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Archive for February 19th, 2012

Sculpted Eers Off-The-Shelf Custom-Fit Earphones

Posted by Andrew at 10:16 PM on February 19, 2012

Sculpted Eers Custom-Fit EarphonesHow can they be off-the-shelf yet custom-fit? Easy, Sculpted Eers can be bought off-the-shelf in stores or online but come with a custom-fitting kit that takes five minutes to mould your ears and make a personalised earphone.

Nick from Sonomax, manufacturers of Scuplted Eers, gets Andy fitted with Eers at CES as you watch. The Sonofit custom-fitting kit inserts small bladders into each ear which are then filled with a quick setting silicone mix. The bladders expand to perfectly fit the ear and it’s completely painless. After 5 minutes the silicone has set, then it’s simply a case of detaching the Eers from the kit and fitting a small cap to each earphone to finish the process off.

Available now, Sculpted Eers cost CAD $199 for the single driver model and CAD $299 for the dual driver. There’s a store finder on the website or you can order on-line. New models are in the pipeline as well.

Interview by Jeffrey “Noddy” Powers of Geekazine and Andy “Big Eers” Smith of Geocaching World.

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Roamz Consolidates Social on Your Phone

Posted by Alan at 10:13 PM on February 19, 2012

Roamz is a new app that aims to consolidate all of your different social media feeds, like Facebook, Twitter, 4Square, and others, into one location on your smartphone.  However, Roamz isn’t looking at your circle of friends, it’s looking at posts from those closest to you geographically.  This gives you a snapshot of what is going on wherever you’re at.

When you are at a location you can find exactly what is happening right there in real-time.  For instance, the Roamz rep in the video below explains exactly how the app worked for him on a pre-CES trip to Disney.  The app is free and currently available for iPhone only, but hopefully they will show Android some love in the near future.  You can visit them on the web at Roamz.

Interview by Courtney Wallin of SDR News.

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Penclic Combines a Pen With a Mouse

Posted by Alan at 2:52 PM on February 19, 2012

Penclic is a Swedish company that has an innovative new take on the plain old computer mouse.  The mouse actually looks a bit like a pen resting in a fountain, as it protrudes from the top of the small mouse.  This allows the user to control the movement in a more ergonomic manor, more like old fashioned writing than actually elevating the wrist to move a traditional mouse.

At the moment the Penclic mouse is only available in a right-handed model, but lefties won’t need to wait long for their version.  The pen shaft actually rotates so that each user can find the most comfortable position for  his or her self.  The left, right, and center click buttons are all located on the “pen”, which also has two additional buttons for web surfing – back and forwards.  The mouse is wireless and has a small rechargeable battery.

You can see the mouse demonstrated in the video below. You can buy it from many retailers in the U.S., including Amazon for an MSRP of $89.  You can also visit Penclic on the web, but the site is in Swedish.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.

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ARIN Talks IPv6

Posted by Andrew at 2:51 PM on February 19, 2012

World IPv6 LaunchJohn from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) chats with Jeffrey and John on the transition from IPv4 to IPv6.

In the past year, the last remaining IPv4 addresses were handed out to global regions. Some areas of the world have already run out of unallocated addresses, so it’s essential that in the next few years everyone starts using IPv6. This year, the World IPv6 Launch happens on 6 June 2012, with internet service providers (ISPs), networking equipment manufacturers and web companies permanently enabling IPv6 for their products and services. This is a big step forward in the transition to IPv6 but don’t worry, IPv4 isn’t going away for at least 10 years.

Warning…this interview is for advanced users only.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Andy Smith of Geocaching World.

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spnKiX Motorised Shoes

Posted by Andrew at 2:49 PM on February 19, 2012

spinKiX Motorised ShoesIn possibly one of the most interesting things at CES, Peter from spnKiX demonstrates their motorised shoes to Jeffrey and John. No, really.

The SpinKix motorised shoes are the result of over 5 years research and development. Two 6″-ish wheels on the inner and outer sides of the shoe are driven by an electric motor powered by batteries will take the rider two to three miles depending on terrain and surface. Top speed is 10 mph and a wireless handheld unit controls the power.

Pre-order now ($649) for delivery in March – the production was funded as a Kickstarter project. There’s a also a video of the spnKiX in early product testing on their website. Totally awesome.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Andy Smith of Geocaching World.

