Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Future of Technology | CES Innovation Awards 2015 Highlights

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Innovation Awards showcased their 2015 honorees and winners for consumer technology products, yesterday. These awards exemplify the future of technology for the upcoming year, and let me tell you, the products mentioned did not disappoint.

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) (for anyone who may be unfamiliar) is the foremost industry trade show for consumer electronics and is held each January in Las Vegas.

CES Innovation Awards
Image from the CES Innovation Awards, 2014

The coolest new consumer electronics products are featured at CES Las Vegas and the best of the best are awarded a coveted CES Innovation Award Honoree status.

I want to highlight some winners from yesterday's announcement! Drumroll, please . . .

So here at Lynktec we are very excited to share that the elite CES judging committee has just selected Reeljuice as CES 2015 Innovation Award Honoree based on its engineering qualities, aesthetic and design qualities, and user value! 

future of portable chargers
Image of our CES Innovation Award honoree product, Reeljuice

Reeljuice is an all-in-one power solution for smart phone and tech junkies alike. Reeljuice is the first portable power solution to include a fully retractable cord reel with multiple connectors, a 5W rapid charger and a retractable wall charger. All this while staying thin and convenient for purses or pockets. Reeljuice will be in the market soon and is currently available to pre-order at a significant discount through Kickstarter. For more information click here

Another piece of future technology from the CES Innovation Awards is the Adidas' Smart Ball. This tech innovation is part of the Fitness, Sports and Biotech category, and it is seriously a cool and innovative item that sports lovers will appreciate. 

futuristic soccer ball
Image of the Adidas' Smart Ball

Your typical polyester blend ball has nothing on this futuristic soccer ball. The Smart Ball has sensors built in to calculate speed, spin, flight path and impact point of a players kick. This data is then transmitted via Bluetooth so players can easily get the information from their moves out on the field. 

Another CES Innovation Award honoree is Petnet(io)'s SmartFeeder in the Home Applications category. This is a futuristic solution to a common problem of pet owners. The SmartFeeder will make sure puppy Fido is well taken care of, even when you don't have the time to make sure yourself. 

Image of Petnet(io)'s SmartFeeder

SmartFeeder is a pretty cool innovation, especially for those who love their pups and kitties but are busy or um . . . let's say forgetful. The feeder includes remote feeding capabilities, customized portions and food recommendations based on what pet you have. 

The next product I want to mention is the mobile app Kwilt. Kwilt was mentioned in the Software and Mobile Apps category of the CES Innovation Awards. For all of you picture-loving, unorganized, social-media-fanatics, this is the application for you. 

kwilt future of photo organizing
Image for the Kwilt application

Kwilt is perfect for the person who loves photos and social media, but cannot seem to stay organized enough to find the images they are searching for. Kwilt allows for easy photo management giving the user access to all of their photo files from all social media platforms in one location. Pretty cool, huh?! Kwilt is now available for download! 

The final product I am going to highlight is the Snap by Sengled. This won best innovation in the Smart Home category, and let me tell you, this is a high-tech lamp, if you can even call it something so simple. 

home security camera mic and lamp
Image of Sengled's Snap

This indoor/outdoor lamp includes an HD camera, microphone and speakers. It includes motion and voice activation and face recognition to aid in home security. This sneaky device is definitely high-tech and makes for an awesome "Smart Home". 

It's safe to say the CES Innovation Awards make for a great event in the technology community. The products mentioned are the future of what technology has in store, and it is something for all tech-lovers to take note of. 

Click here if you want to learn more about the CES Innovation Awards or to check out all the winning futuristic products of 2015!

Let me know what your favorite winner of the 2015 awards is in the comments below! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Instagram Update | Spelling Mishaps No More

No one is a stranger to an accidental spelling error or that awful auto-correct oops. Now, thanks to the new Instagram update for Android and iOS users, spelling mishaps are no more.

The update, which is iOS version 6.2 and Android version 6.10, was released early this week. It now allows users of the social media application to be able to finally, and I mean finally, edit their photo captions without having to delete the photo and re-post it.

According to the Instagram Blog, one of the top requests from users was to add the ability to edit spelling mishaps in the captions, and Instagram has ultimately answered their users' pleas.

Now, users will simply find the "Edit" option in the menu bar below the image they wish to change.

Instagram update november 2014
Photo of simplistic new editing feature

The second major change this update has brought to all the insta-lovers out there are modifications to the oh-so-fun Explore section. 

