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Apr
6

Equip Your Outdoor Backpack With Tech Gadgets

We live in the technology era, and modern-age conveniences have changed the way we work, rest, eat, the way we spend our free time, and even the way we spend time outdoors.

Cool tech gadgets and superb wilderness accessories are designed to boost your comfort, keep you safe, and make your trip more enjoyable. 

With all the awesome bits of tech available, even those who can’t imagine staying outdoors will want to answer the call of the wild. 

But before equipping your backpack with tech gadgets, you need to pack properly first!

A Guide to Light Backpacking

When heading for an outdoor trip, packing light while not leaving vital things behind is on everybody’s mind. 

Since you don’t want to toss everything in without any order tips for light backpacking are essential for bringing everything you need without overpacking.

Start with your backpack – it needs to be light, durable, and have enough capacity to accommodate your needs. The lightest items should be placed at the bottom of your backpack, while the heaviest stuff should be at the center. 

This helps in distributing the weight properly and making the load lighter. 

Next, try to maximize the space and consolidate the items to achieve a better-organized bag. Also, attach some of the gear externally. Place heavier items on top and lighter ones at the bottom or side. 

Now, you can learn about incredible tech gadgets that can fit any backpack to make your travel and outdoor adventure even more amazing.

 A Foldable Solar Panel With Charging Capabilities for Electronic Devices 

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Photo by David McCumskay on Unsplash

An ECEEN 13W Foldable Solar Panel harnesses solar power to provide you with energy independence while in the Great Outdoors. It’s lightweight, efficient, and portable.

 13W can juice up your high-tech camping gear while protecting your devices by ensuring stable voltage and current. 

It’s affordable and comes with fast charging speeds. All these features make 13W step up a notch in comparison to other similar gadgets. 

The ECEEN canvas-covered panel is sized 14 x 7 x 1.0 inches only when folded. The canvas is weather-resistant, durable, and easily attached to backpacks.

An Inflatable Solar-Powered Lantern

When hitting the trails or camping, a good lantern is an essential piece of equipment. The LuminAID PackLite Nova USB is a high-performing, compact, and waterproof solar device made out of durable plastic material that can even float on water.

You can recharge it by a built-in USB port or with the power of the sun. This portable lantern provides you with up to 24h of light (while on low setting), and over 75 lumens of bright light in Turbo mode. 

You can use it for night swimming, or even to light up your backyard for summer parties. 

The LuminAID lantern packs flat and expands to shine a light when needed, so it’s a great outdoor companion that will surely brighten up your venture. 

Why Not Enjoy a Fine Espresso in the Wilderness?

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Photo by Nick Bolton on Unsplash

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Apr
6

Gadget Daddy: Want a floating light? Forget the collectible – Business – The Ledger

The VGAzer Magnetic Levitating Floating Wireless LED Light Bulb Desk Lamp “no need cables.”

Here’s a gadget that I just know will make Gadget Daddy’s Best Gadgets and Computer Items of 2020. Since I’m the one that makes that call, I’m certain of it.

A few months ago, I saw an advertisement for the Harry Potter Levitating Golden Snitch Sculpture. The sculpture consisted of a winged golden ball that floated about an inch above a platform that glowed with a blue light. It also slowly rotated while floating in space.

“Strong demand is expected … for this collectible sculpture.” Collectible? Maybe. Such items get collected — only to be disposed of years later at garage sales for pennies on the dollar. The cost to acquire this one? $199.95. Also add $23 for shipping and another $14 sales tax for an all-in of approximately $237.

But this levitating accessory idea was attractive, and got me to looking around on the Internet for an alternative. An alternative that was also a bit more practical and somewhat more affordable.

And that’s how I came to own a VGAzer Magnetic Levitating Floating Wireless LED Light Bulb Desk Lamp. As the name implies, an LED light bulb — with four vertical LED “filaments” — floats above a “wood look” circular base. Notes the promotional copy: “Use Magnetic levitation technique, Floating and Spinning automatically in the air Freely without any support or contact, no need cables, batteries.”

