Wireless Sensors – No Need to Build Fences for Pets

Are you aware for the wide range of uses of wireless sensors nowadays? You are probably wondering what software or application is running behind these sensors that they are capable of monitoring various activities through the use of wireless technology.

This technology is being used for a very long time now and it started of course as a monitoring tool for military activities. However, due to its wide range of benefits, wireless technology is now being applied to almost any device that is available in the market – even dog fences!

If you find it very harsh for your pets to be confined inside a fence or a containment system when you are leaving them or awhile, you will be amazed with this wireless sensor technology that you can use as an alternative option.

Wireless pet containment systems are built to give your pet the freedom to roam around at a certain area or perimeter that you set, to make sure that it is safe from harm and it can still be monitored. With this wireless fence, you don’t have to worry about burying fences under the ground and you don’t have to put your pet on a containment system just to keep them from getting hurt or hurting others as well.

How Does This Wireless Technology Work?

Wireless tech has come a long way.

These wireless fences are not that complicated to use. You will have a variety of designs and options to choose from depending on what conform to your own safety standards. What makes these fences similar to each other is having a transmitter go with a receiver which will be installed on your pet’s collar.

The first thing that you will have to configure is the transmitter as this defines the boundary or area that you allow your pet to roam to. The transmitter will send signals to the receiver defining the boundary on where your pet should be allowed to play and go to. These signals don’t harm your pet, they most likely trigger a vibration on your pet’s collar as a form of corrective action so your pet will not go further than its boundaries. This is also one good way of training your pets to stay at the same place and avoid leaving the area for safety measures.

Just imagine this. Now that you have these types of wireless fences where some could as well be handy, you can possibly bring your pet anywhere without having to worry about its safety and your pet causing harm to others. With this type of wireless technology you can now give your pet the freedom to enjoy roaming around while it is safe and sound.

18 Sep 2014

Beard Apps? What’s Happening in the Software World?

The other day I was browsing through some apps on my iPhone to get a feel of what was hot right now. There’s obviously your repetitive games, your weight loss and fitness tracking apps, your RPGs, music, cameras, and on and on.

But what I found interesting was that there are multiple apps for showing what you would look like with a beard or with a different hair style. They’re trying to do away with the old grow a beard and get a beard trimming device from BeardGuide.net to see how your beard looks. It’s going against the basis of man, really.

First one I checked out was called Hair & Beard Lite+, which you can find here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hair-beard-lite+/id383685584?mt=8.

It was a bit cheesy, but what else can you expect from this market? I doubt anyone actually goes out and gets a hair cut or grows a beard because this app shows them how good they’d look with one.

Philips also has a web-based software application called Style Yourself (found here: http://www.philips.com/e/male-grooming/style-yourself.html) that shows you how you look with different facial hair. It’s not without it’s faults, particularly if you try taking a webcam picture, but otherwise it’s a pretty slick little application. Again, not like I’ll be growing a handlebar mustache, but you get the drift.

For me, I’ll be sticking with my handy tools in the real world, like my Philips QT4070 and my handy nose trimmer.

08 May 2014

Top 2 Motorcycle Racing Computer Games

It is difficult to pick 2 out of all motorcycle racing computer games. Nonetheless, one of the most popular, as well as an old time classic is ‘Road Rash’. The series was released by Electronic Arts and started originally on the Mega Drive and year after year spread to several other systems. The first game was released in 1991. Another 5 games were released until 1999, with a version developed for the Game Boy Advance. The game took its name from the slang term for a friction burn that happens when in a motorcycle fall the skin contacts the road while at high speed. Let’s just say that those little pixel characters definitely would have been going to look at the best motorcycle helmet reviews after a lot of the rough stuff that goes on in this game.

Road Rash

Road Rash screen cap

The game features illegal and often violent street races in which the player participates. The player must finish 3rd or 4th, depending on the game, and ascend in every consecutive race to go on to the next level. Higher levels are more difficult; opponents are much faster and feisty and the tracks are much more difficult. Each successful race will provide the player with an amount of money, which gets larger the higher the level of the race. This money is used to buy better, faster bikes and spare parts. This is the only way to stay competitive. It is also used to repair the bike in the event of a crash or to pay for police fines. If the player reaches a point that he/she has no money to pay up, the game is over.

The ‘Road Rash’ differs from other vehicle games of its time. Instead of the vehicle moving on a horizontal plane and turning left or right, in the ‘Road Rash’ the player conten s with grade changes mimicking the act of turning while going uphill or downhill. Added to this, the ‘Road Rash’ has a number of obstacles (trees, poles, livestock etc) and it also provides the player with the opportunity to use a number of different weapons to fight the opponents. This is the kind of game that you imagine people who wear Bell Rogue helmets play.

Trials Fusion

Another set of popular games is the ‘Trials’ series. The ‘Trials’ was first released in 2000 by RedLynx as a browser game. The second game was released in 2007 and was remade in 2008. ‘Trials HD’ was released for Xbox in 2009 and gained wide recognition. Three years later ‘Trials Evolution’ was released again for Xbox and became extremely popular. On April 2014, ‘Trials Fusion’ was released for both Xbox and PlayStation 4.

