Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers

Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers It’s not uncommon to find portable devices covered in wood veneer for protection and as a fashion accessory. But German tech accessorizer Balolo has ventured into an unusual category, warming up the latest video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft with a luxurious layer of genuine wood. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Custom covers of precision laser cut bamboo, cherry, walnut and zebra wood (just 7mm thick) are designed to fit over the XBox One, Playstation 4, and the Playstation 4 controller to transform the minimalist and monolithic modern designs with the unique grain of real wood. The wood panels add a living room-friendly depth and warmth to the normally gloss and matte black design vernacular of console design. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Despite the all-wood material of each console set, no tools are required for installation
 since the wood panels are attached using durable and long lasting adhesive. Amusing to consider these wood panels for latest in console gaming are perhaps a nod to the original 1.19 MHz, 128 bytes of RAM powered Atari 2600 console, any early predecessor which sported a narrow wooden strip across the 2600′s front decades ago. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Kits for the Balolo Xbox One, PS4, and PlayStation 4 Controller are all made in Germany and can be customized in a variety of wood combinations with custom engraving. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category






Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers

Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers It’s not uncommon to find portable devices covered in wood veneer for protection and as a fashion accessory. But German tech accessorizer Balolo has ventured into an unusual category, warming up the latest video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft with a luxurious layer of genuine wood. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Custom covers of precision laser cut bamboo, cherry, walnut and zebra wood (just 7mm thick) are designed to fit over the XBox One, Playstation 4, and the Playstation 4 controller to transform the minimalist and monolithic modern designs with the unique grain of real wood. The wood panels add a living room-friendly depth and warmth to the normally gloss and matte black design vernacular of console design. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Despite the all-wood material of each console set, no tools are required for installation
 since the wood panels are attached using durable and long lasting adhesive. Amusing to consider these wood panels for latest in console gaming are perhaps a nod to the original 1.19 MHz, 128 bytes of RAM powered Atari 2600 console, any early predecessor which sported a narrow wooden strip across the 2600′s front decades ago. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Kits for the Balolo Xbox One, PS4, and PlayStation 4 Controller are all made in Germany and can be customized in a variety of wood combinations with custom engraving. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category






Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers

Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers It’s not uncommon to find portable devices covered in wood veneer for protection and as a fashion accessory. But German tech accessorizer Balolo has ventured into an unusual category, warming up the latest video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft with a luxurious layer of genuine wood. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Custom covers of precision laser cut bamboo, cherry, walnut and zebra wood (just 7mm thick) are designed to fit over the XBox One, Playstation 4, and the Playstation 4 controller to transform the minimalist and monolithic modern designs with the unique grain of real wood. The wood panels add a living room-friendly depth and warmth to the normally gloss and matte black design vernacular of console design. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Despite the all-wood material of each console set, no tools are required for installation
 since the wood panels are attached using durable and long lasting adhesive. Amusing to consider these wood panels for latest in console gaming are perhaps a nod to the original 1.19 MHz, 128 bytes of RAM powered Atari 2600 console, any early predecessor which sported a narrow wooden strip across the 2600′s front decades ago. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Kits for the Balolo Xbox One, PS4, and PlayStation 4 Controller are all made in Germany and can be customized in a variety of wood combinations with custom engraving. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category






Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers

Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers It’s not uncommon to find portable devices covered in wood veneer for protection and as a fashion accessory. But German tech accessorizer Balolo has ventured into an unusual category, warming up the latest video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft with a luxurious layer of genuine wood. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Custom covers of precision laser cut bamboo, cherry, walnut and zebra wood (just 7mm thick) are designed to fit over the XBox One, Playstation 4, and the Playstation 4 controller to transform the minimalist and monolithic modern designs with the unique grain of real wood. The wood panels add a living room-friendly depth and warmth to the normally gloss and matte black design vernacular of console design. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Despite the all-wood material of each console set, no tools are required for installation
 since the wood panels are attached using durable and long lasting adhesive. Amusing to consider these wood panels for latest in console gaming are perhaps a nod to the original 1.19 MHz, 128 bytes of RAM powered Atari 2600 console, any early predecessor which sported a narrow wooden strip across the 2600′s front decades ago. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category Kits for the Balolo Xbox One, PS4, and PlayStation 4 Controller are all made in Germany and can be customized in a variety of wood combinations with custom engraving. Balolo XBox One and PS 4 Wood Gaming Console Covers in technology Category






