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How to use Android Device Manager for tracking your kids

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Privacy and security have grown to become very big concerns in today’s highly-connected world. With a considerable part of the world’s population owning a mobile device, it’s likely that these devices are also being used to keep track of our whereabouts, too. There has been quite some buzz about government agencies spying on calls and messages. Even private companies are keeping tabs on our locations, preferences and context for purposes of advertising.

Not everyone is highly concerned about tracking, however. Some would argue that if you don’t have anything to hide, anyway, then you should not worry. For some, it’s a matter of knowing what kind of information to share on insecure networks. For more secure communications, there are enterprise-grade platforms like Samsung KNOX or Silent Circle.

Still, tracking does have its uses. Your smartphone utilizes a mix of GPS sensors and multiple tracking platforms (like WiFi and cellular triangulation) for practical purposes like navigating with the map application and finding nearby establishments. With both Android Device Manager and Apple’s “Find My iPhone” you can find, ring and remotely wipe a mobile device from the web or another registered device. Some third-party apps like Prey also give you more functionality for a marginal cost.

ADM tracking

These could come in handy when keeping tabs on your loved ones, too. I know there are privacy concerns, but sometimes the peace of mind and security that comes with knowing your loved ones are safe (or safely on the way) can be priceless. With Android, this can easily be done through Android Device Manager. The app is accessible both from the web interface or through a standalone Android app. While it is intended to be used for tracking your own device if it gets lost, this app can also be useful for keeping tabs on loved ones.

Register shared Google accounts

It’s simple: register a shared Google account on each of the devices you want to track, and Android does the rest. You can login from the web using this shared account, and you can then choose from among the different registered devices. If you’re logging in from an Android smartphone or tablet, simply use the account picker to select the account you have associated with these other devices.

Of course, this assumes that the devices you intend to track have an active data connection and have location services activated. And using such a system should also mean that you have the permission of the person involved — your spouse, significant other or child, perhaps.

I have found this system useful for keeping tabs on my grade-school aged kids when they’re going on field trips or sleepovers. They may not always be available to answer calls or texts, but I could at least use Android Device Manager to track their location, especially when wandering off to unknown or unwanted places would be cause for concern. For spouses or significant others, however, this might be a bit more intrusive, and it may actually be useful if you suspect infidelity — legal considerations aside! (This topic is worth yet another post, altogether.)

This is, of course, a rudimentary way of keeping track of kids, but it does work, even if within its limitations. If you want more functionality, a startup called HereO is raising $100,000 on IndieGoGo to produce GPS- and SIM-enabled smartwatches that can keep tabs on your kids. The device comes with panic alerts, places notification, tamper alert and other features. This is certainly one device I’d be interested in having out in the market.

For now, ADM does the job for me. But if there are any other great ideas, apps or devices out there, feel free to contribute through the comments or through our Mailbag.

PengPod Fulfills Fundraising Goal, Ships Tablets in January

PengPod has successfully raised the $49,000 fundraising goal it needed with the help of the  crowd funding website indigogo. To date, the company has collected $72,707 which it will use to support the development of software for its array of products.

According to its indiegogo description, PengPod’s goal is to “build a powerful, True Linux Tablet, one free of Google and Android’s restrictions, at a reasonable price.”

Those who gave $120 for the project will be among the first to get the PengPod 700, a 7-inch tablet. The slate features a capacitive touch screen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It also has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash memory that is expandable for up to 32GB through a microSD card. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Ethernet, 3G, Bluetooth, and HDMI. The tablet also packs a front-facing camera, speakers, audio jack, and a G-sensor. It draws its power from a  3300 mAh battery. The PengPod 700 also comes with a charger, headphones, screen protector, and USB OTG adapter. The tablet is capable of running either Android or Linux.

Meanwhile, those who pledged $185 will receive the PengPod 1000, a 10-inch tablet which may likewise run Android or Linux. Said tablet features a capacitive touch screen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Moreover, it has 1 GB of RAM, and 8GB of flash memory, and a microSD card slot for expansion. Like the PengPod 700, it also offers connectivity through Wi-Fi b/g/n, Ethernet, 3G, Bluetooth, and HDMI. It has a front-facing camera, speakers, and G-sensor, and an audio jack, as well.

