Token Ring

Ever wanted to have something like a hand print scanner in your home? Maybe even make payments without taking out your wallet? Well then the Token Ring would be the perfect products for you.

The Token Ring is the first product that Token made. Token Ring is simply put, an accessory to access items that usually require you to input a password. Let it be like an account where you can access your computer, car door, and maybe even your house door(if you have a lock made by Token).

The way Token Ring works is rather simple. It’s fingerprint sensor on the underside which will allow the owner to use it’s fingerprint to unlock the items with locks that have Near field communication(NFC). Since not all locks have NFC, Token Ring is considering adding Bluetooth to it as another way to ‘communicate’ with the lock. Taking the Token Ring off will require a swipe before activating it again. A rainbow-colored LED pulse shows it recognizes the fingerprint, but a red flash means it was rejected.

Token is already working with Microsoft to support Windows 10 and together with Visa and Mastercard to make contactless payments.

Token Ring comes with 2 prices- $249 and $299. The one that comes at $249 comes with a brushed stainless steel finish. While the one that costs $299 comes in black rhodium and 14k rose gold finishes.

I personally feel that the Token Ring would be extremely useful to people who have a lot items in their bag or pocket and those who often leave their keys at home or forget to take it after a meal. The Token Ring should be made water-resistant so that it will still work when you spill coffee over it or you forget to bring your umbrella on a rainy day.

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Microsoft’s HoloLens

Ever wanted to be living in an advanced world like Star Wars ?

The Mircosoft HoloLens creates a holographic projection of an object as if the object was in front or around you. With developers getting invitations from Microsoft to get the HoloLens provided their  holographic app qualifies for it. Microsoft said that the HoloLens is not for consumers but to create a healthy stable of holographic apps.

Optics

  • See-through holographic lenses (waveguides)
  • 2 HD 16:9 lightengines
  • Automatic pupillary distance calibration
  • Holographic Resolution: 2.3M total light points
  • Holographic Density: >2.5k radiants (light points per radian)

Sensors

  • 1 IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit, made up of a gyroscope, magnetometer and an accelerometer)
  • 4 environment understanding cameras
  • 1 depth camera
  • 1 2MP photo / HD video camera
  • Mixed reality capture
  • 4 microphones
  • 1 ambient light sensor

The Hololens is powered by an Intel processor paired with Microsoft’s “Holographic Processing Unit”.  It has 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space, and weighs around half a kilogram and only has around 2-3 hours of battery life. It is completely wireless and has Bluetooth 4.1 LE, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. However, this is only the Development Edition which means that when the consumer edition arrives, it may not be run by the same hardware.

Now that Microsoft is going to start shipping their HoloLens during March, it is now available for pre-order on Mircosoft’s website.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a tablet PC with a detachable keyboard with the intended theory of a tablet that can replace your laptop.

Starting at $899 and for that price you get a Surface Pro tablet with an Intel Core M3 CPU, 128 GB of solid state storage and 4 GB of RAM, plus a touchscreen stylus that magnetically attaches to the side of the screen.With a Core i5 the price jumps to $999.Double the storage to 256GB and the RAM to 8GB, and the price is $1,299.This computer is not inexpensive.

There are also type covers, it connects via a magnetic hinge along the bottom of the tablet, and folds shut over the cover for easy transport. These type covers,costs an extra $129.The one design issue that Microsoft hasn’t changed with the Surface Pro 4 is its “lapability” problem. When the keyboard is attached, its rear kickstand works well on a tabletop — but typing on your lap or in a crowded airline seat remains a logistical challenge.

The “pen” is almost perfected and it is so accurate you can do art and even draw cartoons  using the surface pro.There is also a little eraser at the end of the pen.

Overall I think the surface pro is worth the money as it has good performance,design and graphics.However, it does not have as good battery life and may not be suitable for people who need the laptop for long periods of time.

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Microsoft Lumia 650

When Microsoft launched this new phone, it was really cheap at the price of $200. Despite the low price, it is still considered a good phone. With it having a computer display of the home screen, it still functions like other phones, but cheaper. The low cost phone being targeted at budget conscious looking for a ‘my first Windows Phone’ experience buyers was not what the crowd was looking for. However, considering it was a budget product, I think personally it could be slightly more creative in terms of the home screen display instead of copying it from the computer.