The Evolution edition was published by Microsoft Studios. The player controls a rider who is traversing over obstacles with a physics-based motorcycle. The aim is to complete a level with as few crashes as possible in the least amount of time. The graphics may be 3D, but the plane on which the game is played is 2D, so the rider can only go back and forth. The bike’s pitch can also be controlled by the player while in the air or at slow speeds. It also allows a maximum of four players to compete against each other at the same time.

The Evolution has received much acclaim by media retailers. What is now expected to be seen is the popularity that the latest version will gain.

07 May 2014

Top 3 Apps Right Now

Here are the Top 3 Apps on the Mac Market Place, as of right now, March 2014. The results of our search came up with the most downloaded apps that aren’t likely to jump out of the top ten anytime soon, so get to downloading when you can and join all your friends. You don’t want to be left behind while they are having fun!

Clash of Clans

You probably didn’t need to be told about this one topping the list, currently. Clash of Clans has such a large scale marketing campaign going on right now that their thumbnail of a yelling grunt with yellow hair screaming, sword in hand, is the most seen thing on your phone other than your home screen.

Clash of Clans is a strategy game that pits you against other clans with their own individual villages. You have to build up your village, increase your military might, and take down other players for rewards. Rise in the ranks and you may be able to conquer the realm.

There are single and multi-player options in this game, so you don’t necessary have to play with others, but you would certainly be missing a large portion of the game by playing alone.

Candy Crush

Another obvious game, as you most likely already know someone who has it already. You are probably already stuck on a level throughout the different worlds that this game lets you play through. It is kind of like a candyland board game type environment that you are traversing stage to stage. The actual game play is the same as bejeweled or other such: you match colors to break the candies.

The visuals of this game, fun and endearing, are one of the main reasons for its success. Also, the sound effects can be both rewarding and infuriating – both pushing you to keep trying until you win or get completely candy stuck! Special striped candies can be made with a 5+ combo match which obliterate whole lines at once. It is oddly satisfying and addicting. This game is free to play and mostly single player, but you can purchase in game coins to buy power ups or your friends can give you extra lives and other such goodies.

Pandora

It’s surprising that pandora is still top dog in the app store with services like spotify hedging in on the market, but it makes sense. Pandora is a great service that lets you make channels based on you favorite song or artist. Pandora then generates through its magical algorithms the songs it expects you to like. You may skip or thumbs up/down to make the channel personally yours. If you are getting bored of the music on your channel, you can add another artist to it or combine channels.

The only negative to this service are the ads. They pop-up after a few songs and you can’t mute them without pausing Pandora. Also, after continuously ignoring Pandora on your browser it will ask if you are still listening, which can interrupt a party mid-grind or thankfully shut it off if you fall asleep.

*Top 3 Apps chosen by the Highest Grossing Category*

13 Mar 2014

Main differences between Apple and PC

mac vs pc

So you want a desktop, and you know names like Apple and PC, but aren’t really familiar with them? Well, let’s run down the facts to help you decide the proper choice for you. We’ll skip the history here, and the advancements both have made through their existence. We’re going to focus on the current Apple versus the current PC.

Apple

In a nutshell: Apple is beloved for its user friendly software, simply elegant design, and immunity to common viruses. It’s extremely easy to pick up an Apple computer and just jump right in no matter what you need to do, whether it be video editing, writing, browsing the net, uploading pictures, etc etc… A lot of out of the box software pushes people to keep buying Apple. The one downside to Apple software is for gamers, where you’ll need to set-up complex partitions and other such things to play games that would work on a PC. Apple’s response has turned to the app market, where their phones and computers can enjoy apps and widgets, but for hardcore gamers this just doesn’t cut it. You won’t be able to play many console grade video games on an Apple.

The Visuals: The desktop environment is sleek and well maintained, but not terribly customizable (the one drawback). To match the actual workings of the computer, Apple hardware looks good with a simple white or grey design with rounded edges. It’s very pleasing to look at.

PC

If you’re thinking of buying a new PC then you have to decide the level of time you want to commit to researching hardware. What’s important to you in the long run? You most likely want a computer with at least 200GB of Hard Drive (HD) space and 4-8GB of RAM. What will you be using this computer for? Should you buy a model with a pricey graphics card and CPU speed or compromise these aspects for better peripheral – such as a webcam, screen size, etc… There are a lot of questions when you’re thinking about buying a PC, but you can ignore them at your own risk. What I mean is that you can go and buy a floor model from your local tech shop and hope that what you want is coming in the box. Bottom line, when buying a PC it always benefits to be savvy to your needs at the components that you’re buying.

People who really care about the performance and customizable experience of the computer they purchase tend to buy PC’s over Apples. But, on the other hand, many consumers don’t want to spend the time researching or geeking out over hardware – they just want a functioning computer immediately without the headache, and that’s perfectly reasonable.

Conclusions

Really, different people are drawn to Apple and to PC. Artists and creatives like Apple for the built in software and ease of use, but hard core gamers and techy people love PCs for the utility and unlimited potential.

01 Feb 2014