Those who pledged $85, for their part, will have the PengStick, a 3.5 inch miniPC with 1G of RAM and 4GB of flash memory. $32 entitles one to a 32GB Bootable SD card, $29 to a 10″ Keyboard Case, $24 to a 7″ Keyboard Case, $17 to a 16GB Bootable SD card, and $10 to an 8GB 8GB Bootable SD card.

These PengPod devices will start shipping in January 2013.

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Atlas Is A High-End Smartphone That Dual Boots Between Android, Windows

Have you ever wanted to own a smartphone that could run on both the Android and Windows platform? You should check out Atlas, a premium smartphone with a sleek aluminum body that is able to dual-boot between Android 4.4.2 and Windows Phone 8.1. This device not only brings the best of both systems but also aims to redefine the mobile gaming experience with the help of its high end hardware.


Technical Specifications

  • Octa-core 64 Bit Processor ( Max 2.0 GHz frequency – quad core A57, Quad core A53)
  • 5 inch Full HD 1920x1080p IPS LTPS Capacitative touchscreen
  • 16 MP rear camera with 1/2.3″ image sensor and F2.2 lens element
  • 8 MP front camera
  • Support for LTE advanced and maximum bands
  • Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC, Dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 3500 mAh Li-ion battery (user replaceable)
  • High power Stereo Speakers and Noise cancelling technology for voice calls
  • High Performance Audio DAC with 117 dB SNR ratio
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • micro-usb 2.0 with support for fast charging
  • accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass
  • 32/64 GB eMMC 5.0 memory
  • microsdxc slot with support for upto 128 GB cards
  • micro-SIM
  • Dimensions 136 x 69 x 9.5 mm

From its specs alone you can see that this is going to be a monster device that would even put some of the current flagship models to shame. It sports a 5-inch Full HD display, an octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and uses a 3500 mAh battery that should be sufficient enough to last more than a day of moderate usage.

If the internals of the device is already impressive then its external is even more impressive since it is made of brushed aluminum. Its elegant curved body has a premium feel to it. The aluminum frame can be easily taken out to access the battery, microSD, and micro-SIM compartments. The frame can easily be replaced with a new one once the old one gets too many scratches.

Atlas 2

One of the main features of this device is its ability to dual boot between Android and Windows. Consumers can easily shift between Android 4.4.2 and Windows 8.1 with just a press of a button (device rebooting will occur). Whichever operating system a user chooses, personal data such as photos, videos, or audio will still be accessible. This device runs on stock Android and regular update support will continue up to at least two years after its release.

Right now Atlas is running a funding campaign over at Indiegogo. The target is to reach the goal of $1,947,000 for the campaign to be funded. If you wish to support Atlas you can donate $649 which will get you a 32GB version of the device in either white or silver. The expected delivery date is June 2015.

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Korner Is A Simple To Use Budget Home Security System

A new type of security system is about to hit the market which is priced at under $100 and can be setup in under 2 minutes. The device is called Korner and is composed of an Ethernet dongle (Fob) that connects to a router and a tag which sticks to the corner of the door or window. A companion Android app is also needed to be downloaded for home owners to get the notifications.


Here’s how the system works. The Fob is first connected to a router port. The tag is then connected to the corner of a door or window. Once the door or window is opened the tag will communicate to the Fob which will in turn let off a siren as well as send out an alert to a connected Android device. From the smartphone app users will be able to forward the alert to their neighbors and friends or call the police.

What’s interesting about Korner is that it uses a one piece sensor instead of the usual two piece sensors offered by other manufacturers. The company says that by using a one piece sensor the security system consumes less power, is more accurate resulting in less false alarms, and is easier to setup.

korner 3

Korner is currently running a campaign over at Indiegogo with the goal of reaching $150,000. There’s 28 left in the campaign and right now a total of $206,232 has already been raised which means this project will definitely get funded.

korner 2

Some of the potential customers that will find this device useful are

  • Renters
  • Homeowners looking for something affordable
  • Students
  • Parents – buy it for your kids who have moved out; buy it for grandparents living alone
  • Vacation home renters and owners
  • Traveling workers

Those who would like to get this device could get it at Indiegogo for $99 which includes 3 tags, 1 Fob, and no annual fees for a lifetime. After the campaign period it will cost $59 but then there is going to be a $39 annual service fee subscription.

