Play music and make calls with a wireless smart button

Flic creates a shortcut to your favorite actions on your smartphone

Though it appears to be nothing more than a pleasant-looking button, Flic can actually be set to make your life simpler. Known as a smart button, it can do pretty much anything you want it to do (within reason) on a daily basis, such as snapping photos, playing music, and snoozing your alarm.

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Flic comes in a variety of colors.

Because it can stick to various surfaces, including those outside, Flic can be a part of so many things. Once set up via the accompanying app, which works with both iOS and Android, each button can be set to execute three actions — one by clicking, another by double-clicking, and another by pressing and holding. The buttons connect to a user’s smartphone via Bluetooth Low-energy and have a range of up to 150 feet.

Smaller than a quarter, Flic is housed in a silicon mold and can withstand outdoor environments and dust. It also comes with a reusable double-sided adhesive, which can easily be cleaned if it gets dirty. Read More

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Portable wireless breathalyzer pairs with smartphone app

Breathometer’s Breeze pairs via Bluetooth with any iOS or Android smartphone

Earlier this year the breath analysis technology company, Breathometer unveiled Breeze, the first wearable breathalyzer on the market. With its ultra-fast accurate results and easy portability, Breeze breaks new ground when it comes to personal smartphone breathalyzers.

Designed to be paired with the Breathometer app, which features integration with Uber, local restaurants, and hotels, Breeze connects via Bluetooth LE to read a user’s blood alcohol content (BAC).

Fortunately, using the breathalyzer is easy. First, the user must open the mobile app on his or her smartphone, and then when prompted, blow for five seconds directly at the LED illuminated hole on the device from about two inches away. Once measured, the app will provide an estimate of how long it will take the user to get back down to zero.

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Breeze is portable and easy to use. Image via TechCrunch.

What happens when the app finds a user isn’t ready to get behind the wheel? It’s all set to display its useful features such as menu items to help get users home safely without having to drive. Read More

Turn your iPhone into a mouse for your iPad

The TabiMouse app transforms your iPad into a cloud-based PC

If you’re an Apple aficionado with an iPhone and iPad, the free new app by Tabitop might come in handy. Called TabiMouse, the app is able to convert your iPhone into a Bluetooth iPad-friendly mouse. The only catch is you must be willing to use your iPad as a cloud-based PC.

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The TabiMouse app transforms your iPhone into a mouse for your iPad. Image via Gizmag.

How it works

Since the TabiMouse app transforms the screen of your iPhone into a laptop-style trackpad, you simply slide your finger on the iPhone’s screen to correspondingly move the cursor on the iPad’s display. Read More

Top tech mobile apps of the year

An article I wrote for Electronic Products.

Electronic Products looks back at its most popular mobile app articles from 2013

It’s 2014, meaning that by now, there are probably multiple mobile apps for just about everything. Because there are all sorts of handy apps that make life much easier, and the fact that our Inspiration Awards are quickly approaching, Electronic Products highlighted some of the top mobile apps for tech geeks and electrical engineers alike.

Surv, the crowdsourcing camera-mapping app

Surv app screenshot

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? If so, Surv is the app for you. By encouraging users to post locations and information of cameras in their cities, this handy app can help you detect traffic cameras, red-light cameras and even well-hidden police cameras.

Visit survapp.co for more information.

Simple ‘n Easy, the go-to app for Electrical Engineering 101

WAGmob S&E

With the Simple ‘n Easy app by WAGmob, electrical engineering students can easily learn the basics of electrical engineering in an organized manner. Aside from its glossary packed with information, features include tutorials, quizzes and flashcards.

Visit wagmob.com for more information. Read More