Thinkware reveals Dash Cam X330 an X350 Stateside

There are so many ways in which a video recorder can be implemented across numerous devices these days, so much so that for many of us, having one dash cam installed in our vehicle’s dashboard is considered to be compulsory. After all, you can never quite tell as to when something bad is going to happen, or when an accident is about to occur. When that happens, at least you have an eyewitness of sorts when it comes to evidence. Thinkware, the leading dash cam company in the world, has just released both its Dash Cam X330 and X350 in the US, which will boast of Wi-Fi functionality so that users are able to hook up their devices to the camera, in addition to a Safety Camera Alert feature which can be connected to the external GPS antenna in order to provide drivers with regularly updated information on verified speed/red-light camera locations and registered speed traps.

The Thinkware Dash Cam X330 is a snap to install, where it will arrive equipped with a 1080p Full HD camera in addition to an array of useful features such as external GPS support for location info and Safety Camera Alerts, a generous 2.7″ LCD display for viewing footage/settings, a slew of autonomous recording modes, Sony CMOS Image sensors, and a Format Free system for universal video playback compatibility.

The Thinkware Dash Cam X350, on the other hand, will arrive equipped with the same standard features as mentioned above, although it will sport an additional integrated Wi-Fi support so that it can connect with your smart devices on Thinkware’s proprietary applications (which are available on both iOS and Android platforms). Both of the Thinkware X330 and X350 models will also be accompanied by Viewer software in order to provide convenient and accurate reviewing of all recorded footage at home on your PC or MAC.

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D-Link reveals new W-Fi camera

dcs-8200lhHaving the right kind of home security does provide us with much needed peace of mind, and that is exactly what the folks over at D-Link have in mind with their latest Wi-Fi camera. This is no ordinary model, as the DCS-8200LH is a totally new High Definition 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera that will also be the latest entrant to the mydlink Connected Home Series.

This particular High Definition 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera will be able to deliver a wide range of advanced features such as the 180-degree ultra-wide angle lens, 720p HD video quality and a microSD memory card slot for local recording, transforming this into the perfect solution when it comes to home security. Making use of the free mydlink Home app, the DCS-8200LH will then be able to play nice with, as well as react to, mydlink’s Connected Home Devices. With IFTTT (If This Then That) support, users too are able to integrate a number of other apps and devices for a truly automated home.

Carina Tsai, product line manager, D-Link, shared, “The Internet of Things (IoT) Connected Home has really advanced in the last few years, and now with the HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera, homeowners can have a secure Connected Home. The DCS-8200LH with IFTTT support gives users the ability to integrate new and exciting recipes to control their home, allowing them to know what’s happening when they’re away and see what caused a motion detection or water sensor alert.”

This certainly makes the DCS-8200LH a very, very different creature from other kinds of Wi-Fi connected home cameras that are in the market.

You will also be able to take advantage of the added benefit of home security which reacts with other devices. For instance, users are able to create an IFTTT recipe so that the DCS-8200LH will automatically begin recording whenever they leave the house, or take a snapshot when their doorbell rings. Imagine being able to check-in live or playback footage from anywhere on a phone or tablet as well, that would surely give worry warts some much needed peace of mind.

Expect the HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8200LH) to be available from next month onward for $139.99 a pop.

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Libratone reveals new portable Bluetooth speakers

libratone-one-clickWhile many of us already happen to own a decent pair of headphones, this does not mean that we should neglect the possibility that wireless or portable speakers could be worth checking out, too. After all, there are moments in life when you would like to play back a video or watch a movie on your computer, but the speakers on your notebook simply does not do the video clip justice. What then, are you supposed to do after that? A pair of decent portable speakers would certainly come in handy – and the folks over at Libratone have done pretty well in that department, with their latest efforts involving with the introduction of the ONE Click and TOO portable Bluetooth speakers.

Both of these happen to be the newest additions to the family of wireless speakers that will boast of 360-degree premium sound that has been created by leading acoustic and product engineers, all the way from Denmark. Make no mistake about it – these are very, very different creatures from other portable Bluetooth speakers out there in the market, as Libratone’s speakers have been designed with versatility in mind, being married to exceptional sound quality to boot. After all, it is no surprise that folks would carry portable speakers when they travel, from the beach to the campsite to the bridal shower to the barbeque, which is why Libratone’s designers have come up with a sleek, highly adaptable speaker that resists water without sacrificing on its design aesthetic.

The Libratone ONE Click shares the approximate size and shape of a paperback book, where it will boast of grommets that enable it to be carried in myriad of adaptable ways. It will arrive surrounded by a rubber bumper and housed in a sleek, water-resistant mesh covering, where one can choose from Graphite Grey, Caribbean Green, Cloudy Grey, and Cerise Red colors. Expect it to be out later this August, where a single click or two will allow users to change the way it is hung, carried or worn.

