In an era where smartwatches tell us not only the time but also how much we’ve walked, eaten, our body temperature, our biometric details and at the same time allow us to respond to texts, make calls and basically anything else we can think of, it’s not surprising that the Vatican has decided to dip its toe into the vast pool of opportunities that is wearable technology.
The Vatican has launched ‘The Click to Pray eRosary’; an interactive and app-driven wearable bracelet, that can be used to learn how to pray the rosary. Comprising of 10 black agate and hematite rosary beads and accompanied by a silver smart cross, the device was launched by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and designed by GagdeTek Inc. The beads and the cross represent “the ever-enduring human faith”. Users need to make the sign of the cross on the interface of the smart cross to activate the eRosary.
Going beyond its aesthetics, the eRosary is also connected, logging the user’s progress and logs each rosary that is completed. You can sync the bracelet to its companion app “Click to Pray”, available on both iOS and Android. The app provides access to an audio guide, videos, and images, as well as “personalized content about the praying of the Rosary.” Three methods of prayer are offered to the user. They can either select the standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or thematic ones that are updated throughout the year in accordance with religious occasions and holidays. The Vatican did not neglect healthcare, and in fact added a feature wherein the eRosary tracks the user’s health data, encouraging users to “have a better lifestyle”.
“Aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell, the Click to Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based teaching tool to help young people pray the Rosary for peace and to contemplate the Gospel,” the Vatican said. They hope that this project “brings spiritual tradition and the latest technological advances together.” By incorporating technology with faith, it seems like the Vatican has taken a step towards inciting more participation and inclusivity when it comes to prayer activities. Though religion has been a part of our lives, will tracking people’s, especially the younger generation’s faith encourage them to be more involved in prayer and religion? Or will it just drive them away? With the independent attitude of the Millenials, it is quite hard to predict. A wearable device that records and tracks your daily prayers could lead to more inclusivity in faith, or it could prove to be a major stumbling block… that only time will tell.
Remember when you wanted to blast music on your speaker at home but your dad kept yelling at you to keep it down? How about if I told you there were speakers that could channel their sound in a tight beam, so you can only hear the music if the speaker is pointed at you. If you move out of the speaker’s audio beam, you hear nothing. Sounds pretty neat, doesn’t it?
The SRAY speakers are the equivalent of headphones but they don’t sit in your ears. They throw audio in a beam, like a flashlight focuses light in a beam, illuminating only what you point it at. The SRAY work similarly with sound. Using ultrasonic propagation, these small speakers can bind audio in a unidirectional channel. Point the speakers at yourself and you hear the music. Point them even slightly away and its complete silence.
Audio spotlights, as the technology is often labelled, have been in development for a few years now. I remember seeing a video where someone used these unidirectional speakers to listen to music in a library. You could practically focus the audio towards a single line of people in a crowd, making the technology useful in places like roads and railways, where only people near the train tracks hear the train’s siren, or only the cars in front of you hear you horning, but not the cars beside or behind you.
While this technology is still pretty nascent, the guys at CatchFlow figured out how to shrink it down to a handy size, and democratize it so anyone can access the technology. You can use the SRAY speakers to listen to podcasts, music, driving instructions, or practically any audio without disturbing the person right beside you.
The SRAY is the world’s smallest commercially available ‘audio spotlight’ speaker. It’s practically small enough to fit in your palm, which says a lot for a technology that’s relatively new, and challenging to shrink. The SRAY is capable of providing a uniquely private listening experience by focusing the audio in a thin beam using ultrasonic vibrations.
This allows only the people in the path of the audio beam to listen to the audio, making it great for public services, museums, libraries, transportation, or even at home when you’re around other people who don’t necessarily want to listen to the football game. The SRAY comes with its own stand, allowing you to easily position it in the direction you want, and uses low power too, allowing you to hook it to a power bank for endless hours of use.
That doesn’t stop the SRAY from being a regular speaker. A simple switch allows you to turn the unidirectional speaker into an omnidirectional one. A second audio driver within the SRAY lets it work like a regular speaker, throwing sound in all directions and allowing everyone to hear what’s playing on your phone, the radio, or any device connected to it.
This ability is truly what makes the SRAY such a remarkable speaker. Its unique technology allows it to give you the oomph of a Bluetooth speaker, but also the privacy of a pair of headphones without damaging your ears… And with the ability to seriously impress and shock the people who experience its magic!
A headphone-replacing speaker, that generates sounds only you can hear. It is the smallest directional speaker that creates fields of sound which spread less than most traditional speakers by ultrasonic waves.
