REVIEW: VOI’s Electric Scooter Rental Service

My right thigh hurts. I have been leaning on it while I’ve been pushing the electric scooter with my left foot. It’s uphill and the gadget is not working by itself….

Me and my friend – David change scooters. I know his was working so it should sort out. I was near to giving up as I lost feeling in the thigh. What now? It just won’t work even though I pushed the gas button. Perhaps if I push it again… Yeeeees! Now I get it… I need to push and hold it. It’s working!

Prior to this experience, I got instructed by my friend to download the VOI app. When done, I inserted my credentials. Next step was to set the GPS and the Bluetooth of the mobile. The app will prompt you to do so.

Afterwards, you can seek on the map for available scooters. When you find one, you can either scan its QR- code, or enter it manually (which is helpfull, because in dark the camera may let you down). When you’re done, you can simply chose to unlock it and you are ready for your trip. Before renting it, info such as battery level is shown to the user, so if you estimate that you won’t reach your destination, you can check out the map and get another scooter.

The strongest selling point is that it cost you around 1€ to unlock it and around 1,5€ for 10 minutes of travel. I’ve seen a couple of hundreds, if not thousands of scooters available through the city. Whenever you want it, you should be able to find one within 5 or 10 minutes’ walk from your location. As mentioned, the app will help you out.

Perhaps in the summer, the demand is bigger, as I felt my fingers freezing today (it’s below 0 Celsius here, in Stockholm right now). You can also park the scooters where you want and if you just wanna go into a store and buy something fast, you can pause the subscription and reserve the scooter – no money will be charged and no one will be able to rent it while you’re in the store.

The downside is that it losses speed when riding it upwards and you have to push it with your legs. I do think that future generation of scooters will do much better, as there are also contenders on the market and it’s in the companies’ interest to advance and invest in their products.

There is a small electronic screen where you can see the speed and level of battery. I have reached speeds such as 14 or 15 km/h on plain street. The brakes are also good, but it can differ. I’ve rented 3 scooters and felt a bit difference.
Stockholm also has one of the best bicycles’ lane network in the world and thus makes the product relevant. With an environment-aware millenial generation and the fact that 15 minutes cost you at most around 3€(with the rental fee being 1€), it’s worth the ride.

NOTE: 4/5
The only let-down is that it almost won’t work uphill. A fun experience and you should definately try it when you are in Stockholm

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MY THOUGHTS ON SAMSUNG GEAR VR

I would like to mention that I’ve never before had any VR experience. My encounter with the Gear VR was the first.

I have been sceptical about VR, failing to see the possibilities and mostly because I’ve been focusing on gaming, and there aren’t a lot of full fledged games to choose. Resident Evil 7 on PSVR was the only full AAA- game available for the VR fanatics. Dirt Rally also got an update which allows players to gear up their VR headsets (PSVR) and hit the road.

But what I know think has the brightest future are videos and movies. The demo that I tested in the Samsung store was showcasing the Earth from space. I was instantly taken away from this reality and thrown into another. It was amazing.

The Gear VR uses Samsung mobiles in order to render the visuals and is also using the phone battery to charge up.

A representative told me that there is a store for videos, games and everything VR related. I found this site: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/gear-vr/, but I will return to the store for more info. He also told me that there are full movies that are being produced for the gadget and that Netflix has started to support it.

I also saw the Gear 360, which is a camera that records videos in 360 degreees. I saw some of these(videos) on Youtube, but failed to recognize the magic behind. Gear VR has a tag price of $150 or 150 EUR and the camera costs $350 or 350 EUR.

For what is worth it, you should at least try it if you have the possibility to. The price tag is within reach and most probably during fall or winter, I will start shooting my own 360 movies and upload them on Youtube. The Gear VR is a must and won’t hurt the wallet.

NOTE: 5/5
The 360 video of the Earth seen form space was amazing and I will remember the experience just as I remeber my first PC or my first PS2 console.

The Iconic NOKIA 3310 Might Make A Comeback

Reports claim that the “classic” Nokia 3310 might make a comeback. The price tag would be around $59 or 59 EUROS.

It would have a basic functionality, meaning no Internet- access neither touch screen, but to be used just for texts and phone calls. The battery is legendary for the mobile that was manufactured in over 120 million units, lasting even a couple of days and nights in a row.

Snake is the “killer-app” for the Nokia 3310, the game that everyone just had to have 17 years ago when the device started production. Alarm and clock are other functions, as well as using the number buttons to create own tunes.

More details should emerge soon.

VIDEO: ‘What Is Virtual Reality and How Does It Work? | Mashable Explains ‘

You may have heard under the past months or years about Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and VR. This video from Mashable explains the technology for you.

Facebook recently acquired Oculus VR for a hefty $2 billion. Before the purchase, Oculus raised more than $91 million in venture funding after an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign put them on the radar of techies and gamers alike. With all of this attention and all of this money now being invested, it looks like virtual reality is making a huge comeback.

New Tesla Model Reaches Over 250 000 Preorders

Tesla Model 3 is available for preorder and it’s Tesla‘s next car model, expected to hit the market in late 2017.

Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk says pre-orders of the firm’s much-anticipated model electric car are currently at a total of 276,000, by the end of last Sunday(yestreday). Perhaps it might not translate into actual sales, but it showcases the interest and possibily the need for an electric car, which got an overhaul in many coutries during the past last years.

Here is the “official” numbers’ announcement:

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