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Kickstarter releases a new app for Android

Kickstarter - Android

Kickstarter - Android

The #Kickstarter crowdfunding site now has its own #Android app. The company made the official announcement on its site with the app making its way to the #Google #PlayStore. The app lets you back projects and interact with projects that are currently active and the ones that have been backed by your Kickstarter friends.

An app for Kickstarter is long overdue especially given how users do most of their browsing on mobile. The company mentions that project holders and creators will soon be able to manage campaigns, as the functionality is currently missing from the app.

Overall, the app is refined, polished and does what it’s supposed to very well. The Kickstarter app has been available for iOS devices for quite some time now, so the company’s hesitance to release an Android app is slightly surprising. But as they say, it’s better late than never.

You can download the official app for Android from the link below.

Source: Google Play Store, Kickstarter

Via: The Verge

Fove is the latest to foray into the virtual reality headset market, will take on Oculus

Fove - Virtual Reality

Fove - Virtual Reality

Virtual reality headsets are not a new concept to us. We’ve seen the likes of Oculus VR, Gear VR, the HTC RE Vive and several others making their way into the market of late and there’s a new entrant on Kickstarter now, called the Fove.

Unlike the Gear VR or the Re Vive though, the Fove has a display unit of its own. The makers are expecting to get a developer edition model to the market by May 2016. Early bird customers can get the Fove for as little as $349, while the price will be increased to $399 if you get it at a later date.

The Fove is quite similar to other wearables that we see around us, so you won’t see any differences from the outside. Inside, it packs a 5.8 inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The device also has eye tracking sensors attached which can give you an accuracy down to 0.2 of a degree.

While wearables like this are by and large used for FPS games, the makers of Fove tried out a project enabling physically disabled children in a Japanese school to play the piano by just looking at the notes on the screen. This was achieved thanks to the eye tracking technology on the wearable.

Source: Kickstarter

Via: Engadget

SALT Card brings a whole new level of security to your smartphone

Salt Card

Salt Card

We have seen several smartphone companion accessories launching in the market, but nothing quite as unique and innovative as the SALT Card. This project which has just gone up on Kickstarter aims to bring an all new level of security to their smartphones. The card which is the same size as your conventional credit card, comes with Bluetooth which makes it possible to interact with the source smartphone.

It can also be used as a tracking device for times when you lose your wallet thanks to a dedicated mobile application which will be launched soon. The card can lock your device when you’re 10 feet away from the device, which is quite convenient. Users can change and modify the functioning of the card via the app. The card reportedly has a battery life of 1 year, meaning you might have to get a new unit after it runs out of juice.

The makers are only asking $10 for the early bird version of the SALT Card which has already sold out. Regular customers can pay $15 for the SALT Card, which still doesn’t seem like much considering what it brings to the table. Head over to the link below for more details on this innovative offering.

Source: Kickstarter

Via: Droid-Life

CycleAT Is A Tire Sensor That Connects To Your Android Device

When you are out driving on your motorcycle or bike one of the problems that you may encounter usually is a flat tire or a low pressure tire. This wouldn’t be an issue if there was a place nearby where you could get it fixed however if you are in the middle of nowhere then this becomes a problem. CycleAT aims to help you avoid situations like this by providing you with real time information on the condition of your tire.

CycleAT

Why is this an important device to get for motorcyclists or bike riders? We all know that running on a motorcycle or bike with underinflated tires is dangerous. In most cases riding in underinflated tires will quickly build up the heat and lead to sudden failure. This will also cause the tire to wear out unevenly. The problem is that these tires are seldom checked with the proper tools. The rider will usually just look at the tires and if there doesn’t appear to be a problem then it’s deemed good. This is not an accurate way of getting the tire condition.

CycleAT is basically a tire sensor that communicates with your Android smartphone via Bluetooth. It provides various information on the condition of the tire of your motorcycle or bike such as tire pressure, temperature, movement/motion data, speed, and detailed ride mapping. According to the developers “We took the latest in low-power Bluetooth technology and incorporated the ability to stream real-time data to your smartphone.  CycleAT provides intuitive visual and audio cues to users if their tires stray out of safe ranges, improving ride safety and efficiency.  Through our sleek yet intuitive smartphone app, we make it easy to monitor your cycle safety.  We have tested our prototype sensors at high speeds and under extreme conditions to ensure your safety; now, we need your help to make this project a reality for riders everywhere!”

