Amazon Bets Sleeker Design Will Justify Higher Kindle Price

Amazon Bets Sleeker Design Will Justify Higher Kindle Price

Amazon unveiled the Kindle Oasis the eighth generation of its popular e-reading device hoping book lovers will be willing to pay up in exchange for a sleek design and months of reading without charging the battery.

At $289 (roughly Rs. 19,000), the device costs more than three times as much as the most affordable Kindle available Wednesday. The new model features a protective case that doubles as an extra battery, providing as much as nine months of reading without a charge.

Amazon sees electronic readers as a key strategy to selling more books since digital volumes cost less and are easier to distribute than printed copies. Amazon began as an online book store and now sells 4.4 million electronic book titles, including 1.1 million added last year. It also sells $10-a-month subscriptions to Kindle Unlimited, which gives users access to more than 1 million ebook titles and thousands of audiobooks.

At 4.6 ounces (130 grams) and 0.14 inch (3.4 millimetres) at its thinnest point, the Kindle Oasis is 20 percent lighter and 30 percent thinner than earlier versions. The bevelled design thicker along one side makes it feel even lighter because the centre of gravity is closer to the readers’ hand.

The Kindle debuted in 2007 as Amazon’s first consumer gadget.

You Can Now Play (Some) Oculus Games on Your HTC Vive

You Can Now Play (Some) Oculus Games on Your HTC Vive

An anonymous developer who goes by the name of LibreVR has managed to develop a compatibility layer that allows you to play Oculus VR games – Lucky’s Tale and Oculus Dreamdeck only for now – on the HTC Vive virtual reality headset.

Called Revive, it patches over your existing game files to make it work with OpenVR. “It works by reimplementing [sic] functions from the Oculus Runtime and translating them to OpenVR calls,” the developer said on the software’s GitHub page. “Unfortunately Oculus has implemented a Code Signing check on the Runtime DLLs, therefore the Revive DLLs cannot be used unless the application is patched.”

The instructions are fairly straightforward to work with, and you shouldn’t have a lot of trouble trying it if you want. But this is still an unofficial and unapproved method, considering Oculus’ love for a closed system.

Where on one hand the Oculus Store doesn’t even recognise the HTC Vive when connected, SteamVR is happy to incorporate the Rift into its world, letting game developers list the Oculus device as a supported system on the game’s Steam page. Some of the HTC Vive launch titles are fully compatible with the Oculus Rift, too.

The reason only a couple of games are compatible for now is that you need a specific patch file. Users over on Reddit have managed to make it work for some other titles as well, though.

“It may work with plenty of other games, but that hasn’t been tested by myself,” LibreVR told Upload VR. “It’s still early days for this project, since it’s only been in development for a few weeks. In the future more games will be supported, but I’m glad to see such swift progress already.”

Revive is still in alpha for now, and the developer wants to implement OpenGL, DirectX 12 and Oculus Touch support going forward.

Shae Advanced Virtual Health Assistant Hits Kickstarter

Advanced Virtual Health Assistant

Anyone looking to get into shape, monitor their sleep, stress, nutrition, activity or lifestyle in more detail may be interested in the new advanced virtual health assistant that has been created called Shae.

Shae has been built by Personal Health 360 and comes in the form of a smartphone and smartwatch application that can help you obtain the personal health goals you have been aiming for.

Shae has launched over on Kickstarter crowdfunding website this week and has already raised over $125,000 with still 26 days remaining on its campaign. Watch the promotional video below to learn more about the Shae personal assistant and the features it has to offer.

Shae’s developers explain more about their inspiration and concept.

What if there was a single solution that knows EXACTLY what is best for YOUR body at THIS EXACT TIME in your life? Meet Shae. Your very own Virtual Health Assistant, whose only interest is to keep YOU healthy and happy. All of the time.

Shae has been designed to eliminate the confusion around health. Making health simple, and convenient. No more shot in the dark solutions for your nutrition, exercise and even lifestyle needs. No need for trying to keep up with the latest information, or even having to plan or remember healthy choices.

The world-renowned team behind Shae is led by Matt Riemann, who was diagnosed as terminally ill with a rare genetic disorder and went on to travel the world, working with geneticists and health specialists around the globe to figure out something that not only changed his life but will change millions of lives for the better.

He reverse engineered the solution and created “Siri for your health” – a revolutionary virtual health assistant called Shae who provides a customized experience based on your specific epigenetic make up that can actually change your health, in real-time.

New Amazon Kindle Appears In Leaked Photos

New Amazon Kindle

Amazon recently revealed that they would soon be announced a new Amazon Kindle, the device will be revealed some time this week and now some photos of the latest Amazon gadget have been revealed.

