Star Wars Jedi Challenges

Star Wars Jedi Challenges: Become a Jedi

Star Wars Jedi Challenges: Feel The Force!

Star Wars Jedi Challenges is the piece of tech for all Star Wars fans in 2018. With the help of augmented reality you’ll be transported into the Star Wars universe! There’s an array of cool VR/AR tech coming to our homes in the coming weeks and months! However, this has got to be one of the best things we have seen here at the office! We cannot believe that someone hasn’t thought of this before. Augmented and Virtual reality is perfect for the Star Wars franchise. Helping to bring nostalgia to a lot of men and women around the world. So we think that this is going to be used a lot more by the parents than the children!

With the help of the AR headset, complete an array of challenges to become a Jedi! Train to become a Jedi Master, have Jedi Battles with the Sith, play HoloChess, complete strategic combat right from your table! This sounds absolutely incredible and we LOVED it when it came into the studio!

So, how does this become reality? By using the smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset and a Lightsaber controller, that is all, to transport you into space and fight to save the universe! The Lightsaber controller enables you to experience what it’s like to yield a lightsaber. So you can feel your opponents attacks with the force feedback! Whilst a tracking beacon ensures accurate and detailed tracking of yourself and the lightsaber controller. Furthermore allowing the AR headset to fill your environment with an immersive universe. While not just a video image displayed in front of you.

Click here to complete the challenges and become a Jedi Master!

Click here to purchase your own!

Star Wars littleBits

You can now build your very own R2 with the littleBits electronic blocks and the companion inventor app, you’ll be able to teach your very own R2 tricks and take on 16+ Missions! The Droid Inventor Kit is very easy to use straight out of the box with initial assembly easy to understand for kids with step by step instructions of both to build their Droid but to control it in Drive, Self-Nav and Force mode.

The littleBits Droid has a ton of features such as:

  • 6 Bits and 20 Droid Parts
  • 20 Authentic R2 Sounds from the Star Wars universe
  • Reconfigure the Droid parts to reconfigure your R2 in a range of different ways and create brand new Droids
  • Companion app promotes creativity via a series of challenges and customisation using items around the home

To buy your own Star Wars LittleBits kit please click here!

Robot Caregivers?

Elderly people in Japan are dealing with social isolation and loneliness are at an increased risk of ailments, such as cardiovascular disease and elevated blood pressure. It is here where Robots are stepping in to provide company for the aging. They are designed for the elderly who live alone rather than a care facility.

Support robots are springing up in Japan, with the robotic industry expected to boom to nearly $4bn annually by 2035, with the current generation of support robots within 3 categories, serving and fetching, communications and emotional support.

Such as the Take Care-o-bot from Fraunhofer IPA. This robot has been deployed in a number of German assisted living facilities, is able to grab food and drinks and keep them entertained with games, to keep their minds sharp.

Honda’s Asimo Robot can jump (and not fall downstairs) and even use sign language, with their research team hoping that Asmio will serve as a gofer for people with limited mobility to complete tasks such as fetching glass of water or turn off a light switch.

The Dinslow ($2500) from CT Asia Robotics acts as a personal assistant, reminding users to take pills, tracks health and even answers calls from family and doctors, the Dinslow Mini, it’s smaller version of the Dinslow, sits on a night stand of bedridden patients.

The MiRo is a robot dog, that is a companion but also does the stuff like regulate pill regime and appoint reminders. MiRo’s designer, Sebastian Conran, told The Guardian:

“It tries talking to you (asking if you’re alright)…….then it will send a signal to the hub saying there seems to be a problem. The hub will then broadcast on the home speaker, asking again if you’re all right, and telling you to slap your wrist.” That refers to a biometric sensing wristband that the user wears which tracks their vitals……..If you slap your wrist the process will stop but will be logged…….if you don’t slap your wrist it will… go to a carer, who can see your heart rate and body temperature, and rewind your life using the cameras in the home to see what happened. So when the ambulance gets there, they’ll know what they’re working with.”

