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This $40 adapter lets you charge iPhone 7 and listen to music simultaneously

Belkin's $40 Lightning Adapter Lets You Use Wired Headphones And Charge Your iPhone 7 At The Same Time

Belkin’s $40 Lightning Adapter Lets You Use Wired Headphones And Charge Your iPhone 7 At The Same Time

Many fans of the iDevices are annoyed with the killing of 3.5mm headphone jack from the newly launched iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, the Silicon giant has included a pair of Lightning-enabled EarPods and a headphone adapter in the box for the newly announced iPhones. But what if you want to both charge and listen to wired audio simultaneously?

Thanks to Belkin, this problem can be fixed for $39.99. This $39.99 “Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar” adapter, which has been created in collaboration with Apple, turns that single Lightning port into two ports. However, they’re both Lightning ports.

“We’re excited to offer the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar to our customers, extending our family of RockStar multi-port products and creating an easy way for people to charge and listen on the go,” says Steve Malony, VP, GM Belkin.

The adapter plugs into the iPhone 7’s Lightning port and then allows you to connect both to a charging cable and Lightning-connected headphones. In other words, if you’re using headphones with a traditional 3.5mm jack, you will first need to plug these into Apple’s official Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, and then plug this adapter into the Belkin adapter.

The Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar will go on sale October 10th. The adapter supports charging up to 12W of power and 48 kHz 24-bit audio output, as well as remote control and microphone for Lightning-compatible headphones. It’s compatible with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as any other Lightning-compatible devices running iOS 10. You can purchase the adapter from the Belkin website, the Apple online store, and Apple retail stores.

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Samsung’s smart belt, Welt, will monitor your waistline

Samsung's smart belt, Welt, will monitor your waistline

Samsung’s Fitness-Tracking Smart Belt WELT Watches Your Waist Line

Are you too calories conscious? Or do you indulge in overeating? Do you wish if there could be a device that could help you to eat the right quantity and not over indulge? There is some good news for such people.

Earlier this year at the CES, Samsung had showcased a smart belt called WELT as part of a line-up of prototypes born from its Creative Lab that goes around your waist like a regular belt and will track your waist size, the number of steps you take, your sitting time and will tell you when you should get up and walk around when you’ve eaten too much. Thanks to an embedded pedometer and a magnetic clasp fitted in the buckle.

WELT contains an array of sensors packed into the back of its buckle and an external micro-USB port for charging on its side. It will also include Bluetooth, an accelerometer and a 90mAh battery that offers up to 20 days of battery life. Therefore, you will need to charge your belt only about once a month, which is also the obvious downside of the device.

The WELT wants to be a real fitness tracker. A special magnetic sensor built into the buckle tracks how tight you wear your belt and lets you know if it notices any changes, for instance, if you have over-eaten. It does so by measuring the size of your tummy before and after meals. The company claims that your waist size can change in just 30 minutes before and after a meal, so keeping track of these changes can throw light on patterns of overeating. The pedometer can measure your steps and activity and calculate the calories burned.

The company’s app for Android or iOS automatically organizes all that information on a single screen so you can understand it easily. You will see graphs based on daily, weekly and monthly data to help show your progress. Depending on your body type, the app also automatically sets health goals and gets smarter over time the more you use it.

The fashionable and inconspicuous WELT comes in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns and is available for men and women. The WELT project team which is looking to raise US$30,000 to take the design into production has already reached its modest funding goal with 30 days to spare on the campaign. Pledges start at $69 for a WELT Casual, $99 for the Classic or $129 for the Premium. Kickstarter Special Editions of each come engraved with the backer’s name or a message. The devices are expected to start shipping in January 2017.

Source: Kickstarter

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Zebra Unveils Its First Android-Based Enterprise Wearable Computer

Zebra Unveils Its First Android-Based Enterprise Wearable Computer

Zebra launches world’s first-ever Android based wearable computer

After decades of Microsoft’s Windows-based wearable computers, the shopkeepers, warehouse owners and salesmen now have an option of using user-friendly Android based wearable computer. Zebra Technologies has introduced its first-ever Android-based enterprise wearable called WT600 Industrial Wearable Computer as well as an accessory RS6000 Wearable Ring Scanner and an HS3100 Rugged Headset that add flexibility for a wide range of enterprise users. The WT6000 runs on Android Lollipop 5.1, while the ring scanner and headset don’t include their own operating systems.