The phone having a premium look is a well done for Microsoft but the plastic back comes off unlike Apple phones and others so as to allow you to get to the Micro SD slot and the removable battery which are really handy when you bought an extra battery along with you.

  • 5-inch OLED display at 1,280×720 resolution
  • 142 mm by 70.9 mm by 6.9 mm and 122 g (5.5 by 2.8 by 0.27 inches and 4.3oz)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage with Micro SD Card up to 200GB Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor running at 1.3 GHz
  • 2,000 mAh
  • Category 4 LTE
  • 8-megapixel rear camera and 5MP front facing handy.

Unfortunately, it does not support the Continuum which is the killer feature for Windows 10 which gives you the PC-like experience when it your device to the big screen and also the camera will not be setting any speed records and the 2,000 mAh battery would not be the largest battery although the low-resolution screen and aforementioned chipset is not really battery consuming.

Overall, I think this product is good in terms of its price and components despite the fact that it does not support the Continuum. The price of this phone is cheap and the components are relatively good considering that it is a $200 budget phone. The phone is definitely pocket-sized unlike the recent iPhone 6 and not even considering iPhone 6 plus and other phones.

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Lumia 640 XL LTE

The Lumia 640 XL LTE is a budget phone. Usually the camera of most budget smartphones are not that great and it is not cost-effective to get better lenses for it. However, Microsoft has managed to get a quality camera in this big screen phone without making it really expensive.

The phone comes with 4G connectivity and has a 3,000mAh battery inside to ensure a long lasting battery life. The battery life can last up to 10 hours of  web browsing time.

There are variations of the Lumia 640 XL LTE like one with a single SIM slot and an LTE 4G modem. You can also get it in different colours such as black, white or cyan. The colour cyan stands out most among most other smartphones that usually come in either black or white making it quite unique.

The Lumia 640 XL LTE does feel like plastic but it is quite solid and the casing adds a small amount of texture so it doesn’t slip off your hand that easily. It weighs around 171g and thus it is not much of a burden to hold on to as it is not that heavy.

It has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and the colours are rich and bright with great contrast so it is easy to read it under bright sunlight. It runs on Windows Phone 8.1 and comes with 1GB of RAM.

It has quite smooth and great performance for basic use and the only time when it is usually slow is when it is turning on as it takes around 25 seconds from pressing the power on button. However it is not going to break any records.

In conclusion if you’re looking for a great budget smartphone that has not only long battery life but also comes with a great camera that is able to take photos with solid detail and great colours then the Lumia 640 XL LTE is great choice for you. Although the 720p resolution makes the pixel density lower and the performance is not great if you’re a power user, it is priced at around S$322.88 and might vary from different retail stores. I really recommend this phone for people who are wanting a cheap yet great phone.

 

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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

 

The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is a special type of mouse. Unlike other average computer mice, it has a flexible design. The flexible design allows the mouse to be curved to suit to what you think best and can be flattened after use for packing.

Another unique feature is that it does not have a mouse wheel. Instead it comes with a touch-sensitive scroll wheel, where all you require is a quick flick and a hyper fast vertical scrolling for smooth, intuitive navigation.  However, the mouse wheel tab is easy to lose track of and might cause some minor annoyance.

It comes with the usual two physical buttons for both the left-click and right-click functions. The mouse comes with the BlueTrack Technology which allows you to track on almost any surface, from your office desk to your living room floor. However, it doesn’t work on clear glass or mirrored surfaces.

A Plug-and-go Nano Transceiver is provided where it can either be stowed magnetically in the mouse or it can be plugged into your computer’s USB 3.0 port, but it does not support Bluetooth. By flattening the mouse, it turns off the mouse to avoid draining its AAA batteries with a green light to show the battery working.

In conclusion, the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is a great mouse for people who are required to travel a lot and need an easily portable mouse. It also has a variety of surfaces that you can use it on. However, it is said to have a slightly unresponsive scroll tab and it is easy to lose track of the scroll tab, making it slightly inconvenient. The price of it is around S$59.95 depending on the retailer price. Thus, I would recommend this mouse if you find the price affordable and need to travel frequently.

 

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