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Xiaomi MI4 smartphone review - Featuring MIUI V67m59s

Xiaomi MI4 smartphone review - Featuring MIUI V6

Jared Busch provides us with a full review of the Xiaomi MI4 smartphone running MIUI V6 Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It features a solid build, 5 inch 1080p LCD display, new software features, Sony cameras on the front and rear and a solid 3080mAh battery. But can it compete for your dollar against the other giants like Samsung, LG and HTC?

Published: September 22, 201428,668 views
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review4m45s

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

The Galaxy Note Edge is the first Quad High Definition Super AMOLED display that wraps to create a functional, curved display. The customizable Edge display allows you to access your favorite apps and receive real-time notifications without interrupting what you're doing on your main screen.

OnePlus One: an in-depth review (4K)15m29s

OnePlus One: an in-depth review (4K)

The OnePlus One is a highly desired and extremely hard to get brand new smartphone among the tech community. It comes with all of the latest top of the line hardware specs at an irresistible price. Jared Busch managed to pull some strings and acquire both the Sandstone Black version as well as the Silk White version. Check out his in-depth review!

Smartphone comparison: Xiaomi MI4 vs Meizu MX46m35s

Smartphone comparison: Xiaomi MI4 vs Meizu MX4

The Xiaomi MI4 and the Meizu MX4 are both highly regarded smartphones from two of China's top device manufacturers, and so it can be hard to pick between them. So let's take a look and see how they stack up to each other! Credit to 'Jared Busch'.

Published: November 28, 201422,117 views
Disney Unveils Super Cool Wall-Climbing 'Gravity Defying' Robot1m31s

Disney Unveils Super Cool Wall-Climbing 'Gravity Defying' Robot

Disney Research Zurich and ETH have collaborated to design a super cool, gravity defying robot. This remote-controlled machine has the ability to drive around on the ground and then transition fairly seamlessly to moving vertically along walls with the help of some very cool engineering. The Robot is aptly named VertiGo, and has one very unusual feature that allows it to travel in a second dimension usually reserved only for flying vehicles. With the help of two drone propellers built into the body of the machine, it can provide enough thrust to keep itself glued to the wall as it drives around seemingly defying the laws of gravity. As the machine approaches a vertical surface, it slowly drives its front wheels up the wall, and as its orientation changes, the angle of the propellers also change to compensate for the weight of the vehicle. It can then drive around on the wall as though it were still safely on the ground since the propellers provide enough thrust to keep the wheels securely stuck to the wall. To facilitate this kind of unusual locomotion, the machine has to be extremely lightweight and so the designers had to come up with some very cool engineering to allow it maintain its orientation without smashing to the ground. The main chassis is constructed using carbon fiber with a very cool honeycomb design to increase the strength and durability of the vehicle. Many of the parts have also been 3D printed to save weight and maximize strength. The designers even went as far as using mostly plastic screws to assemble the machine in order to save every ounce of extra weight. It’s hard to say what the designer’s intentions for the main use case of this robot will be, but the technology is very cool regardless. With the rising popularity and usefulness of drones being increasingly apparent these days, it’s easy to see from this machine how the techniques that allow those aforementioned flying machines to be so stable and agile in flight, can be taken and implemented in new and original ways to other methods of travel. The scalability of this design is questionable however, because as the size of the robot increases, the propellers have to move more and more air to maintain its orientation, and as you can see by the magically floating mattress in the video, it already has to push a lot of air. Window washing seems to be the only thing that immediately comes to mind as far as usefulness of this technology, but even then, considering how lightweight it needs to be to maintain its wall-crawling orientation, high winds could be a serious problem while driving up the side of a massively tall skyscraper. As lightweight as it is, we still think it could do some damage falling from such a height. All joking aside though, this technology could have some very innovative way to deal with emergency situations such as fire and bomb threats. Its incredible mobility could be used to scout out locations and situations where humans would have a very hard time determining the best way to proceed.

Published: May 16, 201620,739 views
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 unboxing, testing & users review2m15s

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 unboxing, testing & users review

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a well-designed and well-built device. Its performance is decent and it offers great battery life. If you like to watch videos or read books while on the go then the phone is an absolute pleasure to use. Its only flaws are the MIUI ROM which lacks some Nougat features and the camera which isn't great in all conditions. If you're looking for a quality device with a solid feel, but you don't like to shell out big bucks, then the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 should be on your wish list. Everything very good except the display's oleo phobic coating wears out fast then grease and fingerprints are your nightmare. Also the bottom speaker started to make noise after a year and a half or so of owning it. Xiaomi is a privately owned company that designs, develops, and sells smartphones, an Android-based OS, and other consumer electronics. Xiaomi also makes fitness trackers, TVs, air purifiers, and tablets. It has a skin for its Android phones and tablets – MIUI. The company largely sells its phones via flash sales in India.

