Safe Ride-Sharing App

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Ride-sharing apps are super popular these days, but it seems like some of the more popular ride-sharing services are always in the news for incidents with unsafe drivers or disorderly passengers. Well, for a different ride-sharing experience check out KROOZ.

You start by requesting a driver from your location, and one will be dispatched. The fare estimator will show you how much the ride will likely cost. You are then sent all the details of your driver. KROOZ has a communication system that allows you and the driver to text and call without the need to give out your personal contact information. Friends and family can follow your trip progress and notifies when you safely arrived your destination. And there’s even a panic button in case of an emergency. We think that these are some truly great features that can come in handy if you ever feel uncomfortable during your ride. And alerting your friends or family that you arrived safely even if you forget to text them is a great feature for us worry warts.

Now from the driver side of things there are some real perks here. Drivers are compensated at a higher rate than other similar apps. For one thing, they keep 100% of their tips. And in case the ride is cancelled or the passenger is a no show the driver still gets paid. This is where the app truly differs from it’s competitors when it comes to providing for it’s drivers. And a happy driver leads to a happy rider.

If you’re interested in being a driver yourself or just want to use KROOZ to get around town, download it for free on iOS or Android devices by heading to your app store or mykrooz.com today.

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Giving Machines Sight

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Vision is a vital sense that allows us to see and understand the world around us. Now if vision works so well for living things, what are the possibilities if we gave non-living things, like machines, the ability to see? KuvioVision does just that.

This unique vision software platform gives machines, devices and other non-living entities the capability of seeing. By adding sight these machines and devices can identify, gauge or inspect independent objects to learn more about the world around them. Computer vision has been around for a while but due to recent quantum leaps in processor technology and smart devices the use of it is expanding rapidly. KuvioVision allows users to develop vision systems for any number of uses. Simply use a graph and sample images to describe the application and KuvioVision does all the rest. There’s no need for you to understand computer programming. You can use it in various computer and embedded processor platforms like any Intel processors including ATOM and Edison or ARM-based SoC’s. KuvioVision takes care of the execution and connects them to a local or global network automatically.

In their own words “Every system and component of an automobile can be made better using machine vision. Using machine vision systems in the process enables automotive part manufacturers and assembly plants to improve high quality and better throughput.

KuvioVision unleashes the power of modern smart cameras and vision controllers or PC’s with remote cameras to improve quality and efficiency in automotive production. KuvioVision applications can be graphically developed and executed immediately in many smart cameras, vision controllers and PC based systems. KuvioVision shortens the time it takes to deploy vision applications and enables performance and cost optimization for every application. This enables automakers to use machine vision easier and faster to improve product quality and process efficiency.”

For more information on KuvioVision and its cutting capabilities go to their website at KuvioVision.com.

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The 5 Kickstarter Campaigns You Need To Watch For

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

By Hazel-Lovely Saunders

Kickstarter has built a crowdfunding platform focused on creativity. They give creative minds an opportunity to showcase their product on a campaign so people can take a took at what creative products are surfacing. Their mission is to bring creative projects to life. Here is a list of five projects to watch for on Kickstarter.

  1. KeyMAX G5 Titanium Clip-On Key Ring & 22 in 1 Multi-tool EDC

Need something convenient? Ready to go and lightweight? There’s the new Clip-On G5 Titanium Unibody Key Ring & Multi-Tool EDC. With 22 features that is built for anything that comes your way, its like a mini on-the-go tool box and survivor gadget.

KeyMax Dimensions: 3.70” Wide x 1.20” Deep x .140” Thick

22 Features

Uni-Body Key Ring, Bottle opener, 10 Wrench sizes, 2 Spoke Wrenches, ¼” Hex Driver with Built-in Hex bit Holder and added O-Ring, Letter opener, Wire Stripper, Emergency Can Opener, Glass Breaker, Soda can popper, Paint Can Opener, and many more.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

There will also be versions of the classic RocketHEX and MicrosharkHEX with O-Rings.

