The Wolfe turns your MacBook into a high-end gaming rig

The Wolfe

Apple is criticized for not catering to gamers — and rightly so — but you might be surprised to learn that Macs do have the potential to be great gaming machines. Even portables like the MacBook can become high-end gaming rigs, thanks to the Wolfe.

The Wolfe combines your Mac with a real desktop GPU — the same kind of video card found in dedicated gaming or video editing machines — making it immensely more powerful than it typically is with the integrated graphics Apple provides.

As standard, the Wolfe comes equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 GPU, but there’s also a Wolfe Pro, which is equipped with a GeForce GTX 970. Later, you’ll also be able to get the Wolfe with NVIDIA’s new GTX 1060.

Alternatively, you can pick up the Wolfe DIY, which gives you all the parts you need to connect your own GPU to a Mac.

The Wolfe provides up to five times the graphical performance of a typical notebook, while the Wolfe Pro can deliver up to ten times the performance. This becomes really apparently in benchmark tests like Heaven.

While a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics can deliver less than 15 frames-per-second in these tests, the same machine with the Wolfe can deliver over 50 fps. Hook up the Wolfe Pro and you can expect well over 70 fps.

The Wolfe is even powerful enough to make the Mac compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets.

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Getting setup with the Wolfe is as easy as plugging it into your Mac using the Thunderbolt connector, then connecting the power cable. It’s that simple!

The Wolfe is currently available on Kickstarter, with prices starting at $399 for the standard model and $449 for the Wolfe Pro. The Wolfe DIY costs just $269, but of course you’ll need to provide your own GPU.

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5 Amazing Products from Kickstarter and Indiegogo

It’s time to take a look at what’s happening on Kickstarter and Indiegogo again. Regardless of whether you have money to support awesome projects coming out or not, it’s a neat way to see what’s manifesting on the leading edge of tech. Everyone has amazing ideas and the people on these sites are asking for support to bring those ideas into reality. I constantly see ideas for products I would have never thought of; here’s  projects that I’m amazed by you can support right now.

BearTek Gen II: Wireless Smart Gloves

We’re definitely seeing the huge trend in wearable tech making awesome strides this year. BearTek are smart gloves connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth that allow you to control your device by tapping different fingers together. Previously featured on Shark Tank, the gloves were originally implemented for winter sports but are beginning to have much further reaches from bicyclists to rescue personal.

AirVisual Node: The World’s Smartest Air Monitor

The AirVisual allows you to monitor the air quality indoors and out. Not only is air pollution doing major damage to our planet but to our bodies as well. The AirVisual allows you to plan ahead when venturing outdoors and figure out what’s causing poor air quality indoors. Plus, you’re helping to create a larger picture of air quality across our planet as your data is added to the network.

WonderCube

The WonderCube is the Swiss Army Knife of smartphones. It fits easily on a keychain and functions as a charging cable, phone stand, extra memory pack, emergency battery pack, LED mini torch, and more. There are eight functions total that all fit into a tiny cube.

This tablet stand solves one of the iPad’s biggest annoyances

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If you’ve had an iPad for at least a couple of years now, you’ve probably noticed one of the major ergonomic issues with it: there’s no perfect way to hold it. You can hold your iPad to use it which always feels just slightly awkward, place it on a table which hunches you over and strains the back of your neck, or put it on your lap and fold your legs up which just feels ridiculous. A Kickstarter project called the Tstand aims to solve this problem.

The Tstand is a new, adjustable tablet stand that can dramatically decrease muscle tension when you’re trying to do something as simple as watch a show on Netflix. The stand has a foldable, clamshell design that can match any viewing angle you need.

If you rest the stand on your stomach while you lay in bed, you can watch a show without having to lift your head or keep your arms up. You can also position the stand so that your iPad elevates right next you on the bed while you lay on your side.

