All posts by Chad Willis

Explore Anywhere with HEXA

I understand that the world is changing and technology is at the forefront of that change. I wonder, though, how we’ll all feel with giant tarantulas constantly roaming our neighborhoods. Yes, they’ll be quieter than Amazon’s drones. But, well, robot tarantulas. Or, more precisely, the new HEXA robot. I know that tarantulas have eight legs and the HEXA only has six. But look at it crawling around and tell me that you don’t know at least one person who, on seeing this, will scream in terror. Continue reading Explore Anywhere with HEXA

Smart Plug – Non-Invasive Edition

We have seen the push for smart homes everywhere recently. In theory, a smart home sounds fantastic and convenient. The downside is the cost. There are plenty of economic options that work great, but they all tend to get in the way. Swidget is different. It seemlessly integrates smart technology into your home without any rewiring or protruding plugs. Continue reading Smart Plug – Non-Invasive Edition

Enjoy the cold with Polar Seal

Hikers, skiers, and trail runners searching for an extra layer to keep them warm during cold weather activities should look no further than the Polar Seal. This new active pullover features integrated heating elements designed to keep the wearer warm even in the coldest of conditions. With up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge, the Polar Seal heated pullover will keep outdoor athletes warm, even on cold winter days. Continue reading Enjoy the cold with Polar Seal

A little light pooping

Well, if your summer has just been in the toilet so far, take a look at this project for a smile (I hope). We’re talking about the Projector IllumiBowl. We all struggle with bright lights while we are still half asleep in the morning. Even worse, staggering into the bathroom in the middle of the night to a rude awakening… literally. That blinding light pops on and you are temporarily paralyzed as your eyes adjust. This is the issue IllumiBowl sets out to fix.  Continue reading A little light pooping

Find your voice with orii

Technology has helped us create a truly amazing life. No longer do we have to wait for almost anything. With today’s push for immediacy, we can be immensely more productive. The downside to this fantastic life that has been created is that we have begun to live virtual social lives on our phones instead of making memories with friends in person. Origami Labs has seen this issue and developed a new kind of smart ring to help — Orii. Continue reading Find your voice with orii

Enjoy your music without being in your own world

Although headphones may be a great way of immersing yourself in the music, they also have a nasty tendency to isolate you from external noises that you need to hear, such as ringing phones or people who are yelling at you. Electrical/computer engineer Shari Eskenas first attempted to address this situation with her SoundBrake device. Now, after a successful crowdfunding campaign, she’s back with the new-and-improved SoundBrake 2.0. We gave the thing a whirl. The basic idea is still the same. Continue reading Enjoy your music without being in your own world

Macbook Dongles get on my nerves.

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro made quite a splash when it was introduced in October 2016. The new OLED Touch Bar stole the show, and the drive toward ever-thinner devices was also on display with the new MacBook Pro models being the thinnest ever. One consequence of making the machines so thin is that every legacy port was removed, leaving the MacBook Pro with either two or four USB Type-C connections and nothing else. Apple’s unpopular solution is a bundle of dongles, which is costly and inconvenient for anyone who needs to connect to most of today’s external devices. The HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hub aims to solve that problem, and it’s available for ordering now in a Kickstarter campaign. Continue reading Macbook Dongles get on my nerves.

the modern wallet

What do Coin, Plastc and Swyp have in common? They are all electronic cards that multiple other credit, debit, loyalty or gift cards can be digitally loaded onto. So you end up carrying around just one card, instead of a wallet full of them. Unfortunately, though, Coin is no longer being manufactured, and Plastc is out of business. That leaves the yet-to-be-released Swyp, which has a new competitor in the form of the Fuze Card. Continue reading the modern wallet

Track your things a better way

The Mu tag is a full-featured chip that adheres to your possessions and syncs with your smartphone to act as a “virtual leash,” preventing users from losing their valuables. After quadrupling its original goal and raising more than $100,000 through its Kickstarter campaign, Informu is hoping to far exceed this amount on the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. Continue reading Track your things a better way