Tech Companies Are the Best Pranksters

Posted on  March 27, 2017


The internet has transformed April Fools’ Day from nearly irrelevant to a day to look forward to. In recent years tech companies have become notorious for using April 1st as a launchpad for fun pranks, fake products and ridiculous announcements. Here are some of the best fake tech releases from the nation’s top companies in the last several years.


Google Self-Driving Bike

As one of the leaders in innovation, it is no surprise that Google had something up their sleeve for April Fool’s Day. Last year, Google Netherlands introduced their newest invention, the Self-Driving Bicycle , only available in the cycling city of Amsterdam. Not only was this fake product announced, but Google also made an entire promotional video featuring the bike!


Google Cardboard Plastic

Google didn’t stop at just a bike, they continued their shenanigans when launching Google Cardboard Plastic, “virtual reality goggles that didn’t get in the way of reality”. Fully immersive and lightweight, these clear glasses ultimately poked fun at VR technology and those that use it.


Duolingo Pillow Hablar

On last year’s April Fools’ Day, Duolingo took learning languages to the next level when introducing the Duolingo pillow. With a cerebral cortex cushion and linguistic reinforcement vibration, this pillow was supposedly made to enhance the language learning process of anyone who used it. To many consumers’ dismay, this product was quickly discovered to be a prank.


T-Mobile Binge Watching Headgear

Telecommunications company T-Mobile announced a new device called “Binge on Up” last year. The fake product was basically a headset that would hold the users phone in front of their face allowing easy binge-watching of TV while doing other activities. While the promotions for the fake product looked a little silly, all of us have probably had a few moments where we could have used such a product.


KAYAK Arcade

Last year KAYAK,  a travel engine that displays airfare and car rentals, transformed its homepage into an arcade game. Complete with games like “Hopper” (Frogger) and “Tetro” (Tetris), this prank definitely distracted some travelers.


While you’re mapping out your mischievous plans for this April Fool’s Day, don’t forget to check out the “new” tech that’s being released by companies like Google and Duolingo!


Planes, Trains and Flying Automobiles

Posted on  February 27, 2017


As you head home after a long day at work, stomach growling ready for dinner, the last thing you want to do is sit in traffic. As the cars inch along the highway and drivers breathe in the warm fume-polluted air, you think, “it would be great if I could just fly over all of these cars and be home in minutes”. Well, by the end of 2017 you might be able to avoid this rush hour headache, with one of the first ever flying cars.


Good Things Come in Threes  

In response to the increasing urban congestion in cities across the globe, a multinational aircraft construction company, Airbus, has proposed three ambitious projects that aim to alleviate this problem.



The first of these projects is called Vahana and is intended to be a flying version of Uber. Vahana aircraft would be self-piloted and able to transport cargo and one passenger. Passengers could simply use their smartphones to request an aircraft, similar to Uber or other transport service providers. While most of the technologies like batteries and motors are nearly ready, the toughest and least developed piece is sense-and-avoid technology- a critical component of an aircraft that must fly itself amongst birds and other aircraft.




One of the biggest obstacles that Airbus must overcome is the strict regulations put in place by cities to ensure that all drones traveling over a city are flown by a remote pilot. However, Airbus has been granted permission by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to pilot test an autonomous drone delivery service at the National University of Singapore by mid-2017. This project does not intend to compete with other delivery services like Amazon, but rather is attempting to prove that autonomous aircraft will positively impact the environment and could work efficiently on a larger scale.



Airbus’s largest and longest kept secret is definitely the CityAirbus, a project that has been developing for the last two years by innovators from both France and Germany. CityAirbus is intended to be an electrically operated “taxi” that can transport multiple passengers at one time. While the project will initially have a real pilot operating the vehicle, similar to a helicopter, Airbus hopes to eventually transition to completely automatic operations. Passengers would simply book their seats through an app and wait at the nearest helipad to be picked up and swiftly transported to their desired destinations.


Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Overcrowding in cities, specifically megacities, has been an ever rising concern for the world, with current estimates indicating that by the year 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities. This increasing population will ultimately lead to more pollution (air, water and noise), more trash and more harmful emissions. Successfully creating and using flying transportation rather than ground cars will not only reduce pollution and congestion, but will also lessen countries’ dependence on oil and allow infrastructures to last longer due to less cars driving on roads. While Airbus still has a lot of work to do before floating intersections and stop signs appear, they are taking steps in the right direction towards a more sustainable world.

The Hottest New Tech From CES

Posted on  January 30, 2017

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The start of the new year brings with it several new things- resolutions, work out regimens, music and above all, new technology. This year kicked off with the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas where small start-ups and well-known technology giants gathered to show off their newest gadgets and gizmos for 2017.


Growth of CES

The first CES was held in 1967 in New York City featuring 117 exhibitors showing off the newest and most complex technology at the time, like the black and white television and the stereo. Since its inception, the convention has grown enormously, hosting over 3,000 companies with their displays and prototypes sprawling over a massive space of nearly 2.5 million square feet. While last year’s innovators rolled out smart home technology like the Samsung Family Hub Smart Refrigerator and advanced TVs like the LG rollable display, you may have thought that there was no way that technology could advance any further.  However, the technology unveiled at the 50th CES has left tech-heads buzzing and consumers impressed yet again.


Self-tying and Heated Shoes

Over the last few years, smart-clothing has made significant headway with products like the Apple iWatch and the Motiv Smart Ring. At this year’s CES, the trend only gained more momentum with Under Armour unveiling Athletic Recovery Sleepwear, that monitors how well athletes sleep, and Digitsole presenting its improved smart shoe. Not only is this shoe capable of warming your feet and tracking calories, but it can also tighten itself with the press of a button through its connected app. While fashionistas may not jump at the huge, futuristic-looking shoes, Digitsole also offers less noticeable shoe inserts that can heat any type of shoe. The high-tech shoes have yet to hit the market, however consumers can purchase one pack of inserts for $200.



While products like Google Home and Alexa made it into the homes of many tech-savvy individuals this past Christmas season, there’s a new robot on the market that might make your next wish list- Jibo. Conceptualized in 2014 by Cynthia Breazeal, Jibo is a personable home robot that is capable of recognizing faces, learning from its owners and reacting with emotional responses. With a body-like shape and interactive face, Jibo functions more as a pet or family friend than a robot. Starting as a prototype with lots of skepticism from experts, Jibo is now expected to be offered to the public this year for nearly $800. Interested buyers cannot purchase the robot yet, but can be added to a waiting list.


Toyota Concept-i

One of the more impressive releases during CES 2017 was undoubtedly Toyota’s newest smart car, Concept-i. Resembling one of the most futuristic car consumers have yet to see, Concept-i features a clean white interior with 3-D displays and color technology to ultimately strengthen the relationship between car and driver. With Toyota’s “Yui”, the car is capable of monitoring its driver’s tendencies and emotions and utilizing that knowledge to anticipate future events or make driving decisions for its user. Not only can the car connect with its driver, but technology on the outside of the vehicle allows it to communicate with the outside world as well with light and sound.


While CES has been around for years, it has provided an outlet for innovators to expand their technological knowledge and creativity. As 2017 unfolds, this new technology will hit the market and products will then be left to the consumers from which to benefit and to critique. Which new gadget will you buy?




A Look To The Future: 2017 Tech Trends

Posted on  December 30, 2016

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As each year comes and goes, new advancements in technology move us forward as a society. The unattainable no longer feels out of reach. Thirty years ago, the idea of a picture-taking, internet-browsing, music-playing communication device small enough to fit in your pocket seemed outrageous. Now 68% of adults in the United States use smartphones. Innovations are now occurring at faster rates and every year brings something new. What will 2017 have in store? Here’s what industry experts believe.


