Little Billy’s First Wearable: FiLip Smart Locator & Phone for Kids

Knowing that your child is safe is innate to parents. With the world getting more and more complex and dangerous it can be difficult to see your child get on a bus or head out the door and not be able to be with them at all times.

The team at FiLip know this which is why they have developed a wearable smartwatch for children. FiLip is a smart locator and phone which lets you call, text and track your child whenever they are wearing it. 

Unlike giving your child a smartphone, which brings its own dangers and complications, FiLip isn’t a complex device. Its a watch. A one-way text receiver. And a phone which only has 5 numbers. Kids can swipe through the pre-programmed numbers to tap to call Mom, Dad or whoever else the parent has configured.

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On the parent’s end there is a smartphone app which is used to call your child, text your child and most importantly see their precise location on a map. It also allows you to set up SafeZones.

A SafeZone is a virtual radius which you can set using the FiLIP app. SafeZones are a virtual radius around a destination. When a SafeZone is set, notifications will be sent to the parent’s smartphone via a push notification from the FiLIP app whenever your child enters or leaves a SafeZone. 

In addition, the device also has a red emergency button which kids can press for 3 seconds to initiate an emergency sequence. This causes the wearable to sequentially call everyone on the list until someone answers. At the same time records the ambient noise around the child and sends a push notification to the primary account holder.

FiLip comes in four different fun colors since at the end of the day kids will need to want to wear it so it needs to be fun and not scary. The rugged smartwatch is currently being offered in green, orange, blue and pink.

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FiLip is launching this Friday November 22 in the US only at this time with a partnership with AT&T for connectivity. The current cost is $199 for the device and a data plan of $10 a month with no contract required. You can check these out on myfilip.com and att.com.

What are your thoughts parents? Would you consider getting this for your child?

Future Tech Report Hits 3,500 
Thanks to all the Future Geeks out there!
We hit 3,500 today which means there are LOADS of us out there with a heart-on for robots, cyborgs and 3D printed wonders! Keep sharing! 

Future Tech Report Hits 3,500 

Thanks to all the Future Geeks out there!

We hit 3,500 today which means there are LOADS of us out there with a heart-on for robots, cyborgs and 3D printed wonders! Keep sharing! 

PhoneBloks Wants to Make a Modular Phone - And Needs Your Help

PhoneBloks is a conceptual smartphone which is modular - making the individual major components replaceable and offering customization like no other phone on the market today.

There are many reasons, of course, why the big manufacturers aren’t putting something like this on the market - e.g profit, but the concept is a great one and if anything the message about tech waste needs to be spread.

You can help Dave (the guy behind this concept) out by donating your social reach on Thunderclap (which is crowdsourcing for social messaging - this site in itself is pretty neat so if you haven’t been there yet head on over). https://www.thunderclap.it/all

What do you think? Would you buy a phone like this?

Customizable smart lamp wakes up users during light sleep phases
Getting up in the morning isn’t easy – or helped by irritating beepers. We’ve already seen the Uniqlo Wake Up app tailor its alarm to the weather each day, and now the iwaku is a smartphone-connected lamp that eases sleepers into the morning by detecting light sleep phases. READ MORE…
via: springwise

Customizable smart lamp wakes up users during light sleep phases

Getting up in the morning isn’t easy – or helped by irritating beepers. We’ve already seen the Uniqlo Wake Up app tailor its alarm to the weather each day, and now the iwaku is a smartphone-connected lamp that eases sleepers into the morning by detecting light sleep phases. READ MORE…

via: springwise

Starting next year, e-scooters will have iPhone as the console

iPhone integration in car consoles is of course nothing new, with Siri Eyes Free becoming an increasingly standard feature in new cars. But next year’s electric scooters appear to be taking the idea one step further: if you go to the showrooms to look at an electric scooter next year, you may well find that your iPhone doesn’t just connect to the console, it is the console.

Smart, the Daimler brand that makes the ultra-compact Smart Car, announced that its 5.4-horsepower Smart Scooter(pictured above and below) would use an iPhone as its instrument panel, serving as combined speedo, range indicator and GPS. The scooter will sit alongside its existing electric-drive Smart Car and eBike.

Read More: http://goo.gl/y0f1P

via: proteusmagazine

(via thetechgets)

McDonald´s Uses AR to Allow Consumers to Track Ingredients

In an effort to change the negative perceptions Australians have about McDonald´s food - “Trackmymacca´s” was introduced. Using GPS partnered with augmented reality they changed 188 million pieces of packaging, making these the triggers of this interactive technology that made it possible for the consumer to discover the stories behind the ingredients in the food. What an amazing way to make the supply chain transparent for consumers in doubt. Also by engaging the consumer in an interactive way, it makes the experience of the product so much more powerful. In my opinion, a really creative way of showing the possibilities of packaging!