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Dimple Is A Customizable Android NFC Button

Are you looking for a way to access some of the features of your Android smartphone without performing a lengthy navigation of its menu? If your device is running on at least Android 4.0 and has an NFC feature then you might want to use Dimple. This is a sticker that you attach to your smartphone that comes with four programmable physical buttons and uses NFC to communicate with your device.


While most of the smartphones today are losing its physical buttons Dimple is bringing it back. Consumer reception to physical buttons is quite good as can be seen from the success of Pressy, a programmable button for Android devices that attaches itself to the 3.5mm audio jack. Dimple on the other hand can simply be attached to the rear part of a smartphone, doesn’t even require a battery of its own, and comes with four physical buttons.

The four buttons can be assigned to do pretty much anything that the user wants. Some of its functions include

  • Instantly launch favorite apps
  • Launch app popup drawers
  • Control music apps
  • Turn on the flashlight
  • Change multiple settings with  single click
  • Call friends and family
  • Capture photos
  • Execute Tasker tasks

While this looks like a great accessory to have for a smartphone there are however some caveats that a customer should be aware of. As we all know, not all smartphones sold in the market comes with an NFC feature. It’s best to check on your device first if it supports NFC. The sticker itself has to be placed near the NFC antenna of the smartphone. This means that it’s not best to use it on the HTC One since the NFC antenna of this device is located around the camera lens. Placing the sticker on the camera lens means that users won’t be able to take photos.

One question that people might be wondering is that if after attaching the sticker to a smartphone can it still be attached to a different smartphone? According to the design team “Even though the adhesive used allows for easy removal, each time you remove a DIMPLE from your device’s surface, the adhesive properties will deteriorate and that may compromise the longevity of the DIMPLE. You should be fine for at least 5-10 attachments and removals. After that, the DIMPLE may not stick to the surface as well as when it was new. We are exploring options to use adhesive that can be reused as many times as you want, without compromising the thinness of Dimple.”

Dimple is currently running a campaign over at Indiegogo with a goal of reaching $43,000. A total of $19,864 has already been pledged as of this writing with 35 days still left in the campaign period. Those who wish to support this campaign can pledge as little as $27 to get the Dimple in a predefined color which is expected to ship in August of this year.

Technical Specifications


  • Four tactile buttons
  • Waterproof
  • Available initially in 3 colors
  • Width: 16mm (0.66in), Height: 49mm (1.92in.), Thickness: 0.49mm (0.019in.)


  • Launch consecutive tasks
  • Launch popup grid tasks
  • Unlimited items per button
  • Extendable with 3rd party plugins
  • Open integration SDK

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ALYT Is An Android-Based Self-Learning Smart Home And Security Manager

When choosing a home automation or security system one of the main factors to consider is its ease of use. It really won’t be a good product if the average consumer is going to have a hard time setting it up and using it. This is one of the reasons why several of these devices have not been selling well in the market.


A new campaign over at Indiegogo aims to change this by providing a system that almost everyone is familiar with while offering a whole lot more. Meet the ALYT, described as the “the first Android-based self-learning smart home & security manager.” The device comes with several communications protocols such as cellular radio, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi and can work as a security system, smart home system, or an energy saving system. It can be controlled using any iOS or Android device.

The ALYT is easy to setup and can be up and running in a few minutes straight out of the box. What’s even interesting is the device will learn your habits and in a few weeks will be able to fine tune itself with your preferences.

Here’s what the device can do


  • Window or door sensor
  • Alarm system remote control
  • Siren
  • Motion sensor
  • Indoor or outdoor wireless IP camera
  • PIR Sensor
  • Volumetric outdoor sensor

Smart Home

  • 115/230Vac actuator
  • LAMP holder actuator
  • Temperature sensor
  • Smoke detector
  • Door lock
  • Water flood sensor
  • Wall plug
  • Philips HUE lights
  • Z-Wave Repeater and range extender

Energy Saving

  • Digital thermostatic head
  • Switch actuators with current measurement
  • Dimmer actuator with current measurement
  • Socket switching actuator with current measurement
  • Z-Wave clamp power meter

While this device is interesting and can be used by the regular consumer it is more likely that the tech-savvy crowd will be its target audience since the device supports an open development environment. This means that anyone can tinker around with it and add more features easily.

