We chat with Mark Graham of PixelOptics in this episode. PixelOptics impressed us with its futuristic take on corrective vision and glasses. As you'll see, they've been able to put liquid crystal into the lenses, along with circuitry in the frame, that allows you to enable and disable the bifocal mode on your glasses with a tap of the frame. You can also enable an auto on/off by way of the accelerometer. Even if you don't wear glasses, this is a very cool look at what can be done. This video was recorded at CES 2012.
What kind of life do you have when, to let your loved one know you care, you make a bovine noise to them via USB? Someone must have thought that was a clever idea and invented the MooMoo. Note that two different voices are used when the cow’s magic button is pushed, but we are thinking that in the grand scheme of things, this is still a lot of bull. Can you say IM? Can you say e-mail? Can you say telephone?
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If you like a spotless cubicle…check out the USB Desk Vacuum Cleaner. We admit the concept sounds a little ridiculous, even when compared to the wackiest USB gadgets. But this retro-looking vacuum actually works, making it a great—and amusing—way to keep your desk clean of crumbs, and it’s certainly more fun than boring old Windex and paper towels. Just beware that owning one could earn you the rep of being the “quirky one” at your job….that is, if you care about such things. Currently sold out, you can pre-order for $64 USD.
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A study by InsightExpress uncovered that 73% of mobile device owners are in the dark about protecting their device and data from Bluetooth hackers. If you fall into this bracket, listen up. There are three ways your gadget can be hacked: with Bluejacking, you’ll start receiving unwanted spam text messages, which can send your monthly bill (and mental state) skyward. The next level is Bluesnarfing, in which a hacker gains access to your data – and copies it for themselves. Most disturbing is Bluebugging, where a hacker can completely control your phone and make calls, obtain data, send texts and even eavesdrop on your calls. Prevention methods are amazingly simple, according to Ooi Szu-Khiam, a Symantec senior security consultant:
1) Turn off any Bluetooth features you’re not using.
2) Try to keep your device’s Bluetooth ID visibility setting at “hidden” so hackers can’t scan and find it.
3) Use passwords with a lot of digits, say 10. The more digits, the longer it takes to crack, if at all.
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Recently Gear Live picked up a Presto Pizzazz Pizza Maker from Amazon. It’s the best of “Buy now from TV” come to life - nearly instant pizza, with no muss, no fuss. It’s designed to cook 7 to 12 inch pizzas from start to finish in under 15 minutes. Click through for our impressions of setting it up and using it.
Cart filled parking lots may soon be a sight of the past. A new smart cart created by a college student with all sorts of gadgets called “B.O.S.S” - which stands for “Battery Operated Smart Servant” - actually follows the shopper around the store, avoids obstacles, and most importantly, it can be made to return itself! While that sounds cool and all, we will certainly miss the days of the teenage part-timer running around parking lots to collect stray carts in the rain.
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