Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controller Issues Claimed to Be Fixed; Free Repairs Offered

Since the launch of Nintendo Switch at the beginning of March, people have had trouble with the left Joy-Con controller, when it comes to maintaining a stable connection. Now, Nintendo has admitted that the problems are due to a “manufacturing variation”.

“There is no design issue with the Joy-Con controllers, and no widespread proactive repair or replacement effort is underway,” Nintendo of America said in a statement. “A manufacturing variation has resulted in wireless interference with a small number of the left Joy-Con. Moving forward this will not be an issue, as the manufacturing variation has been addressed and corrected at the factory level.”


Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controller Issues Claimed to Be Fixed; Free Repairs OfferedEarlier, Nintendo had deemed the left Joy-Con’s connectivity issues as “not significant,” and maintained that it’s “consistent with what we’ve seen for any new hardware we have launched”. The new admission comes days after a report by CNET, which detailed how new units seemed to have a different circuit board number, which suggested that Nintendo had quietly come up with a fix.

It’s still not exactly clear if that indeed is the solution, but it does hew close to the “manufacturing variation” statement from Nintendo. The company even seems to have a fix for the faulty ones that get sent in, as CNET demonstrates, involving a piece of conductive foam. Nintendo included that in its statement, too: “We have determined a simple fix can be made to any affected Joy-Con to improve connectivity.”

So there you have it – if you’ve been having connectivity trouble with your left Joy-Con, you can send it to Nintendo, who will replace it “free of charge” within a week.

You can now make smart gadgets and IoT devices that use Bluetooth 5

In a few months, Bluetooth 5 will finally arrive in smartphones and tablets. But you can already test the technology on developer boards being shipped by hardware makers.launchxl cc2640r2 launchxl cc2640r2

Bluetooth 5 is a major step ahead for the venerable technology, which was introduced in 1999 to hook up devices wirelessly. It is two times faster than predecessor Bluetooth 4.2, has four times longer range, and boasts cool new connectivity features.

It can transfer data at speeds of up to 2Mbps (bits per second) and has a realistic range of 120 meters. The range could be even longer in a clear line of sight, the standards setting organization Bluetooth Special Interest Group said.

That’s good news for those who pair mobile devices or PCs to peripherals like wireless speakers. There will be fewer connection drops.

A Bluetooth device will also transmit data from one device to many, a feature that will be beneficial in smart homes. For example, if a surveillance system detects a thief, it could use Bluetooth 5 to simultaneously activate the safety light and the alarm system.

The new wireless standard can also broadcast richer data, like location information and URLs. That could be useful in retail stores or even self-driving cars, which transfer navigation data.

Bluetooth 5 will reach devices in two to six months, the Bluetooth SIG said in December. Some of the first devices could be smartphones and tablets with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chips, which has Bluetooth 5 in the chipset.

But you can start testing Bluetooth 5 with wireless boards now shipping. The boards will be particularly handy for tinkerers prototyping gadgets or developing internet of things devices for automation or industrial settings.

Wireless boards like Particle and Espressif Systems—which primarily use Wi-Fi—are extremely popular, but other boards with Bluetooth 5 functionality are available or are coming soon.

If you’re developing prototype gadgets, Abelon Systems’ Internet of Things Reference Platform will offer a range of wireless connectivity technology, including support for Bluetooth 5. It will also support ZigBee and the emerging low-bandwidth IoT connectivity technologies like SIGFOX or LoRaWAN. On-board sensors include an accelerometer, gyrometer, and magnetometer, but other sensors could be attached through interfaces. It has the popular I2C and UART connector interfaces. It will ship later this year, and the price wasn’t immediately available.

Nordic’s nRF52840 Preview Development Kit, which is priced between US$40 and $50, is a development board on which small electronics can be developed. The board is compatible with Arduino Uno Revision 3, a popular electronics development environment. It has a 64Mhz Cortex-M4F processor, 1MB of integrated flash storage, and 256KB of RAM. It supports ARM Mbed, a cloud-based development platform. It also has an NFC interface and a wide number of connectors. It also has a USB 2.0 interface.

