Home-made And Working Batarangs Are Now A Thing

We all love when people get that little bit creative. So far we’ve seen a 3D printed railgun and even someone who made boomerangs based on your favourite fantasy weapons. While it was cool to see a diamond pickaxe (disclaimer: it was made of wood) fly and come back to us the classics really got to us in the form of giant wooden Batarang. Apparently this wasn’t good enough for LaserGadgets who went one step further and made a working Batarang.

LaserGadgets is a youtube channel dedicated to bringing that fictional superhero gear that we’ve all dreamed about to life. Their creations have included a Death Star style laser and even a functional Iron Man gauntlet (minus repulsor technology).

The Batarangs in question are made out of metal and at the press of a button deploy the two wings ready to help take out the Joker. If this wasn’t enough the video even explains how to make your own Batarangs! We recommend that if you do make some, you don’t start wearing black spandex and prowling the streets at night, instead enjoying what is, without a doubt, one of the coolest creations we have ever seen.

We now have a Batarang and you can even get a Batmobile golf cart. What piece of fantasy technology would you like to see made and why?

New Form Of “SmartShoe” Shown Off At CES

The tech industry is focused on pushing forward with the notion of “Smart Tech” from washing machines, self-driving cars and also intelligent fridges, gadgets are quickly moving forward, but a SmartShoe? It is not too unusual when you take into consideration Nike’s inspiration for a Back to the Future-style smart self-lacing trainer which was shown off by Marty Mcfly himself, Michael J Fox in 2015.

Now, a new SmartShoe has been conveyed to audiences at CES and includes functions to warm your feet, which is handy, tighten automatically and are controlled by an app. The company in question goes by the name Digitsole and below is an image to convey this SmartShoe.

As you can see, they look futuristic but I feel the design looks rather clumsy and dated, perhaps they will be refined before launch. The company stated that the warmest these shoes can be heated to is 38 degrees, now, when I read this I thought Fahrenheit, erm, no, it has been reported that it is Celsius or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Hopefully, the companies inbuilt thermostat will be able to control the heat within the shoes, otherwise, one can see you will also need an inbuilt fire extinguisher.

The price for these shoes will be around $450 dollars or (£307) and are likely to contain Digisoles heated insoles which are already on sale for $198 dollars or (£130)

The company also plans to launch both a slightly more stylish pair of trainers and also a smart high-heeled shoe, both these styles will also come with the hot heated sole function as well as motion tracking and also other options, below are images to convey both these styles of SmartShoe.

Smart shoes will have a market as tech involves into this sector, it will be noteworthy to see how fast consumers are willing to adopt such tech within their daily lives.

Images courtesy of Mashable and digitsole

Automotive Companies Choose Microsoft At CES

The Automotive industry is an avenue with which tech companies are always striving to exploit, from self-driving cars, clever Sat Nav that manages to avoid rivers to the self-aware AI system that has become ubiquitous for many branded vehicles. Now, four further automotive companies have announced partnerships with Microsoft with the aim of enhancing their computing power.

The four companies who have confirmed a working relationship at CES in Las Vegas (Where the gang at eTeknix insert plug here) are Volvo, Nissan, Harman and engineering partner IAV. These companies join a growing list for Microsoft which also include Toyota, Ford, Qoros (Chinese automotive manufacturing company) and Delphi (UK manufacturing company)

Microsoft envisage that every car will be connected to the Internet and strangely to other cars and will also be a “Companion within your digital life”. The following is a quick summary of how Volvo, Nissan, Harman and IAV plan to integrate Microsoft tech into their cars.

  • Volvo – plan to interrogate Microsoft Band 2 with a Windows 10 smartphone and also the Volvo Call Universal App. This means that consumers can interact with the Microsoft Band by holding down the “action button” and requesting a function
  • Harman – Plan to offer drivers the ability to access the Office 365 productivity suite within the Harman infotainment systems. This means that drivers will be able to interact with Office 365 via an intelligent personal assistant software to schedule meetings etc.
  • IAV – Plan to use Windows 10 Continuum to stream Windows 10 via a mobile device directly to a car’s dashboard, giving drivers access to Windows 10 features and apps such as Cortana, Skype for Business, Calendar, Outlook and Groove Music.
  • Nissan – Plan to incorporate Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) which will be powered by Microsoft Azure. This will be incorporated into the LEAF and Infiniti models.