CycleAT is a small device that attaches itself to the valve stem. It is able to monitor various data and sends this information to a paired smartphone running on the companion app. If there is anything wrong them your tire you will immediately know what it is. It runs on a rechargeable battery that lasts a long time which goes in deep sleep if not in use.

If you are interested in getting the CycleAT then check out its Kickstarter campaign. This device is still in development and is seeking $80,000 for it to be completed. Right now $27,354 has already been raised with 42 days still left in the campaign. A pledge of $149 or more will get you an early bird special of two CycleAT sensors which is expected to be delivered by April 2015.

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Odin Is An Android Projector That Fits In Your Pocket

Dos Owls has launched a campaign over at Kickstarter to fund the creation of an Android powered projector that fits in your pocket. Well, that is if you have a large pocket. The device itself is compact and can basically be described as a mini Android PC with its own projector. The aim is to reach a goal of $250,000 goal and $142,830 has already pledged with 28 days still left in the campaign period.

Odin

Odin runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, speakers. It is relatively small measuring 4.3″ W x 6″ L x 1.8″ H and weighs approximately 17 pounds. It is designed so that content can be shared easily not just from a smartphone but form a laptop as well.

Technical Specifications

  • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9, 1.6GHz
  • Android Operating System 4.4 KitKat
  • 2GB DDR RAM
  • Wi-Fi (B/G/N)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 16GB Internal Memory

This device uses a O.3″ DMD (Direct Micromirror Display) display technology and uses an LED light source with a rated life span of 20,000 hours. It is capable of resolutions of WVGA (854 x 480), a contrast ration of 1000:1 and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. There are two USB ports, a single HDMI port and a 3.5mm TRRS audio port available for use. It comes with its own battery pack which can provide up to 2 hours of power. For extended use the power cable must be connected.

Since Odin runs on Android users will be able to fire it up and install their favorite apps and games on it. They can use a USB keyboard and mouse or use a Bluetooth wireless controller as an input device while images are projected on a wall without the need for a separate monitor.

Some of the popular uses of this device are as follows

  • Stream movies from Netflix and Hulu
  • Access files from Dropbox or Skydrive
  • Surf the web on a Chrome browser
  • Use Google Docs and Office 365 to work by connecting a keyboard and mouse
  • Play Xbox on a big screen
  • Stream music from your phone to the Bluetooth speakers
  • Express your creativity in new ways – use as a guide to paint a mural, in an art display, and more

Its display quality is quite good as it uses DMD technology. When Odin is placed one yard away from a wall it can project a 25-inch image. When placed 10 yard away from the wall the image projected measures 250 inches.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, and HDMI. Users will be able to connect their Xbox or PlayStation and enjoy playing their favorite games on a projected display.

Odin is expected to ship out by December of this year. If you wish to support this campaign you can head out over to the link below. A pledge of $499 allows you to get the early bird special Odin projector which normally costs $845.

via kickstarter

LazeeEye Turns your Android Smartphone Into A 3D Camera

Do you want to add a cool new feature to your Android smartphone? Why not make it into a 3D camera? Just attach a hardware ad-on called LazeeEye and you’ll be able to capture 3D images in no time at all. This device which is conceptualized by Massachusetts-based tech consultancy Heuristic Labs allows users to take and manipulate 3D images.

lazeeeye

What are the common uses of having LazeeEye? Most of the cameras today only capture a 2D image which means that the depth information is missing. A 3D-enabled camera allows the depth information to be captured which can be quite useful in certain situations.

