Fight the Power
Everyone from professional photographers to Martha Stewart is using little quadcopter drones to take stunning landscape videos and aerial photographs. But if you’re a glass-half-empty type — or maybe just a shoot-that-drone-out-of-the-air type — there’s now a handy tech toy to defend you from unwanted surveillance.
An upcoming device called Cyborg Unplug will allow you to disrupt the connections of drones, Google glass, wireless microphones, and other devices to your WiFi connection. The project is led by Glasshole-hater Julian Oliver, and lists the dystopian ‘Stop the Cyborgs’ campaign as an inspiration and “conspirator.”
We can’t tell if these are better or worse than those godforsaken Vibram toe shoes.
Indian startup Ducere Technologies is about to bestow a new form of high-tech footwear unto the world, the Wall Street Journal reports. Called Lechal shoes, the Bluetooth-enabled smart footwear will sync up with an app on the user’s phone, which is connected to Google Maps. Once a user inputs their destination, the app will command the left and right shoes to vibrate, telling the user which way to turn to reach their destination.
Quantify Your Kids
Here is an example of a product that should have been on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2013 list instead of, say, a fugly wristwatch that describes your emails.
It’s called the MEMI, and it’s a “chic iPhone-compatible smartbracelet that discreetly vibrates when you receive important phone calls, text messages and calendar alerts,” the gadget’s website says.
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The latest development in bodily quantification is sure to please helicopter parents and their deadbeat counterparts alike. It’s a baby bootie that watches your kid for you!
The so-called “smart sock” will monitor your precious dumpling’s sleep position, temperature, sleep quality, and even whether it rolls over. It transmits that information to you via Bluetooth, so that you can either leave it alone and hope for the best, or call the babysitter and berate her for daring to allow little Sebastian’s temperature to dip below 98.6.
Hey, you pranksters. Have you ever wanted to use your smartphone to hack a toilet, freaking out whoever is enjoying their after-coffee ritual by causing the seat to open and close and water to spray all over their sensitive areas? We’re about to make your Friday: according to information security company Trustwave Holdings, the fancy Japanese toilet Satis is easily hackable using just your cell phone.
Looking for a reason to go back to Nokia? You’re in luck, because the company’s new where-the-hell-is-the-remote-control feature is even better than a game of Snake (JK, nothing is better than a game of Snake).
Bluetooth earpieces, largely favored by khaki-wearing Dads with Blackberries holstered to their Brooks Brothers belts, can sometimes make you look like such an Old. If you’re looking for a way to appear as douchey as you do juvenile, we’ve found the perfect phone accessory for you–though this one isn’t exactly hands-free.
The Future Will See You Now
Bluetooth, Google Glass, FaceTime — all of these things can make you look like an idiot in public. But when it comes to doltish behavior in the name of technology, there just may be a new sheriff in town.
Google has just patented “facial unlock technology” that will enable users to access gadgets by making a Read More
Finally, a product that circumvents the boring social-local-mobile startups and solves a real life problem facing people everywhere: losing shit and wishing you could just ctrl+F instead of tearing up your apartment looking for it.