This week on WDD’s HotSpot:
- Orrb Technologies has developed a new pod to help workers relax, regain focus, increase performance and train for self-development. The Orrb is a seven foot by five foot physical device that you get inside of, shut the door and settle into. Once settled in, users can choose either a 5, 10, or 15 minute wellness session. On-screen content and audio through speakers guide the user through breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and meditation. The user can then either continue with their working day, relaxed and refreshed, or remain in the Orrb for a learning session. The wellness sessions are said to put users in state of mental focus conducive to learning.
- CA-based WayTools has introduced its folding portable keyboard that literally fits in your pocket, makes professional-grade typing as easy to carry as a pen. At just 1/3 the size and weight of an iPhone, the TextBlade features 19 millimeter finger spacing, 8 ultra-smart keys, powered by software intelligence, and a new patented technology called MagLever, that produces a carefully sculpted force curve. A network of 4 computers with 100X the processing power of legacy devices drives advanced software intelligence. TextBlade runs for a month with advanced Bluetooth Low Energy, and fast-charges on any USB port in just minutes, without cords of any kind.
- VXi has introduced its BlueParrot B350-XT wireless headset is capable of canceling out 95 percent background noise, allowing users to be heard clearly no matter where they are. The new headset also features simple, one-touch pairing to your pair via Near Field Communication; can be used with two cell phones or a phone and PC at the same time; can stream music or GPS directions; allows consumers to talk for 24 hours; and can charge via micro USB. It’s easy to set up, and there is an app that you can download on your phone for instructions, troubleshooting, and more.
- Polaroid is bring back the nostalgic appeal of vintage Polaroid instant print cameras with its new camera, Polaroid Socialmatic, which allows users to share via the built-in Wi-Fi and Android interface. The camera also features a 14 megapixel frontal camera and a 2 megapixel rear camera with a 4.5-inch touchscreen; four gigabytes of internal storage; stereo speakers; a frontal LCD with mood assistant A.I.; and LED flash; and remote printing capabilities. It’s not exactly pocket-sized but perfect for those of us who are retro and socially obsessed. Read: Don’t Shake It like a Polaroid Picture?
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