Swivel the bottom half of the stand behind the tablet and you can set it up to act as a computer monitor on your desk. Just slide a keyboard underneath and reach up to touch the screen as necessary. The stand will perfectly position the tablet at eye level so you don’t have to slouch over.

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I was sent a pre-production model to test out how well the Tstand works and I have to say, I’m totally impressed. I didn’t realize how often I do put strain on the back of my neck when I use my iPad. It’s my computing device of choice when I’m leaving my home, yet it often winds up on the table with my Smart Cover folded up for a slight angle. Still, the angle requires me to put my head down and stare uncomfortably.

My favorite use case for the Tstand is easily in bed. While I imagine someone out there will probably take advantage of the Tstand for naughty purposes here, I quite enjoyed watching an entire episode of How to Get Away with Murder on it, which by the way is a fantastic show. I didn’t need to prop up my pillows or hold my iPad up. I just angled the Tstand so the iPad was aimed right at my face while still remaining comfortably distant. I enjoyed using it at eye level on my desk for a bit too, and also found it makes a great tripod to film with the iPad or FaceTime while sitting.

If you don’t have an iPad, the Tstand adjusts for any tablet as small as seven inches and as big as 13 inches, so that includes the new iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 4 too.

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I did find that the build quality of the Tstand could be a bit better. It’s not bad, but getting my iPad mini in and out of the holder made me nervous that it would snap somehow. The mechanism for adjusting the angle isn’t as buttery smooth as I would prefer either.

Still, I loved spending time with it. In many ways, the Tstand feels like the missing piece between a tablet and the way we all try to interact with one. It also does wonders for my neck. With just a little over a week left in the Kickstarter campaign, you can head over there to fund the project for as little as $37.

 

Luxury aluminum case protects your iPhone, hides your credit card

The ALUMINUM Slider case for the iPhone 6 by Gresso has a secret drawer for a credit card.

Those iPhone cases that hold cash and credit cards are fine as long as you want to look like you’re carrying your mother’s wallet.

Luxury accessories design company Gresso has a solution to return your overriding need to be practical back to cool. It has designed a stylish aircraft aluminum iPhone 6 case that has a hidden slide-out drawer for your cards. Jony Ive might approve.

You may be familiar with Miami-based Gresso as the company whose cases you can’t afford. Gresso makes an 18K Gold and titanium case for he iPhone 6 that starts at an unapologetic $4,000. But its newest case, the ALUMINUM Slider, can provide luxury form and function for around $120.

The ALUMINUM Slider comes in silver, black and rose gold.

There’s even a hard plastic slider case that can be had for around $60. Gresso is currently on Kickstarter trying to raise money to produce the case. Early backers can get the PLASTIC Slider in black, gold or cherry for $49. While the ALUMINUM Slider, in black, silver or rose gold, is currently available for $59.

Of course, Gresso couldn’t resist in making the Slider out of titanium. What will eventually retail for $1,000 now costs $700 on Kickstarter.

The patent pending mechanism on the Slider cases is pretty slick. Simply slide the back panel upend and the thin card draw appears at the bottom. It closes with the reverse action and clicks securely in place.

If you are a constant shopper, you’re going to have to edit your credit card carry. To remain sleek, the Slider drawer holds one card and your photo ID.

The Slider cases are only available for the iPhone 6 and 6S, but Gresso has cases for the 6 Plus and 6S Plus in the works.

Aluminum tube turns iPhone into a 3D scanner

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The 3D-printing future is here, but unfortunately it’s still cost-prohibitive for many people who want to get in on the newest making revolution. But an upcoming project just launched on Kickstarter may just have the solution to that problem.

The Eora 3D scanner connects to your smartphone to create precise and accurate models of just about anything you can put in front of it, and it will do it for way less money than you’d expect.

Eora 3D’s campaign launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter today, and as of this writing, it’s raised $71,000 of the $80,000 its creators are seeking to finalize production. You can see the cool scanner in action in the video below.

