Playawave Bluetooth speaker is perfect for your outdoor activities

I suppose it would be anathema to suggest to any hot blooded teen that one is able to go through an entire summer without any kind of music. After all, summer is all about getting out of the house as much as possible, enjoying plenty of sunshine, and to pursue whatever projects that you would like to put your heart and soul into without any interruptions. Regardless, music will always play a staple in one’s life, as there is some sort of soothing or inspirational effect with the right tunes. Having the right tool to playback your favorite tunes would also go a long way, and the new Playawave Bluetooth speaker is the ideal companion for all outdoor activities this summer.

The Playawave Bluetooth speaker is a compact speaker that will be protected against external influences thanks to the splash-proof surface. In other words, it is capable of withstanding liquids, dust and impacts in a snap. Through Bluetooth connectivity, the speaker with its convenient carrying handle can be quickly hooked up to your smartphone, tablet or notebook, or basically any other device that has Bluetooth connectivity. The speaker itself comes in a chic retro design, and one will be able to choose from black-grey and brown shades for €59.99 a pop.

Sure, Star Wars fans might want to stick to something that is more iconic and one that they are familiar with, like the Death Star Bluetooth speaker, but for the rest of us, something like the Playawave Bluetooth speaker would already do.

Sporting 7 watt (RMS) output power, the speaker will also come with a built-in microphone for hands-free telephoning. Behind the dust and water-resistant closure lies a jack input (3.5 mm), in addition to a convenient headphone jack (3.5mm) that remain concealed. One can fully charge the Playawave via the included USB cable after a maximum of 6 hours.

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The Kisai Katana is sharp enough to cut the fabric of time

When you say someone is a sharp dresser, more often than not you just mean that they have their aesthetic act together. The accessories, shoes, and outfit play into each other in material, color, and shape, coming together perfectly with the shape and hues of the person it’s on. It’s the little things that make the visual difference, which can make you look even more professional than a suit and tie combination can.

If you want to embody being a sharp dresser in the truest sense of the word, while also having a bit of playfulness to your attire, then you should look to Tokyoflash for a timepiece. The Kisai Katana is a regular looking wrist watch for all intents and purposes, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that the hour hand is actually a very small katana. It is modeled after the single-edged sword that was used by Japanese samurai.

This watch only has the one hand to delineate the hour on the analog display that is surrounded by a stainless steel case and strap. This uses a standard battery watch to function, and will need to be replaced once a year. You won’t get exact time with this, but it will give you a fairly general approximation. This is available for $99 in either black, blue, or silver for the next day or so, and then will creep up in price.

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The Kisai Katana is sharp enough to cut the fabric of time

When you say someone is a sharp dresser, more often than not you just mean that they have their aesthetic act together. The accessories, shoes, and outfit play into each other in material, color, and shape, coming together perfectly with the shape and hues of the person it’s on. It’s the little things that make the visual difference, which can make you look even more professional than a suit and tie combination can.

If you want to embody being a sharp dresser in the truest sense of the word, while also having a bit of playfulness to your attire, then you should look to Tokyoflash for a timepiece. The Kisai Katana is a regular looking wrist watch for all intents and purposes, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that the hour hand is actually a very small katana. It is modeled after the single-edged sword that was used by Japanese samurai.

This watch only has the one hand to delineate the hour on the analog display that is surrounded by a stainless steel case and strap. This uses a standard battery watch to function, and will need to be replaced once a year. You won’t get exact time with this, but it will give you a fairly general approximation. This is available for $99 in either black, blue, or silver for the next day or so, and then will creep up in price.

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Focal introduces first Sphear in-ear headphone

sphearFocal of France has just announced that they will be rolling out what is very well their maiden foray into the in-ear headphone market, and that particular effort will be known as Sphear. Sphear would be a follow up to the successful and well-received over ear headphones in the Spirit line, where Focal has decided to build the Sphear straight from the ground up, with the aim to go up against a pair of pain points of discomfort where other in-ear headphones are concerned, namely excessive weight and volume at the ear canal.

Two years of development and thought went into taking the new approach, where it affects not only the design of the headphone where sound quality is concerned, but also in relation to how it interacts within the ear canal itself, resulting in a lightweight alternative. Focal has an innovative concept where the Sphear’s shape is concerned, as it makes use of memory foam tips located on the front that will adapt naturally to the ear, at the same time an extended housing located at the back will shift the weight of the headphones to the outer ear. Such a particularly bulbous shape would make it possible to sport a larger 10.8mm driver, where it will be elegantly adorned with Focal’s logo. Thanks to this new design, Sphear would have successfully provided both comfort as well as surprising tonal balance that supposedly is never heard before in this style of headphones.