Technical Specifications

  • OS: Android 4.2/4.3
  • CPU: Dual Core ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Internal storage: 4GB
  • Connectivity: 3G,UMTS,WCDMA,HSDPA,HSUPA,GPRS,EDGE,Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1/3/4.0 LE, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Security Wireless Protocol, Infrared, MicroUSB, NFC
  • Battery: 2300mAh

The ALYT is designed primarily as a solid security system device. This is evident in its redundant communications protocols used such as the cellular connectivity and its built-in battery which can be used when the power goes out. Aside from its security features the device can act as a smart home manager and save consumers a lot on energy bills.

What’s probably the most interesting part about this device is that it uses an open architecture system making it readily available for anyone to add expansion devices or apps.

ALYT is currently an Indiegogo campaign with the target of reaching $100,000. A total of $27,851 has already been raised with 50 days still left.

If you are interested in supporting this project then check out the link below. A $149 pledge will get you a limited edition ALYT Guru which includes the device itself, a wireless PIR detector, a wireless door sensor, a t-shirt, and schematics of the product.

via indiegogo 

Rufus Cuff Is The Phablet Of Smartwatches

Most smartwatch models sold in the market today have displays that are less than 2 inches. This is pretty much the standard size since these devices are worn on the wrist. Rufus Labs on the other hand wants to break free from then normal smartwatch size by offering one with a 3 inch display. The device is called the Rufus Cuff and it can do more than just tell the time or show you a caller ID.

Rufus Cuff

The Rufus Cuff is describes as the world’s first wrist communicator. It’s like strapping a full-fledged smartphone on your wrist since it comes with features found in any Android smartphone such as the ability to browse the web, send messages, place calls, and run full apps from the Google Play store.

Technical Specifications

  • Texas Instruments Cortex A8 processor
  • 3-inch TFT Capacitive touchscreen
  • 400×320 QVGA resolution
  • front facing video camera
  • 16GB storage
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Accelerometer, 6-axis gyroscope
  • Speaker and Microphone
  • Vibration alert
  • LED alerts and Flash
  • Multi language support
  • 1000mAh rechargeable battery
  • Spill and splash resistant

The device slides into a wristband and can be worn either on top or below the wrist whichever style a person prefers. When worn on the top it allows for easy access of the device and when worn on the underside it keeps messages and notifications more discreet.

Rufus Labs has spent more than a year working on the Rufus Cuff and right now the company is running a campaign over at Indiegogo to fund the completion of the device.  The goal is to raise $250,000 and with 33 more days left in the campaign period $31,139 has already been raised.

This device is still in its conceptual stage and it may take a few more months before a working prototype will be released. When released it will sport a skinned Android interface that brings memories of Star Trek and it will have access to the Google Play store.

If you wish to support his product a $229 donation allows you to own a Rufus Cuff which is expected to ship out this coming September.

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Mi World Is A Portable Supercomputer Running On Android That Fits In Your Hand

There are various PC-like devices in the market today using ARM based processors however the upcoming Mi World is probably one device that will stand out.  It is being described by its developers as “The next evolution in PCs & Mobile Devices that fits in the palm of your hand & allows you to access your digital world anywhere – with or without the internet.”

mi world


Mi World is an all-in-one device that can act as a supercomputer, personal cloud, media server, and even a media streaming center. It allows anyone to watch videos, view photos, play games, open and share files anytime with or without an Internet connection. It has the power of a high end smartphone and unfortunately also shares the same price point. The good news is that it has its own battery making it extremely portable.

mi world 2

Technical Specifications

  • Quad core 2.4GHz processor
  • 2 GB DDR3 memory
  • Up to 512 GB hot swappable SD RAID storage
  • Connect with Wi-Fi (802.11 AC)
  • USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS IZat location technology
  • Micro-HDMI for output in displays up to 4k
  • Video capture
  • Streaming playback over Wi-Fi
  • 30 hour battery life

Myth Innovations, the company behind this device, says that it will run on a custom version of Android. A custom Linux support is also going to be released this summer. The company also says that it is also planning to bring in Windows as well as OS X virtualized support.

Here are the possible uses for this device


  • Buying less powerful, more inexpensive workstations without compromising speed and power.
  • Securely sharing all your files, media and applications across any operating system.
  • Taking your network on the road: visit a client; go to a conference; or take an afternoon in the park – all without compromising access and without wires.


