LAS VEGAS - Parrot showed off two new products in its Flower family called Parrot Pot and Parrot H2O. Where the original Parrot Flower monitors your plants and reports conditions to your iPhone or Android device, Pot and H2O both add automated watering. Pot is a self-contained pot for your plant that includes a separate reservoire for water, sensors for monitoring the the soil and exposure to light, and then a mechanism for delivering that water to your plant when it needs it. H2O does the same thing, but it's a standalone device you can use with any pot. H2O gives you three weeks of "autonomous waterimg," while Pot delivers a full month. Plus, it works with PArrot's database of more than 7,000 plants to get it exactly right. Pretty cool, right? Parrot hasn't announced pricing and said only that both devices will ship sometimes in 2015.
LAS VEGAS - Evollve Inc. showed off Ozobot Bit Sunday night at CES Unveiled. This 1-inch robot can sense colored lines, detect patterns such as intersections, read flashing light codes, and play back up to 500 commands. It's also programmable using a color-based code language and a block-based programming editor. The company is aiming it at kids as an interactive tool that can teach them programming skills by allowing them to make their own courses for Ozobot Bit to follow, or by making their own games. The device also interacts with an Android and iOS app. In the included image, several Ozobot Bits are following paths that cross from tablets to hand-drawn paper and back again. Ozobot Bits are shipping now for US$49.99 for one, or a two-pack for $99.99.
LAS VEGAS - Staying on top how healthy you are typically hasn't included dealing with reducing ongoing pain, but Valedo is doing just that with it's set of light weight sensors. Instead of a bulky and unwieldy contraption with snaps and buckles, Valedo uses medical adhesive to keep its two sensors in place. Once there, you can play specialized iPad games to reduce back pain and strengthen your muscles. The company said it's planning on updating its software so you can track motion on other parts of your body, too. We checked out Valedo at CES 2015, and were surprised at how well it worked. You can pick up the two-sensor set for US$359 at the Valedo website.
LAS VEGAS - Fitness tracking smartwatches can log how far we walk, how we sleep, and now Zensorium is tracking how we feel. TMO checked out the company's new Being watch at CES. It tracks how you're feeling by monitoring heart rate and blood pressure then converts that into four mood states: distressed, excited, normal, and calm. If you're showing signs of stress, Being will offer tips on calming down, and all of the data it collects is sent wirelessly to your iOS or Android smartphone. The built-in battery runs for about three days on a charge, and the OLED display is easy to read in bright or dark light conditions. The Being will ship in March for US$199, or you can pre-order now for $169.
We always ask what today's temperature will be, but what we really need to know is whether or not we need a jacket. That's exactly what you'll get from Weather From, delivered from your grandmother. She's let you know if it's going to be cold or hot, if you need a jacket, and always has something to say about life, family, or politics. I can't imagine why you'd need to get your weather forecast anywhere else. Fair warning: Many of the forecasts are definelty NSFW, so use proper discrection when checking to see if it's going to rain today.
A fun one to put up on the Apple TV during New Year's Eve festivities, here's YouTuber Samurai Guitarist using an iPad (he notes in the comments that it's borrowed) to cover Blue Oyster Cult's classic Don't Fear The Reaper. Sadly he doesn't mention the apps involved, because I'd love a good cowbell app. Anyway, aside from the digitized vocals and the lack of "needle to the record" noise, it sounds really close to the original. I love videos like this, partly because of the novelty of it, and partly because it might introduce this song to someone who hasn't heard it before. And let's be honest when it comes down to it, we all need a little more cowbell. Check out the full video below.
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Touch ID is wonderfully convenient for unlocking your iPhone, and thanks to MacID you'll be able to use your fingerprint to do the same on your Mac. The iPhone app uses Bluetooth LE to talk with your Mac and enter your lockscreen passcode with a touch. You'll need the companion app on your Mac, too, and your laptop, iMac or Mac Pro needs to be new enough to support Bluetooth LE. MacID is awaiting approval for release on the App Store and should be available soon.
Photoshop and Illustrator may be the defacto standard for creating logos, but sometimes going hands on with real world materials can give our business identities a warmer and more personal feel—like the stained glass logo art Howard Perlman makes. Just give him your logo and he'll hand craft it into stained glass, ready to hang. Each piece is unique, and you can check out Howard's handiwork with the WordPress, Drupal, and Linux logos on his website.
The future, in the 1950s, was supposed to be all about flying cars. But they didn't come to pass except for some rare, early prototypes. But thanks to Aeromobil's co-founder Štefan Klein, advanced technology may yet bring the dream to fruition. According to the website, "Mr. Klein has devoted the last twenty years into making his dream come true. It is a dream that only few people believed in—a flying car. Currently he works on prototype of AeroMobil 3.0 after he successfully tested concepts and pre-prototype." Version 3.0, shown here with wings extended, seats two, has a top speed in the air of 124 mph (200 km/h), and has a range 435 miles (700 km). The car's (ground) specs are similar to that of a small, economy car. The site's photos are phenomenal, and the prototype is said to be close to commercial availability, subject to each country's certification.
Who has the dubious distinction of the single biggest data breach? That would be Adobe, but AOL earns the honor for ongoing data breaches. In Adobe's case, that amounted to 152 million customer IDs stolen, but Ebay isn't that far behind with 145 million records stolen. How about Target at 70 million credit card number stolen? All these numbers—and more— are packed into a fantastic infographic from Information is Beautiful. It does a great job of putting the biggest data breaches back to 2004 into perspective, and it's a great reminder why it's important to use unique logins for all of your online services.
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