Tech will always be pushed into the automotive industry with the aim of offering consumers a different experience, companies will need to make sure any software is secure and, therefore, cannot be remotely hacked. Drivers will also need to be mindful and not be distracted by the many tech options, imagine attempting to schedule a meeting while travelling at 60 miles an hour down a motorway.

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Windows 10 Redstone to Bring Back Desktop Gadgets

Windows Vista was heavily criticized for being a bloated operating system which utilized far too many system resources. Whether this was down to poor programming, or embedded services remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Vista has a terrible reputation and a low point in Microsoft’s history. Some of you might remember, the gadgets bar which contained a whole host of intriguing add-on including weather reports and system diagnostics. While these additions looked pretty, they impacted on performance and increased RAM utilization. However, that’s not to say the gadgets bar was a rubbish idea and Microsoft allowed the end-user to enable this functionality in Windows 7.

On the other hand, this feature was disabled in Windows 10, probably due to Microsoft’s Store and integrating applications into the Start Menu. The Windows ethos has always revolved around choice, and I’m pretty sure there’s many users out there who like to see widgets/gadgets on their desktop. That’s why I’m confused by their omission in Windows 10. Despite this, Microsoft appears to be listening to user-feedback, and preparing a huge update called Redstone. We don’t know exactly what this update will entail, but early indications show the resurgence of desktop gadgets. Instead of being locked to one corner, it seems the gadgets menu is more compact. Theoretically, it’s designed to quickly access essential tools or check system parameters. Clearly, Microsoft is planning a substantial update and it will be interesting to see what Redstone brings to the table.

Check out this Supercut of Every James Bond Gadget Ever

From a simple hidden knife, to a laser equipped watch, James Bond has had a lot of cool toys over the years. Sure there are a few films that are a lot more understated in terms of tech than others, take the new Daniel Craig films for example, but the classics were full of whacky toys.

Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Bond cards, they’re usually the most outrageous movie cars you can think of, but still look like something you could really own.

“Every gadget used by James Bond . . . plus a few from the Q Branch that were just too good to leave out. From every James Bond film ever, in chronological order.” say the videos creators, Burger Fiction on YouTube, and it must have taken ages to actually put together!

So how many gadgets do you think there have been throughout all of the movies? With a few to spare for Q and his team? Take a guess and watch the video; my guess was almost 50 gadgets short.

Which one of the gadgets was your favourite from them all? Let us know in the comments section below, but we warned, it could turn into a heated debate on who is the best Bond quite quickly.

One Plus 2 Equals Malware?

Well, yes, sort of, before I am lambasted for inserting a clickbate headline, let me explain, OnePlus 2 Smartphone’s have been somewhat of a revelation since its launch, from a repairable part design to more than decent specs which place it handily within the price point market. This all sounds exciting, the problem lies with the Chinese companies marketing that rely on the same notion of an invite-based system which has been utilized within this incarnation.

This rather convoluted purchase agreement has led to the synonymous and wide-spread unavailability which has befallen many consumers. Consumers are an interesting bunch, if a particular TV series or gadget is difficult to obtain, the next best thing is to locate said device through alternative means, this is what many people did after hearing that KSP, Israel’s largest digital store, would be in fact selling the phone without an invite.

Great, many paying consumers thought, the only downside lay with the unfortunate realization that the phone also came bundled with malware. The annoying process masqueraded in the form which utilizes Google Chrome while using the device. “Using said browser would automatically redirect to other sites with the word tracking in them or a site called global.mytracker, before giving permission to access the website requested”.

After further investigation, it turns out there were four potential threats which were found after running, yes we want your data to sell AVG. Honestly, you don’t know which is worse considering an Anti Virus which purports to safeguard your digital identity is also caught offering your browsing history to ad companies, kudos John Williamson at eTeknix for analysing this story. It has also become apparent that users in the US are also being screwed after purchasing this phone through an online retailer by the name Gearbest.

The solution is to undertake an entire operating system reinstall with the aim of banishing the malware. There are suspicions of third-party outlets injecting dodgy operating processes and apps within the phone, rather than an outright deception by the manufacturer who have warned against purchasing the device through other means.

As a tech fan I am finding the relentless pursuit of nefarious attacks against consumers rather wearying, any individual should have confidence in the retailer and also the product without the fear of a virus or malware. If you’re interested in this smartphone, then only buy from official channels and be careful of any deals which sound too good to be true.

