New SmartBot uses your smartphone as a brain

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If you’re the kind of person that likes to tinker around with hardware as much as software, the brand new SmartBot is going to hit the top of your wish list pretty quickly. It’s a small robot that’s powered completely by your smartphone. It uses your phone’s screen, camera, LED lights, etc. to do pretty much everything. The phone sits in a small docking portion of the robot and goes from there. The application for SmartBot even has a little happy face to complete the combo.

SmartBot also has plenty of ports for add-ons and extensions for things like motors and electromagnets and so on, and currently offers support for accessories like a gripping claw, a trunk, and even an adapter for LEGO pieces. It’s even got NFC under the hood. The creators of SmartBot, Overdrive Robotics, even have a full SDK for making apps and games with the device. And for only €160.00 (about $208) you can preorder one of these nifty little gadgets for yourself. Shipping starts in April, so you’ve still got a month to decide. Hit the break for an amusing little teaser trailer that just might convince you to buy one.
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NVIDIA demos Tick Tock Game’s New “Burn Zombie Burn!” for Project Shield

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NVIDIA has hit a home-run with their new Tegra 4 gaming console.  Dubbed Project Shield, this new console plays host to a myriad of games ranging from live streaming PC games to our favorite, Google Play Store mobile games.  NVIDIA has outdone themselves with this impressive handheld game console, and IMO will make a believer out of gamers everywhere with their new innovative gaming system.

Are you a fan of doom and gloom?  Have a hankering for the smell of dead flesh?  Do you wish you could be the sole survivor of a zombie apocalypse battling your way through wave upon wave of flesh eating living dead?  Then guess what, this game is for you!  On Project Shield’s 5-inch Retina Display touchscreen display this game looks amazing.

Players have a weapons arsenal at their disposal (flame thrower included, of course) as they fight through level upon level of awesome zombie goodness.  The ultimate goal?  Who cares, we get to kill zombie scum from the comfort of our comfy sofa!  Head past the break for the video demo.


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Exent GameTanium For TV Brings Android Games To The Living Room

Exent, provider of game subscription services, announced a new service at MWC called GameTanium For TV. Although billed as a gaming console-conversion for your Android device, it appears more like it just streams gaming content to your TV. GameTanium is currently available for Android and works in much the same way as Steam for PCs. If you’re already a GameTanium subscriber then this is great news. For the rest of us, the yet to be announced price will be a big factor. Well, price and whether or not you’ve already plopped down $100 for an OUYA.

The device/service is not without its appeal. It would be nice to fling birds across the TV using my phone as the controller then continue the game even after I’ve walked out the door. And like Steam, the subsciption model is sure to appeal to avid gamers. The question is: is there such a thing as hardcore Android gamers? Follow our 2013 Mobile World Congress coverage here.

Press Release after the break.


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LG using MWC to showcase its Wireless Ultra High Definition Transmission technology

 

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One of the great things about events like MWC is the fact we can see new and innovative technologies that can potentially revolutionize our lives. As electronic giants such as LG develop Ultra HD TV sets, it’s only natural to wonder when it is we can push high quality content and streams from our smartphones to these cool TV sets, right? Well wonder no more as LG has announced it is using the trade show to showcase the first Wireless Ultra High Definition Transmission technology out there in all the land. The aim of the technology is pretty simple: the Wireless Ultra HD Transmission technology looks to ensure the smooth delivery of smartphone content to TV sets faster and more efficiently than previous mobile video compression and transfer systems. There’s less lag and the technology can easily optimze resolution sizes of what’s found on smartphones— so the result is what can be considered smooth and pretty visuals. Oh and LG also claims that its technology can consume less than half the power of other similar transmission standards. Nice.

No word on when we’ll see this device implemented in its TV sets, but we suspect it shouldn’t be too long before we see it in action. Hit the break for more deets from LG in the press release.


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LG introduces the WCP-300: the world’s smallest wireless charger

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LG is using MWC to formally announce its WCP-300 wireless charging accessory. The charger was developed for portability and convenience for consumers— so you know it’s going to come with some pretty impressive dimensions. The unit comes in at only 6.9cm in diameter, effectively making it the world’s smallest wireless charger. In addition to that impressive feat, the charging unit is also Qi-certified and features electromagnetic induction, which produces a magnetic field that creates an electric current in order to give those batteries in devices placed on the charging pad some extra juice. As of this time, the WCP-300 is only limited to the LG Spectrum 2 and Nexus 4 smartphones, but we’re hoping that we more devices compatible with the unit sooner than later.

More details can be found once you hit the break to check out the full presser from LG.


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Samsung announces HomeSync cloud storage solution

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On the heels of the Galaxy Note 8.0 announcement, Samsung announced a new cloud storage solution called HomeSync. It provides a connected media experience for the entire family.  It includes a 1TB drive that will sync multiple devices and allows for eight separate accounts to cover the whole family. Family members can upload and download content from multiple devices and share with other family members. Each family member’s area is kept private via their specific ID and password along with file encryption.

It also allows you to stream content from Galaxy devices to the TV wirelessly. The included Jelly Bean media player brings the familiar Android experience to the TV, and gives users access to the Play Store and all their apps.

It will be available in April 2013 in select countries. No pricing was announced.

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Full press release after the break:


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New Google Glass patent application provides intense detail for Google’s wearable computer

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A patent application originally filed in August 2011 by Google for what has become Google Glass was published to the USPTO web site today. There has been a buzz around Google’s wearable computer project after a new video was released yesterday showcasing some of the capabilities of the system from the user’s point of view. The new patent provides details about how Google is going about making the magic happen.
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Otterbox prepping HTC One cases ahead of the smartphone’s release

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Sure we may not see the HTC One smartphone for another month, but that’s not stopping Otterbox from preparing some sweet cases to be available to those of you who choose to splurge on the smartphone. The well-regarded accessory maker has confirmed it has various cases from its Defender and Commuter Series’ that will be available in a variety of colors and designs. Of course the cases aren’t easy on the wallet as the prices will range from $35 to $60, but it’s a pretty solid investment considering you know… it can protect your phone from massive damage and all.

source: Otterbox

Google gives you an idea of what life will be like through Glass [Video]

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Google usually releases some pretty cool videos, but today is especially cool. Today’s video gives you a really good idea of what Project Glass is going to be like for you. We already know what it will look like aesthetically, but other than the skydiving stunt last year, we really never got a good look at what the experience will be like. This 2 minute video features many clips from family activities and events. It shows you how you will interact with Glass with your voice and it also shows you what types of information will be displayed. If you have even the slightest interest in Project Glass, you need to check out the video. I was already excited about Glass, but now I’m even more excited about the possibilities. Hit the break to see the full video.


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