Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

Goophone Phone X is an iPhone X “Clone” with Fake 4G LTE, Fake Storage Capacity, and Fake Android Version

September 14th, 2017 7 comments

Apple recently released iPhone X, but at close to $1,000 it’s not for everybody. If you want the “social status” that comes with owning the thing, but have limited budget, and/or find spending $1,000 on a phone is ridiculous, Goophone has prepared Phone X smartphone for you that externally looks like an iPhone X, and only sells for around $105 and up. It just comes with 8 or 16 GB flash, and 2G/3G connectivity, but don’t you worry losing face in front of your friends, as it has a fake 4G LTE mode, and reports 64GB flash storage. Social life saved!

Goophone Phone X specifications:


  • SoC – Mediatek MT6580 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ up to 1.3 GHz with Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8 or 16GB  (shown as fake 64GB) + micro SD slot up to 64GB
  • Display – 5.5 ” capacitive touch display with 1280×720 resolution
  • Audio – Real 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in speaker and microphone
  • Camera – 8.0MP rear facing camera (with fake dual camera?) + 2.0MP front facing camera
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 3G WCDMA 900/2100MHz, and fake 4G LTE; micro SIM slot
  • USB – 1x mini USB port
  • Battery – 2,100 mAh
  • Dimensions – Just like iPhone X

The phone only runs Android 5.0, but the company really made every efforts to prevent any potential embarrassment, and it will show a fake Android 7.0 version instead. The “photo” above is just a render, but they’ll certainly manage to make something that looks to iPhone X close enough, as Goophone has years of experience in doing copycats.

Via Liliputing and Gizchina

$99 Mira Prism Augmented Reality Headset Works with your Phone

July 19th, 2017 7 comments

We’ve seen many virtual reality headsets launched in the last year or so, even through the technology and ecosystem still needs to be improved to offer an acceptable user experience, but so far I have not seen augmented reality headset that combines 3D real and virtual worlds into a single screen. I was pretty enthusiastic about augmented reality technology when I first heard about in 2010,  but fast forward to 2017, I’m not using any such apps myself, with the most popular AR app possibly being Pokemon Go game launched last year, and apps like the upcoming AR Measure look quite useful. Augmented reality normally works by holding your phone into your hands and the camera, but Mira Prism will change that it’s meant to be worn like a virtual reality headset and relies on a phone (iPhone only for now) to mix both worlds right in front of your eyes.

The headset includes a semi-transparent screen allowing you to view the real world, and also reflects the phone screen to mix your view with virtual objects. The Prism is also said to feature 6 degrees of freedom optical tracking and a wireless controller with gyroscope & accelerometer, a touchpad, and buttons. It only supports iPhone 6 / 6s / 7 phones, and I have not really been impressed by the demo in the promo video, although the people seem to have a lot of fun, as the virtual objects look somewhat pale due to the semi-transparent screen…

But that’s all new and an interesting concept, so we’ll have to see how that evolves. The main advantage I see is that when you play in groups, you can still interact with other people. Mira Prism is also not too expensive with pre-orders going for $99 on Mira Reality website. Note that you’d need to wait until the end of the year to receive the headset, and price may go up to $149 after that. It’s also mostly targeted at developers right now, since few AR apps are available.

Via Liliputing and Engadget.

D9+ DLP Pico Projector is also a Dock for iPhone 6

June 3rd, 2016 No comments

There’s an embarrassment of choice if you plan to purchase a small projector, but D9+ DLP pico projector is quite peculiar, as beside a male HDMI input port, it is specifically designed for iPhone 6, and works as dock adding a projector to the Apple phone, but also extra USB ports and a headphone jack.

D9-plus-pico-projectorD9+ pico projector specifications:

  • Projector – 854 x 480 Pixels; 80 Lumens ; 2000:1 contrast ratio; Lamp life: 30,000 hours
  • Video Input –  HDMI male connector for DVD player, laptop computer, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, etc..
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack
  • USB – 2x USB ports
  • Battery – 2400mAh lithium-ion battery.
  • Dimensions – 17.50 x 9.00 x 2.50 cm
  • Weight – 199 grams
  • Certificate – CE,FCC,PSE

The projector ships with a USB cable and a power adapter, but it does not include the 8-pin digital AV adapter necessary to connect the iPhone 6. It’s unclear whether the battery can also be used as a power bank for the iPhone.

D9+_pico_projector_HDMI_inputD9+ pico projector is sold on GearBest for $220,99 when using coupon GBD9D. It’s also listed on GeekBuying but for close to $300.


Categories: Hardware Tags: iphone, pico projector

OtterBox uniVERSE Modular Case System & Tapit Customizable Tactile Keyboard Case for Smartphones

May 25th, 2016 No comments

Two innovative cases for smartphones have been introduced very recently: OtterBox uniVERSE modular case system which allows you to add various modules in a similar fashion to what Project Ara promises, and Tapit case adding a flexible keyboard on top of your smartphone case.

