Dealerscope Staff

Dealerscope Staff
Roost heats up the smart smoke alarm competition

Roost isn't just a battery anymore. Today, the company known for a Wi-Fi connected 9V announced two smart smoke detectors -- an $80 model that senses smoke, fire, CO, and natural gas and a $60 model for just smoke and fire. Both products will include a Roost Smart Battery, will connect to your Wi-Fi network,…

SeeNote drags the sticky note into the digital age

Considering the number of connected devices popping up around the home, it's surprising no-one has tried to reinvent the sticky note until now. The SeeNote has a compact, front-lit ePaper display and gives you reminders based on live traffic information, provides access to a range of smart-home features and, of course, lets you leave notes…

Training dogs by computer and "smart harness"

While it's important that dogs know some basic obedience commands at the very least, training them can be a monotonous and frustrating experience. Well, perhaps before too long, we could have computers doing the job for us. They're already being used to teach dogs to sit, at North Carolina State University.

Mossberg: A smart new email app for the iPhone

Once, Apple’s built-in Mail app for iOS was a revelation. It was easy to use, yet rich with features, like simple account setup, in-line photos, fast search, a good junk mail filter, the ability to handle all the major email services, and more. But today, Apple Mail is, like the company’s other core apps, displaying…

What Is The New Sharp Robot 'Transformer' Phone Really For?

Japanese electronics giant Sharp just launched RoBoHon, a combined robot and smart phone. The telecommunication gadget comes with a whopping price tag of 198,000 Yen ($1800). Sharp expects to sell 5,000 units a month. Some analysts have since been wondering whether Sharp has lost its marbles. The truth is likely that the new robot serves…

Where smart glasses fit into a world with Oculus Rift and HoloLens

It's a tough time out there for smart glasses. Far from igniting a robust market for connected headgear, Google Glass did very much the opposite, cementing in the public consciousness the idea that smart glasses are weird, creepy and only worn by uberdorks.  

Google will make self-driving minivans with Chrysler, Bloomberg reports

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Google could sign a deal as soon as today to make "several dozen" self-driving minivans, Bloomberg is reporting, citing unnamed sources. The minivans could be on the road this year, the "first phase" of a broader autonomous car deal between the two companies. WSJ and AutoExtremist previously reported last week that FCA…

Here's how you can try - and possibly buy - an Oculus Rift at a retail store

Oculus Rift is going retail mainstream, yo. Beginning May 7, you'll be able to try and possibly buy the premiere VR viewer at 48 Best Buy stores in the US. This marks the Rift's first foray into the brick-and-mortar retail space. Shoppers can get what will likely be their first taste of virtual reality at…

Dish, the satellite TV company, will now come repair your broken iPhone

Dish is getting into smartphone repairs. The satellite provider has announced that beginning today, anyone in the United States can request an on-site screen fix or battery replacement, and Dish will send one of its technicians out to handle the job. For now, Dish is only repairing iPhones ranging from the 5 through the 6 Plus;…

Franky Zapata zooms past farthest hoverboard flight record

A couple of weeks go we revealed the Flyboard Air, jet-ski champion Frank Zapata's latest attempt to launch himself skyward. The Air ditches the jet ski, the hose and the tether of the original Flyboard in favor of a jet-powered board that's reportedly capable of a potential top ground speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).…

The new mouse for VR could be your eyes

SAN FRANCISCO – The next big leap for virtual and augmented reality headsets is likely to be eye-tracking, where headset-mounted laser beams aimed at eyeballs turn your peepers into a mouse. A number of startups are working on this tech, with an aim to convince VR gear manufacturers such asOculus Rift and HTC Vive to incorporate…

9 iPhone Cases That Do Double Duty

Nothing multitasks like your iPhone. No, not even you. With thousands and thousands of apps available on iOS, there's not much more that your phone can do for you, right? Not exactly. An iPhone case can do more than protect and beautify your phone; it can make your photos better, step up your chances of…

Tesla's Model 3 will be sold with a Ludicrous Mode option

The Model 3 might be Tesla's most affordable electric car, but that doesn't mean it's going to be slow off the starting line. Tesla founder Elon Musk has confirmed that the new vehicle will be available with a Ludicrous Mode option, vastly improving its acceleration. The exact change in performance? For now that's still a mystery,…