Portable projectors aren’t a new thing. There have been a number of them over years that have popped up, the Brookstone Pocket Projector is one that we looked at a while back. Samsung even gave it a run with a pico projector of sorts built right into a phone. Sprint even has the LivePro . While I have seen a number of pico projectors that range in price tags, abilities and brightness, there are very few that can offer up an interactive touchscreen to the projection. The TouchPico uses an infrared stylus that allows you to touch the surface of where the image is projected, allowing you to play games and control applications like you would with your finger on your touchscreen. This alone gives the TOuchPico a pretty unique ability and a totally different set of use case scenarios. The TouchPico goes beyond just being an independent device though. It also offers up the ability, via its own Wi-Fi creation, the ability to mirror your Android devices screen through the TouchPico without the need for wires. The device also offers up your traditional HDMI in port, AV/VGA in port and USB OTG port as well. That expands the conectability to your laptop, digital camera and a plethora of other devices. It also offers a micro SD card slot along with an audio out port.
The TouchPico is an interesting enough device to take a look at. I can see a use for it with my wife and kids as a fun way to play a few games together on the wall and for watching movies in a more theater style experience without the higher price tag of a more traditional projector. As the video depicts, the TouchPico would be a pretty cool teaching tool that gets kids up and interacting digitally.
The IndieGoGo campaign started out on July 27th and was looking to raise a small $55,000 to get these off the ground. It didn’t take long for that goal to be met and exceeded. They are sitting at nearly 1000% of their goal, that’s $527,838. The first round of deliver devices is already sold out at the $349 early bird price tag. The second round of $150 is up for grabs at $379 now with about 114 units remaining. When the device launches it will retail for an expected $499, so getting in now does save you a little cash. They also still have a number of ‘pay later’ backing options where you pay $99 now and the remaining later. The company has also just launched a new Thank You Program too. You can find the link on the page, but basically if you share out the campaign with your referral link and people come fund the campaign you can earn some credit towards your own purchase. A good way to get an even steeper discount. Near as I can tell, the referral program will refund you all the way up to the cost of the TouchPico or $349 in cash. Not a bad incentive. You will need to make your pledge first though.
TouchJet is also very interested in bringing developers on board. If you are a developer and make a pledge to the program they will coordinate immediately with you offline and can have a TOuchPico in your hands in 2-3 weeks. If you create something special for the device they will be pre-install it to every TouchPico sold this year.
To get more details and to make your pledge, direct yourself over to the TouchPico IndieGoGo campaign page.
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I don’t get excited often, but a new product called Navdy has me properly excited. Navdy is a heads-up display (or HUD) device that can be used in existing cars; previous concepts we’ve seen in this space have needed to be custom built into the car, so a standalone option that anybody can adopt in any car is naturally extremely attractive. Check out the video that shows Navdy in action:
Able to be used in all cars made after 1996, the Navdy uses unique display technology to make it see like the display is about 6 feet away, and is controlled without touch, only voice commands. It can even read out notifications you receive from messages or social media, is compatible with iOS and Android, but its prime use is sure to be turn-by-turn car navigation directions displayed on the HUD right in front of the driver.
Navdy has just started taking preorders for the HUD device and has since broken $1 million in preorder sales in just its first week, eclipsing its intended target of $60,000 – that target tumbled in the first 2 hours. If you’re interested in preordering this nifty little gadget before it ships in 2015, you can put your hard-earned cash at www.navdy.com/preorder. The Navdy unit will set you back $299 USD, a 40% discount on the expected retail price ($499) of the device, with global shipping to be added on top of that.
Navdy, the First Head-Up Display (HUD) That Works in Any Car Surpasses $1 Million in Pre-Sales in the First Week of its Campaign
SAN FRANCISCO– (August 14, 2014) – Today Navdy, the breakthrough HUD that allows drivers to view information from their smartphone as a transparent image floating outside of their car’s windshield, is announcing an incredible milestone. Navdy surpassed $1 million dollars in sales just one week into its pre-order campaign, hitting its original goal of $60,000 in just two hours. Demand was so strong that during the first 24 hours of launch a Navdy device was being ordered on average every minute.
This incredible early adoption validates the company’s mission to make the experience of using smartphone apps in the car easy, safer and intuitive. With Navdy, drivers no longer need to look down and fumble around with their phone to navigate, communicate or control their music.
