This week’s future tech of the week is one to help you #keepgoing! Are you a runner? If you are, you’re going to want to check these babies out, because, well, they’re awesome. Introducing Base by Wiivv.
A customized 3D printed insole with beautiful and durable design and foot digitization captured via smart phone.
Base by Wiivv has raised $105,957 of a $50,000goal on Kickstarter with 17 days to go, and is exactly what you need to maximize comfort, promote alignment and lessen fatigue.
To customize your pair of insoles , all you need is 5 minutes and a smartphone. BAM! 2D images are taken through the Wiivv smartphone app, verified by an expert and processed to produce a 3D-printable file for a pair of insoles to perfectly fit you.
Some key science-type facts, straight from the source:
“In a kinematic analysis done by a 3rd party, BASE custom insoles have been found to significantly reduce joint loading in the knee and hip – which translates into reduced injuries and increased performance in athletic activities. They give you more control through your full range of motion and help spread the impact force of walking and running activities to areas best suited for absorption.
Our specially designed heel cup delivers optimum stability, shock absorption and comfort. The “hole in the heel cup” design was created in collaboration with pedorthic experts to reduce heel raise. Reduced heel raise is a key feature that allows users of BASE insoles to keep the built-in or removable insoles of their current footwear. The ¾ shell delivers biomechanical neutrality, lessens pressure on the forefoot, and offers better stability.”
Sounds like we should be running to get some before they’re all insoled out…
So we’ve all heard about the forecasted decline in Apple sales, but, to quote Nicki Minaj, Apple, What’s good?
As we talked about in our original Apple earnings call report, both the Apple Watch and the Apple TV set new quarterly sales records in 1Q 2016.
The Apple TV saw its best quarter ever following the launch of the fourth-generation device.
Exact sales prices of both devices aren’t known, as tricky Apple puts them into an “Other” category – one that also includes iPods and Beats headphones. Revenue for the Other category jumped from $2.7 billion in 1Q2015 to $4.35 billion in 1Q2016.
Overall, it was a record quarter for Apple with $18.4 billion in profit on $75.9 billion in revenue.
During this week’s earnings call for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 (fourth calendar quarter), Tim Cook talked about up-and-coming-tech-that-will-take-over-the-world-as-we-know-it-virtual reality.
Here’s what he said:
“It’s really cool, and it has some interesting applications.”
Vague much. Rumors have it that Apple does have a team of employees working in the VR field, and just last week hired leading virtual reality expert, Doug Bowman. They have also made some recent VR- ish acquisitions like augmented reality startup Metaio, real-time motion capture firm Faceshift, and expression analysis startup Emotient.
Apple Reality coming to a Best Buy near you? Maybe!
The Apple earnings call was yesterday, and all looked pretty good, with a bunch of profit and revenue records being broken. However. CEO Tim Cook also warned/advised that they’re expecting iPhone sales to decline in the March quarter.
This would make it the first year-over-year decline since, well, ever, and it will happen if they sell less than 61.2 million iPhones in the quarter.
So many iPhones…..
This would also contribute the Apple’s expected decline in overall revenue, forecasted at $50-$53 billion. The same quarter a year ago had a total revenue of $58 billion.
However Cook did mention that 60% of customers who owned an iPhone before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus haven’t upgraded yet – which means come September and the iPhone 7, BAM EVERYONE UPGRADES! Better be worth it, Cook!
Even though the decline was talked about, and remains talked about, with some calling it the end of the iPhone, etc, etc, it’s not, and Apple remain positive about their sales. Which they should, you know, ‘cos they’re selling so many iPhones.
Today was the day when Apple held their earnings call, detailing the financial results of the first fiscal quarter of 2016 – which is actually, just to confuse you, the fourth calendar quarter of 2015.
So how have Apple been going? Plugging along quietly? Well, you might have guessed it, because they seem to be pretty good at it – it was record breaking.
For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $75.9 billion and a net quarterly profit of $18.4 billion.
Just a drop in the bucket, really.
Interestingly enough, international sales accounted for 66 percent of revenue. And just to put the cherry on top of the very expensive pie, Apple currently holds $215.7 billion in cash and marketable securities, partially offset by $53.2 billion in long-term debt.
Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Apple sold (again, a record) 74.8 million iPhones during the quarter, Mac sales were down slightly to 5.3 million units sold from 5.5 million units in the year-ago quarter, and iPad sales were also down with a measly 16.1 million (from 21.4 million).
From the Sauce, CEO Tim Cook:
“Our team delivered Apple’s biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world’s most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV, the growth of our Services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices.”
How fun are paper airplanes? Everyone loves them. If you know someone who doesn’t love paper airplanes, we give you permission to give them a wet willy.
So imagine our excitement to tell you guys about the PowerUp FPV – A Live Streaming Paper Airplane Drone. WHAT. HOW COOL IS THAT.
Pretty damn cool, that’s how cool.
It’s a paper airplane drone which you control using an onboard live streaming camera and Google Cardboard Virtual Reality. You see what your plane sees, controlling your paper drone with intuitive movements of your head. Mind Blown.
Is your iPhone making you crazy? Normally it’s the people trying to talk to you through your iPhone that’ll make you nutso, but according to new research – you’re iPhone’s not helping out either.
A study carried out by Dr Michelle Drouin, from Indiana University-Purdue, found that 89% of university undergraduates had experienced ‘Phantom vibration syndrome’, which tricks the brain into thinking your phone has vibrated – indicating a notification – when no such thing has occured.
You know that feeling, that little nudge against your leg or pocket area, and then you think – ‘Ooh, I think that’s my personal telephone telling me that someone wants to talk to me or liked something I did.’ But then you take your phone out and it’s just there, looking ta you, like ‘what? Nothing to see here.’
The syndrome, whilst having a official and slightly scary name, is yet to actually harm a human (bar the ego).
The answer is yes, yes you do. How do we know? Because apparently everyone does. Thanks to Twitter account of the moment You Are Dog Now, now everyone can see just exactly what their doggy doppelganger looks like.
Tweet a pic of yourself to the account, and they’ll find your doggy twin. Just like this.
*Did you know a bunch of Walmarts are closing? Apparently you can get 25% off everything right now at closing Walmarts – check out the list here.
*Both Target and Amazon have The Martian DVD on sale now for $15. Select free store pickup where available at Target , otherwise Shipping is free on orders of $25 or more. Shipping is free from Amazon with Prime or on orders of $35 or more.
*Are you more in a sit on your butt and watch TV becasue you’re tired and TV is cool and it’s right there? We got you! Get a LG 65″ Class Ultra-Slim 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV from P.C. Richard & Son for just $1498.97 down from $1799.97!
*Not in a TV mood? Well… are you in a stain finding mood? Because apparently Vansky UV flashlight is Perfect for Revealing Dry Dog, Cat and Rodent Stains and unfavorable Spots. You can also spot Scorpions, authenticate currency, driver licenses, official Identification cards, and passports. So there you go. $7.99 from Amazon, so why not?
*Last but not least, Adorama has the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Digital Camera – Bundle with Camera Case, 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card, Cleaning Kit at 35% off. Get it for just $249, down from $379 with free shipping.
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