The new Amazon Kindle will be called the Amazon Oasis and the device will feature a 300 dpi e-ink display and a slimmer bezel than the current Kindle Voyage.

The device will also be lighter than the current model weighing in at 131 grams and it will be thinner at 3.4mm at the thinnest point and 8.5mm thick at the thickest point.

The Amazon Oasis will come with a case that features a built in battery to give the device extra battery life, this can be seen in the photo below.

New Amazon Kindle

The new Amazon Kindle should be made official some time this week, as yet there are no details on how much the device will retail for.

Unique Dualo Musical Instrument Hits Kickstarter

Dualo Musical Instrument

A new and very unique musical instrument has been created called the Dualo, which has been specifically designed to enable anyone to be able to create their own music using one intuitive stand-alone instrument.

The Dualo musical instrument has this week launched via the Kickstarter crowdfunding website with the aim of raising €50,000 over the next 30 days to go into production. Thanks to over 100 backers the instrument has already raised over €40,000 with still 28 days remaining the campaign to run.

Check out the promotional video below to learn more about the Dualo musical instrument and its unique feature set.

The Dualo’s revolutionary design gives you easy access to the settings. So you can compose your own tunes live and on the spot in whatever style you like. Jam with our new keyboard where all scales and chords are represented by simple shapes. Follow our series of video tutorials to learn how to play and master the instrument and develop your knowledge of music in general. Just let the lights of the keyboard guide your fingers. No need for sheet music.

A community of musicians has already adopted our initial model and has helped us to improve the instrument. You can install regular updates for free to get new features… The du-touch represents the new generation in mobility and playability. Create tunes from nothing.

– Chose a sound, personalize it, add effects.
– Play rhythms, melodies, chords and loop them.
– Layer your loops and mix the sounds.
– Play with your own samples, use the motion sensors to make changes. …then share your creations.

FanCam Real Time HD Fishing Camera Gives Anglers A Fish Eye

Real Time HD Fishing Camera

Anglers looking for an edge or rather a better view while fishing may be interested in a new real-time HD fishing camera which has been created Dmitry Chursin based in Valencia Spain.

The fishing camera is sneakily enclosed within a fishing float and allows you to see a top-down view of your bait and prey, as the events unfold, good or bad. Allowing you to change your rod and tackle setup depending on what you see, and your luck throughout the day.

The FanCam as the fishing camera has been named connects wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet device using a companion iOS or Android application and provides a streaming video of everything that is going on underneath the waves. Watch the video below to learn more about its design, inspiration and construction.

The Fishing FanCam is a complete, autonomous, fully wireless device in a waterproof, floating case. Its main purpose is to broadcast live HD video directly to your mobile device: smartphone, tablet or laptop. You can also save the stream to the memory of your device or gadget and share it with your friends.

The Fishing FanCam is ideal for lovers of active fishing, like fly fishing or spinning fishing. This great device will be useful for float rod fans, because it enables you to see whether fish are interested in your bait in real time. It is very easy to use the Fishing FanCam and broadcast live video, via Wi-Fi, directly to your gadget; a smartphone or a tablet, running iOS or Android. There is no need for an internet connection, as you can use Wi-Fi as the way of signal translation. There is no mixed buttons or display on the float. You simply install the battery in the float and it instantly creates a Wi-Fi Access Point. Connect to the Wi-Fi installed network Fishing FanCam N_ (serial number), launch the application and immediately start seeing the live video!

For more information on the new HD fishing camera jump over to the Kickstarter website for details and to make a pledge from just €62 for super early bird backers by following the link below.

Wekey Super Thin Folding Pocket Bluetooth Keyboard

Wekey Super Thin Folding Pocket Bluetooth Keyboard

If you prefer to type on a physical keyboard and are looking for a folding pocket Bluetooth keyboard you might be interested in the Wekey Pocket which has been launched over Indiegogo crowdfunding website and is being promoted as the world’s thinnest and lightest keyboard available.

The Wekey Pocket measures just 6 mm in thickness and weighs just 95 g and can be folded in half to provide a small thin pocket Bluetooth keyboard that can be unfolded when you need to do those longer documents or emails on your smartphone or tablet.

Folding Pocket Bluetooth Keyboard

The folding pocket Bluetooth keyboard has launched on Indiegogo with pledges for early bird backers starting from just $58 plus shipping. Watch the video below to learn more about his design and construction.

