The LG Gram Thin & Light Laptop is available for just $1199 during Black Friday Deals Week. It weighs under 2.5 pounds and comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 15.6-inch screen and 256GB of disk space. You can buy it here.
It’s safe to say not many people look forward to vacuuming. So why not get a robot to do the work for you? The Samsung POWERbot Star Wars Robot Vacuum can intelligently avoid obstacles while cleaning every nook and cranny in your home. It’s also Star Wars-themed, meaning this nifty device uses the Force to tidy up your home.
You’ll even hear Star Wars sound effects this powerful Stormtrooper vacuum goes about its business cleaning your home. The vacuum also features the ability to automatically adjust its suction power depending on the surface it’s cleaning, and it can effortlessly reach dust in even the tightest corners thanks to the bristle brush and drop-down shutter. Plus, its mapping technology can memorize the layout of your home.
Originally priced at $699, you can enjoy a special price drop in the Technabob Shop, where you can get the Samsung POWERbot Star Wars Robot Vacuum for only $349.99.
ALBERT is an ideal companion for individuals with Parkinson’s disease as well as their loved ones. The design harnesses the power of haptic feedback in order to prevent a problem known as FOG (Freezing of Gait) in which the individual becomes stuck and immobile for no apparent reason.
One interesting trick that sufferers have learned is to create a type of rhythm (whether it’s haptic, visual or sound) to bypass FOG and continue moving. For reasons that remain unclear, it helps users regain motion. Using this technique, the cane creates a rhythm that can be felt through minute vibrations in the handle. Other signature features include a convenient charging station that can be mounted on the wall to hang the cane out of harms way, built-in GPS tracking that lets loved ones stay tuned in to the user’s location, and an emergency beacon to alert medical personnel in the event of a serious problem.
Designer: Miio Studio
“It has been proven that once any type of rhythm is established (be it haptic, visual or sound), Parkinson’s suffers avoid all kinds of issues related to the FOG. This is Albert’s function, it helps users regain confidence in their mobility through haptic feedback,” design studio Miio explained.
A walk down the projector isle at your local electronics store is like going back in time! The majority of these big, bulky devices haven’t caught up with the rest of today’s compact tech, leaving many users to opt for a traditional TV set. Designed with this in mind, the Projector Q aims to provide a slim solution that’s not only smaller but more versatile.
The latest advances in beam projection are packed into a streamlined cylinder. About the size of today’s standalone Bluetooth speakers, the unit is both portable and capable of being turned sideways or upright. Simply place it in the direction you want to project using the convenient stand, and stream your show or movie on the ceiling or wall, no screen required.
Braille opened the door to literacy and enhanced independence for those with visual impairments. Similarly, the FingerReader aims to do much the same thing without the limitations of raised-dot reading.
Adapted to fit on the hand and index finger, this wearable device makes it possible for users to point at any sign, label, bank note, or page in a book and instantly understand what’s in front of them. Equipped with a specialized scanner, words and sentences are detected and processed using computer vision algorithms so they can be spoken in real time. Used in tandem with traditional Braille training, it has the ability to take an individual’s independence to the next level.
The struggle with getting out of bed just to turn the light-switch off is real. We’ve strived hard to make things infinitely easier, but some tactile experiences haven’t changed. Switching a lamp on, turning a volume knob up or down, or opening the curtains… they all require manual work for people who don’t have butlers or smart-homes. Born out of necessity (or sheer laziness and genius combined), the Smartians actuators by Frolic Studio help turn these physical experiences into digital ones. The tiny actuators come with a base, a smart hub, and a wide variety of attachments that can perform actions like pulling, pushing, twisting, rotating, releasing, etc. Use your ingenuity and a combination of these attachments to turn regular, tactile experiences around your house into smart ones. The Smartians can turn lights on or off, rotate the dial on the thermostat, put the kettle on, or even water your plants (this one’s pure genius, and a personal favorite!). You can communicate with individual actuators using the app (this works especially well for calibrated controls like a volume knob) or set up the Smartians to run using IFTTT or voice commands so you can instantly open your blinds by just simply telling Google Home or Alexa to do so!
The Smartians are currently a functioning proof-of-concept (which works well for me, because I’d never get out of bed otherwise) with plans to roll out in the future, because the guys at Frolic Studio believe that old products shouldn’t be thrown out because they aren’t IoT connected… a reason that’s definitely much nobler than my appeal to humanity’s need to be lazy!