There is, however, a need for an electrical cord and some juice from the neighbor power company. Plugging the base in sets up an electrical field that both lights the bulb and holds it steady — about an inch off the base — in a magnetic field. A touch-area on the base turns the bulb on and off.

Whether on or off, the bulb rotates ever so slowly — about once every 10 seconds. Between the perpetual rotation and the floating, it creates a pretty mesmerizing sight. The bulb, says the company, is about 60 watts. Some of that is lost in jumping through air space, so the resulting light is a bit dimmer and softer. It can serve as a nice night light.

Also note: The bulb is a one-piece affair that is permanently attached to a wooden holder where the screw-end of the light would normally be. If the bulb breaks, you’ll need to order a replacement. On the other hand, the company points out the life expectancy of the LED bulb is about 11 years if burned 12 hours a day.

As the instruction manual notes, “A little tricky getting the balance point and levitate.” (From the grammar, you might have guessed the point of origin for the light.) But when held with both hands, it’s pretty easy to determine when the bulb has become balanced and can be released.

It’s available on Amazon, and if you are a Prime member, the product and shipping work out to be $110 — a nice savings over the

Apr
5

Astrophysicist trying to invent coronavirus gadget is hospitalized for getting magnets stuck up his nose / Boing Boing

A bored astrophysicist trying to keep busy throughout these days of social distancing thought he had a great idea. Dr. Daniel Reardon thought he might invent a necklace that would set off an alarm whenever someone touched their face. Instead, he was hospitalized for getting four magnets stuck in his nostrils.

According to The Guardian:

The 27 year-old astrophysicist, who studies pulsars and gravitational waves, said he was trying to liven up the boredom of self-isolation with the four powerful neodymium magnets.

“I had a part that detects magnetic fields. I thought that if I built a circuit that could detect the magnetic field, and we wore magnets on our wrists, then it could set off an alarm if you brought it too close to your face. A bit of boredom in isolation made me think of that.”

However, the academic realised the electronic part he had did the opposite – and would only complete a circuit when there was no magnetic field present.

“I accidentally invented a necklace that buzzes continuously unless you move your hand close to your face,” he said.

Reardon realized his idea wasn’t going to work, but, still bored, continued to play around with the magnets. First he attached them to both sides of his ears, as many of us have done, and then to the inside and outside of his nostrils. It was funny, until he realized he couldn’t pry them out, not even with a pair of pliers.

“At this point, my partner who works at a hospital was laughing at me,” he told The Guardian. “I was trying to pull them out but there is a ridge at the bottom of my nose you can’t get past.

It took two doctors (and a dose of anaesthetic spray) to get those suckers out. Reardon told The Guardian he’ll spend the rest of his social distancing days doing things he’s more familiar with.

Image: Creative Commons Zero – CC0 / Piqsels


Apr
5

Best April Fools’ Day Pranks by and for Engineers

Write-Only-Memory (1972)

Let’s start with one of the classics from the early 1970’s, namely, the write-only-memory (WOM). It was the opposite of read-only-memory (ROM), which is used in all computer systems. The joke was that a WOM device could be written to but never read from memory. Initially, the WOM was used as a euphemism for a failed memory device.

The write-only-memory device first appeared in a practical joke data sheet from Signetics in 1972.  The company was a U.S. integrated circuit (IC) electronics manufacturer founded in 1961, which was bought by Philips in 1975 and incorporated into Philips Semiconductors (now NXP). Signetics was perhaps best known for its ubiquitous 555 timer IC.

As with most data sheet of the time, the Signetics sheet listed the characteristic curve of the useless device. But instead of the more conventional characteristic curves, the 25120 write-only-memory data sheet included meaningless diagrams of “bit capacity vs. temperature.”, “Iff vs. Vff”, “Number of pins remaining vs. number of socket insertions”, and “AQL (acceptable quality limit) vs. selling price”. Each of these specifications was funny in itself. Equally humorous were the footnotes on the specification:

1. “Neu” channel 16V CMOS enhances or depletes regardless of gate polarity, either simultaneously or randomly. Sometimes not at all.