  1. LIFT

A new innovative levitating system that charges your Apple Watch or Pebble. Life is the only smartwatch charges that levitates your device in midair. The charging base is lightweight and portable. Lift is also a portable battery charger giving you two full charges on your smartwatch. Although it’s the only system to charge and levitate your smartwatch, it can also charge your phone (but it won’t levitate it.)

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

What’s it made of?

High quality aluminum and ceramic, and more.

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The Orb

When your smartwatch it’s not being charged, it can also be used as a smart lamp. The Orb is the very first wireless smart lamp in the business. It even magnetically attaches to any metal surface for your convenience.

The best thing about this charging system is that it doesn’t kill your battery life. Once your watch reaches 100% it will intelligently turn off to protect the lifespan of your smartwatch.

  1. ALCHEMA
Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

ALCHEMA is a new brewing system that enables you to turn your fruits into your own flavor of hard cider in three easy steps. With Alchema you can create your cider within 2 weeks. This new system is great for everyone especially beginners. With just three easy steps you can make your own drinks.

How it works?

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Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Don’t forget about the Alchema app on iOS and Android devices. The app helps you explore a variety of recipes, monitor your brewing process, and even share a recipe you created.

  1. RoVa4D Full Color Blender 3D Printer
Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

The RoVa4D works by extruding spate cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white filaments into a single patent pending hot end where they blend together into a single nozzle. This new printer lets you print unlimited colors in one single print. The RoVa4d has three separate hot ends. One prints in any color, hue, tone, tints, or shade. The second one is dedicated to flexible materials like Ninjaflex, and the third is a dissolvable support material.

How does it work?

With just 5 colors you can produce ANY color in the world, any hue, tint, shade or tone.

  1. WOOLF: Speed Trap Ahead

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WOOLF is the perfect for bikers and car drivers to be warned about speed traps, red light camera, and school zones. It is made of high quality water-resistant leather and it wraps around your wrist so your eyes are paying attention on the road.

How it works?

woolf1WOOLF pairs with iOS and Android devices. The app measures speed and constantly updates zones around you. The wristband vibrates in different levels so you know when to slow down.

The testing prototype provides 15 days of battery (2 hours per day) while “driving” and recharging takes approximately 3 hours.

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Beautifully Unique Jewelry

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Are you looking to make a fashion statement that’ll help you stand out? If so, then check out Artistic Falls. This brand new Canadian company specializes in one-of-a kind custom jewelry.  Artistic Falls is a unique jewelry line using precious stones, including genuine gemstones and semi-precious stones, as well as gold, sterling silver and metal chains. All of their gemstones are AB Grade, which means they are of the highest quality, while all their metals are nickel-free so customers will not experience any irritation if they have sensitive skin.

Designer Salwa Yak, who decided to start the jewelry line with the intention of creating pieces for women who appreciate fine quality and unique and colorful jewelry, founded Artistic Falls in the spring of 2016. Artistic Falls custom jewelry consists of necklaces, bracelets, jewelry sets and even pieces for parties, events and bridal wear. All of the pieces consist mainly of beads strung together in artful arrangements made with materials such as onyx, Siam rubes, snow quartz and Japanese seed beads.

Along with the pieces sold on the Artistic Falls website, jewelry sets and pieces can also be made specifically for you to shine and sparkle on your birthday, holiday and even your wedding day. Salwa Yak cares about whom she does business with and ensures the quality of service Artistic Falls provides to each and every customer. By treating each customer with respect and integrity, the shopping experience compliments her artistic expression within the handmade jewelry.  Artistic Falls uses it’s jewelry pieces to inspire the courageous woman within while adding to their outer beauty. If you dare to be different and ravishing, pick up Artistic Falls’ unique pieces and be the belle of the ball.

To find out more about Artistic Falls and their creations go to their website at artisticfalls.com.

