This week on WDD’s HotSpot:
- Control Your Home with Hook
Hack-a-Joe Labs wants to make your life easier. Do you ever hop into bed and realize that you forgot to turn off your lamp? Well now you don’t need to get out of bed to do it. And no this is not a clap on, clap off lamp. Hook is a device that connects inexpensive remote-controlled outlet adapters and bulb sockets to the Internet. It lets you turn your existing appliances and lighting like lamps, light bulbs, coffee maker, window fan to be controlled with your phone from anywhere in the world. Other remote-controlled outlet adapters and bulb sockets only work inside your house and only with the remote. Hook actually makes these outlet adapters and bulb sockets Smart. All you have to do is clone the remote control to the Hook app. Once the remote is on the phone, you can control the appliances and lighting, connected through the outlet adapters and bulb sockets, from anywhere in the world! You can schedule operations of routine tasks like operating holiday lights between sunset and sunrise, and even create rule-based scenarios like turning your coffee maker ‘on’ when the alarm goes off.
- GogglePal Transforms Ski Goggles
Goggle is turning any pair of goggles into an augmented reality heads-up display with GogglePal. You can either add fitness and ride information, add AR games, and even tracking and social communication. To make this happen, two components are needed. The actual projection display securely attaches to the goggle lenses with a magnetic button, while the controller pack with a big mitten-friendly button fastens onto your goggle straps. A companion app for iOS can be used with or without the goggles and records stats like speed and vertical drop, maps the route on Google Maps, provides a leaderboard for friends playing together, tracks points earned from games, and provides Facebook integration. You can now pledge for the model of your choice on Kickstarter, where GogglePal is seeking funding. And if all goes as planned, you’ll have ’em in hand by January 2016.
- Bruno Garbage Can Sucks at Collecting Trash
Bending over to sweep dirt from your floors into a dustpan is a pain! So Bruno is going to do it for you. The Bruno garbage can uses motion and light sensors to determine when a broom is near its bottom/front-mounted suction port. Once activated, it vacuums up whatever has been swept into that area, and delivers it into its bag – that’s the same bag that garbage is manually thrown into, by opening the lid on top. Double duty!! If your hands are full, that lid can also be opened via another motion detector. Powering the can is a rechargeable 18-volt battery, good for about one month of typical use per charge. Also included is a retractable power cord when you’re recharging the battery. If you buy the Bruno-specific bags, you can store the extras in a compartment within the can. An app will warn you when you’re about to run out of bags, plus it will remind you to take out the trash on garbage-collection days. Back it on Kickstarter for $229 and you’ll receive it by October of this year.
- Levitating Light
The ‘flyte‘ hovering light uses magnetic levitation and wireless technology to change the light experience. Free from the constraints of gravity, it enhances wireless technology to receive power. Combing Tesla laws of induction with the signature bulb, the screwless light can rotate continuously with almost no friction. The floating light is powered through the air, making it safe and harmless as it needs no batteries and only uses low voltage LEDs. It’s packed with sensors and the electro-magnetic base is designed and crafted in Sweden from sustainable oak, ash, and walnut. Usijng your smartphone, you can turn the light on and off and, when removed, the base can charge a smartphone.
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