Our music helps shape our mood. When we’re feeling sad, we listen to somber music, because listening to k-pop just won’t do. Of course, when you don’t know what you want to listen to, you may put your playlist on shuffle until you hear something you like. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could choose what songs you liked or didn’t like without having to look at your phone or computer?
The Prizm is a learning device that will help make sure you’re always getting the music that fits your mood. All you need to do is hook this up to a speaker, and link it to your favorite music streaming service. Of course, this can always pull from your personal library if you’d prefer. Over time, this will learn if you like to listen to classical in the morning, rock in the afternoon, and jazz in the evenings, or whatever other combination suits you. After a while, it can even start playing as soon as you enter a room as it will link to your smartphone to tell it’s you. Of course, if you have roommates, it will also pull from their playlists as well and try and find a happy medium for you all.
There’s an audio sensor on the front that can sense what the current feel of the room is. It’s not going to play mellow tunes if you have twelve people over on a Saturday night at 11pm. There are three listening modes on Prizm, one that will look for new music, one that will only pull from your personal library, and a mixture of both. The only controls on the prizm are the volume slider, like, and skip buttons. Should you have interest in having a device to help you find music you want to listen to, you’ll be looking at spending $119.
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Portable projectors do come in an extremely niche market, and thankfully for the few different companies that are involved in this device, it has not gone the way of the netbook – at least for now. In fact, there continues to be progress in the world of portable projectors, and LG has stepped forward this time around with their model PH300, which is also known as the LG HD MiniBeam portable projector.
The LG HD MiniBeam is said to be able to deliver exceptional mobility thanks to its small size, not to mention a great viewing experience accompanied by a bunch of advanced technologies that is highlighted by a durable, long-life LED light source. Your eyes will definitely be able to appreciate the spectacularly large images, where a full charge of the LG HD MiniBeam allows it to operate for up to two and half hours. Perfect for most movies, although it is not going to be much good if you are about to embark on a marathon session of Lord of the Rings while you’re on the move.
Just what kind of technology or hardware does the LG HD MiniBeam pack underneath the hood? For starters, it will make use of an RGB LED light source which is capable of delivering a brightness level of 300 ANSI lumens, accompanied by a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 in High Definition resolution, that is, 1280 x 720 pixels. Not only that, it has been specially constructed with durability in mind, where the LED that comes with it will boast of an estimated lifespan of 30,000 hours, which is roughly the equivalent of ten years when you watch it for eight hours every single day. Knowing that most people would not do that, it is definitely going to last you more than a decade, which by then, you would most probably have moved on to other kinds of technologies already.
There is no word on pricing as at press time, although we do know that the LG HD MiniBeam will arrive in key markets in Latin America, North America, Asia and the Middle East first, before making its way to the likes of France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Turkey in November.
LG unveils their new HD MiniBeam portable projector
When the doorbell rings and you aren’t expecting company, you can’t really know who to expect. It could be a salesperson trying to get you to buy a vacuum, someone trying to convert you to their religion, or the police (hopefully it’s never the police). If you’d prefer to screen who comes to your porch without having to answer immediately, it would be nice to have a sort of caller ID. However, you’ll need some equipment to make that happen.
The Ring is a Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell that will let you know whenever someone comes to your door. By pressing the button, all of your connected devices will alert you. From there, you can choose whether or not to answer, and will get a live video feed if you pick up. This is easy to install, as you only need to place the mounting bracket, and set in screw to make sure it’s a little bit more difficult to try and steal.
This can stand up against humidity, rain, sleet, snow, ice, and extreme heat. While it does recharge via Micro USB, it can go for up to a year before you need to recharge it. If you want to be alerted if someone is on your doorstep when they shouldn’t be, you can set this up to let you know when there’s movement. This is of course a pricey purchase that will come to $199.99 should you have a need to answer the door before you actually go to the door. You will of course need a tablet or smartphone that can pair with this to be able to use it properly.
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Activity trackers as well as GPS enabled timepieces are extremely niche market products, and Polar is a company that has just rolled out their Polar M400 GPS training watch that comes with the ability to track your activity all round the clock. Wha makes the Polar M400 so special for runners (or basically anyone who is willing to get engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle) would be the fact that it has a slew of products and apps which will ultimately help one to understand one’s body, letting you get fitter – in a faster time period too, of course.
The Polar M400 is water-resistant and will merge the best of GPS and 24/7 activity tracking with advanced sports technology to make use of Bluetooth Smart. It will arrive in white and black colors, where the Polar M400 is capable of adding a new style to any outfit. You will be able to keep track of important training metrics such as speed, pace, distance and altitude thanks to the built-in GPS, so that you will be able to know that your effort is always at the right intensity (when used alongside a Polar H7 heart rate sensor, of course). Sporting a built-in activity tracker that will be able to provide you with a more complete picture of all daily activities, ranging from your steps to the number of calories burned and how restfully you slept.
Not only that, you will also be on the receiving end of alerts for inactivity directly on your wrist as well as through the Polar Flow app, where you will be given suggestions on how to achieve your personalized activity goals. Some of these suggestions might sound daunting to some, since it includes jogging for 50 minutes or walking for two hours. Of course, it is perfectly normal to many, but for those who have been couch potatoes all their lives, it can be quite a challenge. The $199.95 Polar M400 has a 9 hour battery life even with its GPS and sensors up and running, and up to 24 days if you use it just to keep the time.
