Automatically block/hold texts and calls while driving. Automatically lock your phone. Three apps available which can help out: Drive First by Sprint, DriveMode by AT&T, and Safely Go by Verizon. They can each restrict inbound phone calls to a list. They all block texts and you can customize an automatic reply if desired.
In an effort to appeal to the avid outdoor enthusiast and extreme sports thrill seekers, Ricoh is introducing a new line of three different digital cameras that are classified as “rugged” and highly durable. The WG-4, WG-4 GPS, and the WG-20 are the latest upgrade of the Pentax WG line and are said to be durable and tough enough to withstand the most extreme temperatures and weather conditions in addition to their ability to be used in deeper underwater photography.
Even though 3-D printers are becoming more and more affordable, the much needed 3D modeling software is still proving to be extremely complex for the average consumer to manipulate. Sixense is a virtual reality software firm that is trying to make the user’s experience more intuitive and engaging by introducing the new MakeVR technology.
A new UK-based company is attempting to bridge the digital gap in Third World countries with the new Portable USB OS Drive called Keepod. The inspiration behind this noble enterprise came from a small 500,000 resident community in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. There is no safe water supply and basic sanitation is completely non-existent. There is no education system except for unorganized, smaller “street schools” that are run by inexperienced and undereducated adults who are trying to offer their children a better future. Only 10% of school-age children manage to go to college. As you might imagine, digital technologies and Internet access is a luxury that these people simply cannot afford.
Waterloo Labs has recently come out with the Paintball Picasso. As they sum it up… Paintball Markers + Servos + Webcam + 3D Printing + Laser Cutting + NI myRIO + LabVIEW = AWESOME. The system consists of three robotic paintball guns controlled by servos. They fire more than 10 paintballs a second and can be controlled in a variety of ways to create art. Check out the video.
BT has squeezed even more out of fiber optics by clocking speeds of 1.4 terabits-per-second in a recent speed test for broadband Internet connections. This has the ability to transfer 44 uncompressed HD netflix movies in one second. Wouldn’t you love to have that running directly into your house? It is amazing what is possible by sending light down a strand of glass.
These days you see so many people taking selfie pictures. Wouldn’t it be interesting to send someone a different type of “picture” of yourself? You now have the capability of doing just that with this mixture of new technologies.
I just published a new personal app which basically accesses my latest blog articles on this site along with quick links to my social media accounts. In my opinion, the best part of the app is if you allow it to send you push notifications, it will notify you as new articles are posted. At the moment this free app is only available for iOS. If you are browsing this website using an iOS device, it should prompt you at the top if you want to download the app.
Here are updated stats for the top 10 Facebook fan pages as of February 2, 2014.
Here are updated stats for the top 10 Twitter accounts by most followers as of February 2, 2014.