3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG

3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG The days of the iconic car assembly line seems to be numbered. 3D printing technology will one day scale up for mass production of full-size automotive components and body panels using molten polymers, allowing manufacturers to build cars to microscopic exacting standards without the space currently required for assembly line manufacturing. The transition should result in lighter, better built, easier to construct, and more affordable vehicles. Cars will also probably look nothing like the vehicles on the road today once 3D printing becomes the standard. 3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG in technology Category EDAG, an automotive industry engineering and production consultant, revealed the biomorphic Genesis concept vehicle in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The Genesis represents a design and engineering exploration, an example of the possibilities opened up by 3D printers. The extremely intricate form inspired by the sea turtle is currently out of the reach of traditional manufacturing. Additive 3D printing works in sharp contrast to the automotive industry’s current process of cutting, punching, molding, and tooling raw materials for automotive panels and parts. Instead, 3D printers deposit ABS plastic one particle at a time at the microscopic level to build shapes in three dimensions, a process so precise, moving parts can be assembled together at once without separate tooling or molds. 3D printers for car manufacturing thus offers the additional benefit of decreased production waste, and in time should lower costs for both manufacturers and customers. 3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG in technology Category 3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG in technology Category EDAG turned to Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) as a solution for the Genesis concept, a space efficient manufacturing process using thermoplastic carbon fiber material application applied by computer controlled robots, resulting in complex structures built layer by layer that exhibit high strength and flexibility, with reduced overall weight, and a shape very different from what we normally equate with an automobile. 3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG in technology Category At last week’s New York International Auto Show, Toyota showcased their FT-1 concept super car replicated in detailed miniature scale using the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Imagine the same manufacturing process scaled up to full sized vehicle size and the concept of an auto assembly lines changes from a linear conveyer to a static self-contained manufacturing area. It’s a safe bet efficiency-obsessed Toyota is investing heavily in 3D printing R&D for a future fleet of next generation fuel efficient vehicles. 3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG in technology Category But to get a better idea of what the cars of tomorrow will look like today, one should consider Jim Kor’s vision of the compact urban vehicle, the Urbee 2, a lightweight 3-wheeler designed to shuttle two passengers around cities. Using the same ABS plastic printing process as proposed by EDAG’s Genesis concept, the Urbee 2′s 3D printed Fused Deposition Modeling constructed chassis is so aerodynamic, the company is nearing 290 miles per U.S. gallon fuel efficiency (highway) during real world testing. 3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG in technology Category Even today, the 3D printing process is so precise and automated, the Urbee 2 is manufactured overnight during unattended “lights out” production (each part can take anywhere from several hours to several days to “print out”). Other automotive start-ups like Local Motors are turning to crowdsourced design to bring 3D printed vehicles to market with faster turn around and more innovative solutions, liberating automotive design from many of its current physical and conceptual boundaries. In time, printing out a car – or nearly any other object of any size, even houses – may be as simple as pressing the “print” button from a computer.






Run An Empire: The Most Territorial Fitness App

Run An Empire: The Most Territorial Fitness App If you already run regularly, you likely understand distance and speed aren’t the hallmarks of becoming a good runner. It’s consistency. Whether you’ve just started training for your first 5K walk or you’re preparing for your 10th marathon, motivating yourself to get out the door – day in, day out – can prove to be the most difficult challenge of any fitness regimen. But what if you could bolster your own motivation by tapping into the id which already compels many of us to compulsively check-in with our phones, battle for online crowns/mayorships, and continually track quantified-self statistics? Human nature already dictates an innate need to observe and set territorial boundaries, whether they be virtual or in the physical world. That’s where London based PAN Studio‘s “persistent, massively-multiplayer, alternate-reality semi-turn-based strategy running game”, Run An Empire, utilizes these normally wasted virtual hydrant marking urges to our benefit. Run An Empire: The Most Territorial Fitness App in technology Category The premise behind Run An Empire is quite simple, but immediately enticing to anyone with an affinity for real time strategy games: the app uses your phone’s GPS to track your route, with any area you’ve covered becoming marked as your territory. Walk a section repeatedly and the area becomes more securely designated as part of your empire (communicated by a darker hue). All the while other players/runners are doing the same nearby. The fun begins when players begin trying to capture overlapping areas as their own in a bipedal locomotion version of TRON light cycles. Run An Empire: The Most Territorial Fitness App in technology Category The beauty of Run An Empire is that the game requires a balance between maintaining the security of a home base while also compelling players to attempt to intrude and capture other players’ territories by running further and longer, making the habit of running less a task and more of a mission-based activity. In the process neighborhood blocks become kingdoms, daily walks or runs become battles, and an element of strategic planning absent from typical running programs can make each mile felt earned, not endured. Run An Empire: The Most Territorial Fitness App in technology Category Run An Empire is projected to be available August 2014 for both iOS and Android devices.






Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection

Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection Designer Karim Rashid has a thing for feet. More specifically, the fashion we put on our feet, whether it be classic Pro Keds sneakers or biomorphic robot manufactured running shoes. Rashid’s interest in footwear recently directed him into designing the exhibition for The Bata Shoe Museum’s Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, an exploration of the history of the sneaker from the 19th century through to today. The man definitely like his shoes. Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection in style fashion Category And now some of Rashid’s passion for shoes is represented through his own co-branded footwear, a Spring 2014 casual kicks line made in collaboration with Toronto-based footwear and accessories brand, Sully Wong. First announced at the 2013 Magic Trade Show in Las Vegas, the white leather upper desert boot styled Karim for Sully Wong is now available for purchase in variety of characteristically Karim colorways and patterns. Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection in style fashion Category Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection in style fashion Category Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection in style fashion Category Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection in style fashion Category Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection in style fashion Category Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection in style fashion Category Karim Rashid For Sully Wong Limited Edition Desert Boots Collection in style fashion Category “I have always been very interested in the sneaker since I am a true believer of the age of casualism…the great advances in technology, materials, performance, design, and style. It seems that the opportunity of experimentation is endless,” says Rashid. Karim for Sully Wong is now available in limited quantities online at Sully Wong.






Lytro Illum: The Storyteller’s Digital Camera

Lytro Illum: The Storyteller’s Digital Camera Back in 2011 Lytro caught the photography world by surprise by introducing a camera unlike any other, a rectangular monocular with the capability of instantly refocusing focal points of photographs at the tap of a screen. The original Lytro was an “ahhh” and “oooh” eliciting interactive technological feat of light field photography, but its real world application limited by a small display, modest image quality, and to a lesser extent, its unusual shape categorizing it as a curiosity. Lytro is back with a second generation model addressing many of the issues and features photography enthusiasts asked for, in a form factor that may seem more recognizably comfortable and welcome to those accustomed to DSLR photography, and equipped with just about everything the initial model was missing. The Lytro Illum is an upgrade across the board compared to the first model’s fixed lens design, with an 8x zoom equivalent of a 30-250 mm lens at f/2.0 aperture across its whole range, a roomier 800×400 pixel resolution 4” touchscreen display, and a new image sensor capable of absorbing 40 million light rays to generate multi-dimensional “living pictures” with a sense of depth and simulated motion beyond traditional tilt shift photographs. Lytro Illum: The Storyteller’s Digital Camera in technology Category Lytro Illum: The Storyteller’s Digital Camera in technology Category Lytro Illum: The Storyteller’s Digital Camera in technology Category The most noticeable departure in Lytro’s update is the Illum’s streamlined DSLR-like form factor, a design which may convince the curious and previously hesitant to give the new second generation camera a try, alongside the addition of photographer’s staples of program, ISO priority, shutter priority, full manual shooting modes, and Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture support to round out an evolutionary progression for light field photography into the mainstream. Lytro Illum: The Storyteller’s Digital Camera in technology Category Lytro Illum: The Storyteller’s Digital Camera in technology Category Lytro Illum: The Storyteller’s Digital Camera in technology Category The Lytro Illum will be available in July for $1,599, with a special offer pre-order $100 discount which throws in complimentary personalized engraving and special camera strap.






Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel

Google has been playing slow and careful when it comes to rolling out Google Glass beyond a small, albeit passionate, community of early-adopters and developers known as Explorers. But for a single day last week the doors into the Google Glass Explorer Program were opened up ever so slightly to welcome in an undisclosed amount of new users, selling out all available spots online in quick time to anyone willing to fork over $1,500.

