We have featured a wide variety of chargers for mobile phones here on Geeky Gadgets, but a new and innovative devices called the ChargeBite has been created and is now looking for funding via the Indiegogo website.
The ChargeBite requires no cables or extras and can be carried on your keychain, allowing you to syphon juice form friends mobiles when your battery becomes a little low. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the ChargeBite project and see it in action.
“ChargeBite is perfect in giving you those few valuable percentages when you need them the most. Who hasn’t experienced his iPhone dying at the worst possible moment? Or had to make a really important phone call just to realize he has only a few seconds left? From now on, in situations that 5 percent more would make all the difference, ChargeBite is your iPhone’s lifeline!”
The ChargeBite project is currently over on the Indiegogo website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think ChargeBite is something you could benefit from, visit the Indiegogo website now to make a pledge and help ChargeBite become a reality.
Giorgos Katidis, a 20-year-old Greek soccer player who celebrated a game-winning goal on Saturday by giving a Nazi salute to fans in Athens, has been banned for life from representing his country in international tournaments.
We’ve all done it — forgotten a birthday, anniversary, or some other important date, like when when taxes are due. Living in 2013, it’s easier to remember these dates, as our smartphones are pretty good at automatically pulling events from various sources, and then letting us know through alerts. However, if you aren’t connected to some social networks, that little computer in your pocket may not alert you to your dearest friend’s birthday, or your first-kiss anniversary. Now, if your phone isn’t entirely trustworthy, you can purchase a ring that’ll alert you to a special date. It doesn’t buzz or beep, but burns you a little bit instead.
Dubbed the Remember Ring, the piece of jewelry uses something being called Hot Spot technology, which sets off 24 hours before a pre-determined special date that you divulge when you buy the ring. The ring heats up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, stays that way for 10 seconds, and repeats this every hour until the date arrives. The 120 degree temperature was chosen because it’s hot enough to notice and cause some discomfort, but not enough to do any damage.
The ring employs a micro-thermopile to turn heat from your hand into electricity that is used to power the ring. So, the ring is reported to always have enough power to remind you when that special day has almost arrived. The ring is also waterproof, as well as impact resistant — though the amount of force it can resist isn’t made clear. The Remember Ring is available in seven different styles made of 14k white or yellow gold, or a combination of the two.
The Remember Ring will burn a $760 hole in your pocket if you want it to (almost) burn your finger. However, the product page says the ring is currently a concept, but you can place a pre-order if you want to be an early adopter of a thing that burns your finger because you have a poor memory. For anyone who has ever missed an anniversary, the seemingly high price of $760 is probably a small price to pay to avoid getting in trouble for such a heinous crime.
An undisclosed customer bought a million BlackBerrys from the smartphone maker formerly known as Research In Motion -- marking the largest ever single purchase in the company's history.
These aren't the business basic gadgets of years past, of course: The Canadian company unveiled the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 in January to rave reviews from tech watchers worldwide. The company hopes the redesigned BlackBerry will fuel a comeback -- and orders of this magnitude suggest it may be working.
The pioneering brand lost its cachet not long after Apple's 2007 release of the iPhone, which reset consumers' expectations for what a smartphone should do.
The Z10 is already available for purchase in a number of markets around the world; it will begin selling the touchscreen smartphone to U.S. consumers with AT&T on March 22 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Sales of the device began in the U.K. and Canada shortly after RIM unveiled the phone in late January.
Rival U.S. carrier T-Mobile said it expects to deliver the new BlackBerry for some corporate customers as soon as the end of this week, though it did not provide details on the availability for non-business customers.
RIM Chief Executive Thorsten Heins said previously he was disappointed the new BlackBerry would not be released in the U.S. until mid-March, but he said the U.S. and its phone carriers have a rigid testing system.
Heins told The Associated Press last month that the company would have to regain market share in the U.S. for BlackBerry to be successful. The U.S. has been one market in which RIM has been particularly hurt. The iPhone and phones running Google's Android software now dominate. According to research firm IDC, shipments of BlackBerry phones plummeted from 46 percent of the U.S. market in 2008 to 2 percent in 2012.
