The Best Budget-Friendly Everyday Wearable Technology

We all love our technology. From the mobile phone which you have in your pocket to the computer you have hidden away in your house ready to reward you with some much-needed “Netflix and chill” time after a busy day. Have you noticed all those people who seem to sit there staring at their phone screens, almost as if they are trying to will a text message or phone call? Or maybe they’re just worried about it being another two inches from their hands, they might end up missing an important call. That same fear has led to a new generation of technology, wearable technology. The name kinda says it all, technology that you can wear and use. Featured below are a few pieces of technology you could start wearing now and some which won’t break the bank when you start getting interested.


Smart Watches

Smartwatches are designed to be connected to your phone, with Companies like Apple hoping theirs will take over a whopping 40% of the market, you can see why some people might be interested in them. So why not go out and grab an Apple Watch? With the ability to monitor your heart rate, how many steps you take and even be used for Apple pay means that you don’t really need to your phone out of your pocket for anything other than actually texting and making a call. Sadly though the Apple watch is only compatible with iPhones and comes in at a whopping £289, so why not look at something a little cheaper? Sony’s universal smart watch is available for Android devices and features some impressive figures. With 2-4 days battery at “normal usage”, and with a selection of apps from the play store and a price tag of £60.75, it may be an alternative if you like using your android phone without it being out in front of you.


Smart Ring

Wearable technology is designed to make your life easier while meaning you don’t carry a computer on your hand. So why not make something smart that most people wear without a second thought?

The NFC ring is designed as yet another companion to your smart phone. By communicating with NFC (near field communication) technology, you can unlock your phone just by swiping your ring over the top, meaning no more trying to remember your password. What about your wireless password or a link to your favourite website? The NFC can store that information and transmit it just as easily, meaning sharing your details could be as easy as waving your hand over someone’s phone.

With the ability to interact and transmit data to anything with NFC capabilities, the ring has almost unlimited potential. Do you have any wearable technology we didn’t mention? What kind of technology are you looking for? Share your ideas below in the comments.

Fitness Trackers


With all this technology, why not use it for something regarding your health? Smart watches can track your heartbeat and steps, though they cost a little bit more. Fitness trackers are simple little bands that blend seemingly with your everyday wear. I personally have one and the little band tells me everything from my steps and the approximate calories burnt for those steps, it can also track my sleeping patterns, detecting when you move a lot in your sleep and often more. Pivotal Living offer a subscription based band, for $12 per year they will give you access to everything you need to track your life. Fail to pay though and the app locks up making it a beautiful piece of plastic on your wrist, not much else.

Valve Employee Proposes To Girlfriend Using VR.

We all now live in a technical universe whereby even the simplest things are now connected in some shape or form, talking of tech, virtual reality promises to be a substantial development for the consumer experience and not a scene from the original Tron. We have heard of many applications for Virtual Reality headsets, but a marriage proposal? Surely not, it turns out yes, yes it can be.

A lady by the name of Kelly Tortorice was having a pretty excellent day testing unreleased virtual reality technology at Valve’s headquarters in Bellevue, Washington US. I can possibly speak for everyone when I say, I need a new job doing that, anyway, while exploring various worlds within VR, a ring all of a sudden became visible. She reached out and grabbed it before taking off the headset to reveal her boyfriend on one knee in front of her with a real ring.

Below are the images, tech men would say, yes this is romantic, ladies on the other hand might not warm in certain circumstances to this expression of commitment. This clever stunt was the brainchild of boyfriend Chandler Murch who luckily also worked at Valve and was able to acquire the headset. This was made possible by control functions of the VR system, by holding the controller out in front of his girlfriend “Murch was able to line up the virtual ring and the engagement ring”

Kelly Tortorice said “yes” and I hope both will be very happy together, on a side note, I wonder what a Valve wedding would consist of? Possibly the case being a VR transformer or the Church hovering in mid-air, you could open a whole business dedicated to VR weddings, although it would be embarrassing if one half liked that sort of thing while the other half would call it “unromantic.”

Thank you theverge for providing us with this information.

Original image courtesy of oculus-rift

Japanese Company Wants to Build a Stunning 3D Holographic Display

We’ve been talking about holograms like something out of sci-fi movies, but with today’s technology, it really is possible to make a holographic display. We’ve previously seen this as a DIY project, where a guy showed you how to build your own pyramid-shaped display and use it with your smarphone. Now a Japanese company named ‘SSS’ seems to take it even further and started a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo for a 3D holographic display, dubbed ‘Holo case’.

As with the DYI project, the display is shaped as a pyramid for a full 360 degree holographic effect. The company already has a lot of useful real-world applications for it, from meeting your favourite characters in the ‘real-world’, to displaying expensive jewelery and minimize the risk of it being stolen from the showcase.

“Our mission is realize that thinking about how to interact with the characters. VR is the way we go through the world of character. However, there isn’t the only one answer for it. One of these is studying how to ” invite character into this world ” and we’ve realized it.”

“Here’s the example of exhibiting “authentic” ring in “Holo case”. Although the ring itself is just $10, you can display it just like expensive one by giving effect to the ring. Here’s the mini figure set in Holo case. We can display snowing scene.”