Following the one-day sale was the announcement of a new “try before you buy” program, which allows interested future would-be Glass customers to model non-working trial kits before dropping the serious chunk of change required to wear and weather what is essentially a beta device predicating the inevitable rise of wearable technology.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

So let’s say you’re one of the fortunate few to find themselves a new owner of Google Glass. Now what? Meeting with representatives at the Google Glass Basecamp in Chelsea, New York last week, most questions about future developments in Glass capabilities were met with non-specifics, a few raised eyebrows, and the occasional smirk communicating a “just you wait and see” attitude.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

What Glass representatives were willing to quickly point out were the numerous 3rd party developers already offering or working on expanding Glass capabilities in the fields of science, art, medicine, sports, and fashion. But it might be the travel industry – a natural fit for Glass’s augmented vision + geolocation technology – which may find its landscape most changed if/when wearable technologies like Glass become commonplace, reinforcing my own experience demoing the latest iteration of Google Glass while visiting New York.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

SPG on Glass App
Currently in beta, the SPG on Glass App will allow Starwood Preferred Guests to use Glass to search for hotels via voice commands, tour potential accomodations using a virtual tour, discover nearby sights and attractions, review account information, and book hotel rooms or suites right from Glass. Once a room is reserved, guests can use the Glass app to provide real-time GPS-enabled directions.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

Virgin Atlantic x Google Glass
Virgin founder and avid first adopter, Richard Branson, has never been one to shy away from burgeoning future technologies. No surprise he’s had his Virgin Atlantic airline team give Google Glass a test run for a six-week trial, all with the goal of augmenting the airline’s service. Virgin Atlantic 1st Class passengers everywhere may soon find themselves greeted by airline staff donning Glass for tech-enhanced concierge service at airport terminals. A customer’s name, their flight details, passport information, baggage status, connecting flight info, dietary preferences/requirements, car and hotel accommodations, and any other detail are all accessible via Glass.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

Google Glass Travel Concierge App
Tourism industry site, Tourism-Review.com, believes Google has their eyes on disrupting the travel industry with a top secret 3G-enabled travel app which will allow users to talk to Glass just like a “real travel agent”, capable of answering “100% of the requests made” using the app, while covering 98% of the request topics normally handled by a real world agent. The app is currently being tested in beta, and will be called “Travel Concierge”, planned for launch this autumn.

Field Trip on Glass
Google Glass isn’t just all about what’s on the horizon. There are a few apps already available which Glass users can download and begin using to augment the travel experience right now. Field Trip on Glass merges augmented reality with a subscription-based enhanced travel guide, a sort of proactive, push-publish extension of Google Now using a visual overlay. With the app loaded, Field Trip aims to answer questions like “what’s good to eat around here?” or “where can I find ____?” before Glass wearers even think to ask.

Word Lens for Google Glass
Now here’s where Glass becomes more clearly and immediately helpful, tackling a common issue when traveling abroad: translating foreign language signs. Using a stored database of about 10,000 words per language, the Word Lens app for Google Glass can translate signs or markers viewed through Google Glass from one language to another in real time, all without a network connection. Those wondering about the technology’s accuracy without Glass on hand can download the free Word Lens app for either iOS or Android to satiate their curiosity today.








Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel

Google has been playing slow and careful when it comes to rolling out Google Glass beyond a small, albeit passionate, community of early-adopters and developers known as Explorers. But for a single day last week the doors into the Google Glass Explorer Program were opened up ever so slightly to welcome in an undisclosed amount of new users, selling out all available spots online in quick time to anyone willing to fork over $1,500.

Following the one-day sale was the announcement of a new “try before you buy” program, which allows interested future would-be Glass customers to model non-working trial kits before dropping the serious chunk of change required to wear and weather what is essentially a beta device predicating the inevitable rise of wearable technology.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

So let’s say you’re one of the fortunate few to find themselves a new owner of Google Glass. Now what? Meeting with representatives at the Google Glass Basecamp in Chelsea, New York last week, most questions about future developments in Glass capabilities were met with non-specifics, a few raised eyebrows, and the occasional smirk communicating a “just you wait and see” attitude.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