  • Having seamless access to every photo, song, movie, file, game and application on up to 10 devices at a time.
  • No tiresome fiddling and configuration on each individual device.
  • Taking it on the road with you. The Mi World’s 30-hour battery and secure network mean that the whole family can have access to everything – and without wires.
  • Never having to think about what you need before you go. Carry it all on the Mi World and share to any device around you. That impromptu slideshow at Grandma’s just got easier.

Myth Innovations is currently running a campaign over at Indiegogo to fund the completion of Mi World. The target is to reach $100,000 and right now $64,199 has already been raised with 33 more days left in the campaign period.

If you wish to support this campaign a donation of $599 will let you own the Mi World once it gets released this coming June.

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IBOX Mini Computer Powered By AllWinner A20 Runs Android And Linux

Enthusiasts who want to experiment with the Android operating system or simply want to use Android on a computer should consider the latest product of ITEAD Studio called the IBOX. The device uses an AllWinner A20 dual core Cortex A7 processor combined with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory. What’s probably interesting about this minicomputer is that it comes with a 32-pin connector allowing expansion boards to be connected to it.


Technical Specifications

  • SoC: AllWinner A20 dual core ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1 GHz + ARM Mali 400 MP2
  • System Memory: 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 4GB NAND Flash + microsd slot
  • Video Output: HDMI
  • Audio Output: HDMI, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity: 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB: 3x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB OTG port (full size)
  • Expansion: 32-pin proprietary connector with TV OUT, USB, LCD, UART, IR, CSI, SPI, SATA, GPIOS and power signals.
  • Misc: LED , IR sensor, and U-boot button (FEL mode?)
  • Power: 5V/2A
  • Dimensions: 145 x 95 x 27 mm

ITEAD Studio bundles this product with an image file of Android or Linux which can be installed on either the NAND Flash or the SD Card.

So what can consumers do with this device? There are lots of possibilities.

It can be used as an inexpensive personal computer by connecting a monitor, keyboard and mouse to it. You can either use Linux or even Android to do your daily computing tasks.

It can also be used as a multimedia set top box. Just connect it using an HDMI cable to your TV and with the use of a remote you will be able to watch videos, browse the web, or even listen to streaming music.

Since the device comes with a 32-pin connector consumers can transform this into portable lab equipment. It will be able to perform specific tasks based on the expansion board connected to it such as an oscilloscope, logic analyzer, multimeter, and more.

The IBOX can also serve as the control center for your home automation system. With the correct expansion board attached it will be able to serve as a Wi-Fi gateway, control room temperature, do video monitoring, and much more.

A campaign has been started over at Indiegogo to fund the final manufacturing stages of the IBOX. The goal is to reach $2000 and with 30 days still left in the campaign period  a total of $6715 has already been raised.

If you wish to support this product then a $70 pledge will get you a free IBOX which already comes with free shipping.

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Webee Is An Android Home Automation System

The Android operating system is a very flexible platform. Aside from being used in smartphones, tablets, and set-top boxes it can also be used in smart home automation systems.  This is where Webee comes in; it is being called as the first real smart home learning system that is affordable for everyone.


Webee runs on Android 4.0 and is the first system that learns from you and programs itself accordingly to your preferences. The system allows users to control their homes while also learning about a user’s lifestyle, habits, and schedules. It then makes suggestions to allow for savings, comfort, and efficiency.

Any home electrical device can be controlled by the Webee hub called the “Boss” and an accompanying Android app that is installed in a mobile device. Light switches, TV, stereo, aircon, and sprinklers are just some of the few household devices that can easily be controlled.

Webee Boss Technical Specifications

  • SoC: ARM Cortex A9 Microprocessor @ 800MHz
  • System Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Storage: 2 GB NAND Flash, micro SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Connectivity: 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, IEEE 802.15.4 – ZigBee , Z-Wave
  • Wireless Range: Outdoor: 45 to 90 meters, Indoor 45 – 60 meters
  • Video Output: DMI 1.3 (up to 1080p)
  • USB: 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Power supply  Input: 100-240V AC 50/60 Hz 0.35A, Output: 5V DC 2.0A
  • Dimensions: 100mm (W) x 100mm (L) x 17mm (H)

To allow the Boss to communicate with a user’s non-smart appliances several “Bees” have been made which are used to facilitate the connection. These include the following.

