The Gadget Cast

Ultrasonic Tape Measures: the Next Generation’s Handy Tool

Filed under: Articles — mohit January 20, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

If you’re not a do-it-yourself kind of person, this may be the first time you hear an ultrasonic tape measure and boy, are you lucky! An Ultrasonic tape measure, is a device to measure distance in feet or meter, calculates linear, cubic footage or square – may it be in metric or standard measure.

However, unlike the old measuring tapes you use for calculating wall dimensions and other home renovation needs, an ultrasonic tape measure provides you with brilliant LCD screens to display all information you need. Most ultrasonic measurement tapes are designed in a compact, lightweight size to allow for easy carrying whether you’re measuring the roof or basement.
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Even with its small size, an ultrasonic tape measure is a very powerful tool, measuring distances of up to twelve meters and approximately 40 feet. In addition, you don’t need to add up numbers – this state-of-the-art gadget can convert units from meter to feet and vice versa. With an ultrasonic tape measure, all the necessary information is clearly laid out on its vivid screen.

Beam your measurements up with laser ultrasonic tape measure

Unlike the old tape measure wherein you need to drag one end of the tape to the other end, the ultrasonic tape creates laser virtual points from start to end while measuring distance simultaneously.

The laser pointers of the ultrasonic tape measure are used to aim your device. Once the target is determined, it emits sound waves and calculates the time it takes before the sound bounces back to the device. For this reason, these advanced gadgets cannot guarantee 100% accuracy and may give out false readings due to various obstructions from the sound to the device, such as large furniture or walls.

Be aware that most ultrasonic tape measures should only be used within 20 to 50 feet and are best used indoors since they may become more vulnerable to false readings when used outdoors. Simply put, these advanced hand tools is recommended for measuring applications wherein you do not require accuracy.

You can even play with the ultrasonic tape measure while walking and measure the distance you’ve gone. Another unique feature of most ultrasonic measuring tapes is that they are designed with a sleep mode, which automatically saves power and batteries.

With an ultrasonic tape measure, you can now achieve do-it-yourself painting or wallpaper jobs, carpet or tile set ups and other home renovation projects with ease, comfort and confidence.

Now You Can Enjoy Housework with a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Filed under: Articles — mohit @ 12:38 pm

Since many people dread all the cleaning and scrubbing done with housework, an idea combined with robotics gave way to the development of robotic vacuum cleaner and presented those stuck with doing dirty work a reason to smile.

A robotic vacuum cleaner allows the users to clean floors, even without lifting the entire sofa. It simplifies your task of cleaning even dust not visible to the eye on hard to reach places by doing what it is programmed to do – annihilate all dirt regardless of visibility.

The robotic vacuum cleaner, regardless of brand name, operates using its top and bottom infrared sensors. Some brands offer extra ultrasound or optical sensors for enhanced functionality. Robotic vacuum cleaners use these infrared sensors in navigating around different kinds of obstacles.

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Normally, a robotic vacuum cleaner that uses infrared start to navigate in the middle of a certain room and use algorithms to drive themselves around the space in different patterns. When these highly advanced vacuums clean a room, it sends out continuous infrared signals and as these signals bounce back, the robotics determines the clear spaces ahead.

Robotic vacuum cleaners are designed to change directions randomly when any kind of obstructions are on their way. Other more expensive robotic vacuums are integrated with preset programs, which the vacuums automatically rotate, moves forward or backward when a collision is on its path.

After the robotic vacuum cleaner has done its job, it travels back to its charging base. However, you are still responsible for shutting the charger off and sending the robotic off to a new task.

Do-It-Yourself Robotic Vacuum Upgrade

If, for some reason, the robotic vacuum fails to function, you can always try to find gadget experts to help you with the problem. For instance, some robotics hackers have developed a way to save money by solving how the robotic vacuum cleaner can go around the house.

If you wish to add extra features to your vacuum cleaner, you can learn a few tips on replacing new and advanced chips. Some robotics vacuum fanatics have develop new ways on giving the equipment eyes – by putting your laptop with a USB cam above the vacuum, your robotics cleaner will now have its own vision system.

