Some of us just aren’t morning people. If that’s you and you prefer to get things done at night, we’ve got what you need to make your life that little bit easier. There’s no need to compromise because you work (or play) best when the lights are out and others are safely tucked in bed.
Price: $34.95 | By: Moleskin
If you like to read in bed at night without disturbing your partner, you’ll need a book light. Some of us still read actual books (yes, really) and for those who suffer eyestrain when using backlit devices, the Booklight is brilliant. The device is flat and lightweight, and is flexible, so it can be bent to attach to any base or book cover, which means it should also accommodate most ebook readers. It can also double as a bookmark. Two bright LEDs provide four hours of illumination, operated by a simple on/off switch, and the light is simply recharged by plugging it into your computer’s USB port (a blue light indicates that it’s charging).
Panther Vision 4 LED Power Cap
Price: $19.98 | Available at: Bunnings
If you’re busy doing something at night that requires both of your hands to be free (assembling IKEA furniture, perhaps?), this cap could be the ideal solution. This comfy cotton twill hat features four bright LED lights under the brim to function as a hands-free flashlight. Two LEDs are angled down at 25° for close-up work and two are angled forward, providing light up to 10m away. Four coin cell batteries, hidden in the sweatband, power the cap to deliver 43 hours of illumination, and the on/off switch is conveniently located under the brim. It’s also available in three colours (black, navy and khaki), so it’s not embarrassing to wear out and about during the day.
Price: $90 | By: Razer
If you like to indulge in some after-hours gaming, you’ll need a backlit keyboard so you can see what you’re doing. The DeathStalker is a best seller and for good reason. Its slim chiclet keys are backlit with green LEDs and it features anti-ghosting capabilities to recognise up to 10 simultaneous key presses. It also has fully programmable keys for on-the-fly macro recording with 1,000Hz ultrapolling. A fixed wrist rest ensures complete comfort during extended gaming sessions. If you’re a serious gamer and money is no object, consider the $270 DeathStalker Ultimate. In addition to the aforementioned features, you’ll find Razer’s Switchblade UI, which consists of 10 dynamic tactile keys and a small LCD panel.
Nite Ize SpotLit LED
If you prefer to walk Fido at night, this glowing LED pendant light for your dog’s collar ensures you (and Fido) will be able to see any obstructions in your path. The light is encased in a frosted body to make it glow, so it’s not overly bright like a flashlight. It has a stainless steel spring-loaded carabiner on one end for easy attachment. You can set the light to stay on or flash continuously, and it’s said to last 20 hours in glow mode or 25 in flash mode (two batteries are included). You could even attach one of these handy lights to your keyring or anywhere you need extra light, and they come in a variety of colours: white, red, green, blue and rainbow.
For: iOS, Android | Price: Free
This free app is great for photographers. Its main function is to activate your mobile device’s built-in camera to take snaps using customisable trigger events, including sound, vibration, time, distance and more. For night photography, this means you can place your device in position and trigger a photo to be taken without having to touch it. That means no more blurry photos! We particularly like the short and long exposure settings of the time-lapse modes, with our favourite being the ‘star trail’ option, as it’s designed to capture time-lapse images of the night sky. You can even purchase a cable and dongle from the web site to connect your device to your DSLR camera and use the app to take photos remotely.
SkyView — Explore the Universe
For: iOS | Price: $1.99
Budding astronomers can marvel at the wonder of the night sky with this app. Stars, galaxies, planets, constellations and satellites are easily identified and succinctly explained. Simply install the app and move your iPhone or iPad around to see what heavenly bodies are around you. Click on an object and its name will appear, along with the path of its celestial orbit. You can also search for a specific object and the app will guide you to it with directional arrows. Like what you see? Take a snapshot and email it directly from the app. We suggest you use Night Mode to preserve your night vision. For something fun, try overlaying the sky on what you see through your device’s camera.
For: iOS, Android | Price: Free
If you like reading on your tablet or smartphone at night, do it in style with the Kindle reading app. We prefer this to the default Apple/Android options: we love the interface and the ease with which you can adjust the text for your specific reading needs. Perhaps you prefer 24-point double-spaced white text on a black background at 50% brightness — it’s up to you. You can read any existing MOBI, PDF or TXT files you may have. It also syncs your books across devices, so you’ll never lose your spot. We only wish you could purchase ebooks directly from within the app, although you can email books and documents to your ‘send to Kindle’ email address and purchase from Amazon independently of the app.
Sleepmaker All in One
For: iOS | Price: Free or $7.49
If you’re up at night, not because you want to be, but simply because you’re an insomniac, this app should help you get to sleep. It’s a suite of five apps featuring 33 selected tracks of soothing sounds: Rain, Storms, Waves, Streams and Wildlife. Each track is around 45 minutes long and there’s a programmable 24-hour sleep timer, as well as the option to fade out tracks and adjust the volume using a slider control. Invest in the Pro version and you’ll have access to 110 tracks, including those in the exclusive White Noise app, along with multitasking functionality, which allows you to run the app in the background while performing other tasks (we’d actually avoid doing this if you want to get to sleep!).
If you’re good with your hands and like to tinker, consider building your own night vision camera. Doityourselfgadgets.com will show you how to modify an old analogue video camera to give it night vision capabilities. For something a little different, you could create a steampunk night vision periscope by following the instructions at www.instructables.com. On the other hand, if DIY isn’t your cup of tea, you can simply buy a Kickstarter-funded Snooperscope night vision attachment for your smartphone from www.snooperscope.co.uk (from US$99). Now you can capture that elusive footage of your dog tapdancing, or whatever it is that pets get up to at night once everyone is asleep.
We’re all really busy these days, so it’s easy to push aside PC-based tasks during the day. It’s a chore, but clearing out your email and unsubscribing from pointless unread e-newsletters makes for a clutter-free inbox. Also think about performing a deep virus scan and defragging your hard drives. Once you’ve done that hard work, it’s time for some fun. If your internet provider has an off-peak period late at night, it’s a great time to catch up on all the silly YouTube videos you’ve been sent through the week, or even set up that Netflix or Hulu account to watch those overseas TV series you’ve heard so much about.
Play a game
Is there anything more fun than a late-night gaming session? Turn off the lights and power up your console for a truly immersive gaming experience. Feel like discovering something new? Go online and you’ll find hundreds of entertaining games to play at web sites like www.miniclip.com and www.shockwave.com. Hours will pass before you realise, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. In the mood for something a little more creepy? Check out the games at Gameshed and Dark Horror Games. If you want to be scared out of your wits and don’t mind a little blood and gore, try Aussie developer Ben Leffler’s point-and-click trilogy: Exmortis, Exmortis 2 and Exmortis 3.
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what it’s like to be in space? Well, look no further than NASA. The site has information on spacewalks, shuttle launches and other space missions, in addition to live streaming from NASA’s own online TV station, podcasts and a 3D spacewalk game experience. Best of all, the site features some of the most incredible images you’ll ever see of Earth from space, the sun and the other planets within our solar system. If you want your mind well and truly blown, or you just want a really amazing wallpaper, check out the Hubble Space Telescope’s most incredible images of the night sky’s nebulas, galaxies and stars at hubblesite.org/gallery/album/.
Article source: http://www.techlife.net/2014/04/apps-gadgets-night-owls.html