NODE Sensor Platform

Don’t we all like sensors doing the magic around us ? Be it temperature, pressure, humidity, gas content, infrared sensors etc, it’s wonderful how sensors have made life easy for us. But for most of us, the behind-the-scenes is very scary. Not anymore. Presenting NODE by Variable Technologies.

NODE is a sensor platform which can be used to sense almost anything and displays the readings on your smartphone. It is a small device which can adopt the role of any sensor you wish, like a temperature sensor, a colour sensor or maybe even a motion sensing device. NODE comes with various interchangeable sensors which can have infinite applications. For now, the available sensors are Chroma (measures colours), Therma (measures any surface temperature using infrared thermometer), Clima (measures climatic conditions like pressure, humidity), Luma (a flashlight module) and Oxa (an industrial gas sensor). Oh and did I mention, you can also use it as a motion sensing game controller. The device lasts for about 30 days on a single charge and connects with your phones/tablets via Bluetooth.

What’s more exciting ? It’s an OPEN platform. So you, me or anyone can build the hardware and software for new applications. Let’s keep a watch where this one lands up in a few years from now. For more information check out the video below :

Romotive : Your Robot Companion

Everything around us is going virtual and digital. So why not a companion. Introducing Romotive : an amazing robot companion which learns while it plays with you. It’s literally an iPhone on wheels. Here check the pic below and if you want to see it in action watch the video too:

This robot can be docked with the iPhone 5/4S/4 & iTouch 4th Gen and can be remotely controlled from anywhere as long as you have internet. You can train it as well to perform certain pre-defined functions on certain conditions. It’s got face expressions too to make it more realistic.

So next time you are on a business trip but your kids miss you a lot. No worries, just log onto to Romotive from your laptop and make them feel as if you are with them, albeit a little smaller in size and in a different shape.  There can endless number of applications one can think of with a moving, remotely controlled iPhone. Snooping is just one of them ;).

“Technossories” : Wearable Gadgets

Everyone wears accessories these days. While most of these accessories are just to complement your look, some have important functions like improving your vision or telling you the time. However, they are generally taken for granted. But time has now come for these accessories to interact with you. Welcome “Technossories” ! SoupTub brings to you a list of wearable gadgets which are already or soon will be available in the stores near you. Take a look :

1. Google Glass

One of the most talked about and anticipated of all of them, Google Glass. I don’t need to talk about it much, just a picture below. You can find out more about it here.

2. Samsung Galaxy Gear (Smartwatch) 

Samsung is due to commercially launch it’s latest invention – Galaxy Gear – a smartwatch on 25th September. Yes, get ready for it. But make sure you have either of these Samsung Note 3 (releasing on the same date), Samsung Note 10.1 2014 Edition or (after updating with Android 4.3) Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2 and of course $299 to buy it. Check the hands-on review here .

3. Rusty’s Wired Series Fleece Hoodies

This fleece hoodie features a wired pair of earphones already fitted inside. So no more hassling around with earphones which get intertwined or putting them from underneath your jackets. Moreover, these earphones are waterproof and washable, so you don’t need to remove them when throwing your fleece for a wash.

4. Interactive T-shirts

This new type of geeky t-shirt has a sound equaliser built-in which reacts to the sounds around you. Stand out from the crowd when going to a party or to a concert. Oh about washing them, they are not waterproof, you just need to remove the electronic board before throwing them in.

5. USB Cufflinks

Now impress someone in James Bond style. Suave, sophisticated, stylish, these cufflinks can turn into pen drives when needed. And yes, you won’t even forget your pen drive anywhere easily. These cufflinks come in gold or gunmetal and can be engraved with your initials also. The total cost of the package is about $100.

6. iWallet

Though not exactly wearable, but a wallet does form an important part of the accessory list. The iWallet is one of the ultimate-in-security wallet available in the market. Equipped with a biometric scanner and bluetooth technology to prevent thieves, this wallet comes in a hard-casing (carbon fibre and aluminium options available). The bluetooth pairs with your phone, and if your wallet is about 10ft away from your phone (read : pick pocketed) , the phone sounds a warning alarm. Pricing is in the range $459 to $599

7. Bluetooth Gloves (Concept stage)

This one comes from a Kickstarter project : BEARTek. While riding your bike or skiing, it’s almost impossible to reach out to your smartphone in your pocket, isn’t it ? BEARTek aims to make your life easier here. It’s a glove which has touch points to control your smartphone via bluetooth. Pick calls, change music, control volume. Check out the video here.

iOS 7 Bug : Anyone can make a call from your locked iPhone

With the many security bugs being discovered in iOS 7, here’s another found by a Palestinian man. This bug allows anyone to make a call from your iPhone even if it is password protected. Though iPhone allows emergency calls while it is locked, this bug shows that if you continuously tap the call button, the call will ultimately go through. Check the video below for a demo :

However, the new iPhone 5S & 5C already come with a software update in which this issue has been fixed. But for those of you having the older iPhones (running on iOS 7) , this bug still exists. Beware!

Get ready to be Blinkwashed !

Virgin Mobile has come up with a brilliant interactive video ad to pitch it’s $35 monthly phone plan. The concept uses a webcam technology which changes the video every time you blink. The interactive experience encourages viewers to hear the entire pitch and not move away.

Ok let me not talk all of it out, if you have a webcam (and a fast internet for best results), go experience the ad yourself here .

Oyster : Will it change the way you read ?

A newly launched app, Oyster aims to become to the Netflix/Spotify of books. With a fixed monthly charge of $9.95, users have access to over 100,000 titles to read. Add to that the social element which allows you to share what you’re reading with your friends. The Oyster team also guarantees an improved typography making it easier to read from your mobile devices.

The app is currently on invitation basis only. You can go to http://www.oysterbooks.com to register for an invite or simply learn more about the app. Couple of catches , though for now :

1. It’s only for the iPhone or iPod Touch (an iPad version is expected this fall). Other device users need to wait a bit.

2. It’s only available in the United States.

Makey Makey : Start inventing now

Ever wanted to invent something? Make something cool? Your solution has arrived : Makey Makey . A Kickstarter project by two MIT graduates, Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, Makey Makey is a small chip which can be connected on one end to your computer and on the other anything that conducts electricity. Even a lit bit. You can then use Makey Makey in innovative ways as controller to play Pacman, Piano, Keyboard etc. The website http://www.makeymakey.com shows some interesting ideas to inspire you. The kit sells for approx. $50  (shipping charges extra). Check out the video & images below :