Thank you geektime for providing us with this information.

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Improve Your Halloween Display With This Motion Activated Window Figure

I agree with very little when it comes to certain policies which have been fostered upon the globe by good old Uncle Sam, the United States of America, Halloween on the other hand is executed, no pun intended, with all the intended style and spirit which consumers have been accustomed to over the decades. But what are the best decorations which one could use when decorating a house, property or to scare your friends?

That’s an interesting question which UK-based people do not have the answer to, but a US Internet store by the name of Think Geek does and is currently offering an easy-to-install motorized human face that taps on a selected window at pre-set intervals, the website states the “figure is hung via suction cup on a window so that there appears to be a person looking at your unwitting onlooker. It would be wise to play this prank on an individual which you know, although I am not sure this would be the best of ideas in a country which boasts a collection of around 300 million guns.

This device of sorts is motion activated and can be set to a maximum of 3 taps every ten seconds, the finger tip is metal capped with the aim of producing a loud enough sound to draw attention to the scare, it also runs on AAA batteries. It also includes above suction cup, no surprise, and a finishing line for those hard to reach scare surprises. This shock tactic is priced at $59.99 and would be sure to find a market as Halloween approaches.

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NY Teacher Arrested After Crashing Drone At The US Open

Have you heard the phrase “idiots with tech”, well here is an idiot with tech who thought flying a drone near the US open Tennis tournament was a great idea, it looked promising until he crashed it into the stands.

26-year old Daniel Verley was not surprisingly arrested before being later charged with reckless endangerment and also for operating a drone in a public place outside of a designated area.   Luckily the drone crashed into empty seats and no one was injured during the incident which took place at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. An interesting fact concerning the naming of the stadium which was “Originally constructed by the Singer Sewing Machine Company for its 1964-65 World’s Fair exhibit, the Singer Bowl was renamed for Louis Armstrong in 1972.  In 1978, the stadium was refurbished and reconfigured when the United States Tennis Association moved the annual U.S. Open to Flushing Meadows from its previous home in nearby Forest Hills”

Incidences as in this case magnify the many problems with Drones, operating an air gadget without sufficient training could and has led to many situations which could place people at risk. There is also the notion that IS on another terrorist organisation could attach explosives with intent to mame and kill people, luckily the tennis stadium was less than half full at the time, otherwise this could have ended rather badly. Eye witnesses described how the drone broke into pieces as it plummeted into the stands, the match was briefly stopped while police investigated.

It is always interesting to note how the world is on full alert for a terrorist attack yet missed a New York teacher who managed to launch a drone at a stadium, I am just going to throw out stereotyping certain people.

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Apple Watch Hack Allows You to Run Custom Watch Face

I know Apple is strict with its programming and customization, but the company did state it will allow developers to make a few tweaks here and there to the visuals of the watch face in watchOS 2. However, if you choose to push even beyond that, you could end up tweaking even more. A developer by the name of Hamza Sood went and did just that, having created a fully-fledged custom watch face.

The developer published his work in a tweet, along with steps on how to make your own custom watch face. I don’t really know why Apple won’t make at least some guidelines for developers to follow in creating Watch customizations because, to be fair, giving your own personal touch to an accessory is something people are looking forward to. Even so, if they give the thumbs up, more projects such as this one would crop up immediately.

You can also find Sood’s project over on GitHub, should you wish to try it out, but you must be aware that the tweak might void the Watch’s warranty, so do it at your own risk! Until we see more of these projects coming out, you can at least see how it looks like in the video below.

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This Phone Charger Aims to Bring K.I.T.T. From Knight Rider Into Your Car

Take your car back to the ’80s, in K.I.T.T. style! ThinkGeek, the popular retailer that sells all kinds of cool geeky stuff, has added this cool USB phone charger to its list.

The phone charger is said to speak similar to K.I.T.T. from the popular ’80s TV show, Knight Rider, and it actually looks like the real thing. If you’ve seen the TV show, then you know straight away what I’m talking about.

From a technical perspective, the USB phone charger connects to any 12V power socket inside your car and comes with 2 USB ports. The manual also says that it can charge almost any electronic device, so you’re not restricted to use it only to charge your phone.

To add the K.I.T.T. flavor, its designers made the box play 11 different phrases from the TV show, including “If it weren’t for me you’d be walking” and “If you’ll permit me, I have a solution”. In addition to the latter, the phone charger lights up in different volumes, depending on the responses.