Navdy’s instant success can be attributed to its advanced projection display, user-friendly touch-less gesture controls and comprehensive functionality. While competitors are working with auto manufacturers to build an infotainment system to be sold as expensive option packages for new cars, Navdy is the world’s first true HUD that works in the car you own on both iOS and Android and can be easily installed or shared between multiple cars.
You can still pre-order Navdy during its campaign at http://navdy.com/preorder.
To see how Navdy works check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKL4PJICS40
Navdy is the world’s first in-car platform that offers:
¦ Advanced display technology: Projects a transparent image directly within your field of view that appears to float six feet in front of your windshield so you can maintain your focus on the road while viewing navigation instructions, incoming calls, speed, etc. It’s the same technology used by airline pilots to keep their eyes on the runway while landing an airplane.
¦ Works in any car: The device can be easily mounted on any car dashboard.
¦ Intuitive touch-less gesture and voice controls: You never need to look away from the road while using Navdy. Glance-able apps are controlled with intuitive touch-less hand gestures, while voice recognition lets you ask for directions. Navdy’s noise cancellation technology and wide angle gesture sensors are specifically designed to create an optimal driving experience.
¦ All the apps you need: Navdy works with navigation apps such as Google Maps for turn by turn directions, and music apps such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Music and Google Play Music. Navdy can read aloud or display notifications from text messages or social media apps, subject to Parental Control settings. Navdy is compatible with iPhone (iOS 7+) and Android (4.3+) smartphones.
¦ Integrated with your car: Navdy links to your car and is able to display information such as your speed, RPM, miles-to-empty, fuel economy stats, tire-pressure warning or battery-voltage warning from the car’s computer, all presented on your windshield within your field of view. For the first time driver’s can customize their dashboard.
¦ Tuned for the driver: Critical information like turn-by-turn directions and your speed do not disappear when a phone call comes in the way your navigation app disappears to the background on a smartphone when a call comes in. The information you need, when you need it is always present and clearly within your field of view.
Pricing & Availability
Navdy is still available at the introductory price of $299, a 40% discount from its projected retail price of $499. Early customers will also be rewarded for spreading the word to their friends and family; every time someone buys Navdy from your referral you’ll earn a $30 discount, which means after 10 referrals your Navdy is free! Early customers will also have the chance to vote on which smartphone apps and features they’d like Navdy to support when it ships in early 2015.
Navdy is based in the Mission District of San Francisco. It was founded by entrepreneur Doug Simpson and serial inventor Karl Guttag, and is supported by a highly accomplished veteran team. In 2013 it went through the acclaimed Highway 1 Incubator program and continues to work closely with Highway 1’s parent, PCH International, whose world class supply chain and manufacturing capabilities are used by companies such as Apple, Beats, and Google. For more information visit:http://www.navdy.com
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Gumdrop Cases have produced some very rugged cases in their time and their new FoamTech Case is no different. Made for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, Nexus 7, iPad and iPad Mini, the FoamTech case was made with kids and classrooms in mind, to prevent accidental drops and falls from damaging valuable devices.
To do this, the FoamTech Case incorporates a swivelling handle which doubles as both a carry handle and a makeshift stand for viewing the device. After testing some of Gumdrop Cases accessories ourselves, we’re pretty sure that these new FoamTech Cases are up to the challenge.
The FoamTech Case will cost $24.95 and are shipping now; if you’re interested, be sure to visit the Gumdrop Cases website here.
Gumdrop Cases Releases New FoamTech Case for Lightweight Ruggedized Tablet
The FoamTech will be available for iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4 and Google
July, 2014 — Oakland, CA — Gumdrop Cases (www.gumdropcases.com) has announced the launch of the FoamTech, a new, lightweight case that provides ruggedized protection for tablets. The FoamTech is available for iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy 4 and the Google Nexus 7 (version 2).
The FoamTech was designed for both families and teachers to provide protection from accidental damage such as drops. Featuring a handle that can be folded for viewing and typing modes, as well as a lightweight, foam material that is both comfortable and provides protection, the FoamTech is also the perfect case for educational use while at home or in the classroom.
