The Ring Video Doorbell blends traditional monitoring and security into a modern gadget that streams live audio and video of a home’s front doorstep directly to a smartphone or tablet. Continue reading Ring is a pretty good Wi-Fi enabled video doorbell that streams to your mobile
If you are headed to a music festival, it’s time to start checking off that all-important list of essential items to help you survive a mud-filled weekend away. Continue reading [Sponsored] Top Five Gadgets for Music Festivals
The LG G Watch is one of the first smartwatches to be powered by Android Wear — Google’s new operating system for wearables. The G Watch is yet to ship to the first group of buyers from India; however, it was on display at LG’s glittering G3 launch event in Mumbai, and we got some hands-on time with the smartwatch.
The G Watch is powered by Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU, and connects with any Android smartphone running Android 4.3 or above via Bluetooth LE (Low Energy). It sports a 1.65” IPS LCD touchscreen display with 280×280 pixel resolution. It has a 9 Axis (Accelerometer/Compass/Gyro) sensor, but there’s no heart rate monitor.
The LG G Watch is not small by any means, but is reasonably slender given the kind of hardware it is packing inside. However, it’s hard to get excited about the design, especially with Moto 360 on the way. The watch-face is square and blocky, and the straps are rubberised. Unlike the Samsung Gear Live, the G Watch’s rear is completely flat, which makes the watch protrude awkwardly from the edges of your wrist. The Gear Live has a gentle curve, which makes it fit better on normal wrist sizes. The display is decent, but also of lower resolution than Samsung’s offering. However, at such small screen sizes, this will not be a major issue.
The G Watch doesn’t have any buttons, and is meant to be controlled solely through voice and the touchscreen. Tapping on the screen wakes up the device and you can either speak your commands, or you can select from a list of available activities. Alternatively you can also say ‘OK Google’ to directly jump into Google Now. Available activities include setting alarm, checking your calendar, starting stopwatch, checking your fitness data, and taking notes on Keep. You can extend this list by installing Android Wear compatible apps. You can scroll through the list and access any of the apps with a simple tap. You can scroll through various cards, and swipe to the left to bring up more options. You even do stuff like dictate replies to mail or a hangout. A swipe towards the right exits the current app and brings you to the homescreen. The homescreen displays the current time, along with notifications from Google Now. This can include information about upcoming events and meetings, flight information, and weather. There are also multiple watch faces that you can select from.
The G Watch is snappy, and I didn’t spot any lag. However, I did notice that the touchscreen sometimes failed to register my swipes, if I can’t careful. The 400 mAh battery is expected to last for about two days, which is more than some of the other products in the market, but hardly good enough for a watch. The G Watch is charged via a special cradle with magnetic plates that securely attaches with the watch. The charging dock itself is powered by a standard microUSB cable. The dock feels quite sturdy, however, if you manage to lose or break the dock, you might end up with an expensive brick on your hand, as replacement docks aren’t available for purchase at the moment.
The G Watch is meant to showcase Android Wear, and that’s what it does. However, it fails to make you go ‘wow’ with either style or functionality. Android Wear is a powerful platform and is capable of doing lots of cool stuff. However, both the platform and the hardware have quite a few shortcomings. The design is unappealing, the display is average, there are very few apps available at the moment, and the battery is not great. However, all of this is pretty much expected from a first generation device running on the very first version of an OS. The LG G Watch is meant to showcase Android Wear, and that’s exactly what it feels like – an early, unfinished device that offers a glimpse of the potential of the platform. The Android Wear platform is brand new, and there are plenty of usability issues that it needs to figure out. Even simple stuff like opening an app or chatting with someone via hangout can end up being a frustrating experience. The LG G Watch is priced at ₹ 14,999, and in its present avatar is not for everyone. Buy this only if you enjoy being an early adopter and want to be ahead of the curve.
The Stage5 is a compact smartphone dock that features a vibration speaker technology, turning any surface it’s placed on into a high quality surface speaker. The Bluetooth dock can sync with any Bluetooth-enabled music player, and can be controlled via a mobile app. Continue reading Our Kickstarter Pick: Stage5 Dock is the first Smartdock Controlled by a Mobile App
One of my favorite accessories brand, TYLT has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming product, the Energi 2K Travel Charger.
