Apple unveils new addition to the family

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Never get caught in the rain with the ‘unforgettable umbrella’

Ever found yourself stuck in the middle of torrential rain without an umbrella? Well, real-time social sharing weather app Wezzoo’s oombrella is helping people avoid that unfortunate situation. The app will notify you if you’re about to leave it behind and a downpour is imminent. Hyper-local weather data recognition and tracking enables the tool to send a message like ‘take me with you! It will rain in 15 minutes’ to ensure you have the heads up. This is achieved by sensors integrated into the handle, capable of gauging metrics such as pressure, humidity, light and temperature. The oombrella is available for preorder on Kickstarter in white, black and a couple of other shiny finishes. It will also fit into a tiny handbag. Go smart and never get stuck in the rain without an umbrella again.

Apple unveils new addition to the family

Apple has unveiled the iPhone SE at their Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif earlier in the week. This downsized 4-inch phone has twice the speed of the iPhone 5S and comes with a powerful camera capable of shooting 4K videos. The phone also includes improved battery life and faster Wi-Fi connectivity. But wait, there’s more – Apple also announced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The tablet, which comes with a similar camera to that of the iPhone SE, includes the option of 256 GB of storage – a first for Apple’s iPad range

TV Ratings

All about My Kitchen Rules

My Kitchen Rules – Mon Ch 7 1,418,000
My Kitchen Rules – Tues Ch 7 1,376,000
My Kitchen Rules – Wed Ch 7 1,307,000
Australia’s Got Talent: Winner Announced – Mon Ch 9 935,000
Aust FIA Formula One World Championship 2016 Podium – Sun Ch 10 900,000
Downton Abbey – Mon Ch 7 872,000
Seven Year Switch – Tues Ch 7 858,000
Aust FIA Formula One World Championship 2016 Race – Sun Ch 10 845,000
Home and Away – Mon Ch 7 842,000
The Mad World of Donald Trump – Sun Ch 9 821,000

Unstoppable alarm forces you out of bed

For all those snooze button offenders out there, the Spritely Sensor Alarm is your friend (or possibly your enemy). The smart alarm incorporates a sensor that slides between the mattress and box spring of the bed connecting to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The alarm is set on the smartphone and only stops off if the sensors detect that your body is out of bed. Not only will the alarm wake you but it also plans to help you get a better night’s sleep. The sensor measures sleep quality and how much you move at night to graph your sleep pattern. The days of missed meetings, skipped breakfasts and rushed mornings due to unplanned snoozes’ is a thing of the past. Watch a demo here.

Samsung VR gets a new sound

If you thought the VR world couldn’t get any cooler, think again. Samsung has recently introduced the Entrim 4D headphones. The headphone along with the VR headsets produce an intense sensory experience. To achieve a heightened experience, the team used algorithms and Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) to target a specific nerve in the ear associated with balance and motion. So far, the headphones include 30 movement patterns but are still in a developmental phase. Escaping from reality is looking (and sounding) better than ever.

Revl Arc Action camera sets hearts racing

To all the camera-wielding adrenaline-junkies out there, this new kick-starter innovation will make you froth at the mouth. In a market dominated by GoPro, the Revl Arc Action Camera has impressed users with its ‘Hybrid Stabilization Technology’ which has yet to be capably achieved by any other camera maker (including the almighty GoPro). The camera’s stabilization is achieved both mechanically and electronically: built-in gyroscopic, magnetic, barometric and acceleration sensors help the camera interpret the location of the horizon by measuring metrics such as gravity, altitude, rotation and even heart rates. The Revl Arc Action Camera also allows users to shoot, edit and share instantly. Bungee jump anyone?

Connect with your hoverboard

Start-up innovators Kiwano are in the process of building a hoverboard (aka a self-balancing scooter) connected to your smartphone. They’ve partnered with Samsung to create a safer riding experience where users can track their speed, total distance travelled and battery life. In addition to this, the hoverboard, titled the KO-X has a functional speaker built in allowing users to stream tunes via Bluetooth while it’s parked. The Kiwano KO-X lands in the mid-range with the price, aiming to strike a balance between affordability, functionality and safety.

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