Heins also suggested to the AP that a modern BlackBerry with a physical keyboard might not arrive in the U.S. until May or June, a month or two behind other parts of the world. Heins said the physical keyboard version, the BlackBerry Q10, will likely come out eight to 10 weeks after a carrier releases a model with only a touch screen, the BlackBerry Z10.
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis noted RIM's U.S. release will go up against Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone which is expected to be unveiled on Thursday.
"If that makes the splash that people think it may, you don't want to be the guy that's coming out a week later," Gillis said.
The shoe, which comes packed with an accelerometer, gyro, and pressure sensor embedded in the sole, has 250 phrases that it spits out at its owner. "We developed a shoe that could talk and tell you things--that could pick up enough information about your exercise, whether you're walking, running, moving fast or slow," says Percifield. "From there, we developed the personality, and then added the phrases and connection. Not only does it have a personality and it actually talks to you, but it interacts with your social networks."
The idea of Lamborghini, known for extreme performance cars, making an SUV may seem off the wall. But don't be too shocked. This actually isn't Lamborghini's first SUV. The LM002, a much chunkier vehicle that looked as if it had been built out of shoeboxes, was available from 1985 to 1992. Only about 300 of those were ever built.
Democrats and Republicans may not
agree on much these days. But the notion of allowing consumers to unlock their
cellphones appears to have some bipartisan support.
A bill was introduced Thursday that
would make it once again legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones in
order to switch carriers.
Democratic senators Amy Klobuchar
and Richard Blumenthal, along with Utah Republican Mike Lee, put forth the
Wireless Consumer Choice Act, which would direct the Federal Communications
Commission to ensure that the right to unlock phones is preserved. Rep. Anna
Eshoo, a California Democrat, is making a similar move in the House.
“Consumers shouldn’t have to fear
criminal charges if they want to unlock their cell phones and switch carriers,”
Lee said in a statement. “Enhanced competition among wireless services is the
surest way to increase consumer welfare.”
The move follows the White House
decision this week to weigh in on the side of consumers’ right to unlock their
cellphones, following a petition effort.
“Consumers who have purchased a
mobile device, and aren’t bound by a service contract, should be able to use it
on another network,” said Blumenthal. “This legislation is common sense,
crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring healthy
competition in the market.”
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has
already voiced support for consumers’ right to unlock their phones, and said
his agency will explore what role it can play in ensuring their right to do so.
Many carriers, including AT&T,
allow customers to unlock their device once they have fulfilled the terms of
their contract. However, the CTIA, a trade group representing carriers,
supported the Library of Congress position that consumers shouldn’t be able to
unlock the devices on their own.
Meanwhile, Sina Khanifar, who
started the White House petition drive, is expanding his effort to take on the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act itself — the law under which the Library of
Congress determined unlocking to be illegal in the first place.
The world of fashion has already brought 3D-printed dresses into the fold, but we don't remember ever seeing one quite like this: a fully-articulated, 3D-printed gown with nearly 3,000 joints, allowing it to delicately drape and seductively flow with the curves of the woman who wears it. In this case, it's burlesque star and model Dita Von Teese donning the nylon dress, which was crafted exclusively for her by design studios Francis Bitonti and Michael Schmidt. Von Teese modeled the dress at the Ace Hotel in New York City earlier this week.
The gown is adorned with over 12,000 Swarovski crystals and — designers claim — follows the Fibonacci Sequence in the way it curves around a woman's body, in order to maximize its theoretical beauty. 17 distinct sections were 3D-printed by 3D-printing service Shapeways, with "thousands of unique components... in a flowing mesh designed exactly to fit Dita's body." Find more explanation of the process in the videos below, and more pictures of the dress at our source links.
Facial recognition? Pah. Dahling, the only way to find someone in a crowd is to pick out what they're wearing. InSight is an app being developed for Google Glassby Duke University that helps you identify your chums, even when they've got their back to you, by channeling its inner Joan Rivers. All your pals have to do is submit some self-portraits to the app, which then creates a spatiogram -- identifying the colors, textures and patterns with which they've adorned themselves. That data is then pushed to Google Glass, hopefully allowing you to avoid the usual "I'm by the store, no, the other store" routine. Then again, maybe your friends will find you first -- after all, you're the one with a computer strapped to your head.