Wekey Pocket is the thinnest and lightest foldable keyboard in the world. While existing foldable keyboards are over .39 in. thick when folded, Wekey Pocket has a thickness of under .24 in. That is slim enough to carry around in your pocket.Typing is intuitive with a key layout designed to nearly mirror the standard PC keyboard. Compatible with tablet or smartphone, meet the gold standard for portability in the keyboard world: Wekey Pocket!

How is Wekey Pocket so darn thin?? Well it’s because Wekey Pocket is the ONLY keyboard to feature a wearable PCB (printed circuit board)! This circuit board that is bendable, foldable & squishable makes Wekey Pocket the slimmest keyboard in the world. Extremely Portable: With its foldable design, Wekey Pocket is incredibly compact when folded measuring around 6 inches. However, when opened it is over 12 inches making it over 80% the length of a standard keyboard allowing for ample key space. With a thickness of under .24 inches and a weight of 3.5 oz., Wekey Pocket is meant to be carried around whether it be in your pocket, bag or purse.

A Speaker, Directional Speaker Offers Personal Audio Solution Without The Need For Headphones

Directional Speaker

A new directional speaker aptly named the “A” Speaker has been created by developers based in Paris France that provides a personal audio solution that they say is similar to listening to headphones without actually wearing any.

Enabling you to listen to your own personal audio stream without annoying those around you. Watch the video below to learn more about the new directional speaker and the technology that is inside to help create your personal audio environment.

The “A” Speaker is being marketed as the speaker that only you can hear and has been designed to redefine the personal audio experience say its creators, who explain a little more about his inspiration and construction.

Imagine a speaker that only you can hear, even if there are a bunch of other people in the room. Akoustic Arts’ « A » speaker is the world’s most advanced directional speaker. It creates a narrow beam of sound, the same way that a laser creates a beam of light to focus on a precise area, allowing you to blast sound directly into your ears from across the room without anyone else hearing it. Whether you’re at work, in your bedroom, or in your living room, the possibilities are endless.

 

For more information on the new “A” Speaker jump over to the Indiegogo website for details and you make a pledge from $290 for early bird backers, by following the link below.

Surface Pro Signature Edition Type Cover Launched By Microsoft

Surface Pro Signature Edition Type Cover Launched By Microsoft

Microsoft has this week unveiled a new addition to their range of accessories for their Surface Pro tablet, launching the new Surface Pro Signature Edition Type Cover which is priced at $160 and finished in two-tone grey Alcantara fabric, that is sourced only from Italy.

The new “high-end luxury” Surface Pro case will fit both the 3 and 4 tablets and the finish that is applied to the cover apparently takes makes the production time for each case five weeks says Microsoft. Check out the video below to learn more.

Surface Pro Signature Edition Type Cover Launched By Microsoft

Microsoft explains more about the luxurious finish they have applied to their latest Surface Pro Signature Edition Type Cover which is now available to purchase directly from the Microsoft online store.

Alcantara material ages beautifully, growing richer and darker over time and is wonderfully soft to touch. The Signature Type Cover was crafted from the latest generation of Surface Pro keyboards, which provides the perfect amount of travel in every keystroke, spaced keys for faster typing, and a larger glass trackpad.

Sourced in Nera Montoro, outside of Milan in Italy, Alcantara is a unique and innovative material used in high-end luxury products like fashion, automotive, and interiors—it brings an unparalleled level of design and sophistication to everything. This Signature Type Cover features a gorgeous two-tone gray mélange that pairs perfectly with your Surface.

Logitech Is Buying Jaybird For $50 Million

Logitech Is Buying JaybirdLogitech has announced that it buying Jaybird for $50 million in cash and an additional earn out of up to $45 million over the next two years.

Jaybird makes a number of different headphones and some activity trackers, Logitech purchased the company for the headphone range.

Logitech and Jaybird share a passion for products,” said Bracken Darrell, Logitech president and chief executive officer. “We’re impressed by the technology, products and marketing Jaybird has brought to this business. As one team, we can address the fast-growing wireless audio wearables market with all the advantages of Jaybird’s strong brand and sports expertise, and our combined audio engineering and design capabilities. With both the Ultimate Ears and Jaybird brands in our portfolio, we are expanding the long-term growth potential of our music business.”

Judd Armstrong, founder and chief executive officer of Jaybird, said, “It has been an incredible journey. We love what we do, and we’re stoked to continue to innovate and bring amazing new products to our fans. Jaybird will benefit from Logitech’s global distribution network and deep engineering prowess. We’ve watched as they’ve connected incredible products with passionate consumers under the UE brand, and we’re thrilled to be part of the team.”