What Glass representatives were willing to quickly point out were the numerous 3rd party developers already offering or working on expanding Glass capabilities in the fields of science, art, medicine, sports, and fashion. But it might be the travel industry – a natural fit for Glass’s augmented vision + geolocation technology – which may find its landscape most changed if/when wearable technologies like Glass become commonplace, reinforcing my own experience demoing the latest iteration of Google Glass while visiting New York.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

SPG on Glass App
Currently in beta, the SPG on Glass App will allow Starwood Preferred Guests to use Glass to search for hotels via voice commands, tour potential accomodations using a virtual tour, discover nearby sights and attractions, review account information, and book hotel rooms or suites right from Glass. Once a room is reserved, guests can use the Glass app to provide real-time GPS-enabled directions.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

Virgin Atlantic x Google Glass
Virgin founder and avid first adopter, Richard Branson, has never been one to shy away from burgeoning future technologies. No surprise he’s had his Virgin Atlantic airline team give Google Glass a test run for a six-week trial, all with the goal of augmenting the airline’s service. Virgin Atlantic 1st Class passengers everywhere may soon find themselves greeted by airline staff donning Glass for tech-enhanced concierge service at airport terminals. A customer’s name, their flight details, passport information, baggage status, connecting flight info, dietary preferences/requirements, car and hotel accommodations, and any other detail are all accessible via Glass.

Google Glass Aiming to Transform How We Travel in technology Category

Google Glass Travel Concierge App
Tourism industry site, Tourism-Review.com, believes Google has their eyes on disrupting the travel industry with a top secret 3G-enabled travel app which will allow users to talk to Glass just like a “real travel agent”, capable of answering “100% of the requests made” using the app, while covering 98% of the request topics normally handled by a real world agent. The app is currently being tested in beta, and will be called “Travel Concierge”, planned for launch this autumn.

Field Trip on Glass
Google Glass isn’t just all about what’s on the horizon. There are a few apps already available which Glass users can download and begin using to augment the travel experience right now. Field Trip on Glass merges augmented reality with a subscription-based enhanced travel guide, a sort of proactive, push-publish extension of Google Now using a visual overlay. With the app loaded, Field Trip aims to answer questions like “what’s good to eat around here?” or “where can I find ____?” before Glass wearers even think to ask.

Word Lens for Google Glass
Now here’s where Glass becomes more clearly and immediately helpful, tackling a common issue when traveling abroad: translating foreign language signs. Using a stored database of about 10,000 words per language, the Word Lens app for Google Glass can translate signs or markers viewed through Google Glass from one language to another in real time, all without a network connection. Those wondering about the technology’s accuracy without Glass on hand can download the free Word Lens app for either iOS or Android to satiate their curiosity today.








Shatterproof Fulton & Roark Square Solid Cologne

Shatterproof Fulton & Roark Square Solid Cologne For as long as one can remember perfumers have bottled their concoctions of scent inside ever more elaborate vessels. Some perfume bottles are artful abstractions of fantasy, others literal sculptural representations of the scent container within. American men’s cologne crafters, Fulton & Roark have taken a more modern, minimal, and travel-friendly direction, with a rugged and compact grooming product for men who subscribe to the philosophy of “form shall follow function”. Shatterproof Fulton & Roark Square Solid Cologne in style fashion Category Inside a tough-as-nails all-metal design, Fulton & Roark’s wax-based men’s solid fragrances are super concentrated formulations, meant to be lightly smudged and dabbed onto the neck (just the lightest application can last the whole day). Available in three wood and musk-infused scents, Hatteras, Tybee, and Shackleford – each named after a region reflecting the Fulton & Roark’s North Carolinian pedigree – the scents are designed with an active lifestyle in mind. The hinged rounded-edged brushed metal cologne container is engineered for abuse, whether thrown into a weekender bag, pocket, or Dopp kit, for work or play. Like a well-driven Jeep, any scuffs or dings will just add to the container’s character. All three scents Square solid colognes are available at Fulton & Roark and selected stockists. Shatterproof Fulton & Roark Square Solid Cologne in style fashion Category Shatterproof Fulton & Roark Square Solid Cologne in style fashion Category