Some people add laser or vision scanning to their robots, but most experts caution users that adding these features may be costly. Nevertheless, robotic vacuum cleaners, with or without upgrades, have made cleaning spaces a simple task.

Communicate Easily With Nokia Mobile Phones

Filed under: Articles — mohit @ 12:37 pm

You have to admit it – people’s daily lives have become mobile, and cell phones, such as Nokia, have flooded the homes and businesses of people worldwide. While Nokia stands as one of the leading mobile phone manufacturers in the world, it is for a valid reason – they offer user-friendly interfaces for both personal and business use.

Nokia has designed hundreds of mobile phones to fit the needs of different groups of people. Nokia offers the standard messaging, caller IDs, voice calls and voice mails, multi-messages and other communication solutions. They provide Nokia mobile phone users with integrated cameras, radio, mp3 players, video recorder, built-in games, voice recorder and other entertainment solutions to accommodate everyone’s needs.

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The features of most Nokia mobile phones are user-friendly even for the non-technical users. It allows a person to browse through the entire phone system without difficulty even in movement or outdoors. If you wish to have more features, you could opt for a higher-end mobile phone, such as Nokia PDAs.

With wide-ranging designs, Nokia has given their clients options of mobile phone with a fun and trendy look or with a sleek and formal feel, in a variety of colors. It also comes in different shapes and sizes, allowing the user to choose the phone that fits comfortably in their hands.

Nokia Mobile Phones Mixes Business with Pleasure

Nokia understands the importance of businesses and believes that mobility can enhance the way people work, reduce costs and simplify business communications. Whether you have a small or large business, Nokia provides a variety of mobile phones that integrates security solutions while accessing information, even when on the move.

If you prefer to personalize your business meetings, even if you’re speaking to your clients from the other end of the world, you could still see him personally through Nokia’s 3G oriented phones. With advancements in technology, Nokia doesn’t fall short from keeping their mobile phone in line with the IT environment – incorporating mobile messages and voice, business applications, e-mail compatibility and other features that can assist in daily work operation. Plus, with top-notch security, you can rely on the mobile phone to keep all your information and data private.

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Of course, even the business-oriented mobile phones can be a fun gadget since it offers the basic mp3-compatibility, video recorder and camera, built-in games and voice recorder. Nokia truly understands the needs of its users by providing them with all the necessary features and adding built-in solutions for entertainment and personal pleasure.

New Gadgets for the Frequent Traveler

Filed under: Articles — mohit @ 12:35 pm

With today’s busy world, different manufacturers of new gadgets such as mobile phone, personal computers, digital cameras, gaming stations and media players, understand that mobility is a major factor when consumers choose portable products.

Depending on what kind of travel you normally do, new gadgets in the market are always coming up with advanced equipments to make traveling much easier. For instance, if you fly frequently for business matters, various manufacturers design new portable mp3 or DVD players, mobile phones that can be used even in airplanes, laptops and PDAs, portable gaming systems and other kinds of compact, new gadgets that are designed for light-weight packing.

Choosing New Gadgets to Fit Your Needs

Since there are virtually hundreds of new gadgets that are introduced into the market monthly, it is best that you narrow down your choices before grabbing one item off the shelves.

For those who travel for leisure and adventure trips, look for new gadgets that can be a useful addition to your backpack. You could look for handheld GPS navigation systems or a digital map to guide your jungle exploration. These new gadgets can provide accurate positioning of the destination you wish to go, retract your steps or remember a newly discovered fishing spot. Combine these electronics with a binocular digital camera and you’ll be seeing nature and the world’s wonders in your own eyes.

When you’re a businessperson spending time with different hotels for business trips, new gadgets such as travel clock alarms that are synchronized with dozens of time zones or a travel hanger specially designed to keep formal wear in shipshape. You can also shop around for a talking translator device if you need to learn a few basic words from a different language, or other new gadgets that you think is appropriate for your travel.

For families bringing their children along for a long vacation or a family reunion at the other end of the world, you could keep them busy and quiet by giving them new gadgets to play with throughout the trip. Shop around for compact mp3 players, portable gaming systems, mini-DVD players, mobile computers or other entertainment gadgets that you think your kids would like.

