We say, embrace your fear of commitment!

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Trends on Tuesday 22 April 2014

How flexible and open are you when it comes to committing to something, say, tomorrow? Do you like having a week before an appointment, or are you ready to say ‘yes’ the second that you’re asked to pack your bag and go? If an adventure came up right now, would you agree to embark on it? Admit it already, you, like many of us, love your freedom. And why on earth shouldn’t you?

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Beddit: the world’s first smart bed technology

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Saturday 9 November 2013

Beddit is absolutely the easiest way to track your health and sleeping patterns. All you have to do is sleep. Just put the tiny sensor strips under your sheets and wake to a full health report detailing your sleep quality, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movement, sleep stages, snoring, and the sleeping environment quality. All this can […]

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Control a beautiful indoor sunrise with your smartphone

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Thursday 17 October 2013

Lighting is essential to our mood and body rhythms. So why not have a little fun with it? Thanks to Hue, an innovative wireless lighting system, you can set a timer and wake to a sunrise simulation in your bedroom. Or perhaps you have a favorite photo from that perfect vacation last summer.   Just drag it […]

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Play vinyl records with your smartphone

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Wednesday 16 October 2013

Everyone loves vinyl right now, but not everyone can just throw one on a handy turn-table. Let’s face it, most offices don’t really have that kind of vintage tech anymore. But that didn’t stop German dance label Kontor Records from mailing out some super sweet, orange vinyl LPs to their target agencies.

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Lumenplay: iPhone-controlled colour-changing LED lights

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Friday 19 July 2013

With all the things smartphones are capable of, it’s not surprising that now they can control your light decorations. Lumenplay is iPhone-controlled colour-changing LED lights that can be customized to suit any occasion. The lights are energy efficient, long lasting, interactive, and simple to use. You can customize the colours of the lights, sync them […]

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Now you can control a real cockroach with your smartphone

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Tuesday 18 June 2013

Not sure what exactly to make of this invention by DIY company Backyard Brains yet, but it sure is fascinating. Basically, these guys have built a mini-backpack for cockroaches which, when donned after an anesthetized surgical procedure that involves placing wires inside their antenna, allows you to control their movements from your smartphone.

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Alchohoot: the first Smartphone breathalyzer

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Wednesday 5 June 2013

‘I’m fine to drive’. Yeah, we’ve all hear that one before. The unfortunate reality about being drunk is that you tend to have impaired judgement, which means you’re likely to make a poor call when it comes to knowing if you’re safe to drive or not. But thanks to the first ever smartphone breathalyzer, you can check your BAC with the same accuracy of a police breathalyzer.

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SmartWallit: Smartphone alerts you when your wallet gets lost

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 24 April 2013

Now this is what we call a smart idea: the SmartWallit is an anti-lost accessory that connects with any smartphone with Bluetooth 4.0 or BLE (think iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 or Android). All you have to do is strap on the super-thin anti-lost device to any object you like — such as your wallet — […]

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An E-ink smartphone that could cost as little as a dumbphone

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Tuesday 5 March 2013

We’ve seen an iPhone case that gives your phone an E-ink screen on the back, but what about an E-ink smartphone? This device could cost as much as a ‘dumbphone’, but with all the capabilities of a 3G smartphone. There are definite pros to this gadget; one being price and the other being battery life. […]

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A smartphone you can actually see through

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 1 February 2013

Would you use a see-through smartphone? A company in Taiwan is now developing one such game-changer to rival every other smartphone in the market. The prototype comes with a power glass to run the phone and looks pretty nifty too. Does this mean mobile augmented reality can now move on to another level? Now, if only the micro SD card that comes with it can be see-through too…

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Romo: turn your smartphone into a little robot

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By Lucas Jatoba in Tech on Monday 28 January 2013

Romo is the first smartphone robot for everyone. It combines your smartphone with a super cool robotic base. Romo smiles at you, he sees you, delivers coffee, and has a great personality, among other many things. A pet, a toy, or a robotic avatar? He’s all in one. So cute, I want one. Now!

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Important smartphone etiquette posters

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Monday 21 January 2013

We’ve all experienced it. Being stuck in a confined space while having someone’s loud phone conversation forced upon you, or that person who constantly has to check their phone while you’re at dinner, or maybe even that person who has to Instagram everything they see. Yeah, you know what we’re talking about. And luckily, Ted Slampyack from Art of Manliness feels our pain, because he made a series of retro-style posters warning against bad smartphone etiquette.

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The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

Nini Baseema Contributor

By Nini Baseema in Tech on Friday 18 January 2013

Who amongst you is still shooting analog photos or have heaps of film lying around at home? The Lomography Society has invented the Smartphone Film Scanner to scan, edit, print and share all 35mm films. It fits into any rucksack and comes with a specific smartphone app to edit the photos on the go. That sounds like a must-have tool for analog junkies who enjoy living in the 21st century.

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Layer Reality App: explore the past on your smartphone

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By Alex Connell in Tech on Wednesday 5 December 2012

University of Newcastle researchers have developed an innovative app for smart phones and tablets that can transport people back to 19th Century Newcastle at the flick of a finger. The ‘Layar Reality App’ uses smart technology, enabling visitors and history buffs to roam the city streets, point their mobile device at a building or site, and be given a window into the Victorian era. 

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Waterproof iPad and smartphone covers by Subtech

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By Zoe Sernack in New Products on Friday 2 March 2012

Have you ever lost your phone due to water damage? I have and that’s why I couldn’t believe it when I saw the Subtech dryskin, a 100% waterproof cover for your smartphone or iPad. In fact, it even allows you to take photos and videos down to 16 foot under water. Purchase them online and you can make your own Nemo film or find a real mermaid.

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