2. “S.O.S” copyrighted U.S. Army Commissary, 1940.

3. Not applicable.  Of course, this was extremely applicable.

4. You can somehow drive these inputs from TTL, the method is obvious.

5. Measure at 1MHz, 25mvac, 1.8pf in series.

6. For filaments, what else!

7. You have a dirty mind. S.E.X. is a Signetics Extra Secret process. “One Shovel Full to One Shovel Full’” patented by Yagura, Kashkooli, Converse and AL, Circa 1921.

8. J. Kana calls it design (we humor him).

9. See “Modern Production Techniques” by T. Arrieta (not yet written).

10. Final until we got a look at some actual parts.

11. Coffee breaks and lunch hours.

12. Due credit to EIMAC for inspiration.

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Apr
5

‘I have a secret kitchen gadget that’s better than any box of ingredients in isolation’

My inbox is currently flooded with suggestions of delivery services offering to supply Michelin-quality ingredients for me to put together. If only, they hint, I can fold a couple of napkins into the shape of a swan and light a pink tapered candle, I can imagine myself in some mythical Chez Bruce.

Coronavirus may have stripped loo roll and spaghetti from the shelves of every supermarket, yet supplies of tarragon, toasted pine nuts and black truffles appear to be holding up very nicely. But I have a secret kitchen gadget that’s better than any carefully packaged box of esoteric ingredients. I have a Thermomix. 

The food processor, first developed in 1971 by a German firm, but particularly popular in France, is a combined chopper, cooker and weighing scales. It can knead dough, ferment kimchi or yoghurt, cook a perfect sous-vide steak, steam trout and prepare rice to sushi standards.

I first came upon the wonder-gadget at the house of a French farmer, a cook so expert she makes her own wine, saucisson and even (whisper it) foie gras with her own flock of ducks – who appear to have a happy, if short, life. One evening, she invited us to an ‘aperitif dinatoire’ which is usually something only the swankier French fashion brands aspire to.

We turned up and sat in her farmyard admiring the sunset while chickens scratched in the yard, and ate course upon course of unbelievably fancy canapes ranging from emmental gougeres to arancini to chicken skewers with satay dip. Excellent cook she may be, but previously she’d always stuck to local recipes involving a lot of jambon de pays, roquefort and the odd wild-boar stew if her huntsman father had got lucky in the forest that week. But she appeared to have been on a culinary world tour with this cocktail party. 

She explained that it was all thanks to the Thermomix and gleefully demonstrated its apparently infinite range. I was smitten. 

And now I have one sitting by the cooker and, with Government-enforced social isolation, it has come into its own. It isn’t particularly beautiful. There’s definitely something of the hospital operating theatre about its lines and Dolce & Gabbana probably won’t be personalising one à la Smeg kettle any time soon. But never mind that. For with the help of Thermomix, the most inept cook transforms magically into a Masterchef contestant.

The secret of its success is that it’s linked to an app that holds 40,000 recipes and counting. You just search on the app for, say, salted caramel pecan parsnip cake, chicken breast pizzaiola, cod with citrus butter or lemon sorbet, download the recipe onto the device and it takes you through creating the dish, step by detailed step. 

Any idiot can do it. Literally. I dispatched my son, 12, to make a bearnaise sauce – a process that calls for a delicate alchemy of temperature, ingredients and wrist technique not to turn into scrambled egg, and 15 minutes later, there it was,

Apr
5

Philips gives COPD patients a lifeline with new gadget

This new wearable tech from Philips helps doctors monitor COPD patients remotely.

There are many wearable health-trackers on the market, but few manage to bridge the divide between personal and professional use. Philips today announced the release of a new wearable diagnostic device for chronically ill patients that promises to do just that.

