Tech is my life. Whether it be the latest gadgets, smartphones, etc.. To gadgets that change our lives I think technology is what is driving not just consumer society but the progress of mankind itself.
In car technology has often taken a while to catch up with the rest of the market. Whilst smartphones can monitor everything from our heartbeat, sleep patterns and even mood; only a few manufacturers are exploring the 'smart' abilities of cars.
On board diagnostics isn't a new concept: take your car to any garage with the engine management light on and this will be the first port of call. OBD-II readers have been around since the '90's but only the past few years has the consumer side been explored.
Here's where Vinli comes in. Plug it into the OBD-II slot on your car and it will read all the data and send it back to your smartphone for your perusal. But what does this actually mean? Our of the box it will come supplied with around 20 apps from helping to monitor fuel consumption, awarding scored based on your driving, helping monitor vehicle use (for example by different users) to even calling for roadside assistance. All to be available via Android and iOS.
But what else? More, Vinli has on on-board 4G connection it's able to share via in house Wi-Fi hotspot board. There are a few cigarette lighter ports that do this already but Vinli is nicely tucked away with your OBD-II port. There's no talk of any tariffs in the UK but will cost $6 per 500MB in the US (via T-Mobile). For the monitoring apps this is all that will probably be required but Wi-Fi hotspotting will probably require much more.
At $99 (under £63) Vinli represents a small investment. Potentially new firmware could be downloaded for your car's on board systems to boost MPG, or even performance. This is one to watch.
Microsoft's third installment of games console has all but been confirmed by giant Microsoft. The new console has already been established as codenamed 'Durango'. A recent leak of the SDK has revealed a scary detail: the console could be connected 24/7 even when the console if 'off'.
On the eve of the launch of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4. Apple has taken the unprecedented step in criticising Google's mobile platform. The comments made signify the extent of growing pressure that has been mounting on Apple since it cede its crown as king of smartphones to Samsung in 2012. Apple's Phil Schiller, in an interview with Reuters, attacked inherent 'flaws' in Google's operating system.
Panasonic's 42" model of it's UT50B can be had for under £600 and certainly represents a lot of 'bang for your buck'. It's packed with features and although is a little light on the connections front still presents a good value mid range TV for a measly price. Plasma although is seen as a redundant technology has far many advantages over modern lcd (and led) TVs.
Since Patek Philippe created the first wristwatch in 1868 the watch has developed not only into a fashion item but a status symbol. A watch apparently says a lot about someone. So what does the Mutewatch say about you? Tech Geek, fashionista, technophile.