Growing vegetables via your smartphone1m25s

Growing vegetables via your smartphone

A fully automated indoor farming system that its developers say is capable of growing pesticide free vegetables via your smartphone is unveiled at CES 2016. Ben Gruber reports. Credit to Reuters.

Published: January 14, 201616,258 views
Real life prosthetic hand inspired by video game59s

Real life prosthetic hand inspired by video game

Several months ago Armatus Designs received a commission to create a functional prosthetic hand based off of the Phantom Pain hand used in Metal Gear Solid 5. This was for a client who was born without a left hand and grew tired of his standard claw style prosthetic, but didn't want to shell out thousands of dollars for a motorized medical grade prosthetic. The goal was to create something durable, functional and useful on a budget. This is the result!

'Safest bike ever' devised by British entrepreneur2m16s

'Safest bike ever' devised by British entrepreneur

A British inventor says his Babel bike is the safest bicycle ever produced. Crispin Sinclair - son of famous British inventor Sir Clive Sinclair - hopes the bike's safety cage, double seatbelt, and host of other measures will inspire non-cyclists to get in the saddle. Jim Drury went to see it in action. Credit to Reuters.

Published: April 23, 201515,741 views
Special needs shopping cart makes shopping easier4m29s

Special needs shopping cart makes shopping easier

Caroline's Cart is a shopping cart created for special needs children. It provides parents and caregivers a viable option to transport a child through a store while grocery shopping, without simultaneously having to maneuver a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart. It is named after Caroline, the special needs daughter of Drew Ann and David Long, founders of Parent Solution Group, LLC. Total Credit to Technibilt and Caroline's Cart Follow them on Facebook:

Multi-functional gaming controller Mad Catz L.Y.N.X.9 review7m20s

Multi-functional gaming controller Mad Catz L.Y.N.X.9 review

The Mad Catz L.Y.N.X.9 is the first of its kind portable multi-functional gaming controller that works with all your gaming devices, ranging from smartphones to consoles, PC, tablets and more. What really makes it different is its transforming capabilities. Check out the video to learn more. Credit to 'booredatwork'.

Elephone P6000 7m05s

Elephone P6000 "budget" smartphone review

The Elephone P6000 is a great example of a mid-range phone with entry level phone prices. It comes with a 64bit Cctacore CPU, 2GB RAM and a MaliT760 GPU, all for only $125! Credit to 'JaredBusch'.

World's First Passenger Drone Unveiled1m37s

World's First Passenger Drone Unveiled

Now here is a product that every person has almost certainly dreamed of owning; a personal transportation vehicle that evokes images of a future where traffic jams are no longer an issue. This video, shot from the floor of the 2016 CES convention in Las Vegas centers on a passenger size drone being developed by a Chinese company called Ehang. The vehicle will operate completely autonomously, with no input needed from the passenger to get from point A to point B. Co-founder of the company Derrick Xiong explains that since the passenger will not be in direct control over the flight of the vehicle, it will require no specialized license to operate. This sounds scary at first, but it will be much safer in the end to have computers controlling the navigation of these vehicles. It will utilize a wide variety of sensors and computer components to control all flight operations and navigate to and from destinations completely autonomously. The only interface in the drone will be a singular tablet, which will give the passenger control of take-off and landing locations, and the ability to adjust the climate controls inside the vehicle. At the time of the video, the vehicle is capable of transporting one person to an altitude of roughly 11500 feet in the air, with a cruising speed of around 63 miles per hour. This coupled with the life of its internal batteries will allow the vehicle to fly around 20 miles non-stop, and stay in the air for around 23 minutes. Not a huge range considering how far some people commute to get to work every morning, but with more efficient batteries this thing could definitely start to get a much longer flight range. For those of you concerned with the safety of such a new type of transportation, Ehang says that in the event of an emergency, they will be able to remotely control every vehicle in their fleet individually, in order to override faulty commands or to safely land the vehicle in case of technical malfunction. The drone has 8 propellers instead of the typical 4 propeller design to help with redundancy; in a situation where one of the rotors stops functioning the second rotor will spool up faster to compensate and still allow for a controlled descent. All that said, at a price tag of between two hundred and three hundred thousand dollars, you won’t be seeing too many of these out in the skies anytime soon. Add to that the safety concerns of relying solely on computerized navigation automation to control the vehicle with the passenger being completely helpless in the case of a malfunction, and the general annoyance to the public once there are a bunch of these out there flying around. To be able to generate enough lift to fly a vehicle of this size you have to displace a lot of air (think of a helicopter), and it is very noisy to do so, so the neighbors might not be super happy about one of these taking off and landing twice a day from your backyard.

