Wednesday, November 11, 2015

KeySmart - something new is coming

The team at +KeySmart Corporation is releasing a new product next week.  They have launched a coupon program ahead of the release, so I'm sharing it with my readers.

I've been really happy with my KeySmart device.  It gives me a pocket-knife like holder for my keys and I've joined it with a hanger clip.  This keeps my keys from rattling and makes it easier for me to access them.

In addition to your keys, they have accessories you can add as well.  A bottle opener, USB drive, divot tool, loop (see image), there are also expansion packs that allow you to add more keys.

The top and bottom plates are available in two lengths and multiple colors.

Here is the Coupon Link for your $10 off.

Monday, November 9, 2015

TensorFlow - Machine Learning from Google

Google has opened up their machine learning platform for others to use.

This is a great opportunity for people to work with a first-class machine learning system to solve problems.

For example, at work, we are trying to solve a problem of routing and sharing rides.  With a system like TensorFlow I can feed in routes and manually shared rides to have the system learn.  Then see if it can start to setup shared rides on it's own.  I'm very excited about this opportunity to work with a system like this.

Learn more at

[source: Google Blog]

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Snowball's Chance - AWS Storage

You've decided to move your hosting to Amazon Web Services (or AWS), but you have amny gigs of data to move up there. Do you upload it or send a hard drive?  Or do you have enough data that you need to send multiple hard drives?  What if you have 40 GB to send?  How do you shard your data across multiple hard drives?

AWS has the answer and it's called Snowball.  This is a rugged device you can order through your AWS console.  It arrives as you see it below.  No box, just the device.  You plug it into a 110v outlet and connect it to your network, it supports up to 10 GB speeds.  Did I mention it weighs 50 pounds? Bring a friend to help you lift it.

There is an e-ink display that is used for configuration and as a shipping label.

Once connected you can copy your data to the Snowball.  It support 50 terabytes of storage.  All of your data is protected by a 256-bit encryption and a 25 character unlock code that you set.

As part of the process you create a job manifest that tells Amazon how to ingest your data into S3.

The cost is $200 per job and you can take up to 10 days to copy your data to the device before shipping it back.

Source: [AWS Blog]

Sunday, October 11, 2015

myLifter - A Smart Hoist

I came across this little gem this morning.  It is a smart hoist.  What makes it smart?  Well you can control it using an app on your phone.  The idea is to mount one of these to the ceiling in your storage area to hang stuff up and out of the way.

The lifter itself supports up to 50 lbs.  This can be increased to 100 lbs with the use of a pulley system.  You can also sync up to four lifters to operate together for heavier loads.

Much like the automated rear doors on many SUVs, you can set the upper and lower limits for your specific load. After you've don this you only need to select "raise" or "lower" in the app.  You don't have to watch it lift your load and stop before running into the ceiling.

There are a number of ways you can attach the cable to your item.  You can use hooks straps or a basket.  For stability, they recommend using a pulley system on larger items.

All-in-all it's a nice package.  I like what they've done with it and how easy it is to use.

Source [myLift]

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AC5300 Router from ASUS

ASUS made a bunch of announcements at the 2015 IFA show in Berlin, Germany.  One of them caught my eye...mostly because I'm looking for a new wireless router for home use.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Noteslate Shiro - a different kind of tablet

Noteslate LogoI've been following an interesting project out of the Czech Republic for a long time.  In it's most basic sense this project has been to create a tablet that you can draw on, save the page, clear, and create another.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ChromeOS on your TV

Have you been thinking about ChromeOS?  This might be an easy way for you to get started.

Google announced a new type of ChromeOS device called a Chromebit.  This is an HDMI dongle that turns your TV into a ChromeOS device.  This first device is from ASUS, but we are told to expect similar devices from others.  They are listed at $100 and will be available this Summer.

Something I like about this is it's portability.  I could take a Chromebit on a trip and plug it into a TV in my hotel room.  Or, an extra monitor when visiting someone's office.

I am a little concerned about power, keyboard, and mouse...there is one USB port on the do I connect all my stuff?

There is no mention of Bluetooth, but hopefully it's supported.

Gizmodo has some additional images in their post (

The official Chrome Blog post can be found here: