The SCiO has gotten a lot of attention since its launch on Kickstarter, where it raised over $2.7 million in funding for its Israeli startup, Consumer Physics.
The technology to determine the molecular composition of objects has been around for many years, as the science of spectroscopy. Observed under different wavelengths of visible and non-visible light, all matter has a resonance that produces a distinct "fingerprint" on the electromagnetic spectrum.
Consumer Physics has figured how to the size of a keychain. The first SCiO will cost $199 and will come with a number of demo applications for Android. Developers will be able to use a chemometrical API for both Android and iOS as well as the web to create all sorts of custom applications.
The company is building a huge cloud-based database of materials that the sensor is able to detect, and with the release of the SCiO, it intends to "crowdsource" identification of a lot more substances.
The device is able to scan and produce a displayable result on the smartphone or tablet in a matter of seconds.
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Our resident photography bug, Charlie Osborne, has nothing but praise for the Photojojo lens kit ($99) for smartphones and tablets.
This pack of lenses, which includes Super Fisheye, Fisheye, Telephoto, Macro/Wide Angle and Polarizer greatly enhances the optical capabilites of your mobile device's built-in camera. They attach to your phone or tablet using a adhesive ring, and can even be used with a protective case.
The Jabra Motion Office isn't your average Bluetooth headset, it's a full-blown Unified Communications hub that integrates call contol for your PC/Mac VOIP applications, hard-wired phones (landline or VOIP-connected) as well as your smartphone.
The crystal clear, noise-cancelling Bluetooth headset, which has up to seven hours of talk time, with 300 foot/100m range, works with your mobile phone when you are out and about, and communicates with the USB-connected base station when you are at your desk.
So no matter how your calls come in and go out, whether it is on your mobile, enterprise VOIP system (Microsoft Lync, Cisco, among others) other softphones or your landline, you have total integration.
Ever wanted to know just how much juice your mobile devices are getting when they are being charged? The Adafruit USB Charger Doctor, suggested by Violet Blue, will let you know if you are really getting sufficient power.
Speaking of charging, if you travel, you've probably got your share of cords and bricks you have to drag with you, and you might not be supplying your power hungry devices with the current they need to charge at the fastest rate they are capable of.
Skiva tech's SmartQuad is a four-port, 96-amp and 48-watt travel USB charger that can solve that problem. Each USB port delivers a full 2.4 amps/12w of power, which means even the most power-hungry of smartphones and tablets can draw from the charger at the fastest rate it is capable of.
If you're doing your math, that's up to four iPad Airs, at a full 12w per port.
The product is currently on Kickstarter and is avaliable for pre-order for as low as $25, but it will sell for more than $50 when it enters mass production.
Four ports not enough? Check out the 8-port Octofire ($80) and large families.
Smartphone, tablet and internet-connected home automation products have been out for a few years now, but no app has yet had the capability to "rule them all."
Wink, a spin-off of Quirky, will be releasing its home automation hub at Home Depot and Amazon in early July. The $80 device integrates 15 partner products at launch, including garage door openers, video cameras, wifi thermostats, smoke detectors, door locks, lighting controls, smart bulbs, smart air conditioners and more.