The K.I.T.T. style USB charger is said to cost you $29.99 and if you like to see more details, head on over to ThinkGeek’s website. So are you thinking of buying it? Let us know!

Thank you Daily News for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Cemetery Games

Turn Your Smartphone’s Camera Flash Into a Lamp

What makes the tech sphere stand out from other industries is the vast array of concepts and nifty innovations which solve problems that are not always apparent. This new gadget may not be the greatest problem solver, but it sure is nifty and also has real world potential.

Below is an image of a soft yet durable silicone strap by the name of Travelamp, the concept is to turn your phone’s flashlight into a lamp. If you are not a fan of a lamp but prefer a lantern, then this product has you covered as both designs are available. As this device is only a fraction in size, this would make it easy for it to be fitted into a pocket or suitcase. We just need an App to turn your flashlight green and you can be the Green lantern… sort of.

The device will sell for $8 (£5.12) and is likely to be sold online with the estimated in stock date of 10th October 2015. According to the makers, it is easily installed on most small to mid-sized Smartphone’s.

A product like this stands a chance of shifting a fair few units because it is both practical and can also be used as a stocking filler, considering the release date is around two months before Christmas. Blimey, glorious summer days and yet the Zeitgeist of the festive period looms.

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Aidmics to Release Fertility Gadget For Your iPad

This story is certainly not going to be a typical iPad feature, but I can promise you it’s unique. iPads are versatile and can be used to run a multitude of applications for a vast array of industries. You know the phrase “think outside the box” Well, Taiwanese startup by the name of Aidmics has invented a device which connects to an iPad with the aim to measure sperm.

I know, I can hear the editor of eTeknix crying as well, but let’s continue, Aidmics is hoping to cash in on the $40 billion global human fertility market with the iPad compatible gadget. The early concept of this design has been sold to livestock farmers, with the outcome being 200 sets sold since August 2014. The aim for this product is to re-market the device for the commercial mainstream.

The price point at which this device is to be sold to the general public would be between $100 – $200 (£64 – £128), so how does it work? Well, I did research this and I do wonder what Google now thinks of me, but it operates by utilizing a tiny microscope which enlarges the contents of a few drops of sperm from inside a pipette which is backlit. The light beams the moving image to the iPad camera, and algorithms then analyse the sample for total sperm count and motility and how fast sperm can swim; more details are below.

It’s a useful invention which does have real world potential to assist couples in their quest to have a child, but woe betide anyone who has their iPad hacked into.

Thank you Aidmics and Reuters for providing us with this information.

MOOV NOW Wearable Could Prove to Be More Than Just Another Fitness Gadget

The market is currently flooded with wearables, all with different features, sizes and things to try to improve your workout. MOOV is one of them and unlike most wearables, it does more than track your position and steps.

The first MOOV is said to have a feature that tracked your body movement, something that you don’t see in most gadgets nowadays. But although it can be strapped to your ankle, wrist and arm, it is the size of a watch and could prove to be uncomfortable at times.

The latest MOOV NOW is not only significantly smaller, but also has a battery pack that lasts six months. Also, compared to other fitness apps, it packs an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, helping in giving you a 3D tracking experience rather than a location and speed-based reading. This means that it can know if you are pushing yourself over your limit or not putting enough effort into it.

However, the wearable can prove to be more than just a fitness gadget. Its 3D tracking capability acts sort of like Microsoft’s Kinect and therefore can have a lot of potential in virtual environment movement tracking. In addition to the latter, the movement tracking capacity that it bears can also be associated with what Leap Motion technology wants to achieve. So, we can be looking at a wearable with multipurpose use and a huge battery life here.

The MOOV NOW is said to be up for grabs at a pre-order deal of $60, but if you want to get it at that price, you’ll have to hurry. The retail price is said to go up to $100 once it gets released this fall.

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Man Literally Splits His Tech in Two After Divorce Settlement

The Beatles proclaimed the elixir of life was the most humanist of emotions, love, well that’s until 20 years from now when Dave from accounting falls for an AI life form with emotions. But when love fails and a couple drift apart, there are always a few complications which could include, say being ordered by a court settlement to share half your possessions with your other half.

A German man has taken the words “share half” quite badly with his ex-wife and has taken amongst other implements a Knife, Drill and Circular Saw to his processions with the aim of quite literally fire axing them in half. The man’s real identity is yet unknown, he does however go by the alias of “Der Juli” But wait! There is a whole new level of malevolence to come as this court scorned individual has uploaded his half of each item onto eBay.

