Posts Tagged ‘Secure Digital’

It is amazing the things you can do on a tablet nowadays. The games you can play and the uses are endless. From talking to your friend half way across the world for free to editing a hi-res photo with professional detail while on the sofa listening to music. It makes me think of what did we actually do when we were younger? How did we survive? How did our parents keep us entertained?!

As a parent myself, it worries me that my child uses the iPad far too much and sometimes we all rely on it far too often. I have even seen my son walk up to a digital photo frame and swipe to the right to see the next picture, but left feeling slightly confused as it doesn’t work.

The question is, are children nowadays too reliant on modern technology and is the imagination that I think we had, going to be lost to a processor? This question can only be answered as time goes by and we see what happens to the next generation.

All is not lost though…A company called Tangible Play (made up of old Google staff) have released Osmo, a new crowd funded app for kids that encourages ‘real world’ play. It allows the user to pick up things and build using their hands, thanks to a mirror attachment which turns the iPad’s camera to view the surface where your child is playing.

Recently I have looked around the App Store and failed to find anything that is different or breaks boundaries, but this app is very different and we should stand up and take notice.

All of the games to be used with this kit are optimised for ages 6-12 but each game has a varying range of difficulty. Take Newton, it’s a physics game, which uses the same concept as “Cut The Rope” where players can use any object, from lines on a piece of paper to a toy or even their own hands to control the stuff on screen. All you really need is a piece of paper and a pen to get started.

Tangram, is a game where puzzle pieces in the real world must be matched to the shapes on screen. The kit comes with an iPad stand and mirror connector and promotes your child’s creativity as suddenly the brain is thinking in many dimensions!

I do not only love this as a educational toy for my kids, but also as a concept in itself. It is not often you get something that comes along that breaks the mold and creates a whole new genre of games….this might just be that thing.

Available now on the Osmo Website for $49. This is a steal considering what you get and of course this will double once pre-orders have been fulfilled. The company is concentrating on developing the apps, but will eventually open this up to developers to create their own games….so watch this space.

Check out the Osmo video

 

 

Not all of us can afford to drive the kind of cars that have tech built into the dash, but now Parrot want everyone to be able to have access to it.

Bring on the Asteroid Smart, this Android powered, double-din, clever little unit will provide most cars with the ability to be connected and of course give you the kind of tech normally found in luxury motors.

The unit comes with Wi-Fi in-built, 4 x USB slots, Bluetooth, 6.7” capacitive touchscreen display, SD slot and is camera ready. You can download apps from the Asteroid Marketplace to allow you to have internet radio, music on demand and even driver assistance, so all units are customisable to the owner.

The Asteroid Smart can connect via Wi-Fi, USB 3/4g dongle or even connected via compatible smartphone to pull the data it needs to keep you informed. This can be used to access weather reports, emails, internet pages etc. It is also packing a GPS sensor which when combined with the choice of navigational apps will keep you on the right path.

Music can be played from a connected USB or SD card and has the ability to play directly from your iPod/iPhone via cable or using A2DP over Bluetooth direct from your iPhone. The most exciting part is the ability to download the likes of Spotify to potentially give you a huge database to choose from.

This unit is an outstanding piece of kit for any car and will catapult your vehicle into the 21st century, but one issue that we have to mention, is that although the unit has a partial detachable faceplate, will this deter thieves from breaking into your car as they see the beautiful screen proudly displayed?

This point aside, at about £475 this device is not cheap, but we believe you get what you pay for and Parrot have certainly given us everything!

Asteroid Smart

The latest version of the Note is now for sale at the Samsung Experience store in Westfields in Stratford City. At the moment this is the only place you can purchase the tablet and for the time being it will only be available in a 16gb Wi-Fi only edition.

The tablet includes a suite of S Note tools for your documents, multi-tasking and multi-window view splitting, which when paired with the 8-inch screen comfortably allows a number of applications to run at the same time.

In store, from April 15th, a limited number of customers will receive a 2 month subscription to The Times newspaper, 50gb DropBox account free for 2 years, free access to the Samsung Music Hub and a couple of games with every Note 8.

The Galaxy Note 8 is packing a 1.6GHz quad-core A9 processor, a 1280x900p display, 2GB RAM and a much needed microSD slot which support up to 64gb cards which is essential with a 16gb only internal storage.

 

Note 8

MiiPC - The Compact Family PC

MiiPC – The Compact Family PC

“The next generation Android PC for your family with a companion parental control mobile app”

The MiiPC is a very compact computer being funded on Kickstarter aimed at families running Android’s Jelly Bean 4.2 OS. The mini PC will allow you to connect a keyboard and mouse so that it feels like any other desktop you have used, but keeps it simple with a kid friendly operating system which runs all of your favourite Android apps but under the parent’s control.

One of the best features of this is the included mobile app that is available for both Android and iOS which can monitor real-time usage and limit the amount of time your kids can use certain parts of the PC. Let’s imagine that your child should be doing their homework, a quick view of the app may show it is being used for gaming, allowing you, the parent, to efficiently lock down usage just for homework based apps! You can even view how the multiple users are spending their time on the PC through the time management side of the app.

The unit itself has 1gb of DDR memory and 4gb of internal storage, but you can expand this via USB 2.0 or the integrated SD card slot. It has Wi-Fi with Ethernet port and Bluetooth 4.0 built into the box and supports Full HD content via its HDMI port. The unit can be used with apps such as Facebook, Google chrome and even Netflix to stream movies and also comes bundled with free productivity office suites.

This looks to be a truly simple concept for not only the user, but the person controlling the usage in a world where parents are quickly losing control of what their kids are doing on the internet. Starting at $89.99 with a $30 postage charge to the UK (shipping in July) it really does deserve a second look.

The Galaxy S4 is due to be announced tonight as the flagship smartphone in the Samsung armoury.

This model has always been the thorn in Apple’s side, but with Blackberry releasing the “Z10” (receiving a record 1 million handset order), Sony releasing the awesome “Xperia Z” and HTC releasing the “One” will this smartphone impress once more?

In a well timed WSJ interview with Apple’s Phil Schiller, the exec talks about how Android still needs to catch up with Apple in the user experience, stating “When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with….They don’t work seamlessly together”.

The Galaxy S4 is rumoured to have the following spec;

1.8GHz 8-Core CPU
2600mAh Battery
2GB Ram
4.9 Inch Full HD 1080p Display
MicroSD Slot
Smart Eye Tracking

Of course we have had the normal slideshow of Chinese leak pics, but the phone will be officially unveiled in New York tonight at midnight.

Galaxy S4