The most obvious change is the icon has transformed from a compass to a magnifying glass image. Plus, there are now two sections to explore, "Photos" and "People". 

Instagram explore page update
Photo showing the new Explore page

This new adjustment to the Explore page will allow users to find people they wish to follow more easily by displaying accounts they may be interested in. The photos tab has not changed in that it is the usual scrolling grid of photos and videos.  

For all of the Instagram junkies out there, this update should be a hallelujah for you, as it was for myself. 

Let me know what you think of the update in a comment below! :)  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Futuristic Aircraft | Green Technology With a View

Imagine cruising at 45,000 feet in an aircraft that appeared to have Harry Potter's invisibility cloak atop it. Are windowless aircraft's with surround screen views the future of flying technology?

That is just what a U.K. based technology association, The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), is claiming they can achieve in a mere decade (um . . . what?).

The idea is to transform the future of commercial aircraft's by replacing all windows with over-sized screens, allowing passengers to have a live-feed view of the surroundings of the plane.

Windowless Airplane

Airplane of the future

Photo of futuristic airplanes
Simulated images of new windowless airplane


The new technology is based on screens from mobile phones and televisions. CPI's windowless aircraft concept include large, ultra-thin, high-definition screens that are lightweight and are spanning from floor-to-ceiling.

Passengers of the green technology aircraft would have the capability to change their view from the live-feed of the outdoors, to checking their personal emails, watch television, browse the internet or change their angle of the live-feed.

The goal behind the new aircraft vision for the next generation of commercial planes is to conserve fuel by reducing weight, while simultaneously transforming the customer experience. This technology will, in turn, lower CO2 emissions and passenger ticket costs.

CPI claims this new technology will drastically change the commercial airline industry in regards to cost. The most notable change is the thinner, lighter and stronger walls of the windowless aircraft's. CPI has calculated that for every 1 percent reduction in weight on the planes, there is 0.75 percent fuel savings. This will add up to saving big bucks and hopes are these savings will trickle down to the commercial airline customers.

It's understandable that people would be apprehensive of this new, and might I add a little freaky, technology. Harry Potter has nothing on the future of commercial flying.

One upside is everyone on this flight gets a window seat :).

To see more about the futuristic aircraft's you can watch a video here!

What are your thoughts on this new technology? Do you think the fear of not having real windows is worth the cost and CO2 emissions reductions?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Top 10 Tech Ads – What Grabs Your Attention?

What's your favorite advertisement out there today? I tend prefer the ones that don't seem like they're selling anything. These are the ones that feed directly into your emotions and make you want to be a part of something.

Tech companies spend an excess of billions of dollars every year in order to advertise and it seems like they are really pushing the creative envelope in order to reach audiences in new ways. Here are my Top 10 Tech Ads - What Grabs Your Attention?

1. Sony Vaio uses young businessman with cool toys

young business man with jet

2. Panasonic shows life-size robot getting bossed around by a little girl

little girl and robot

3. Sony MicroVault--gives a close representation of what it is capable of


3. World Wildlife Fund--pulls right on your heart strings with these beady eyes

cute monkey chimp orangutan world wildlife funds big eyes

4. T-Mobile-- Literally puts a face in a hand to represent the feeling of proximity


5. 4G LTE--brings a Sci-Fi approach to "world at your fingertips"

4G LTE tablet next generation ipad world

6. Olympus--gives you an animal in an unlikely place

young guy takes picture with koala


7. SONY--uses a cute little girl to show the contrast between her and the TV 

cute little girl sits on big comfy couch

8. Ford Fusion gives the audience the power to take control


car key to take over the world


10. SKY HD demonstrates an athlete kicking low definition in the butt

soccer player wins over low definition


And then there's this hilarious spoof on tablets...


What kind of ad grabs your attention? Let me know, share your favorites below! :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

What you need to know about Google Map Shoes



If you're anything like me, you have a horrible sense of direction. Walking around a new city can be a nightmare if you don't have a GPS of some sort. I strongly depend on Google Maps on my phone to get me everywhere, and I mean, everywhere. The only problem: starring down at your phone while walking isn't exactly safe either. That's why a company called Ducere Technologies created Lechel Smart Shoes and Insoles to sync with your Google Maps! Here's what you need to know about this new, incredible technology.

1. Uses Bluetooth

Put your route into your phone and sync your Smart Shoes to an app that will pull your route from Google Maps. Once synced, your shoes will automatically know the route you are headed. 

