Damson Audio Giveaway Open to the World
Okay, guys! We run contests and give away a bunch of stuff… you know that… but we don’t always get to give the stuff away to our international viewers because of shipping costs and hassle, and that stuff. Well today that changes!! Damson Audio said they want to give away 5 pairs of Jet Bluetooth speakers and they LOVE our international viewers, so they opened it up to everyone! You can enter every day and get multiple entries for doing different things… like following them on Facebook! Just go to geekbeat.tv/giveaways for the details.
Microsoft Joins the Wearables Race with Band
Microsoft has come out with their very own fitness band/smart watch! It’s called the Microsoft Band and it uses Microsoft Health as the software and app controls. It’ll track your heart rate. Sleep. UV rays. Your running patterns using GPS. And it wants to act as your personal trainer with specific workouts to help you become a better person. On the watch front, it’ll display your incoming calls and text messages. It’s available now for $199… but I’m not sure that it does anything more than any other activity tracker… and that’s a premium price compared to others on the market. But! It does work with iPhone, Android or Windows Phone! So there’s that…
Android Lollipop Lands Next Monday
Lollipop is coming to an Android device near you on November 3rd! That’s great news for developers who will no longer have to worry about authoring different versions of the same app for Android powered phones, tablets, wearables, and cars. But beyond that… what does Lollipop (or Android 5.0 if you prefer the boring name) mean to you and me? Google says to expect better camera capabilities, as well as better sound. And… what I’m looking forward to… More battery efficient apps!
Twitter Integration Gets More Seamless with Fabric
Speaking of apps, would you like better in-app Twitter integration? Well, ready or not, here it comes! Twitter just unveiled an SDK called “Fabric” that promises to allow app developers to access content streams from Twitter… as well as access the sign-on systems. Before this, it’s been a bit of a nightmare for app authors to integrate Twitter into their apps in a seamless fashion. Fabric was built off of two recent Twitter acquisitions: MoPub & Crashylitics. So… if you start noticing your tweet-streams are following you around in your apps, you’ll know it’s working.
Robots with Static Electricity Grip
A 3-year-old start-up called Grab-It has created a robot that uses static electricity to grab and move objects. See the little flexible fingers? It can handle Boxes, iPads, Fruits… whatever. I mean, think about it! When static electricity affects your hair for example, it’s pretty strong! It’s got gusto! So they’ve harnessed that power into this robot. Super cool stuff! Just please…. stay away from my hair!
Feeling What a Robot Touches
Being able to pick up a remote object is one thing, but feeling it from a distance is another – and that’s where Dexmo come in. This exoskeleton for your hand is designed to allow you to “feel” an object picked up from a safe distance by a robot (like a suspected bomb for instance). Interested? They’re trying to raise $200,000 via Kickstarter.
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