  • Smart Plug
  • Smart Lamp Holder
  • Smart Station
  • Presence Tag
  • Smart Host
  • Open/Close sensor

A typical setup starts with the user plugging in the Webee Boss. The myWebee app is then installed on a mobile device. Let’s say you want to control a lamp shade. First plug in the Smart Plug to any vacant power outlet then plug in the lamp shade to the Smart Plug. The lamp shade now becomes a smart lampshade which can be controlled remotely.


Some of the key features of the myWebee app include

  • Control your home from anywhere
  • Unify and control all your smart objects through one App (Phillips Hue, Nest Thermostat,..)
  • Get notifications and alerts of doors opened, alarms, sprinklers, appliances
  • Get suggestions based on your own daily actions to improve energy efficiency.
  • Set rules and actions to make your life easier (“going to bed”, “vacation”,..).
  • Get many energy efficiency tips to save money


Webee is currently seeking funding over at Indiegogo. The aim is to reach a goal of $50,000 and with 7 days left to go in the campaign a total of $51,526 has already been raised. Early adopters can contribute $109 which allows them to get the smart hub (Boss) plus free service forever.

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Snooperscope Gives Night Vision To Mobile Devices

Have you ever wanted to see what goes on in the dark even without the lights on? You could do this by getting some night vision equipment or you could use your existing mobile device by attaching an accessory that allows you to see in the dark. Meet the Snooperscope, an accessory that allows you to see and capture images in total darkness.


According to the company website “Snooperscope is a special wireless invention that, by using your mobile device as a screen and the infrared light as a source, enables you to see in low light conditions and in total darkness. Plus, under visible light, it reveals hidden things that normally cannot be seen by the human eye. By employing special optics, the user can see in the area covered by the light even though the naked eye only detects total darkness. A number of more practical applications have been developed with the Snooperscope because of its ability to peer through any opaque material that infrared rays can pass through.”

The device already had a successful run over at Kickstarter with pledges reaching almost £80,000 of a £40,000 goal. Because of the huge media and backer demand it is currently available over at Indiegogo not to get further funding but to give a chance to those who want to pre-order the device but were not able so over at Kickstarter.

There is 7 days left to go on the Indiegogo campaign. Those who wish to pre-order can contribute as low as $99 to get one Snooperscope in Hunter Green, White, or Black. The estimated delivery date is June 2014.

Snooperscope works with the iPhone, iPad or an Android device. It comes with its own iOS and Android app and comes with different mounting solutions to attach to a mobile device or even vehicles. It also comes with its own power supply which lasts up to 4 hours.

This accessory is perfect for photographers, filmmakers, hunters, wildlife observers, or for people who need to see in the dark.

Technical Specifications

  • WI-FI: 802.11b/g/n
  • Basic protocol: TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, DHC, DDNS
  • Channel: 1~11, 1~13, 1~14
  • Resolution: 320p, 480p and 720p (max 1280×720 pixels)
  • Image compression mode: JPEG
  • Video codec: H.264
  • Night vision distance: 10 meters (nearly 33 feet) away
  • Power: Built-in 1000mAh Lithium battery
  • Working time: 3-4 hours
  • Charging time: 2-3 hours
  • Charging voltage: 5V
  • Microphone: Built-in
  • Port charging: standard Micro-B USB 5pin
  • Wi-Fi operating distance: 100mt. in open area, 30mt. in normal area
  • Weight: 80gr. (2.8 oz.)
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
  • Operating Humidity: 20% ~ 80% RH (non-condensing)
  • Mobile App: for iOS iPhone / iPad / Android smartphone and tablets
  • Dimensions: diameter 42mm, length 75mm

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Pockethernet Transforms Your Android Smartphone Into An Ethernet Cable And Network Tester

Network administrators will know that equipment dedicated for testing and troubleshooting a network can be expensive and oftentimes bulky. This is where Pockethernet comes in as it is called as “The Swiss army knife for Network administrators.” It is a small device that works with an Android smartphone and is able to test the Ethernet cable and the network.


Those familiar in setting up a computer network will know that Ethernet cables are very important. If something goes wrong in the connection then there might not be any connectivity at all. This is why tools are needed to verify if everything is in order.