The WT600 comes with RS6000 Wearable Ring Scanner and an HS3100 Headset  to offer a complete solution to enterprise users.

The Zebra WT6000 Industrial Wearable Computer can be worn on a wrist and includes a 3.2-inch WVGA (800 by 480 pixels) LCD In-Plane-Switching touch-screen display, a scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover, quad-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of memory, 4GB of flash storage and a 3,350mAh Li-Ion battery. The Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system on the device includes Zebra Mobility Extensions (Mx) to customize it for enterprise users.

WT6000 is 4.7 inches wide, 3.5 inches high and 0.7 inches thick and weighs 8.7 ounces. It includes three user-programmable function keys as well as WiFi, Bluetooth and near-field communications (NFC) connectivity. The device has several options for data capture, including a variety of 1D/2D imaging scanners. Zebra says that WT6000 is dustproof and spray-proof, and can be operated in extreme conditions.

The company has also released Zebra Mobility Extensions which will allow enterprise workers to use hands-free voice commands to pick orders. Prices for the WT3000 start at $3,000.

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The best in class Syllable D900S Bluetooth headsets

The best in class Syllable D900S Bluetooth headsets

Syllable D900S Mini Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds In-Ear Design Comes With CD Quality

Syllable is a headphone manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China known for its brilliant products for audiophiles. While it does make various Bluetooth headphones, the newly launched Syllable D900s is different due to its futuristic and innovative wire-free design.

The new Syllable D900S wireless earbuds adopts the exclusive Multiplex Link composite connection technology of Syllable for absolutely wireless connection. The completely wireless design gives you the freedom to do any kind of sport or work without the hassles of trailing wires. It is very compact and easy to carry, as it weighs only 0.008 kg.

The earbuds are an entirely wire free Bluetooth 4.0 solution with a range of 10 meters that looks to bring higher quality to Bluetooth headsets. The Syllable D900S is the updated version of original D900, and provides more stable signal and longer standby time. It also supports the Apt-X Bluetooth music audio codec and offers CD-like audio quality over a Bluetooth 4.0 connection. It reduces the bitrate required to fit within bluetooth’s limited bandwidth without reducing quality, which means that you can ultimately have audio that is similar to wired solutions.

Thanks to its implementation of the Apt-X Codec you will really hear the difference when comparing with the D900s with the huge number of headphones available from other manufacturers that do not yet support it.

You can expect much higher quality Noise Cancellation, In-Call Quality, Signal stability, 2-Channel Stereo Sound and Battery life with the new D900S.

Since these earbuds are designed and aimed at the sports enthusiasts, be it outdoors or indoors, it comes with an IPX4 waterproof certification, which means that it is rain-proof and sweat-resistant.

The Syllabus D900S has a frequency range of 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz that allows them to replicate almost the entire range of a standard CD.

Another great feature is the intelligent recharging box, which works very much like a powerbank for the earpieces and is able to recharge them up to 6 times before it needs a recharge. Additionally, the earbuds take around 2 hours to fully charge the 65mAh batteries, providing around 4 hours of music time and 90 hours in standby.

The Syllabus D900S is available in two color variants, black and white. It is available for purchase at Amazon for just $99.

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Nintendo Power Glove is used to function a quadcopter

Nintendo Power Glove is used to function a quadcopter

Drones can actually be controlled by Nintendo Power Gloves

During an Intel booth at Bay Area Maker Faire, two enthusiasts, Gerrit and Mike ran into Nolan Moore who was showing off his work to combine a Nintendo Power Glove with an AR Drone quadcopter. The interesting thing is that not only did this trick manage to get pulled off, but there was a separate place where Nolan could actually show the crowd how he managed to get it working.

He held his hand flat to hover, then made a fist and tilted it in any direction to affect pitch and roll, point a finger up or down to affect altitude, and point straight and twisted that hand for yaw control. When the two enthusiasts questioned Nolan about these controls, they were given answers that they were not keen on believing, but in the end, the live demonstration proven by Nolan shows that the controls were extremely responsive.

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The guts of the Nintendo Power Glove had to be completely removed with two new boards replacing them. If you want to see how Nolan managed to control a drone using a Nintendo Power Glove then check out the video given below.

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This earpiece fits in your ear and can translate foreign languages in real-time

This earpiece fits in your ear and can translate foreign languages in real-time

New earpiece gadget fits in your year and translates your conversations in real-time

Now understanding someone who doesn’t speak your language could be a thing of the past, thanks to this new piece of technology. An US start-up has created an earpiece just for that. Called Pilot, the App can live translate conversations in different languages.

