Whilst we often focus on apps, new products or crowdfunding projects, this week there have been some interesting projects across all of these areas.
Ever wish you didn’t have to take your smartphone out for an evening, but don’t want to miss any emergency calls? Or perhaps you’ve discovered your device hasn’t properly charged overnight but can’t risk being out of the communication loop.
Whatever your reason for not taking your usual device with you, there is a suitable stand-in.
Talkase is a credit card sized mobile phone which can make calls and text. At 5.5mm thick it can slip easily into a pocket, wallet or purse. Utilising 2G, it also lasts for 100 hours, takes a micro-SIM so you can use your usual smartphone SIM if preferred, or you can pair it via Bluetooth to your main device to make calls (although this is likely to use up battery life very quickly).
Interested? You’ll need to pledge via Kickstarter to get this off the ground. A $35 pledge will get you a phone should the project ‘go live’. It also includes a handy iPhone 5S, 6 or 6 Plus case which allows you to clip either the Talkase or a credit card to your iPhone.
With smart devices becoming more involved in medical diagnosis and treatments, Pip caught our attention this week when it hit the news.
Pip monitors electrical changes in the surface of skin to indicate a user’s stress levels in real-time via the small sensor, which is then converted and displayed in a corresponding app. Developed alongside ‘stress experts’, the apps are designed to respond to the sensor readings providing the user with relevant exercises and progressive learning tools for self-monitoring.
There are of course many relaxation apps available, but Pip has launched under the premise of saving the global economy billions annually by suggesting it could be a convenient medical tool to combat work-related stress. Pip is priced at €179.00.
We blogged about Uber earlier this year when traditional London cabbies protested against the app and what they felt was the likely impact of it on their livelihood, bringing traffic to a standstill. As a result of the publicity, the number of Uber downloads increased by 850%! Since then it has barely remained out of the technology headlines in the UK, only earlier this month being referred to HMRC by Transport for London.
Uber is now available in more than 200 cities (70 cities at launch in 2009), however some are not happy about it. Nevada and Germany have taken their protest further by actually banning Uber. In fact Germany banned it twice last month by lifting an existing ban on it only to overturn that decision within the same month claiming that the firm had indeed operated without legal license. Uber is reviewing its options.
Ubers indomitable spirit continues in Nevada. Having only launched there last week, Ubers rented vehicles have even been impounded by Nevada authorities citing they were acting as an ‘illegal operator’. A similarly contentious rollout is also underway in Philadelphia.
So, what next? It appears Uber views itself more as a technology platform rather than a transportation company, and with the app’s developers based in Holland, it makes matters pertaining to the law and taxes all a little confusing.
Catherine Howe is a Marketing Executive at Total Ltd – a business to business service provider, delivering genuine solutions across all core telecommunication services, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Total Ltd is a business that brings together and unifies all the component parts. For up to the minute business telecommunications news, please view the Total Ltd blog.