Utilizing TYLT’s patented technology, the brightly colored Energi 2K is an affordable 2-in-1 USB wall charger that doubles as a portable battery for on-the-go charging. The Energi 2K prototype was unveiled at CES 2014 earlier this year, and won a few awards as well.
The charger features foldable AC wall prongs to make it very portable. It packs in a rechargeable 2200 mAh battery with an LED battery status indicator. With a universal USB port, you can use the charger for any smartphone or similar device. The Energi 2K can handle input of 110-240 Volts, and therefore, it can be used across the world, although, you’d need an adapter.
The Energi 2K was designed to replace your standard wall charger. The Intelligent Charging Technology prioritizes the charge to your device until your device is fully charged. It then charges the 2200mAh battery onboard. It will take 3-4 hours to fully charge the 2K. If nothing is connected, the charger stays in Intelligent Standby Mode.
Last year, TYLT completed two successful Kickstarter campaigns for the Energi+ Backpack and VU Wireless Charger. Now, TYLT is seeking $50,000 for UL testing fees and an initial production run, with a plan to deliver product to backers in July this year. There are several reward plans starting from $20, although the retail price is expected to be $39.99.
While laptops evolved for the need of portable PCs, the ultrabooks and convertibles have taken portability to the next level. Of course, you still have to carry the power adapter when you head out for work or are travelling. What you lug around is a power adapter with a hefty brick and a long cable that is anything but compact. Continue reading Our Kickstarter Pick: Dart aims to be the world’s smallest laptop adapter
Lava’s premium smartphone brand, Xolo has announced its newest dual-SIM offering – Xolo Q1010i, a successor to Xolo Q1010. With the Xolo Q1010i, the company aims to bring exceptional camera experience at the mid-range smartphone offering. Continue reading Xolo Q1010i With Sony Exmor R Camera Sensor Announced At Rs 13,499
Today, Amazon has announced its video streaming device – Amazon Fire TV for $99. The device will start shipping in the US from today and can be ordered from Amazon.com. Fire TV customers will also benefit from a 30-day free trial of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Continue reading Amazon Launches Fire TV Streaming Settop Box For $99
LG finally re-entered the tablet market with the new G Pad 8.3. This device will be showcased later this week at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin. LG G Pad 8.3 is the second member of the LG’s premium G Series family of smartphones and tablets. It comes with the new KnockON feature, which allows you to turns the device on and off just by tapping the display twice. Apart from that, it also comes with Slide Aside, which lets you multitask by simply sliding currently open apps to the side using a three-finger swipe.
Dr. Jong-seok Park, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Complementing our G Series smartphones, the introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 further strengthens LG’s premium lineup consisting of our most cutting-edge devices. Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate.”
LG G Pad 8.3 features a 8.3 inch WUXGA display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, and a 4600 mAh battery. This device measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm and weighs 330 grams.
LG G Pad 8.3 will compete with the new Nexus 7, Galaxy Note 8.0 and the upcoming iPad Mini 2. This tablet will be available in black and white colors. The LG G Pad 8.3 will go on sale in North America, Europe and Asia in the fourth quarter of 2013. The price of this device is expected to be revealed later this week. Stay tuned for more IFA 2013 coverage!
In a time when unsuspecting household items such as refrigerators and dishwashers come with WiFi inbuilt, we’ve got another one of your taken-for-granted home appliances that you can now hook up for a WiFi upgrade. Your door bell.
How would you like to add an intercom and a video feed to your existing door bell? That’s exactly what a new fund raising campaign on Indiegogo aims to achieve. Carrying the tacky name iDoorCam, the little round gadget bearing a button and the camera is a WiFi doorbell that wires into your existing door bell arrangement. iDoorCam will connect to your home WiFi network and alert you on your iPhone or Android (via WiFi or 3G, if you’re away) whenever you have a visitor. You can then choose to answer the bell or ignore it. The iOS and Android apps (currently in the work) will allow you to see, listen to and speak to your guest.
Apart from the obvious microphone, camera and speaker, iDoorCam will also support night vision and motion sensing.
iDoorCam, already funded completely to its goal on Indiegogo, should be available for purchase in Q1 2014. You can however pre-book it for a little cheaper right now on the funding page.