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Lumigon T3 – A Tough Viking Flagship

Review and early verdict of the Lumigon T3: What a nice piece of technology! Let’s kick it of with the big question. Is it worth the money? Every penny I say! This flagship isn’t just the top of Lumigon’s line, it’s one of the best smartphones in the world, fully featured with all the functionality you really need including a night vision camera. I usually don’t buy stuff but when I do I go for quality and I’ve held plenty of smartphones over the years, none as remarkable as the T3. When you look at it head-on, it’s unmistakably a Lumigon, though the top button of the display was moved to the side to make room for the discrete but distinct colored notification light and to improve usability and one-handed gripping.

Ever since I got my first Lumigon I have been following the official website anticipating the arrival of the next Lumigon cell available for purchase directly on the official Lumigon website. I was so excited to receive my new cell within a few days of placing the order and after charging I had to use it right away booting and applying Wi-Fi credentials in order to completed the 2-Step Verification sign-on to Google and get the migration going. I have never hear that any other smartphone support hot swapping a SIM card. It seems crazy amazing this is possible so obviously I had to try it out inserting my nanoSIM while the smartphone was on. Everything went smooth as expected and most Android users are probably familiar with Google’s smart way of handling the transition to a new phone.

The Lumigon T2 HD had at the time of release the world’s largest internal memory of a whopping 128 GB. Lucky for us consumers this has not changed as Lumigon T3 ship with 128 GB as standard. I find it crazy that most smartphones on the market is packaged with tiny memory even though some offer an option to upgrade. Considering the specifications for high performance this product meets my expectations to the fullest with a huge processor upgrade to a 2.2 ghz 64 bit octa core Helio X10, as fast as several similar devices with advanced multitasking capabilities. The general UI is smooth, fast and pretty amoled active-matrix organic light-emitting diode display in a bright and crisp 720 x 1280p resolution.

The dual nanoSIM card tray fits with precision inside the elegant steel frame and you do not even need a tool to open the casing. The dual SIM feature is very useful especially for the frequent traveler. To my knowledge only very few models offer this capability. The feel is really nice weighing in at a 145 g and the classy stainless-steel, easy to access buttons and the uncompromising construction excellence utilization of premium materials such as ultra-hard molybdenum marine-grade stainless steel and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 really gives a feel of quality with the now enlarged 4.8″ HD screen.

The backside has a perfectly working 13 MP 4K PDAF Isocell camera with active object tracking and flash along with a night vision camera and the frontside is a very nice 5 megapixel camera with frontflash great for selfies or as mirror while applying lip gloss.

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As of May 2016 only 7.5% of all Android devices is running Marshmallow as such it is a true love story with a highly dependent relationship between hardware vendors and the operating system. Most Android users are probably familiar with Google’s smart personal assistant Google Now. At least since the Android 4.4 KitKat voice commands are profoundly integrated with the Android user interface. Google works constantly on Google Now to make it an even more immersive and helpful tool. The capabilities in Android Marshmallow is astounding and it makes perfect sence of my talk, even in danish!

It takes 1.5-2 hours to fully charge the phone supported by USB Type-C’s power delivery spec. To help keep data usage down and prolong battery life and in general keep battery juice from magically disappearing, you should ensure each app is behaving appropriately so check its settings for “Update Frequency”. Some social apps are set to update every 15 minutes. I set mine to update every 4 hours, or while recharging. Some apps even have an option to synchronize only while connected to Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that you can turn on push notifications in the smartest apps and always in the applications configuration list in the operating system. This will keep your battery usage to a minimum and on most apps I don’t want to be disrupted by information before asking for it.

The Lumigon action key is simply ingenious and smart in nature. Behaviour can be configured and is by default compiled to certain functions depending on the situation. Click the activity button and it turns on the flashlight but if you are in a conference call, a click will begin record conversations without the annoying beep we all know about.

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There is no way to take out the battery or open the back lid as the phone is manufactured to be resistant to low-pressure foreign particles. This means the phone resists light exposure to water and dust so you can continue to talk during a rainfall without worrying or complete a sweaty workout in the desert. There is still some development and design issues that needs to be solved before we all can take pictures underwater but as of now the T3 is hydrophobic. Bet the follow up model will be completely adopted, because Dr. LG is a true viking creating sustainable technology trying to solve things to benefit everyone.

The sales package includes perfectly rated headset in a stylish design and fantastic clear hi-fi sound with a deep responsive bass for a rich listening experience along with a recharger with a braided fabric cable to protected and avoid twist and squeeze damage.

