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If you’ve tried any of the countless smartphone apps that promise to turn your phone’s camera into night vision goggles, you already know they’re all snake oil. If you really want your device to see in the dark, you need a more sensitive sensor and a healthy blast of invisible infrared light, which the Snooperscope delivers.
If sketchy on-screen controls have limited your smartphone gaming sessions to puzzles and tap-to-play titles, Samsung wants you to expand your horizons and embrace your smartphone’s inner console. The company has officially released the redesigned version of its Smartphone GamePad, complete with an accompanying app that lists what games are immediately compatible with the controller as they’re added to the Google Play Store.
It’s bad enough that you have to deal with the mouth-breathers at your office five days a week. Now you’ve got to spend your hard-earned money on a Secret Santa present for them as well? Thank you, no. Express your displeasure with these fantastically snarky gift ideas. Let this serve as the anti-gift guide to our positive one earlier today.
“Mini” is sitting comfortably in the list of top gadgets buzzwords (for now) and while it’s there, vendors are going to take the opportunity to brand the slightly smaller versions of their products with this moniker. Next off the rank is ASUS with its Padfone Mini, a press render of which has apparently leaked via Twitter.
The simplicity of the Rubik’s Cube puzzle is what makes it so devilishly difficult to solve at times. It’s just a bunch of coloured squares, but getting them to group together can be a life’s pursuit for many people. So who in their right mind thought that taking the Rubik’s Cube formula and adding mathematical patterns of numbers into the mix was a good idea? Clearly someone with a deep love of mathematics, or a sincere hatred for humanity.
It’s easy to live with a few smudges on your smartphone’s display, but for devices like solar panels that are completely dependent on every last drop of light making it through, cleanliness is a top priority. And when you’ve thousands of solar panels in a field drinking in sunlight, cleaning them all manually isn’t an option. That’s when you need to call in the robots, particularly Sinfonia’s new cleaner that excels at squeegeeing at awkward angles.
For some gamers, online achievements are even more important than real-world reputation. And the HipShotDot — a small red LED you stick in the middle of your screen — could be the first accessory marketed to FPS players that promises to improve their in-game performance without the use of dangerous levels of caffeine.
When we first got wind of a throwable, 36-lens compound camera that automatically snaps 360-degree panoramas at the height of its toss, we were already impressed — and that was jus the prototype (seen above on the right). Now, the officially named Panono camera is nearly half its former size, just as powerful, and finally ready to be caught by consumer hands. And after playing around with the ball for a bit, we can officially say that, yes, it is every bit as awesome as it seems.
Is there anything worse than leaving the house only to realise your iPhone is way low on juice and might crap out before you have a chance to charge? Yes! Of course, there are a million worse things, don’t be ridiculous. But we’re nothing if not dependent on our handheld devices. Mighty Purse is a clever clutch that will ensure you’ll never again be without texting, mapping, or Candy Crushing capabilities again.