Sphear would maintain Focal’s historic acoustic signature, where it is referred to as the “Spirit of Sound”, sporting a particularly rich mid-range, at the same time slightly increasing the bass level for mobile use where noisy environments are concerned. Such unique in-ear headphones offer harmonic richness from the low-end to the high-end for true listening pleasure while maintaining a sound profile which is extremely faithful to the original music.

Each $179 purchase will come with three pairs of silicone tips (size S, M, L), three pair of memory foam tips (size S, M, L), a two-prong airplane adapter and a rigid carrying case that protects the earbuds while on the go.

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Scosche makes life lighter with Bluetooth SportclipAIR in-ear headphones

sportclipairHaving a pair of earphones or headphones is cool – way too cool, but this does not mean that one should also continue to remain within a tethered lifestyle. Scosche has come up with a pair of new in-ear headphones that will also drop the wires, which theoretically speaking, should then make you more “free” to roam around and indulge in your physical activities of choice. I am referring to the Bluetooth-powered SportclipAIR in-ear headphones from Scosche.

Readily available at the moment, the Scosche SportclipAIR claims to be the ideal wireless in-ear headphone solution for the active user. It will come with IPX4 rating, which means that it is splash and sweat proof, where the earbuds will also feature bend-to-fit flexible ear clips for maximum comfort and happen to be the must-have workout accessory for users who are in the market for a lightweight, in-ear headphone that delivers premium sound.

Each Scosche SportclipAIR wiill boast of high efficiency dynamic drivers, delivering the full range acoustic reproduction in order to assist athletes in remaining motivated during intense workouts. It has been specially designed with durability in mind, where the earbuds themselves will boast of a reinforced wraparound strain relief cable, which would also translate to tangle-free wearing comfort. The earbud cushions happen to be made of antimicrobial material in order to provide bacterial and mold resistance.

The Bluetooth technology included lets the SportclipAIR deliver high-quality wireless audio, where the audio sound quality would be optimized by SCOSCHE’s audio engineers through the custom adjustment of the equalization settings. Apart from that, it will come with an integrated mic and remote for hands-free phone calls and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRP) controls to play/pause music, skip tracks and adjust volume. Each built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 7 hours of battery life, and you have a charging cable thrown into the mix for added convenience. Expect the SportclipAIR to arrive in black/grey, pink/grey and blue/grey color combinations for $99.99 a pop.

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LG TONE Active targets those with an active lifestyle

lg-tone-activeI would like to think that LG would not have wanted it any other way – that is, to ensure that the LG TONE Active is aptly named, simply because it has been specially designed to cater to those who happen to be outgoing, and definitely do not live out a sedentary lifestyle! Well, in the unveiling of the new LG TONE Active Bluetooth headset, we do know several things – those who are interested in picking up this puppy will be able to do so from today onward exclusively through AT&T for a limited time only, where the South Korean conglomerate has slapped a $129 price point to it as well.

Just to have a faint idea on how successful the LG TONE Series of Bluetooth headsets have been to date, it seems that LG has already sold more than 10 million units of these bad boys worldwide ever since rolling it out to the masses in October five years ago. Having arrived at this particular achievement, LG has managed to end up as the number one Bluetooth wireless headset line in the U.S. in terms of units sold.

With the LG TONE Active, consumers who have embraced a high impact and rigorous workout routine would be able to appreciate this device being their rugged and more durable companion. Since it works via Bluetooth connectivity, it will play nice with just about any other Bluetooth-enabled smartphone out there in the market, and the LG TONE Active even comes with a water resistance rating of IPX32, allowing it to handle sweat without missing a beat, while there are also earbuds which will retract into the headset so that it can alleviate tangled cords. It has also been specially designed for durability in order to support even the most active lifestyles, as the LG TONE Active remains snugly around the neck in a stay-put, contoured design.

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La Sardina Camera and Flash Belle Starr lets you bring a little bit of steampunk with you

Most of the time, we would think of cameras in three different form factors – one, the staple DSLR for semi-professionals and professionals alike. The second would be from the Micro Four Thirds range, delivering a balance between size and performance. Last but not least, there would be the camera sensor embedded within the smartphone itself, and this seems to be the most common camera that we have come across. Well, how about taking a slightly different route in the form of the $199.99 La Sardina Camera and Flash Belle Starr?

