The Helium Levitate speaker – magnets, how do they work?

Levitating speakers are not new to us, but that doesn’t make them any less cool. As it is with all gadgets we see on here, there are a variety of similar products that change slightly in usage. This makes it possible for several companies to churn out basically the same thing at a lower or higher price based on their build and functionality. When you see something cool like a speaker that is held up by magnets, you can be sure many more like it will follow shortly.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a levitating speaker more nifty than the Mars, but if $249 is outside of your price range (what it currently runs for), then maybe the Helium Levitate Speaker will be more to your liking. It houses a 3 watt speaker, and as there are powerful magnets inside, you can attach it to anything metal. You can connect your Bluetooth music players to it, or use the aux cable to hook in. The exterior is glossy, and the rounded edges make it look like a UFO landing on a hill.

This only has a playback time of 5 hours, which isn’t much if you’ve got a full day planned. This is the cheaper option out of the levitating speakers out there though, so it shouldn’t be too surprising. If you’re wanting a better internal battery, you might want to go for the OOM, though that will be $179 compared the $125 the Helium would cost you. The speaker aspect is portable, and can also be used to take calls on speakerphone thanks to a built-in mic. You will need to have the based plugged in, but there will be a separate cable for the speaker as it charges via USB.

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The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Keyboard is a thing of beauty

Not too long ago, ROCCAT wasn’t a name many had heard of in the states, but they certainly brought their game faces to the table. They’ve had some pretty awesome peripherals for gamers to geek out over, and never stop making more things for us to want. While we’ve known for a while that the Ryos series was coming to town, we haven’t taken a good look into what they can do.

The Ryos MK Pro is a mechanical keyboard that uses cherry switches, and has N-key rollover. It houses a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor with 2MB of flash memory so you can store all of your configurations. The switches are available in blue, black, brown, or red. The Easy-Shift [+] gives you the ability to have a secondary function on literally any key.

While it does have a glossy exterior, it is Smudge proof, meaning you aren’t going to have a messy-looking keyboard unless you’re really trying. There is an integrated media hub with audio in and out, and 2 USB ports. Each key is individually lit, so you can highlight whichever keys are the most important to you so you’ll never lose track while gaming in the dark. Although, anyone buying this keyboard is likely well-versed enough in gaming that they don’t need the help, and will use the per key illumination for creative reasons. This is going to cost you $169.99, or less for Prime people.

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The Induction Duo Speaker is all about sound, no cables

As life moves at an ever-increasing rate, we want nothing more than to have everything as streamlined as possible. Time is money, and we usually don’t have enough of either to make things seem fair. That’s why the little things like listening to music and playing games are so important to us. They have the power to change how you feel about a day.

If you’re on the hunt for a new speaker, then why not choose something that will be almost completely hassle-free? This Induction Duo Speaker uses, you guessed it, induction, to crank up your phone’s volume. It has a six hour battery life, and two 5-watt drivers that don’t need to pair or plug into your phone to pump up the jams. You only need to set your device on top for it to start cranking out music at a louder decibel.

This works with any device that has an external speaker, and will still turn up the sound even if you have a case on your smartphone (the device most are going to use). It has a soft, rubberized feel to it, and the only cable you’ll need is for charging. If you’re interested in this sort of convenience, then you’ll be looking at paying around $39 for this speaker. It does have a rather short battery life, compared to ones that can go for 10 or more hours, but whether or not that matters is up to your situation.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 delivers 4K photo shots without missing a beat

Panasonic and their range of digital cameras have graced the market for quite some time already, where we have seen some rather tough cookies like the LUMIX TS6 grace the scene. This time around, however, it would be more of the photo taking experience than to have a tough camera that can handle more than the usual roughness, and we are talking about the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7.

This unique shooter will feature an exclusive 4K PHOTO feature which will tap into the high resolution of 4K Ultra HD video in order to improve the speed of photo capture. As mentioned, the exclusive 4K PHOTO feature will let you pause and extract high resolution pictures from 4K video in order for you to enjoy every single moment, meaning there is no more risk of missing that special moment ever again. Apart from that, the LUMIX G7 will have a great degree of flexibility since it is compatible with more than 24 compact lens options, and it has been specially built on the next generation interchangeable lens camera standard (Micro Four Thirds).