According to its developers, Pilot, can translate between English, French, Spanish and Italian in real time and will be available to buyers by the end of this year. Pilot will cost $129 (£90) ?and will be available for pre-order on their website.

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Wavery Labs, the developers of the device, say on their website: “This little wearable uses translation technology to allow two people to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other”. Wavery Labs has not disclosed exactly how the Pilot will work but has stated that the gadget works using ‘translation technology’ which will be embedded in an app that will work in conjunction with the earpiece.

The company is also going for a crowdfunding campaign which will be launched for the product on Indiegogo. Pilot earpieces are to come in three colours and will be able to be pre-ordered from the 25th May.

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Sony’s new projector can turn any surface into a touch display

Sony's new projector can turn any surface into a touch display

Sony’s Projector Turns Any Surface Into A Touch-Sensitive Display

Sony has been tasked with making impressively designed smartphones, TVs and of course, its popular next-gen gaming console, PlayStation 4. However, company also has a division called Future Lab, which is basically just a fancy name for an R&D section designed to bring in products of the future. Looks like the company is at least ten steps ahead of the competition, because Future Lab has just introduced its next-generation projector that has the capability to turn any screen into a touchscreen.

Keep in mind that in order for you to interact effortlessly with the surface, it will have to be completely flat. During SXSW, Sony showcased a prototype projector that not only transforms a lifeless flat surface into a touchscreen, but it also comes with a depth sensor so that the projector will be able to see what has been placed on the table, and will provide you with basic information about it.

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According to The Verge, some of the examples of this includes placing objects like cups, in which the projector was able to detect that said object and was also able to determine how deep that cup is. Additionally, Sony’s latest prototype is capable of recognizing books and transform those books into interactive versions filled with drawings and animations. Where novels and other books are expected to be boring and lifeless to some of the crowd, can now become a source of entertainment.

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However, Sony has not given any expected announcement date when its projector will be available for the masses. Sony has invested a great amount of money and resources through Future Lab into this venture, therefore are several possibilities can sprout from this product.

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This Oral-B ‘Genius’ Will Help You Smartly Brush Your Teeth

This Oral-B ‘Genius’ Will Help You Smartly Brush Your Teeth

Oral-B Unveils The World’s First Electric Smart Toothbrush

Who doesn’t want pearly white teeth? From brushing twice a day to flossing after every meal, we do everything to get those pearly whites. After the introduction of electric toothbrushes, some people moved over to these as they believe that it is more efficient and effective than regular toothbrushes.

Oral-B Unveils The World’s First Electric Smart Toothbrush

Now, Oral-B has gone a step further by introducing a new toothbrush at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 called the ‘Oral-B Genius’. This brush uses “Position Detection Technology” with sensors in the brush and video recognition tech that uses the camera on your smartphone. Together the smartphone camera and sensor keep an eye on areas of your teeth being brushed to help ensure no space is missed.

The users need to place their smartphone in a robust-looking holder on the mirror in front of them. Then they need to fire up the dedicated Oral-B app 4.1, position their face in front of their smartphone’s front-facing camera and begin to brush. Motion sensors inside the brush detect the areas being brushed. Users receive instant feedback on the brushing of each zone of the mouth via the Oral-B app, including guidance on pressure applied and brushing duration. The toothbrush itself has Oral-B oscillating-rotating-pulsating tech to help clean teeth better.

Other key features of the electric toothbrush are triple pressure sensor technology, which protects gums from overaggressive brushing by indicating when too much pressure is applied and then automatically slows down the brush head speed.

“Patients are not brushing their teeth correctly, even though they think they are; they brush too hard, do not brush long enough, and miss zones of the mouth. This new brushing system helps us coach patients to brush properly, and improve these three main areas of patient brushing behaviors that affect their oral health,” said Dr. Jose Nart, DDS, of Nart Clinica Dental, Barcelona.

As the user brushes they can watch the screen in front of them to essentially play the game of brushing their teeth. A little circle with segments represents their mouth, directing the user to brush for the correct amount of time in each area of their mouth by making the color of each segment fade as they go. Oral-B says this is based on the insight that up to 80% of people spend an insufficient amount of time brushing at least one zone inside their mouth.

