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IoT Meets an Everyday Need – Automatic Drink Chilling

Today, its hard to imagine that for every job-to-be-done there isn't an appliance, tool, or flashy new phone app specifically designed for each situation.

This Thanksgiving for example, my mother-in-law showed off some of her newest kitchen gadgets, including a turkey lifting hook. The hook helps you take the turkey off the roasting rack and get it onto the serving plate. That's a pretty specific solution for an infrequent (although potentially challenging) job.

However, who hasn't experienced placing a soda, beer or bottle of wine in the freezer, just to have it freeze solid and sometimes explode into a sticky mess?

Thankfully the forward thinking innovators at Vibrance Technology in Austin Texas have invented a wireless gadget which does this job flawlessly; the Chill Lizard.

Just place the Chill Lizard on a drink, place the drink the freezer, and a wireless coaster buzzes and lights up when your drink is exactly the temperature you've chosen.

No timers. No anxiety. No exploded mess in your freezer.

Automatic Drink Chilling

Vibrance is trying drum up interest for the Chill Lizard via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Check out their Kickstarter rewards, and silly videos.

The Chill Lizard has an elastic velcro band which fits virtually any sized container from a small energy drink to a 3 liter bottle of soda.

The wireless range extends outside of a standard all-steel refrigerator to cover the kitchen, garage, living room, back patio, and dining room (pretty much the whole house).

The device works with your phone via standard Bluetooth and comes with a free app. The app is reported to provide a digital temperature read out, and an estimated time to hit the selected temperature. The app can also be combined with other apps such as If-Then-Then-That (IFTTT) to perform more interesting alerts such as texting your mom, or posting your experience to Facebook.

[Video] Samsung Project Beyond : The 3D-capturing 360° Camera For Gear VR

Samsung has unveiled preview of a new camera named Project Beyond, the all new gadget comes equipped with 16 wide-angle full-HD cameras allowing 360-degree, 3D capture for streaming on Gear VR. Just imagine the fun of experiencing high-quality (a gigapixel of 3D data every second), 360-degree panoramic view with stereoscopic depth without any lag on a virtual reality headset. Do watch the video shared below.

Samsung Project Beyond

Affordable Bluetooth 4.0 USB Dongle For Raspberry Pi

While Raspberry Pi certainly is a cheap mini-computer, adding accessories to it blows up ownership costs a lot. While adding WiFi is relatively cheap, finding a compatible Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 (BLE) for a bargain is hard. Luckily, I found the Orico BTA-403 Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter Dongle which comes with CSR8510 Low Energy Chip and is compatible with Linux and Raspberry Pi despite being not listed as such in the description, this is certainly a must-have deal for $8 including worldwide shipping. Instructions for setup are as shared below.

ORICO BTA-4 BLE USB

[Video] WattUp : Multi-device, Software Controlled, Wire-free Charging Upto 15 feets

Wireless charger logoInductive wireless chargers are pretty common these days but still require a user to place their devices on the coil-plate or very near to it, new technological progress like COTA Wireless Charger have already opened a whole new world of true wire-free charging and new solutions have started to join the race.

WattUp is a technology which takes the wireless charging concept to a whole new level utilizing dedicated wire-free energy routers allowing electronic devices like cell phones, wearables, tablets, cameras, lighting, remote controls, games, toys and more to get charged from a single base charger. The beauty of the system lies in the fact that all this can be managed and controlled from a software on your devices, allowing the user to Prioritize device charging, manage users, receive charge level alerts, provide instant feedback and control of the wire-free charging environment.

Do watch the hands-on video demonstration of the technology shared ahead.

WattUp Wirefree Charging Tech
WattUp Wirefree Charging Tech

[Video] Next Generation GTA V To Support 4K Quality And First-Person Play

Grand Theft Auto V is having a re-release on PS4, Xbox One and PC (PC version delayed until 2015) in a few days, and a teaser-video was released by Rockstar to announce the same. Rockstar has given gamers reason why they should again buy this new incarnation of the game, GTA 5 will run at 4K resolution on PC, and the all new 'next gen' version of the game will include a fully-supported first person mode for that ultimate deeper immersion, gamers can even enjoy the cut-scenes with first-person perspective.

