Feeling eeeeeeevil? *scary scream*. Here's our top scary outfits and assorted scary stuff for this extra creepy '13 Halloween.....Whoah-hah-hah-hah-harrrrrrrrrr! (coughs)
This seems like a lovely idea. Proporta is offering people the chance to create their own customsied iPhone and Samsung Galaxy cases.
It seems easy to do, isn't too expensive with prices starting at £19.95 including delivery and users can incorporate existing Proporta designs from the likes of Ben Allen and the V&A into their finished product.
The phones that the case are compatible with include the iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S and Galaxy S3/S4.
Bought yourself a Samsung Galaxy S4? If you feel that it is a little under dressed then maybe you should take a peek at this selection.
Well that didn't take long. As soon as the wraps came off Apple's budget new iPhone the accessory mob piled in with new cases for the phone.
This time they do have a bit of competition with Apple's own take. But if you don't fancy that then here are some others that are worth taking a look at.
We have all been there. Watched as a smartphone has tumbled from our bag or pocket only to land screen facing down on concrete. If you were unlucky you would have then been looking at a cracked screen and a replacement bill of around £50.
Which might make the £17.99 Rhino Shield, iPhone screen protector pretty good value. The .029cm thick uses self-adhesive silicone to stick to your screen and then apparently absorbs 5x the impact of the phone's Gorilla Glass.
The company says that is you stick it properly it keeps the slimline aesthetics of the phone and should be free from air bubbles.
Here's the Rhino in action.
More info here.
Wearable tech goes vintage, well that is kind of the concept that designer Sean Miles had in mind with this collaboration with 02. He has basically created a collection of vintage fashion accessories made from recycled mobile phones, which have included Christian Louboutin heels, a pair of vintage Miu Miu gloves and an Alexander McQueen clutch bag.
The cool part is that all of them double as mobile phones.
The items, which 02 is billing as the O2 Recycled collection, was unveiled to coincide with the end of London Fashion Week.
Sean Miles said:
"We wanted to showcase the possibilities of wearable technology - from shoes to gloves to bags - and how fashion and technology can go hand in hand. Further, the hope is that all the creations for this innovative project will get people to notice what can be done with mobile phones rather than just sending them to landfill. If we can combine the best of fashion whilst also recycling gadgets we can be trendsetters in more than one way. This has been an amazing journey for me and really has opened up my eyes and wardrobe to new things!"
The creations included
"Walkie Talkies" vintage footwear (including a pair of brogues, Nike Air trainer, Hunter Wellies and a Christian Louboutin high heel shoe which all can be used as phones.)
"Talk to the Hand" vintage Miu Miu and Pineider gloves which had an old mobile phone's speaker unit embedded in the thumb and microphone built into in the little finger of the gloves while they chat through Bluetooth connection.
"The Bags That Talk" a vintage Celine box handbag, a Chloe shoulder bag, and an Alexander McQueen clutch bag, with old Nokia and LG handsets integrated into them.
There are times in life when you really do need an extra pair of hands, especially when you are holding your smartphone, Well a brand new gadget accessory aims to make your life a tad easier.
'goo.ey' which is the brainchild Sydney born entrepreneur Rachel Verghis is add on for your smartphone that enables you to stick your mobile on to smooth surfaces like windows, mirrors or even your fridge
The £15 Goo.ey which works with the iPhone 4 & 5, Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 & S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, iPad Mini and iPad (all generations) uses an adhesive polyurethane epoxy which you place on the back of your phone. Then when you push it against smooth surfaces it sticks tightly - until you pull it off that is. The rest of the time the material feels smooth to the touch.
So it could enable your phone to work more effectively as a sat nav in your car, attach to your fridge to help you to read a recipe or stick to your bathroom mirror so you can entertain yourself with a quick video while you clean your teeth.
Need to know how much alcohol is in your body after a bit of drinking session? Well there's an app that's admittedly paired with a device for that. Firefox has unveiled the BACtrack iPhone Breathalyser . which it claims is the first Blood Alcohol Content trackers that works with a mobile phone. It basically measures how inebriated our area from a single breath and then via Bluetooth sends the details to your IPhone or iPad.
So why do you need this? Well if you are driving anywhere you really ought not to go near the sauce, but I guess if you want to monitor your alcohol consumption and the impact that it is having on your body then this is a useful system. The app apparently not only gives you an insight into your alcohol levels it stores your readings allowing you to track you BAC levels over time and to view your habits throughout one particular night, or the past few weeks.
You can also let the world know you have been drinking via Facebook and Twitter, updates that I assume your boss will find fascinating should you be drinking on a 'school night'
It is yours for £150 from here.
