If you are a gamer, you would know that going solo is just so 1980s and 1990s. In fact, before the Internet became the norm for the masses, multiplayer gaming was relegated to the “hot seat” concept or perhaps a split screen on the TV — although LAN connectivity did make multiplayer gaming a whole lot more interactive and fun. Having said that, multiplayer gaming has evolved to such a level where you will need to communicate with your team members in a match or raid in order to achieve maximum effectiveness, and typing out commands is just not good enough. Voice commands are the way to go, and Turtle Beach has stepped up with the all new Stream Mic.
The latest Stream Mic from Turtle Beach will certainly keep gamers happy — and content creators, too. This is touted to be the first-of-its-kind professional-quality desktop microphone which has been specially developed for gamers who would like to livestream from their consoles. Livestreaming has now gained quite a huge presence in the entertainment world, where content creators do a whole lot of active livestreaming — ranging from competitive matches to video walkthroughs and tutorials on Twitch, MLG.tv and YouTube.
It will even come with adaptive mic patterns with TruSpeak technology, where it delivers high definition voice pick-up from both tabletop and boom mounted positions in order to provide exceptional clarity. This happens regardless of whether the mic is stand-mounted beneath, or if it is placed on a surface near the user.
The Stream Mic allows both gamer and content creator groups to livestream with professional quality audio straight from their Xbox One, not to forget the PS4 Pro and PS4, PC and Mac platforms too, courtesy of the universal plug-and-play compatibility. The asking price stands at $99.95 a pop, and is already available today.
Turtle Beach introduces Stream Mic for gamers
When we mention the name SteelSeries, most of the time, we would figure out that it will have something to do with gaming accessories, and they have come up with some pretty gaming mice in the past. This time around, things are not so different either, as the SteelSeries Arctis headset range has been revamped as part of an effort to transform gaming audio stereotypes.
The new range of revolutionary headsets are touted to deliver flagship-level comfort, microphone and sound — and these will be standard features across the whole range, now how about that? The trio of gaming headsets will shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like. The Arctis lineup will come with design-forward thinking and timeless style as opposed to having it resemble that of a bulky toy.
There is an integrated microphone which is able to deliver exceptionally clear and natural-sounding voice communication, and to sweeten the deal, all headsets in the Arctis family will boast of SteelSeries’ award-winning speakers, which can also be found in their headsets that cost $300. The powerful, low-distortion speakers merged with 7.1 surround sound ensure total immersion as you game.
Not only that, you can get your in-game commands across in a clear manner thanks to the ClearCast microphone used within each Arctis headset. It will make use of a new ski goggle suspension headband and ear cushions, accompanied by exclusive athletics-inspired AirWeave fabric.
The patented headband design is capable of distributing weight across the top of the head evenly, and this helps to prevent pressure points even after prolonged use for a far more comfortable gaming experience. The three Artis headsets would be the Arctis 3, Arctis 5 and lag-free, wireless Arctis 7, where they will retail for $79.99, $99.99 and $149.99, respectively. Any takers for these new devices that hail from SteelSeries?
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SteelSeries Arctis headset range turns gaming audio stereotypes on its head
When you watched Star Wars for the first time, how badly did you wish you could use the Force? While it is more complicated than simple telekinesis, that part is the one we all hone in on. For kids, that is amplified by a thousand, and they will pretend they have it and wave their arms around like mad regardless of whether or not they actually affect anything in the tangible world.
If you are a kind and giving parent who has gotten your child a Sphero BB-8, or are just young at heart and bought one for yourself, your interest might be peaked by this Force Band. It’s a wearable bracelet will let you control BB-8 through Force gestures like push, pull, and drive. Of course, this wouldn’t be worth spending $79 on if it was reliant on having BB-8, so there are plenty of cool things you can do without having the little droid around.
This toy has two modes, which includes Droid Control and Force Awareness. One obviously needs the Sphero droid, while the other will let you practice channeling the Force to wield a Lightsaber, battle with a blaster (both of which require more toys that are separate costs), or record and view virtual holographic messages in your environment. It’s in the same vein as Pokemon Go in that you would need to have it on and active to find these messages, but you’re not necessarily capturing any cool Star Wars creatures.
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When it comes to wearable sports and fitness technology, there is one particular name that has etched itself into the back of our minds: Polar. Polar has come up with its fair share of GPS training watches in the past, and here we are with another potential winner — the Polar M200 GPS running watch.
The Polar M200 GPS running watch is a device that is waterproof, making sure you would not have a single excuse not to suit up and head for your daily run even when it starts to pour on the outside. Equipped with Polar’s proprietary wrist-based heart rate technology, the Polar M200 will come with 24/7 activity and sleep tracking as well as stylish interchangeable color wristbands. Those who are interested can pick it up for $149 a pop or €149 across the pond, making it a highly affordable device when it comes to providing reliable training metrics as well as live, personalized training guidance.