Night vision is barely out of its technological infancy and amending a infrared searchlight to image converter in a smartphone device intended for civilian use is certainly a first for me. It is astoundingly practical while taking pictures or making videos in the dark and it is super fun to play around with almost like cats vision when the flash would drain the battery.

If you have Chromecast plugged to your HDTV’s HDMI port the Lumigon T3 works perfectly as a portal to fling content to the TV screen. This works with Sidewinder as well but I did not try it yet. The Lumigon product line has all along propose to replace your TV remote as a nifty way to save money on batteries by being the sustainable remote that empower your flat screens.

Fingerprint authentication is a smart and contemporary security feature. Personally, with joy and delight, I had a chance to observe the pairing of the Lumigon smartphone to the so very nice onboard navigation system in a high-end Tesla. The pairing process was quite seamless. All in all my verdict is the Lumigon T3 is an incredible little machine.

Pyro Board the Coolest Flaming Audio Visualizer That Ever Existed

Ruben’s tube science with Derek Muller

When my last blog said hold your breath the blog did not say how long you should hold it. I did not anticipate the many cool gadgets that are out there. Y is an interesting letter, don’t you think? Time is essence so I’ve been a busy-bee coding making all things possible. Denmark is world-class and famous for only a very few things. But what’s the next bacon? Moore’s law is logarithmic and it is spreading into every business sector. Let’s find limits by pushing it. On this high note of hope for adventure and yearning for technology to leapfrog the chasm. One invention I would like to share at this time is a 2D Rubens’ Tube by Sune Nielsen. This Pyro Board is the coolest demonstration of chemistry and science and definently the rock’n’roll way to hookup any sound system at a private party.

If you’re just here for music and fire, skip to 3:38. It’s mesmerizing.

Four Letter Technology Hold Your Breath

Transparent, bendable and curved LED screens. A large number of wrist bands, watches, drones, robots, googles and glasses are all promising technology productized and available in 2014. Is there anything out there still mindblowing and unnoticed. Very much so and I will try to highlight some of these innovations in a series of blogs .

NYMI – Put your heart into it

Nymi is a very exciting hardware start-up. The Nymi is the first wearable authentication technology that allows the user to take control of his or her identity through cardiac rhythm recognition. Nymi communicates your identity to your surroundings using your unique electrocardiogram (heart beat rhythm) authenticating and posting your identity through an embedded sensor. You will never need to bring your keys, locate your wallet, use a keypad or remember a password. Nymi is both practical and elegant.

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Unlike fingerprints, retinal scans or image recognition the biometrics of EKG patterns are not easily forged or lifted. Of course there is the troublesome challenge that the end-user retain some sort of heart condition and loose the signature. The success of the Nymi is not so simple as it depends on integration and the availability of compatible devices. Is this solution durable compared to micro-implants? No… but we are not there yet.
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KIWI – One device

The Kiwi Move is an all-purpose wearable device released under the Creative Commons license model. It is a multi-sensor wearable device that aims to shortcut the tedious interface to all our other gadgets as well as make it easy for developers to create new tools for the consumer market. The quantified self movement is still very young and brings about alot of issues like non-repudiation, integrity, data privacy and the effectiveness of monitoring and nudging daily routines impacting how we work, live and play. The Kiwi wearable is a really nifty gadget and I have already placed a pre-order.
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VIGO – Be alert when you need to be

Have you ever fallen a sleep driving a car? I have and that was a scary experience. The gadget Vigo knows your drowsy before you do and is the very first connected energy gauge to quantify your alertness. The wake-up signal can be a soft pulsing vibration, a discrete LED light, or even your favorite pump-up song. Students from PenAm developed this so cool gadget but does this innovative start-up have any real future? Sadly, I think not. The algorithm is way to simple and can be developed in a couple of weeks with a mirror-inverted front camera based on Google Glass. Best exit for Vigo is to sell cheap to Google sooner than later.
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MUSE – Do more with your mind

Muse is an EEG brain sensing headband that monitor your gray matter activity. Physical and cognitive well-being support your everyday decision making but equally important is the emotions that control you as well as actually really listening. Muse is designed to improve concentration, sharpen your brain, being a better listener, focus and relax when needed as well as improve in these areas. By gaining control of thoughts and emotions it should be easier to manage stress and overcome difficult situations. Muse does not facilitate any kind of action by thought and telekinesis does not seem to be on the roadmap. For that kind of technology we should look to the Emotiv EPOC Headset and that deserves a blog all by it self.
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Ready For Aerial Multirotor Camera Drones?

