October 14, 2014
The Leap Motion is a wonderful piece of tech that allows you to control applications and devices using hand gestures. It tracks both hands and all ten fingers giving developers a futuristic alternative to the typical keyboard and mouse. Check it out: leapmotion.com
The Ninja Sphere is the next generation of home automation from the team that brought the world Ninja Blocks. The Ninja Sphere is replacing the original Ninja Blocks kit and has a bunch of new capabilities, now supporting Bluetooth Smart devices and the ZigBee framework. It’s basically compatible with a ton of new devices, looks like a sleek glowing tech ball from a sci-fi movie and even has gesture control. Check it out: ninjablocks.com
In an age before the Apple watch and Android Wear, the Pebble team were pioneering an incredibly functional, easy to use smartwatch that pairs with both iPhones and Android devices via Bluetooth. It uses an e-paper display making it easy to read in direct sunlight and battery life that lasts about a week between charges.
The Myo Armband uses the electrical activity in your muscles to control applications via hand gestures completely wirelessly. It is relatively new and is only just currently shipping its pre-orders. A bunch of developers will be giving this a go throughout the year and we shall see just how well this new device works. There’s definitely huge potential with this technology. Check it out: thalmic.com/en/myo
The Oculus Rift headset has gotten us closer to easily accessible virtual reality than ever before. The Developer Kit 2 recently shipped this year with new iterations of the headset on the horizon – the “Crescent Bay” prototype and a Samsung Gear VR headset that uses the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.