Virtual Reality


Virtual reality was hard to ignore in 2016. From Samsung to Google to Oculus, tech brands have gotten their foot in the virtual door. Currently, VR is more of a curiosity. The “college try” of technology, if you will. In 2017, it is expected that VR will make the transition into a more tangible tool for bringing life to the ordinary. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for virtual reality and showed his commitment by purchasing Oculus for a whopping $2 billion. Zuckerberg believes that VR is the platform of tomorrow and he is prepared to use it to create the most social platform ever. It is also believed that VR will make its way into home theaters in 2017.


Smarter Smart Homes


Smart home technology is expected to grow significantly in the upcoming year. A larger selection of quality products at an affordable price will drive the growth. Amazon’s Echo was released in summer 2015 and made waves in 2016. Google Home entered the game in November 2016, giving Amazon its first real competitor. In 2017 expect to see more in-home smart devices on the market. Apple HomeKit, which allows users to control their smart accessories from their phone, iPad or Apple Watch, will become a serious player in the smart home industry in 2017 due to more affordable smart devices hitting the market.


Smart Clothes


Smart watches took off in 2016 with the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear leading the way. In the near future, it is very possible that clothing will be made “smart” too. Google’s R&D teams have been beta testing a new wearable technology that is sewn into clothing, and is undetectable to the untrained eye. Project Jacquard is the name for Google’s wearable technology platform. Their goal is to create something that fashion brands can use in their clothing to enhance connectivity and convenience for their users. The patch of fabric can be woven into clothing and control smart devices like phones and appliances.


We live in an ever-changing world where new tech lies around every corner. What technological advancements do you hope to see in the near future? The possibilities are almost endless.

The Best Tech Gifts of 2016

Posted on  November 28, 2016

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So Christmas is on the horizon and you need gift ideas. There’s always that one hard to buy for person who seems to already have everything under the sun.  You need a new, fresh idea for them. Well who doesn’t love the latest technology? Here are five cutting-edge gifts that anyone would be happy to receive.


Google Home


Built to rival Amazon’s Echo, the Google Home smart speaker does it all. Powered by Google’s groundbreaking artificial intelligence, it responds to voice commands to play music, search the web, set alarms and control all of your smart appliances. Coming in at $99, it’s affordable, practical and oh so cool!


HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer


Do you have a smartphone photographer on your list this year? If so, the HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer is the gift for them. Compatible with both Apple and Android devices, this Bluetooth printer uses ZINK Zero Ink technology to print shots straight from your phone! This amazing little printer costs just $129 and includes a charging cable and 10 sheets of HP ZINK photo paper.


Wacom Bamboo Notepad


Any budding artist will love this gift. The Wacom Bamboo Notepad uses regular paper, then quickly scans and sends the image to a smartphone or tablet for digital storage. College students will love this too as it’s perfect for organizing your notes. With all it can do, you’ll be impressed that they start at $130.


Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earbuds


The ever popular Beats wireless earbuds are back for their third go around and better than ever. Boasting a 12-hour battery life on a single charge, the Powerbeats3 Wireless Earbuds sound great and are comfortable to boot. Anyone who recently got the new iPhone 7 would love these earbuds. Big sound at an affordable price, these Beats go for $200.


Nomad Key for iPhone and Android


Here is the stocking stuffer of the bunch. Going for just $20, the Nomad Key is convenient, affordable and practical. Forget carrying a Lightning Cable or micro USB with you in case your phone battery dies; throw this on your key ring and you’re good to go!


Here’s hoping you find that perfect gift for the special someone in your life this holiday season!


The Wallet You’ll Never Lose

Posted on  October 31, 2016

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Losing your wallet is never a good thing. Whether misplacing it around your house, losing it at a restaurant or leaving it at a hotel, it presents a big inconvenience. Have you ever wished for a way to prevent this headache-inducing occurrence? Well look no further; Zillion Wallet is here to help.


With more and more appliances and home goods being made “smart” it was only a matter of time before a smart wallet debuted. The folks at Zillion saw a problem that people face daily, misplacing their wallet, and thought “how can we solve this problem?” That question led to the creation of the Zillion Slimline Wallet.


