ODiN – The World’s First Laser Projection Mouse

When it comes to this day and age people look for two things in their mice; performance and comfort. If you enjoy playing a lot of games or editing images high sensitivity and a comfortable grip can be the difference between a good day working or a painful week recovering. Serafim is looking to give you an alternative option when it comes to a mouse of your choice with the world’s first laser projection mouse.

After a successful campaign on Kickstarter raising a backing of $108,195, the ODiN is the world’s first laser projected mouse, giving you the ability to carry your favourite mouse around with you in a tiny pocketable box. ODiN is designed from the ground up for high use markets, with the fact that you don’t have to grip it offering you a comfortable design with no risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

In the 8cm x 8cm projected area, the ODiN works just like you would imagine a touchpad working, with multiple finger gestures you can scroll and zoom with ease while the custom “application” button gives you quick access to launch your favourite program or site with a simple touch.

Weighing in at just 40 grams, you can carry ODiN in your pocket or slide it alongside your laptop in its bag for use on your Mac or PC and comes in three colours, Black, Silver or Green.

At just $69 (£49 roughly) the ODiN offers you high-quality responses with minimal desk or pocket space something that many seek given the mobile lives we live with our technology.

Breathtaking Images From an Astronaut Aboard the ISS

Space has always provided a glimpse into many a fascinating world over the years, from research that has been undertaken by NASA to the Astronauts who have boarded the International Space Station as well as successfully landing on the moon. One such Astronaut, Scott Kelly, has been posting breathtaking images on social media that have included Twitter (1,158 photos and counting) and Instagram (684 posts and counting) during his yearlong visit to the ISS, below is a snapshot of these images.

The first image represents the massive blizzard passing over Chicago on Saturday 23rd January 2016, the image looks awe-inspiring.

The next image below is of what is known as “thundersnow” from the blizzard and was captured, again, on the 23rd January 2016.

The next image below, wow, is of an aurora and was captured on the 27th August 2015, this looks akin to a science fiction film.

The next image below is of Spain, well, more specifically Barcelona and was captured on the 28th July 2015, this is both a stunning and a detailed image.

The next image below is the Astronauts latest Twitter post as of writing (26th January 2016) and has the caption “Day 304. That’s 4,864 orbits a’round’ our beautiful planet #Earth. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace”, it is certainly a brilliant image.

The last image is of Scott Kelly undertaking a Q&A on Reddit from space, well, yes, as you do, this image was posted on the 23rd January 2016

Deep Cool DA500 Aurora 500W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Deep Cool are one of the biggest names in the PC market, although perhaps not so much in Western markets, but that’s certainly something that has been changing. Deep Cool have launched a series of high-profile products over the last couple of years that you’ve no doubt seen. From their funky Steam Castle chassis to their Lucifer CPU coolers, there are a lot of nice products out there and that gives me high hopes for their new DA500 power supply.

“DA 500 is certified with 80 plus bronze with up to 85% electrical efficiency enabling lower heat generation and lower operation cost. Outstanding and stable performance makes it one of the ideal choices for multi-purpose usage. Double layer EMI filters protect from magnetic interference and restrains noise while operating.”

This unit is designed to be a little budget-friendly, so I’m not expecting earth-shattering performance, but I am expecting it to be a strong contender in its respective price bracket. Not everyone can afford nor requires high-end hardware, but the mid-budget market is fiercely competitive, so it’ll be fun to see how Deep Cool can compete.

  • Compliant Intel ATX12V v 2.31
  • The integrated Active PFC+ PWM Combo Controller will increase the efficiency of exchange and make PFC higher than 99%
  • 80 PLUS® Bronze certified — up to 85% efficiency
  • Assembled copper + AL heatsink make cooling more efficient
  • 120mm silent fan with PWM function
  • The longer cable design supports cable management perfectly
  • Double-Layer EMI Filter protects from electromagnetic interference & restrains noise
  • Intelligentized eco-friendly chipset, consume < 1W in its off-mode, compliant Erp standard
  • CircuitShield —OVP, UVP, SCP, OPP
  • Supports Multi-Way SLI / CrossFire + Multi-Core CPUs

The packaging is pretty standard, with a nice run down of the major features and spec right on the front. The most notable things here are the 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, 100,000h MTBF and that promising 3-year warranty.

The Aurora Headband Lets You Take Control Of Your Dreams

Now here is an interesting and most effective gadget, something that helps you control your dreams. The Aurora, a new Kickstarter project, is a ‘Dream-Enhanced Headband’ that lets you control your dreams by inducing ‘lucid dreams’.

This is a gadget dedicated mostly to people who know they are dreaming, but cannot control their dreams no matter what they do. In fact, everybody had at least one dream in their life in which they knew they were dreaming, but could not wake up or ‘control’ their dream (the most common dreams of this state are known as nightmares). The Aurora aims to help you with just that, by creating lucid dreams that you can recognise as ‘dreams’ and helps you take control of them. It actively monitors your sleep stages throughout the night by sensing your brain waves, and with the help of the accelerometer, it even tracks your body movements.

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During your dream, the Aurora will signal you with subtle sounds and lights which ‘find’ their way into your dream, notifying you upon the fact that you are dreaming. And once you recognise and become aware of the fact that you are inside your own dream, you can do everything you want. It is noted to be like you own ‘private universe’. The Aurora also lets you design your personal light and sound queues, and it can even wake you up when you feel well rested from the analysis it gathers during your sleep.

The Aurora Dream-Enhancing Headband could be a unique gadget that can relieve you of stress gathered from day-to-day tasks, or even an alternative way of getting a vacation for the people who have less time to go on holiday due to ‘heavy working hours’. Either way, it is indeed a unique and delightful concept to keep in mind.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information
Image and video courtesy of Kickstarter

Aurora Branded 3D Printer Set To Launch Next Month

Aurora Group will release its first 3D printer next month, in collaboration with automation equipment maker Contrel Technology Co.

The Aurora Group is a distributor for Sharp Corp and Hewlett-Packard Co. in Taiwan and are mainly focused on selling Stratasys Ltd 3D Printers in China, along with office furniture, appliances and supplies.

The printer will be called the “F1” 3D printer, featuring a user-friendly interface a year-long customer service. It is targeting small and medium-sized companies, having a price tag of $3,400. Senior manager Tony Tsai stated that “It’s all about price-performance ration” when it comes to the steep price tag of the F1 3D printer at the press conference in Taipei.

“The 3D printer market is a brand-new market, and we are confident we will hold a notable market share in the long run,”said Aurora executive director Alice Lin.

Aurora’s next move is to get involved in China’s 3D printing market and from there to the rest of the world. To spice things up, Aurora is also considering introducing its own “Aurora Office Cloud” in Q3 2014, allowing customers to upload and download files to be printed.

Thank you Taipei Times for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Taipei Times