25 Days of Technology
‘Tis the season to get tech-y! Start celebrating the holidays with 25 Days of Tech with JBKnowledge, Inc. Follow us each day on Facebook, Twitter and this live blog as we introduce a new technology each day. Check back each day and help us kick off #25DaysofTech
Day 1: Parrot Bebop
Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone automatically analyzes data from 3 axis sensors for optimal stability including an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. Click here to read more on the Parrott Bebop.
Day 2: ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector
The ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector allows users to be able to access instant entertainment. Connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content. This small projector weighs in at just 1.26 lbs. Click here to read more on the ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector.
Day 3: Philips Hue Starter Kit
The Philips Hue Starter Kit brings smart and energy-efficient LED lights to life. These lights dim, flash and pulse. They are available in different shapes, sizes and models to suit your every need. Click here to read more on the Philips Hue Starter Kit.
Day 4: Microsoft Hololens
Microsoft HoloLens is the first untethered virtual reality headset. The device is a holographic computer that enables high-definition holograms to seamlessly integrate into the real world. We’ve ordered one to play with at JBK HQ and hope to see technology like this used on construction projects of the future. Click here to read more on the Microsoft Hololens.
Day 5: GoPro Hero4
The Hero4 Session has the power of a GoPro packed into the smallest, lightest and most convenient camera yet. The Hero4 by GoPro features a rugged and waterproof design, easy one-button control, 1080p60 video and 8MP photos. Click here to read more on the GoPro Hero4.
Day 6: MakerBot Replicator
This 3D printer is the new standard in desktop 3D printing. This 3D printer features MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder, motion controllers and gantry design. This printer enables the user to make true-to-life objects quickly and easily on demand. Click here to read more on MakerBot Replicator.
Day 7: Buildstream
Buildstream provides unprecedented insight to construction job site conditions, progress, and people with three components: Buildstream Node, Buildstream mobile and Buildstream Portal. These parts work together to provide a real time map of job site telemetry, worker tracking, and progress photos, searchable through time. Click here to read more on Buildstream.
Price: Currently Not Available
Day 8: Apple Watch
The Apple Watch allows the user to receive and respond to notiﬁcations in an instant. The watch is able to track the user’s daily activity and they can control their music using only their voice. Ask questions Siri easier than before and feel important alerts with a vibration so users can check updates instantly. Click here to read more on the Apple Watch.
Price: Starting at $299
Day 9: Sonos Sound System
The Sonos sound system is a smart speaker system that is able to stream all your favorite music to any and all rooms. You are able to control the music with one simple app, and fill your home with pure, immersive sound. Click here to read more on the Sonos sound system.
Price: Starting at $199
Day 10: Oculus Rift DK2
The Oculus Rift DK2 has real-time microsecond precision measurement of motion-to-photon latency for optimization. With the out-of-the-box engine integrations for Unity 4, Unreal Engine 4 and CryEngine. The Oculus SDK supports Windows 7, and it includes source code, documentation and samples. Click here to read more on the Oculus Rift DK2.
Price: Currently Not Available
Day 11: The Tile
Tile is a tiny bluetooth tracker that will help you to never lose anything again. The Tile has a wireless key finder and wallet tracker that can be place on virtually anything. With this device, maybe you’ll have more time for your New Year’s Resolutions after you get back all the time you previously spent looking for your misplaced items. Click here to read more on The Tile.
Day 12: LifePrint
LifePrint is a portable and wireless photo printer that enables you to simply print and share photos from your smartphone or GoPro. LifePrint’s app includes augmented reality to make your photos come to life. Click here to read more on LifePrint.
Price: Not Currently Available
Day 13: Hexoskin
Hexoskin is able to give you insights about your physical training, sleep, and personal daily activities through biometric shirts and health software. The Hexoskin measures heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing rate, breathing volume, steps, cadences, calories and sleep. The Hexoskin also has apps for iOS and Android where it allows you to track your bod in real time and see data on the online dashboard. Click here to read more on Hexoskin.
Price: Starting Around $149
Day 14: Daqri Smart Helmet
The Daqri Smart Helmet is making the lives of onsite engineers, construction workers, and technicians easier with an Android-powered hard hat, complete with an array of sensors. The Daqri has packed in a lot of cameras so the headgear is able to give the user a 360 degree view and the hat also has a high-precision depth sensor and augmented reality display. Click here to read more on the Daqri Smart Helmet.
Price: Not Currently Available
Day 15: Sprout
HP has created a desktop computer that aims to bridge the gap between the real world and the virtual one. Sprout is a Windows 8 desktop but also has a dual-screen with its own projector, a touch screan and a 3D capable scanner. The Sprout allows the user to use an interface with 3D products and hands-on creation. The Sprout is the result of a partnership with HP, Microsoft, Intel and 3M. Click here to read more on Sprout.
