When it comes to telling the time, there are many different ways of doing so. In fact, most of us these days tend to rely on our smartphones and tablets to tell the time, with the humble wristwatch functioning more as a fashion accessory than anything else. Well, for those of you who would like to spruce up your home or office desk with a clock that is bound to elicit conversation whenever someone drops by your abode, then you would not be able to go wrong with the $199.99 DIY Nixie Tube Clock Kit.
The DIY Nixie Tube Clock Kit will let you enjoy fun with the “LEDs” of yesteryear, where this limited-edition DIY kit will target makers. Of course, one will require a decent amount of soldering experience in the first place before you get started on this bad boy, so you will have to have steady hands and an interest too. The ability to read schematics would definitely come in handy as well, and with the DIY Nixie Tube Clock Kit, you can opt to view time in 12h/24h display mode, while an integrated motion sensor lets you change settings accordingly. Heck, it even comes with the ability to set daylight-savings, now how about that? An alarm function also makes it all the more functional instead of being just aesthetically pleasing, and it also packs the ability to transmit IR data packets to another clock. Surely this is not too different from the DIY Nixie Tube Desk Clock.
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When it comes to HDTVs these days, the market is more or less saturated to an extent where there are just so many different models from various manufacturers to choose from, that the end user or consumer would be spoilt for choice. If you are on a budget, chances are just about any entry level or mid-range HDTV ought to be able to fit the bill perfectly, although from time to time, there might be a gem out there which allows you to indulge in a little bit more. Take Sceptre for instance – the company bolsters its latest range of HDTVs by rolling out a model that comes with an integrated DVD player.
This new model will be part of Sceptre’s Color Series, where it sports 32” of viewing goodness all the while, as its name suggests, offers the convenience of having a built-in DVD player. It is also outstanding when it comes to long term energy savings thanks to an Energy Star V6.1 rating, delivering superb HD image quality that is capable of displaying 16.7 million colors.
Specially designed to liven any room, it will cater to those living in more compact spaces, and these will include the likes of a dorm room, loft or RV. You will be able to choose from striking blue, pink, purple and white colors for the 32-inch Color Series HDTVs, and regardless of which particular shade you choose, it will boast of an elegant brush metal design that is extremely thin despite packing in an integrated DVD player. Not only that, you can also opt to mount it to a wall, while the swivel base to make adjusting viewable angles a snap. Certainly this design is so far ahead from what the market offered a decade ago, right? Hardware specifications point to a resolution count of 1366×768 pixels, an 8ms response time, and three HDMI ports.
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Drones might be banned from parks and forest reserves over in the US and for good reason, too – they might scare away wildlife and cause stress to the animals living in such an environment. However, not everyone who owns a drone has malicious intent to stress out animals, and if you are in the market for a drone that offers more than just pure entertainment alone, perhaps it would be prudent to check out the $1,300 Live Video Camera Drone.
The Live Video Camera Drone happens to be a flying camera drone which is capable of sending live video feeds directly to a compatible smartphone, although do take note that it does have a limited range of one third of a mile – which is a given, actually. You will be able to control the Live Video Camera Drone using a 5.8GHz radio remote control, where live video can be seen on an iPhone or Android smartphone that is hooked up to the remote’s dock. It is said to be easier to fly compared to a normal RC craft which will require your fingers to maintain constant stick control from the remote to deliver a stable flight, as the autonomous flight system ensures that the quartet of the drone’s 9″ high-efficiency propellers will work simultaneously, letting it hover in-place or remain on-course as you focus on taking pictures and video.
The 14MP camera has a 110° field of vision and up to 35° of tilt flexibility, with the ability to record Full HD video to boot, storing all that it has surveyed on a microSD memory card. A full charge of its battery delivers up to 25 minutes of flying time.
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The Singing Machine Company is a well known name when it comes to consumer karaoke entertainment systems over in the US, and to make sure that your summer gets all the more interesting if you grew up in a family that belts out tunes and hit songs non-stop with aplomb, then the iSM990BT might be a worthy addition to the bedroom or living room, keeping company the rest of your home entertainment products to boot. The Singing Machine iSM990BT is a snap to use – all that you need to do is to pair it up with your favorite device, be it a notebook, a smartphone or a tablet, and you can then stream and check out more than 8,000 karaoke songs via The Singing Machine Mobile Karaoke App.
Never suffer from an awkward moment of humming particular bits of a song just because you do not know or have forgotten the lyrics, since the lyrics will be displayed on your smartphone or tablet for easy viewing, letting not only you, but the rest of your mates sing along as well. You will be able to select as to whether you want to play your karaoke songs via a CD+G or USB, or to hook up the device to your TV or monitor in order to get a better and clearer look at the lyrics without having to squint your eyes.
Apart from that, you can also listen and record from the speakers and microphone while sharing the experience over and over with your friends. The iSM990BT doubles up as a Bluetooth speaker to boot, where it is capable of streaming music from your device or play CDs. Expect the Singing Machine iSM990BT to retail for $129.99 a pop, and just in case it is late at night already and you would still like to sing in your apartment to soothe away the day’s stress, you might want to pair this bad boy up with the Noiseless Karaoke Mute Mic 2.
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When it comes to pico projectors, this is one particular accessory market that never really took off, and yet it is unable to blossom, and yet it did not die off either. The thing is, pico projectors are not the cheapest things in the world, and yet they aren’t too expensive, either. With the £14.99 Cardboard Smartphone Projector, it will be able to transform everyday events such as Youtube videos into grand cinematic moments. With the Cardboard Smartphone Projector, it is capable of projecting films from your smartphone onto the wall, thanks to its high-quality glass lens with an impressive 10x magnification.