Not only that, the “mirrorless” Micro Four Thirds design would also pave the way for a lighter, more compact camera body, and at the same time, offer cutting-edge 4K video, audio, creative controls, wireless, super-fast intelligent-focusing and exposure technologies that are not able to be pulled off by traditional DSLRs. In addition, the LUMIX G7 will also have the ability to record stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840

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Partime Swiss Edition to take off this summer

While the world might be enamored with the flavor of the day at the moment where timepieces are concerned with smartwatches being released left and right, what with the Apple Watch being one of them, there is still a sizeable crowd out there who would prefer something that is a whole lot more traditional. Partime, for instance, is a young watch brand that hails from Zurich which will be going on board Swiss International Airlines in order to deliver its duty free range this summer by offering a new design. The Partime Swiss Edition is so special, it can only be bought when you are at an altitude of 10,000 meters – that is, in the middle of a flight, and these watches will be numbered and available exclusively to passengers of Swiss.

The Partime Swiss Edition is special enough to come with in a 45 mm, polished stainless steel case, where it will be individually numbered to ensure its uniqueness, will be waterproof, sports a LCD display, a digital time display that can show up at the touch of a button, and a battery life of approximately 2 years. Sounds like a dream timepiece to us, especially for those who love to spend plenty of time in the skies!

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The CouchMaster Pro – living on your couch is serious business

If you always make sure you have time to game, your setup is very important. Those few hours you have in the evening are the best way to relax, so it only makes sense that you want things to be perfect. If you are a PC gamer and like to play on your couch, then you know how annoying it can be to try and find a flat space to put your keyboard and mouse.

If you want to be serious about your couch potato gaming lifestyle, then this Couchmater Pro will be a must-have. This has a 4-port USB hub, 16-32 foot long cable, practical cable management, and more. This ergonomic design comes from Germany, and has removable cushions for the heel of your hand. There’s also a pocket for your mouse, and a side bag for even more accessories or cans of energy drinks to fuel your gaming session.

There are of course, add ons such as a mobile holder, ash tray, and tablet holder that will make sure you’re never far from a source of entertainment. That’s going to put more on top of the $169 you’ll have to pay initially for this though. There are a variety of colors to choose from for the leather, and no effort will be required from you to set this up as it is plug-and-play. This would also be great for laptop usage for those that like to game in bed or on the couch. Nothing quite like having a portable desk to game wherever you want.

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D-Link HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-935L) announced

D-Link has just made an announcement concerning their maiden attempt at a consumer home camera which will carry the latest generation 802.11AC wireless technology, where it will be known as the HD Wi-Fi Camera (or rather, the DCS-935L if model numbers are your cup of tea). Already starting to ship, this Wi-Fi Camera will deliver a fresh new look alongside advanced home and small business monitoring features, where among them will include the likes of sound detection, motion detection, triggered alerts, and day/night viewing for a robust and affordable surveillance solution. Thanks to 802.11AC Wi-Fi connectivity, users are able to hook it up to the 5GHz wireless band in order to enjoy providing a clearer channel for better bandwidth and video streaming, apart from the standard 2.4GHz band, of course.

Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc., shared, “For home owners and renters looking for a DIY home security solution, our Wi-Fi Cameras are a great fit and allow users to avoid the additional cost of installations, contracts or subscriptions. Our newest HD Wi-Fi Camera delivers faster 11AC Wi-Fi connectivity so users can place them farther from the router with a faster connection, making it more flexible for placing cameras where surveillance is needed.”

Apart from that, the DCS-935L will also boast of an expanded viewing area with a 78 degree horizontal field of view alongside crisp HD 720p video quality for clear and detailed security footage. Both sound and motion detection capabilities are also thrown into the mix, where it will pave the way for push alerts to notify home owners as to what is happening right there and then in real time, regardless of how many thousand miles one is away – as long as they remain connected to the Internet, of course.

It can be easily set up through the mydlink Home mobile app with D-Link Direct Connect wireless setup, where the night vision capability is up to 16-feet, while there will also be microUSB power input for flexible power options. The HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-935L) can be yours for $119.99 a pop if you are interested.

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4UCAM WiFi Backup Camera could save the day

It goes without saying that a camera integrated into a smartphone these days would be the norm – and if you do not happen to have a camera in your smartphone, then the handset is not very smart in the first place, not to mention it ain’t a phone which will turn heads whenever you whip it out from your pocket. Well, there are different ways to make use of your smartphone camera in everyday life, but with the $149.99 4UCAM WiFi Backup Camera, it is the perfect tool to help you see what is behind you before backing up – and could come in handy to help you avoid a fender bender.

