How to Easily Find Your Car in a Parking Lot!

Are you one of those people that just can’t remember where you parked your car?  Well, the Kensington Proximo is a great new gadget to help you out.  All you have to do is leave one of the sensors you see below in your car and your smart phone will link to it and show you how to get back to your car easily when you walk out of that crowded shopping mall, trying to remember where the heck you parked.  We think this is a great idea of a multi-tasking world.

You can also use it in reverse to find your phone if you misplace it while travelling or anywhere.  You can also put a sensor on your keys if you happen to forget where you left them on a regular basis.  We think that this type of item is long overdue and we for one are very interested in picking one up.

http://www.kensington.com/kensington/us/us/home.aspx

Please let us know if you end up grabbing one and how you like it.

Thanks Loungers.  Speak soon!

 

 

 

 

Cool Gadgets

Our relentless pursuit of cool gadgets never ends.  We are always out there my friends, looking for what inspires us and you.  Thus far, we feel like 2013 is showing a lot of promise on the gadgets front.  This is less of a gadget, than it is just a cool advancement in flash drive storage . . . yes, it is 1TB of storage on a flash drive.  It is known as the Kingston HyperX Predator and it is indeed a USB 3.0 flash drive.

Just for your reference, the current most popular USB standard (2.0) transfers data at around 35 megabytes per second.  The 3.0 USB standard will hit average speeds of 200 megabytes per second.  We are consistently amazed at where we are headed.  Of course, Moore’s law predicts these types of advancements over time, but the acceleration is even exceeding his initial predictions about processing power.

Below you’ll find a photo of the new drive which is made out of a zinc-based metal alloy for superior durability.  These will be on the market at some point in 2013 and expect them to cost around $1,000 USD.   That isn’t cheap by any means, but if you have a need for a small flash drive that holds 1TB of data, you can likely afford it.  This would certainly be a good entry into our spy gadgets category for obvious reasons.  Any other cool uses you can imagine are welcome in the comments below.  Take care friends of the lounge . . .

 

New Home Automation Products That Won’t Break the Bank – 2013

Like you, we’ve always wanted to trick out our home in full automation mode — just like that girl’s apartment in Total Recall.  You know what we are talking about.  Anyway, we think the WeMo SMART is a very cool new release from Belkin to make this a reality.  You can retrofit these into an existing home or you can build from scratch with these tools.  Here is a light switch that you can control from your smart phone.  All of these tools work on your wifi network and they can be accessed remotely.  You can schedule things to happen when you are away too, i.e. keep the lights on for a few hours at night.

This is neat stuff in terms of affordable home automation.  We think there is lots more to come.  I think we should all keep an eye on these home automation trends as they expand over this year and beyond.  If you see anything of particularly cool note, please post it up here in the comments.

Here is a belkin wemo light switch . . .

 

Coolest New iPhone Cases 2013

Okay, the two coolest cases we’ve seen around CES 2013 so far this year are the new impact resistant case from Tech 21 http://www.tech21.uk.com/ and the “process” that Liquipel http://www.liquipel.com/in-action/ puts your phone through so you can drop that baby in the toilet and never even wince (well, maybe you would wince a little).

These two cases (or in the case of Liquipel, let’s call it a “case-like” effect), are the best we’ve seen this year for an apple iphone product.  If you combine them both, you end up with a great phone to use while on a jet ski.  Check out this guy . . . he’s psyched about it!

 

These really are two great new iphone cases for 2013.  Hope you think they are interesting as well.

Latest Gadgets

Track that luggage baby!

You have to respect this type of technology.  It is one of the latest gadgets that we really dig.  It comes to you from TrakDot ( http://www.globatrac.com ) and it is mighty nifty.  You can link it with your mobile phone (and your girlfriend’s, boyfriend’s, Mom’s, Dad’s, the ice cream man’s . . . anyone’s) to receive a text message of the bag’s location upon arrival at your location.    It of course has an app.  It can tell you which baggage carousel your luggage is resting on, OR, if you bag happens to be in the wrong city, you can give the right city’s info to the baggage claim counter so they can get your bag quickly back to you.  Check out the photo of TrakDot below.  It’s about the size of a cigarette case.

It uses its own part of the cellular spectrum in the U.S. that GlobaTrac owns.  It also goes to sleep once it hits a certain altitude so it is compliant with FAA regs.  We think it is gonna cost around $50 bones and then an annual service fee (not monthly!) of around $15.  That’s what we’ve heard any way.  In any case, it should come out sometime in the next few months — it’s at CES 2013 right now.  Hope your New Year is off to a great start.

See ya soon Loungers!

 

 

Desktop Gadgets

This seemed like a great desktop gadget to put in the home office.  When it comes to mixing the old and new, restoration hardware does a pretty nice job.  We thought this was a pretty neat idea — mixing the old gramophone with an ipod or ipad.  We can’t determine if this model works with the new apple lightning connector or not, so you might want to check that carefully so you don’t accidentially buy an obsolete piece of equipment.  All the same, in terms of solid desktop gadgets for 2013 — we think this one ranks up there pretty high.

iPhone® Gramophone

 

Gadgets for 2013

We were just wondering where the world of gadgets will take us in 2013 . . . if you were wondering the same thing as you start digging for news on CES 2013 in Vegas and the like, then let’s take a look together.