The best thing about Pockethernet is that it costs just one tenth of the price of a dedicated network tester while providing almost the same features. It can be used in the following scenarios.

  • Installing and troubleshooting Ethernet cables and devices
  • Setting up routers, switches, computers, IP phones and cameras
  • Building Ethernet networks

Its key features include

  • Measure the length of cable and see how much is left on the reel.
  • Finds faults such as split pairs and short circuits and even tells you the exact location of the faults.
  • Locate cables in the wall or in batches with the toning feature.
  • Check Ethernet and Internet connectivity.
  • Documents the work done and saves it as a pdf file

Pockethernet connects to an Android smartphone using Bluetooth. An accompanying app is also needed to be installed on the smartphone before it can be used. Once both devices are paired the smartphone will act as a display where the user can view all important information regarding the network.

Tests can be done in simple mode which is suited for semi-professionals. There is also an advanced mode which gives more detailed information and is best used by professionals.

This device sits in between cheap wire testers to the more expensive high end equipment. The retail version will cost only $199.

Right now a campaign is being started at Indiegogo to raise a goal of $50,000 to fund this device. As of this writing it has already raised $71,951 with 28 days still left in the campaign.

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Atlas Fitness Tracker Aims To Bring True Workout Tracking

There are already several fitness trackers available in the market today however one model wants to stand out from the rest by providing fitness aficionados with a way to track their different activities and gathers data on various statistics. The Atlas fitness tracker is a fitness tracker packed with sensors that is able to recognize what exercise you are doing and logs your workout data.

atlas fitness tracker

This small device which is worn on the wrist is very precise that it can distinguish if you are doing push-ups, triangle push-ups, bicep curls, and alternating bicep curls among others. Almost no user interaction is required when it logs data. On its screen your heart rate is displayed so you can monitor it under various exercises.

The Atlas fitness tracker is currently seeking funding over at Indiegogo and aims to reach a funding goal of $125,000. There are 17 days still left in the campaign but as of now $186,000 has already been raised which shows that a lot of people are interested in this device.

The developers of this device say that “Current fitness trackers are simply glorified pedometers. Steps are important but they’re only a single metric of your fitness. Atlas is a wearable device that tracks and identifies your different activities, evaluates your form, counts your reps and sets and calculates the calories you burned. Atlas measures your success; all you have to do is work out.”

So what makes Atlas tick? Inside the device are several inertial sensors, the same sensors that are used in smartphones. The sensors detect movement in a 3D trajectory and are able to distinguish movement between the various exercise types.

The device not only provides data but also allows the user to compare this data from data collected from popular exercises that is stored in it. It also provides information on what muscle groups a user has been focusing on mostly and what needs to be focused on next.

A companion app is available for the Android and iOS platform which allows users to sift through the data that the device has recorded.

Head out over to Indiegogo if you are interested in supporting this project. A $159 donation allows you to get the device which is expected to ship out in December 2014.


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InputStick Is A Wireless USB Receiver For Android Devices

Have you ever wanted to expand the features of your Android device by making it act as a mouse, keyboard, or game controller? There are some solutions available in the market that allows you to do his however what’s probably one of the best solutions is by using InputStick.


InputStick is a wireless USB receiver that plugs into a computer and establishes a link between that computer and your Android device. All that is needed is to run the companion app on a device running on at least Android 2.3 and everything is good to go. You can use your mobile device as a keyboard, mouse, game controller, presentation remote, barcode scanner and even a password manager.

Some of the advantages of InputStick over other methods include

  • Physically plugged into USB port, so it is compatible with ANY USB-enabled hardware
  • Easy to use as generic USB mouse or keyboard
  • Works out of the box

Technical Specifications

  • Size: 57 x 19 x 9 mm.
  • Weight: 8g.
  • Interface: USB 2.0 (full speed).
  • Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1.
  • Range: up to 10m.

Requirements and Limitations

  • Android 2.3 or later, with Bluetooth radio
  • At least one available USB port
  • USB host must supply at least 100mW power
  • OS must allow to attach new USB devices
  • USB host must support given USB class

InputStick is currently a campaign over at Indiegogo with a target to reach $4,000. So far $591 has been pledged with 23 days left to go before the campaign ends. If you wish to support this project a donation of $39 will allow you to own a black or white version of the device which is expected to ship out on March 2014.

via indiegogo