By using a digital biosensor, Philips is now able to record biometric data of people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), then push that data to the new cloud-based HealthSuite Digital Platform using the patient’s personal mobile device. While the biosensor itself isn’t new—they’re using an existing sensor called the HealthPatch—the cloud-based service allows both patients and doctors an unprecedented level access to realtime, round-the-clock health data.

According to Philips, physical activity and inactivity, respiratory function, heart rhythm, and heart rate variability are all monitored. The data is then retrievable via two apps: Philips eCareCompanion and eCareCoordinator, making it possible for doctors to monitor patients remotely.

“Instead of people just going to the hospital when things have deteriorated—they’re so short of breath or it becomes life-threatening—[the information] is coming in way ahead,” says Jeroen Tas, CEO of the Philips Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services business group.

COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., according to data from the World Health Organization, so the need for innovative solutions is pressing. However, it’s clear from speaking with Philips that the company views the new sensor as just the start of a larger movement.

The sensor for COPD patients attached to a disposable, adhesive bandage.

“Consumers want to be managed within health care, not sick care,” points out Richard Wergan, EVP and Global Head of Brand, Communications, and Digital at Philips.

The HealthSuite digital platform should allow both patients and doctors to gain greater insight into patient health with more and better data presented in a user-friendly app.

Philips recently restructured its business operations, splitting off its lighting arm and merging the consumer electronics and healthcare divisions into a new company. Philips already has a deep reach into the healthcare market in the U.S. and beyond.

The announcement of the COPD sensor and data hub indicates what this newly formed Philips may have in store for the future.

“This is the first one of a series that we will do,” says Tas. “If you have a chronic condition, then leveraging mobile technology with really low cost sensors… [and link] that through real-time data analytics into a care setting, you can develop completely new propositions.”

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Apr
5

Sac De Cyclisme Led/Gadget De Sac Vintage A Dos Avec Indicateur Deuter De Direction De Cli R8U6

Sac De Cyclisme Led/Gadget De Sac A Dos Avec Indicateur De Direction De Cli R8U6

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Non applicabile

Brand:

Sans marque

UPC:

193571085252

ISBN:

193571085252

EAN:

193571085252

Sac De Cyclisme Led/Gadget De Sac A Dos Avec Indicateur De Direction De Cli R8U6 Un indicateur de direction vous permet de rester en sEcuritE sur la route: cet accessoire pour vElo A DEL rEflEchissant est EquipE de bandes rEflEchissantes et de voyants DEL.Le voyant rEpondra au signal recu de la tElEcommande, ce qui rappellera aux passagers et aux conducteurs de rester A distance de vous.
Facilement assemblE: cet accessoire de sac rEflEchissant A LED peut etre facilement assemblE sur votre propre sac A dos de cycliste. C’est juste un panneau en mousse qui se fixe A un sac A dos de vElo.Absolument un complEment parfait pour le cyclisme sur route.
TElEcommande sans fil: Commande sans fil, A utiliser en toute sEcuritE lors de la conduite. Attachez ou montez l’Emetteur sans fil sur le vElo pour ne jamais avoir A lacher le guidon. Il peut etre utilisE comme clignotant de vElo sans fil.
Il dispose de 4 voyants: gauche, droite, avant, arret, des clignotants aux signaux d’urgence, pour rappeler aux conducteurs de garder leurs distances.
Batterie rechargeable USB: se recharge A partir de votre ordinateur ou de tout appareil dotE d’un port USB, vous ne gaspillez plus d’argent sur les piles.
Taille: 24 * 24cm / 9.4 * 9.4 pouces
Poids: 194g
Fonction principale: Clignotants (A gauche, A droite, en avant, en arret) pour faire du vElo, marcher, faire du jogging, etc.
FrEquence de travail: 2,4 GHz
Niveau d’EtanchEitE: PIX-5
Distance de transmission: 3 metres (selon l’environnement)
Batterie de l’Emetteur: 2 piles 2032 (non rechargeables)
Batterie du rEcepteur: Batterie lithium 850 mAH intEgrEe (rechargeable)
Temps de travail: 24 heures
Charge: DC 5V 500mA ou USB
La tempErature minimale de stockage: -30 Celsius
TempErature de fonctionnement: -10 Celsius A 60 Celsius
Couleur jaune
MatEriel: Nylon
Contenu du colis:
1 x indicateur de signal de tElEcommande
1 x tElE Le 29-juil.-19 à 13:18:38 Paris, le vendeur a ajouté les informations suivantes :

