Gadgets I lust for
I can't afford to buy all the cool geek stuff out there. So I collect them here instead. Feel free to suggest yours!
Curated by Guillaume Decugis
This week's Apple rumors hint at a new 12-inch MacBook and 4K display.
It's strange that Apple hasn't leveraged the retina technology on its smaller laptops yet - where good resolution is the most useful.
|Suggested by Marc Rougier|
It takes a special kind of magic to make an electric motor unicycle not terrifying to ride, and Ryno Motors has somehow pulled it off.
Looks crazy. But apparently it's not. Wonder how soon we'll see @Marc Rougier drive one...
Apple is introducing a new iMac model today with a $1,099 price point. That’s $200 less than the usual starting price for Apple’s all-in-one computer, and it follows a similar price cut given to...
Tempting but not sure about the lack of RAM and the low CPU...
For open source developer Johannes Ernst, what the world really needs is a simple device that anyone can use to take their data back from the wilds of the internet.
Beyond data ownership, having a personal server is an interesting concept to get greater flexibility from various apps. I'd be surprised it gets mainstream though - at a time when even companies with comprehensive IT teams are moving to the cloud.
Google has announced that it's working with the Luxottica Group to bring designer frames to Glass.
Attempt at going mainstream. But still awkward?
Larry Page is on stage at TED right now. I'm at home watching.
He is not wearing Google Glass.
Excellent rant by Robert Scoble on Google Glass. That product is already getting old without having even been launched and lack of CEO support is definitely worrying. I've been skeptical on this project since I first heard of it 2 years ago: primarily because I had doubts about Google being the right company to bring that change.
As a gadget nerd, I's still love to be proven wrong though.
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Introducing iPhone Air Additional technical specification available here: http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/9/5488574/iphone-air-8-larger-device-17-larger-displ...
The execution of this concept is pretty neat but if this is all the innovation we'll get in the iPhone 6, I'd be disappointed. True, smartphones have been a maturing market but I still want more from them than just getting thinner and lighter.
Gábor Balogh is a freelance designer from Hungary who, like many of us, wants an attractive, watch-like watch that just happens to be smart. The difference between Balogh and the rest of us is he went ahead and designed an interface he believes could enable regular watch designs to include a full bevy of smart features.
There's still a lot to invent in terms of UX design for smartwatches. This design concept is interesting as it brings some ideas of what the use cases could be.
Technology, gadgets, science and smart design
IMHO: Just awesome.
Asteroids barreled towards Earth from every direction, and my only defense was my eyes. I looked at one asteroid. I looked at another. Boom. Boom. Lasers from Earth had blown them into smithereens. And I didn’t lift a finger.
A good summary of all the innovation in gestural computing that were introduced - someitmes as prototypes - at CES this year. Minority report is getting closer but as Ellis Hamburger reports, the main applications are likely to be gaming and safe driving for the next few years. Just like Leap Motion's example is showing.
It looks like Microsoft was right to worry about Google's Chromebook project. According to the latest numbers from NPD, Chromebooks accounted for 21% of laptops sales.
Have to admit the concept of a light network computer is appealing. A growing number of people don't want a sophisticated machine but a curated, simpler experience.
PowerShell adds console-style controls to your iPhone or iPod Touch, and a built-in battery doubles the power capacity of your iPhone.
This iPhone game controller looks like a pretty neat accessory for serious gamers, integrating controls with additional battery. My gaming is mostly on the iPad though so I think I'll pass.
But if we needed signs that the iOS platform is killing the PSP and other portable game consoles, this is a very concrete one.
Pencil by FiftyThree is a revolutionary stylus for touch-screen devices. Use Pencil with Paper for iPad to express your ideas beautifully and easily.
I've used Paper by 53 to doodle and it grew on me. I now try to draw when I travel or have spare time (not too often unfortunately...). Have to say styluses are highly recommended for iPad painting - even though Steve Jobs mocked them when launching the iPad and made clear the device wouldn't need any.
Will try this out!
"Coin is a connected device that can hold and behave like the cards you already carry. Coin works with your debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards. Instead of carrying several cards you carry one Coin. Multiple accounts and information all in one place."
A VC friend was telling me yesterday: "Finance is where the next big innovations will come from" - and then this.
This looks like genius simple. Pre-ordered one just now.
My dream would be to get rid of my wallet and my keys and be able to do everything with just my phone.
We're getting closer.
Glass can now be used to search for songs, scan through saved playlists and listen to music in high fidelity.
Google is still trying to explore a whole range of applications for Google Glass.
Not clear to me whether some killer apps have emerged yet. Music seems a long shot to me as (i) it's already massively covered by smartphones, iPods, etc... (ii) it's by definition not so much visual (iii) it requires additional earbuds that will make the whole set up cumbersome.
Or am I missing anything?
By Eric Newcomer - One of the most important questions about the future of computing is this: wrist or face? Google has been trumpeting its Glass devices, which can take photos and run applications like Facebook and Twitter on a small screen within eyesight. Apple, which is working on a secret smartwatch, has been publicly pushing the case for the wrist.
Of course the big caveat of this study is that it's very hard for consumers to project themselves using new devices they haven't discovered yet. The story of the iPad is a good example of that. But it's an interesting data point in the coming glass vs watch battle in the Apple / Google war.