  • Capture models of objects or people for 3D printing or CAD modeling
  • Make absolute 3D measurements from the photo – for, construction and remodeling, interior design, clothes shopping, etc.
  • Remove objects or people outside a given depth – eliminate “photo bombers,” remove the background scene from photos, replace the background scene
  • Change the angle or lighting of the photo after the fact
  • More easily perform a variety of photo editing (“photo-shopping”) effects, with the aid of the image depth channel
  • Implement augmented reality games, or play existing augmented reality games
  • Much, much more – just search the web to see what people do with 3D sensing, and imagine how these applications could translate to or enhance mobile device apps

LazeeEye is basically a cheaper alternative to getting a dedicated 3D camera. This is simple because the device will be using the processing power of your Android device in creating the 3D images. It mainly consists of laser illuminator hardware add-on plus a stereo vision processing app.

How does this device work? According to Heuristic Labs the main driving force is its use of active stereo vision. “one “eye” is your existing smartphone camera and passively receives incoming light, while the other “eye” actively projects light outwards onto the scene, where it bounces back to the passive eye.” This enables depth information to be captured.

Right now Heuristic Labs is running a campaign over at Kickstarter to fund the remaining last stages of the LazeeEye development. The target is to reach a $250,000 goal with $190,186 already pledged with only 5 days left in the campaign period.

If you wish to support this project you can head out over to the link given below. A pledge of $20 will get you the LazeeEye DIY kit which is expected to ship out this coming June 2014.

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Cliq Is A Smartcase For Android Smartphones

Just when you thought that smartphone cases couldn’t get any better a new one designed to take advantage of the NFC functionality of Android smartphones is about to hit the market. Meet Cliq, a smartcase that can shortcut just about any function of a smartphone. It has three buttons at the back which can be used to shortcut just about anything. Each button can be assigned a short press or a long press function.

Cliq

With Cliq you could assign a button to launch the camera and take a photo making taking selfies much easier. You could even turn on the flashlight in just one click of a button, a feature useful in times when you need some lighting. It’s up to you to decide what features you would like to launch when you short press or long press any of the three buttons.

app-and-case-2

Some of the key features of Cliq include

  • Faster and simpler: You no longer have to go through all the steps in your phone menu just to get to a particular feature.
  • Choose your superpowers: All three buttons are customizable. All you have to do is install the companion app on your Android smartphone and set up each button.
  • No wires, no charging: Just like any other normal case this smartcase doesn’t need to be charged even though it connects wirelessly to the smartphone.
  • Ergonomically designed: The buttons are positioned in a way that they can easily be accessed with your fingers.

Right now Cliq only works on Android smartphones and only on selected models. Most of the models are flagship devices.

  • Samsung: Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3
  • Motorola: Moto X
  • Google (LG): Nexus 5
  • LG: G2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fSWuGuklNM

While this may seem like a limited number of models the developers of this accessory promises to add more models to this list. They are also asking customers to tell them what models they want added to the list.

Aside from being able to control most of the features of a smartphone Cliq is also meant to protect your precious device from scratches or bumps. It is made of a polycarbonate material finished in a high-quality soft coating allowing it to provide maximum protection.

For those who aren’t really fans of cases since they do tend to add more bulk to a slim device then you might be interested in getting the line of thin and sleek skins that wraps around the smartphone. It works the same way as the case however comes in only a black or white color option while the case comes in 5 color styles.

skins

Cliq is currently running a fundraising campaign over at Kickstarter to help in its final production stages. The goal is to reach $40,000 and with 27 days left to go a total of $15,045 has already been pledged.

If you want to support this project then a pledge of $20 allows you to get the early bird special case or skin of your color choice which will be shipped out this coming August.

via kickstarter

Legion Meter Charges Your Smartphones 92% Faster

One of the best ways to charge a smartphone is by using its charger. The second best way is to plug the smartphone to your laptop via the USB port. The latter method however is a much slower way of charging and takes too much time. A new device called Legion Meter aims to solve this problem by allowing smartphones to charge up to 92% faster when using the USB port.

legion meter

Legion Meter is a plug and play device that connects to the USB port of your laptop. It comes with an OLED display that provides a number of information such as

  • The power in Watts that the USB port is delivering to the device
  • The current in Amps that the USB port is delivering to the device
  • The voltage output of the USB port
  • Milliwatt-hour counter which is used to diagnose battery capacity

This device comes with its own built-in multimeter which gives users information on the power being transferred. It comes with two modes of operation, one for Apple devices and one for Android devices. A user simply has to hit the correct switch for the appropriate device.