As for the TOO, it is a playful, portable speaker that will boast of big sound that has been packed into a convenient, diminutive grab-and-go package. Looking more like an overstuffed hot dog, the TOO fits snugly into a bag or back pocket.

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NURA Headphones are over-ear, in-ear, and calibrated specifically to you

We’re all about that bass, but to be honest, we like to hear treble and midtones too. It’s easy to sink tons of money into headphones that say they’ll give you the best audio quality around. Of course, they’re usually giving you the best audio quality for their price point. If you’re an avid gamer, lover of music, or work in a field that requires you to be able to decipher each aspect of sound in great detail, you’re going to need to sink some serious cash into your headphones.

If you are one such person, then you know how important it is to hear every aspect of sound as clearly as possible. NURA is combining ear cups and in-ear headphones with some serious software to make sure you not only hear the sound, but hear it attuned to your specific hearing profile through soundwave technology. This means you’re not only going to hear your sound, but feel it too as the bass will be bumping through the cups while the high tones come in through the buds.

This plugs into your lightning/USB port of your phone, and will have you listen to tones while it calibrates for about 30 seconds. It measures the feint sound that comes out of your ear from hearing something, so once it understands how you hear things, it will adjust everything you hear through the headphones from then on regardless of what app or program it’s in. You can even have multiple profiles if you want to let your friends borrow it, though you probably won’t because they’re in-ear. These will cost you around $199, and will give you the perks of getting custom headphones without having to be an audiophile to find them.

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The Citizen Calendrier Watch makes sure time zones can’t throw you out of sync

When you travel a lot, it’s hard to keep track of when you are. Hopping time zones constantly can make you feel disoriented and it’s hard to place when you need to sleep. If you often find yourself in this pickle of a situation, then you need to make sure you’re setting your clocks to the correct time zone. While your smartphone will normally sync for you, it doesn’t always work, and even then there are times where you just don’t want to look at a screen any more.

If you like wearing a wristwatch and are in need of some time zone help, the Citizen Calendrier Watch will give you a little insight into when in the world you are. It’s a gold-toned watch that uses solar cells so you should never need to replace your batteries. The watch face is encased in a 44mm stainless steel case with a mineral dial window.

It uses a leather band with a deployant clasp and push-button closure, and while the watch is water resistant down to 330 feet, the band is likely not. This is going to cost you around $281, and will take a little finagling for your brain to remember how to set it and what aspects you need to pay attention to. This is pretty pricey for a watch, but it’s meant for people who have the money to hop time zones pretty frequently, so that shouldn’t be too shocking. It’s certainly going to look impressive, and will have a little more functionality than your average timepiece.

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Papaerlike might save your sight from an early grave

In the Information age, we spend more time than ever in front of one or more screens for 8+ hours a day. If you work on a computer, then you know how bad the eye strain can get when you’re nearing a deadline. Having worked as a writer and photographer for many years, I’ve spent one too many days and far too many hours in a dark room with a bright screen, and am already having to deal with the effects on my vision.

While using an E-Ink display would greatly reduce the strain on our eyes as it doesn’t emit any light, no one has really made the effort to make anything bigger than a Kindle. Enter in Paperlike, the world’s first E-Ink Monitor that is a 13.3” screen which takes the crisp and detailed images you would see on a regular monitor and puts them on an E-Ink display to unburden your eyes. There are four image processing algorithms to choose from so you can view your screen in whatever way you prefer.

There’s also threshold contrast conditioning so you can adapt different fonts and color themes to E-Ink. Much like a tablet, you can also use this USB connected monitor in either landscape or portrait mode. If you’re looking to make life easier for your eyes and want to keep your vision past the age of 50, then you’ll be looking at putting down $799-899 on this crowdfunding project.

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Inkwell reveals tattoo watches

In the past, a watch is not so much a piece of equipment that you wear around your wrist as it is a timekeeping device, and for good reason, too – folks did not have the privilege that we have today when it comes to telling the time in a myriad of ways; ranging from our computers to smartphones and other digital signage. These days, watches are more of a fashion statement with the side function of being able to tell you the time, or perhaps smartwatches end up augmenting your smartphone experience as you can tell whether there is an incoming call or email with a look of your wrist, rather than having to reach into your pocket and taking out your phone. Inkwell would like to spice things up a bit in the watch department with their latest tattoo watch range.

Inkwell happens to be a watch brand that has been inspired by tattoo art, and it was created and approved by professional tattoo artists. Touted to be the first tattoo watch project to date thanks to its unique strap embossing technology, it makes it indistinguishable from actual tattoo thanks to its tangible depth of lines and contours and natural coloring work.

The Inkwell project is an idea that intends to transfer the physical properties of a tattoo onto leather straps, as opposed to making a beautiful yet ordinary print. So far, dozens of material types and technologies have been tried before arriving at the satisfying result of today, ending up in the straps that you see being used.