Do watch the video shared below for more.

GTA V FPS

SPMC - XBMC Port With H.265 Video Codec Support

Successor to the hugely popular H.264 MP4 codec, HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) or H.265 is a new video compression format which offers smaller file-size with better video quality then it's predecessor. While the new codec is gaining popularity online with new contents getting published in this new format, multimedia players are still catching-up with support for decoding of this new codec. Desktop player's like VLC are now capable of decoding this new codec but we still do not have H.265 support on mobile device like Apple iOS and Google Android.

Luckily, SPMC (Semper Media Center) - a fork of XBMC for Android can not only be installed from Google Play or Amazon AppStore (One needs to download and install XBMC/Kodi from their website) but also comes with some handy tweaks and modifications. The latest version takes the lead from it's parent by adding support for H.265/HEVC on platforms such as Rockchip RK3288, Amlogic S805/S812, and other SoCs using MediaCodec API and libstagefright.

SPMC

FASTag - Prepaid Automated Electronic Toll Collection System For India

India's FASTag Technology

FASTag is the brand name given to automated "Electronic Toll Collection" system launched by India's Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. While such type of highway tag brands are common in developed countries under brand names like “Eazee Pass”, “SunPass”, “e-Pass” and “Salik”, this is a new technology for India. The system comprises of a simple to use, reloadable RFID tag which can be used to pay toll charges without stopping at toll-plazas. The Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology used in the tag allows users to travel non-stop through dedicated FASTag lane at toll checker booths, automated scanning of RFID tag on vehicle's windscreen deducts toll charges from the linked prepaid account without stopping for the cash transaction. The tag employs Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology and is affixed on the vehicle's windscreen after the tag account is active.

FASTag Cashless Lane

The RFID cards can be purchased and loaded from banks, at the moment Axis Bank and ICICI bank have started to offer the same with more franchises/agents at points of sales are planned in coming days. The technology not only saves users time but also helps save fuel as one don't need to wait for cash transaction, this reduction in idle vehicle fuel consumption is expected to save Rs 60,000 crore in fuel bills.

Fixing Lastpass Android App Login Prompts On MiUI 6

Disappointed with not only the design but overall package of the new Apple iPhone 6, I finally gave it a ditch and went for Xiaomi Mi4. The phone is not available in India but importing the device from HongKong costed me roughly $450 (Rs. 28000/-) and I am very satisfied to get such a brilliant phone for almost half the cost of an iPhone6.

Xiaomi phones are also known for their popular MiUI Android interface, and I installed the latest MiUI 6 Beta having Google Android 4.4.4 under the hood. MiUI 6 comes pre-installed with an excellent Security app which features an Anti-malware Scanner, System Cleaner, Data Monitor, Call/SMS Spam Blocker, Battery Manager and an excellent permission manager which lets you take control of which apps have root access and other permissions. Having Android allows you to do a lot more like LastPass Auto Login feature for applications, this however failed to work on MiUI6 and always timed-out as shown below, thankfully the fix was easy as instructed next.

MiUI Floating App Issue

Apple iOS 8.1 Finally Jailbroken

Apple iOS 8.1 JailbreakJailbreak fans who were holding upgrades to Apple iOS 8 can now take the plunge as Chinese iOS hacker group Team Pangu has finally achieved a iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak that works successfully on Apple devices including the latest iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 along with all previous devices. For now the jailbreak utility is Windows only and allows users to get SSH access - using which one can install Cydia (Saurik has already uploaded Cydia for iOS 8 on his website). The user must disable passcode lock and turn off "find my iphone" feature before using Pangu for iOS8.

The list of devices and iOS firmware version supported by the new jailbreak : iOS 8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.1 on Phone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad 2/3/4/Air/Air 2/mini 1/mini 2/mini 3 and iPod touch 5.

Pangu iOS Jailbreak Tool
Pangu iOS Jailbreak Tool

[Video] Apple iOS 8.1 Review

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