Chromecast is simpler than Google TV and improves on Apple TV & AirPlay. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Chrome to your TV with just the press of a button.
The team behind the Ubuntu Edge thought it would be a great idea if your phone could also plug into a monitor and function as the brain of your desktop computer. They call it Convergent Computing & they’ve developed both the hardware and the software to make it work. The slim Ubuntu Superphone features all metal construction & a tough sapphire crystal display & the software does a dual boot when you plug it in, combining Android & Ubuntu OS to create a fully integrated Ubuntu PC.
Unlike most portable solar panels, this self-contained unit also offers on-board tracking, meaning the panel rotates as the sun crosses the sky, allowing it to soak up max rays & produce more juice. In just 5 hours, the panels power up its lithium iron phosphate battery for a 25-hour run time.
The Relay Hi-Fi wireless receiver connects all your Bluetooth smart devices to your existing stereo setup, so you can DJ from your phone, tablet, or laptop with content stored on any device or streaming from the cloud without ever having to switch sources. Party Pairing technology also lets your friends play their music through the Relay.
An invisible power supply for your electronics would look nice in the kitchen. Now you can get one: Powermat’s simple drop & charge wireless charging systems will soon be embedded in DuPont’s Corian countertop material, so you simply put your device down on the counter to power up. via
You may not need a powerful LED flashlight everyday but ChargeLight also works as a backup power supply for your phone, with a Li-Ion cell that offers enough juice to fully charge a dead phone once or twice, thereby solving a daily dilemma.
Driving and staring at the screen on your phone is supposedly dangerous. This is safer: Garmin’s new dash-mounted Heads Up Display projects driving directions onto your windshield. Linked via Bluetooth to your smartphone, it runs Garmin’s StreetPilot for iPhone or NAVIGON apps & helps you keep your eyes on the road.
Someday your iPhone will probably shoot 3D video on it its own but for now, there’s Poppy. Slide your iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5 or fifth-generation iPod Touch into this little viewer & you’ll see all your photos & video in 3-D. There are no electronics inside, just a pair of lenses that create the effect.
Innovation isn’t usually a word associated with air travel but British Airways is introducing a smart new travel product right on time. They’ve teamed up with Designworks studio to create an electronic bag tag you can track with your smartphone thus eliminating the need for a paper tag for every flight. Instead a new bar code is generated for your tag, which you swipe with your phone for easy, live-tracking. The new tag debuts on flights next month.
With the release of the new 70-inch Sharp AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV, Sharp is leaping into the American 4K TV market. Like other 4Ks, this thing boasts four times the pixel resolution of a regular HD display. It’s also the first television to receive the coveted THX 4K certification, guaranteeing a studio-quality image to the standards approved by a panel of Hollywood production experts. Available mid-August.