BEST NEW SMARTPHONES OF 2017:
The best phones of 2017 will offer faster performance and longer battery life, thanks to the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801. It’s also got 20 percent extra performance according to Qualcomm. You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.
Some of the best smartphones of 2017 are-
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus (release date: February 2017)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (release date: August 2017 (TBC))
LG G6 (release date: 26 February 2016 (TBC)
HTC 11 ( release date: April 2017)
OnePlus 4 (release date: April/May 2017 (TBC)
This is the first-ever self-vision testing device in the World.
With the help of the Vision Tracker(developed by the EyeQue company), you can easily check out your eyesight. For this, all you need to do is download the FREE my Eyeque app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. So now, whenever you turn on this App and connect the device with the phone, automatically your vision record is returned with spherical, cylindrical and axis figures; similar to the one as given by your eye doctor. This is done with the help of EyeQue Cloud Technology. We can even track our Vision History which are stored securely in the cloud and it can be easily viewed anytime from our smartphones or computers.
Approximate price of the device: Rs.1,000- Rs.1,200
DIGITAL PORTABLE STERILIZER POD:
The first digital portable sterilizer pod is going to be designed by the company- Ellie. It is designed to provide medical grade sterilization with its Truviolet proprietary technology, which is said to reduce 99.9% of germs in 60 seconds.
So, the technology which was once only available in hospitals and laboratories is now harnessed and miniatured into a small, portable, family-friendly appliance.“The benefits of this breakthrough are virtually endless. The Truviolet technology is able to sterilize everything from babies’ bottles and pacifiers to drinking water and surfaces.”
In addition to bottles, Ellie can be used to sterilize numerous baby related products including breast pump parts, baby toothbrushes, spoons, bowls, teething rings and small toys and the like. Company officials also noted that the appliance is able to sterilize any item that fits inside the compartment. About the size of a lunchbox, the pod has a sleek and ergonomic design and fits into a tote or diaper bag. It is powered by a USB rechargeable battery and can last more than one week before needing to be recharged.
The device is supposed to get launched in the month of March in U.S. and after that it will be made available in the Indian markets.
Have you ever dreamed of controlling everything in your home with a single remote? Well now you can! Smart Remote is a revolutionary product developed by the company- “Sevenhugs” that lets you instantly control any device—TVs, media players, speakers, lights, thermostats and many more. Just point at what you want to control and Smart Remote’s screen automatically adapts—like magic. Even if you want to control a device that is located near other ones—like a media player below your TV or maybe a light next to your speaker—Smart Remote lets you easily select which one you want to control. Just use the device selection carousel that automatically appears at the top of the remote. You can also control devices located in other areas of your house. For example, you could point at your living room fireplace to control the thermostat in your hallway or point in the direction of your garage door to make sure you remembered to close it.
For the first time ever, you can turn on your TV, dim the lights, control your Thermostat, check Weather and even order an Uber within no time. All you need to do is connect different appliances/equipments with the remote and after that you can easily gain access over 14 equipments together with it’s touch-screen panel. The remote can even be charged once the battery becomes low. This is what makes Smart Remote so unique. Just choose a location for every service you want to add—like your front door for Uber or your window for weather—and simply point towards each location to get instant access.
The price of the device is still not decided. But, it would be soon made available in the Indian markets by the month of March this year.
The Bellus 3D camera lets you take uncannily accurate 3D selfies:
The Bellus3D camera is a mobile device that makes shockingly accurate, full 3D scans of faces. It’s a device that clips on to the top of an Android tablet or smartphone, and it can make a realistic, high resolution image of a person’s face in seconds.
It works through a combination of two 1.2 megapixel IR sensors, a 1.2 megapixel color sensor, two IR laser projectors, and a front facing camera on the tablet (used to help color the final scan.)
Scanning a head is as easy as sitting in front of the camera within the displayed ring, and simply turning your head slowly left and right. The camera takes about 20 seconds to process the scan, after which you’re presented with an image that can be panned and lit as you see fit. The Face Camera outputs results as standard .obj files, meaning that it’s easy to use them in 3D projects or print them for stunningly realistic (and slightly unnerving) 3D masks.