Want to know more? Then let’s play the Generation Game conveyor belt of a court order. Would like a computer but too busy for the right side? Then why not try a split MacBook Pro, yours for 100.99 Euros (£72) like retro but only half a decade? Then feast your eyes on a split Vinyl REM record, grab it now for 73.22 Euros (£51.53) Hate nuisance calls? Then receive 50% less of them with this stylish half a cordless phone, a bargain at 40.50 Euros (£28.90) Grab it now before he smashes the remaining half, you know he will.

“Der Juli” has also shot a video with hopefully a whole camera to capture the moment when he severed all these gadgets and items in half. Well this is a unique way of proving a point and people are bidding on eBay for half his items.

I don’t think romance will be happening anytime soon between the separated couple

Thank You RT and eBay for providing us with this information

Image Courtesy of Der Juli” eBay page

Lexus Shows Real Rideable Hoverboard?

We’ve previously seen the some attempts to create hoverboards, but none of them were the real deal. The Hendo hoverboard requires a specialized metal surface to operate and while the leaf blower home build did work, it wasn’t any beauty nor was it as compact as a normal skateboard.

Now someone else enters the arena and it is a surprising contender. The car manufacturer Lexus has shown off a video on YouTube with what they claim to be the real deal. A working, real, rideable hoverboard. The demonstration video is very short and doesn’t show much, but what it does show looks pretty amazing.

The new hoverboard project is called SLIDE and it is the fourth project in the ‘Amazing in Motion’ series by Lexus where they challenge themselves in order to create something unique. The Lexus hoverboard

Lexus defines the SLIDE hoverboard as true engineering innovation, and they will bring regular updates on the progress of this extraordinary projects on the future.

What do you think? Is it the real deal or just a clever marketing stunt? Would you want one if it is real? Let us know in the comments. We’ll make sure to keep you, our readers, updated with anything new in this area.

Avengers Fan Makes Iron Man Glove That Can Actually Do Damage

Pew! Pew! Pew! That what’s going through my mind as I write this article, Youtuber and real-life inventor Patrick Priebe has created a stunning piece of gear that looks like it came straight out of the film itself.

The gadget is an Iron Man glove that has the ability to fire an ejecting shell out of it and has a fully functional burning lase; it also has a lower power red laser from the back too. The YouTuber said that he made the glove in anticipation of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Priebe tells us in the demo of his glove that the outside is made from aluminium and then painted red. The slugs firing mechanism is made from brass. He said in the video: “When you make a slide with moving parts, you want it to be as smooth as possible and brass is awesome for that.” 

Of course, the lasers are the best part of the invention. The blue 700mw laser can burst balloons and burn wood in the video with no effort at all; the red laser that is on the back is a much less powerful version that runs at 300mw but can still pop balloons with no trouble.

Priebe states that the whole project took him three weeks to complete, I think that’s pretty impressive considering the amount of work put in and complexity of the device. Priebe sells all sorts of gadgets on his website, might be worth a look!

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of youtube.

The £100 Pound Laser Pointer That Can Stay Still, Even If You Can’t

Do you get nervous when presenting to people or have a natural hand tremor?

Steadylaser.com have come up with a solution. we think it’s a bit of a tough market to be selling a laser pointer in for £100 when you can get a standard one for just over £2. However there may be a call for users who hands are unsteady.

The steadylaser team state that the laser cancels out tremors via a mechanism located in the lasers body. They have written the below statement on Kickstarter :

“Our invention features a novel two axis inertial stabilization mechanism that filters out pan and tilt hand tremor disturbances (typically >2Hz) imparted to the line of sight of the housing. The mechanism includes a precision balanced two axis gimbal supported by miniature jewel bearings that is stabilized by a tuned magnetic spring and damper system. This allows the laser to move independently from the body of the pointer – so it remains steady even as the housing jitters. SteadyLaser eliminates laser jitter concerns and allows you to point and trace precisely and confidently.”

The team are aiming for a $150,000 goal on the US website. The team have over 45 years of combined experience designing and developing electromechanical products. They have been prototyping and developing the Steadylaser for  several years.

