Monthly Archives: May 2017

Product Startup Exploride Seeks Crowdfunding to Turn Your Car into a Smart Car

With an aim of making driving safe and a pleasurable experience for everyone, Exploride a US-based startup founded by Sunil Vallath, is launching a new product that the company calls a heads-up display for any car. It allows users to access maps, music, calls, texts & more with its transparent display and hands free controls. With the help of gestures and voice recognition, it grants drivers the ability to take or decline calls, access music and maps, change volumes, hear texts, and even monitor vehicle diagnostics like speed, fuel, and more, all from one place.

The idea to design and launch such a product came to Sunil after he had a disturbing experience. Talking about it, he said, “My fiancee and I used to talk on the phone sometimes, while driving. On one such occasion, while talking on the phone, she got into a car accident. Luckily, she was unharmed. But the incident shook me up. It drove me to look for a solution where I could remain in touch with my loved ones while driving, without putting myself or them at risk of injury.”

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Its specifications include 6 inch transparent display, Smart GPS with inbuilt voice-activated maps, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, Quadcore processor and IR sensor to detect gestures. The product also having SIM card slot, microphones for recognizing voice commands, dual mini speakers for music and interaction.

Here are features of the Exploride:

Exploride has launched an Indiegogo campaign with an aim to raise $100,000 funding, and it has been successful in securing $21,060 till now. People who are interested in the product can pre-order the unit for $239 which includes heads-up display, OBD II adapter for access vehicle diagnostics, charging set and access to the exclusive Exploride app.

By January 2016 the company aims to ship their product (if they are able to raise funds) after completing its hardware and software testing successfully. No doubt it will provide an wholesome experience of smart, safe and connected driving. To support their funding campaign

Blackberry is back, and this time with Android’s backing

The company has launched an Android based ‘Phablet’, after the failure of its operating software BB10. The device is named ‘Blackberry Priv’, where the word ‘Priv’ has been used for privacy.

The phone is trying to cash on its security feature through the introduction of its its own ‘Patented Picture Login’. This feature gives BB an all round security and a perfect blend of ease. For the first time this phablet will also support third party options from Google Play and various BB apps like BB Meeting, WatchDox etc.

The phone has been launched in the US and it has been confirmed by the authorities that the phone is now available on pre-order on Blackberry’s official website. The delivery process will begin from today and the price tag it carries is of $699.

The Blackberry Priv’s body is a combination of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s shining back and a bold black look with stunning edges. This phone has pulled it off for Blackberry.

Specifications:

Body: With a weight of almost 192 grams this phone this phone has a qwerty keypad in a sliding function. Supports a nano sim.

Display: AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen of 5.4 inches with 540 ppi pixel density. Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with an edged screen gives an extra protection to the touch screen.

OS: Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), Soon Android Marshmellow will be updated in the device

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 (you can also find this chipset in LG G4 and Nexus 5X). This chipset is made for stunning display and it supports the new ‘4k’ videos.

CPU: 64 bit Hexa-core Processor (Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU: Adreno 418

RAM: 3GB

Storage: Supports external memory card, expandable up to 200GB with an internal memory of 32GB

Camera: A not-so-good 2 mp front camera with ‘No Selfie Mode’. The rear camera is a 18 MP Schneider-Kreuznach optics camera with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash

3 Cool Gadgets That You Can Buy Right Away

1) Sphero BB8

People who have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, already know that they’re up for a treat. Technology has now made it possible to take the same magic people saw on screens to their homes. Those who haven’t seen Star Wars, don’t worry this app-enabled droid will melt you up. The droid learns from your interaction with it, it’s more of a mate you can carry anywhere. Give it voice commands or make it patrol around the house, it notifies you of any activity taking place inside the house.

Features

Listens & Responds: BB-8 recognises and reacts to your voice
Holographic Communication: Record and view virtual holographic videos with BB-8
Autonomous Behavior: BB-8 has a mind of its own – explore the Star Wars™ galaxy together
Adaptive Personality: Your BB-8’s unique attitude and actions evolve as you interact
Authentic Movement: Guide your BB-8 with a smartphone or tablet
AI Powered Product

Seller: Sphero
Shipping in India: Yes
Delivery Time: 1-3 Weeks
Price: $149.49

2) Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter – Sand

This drone was featured at the CES 2016 which happened in LA, the company is one of the first ones to enter the drone industry and its AR Drone 2.0 brings lots of technology with it. This drone works with a WiFi using an app that’s available for iOS and Android powered devices. The device works outside as well as inside, also the device can be controlled by many devices like Nvidia Shield control, Epson Moverio display, Thalmic Myo armband, Zeiss Vision Cinemizer OLED glasses, and Microsoft surface 2.