Once a smartphone is connected to the Legion Meter it optimizes the charge speed by allowing the mobile device to draw in the maximum charge amount possible. This allows for a lower amount of time needed to fully charge a mobile device.

In a test conducted using PC desktop and laptop USB port an Android smartphone can only draw in 2.4 watts of power. When the Legion Meter is used this increases to 4.5 watts which is an increase of 88 percent.

The Legion Meter can also be connected to a wall USB charger. Tests conducted on a 2A wall charger using shows that it has a gain of at least 17% depending on the mobile device being charged.

Technical Specifications

  • Voltage Rating: 2.0 – 6.0 volts
  • Current Range: 0 – 3.7 amps
  • Power Range: 0 – 22.2 watts
  • Operating Temperature: 0 – 85 degrees Celsius
  • Connector Type: 1 USB Male A, 1 USB Female A
  • Display: High Contrast OLED 128×32 pixels
  • Dimensions: 6.1cm x 2.2cm x 1.3cm
  • Meters: Voltage, Current, Power, mWh counter
  • Intellectual Properties: PLX Intelligent Battery Monitoring and Metering, PLX USB Charge Accelerator
  • Construction: ABS Plastic
  • Modes: Power Metering, Current counter, Charge accelerator

Legion Meter is currently running a funding campaign over at Kickstarter. The goal is to reach $10,000 and with 27 days left in the campaign a total of $205,284 has already been pledged.

If you are interested in supporting this campaign then head check out the link below. A pledge of $39 allows you to get one Legion Meter with charge accelerator and integrated multimeter OLED display which is expected to ship out this October.

via kickstarter

Kolibree Is The World’s First Toothbrush That Connects To Your Android Device

We’ve heard of watches that can connect to Android devices but a toothbrush? A Kickstarter campaign aims to create Kolibree, the world’s first connected toothbrush, and it has already reached a pledge of $69,219 of its $70,000 goal with 34 days remaining. The chances of this project getting funded are very high which means we might be seeing this intelligent toothbrush very soon.

kolibree

So what’s the big deal with a connected toothbrush? Basically it can give us information on our brushing habits. We don’t have an idea if we are brushing properly or we might not be reaching the right places with the way we brush our teeth right now. Kolibree can change this by detecting which parts have been brushed and which parts have been missed. This toothbrush even has fun games that can keep kids and adults entertained.

According to the developer “Kolibree is a new electric and intelligent toothbrush designed for everyone that will change the way you take care of your teeth. Applications and games empower you to take control of your oral hygiene and keep you motivated.”

Technical Specifications

Handle

  • Sensors: 3 axis accelerometer, 3 axis gyrometer, 3 axis magnetometer
  • Size: 22.3cm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Battery: Wireless charging, Internal Li-iOn 650mAh
  • Connection: bluetooth
  • OS Support: Android 4.0 and above, iOS 7 and above
  • Vibration & Patterns: Sonic technology, variation speed control and brushing patterns from 12000 to 32000 vibrations per minute
  • Waterproof: IP67, water resistant up to 1 meter deep

Head

  • Length: 9.5cm
  • Bristles: Nylon
  • Material: Certified PP

Kolibree connects to an Android device using Bluetooth technology. A companion app must be installed on the device for consumers to be able to view the data. The app gets data from the toothbrush in real-time. Consumers will be able to know when they have brushed long enough and will even be able to update their Twitter accounts while brushing their teeth.

To ensure that kids brush their teeth in the required amount of time there are games built-in the app. There’s a game that lets them clean up the candy on the screen and another game that involves racing a car and moving it by moving the Kolibree toothbrush in the mouth.

A pledge of $99 will allow you to own one of the first connected toothbrushes in the world which will be released this coming October 2014

via kickstarter

What do you think of Xiaomi’s Pressy clone, ‘MiKey’?

Xiaomi has announced an add-on accessory button that plugs into the phone’s audio jack. If this sounds familiar, then you may have already heard about Pressy, an earlier successful, but yet-to-ship, Kickstarter campaign that essentially does the same thing. Here are our thoughts on the matter.

