We’re sure you’ve all heard of the term ‘Man Cave’, a space taken up by large TV’s and comfy seating, a place for people to chug beer whilst watch sporting events and a room that is often off limits to the other half!…But have you heard of the ‘Geek Cave’? Moving away from sports fans, the folks at Nabru have provided you with the must have gadgets for your Geek Cave.
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The gadget wars of the past and present may have been bloody affairs, but they are often entertaining to watch. The duels between warring gadgets pictured below resulted in some heavy blows — and alas, some mortal wounds.
infographic courtesy Mint.
Smoking is one of the most socially acceptable act that happens to be one of the deadliest. It has been around, all legal and ready to kill, throughout history for quite a long time; further, it is interesting how cigarettes take time to kill a smoker, however, there is almost always no time left to quit when it takes the driving seat. Realizations are always hard and pack a punch on smokers.
Quitting the habit is tough but if you are looking to quit cigarettes, there are two ways to go about this. Number one is to make a dead stop. However, trying to suddenly call it quits is one of the hardest ways to go. Research has shown that people who try to quit it with a dead stop end up relapsing in less than a month. Another way to stop smoking is to take responsibility and choose a path that slowly detaches you from the deadly act of smoking. In this case, and take it from someone who successfully made it to the greener side of things, there are quite a few gadgets and accessories to help you on your journey across the seemingly endless river.
If you are one of the braves who are looking for a way to quit, then you have come to the right place. This article comprises of 5 excellent gadgets that will not only help you quit smoking but also make it a permanent decision.
E-cigarettes have been around for a long time but underrated on its use. Invented and patented during the 60’s, e-cigarette is one of the least harmful materials out there that gives you the wholesome feeling of smoking a real cigarette. The gadget releases smoke using a vaporizer implanted inside the stickwhich releases nicotine and nicotine only for the smoker to inhale, keeping him away from thousands of other harmful chemicals. There are several forms of vaporizer pens starting from a simple unit to vaporizers that can be customized and used with numerous flavors of smoke, both with nicotine and without nicotine.
The NicoStopper is more of a high-end gadget that you can use to quit smoking. However, the high price along with its working method is a great combination to straighten you up on your dedication to stop. This device is actually an electronic cigarette holder which limits your consumption by letting out one cigarette every certain interval. Hence, if you can limit your cigarette use only from this machine, it is a great way to progress towards being a non-smoker. The gadget also takes record of your smoking patterns and gradually decreases the frequency of output to lower consumption.
The AcuOne is unique, as it uses nor cigarettes or any resembling method to help you quit. The AcuOne uses acupuncture therapy to reduce craving and gradually detach you from the habit. While one might be skeptic about this method, several success stories are out and about. The device sends silent electric signals when wore on your wrist like a watch. The signals last about 2 minutes and are activated 8-15 times a day. If you are looking for the cleanest way to quit, this device is for you. The gadget comes in different colors as a fashionable accessory that blends in perfectly with your lifestyle.
QuitKey is a mini computer that takes control of your smoking. This is a good gadget for the ones who are low on will power. The gadget keeps track of your smoking when you input a record every time you smoke; the device synchronizes your daily intake and limits your smoking. If you are good with commands, this is the device for you. The only drawback of this device is that you will have to listen to it without ignoring its specific intervals.
Filtrim is rather a very interesting device that perforates your cigarette paper to let less smoke in during a draw. This device also lowers the temperature of a burning cigarette which allows fewer chemicals to pass to your body. The Filtrim is a handy device which requires no electricity and is made just for your pocket.
One can only reach a desired goal by the means of dedication. If you are looking to quit smoking, there is no other time better than now. Accompany yourself with one of the five gadgets from above and take a leap towards a non-smoke lifestyle.
Geeks face a lot of pressure to stay on the cutting edge of technology. A lot of times, that means packing their lives with gadgets that average consumers aren’t ready for. Those poor, tech-deprived people!
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a geeky friend, you should consider adding these five gadgets to your shopping cart. They’re not only useful, they’re also really cool.
Trying to use a standard QWERTY keyboard for gaming is, at best, an unsatisfying experience. More often than not, it’s downright frustrating. Here your character is getting beaten to death by trolls while you’re trying to remember which key combination pulls your Elvin Bow from the Bag of Holding. It’s sad, really.
Buying a keyboard specifically made for gaming will immediately improve your skills. Some gaming keyboards have extra buttons so you don’t have to memorize as many keyboard combinations. Instead, you can assign a specific task to each button. While other players are trying to remember their macros, you just hit the G3 button and destroy them all.