Recently they won the Cannes Lion, Gold Media Lion Award 2013 for Best Use of Mobile Devices. To read more about the results of this campaign, please click on the link below: 

http://www.canneslions.com/work/2013/media/entry.cfm?entryid=32368&award=2

Flexible Screens

STILL WAITING!!! When are these going to really hit the market folks!

thepiblog:

Samsung gives us a glimpse of the future via a prototype of their flexible OLED screen, which paves the way for everything from foldable phones to tablets that you can roll up like a newspaper. 

New facial analysis technology knows when students are struggling in class

It’s just what you always wanted when you were a kid: A computer that tracks your every facial move and lets your teacher know when you’re struggling with a given assignment. Technology Review reports that researchers at North Carolina State University have been using computers’ cameras to watch students’ emotional states in an effort to help teachers understand when they’re having difficulty with a particular problem. NC State researcher Joseph Grafsgaard tells Technology Review that his goal with the project is to help struggling students “bolster their confidence and keep them motivated” so that they don’t fall behind their peers. The report also notes that this sort of research is part of a broader trend of “affective computing” projects that “measure skin conductance” or “assess voice tone or facial expressions” to record users’ emotional states.

Source: The Tech Gets
via: thetechgets

New facial analysis technology knows when students are struggling in class

It’s just what you always wanted when you were a kid: A computer that tracks your every facial move and lets your teacher know when you’re struggling with a given assignment. Technology Review reports that researchers at North Carolina State University have been using computers’ cameras to watch students’ emotional states in an effort to help teachers understand when they’re having difficulty with a particular problem. NC State researcher Joseph Grafsgaard tells Technology Review that his goal with the project is to help struggling students “bolster their confidence and keep them motivated” so that they don’t fall behind their peers. The report also notes that this sort of research is part of a broader trend of “affective computing” projects that “measure skin conductance” or “assess voice tone or facial expressions” to record users’ emotional states.
Gartner Says Worldwide PC, Tablet and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 5.9 Percent in 2013 
Traditional PC Shipments to Decline 10.6 Percent in 2013
Tablet Shipments Increase 67.9 Percent
Mobile Phone Market to grow 4.3 Percent
“Additionally, with enterprises’ growing acceptance of bring your own device (BYOD), there is an increase in consumer-owned devices in the computing world. Gartner forecasts that computing devices bought by consumers will grow from 65 percent in 2013 to 72 percent in 2017. This signifies the growing importance of designing for the consumer inside the enterprise.”
Read more here: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2525515

Gartner Says Worldwide PC, Tablet and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 5.9 Percent in 2013 

  • Traditional PC Shipments to Decline 10.6 Percent in 2013
  • Tablet Shipments Increase 67.9 Percent
  • Mobile Phone Market to grow 4.3 Percent

Additionally, with enterprises’ growing acceptance of bring your own device (BYOD), there is an increase in consumer-owned devices in the computing world. Gartner forecasts that computing devices bought by consumers will grow from 65 percent in 2013 to 72 percent in 2017. This signifies the growing importance of designing for the consumer inside the enterprise.”

Read more here: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2525515

Samsung Supports 26 Sizes of Android Devices
Just wow! But their strategy to divide and conquer has been pretty effective. 

Samsung Supports 26 Sizes of Android Devices

Just wow! But their strategy to divide and conquer has been pretty effective. 

Echolocating app will let you map a room with sound
Bats, dolphins and even some blind people use echoes to create a mental 3D map of their environment and where they are in it. A smartphone’s chirp could soon let us do the same.
Ivan Dokmanic and colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne have developed a system capable of reconstructing the shape of a room – and where you are in it - using echoes.
More at the New Scientist

via: currentsinbiology:

Echolocating app will let you map a room with sound

Bats, dolphins and even some blind people use echoes to create a mental 3D map of their environment and where they are in it. A smartphone’s chirp could soon let us do the same.

Ivan Dokmanic and colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne have developed a system capable of reconstructing the shape of a room – and where you are in it - using echoes.

More at the New Scientist

via: currentsinbiology:

56% of Americans have a Smartphone

As of May 2013:
91% of American adults have a cell phone
56% of American adults have a smartphone
28% of cell owners own an Android; 25% own an iPhone; 4% own a Blackberry
34% of American adults own a tablet computer
As of January 2013:
26% of American adults own an e-reader
More mobile data:  pewrsr.ch/xrBV6U

56% of Americans have a Smartphone

As of May 2013:

  • 91% of American adults have a cell phone
  • 56% of American adults have a smartphone
  • 28% of cell owners own an Android; 25% own an iPhone; 4% own a Blackberry
  • 34% of American adults own a tablet computer

As of January 2013:

  • 26% of American adults own an e-reader

More mobile data:  pewrsr.ch/xrBV6U

Whip Up Some Power with Voltmaker

A new Indiegogo campaign is trying to solve a major problem with smartphones - running out of power. But instead of just another extra battery - their product, Voltmaker, lets you create power using Kinetics. In short - you literally WHIP UP power. Check out this cheesy 70s inspired video and/or steps below (all taken from their Indiegogo page).

The campaign still has 23 days to go and has a long ways to go to meet its $200,000 funding goal.