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Educational, Interactive Game App

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Now, engaging kids in the classroom can be a particularly difficult task. But what if we combined learning with something kids enjoy, like gaming? PaGamO is a unique learning app that allows kids to study any subject while competing in a game based on the principles of classic board matches like Risk and Settlers of Catan.

All the child does is click on a hexagon to occupy a new territory. A question will pop up. By answering correctly they expand their territory! While playing, they repeat class materials and finish assignments! The game keeps their motivation up and rewards you accordingly!

PaGamO encourages kids to build their own kingdom of knowledge, wealth, and land by answering questions and solving quizzes. All the core subjects like math and spelling are covered, as well as general knowledge and pop culture. Different versions of the game exist for all levels of schooling. Now it can be used independently by students at home but can also be used by teachers in the classroom. Teachers can create their own content and questions tailored to their students. They can even send assignments right through the app, track students’ progress, and it even offers the opportunity to hold competitions on the platform. Now it is a game so there is a ranking system to keep it competitive as well as a messaging system so kids can communicate with each other. They can even include pictures, video and audio files in your questions – make it as interactive as you like! Any subject in any grade can be taught through our PaGamO platform.

PaGamO is free for iOS and Android devices or through the web. For more information, head to pagamo.org.

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Customer Review Site

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Have you ever had a really bad experience with a company’s product or service but had no recourse to right the wrong? Of course you have. Well you don’t have to bottle it up anymore. Check out the website pissedconsumer.com.

Pissed Consumer allows you to publish your complaints and reviews and air your grievances about the company. Just select a title for your complaint and type it all up. Add any relevant photos or videos to support your claims. Then just hit submit to post it on the site. Now if you want to check out other reviews, Pissed Consumer will detect your location and find companies near you. Or you can search for the one you’re looking for. Each company on the site has stats like number of reviews, claimed losses, and number of issues resolved. Because let’s be honest – that’s what we want to know, does the company work to right their wrong? There’s also a section that allows you to compare companies if you’re looking to make a large purchase. Let’s say you’re interested in a new home security system. You can take two companies like Vivint and ADT and compare their ratings and complaints to see which one is the better of the two. Additionally, there are comments from people like you, regarding this comparison that gives you other customers’ perspective. Now, just because the site is called Pissed Consumer doesn’t mean it’s all negative. You can see what people liked – whether it be price or the product itself or the customer service. That way you can see their strong points as well.

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Netgear’s Multi-Unit Wi-Fi Solution

Courtesy of Engadget.

Courtesy of Engadget.

By Hazel-Lovely Saunders

The worst part of Wi-Fi connection is not getting a connection if you’re too far away from the router. This is definitely a first world problem people hate, especially for those tech savvy humans. Wi-Fi routers can be set up in any area in your home, but a majority of people loose connection in certain areas of their home. After all, who likes using their data in order to use the internet or play Pokémon Go?

Netgear is an American global networking company that delivers products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The company’s products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless (Wi-Fi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline.

Netgear is introducing a multi-unit router called Orbi. It is a “Wi-Fi system” that is a combination of a router and a range extender. This single router is capable of covering 4,000 square feet of space to provide strong but fast Wi-Fi signal. Something we all want of course.

Courtesy of Engadget.

Courtesy of Engadget.

Orbi consists of two units. The main router, which you plug into the modem has a blue top and the secondary unit that should be placed somewhere in the “central” of your home (the satellite, has a white top). Although the Orbi is bigger it is faster. It’s standout feature is its tri-band mesh system that dedicates one channel to extending the internet from the router to the satellite while keeping the other two free for your other device’ connections. Netgear has two competitors, Ero and Luma, both of which already have multi-unit routers, but have a three-piece system. They are less noticeable being smaller than the Orbi.

Netgear’s vice president, David Henry, says, “Today we can’t sell a Wi-Fi router less than $99 because the products less than $99 are no better than what you have in your home.”

Courtesy of TechCrunch.

Courtesy of TechCrunch.

The Orbi will go on sale in early September, with the two-pack selling for $399.99. The single add-on units will eventually be on sale for $249.99.

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