Boasting Tile location technology, the Zillion is virtually impossible to lose. Using the Tile app, owners can ring their wallet to find it. If the wallet is too far away to hear, you can view its location on a map right on your phone screen. Pretty slick, huh? But it doesn’t stop there. The problem solvers at Zillion took things a step further offering phone charging capabilities right within the wallet!


Now if your phone battery is running low, you have the solution in your back pocket. A power bank featuring a 2,500mAh battery can give your phone a full charge from 0 to 100 percent. A built in cable hides seamlessly when not in use.


You might be thinking that with all its features, the Zillion wallet will be bulky and hard to carry, but that is far from the truth. Measuring in at 6.5cm x 9.5cm when closed, and as thin as a smart phone, the wallet fits comfortably into your pocket. Inside it houses 4 cards. Outside it vaunts a high-strength metal clip for holding paper money.


If you’re interested in getting your hands on one of these bad boys, you can do so here.


Check out Zillion on Facebook and Twitter for more info and all things Zillion.

Why Walk Through the Airport When You Can Ride Your Carry-On?

Posted on  September 26, 2016

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“What is that?”

“Is he riding his luggage…?”

“Where can I get one of those?!”

These are all questions you may find yourself asking the next time you are at the airport. Why might you be asking these questions? Modobag: that’s why.


What is a Modobag?


In short, Modobag is a carry-on bag that you can ride. With slide out handlebars, a cushioned seat, and more power than you might expect, it is the perfect way to get from gate to gate in a flash!


Weighing in at 19 pounds, Modobag features a 200-watt electric motor powered by a rechargeable lithium battery. On average, a full charge will carry the rider eight miles, and recharges to 80% in just 15 minutes. There are both indoor and outdoor modes, maxing out at 5 mph and 8 mph respectively.


Here are a few more features of Modobag


  • Backlit screen displays battery percentage to the rider
  • Two USB ports where you can charge portable devices
  • Ride in comfort with a Memory Foam cushioned seat
  • Quick release, slip-resistant foot pegs for increased stability
  • Crushproof, 17” laptop compartment


For those of you thinking that a carry-on bag with a motor and battery won’t have any room left for storage, you’ll be happy to learn that Modobag offers 2,000 cubic inches of interior storing capacity. And believe it or not Modobag is compliant with TSA, FAA, and IATA regulations!


If riding through the terminal on a motorized carry-on bag is something you are interested in doing, you can pre-order Modobag here for $1,095, which is $400 below the retail price. Additionally, a Modobag tracking app priced at $69 will ensure you never lose your luggage again. Using GSM/GPRS technology, the Modobag App will show you where your bag is right on your phone’s screen.


With the company receiving a whopping 664% of their crowdfunding goal, they are expected to begin shipping orders in January of 2017.
Stay up to date with all things Modobag on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube!

Technology and the Future of Air Travel

Posted on  August 22, 2016

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Sleeping pods, supersonic planes, self-cleaning lavatories and floating airports- what do astronomical leaps in technology mean for the future of air travel?


Coming Soon..

It’s the year 2016 and technological advancement is inevitable. Although it can be somewhat scary, it’s also exciting- especially in the world of travel. The industry is changing every day and sometimes it’s hard to keep up, so we’re here to help you out! Listed below are a few things we can expect to see in the upcoming years. Just a fair warning: you may have to pick your jaw up off the floor..



The Air Lair

Sick of bumping elbows and awkward sleeping positions? The sardine-feeling you get on an overcrowded plane could finally be a thing of the past with Factory Design’s Air Lair. The Air Lair is a personalized private sleeping pod that immerses premium travelers in a futuristic cocoon with adjustable light, sound and temperature. Long flights are no longer an inconvenience with an over-head projector providing entertainment and a lay-flat seat providing extraordinary comfort. Although the Air Lair will most likely be a “first-class” concept, other designs explore the benefits of adding sleeping rooms in standard aircraft cabins. See pictures and learn more about Factory Design’s Air Lairs here.


