An Umbrella That Protects You From Rain With Just Air, But Only Lasts 30 Minutes

October 15 2014No Commented

Categorized Under: Misc. Gadgets


The umbrella market is ripe for innovation, and regular ones just don’t cut it anymore. So oneKickstarter project wants to bring you an umbrella powered by air.

The aptly-named Air Umbrella is a rod-shaped device with a motor, rechargeable lithium battery and fan blade. The device takes in air below the fan blade and forces it out in such a manner that falling rain gets redirected.

The device, which is available in Models A, B and C, comes with an adjustment controller at the bottom that allows users to adjust the speed of the motor.

Model A, which the company says is marketed toward females, is about 12 inches long and has 15 minutes of battery life. Model B is about 20 inches long and has 30 minutes of battery life. Model C is extendable; its length ranges from about 20 inches to 32 inches, also with 30 minutes of battery life.

This Kickstarter project isn’t the first example of an air-powered umbrella. Several otherconcepts have materialized in the past.

However, the Air Umbrella may be the first to be sold on the market. Funding for the project closes on Oct. 24; preorders start at $118, and begin shipping before December 2015, according to the Kickstarter page.

While the Air Umbrella sounds impressive in theory, we’ll need to try it out for ourselves before we ditch our trusty old-fashioned one.

Source: Mashable


iPad Air 2 Photo Leak May Show More Powerful A8 Processor

October 15 2014No Commented

Categorized Under: Tablets


Apple is likely to unveil two next-generation iPads at its event this week, but leaked photos that purport to show inside the new iPad could satisfy your Apple hunger until Thursday rolls around.

The photos, which were published by the blog, allegedly reveal the tablet’s logic board, processor and Touch ID sensor, which is Apple’s fingerprint scanner.

If reports hold true, the most notable element is the iPad’s inclusion of an A8X chip — the bright-colored square piece, near the center, pictured below. It’s a souped-up version of the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; the last iPad Air had the same A7 processor as the iPhone 5S.



An image that supposedly shows the iPad Air 2’s A8X processing chip.


Other earlier generations of the iPad included variants of their iPhone counterparts’ chips. The iPhone 5, for example, contained the A6 chip, while the iPad 4 used the more powerful A6X.

This could prove Apple’s return to manufacturing specialty processors for iPads

This could prove Apple’s return to manufacturing specialty processors for iPads, which would mean higher-quality gaming and app performance.


The leak also includes a Touch ID sensor:




In a separate photo leak claiming to show a prototype model of the iPad Air 2, there was no apparent inclusion of the mute switch on the tablet’s side. These images seem to corroborate those pictures, as only the volume buttons are immediately visible on the lower end of the image.




Mashable could not independently confirm the veracity of these images, but we won’t have to wait long for the company’s official word.

Source: mashable

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