Pressy Prototypes

In August last year, a startup called Pressy launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for an innovative device: an additional button for your smartphone that plugs into the headphone jack. Called Pressy, the plug-in button promised to enable users to launch apps or run commands with a click of the button.

Through a custom app, the button could be customized to run different commands depending on the number of clicks. For instance, one click could launch the camera app. Two clicks would turn on the LED flash as a torch, and so forth.

The project far surpassed its target in a matter of days, gaining $695,000 in pledges — well beyond its $40,000 target.

It’s not surprising that third-party manufacturers would catch on to the trend and build their own devices. Chinese OEMs are known for no-label or no-brand devices that essentially copy technology off of known brands. For example, even Kuai Anniu, a project launched on DemoHour, a Chinese equivalent of Kickstarter, built on the same concept.

Hardware manufacturers may be churning out clones, but it's all about the software!
Hardware manufacturers may be churning out clones, but it’s all about the software!

What’s surprising is how Chinese company Xiaomi has suddenly launched a similar product of its own, reportedly called MiKey in the Chinese market. Xiaomi even undercut Pressy’s price point substantially, perhaps geared toward gaining more mass appeal than the yet-to-ship product. Tech in Asia reports that MiKey will retail for $0.79, just a fraction of Pressy’s $27 pre-order price.

According to a statement from Pressy, “knock-off versions were anticipated.” However, the company “did not expect to see it from such a respectable and known company,” and having “IP rights for the design and functionality of Pressy,” it is considering the next moves regarding how to handle the situation.

I would agree with Pressy that knock-off versions are often the bane of any hardware and even software company building on platforms as popular as Android. Soon after you launch your product, you can expect copies to be launched by third-party manufacturers, often at deeply discounted prices.

There may be little recourse for Pressy now that the damage has been done, though. Here are my thoughts on the matter:

Chinese knockoffs? Expect it. That’s the power of Chinese manufacturing capability, after all: speed and flexibility. Where else can you find a manufacturing plant change specs and tweak designs and restart manufacturing in a matter of hours? This is the reason Apple builds even its most precision-designed devices in China. They’re good at what they do. And for hardware accessories, it’s easy enough to reverse-engineer the product and build clones in some facility that can churn out thousands of units faster than you can say “pressy.” Want an accessory button for your Android device? Mi too!

It’s not exactly a new technology altogether. Audio jack circuitry is not exactly rocket science. DIY builders have been creating accessories that take advantage of the simple circuitry of the 3.5-inch audio jack. I even remember doing some simple modifications to handsfree Nokia headsets about a decade back to make these work with Motorola FRS radios. What Pressy has done, however, is build on these ideas and make a marketable product that will cater to the biggest mobile market today: Android users.

Pressy has not shipped yet. For all the buzz and hype, Pressy has not shipped its product yet, seven months after the Kickstarter project was fully funded. Through this time lag, third party manufacturers may have already taken heed and decided to come up with products of their own. In fact, Pressy is aware of this, warning its fans about fake products. “We have encountered a few counterfeiters who try to sell Pressy online as their own. Until we officially launch Pressy and you get yours you can be sure that those Pressys are fake.”

It’s all about the app. Still, in fairness to Pressy, the technology is not only about the audio jack accessory. Rather, it’s the app that controls the functionality of the button that the company gets credit for. The startup had been reportedly building the app months before the Kickstarter campaign was even started. In short, your $27 payment mostly goes to the development of the Pressy app itself. Xiaomi — perhaps along with other third-party manufacturers — has proven that you can build the accessory dirt-cheap and still make it work. Let’s hope that Pressy’s app does offer superior features and user experience than others.

Want an audio jack button? Mi too!
Want an audio jack button? Mi too!

With debates like this one, the concern about the need to update the laws on software copyright and patenting come to mind. To date, software is the only creation that can enjoy both copyright (as with artistic or creative works) and patent (as with technology and process) protection. This enourages creators to build on their own ideas, with the promise of profit or other gain. However, with patent (and sometimes trademark) trolls lurking around, innovation is sometimes stifled.

It’s not that Pressy is not actively working on actually building and shipping their product. But with a bigger company already announcing a competing product that does essentially the same thing, we will see how this pans out in the courts of law and the courts of public opinion.