OtterBox uniVERSE modular case system

OtterBOX_uniVERSE_Modular_CaseThe company offers a protective case for your phone for $50 to $60, and you can add modules as needed from the following selection:

  • Square Contactless & Chip Reader, $49.99 – To accept credit cards and contactless payments on the go
  • olloclip 4-in-1 lens, $79.99 – Fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x lens options
  • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive, $59.99 to $119.99 – 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of additional capacity
  • Nite Ize Steelie Vent Mount Kit, $39.99 – Mount your smartphone to a vehicle vent for hands-free use
  • Goal Zero Slide Battery, starting at $59.99 – Extra battery
  • Manatee Works StingRay Barcode Scanner, $95
  • Seek Thermal Compact Camera and Seek Case, starting at $249
  • Influx WiFi Booster, $39.99
  • PolarPro Trippler Tripod, $49.99
  • PolarPro Stance Compact Tripod, $29.99 – Folding tripod
  • PolarPro PowerPack Removable Battery Pack, $49.99
  • PolarPro Beat Pulsar Wireless Mobile Speaker, $59.99
  • PolarPro Fisheye Wide-Angle Lens, $29.99
  • PolarPro Trail Blazer Armband, $34.99
  • PolarPro Stash Slim Mobile Wallet, $19.99 – Ditch the wallet and stash cash directly on the uniVERSE case

The downside is that the case  and accessories are only available for iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus, but I assume that if the system gains traction popular Android smartphone will be supported too. Alternatively you could also use Nexpaq once/if they sort out their issues.

The system will start selling on May 29 in the US. You can find more details on uniVERSE case system product page. Via Liliputing.

Tapit Customizable Tactile Keyboard Case


Tapit’s usefulness appears to be debatable, but basically it’s a case with a transparent physical keyboard that give users tactile feedback to make possible eye-free smartphone operation. So for example, it could improve the experience if you use your smartphone as a remote control for your TV or TV box, and Tapit Launcher app pictured above, allows the user to pre-defined 18 keys on their lock screen for fast access.

The company provides an API in order to let third parties develop app leveraging Tapit physical buttons. The case is compatible with Samsung S5, S6, S6 Edge, S7, and S7 Edge smartphones, and the company took it to Kickstarter to raise at least 20,000 Euros to go ahead with mass-production. Rewards start at 35 Euros (early bird) and 49 Euros (Classic bird) for the case. Shipping is included, and deliver is scheduled for November 2016. Visit Tapit Case website for a few more details.

Blend Micro Arduino Board Integrates Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Connectivity for 25 Euros

June 1st, 2014 1 comment

RedBearLab’s Blend Micro is an Arduino compatible board with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Enery (aka Bluetooth Smart) connectivity, that’s part of Arduino-at-heart, a partner program initiated by the developers of Arduino boards. It has been made to help design low power Internet-Of-Things (IoT) projects quickly and easily.

Blend_MicroBlend Micro technical specifications:

  • MCU – Atmel ATmega32u4 @ 8 MHz with 32KB flash (4KB used by bootloader), 2.5 KB SRAM, and 1KB EEPROM.
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy via Nordic nRF8001 chip
  • USB – 1x micro USB port
  • I/Os:
    • Serial (Tx/Rx)
    • I2C, SPI
    • PWM
    • U to 16 Digital I/Os
    • Up to 6 Analog inputs
  • Operating Voltage – 3.3V
  • Input Voltage – 5V (USB), and 3.3-12V (VIN)
  • Power Consumption – 2mA (average – using Interrupt mode)
  • Dimensions – 43.6 x 18.4 x 4.3mm
  • Weight – 4g

The specs are very similar to BLEDuino, except it’s slightly smaller. Blend Micro can communicate with BLE enabled devices running one of the following operating systems:

  • iOS 7 – iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5, iPad 3/4/mini/Air
  • Android 4.3 or above, but Android 4.4 is recommended for stability. E.g. Nexus 4, Nexus 7.
  • Windows 8.1 with built-in Bluetooth 4.0 or USB dongle
  • Linux with BlueZ 5.1 with built-in Bluetooth 4.0 or USB dongle

I understand these are supported via Nordic Bluetooth Smart SDK for Arduino, and development can be done via the standard Arduino IDE, and soon it will even be possible to download your sketch over the air. RedBearLab has also released “BLE controller” demo app for Android and iOS.

You can find more information, including a getting started guide, on RedBearLab’s Blend Micro page, and order the device via Arduino Store for 25.40 Euros + VAT and shipping.

DLink Introduces DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug for iOS and Android

May 7th, 2014 No comments

D-Link is entering the automation market with a Wi-Fi smart plug (Model DSP-W215) that configurable via WPS, allows you to control and monitor your electrical appliance via Android 4.0+ and iOS6+ mobile devices, and it even has an overheating protection mechanism that can apparently detect if the plug or the device itself overheats.


