Roger Yiu and his team are bringing their Smart Power Strip to Kickstarter in the hopes of funding production and tooling costs. The project just hit Kickstarter, in the hopes of raising $100,000. Early pledgers willing to donate $99 will receive one smart outlet power stri. The project hopes to offer a low-cost, smartphone-controlled automation for homes. Check out Rogers plea for your pledges below.
Savant Systems has released the TrueImage Control app. Savant’s Apple-based products are quickly leading the pack in home and commercial automation. The app offers easy commands to turn on lighting with a simple touch of your finger. One cool feature is the ability to upload images of your home, room by room, and control the lighting to each of the uploaded rooms. You options to dim lights, create lighting schemes and more, all from your iPad.
Savant Systems states, “Simply touch the image of the actual light in the room you wish to control, and not only does the light in the room turn on/off or dim when pressed and held, but it also illuminates on the iPad® confirming the command.”
The Bluetooth Bulb can easily simplify your life, all you need is a iPhone and their mobile app and you can begin dimming to your hearts content.
The Bluetooth Bulb offers the benefits of home automation wherever you live and work without the need for a real home automation system. The Bluetooth Bulb saves energy, and will help lowering them utility bills we all love paying.
The Bluetooth Bulb recently achieved a CE qualification. Look for the Bluetooth Bulb soon as mass production should begin within several months. Check out the video after the break.
Let me start by saying that at $299 dollars this almost costs as much as your phone. Withings has made a very unique baby monitor and it’s quite sexy indeed but the price point may scare most people from enjoying this new device.
Withingshas released the Smart Baby Monitor that allows you to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod to view high quality, remote video of your child’s room, even at night.
In addition to using your IOS device to view video, the Smart Baby Monitor allows you through touch interface to play a lullaby, or enable monitoring of the temperature and humidity of the room. The baby monitor comes with notifications that can be enabled on your iPhone or iPad if your child moves or makes a noise.
The case is discreet, like a music box. You have the option of connecting via wifi network or connect via ethernet. It is also equipped with a small battery to compensate for a short power outage. The system offers a 3 megapixel camera with a wide angle lens with night vision, accompanied by a very sensitive microphone. You can also interact directly with your child by talking on your mobile phone, the box is equipped with a loudspeaker.
[quote]I saw my father’s frustrations while setting up IP cameras around his home in Texas. I thought- there has to be an easier way to do this…Unless you were a tech expert and had lots of spare time most wouldn’t be able traditional home monitoring systems up and running,[/quote]
With the trade shows quickly approaching I figured I would get some of my trade show pet peeves out of my system.
My MacWorld Expo badge (Photo credit: scriptingnews)
1. I have great idea that I want to patent. Wait for it…wait for it…. the double sided printed badge. Great idea, right? Every year I get people that come up and hug me and know me by name and every year these peoples badges are flipped over and I can’t make out their name. It really becomes embarrassing when the person sees you constantly looking at his badge in hopes that some miraculous wind will come and flip the badge over and save you. I know I should make more of an effort to remember names but it’s just not happening for me. For this reason I ask the trade show guys to spend a bit more ink this year and add the names on both sides of the badge.
2. What’s up with some Taxi’s not taking credit cards? Especially in Vegas where you know you end up broke and live by the plastic. Step it up Vegas. Those are some long walks to the ATM.
3. Let’s please do away with the ginormous bags people. Advertisement on a bag is cool but walking around with a billboard attached to your shoulder is a dangerous weapon. I can’t tell you how many times I have been pegged in the gonads by some large bag filled with candies and screw drivers. Let’s tone it down a bit boys.
4. Plush carpeting should be mandatory. I don’t want to step on hairy concrete when I walk in a booth. Spend a little and give us all some of that soft posturepedic carpet to fall asleep on after a long hang over.
5. For the love of God please bring business cards. Not everyone walks around with a badge scanner. ( we need an iPhone app for this ) You’re killing me with these little torn papers of information and bad handwriting.
6. Don’t hog the bar at the booths with liquor. Get your cup of beer balls and move to the left. Everyone wants to get toasted and feel like a zombie when speaking to sales reps that repeat the same thing. Move it homie!
7. This one is important. BUY SOME BREATH MINTS. For those who wish to actually speak to people please do us all a favor and bring some gum, breath mints or tic tacs with you. The talking distance should never be closer than 2 feet and do not lean in to make your point. Check the breath gentleman.
8. Sunglasses are not for indoors. Refrain from walking the show with a pair of shades on. Infrared lights from the cameras do not blind you.
9. Mail me my badge. I don’t want a free bag of goodies paid for by the highest bidder to carry around before I hit the show. Lines for the Taxi, lines for the food court, lines for the bathroom. Enough with the lines for the badges.
10. I will leave this one for you guys. I am sure you have your own pet peeves. What are they?
Here is a really cool app for those of you looking to get your pixel density down right.
Do you know what pixel density you need to capture a license plate? What about a face? Unlike a complex lens calculator, there is no need to understand complicated pixel densities to use this app. Just select your sensor size, resolution, and lens, let the app do the rest. You will be given the correct distance to recognize a face, read a license plate, ID a familiar person, and to detect an intruder as well as the width of your shot at the corresponding distances. No math required.
Here’s how it works:
Select unit of measure Imperial(feet) or Metric(meters)
Sensor: Select from four different sensor sizes. You can find the sensor size of your camera from the manufacturers web site.
Camera: Select what resolution camera you would like to use. Remember raising the resolution of a camera will primarily increase the horizontal field of view. i.e. if you can get the distance you what from a 2MP camera but the horizontal FOV is too small try going to a 3MP camera and using a slightly wider lens to capture the same detail with a wider FOV.
Lens: Select from all the most common lens sizes. Use higher mm lenses to achieve greater distances and narrower FOV’s.
Facial recog. software: Maximum distance at which facial recognition software will be able to recognize a face.
License plate number: Maximum distance you will be able to read a license plate number.
Visual Identification: Maximum distance you will be able to identify a familiar person.
Detection: Maximum distance you will be able to detect a person in the video (for use with video motion or video analytics).
Horizontal FOV: The horizontal field of view is the width of your shot at the corresponding distance listed above.
Note the distances given by the pixel density calculator app are calculated under ideal conditions. Please remember you may need to adjust the given measurements to compensate for poor focus, poor lighting, motion blur etc.