Key Features of the FoamTech:
● Form-fitting lightweight and non-toxic EVA foam provides precise fit and maximum protection
● Ergonomic handle doubles as stand allowing for both a viewing and typing angle
● Full access to ports and media controls
The new FoamTech case costs $24.95 and is currently available for pre-order with an estimated shipping date of early August, 2014. More information on the FoamTech can be found at: http://www.gumdropcases.com/collection/foamtech.html
Gumdrop Cases makes cases for Smartphones, Tablets, iPods and Macbooks that provide ruggedized protection from harsh conditions. Combining innovative and fashion-forward design with maximum protection, Gumdrop provides an unique option for protection. Features include screen protection, shock absorption and bumpers. For more information, visit http://www.gumdropcases.com/
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Some companies are just addicted to Kickstarter – Chicago-based company, KERO, is launching its 4th Kickstarter campaign for the KERO Smart Annex, an adhesive battery pack who’s aim is to be as thin as possible for maximum portability. You may have heard of KERO before from their first successful Kickstarter for the Nomad Cable, and this campaign is no less centred around unique design. Check out their pledge video below:
It looks like a very interesting product, particularly being no bigger than a small remote and being able to adhere to your phone while charging with minimal footprint. Pledges for the campaign range from $19, which will net you one Power Annex, right up to $190, which will shower you with 6 Annex’s and a few other KERO products. The Power Annex is planned to have a capacity of 1,800 mAh, which can be a lifesaver when you’re out and run out of battery.
If you’re interested in contributing to the KERO Power Annex, be sure to visit the campaign page linked below.
KERO Products Launches MicroSuction Portable Battery
Portable Battery with MicroSuction Technology to debut on Kickstarter
Chicago (August 11, 2014) – KERO, the Chicago-based company that specializes in the design and manufacturing of Apple-certified accessories is launching their fourth Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the Power Annex, a compact portable battery with MicroSuction Technology. Inspired by gecko’s feet, MicroSuction Technology is a soft sheet of material that provides the ultimate removable sticking power with lifetime adhesive capabilities. The Power Annex has one full side of MicroSuction Technology applied to the device allowing the external battery to stick directly to the device needing charging freeing the user from bulky external batteries, wires and wall mount chargers.
The Power Annex has a slim profile. At a mere 0.35 inches tall and half the width of an iPhone, the design is compact enough to fit in a pocket or affix to the surface of your device without adding weight or bulk. Capable of adding extra life to any device with a USB charging cord, the Power Annex can quickly charge one iPhone 5 up to 75% power. LED flashing lights offer the user an easy-to-read indication of the amount of power available in the Power Annex and the Power Annex automatically turns off once the device is fully powered.
“The Power Annex is unlike anything in the current portable battery space,” says Roberto Meza, Co-Founder of KERO Products. “It is the only charger on the market utilizing the adhesive power of MicroSuction Technology,” he continues. Kegan McDaniel, Co-Founder of KERO Products adds “We were tired of being constrained by cords, heavy battery cases and bulky portable chargers, so we created a product that fit an unfulfilled need.”
KERO Power Annex is available in black, will retail for $29.99 and be available for purchase December, 2014 just in time for the holiday shopping season. The Kickstarter campaign will begin on Monday, August 11 at 8AM CET and will be active through September 9 with the goal of raising at least $40,000. Backers will receive special promotions including the Power Annex and Micro USB and Lightning versions of the brand’s original product, the Nomad Cable at discounts of up to 40%.
KERO Products Power Annex Kickstarter campaign can be found here:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/keroproducts/power-annex-adhesive-slim-profile-external-battery
KERO is a Chicago-based company that specializes in the design and manufacturing of Apple MFI certified accessories. KERO began with the successful funding of the Nomad Cable in December, 2012 – the first Apple-certified key ring charging cable. Three successful Kickstarters later, the company continues to develop quality products that lead the marketplace in innovation and design.
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I am one of those people who has to have a way to charge my devices in as many places as possible. This is pretty simple to achieve when it is a phone or tablet, but with the more recent Android Wear devices a special cradle is needed. The LG G Watch is one of those devices that has a specific charging dock to power up your watch. If you are looking for a spare, replacement, or just need one for the office as well as at home, you will be happy to know that they have just become available in the Play Store.
The charging cradle will set you back $19.99 plus tax and other fees based on your state and such. At the time of posting they state it will eave the warehouse in 1 – 2 business days. Let’s see if Samsung follows LG’s lead and gets one on the Play Store as well.
