New Technology

5 Expensive Versions of Things You Already Own

As a general rule I try to write about technologies that the average person could possibly buy without going broke, but for this list I want to look at some things that are more high end.  I noticed that a lot of these technologies are nice versions of things that we already own. They are easy to live without, but they sure would be nice to have.
 
Kohler Numi: $6,338.50
Who needs a luxury car when you can have a luxury toilet? The Kohler Numi has just about everything you could ask for in a toilet. Sitting on the toilet during the winter can be an unfortunate experience unless you have a heated toilet seat. How about a retractable bidet? It’s got that, too. You can even choose whether you want to flush with more or less water. If your wife is constantly reminding you to close the seat or you […]

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Never Lose Your Possessions Again With This Cool New Tech

Of all the things that can waste your time, losing your valuables is probably the worst. Even though I am generally very careful about where I leave my stuff, I will sometimes lose track of my wallet or phone. The advice that I have been given is to cancel all of your credit cards as soon as you lose your wallet but that is a massive pain, especially when you could have just lost it somewhere in your house. Lapa promises to fix all of those problems.
Lapa is a small piece of hardware that can be attached to a keychain or fit nicely into a wallet. It uses Bluetooth and connects to your phone through a free app so that you can find your lost items quickly and without hassle and, will even show you on a map where your lost items are. If you want to be extra […]

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Relaxation and Excitement: There’s an App for That?

Throughout my working experience, there have been two things that have decreased my efficiency as an employee: stress and lack of motivation. While normally my method for counteracting these has been coffee and deep staring into the fountain just outside of the office, neither method is perfect and it would be nice if there was a reliable method to get myself into the right state of mind.
When I first heard about Thync, I was skeptical. A wearable device that controls your mood sounds too good to be true. When I looked into it farther it can only give you two moods, relaxation and happiness. With that in mind it seemed just good enough that it probably wasn’t true. I went to their website and as it turns out they are actually selling it at a slightly high, but attainable cost of $300.
This is how Thync works. There is a […]

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Awesomeness in the workplace: VR is coming to business

Yes, we’ve all seen it in movies.  We have imagined what it would be like to interact with a virtual world.  Some of us have even donned the often heavy and cumbersome virtual reality headgear and other accoutrement -and been left unimpressed.  For the past 20 years, most have agreed that virtual reality is nothing more than a novelty, and not a viable consumer technology.  In the last 3 years however, we have seen a dramatic swing in public opinion and technology advances that are starting to question the classic stance on virtual reality.  With advances in the industry by Microsoft, Google, and Oculus Rift, (lamentably, now a Facebook company) the consumer video game world stands at the edge of a very exciting diving board; waiting to be told that they can jump in.  Virtual reality is coming.
Since it is now approaching the tangible world of science fact from […]

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The Biggest Change to Computers Since the Transistor

Here at upsourceIT we love technology of all kinds, but our favorite technologies are the really disruptive ones – the ones that promise to change their industry by an order of magnitude, or even more. Many institutions are trying to build the next generation of computer technology, knowing that the payoff for leading this wave of innovation would be unprecedented. Some of the technologies I’ve watched include Spintronics, Optical computing, and quantum computing. But my favorite is what is now called the SyNAPSE project.
I’ve been watching this develop pretty closely for over 5 years and believe that it has the best chance of changing the computer industry, in a monumental way. The concept moves away from traditional computers, which do precise computation on all of the data that is sent in, searching for the one correct answer. Instead, it acts like a brain would.
For example, when we are driving a car, we […]

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Reading Reimagined with Spritz Inc.

Spritz can can turn the average 220 words per minute reader into super human 500 or even 1000 words per minute champions by making reading more efficiently.
By showing users just one word at a time, the program establishes an “optimal recognition point” designed to speed reading rates anywhere from 100 to 1,000 words per minute. “When reading, only around 20% of your time is spent processing content. The remaining 80% is spent physically moving your eyes from word to word and scanning for the next ORP. With Spritz we help you get all that time back.”
Additional Spritz optimizes the placement of each word on the screen. The eye seeks a certain point within a word, which Spritz calls ORP (Optimal Recognition Point). The app highlights those ORPs in red and aligns them for each word to eliminate all eye movement.
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Try it out yourself (focus on the red letter):
Spritz […]

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