Much attention is being devoted to military drones these days, so much it’s easy to forget that the military’s long-term strategy for unmanned systems up til now has been a short journey and there is a long roadmap ahead before this technology is old news. Without contemplating the ethics, quite impressive drones take out gangsters in the middle-east with precision that only a autonomous robotics are able to perform. The future of military advancement will be impressive but lets not forget it is not all war toys and surveillance robots. Commercial flying machines have been released to the general public as gadgets controlled by android systems, tablets or with a regular remote. Though this commercial technology mostly leaves us without autonomy, and in the cheap models a very limited range control, it is a great opportunity to just have fun. Think of the possibilities in sports combining these flying gadgets with the Oculus Rift technology. This type of immersive display gives a profound experience and you would not even have to go to the gym to practice. The typical injury would probably be headaches and backpain but it could very much be a candidate for next generation Olympics. Robots combating in a speedball or quidditch kinda setup where elite combatants would probably all be underage. It would be quite entertaining television.

So is this technology creepy at all? It is definitely a disruptive technology and should challenges the general populations perceptions of what is possible. Quite interesting gadget and it is an opportunity do aerial mapping for agriculture, conservation, monitoring wildlife or maybe even mining. It could revolutionize, if not like in the case of home 3D printer. I do not think commercial drones will be made illegal but realizing the concept of what it actually is it gives a creepy edge to stalking and paparazzi photography. With a professional telephoto lense, on board infrared camera and the flight recorder these things could be lurking into the private homes, sixth floor bedrooms and hotels taking pictures of us taking a dump, walking butt naked or as vile as used for the perfect murder.

Steven Spielberg Flying a DJI Phantom II

Even though drones should probably be grounded around New Years it would make a fantastic video shoot. The drones available would not survive a hit by the powerful explosives in rockets nowadays. The AR Drone parrot creates its own Wi-Fi spot as long as your IOS or android system is within a 100 meter radius you shouldn’t have a problem. Each drone is tagged with a unique signature. So if it somehow did get lost, it is easily tracked back to its owner. Wireless 3G Internet is possible but there might be some latency issues. At any rate your drone will just hover if connection is lost with your device. A hobby grade DJI Phantom along with the AR Drone Parrot seems to be the popular choices available. The commercial drones range from a couple hundred dollars to several thousands.

Smarty Ring Sends Updates to Your Finger

The Smarty Ring is not an iWatch but pretty close in functionality. Bluetooth-enabled wearable gadget that allows users to check smartphone alerts and manage incoming calls right from their finger. One ring to rule them all and very much compatible with Apple products.

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Not checked google trends on whether this is hot for wedding rings. To precisely see how they are getting around the otherwise big hurdle of sizing check this nifty link:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smarty-ring

Retail price is 275$ If you order now you can save a whopping 100$. Available April 2014

ZEAL Optics HD Camera Ski Goggles

With GoPro the bar has been set and now a ski goggle is no longer just a ski goggle. The Zeal Optics Base HD Camera goggle allow you to shoot your latest all-mountain adventure from your point-of-view all in HD video mp4 format. The camera boasts a 170 degree field of view to capture the full picture of the challenge you’re about to embark on. If you just want a quick shot you can take a single picture and if you’re feeling artsy the full picture sequence is at your disposal. Slow it down, add graphics, sound or instant replay, everything you could want when it comes to shooting video is available.

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Zeal Optics features a eye-catching collection of goggles all available on their website.

Specification of Zeal Optics Base HD Goggle Camera:

  • 1080p and 720p HD Video
  • 1/2.5in HD CMOS Sensor
  • 30fps and 60fps
  • H.264 compression, .mp4 final file
  • 170 Degrees Field of View
  • Built In Microphone
  • Built-In 1200maH Li-Battery
  • Single Shot, Sequence, Time Lapse Mode Photo Options
  • Embedded Temperature Sensor
  • 12MP Photo Resolution
  • Instant Replay
  • Ultra Slow-Motion

 

Lumigon T2 HD Review – Early verdict

Review and early verdict of the Lumigon T2 HD: What a nice piece of technonolgy! Let’s kick it of with the big question. Is it worth the money? Every penny I say!

Ever since I got my first Lumigon I have been following the official website anticipating the arrival of the Lumigon 4G cell. The Lumigon T2 HD is now available for purchase directly on the official Lumigon website. I was so excited to receive my new cell within a few days  of placing the order and I had to use it right away. Lacking a functional nanoSIM, I seriously considered chopping my SIM card with a pocket knife but ended up completing the sign-on to Google by Wi-Fi to get the migration going. Everything went smoothly as most Android users are probably familiar with Google’s smart way of handling the transition of a new phone.