It hasn’t come without it’s criticisms though with Susan Madlung, gerontologist and Clinical Educator for Regional Programs and Home Health Re-Design at Vancouver Coastal Health, told AgingCare, feeling that it may take several generations before people are comfortable being cared for by a robot:

“Social isolation of seniors is a significant concern amongst gerontologists and caregivers alike. Robot care, in my mind, would only compound that issue…Although robots might seem like a good response to the growing need for caregivers, I could see this as being quite detrimental to the emotional and psychosocial well being of anyone, not just seniors……Humans need humans.”

Star Wars Drones By Propel

Anchor Cable

Anchor Cable

Check out the Anchor Cable. It's not only made out of stainless steel but it's 4ft long, tangle free and FAST charging. Credit Music: Mate Lyons – Instrumental Hip Hop

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Sunday, 30 July 2017

Anchor cable is a USB-C cable (with lightning adapter) that is strong and versatile so it doesn’t fray on you and eventually fall apart, it’s magnetic so say goodbye to your expensive smartphone flying off the table when someone walks past. It has 2.4a fast charging and is wrapped in super strong steel casing, is 1.2m and tangle free!

When can we get our hands on some Anchor!?

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Nope Sound and Webcam Blocker

Nope Sound Blocker and Webcam Cover

Do you want more security on your devices? The 'Nope' sound blocker and webcam cover would be perfect for you! Music Credit: (rossbugden).mp3

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Anyone can hack into your computer and turn on the microphone/webcam without you even knowing, the best way to guarantee privacy is to block these from being accessed, the way Nope do it is not via software but via hardware, small thin pieces of metal and tape, which is slid across the webcam, blocking the camera when not in use and a 3.5mm jack to stop sound from being heard!

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SnappyScreen – The worlds first touchless sunscreen application system!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Monday, 7 August 2017

The SnappyScreen can apply sunscreen on to you in 10 seconds, full body too! It’s completely weatherproof and will be able to withstand extreme climates!

The sunscreen is:

  • Alcohol Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Has the highest water resistant rating
  • Safe for clothing
  • Safe for the reef
  • UVA/UVB Broad spectrum rated

HP VR Backpack

There’s a backpack that will help you get the training you need on the job!

HP are launching the Z VR backpack that’s designed for professionals on the job, creatives, or soldiers who want to train on a virtual battlefield (and we’re not talking call of duty here) The backpack is incredibly powerful packing , vPro-enabled quad Core i& and a Quadro P5200 graphics card card with 16gb of video memory! It works primarily with HTC Vive Business edition, but you don’t have to use it with it, if your company uses Oculus Rift then it will play nicely.

HP are partnering with a bunch of companies to create a Mars Home Planet Project that focuses on VR for around the world collaboration to create infrastructure that will build a strong colony, from building massive structures to designing clothing. The sense is to give a user what it’d be like to live on mars. The sense of this ‘game’ is to give the users a sense of how powerful the backpack is and the uses that your company could use this for, such as designing a car or planning architecture, either in the same building or around the world.

Code Wallet from Ögon

The Ögon Card Code Wallet is a secure wallet that is designed to keep your cards safe and secure from thieves, it has an integrated code lock (1000 possible combinations) that houses up to 12 cards. It’s small design allows you to open it with one hand and lightweight so you can put it away in your pocket without weighing you down. Etui RFID safe so it also protects your cards from malicious contactless card payments.

To buy the Ögon Code Wallet please click here!

Noke Smart Lock

Nokē is more than just a pretty face – it’s a smart lock. Nokē automatically finds and connects to your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. Instead of fumbling for keys, simply walk up to your Nokē, press the shackle, and instantly access your possessions, it has anti shim technology and is really strong so you can be safe in the security that your possessions are secure.

The Nokē App makes it easy to manage multiple locks. Name your locks and create custom settings specific to each Nokē. Noke is also weather resistant and will stand up to even the most harshest of conditions!

To buy Noke please click here!