The tech specs show the following :

  • One anti-shake Class 2 635nm Red <1mW laser
  • One conventional Class 2  635nm Red <1mW laser
  • Two separate laser power buttons
  • Requires two AAA batteries

(The steadylaser is a simple device that may save you a lot of trouble in meetings)

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Xiaomi Enters Guinness World Record for Selling 2.11 Million Phones in a Day

Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics company and world’s 3rd largest smartphone distributor, appears to have recently set a new Guinness World Record in terms of smartphone selling. The company managed to sell 2.11 million phones during a 24h period.

Xiaomi also appears to have made $335 million worth of revenue from selling smartphones, Mi Bands, Mi TVs and various other gadgets. Though the 2.11 million smartphone figure seems a lot, even if it was made in a day, it represents only a fraction of Xiaomi’s intentions, having the company announcing that it wants to sell well over 100 million smartphones this year.

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3D Printed Ice Cubes – Literally the Coolest Thing You’ll See This Week

3D printing is awesome, it has created so many cool and innovative products and solutions to many manufacturing problems, as well as putting most of that power into the hands of consumers. However, it’s also been used to make some things that are simply just awesome, even if they’re not really essential or practical.

This custom 3D Ice Cube maker is full of win and in all honestly, you may never want to enjoy your favourite drink without it again! While not the most practical thing ever, I can see any self-respecting event that wants to impress guests having one of these at their disposal in the near future.

TBWA/Hakuhodo of Tokyo created the “3D on the rocks” to advertise Suntory Whisky. Just like a 3D printer, the device pulls images from Autodesk 123D, but uses a CNC system to carve the ice cubes into the custom shapes with incredible detail. The downside? The cubes took up to six hours each to create, but now that they’ve set the bar for innovation, there’s now the chance for someone else to step in and create something quicker and cheaper to do the same job.

Enjoy the gallery below and let us know which design you would love to see in your next drink!

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Scientists Use Weird Laser-Flower Device to Gather Data on Nuclear Experiments

While this might look like a nightclub disco light, it is not. The device is called a Wide-angle Optical Multi-channel Probe and it comes straight out of the research halls of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

It looks like the scientists created the device in order to gather relevant data on nuclear experiments without the need to physically detonate a nuclear warhead. The gadget is said to be able to provide a lot of data without the critical mass of plutonium. Below is a short description of how they intend to use it.

“This specialised laser instrument allows Los Alamos scientists to perform sophisticated nuclear experiments and gather significant amounts of data without a critical mass of plutonium. The data is used to help validate the extremely complex computer codes that reside on the laboratory’s world class supercomputers. These codes along with thousands of experiments conducted across the laboratory allow Laboratory staff and ultimately the Director to assess the state and health of the Nation’s nuclear deterrent and report those findings ultimately to the President of the United States.”

For people who want to know more about the Los Alamos invention in regards to safety, reliability and performance, their website provides more detailed information.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

Apple’s Latest Watch Might Replace Your Car Keys

There have been a lot of talks about Apple’s latest gadget that would bring the company further into the wearable market. In a latest statement to The Telegraph, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, stated a number of things the Watch can do, one of them being the ability to unlock your car.

It seems that Apple is looking to “convert” people in using their smartphones and traditional payment methods less by adding a lot of features to its wearable. However, its latest addition might get people into the habit of using their car keys less as well.

The Watch is set to replace key fobs used by many automobile security systems as well, making it a handy multi-purpose gadget that people can rely upon on a daily basis. Apple is said to release the watch this April.

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Waterproof Rubix Cube-Like System Runs Linux, Heads to Kickstarter

Is it a new shiny rubix cube? It could look like one, but in fact Cuberox is a Kickstarter project that includes 16×16 screens on a waterproof casing, having it powered by Linux and wireless charging.

The coolest rubix cube-like project is said to give you the ability to run various applications, making it the perfect home or even office solution. Having it based on a Unix platform, it gives the user limitless possibilities of running a separate app on each side of the cube. From a developer’s perspective, the device could be a gold mine and JavaScript, which is the main coding language for the device, would be the pickaxe.

In terms of specs, the device is said to feature built-in speakers, multicolored smart backlit technology, wireless connectivity and charging, all encased with a waterproof seal.

The device has currently surpassed the $35,000 mark for its ultimate $150,000 goal and has less than 30 days to go. More information on the device and project can be found over at Kickstarter.