The Lumigon T2 HD has the world’s largest internal memory of a whopping 128 GB. The most common on the market is 16 GB. Considering the specifications for high performance this product meets my expectations to the fullest with the processor as fast as several similar devices with advanced multitasking capabilities. The general UI is smooth, fast and pretty as the display is bright and crisp 720 x 1280p.

The nanoSIM card tray fits with precision inside the elegant steel frame and to get it out you need a bit of force with the provided tool to open the casing. The weight is really nice and the classy stainless-steel, easy to access buttons and the anti-print Corning® Gorilla® glass really gives a feel of quality  with the now enlarged 4,3″ screen.

The keyboard is nice along with the access to colorful emoticons. The backside has a perfectly working 13 megapixel camera with flash and BSI-sensor and the frontside is a very nice 2,4 megapixel camera with flash great for selfies or a mirror while applying lip gloss.

On average mobile devices take very bad pictures at night, especially pictures of the moon. I am quite impressed by the camera quality as you can see on the bottom three pictures the quality of nighttime photos is fair and acceptable. Can’t wait to see the outcome of a picture taken by the Lumigon T2 HD at sunset.

If you are like me, you have got at least a couple of social apps, various podcast, news and RSS feeds, a game or two, and maybe you even stream television and have various excellent widgets installed. The availability of 4G Internet makes all the difference. For the first time in my life I feel that mobility makes sense. Though smartphones is not yet in the wearables category, luddites have adopted the gadget enabling a paradigm shift.

There is no way to take out the battery or open the back lid as the phone is water and dust resistant enough to forget in the rain or bring to Mars. I wish I guess, even the audio jack is hydrophobic. Maybe one day we will be able to take pictures under water with this so cool adopted  viking technology.

Most Android users are probably familiar with Google’s smart personal assistant Google Now. At least since the Android 4.4 KitKat voice commands are profoundly integrated with the Android user interface. Google works constantly on Google Now to make it an even more immersive and helpful tool.

To help keep data usage down and battery life from magically disappearing, you should ensure each app is behaving appropriately so check its settings for “Update Frequency”.

Some social apps are set to update every 15 minutes. I set mine to update every 4 hours, or when recharging placed in the dock. Some apps even have an option to synchronize only while connected to WiFi. Keep in mind that you can turn on push notifications in the smartest apps. This will keep your battery usage to a minimum and makes apps feel faster because the information is already on your phone, before you ask for it.

The Lumigon action key in the top part of the front display is simply ingenious and smart in nature. It can be configured to activate certain functions depending on the situation. Long click the activity button and it turns on the flashlight but if you are in a conference call, a long click will mute your speaker.

The sales package includes a stunningly designed dock in the same look-n-feel as the phone. With the behaviour control function you are able to define where the dock is located and what should happen when the phone is placed in the charger. Big points to Lumigon for delivering a station in the default packing as well as making it useful with features that make this dock much more than just a dock. Dock, dock, dock….

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Lumigon T2 HD is simply one of the best balanced performing smartphones on the market! Amazing design, high quality and it comes with perks. After acquiring the phone I had the privilege to talk to the founder of Lumigon, Lars Gravesen. After 90 minutes of battling entrepreneurship, business ideas, trends and buzz I ended up walking away with a prototype. Yes, my Lumigon T2 HD is made of gold. Unlike most producers of mobile devices the Lumigon T2 HD primary sales channel is directly from the Lumigon website but can also be purchased through strategic partners.

My Lumigon GorillaGlass ICEpower anti-print

Not too recently a very dear friend surprised me with early access and the opportunity to beta test a brand new cell phone. It was a Lumigon T2 Corning® Gorilla® Glass, that is not unlike a legendary foil treat bag to a techie like me :) :) Years ago I bought my very own Sony Walkman®, that also got me very happy. But to play the same song twice on repeat was kinda backwards. New technology excites me especially when it is about intelligent design. The Lumigon activity button in the top part of the front display is simply ingenious and smart in nature. It can be configured to activate certain functions depending on the situation. Long click the activity button and it turns on the flashlight but if your in a conference call, a long click will mute your speaker.

The thrilling experience of unboxing a Lumigon T2

The box itself is really exclusive. The soft high quality material inside the box emphasize luxury and match perfectly the design of the phone as well as a stylish in-ear headset with a standard 3.5 mm connector. The back lid of the T2 fits with precision the elegant steel frame but it took me a couple of times hatching the lid to the frame to get use to the fact that you must use a bit of force to have the corners click in place. The weight is really nice and it gives you a feel of quality and robustness and not the sassy plastic feel many other mobile phones currently represent. The classy stainless-steel frame, easy to access buttons and the anti-print Gorilla glass really gives an overall look and feel of the Lumigon T2 being up there among the best.