The 4UCAM WiFi Backup Camera will support most iOS and Android-powered devices in the market, where it comes with just about everything that makes it good to go right out of the box, without having you to deal with the likes of configuring a router, to work issues out with a phone company or the ilk. All that you are required to do would be to hook up 12V power to the WiFi transmitter/camera, and voila! You’re on your way to avoiding unwanted accidents and injuries in your car, van, SUV, RV, or delivery vehicle. This is an IP66 waterproof license plate camera that boasts of a 110-degree wide angle viewing and accompanied by night vision capability, making it more capable than other reverse cameras that we have seen in the past.


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Radio-controlled headphone race by Urbanears is worth looking out for

Here we have received word that five famous Internet profiles will be going up against one another to emerge as the winner in what is deemed to be the world’s first radio controlled headphone race. This is a unique race that was created by the Urbanears collective, where players will settle the score using their very own 3D-printed heads on wheels from this coming June 2nd onward. The heads themselves will be controlled through wireless headphones equipped with sound controlled technology, which have been specially developed for the ‘Radio Heads’ race.

Just to get a better idea on who the rest of the contestants are, they are Tobygames, Anna Akana and Strawburry17, and it is amazing to know that each of them happen to run popular channels on YouTube, and with the rest of the contestants ganging up, it would add up to a total of more than 10 million subscribers. Each player will race with a life-size replica of his or her own head, and this unique replica is made of 3D printed plastic. The heads are then mounted on four-wheel platforms from radio-controlled cars which will be controlled by the players.

In order for this game to be made a possibility, unique sound steering technology has been developed. The wheeled heads happen to be controlled by sound, through wireless headphones with Bluetooth technology. As for the driver, he or she will steer and regulate the head’s speed simply by panning the channels and adjusting the volume using controls on a set of headphones. Sounds like a whole lot of fun to us for sure!

This special and one-of-a-kind race will be live streamed on YouTube and on urbanears.com/radioheads, allowing viewers to interact by tweeting and cheering messages to their favorite player via #radioheads. Of course, since this is a promotional event, there is also the chance to win more than 1,000 pairs of headphones, now how about that? Definitely one of the wackier “race toys/games” we’ve seen to date.

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Samsung sees to expansion of UHD monitor family

When it comes to computer monitors, getting a large sized model with the right resolution and technology packed into it is essential. After all, you spend hours each day staring into the monitor, and that would definitely have an effect on your eyes in the long run if you were to make use of a low resolution model. Samsung has decided to expand its family of ultra high-definition (UHD) monitors in order to better suit the visual display needs of both entertainment-focused consumers and detail-oriented professionals. This means the new UE590 and UE850 UHD monitors are capable of delivering rich picture contrast and rapid response time, resulting in a more life-like, non-distracting visual experience that simultaneously enhances performance.

Depending on your organization’s need and budget, the Samsung UE590 and UE850 monitors will arrive in 23.5” and 28” form factors, where the former model is most applicable for high-quality entertainment seekers and avid gamers who require immersive visual detail. As for the latter, the UE850’s (23.5”, 28” and 31.5” models) will boast of improved resolution and dynamic connectivity drive efficiency for professional, creative and analytical tasks. Merge that with ergonomic and environmentally-friendly advancements, both the UE590 and UE850 monitors are up to the task when it comes to delivering a complete, comfortable viewing experience.

Certainly Samsung is not the only player in the market where 4K monitors are concerned, but this does not mean that the South Korean conglomerate is behind in the game. On the contrary, these new models offer more than 8 million pixels and four-times the detail clarity of full high-definition (FHD) alternatives, which would translate to providing the most accurate image recreation possible.

They both create a true UHD viewing experience via a host of embedded picture- and game-enhancing functions, and happen to be the only UHD monitors that support AMD FreeSync technology, which synchronizes the refresh rate of the monitor to the frame rate of a user’s AMD graphic card for a smooth, responsive and tearing-free game.

As for the 28” and 31.5” UE850 business monitors, those boast of a Quad Interface that seamlessly connects with DP 2.1, miniDP, HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4a sources. HDMI 2.0 and DP 2.1 support 4K resolution at 60Hz, which is double the maximum resolution of HDMI 1.4a (4K at 30Hz), now how about that? It would look like the technical specifications of these UHD monitors are more than enough to meet today’s needs – and then some.

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