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It Doesn’t Get Much More Ridiculous than the Belfie Stick

Just when you thought that it couldn’t get much more ridiculous, someone went ahead and invented the Belfie Stick. We all know, and most of hate, the Selfies and all that it brings along. The Belfie is the cousin to the Selfie, but instead of taking a photo of your face, you take one of your butt.

No, this isn’t a joke. The product is a reality and it’s even patent-pending at the moment. Pre-orders can be placed for the crazy price of $80 on the official website. The stick can be extended and adjusted to get just the right angle before you press the Bluetooth button at the end of the stick to snap that butt shot.

One of the funny things about this, the photos they’re using on the site to advertise it have clearly been taken without the Belfie stick.

Thanks to TechRadar for providing us with this information

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Man Builds James Bond Inspired Laser Watch

A German man has built a James Bond-style laser watch.

Patrick Priebe of Laser-Gadgets.com says he received a great number of requests from YouTube viewers asking him to build a watch inspired by Bond’s watch in Never Say Never Again.

Although he’s managed to build the watch, he says that it probably won’t be cutting through metal anytime soon – it can only light matches and pop balloons. It does tell the time, but regular use of the laser isn’t going to make its time keeping function very useful, as the battery doesn’t last long.

Priebe, who has also built devices like those seen in Spider-Man and X-Men, says he may well sell the device, that’s if it’s legal.

Source: The Independent

Carl Zeiss VR One – A Premium Approach to Google Cardboard

The VR hype train is showing no signs of slowing down, with Oculus VR and a few others already working hard to push premium grade VR hardware down to the consumer level. If you want your VR fix right now, you can either settle for Oculus development kit hardware, or you can take a dive into the world of mobile VR.

We already have Google Cardboard and there is work being done on the Samsung Gear VR, but now we have a third option. Clearly inspired by the Google Cardboard idea, the new hardware from Carl Zeiss offers a less flimsy alternative, with a high quality housing that’s got more in common with the Oculus Rift in terms of design, but comes with a smart phone dock and high quality lenses pre-installed like that of the Gear VR.

Using your smart phone as the display makes the VR One from Carl Zeiss very easy to set up. The headset will set you back just $99 and then an additional $9.90 for a new drawer for your specific smart phone. The headset is compatible with any smart phone between 4.7″ and 5.2″ and is already available for pre-order.

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DeLorean’s Flux Capacitor from ‘Back To The Future’ Now Available for $25

Back To The Future movie series fans should be familiar with the Flux Capacitor, the item that makes the DeLorean car be an actual time travelling machine. According to Doc Brown, the character from the movie, the Flux Capacitor is the thing that ‘makes everything work’.

Every fan would like to have such a device in their car. At least for show if not for actual time travelling experience (which is not possible of course). However, the item now appears to be for sale, courtesy of ThinkGeek. They have apparently made something that looks like the real flux capacitor, aside from the time travelling feature of course.

The device is said to be a gadget which you plug into your car’s cigarette lighter. It has two USB ports which can be used to charge your phone or other gadgets such as GPS or others. Also, a great feature about the flux capacitor is that it lights up, similar to how the original flux capacitor from the movie does.

The gadget is said to have been unveiled back in April as an April Fool’s joke. However, due to the overwhelming demand, it seems that ThinkGeek made a real product, which is said to be selling quite nicely. The flux capacitor is selling on ThinkGeek’s website, having it priced at $24,99 and expected to ship to buyers in September.

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Solderdoodle, a USB Rechargeable Wireless Soldering Iron

It seems I have to crack out my dusty old soldering iron less and less these days, but the one thing that really bugs me about having to use it is that it has to be plugged in; I have to create a work space and move what ever I am doing to a suitable area to use the soldering iron.

The Solderdoodle looks set to solve this problem by offering up a simple, open source device that can be part-made from a 3D printer, is USB rechargeable, doesn’t require mains power and can be easily transported for use on the go. The 18.8cm device runs from a USB rechargeable lithium Ion battery which can charge from a standard USB port on a laptop, desktop computer, mains adapter or similar device that have a USB 2.0 Type A connection. It takes three hours to charge and is said to last “hours” on a single charge.

Personally I think the best part is that it uses a standard soldering tip, so you can go down to your local hardware store and pick up replacement tips, no need for propitiatory hardware! The only downside is that it’ll only reach 500f (260c), which means it can’t handle non-leaded solder, but for something this portable I don’t really care, as it looks idea for those little electronic patch jobs that were just impractical with a wired soldering iron.

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