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Stylish, elegant and easy but what about performance?

When it comes to hardware muscles the Lumigon T2 performs quite well with the SnapDragon™ dual-core processor combined with 1GB RAM and Android (4) Ice Cream Sandwich is more than enough to give a smooth user experience without occasional lags while running multiple apps and live wall papers. The cell features an 8-MP high-quality camera and you can take self-portraits in HD with the 720p front-facing camera as well as a backside illumination sensor (BSI) for capturing light that in turn allows great details and colors in the photos. Listening to podcast and music on a Lumigon is a soothing experience. The on-board sound system ICEpower® is rich, powerful and produced by Bang & Olufsen. Though the T2 is pretty much a good average on battery performance it still manages to go a full day without having to recharge. For more in detail information visit Lumigon.com.

Looking forward to Google Glass

As I expected, the Lumigon T2 offers as good a web browsing experience as it is possible to get on a mobile device right now. Yes… I know way high expectations but Jarvis not there yet ;) Very much looking forward to try Google Talk on Glass later 2013. I do not know the product roadmap but hope that they prioritize alignment to the next and the next version of the very agile Android platform as the Lumigon seems quite capable to fully embrace.

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I’m really enthusiastic about the native calendar as it is easy to access and very useful. The native calendar seamlessly integrate with Google and Microsoft Exchange Outlook and with a free tool like Active Sync everything is synchronized on my cell :) In addition the Lumigon T2 synchronize contact details with Google :) That is very handy if I ever loose my phone again. The ability to customize widget size to tiles is also a very nice touch by the Lumigon middleware.

Early Verdict

Using the T2 over three months it is always exciting when a new update is released. One of the things that I find is a great advantage is the feedback button. This feature gives us the opportunity to get in direct contact with the team behind Lumigon to share feedback, provide bug details and give them ideas to what features we would wish for in the future. This is a great advantage and it is cool to know that behind every great tech there is a great team working, fixing and maintaining keeping the platform alive.

So reflecting on the past months and appx. 7.440 minutes of active usage not counting youtube, radio, the occasional podcast or stream the anti-fingerprint coating has pretty good contingency. As I do not know how many kilogram of raw material the T2 represent I imagine it must be considerable and my verdict is that it is worth every penny. Any professional who want to acquire a new mobile phone the Lumigon T2 gets my warmest recommendation. As far as I am concerned, anything Lumigon does to make their model look sleeker is just gravy as it seems that the T2 already makes the average user turn his head. It’s a balance of performance and portability at a reasonable price and so far the T2 fits the bill.

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Kindle E Ink display

What is your favorite book… This is a question I have asked many in the past… I have read many great books I would not otherwise have read if I had not asked and bought the book. In turn I would face the dread to select which book to read. We as a society have invested many fortunes in battery technology but this far not been able to produce anything handy with endless capability or any longevity what so ever… Not close to general available anyways. The Kindle takes a different approach and is a strong example on how to save energy rendering tons of information not unlike a real book. The graphite display works great in direct sunlight but gives in with twilight in the evening as such a small LED keeps my battery hard at work. Though it has a bit slow reaction time turning pages in contrast to this video my Kindle keeps battery for 8 weeks without using the LED flash light or WiFi.

A great book experience can in some instances be compared to a long lost friend. It can cultivate your inner most thoughts in ways only shared with true friends and inspire you to dream. A great book can have my back for weeks at a time, kinda like a great friend, I trust my Kindle enables me to read at convenience. As far as I remember technology have been a natural part of my life. As a return for a favor someone gave me a hardcover vampire book. Read it twice. That was last fiction book I read in a long time until last summer…

Time is your most valuable asset so why not read the best books recommended by friends, mostly read or referenced. The Kindle let you read through thousands of pages in an intuitive and friendly natural reading interface. Turning pages back and forward can be activated with both your right and left hand. I use Calibre as E-book management tool and to convert source files into the open .mobi format. Mobi files can be loaded while recharging the battery using a USB 2.0 – micro connector cable. My Kindle is a 6″ diagonal E Ink® electronic paper display with a 1200 x 824 pixel resolution at 167 PPI in a gray scale and a very light weight design.

When was the last time you made friends with your inner elephant… While it is winter why not kick back, take it real slow and find some time to read.  It just might put a smile on your face ;)

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