SRAY generates ultrasonic waves modulated with audio signal and as they pass through the air they modulated and sound can be.
How SRAY Works
SRAY produces a directional beam of sound, sort of like a spot light for sound. This means if you are standing in front of SRAY when it’s on, you will hear the sound it produces. If you step to the side, you won’t hear anything produced by SRAY. In comparison, the speakers we are used to tend to emit sound radially, filling an entire space around it with sound.
All of The Sound, None of The Noise
Earbuds Raise Your Risk of Hearing Loss
Earbuds or headphones enable you to listen with disturbing nobody. However, headphones and earbuds cause damage to your ears the same way other loud noises too, resulting in what audiologists call ‘noise-induced hearing loss (A.K.A NHL)’. Over time the sounds from your headphones cause the hair cells in the cochlea to bend down too much or too severely. If they don’t get time to recover, the damage can be permanent.
So here is the solution, SRAY, headphone-replacing sound generator.
Features of SRAY
Private Area – SRAY brings focused audio to target audiences without disturbing anyone. By user experience, the existence of different sounds can be possible.
Miniaturization – Up to now (present), the directional speakers on the market, cannot be user-friendly due to the size and weight matters. Currently SRAY is the smallest directional speaker in the world and super light. Via SRAY, directional sound is now for everyone.
Dual Mode [Parametric/Hybrid/Normal] – Do you want to share what you hear with people around you? SRAY can assure you. Convertible modes are available depending on the situations or environments.
Low Power – SRAY fits in everywhere due to low energy consumption. Indoor, outdoor, even in the car.
Sleek Design – Modern and simple design are suitable for anywhere displayed.
If you have the inclination to grow your own greens, then there are many solutions available today. Once you have done your market research, there are a couple of factors that will stand out and help you with the final choice – efficiency of the system, soil or soilless, how often do you have water the plants, the variety you can grow, modularity and of course the cost.
Now imagine an assistant who does all these calculations for your plant needs and all you have to do is follow those instructions every 1-3 weeks. The Verdeat personalized home garden does exactly that! A modular fully automatic gardening system created from environment-friendly materials, the Verdeat is an automatic gardening system that grows up to 76 plants. The seed tray fits in 19 seed pods and is ideal for basil, lettuce, oregano, etc. which have 3-4 weeks growth time. The Microgreen tray fits 4 microgreen pads and has a growth time of 7-10 days that lets you plant watercress, mustard, alfalfa, and the likes. Whereas the pot tray holds 5 standard pots and you can grow your lemons, peppers, cherry tomatoes in there! So all you have to do is choose your plant, pick a tray for it and follow instructions.
Verdeat uses a soilless, organic plant cultivation system and smartly irrigates and provides nutrition to vegetables and herbs. Using the accompanying app, the modular garden is self-sustainable for 1 to 3 weeks, depending on what is growing. It automatically adjusts the water, energy, and nutrients required, without unnecessary wastage.
Being notorious for killing plants easily, I’m keen to see how this system will fare in my home!
Verdeat – a Modular Fully Automatic Gardening System
Verdeat is an indoor garden system that uses soilless, organic plant cultivation. It is an app-controlled system which is self-sustainable for 1-3 weeks by smartly irrigating and providing nutrition to vegetables and herbs.
A Size for Every Requirement
Verdeat S is the best option for kitchen countertops. Ideal for single users and couples living in small apartments.
Verdeat M fits every floor in the kitchen or living room. Ideal for couples and small families living in medium apartments and houses.
Verdeat L fits every floor in the kitchen or living room. Ideal for families, medium apartments and houses.
Autonomous App-Controlled System
It is almost entirely maintenance-free: all you need to do is add water and the required nutrient once every 1-3 weeks. The mobile app will guide you to take care of your plants.
Modular Tray System
The system consists of modular trays with slots to plant the seeds along with a soil-free natural substrate (e.g. coconut fiber). Its unique universality and modularity also allow the growth of regular soil-based pot plants and microgreens.
Verdeat is manufactured in EU with 95% recycled materials.
With each purchase, they will plant a tree and give you 3 tree seeds to cultivate in Verdeat and then plant in your neighborhood as a way of giving back to nature. Each unit (size L) is made from plastic waste weighing 10kg / 22lbs.
Mood-boosting Sun-like Light and Better Air Quality
Verdeat creates a near-natural light source that allows you to cultivate anywhere at any time. The plants also act as air purifiers and have a therapeutic effect on your overall wellbeing.