I don't know about you but i am always losing my earphones! If I had these beauties though I guess I'd be a bit more careful with them because Happy Plugs' latest set of in-ear phones are finished in ulp, 18-carat solid gold.
Made by a Swedish goldsmith in Stockholm who creates the headphones by hand from 25 grams of gold they can be ordered from September 6th for a price of a price of 11.000 Euro ($14.500 USD). Around £10k...
If that's is bling it a little too much you can opt for metallic colored headphones in gold and silver for a slightly more affordable 24.99 Euro ($29.99 USD) and 34.99 Euro ($39.99 USD) respectively. I think the dog costs extra.
Here is quite a novel idea. Build a smartphone case compatible with the Apple iPhone 5 and HTC One among others and then turn it into a wearable device which delivers a big screen that's optimised for movies, gaming and more and is compatible with 3D and Augmented Reality software.
That's the plan behind the vrAse which debuts this week on Kickstarter. The Scottish company is hoping to raise £55k to make its project a reality.
Essentially the concept is a case which incorporates a pair of specially designed screens which sit in front of your smartphone and then magnify the images to give you that big screen style experience.
The idea is that the vrAse will in the future be compatible with any phone that you own so you won't need to upgrade it if you change your handset.
It sounds like an innovative concept, it'll be interesting to see if they get their cash. Prices start at £48.
We spoke to Oliver Stokes, Principle of Design and Innovation at agency PDD who has worked with a number of clients on wearables and new technologies and especially how humans can interact with them in a natural and seamless way. He has some forthright view as on smart watches but thinks the days when get 'chipped' might be a few years away yet.
Do you think there is going to be a market for smart watches? Or will they just be a intermediary device with a short shelf life?
The whole concept of the smart watch is an interesting one. We've seen previous attempts through products such as the LG GD910 or Sony LiveView SmartWatch, neither of which in my understanding have seen wide adoption. So it's unclear what a potential Apple or Samsung offer could bring that would inspire people to become more involved. It would seem that much of the functionality is focused on the device becoming effectively a second screen to your smart phone and that I believe is not sufficient, there has to be a greater insight to pull people in. Certainly if Apple were to launch a fully flexible, wrap around screen that we've seen in some hypothetical concept renders online then that might 'persuade' me to invest!
Do you think that there is a type of wearable gadget that will succeed in the long run?
I feel for true 'wearables' to succeed in any category we as consumers need something that is more naturally fitting with our bodies than a clunky box. The product should also be part of an eco-system that can provide sufficient value to us so we're not moved to forget it.
Explain why you think smart textiles will be more successful that wearable tech? Is it all about the fact that we have to wear clothes, but don't need to wear glasses or watches?
There is something more discreet about a smart textile compared to an object (Watch / Glasses). Therefore I could see this being an easier category to adopt for us consumers in the social context - if the garment / product is able to provide simple feedback, process tasks without being impacting others then that is potential a more compelling offer.
In the reality of today, an object that you need to interact with and is overt to others, such as Google Glass is really pushing people to rethink about their self-image / body language. We as humans are used to intuitively or through association understanding the cues of body language and interaction. Whether that is facial expressions or the tell-tale white cable that we've grown to associate with someone listening to music or talking hands free. We have learnt and built these cues, adapting them to social context, but the reprogramming of this language to suit voice control or the act of 'staring' with Google glass may require greater time to become the 'new normal'.
Are smart textiles mainly about health monitoring and fitness? What are the more consumer focused/fun uses for them?
The great rise in sensor technology and reduction in price, plus the natural role of a smart textile in apparel lends itself more naturally to health and fitness - it's an obvious link. But as technologies develop we can see that the role or opportunities for smart textiles start to broaden. Imagine in the future a fabric that could change colour or pattern and the impact that could have on fashion (both visually and commercially) - concepts like that would really start to push smart textiles away from just monitoring / reporting on your physical performance
Might textiles also be an intermediary technology as we one day are embedded with chips in our bodies? What might need to occur to make this happen?
'Implantables' have been around for over 10 years, with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) having approved certain RFID technologies back in 2003/4. So the idea of having some implanted is not that new or outlandish in certain sectors especially when you think of how long pacemakers have been around. But to imbed a technology for consumer application opens up a whole new area of challenges and opportunities. Already 'life hackers' are self-imbedding RFID tags in their hands so they can automatically open their car or house. But when you consider the rapid pace of technology at present, that I change my phone every year and could change every three months if I were to hop brands to keep up-to-date. Then you start to wonder if 'injectables', 'implantables' that may need 'upgrading' each year is realistic in the short term. 'Ingestables' on the other hand could be a different again. As Motorola presented at D11, the passcode pill that lasts day to authenticate your life is potentially interesting as are sub dermal circuit boards that dissolve over time. So on that basis, maybe there is an opportunity for these products to have a limited life span. Ultimately the age of the human cyborg is maybe still many social debates and years away!
