Designed for business and enterprise use, Kyocera’s DuraForce PRO 2 features a 5-inch Sapphire Shield Display, which is virtually scratch proof, and boasts an IP68 rating (to 2m/6.5ft deep water submersion for up to 30 minutes) as well as militaryg-grade 810G for protection against shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, immersion, temperature shock and icing/freezing rain. It also sports three cameras: a wide-angle 4K rear action camera, 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera, along with a 3,240mAh battery. Read more for a video and additional information.
Several companies have offered sleeves that transform your smartphone into a satellite phone, but the Thuraya X5-Touch is touted as the “world’s smartest satellite phone”. Featuring LTE, GSM, and satellite connectivity to keep users “always on,” while boasting a dual SIM setup that integrates seamlessly with terrestrial networks when you’re in range. “With the Android platform there is already a multitude of Apps readily available to work on the Thuraya X5-Touch, and developers will have easy access to develop and customize Apps for the needs of their customers. It complements the “Bring Your Own Application” (BYOA) concept, customers have the flexibility to download any App of their choice, thereby breaking the paradigm and revolutionizing the way the satellite handset will be used,” said Ahmed Al Shamsi, acting Chief Executive Officer at Thuraya. Read more for a video and additional information.
There’s Apple Watch stands, and then the Pod Case by Joyce Kang and the C.O Design Lab. Simply slide the Apple Watch Series 4 body into the silicone case and you have a miniature iPod of sorts. Unfortunately, the job wheel is just for aesthetics and doesn’t actually function, though we could see the designers integrating one that actually works via Bluetooth some time down the line, if this concept actually make it into production. Read more for additional images.
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Rahel Mohamad’s 10-month-old iPhone X allegedly “exploded” as he was installing iOS 12.1 this past Friday. As installation began, he decided to plug it in using the official bundled Lightning cable and wall adapter, when he noticed “dark grey smoke started coming from the phone.” The update then soon completed and as it turned on, the smoke lead to the device catching on fire before exploding. Read more for additional pictures of the aftermath.
Rugged Geek’s RG1000 Portable Car Jump Starter doubles as a power bank with laptop compatibility, all for $67.77 shipped, today only, originally $199.99. It will boost most vehicles with gas engines up to 7.0L in size and diesel engines up to 3.5L in size. The powerful 39Wh battery can boost an average vehicle over 20 times on a single charge. Two high power USB ports allow you to charge all your USB devices, while one variable output laptop charging port charges most laptops on the market today. Product page. Read more for a hands-on test video and additional information.
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The Polaroid 20×24 camera is exactly as it sounds…a very large instant camera with film plates that measure 20 by 24 inches (51 cm × 61 cm), although at least one example takes pictures that are 23 by 36 inches. They aren’t for sale, but can be hired for use from various Polaroid agents around the world. Well known photographers such as Elsa Dorfman and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, have used this heavy wheeled-chassis camera for at least one of their shoots. Photographer Marco Christian Krenn of Analog Things decided to drop by Supersense in Vienna to show just how this rare camera works. Read more for a video of another large Polaroid camera.
Unlike other clocks, the ETCH clock boasts a surface made from a transforming thermo-elastic membrane that forms digital numbers, which appear to be engraved into the surface. When it’s turned off, this could pass for a slab of concrete or some other minimalist home decoration. One caveat: it’ll set you back at least nearly $2,000. Read more for another video and more information.
DJI’s Mavic Air is touted as the ultimate portable 4K drone, and it’s being offered for just $699.99 shipped brand new, today only, originally $799. It’s the most portable DJI drone to house a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, with its angular vibration range reduced to 0.005°. Set in a triangular formation, gimbal dampeners help create even steadier shots. The Mavic Air shoots video at an incredible 4K 30 fps, recording at 100 Mbps to capture every second with UHD quality. Product page. Read more for a video explaining why it’s better than the Mavic Pro.
The Anki Vector is basically a tiny home robot with interactive artificial intelligence technology that enables you to ask it questions. That’s right, this voice-activated sidekick can react to sound, the environment, and even recognize people while performing a variety of tasks, such as setting timers, giving the forecast, as well as snapping photos. When you’re not around, he self-charges, navigates around objects, and avoids edges. Its skills and features are being continuously updated, with Alexa integration coming soon. Product page. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Before the Galaxy tablets of today, there was the $5,000 Samsung PenMaster from 1992. The device featured a sleek case, or at least for that time, and was based around an Intel i386SL CPU processor. One other interesting fact is that a re-bodied version was sold as the GRiDPad SL. It ran Microsoft’s newly released Windows for Pen Computing operating system, while the touchscreen relies on a chipset by Wacom, paired with a battery-powered pen. Read More of two more in-action videos and additional information.