notably, we have the freshly announced One series which comprises three different phones: the One X, One S, and One V. (More on those later, of course.) HTC has already stated that it would be focusing on more hero devices, rather than pushing out experimental failures like the HTC Status.
While unifying offerings under a singular flagship brand — like Galaxy, Droid, etc. — is great for brand awareness, HTC ought to be careful with the phone-specific naming. Right now we’re seeing the X, S, and V, and Chris Velazco brought up a great point in noting that there’s really no way to logically figure which phone is the “best.” I, personally, have found crazy long names (like Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G… or whatever) incredibly annoying, but I’d rather have too much to remember than something vague that I can’t remember.
In other news, HTC has launched version 4.0 of its Sense overlay. While zero percent of the people I talk to actually enjoy vendor skins, these OEMs keep slapping them on their handsets like it’s all that matters. Luckily, Sense 4.0 doesn’t seem to bog down Android the way other skins do, and runs like a breeze on both the One X and One S (we weren’t able to see software running on the V).
The clock and weather widgets are great, as usual, but HTC really put in some extra effort on the camera front. Hardware aside, the Sense camera app can take shots at .2 seconds, meaning that in burst mode it’ll take five pictures in a second flat. There are also plenty of setting controls and fun stuff like that.
Now let’s get to the phones because I’m sure that’s the reason most of you are here.
The One X is officially HTC’s new flagship. Running Android 4.0 ICS along with Sense 4.0, this may be one of the most impressively spec’d phones we’ve seen to date. And even though the spec is apparently dead, HTC has all kinds of crazy numbers to throw at you with this guy.
To start, the One X is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor and packs 1GB of RAM under the hood of its 9.7mm frame. You’ll also find a 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD screen up front, along with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of video capture in 1080p and a 1.3-megapixel front-facer for video chat.
I actually played around with the One X this morning, and have to say that it’s quite stunning. Take a look at our hands-on video straight from Barcelona here.
Following just behind, the One S is meant to be HTC’s mid-range device, but thus far I personally prefer it to the One X. The One S sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD screen, with Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0 in tow. It runs on one of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 processors (1.5GHz dual-core, to be exact) and touts 1GB of RAM under the hood.
Its aluminum unibody design is just what we’ve been looking for in a sea of cheap-feeling plastic, and we’re pleased to see little to no difference in performance between the quad-core packing One X and the One S. (Man, I’m already tired of all this “One” business.)
The same camera specs hold true between both models, and you’ll find Beats Audio integration in both as well. Check out our hands-on video in Barcelona here.
Not to be overshadowed by any means, next up we have the little guy: the HTC One V. I actually kind of fell for this little hunk of aluminum at HTC’s media event in NYC (even without seeing any hardware). Don’t get me wrong, the sexy feel of the One S and the gorgeous screen of the One X are worth getting excited about, but the One V gave me this overwhelming sense of nostalgia and I’m actually very sure at this point that I’m just fine with smaller phones.
See, the One V is meant to be the lower-end model in the series, packing just a 3.7-inch 480×800 screen, a single-core 1GHz processor, and a 5-megapixel camera. Still, the little guy runs Android 4.0, Sense 4.0 and feels wonderful in the hand.
But just because these ICS-flavored Android phones are its MWC sweethearts, don’t think HTC has given up on Windows Phone. After sitting down with our own Ingrid Lunden to chat out future plans, chief marketing officer John Wang promised “we have not given up on Windows Phone.” Clearly the focus right now is on Android, but anyone who’s given WP a shot can tell you it’s ready for the main stage.
HTC has also signed a deal with Dropbox to better compete against iCloud. Now that Apple has its own cloud-syncing service (along with Motorola, and others), HTC saw fit to get a cloud service of its own. But rather than bake it up in the HTC labs, the Taiwanese company called on the Michael Jordan of cloud storage, Dropbox.
This means that anyone who buys a One series device will get 25GB of storage free for two years. To put that in perspective, it currently costs Dropbox users $ 9.99 a month for 50GB of storage and the only free offering from the service is 2GB.
So what do you think? In my book, HTC made quite the showing at MWC, but I guess we should wait until the show’s over before we start handing out awards.
There are two kinds of fun in the world: 1. the kind that involves playing Water Soaked Knee Hockey, and
2. drugs and alcohol [Editor's note: you can't say that, GW] 2. loose women [Editor's Note: that either] 2. doing something illegal [Editor's Note: last chance] 2. the kind that doesn’t. But this isn’t about that second kind, this is all about $ 50 Water Soaked Knee Hockey.
This is the backyard game that lets two players square-off in a sliding, water-soaked game of knee hockey. Thirty tiny nozzles built into both sides of the rink spray 24″ high fountains of water that saturate the surface and players, ensuring ecstatic slipping and jockeying for control of the oversized plastic puck. Each player is equipped with a soft plastic hockey stick for defending
Admittedly, I would play and whip your ass at that. But that’s not what I came here to talk about, I came here to make fun of this product because I’m a jerk. Alternatively, I could make fun of myself because I’m a self-deprecating chubster. Or — OR — I could write something completely unrelated about playing Water Soaked Tonsil Hockey. Unfortunately, that last option’s out of the question because I don’t actually have my tonsils anymore because they got infected trying to suck life’s proverbial peen through a McDonalds straws. Also, this product is a giant turd in an unflushable commode. Well will you look at that — all three in one. BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! *laps the court giving high-fives with TP trailing out of my shorts*
Hammacher Schlemmer Product Site (surprise surprise)
This Slip ‘N Slide Hockey Rink Will Give You A Good Time, Bloody Knees [gizmodo]
Thanks to Jones, who once rode a Slip n’ Slide straight into America’s heart. Well, technically it was another dude’s crotch but he did take home the $ 10K on AFV.
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Note: very worthwhile video is after the jump.
This is a video of an expert explaining a pair of entirely-mechanical automaton ‘Singing Bird’ pistols (MADE ALMOST 200 YEARS AGO AROUND 1815!!) that recently sold at a Christie’s auction for just short of $ 6-million. Unfortunately, they don’t actually shoot bullets, just put on a little ‘Enchanted Tiki Room’ show. Think a cuckoo clock, but then think teensy-weensy and even more intricate. They even sound like real-damn birds! The video even shows a CG cutaway explaining the mechanics of it all, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out there are actually little wizards trapped inside. What? Sorcery was still big back in the early 1800′s!
Hit the jump for the ‘best watched in full-screen’ video, and skip to 1:30 if you’re impatient. Dude does have a mesmerizing voice though so I watched the whole thing and loved every second of it. Even the second I burped and it tasted like breakfast burrito.