Extreme Sheep Herding

By now everyone is surely thinking about climbing into the attic and dusting off their old Christmas tree lights ready for spending a weekend with the family decorating the house. To kick things off we thought we would share with you an old classic youtube video. This video was originally a marketing video by Samsung to demonstrate their new LED technology. We love this video as it combines multiple things we love, sheep (and their wool), fun, and a bit of clever thinking. Anyway here’s the video, just hit play and enjoy!

Zip Mini Touch and Go Mobile Device Charger – Review

Zip Mini Touch and Go

We have got our hands on a hot new gadget from The Joy Factory known as the ‘Zip Mini Touch and Go’. Its a great little charger for your mobile phone or tablet, perfect to sit on your bedside table. The great thing about this charger is that it can charge up to 4 devices yet it is still incredibly compact. Its very sleek, lightweight and portable making it the ideal charger to take on holiday with you and would save taking multiple power cords for all your different devices.

The charger works by having 4 magnetic pads on the surface of the dock which when connected to the special included dongles instantly transfers power to your device. The dongles snap on and off the dock with ease making answering a phone call when your phone is on charge a total breeze. No more fiddling around with disconnecting pesky cords before answering that important phone call.

The Zip Mini also can be powered from the USB port of a computer or laptop making it even more portable, as long as you have the juice in your laptop to charge your phone that is. We think that the design of this product is brilliant and very handy so we are already using them in the office for staff to charge their phones on.

If you want one of these for yourself, we have a bunch of these currently ON SALE FOR ONLY £13.99 on our website, so get them now while stocks last, as we are expecting these to be popular.


Wearable Technology

We have had simple wearable technology that has been around for years now, like wrist watches and pedometers. Now with technology getting smaller and more advanced every day people are using more than just there pockets to keep gadgets on their person.

The most well known and most advanced wearable technology program going on right now is the Google Glass‘. This is like a very futuristic visor that can be worn like a pair of glasses during your day and you can use Google services to assist you with all sorts of things which show up in your field of view using a form of augmented reality. Its very cool and very expensive, currently it’s in closed development and only certain developers are invited to purchase one at the high price of $1,500. Once the developers have finished ironing out all the kinks and making great applications for it though, we should see it open up to the public so anyone with a few thousand dollars can pretend they are part of the cast from Minority Report.

FLORA - Adafruit

If you don’t feel like shelling out the big bucks for Google’s fancy new gadget then you can crack out your thinking cap and learn the basics of Arduino electronics to easily make something funky of your own. The best place to get hold of bits you can use to make your own wearable gadgets is by taking a look at the ‘FLORA’ development board at the AdaFruit Online Store (it’s an american store but they do international shipping).

To get some inspiration for creating your own wearable gadgets then check out the #WearableWednesday section of the AdaFruit blog. They also do some fantastic tutorials to help you get started with learning electronics and learning how to use the FLORA development board.

Enjoy making stuff and if you want to share any of your projects with us, let us know on our Facebook page.