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Archive for the 'Gadgets' Category

Talking Statues Project

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 19th, 2014

Talking Statues uses Near Field Communication to enable curious passers-by to swipe their smart-phone over a statue’s signage, triggering a “call back” from the likes of Isaac Newton, Queen Victoria or Sherlock Holmes. A call back can also be initiated by the use of a QR code or by using a short URL that is […]

Samsung Bets on SmartThings Home Automation

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 18th, 2014

SmartThings has been acquired by Samsung for a reported $200 million, and will operate as an independent company within Samsung’s Open Innovation Center group. Their home automation kits allow you to connect devices like lights and doorlocks from your phone. The SmartThings app lets your smartphone control all of the smart devices in your home. […]

WarKitten Scans Neighborhood WiFi Networks

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 11th, 2014

Security engineer Gene Bransfield has developed WarKitten, a WiFi collar that scans WiFi networks in the neighborhood. The innocuous-looking accessory hides Spark Arduinoopen source hardware. It maps wireless networks and their vulnerabilities wherever the pet wanders. WarKitten was developed for fun and was discussed in a panel at the Defcon hacking conference. During the Cold […]

Qi Wireless Charging Extends Range and Power

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 31st, 2014

Qi a wireless charging standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) says later this year its standard, adopted by over 200 manufacturers and carriers, will allow you to charge your device from nearly two inches away. Mobile device manufacturers using the Qi standard include Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, […]

GoAntenna: 10 Mile Cell Communications – Without Towers

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

GoTenna has developed a 6-inch-long antenna that connects to iPhones and Android phones via Bluetooth low energy. The antenna then transmits the data to other GoTennas through proprietary protocols, at 151-154 MHz. You can send text messages up to 160 characters as well as share your location on offline maps. The gadget is available for […]

Senate Passes Unlocking Legislation

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 16th, 2014

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow consumers to “unlock” their cell phone, reports The Hill. It will allow phone owners to switch providers once their contract is up. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced S. 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which would restore an exemption to the Digital Millennium […]