Saturday, April 20, 2024

Top 6 Innovations To Improve Your Daily Life

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Find lost items out of Bluetooth range

Bluetooth-enabled item locators are small tag-like products that you fix to your belongings. When you are unable to find something, you can make the tag/locator beep or ring, follow the sound and find the item. It helps to find even a phone in silent mode. TrackR Bravo is one such item locator, but what makes it better than the rest of the breed are features like Crowd Locate.

Crowd Locate helps you find your belongings even when these are out of your Bluetooth range. If your umbrella is buried under the cushions, you can find it using any normal Bluetooth locator, but what if you left it at a clinic? Whenever you miss an item, the TrackR app records its last known location on a map. When another TrackR app user comes within Bluetooth range of your lost item, its location is automatically updated in your app. This makes it easier to find objects lost elsewhere, too. Crowd Locate basically harnesses the power of numbers, as TrackR has sold millions of its devices across nations.

The TrackR app also lets you setup custom ‘separation alerts’ when you are about to forget and leave behind important items like your keys or phone. Likewise, when you are searching for an object, the distance indicator helps by showing whether you are getting nearer the object or moving in the wrong direction. Alexa Integration enables you to just shout out your search instruction when in a rush, and TrackR will find it for you! You can also customise your TrackR Bravo by printing a photo on it or engraving your number so that people can contact you if they find it.

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Product: TrackR Bravo; Company: TrackR; Country: USA; Website

TrackR Bravo is a coin-sized device that lets you find your things even when these are out of Bluetooth range

Improve your posture without belts and braces

The right posture helps you maintain a healthy body. There are many physical and technological aids to correct posture but many of them like belts and braces are bulky and conspicuous. Lumo Lift is a tiny smart sensor that you must fit on your dress right below your collarbone using a magnetic clasp provided with the device. Thereafter, get into your best posture and press Lumo Lift once—you have now set your goal or target posture. Now every time you slouch or get into a bad posture, Lumo Lift will prod you with gentle, vibrational reminders to correct your posture. It is just like a trusted friend who keeps reminding you of your commitment to posture improvement. Lumo Lift also doubles up as an activity tracker that keeps count of steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned.
Lumo Lift works with a companion app that runs on iOS, Android as well as Windows. The app helps you set up the device, track your posture and activities, and shares suggestions for improvement—in short, it becomes your posture and activity coach. The sensor connects to your phone using Bluetooth. It is battery-powered and can run for a day or two on a single charge.

Sold for US$ 80 with a 30-day money-back guarantee, the product is useful for a wide range of professionals.

Product: Lumo Lift; Company: Lumo BodyTech; Country: USA; Website

Lumo Lift smart sensor prods you to correct your posture

Sterilise your stuff within seconds

Many a time we catch infections despite maintaining good hygiene. Of what use would washing our hands be when most of the things around us are infected with bacteria? Somebody sneezes and uses the keyboard, a friend with a skin infection borrows the phone, or somebody with an infection sits on our chair. These are unavoidable and out of our control, which makes us wish for a way within our means to discreetly disinfect our possessions before using these ourselves.

UVC LEDs have a 200-280nm wavelength on the electromagnetic spectrum. This portion of the ultraviolet spectrum helps in disinfection of the air and water. UVC LED blocks proliferation of bacteria by destroying the DNA in them. Cleanty has used this property of UVC LEDs to make a handy and portable personal steriliser that weighs just 29gm. To disinfect an item (be it a laptop, a phone, a keyboard, shoe or anything else), you just need to sweep it with Cleanty. It takes only 10 seconds to destroy 90-99 per cent of bacteria in the region covered. Cleanty effectively cleans up bacteria like Colon Bacillus, Staphylococcus and Salmonella. You can also drop Cleanty into a closed container, say, a laptop bag, and set the timer. Cleanty will automatically switch off after sterilising the interior region for the preferred time.

Cleanty uses LG Innotek LEDs, which can apparently be used more than 10,000 times. The device can be charged using a USB cable, and a single charge guarantees about a month of daily normal use.

Product: Cleanty; Company: Cleanty; Country: USA; Website

This handy device sterilises your items instantly using UVC LEDs

Home cleaning robot with dual-spin mops

Everybot RS500 floor-cleaning robot has been selling across the world on Amazon, Home Depot and other stores since last year. The company has now raised funds on Kickstarter for an upgraded version RS700 scheduled to be delivered by year-end.

