smart appliances

Onboard software refers to applications capable of taking and automating task instructions for a single device or appliance – such as when to initiate a given process or function. The use of onboard software capable of scheduling and doing tasks without human involvement has been introduced to many home appliances in the past 5-10 years.

Some examples are automatic vacuum cleaners, robotic pool cleaners, automatic coffee makers, intelligent refrigerators, and even bread makers.  Here are some common household appliances that have been incorporating onboard software, and read about the advantages we get from using them.

Robotic Home Appliances Are Quietly Taking Over (In a Good Way)

1. Robotic Pool Cleaners

Now homeowners don’t need to pay pool cleaning companies or leave their filtration systems running all day. Robotic pool cleaners like the Dolphin Nautilus and … Read More

Zenfone3 Zoom Smartphone Photography

A lot has been said about the new ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone, particularly about its cameras and photography capabilities.

Although ZenFone 3 Zoom is simply a smartphone with all the features users expect from a modern Android 6 device, it does offer more than most competitors in the market.

In fact, it is one of the premier smartphone photography device users will find on the market and goes a step further to offer more options for photo lovers. Perhaps the interesting bit about this phone is it the two different cameras at the rare section.… Read More

Best Tech Gifts

Christmas is around the corner, and we all know what to expect during this festive season. In fact, it is called the shopping season for a reason, this is the time when people buy all sorts of products. Well, if you plan on buying friends the best tech gifts, you should get a move on it before it is too late and everything is sold out.

For those who plan on purchasing the best tech gifts for friends or family members, below is a list of the 15 unique and amazing tech gifts you should consider.… Read More

Wireless headset enjoyment

It is clear that the technology has greatly improved in the world of gaming. The tremendous efforts geared toward changing the whole concept of gaming has resulted in the development of wireless headsets, and they have impacted the lives of the gamers in a positive way.

Not only do they provide the gamers with enough freedom of moving around while playing video games, but they are also more convenient and comfortable to use. They eliminate the problem of having wires all over the place with multi-players and having to sit close to the gaming console.

When looking for the perfect headset for gaming, it is important for you to go for a headset that fits comfortable, provide quality sound, and offer you the freedom to walk around the room. The headphones should have a … Read More

Oculus Rift goggles

Great News For Gamers!

The quickly emerging 3D world of virtual reality will soon be receiving one of the most anticipated virtual reality goggles, the Oculus Rift.  I  hope this article will serve as an overview of what to expect from the latest virtual reality technology on the horizon.

Virtual reality goggles work by mimicking the function of the eyes on perception. The human brain interprets two separate images introduced by the optic nerves connected to each eye. Because eyes are in two slightly different positions on the face, humans see two slightly different images that the brain processes into one 3D image.

VR goggles have two tiny screens (one for each eye) located in the headset. Each screen displays a similar, minimally altered image and in return, the mind is able to perceive a … Read More

happy goggles

McDonald’s was founded in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois and while it did serve its customers some delicious hamburgers at that time, it wasn’t until 1977 that they began their treat for kids: the Happy Meal!  Today’s happy meals usually include a child-sized cheeseburger, fries, and a fun but cheaply-made toy.

McDonald’s is about to up their game when it comes to their Happy Meal toys though. Their Virtual Reality headset is known as “Happy Goggles” will debut in fourteen Swedish establishments only, for now, beginning on March 5th. The release date coincides with the celebration of McDonald’s 30th anniversary in Sweden and the week-long Swedish holiday of Sportlov, a time when families are encouraged to get outside and participate in winter sports. This brand new gadget is beyond anything else McDonald’s has … Read More

DJI drone

Drones or quadcopters are exciting gadgets. They have different uses and therefore anyone who intends on purchasing one needs to be well informed on the different types of drones available on the market. As technology changes, it has brought different uses for drones.

As a beginner you may purchase a drone to play with as a fun hobby, however, if the drone is used for business purposes (commercial) then you do need to register the drone.… Read More

dorm room stereo - my dad's dorm room in the early 80s

While an expensive stereo system will give you quality sound, not many students can afford the high price tags.

After all, setting up a dorm requires spending hundreds on shelving, a laptop, bedding, new clothes, and maybe even a more comfortable new Casper mattress – depending on the residence hall.

But just because your stereo is on the bottom of your priority list, a limited budget doesn’t mean your dorm room should remain dull and boring.  There are several brands of stereo dorm speakers that are super-affordable and will deliver exceptionally great sound quality.

Here are four dorm speakers that you should seriously consider.… Read More

funko pop star wars figure xmas gift

10 Awesome Christmas Gifts for the Nerd in your Life

Everyone’s got an inner nerd somewhere deep in themselves. Trying to find a gift for a nerd that perhaps shows his colors a little more on the surface than you, can be challenge. Trying to find the best Christmas gifts for geeks isn’t a difficult task though if you know where to look. This list of items are all available through Amazon and are all worth of geeking out over. Check it out.… Read More

DJI Phantom 3 Professional on ground outside

The consumer drone industry has come so far in such a short amount of time.

As governments try to grapple with the fast growing number of non-military UAVs, the competition between consumer drone manufacturers is intensifying.  Venture capital is pouring into new drone startups by the billions.

As different brands and models try their best to outdo each other, one particular model has emerged as an industry leader: the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional and controller

The Phantom 3 Professional (more detailed review + photos here) is in many ways a statement on where the future of drones is going.… Read More

apple watch

Is The New Apple Watch A Lemon?

Many probably wonder what Steve Jobs is thinking right now about the future of Apple (RIP).  Late last year, Tim Cook announced what he and Apple investors thought would be an innovative huge hit in today’s market for tech wearables, the Apple Watch.

The fact is, though, the media is not impressed. Lukewarm would best describe the reception from most. Here are a few of the most prominent media takes on the new watch.… Read More

sony smart watch 2 and experia

It’s not long ago that smart watches came onto the scene.

Wearable computing technology is introducing a new era in which smaller and smaller  intelligent devices are making communications and apps even more personal. Smart watches are the latest hot innovation in this trend.

In addition to changing the way people view and use their wrist watches, smart watches and watch phones promise a whole lot more convenience than a phone.

Nevertheless, the best smart watches today are still basically extensions of your smartphone. So if you are looking to get one, you really should choose your smartphone first.

Currently there are a lot of companies fighting for the pole position on your wrist, ranging from large corporations like Samsung, LG and Apple to upstarts like Martian and Pebble. Even though they all … Read More

seiko tv watch connector unit

Back in 1985, when I was 12 years old, my father (an engineer) brought home a watch we’d both seen in the James Bond film, Octopussy, together: the Seiko TV Watch. It was known at the time as “the world’s smallest TV” (I learned that the Guinness Book of World Records named it that in 1984).  It made a real impression on me at the time. I thought my father was the coolest.

The other day, I saw Octopussy again and thought I’d go check the attic to see if the unit Dad bought was still with his stuff in my attic.  Yes it was – and it was still in the original packaging!.

After researching online for a few hours, here’s what I learned about the first smart watch I ever owned … Read More