Google are aiming to disrupt the smartphone game with Project Ara. Being announced some time ago before disappearing, Project Ara is back. This device will be a customizable smartphone. Google have been able to work through some of the issues and release a version for testing later this year. It is hoped that a version for consumers will be available next year.
Google announced a new device for your home, the Google Home. In short, the Google Home is a wifi connected speaker that appears to be a first generation personal assistant. Mario Queiroz, the executive behind the project. Queiroz was in charge of the Chromecast.
The Google Home is a competitor to Amazon’s Echo. For starters, it’s a speaker that’s always listening, can play music and can connect you to services like Google Assistant, Gmail, Google calendar, Google Play music and other Google Cast services (Such as Spotify). The device can communicate with a Chromecast to play music or stream video through your television.
Garmin has upgraded their Vivosmart HR fitness tracker to the Viviosmart HR+. The difference between the two fitness trackers is a built-in GPS. Runners will be able to track their runs with accuracy. The running metrics that Garmin’s Forerunner watches (Such as the Forerunner 235 and the 630) will be available on the Vivosmart HR+. It’s not that much of an upgrade, but if you’re a runner or a walker looking for more information on your exercise, it’s a welcome addition.
Smartphones are becoming the primary way we use cameras today. But if you need something a little extra, Pictar has you covered. It is a piece of hardware you connect to your iPhone to take incredible pictures and videos.
It works by creating a full use camera out of a piece of outer hardware attaching to your iPhone. With Pictar you get the experience of a DSLR camera, with fully integrated features and special extras that make it something entirely different and new.
Imagine being able to use your phone to print in 3D. That’s what the OLO 3D printer, found on Kickstarter, enables you to do. The process is simple on Android, iOS or Windows phones. Get the OLO, install the app on a smartphone with a flat screen and you’re ready to print.
The OLO 3D printer is usable for beginners or experts. It requires no specialist knowledge to create 3D prints. Cloud software is used to store your designs. Users are able to upload their designs, keep them private or share them with others. If you’re especially proud of your design, you can charge other users a small fee for its use.
Amazon announced this week a new e-reader Kindle called Kindle Oasis. With a redesign of the previous Kindle e-readers, Kindle Oasis aims is to be more like a book than previous eReaders. eReader devices haven’t had the impact of other digital devices in other areas. Physical copies of books still exist and are easier to use and read. True, you can’t carry your entire book collection in your bag, but you can’t use an eBook like a textbook or travel guide is used.
The Ossic X is the world’s most advanced 3D audio headphone. The design of the headphone set calibrates the sound to your anatomy and what’s around you. Music, gaming and movie experience delivered to you in 3D audio.
It’s an amazing experience, finding yourself away from everything. When the background noise of life disappears, and from all around you are the sounds of the world in three dimensions. Music is something that is experienced, something you can’t touch that touches us deep inside. An immersive listening experience is one that sinks into your memory, creating emotions and dreams.