I am particularly interested in how smart textiles can interact with machines. is there an example of how they might work with say cars in the future?
I'm not aware of any major projects that involve smart textiles in cars, but the BMW GINA light visionary model of 2008 or 'shape shifting car' is an interesting concept that could be combined with a smart textile to allow shape and colour change (Exterior and Interior). The automotive sphere is certainly one where smart textiles could play an interesting role once they become more developed.
Can you give me a timespan for when you think smart textiles will be mainstream?
I see many programmes in the public domain that are exploring smart textiles and I'm sure there are many more behind closed doors, but I would propose that smart textiles are probably still 5 years away from real commercialisation
Are there going to be very real savings in health care using smart textiles?
Without surmising an application, it's tricky to know what benefits they could offer. But certainly healthcare has commonly been an early adopter of new technologies in terms of investment to develop and application. So once we understand more about how they could be applied I'm sure developments of smart textiles in health care will come.
Who are you working with for PDD on smart textiles?
PDD has a history of working with companies across a number of sectors on wearables and other new technologies. But I'm not able to disclose who we are working for and in what areas due to strict confidentiality ethics. You can see a sample of who we have worked with and some examples of our work on the website.
Time for a dip, and if you want some musical accompaniment check out these waterproof players.
Yesterday High Street Electronics store Maplin announced some pretty significant news. It confirmed it was going to become the first retailer to sell a 3D printer in the UK from its stores. Up until now they have been available but via the web.
It is offering the Velleman K8200 for just £700, which is way cheaper than any of its rivals.
So it sounds great, but what exactly are you going to use it for?
Well first up, here's a quick resume on how it work? First you you have to use PC software to design what you are going to print. You then send this data to the printer which then builds up the layers in plastic.
After a while the printing is completed and you have your object. It can produce basic things in less than 30 minutes. More complex stuff can take hours.
Maplin is selling the printer with five metres of polylactic acid (PLA) -- the 3mm plastic wire which is used to create the objects.
You can create mobile phone covers, ornaments and more, but I suspect that it will get most of its use creating jewelry or fashion items. Some of the more complex things that have been created on professional 3D printers such as a violin, weird shoes and more are way beyond low-end models like this for a number of reasons. One of the main obstacles being that printing complex objects can take days to complete, another is that 3D printers require a deal of technical knowledge to be operated. It isn't just plug and play and out pops an item.
There are other downsides though. Firstly Maplin is now showing a 30 day wait for the product. Secondly the printer is a self assembly model so it will take the user a while to put it together.
Nevertheless the arrival of a 3D printer in a UK store is the start of a journey - who knows where it will lead.
Still maybe one day you will be able to use a 3D printer to create another 3D printer - now that would be progess.
You know what it is like. You spend loads of money on a really nice case for your smartphone or tablet, but a year down the line you upgrade and that cases don't fit any more.
Which is why Proporta new range of Frankie and Gecko case are such a smart idea. This is because they are compatible with a wide range of phones and tablets.
Take the Frankie tablet case, It is made from fine leather and can double as a stand if required. And it works with not just the 10inch iPads, but also the recent, and rather excellent, Sony Xperia Z tablet as well as 10inch tablets from Samsung and Google.
Likewise the Gecko will house a range of smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, the HTC one, Google/s Nexus and Windows phone 8.
The Frankie tablet case is £34.95 while the Gecko is £19.95 and both are available from Proporta.
Taking your Apple iPhone 45 out and about with you this summer. Before you indulge it in a little sand and surf you might want to check these out.
Here is our selection of high-end cases for the Apple iPhone 5, from ultra stylish designer wallets through to quirky, but pricey customised cases.
At the moment if you want to buy a Phablet aka a big screen mobile, your best bet is clearly the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It has a striking screen, lightning quick processor and one of the best cameras on a mobile.
There's also a good selection of cases available for the phone too
Check these out.
Round about five years ago the stores were awash with gadgets in all manner of pink. Pretty much every consumer electronics maker had a selection of phones, music players and more in salmon, fuchsia, coral or just shockingly loud.
But then along came the iPhone and the market for girly pink gadgets seem to die almost overnight.
There are however signs that pink gadgets might be about to make a comeback. So if you want pink gadgets here are a few that are of the more recent contenders.
There are thousands of iPhone 5 cases, but not many of them are as quirky or as lovable as this lot.