Everybot is essentially a compact robot with two spin mops. The mops can do both dry and wet cleaning, and can clear everything from coffee spills to pet hair within minutes. These can clean any hard surface, be it a tiled floor or a glass. Equipped with sensors, Everybot can find its way autonomously and clean the entire house without your intervention. It has built-in multi-directional and multi-axis sensors to detect and avoid obstacles like furniture, objects on the floor, staircases and drains. Given its compact size, the robot can even clean under chairs and tables.

You just need to fill water in the tanks, switch on the robot, set a mode and relax. Apart from the auto clean mode, the robot can also operate in Y-curve, focus clean, corner clean, manual clean and turbo clean modes.

Everybot RS700 has two powerful 5700rpm motors to capture fine dust without causing dust streaks on the floor. An illuminance sensor on the top of the unit enables it to move to a brighter area after it completes cleaning in dark corners, under the couch, etc. This makes it easier for the owner to spot the robot after its job is done.

Moistened mops can clean floors for 50 minutes at a time. After this, users can charge the mops and add water to the tanks to continue cleaning.

Product: Everybot RS700; Company: Everybot; Country: South Korea; Website

Everybot RS700 is a compact floor mopping robot with dual spin mops

A portable, Internet-enabled 3D printer

Aimed at personal 3D printing segment, Migo is a small and portable, Internet-enabled printer with a range of professional features. Despite being made of industrial standard parts, the printer measures just 155x195x270mm3 and weighs 2.5kg. This has been achieved through a minimalist design.

Despite the printer’s small and portable form, it matches the capability of bigger printers. It has a printing platform of 100x120x100mm3, a nozzle diameter of 0.4mm and a layer resolution of 0.05mm, which ensure high precision, smooth printing at speeds between 100mm/s to 200mm/s. It is very easy to use with a simple, single button operation.

Migo also overcomes another problem commonly associated with 3D printers, namely cable clutter, by using Type-C connectivity. The functions of the signal cable, extruder head’s power cord and other components are consolidated using a single Type-C connector. This enables true plug-and-play printing.

What’s more, the printer supports batch printing, so it can become your little factory! You can set it up to print between 1 and 50 units continuously. The option to replace the print head with a 500mW laser head lets you engrave on soft surfaces like wood, leather, chocolates and plastic.

Migo is equipped with Ethernet, Wi-Fi and an ARM processor. It comes with easy to use software for designing and printing. You can remotely upload files to be printed, check printing progress, and start, cancel or pause printing using the app.

MakeX plans to ship the initial version by July 2018. In future versions, they plan to include features like dual printing heads, touch screens and CNC heads.

Product: Migo; Company: MakeX; Country: China; Website

Migo is ideal for personal 3D printing

An intelligent camera that knows what to capture

Google Clips is a small, light-weight artificial intelligence (AI) powered camera that spontaneously captures interesting moments. Google recommends the product mainly for use with kids, pets, close family and friends.

From wherever it is placed or fastened, the camera keeps watching, using its machine learning capabilities to recognise people who matter and to identify the right moments to shoot ‘clips’ or short, soundless motion photos that last several seconds. You can also help the camera learn who is important to you. The best part is that you can be a part of those pictures too! Clips has a 12-megapixel sensor and a 130-degree field-of-view lens. It takes photos at a speed of 15 frames-per-second. It has a decent battery life, lasting for three hours of continuous use. A shutter button in the camera and app allow you to also use the camera like a regular one.

Clips has 16GB internal memory. All the machine learning happens on the device itself, and nothing leaves your device unless you choose to save or share it. And when you do, the clips are wirelessly synced (using Wi-Fi) to the Google Clips app for Android or iOS. Here, you can save or delete entire clips or save selected frames as high-resolution still photos. You can export the recordings as video, photos or GIFs. If you are using Google Photos to store and organise your clips, you can backup unlimited clips for free!

The first edition of Google Clips, which will soon be available in the USA for US$ 249, will work with Google Pixel, Samsung S7/8 and iPhone (6 and above).

Product: Google Clips; Company: Google; Country: USA; Website

Google Clips uses built-in machine learning to spontaneously capture important moments


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