Regardless of the type of travel you normally make, new gadgets can add excitement, organization, relaxation and comfort to one’s trip. Pack your trip along with a compact camcorder or a digital camera and you can cherish these travel memories for years to come.

Mp4 Player: Enjoying Music through Your Eyes and Ears

Filed under: Articles — mohit @ 12:34 pm

While many people are mesmerized with the popularity of mp3 players, consumers are confused when it comes to mp4 players: are these gadgets an upgrade of the mp3 players?

Simply put, an mp3 player holds certain types of audio formats, while the mp4 players use an mpeg-4 container format and plays different kinds of audio.

Just like the mp3 players, the word “mp4” is the kind of computer formal, but for videos instead of music files. Mp4 players differ from mp3 players due to their ability to store and play videos, streaming capabilities and the ability to support all types of multimedia formats as well as advanced content such as 2D or 3D graphics.

Mp4 players are becoming more and more popular because not only do they store movies and videos, they can also perform as an mp3 player by storing and playing an entire music collection. However, you still need to use a computer to access internet and download movies, videos and other media to upload into your mp4 player.

The real advantage of choosing mp4 players rather than mp3 players is the system’s ability to perform with other electronics without bringing too much effort on the mp4 player users. This is an important quality of most media players since the more gadgets an mp4 player can connect to, the better it can perform. Meaning, most mp4 players can be attached to your television, personal computer, stereo components, laptops and other devices.

Mp4 Players are lightweight, pocket-sized portable DVD players

While portable DVD players use discs to play movies and videos, mp4 players store and play audio and movie files from your computer. Another large factor why many consumers choose mp4 players over portable DVD players is that the size of DVD players may be smaller compared to home DVD players; you still need to carry the discs for your movie enjoyment.

On the other hand, mp4 players are usually designed as pocket-sized, lightweight gadgets that are best for travel and daily use. Mp4 players are better than portable DVD players are because most mp4 players integrate extra features such as digital TV decoder, microphone, alarm clock, organizer, photo album and many more.

On the downside, watching movies or videos through an mp4 player for longer periods of viewing can harm the user’s eyes due to its small screen. Nevertheless, why choose a DVD player and buy expensive DVDs when you can buy an iPod or other mp4 players and download a movie for very little?

How to Choose the Perfect MP3 player

Filed under: Articles — mohit @ 12:33 pm

Mp3 players are compact electronic gadgets, which are used in storing and playing music files in different sound formats. In choosing the most appropriate mp3 player for your needs, you need to be aware that these state-of-the-art gizmos have three distinct categories – micro hard drive, flash-based and hard drive mp3 players.

Micro hard drive media players are usually compact and have a smaller internal storing capacity. Majority of micro hard drive mp3 players can keep up to six gigabytes of files or around 1,500 songs. While many consumers choose micro hard drive players due to its lightweight, pocket-sized design, others are not too fond of the rechargeable batteries, which cannot be replaced for a new one.

If you want replaceable batteries, you should opt for flash-based mp3 players. Also designed with a lightweight and compact look, these kinds of mp3 players are usually low capacity media players. However, since they have no moving parts, flash-based mp3 players are known to be skip-free.

Since flash-based mp3 players use AA or AAA batteries, some consumers may think it would cost them more money for batteries. Contrary to popular belief, these flash-based mp3 players use up minimal power, making your batteries last longer. The only downside to choosing flash-based mp3 players is that they are typically designed with 32 MB (around ten songs) to 2GB (about 550 songs) of storage capacity. For this reason, many music collectors prefer mp3 players with larger space.

A perfect match: Hardcore Music Buffs and Hard Drive Based Mp3 Players

Hard drive-based mp3 players are the largest and heaviest kind of mp3 players in the market and they make up for this bulk by providing large internal storage capacities. Although the large storage capacity is the reason why many consumers choose these media players, this large storage can also be its weakness.

Most hard drive mp3 players can hold up to 10GB (roughly 3,000 songs), 20GB, 40GB and even 80 gigabytes (approximately 25,000 songs). Because of this, consumers that need to store an entire music collection with their mp3 player should go with this kind of gadget. However, be aware that these kinds of mp3 players are sensitive to movements such as jogging and could cause their internal hard drive to skip and interfere with your music enjoyment.

