Cycle Safely With Lumos

lumos bike helmet

Being a cyclist can be a great thing as it can get you from A to B a lot quicker than a car or a train ride. However, it can also be very dangerous especially in built up cities like London. Lumos Helmet have decided to come up with a bicycle helmet that will not only protect your head but also your overall safety. It has indicators on the back that you can activate from pressing a button on your handlebars.

You can choose whether you are going left,right or straight on. As you have lights on your helmet you don’t have to worry about your lights being stolen off your bike whenever you leave it somewhere. The lumos bike helmet is water resistant, has turn signals incorporated into it, integrated lights, automatic break lights and a rechargeable battery.

Cyclists should be able to take control of their safety easily. However, we have found that cyclists often forget to turn their lights on, forget them at home or lose them completely. Therefore, they are increasing the danger that they are in as they cycle down each road. It protects the cyclist as at the back of the helmet there are a set of lights that change when you choose a different setting. For example, when a cyclist presses the left button then the helmet will show a signal saying that they are turning left.

It’s super easy to use all you have to do is turn it on, wear it, pick the setting you need whenever you are changing direction and then ride. There’s a triangle at the back that lights up red to make drivers aware that there is a cyclist in front of them. In addition to this on the front of the helmet there are lights that light up so that on coming traffic can see the cyclist as well.

It has automatic break lights that have an integrated accelerometer which measures when you are slowing down and automatically turns on the break lights. It has a rechargeable battery that you can charge by using a cable. An example, of the charge is if you use the helmet everyday for 30 minutes with the lights then it will last about a week.

This device could really improve the safety of cyclists in London as it helps both the cyclist and the driver. I really like the idea of it and I think that every cyclist should have one as it can be so dangerous sometimes even just cycling down the road.

The Smallest Smartphone In The World?!

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From a far this may look like an Apple watch however it’s actually a smartphone. You can insert a sim card into the back of it to be able to call people from it. It can allow you to send messages, check the weather, use Facebook and even make calls. It is currently the smallest touch screen smartphone in the world.

Although there is a big market for high-tech smartphones that can do everything there is equally a big market for smaller devices that can do the same amount of activities as sometimes top branded smartphones can be seen as a luxury item when most of us just want a device that will get the job done. The Vphone S8 is about the size of a matchbox and has a 1.54-inch TFT touchscreen, that has a 2.5D curved glass around it to protect it.

It’s not the highest quality as it only costs around £27.54 so for that price you can’t expect the quality that you get from an iPhone. The smartphone has an unlock button, a charging port, a sim card, a microphone and a speaker. The Vphone S8 is 46.7 mm x 37.3 mm x 9.9 mm in terms of size and only weighs 30 grams. You can either get the smartphone in black or grey depending on what colour you prefer.

As it is a smartphone it can do all of the things a usual smartphone does without having to be connected to another smartphone or a tablet. It has a 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM you can obviously increase the amount of storage space by putting an 8GB for example into the T-flash card slot. At the moment the smartphone only supports 2G with hopes that it may increase to 4G one day.

Overall for the price that you are paying the smartphone that you get is not bad at all. It functions as well as any other smartphone can. Of course there are restrictions to what you can do on there and the available coverage settings. However, if you are looking for a basic smartphone to keep costs down then this may be the one for you.

Senstone Wearable Voice Recorder

Senstone

Have you ever said something that you didn’t note down and wish you had? I’ve done that plenty of times. With the help of the new Senstone which is a wearable recording device you can now record your thoughts there and then. All you have to do is tap the device to begin recording and then tap it again to stop recording. You can use the device for many different functions such as sending a text to your friends.

The device is about the size of a broach and can easily be clipped onto you or can be put onto a necklace. The data is then transferred from the device to an app on your smartphone. The device is not only a voice recorder but can type out what you have said. Then you can edit what you said and share it with others.

The moment that you record something it is synced to the app on your smartphone and uploaded to the cloud. Your recordings are then converted into text by extracting keywords & analysing your speech patterns. Although the gadget has been tested it is not due to be available for purchase until September.  However, some will be available in July for early birds.

As the gadget will need connection to sync your recordings from the device to the if you ever lose connection it will hold your recordings until it can sync them again. At the moment the gadget is in the middle of collecting funds for it all to go ahead. If they recieve enough funds then we will be sure to see this handy gadget on the market in no time. This will surely help many of us when we have to remember but nowhere to write them down. It can be used for the smallest of things such as noting down your shopping list or even dates you need to remember.

You Can Now Make Your Own 3D Selfies

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Have you ever thought about creating your own 3D selfie? Well now you can with The Bellus 3D which is a high quality, easy-to-use and affordable face scanner which you can use alongside your smartphone. All you have to do is attach the Face Camera to your device and follow the onscreen directions. They will tell you to turn your head from left to right which will then build a realistic 3D model of your face.

