Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Onagofly is a follow-me nano drone that you'll actually be able to fly soon

With any luck, at least for its more than 5,000 Indiegogo backers, the Onagofly smart nano drone will succeed where the Zano nano drone failed.
Like that mini quadcopter, the Onagofly is controlled with an iOS or Android device and is primarily designed to snap aerial selfies or record 1080p full-HD video while it follows you around in the air. Unlike the Zano, which didn't deliver on its promise, the drone's developers are guaranteeing March 2016 delivery to its backers.
For your $200 (approximately £135 or AU$275), plus a $25 shipping fee for those outside the US or China, you get the drone, two sets of propellers and a charger. When the Onagofly ships, it'll be priced at $300 (£200 or AU$415).
A free mobile app lets you fly the device via a direct Wi-Fi connection, which stretches up to 30 meters (98 feet), by tilting your smartphone or with onscreen keys. Built-in GPS syncs with the GPS in your phone so the Onagofly will automatically track your movement. There are also passive infrared sensors on each side for basic avoidance of obstacles within 20cm of the drone. Plus, it measures only 5 by 5 by 2 inches (125 by 125 by 46 mm) and weighs in at just 140 grams (o.3 pounds) -- less than the FAA's 250-gram weight to require registration -- so it's something you can just toss in a bag.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush

Come on now, I am quite sure that some of you might think this $9.92 Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush deserves a place on our sister site Foolish Gadgets instead, but here’s the deal. As a parent, how many of you out there have trouble getting your little one to brush his or her teeth? Even if you have the cutest looking toothbrush with the fruitiest flavored toothpaste, the little ‘un still refuses to get those molars and canines cleaned out before bed. I am quite sure that Justin Bieber’s appeal spreads to those pre-teens, too, and with the Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush, your mission is accomplished.

Featuring soft DuPont bristles, an ergonomic design that cleans plaque in hard to reach places, a soft rubber coating that delivers a comfortable brushing experience, and it is good to go. As an added incentive, pressing a button on this toothbrush will play a Justin Bieber song for 2 minutes – which is the same amout of time that dentists recommend to brush your teeth. A trio of LR44 batteries will power this puppy, and the only drawback is, your ears will be treated (or tortured, depending on which side of the fence you are on) to “U Smile” and “Baby” songs from the Canadian crooner.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Microsoft Kinect Hacked to play World of Warcraft

Researchers slash their way thought World of Warcraft thanks to the Kinect

Living Rooms all around the world are shaking with fear of users actually taking swords and attacking their big screens thanks to a new hack for the Microsoft Kinect that allows gamers to play World of Warcraft without a keyboard.

It’s no secret that the Kinect is rapidly becoming the most hacked device since the Hackintosh, but students at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies have takent he next step in developing a software hack which enables gamers to use the motion device to immerse themselves even deeper into the online Mid-evil world.

The hack is called the “Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit, (FAAST) and it uses full-body motion control. Gamer can not only wield a sword or axe to take out a feisty orc, but they can also cast spells, making it nirvana for those who secretly love to dress up to play their favorite game. And it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out a way to use their light saber collection to battle someone online.

But with everyone creating bold new uses for the Kinect and porting it over to the PC, the sky is truly the limit for what can be done with this game changing device. And it makes the world of Minority Report that much closer, but in a bold and exciting way. Imagine editing video’s just with a snip of your fingers and a wave of your hand? Designing in CAD programs Tony Stark style. And getting rid of the keyboard forever?

It’s not just for games anymore and that’s a cool thing.

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