Let’s go through the technical specifications:

  • Wi-Fi – IEEE 802.11n (According to pictures found via FCC filings, the chipset is Atheros AR1311_AL1A)
  • Misc – Power / Status LEDs, On/Off button
  • Dimensions – 9 x 6.10 x 3.56 cm (3.54″ x 2.40″ x 1.40″)
  • Weight – 125 g (4.41 ounces)
  • Power Input – 100 to 125 V AC / 5W maximum power consumption
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to 40 °C, Storage: -20 to 65 °F
  • Humidity – Operating: 10% to 90% non-condensing, Storage: 5% to 95% non-condensing

Based on these specs, since it can only work between 100 and 125 V AC it is can only work for North America and some countries in South America. The temperature range makes clear it’s only for indoor use, and it’s not usable outdoor, or even in some places without heating and/or cooling. The device itself consumes only up to 5W, but strangely there’s no indication of the maximum power ratings for connected electrical appliances.

mydlink smart plug screenshots (Click to Enlarge)

mydlink WiFi Smart Plug screenshots (Click to Enlarge)

The setup appears to be  pretty easy, as you just need to press the WPS button on the device and your router to get a connection. Then you simply need to install “mydlink WiFi Smart Plug” for Android or iOS to control the plug remotely, receive push notifications, access energy use statistics, schedule power on/off, and setup overheat protection. You can watch the promo video below if you please.

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) is available now for $49.99. The product is very similar to Belkin WeMo Switch both in terms of price and features. If you’re looking cheaper and/or international option you could checkout Broadlink SP2 with about the same feature or a slightly lower price, or the $20 Kankun KK-SP3 with basic controls and schedule via Wi-Fi (no power monitoring).

Via Android Community

Kankun KK-SP3 is a $20 Wi-Fi Smart Socket for Android and iOS

April 29th, 2014 16 comments

I’ve already featured Broadlink SP1 and SP2 smart socket on this blog.  The former is a simple Wi-Fi smart socket for Android and iOS, and the later adds support for motion sensing and energy monitoring.  They cost respectively about $30 and $45 including shipping. I’ve discovered another cheaper option with Kankun KK-SP3 via DealExtreme ($23.75), but it can also be found on Aliexpress for as low as $19.99 including shipping. If you live in China, It’s available on Taobao for 99 RMB ($15.82).


Here are the specs of this smart socket:

  • Power Plug – Three flat-pin plug (Australia type)
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n, 15 dbm. Texas Instruments Wi-Fi module (CC3000?)
  • Input Voltage – 90~265V @ 50-60 Hz
  • Output Current – 10A
  • Maximum Power – 2200W
  • Dimensions – 5.3 cm x 5.3 cm x 2.8 cm
  • Temperature Range – -10 to 55°C

Unless you live in Australia, China, Argentina, New Zealand, and the few other countries using this type of plug, you’ll need an adapter, or use an universal power strip. The socket sells with a user’s manual and warranty card. You’ll then need to download SmartWifi app for Android or iOS. QR Codes are available on the package to facilitate the app installation procedure.

SmartWifi Android App

SmartWifi Android App

However, you’ll quickly notice everything is in Chinese, and there’s no way to change the language. Luckily the Aliexpress link above, provide some clear explanation in English, and here’s what you have to do to get started:

  1. Plug the socket to your mains, and wait 20 seconds for boot up
  2. On the “training” video (in Chinese), at this stage, they press the button on the unit for 3 to 4 seconds, but I’m not sure it’s needed. This is done to restore factory settings.
  3. On your phone, connect to OK_SP3 hotspot
  4. Start the app to find your Wi-Fi router, and enter your password. Click on “Apply”, and wait for 20 seconds for the socket to reboot.
  5. Your smart socket should now show up in your app.

At this stage, you should be able to turn on and off your device directly, setup timers and on/off schedules. Kankun smart plug can also double as Wi-Fi repeater which could be handy.

You may be able to find more details on Kankun website (Chinese only).

Bluetooth Slide-out Keyboard Cases for Android Smartphones and iPhones

March 21st, 2014 No comments

Yesterday, one reader told me he wished manufacturers would release high-end smartphones with a slide-out keyboard, something similar to what Asus has done with Eee Pad Slider SL101 or Archos with their 101 XS Tablet. So I had a look in case some Chinese manufacturers had done a phablet with a slide-out keyboard and Mediatek MT6588 or MT6592 SoC, but all I could find are some old 2011 or 2012 smartphones with Android 2.3 and low specs by today standards. If you own a best selling phone however such as the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 or iPhones, there are some cases with a Bluetooth slide-out keyboard that can add this functionality to your phone.


Galaxy S4 with Slide-out Keyboard

The one pictured above is “QQ-Tech Ultra-Slim Slide-Out Detchable Multifunction Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Case” for Samsung Galaxy S4  which you can find on Amazon for $23. The case comes with a micro USB cable to charge the keyboard, and a user’s manual. If you own another phone, you can just search for slide-out keyboard + your phone model in Amazon, Aliexpress or DealExtreme, and if you’re luck find a case that matches. There’s even a keyboard case for Galaxy S5 even though the phone has not shipped yet, and plenty of keyboard cases for iPhones.

You can watch the video below to see how such cases work. The model below is for Galaxy S4. The phone will get relatively thick, but you could always remove the case when you don’t need it. After initial setup (Bluetooth pairing),  you can use the keyboard normally. I’m not quite sure why the reviewer below used the phone screen in landscape mode…

Categories: Hardware, Video Tags: galaxy, iphone, samsung