Equiso Play Is An Open Source Console For Android Gaming

There are already quite a couple of Android gaming consoles out in the market today such as the OUYA and the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. to name a few. These devices offer an alternative gaming platform that is considered cheaper than the Xbox or PlayStation consoles. Equiso Play is another upcoming Android gaming console that aims to make it into the market this year.

Equiso Play

Equiso Play is an open source console designed to bring affordable gaming to consumers. Unlike regular consoles that uses bundled controllers this device uses your smartphone as a controller. This means that you will be able to play a game using touch based controls, use the built-in gesture recognition as well as the accelerometer of your phone. If you are worried about the lag that may occur between your smartphone and the console the developers have this covered. A second Wi-Fi chipset has been added that allows for real time movement.  Gamers who don’t want to use their smartphones can also use most USB or Bluetooth controller when playing.

Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.4
  • 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex A9 r-4 CPU
  • 8-core Mali 450 GPU, clocked at 600MHz
  • 2 USB ports, micro-USB, micro-SD, Ethernet, HDMI 4.1, 3.5mm and optical audio-out ports
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 8 GB flash storage
  • 1 GB DDR3 RAM 32-bit channel
  • 2 Chipsets 802.11n Wi-Fi

What sets the Equiso Play from other gaming consoles is that it is designed to be open to hacking. Consumers will be able to modify not only its hardware but its software as well.

Aside from being able to play games this device offers a lot more since it comes with Google Play access. This means that you will be able to install your favorite apps on it such as Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, or Chrome.

A high end Equiso Play model is also available which has similar features of the regular model but with 2GB RAM, 16GB flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, active cooling fan, and 4K video support.

Equiso Play is currently running a campaign over at kickstarter with the aim of reaching a funding goal of $250,000. Right now $14,172 has already been raised with 37 days left in the campaign.

Head out over to the Kickstarter page of this project if you are willing to support it. An early bird special of $89 will get you one Equiso Play which is expected to be delivered this coming July.

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GuardianRom Aims To Secure Your Android Device

One of the top concerns when dealing with mobile devices today is security. People want to be assured that the information stored in their smartphones or tablets are safe and secure. This however has become quite a challenge as newer threats emerge every day. This is the reason GuardianRom was created.

GuardianRom

GuardianRom is a secure operating system based on AOSP designed to run on Android devices that comes with several privacy and security features. It prevents hackers, cybercriminals and even the government from stealing the private information stored in your device.

Some of the key features of this ROM include

  • Military Grade Encryption (Using AES-256-XTS Encryption)
  • Deniable Encryption (Allows you to have two logins)
  • Privacy Controls (Choose what information you share with apps)
  • Built-in Firewall (Chooses exactly what apps can connect to the internet)
  • Tor (Browse the internet anonymously through the Tor network)
  • Exploit Mitigation (Using technologies such as PaX & GRSecurity to stop hackers in their tracks)
  • Encrypted Phone Calls (Using ZRTP you can place encrypted and secure phone calls to anyone in the world using Guardian Rom. Preventing anyone from listening in to your private calls)

Other features that are expected to be added include

  • Hotspots (GeoFenced areas where predetermined actions can be run)
  • Panic Button (Wipe or shutdown the phone immediately when used. Perfect for journalists and activists in the field)
  • Secure Encrypted Text Messaging (Only you and the person you are talking to can see the messages)

GuardianRom protects users against various real world threats such as viruses, malware, and data theft among others. It is designed to be used by anyone who wants their data to remain private. Typical uses include journalists who may want to protect their communication, doctors who may want to store patient information on their devices, or even executives who may want to keep company secrets in their devices.

What makes this ROM different from other security solutions for the Android platform is that the security is incorporated in the operating system itself. Other popular solutions are simply apps that run on top of the operating system which makes them susceptible from being bypassed.

Right now it can support the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus with support coming for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Moto G.

GuardianRom is currently a campaign running over at Kickstarter with the target of reaching $35,000. The money will be used to speed up the development of the Rom and to bring it to a wider audience.

