How did Apple successfully keep the Apple Watch design a secret for the entirety of the development process? It's pretty impressive given the massive hunger the tech media was having over the device. Employees on the Apple Watch team had to wear the device out in public for field testing.
The New York Times recently revealed how Apple was able to accomplish that while not tipping its hand.
"In an effort to maintain secrecy, engineers testing the watch outside the office even created fake casing[s] that made the Apple device resemble a Samsung watch, one person said."
It’s sort of amusing to imagine the most talented of Apple engineers walking around town wearing a clunky Samsung Galaxy Gear. Ironic isn't it. This wasn't the first time the company had pulled this usual way of testing upcoming products.
If you remember, the now infamous iPhone 4 prototype that Gizmodo paid a couple of grand for was dressed up in a modified case to make it look like an iPhone 3GS. This provided Apple engineers who were responsible for testing and calibrating the device’s cellular functionality and the ability to do so in public without arousing any interest or suspicion. I would imagine with an iPhone 6 Plus this task would be most tricky.
While other tech companies are notorious for openly discussing or even leaking upcoming product plans and key features, Apple keeps its products plans a closely guarded secret. Yes, even if it means dressing up the unreleased product to make it look like a past phone or a device from a chief competitor.
Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Japan planning to open a hotel with robotic staff and with other high end advanced technologies. Based on a statement by the park, the robotic hotel called Henn-na, which translates to "Strange Hotel", will open on July 17. Phase one of the hotels construction will have 72 rooms and will be two-stories tall. The second phase, which is projected to be finish in July of 2016, will add an additional 72 rooms.
The robots will operate around extreme intelligent conversations with human guests. Just like how normal people would interact.
The president of the hotel said in a press statement, "We'll make the most efficient hotel in the world." With this he plans to have 90% of the building ran by advance robotic systems.
Other features of the hotel would include a low accommodation fee, guest door facial-recognition technology, and a radiation panel that will detect the guests body heat in the room and adjust the temperature to feel just right.
The Henn-na hotel is going to stay green and reduce operating costs by installing solar panels.
Instead of the hotel having a fixed room price. Bidding was put into play. Rooms rates will fluctuate depending on demand. The hotel says that for an average room, fees would be anywhere from $60 to a max of $153 a night. If you plan on being a little bit more high class. Superior and Deluxe rooms are available for a bit more.
No longer will our iPad be shackled to a wall in your room...freedom.
Energous has created a product that will charge any battery-operated device (that requires less than 10 Watts) for up to 12 devices. A "WattUp" transmitter will send energy through a radio frequency to your device when requested. It converts that signal into battery power. This allows you to walk anywhere within the room with your device while it is charging.
The transmitter has a 15ft radius so as long as you are within those bounds your device will be charging. The reason I'm saying device so often instead of phone is because it can charge much more than just your phone. Beside phones they aim to charge fitness trackers, smart watches, computer accessories, remote controls, gaming controllers, LED lighting, and battery-powered children's toys. The best part is that, with an app on your phone, you can control which devices are to be charged and which are not.
This will mean that if you purchase this product, the number of wires in your room will decrease heavily. No more will you accidentally grab your phone when the charger is still attached or have to talk while standing in the corner of your room in an uncomfortable position. WattUp was unveiled in CES 2015 and will be released sometime soon.
If you game on your tablet or if you like controlling devices with your phone such as drones or RC cars then you might want to give this a look.
The ScreenStick is a very straightforward and easy to use device. Simply stick the Suction cups to your device and begin playing. It's purpose is to prevent your fingers from slipping and allow for more precise control.
There are two different types of sticks that are available for use, the simulator stick, and the gaming stick. The simulator stick is modeled after an RC stick and is more for simulation applications such as controlling helicopters, or cars. The gaming stick is for most games that require precision.
The ScreenStick will work for most games that already have a virtual joystick and they don't look like they will be too costly when they begin shipping, coming in at $24. If you're serious about your tablet gaming then I recommend you pick these up.
Portable chargers are great! But a portable charger that you don't have to charge is better. The Kraftwerk is a hand-held dual based mini generator that has launch a KickStarter funding project.
Kraftwerk is essentially a power plant in your hand. It's has a USB plung-in so you can charge all your personal electronics such as iPads, iPhones, Cameras, and many others. The project right now has devastated its original goal of $500,000 USD. With 7,000 backers the they have raised more then twise that and we still have a month to go.
How does it work?
The hand-held Kraftwerk runs off a small amount standard lighter gas or even camping gas. Immediately after filling, just plug in your device and watch it charge. Just like a plug outlet there's no switches or buttons on the portable charger, it's that easy. On a single filing of fuel you can charge your iPhone approximately 11 times.
To produce electricity the Karftwerk converts chemical energy into electrical. The product lets out water vapor and carbon dioxide into the air. No worries it doesn't smell or get condensation everywhere.
Where can I get one?
The Kraftwerk is available for preorder on KickStarter. Current backers can get it for $99. Retail price will be around $129-$150.
Here is a link to the Video posted on KickStarter :
Rad Doodads Score: 7/10
The Kraftwerk is a good product for people who love to travel. The need to fill it up with fuel can get a bit expensive. There is not many places that sell the type of nozzle that is need to fill the Kraftwerk. In combination with the expensive price point and accessibility of oil needed to fill it, this mini power plant deserves a 7/10.
As I said before, I'm writing this with $23 in my pocket and a bothersome buzzing sound coming from a lamp to my left. I'm now a college student living in my parents basement. No I don't eat whole pizzas and gulp down 2 liters of mountain dew while playing World of War Craft. Instead I spend my time either watching House of Cards or thinking of different businesses I could start. A good friend brought up the idea of starting a blog to make a little extra money. Three research intensive days later my mine was high on the idea that people actually read what you write. Blogging is more than just a way to make money, it was a way to share ideas and convey my own opinion on things. In conclusion, I will write simply about cool stuff I find on the web. Each post will also include a link to the website I found it at so you can look at it more or purchase it if you like. I will have a blog post every other day and feel free to share them or leave comment as it would help a lot.