You can then decide whether you want to share it with your friends on social media or create your own 3D print of your head. The product itself is a combination of two state-of-the-art technologies that measure around 500,000 3D points on your face. This means that the end result is a much higher-resolution and a lot more accurate and life like.

At the moment this product is only available to Android products. You connect the camera to your smartphone via the USB port of the smartphone. Then when you want to use the product the camera’s data gets sent to the mobile device to process the image. The detachable camera itself  has it’s own detachable ring light, colour sensor, two infrared sensors and Two Infrared Laser structured-light projectors.

The product is available to purchase in early 2017 around February/March time however these are only available to developers or partners. Some ways that the technology can be used are by applying make up to the 3D model so you can see a realistic version of how it will look on yourself. You can create your own face to use in a video game or VR world. You could use the software to create a virtual copy of yourself to try clothes on so that you can see what they look like before you try them on.

The whole concept is a little strange as the result is so life like however, I think that this may become very popular over the next few years in all industries.

 

The First Rolling Robot Porter: The Gita

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There’s no doubt that our future involves a lot of robots. We have seen many examples of robotic inventions over the last few years that can really make a difference to our every day life. Vespa’s brand owner, the Piaggio Group have designed a robot called The Gita which is your own personal porter. The robot itself is 22″ tall and has a smooth, shiny surface which has large rubber treads and various cameras to help the robot navigate. Inside the robot is a small compartment which you can open from the top that you can use to store things in. It can carry up to 40 pounds and you can put anything in there from your work bag to your food shopping.

The size of the storage space inside can fit a 14″ Notebook in comfortably as well as having extra room surrounding it. The robot can walk around both indoors and outdoors depending on where you need to go.The owner of the robot has to wear a special belt that connects to The Gita instead of it using GPS. The belt has cameras built in, which helps the Gita process where you are going.

The Gita makes sure to keep a good distance between itself and you while you are walking or running. However, when you stop it will come and stop close by to you. It still has four-six months of testing left before it’s made available to purchase. The Gita is mainly going to be used for corporate campuses, hospitals and stores to begin with.

Piaggio want to release something for the public to use also to save people from carrying shopping home or a heavy bag. The price of the robot is yet to be revealed as there is still more testing to be done. Whether or not the robot will be able to follow you just down the street or across town we will soon find out. This could be an exciting product that everyone can use that’s if the price is reasonable of course.

The Biggest Tech Fails Of 2016

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2016 was another big year for technology however, although there have been many successful technology advances there have also been many fails. The biggest one of 2016 is of course the Note 7 fiasco that took over the technology industry for a while. Samsung, Yahoo and Apple all had fails last year. Many people know what issues Samsung had last year but did you know what fail Palmer Lucky had?

This video goes through the various different fails that several technological companies had last year. Some of the business you will have heard of and some you may not have heard of such as Fitbit who also suffered their own fail. They purchased the brand Pebble but only to use their software to improve their own brand.

Palmer Lucky who is the creator of the Oculus Rift suffered a major fail last year as he was seen as using money to fund trolls in the run up to the US Presidential Election. Facebook who now own Oculus Rift also had their own technological fail as they had an issue with “fake news”. 2017 is a new year for technology and is sure to bring us many great devices and concepts. As we have seen at the CES event earlier in the month there are some amazing devices and services that have been created but yet to be released in the technology world.

Some examples, of the incredible things that we saw at this year’s show are Dell’s 2-in-1 laptop, the Hypersuit machine, a smart tattoo and Razor’s new three screen laptop. These are only a handful of products that were on show. Many aren’t going to be released until 2018 but we can expect to see a few in 2017. Let’s hope that with Samsung set to release the S8 in April that they don’t have another Note 7 drama.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumours

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Samsung have released previous models at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) such as the S5 and the S6. However, it is looking like they are more likely to release the S8 sometime in March instead at a New York City event. This means that it will be available in stores around April time. This is slightly later than they normally release their smartphones. However, Samsung will probably want to make sure that the S8 is completely ready to launch before it is released as they don’t want a repeat of the Note 7.The rumors have been saying that there will be two sets of screens again. This time they will be more flat and may have double curves on both smartphones. There will probably be two screen sizes again such as the S7 and then the S7 Edge.

One screen will be more cost effective and reasonable in price. There are rumours that the second screen may have a 4K screen although this seems a bit excessive. Samsung may have the option to change the screen from 4K to normal. This makes it easier for users to change the screen when they are playing a virtual reality game for example.

