Sunday, 17 November 2013

Monitor Your Digital Life With These Smart Gauges

The Nimbus syncs with your Android or iOS device via Wi-Fi. Photo: Quirky
Gauges are cool.

The Nimbus personal dashboard has four of them and they’d look at home on the dash of any 1970′s muscle car. Instead of reporting on oil pressure, alternator output, and the current temperature of your cooling system, the Nimbus displays data from your digital life — things like commute times, email volume, social media activity, calendar appointments, FitBit stats, and more.

Information is displayed digitally with physical needles acting as a barometer of your watched items. If you have more emails than usual, the needle will indicate this. It’s like a speedometer for your connected life. The more to the right the needle is, the more you have going on.

The Nimbus syncs with your Android and iOS device with the Wink app over your home Wi-Fi. The app pairs with the Nimbus via a series of rapidly flashing lights. Just point your phone at the house-shaped light receiver at the back of the device and get ready for a light show. Once synced, you can choose which services will display on the dashboard. The prop from the movie Bullit also works as an alarm clock.

The only thing it’s missing is the rumble of V8. Maybe that’s coming in version 2.0. The Nimbus is available for $130.

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