Design Process and Technology
2017 marks the concept/ R&D phase of this idea followed by prototyping in 2018.
How to use
Grow your food in these easy steps:
1. Fill the main tank (placed in the base) with water 2. Add few drops of vegan plant nutrients (included in the kit) 3. Start the app
It’s entirely possible that this $119 device could offset the need for a $1299 laptop. Meet the DoBox Pro, a docking station that gives your iPad Pro the things it critically needs to be as useful as your MacBook Pro. A keyboard, a touchpad, a staggering 16,000 mAh battery pack, expandable storage, and ports… LOADS of them! The DoBox Pro makes a solemn promise to make sure you’ll never need a laptop ever again because not only will it turn your iPad Pro into one, it’ll make it better than one too.
Clad in a beautiful micro-textured anodized metal body, the DoBox Pro bestows powers upon your tablet that gives it the best of both worlds. The iPad still runs its iPad OS, and is fully compatible with the Apple Pencil, and the wide variety of apps, but stack it onto the DoBox Pro and you’ve got a powerful laptop at your beck and call. The full-scale keyboard and trackpad allow you to use your iPad in completely new, yet familiar ways. The absolute surplus of ports return the power back to the user, allowing you to once again plug LAN and HDMI cables, as well as headphone jacks and SD cards into your devices.
The slick, metal device comes with an indentation that docks both the iPad Pro 11″ and the 12.5″. A Type-C cable, plugs the DoBox Pro into the tablet, completing the transformation. DoBox Pro’s backlit keyboard and trackpad work seamlessly with iOS 13, while its wide variety of ports let you use the tablet the way you’d use a laptop, plugging Ethernet or HDMI cables in, or even USB drives. The thin accessory even comes with a massive 16,000 mAh battery that should practically give your iPad hours upon hours of usage-time, and even a slot to plug in an M.2 SATA drive, expanding your tablet’s storage by up to 2 terabytes!
Designed to be the same size as the larger iPad, the DoBox Pro fits right into your bags, measuring just marginally thicker than the tablet, but providing a world of functionality and opportunity to the people who’d like to carry their tablet around to work and not buy/own/travel with a separate laptop that could set them back by over $1299.
The all-in-one docking station for iPad OS with built-in trackpad and keyboard. The DoBox Pro supports all of the iPads and iPhones with USB-C or Lightning port easily with a special cable. This means DoBox Pro is now compatible with all iPhone and iPad versions that can run iOS 13 or iPad OS!
Front view of DoBox Pro with iPad Pro
Back view of DoBox Pro with iPad Pro
Top view of DoBox Pro with iPad Pro
How the DoBox Pro Works
Thanks to the new iPad OS, you can use the trackpad and the keyboard of DoBox Pro everywhere just like on a laptop.
Connect to almost any device without bulky and over-priced adapters: micro SD cards, headphones, HDMI display, USB 3.0 devices, and to wired networks. You can even add M.2 SATA storage up to 2 terabytes and charge your device from the 16.000 mAh built-in battery.
You can work comfortably even at night with the laser engraved backlit keyboard.
The DoBox Pro holds the iPad Pro with magnets in place and it works with both the 12.9” or the 11” iPad Pro and even with the older ones!
DoBox Pro supports all of the iPads and iPhones with USB-C or Lightning port easily with a special cable. This means DoBox Pro is compatible with all iPhone and iPad versions that can run iOS 13 or iPad OS!
With technological designs getting more and more advanced by the minute, nobody would expect industrial designers to actively seek inspiration in the past, but they are and they’re succeeding at it! One such designer Marco Schembri created the Xiaomi Mi08, which may seem like an ordinary calculator but with a twist; here the past meets the present to create the future. Instead of your usual calculator with a number keypad, Schembri took inspiration from the vintage rotary telephones and adopted a wheel sensor, which enables the user to select the numbers without manually typing them in. When you first see the device it may remind you of the iPod Classic, but the functionality retained is that of the rotary telephone. The experience becomes entirely touch-based, without the user having to consistently lift their fingers and click on buttons.
Through the Xiaomi Mi08, the designer wanted to highlight the coherent union of both the current digital technology and the technology of yesteryears, which can combine to transform even a common device such as a calculator. The Xiaomi calculator has a crisp and futuristic appeal, patented by a dot-matrix display against a speckled white background. Bordering nearly on minimalism, the Xiaomi Mi08 is unlike any other calculator I have ever seen. With the effort calculations already require, I wouldn’t mind giving my fingers a break from constantly click-clacking of the number keys!
