It looks like Epson, the maker of printers and projectors, is getting in the Google Glass business. Their version is called the Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses. Epson is marketing their lightweight glasses as an augmented reality platform. Like Google Glass, the Moverio projects the display right in your field of vision through the glass lens. The Moverio features two lenses with their own display, a large virtual screen, front-facing camera, motion tracker, earphones with inline microphone, two shades (light and dark), Bluetooth support, and is compatible with most Android apps. Unlike Google Glass, the Epson Moverio BT-200 is on sale now to the general public. It’s priced at $699.99, which is less than half of Google Glass’ price of $1,500.
According to multiple sources, Facebook plans to provide broadband service with a fleet of solar-powered drones. The Internet service won’t be available to most of us. Their goal is to provide Internet access to the two-thirds of the world that’s offline. In theory, the drones that Facebook are developing will use lasers to beam Internet access down to people in remote regions of the world. The drones are expected to fly autonomously for months at a time at an altitude of about 65,000 feet, which is above commercial airspace.
Vtech recently sent me their cordless phone system for review on my geek dad blog. I know what you’re thinking — why would I want to review a cordless phone? They’ve been around for decades and are not exactly on the leading edge of technology. But the Vtech IS7121-2 is different. In fact, it’s the only phone system I know of that integrates a doorbell video system. The Vtech answering system is essentially a doorbell caller ID system that lets you see who is at the door. BTW, the system has a list price of $119.95.
For more than a week now, I’ve been playing with a Wi-Fi camera called the WatchBot. I received the device for review on my geek dad blog. Thanks to the many features of the camera, you can use the Watchbot for things like home security, checking in on your children, monitoring your baby, and communicating with your kids. The Watchbot includes a camera, DC power supply, wall mounting kit, alarm connection adaptor, network cable, set-up CD, and user guide. BTW, the power supply is designed for the UK, but a power adapter for the US was included with my unit. The Watchbot retails for $237.95.
I knew this would happen. I justed ordered a Samsung Galaxy S4 at work, and now I find out the Galaxy S5 will be introduced at the Mobile World Congress next month. According to Lee Young Hee, Samsung’s mobile executive vice president, the company is on track to release its next generation Galaxy S5 in March or April. The Galaxy S5 smartphone will be very different from the S4.
Here’s a cool gadget – a wireless light switch that doesn’t need electricity. The switch uses energy harvesting technology to transmit the wireless signal to the light bulb when you press the mechanical switch. The light bulb still needs power, and of course it has to one of those cool wireless light bulbs.
LG debuted a 77-inch OLED screen at CES 2014. The flat screen TV merges 4K resolution (3480 x 2160) and OLED technology into one panel. What’s even more amazing is that a user can use the remote control to adjust the curvature of the OLED TV. You can even change it to a flat screen with no curve if you wanted to. That’s cool, right? Of course it is.
According to Huanqiu, a Chinese publication, Apple will launch a bigger version of the iPhone this May. If the report is true, the tablet-size iPhone phablets will be a separate product line from the iPhone 6 smartphones, which are expected to debut in September.
Hello gamers! I have an awesome giveaway for you today. Thanks to Plantronics Gaming, I’m giving away their new RIG headset on my geek dad blog. The headset enables gamers to blend game audio and mobile audio into one custom mix. You can purchase RIG directly from Plantronics or on Amazon for $130. However, the headset won’t be released until October 7th. Continue reading to find out more about Plantronics Rig and how to win this awesome headset.