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I see a lot of odd, fun, cool, interesting and crazy things roll through my email. Cases and extended batteries are plentiful. Along with a myriad of ways to utilize a micro SD card on devices either wirelessly or through a OTG style plug-in support. However, I can’t recall a time when I have seen all of the above rolled into one product for one device. Mugen Power has apparently made it all possible though with a 2800 mAh extended battery case with SD card slot for the Moto X.
The whole thing looks a little bulky, but you are gaining quite a bit from the added size. Mugen Power goes over a few various things on their page regarding the case, like what you will need on various version of Android to utilize the SD card.
They also mention that you should switch the case off for 1 second before switching to the card.
“Motorola Moto X owners are often reported to complain about short battery life of the device. We worked hard on this project and managed to fit exceptional battery life, additional protection and SD card slot which naturally works with Android into this case. Our solution gives customers added battery life to stay connected longer without recharges and make more with the smartphone than ever before,” says Nikolai Lebedovsky, CEO at Mugen Power.
If battery life and storage space are some of the downfalls of your Moto X, this could be your all-in-one solution. The beefy case will set back your bank account a cool $89.50 + tax and is now available on Amazon. Just hit the link below to check it out.
Via the Mugen power press release
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When Motorola launched its Moto Maker site, it received a generally good reception; as it turns out, people do like customizing their devices. Other manufacturers have slowly started to roll out services that partially resemble Motorola’s effort to give their customers that little bit more customization, and it looks like everybody’s favourite company, Google, might just be looking to do the same for its Nexus devices with something called ‘Google Workshop‘.
Android Police dropped the exclusive, saying that Workshop in its current state only caters for the Nexus 5, as an experiment, and offers customization options for custom cases and live wallpapers. And apparently, it looks like this:
There appear to be two main options to customize your Nexus 5: MapMe and Moments. MapMe gives you the ability to adorn your custom case and live wallpaper with a chosen location, and can be further customized to incorporate some sentimental info, like your hometown. The colour of the case and wallpaper can be set as well, with the live wallpaper getting further customization options, like receiving weather and social media info for the chosen location. Similarly, Moments allows you to customize your custom case and live wallpaper with uploaded photos and edit them as appropriate (read: filters).
It’s definitely something different from Google, and with their pre-existing colour choices, Nexus 5 owners would have quite a few customization options available to them. The jury’s still out whether this service would extend to Google’s other Nexus devices, and there are no further details on pricing or availability yet.
What do you think about Google Workshop? Is this something you would like to make use of? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Source: Android Police
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I’m not much of a leather guy. I’m not much of a belt clip holster type of guy either. However, all that changed when I saw the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster. Blacksmith-Labs is a company born from a Kickstarter and still appears to be going strong. Their philosophy is “based on the concept of modern minimalist, focusing on the fundamentals of the design without unnecessary elements” and you’ll definitely get a sense of that once we take a close look at the holster. The case we’re looking at today is for the Samsung Galaxy S5, but Blacksmith-Labs also has the case available for Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Samsung Galaxy S4.
What’s in the box
Opening the box of the Bruno holster, you immediately get the sense you’re about to experience something unlike most other phone accessories. The box is lined with velvet, which you unfold to reveal the Bruno holster.
Blacksmith-Labs calls the Bruno Collection the “ultimate expression of our design philosophy”. The body of the holster is created from a single piece of leather and hand-stitched where required. As you might expect from a holster/pouch accessory, where the phone is always completely shielded, there isn’t anything extra included in the box besides the holster itself; no screen protector, no screen cleaner. As you can probably tell, even just from the photos, the Bruno holster is absolutely made from real leather, which gives it both a very distinct look and distinct smell.
On the rear of the holder, there is a 360-degree rotatable belt clip, which you can use to hook the holster onto yourself. We have the Gunmetal Grey variant of the belt clip here, but you can also choose to have the clip in Brushed Gold. Speaking of finishes, the Bruno holster that we have here is the Chestnut Brown, but you can also get it in Black, Burgundy, Blue, Dark Cognac and Natural Leather. The holster we have here will set you back $79.95 USD, while some of the other leather finishes, depending on the leather used, will cost up to $119.95 USD.