New features Samsung (005930) reportedly plans to include in its next-generationGalaxy S IV smartphone have been revealed in a series of leaked screenshots. The images show various pages within the settings on Samsung’s custom version of Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, and they detail some intriguing new functionality coming to the Galaxy S IV as well as an update due to hit Samsung’s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S III.
Two main features are showcased in the leaked images. The first is “Smart Scroll,” which will allow users to scroll through screens on the device’s display automatically as their eyes near the bottom of the screen. Also pictured is “Smart Pause,” which pauses any multimedia playing on the device when the user’s head turns away.
The first set of screenshots published by SamMobile was taken from leaked Galaxy S III firmware, but tech blog GSM Israel subsequently published screenshots from the U.S. version of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV, reaffirming that the functionality pictured will indeed be featured on the Galaxy S IV.
Samsung’s Galaxy S IV is expected to be unveiled during a press conference next Thursday, and BGR will be reporting live from the event. The new flagship phone will reportedly feature a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, an eight-core 1.8GHz processor, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and Android Jelly Bean.
If you can think of a piece of junk, someone has probably found a way to turn it into a lamp. Granted, sometim string es the result is more functional than beautiful, but DIY lighting is probably one of the most versatile projects you can take on.
From to a can of tuna, the list of possible materials is pretty much endless, but most of them end up looking more like an art project than home decor.
Combining the best of both worlds, Ben Uyeda over on HomeMade Modern used a few super cheap materials to make these sleek looking concrete pendant lamps.
Next, he used two screws to hold the bottles in place, then filled the mold with concrete. Once it set, he used a box cutter to remove the plastic bottles and sanded the concrete down so it was smooth.
Finally, he wired the lamps and covered the exposed metal with electrical tape.
(CNN) -- An unmanned drone came within 200 feet of a commercial jet over New York, triggering an FBI appeal to the public for any information about the unusual and potentially dangerous incident.
The crew of Alitalia Flight 608 approaching John F. Kennedy airport on Monday reported the sighting.
"We saw a drone, a drone aircraft," the pilot can be heard telling air traffic controllers on radio calls captured by the website LiveATC.net.
CNN Explains: U.S. drones
The FAA said it was investigating the incident.
The Alitalia aircraft did not take any evasive action and landed safely.
The FBI expanded on the FAA report, saying in a statement that the Alitalia flight from Rome was roughly three miles from runway 31R when the incident occurred at an altitude of approximately 1,750 feet.
The unmanned aircraft, described by the FBI as black and no more than three feet wide with four propellers, came within 200 feet of the Boeing jetliner.
The FBI said it was looking to identify and locate the aircraft and its operator. A source with knowledge of the incident says investigators interviewed the pilot and others on the Alitalia plane.
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"The FBI is asking anyone with information about the unmanned aircraft or the operator to contact us," said Special Agent in Charge John Giacalone. "Our paramount concern is the safety of aircraft passengers and crew."
Air traffic controllers warned other planes approaching the JFK runway of the drone report, but at least two other pilots radioed they did not see it.
A spokesman for the New York Police Department was not aware of the incident and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, referred CNN to the FAA.
Unmanned aerial systems, sometimes called drones, and other remote-controlled planes could pose a risk to larger passenger aircraft if they collided or were sucked into an engine.
For recreational hobbyists, flying remote-controlled planes is only allowed by the FAA up to 400 feet, and within sight of the operator. If they are going to fly within three miles of an airport, they have to let air traffic controllers know.
Flying unmanned aerial vehicles is illegal for most business purposes; however, governments and public entities such as police departments can apply for permission to operate them.
The FAA has been working to setup new rules and to safely integrate the use of unmanned aircraft into the national air space, and last year opened an "unmanned aircraft systems integration" office.
CNN's Carol Cratty and Rob Frehse contributed to this report.