The Antipode

Fly from New York to London in (theoretically) 11-minutes on industrial designer Charles Bombardier’s new concept plane the Antipode. Sound impossible? In simplest terms, the Antipode would be powered by a scramjet engine- an engine with virtually no moving parts that burn oxygen from the atmosphere instead of having to carry heavy tanks full of oxygen. The Antipode’s wings would be equipped with rocket boosters that propel the aircraft to 40,000 feet, enabling it to reach Mach 5 using the aerodynamic technique called long penetration mode. Long penetration mode, or LPM, uses a nozzle on the aircraft’s nose to blow out air and cool down the surface temperature- solving the heat problem (1800 degrees Fahrenheit) that is inevitable when objects travel past Mach 5. If this concept becomes a reality, the Antipode should be able to carry 10 passengers up to 12,430 miles in under 1 hour. There’s obviously a lot of safety issues and concerns that need to be addressed, but the potential of the supersonic plane is pretty mind-blowing. Learn more about the Antipode concept here.


The Self-Cleaning Lavatory

Germophobes rejoice, Boeing may have solved the dirty bathroom issue once and for all with their patent-pending self-cleaning lavatory prototype. The prototype uses ultraviolent light to kill 99.99% of all lavatory germs in 3-seconds, after every use. Boeing engineers claim the “Far UV light” is not harmful to humans and will only be activated when the lavatory is unoccupied. The lights would be positioned so that the rays flood surfaces like the toilet seat, sink and counter tops, minimizing the growth and potential transmission of harmful micro-organisms. The design also incorporates a hands-free faucet, soap dispenser, trash flap, toilet lid/seat and hand dryer, with a hands-free door latch and a vacuum vent system for the floor under consideration. Learn more about Boeing’s self-cleaning lavatory here.


The London Britannia “Floating Airport”

Airports require a lot of space, things that islands and large cities lack. How do get around geographical limitations? Architecture firm Gensler and Thames Estuary Research and Development (Testrad) are attempting to beat the system by proposing a $63 billion 6-runway “floating airport” over the waters of the Thames Estuary. In Gensler’s proposal, the runways would stretch parallel to each other on both sides of a central core where the main terminal would be located. Underwater tunnels for high-speed rail connections would provide transportation from the airport to dry land. Although building in water sounds challenging compared to building on land, the firm claims that doing so will help them get around the lengthy and costly process of gathering the land needed for a project of this size. The fate of the “floating airport” is currently undecided, due to a delay following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Learn more about the London Britannia “Floating Airport” here.



New products and projects are popping up everyday in the world of aviation. The highly dynamic industry continues to be transformed as the technological and innovative capabilities of companies continue to grow. If you are unsure whether these concepts will come into fruition, you can definitely count on one thing- the future of air travel is pretty exciting!


Stay Comfortable and Incognito at a Hotel-Within-A-Hotel

Posted on  August 1, 2016

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While you check into your room at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida you overhear the couple standing next to you checking into the Flagler Club. Confused, you watch the concierge hand over the keys and tell the pair that their room is on the 7th floor of the resort. As you enter the elevator to ride to your own room, you notice that you don’t have access to the 6th or 7th floor- why?


Privacy and Luxury

As it turns out, the Flagler Club is a separate, 25-room boutique hotel located inside of the iconic Breakers Palm Beach. Occupying two floors and equipped with a spacious club lounge and private terrace, the Flagler Club offers an unheard level of luxury to special guests willing to pay for the experience. At around $1,200 a night, the perks are endless at the Flagler Club, including a chauffeured Tesla house car service, a customized in-room bar, complimentary food and beverages and a full-service dedicated staff member to handle any and every need, 24-hours a day.