Texas Instruments was one of the first to jump on the Bluetooth 5 bandwagon, and its $29 Launchpad Board wireless development kit is designed to test Bluetooth 5 applications in IoT settings. The board will be upgradeable to Bluetooth 5 when the full firmware stack is released. It has a 48Mhz ARM Cortex-M3 processor and a set of inputs to connect sensors. It is available on TI’s website.

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 With Wrist Gestures Now Available

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 With Wrist Gestures Now Available

  • Second developer preview brings wrist gestures for developers
  • Developers can test the preview on Watch Urbane Edition LTE, Huawei Watch
  • Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview was released at I/O

Google has started rolling out the second developer preview of Android Wear 2.0, bringing new functionalities and bug fixes. At I/O 2016, Google revealed the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview, giving developers early access to the next major release of Android Wear. The preview introduced the option of standalone apps, input methods, a new notification design, and an API for “complications”.

The latest developer preview brings features such as wrist gestures for developers – thus extending the functionality to third-party apps. Google says that the new Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview comes with an updated SDK with tools and system images and developers can test it on the LG Watch Urbane Edition LTE and the Huawei Watch.

Notably, wrist gestures have been available to users since last year and they allow scrolling through the notification stream via wrist gestures. Google has no opened this system to developers to use within their apps. The company believes that the feature will help apps improve single hand usage. Google clearly notes that the second developer preview is a work in progress, and is not yet intended for daily use.

“Since I/O, feedback from the developer community has helped us identify bugs and shape our product direction. Today [Tuesday], we are releasing the second developer preview with new functionalities and bug fixes. Prior to the consumer release, we plan to release additional updates, so please send us your feedback early and often.”

The second developer preview also bumps the Android Platform API version number to 24 to match Nougat. The new preview is also adding additional support for wearable drawer peeking, which makes it easier for users to access the drawers as they scroll. Some of the other UI improvements include automatic peek view and navigation drawer closure.

Google’s Android Wear ‘Angelfish’, ‘Swordfish’ Smartwatches Leaked in Images

Google's Android Wear 'Angelfish', 'Swordfish' Smartwatches Leaked in Images
  • Smartwatches are codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish
  • Angelfish will support LTE and GPS
  • Swordfish will be the smaller variant

Last week, reports of Google making two of its own Android Wear smartwaches surfaced online, and now leaked images of the two wearables have made their way to the Web. The previous report tipped that the two smartwatches have been codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, and are expected to launch after the Nexus devices in fall this year.

The images have been leaked by Android Police, and it warns that the smartwatches have been recreated, in order to keep the source anonymous. The report asserts that the image is an ‘accurate representation’ of the leak, however it does not guarantee that the final product may look the same.

Angelfish is the high-end variant of the two smartwatches, and will be significantly larger and thicker than the Swordfish variant. The build includes a distinct crown button on the left, with small shoulder button on top and bottom. The display dons the customisable watchface of Android Wear 2.0 demoed at Google I/O this year. Apparently, Angelfish will not be compatible with Android Wear Mode watch bands i.e. no removable straps. The smartwatch will come with cellular connectivity (support GPS and LTE) to have the capacity to run standalone without pairing with a smartphone.

Swordfish is a significantly smaller smartwatch, with a single button protruding to the left. The report states that Google has tried to tackle the flat-tyre design issue by incorporating a thick bezel between the display and ring, making the display screen much smaller. There is a black gap before the display begins, which effectively removes Motorola’s flat tyre design, but makes the display look much small. Swordfish will be compatible with Android Wear Mode watch bands. It will not support GPS and LTE, and may not even include a heart rate monitor.

There is no word on the branding of these smartwatches. Whether Google is calling it Nexus, Pixel, or even just Google is not yet known. The pricing, exact availability, or technical spec details also remain undisclosed. In any case, we recommend that you take all of this with a pinch of salt, until Google releases official word.

Golchi Customisable Dual Drink And Snack Bottle

Golchi Customisable Dual Drink And Snacks Bottle

Golchi has designed an innovative drinks and snack bottle which allows you to carry two different drinks at different temperatures in one easy to manage bottle. Which also has a secret compartment in the middle which is perfect for carrying snacks to accompany your drinks.