It does not matter which particular level your running is at — the Polar M200 will still be able to offer key metrics such as pace and distance thanks to its integrated GPS capability. Not only that, it will also boast of Polar’s optical heart rate measurement, which is a unique algorithm that has been specially developed and optimized by Polar that can meet their industry-leading heart rate standards. When the Polar M200 GPS is fully juiced up, you get up to half a dozen hours of training time with GPS and optical heart rate.
Not only that, it will also be able to track your daily activity such as steps, burned calories, sleep time and sleep quality. A built in vibration function will inform users of incoming calls, messages, calendar alerts and social media notifications, while sending you reminders if you remain inactive for too long a period of time. Arriving with a choice of small/medium and medium/large changeable wristbands for the perfect fit, you can pick from red and black colors while other changeable wristband colors will be sold separately.
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Polar M200 GPS running watch looks way too cool
eCapture Technologies recently announced a Kickstarter campaign for its LyfieEye device, which is something that will cater for those who have a penchant for snapping photos with their smartphones wherever they go. Of course, there are different ways and methods to shoot something in a creative manner with but a smartphone, but it would not hurt to be able to have a unique camera accessory to go along with your shots. The LyfieEye is touted to be the first truly affordable camcorder that plugs straight into Android phone ports — it works across USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB Type-C types.
With the LyfieEye, you can preview, record and playback immersive spherical 360º videos and photos. These recorded media can subsequently be shared directly to Facebook and YouTube for 360º Spherical Views. Not only that, it will be able to synchronize flawlessly with any VR (Virtual Reality) headset that is currently available on the market, all without the need for any kind of technical lag. The direct microUSB plug-in will also make a solid connection without any kind of interference. In other words, the LyfieEye will be able to plug, record and share seamlessly.
The LyfieEye can be used on Android smartphones with the supporting app enhancing it. Known as LyfieView, this app is a snap to use, and its elegant UI will enable users to capture spherical 360º content using their LyfieEye. This allows one to experience spherical 360º video first-hand. Viewers are able to check out beyond what their viewfinders are aimed at, as well as experience immersive, spherical 360º content on their smartphones.
In order to make the LyfieEye possible, there are proprietary technologies which empower it. Among them include an innovative, seamless LyfieSense architecture which optimizes several specialist technologies: among them include optical lenses, semiconductor image sensors, an image processing IC chip that was created specifically for synchronizing LyfieEye’s two lenses, the USB connector for USB 2.0 / 3.0 / Type-C, and software integration with smartphones.
Targeting long term use, the LyfieEye will come with a recommended retail price of $149 a pop, but the first hundred backers can pick up it up as a discount for $109.
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LyfieEye delivers spherical 360 capture for smartphones
Drones do seem to be dime a dozen these days, but how many of us have already decided to settle for a particular model that suits our needs? It really depends on our needs and of course, pricing. There are some high end drones out there that can capture 4K video without missing a beat, but you will definitely need a fair bit of practice in order to obtain good shots. Zero Zero Robotics has their portable solution in the form of the Hover Camera Passport, which will cost all of just $599. The Hover Camera Passport is touted to be the first truly consumer-friendly and self-piloting flying camera, making it as an essential travel accessory in the future for the avid shutterbug.
The Hover Camera Passport has been specially tailored to the personal travel experience, where it will merge the portability of a smartphone alongside the point of view image capturing capabilities of a drone. Touted to be the only truly self-flying camera on the market, the Hover Camera Passport will pave the way for a new category of consumer flying robotics, making it simple and easy to use, letting you remain in the moment at all times.
It does not matter where you are — in a bustling city or in the outskirts, or even in the great outdoors, the Hover Camera Passport is not restricted by the restraints of controllers that interrupt the moments which you would like to remember. All that you need to do is to unfold the flying camera, power it on, and the Camera Passport will take off. It can steadily frame the perfect shot thanks to Zero Zero Robotics’ proprietary Embedded AI technology, as it goes about capturing memories effortlessly in 13MP photos and 4K video.
The Hover Camera Passport tips the scales at just 242 grams, and arrives fully enclosed in carbon fiber while boating of AI-based safety mechanisms to ensure the user and their surroundings are unscathed despite being flown indoors and out.
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Zero Zero Robotics reveals the Hover Camera Passport
There are some people who actually enjoy working out. It’s normally those kids who grew up playing sports and never thought that being outside is as much of a chore as it is to everyone else. Then again, once you start getting healthy, it is pretty fun to go on a run or take a scenic bike ride. It can be a nice way to take a break from staring at screens and working every second you breathe.
If you like the escape from your visual prison but still want to listen to the top 50 hits on your phone, then the TRAKK Shell Backpack is going to be just what you need. This is a backpack to carry all your nerd tech, water, and snacks, and will also be a 20W Hi-Fi Bluetooth speaker and 5200 mAh power bank. It seems like a must-have item for gadget-loving adventurers who go from morning workout to work to evening bike rides without stopping to juice up their phone.