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Features

720p – 30FPS – H264 encoding base profile
Low latency streaming
Video storage on the fly with remote device or with USB flash drive
JPEG photo capture
As you fly, the HD video is recorded and sent directly to your device

Seller: Parrot
Shipping in India: Yes
Delivery Time: 3 business days
Price: $295 + Shipping

3) Skeye- The smallest drone in the world

If you’ve never experienced flying a drone, this is the right device for you. It’s a mini drone with a HD camera, also its 4 coreless motors gives you the versatility to perform expert takeoffs and vertical climbs. Just insert a MicroSD card and experience the bird’s eye view from your quadcopter. It comes with a camera with LED lights allowing the user to nightfly the drone.

Features

HD Camera
Throw To Fly
RTF (Ready to Fly) Technology
6-Axis Flight Control System with Adjustable Gyro Sensitivity
Stable & Easy to Fly
Aerobatic “Flip” Capability
LED Lights for Night Flights
2-Level Adjustable Controller Sensitivity: Beginner, Experienced

Seller: Trndlabs
Shipping in India: Yes
Delivery Time: 1 Week
Price: $99 (Free Shipping)

Why the Smartwatch Trend is Here to Stay

The growing trend of buying Smartwatches reveals the changing consumer behaviour. World’s technology giants like Apple, Garmin, Vivoactive, Samsung Gear etc. have introduced their own smartwatches to club with their smartphones or other compatible devices. As stated by the director of Android Wear, David Singleton, in the next 50 years of time everyone would learn to live a life with wearable technology and all of us would be living like this. The rising demand of smartwatches has immersed with the growing need of consumers. People demand a gadget which can keep them accountable, and fitness monitors are a bonus for most. This leads them to invest in wearable devices like Fitness bands and Smartwatches.

What Does the Current Trend Say

If the facts and figures are to be believed, the smartwatch technology will witness a tremendous growth and will amount to 70% of the total wearable technology shipments by 2019. As per another data published by International Data Corporation (IDC), the shipment of wearable devices has seen a whopping increase of 67.2% since 2015, which is quite a big number.

Another study made by Garner Inc. points on the same lines and it says that smartwatches sales is on a rising trend currently. As per the same forecast, the total sales of wearable electronic devices would be about 274.6 million units globally by the end of 2016, which clearly indicates 18.4% increase in sales compared to 2015 when 232 million units were sold globally. As far as the revenue generation is concerned, wearable electronics will generate $28.7 billion in the year 2016 in which $11.5 billion would be fetched only by smartwatch business.

With big players like Apple and Samsung investing resources in research and development of hi-tech devices, the user base would increase by 48% in 2017 as compared to 2015, a big move indeed. The increased sales of smartphones would also indirectly boost the sales of smartwatches as both are connected!

Currently smartwatches segment is explored by only a small section of the society as it comes under premium gadget category. Soon, it will penetrate strongly in the urban market as the rates are competitive as many big and small companies are bringing in this gadget to Indian market. Chinese players are also doing their best by introducing feature packed smartwatches in affordable range and forming a habit of using it in Indian market.

Why Smartwatches?

Smartwatches are quiet useful because of their versatile features. They have different apps that can be very useful while working outdoors, travelling, workouts etc. Some carry a camera which stays on the strap of the watch to take pictures with ease. Smartwatches are now available for Android, Windows and iOS platforms, which are the most popular operating systems for smartphones.

Without having to pull out their phone often, users can answer calls, send messages, store pictures and navigate. The trend suggests that smartwatches will be the future as it is the only way when things can go really online and automation can be rooted to its best.

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Top Smartwatch Brands in 2016

There are a lot many smartwatch makers now, as mentioned above. The market still remains to be dominated by a few key players, here are the top 4 of them

Apple Watch

This smartwatch is offered by technology leader Apple. Its design has set a trend in the fashion industry. With the best quality and design, it is available in both 38 mm and 42 mm. It has intelligent interface and has battery capacity of one day. Apple Smartwatch has a compact design and is equipped with all the latest features.

Samsung Gear S2

Samsung smartwatch is leading the industry with its Rotating Bexel, Tizen Operating System, Amoled screen and stylish design. The screen of Samsung smartwatch has Amoled display and is sharp, vivacious and circular. It has a storage capacity of 4GB and has dual core 1.0Ghz processor. Its IP rating is IP68 and has Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity.

Moto 360

Moto smartwatch has attractive design and it offers great performance. It has a modular feature and comes with different size options which makes it is very comfortable to wear. The storage capacity of this smartwatch is 4 GB and has Quad core 1.2GHz processor. Its battery can last for 1.5- 2 days and is compatible with Android and iOS.

Pebble Time

This smartwatch has excellent features and battery life. It can keep charged for up to 10 days. It also carries intuitive interface and color Ink display. The design of this smartwatch is sleek and is supported by more than 6000 apps. It has water-resistant feature and is comfortable to wear. This smartwatch is available in multiple color variants, Black, Grey, orange, White and Red. It shows notifications for calls, messages and emails. It can work with different types of fitness apps and also has e-Paper display which allows user to read comfortably in sunlight.