Crowdfunding Spotlight: Comet, an Android Phone that Floats

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Comet, an Android Phone that Floats

May 20, 2015

For folks like us that spend way too much time on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the like, this should be interesting: we hear that we’ll soon be seeing Comet, an Android device that comes with water resistance and buoyancy as part of its core functionality set. It incorporates fins that pop out when the device hits water.

It’ll have Android Lollipop and will sport two 16 MP cameras (one each on front and back), a screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 and a 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB RAM.

It’ll come in two flavors: 16 GB and 32 GB.

Beyond that, the device also adds some features new to Android. According to the press release, the device will also pack a border of Turquoise LED lights that light up when a user receives a call or message, pre-installed messenger for communication, app-enabled ability to measure body temperature and gauge mood, and a quantum lock that utilizes 256-bit AES to encrypt voice communications.

The Comet is expected to cost between $300 – $375, and will be available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

CometCore Chief Prashanth Raj Urs mentions reflecting users personalities and being able to take one’s device everywhere.“We developed Comet to be a phone that people could truly take anywhere,” he says. “We also wanted Comet to really reflect its users’ personalities, so we made it as customizable as possible- Comet is functionable, but it’s also a really fun phone to use.”

We admit it: we are intrigued. The hardware seems to be compelling enough, and the the buoyancy is more than a simple cherry on top. The advertised ability to use it on three of the major networks is definitely a plus. Other specifics (connectivity, expandable storage, etc) will help define the device if included.

Comet should be landing on Kickstarter soon, and we can’t wait to see how it does.

[Source: CometCore Press Release]

KickStarter Spotlight: Hoyo

KickStarter Spotlight: Hoyo

Jan 29, 2014

Some may view this post as just another step toward the inevitable day when cellular chips will be injected into our brains and our every conscious thought is spewed online for the world to see. For others, however, this is a post about a very legitimate product, and something that would really enrich their pre-work morning routine by allowing them to more easily catch up on all the news from the day before. This polarizing product is the Hoyo and it allows easy, safe smartphone access in the one place that has forever been devoid of technology: the shower.

Sure, there are a plethora of waterproof phone cases, and many are very good at what they do, but the Hoyo is special because of it’s commitment to the shower. Seeing as most cases are nothing more than plastic bags with a fancy clasp there is not a good, hands free, way to mount them for reading in the shower. The Hoyo solves this problem by having the user cut a small circular hole in their shower curtain and then attaching the device so that the opening faces the dry bathroom and the bag for the phone falls down into the shower itself. It is a odd concept, and initially the idea of cutting a hole in a shower curtain seems quite drastic, but after considering the bargain price of curtains and the fact that the Hoyo actually pulls the look off quite convincingly the idea becomes much more palatable.

But if the thought of defaming a shower curtain is too much, the Hoyo can be mounted on the wall via suction cup that attaches to a hefty screw on lid. This also allows the Hoyo to become more than just a slave to the shower; for example, why not stick Hoyo on the bathroom mirror and watch last night’s Lakers’ highlights while shaving or experience Breaking Bad while washing dishes with impunity.

As it stands now George Sheety and his amazing Hoyo need about £13,500 (~$22,400) to become successfully funded. Luckily, there is still 45 days to go, which should give every reader enough time to head over to their KickStarter page and consider donating to their great product, because who would not want to be able to read Reddit in the shower.

CES 2013: Sony Unveils Xperia Z, Their Waterproof Flagship Phone

CES 2013: Sony Unveils Xperia Z, Their Waterproof Flagship Phone

Jan 8, 2013

Right now, the biggest players in the smartphone market are probably Samsung, LG, and HTC. Sony has been around for a while with the Ericsson brand, but now they have split from Ericsson and are going it on their own in the phone business. They’re making one of the first big steps forward in 2013 with the Xperia Z.

The flagship Xperia Z is a 5" phone with a 1080p screen – yes, high-end phones are getting to that high of a resolution now – that is one of the highest DPIs currently available on a phone. Internally, it will pack a quad-core 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel camera that is also capable of taking HDR video. But maybe its most impressive feature is that it will be water-resistant, with demos at CES showing the phone completely submerged and still working. While there’s still new flagship phones to be seen from other competitors later this year, Sony is getting the year started off with a bang, as this phone is expected to start shipping in the first quarter of 2013 with Jelly Bean 4.1 in tow.

The interesting thing will be to see if this phone can stick with the big boys. Samsung, thanks in part to their massive sales and headline-grabbing battles with Apple, are the industry leader here. HTC’s profits have sagged but they still boast popular phones, such as the One X line. Finally, LG has gotten attention for the Optimus phone that serves as the baseline for the Nexus 4. Sony boasts sleek phones, and with the water-resistance, a killer feature to market along with that 1080p screen. If they can plant their flag in the ground under their own brand and make Xperia known for more than just the Xperia Play phone with the built-in gamepad, a phone like this could help them get up to Samsung’s level, with the right marketing, and if perhaps launching the 1080p generation of Android phones will get them a head start on the opposition as well.