For Inkwell’s first series, there will be a trio of timepieces available, where each of them is made of 316L stainless steel with an option of PVD coating and Ronda 763 swiss movement on board. The watch cases themselves have been designed after the original creation of Rupert Inkwell, assembled and welded with his own hands. As for its signature sturdy leather straps, these were created with unique embossing imprints that deliver authentic depth and physical qualities to the image and colored by hand. Its packaging will be a leather roll decorated in tattoo stylistics. You can’t get any cooler than that, for real!

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Razer reveals its Naga Hex V2 gaming mouse

Razer is one name that is more often than not associated with high quality gaming peripherals, and it is no surprise at all to see that Razer is back in the spotlight once again thanks to the reveal of the Naga Hex V2 gaming mouse. This will definitely improve on its predecessor in many aspects, and the newest evolution in the storied Naga mouse range will included a new thumb wheel that has been specially designed for popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) titles such as League of Legends, Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm.

The Razer Naga Hex V2 is no ordinary gaming mouse, as it has been buffed up to an OP level, where it boasts of a 7 button mechanical thumb wheel that has been specially optimized for MOBA gaming as mentioned earlier, as well as pre-configured MOBA profiles in order for one to enjoy maximum in-game efficiency. In essence, the Razer Naga Hex V2 comes equipped with a 5G, true 16,000 DPI laser sensor that ensures any kind of movement across any display setup will be able to register precisely, regardless of whether it is a multi-monitor battle station or a 4k screen.

The newest mouse under Razer’s banner will also take advantage of Powered by Razer Chroma technology, where it unlocks customizable lighting features which can then be synchronized across devices. Gamers are able to select and choose from 16.8 million colors and a variety of effects that suit their taste, while custom settings can be created on the Razer Synapse software platform and shared with millions of other Razer software users thanks to the Razer Chroma Workshop.

In-game Razer Chroma lighting profiles have also been integrated into popular game titles, including “Overwatch”, “Call of Duty®: Black Ops III”, and “Blade and Soul”, among others. Already available Stateside, the Naga Hex V2 gaming mouse will come with an asking price of $79.99 a pop, although it would burn a larger hole in your pocket across the pond at €99.99 apiece.

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Vizio reveals new home theater sound bar range

When it comes to having a decent home theater system, there are many different players out there in the market who are vying for a slice of the pie, which is good news for consumers since this means there are many different options to pick from. Apart from good visuals, one should also look into making sure that audio works great on their end as well. With so many sound bars out there in the market, just which particular model should we choose? Vizio has just the thing this time around, as their all new home theater sound bar collection is revealed, arriving in a new slim design while delivering high performance 5.1 surround sound.

This new range is part of the next generation Vizio SmartCast Ecosystem, where it comes integrated with Google Cast for simple WiFi casting regardless of where you are in the home. The new Vizio SmartCast sound bars will comprise of the 38″ 2.1 Sound Bar System, and it will have other models as well all the way to the flagship 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System. Each of these audio products are able to be controlled by the Vizio SmartCast app which is capable of transforming just about any mobile device into a powerful touchscreen remote.

The SmartCast 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System is perfect for home theater enthusiasts who are on the lookout for elegant style, while being able to enjoy the highest quality audio (at that price, of course) and a true 5.1 surround sound. It has been designed to complement 47″ class size displays and above, being engineered with custom drivers, a center channel for enhanced dialogue clarity and a sleek profile that doesn’t sacrifice audio quality.

Not only that, these have been priced at extremely affordable figures, starting from just $219.99 for the 38″ 2.1 Sound Bar System all the way to $499.99 for the 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System, which should be able to fit the budget of everyone.

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The Opolar Vacuum Fan Laptop Cooler – don’t let overheating win the day

If you love gaming, you know the hard life that comes with playing on a laptop. Even the more powerful ones overheat if you go at it for too long and can shut off mid-game. The key to gaming longer and still being able to run everything else in the background is keeping your laptop cool. Since the body is so small, you can’t have as powerful of a fan like a PC.

Instead of trying to wait for it to cool down, you could always invest in the Opolar Laptop Cooler, as it uses a vacuum fan to suck the heat out of your air vents. It’s a compact system that is easy to put on, and you only have to line it up once to be able to rapidly reduce the surface and internal temperature of your laptop by 18-50 degrees Fahrenheit. This is definitely going to be better than just elevating it on a slatted platform or using fans on the exterior.

To install this, you’ll need to put on the adhesive mounting plate, pick the correctly sized shroud to fit over your air vents, attach the junction plate, and put it in place. There are 13 different speeds to manage the airflow and noise, and the clamping arms will make sure even the most heated of battles won’t have this coming off. This will cost you $25.99, and will let you game on until your hands or eyes tire out rather than giving you toasted wrists and sweaty palms.

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