Typing on a keyboard is fine for most occasions. Sometimes, though, you need to record your ideas with good old pen and paper. That not only harms your geek cred, but makes it difficult to separate ideas that are actually worth saving from those that you wouldn’t show your own mother.
That’s where smartpens come in. You can record your thoughts on paper while storing them electronically. That makes it easier for you to:
- Refine sketches and fan fiction when you have time
- Make your writing searchable so you can find the bits you want quickly
- Add tags to your class and work notes
Many smartpens come with built-in audio recorders, so you can synch up what someone says with the notes you take. It’s the perfect way to get ahead in school or your career without looking like a dweeb.
The world’s a noisy place full of car horns, barking dogs, and nagging bosses. How’s a person supposed to enjoy the new Final Fantasy soundtrack with all that audio clutter around?
Noise-cancelling headphones use digital technology to counter the things you don’t want to hear. Sony’s noise-cancelling earbuds, for instance, use a combination of microphones and algorithms to detect and block outside noises from your ears. That means you can listen to your favorite tracks without distraction.
Geeks need constant access to electricity to keep their gadgets charged. Why else do you think they spend so much time indoors? They just want to stay near electrical outlets.
Solar backpacks can change that by giving geeks a way to power their devices on the go. Several companies make solar backpacks, so you will want to explore a few options before buying one. Things to consider include:
- The volume the backpack can hold
- How much electricity the solar panels can produce for the gadgets you’ll be charging
- The cost of the backpack, considering how much you’ll use the solar power option
You’ll find designs that cost anywhere from $100 to $400. A higher price, however, doesn’t always mean it’s the best product for your needs.
All your friends are talking about how much they love their 4K TVs. There’s no denying that those are top-of-the-line screens, but do you really want to confine yourself to a world where you can only watch your favorite movies and shows on television sets? Seriously, what year is this?
Forget about TVs and move on to digital projectors to show your smartphone or laptop screen on large surfaces. The best options offer truly impressive resolution and they cost a fraction of what your pals paid for their 4K TVs. Recent improvements in projector technology also make it possible to watch movies during the day without blacking out the windows. Plus, many of them are small enough that you can take them wherever you go.
Staying current with today’s technology isn’t an easy accomplishment. By adding these five gadgets to your life, though, you can stay ahead of the curve. You’ll have things that are much cooler than what the average person owns. You’ll also be the envy of your friends who didn’t even know how deprived they were until you showed up with the latest trend.
Drone Racing has emerged as the ultimate and newest thrilling trend for the technology lovers. The rich-fan list for drones when operated with the raging and vigorous races generates certain high-end stunning results. The visual of an energetic drone creating its way through narrow lanes and risky tracks is enough to pace your pulse and fill enormous excitement. A bunch of attractive drone with robust attitude, fascinating LEDs and eye-catchy body-frames are made to race on furious racing tracks. The pilots of these competing drones are nowhere less than a F1 racer and their level of energy portrays their greed to win.
This infographic below, created by dronomag, aims to deliver information about the most amazing racing drones and drone racing competitions. The intention is to share the energy and enthusiasm of drone racing. Feel it, love it and share it further!
Text H/T: visualistan.com
The IoT (short for Internet of Things) has arrived and is quickly spreading out over numerous aspects of society. Our “things” are being connected in ways few could have foreseen five or ten years ago, facilitating new levels of convenience and efficiency in numerous aspects of life.
In some cases, the changes brought about by the ever-expanding IoT don’t relate to the average person on a daily basis. For instance, major companies are using IoT systems to improve conditions and practices in manufacturing and things like that. Those are big changes, but not ones that will affect consumers directly. However, dozens of other mainstream IoT applications are more visible and useful in everyday life. And as with most major advances in technology, that means the coming of a new wave of gadgets—in this case, those that make it easier to tap into the IoT.
Here are five such gadgets to prepare to learn to interact with, if you haven’t already.
Better Fitness Trackers
Wearable fitness trackers have been around for a few years now, and some might not readily associate them with the IoT. However, these wristbands were actually among the first consumer-friendly IoT devices to hit the market. When a device is automatically tracking information about your habits and activities and sending that information to an app or program for analysis, “things” are working together for your benefit. The exciting thing about these devices is that they’re always getting better. Just recently, this write-up took a fresh look at the top competitors in the market, and in comparing them to fitness trackers one or two years ago, the improvement is clear. We’re still in the pretty early days of this technology, and as the IoT expands and tech developers hone in on popular applications, fitness trackers are only going to get better (and more essential).