“Starting music production can be quite confusing and intimidating. Gears can get expensive. You don’t even know if you’ll be good at it yet to make a serious commitment. What do I need exactly? Which audio workstation software to use? How do I start performing? I mean, what do DJs actually even do?!” These are some of the issues that the guys at Rhythmo know music novices face. They know things can be confusing. Hence, they created the Beatbox.
Beatbox is a build-it-yourself MIDI controller drum kit, camouflaged in the body of a cardboard unit (But Rhythmo promises that this does not compromise your music-making process). It’s a pocket-friendly beat making tool, allowing you to create music at home or on the go. Conceived by Austin based developer Ethan Jin, the Beatbox promises all of the fun, but none of the headache! Power-packed with an on-board amplifier, speaker, sound-packs, and tutorials, it aims to provide you with everything you need to begin your musical journey! Equipped with 30-mm arcade-style buttons, parameter knobs, a multipurpose joystick, and two 50 Watt speakers, the Beatbox can be assembled simply within an hour! The construction process also encourages the learning of practical STEM principles to kids, students or employees. Powered by a 3000 mAh battery pack and Teensy 3.6 dev board, the Beatbox is sure to last for hours.
Beatbox by Rhythmo is a DIY MIDI controller hidden kit away in a cardboard unit!
“The music world is a living thing that adapts to fit the needs of musicians,” said Rhythmo founder Ethan Jin. “A downside of this is that it can cater more towards the experts of the community, making the process more exclusive and daunting to a newcomer. We believe that everyone has the potential to make music and we are dedicated to delivering an accessible way to fulfill that potential. No more overcomplicated software and overpriced equipment. We want to give production back to the people.” And this is exactly what Rhythmo has done.
The personalized knobs, buttons, and designs help you create your very own drum machine attuned to your personal taste! An added advantage- it does not involve any soldering. While the recyclable cardboard element ensures that the device is sustainably discarded, the hardware can be preserved for future use.
You can personalize the design according to your taste to create your very own mean music machine!
What makes the BeatBox even more fun is an IOS/Android friendly app providing you hands-on through tutorials. These include various tutorials (including live performance ones) for different styles of music, accompanied by video instructions, ensuring you an all-round musical education! A cost-efficient device that you can make yours and build your own beats with? Well, what are all the music production enthusiasts waiting for!
Do you like cats? Got some electronic devices that need charging? Then have I got something for you! These battery packs from Japan look just like cat heads. And just like real cats, they’re kind of weird.
Nyanko cat head phone chargers comes in five different cat breeds, each of which balances precariously on the thin line between adorable and creepy. Each cat head packs a 4400 mAh lithium-ion battery, which should be enough to juice up most cell phones completely. I’m not sure how many times you can recharge kitty’s laser pointer with one.
They’re available here in the States at Japan Trend Shop for $72, or if you’re in Japan, you can order one from Village Vanguard for the much more reasonable price of ¥4180 (~$39 USD). Man, those cat eyes are staring into my soul.
The Cambox V4 Pro literally sits where your metaphorical third eye would be, capturing your world through your unique point of view. Its ergonomic and lightweight design, crafted specially for PoV action filming, puts it on a pedestal above most cameras because the Cambox V4 Pro fits right around your forehead, underneath your visor. The Cambox V4 Pro is compatible with all helmets and peaks, and films from a perspective that is much closer to your eye level, allowing you to capture your bike drives, skateboard tricks, or ski-jumps from a perspective that is nearest to your own. Unlike other action cameras that need their own separate clunky mounts that sit a foot above your eye level, Cambox V4 Pro captures footage that’s the nearest to what YOU see… which is what the entire point of a PoV Action Camera is, right?
The action camera’s unique design probably best describes its purpose. With a camera element in the center, and two winged elements that wrap around your forehead, the Cambox V4 sits above your eyes, under your helmet. The V4 Pro doesn’t need a separate mount, or a permanent adhesive attachment. It works pretty much with any protective headgear, be it a ski mask, a helmet with a visor, a laser tag helmet, or even a construction hard hat. In fact, the V4 is even compatible with headgear for the armed forces and policemen. The winged design comes with a stereo mic on either side, and with the Cambox V4 Pro’s crown jewel in the center. Its UltraHD 4K camera, complete with a Sony sensor. The camera outshines most, with its wide 150° viewing angle, and an adjustable mount that lets you point the lens anywhere you want. The V4 Pro captures 4K at 60fps, but its frame rate can be bumped up to an impressive 240fps if you pull the quality down a few notches. Not too bad, if you ask me. Plus, all your footage gets stabilized within the V4 Pro, courtesy an on-board gyro and accelerometer chipset.