Day 16: Tesla – Model S
Tesla is continuously advancing its technology to create the perfect self driving car. Currently, they have the Model S Autopilot feature that occasionally requires hands on the steering wheel. Autopilot can steer within a lane, change lanes with one tap and manage speed with cruise control. The motors, brakes and steering are all digitally controlled which prevents collisions from the front and sides and the possibility of wandering off the road. Model S has the ability to scan and send alerts for open parking spots as well as self parallel park. Click here to read more on the Tesla Model S.
Price: Average $75,000
Day 17: Structure Sensor
The Structure Sensor by Occipital is able to rapidly 3D scan objects, create 3D maps of interior spaces and is able to create mixed reality experiences. The Structure Sensor allows users to measure an entire room all at once using the device. Structure Sensor can also enable games for virtual objects to “go behind” and “collide” with real world objects. A seamless blend of the real and virtual space enables a whole new class of augmented and mixed reality experiences. Click here to read more on Structure Sensor.
Price: Starting at $299
Day 18: Wemo Insight Plug
The Belkin WeMo Insight Plug allows users to connect their appliances and electronic devices to the WiFi network and app on their phone. This allows the user to control the connected devices and create custom schedules and rules for when the devices should be on and off. The app even allows users to receive custom notifications like when their laundry is done or that they left the oven on…again. Click here to read more on Wemo Insight Plug.
Day 19: Parrot Zik Sport
The Parrot Zik Sport headphones that have been designed, in conjunction with Phillipe Starck, are the latest design in headphone technology for sports enthusiasts. These Bluetooth packing headphones have six noise cancelling mics, a heart rate sensor, pedometer and a battery that allows users to have around five hours of use. So if you’re flying around in a sled all night or pulling all-nighters to finish up the toy production list, you’ll still have plenty of music to keep you going. Click here to read more on the Parrot Zik Sport headphones.
Front facing cameras on smartphones are now a serious part of smartphones. The one thing that they are missing are a quality flash to make anyone’s selfie game strong. The Lenovo Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash attachment is now available to make selfies even better. Currently the attachment is only available for Android devices but when used, the Vibe acts as a flash for the front facing camera. Click here to read more on the Lenovo Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash.
Day 21: DJI Osmo
Become a video pro and learn how to capture motion and action shots without blur and shakiness with the DJI Osmo. From sporting events, family vacations to documenting your drones taking off for a flight, you can now use your own smartphone with the DJI Osmo to document all of the important moments in your life. Advanced video technology helps to keep the camera flat, even with movement. This is also an ideal device to use while surveying a building or other projects and jobsites when you want to capture smooth video to look back on later for reference. Click here to read more on the DJI Osmo.
Day 22: Apple’s iPhone 6S
Apple has done it again. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus take smartphones to a new level of mobile technology. For example, iPhone 6 now has 3D touch, which allows you to turn your keyboard into a trackpad and “peek and pop” emails, texts and webpages. Another really popular and fun feature is the live photo capability. Basically, the camera captures the seconds right before and after a picture is taken. This allows you to see (and hear) everything that happens to save that perfect memory. One of the most functional new features of the iPhone 6S is the low power mode. At 20% your iPhone will ask you if you want to enter “Low power mode”, which extends your battery by an extra three hours. Click here to learn more about the iPhone 6S.
Day 23: Structure Sensor
Structure Sensor by Occipital allows users to scan 3D objects around a room in real-time and create 3D replications and maps of an interior space with high-resolution textures almost instantly. You can even scan and measure an entire room at once. This technology changes the game for reconstruction projects and cuts down labor time exponentially as well as creates a new level of augmented and mixed reality experiences.Test out this technology by scanning your office space, home or part of your current jobsite to experience the capabilities of Structure Sensor. Click here to learn more about Structure Sensor.
Day 24: Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer
The Flashforge Dreamer is a high quality 3D printer that helps to provide experience to anyone wanting to learn more about 3D technology and techniques. With Dreamer, anything you imagine can become a physical object that you can touch, hold and feel. The colors that can be used for printing also gives freedom to the user. Using a dual printhead, two colors can be printed simultaneously so attention to detail is not forgotten. One printhead extrudes the build material while the other fills in areas of overhang with support material. Whether you want to print a replica of your favorite sports car, or create a model of your latest construction project, the Flashforge Dreamer is the perfect place to start experimenting. Click here to learn more about the Flashforge Dreamer.
Day 25: Stower Candle Charger
Whether all the family hair dryers blow the power this Christmas or the zombie apocalypse comes on New Years, there’s a solution. During power outages and blackouts, the Candle Charger delivers indoor USB electricity to charge mobile phones and lights. With a candle and some water you have instant, reliable electricity. Click here to learn more about the Stower Candle Charger.