Charging Gets Twice as Fast
Just imagine what it would be like if R2, C-3PO or the Class M-3 Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot on “Lost in Space” had to use one of our mobile device’s “trickle chargers.” We’d spend the whole episode waiting for them to power up!
It’s okay, though, because at Kickstarter, PLX Devices has blown through (make that obliterated) their $10,000 funding goal with more than $350,000 pledged for a device called Legion Meter that can fully charge a phone or tablet up to twice as fast as the charger it came with. It’s no wonder so many backers said “shut up and take my money!”
It’s a USB device that does several different things. The multimeter reads out the power, in watts, that your USB port is delivering. It also shows the current in amps, the voltage of your USB port and has a milliwatt-hour counter that you can reset. The charge accelerator allows you to switch between “Apple” and “Android” modes. If you have a BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Nokia, or GoPro, you’ll just choose Android. The Legion Meter will ship in October for just under $70 and they’re still accepting pre-orders.
Control Your Air Conditioning from Your Phone
Meanwhile the Indiegogo community has funded Sensibo – a tiny device that connects any remote-controlled air conditioning unit to the internet and can be controlled by its iPhone, Android or Pebble app. Just slap a sensor on each remote-controlled AC unit, attach the hub to your wireless router, fire up the app and you’re good to go. Sensibo actually senses what room you’re in and cools that one instead of the whole house. Your AC “learns” what temperature makes you comfortable and – as it becomes more efficient in cooling your house, promises to reduce electricity consumption up to 40% . The initial device and app is priced at $99 and additional sensors are available for $69 each. Shipment is scheduled for January 2015. If you’re interested, check it out on Indiegogo, but don’t wait too long. Their campaign closes on July 4th.
Big Ass Fans Are Getting Smart!
But… if you can’t wait for that, how about pre-ordering the world’s first smart FAN that’ll ship in July? Oh my goodness, you have NO idea how excited by this I am! If you saw me jumping around the studio on the Dropcams yesterday at geekbeat.tv/dropcam, it was because of this.
From the guys who make those Big Ass Fans – What? I can say that. It’s the name of the company. Haven’t you heard of them? Their name is very indicative of their products. Their fans are ginormous! And totally cool! And beautifully designed. I’ve always loved them. And if I have, you can imagine how John P feels!
ANYWAY… Big Ass Fans came out with Big Awesome Fans. Okay, the real name is the Haiku with SenseMe technology. Haiku is targeted more at homes than commercial spaces. It’s a gorgeous looking fan that doesn’t stop at looks. This you can totally geek out on, because the SenseMe technology ACTUALLY senses you. When you walk into the room, it knows and will start spinning. When you walk out of the room, it can turn itself off. No flipping switches! And no trying to reach up for that speed chain. The Haiku knows when the room is getting too warm and will adjust itself automatically. And of course, there’s an iOS app with Android coming soon! OH! And so that you wake up more comfortably, it can slowly speed up the fan and the light in the room in the mornings.
I know… I know… I’m totally giddy. But aren’t you? You can see more at bigassfans.com, and don’t worry – we’re working on getting our hands on one so we can fill you in with some video and more details!
Edible Mist Machine Lets You Inhale Bacon and Cotton Candy
Okay, so…. Hookah Lounges are all the rage these days, but how would you like to be able to inhale mist that tastes like Chocolate, Cotton Candy — or 200 other flavors, including BACON!?? Now that I have your attention, here are the oh so important details. The Edible Mist Machine is another invention from Charlie Harry Francis (who also perfected Glow In The Dark Ice Cream). We’d order one of these for the grand opening of the Geek House, but– at $10,000, this might be a little out of our league (unless Charlie Harris Francis would like to donate one).