Watch the video below to learn more about this unique drinks bottle which is taken to kickstart and has already raised over $180,000 thanks to over 2,500 backers with still 35 days remaining on its campaign.

Golchi holds 2 beverages of different temperatures at once, goes from big to small or one to two in an instant, and has 15 features. Golchi is the world’s first vacuum insulated bottle that can carry two drinks simultaneously in any combination of hot and cold.

With modular design, Golchi is customizable to four different configurations. Additional storage space lets you conveniently carry other everyday essentials. Patent pending “Controlled Flow Mechanism” allows you to adjust size of drinking spout based on beverage. Fifteen cool features make this bottle the most versatile on the market. Golchi comes with a pour volume of 27 oz. With six colors and four styles to chose from, you are sure to find your perfect every day Golchi.

Jump over to the Kickstarter website via the link below to make a pledge from $39 and to learn more about its design.

Drill Turbine Charges Your Device On The Move

Drill Turbine Charger

Electrothirst has created a new way to keep your mobile devices, action cameras and other hardware charged while out and about. By using the power of the wind to allows the Drill Turbine, to create the energy required to keep the 10,000 mAh Lithium-ion battery inside topped up.

Check out the video below to learn more about this unique creation, which is now available to back with pledges starting from just CAD $39. The Drill Turbine charger also includes two 90 lumens orbital headlights making it perfect for use on your bike at night.

We have all held our hand out the car window while in the car. Letting it fly through the wind. The Drill Turbine uses air movement we are always fighting through aerodynamics. The Drill Turbine is easily installed on your bicycle or is happy sitting on its own on level ground. Charge any device that needs a 5 volt charge. Smart phones, tablets, gps, go-pro cameras, camping lights etc.

Dual USB ports can charge 2 devices simultaneously. Where have you ever wanted to charge your devices? Simple attachments are included to attach the Drill Turbine anywhere.

For more information on the new Drill Turbine jump over to the Kickstarter website for details nd to make a pledge by following the link below.

Suunto Spartan Sport Multisport GPS Watch Designed For Athletes

Suunto Spartan Sport

After unveiling their new Suunto Spartan Ultra GPS watch at the beginning of June 2016 pried at $750, Suunto has this week unveil their new Spartan Sport watch which has been specifically designed for multisport athletes.

The Suunto Spartan Sport offers a battery life of 10 hours in Full Power 1sec GPS fix rate and 16 hours in Power Save 1sec GPS fix rate or a 10-day battery life when used as a watch.

Suunto Performance Business Unit Director Sami Arhomaa explains more about the design of the new Suunto Spartan Sport watch :

Our customers have asked us to create a full-featured multisport watch with the sleekest possible design for an optimal fit. Many athletes prefer low profile fit on the wrist over extra-long battery life. They have also told us it is as important for the watch to be good for getting quickly out of a wetsuit in T1 as it is for wearing as a fashionable timepiece. And naturally, they expect the watch to be strong and durable, to withstand the heat of the race.

With Spartan Sport we wanted to meet these needs and created the trimmest all-in multisport GPS watch that Suunto has ever made. And the Suunto Spartan Sport is not just sleek. It is also built to last, with mineral crystal glass and stainless steel bezel, pushers and buckle. Under the hood, the Spartan Sport shares the same outdoor-grade color touch screen, engine and software as its recently announced big brother, Suunto Spartan Ultra. The Spartan Sport comes with the same great sport and training specific features for triathlon, running, cycling and swimming as Spartan Ultra.

For more information on the new Suunto Spartan Sport watch jump over to the full press release website via the link below.

Monkii Bars 2 Portable Gym Helps You Stay Healthy Anywhere (video)

Monkii Bars 2 Portable Gym

Dan Vinson and David Hunt have created a new portable gym system which builds on their first design and takes the form of the aptly named Monkii Bars 2. The second generation portable gym can be used whenever you might be, allowing you to stay fit and healthy whenever you have the time.

The Monkii Bars 2 portable gym builds on the technology and copse of the first portable gym and is now lighter and more robust and is available to back via Kickstarter with pledges starting from $98 for early bird backers.