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Eora 3D works with both iOS and Android phones, but the creators clearly favor the iPhone for its promotional purposes. You run the scanner through a free app that lets you start scans and access your completed projects when you’re ready to send them off to the printer.

It’s definitely a good-looking design; the whole rig is just a simple, aluminum tube with the laser emitter at the top and a clamp on the side to hold your phone while it runs. The laser has a range of up to 1 meter, and the creators claim that it is accurate to less than 100 microns, or the thickness of a sheet of paper.

And if it lives up to all of these claims, the price point comes as even more of a surprise. Eora 3D will ship with an MSRP of $330, and if you pledge to the Kickstarter, you can get an early discount that will take it down to as low as $199. And since most personal scanners start out around $400, this could be a very good deal indeed.

We’re interested to see how this device turns out. If it delivers on its potential in being a highly affordable and accurate scanner, it could be a crucial step in making 3D printing more accessible and widespread. And we’re all in favor of that.

 

You can’t help but be attracted to this magnetic Lightning cable

The MagCable works with an adapter tip and magnetic cable.

From the 1st century to today, you could say the magnet is one component of technology that has stuck around.

With that bad pun out of the way (two if you count the headline), a Hong Kong company is using the simple magnet to make the charging of our smartphones easier and faster. The MagCable is a USB cable with a magnetic end that snaps into place thanks to an adapter tip that plugs into your charging port.

There is even a Lightning magnet adapter for iPhone and charging can be sped up by a button on the cable that shuts off data sync.

The makers of the cable, aMagic, are trying to raise more than $76,000 on Kickstarter to begin production. For $12, a backer can get a MagCable and the adapter tip to match their smartphone.

The MagCable could be useful in a car, where the driver can just snake the cable end near the port and feel for the snap in order to avoid the distraction of a more involved plug-in.

The MagCable comes with adapter tips for both Android and iPhone.

The cord is one meter long, includes a light to indicate charge status and works with Android micro USB and iPhone Lightning connections. The company has even make available a Lightning Magnet Adapter for regular iPhone cables.

It also works on tablets, like the iPod, as well as Bluetooth speakers, wireless gaming controls and MP3 players.

If funding goals are met, aMagic, which makes other accessories like speakers, an action camera and power banks, can begin shipping the MagCable by November. The company is also hoping to get Apple MFi certification.

 

‘Znaps’ Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables.

Znaps is a new Kickstarter project that aims to make connecting a Lightning cable to your iPhone or iPad as simple as connecting a MagSafe charger to your MacBook. Znaps consists of a connector that plugs into the Lightning port on your iOS device, and an adapter for your Lightning cable that lets it connect to the port magnetically.

With the Znaps Connector and Adapter, a Lightning cable can snap onto your device using magnets, making it quicker to connect and charge an iPad or iPhone. There’s also a version for devices that use Micro-USB.

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Let’s make charging easier! ZNAPS is a simple yet perfect solution to prevent frayed charging cables, tripping over cable resulting in smashed phones, pointless fiddling to plug in cable in the dark, water damage through charging outlet, and more! This innovative magnetic charging adapter will make your life just a bit more convenient.

Znaps is small enough that it will work with a wide variety of custom iPhone cases that leave the Lightning port exposed, and as the project’s creators point out, it can cut down on the hassle of fumbling to get a Lightning cable plugged into an iPhone or an iPad.

Znaps works for both charging and syncing, and a small LED light on the adapter will light up when a device is being charged. The magnetic field it uses is “negligibly small” according to the project’s creators, and will not cause damage to the internal components of the iPhone. It also does not enhance or impede charging times.

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A Znaps Connector and Adapter for Lightning or Micro-USB can be obtained for a pledge of $11 Canadian, or just under $9. There are also several other tiers available at different price points for purchasing multiple Znaps.

Znaps are projected to ship in late November of 2015, but as most of us have experienced on Kickstarter, there are projects that miss shipping estimates by months, especially when orders exceed expectations, so prospective purchasers should keep that in mind when backing this project.