How does it perform
The function of the Bruno holster is as simple as you would expect; after you insert your Galaxy S5, you secure it inside the pouch by pulling down a leather strap and fixing it to the metal stud that adorns the front of the holster. It’s not the most secure mechanism you have ever seen, but it does do the job. For everything else that isn’t your phone, there is also a front pocket which can hold a whole number of things as it is quite wide including your credit and business cards, cash or even a charging cable.
The fit of the pouch is actually pretty loose so you can stick your fingers right into it to to fish your Galaxy S5 out. As for whether you can fit in your Galaxy S5 and a case: you might be able to get away with a very thin case, but anything thicker won’t cut it. But not to worry as Blacksmith-Labs also offers a version of the holster specifically for a Galaxy S5 and case (this appears to only be available for the Galaxy S5 so far) which will give you that extra leeway to fit in your device with protection.
While the Bruno holster is handcrafted, the workmanship is of a very high standard. I initially had concerns about how strong the stitching was, particularly the stitching around the belt clip, but it looks to be of good quality and should last quite a while (assuming you don’t start getting into extreme sports). And the great thing about a handcrafted accessory is that you know that it is unique, which is pretty special. As you might expect from a full body pouch, the Bruno holster is reasonably protective, and if you’ve chosen to get a holster made of real leather, chances are it’s going to be enough for your purposes.
You might be questioning the use of a stud to keep down the only strap that is keeping your Galaxy S5 from jumping out of the holster, but it employs a very simple locking system where you just pull the strap further down and the stud gets locked in a smaller notch that will keep the strap from coming loose. Simplicity is the key after all.
What I like about the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster
There’s definitely something refreshing about seeing a case made from leather and made so elegantly. Sure, it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but if it is, you’re unlikely to be unhappy. I’m a big fan of how simple it is and how it looks so unassuming, which really highlights Blacksmith-Labs’ mantra of “less is more”.
Leather pouch aside, I really like the construction of the belt clip. It’s meaty, touch and goes well with the overall theme of the Bruno holster. Furthermore, I really like how Blacksmith-Labs have secured the belt clip, making sure that it won’t fall out, even after time and stretching of the leather.
What I don’t like about the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster
I never like saying that price is something I don’t like about a product, particularly when I think it is worth it, and in this case, I do. However, the prices of the Bruno holsters (either $79.95 or $119.95), particularly the higher grade leather ones, are expensive, so unless this is definitely something you have been looking for, it’s not likely to be your first choice. Having said that, this is what real leather costs, which fans of the material will definitely associate with.
The Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster for Samsung Galaxy S5 is a testament to simplicity and function. It uses leather to great effect, which is a welcome contrast given the world of compounds and plastics we live in. If you’ve been looking for a leather holster, or something elegant to store your Galaxy S5 in, the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster is definitely one accessory you should consider.
If you are interested in picking up the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster for Samsung Galaxy S5, you can find the product page here, or if you want to see what else Blacksmith-Labs has on offer, you can visit their homepage here.
Gallery of photos
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Back in February SanDisk announced their new 128GB Micro SDXC card. When it launched it started out at a hefty $199.99 and has since seen a variety of sale price tags and is now at the lowest sale price I have personally seen, $99.99. We had a chance to review the card and it performed as expected. Since the review it has safely resided in my Xperia Z and has never failed me once. There is something very rewarding knowing that I have more storage in my phone than I really need.
We know for certain that the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and the LG G3 all have supported listed for 128GB cards. I know for a fact that it works just fine in the Sony Xperia Z, Z1s and the Lenovo Yoga tablets. If storage on your mobile device is a concern, especially with these hi-res camera and 4K video recording ability, it is hard to not take a good hard look at picking one of these up if you have the chance. Heck, it even comes with the typical adapter to take it from a micro SD to a full size SD card giving you more options to use it. Hit the link below to get one ordered as soon as you get a chance.
Let’s face it: options for outfitting the Nexus line with covers and cases have been rather limited (and pricey) coming directly from Mountain View. That could be about to change though, as Android Police reports that a new option could offer a major boost in custom accessories. The so-called Google Workshop will allow you to create your own case for the Nexus 5 based on either a location map or an uploaded photo of your choice. A live wallpaper is said to accompany that latter option too, so you can keep a consistent theme for every customizable spot on that handset. Right now, it appears that the fifth Nexus phone is the only device privy to the treatment, so we’ll have to wait and see if that popular 7-inch tablet gets its own new digs.
Source: Android Police