Today on DT Daily: Using your iPhone to see what your eyes can’t see, everyone wants a Coolest Cooler, and just how much does a 105-inch TV cost? Well, they’re not exactly giving them away.
We all use our smartphone cameras pretty much without thinking about what we can’t see, so now there’s a device that may open your eyes to a new world: the one that exists in infrared.
Infrared sensing specialists FLIR (“fleer”) is now taking pre-orders for the FLIR One, a slip-on camera for the iPhone 5 and 5s that shows how warm or hot things are. What can you use it for? FLIR says it can show you efficiency problems in your home, disclose wiring problems, spot lost pets at night, disclose someone lurking nearby in the dark or even make art. Pretty cool stuff. Not cheap though: FLIR is taking preorders at $350 a pop and delivery is slated for August 7.
We’ve been tracking progress on the Portland inventor Ryan Grepper’s Coolest Cooler Kickstarter project – you know, that do-everything cooler with a blender and so much more he was hoping to raise $50,000 to finance? Yeah, well, he hit 50 grand a long, long time ago and the project has now raised almost $7 million and it still has over a month to go! Grepper is going to need all that cash to fulfill over 30,000 preorders for the Coolest.
We talked to Grepper recently as the millions piled up and he said he’s a bit overwhelmed but looking forward to getting his Coolest Coolers out to his rapidly growing customer base.
Back in January at CES, we laid eyes on what has to be one of the most amazing TVs we’ve ever seen: a massive, curved, 105-inch, 21 by 9 format widescreen LED 4K monster from Samsung.
Back then it was a showpiece for Samsung. Now, you can actually buy one, but you’d better have deep pockets, because the price tag rings in at a dollar short of 120 grand. That’s right, $119,999. Such a deal! What do you get for all that dosh? First off, it’s huge, but more than that, it’s wide, as in cinemascope wide, so all those wide-screen epics will actually fill the huge screen rather than have black bars at the top and bottom like on garden-variety TVs.
Also, Samsung will fly out a technician during delivery to make sure it’s set up just right. Samsung says they are only making them to order, so there’s no need to roll a wheelbarrow full of cash into a Best Buy.
Your host today is Caleb Denison.