With some gadgets, you see them and know exactly how they will benefit your life, and therefore why you should buy them. With others, you appreciate their technology, but know that their creation will have almost no impact on your life. So sit back have a cup of tea and read about three of those, relaxed in the knowledge that your wallet is safe … for this post at least.
The Twettle offers a solution to what no-one knew was a problem: how do you get your kettle to let you know when it has boiled, electronically?
The Twettle’s answer is simple: the device sends a tweet via a Wi-fi (or wired) connection to alert you as to when your water is boiling. While designers Ben Perman and Murat Multu may have over-estimated the importance of this function in the lives of everyday people, they’ve also added in other functions to make this a must have product. It records just how many times you’ve used the kettle, and how much water you’ve boiled. Although the device is still in the planning stage, the creators are seeking $500,000 to start producing the $115 kettles.
The small, internal towers are affordable access points for cell phone networks, meaning that in low-signal or poor reception areas, interested clients can purchase a femtocell to enhance their signal. Aimed primarily at the business user (although home users can purchase them, too), the device is perfect for either rural or built-up areas, where cell phone single sometimes either cannot reach or gets confused with all the other wireless signals. The technology works by routing call information through an internet connection, minimising potential interference. However, for the true 4G experience, one would have to possess a fast internet connection to allow for the data speed offered by a traditional 4G reception. The devices are about the size of a Wi-fi router and will cost between $100 to $150 dollars from mobile phone carriers.
128GB Blu-ray Discs
Alright – Blu-ray usage is increasing every day, and you can almost only buy HD television sets in the UK. Blu-ray is slowly influencing the market. However, this new technology, which allows 128GB of content on each disc, needs both new players and new writers to support it. Expect a slow uptake from the big publishing studios, and an even slower uptake from people who have just bought a player and don’t want to spend any more money on technology that will be obsolete within the next five years!
The new discs come with a nifty name though – the BDXL.