Monkii Bars 2 Portable Gym

Watch the promotional video below to learn more about the latest Monkii Bars 2 portable gym system, and how it can help you stay healthy even whilst travelling and away from your local or home-based gymnasium.

Whether you’re a traveler or home-body, adventurer or weekend warrior, runner or mudder, newbie or musclehead—you now have the freedom to work out anywhere. Do all of the exercises you already know, plus hundreds of new ones you don’t, and have an epic workout every time. Say goodbye to the boring routine.

For the true minimalist or if you’re looking for any excuse to get outside, the Ultralight Kit will transport your monkii bars 2 and a pair of suspension straps without weighing you down. monkii bars 2 is an incredibly strong yet ultra-light bodyweight trainer that you can use anywhere—designed for people who want awesome workouts without being stuck in a regular gym. When paired with our app it’s more than just a fitness device—it’s your own private gym, personal trainer, and adventure guide built into one.

Jump over to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website to make a pledge and learn more about the Monkii Bars 2 portable gym system via the link below.

m.e. Audio Enhancement Allows You To Hear Everything (video)

Audio Enhancement

Anyone looking for a way to enhance the audio from their smartphone, MP3 player, PC or anything else may be interested in a tiny audio enhancement device called m.e. which has been created by John Kasha.

m.e. has been launched via Kickstarter this month with the aim of raising $384,000 over the next 40 days, and thanks to over 170 backers has already raised over $64,000 with still 38 days remaining on the campaign.

Check out the promotional video below to learn more about the inspiration, design and functionality of the m.e audio enhancer. Which is now available to back via early bird pledges starting from $148, with delivery expected to take place during December 2016.

The m.e. was engineered to hear every sound, instrument, and note with unmatched clarity. Plug it into any device and HEAR EVERYTHING! The creator of the m.e.™ is an audio engineer, professional musician, and above all else – a music fan! John Kasha wanted to make digital audio sound better than you’ve ever heard before. He went to work and created a tiny, shiny chrome device that will change the way you hear music forever.

With the flip of a switch, you will immediately hear the volume increase without any background noise. Everything will sound bigger, wider and with more body. You’ll hear instruments and vocals you never heard before, just as the musicians intended. It’s like being in a recording studio with professional audio equipment!

With the flip of a switch, you will immediately hear the volume increase without any background noise. Everything will sound bigger, wider and with more body. You’ll hear instruments and vocals you never heard before, just as the musicians intended. It’s like being in a recording studio with professional audio equipment!

Nura Headphones Designed To Adapt To Your Individual Hearing (video)

Nura Headphones Designed To Adapt To Your Individual Hearing

Nura has developed a very unique pair of headphones that have been specifically designed to adapt to your unique individual hearing requirements. The unique in-ear and over ear design, automatically tunes to your unique hearing profile in just 30 seconds, allowing you to feel and hear every note of audio say Nura’s creators.

Check out the video below to learn more about the Nura headphones  unique functionality, design and inspiration behind the Nura headphones which are in the final days of their Kickstarter campaign and have already raised nearly $1.4 million thanks to over 6,000 backers.

We’re living in a golden age where masterfully crafted, recorded and engineered music is at our fingertips. But the journey of music doesn’t end at the smartphone. The journey completes with you, the listener. Nura is a new headphone that integrates unique soundwave technology to automatically measure your hearing (from the outer ear all the way to the brain) and adapt music perfectly to you. You don’t need to answer any tests either – just sit back and listen.

In order for headphones to deliver the right sound, they must be matched to the listener. Nura even recognizes you when you put them on. Did you know that your hearing is as unique as your fingerprint, your face and your voice? Each of us has different sensitivities to different frequencies of sound. This means the same pair of headphones sound different for each person. And the difference is significant.

How do you choose the right pair of headphones when we all hear differently? Sound and hearing are very hard to objectively self-assess. How do you know what you’re missing? Audiophiles are skilled at the art, but this takes them years of experience.

Jump over to Kickstarter for more details and full specifications on the Nura headphones, as well as the ability to pre-order your very own pair at an early bird price of just $219 saving you a massive $180 of the expected retail price of $399.