The La Sardina Camera and Flash Belle Starr will arrive with a pair of focus settings – 0.6-1m and 1m-infinity. There is also a rewind dial as well as MX switch that make multiple exposures easy, and in order to comply with WEEE regulations, the sale of this product happens to be restricted to just two regions – the U.S. and Canada. This 35mm camera has an exterior that is made from oxidized brass, where it is finished with intricate etchings and engravings. It certainly looks to hail from a time where things moved at a far slower pace as compare to today. Still, it does not compromise on features, since it has modern features like a flash with 3 distance settings and 4 color filters, a film cartridge window, and an auto frame counter. The entire shebang will also have a flash that is powered by a 3V CR123A battery. Each purchase comprises of the La Sardina camera itself, Fritz the Blitz External Flash, 4 color filters, lens cap, and La Sardina Book and Poster.
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The Pebble Time Smartwatch keeps you in the know

While smartwatches are wildly popular, they’re basically useless to a great deal of the population. Unless your schedule is just jam-packed every day, you don’t really need a digital wristwatch to let you know if the phone in your pocket just went off, you’re getting a call, or if the email you just got was important or not. If you are one of those people though, and are in the market for one of these wrist devices, then good luck finding the one that fits all of your specifications.

While none of them are necessarily cheap (and if they are, it normally comes at a price of quality), the Pebble Time seems like a good option. Just last month I met a friend who was singing its praises, even after constant use. Its e-ink display is customizable, and the strap and body are ergonomic, making sure that extended wear isn’t going to wear on you after a while. Thanks to the type of display, you’ll be able to see the screen whether it’s a bright summer day or dark evening.

This is water resistant with activity tracking capabilities should you want to wear this on a run. It has time in the name, because it shows you information from the past, present, and future, allowing you to choose which you want to look into. The battery can last up to 7 days, which isn’t too bad when you compare it to your smartphone. This is going to cost you around $280, and is available in red, white, or black.

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E1 Camera launches on Kickstarter

The E1 Camera happens to be the latest entrant into the world of 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) cameras, and thanks to the new digital imaging startup “Z”, the E1 Camera has now been launched as a project on Kickstarter. The E1 Camera itself will feature a micro four-thirds (MFT) sensor as well as an interchangeable lens system that is compatible with majority of the MFT lenses out there, not to mention having one of the most advanced autofocus systems that are in the market today.

Kickstarters was chosen to be the vehicle of choice in order to take pre-orders and introduce not only the brand, but also the product to consumers, in addition to picking up valuable market insight where this form-factor and future features are concerned. Upon completion of the Kickstarter campaign, the E1 (body only) will cost you $699, but if you would like to have a kit with a 14mm (f/2.5) lens, then that would cost you $999 a pop.

The E1 camera is very different from its competitors since it boasts of a unique interchangeable, Micro Four-Thirds lens mount, which can be adapted with the widest range of auto-focus (AF) lenses available from Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, Leica and Sigma, in addition to a range of existing manual-focus (MF) lenses. Compared to bulky DSLRs, this camera will let users travel around with their formidable collection of lenses in order to capture the highest-quality footage possible, changing the way consumers produce quality content and to share it later on.

The E1 will come along with Wi-Fi 802.11N, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and an Ambarella A9 image processor. One can easily capture cinema-quality 4K (4096×2160) video at 24 frames per second or ultra-high definition video (3840×2160) at 30 frames per second with H.264 compression, while advanced 3D noise filters will make use of motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF) technology in order to reduce noise and jitter. This paves the way for incredible low-light performance with the camera’s ability to shoot at up to 102,400 ISO while maintaining high image quality, up to 6400 ISO. Seems to be a pretty handy device to have around, as it packs more than its fair share of goodies for the budding shutterbug.

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The Tesoro Thyrsus MMO/MOBA Gaming Mouse hits shelves next month

Any time you take up a hobby seriously, you notice how the tools you use affect the finished product. Someone who likes to draw will start to notice subtle differences in the hard or softness of the lead, or the thickness of the line on paper. In the same way you notice these tiny details in the hobby of drawing, and how the type of pencil you use will affect the finalized picture, it is the same for having quality peripherals for those who like to play video games.

It might be a bit of a jump from art to gaming, but both can require a very particular set of skills and finesse. There’s nothing wrong with having a regular mouse and headset to play PC games, but when you get accustomed to a certain kind of game, you notice things that would make your life easier when playing. For those who love playing MMOs or MOBAs, you likely want programmable buttons that you don’t have to go out of your way for. The Tesoro Thyrsus Gaming Mouse has 6 programmable thumb buttons meant for MMO and MOBA gamers specifically.

There’s 64KB of memory so you can keep 5 gaming profiles handy. You can adjust six levels of sensitivity up to 8200 dpi, there’s a polling rate up to 1000Hz, and there’s multicolor LEDs you can fiddle with. This is going to cost you $69, and will hit the market in August.

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