Snapchat? What’s that?
This is something worth checking out. There’s a nice introductory video at their formal site snapchat.com
Basically, this is a photo messaging application developed by former Stanford Univ students. Users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These “snaps” can be viewed by recipients for a particular time-limit. App users were sending 700 million photos and videos per day, while Snapchat Stories content was being viewed 500 million times per day.
Goggles for your phone!
Thermal-imaging once meant having goggles stapped on! Today, the FLIR One makes this a thing of the past.
This iPhone 5/5s case has two cameras on its back: An infrared one and a VGA one that adds a bit more detail to the blobby heat-mapped image. The case has a built-in 1400mAh battery. Using a free app, you can use this case to scan any object for its thermal properties. These images can be captured — with filters too, including panorama and timelapse modes.
FLIR Systems is incidentally the world’s largest commercial company specialising in thermal imaging cameras, components and imaging sensors. It’s based in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Its makers say this can help pinpoint the position of pipe clogs, identify leaks early before walls are damaged, find weak spots in your home’s insulation… But it doesn’t come cheap at $350 for the FLIR One case. Available for pre-order now.
No drug in your drink
A new electronic device and mobile app called pd.id (Personal Drink ID), aims to help prevent sexual assaults that occur after a victim has been unknowingly drugged.
money.cnn.com cites US figures to suggest that nearly one in five — some 20 million — US women and girls have been rpaed in their lifetimes. Of these three million are accounted by “drug-facilitated rape”. If you’d believe it, some 16 million boys and men have also been victim of “sexual assault” there.
pd.id — which is currently under development — sends an alert to your phone if anyone drugs your drink. The 3.5 inch device, looking like a USB key, fits in your pocket or purse and can be discretely dipped in and out of a drink!More details are awaited.
From charger to backup battery
Turn your existing iPhone wall charger into a backup battery. Yes, it’s possible! NomadPlus is a 1,500mAh battery that slips on top of your iPhone wall wart. If you wanted to know, a 1,500mAh battery is big enough to charge a wholly drained iPhone 5S to up to about 70%. It would work well for iPhone, but charging an iPad would be rather slow though, because the output is capped at 5V/1A.
Price is about US$40. But with the promocode nomadplus, that is promised to drop to $20. Not sure for how long that would last though.
Gadgets, from Gadget Adda
YourStory.in recently had this story of how Apoorav Gilotra and Prateek Gambhir got down to reviewing gadgets without being wordy. Their tech-centric online publication Gadget Adda attempts to deliver “simplified and visualised versions of gadget information”. Adda, of course, is Bengali for “hang out”.
After meeting at their workplace, the two decided to take te plunge. Their team of six develops content and they have a special GraphicReview section. Their GraphicReviews focus mainly on selected smartphones. Their site is clean and information catchy.
Defend your knees
Just imagine this! It’s time to defend your knees…Knee Defender (TM) sells itself as a gadget that helps you “stop reclining seats on airplanes so your knees won’t have to”. This clever gadget looks cool too, we’re told.
This travel accessory is claimed to be specially valued by airline passengers with small children, “road warriors” who need to work while flying, and any traveler who simply does not like being hit by a reclining airplane seat.
Called a “provocative device” by the media, the Knee Defender comprises key-sized plastic claws that latch onto the arms of your tray table, thus preventing the passenger in front of you from reclining his or her seat. The claws can be placed anywhere along the tray’s arms depending upon how much space is desired, notes the device’s maker, Gadget Duck.