Footage recorded on the Cambox V4 Pro gets stored right in the MicroSD card slot of the camera. An in-built WiFi and Bluetooth service even lets you live-stream videos to your smartphone, toggling the start and stop feature. If you’re the kind to keep your eyes on the road (and I genuinely hope you are), the V4 Pro sports a volcano-shaped on/off button that’s easy to use with or without gloves. The V4 comes with a cool 1100 mAh battery that should last hours, and a USB-C port to charge it up before you embark on your adventure!
Cambox V4 Pro – A Breakthrough Action Camera Helmet
The first 4K action camera fastened under your visor. Suitable with all helmets & peaks. Capture & Share all your footages.
The patented design and exclusive boomerang shape allows you to use the Cambox V4 PRO in every situation and with all types of helmets, by offering even more immersive views, and with an unprecedented safety level.
Its 2 articulated arms offer compatibility with all the helmets of the market.
The Cambox V4 Pro integrates the best of embedded audio & video technology in an ultra compact design.
The Cambox V4 Pro delivers fantastic footages with a 4K Ultra HD video resolution at up to 60 fps. The team has developed its own processor, entirely designed and dedicated to the users. Ten times faster and more powerful than the previous version, the Cambox one processor is a Quad-Core processor that allow to deliver footages with an exceptional quality.
The Cambox V4 PRO has a 150° Wide Angle Lens to capture the maximum of your vision without distortion thanks to the SONY video sensor with its resolution of 12 megapixels.
Thanks to its gyroscope and accelerometer chipset who send 3 dimensions datas to the Cambox 0ne processor, the Cambox V4 Pro automatically aligns the pixels to deliver fluid and hyper stabilized videos.
– The new Cambox V4 Pro integrates a specific lithium battery that combines both compact size and energy power to supply all the power needed for its embedded electronics. – Integrated USB-C technology that provides many benefits like the reversibility of its plug that can be connected in both directions or even its ultra-compact format. – You can connect your Cambox from inside a full face helmet without interfering with the closing of its visor.
Cambox V4 PRO integrates an antenna offering you record file transfers almost 3 times faster than our previous version.
Ergonomic Design for Safety
Traditional cameras are mounted directly outside of the helmet on its shell using plates that are glued and a screw immobilizes the viewing angle. With a Cambox, there is no bolt, no screw or drill on the helmet shell, thus this allows to respect the protective role of the helmet. It fits perfectly the helmet shape, it does not extend out of the helmet, avoiding all risks of snagging or of shocks with external elements.
Cambox V4 Pro is fitted with a new angled LED indicator system, that provides perfect 90 ° visibility for easy viewing of your camera’s operating status. It is the only helmet camera that offers an adjustable viewing angle. It has a tilting central lens system allowing you to adjust the lens from -5° to 15°.
Chances are that your hands are dirty, and you want to open some lids, switch on the oven and set the kitchen time… all at once. Chances are, you will not wash your hands and do all of the above and leave stains on lids, knobs and timer. Well, now with the No-Touch Timer – chances are that you will not soil it, and instead set the timer without even touching the device!
The No-Touch Timer gives you the chance to set the timer hands-free. When it is in its default mode, the device functions like a clock, but when you bring your hands near it, the device transforms into a kitchen timer. You can set the timer hands-free by taking your hands close by to wake the clock up. You can adjust the hands from a distance and the further away you take your hands, the more time is added to the clock.
Details of the time include real-time feedback on the screen, infrared sensors to detect how far hands are away from the device and thus converting into a corresponding time value. In essence, the further away the hand is from the timer, the longer time will be set. Too bad, it’s only a concept.
AI is rapidly integrating itself into our home-life; from smart speakers through to smart ovens, and its dramatically changing how we go about our lives. However, the Human Integration Support Robot takes this a step further, as it brings the technology out of the home and into the streets! Designed to provide assistance to lost commuters, this futuristic concept gives us a glimpse into the future of our cities. It isn’t just another big lump of metal either, the bold exterior carries a welcoming persona that makes this device approachable; this has been achieved through the introduction of a human-like hand that protrudes from the central body!
The cylindrical form not only gives it a contemporary aesthetic, but also gives it a 360 degree user-interaction zone, allowing it to be communicated with from every angle!