It can also be recycled of course, since it is made from rugged cardboard that has been printed to look like that of a retro projector. Since it is made out of rugged cardboard, where it is lightweight and compact in nature, being extremely portable. The box itself will be able to amplify the acoustics of the audio, and no longer do you need to sell off part of your liver or a kidney in order to purchase a spanking new HD projector. A silicone grip pad will ensure that it holds your phone in place, and since this is a self assembly projector, there is no need for any kind of glue.
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If there is one thing no one likes dealing with, it’s charging cables. There are always more than one, and it’s quite difficult to keep track of which one went where. There are always the questions of whether or not you brought the right adapter, if you’re going to have to untangle it, and if it’s going to be long enough to reach.
While we don’t have wireless options everywhere we go, you can at least have the option in your home or office through the W2QI Wireless Charging Wood. This looks like a simple block of wood, but can charge your phone, play music, tell you the time, temperature, and even let you answer a call as there is a built-in microphone. In essence, this is a wireless docking station, but has been streamlined so there aren’t any buttons sticking out or cables you would need to worry about.
It is Bluetooth enabled so that you can play music without plugging anything in, but you do have the option to use the included 3.5mm audio cable. Volume controls, snooze, and answer call touch buttons are all located on the top. This will work with most smartphones, including iDevices and Android phones. The front panel is LED back-lit to display the time and temperature, While this doesn’t really go over-the-top for a $98 docking station, it would be nice to not have to mess with cables.
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Headphones are something that just about every single one of us have, especially when we have so many devices around that will be able to play back music on the move. Wired headphones have been around for the longest time, and they are not about to go away anytime soon. Of course, there are wireless headphones around, but are those able to get the tunes right to your skull directly, in a clear manner? The $99.99 Aftershokz Bluez 2 wireless bone conduction headphones is surely able to do so, as the black band wraps behind your head and will rest in front of your ears.
This would ensure that your ears remain open, since the Aftershokz Bluez 2 wireless bone conduction headphones sends sound directly to the cochlea. Each purchase will comprise of a pair of headphones, adjustable tension band, and a storage pouch. With this, you can hear what you are listening to, and yet have the advantage of knowing what else is going on in the world all around you. Sounds like the perfect headphones to wear have when you are out on your morning runs! While this is not first of such headphones like the Parrot Zik in the market, it certainly offers a decent option.
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Aftershokz Bluez 2 delivers wireless bone conduction goodness
Music is the one language we can all understand. Long ago you could only hear it in person, but now you can carry around a huge variety of genres in your pocket. The method in which we listen to it has changed drastically over the past couple of decades. The Walkman is probably one of the most well-known music players, which came into existence in 1979 (it did herald the age of portable music players after all). Though Apple products have taken the spotlight, that doesn’t mean it’s down for the count.
The Walkman is now making a comeback, but won’t be using cassettes any longer. While it may have the same dimensions as the iPod Touch, it’s far thicker, and has 128GB internal storage. The touchscreen is 4 inches with a 854
Some sound can be therapeutic for us, while others can drive us insane. For example, would you rather listen to a dripping faucet or a cat purring? Music is what we choose to listen to most often, and there are a myriad of options for headphones and speaker systems that will provide you with sound at varying qualities. If you are quite the audiophile, then you can differentiate subtle nuances in the caliber of various speakers and headsets. Using different materials such as wood, plastic, and glass will yield very different properties.
If you want to be extremely specific, then even the type of wood can come into play. The Nenrin Mini Healing Speaker is made of Kyoto Kitayama cedar that can only be harvested after 30 years of growth. It seems a bit far-fetched to say that sounds coming through this timber would heal you in some way, but who am I to argue the properties of a wood-based speaker?
This is Bluetooth-enabled, and puts out 15W. There is a Jinshibo or Deshibo option available, one being a treated and the other being natural wood. Even with the understanding that this is a very particular item with healing properties, and takes 30 years of growing to harvest, its $1,500+ price tag seems a bit over-the-top. That kind of money would be better spent on several spa days and healthy food.
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A video game console in particular might arrive with the best hardware underneath the hood, not to mention accompanied by all of the accomplished game publishers in the industry, but if it so happens to lack a good controller, then your experience would be ruined. After all, having a comfortable controller that does not result in blisters or aches and pains in your fingers and joints after hours of intense gaming is crucial, and the folks over at Hyperkin know that, hence rolling out the $39.99 Hyperkin Retron 5 Bluetooth Wireless Controller.
This is another Bluetooth wireless controller that will play nice – nay, was specially made just for your RetroN 5 console, and you will be able to select from either black or grey colors in order to have it match your existing system. A single full charge would be able to deliver up to 8 hours of non-stop playing time, which should be more than enough in a day since you would spend the other one third of it sleeping, and another one third performing the various miscellaneous tasks that everyone has to grapple with – bathing, mowing the lawn, doing some housework, etc. The Hyperkin Retron 5 Bluetooth Wireless Controller has a playable distance of 15 feet, boasting a Microswitch Directional Pad instead of a traditional directional pad, alongside half a dozen face buttons, a pair of shoulder buttons, a start and select button, a quartet of LED light indicators, a Home button, and two programmable Macro buttons.
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