We thought that this new little beauty by leapmotion seemed one of the more promising (and affordable at $75 with shipping) new fun gadgets for the year . . .

 

If you haven’t seen minority report in awhile (or never saw it in the first place) you might want to revisit that flick soon so you can understand what the leapmotion will bring to you soon.  You can check it out for yourself here: https://leapmotion.com/

Basically, leap motion allows your PC or Mac to recognize hand and finger gestures in the air — and it actually seems to work quite well.  So what you are basically getting is the same effect that Tom Cruise had in Minority Report, but no need to wear the gloves.

We ordered one to try out.  They are on pre-order now but will let you know how we like it when we get our own version.  Here at gadgetlounge, we think this might be one of the cooler gadgets to hit the street in 2013.

Any other ideas?

Gadget Lounge, Wry Media and the BioLite CampStove

Gadget Lounge works with the team at Wry Media from time to time.  We like their office, which you can see a picture of here:Wry_Media_Image

We think you will agree that they keep things sparse, but fair.  Gotta keep it fair.  We always say that if you keep things fair, that everything else in life is cream cheese.

What’s that you say?  You would like to see some gadget news?  Okay, we are happy to oblige.  It is the time of year that everyone has their minds on the latest and greatest gadgets.  Whether they bought a gadget for someone else as a gift, they received one as a gift or they are returning their latest gadget gift in order to get something better.  If that’s the case, here is a very cool thing to consider . . . The Bio Lite Camp Stove . . .

The BioLite CampStove
You can cook with it, stay warm and charge your electronic gear all at the same time and all for around $150 bones.  It can boil water in a few minutes, charge your phone, keep you warm all with available items around you like grass, pine cones, twigs, etc. for fuel.  This is indeed a very cool gadget.
I think we will be picking one up soon.

 

 

As of Today . . . GadgetLounge.Net is Back!

To all of our devoted fans . . . we must apologize for our absence.  However, today, we throw down the chalice, gauntlet and beer bottle in a pledge to you that we are now back on the job.  We look forward to bringing you news about the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmo’s galore.  We are will keep it coming too.  Please don’t be afraid that we are just kidding . . . this time, it’s for real.

You will soon find our quick repartee back in abundance.

The word has hit the street that gadgetlounge.net was “coming back” and let’s just say there are a few people that are pretty psyched out there . . .

david hasselhoff gives thumbs up to gadgetlounge.net coming back!

 

Gadgets and Small Home Entertainment Centers

One of the most fascinating new types of gadgets on the market is the portable

video device. Portable video devices are also called portable media devices

and sometimes portable entertainment devices, and are direct descendants of

the MP3 player. In addition to the digital audio that MP3 players could provide,

portable video devices can play video on built in color LCD screens, display

digital photos on the same screen, and many models can even be used to

play video games as well. These gadgets have a lot of features built into

small packages and come in a tremendous variety of different models that

range from very basic models all the way up to home entertainment systems

in miniature.

On the lower end of the portable video device spectrum are models that are

about the same size as many audio only digital devices, yet have a surprising

capacity to store video. These gadgets can easily fit in the palm of one’s hand

and display video on a screen only an inch or two across, depending on the

model. These gadgets can cost as little as fifty dollars and are available

anywhere.

On the larger end of the spectrum are some really impressive portable video

devices. These gadgets have hard drives that are bigger than the hard drives

in the computers that many of us are still using, and can store anywhere from

dozens to hundreds of hours of video depending on the format that the video

is stored in. Archos is a major manufacturer of these gadgets and builds a ton

of features into its higher end models. For example, Archos makes one model

that has a screen that’s over four inches across that has touchscreen

functionality. This model has built in WiFi capabilities that enable it to access

the Internet in a variety of different locations that have wireless hot spots. It

even has a built in Opera web browser and the ability to zoom in on specific

parts of a web page in order to allow its user to read the page better. It can

also display the contents of its screen on a normal TV set in order to provide

better visibility. It can also display PDF files that it has downloaded from the

Internet as well.

Archos also provides an impressive array of accessories for its higher end

portable video gadgets. For example, it’s possible to get various docking

stations for the devices that enable them to record video that other devices

play. This, combined with the ability to display video on a TV screen, can

make an Archos portable video device the DVR component of your home

entertainment center. This is especially useful because it provides the option

of watching anything on the gadgets hard drive either on the full sized TV set

or on the go, and the decision can be made on a moment’s notice. Archos

also supplies video cameras that can be mounted on bike helmets so that its

portable video devices can essentially be converted into camcorders. Plus,

with options of recording video in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 formats, these high end

gadgets give their users a good deal of control over how video is recorded.

If you’re a busy person who loves TV and video, these entertainment centers

in miniature are the perfect gadgets for you.