The company says that making an app for the Holo case is easy too. It just takes some animations to display on all sides of the pyramid, and you’re all set! They even say that using a game engine such as Unity3D or Unreal Engine 4 will make life even easier for you. You can find more information about the project over on Indiegogo.

Get Your Geek on with These Star Wars Goodies

With the latest Star Wars movie coming later this year, a lot of retailers are getting ready for people who are looking for some Star Wars goodies. Surprisingly, there are a lot of cool things already on the market.

We can’t dig into every crazy gadget or contraption out there, but we can show you some of the best Star Wars goodies out there. Take this R2-D2 USB car charger for example. Is your phone running out of juice? Why not have R2-D2 ready to help you out!

Still not impressed? Well, since it’s summer, we all want to head over to the beach. So why not head over there with your own shiny new Death Star ball? I know I want to! How about you?

Too old for going to the beach? Ok then, maybe you have your family and want to go out on a trip with them. So why not show how strong the force is in your family on the rear windshield of your car? I bet your neighbours will be so jealous!

There are even toys for your young ones or collectible items for you to show off on your desk at home or at work, such as the ones you see below.

One of the best things I’ve found so far is something that you can share with your loved one. Want to propose in the future? Is your anniversary coming up? No matter the excuse is, these fine ‘I love You / I Know’ rings will make your day something to remember for the rest of your geeky life.

There are so many crazy cool goodies that we don’t even know where to go from here. Spanning from clothing, key chains, earrings, cups and other crazier accessories, you really have a wide variety to choose from. One of the places you can find the above is ThinkGeek, but other retailers are bound to have something similar sooner or later. Enjoy!

Images and video courtesy of ThinkGeek

Can’t Find Your Android Phone? Just Search for It in Your Browser!

The ‘Find My Phone’ features nowadays are a great way to find you phone if you’ve lost it or had it stolen. You can just go to the manufacturer’s website, log into your account and start snooping around for your phone on a map. You can also lock it or even erase data if you think sensitive information might leak into the wrong hands.

However, the whole process still takes a bit of time. First of all, you need to go to the actual website, find where their ‘Find My Phone’ feature actually is on the website (provided you haven’t used it before) and after all of that you can start searching for it.

Google appears to have simplified the process for Android users according to a Google+ post, having its security feature integrated in its search engine. What this means is that Android users can simply type “Find My Phone” in Google and have it automatically displayed on a map in an instant.

“We’ve all been there — you’ve searched under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions and you still can’t find your phone. If you know where your computer is, you can now ask Google to find your Android phone from your desktop. If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you — or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar. Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app!”

Google also had its Android Device Manager available to track your phone, but the same process as other companies described above was implied. So is it better to have it linked to the search engine? Will people actually use Google Search to find their phone?

Whether the feature is a godsend or a nice way to violate your privacy by having other people track you through Google by forgetting to log out of your account on a PC, it remains to be seen.

Image courtesy of Google

The $1 Million “Worst Product Ever Made”

Snazzy Labs has reviewed the LogBar Ring, the result of a highly publicised $1 Million Kickstarter campaign, and concluded that it is, quite simply “the worst product ever made”.

The ring was featured all over the web, TV and print, being included in Time Magazine and on almost every tech site you can think of. It promised the user that it would be the ultimate wearable, allowing them to control pretty much any device with in-air hand gestures – like a swipe of the finger to change channel on your TV for instance.

Well Snazzy Labs found that most of this was pretty much nonsense, and what is included with the device mostly doesn’t work. They concluded that the gestures only work about 5-10% of the time and they’re largely pointless because you have to have the app open on your iOS or Android device for them to work. A quick look at their Kickstarter pages reveal comments like:

“So who’s in for a group lawsuit? This thing is a piece of crap and they won’t even respond to requests for refunds.”

Just watch the review and you’ll know why you need to stay well away from this product.

Source: Business Insider

AT&T to Release Sonim XP6, Rugged Anti-Smartphone

American mobile operator AT&T has just announced a new product under the ‘anti-smartphone’ category – the Sonim XP6. Said to be extremely rugged in design, this new smartphone incorporates a physical keyboard and button support into its architecture. This announced device has been marketed as a phone that can support most common features as seen in regular smartphones, but provides the user with a rugged alternative useable in all scenarios and situations.

The Sonim XP6 can be used with AT&T’s EPTT press-to-talk service, giving consumers another way to manage their clients, management and staff easier whilst on the work site. They’ve also been given IP68 and  IP69 certifications, meaning it is resistant against splashes of water, mud or any other liquid you may come into contact with while on the grind.

Marketed as drop-resistant, said to be able to be comfortably dropped onto a concrete floor, the Sonim XP6’s screen can also be seen in direct sunlight. AT&T have further included an extremely loud 103 db phone ringer capability, said to help identify when calls are coming over the sound of heavy machinery.

There hasn’t been an announced release date or price for this phone yet, but given it’s ‘industrial’ nature – you can exepct it to be quite pricey. This is a common trend amongst companies who cater products towards a commercial audience, why should they lower the price when it’s a company paying for the goods?

Image courtesy of Chiphell