Other kinds of mp3 players integrate extra features such as photo albums, visual screens, video playbacks, FM radio tuner and recorder, digital voice recording and upgrades for consumers’ entertainment needs.

To Grab or Not to Grab the Latest Gadgets off the Shelves

Filed under: Articles — mohit @ 12:29 pm

Some people grab the latest gadgets off the shelves at their favorite electronics store the minute the product is released. Other people, on the other hand, wait until these “latest gadgets” become popular and read hundreds of reviews before owning one. Which kind of consumer are you?

There are both advantages and downsides of buying the latest gadgets. If you’re the kind of person that can stick to a mobile phone or portable media player until it reaches the end of its life, then choosing the best and latest gadget can be a good thing, as long as you believe in the brand and the product itself.

However, when you buy the latest gadgets without consulting with expert or consumer reviews, it can either be a risk of losing valuable money or being completely satisfied with the item you bought. Simply put, when you buy the latest gadgets, may it be a mobile phone, a personal computer, a digital camera or a camcorder, a portable gaming system or DVD player, you are setting yourself on a gamble.

Nevertheless, if you trust a manufacturer with your money or have had good experience with other products they manufactured, it is your decision if you want to be one of the first people to own the possible “next big thing”.

Choosing the latest gadgets for your needs

If you decided to buy the latest gadgets, make sure the item can be a valuable addition to your home, office or vehicle. However, if you have extra money to spare, then you can splurge all you want – besides, all gadgets you add to your collection is a great investment because it can perform as you need it to.

In choosing the latest gadgets, there are three important factors to consider – price, function and features. If you are deciding on buying mobile electronics such as a cell phone, check to see if all your needs can be met – is the phone 3G-oriented? Does it have a high-resolution camera? Are there built-in games? Does it allow for additional external space? Does it have an mp3 player? Make sure that all other requirements you want to have on your mobile phone are present to maximize your money’s worth.

Regardless of type of latest gadgets out in the market, may it be portable or home media, digital cameras or camcorders, mobile phones, laptops or other computers, compact gadgets and others, make sure that the features, functionality and price can fit your personal needs.

iPod Dominates the World

Filed under: Articles — mohit @ 12:27 pm

In 2001, when Apple decided to launch a portable media player, no one knew that this little piece of equipment called the “iPod” could become a worldwide success. Although new to the world of media and mp3 players, iPod became a strong competition with other existing devices such as Creative.

Today, virtually billions of iPod users scattered throughout the world, enjoying music, videos and photos anytime they want. From the iPod shuffle, with its sleek and slim look, to the iPod video, with its bulky and feature-filled design and from the iPod photo used in enjoying image storage to the iPod nano, with its compact and stylish feel, Apple have become at the top of its game.

Of course, there are other well-built media players in the market. However, with the iPod media players, users can choose from different colors, a variety of sizes, a range of features and their own jukebox called the iTunes.

As Apple continues to develop iPods, starting from its first generation of media players, people throughout the world have regarded iPod as an obsession in the world of electronic gadgets, and many users daily have become dependent with these special gizmos.

iPod Features are Difficult to Beat

iPod has become popular for a reason – their features are not easy to beat and the designs are simply eye-catching. From Bluetooth technology to its own jukebox store, iPod provides its users with wide ranging features to accommodate everyone’s needs.

One of the reasons why people choose the iPod against other brands is that it offers an FM tuner, compatibility with several music and video formats, spacious 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 5GB, 8GB, 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 60GB and 80GB hard drive. The iPod is also designed with vibrant colors, produces superb music output, and has user-friendly interface, advanced software, mass storage for data files, organizer, photo album and many more.

Compared to other media players in the market, the popularity of iPod gave way to hundreds of accessories that can be found anywhere, from virtual stores to electronic shops, you can choose from any kind of material such as leather, silicone, hard case and whichever protection you prefer.

The good thing about the iPods is that users are given a choice to upgrade to newer models. Since new generations of iPods normally offer more refinements and features, users can enjoy their personalized media player with better applications and solutions.

Gizmos for your Every Day Needs

Filed under: Articles — mohit @ 12:25 pm

Gizmos have become part of one’s life – from the mobile phones that is used in communicating, to the portable media players used for relaxation. Even in the business world, the importance of gizmos has become very apparent due to the hundreds of personal computers that are operated daily.

