Chalk this one up to another interesting innovation involving Apple’s iPhone. We’ve shown you the 360-degree lens and the dual sim case, now let me introduce you to the Wi.U. It’s the smartest portable battery charger you’ve ever seen.
The Wi.U case pairs the iPhone with the battery charger through the device’s 30-pin connector. The charger has the ability to detect when your iPhone battery is getting low, and will automatically start charging it up…
The Wi.U case isn’t just your typical portable battery charger, it comes with its own iPhone application. With this app, you can set a date, time, or even a battery percentage that you want the device to kick on at.
There is also the Wi.U pad that uses a Powermat-like technology to wirelessly recharge the Wi.U case. The inventor of the Wi.U says that it should give you about 3 days worth of usage. This sure seems like a cool concept, but how does it compare to products like the d give you about 3 days worth of usage. This sure seems like a cool concept, but how does it compare to products like the ZAAGsparq?
We may never know. Like many of the innovative products we’ve featured, the Wi.U is a Kickstarter project. This means that the company behind the product is raising money through Kickstarter to start production of the smart charger.
They’re hoping to raise $20,000.00 by April 26th, otherwise the project does not get funded. At this time, only $3,550 has been pledged, so things certainly aren’t looking good. If you donate $100 or more, you’ll get your own Wi.U when/if they start production.
What do you think? Would you buy one?
With Nintendo bringing its 3D-equipped 3DS to market, the whole world is going 3D crazy. Umpteen Android devices from various manufacturers are also due to get the 3D treatment in the coming months, but according to AppleInsider, Apple has been looking at adding 3D photo taking capabilities to its hardware (iPhone/iPad) for some time now.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has made public a patent application from Cupertino that relate to the taking of photos in 3D. The patent, named ‘Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors’ would use two rear-facing cameras to create a 3D image just as the 3DS does.
The difference here is in the way the photo is created. Apple’s solution would take a hardware-based approach to stitching together the two images taken by the twin cameras whereas current 3D-capable machines go for a software approach. Apple believes this can introduce unwanted artifacts which they believe a hardware solution would cure.
RIM’s much anticipated BlackBerry Storm 3 specs and details were leaked last month, but today is the first time a video of the device has surfaced. The video shows what appears to be a Verizon prototype with the company’s logo and theming.
The Storm 3 will feature the highest resolution display on a BlackBerry to-date and has a 3.7 inch 800 x 480 WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, and a 5MP camera capable of 720p HD video.
Previously we noted that the Storm 3 is set for a September 2011 release. But more recent news suggests that the device could ship to Verizon as early as summer.
LG’s Optimus 3D is expected to make its debut at the Mobile World Congress with an official announcement on February 14th. But right now the folks over at Pocket-lint got hold of a promo video just leaked giving us an enticing sneak peak of the device. Sporting a dual-lens 3D camera and glasses-free 3D screen, the Optimus 3D is touted in the video with phrases like “Finally, a smartphone that sees the world like we do” and “Entering a new dimension with LG Optimus.”
The video flaunts various angles of device–although a computer rendering–and shows off the slick design of the phone, focusing on the dual cameras of the back side. The hardware appears to be very similar to the LG Optimus 2X.
The video ends with the phrase, “No longer just an idea.” It’ll be interesting to see how well the Optimus 3D is capable of bringing the new dimension to users and how receptive the market really is to 3D.
Here is Youtube video showing Android 3.0 Honeycomb running on NookColor e-book reader.