The Breakers is just one of a number of hotels exploring the growing hotel-within-a-hotel trend that is popping up at select properties across the country. Aimed at a luxury-oriented, privacy-seeking clientele, these hidden properties have their own entrances and staff and don’t typically advertise. The hotel-within-a-hotel strategy is implemented to create something more upscale with higher levels of service and a more personalized and intimate feel. A similar concept to the club or concierge level of an upscale property, the hotel-within-a-hotel concept offers guests more than food and drink inclusivity. While club and concierge packages act as a VIP perk to loyal customers, the rooms are clustered in a designated area or spread throughout the hotel with typically the same design as all of the other guestrooms. At a hotel-within-a-hotel, nothing is replicated- not even the staff. Wondering where to find these elite hidden gems? Listen below are a few worth checking out.



Hotel 32 at Monte Carlo- Las Vegas, NV

3770 Las Vegas Blvd S Top Floor of Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

Located on the top floor of the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, its 51 rooms are significantly larger than those at the main hotel. The long list of amenities include private check-in, walk-in chromatheraphy rain showers, complimentary airport limo pickup, free clothes pressing and shoe shining.

  • From $150/night.


Canyon Suites at the Phoenician- Scottsdale, AZ

6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Located at the foot of Camelback Mountain within the 250-acres of the Phoenician Resort, Canyon Suites is comprised of 60 luxurious rooms. Have your personal Canyon Ambassador plan your day while you lounge in a cabana at the private infinity pool or indulge in a daily wine tasting with a resident sommelier. Unwind and end your day with the Therapeutic Turndown service- a bath prepared with a variety of soothing salts.

  • From $484/night


The Hideaway at Royalton Rivera Cancun- Cancun, Mexico

Carretera Federal 307 Tulum-Cancun Km 332,15, SM31, Puerto Morelos 77500 Mexico

Located within the Royalton Rivera Cancun, this 340-room hotel is adults only (18+). In addition to all of the main resort’s amenities, enjoy a 24-hour concierge service, 3 adult-only pools and bars and complimentary extras such as weekly champagne and chocolate parties, in-room aromatherapy and personalized beach bags.

  • From $166/night


Nobu Hotel at Eden Rock Miami Beach- Miami, FL

4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

You may have heard of the Nobu Hotel- A partnership between chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and film producer Meir Teper- located within Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Another one is set to fall 2016 inside of Miami’s iconic hotel Eden Roc Miami Beach. Offering the same breathtaking oceanfront views and Morris Lapidus design as the Las Vegas hotel, the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach will feature its own signature Nobu restaurant, 2 pools, spa and fitness facilities and over 70,000 square feet of event space.

  • Rates TBD


Take a Trip This Summer: Lowest Airfares Since 2009

Posted on  June 30, 2016

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Have you caught the travel bug? If so, we have good news for you!


According to the airfare prediction app Hopper, the summer of 2016 will be the lowest airfare people have seen in the last seven years. Airline tickets purchased in advance are likely to be down 12% compared to last year, and down 20% from 2014. The average fares this summer are estimated to drop down to $211 by August.


The drop in ticket prices can be linked back to lower jet fuel prices. However, even if prices start to rise, flyers don’t have to worry- the cheaper fuel prices lead to increased industry capacity and competition, which will continue to push down airline travel prices. In the event that there is an extreme jump in jet fuel prices, which is not likely at the moment, then and only then are ticket prices expected to rise.


All the major airlines are reporting record profits thanks to billions of dollars in fuel savings. Lower fares are being reported across the boards, with the expectation that they are not likely to rise until sometime next year. With that being said, there’s no better time than now to pack your bag and hop on the next flight to your dream destination!


Are you trying to land the cheapest flight possible? Here are a couple tips:

  • Sundays are the most expensive day to fly in the summer, followed by Friday.
  • Flying on a Tuesday or Thursday will allow you to find the cheapest fares.
  • The cheapest days to fly this summer are July 26th and August 31st.
  • When searching the web for tickets, turn on private browsing. That way, airlines are not able to track your activity and raise the prices based on the demand.
  • Looking for legroom? Jet Blue is the most spacious, checking in at 34”, followed by Virgin America and Southwest offering 32” to stretch out in.
  • Flights to U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Chicago and Seattle are among those expected to be on sale this summer.