“The Oral-B GENIUS and App take digital guidance to the next level by bringing awareness to what’s actually happening each time users brush and giving them real-time guidance to improve every brushing session. Now our patients can continue what’s started in the dental office at home – a professionally guided brushing routine.”

Users can actively monitor their brushing via the official iOS and Android Oral-B apps, which provide visual aids to encourage users to spend time on each individual zone in their mouth, without applying too much pressure or missing the back molars. Before moving to the next segment, the users first need to brush away the blue color in each of the segments.

In order to save their data to the app and check their progress, users need to sync their phone with the app around every two weeks. The data can also be shared with their dentist. Since the launch of the app two years ago, Oral-B only receives aggregated data about the 6.4 million brushing sessions tracked by the app.

The toothbrush comes with a bunch of accessories such as a stylish smart travel case that charges the brush and a smartphone, a smartphone holder to position your handset on the mirror while brushing, and a lithium-ion battery for least two weeks of use between charges, a multicolored 360 degree lighting system featuring 12 different colored lights allowing users to customize their brushes using the Oral-B app.

While there is no word on the pricing of the toothbrush, it is expected to be available in select markets starting in July. Also, an Android and iOS version of Oral-B app 4.1 will be available in Google Play Store and iTunes around the same time.

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D-Link’s Wireless Twin Routers Ensure That Your Entire House Is Wi-Fi Enabled

D-Link's Wireless Twin Routers Ensure That Your Entire House Is Wi-Fi Enabled

D-Link comes up with two ugly looking routers that provides Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of your house

Most consumer-level routers cannot create a Wi-Fi network that covers every corner of a large house. As a result, larger homes suffer from poor Wi-Fi connections. To combat this problem, D-Link has now come up with a kit with twin routers that guarantees comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage from day one. It is offering a top-end router with a powerful extender.

The twin routers, AC4300 Tri-Band MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router and AC1300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Extender when placed cleverly in your home can maximize signal strength and address connectivity issues in a room far away from your router.

D-Link says setup is a breeze, mainly because the two devices were made to communicate with one another out of the box. You will also get tri-band Wi-Fi via a single 2.4GHz band and dual 5GHz bands, and multi-user MIMO technology that assigns wireless devices to their own antennae to help ensure that simultaneous data transmissions don’t get bogged down across the network and provide maximize signal strength.

Designed to work perfectly together, the other advantage to having a pair of wireless devices is that the D-Link Unified Home Wi-Fi Network Kit can ensure that whatever’s connected to your Wi-Fi network will talk to either the main AC4300 router or the AC1300 extender depending on which can provide a better signal at the time.

The twin devices can also detect which can provide the better signal, and links to your TV, smartphone or any other devices that you are connecting with. If you’re moving around, the router and extender will hand your device off as needed. To minimize slowdowns, they will work in tandem to ensure that the network load is automatically balanced across the various wireless bands supported by them.

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Acer and Lenovo Debut World’s First USB-C Monitors

Acer and Lenovo Debut World's First USB-C Monitors

Acer and Lenovo Launch World’s First USB-C Monitors which are compatible with Apple’s latest Macbooks

Acer has announced all-new H7 series monitors as the first in the world to support USB Type-C. The H7 series will be compatible with Apple’s latest 12-inch MacBooks. According to the presser, the monitors will be able to charge the MacBook, transfer data and display content over one USB-C cable, eliminating the need for multiple cables and adapters.

Acer said that the monitors will be available in 25-inch and 27-inch screen sizes with 2,560×1,440 pixels resolution, Acer TrueHarmony and DTS Sound, HDMI 2.0 ports and 100% sRGB coverage. The H7 series launches in the U.S. and other North American markets in February with prices starting at $499.99. The worldwide release will be done at a later date.

Lenovo has also announced the ThinkVision X24 Pro and ThinkVision X1 as its first two USB Type-C monitors, per AnandTech. The bezel-free ThinkVision X24 Pro features a 1,920×1,080 resolution IPS display, USB-C and Mini DisplayPort, an Intel RealSense 3D camera, two 3W speakers and more. The monitor starts at $399 and ships in May.

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Lenovo’s 27-inch ThinkVision X1 has an ultra-thin 7.5mm design, 3,840×2,160 resolution, USB-C and DisplayPort 1.2 ports, HDMI 2.0, 99% sRGB coverage and more. Apple’s 12-inch MacBook includes support for DisplayPort 1.2 through USB-C, so it will be able to power this Ultra HD monitor at 60 Hz.

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