Five Car Technologies That Will Forever Change How We Drive

Five Car Technologies That Will Forever Change How We Drive Ten years from now, cars may still look and drive just like the cars on the road today. But in between that time and now, we’re likely to see some major changes in automotive technologies being integrated into 2015 models and beyond, redefining the relationship between car and driver beyond hand on wheel, foot to pedal… even relieving us of these current driving responsibilities. Five Car Technologies That Will Forever Change How We Drive in technology Category BMW i8 LCD Key Fob
BMW’s future-forward i8 sports car is already poised to be something special, with a checklist of fuel efficiency and connectivity technologies engineered from the ground up. But it might be one of the smallest components accompanying the i8 which may turn the most heads. If these leaked images are to be believed, BMW is upgrading the standard remote key fob into a data display unit connected to the i8′s recharging and fuel system, alongside macro-programming for comfort and access use, upgrading car keys from purely mechanical to informational. Five Car Technologies That Will Forever Change How We Drive in technology Category Audi Online Traffic Light Information System
As long as there are drivers, there will always be those who risk speeding through signal lights. Audi’s icon-based Online Traffic Light Information System purports to take the guesswork out of the equation for would-be Speed Racers, serving up seemingly precognitive data for drivers to hit green lights more regularly while connected wirelessly with a city’s traffic-light network system. There’s even an engine-revving inducing countdown feature displayed while drivers are waiting at a red light, making getting stuck at a red light a little more bearable. Microsoft Windows in the Car / Apple CarPlay
Both technology giants are vying for the hearts and minds of our biggest mobile device: our cars. Drivers will soon say goodbye to clunky and slow user GUIs with menus turning slower than grandparents looking through restaurant options. Swipe, touch, and tap is quickly being adopted as the same tactile language of vehicle technology as that used already with phones, tablets, and computers, though simplified for safer driver use, with many of the same recognizable apps and services powering car console’s as our mobile screens. Questions and concerns about road safety still remain (and rightfully so, in this age of texting while driving). For now, most drivers would likely be content with more responsive menu systems for basic cabin and audio system controls. LED Laser Headlights
First there was Xenon bulbs, then LED headlamp technology, and now cars might soon be lighting up the roads with super bright and energy efficient laser beams of white light. Three times brighter than already bright LED headlights, yet 30% more energy efficient, BMW’s laser headlamp will boost hi-beam distances up to 1,800 feet while relying upon LEDs for regular driving. Concerns about blinding oncoming traffic is being addressed with a camera system which automatically adjusts beam power and direction downward, sensitive enough to recognize cyclists. Also, check out these laser beam lights debuted at CES by Audi. Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Systems
V2V stands for “Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Systems”. Get used to hearing about it, as nothing will change the public’s relationship with cars in the next few years more than this developing technology. Improving human reflexes and hazard assessment by allowing nearby vehicles to exchange speed and distance information at up to 10 times per second, haptic feedback notifies drivers through the car seat about collision-avoidance and other nearby roadside hazards. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicts integrating V2V will reduce annual car accidents by 80%, with goals for mandatory manufacturer integration planned for 2017.






Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game You’ve Ever Seen

Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game You’ve Ever Seen Residing somewhere between art and gameplay, the new iOS iPad title Monument Valley by ustwo is the sort of creation which reminds us the confines of linear gameplay isn’t necessarily a bad thing when an itch for casual gaming arises. Beautifully rendered M.C. Escher-inspired levels literally turn a player’s world upside down, requiring experimentation by pushing and pulling architectural elements to help navigate the silent white-capped princess protagonist, Ida, across an array of optical illusion pathways and staircases, all painted in a soothing spectrum of graduated color palettes. An atmospheric symphony of sound effects is a secondary, but equally important element of the Monument Valley experience. Informative sounds reward player touch-exploration, with each manipulation augmenting the immersive experience of the the game’s world. The overall experience offers an interesting dichotomy, with one part of the mind relaxed by Monument Valley‘s serene otherworldliness, with other sections of the brain perpetually challenged by the Rubik’s Cube level puzzles unfolding throughout Ida’s journey. If the minimalist and the surreal pique your interest, the $3.99 for Monument Valley is a modest fee to enter a unique realm of exploration via iPad. Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game Youve Ever Seen in technology Category Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game Youve Ever Seen in technology Category Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game Youve Ever Seen in technology Category Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game Youve Ever Seen in technology Category Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game Youve Ever Seen in technology Category Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game Youve Ever Seen in technology Category Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game Youve Ever Seen in technology Category Monument Valley: The Most Beautiful Game Youve Ever Seen in technology Category






