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[Video] Jaguar "Transparent Pillar"And "Follow Me" Ghost Car Navigation Concepts

Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) R&D division has been demoing some excellent automotive technology concepts and after "Transparent Windscreen", it's time for Transparent Pillar and Follow Me Ghost Car Navigation concept video demonstrations as shared below.

Linshof i8 Smartphone : A Cut Above Other's ?

A German company has sent out an press-release revealing their upcoming smartphone which is described as "high-end hardware for a mid-ranged price". Linshof i8 Smartphone is not only unconventionally designed as evident from the pictures posted below, but also packs a punch with awesome hardware and software combination coupled with affordable price.

Based on Google Android 5.0 (Lollipop) at core and a topping of hardware accelerated Linshof user-interface, the phone will have no added trialware, or in-phone advertisements for the fastest possible tweaked performance. The smartphone will be featuring a 5inch Full-HD (1920x1080) Super AMOLED touch display, Octa-core 2.1GHz CPU, 3GB RAM, 80GB of built-in flash storage, a 13 MP HD rear camera (28mm Wide-angle, fast low-light F1.8, Sony CMOS sensor) and 8 MP front camera, 3100mAh battery and the standard GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, electronic compass, gyroscope, HDMI 1.4 with 3D support, USB port, NFC and WiFi/ LTE (4G) wireless. The phone is scheduled for Q2 2015 release and will retail for US$380.

Linshof i8 Smartphone

FingerKey : Unlock Your Mac Using iPhone’s TouchID

FingerKey - a new app for Mac and Apple iPhone users allows unlocking of computer without having the user to type the password every time utilizing authentication from Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. The app can also unlock multiple computers, can work from a distance, uses 256-bit AES encryption, and comes with a Notification Center Today widget for quick access.

FingerKey Unlocker

The Glass Age Is Coming, Thanks To Corning Gorilla Glass

Ever crack your cell phone screen? How about your car windshield? Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (The MythBusters) explain why those days may soon be behind us. Watch as they conduct mind-bending demonstrations of strong, durable glass. This is the Glass Age, where materials science is constantly pushing boundaries and creating new possibilities for glass-enabled technology and design. Do watch the video in full as they conduct mind-bending demonstrations of strong, durable glass.

The Glass Age

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

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