When we hear the term “fitness tracker,” we think of wristbands meant to measure how well we sleep, how far we run, and the like. But a new kind of fitness tracker has emerged within the IoT, and its implications are more serious. Specifically, the IoT is allowing for small devices to be implanted into human bodies for the purpose of monitoring various aspects of health. This list has some extraordinary ideas for how this technology might evolve in the near future, but even now we’re seeing doctors beginning to explore the use of implants to automatically report information about things like blood sugar levels or heart palpitations for those with certain health risks.
Location Monitoring Devices
GPS has a lot to do with some of the most exciting IoT applications, and this article reveals some pretty incredible ones related to the monitoring of peoples’ locations in everyday life. That may sound a little bit like surveillance, but the post explains that we can now use precise GPS connected to the IoT to automatically keep track of at-risk populations (the elderly and young children). These technologies can be used to track all movements, or simply to alert the interested party when someone wanders beyond a given area. It could completely change the ways in which we care for the elderly, in addition to how and where parents let their children play.
Universal remotes have been around for a very long time. They predate smartphones (which can now be programmed to take over most universal remote practices) by many years, and in ways they’re almost archaic novelty items for the home. However, as explained in detail here, universal remotes have new life just around the corner, and it’s entirely thanks to the expansion of the IoT in home environments. One of the most practical aspects of the IoT is the rise of “smart home” technologies, which will control not just big things like security systems and thermostats, but also light bulbs, fans, speakers, etc. Pretty much every aspect of the home will soon be connected to the Internet. While the point of that is for them all to work with each other and address your needs automatically, control will still be required. Enter the new age of universal remotes.
Finally, there’s beacon technology. It isn’t something that necessarily relates to consumers in an ordinary way, but it can be used proactively in day-to-day life. Beacons are small sensors that retail chains are stocking their stores with, and the point is that they can reach out to customers via WiFi or Bluetooth to assist in the shopping experience. Really, you won’t have to do anything as beacons are used in more stores; you’ll just have to get used to the idea of automated assistance that you can choose to use or ignore when you enter a store. If they work as well as they’re supposed to, you’ll be able to enjoy an improved shopping experience.
In all likelihood, the list of relevant IoT gadgets will expand significantly in the coming years. Projections for IoT growth in the coming decade are off-the-charts, and accordingly there are going to be lots of new devices for us to use. But even in these relatively early days of the IoT, these are some of the pieces of tech we may as well begin getting familiar with.
Lian Li is no stranger to building desks with computers crammed into them, but this is the first time it’s playing to the standing desk crowd. After all, you can justify more of those late night raids if you’re also standing up and, therefore, kinda exercising. Much like its predecessors, the DK-04 is a large chassis that’ll let you build your dream water-cooled PC with support for eight expansion slots. It also has an electronically-controlled motor that’ll let you push the table to heights between 67.5 and 116 centimeters. The other big change is to the underside of the chassis, which now tapers to provide bigger and better legroom than the originals. If this is the desk of your dreams, you can pick it up in Europe in early may for £1,269.99 and in the US for $1,499.
This post was originally published on: Engadget.
Remember the Turret, Razer’s living room-friendly mouse and keyboard combo? After more than a year of waiting, it’s finally ready for action. Plunk down $160 and you’ll get a pair of wireless peripherals (they work on both Bluetooth and proprietary connections) that are designed to be used in your lap. The keyboard has a lapboard that provides a flat surface for its high-precision, 3,500DPI mouse. The setup is primarily intended for a PC hooked up to your TV, but it has dedicated Android keys in case you’re using a Google-powered set-top box. There are plenty of other couch-oriented combos out there, but this may be your best pick if you’re determined to play first-person shooters and anything else that’s particularly involving.
This post was originally published on: Engadget.
“In our tech-addicted world, gadgets are typically thought to be counterproductive to healthy sleeping habits. But what if you could harness a new fleet of contraptions that might help you doze off soundlessly?
From the Tranquil Turtle, a stuffed animal-slash-sleeping aid that projects underwater images and plays soothing sounds for children, to the disturbingly snug Ostrich Pillow, which sheaths one’s entire head in cushioning, UK-based retailer Made to Measure Blinds has compiled aclever infographic (below) showcasing 21 cutting-edge gadgets designed to help you sleep better.
Products and apps run a multisensory gamut, with options that emit soothing scents, project relaxing visualizations and sounds, and that are delectably soft to the touch. Check them out right here:”
This post was originally published on: entrepreneur.