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Posts Tagged ‘ Phone ’

Don’t Plug Your Socket Into A Wall, Plug It Into A Window.


Granted that the current ‘Window Socket’ features European plugs, it is still an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug small devices into the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during night-time hours.

Kyuho Song & Boa Oh “tried to design a portable socket, so that users can use it intuitively without special training.” It sticks to a window with a suction plate that encircles the solar panel, and a basic outlet feeds the converted solar power to a device—and that’s pretty much it. As the designers point out, this is a charger/converter that can be used anywhere there’s daylight, particularly where there is restricted use of electricity, such as outdoors or on a plane.

At present, the Window Socket is still a concept, but in the near future the designers hope to increase its efficiency, energy storage and charge time. The battery on the Window Socket is very small, at 1000mAh the stored power might be about enough to charge a mobile phone, particularly if it were a USB outlet rather than a standard one, but it won’t be enough to power household appliances. And while it can provide 10 continuous hours of power on a full charge, it presently takes about 5-8 hours to fully charge. But even that can’t completely take a way from it’s awesome, simple design.

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Solar Blinds That Charge Your Phone?


The Rolar Blinds do three things. They harness the energy of the sun, they cut the glare of the sun out during the day, keeping your indoors ambient, and they look absolutely gorgeous while they do the above two.

The Rolar Blinds stand at the crux between new-age photovoltaic printing techniques, a rise in demand for solar panels, and absolute graphic beauty, as they explore printing solar cells in manners that almost feel like graffiti, but with a more direct purpose, i.e., charging your devices. At the bottom of the blinds rest the cylindrical weights that come with a USB port that let you charge your devices or your power-banks by simply plugging them into the curtain and leaving them on a table nearby or the windowsill as you tap into the solar system’s largest (free) power source.

The cylindrical members (battery packs) are even detachable, allowing you to carry your power with you. However, the convenience of the Rolar Blinds takes second place to its graphical beauty that bring art and technology together beautifully and seamlessly.

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Lazer Tag For Your Phone?!


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Just the phrase “laser tag” instill excitement in many people, who either have, or haven’t played the game, but now the game is changing.  Plug the Father.IO Inceptor into your phone and start shooting – up to 50 meters away – with a precise and well-collimated hitbox. We’ve implemented 6 highly sensitive, infrared receiving sensors, allowing Father.IO to offer unmatched, full gaming immersion. Check the method.

“Dras”tic Cell Phone Changes May Be In Our Future.


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The Drasphone tries to combine two undeniably massive trends in cellular phone design. The clamshell trend of the 90s, and the present touchscreen display trend. Pioneering flexible display technology, this conceptual smartphone bends at not one, not two, but at three points. This allows you to make the Drasphone compact in two ways. Do a half fold, and you have a Squarish MiniDras, or a complete fold, and you get a MicroDras.

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If you haven’t noticed, a small section of the display is exposed when in MicroDras mode. This nifty feature allows you to have all your notifications and relevant data visible to you even when your phone is in sleep mode.  Now while I strongly believe that large moving parts in a smartphone can result in major wear and tear (remember how easy it was to snap a clamshell phone?), I’d love to see a working prototype before I can make any promises.

(via YD)

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6 Apps That Will Help You Save More Than Your Parents


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Saving and investing your money used to be a hard chore that people actually hated doing, but now as tech keeps evolving it is becoming almost fun.

Acorns is an app that invests your spare change from everyday transactions into your very own diversified portfolio. You can easily get started in minutes: anytime, anywhere.·A simple and intelligent automatic investment system not only helps you invest regularly but also optimizes your investment through diversification and automatic re-balancing.

In other words, we buy low and sell high without you having to keep an eye on things. Acorns protects your information, prevents unauthorized account access, and notifies you of unusual activity. No commissions, ever. It’s always free to move your money into and out of Acorns. Using Acorns for a year costs less than what most traditional brokerages charge for just two trades. Once you invest, Acorns is only $1 per month for accounts under $5,000 and 0.25% of the account balance per year for accounts of $5,000 or more.


 

Wealthfront

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Wealthfront makes it easy for anyone to get access to world-class, long-term investment management, at a super low-cost. Within 5 minutes and a few taps, the automated investment service goes right to work, monitoring your investment portfolio around the clock and taking action as soon as an opportunity arises. Whether you’re investing for retirement or a different long-term goal, Wealthfront automatically rebalances your portfolio and reinvests your dividends, and every trade is commission-free.


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Simple offers awesome support, simplified budgeting tools, and most importantly, financial peace of mind. We believe you should be proud of your bank. With Simple, you get a stylish Simple Visa® Card, no surprise fees, and powerful budgeting and savings tools built right into your account—all accessible via web, iPhone, and Android. You’ll never miss your bank branch—there’s so much you can do right from your computer, iPhone, or Android. Control of your account is in your hands, wherever you go.


 

Betterment

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 8.27.16 PMBetterment is the largest, fastest-growing automated investing service, helping people to better manage, protect, and grow their wealth. Use Betterment’s smarter technology to manage your investments in a customized, globally-diversified portfolio. The Betterment portfolio is designed to achieve optimal returns at every level of risk. Through diversification, automated rebalancing, better behavior, and lower fees, Betterment customers can expect 4.30% higher returns than a typical DIY investor.


 

 

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Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 8.30.14 PM 1In the stock market, a fraction of a second can mean the difference between a profit and a loss. Our team has built low-latency trading systems used by some of the world’s largest financial institutions, and we’re bringing that expertise to Robinhood.

As a Robinhood customer, your self-directed orders will receive the best possible trade execution. We cut out the fat that makes other brokerages costly — hundreds of storefront locations and manual account management. Robinhood notifies you in advance of scheduled events — like earnings, dividends, or splits, so you can get up-to-date information at the right time.


 

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BillGuard is the fastest, easiest and most elegant way to manage personal finances. It helps you stay on top of your spending, lower your bills at your favorite places, and protect your cards from unwanted charges. Take control of your money by seeing your spending by category over time like you’ve never seen it before. Make things fun by competing with yourself month over month.

Apple iphone Air Concept


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Designer Federico Ciccarese (of SET Solution) believes that this could definitely be the route Apple plans on taking, and decided to take some time to create his very own concept version of the Apple iPhone Air. Equipped with a 5 inch Retina display, this smartphone measures in at 1.5mm thick, and weighs just 70 grams (literally as light as a feather). Other details of the phone include fingerprint scanner, an entirely redesigned camera module, and the same lightning port connector. Of course the iPhone Air would be running on iOS7 complete with 64-bit architecture for maximum performance.

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Curved Cell Phone Screen


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The US patent, No. 8,603,574, is for a manufacturing process that would enable a screen to remain responsive to touch despite the effects of curving or shaping. Although Samsung has been the only one so far to create a live demonstration, Apple is the one that actually owns the technology. As part of the initial filing made in 2010, Apple specifically provides examples of its use in displays, touch pads and even mice. It also explains that current methods for curving a display result in a less sensitive and responsive screen; the process creates ‘dead’ areas. Apple’s approach uses a film that is applied to a screen or surface before it is shaped, which would ensure that its whole surface remains touch-sensitive once curved. The filing also gives examples of more complex shapes, like waves as well as simple curves, that would be possible thanks to the process that Apple is patenting. Whether or not the patent is a signal of Apple’s future intent remains to be seen but there is little doubt that curved and flexible displays are set to play a huge role in the future of mobile device design. Samsung and LG, two of Apple’s biggest competitors in the smartphone and tablet space, have already launched smartphones with curved, flexible displays as showcases for their own display capabilities.

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