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SnapCuts Video Messages

Posted by Andrew at 2:45 PM on February 19, 2012

The nuances of human interaction are so complex that even as adults we often misunderstand one another and at other times, we want to shout our message plainly from the rooftops. So to help us communicate more effectively, SnapCuts offers video messaging using prepared clips from film and TV to help pass on the message with clarity. Think “I’m sorry”, “Thanks for being my friend”, “I got the job!”

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The SnapCuts website lets you create the message you want to convey from a fair selection of clips from film and TV. Some are definitely classics, others are unknowns (to me anyway), but there’s enough to get your message over, which is probably the main thing. There is tag search, so if you are looking for clips that have a particular theme, you can find them easily enough. The site has an easy-to-use editor – the snapper – that lets you set up a string of clips, if that’s what you need.

The site is free to use and all the clips are legally licensed too, so there’s no dodgy stuff here. The business model is to encourage rights owners to license the clips in return for a link from SnapCuts to where the full film or TV show can be purchased. Nice idea.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Andy Smith of Geocaching World.

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TPN Round Table #3 Roll your Own Site | Demo on Yahoo Pipes

Posted by geeknews at 1:16 PM on February 19, 2012

In this Round Table Jeffrey from Geekazine.com talks about using Yahoo Pipes. Todd Cochrane of GeekNewsCentral.com talks about controlling your own media / website so that when the host or company you have your media site with changes business models you are not left with a site that is dead in the water.

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What’s New in USB

Posted by Alan at 11:59 AM on February 19, 2012

Jeff Ravencraft, President and CEO of the USB Implementers Forum, was recently at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to talk a little about what is going on with USB these days.  For a bit of background, the USB Implementers Forum sets the standards for what products can use the official USB logo on their gear and also trains retailers about what it all means to consumers.

USB 3.0, branded “USB SuperSpeed” has recently arrived and is beginning to find it’s way into products hitting the market now.  The organization recently certified two new Intel chipsets for USB SuperSpeed, bringing the total number of certified products now on the market to more than 360.  In the video below you can find out a little bit more about what to expect from USB 3.0, such as syncing speeds, power efficiency, and charging speed.  You will also get a sneak peak about a new power delivery spec that is coming out soon.  Find out more here.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net.

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From Mobile to Big Screen Digilink BiggiFi

Posted by Alan at 11:18 AM on February 19, 2012

Ever wish you could reproduce what you are seeing on that mobile device up on your big screen TV?  Digilink Software may have what you are looking for and it’s called, appropriately enough, BiggiFi.  They have a tiny palm-sized box that connects to your TV, called Enjoy TV, which hooks directly to your TV via HDMI like any settop box, and can then hook wirelessly to any Android device.  This isn’t just for some mobile video, but also gaming and even web browsing.

The big feature here that we haven’t seen in past solutions is the wireless part.  Previously most solutions involved some sort of wire running from the mobile device to the TV – usually an HDMI to Mini HDMI cable.   Even during wireless gaming it can sense the phone’s accelerometer and move with it.

You will need the Enjoy TV box to use this, but the client app is free to install on your device, although future “Pro” features will be coming.  You can see it in action in the video below and also visit Digilink Software for more info.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net.

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AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones for Sports

Posted by Alan at 11:15 AM on February 19, 2012

Many of you are probably familiar with bone conduction sound technology, which has been around for a few years, but has previously been associated with Bluetooth headsets for making hands-free calls on your smartphone.  Now, AfterShokz has finally succeeded in bringing the technology to music headphones.

The new headphones are designed mainly for sports.  They boast a healthier environment because they go over, instead of in, the ears and reast on your cheekbones.  This means you aren’t closed off from the world while you’re running, biking, or whatever.  That’s important because you certainly need to hear that horn beeping behind you.  The membranes are waterproof, meaning they can easily be cleaned, which is again important for athletes because of sweat.

There are three different models of the AfterShokz, one of which has an inline microphone making it suitable for phone calls as well.  The models begin at $59.95 for the Sport, and go up slightly for the Mobile and Gaming models.  There is also a Bluetooth model in the works.  You can learn more in the video below and by visiting AfterShokz.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.

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