Bellus3D is still exploring commercial and consumer applications for the scanner, with ideas ranging from virtually trying on makeup to custom VR avatars to the aforementioned 3D printed masks.The face scanner is still a prototype for now, but Bellus3D is hoping to release the device for around $300 at the end of 2017
Wrists-on with Garmin’s new fenix-5:
Fēnix 5 is the premium multisport GPS watch with wrist-based heart rate, advanced fitness features and interchangeable bands that let you go from workplace to workout without breaking stride. Whatever sport you want to track, fēnix 5 has it covered, thanks to built-in activity profiles and performance metrics plus smart notifications. Smart notifications through fēnix 5 let you receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch – whether you’re on the trail, on the golf course or simply away from your desk. Other connected features include automatic uploads to the Garmin Connect online fitness community, live tracking and social media sharing.
Every fēnix 5 series watch features advanced GPS and GLONASS satellite reception to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone. You can count on long battery life in each mode of operation (varies by model, depending on settings).
Beyond their running functions, fenix 5 watches also offer special feature sets to help with swim training, skiing, golfing and paddle sports, including stand-up paddle boarding and rowing.
Every fēnix 5 series watch is packed with sophisticated training features to help monitor your form and performance. Enhanced readouts for Training Status and Training Effect show aerobic and anaerobic benefits of your workout – so you can see how your workouts are paying off and even compare results with your peers. The VO2 max estimator crunches data, including your running speed, beats per minute and heart rate variability, to estimate the maximum volume of oxygen you can consume per minute. And other fitness metrics include recovery advisor with a recovery timer and recovery check, plus a race predictor that estimates your ideal finish time based on your current VO2 max number.
Athletes and adventurers come in all sizes. That’s why the fēnix 5 series offers multiple models that vary in size to fit every wrist and every workout. QuickFit™ watch band combinations and premium feature sets to give you the look, performance and lightweight comfort to match both your aesthetic and athletic interests.
Famed switch manufacturer Cherry is making its own silent mechanical keyboard:
Cherry announced the new MX, an updated version of the company’s classic G80-3000 mechanical keyboard. It uses MX Red Silent and MX Black Silent switches that claim to offer the same satisfying resistance (45 cN of force for the Red, 60 cN for the Black) as their noisy counterparts, but with a dramatic reduction in noise.
Cherry MX switches have long been the gold standard for mechanical keyboards. But as with most products in this category, they have one fatal flaw: the iconic click and clacks that accompany any typing on them.
Cherry actually released the quiet versions last year. But the silent switches were limited to a timed exclusivity deal with gaming keyboard manufacturer Corsair, meaning that they were limited to a specific subset of gaming keyboards. Corsair’s exclusivity recently expired as of 2016’s end, meaning we could soon see a whole host of mechanical keyboards with the quieter switches joining Cherry’s new model in the near future.
The MX Board Silent will only come in the international EU layout for now and costs $149, and comes in either black or grey colour schemes.
Bone-conducting bike helmet(The Linx) is the safest way to listen to music while riding:
In even the most bike-friendly of states, like California, it is illegal to wear both ear buds while riding and that makes sense because if you can’t hear the yells of other cyclists or pedestrians, or your music is so loud you drown out a car horn, the implications could be life-threatening. The Linx, a $199 smart bike helmet from Seattle hardware maker Coros, offers a solution in the form of bone conduction. That way, you can keep your ears free while listening to music, getting turn-by-turn navigation, and taking phone calls.
THE LINX USES BONE CONDUCTION TO LET YOU KEEP YOUR EAR CANAL FREE-
Bone conduction tech essentially uses vibrations sent through your cheekbones to bypass the ear drum. That way, audio can be sent from a linked mobile device and transmitted to your ears so only you can hear it, all while ensuring outside noise is still noticeable. The helmet also has the benefit of being indistinguishable from a standard one, save the small grey speakers attached to the straps.
There are three components of the Linx: a remote that straps to your handlebars, a companion mobile app, and the helmet itself. The helmet contains two bone conducting speakers, a microphone up top, and a battery and Bluetooth unit in the back. The remote is straightforward and lets you change volume, skip songs, and accept or end calls. Coros says the battery will keep the Linx active for up to 12 hours. (Thankfully, if the battery dies, you still have a working bike helmet.)
As for the mobile app, it comes with a way to track your fitness, plan routes, and track competitive racing times, if you’re into that. The app will also alert an emergency contact if the helmet detects you’ve fallen. There’s even a way to link two Lynx devices together, so you can communicate with your teammates too while you are cycling.
The Linx is clearly a safer alternative to headphones that also happens to ensure you’re always protecting your head while riding.
– Tanisha Gupta