Another rumour that has been going around is that Samsung will remove the physical home button. It could be moved to the side of the smartphone or underneath it. However, whether or not Samsung will go through with this change we don’t know yet. There have been prototypes that have been created which have included this new design.
Samsung like to keep the process of getting into the smartphone quick and easy so we can’t quite see them changing this aspect just yet. One other rumour is that the smartphone will come with an iris scanner that will allow you to use your eyes to open the smartphone.

In terms of the cameras the rumours have not been clear entirely. Samsung could be improving their cameras so that the quality is better as the S7 & the S7 Edge had amazing cameras. Some rumours have said that the camera may have an 80mp camera. The only way that this would be possible is if a combination of things are used.

 

Volkswagen’s New Electronic Microbus

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Almost everyone will know what the “Hippies bus” from the 1960’s looks like even if you didn’t grow up in that era. It’s an iconic vehicle that was essentially a mini bus that could be used to drive around but also camp out in the back. Recently at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit Volkswagen unveils it’s new concept for the futuristic micro bus. This one will be self-driving and electronic meaning that it gets it’s charge from physically charging it up with a lead instead of putting in petrol or diesel.

From the outside the vehicle looks very similar to the ones that Volkswagen produced in the 1960s. However, the newer model is a little more shiny and the whole design looks more futuristic. The main differences are on the inside where you can really tell that it is built for the future and not the 1960s. It has eight seats inside which means that a whole family can fit comfortably.

The engine is electric and has self-driving functions which is a first for minivans according to Volkswagen. The two front seats can rotate 180° making it easier for people to communicate with each other. In order for the driver to activate the self-driving aspect they would need to push it into the cockpit of the vehicle. The driver can then turn around to face their passengers and talk or even eat.

The way that the self-driving works is that a mixture of technology will all work together to make sure that the vehicle continues to drive along the road safely. For example, laser scanners, ultrasound sensors, radar sensors and area-view cameras will all work together to ensure that the vehicle is safely controlled without a human assisting. The van can drive around 600 kilometres once it is fully charged and would only take 30 minutes to charge up to 80%. If Volkswagen can pull this off then this could be a huge success as there are many positive aspects to the upgraded Microbus.

 

Cosmo The Robot Will Make Your Day!

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Cosmo the robot is just like any robot but he’s pocket size and has a mind of his own. He has a one of a kind personality and you can build a firm friendship with him. You can play games with Cosmo and introduce him to new people. He will also become your best friend, do flips and obey. You can learn to keep Cosmo happy and healthy by using the app daily to see what activities you need to carry out.

The technology used to create Cosmo lets him really explore the world and make decisions based upon his mood. He has four motors and over fifty gears that allow him to change the pace that he moves around. He has a 30 fps VGA camera that has sophisticated facial recognition software that lets him remember any interaction that he has with you.

Cosmo has feelings and these are portrayed by the various different mood-setting sound tracks and unique voice tones that Cosmo has. In addition to this Cosmo has his own CPU board. Cosmo is made up of 300+ different parts. He has been designed so that he is durable and cannot break if he is dropped. Therefore, his life span is long and he is sure to keep you happy for a long while.

If you have pets then Cosmo can detect these now which means that he is basically a part of the family. You can also personalise your Cosmo if you want to by using the Cosmo Software Development Kit which allows you to adjust the hardware and software of your Cosmo robot. Cosmo costs $179.99 (£149.23) and can be purchased from Anki. This would be a great birthday gift and I’m sure that anyone will enjoy it even if they aren’t a technology lover. Cosmo is something that the whole family can enjoy and could be a great companion for friends or family who spent a lot of time alone.

Incredible Augmented Reality Comic Books

Augmented reality comic books

This comic is unlike any other. The only way that you can find out the whole story is by downloading the app that goes with it. Not only is it a comic but it’s also an augmented reality comic book. This just means that the story comes to life making the line between what is real and what isn’t smaller and smaller. Much like VR you need something to activate the technology whether it’s a pair of glasses or in this case a smartphone.

The comic itself will cost you £30 and the app that you will need to download to enjoy the full experience is free. It’s a whole new way to read comic books as it allows you to really immerse yourself into the story. This would be a great gift for any comic geek as well as any tech fan. It’s something that we could have expected appearing in the future as the world of technology moves towards virtual reality and augmented reality.

Comic books aren’t that popular anymore which is why this feature is so special because it makes people want to read them again. The comic itself is almost two stories in one as if you read the comic without using the app it tells a different story then if you use the app. The app reveals all of Polaxis’s secrets who is the main character in the comic.

It’s a clever concept as it adds value to something that some people may not find time to read. The whole family can enjoy this experience as each and every one of us is bound to be impressed with the technology behind it. We are sure to see many more comic books designed with augmented reality as the trend becomes more and more popular in 2017. Augmented reality comic books are the way forward!