2. Vibrates when you need to Turn

When the route shows you need to turn right, your right foot will vibrate. And, when you need to turn left, your left foot will vibrate. This takes away the need to look at your phone, therefore you can actually pay attention to your surroundings! :) 

3. Removable Bluetooth Soles

Each shoe will include a removable sole and the company will also sell the soles separately for those that will want to have the same technology with other shoes they own. 

4. Uses a Rechargeable Battery

There is a slot in the back of the Removable sole where you can insert a rechargeable battery. There's an added bonus: They are going to sell charger as an accessory for it that  has been named the "World's First Interactive Charger." It will give you audio feedback letting you know its charging level when you snap your fingers! (umm...whaaat?)  This will plug right into the wall and have a slot perfect for the battery!

5. Proximity Alerts

These shoes can send alerts directly to your phone when cool landmarks are nearby. This would be great for tourists walking around a new area! Not only can your shoes tell you about landmarks, they will immediately alert you if you leave your phone somewhere. I have to say, this is a huge selling point! Those whom rely on their phone definitely don't want to get lost without it. 



I found there is still a lot the company is developing and hope to have included in these Lechel Smart Shoes. A couple articles suggest that the company also hopes to take step further and have the shoes used as a wearable fitness monitor. This would track steps as well as calories burned. I think this would be a great addition because people are always looking for easy, fun ways to burn calories and keep track.


There is not a defined release date at this time since they are still working on a few details, but people are already signing up for pre-order notifications! You can do so here. :) I know I will be keeping my eyes and ears opened to see of the release date! Check out their video below!



So, would you buy Lechel Smart Shoes?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Top 10 Must-Have Apps You Probably Don't Have Yet



How many apps would you say are currently on your phone? Now, how many of those apps do you actually use on a regular basis? I can't tell you how many times I end up deleting apps because they just take up space and I never use them. It's time to save your space for awesome apps you won't want to live without! Here are the Top 10 Must-have Apps you probably don't have yet:



4. Shazam

6. iTranslate Voice   



8. Uber 


Do you have a favorite website that you would like quick access to?
Save it to your home screen!
Here's how:

 First, go to website you would like to save in Safari on your iPhone.



With all of these extremely useful apps you can be sure to get the best use out of your smartphone. The amount of money and time I have saved with having all of these apps are immeasurable. See what these apps might do for you!

What are some of your favorite apps? Share below! We'd love to hear about them!




Friday, August 8, 2014

Top 5 Things You Need for Back to School - Then and Now

Have you been able to wrap your head around going back to school? I always thought the best thing about going back to school was shopping for new supplies – you know, like the fresh smell of a newly sharpened pencil or the pristine look of a brand new notebook…. but times have changed in this electronic age and we’ve taken to downloading a lot of our school supplies.  So I thought it would be fun to look at the Top 5 things you need for back to school to help this year breeze by but with a twist! 

Here’s my Then and Now take on Back to School shopping:

1. Spiral notebooks vs. Apps on your iPad


Remember buying different colored notebooks to keep each subject in school organized to a particular color?

Well now apps like Noteshelf make it super easy to keep all of your notes organized in one place! Create new journals for each subject and keep a few extra ones for hobbies.




2. Researching then vs. researching now

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Don't get me wrong, libraries are great, but libraries are not always accessible. Also, if you're anything like me, too many books can become a little overwhelming! 

With search engines such as Google, any information you may need is right at your fingertips. I remember the first time I was taught to use Google in class--I think I heard the hallelujah chorus.



3. Walkman vs. iPod or iPhone

I recently came across my old Walkman while cleaning out my room and quickly realized how far we have come since then. 
I mean, would you want to walk to class with that thing on the left? 

Music to study with was a must for me. iPods and iPhones are so much easier for student's on-the-go lifestyle and not to mention much more attractive. 



4. Floppy disk vs. iCloud

I remember using floppy disks in computer class growing up. It was always important to label these or else they would be easy to misplace. And if you lost it, well, you were out of luck.

With iCloud, students can save all of their work in one place...and access it from anywhere! Students can easily sync multiple devices and they don't have to worry about losing anything.






5. Books then vs. books now

Did your books for school look similar to the one on the left? There was never enough space to jot notes and the highlighting just looked messy..

Now students can easily download books to their iPads or tablets and have them all on the same device! Highlight and take notes without the mess...simply brilliant!






It's easy to see looking back how much technology has changed and really improved the everyday student life. What comparisons do you have from growing up in school?

Write your comments below!