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Apr
5

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Disappearing ink pen

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Clue powder

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Spy sunglasses

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Track any person, objects or
vehicle in real time. With Tracker Pro. Works
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Spy pen

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This state-of
the-art ink will magically disappear after
approximately 60 minutes, without leaving a trace of
evidence.

Sensitive files can be marked and
you can rest assured your notes will be gone in about
an hour.
May also be used to mark clothing without staining
(pre-test small area of fabric before using).

Not to be used for check writing or
any legal documents.

DISAPPEARING INK PEN 5 units per
set.

MODEL OS 006
BLUE INK

PRICE $39 for 5 units

 

 


 

 

This detection powder is simply
sprinkled on any surface leaving an invisible film
which, when touched is immediately transferred to the
hand, clothing, etc. It is excellent for large and
small objects. Will remain on hands up to five days in
spite of repeated washings. The powder is highly
fluorescent when exposed to UV illumination, but is
invisible to the naked eye. Long lasting, can be used
for many applications.

INVISIBLE CLUE POWDER
MODEL OS 001
PRICE $58

 


 

 

This detection powder is simply
sprinkled on any surface leaving a visible film which,
when touched is immediately transferred to the hand,
clothing, etc. It is excellent for large and small
objects. Will remain on hands up to five days in spite
of repeated washings. Long lasting, can be used for
many applications.

VISIBLE CLUE POWDER
MODEL OS 001V
PRICE $48

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

These unique new glasses look and
function like regular sunglasses, but they also let you
see what’s going on behind you!

Very useful when conducting discreet
surveillances.

For normal usage look forward: for
rear viewing, just turn your eyes to either side. These
special glasses also provide UV ray protection.

SPY SUNGLASSES
MODEL OS 002
PRICE $15

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This handsome pocket size tracking
device tracks anyone or any object in real time. 
Put the unit in any vehicle, purse, briefcase
etc.  Call it via your your mobile phone, it will
send you a link, click on the link and view their
location on a map.   Can be used to protect your
child, elderly, vehicle or any of your valuable
belongings.  Works world
wide. 
 Just simply install a local
sim card which you can get from your local cell phone
service provider or a prepaid sim card will do. Slide
in the sim card and just call the number just as if you
are calling a normal mobile phone Use it to track your
spouse, your employee, use it as a child locator, find
your vehicle in case of car theft.

 

 

TRACKER PRO
MODEL OS 003
PRICE $
530

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protect your loved ones and yourself
with this wrist watch child locator or personal
locator.  Always know where your loved ones are or
let your loved ones know where you are. Great for
hiking, mountain climbing, camping, amusement park,
shopping malls, etc. Has many features including

Get target’s latitude and longitude

Apr
5

11 Things You Must Do With a Brand New Laptop

Whether you’ve simply purchased a brand new laptop computer to exchange an outdated one or upgraded to deal with your self, it is best to make some small investments in time to make sure the very best expertise down the street.

Here are an important issues to do while you get a brand new laptop computer, irrespective of which OS it runs.

1. Update the Operating System

Windows 10 May 2019 Windows Update

Whether you got the laptop computer from a brick-and-mortar retailer or on-line, it doubtless sat round for a number of months. One of the primary issues to do with a brand new laptop computer, then, is to put in any present OS updates. This will get you the newest options and makes positive your system is safe.

