Geek

Google glass beaten by a simple pair of goggles?

Still not understanding why people would want to wear an evail pair of goggles when their eye sight is 100%, this baby actually seems to provide some value. Without the nonsense and futuristic layer of bullcrap added to it. All it takes is a Bluetooth chip, multi-color LED, two buttons and a battery. O yeah, and a pair of glasses! What is shown in the video should actually work! Hmm.... Perhaps I should not switch to contacts...

GoPro presents smaller big brother of Hero3-Black

Just after I decided to treat myself to a brand new Hero3 from GoPro, they announced the Hero3+ today, in both Silver and Black editions. It seems these models replace the earlier Silver and Black models, and are in my opinion only a minor update from their earlier brothers.

The biggest updates are a decrease in size of 20%, a 30% improved batterylife (always welcome!), SuperView mode (slightly larger viewing angle), Auto Low Light Mode (longer shutter times at low light, giving better shots), and some new frame-rates, but nothing that beats the 1080p@60fps.

Let's all agree on one thing, they got their marketing videos right, damn!

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Renewable energy in Africa, let's charge that cellphone!

We all love our mobiles and charge it regularly without evening thinking about the fact that we have 220Volts at our fingertips for about 100% of our complete lives. In Africa, this is unfortunately not the case, plus many cases don't even have power connections. For example, around 40% of households in Rwanda have a mobile phone but no steady electricity to charge it. The guys from ARED (African Renewable Energy Distributor) try to locally fix these lacks of power availability. Henri Nyakarundi started the Mobile Charging Kiosk (MCK), which allows charging of mobile phones using 40 Watts solar panels, that enable the charging of up to 16 phones at the same time. $30k is needed to finalize the design and build 20 MCKs. Pretty cool project, thumbs up guys! Let's all sponsor this indiegogo project!

Finally, a compact structure sensor!

We all remember the day that Microsoft launched the Kinect sensor. Although the next generation Kinect is right around the corner, still all access to the low-level depth data is limited. Finally, someone takes their responsibility to give the world easy access to structure information. Meet Occipital, a company that is developing a small depth sensor with a simple programming API. Read all details on their Kickstarter page. The device has a depth range of 40 cm to 3.5m (quite similar to the Kinect). The only drawback for the real geek is the fact that interfacing is provided only with the lightning connector supported on the iPad4+ models. What happened to good-old USB?