This pack is rated IPX5, being able to take a water jet in any direction without ruining your smartphone inside, meaning rain is of little inconvenience. It’s also shockproof, comfortable to wear for hours at a time, has speakers loud enough to be heard in rain or while running on gravel, and has pockets galore for all of your stuff. There’s a controller for the speaker so you can control your music, volume, turn on snazzy lights on the backpack, or take calls. This is a $149.95 backpack that is only for serious music-lovers who can’t stand to sit down.
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It may not be today, or tomorrow, but we really are approaching the time when robots will have sentience. While that could either be a good or bad thing, we won’t know until it happens. Until then, we can have little robot friends that have a bit of a human streak programmed into them.
While Cozmo might sound a bit like WALL-E, he certainly doesn’t have the same temperament. This little droid is quite curious, wanting to learn, plot, plan, and play with whoever is around. It is meant for children to play with, and comes packed with content and games of speed and skill. He even comes with three interactive Power Cubes for specialty games. Thanks to its bright blue eyes that emote, it will be easy to forget that you’re hanging out with a piece of plastic!
You don’t have to worry about putting anything together, as Cozmo only needs to be juiced up through its drive-on/drive-off charging dock. There is the matter of having an iOS or Android device around, but at this point, who doesn’t have one of them? While Cozmo will learn and grow in your home, you can expedite its learning through the SDK if you have a creative imagination. While Cozmo doesn’t have a microphone, you’ll be able to program things for Cozmo to say, such as the weather or remind you about buying milk. This will cost you $179.99, and starts shipping tomorrow.
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New parents always find it a joy to provide their little one with nothing but the very best when it comes to everything — from food to bedding, even the baby chair and bibs. It does not matter — as long as there baby is happy, so too, will parents be happy. If you think that baby has everything that he or she needs, but somehow has difficulty in sleeping, you might be at your wits’ end. Assuming you have more or less tried everything in the market to no avail, why not consider the SoundBub from the folks over at WavHello?
The SoundBub is a Bluetooth-enabled speaker and soother that has been specially designed to be a portable aid for active , and it also doubles up as a fun yet soothing companion for little ones. There are some strategies that will help your little one to sleep, including playing soothing music right before bedtime as a natural method to reduce stress and wind down. Apart from that, you can also try to play white noise — it has since been proven to be effective with adults, and so too, with children.
Having said that, SoundBub comes preloaded with soothing white noise in order to assist your child drift off to sleep. WavHello co-founder Curtis Williams shared, “WavHello prides itself on empowering families to connect, share and thrive. SoundBub takes the brand beyond pregnancy and is another resource that families can use not only to encourage sleep but to bond with their children at all stages.”
SoundBub will play nice with WavHello’s free VoiceShare mobile app, enabling users (as well as invited friends and/or family) to record messages or songs, in addition to gaining access to other soothing sounds and content in app. It will be preloaded with a couple of white noise tracks, where another ten more are available in the app itself. You can also hook it up to any Bluetooth enabled device if you desire. The SoundBub will retail for $59.99 a pop if you are interested.
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WavHello enters the infant market with the SoundBub
Swann should be a familiar name to many by now, as it is a global leader in DIY security monitoring. This time around, Swann has just revealed its new Smart-Series. The new Smart-Series will be able to offer home and business owners with a reliable, DIY security solution. This particular system will merge wired video surveillance alongside access to wireless smart home technology in an effort to deter break-ins and detect intrusion. It will not cost all that much in return with an asking price of $499.99 a pop.
The Swann Smart-Series home surveillance system will come with a quartet of weather resistant, 1080p HD wired cameras with 80° viewing angle as well as powerful night vision up to 100 feet. Users are able to see crystal clear video of activity, faces, and license plates among others, all the while letting them enjoy the luxury of set and forget recording for more than 80 days from the four cameras onto the pre-installed 1TB hard drive.
As its name depicts the Smart-Series, this is a smarter security system with the ability to hook up wirelessly to other security devices regardless of whether it is your home or business premise. The pack will come with a couple of Window/Door Alarm Sensors which will notify you if movement is detected, and then triggering the Outdoor Siren with flashing light to help deter break-ins.
Apart from that, if users are not at home, they may also be notified of intrusion on their smartphone and conveniently see and control their home or business with live viewing on Mac, PC and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets thanks to the free app. You can further expand the Smart-Series with additional Smart-Series and SwannOne accessories, including wireless cameras, alarm sensors, and smart plugs, among others. It will also play nice with over 100 smart devices and brands, such as Kwikset, Yale and Assa Abloy Smart Locks, Philips Hue Lighting, Samsung SmartThings, and Nest Thermostats. Time to increase your peace of mind with Swann’s Smart-Series!
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Swann Smart-Series home surveillance system