We've seen a number of attempts to give mobile workers extra screen real estate over the years, from laptops with double displays to tablet-like external panels. But such examples can add significant bulk and weight to a laptop bag. A Belgian startup is seeking funding through Kickstarter for Sliden'Joy, a device that can add one or two 13, 15 or 17-in full HD, thin and lightweight screens to your laptop even when you're on the go.
Sleep and activity monitors have a lot of advantages, but aesthetics often isn't one of them. Many look like exactly what they are and even ones that are incorporated discretely in watches aren't very popular with people who don't want to wear watches in bed. Billed as the "world’s first wellness ring," the Ōura ring takes a sleep and activity monitor and hides it inside a piece of finger jewelry that makes the technology unobtrusive and unself-conscious.
Doing your hair and brushing your teeth are chores that may become a
little more interesting and fun with a new mirror that, besides
reflecting, can also display emails, news threads, tweets, public
transport times and all kinds of online data. That's because a student
team from the College of Science and College of Engineering at Purdue
University has created a mirror that doubles as an information
interface. Keeping up-to-date with bus schedules inspired the team to
come up with the info-mirror.
When drowsiness sets in on the road, drivers typically open a window and turn up the radio. We've also seen a number of alert systems introduced over the years, including the EyeAlert Driver Fatigue Monitor
, which tracks the eye-closure rate of drivers, and Audi has researched putting heart-rate monitors in car seats
. The Impecca Alert Band takes a different approach. It monitors brain activity and warns drivers that they are becoming fatigued in advance of it becoming dangerous, giving users more time to do the one thing that helps: stop and take a break.
If you're a fitness fanatic looking to use technology to monitor your activity, then slapping on a wristband like a Fitbit
or a Jawbone
might seem the easiest option. But in the eyes of French shoe company Glagla, there are things our footwork can tell us about our fitness that other body movements cannot. At this week's CES, it has wheeled out a pair of connected sports shoes that it claims can track fitness metrics with unrivaled accuracy.
LG has just announced that it is going to be showing off a monitor at CES 2015 that could have PC gamers drooling. The company is presenting an ultra-wide monitor with AMD FreeSync, a feature designed to create smoother motion while gaming.
Samsung, a company generally regarded as one of the best display manufacturers out there, has just announced an impressive-looking 34-inch curved computer monitor. The company has already released an abundance of curved displays, including its giant 105-inch curved model
Persik the cat was seven years old when his owner picked him up one day to discover that his pet had shed around a quarter of his body weight. Within five days, Persik passed away, falling victim to cancer. Owner and engineer Alex Treiner began to wonder how cats' health and happiness could be monitored more closely and came up with the Tailio, a monitor placed underneath a litter box, where it keeps tabs on your feline's behavior and lets you know if something is not quite right.
Using a single display with a computer can be a bit restrictive, especially if you’re using lots of programs or software that need a lot of desktop space. LG's 34UM95-P monitor seeks to remedy this, either on its own or as a second screen. Gizmag spent a week with this ultrawide 21:9 monitor to see how it measured up.
Gamers, graphic artists, CAD designers and even humble tech journalists who regularly spread their onscreen activities across multiple displays will doubtless have been as impressed as we were with LG's 34-inch UltraWide UM95 monitor
on show at CES back in January. Now the Korean consumer electronics giant has gone one better with the announcement of an IFA 2014 debut for its 21:9 aspect curved QHD monitor, the UC97.