Published: January 8, 201612,819 views
'Phantom Pain' prosthetic hand from 3D printer5m31s

'Phantom Pain' prosthetic hand from 3D printer

Several months ago Armatus Designs received a commission to create a functional prosthetic hand based off of the Phantom Pain hand used in Metal Gear Solid 5. This was for a client who was born without a left hand and grew tired of his standard claw style prosthetic, but didn't want to shell out thousands of dollars for a motorized medical grade prosthetic. The goal was to create something durable, functional and useful on a budget. The client has very little left of his wrist, meaning the standard active grip system on other 3D printed prosthetics wouldn't work for him, so they designed a passive grip system using retention springs. This allows the fingers to auto-adjust to whatever object they are gripping, and only requires user input to actually open the grip, which is done by pulling the knob at the rear of the forearm section. All 5 fingers normally open and close at once, but there is also a detachable ring connected to the main knob which articulates just the index finger, which can be locked in place to allow greater usability in actions such as typing and pressing buttons.

Robot drone mimics real-life bat1m24s

Robot drone mimics real-life bat

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign design a drone based on the complex wing structure of bats. Jim Drury has more. Credit to Reuters.

Published: February 6, 201711,904 views
Tech review: Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch6m31s

Tech review: Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch

The Samsung Gear S2 classic will most definitely turn heads. The circular interface and rotating bezel give you effortless navigation so you can quickly access the things that are most important to you. This intuitive interface lets you easily access important notifications, texts, and updates from your phone with just a glance at your wrist. Plus, with easily customizable watch faces and a premium 20mm leather watchband, you can create a watch style that is uniquely yours. The built-in S-Health app tracks your steps, your heart rate, and even gives you a nudge when it's time to get moving. And with built-in wireless charging, it's easy to keep the Gear S2 classic powered up.

Google Nexus 6 smartphone review4m46s

Google Nexus 6 smartphone review

An in-depth review featuring the Google Nexus 6, designed by Motorola and powered by the latest Android 5.0 operating system. Beautifully showcasing a new Material Design aesthetic, the Nexus 6 delivers a 6-inch Quad High Definition display, which is great for viewing movies, playing games, reading e-books or surfing the internet. Equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization, an LED ring flash and a 2MP front-facing camera, the Nexus 6 enables you to capture and curate almost any moment. The smartphone comes with a 3220mAh battery and a Motorola Turbo Charger, allowing you to quickly boost your battery life by 6 hours with only 15 minutes of charge.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: All you need to know7m45s

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: All you need to know

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are here in all their glory. Both devices are ultra thing at 6.8mm, powered by an Oct-core 14nm chip with 3GB of DDr4 ram, no expandable storage and comes with 32/64/128GB variants. It also includes built in WPC and PMA wireless charging. Running Android 5.0 with the new touchwiz, you have much faster and smoother operations. Plus a solid 5MP wide-angled front facing camera and a 16MP rear camera with OIS.

Future Vision: 3D Printers In Electric Cars?1m35s

Future Vision: 3D Printers In Electric Cars?

Le FabShop teamed up with electric car manufacturer Renault to give us a glimpse of what the future may look like. According to le FabShop, 'We believe that in a near future, cars will be electric, self-driven & equipped for advanced field operations. Your plumber will be able to produce spare-parts in his vehicle, some goods will be produced on demand in the delivery truck.' What do you think of this idea?

Smartphone review: Zopo Speed 7 Plus3m43s

Smartphone review: Zopo Speed 7 Plus

The Zopo Speed 7 Plus packs similar budget flagship smartphone specs to other budget smartphones, but it costs about $50 more than the others. Why? Is it worth it? 'JaredBusch' has more.