With everything we have to keep track of, there seems like there’s less time to actually keep track of anything. Especially when it comes to our physical well-being, a good record of our health is rather hard to manage. The best thing to do these days is to defer that responsibility to our digital devices and let them handle it. And it’s important to keep track of your physical fitness, because throughout our busy and stressful days, the recognition that we burned a few calories can keep our spirits up. Continue reading →
Monthly data plans organized by the big telecommunication providers excite at first with pronouncements of “unlimited” service. Often, they end up leaving us a little burned when we realize the particular unlimitedness of our 4G data is in fact very limited. There are some, though, who are trying to simplify the big data process and enabling consumers a little more.
Karma is a 4G mobile hotspot that uses a pay-as-you-go system of $15 per gigabyte used, which is a lot of e-mails sent and YouTube videos watched. If you don’t use more than a gigabyte per month, the advantage of Karma over a big telecom is that you will not continue to be charged a full monthly contract fee. Continue reading →
Although the abundance of Android smartphones has made watching Netflix and YouTube on a very small screen ubiquitous, Google is attempting to enhance the viewing experience for consumers with the Chromecast. Designed like a standard USB thumb drive, the Chromecast plugs into any HDTV, connects to an accessible Wi-Fi signal and streams video content from just about every source available. Continue reading →
The world of electronics often means a mess of cables. It was a welcome day when we could start plugging our devices into the USB ports on our laptops. But there’s one thing that’s always frustrated me about the device-to-laptop via USB connection. My phone usually flips around, gets pushed, scratched, and buffed all because there’s no way to keep it stationary. Continue reading →
As powerful as laptops are, these days there’s no real reason to have a desktop setup at your office and a Macbook Air left at home. But what you might miss from the workplace is the larger screen real estate. While they’re convenient, staring at an 11” Macbook Air display while trying to draft a new building will leave you a little disoriented. You could always plug-in an external monitor, but then you would just add a mess of cables to your workspace.
Designed for use with the 13- and 11-inch Macbook Air, the Landing Zone 1.0 Pro is the remedy for all docking concerns. With it, you’ll never need to transition from one computer to another. Continue reading →
I’ve always tried to make whatever television or computer setup I have resemble a movie theater as much as possible. I dreamed of pocket projects that would blast a film onto my old, completely white college dorm room wall. I bought big, external monitors for my laptop that sit high above my bed to produce a somewhat cavernous cinematic feel. Knowing of celebrities that built home theaters in their houses with soda cup holders and unlimited popcorn, I cannot help but think I will never have an impressive setup such as theirs. Continue reading →
For all our adventures into the digital, there’s something undeniably perfect about a really tactile gaming experience. I remember having to spend almost an hour setting up complicated board games with three-dimensional pieces, and there is nothing more satisfying than watching a Jenga tower wobble and fall. And in a way, the Sifteo Cubes is a digital recreation of this older, more tactile gaming world. Continue reading →
Book-sized solar panel, plus battery pack, plus USB inlet, equals technology in the wild. The Guide 10 Solar Panel Charge pack from Goal Zero will allow business travelers, freelance creatives and intrepid explorers to keep electronic devices alive even when far from a socket. Continue reading →
I was certain that Polaroid had gone out of business by now. But no, they’re still here, and the company’s historic habit of engineering instant photography is still its project. Perhaps, Polaroid was better suited for this time anyway, in which the instantaneous is the standard. They’re constant revisions on an old but very specific theme seems to have kept Polaroid designing fresh cameras. The Z2300 is such a design that takes the well-known Polaroid formula and adds some modern elements. Continue reading →
Home sound systems were once like the original computers: huge, room-occupying cubes that protected collections of vacuum tubes and wires. Now there’s no need for those beasts. A device the size of our palm can cycle through more processes in a second than the grand old room computers, and an MP3 player the size of your thumb can play louder than a Hi-Fi module. Then where’s the fun for designers if everything is so small and efficient? Continue reading →