Five Smart Design Technology Kickstarter Projects

Five Smart Design Technology Kickstarter Projects Nearly five years have passed since Kickstarter launched, revolutionizing crowdfunding, and helping independent designers turn sketches into real world products. That said, while the seemingly never-ending queue of pledge-worthy technological solutions pitched at Kickstarter is impressive, the number of tech projects with design at the forefront is less significant. A handful of the most recent offerings balance “smart solution” with “inspired design”. Here are five current favorites:
XY
As any smartphone owner can attest, it’s difficult to dispute the claim made by the XY team that the “average person spends 10 minutes a day trying to find lost things.” Keys, phone, wallet, purse, or even a misplaced faithful furred companion can be tracked and found using a fashionable selection of Bluetooth LE powered tracking tags housed inside plastic jewelry-style geometric designs. Foodini
The term “designer foods” takes a whole level of meaning when imagining the possibilities of 3D printers in the kitchen. The Foodini is as close as we’ll currently get to Star Trek: The Next Generation’s food replicators, utilizing prepared ingredient food capsules the machine uses to expel and shape ingredients into pre-programmed dishes into an infinite variety of shapes. The Infinity Dock
You can put your digital wallet away, these limited edition handmade iPhone/iPad docks have already hit their funding goal earlier last month. The individually hand polished/assembled raw aluminum docks are handsome in a hefty, industrial engineer’s aesthetic which ironically should outlast the devices they’ve been designed to complement. DeskPal
One of the secrets to keeping a clean desk is to set aside a place for everything, which in turn should compel the less fastidious to invest in storage. Made from Tasmanian oak or blackened Torrified Ash, the clean lines of DeskPal handsomely fits the bill, corralling smartphones, tablets, and all sorts of miscellaneous items normally cluttering the desk. The Alarming Clock
The Alarming Clock’s is one strange bird. The bird house shaped design reveals an ingenious and playful wake-up feature inspired by the natural sound of woodpeckers doing what they do best: peck. Underneath the clock’s base resides a digital clock, while the top surface operates as a touch sensitive “alarm off” button. Once programmed, the clock reminds owners to ready for bed based upon a schedule for optimal sleep duration, then wakes up users with the clock’s mechanical “beak” striking whatever surface is placed nearby. It’s a most unique wake-up tone which invites users to experiment with a variety of surfaces for alarm sounds.






Automatic Lets You Safely Tweet + Update Facebook Status While Driving

Automatic Lets You Safely Tweet + Update Facebook Status While Driving Accelerating past the automotive industry’s slow lane technology adoption rate, mobile app Automatic is aiming to bring a slew of smart-car features still missing in most automobiles on the road today: realtime driving statistics, parking spot mapping, engine problem diagnostics without the need for a visit to the mechanic, and even the ability to facilitate calling for help in the event of an accident. Automatic Lets You Safely Tweet + Update Facebook Status While Driving in technology Category Automatic’s two-piece system requires installation of a data collecting and transmitting dongle into the vehicle’s data port (compatible with gasoline cars sold in the U.S. since 1996). Once linked with the iOS or Android app, the Automatic Link hardware works wirelessly using Bluetooth 4.0, providing drivers with analytics about every step of the gas or brake pedal, including speeding, braking, and acceleration habits, with a tallied driving score. Think of it as a report card scoring daily driving habits, hopefully steering users toward more eco-friendly driving. Automatic Lets You Safely Tweet + Update Facebook Status While Driving in technology Category Automatic becomes even more interesting when connected to the powerfully customizable automation service, IFTTT (“if this then that”), using a mobile connection as a tether and automation switch for executing a variety of tasks with compatible hardware devices, cloud services, and social media. Automatic Lets You Safely Tweet + Update Facebook Status While Driving in technology Category Imagine your vehicle automatically emailing your mechanic when a check engine warning comes on, turning on or dimming home lights as you depart or arrive, or automatically sending out notifications to family members you’ve arrived back home safely after a visit via Facebook, Twitter, or email. All this is possible thanks to IFTTT integration, giving Automatic users an array of options for triggering “recipes” of internet-connected behaviors using mobile apps and services like Google Calendar, Facebook, Twitter, alongside wireless enabled hardware like Phillips Hue, Nest Thermostat, Google Glass, and Belkin WeMo. Automatic is available now for $99.99 for iOS, with pre-orders for an Android release later this year.