To examine for OS updates, carry out the next:

  • On Windows 10, go to Settings > Update & Security and click on Check for updates. Windows will routinely obtain and set up updates sooner or later.
  • If you’ve got a Mac, click on the Apple menu within the upper-left nook and select System Preferences > Software Update.
    • If you’re on macOS High Sierra or older, you’ll want to go to the App Store to examine for updates. Search for “macOS” on the App Store to obtain the newest model.
  • On Linux, updates are extra for usability than safety, however nonetheless as vital. Depending in your distro, chances are you’ll discover an choice to replace within the system settings. See how to update the Linux kernel







    How to Update Linux Kernel for Improved System Performance

    The Linux kernel is has regular releases, offering new features and improvements that you have to wait for in a new distribution release – unless you manually upgrade the Linux kernel. We show you how.
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    for extra particulars.
  • Finally, Chrome OS handles all updates behind the scenes. As lengthy as you’re linked to Wi-Fi, Chrome OS checks for updates and downloads any that it finds. To set up, all it’s important to do is restart your gadget.

2. Remove Bloatware

Bloatware is software program preloaded on the working system that’s undesirable or pointless. These apps are sometimes ineffective, but waste drive house and system assets. Windows laptop computer producers are infamous for this, whereas it not often occurs on Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS laptops.

Follow our guide to removing bloatware in Windows 10







How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with its own set of pre-installed apps. Let’s look at the methods you can use to remove the bloatware on your PC and debloat Windows 10.
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to delete junk you don’t want. If you’re undecided whether or not a program is vital, seek for it on Google or Should I Remove It? to see what others assume.

3. Review Antivirus Software

windows defender app

Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender built-in, which is sweet sufficient for most individuals. If you need some additional safety, you’ll be able to pair it with other strong security

Apr
5

The Singapore Gadget Talk Show

Yale Look Door Viewer: Box front view

[HANDS-ON] My brother-in-law acquired the Yale Look Door Viewer yesterday in an attempt to make his home smarter and as well monitor what is happening outside his door.

Yale Look Door Viewer is essentially a door viewer on steroids. Replacing the traditional door viewer, the device allows you to video chat to whoever is at the door via the Yale Look App with a 720p camera and live motion detection at your door providing snapshots/videos.

Yale Look Door Viewer: Box back view

It is an intriguing gadget because it seems to be a cross between a CCTV camera and a door walkie talkie you see at some condominium and on top of it, it offers video chat.

My time with the door viewer started with the installation process for the viewer to be mounted to the door. It is safe to say not many have the experience of removing the original door viewer. A few Youtube videos later, we have a gaping big hole in the door with the original door viewer removed.

We are eager to find out if the hole meets the minimum requirement of 14mm diameter. Luckily it does, and FYI, it’s an HDB (built in 2015) door in this case. The next step is easier, the put the camera through from the front and tighten it to the metal plate holder with 2 screws.

The final step is to connect the physical monitor to the plate. Removing a small cap on the hanging wire, it will be connected to the back of the physical monitor.

Device attached to the door

Physical connection completed, it’s time setting up the door viewer to the Internet. Step number 1, the Yale Look Door Viewer is in WiFi-direct mode, your phone is supposed to connect to it directly and so your router information can be entered.

However, we tried it several times, Yale Look App setup wizard could not automatically connect, we have to sort of connecting it manually by looking for a Wifi connection named “DDV-XXX” and apply the Yale default password, 12345678.

I suspect this could pose trouble for more than a few because the App does not say the device is Wifi-Direct mode and Wifi-direct mode might be a concept not everyone might know instantaneously.

Thereafter onwards, the setup wizard poses no more problems though it took like more than 5 minutes or so for the wizard to complete.

Front view of the door viewer

Finally, when everything is done, we await the moment of truth when we press the doorbell (I forgot to take a picture of the front part camera with the doorbell button on it). Viola! The moment the doorbell is pressed, my Brother-in-law got a notification on his phone.

Opening up the notification, the app will ask if you would like to pick up the doorbell and speak with the visitor.

However, generally, this process isn’t as good as it sounds. First, the doorbell button is