If you are interested in the security feature of this ROM then head out over to its Kickstarter page and support the campaign.

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LifePrint Wi-Fi Photo Printer Prints Your Smartphone Photos From Anywhere

LifePrint is an app enabled photo printer that can connect to a Wi-Fi network that aims to introduce the beauty of holding printed photos to the current generation. It’s different from the other printers available in the market today in a sense that a person can print a photo taken from a smartphone remotely. What is needed is that LifePrint must be connected to a wireless network and the smartphone must be connected to either a Wi-Fi network or a 3G network.

LifePrint

The printer has its own accompanying app that can be installed in any Android or iOS device. This allows a person to easily print photos from anywhere in the world while the LifePrint printer is at home. It even allows a person to send photos to a friend’s printer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk2kkzmwYtc

Aside from printing, there’s also a social aspect to this printer as it allows people to follow and be followed.  Basically how this works is that your network of friends will be able to send your LifePrint photos that they want to share. If you are concerned that your mom or dad might be sharing you too much photos you don’t have to worry as the LifePrint app allows you to preview the photo being shared and accept it before it will be printed out.

The companion app can also be used to edit photos before they are going to be printed out. Borders, text, and filters can be added to enhance the photos further.

Other details of this printer include

  • Android Compatibility:  Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5, HTC One, Google Nexus 5, Galaxy Note 2/3, and future Android devices
  • Reject unwanted photos :  Easily reject unwanted photos within the app in your ‘printer queue’ before they print. The sender will not be informed you have rejected the photo
  • Privacy:  You have the option of having your printer be private.
  • Printing Process : The print engine uses thermal processing
  • Film Capacity: Film capacity will be 10 prints
  • Additional Film:  Additional film will be available in retail stores and through our website after Kickstarter is finished. 30 prints are expected to cost around $20
  • Warranty:  One year warranty

LifePrint has recently launched a campaign over at Kickstarter to fund the completion of the LifePrint Wi-Fi photo printer. The goal is to reach $200,000 goal in 36 days with $40,201 already pledged.

If you are interested in supporting this campaign then a pledge of $99 will get you a LifePrint printer with 10 pieces of film.

via kickstarter

USB2Go Is A Micro USB Dev Board Powered An Android Smartphone

Those who love to tinker around an experiment with the Android hardware system will definitely be interested with the USB2Go. It’s a small USB development board designed for use on the Android system. By plugging it directly to the micro-USB port of the smartphone, developers won’t have to worry about powering up the device. No ARM programming is required as developers will instead be using USB2Go’s Android API.

USB2Go

So where is this device going to be used? Maybe you want to develop an Android controlled gadget such as a thermometer, oscilloscope, servo motors, sensor system, thermal imaging system, or any other system that you would want to control using an Android device. This is the product that you will need and the best part of this all is that it is an open-source product.

According to 8Innovations, the company that designed USB2GO, this product is

“For Android developers, we developed USB2Go API for direct control of ARM peripherals. There is no ARM programming knowledge needed and it’s really easy to use. You can control all GPIO’s, ADC’s, PWM, UART, I2C, SPI form our Android API.”

“For hobbyists, there is a graphical programming tool for simple and quick projects. Just plug it in drag a control on your screen and instantly you can control all ARM peripherals.”

“For professionals we have great USB API for ARM and Android for easy communication, with examples and template projects for quick start.”

USB2Go size

Technical Specifications

  • ARM 32-bit Cortex -M3 CPU
  • 72 MHz maximum frequency, 1.25 DMIPS/MHz (Dhrystone 2.1)
  • 128 Kbytes of Flash memory
  • 64 Kbytes of SRAM
  • Sleep, Stop and Standby modes
  • Temperature sensor 2 × 12-bit D/A converters
  • DMA: 12-channel DMA controller
  • Supported peripherals: timers, ADCs, DAC, SDIO, I2Ss, SPIs, I2Cs and USARTs

usb2go 3

Right now USB2Go is running a campaign over at Kickstarter and is seeking for $50,000 in funding. $2,147 has already been raised with 29 days left to go in the campaign.

If you wish to support USB2Go a $29 pledge will get you one device that comes with a male connector.

via kickstarter