Look at how certain gizmos can help one’s life become easier. A typical person wakes up in the morning with an alarm clock, whether from his mobile phone or a radio-alarm clock. The person then checks his messages on his answering machine and mobile phone.

When driving to work or for an out-of-town trip, a typical person still uses different kinds of gizmos. For instance, he uses his GPS system to navigate his way around traffic and unknown streets. Upon arriving at his workstation, he opens his personal computer, checks his e-mail messages, communicates with clients through his noise canceling headset, gives a seminar using his portable presentation device, saves his daily work on a 1GB hard drive space for backup and goes home.

Imagine how this person can go through a day without his gizmos – it would be pure chaos. Simply put, gizmos simplifies a person’s life by speeding up each task and helping a person organize, manage his time, save his work and correspond easily with communication gizmos.

Gizmos as Stress Relievers

Gizmos are not used only for business use; it is even used for personal relaxation, enjoyment and stress relievers. If a typical person goes home from work, he is normally stressed out from the daily hustle and bustle of his work environment.

In managing stress, most people rely on their beloved flat screen TVs with a home entertainment system to liven up the sound and using a universal remote to make things even easier. Some resort to playing games on their laptops, while others play games with their Xbox or PlayStation and even relax on the couch with their latest mp3 player.

At the end of the week when all the work has been done with the help of his daily gizmos, a typical person spends time with his loved ones, family or friends and captures each moment with his digital camera or state-of-the-art camcorder. As he goes home, he loads the pictures or videos up on his computer using a card reader and saves his memories on a CD or DVD for future viewing.

Gizmos can be used both for personal and business matters. Although some may not choose to accept it, but gizmos have become a part of one’s life and many people can become lost or unorganized without them.

Electronic Gadgets – The Perfect Valentine Gift

Filed under: Articles — mohit @ 12:23 pm

Electronic Gadgets – the Perfect Gift Any Day of the Year

In today’s technological world, people are rushing to the mall to view the latest electronic gadgets. Who wouldn’t? These gizmos and gadgets, which range from the lightweight mp3 players and mobile phone to the extravagant camcorders and portable DVD players, have become part of everyday life.

Although you may have set your mind on certain electronic gadgets for yourself, buying them as gifts can become a different story. Of course, you have to consider the price for each item you buy.

If you shop around online or in any electronic gadgets marketplace, you will discover that there is a plethora of selection for each kind of gadget. Therefore, before looking for gifts and becoming overwhelmed by your choices, narrow it down to the kind of gadget, whether it may be mp3 players, state-of-the-art remotes, portable audio players or whichever you wish to buy, and then settle on a budget range.

When you have decided on the price range and kind of gadget to buy, determine whether you want the items to be used in the office, at home or for travel.

If you’re going to give gifts for a group and have a budget of less than Rs 1,000 for each, you may consider electronic gadgets such as the Skype Phone, Key Chain Remote, Golf Scope, Robotic Reading Light, USB Massager, and Wristband watch just to name a few.

If you can spare Rs 1,000 more, you can opt for Wireless Car MP3 Transmitter, Ultrasonic Tape Measure, Personal Air Purifier, MP3 Player and many more.

Splurge your money with the trendiest electronic gadgets

If money is not an option for you, buying electronic gadgets can be an easier task. However, you should still narrow down your choices from portables, home use and office use.

For home use, the most sought-after gizmos are PlayStation or Xbox, complete entertainment theatre systems, flat-screen TVs, e-book readers and advanced PDAs.

Choosing electronic gadgets for the office can become tricky since the gifts will depend on how formal your office runs. If your office is like Google Office, which homes hundreds of toys and gadgets for relaxation, you could also choose gadgets for home use. However, if your office has a formal setting, look for gifts that are appropriate for the business needs, like a portable presentation system or a heavy-duty hard drive.

Gadgets that are perfect for travel include spacious hard drivers, portable DVD players, portable PlayStation, the latest mobile phone and the all-time favorite mp3 players.

Regardless of what gift you choose, the receiver will appreciate your gift. Who wouldn’t? Electronic gadgets are the trend of this generation.

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