Smartphone-Connected Stories May 31, 2016

There are many old-fashioned ways to protect your bicycle from vandals. The reality is, though, that even the toughest locks are susceptible to thieves. Dutch cycle manufacturer VanMoof is releasing a new two-wheeled creation with an impressive guarantee. If your bike gets stolen in the first two years, the company guarantees that it will be able to find it in less than two weeks. If it doesn’t show up, VanMoof will provide a replacement for just over $100. But wait, there’s more…

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Smartphone-Connected Stories October 19, 2015

It has been nearly 15 years since the original Segway came barreling into our lives. Since then, it has done more crashing than soaring through the streets of the United States. The personal transporter has largely been limited to urban areas, finding its niche in the world of tourism. Segway’s price tag is one of the bigger reasons why it’s been unable to gain any traction here in the States.

Insert Xiaomi’s new personal transportation device. At a fraction of the cost, the new Ninebot mini stands to finally break into the North American market with its affordable price tag and compact design…

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Smartphone-Connected Stories February 10, 2015

Toy Fair 2015 has already had a big product announcement and it hasn’t even began yet. Anki, makers of smartphone connected toy racing cars, has announced its latest model with the OVERDRIVE. Built upon the success of the previous generation DRIVE, this newest model has fresh features and a large selection of expansion track options.

Head below for a video trailer, release date and pricing.

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Smartphone-Connected Stories December 13, 2014

expiredAutomatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant for iOS/Android $70 shipped (Reg. $100)

Best Buy offers the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant for $69.99 shipped, which is the lowest price that we’ve ever seen for this smartphone car accessory and $10 better than Amazon.

Automatic plugs into your vehicle’s (1996 or newer) diagnostic port and transmits valuable information to your iPhone or Android smartphone that can help improve driving habits and save on fuel. Furthermore, it can remind you where you parked, diagnose and clear your check engine light, and find a nearby mechanic.

We reviewed Automatic and found it to be a great product even at its retail price of $100:

While Automatic can’t make you be a better driver, it can certainly help you along the way if you’re willing to take a little coaching. The accessory gives you a subtle beep when you break or accelerate too fast or break 70 mph. Take your weekly score into account, notice what behaviors you repeat, and most importantly aim for fewer beeps and you’re bound to improve… if you’re willing.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars from 271 Amazon reviewers.

Smartphone-Connected Stories June 11, 2014

expiredWeight Gurus Smartphone-Connected Digital Bathroom Scale $24 shipped (Reg. $40)

Groupon has the Weight Gurus Smartphone-Connected Digital Bathroom Scale in Silver for only $17.99 (+$6 after tax and shipping). That’s more than $30 off the list price, $16 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve ever seen for it.

The “Smart Scale” features auto step-on (turns on automatically when weighing) and auto step-off. Auto calibration. Auto user detect (important for multi-user homes – e.g. husband/wife and supports up to 8 users).  Non-slip, scratch resistant feet. 4 ultra-precision weighing sensors. Durable tempered glass construction. Large weighing platform (150 sq inches). Extra Large, Backlit LCD (4.3″). Kg / Lbs. 4 AAA batteries included.

  • It is the only scale specifically designed to encourage weight loss. The FREE Weight Gurus App tracks progress which encourages you to reach your goal. It lets you manage your weight by how much you’ve lost instead of how much you weigh. 
  •  If desired, sync weight automatically with your iPhone or Android device. Store entries, view trends and chart progress. (Smartphone not required for scale use).

Amazon customers gave it a generous 4.4/5 star rating and left great reviews. 

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