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There is just this particular effect about music that makes life a whole lot more colorful, fun, and during the down moments, all the more bearable. Of course, some of us would prefer to keep our music listening experience as a private one, while others who are more of an extrovert would prefer to take it public. For those who happen to fall into the latter category, here is Sol Republic with their latest ultra portable, rugged Bluetooth speaker that is known as Punk. Despite the ability of this speaker being able to withstand plenty that you throw at it, it will still be able to fit right into the palm of your hand. This is yet another perfect description of not judging a book by its cover, or in this case, a speaker’s audio quality by its size.
The Punk Bluetooth speaker would love for you, the owner, to play it everywhere and take it anywhere. It is not afraid of some water, and neither will it shirk whenever there is dirt around. You also need not worry about dropping it, and best of all is, it is full well capable of playing music in an extremely loud manner – that might not go down well with the older generation, but it works.
The Punk Bluetooth speaker happens to be water, shock and dust resistant, making it tough enough to survive being tossed and tumbled around in your bag, which is also rugged to enhance a bike trek through the mountains. Of course, there are many people who escape to the mountains in order to have some peace and quiet, so playing the noisiest kinds of tracks while you are in the great outdoors might not be such a good idea after all, as that would shatter the tranquility of the area. The Punk Bluetooth speaker comes with eight hours of battery life (50% more than the other speakers its size), an impressive 60-foot wireless range, as well as a 3.5mm jack just in case whatever device you have does not come with Bluetooth connectivity.
You can pick up Punk in a choice of seven colors, Black, Horizon Blue, Fluoro Red, Cargo, Navy, Lemon Lime and Ion Green, where it will be accompanied by a $69.99 price tag.
Action cameras are starting to pick up the pace in terms of popularity, and for a very good reason, too. After all, we live in a generation where selfies and even “we-fies” saturate social media, as we love to share a good story with the rest of the world – and what better way to do so than to have a picture speak a thousand words on your behalf? Trying to explain the exhilirating feeling of an adrenaline pumping ski route to a beginner is pretty difficult, and with the help of an action camera, your task is more or less done. Contour has just announced their latest action camera, where it is aptly known as the Contour ROAM3 action camera.
What makes the Contour ROAM3 action camera so special? For starters, it is one tough cookies, being able to remain waterproof for up to 30 feet without the need for a case, now how about that? In addition, it will boast of a quick-photo mode as well as an award-winning low-profile design that ensures it looks good while you wear it, of course. This durable action camera was specially built for adventurers all year round, boasting of a waterproof and impact-resistant aluminum housing. It will drop a traditionally bulky case associated with waterproof products, offering an elegant form factor instead.
Using the Contour ROAM3 action camera is also a snap even if you are a beginning – in order to record, just move the slider forward, and you are good to go. Want to shoot a fantastic shot while you are up there, high in the mountains? Not a problem – press the status button and switch to photo mode. The Contour ROAM3 action camera will carry a $199.99 price tag, where other hardware specifications include a lithium-ion battery, 8GB of internal memory, the ability to record video at 1080@30 frames per second or 720@60 frames per second, a 270-degree rotating lens, and a pair of low-profile mounts.
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Contour ROAM3 action camera grabs the best shots possible
Now that we are well in the middle of autumn, not to mention the fact that winter too, will follow suit not too long after (especially when you take into consideration just how fast time flies these days), it is time to break out all of those various jackets and clothes that will help keep us nice and warm. Many jackets do come with a zipper as you wrap yourself up tightly in one of them, so why not augment the zipper on your jacket with the $12.98 Zipper Pull Watch?
After all, most jackets do come with a long sleeve, and you would want to do all you can to keep the cold out, so looking at your watch too often might not be a good idea. With the Zipper Pull Watch, you will not only be able to give your zipper a better grip, it also comes with a built-in clock for you to tell the time in a jiffy. Oh yeah, did we mention that this puppy also comes with an integrated light? That will certainly be handy if you need to rummage through your handbag in the cinema, or simply need an emergency flashlight. Using it is a snap – just twist to turn it on. The Zipper Pull Watch is waterproof and thankfully, it uses replaceable batteries, making this one for the long haul.
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Zipper Pull Watch tells the time in a jiffy
Anyone who has had a dog and loved training it would be able to tell you that positive reinforcement works a whole lot better compared to actually keeping it on a tight leash and using harsh and loud commands. The same kind of psychology can also be applied to children, although with children, there are also emotions that come into play. Some children are naturally more obedient, while others do seem to have a mind of their own – the challenge of a parent would be to ensure that their child is motivated in the best manner possible, without having to fear of threats and spankings. Enter the $39.95 Children’s Activity Motivator.
The Children’s Activity Motivator is said to be the only activity tracker that was specially made for children, where it utilizes 50 fun active play challenges in order to encourage the development of healthy habits. One would wear this on the wrist, where the tracker’s splash-resistant color display will let the child choose and customize an animated pet that functions as a play coach. It will boast of 10 movement challenges, including hopping like a kangaroo, wiggling like a worm, or spinning like a helicopter; and parents have the option to download another 36 more movements. A progress bar will show the number of movement points collected until all 8 pets are unlocked, not to mention picking up extra rewards along the way. It will rely on USB to recharge its built-in battery, and this is one great way to get your child up and moving around instead of being glued to the TV all day long.
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There are quite a number of gaming mice that are out there in the market, but with so many different models to choose from, how do you really go about picking one from the crowd? This is the million dollar question, and the answer really lies in you using what fits you best – where the game genre of your choice would definitely play an important role in the final decision, not to mention the kind of hand movement that you use when making short work of your digital opponents. Corsair, a name that is more often than not associated with memory products for computers, did introduce the M65 RGB gaming mouse in black and white shades.
The Corsair M65 RGB gaming mouse happens to be a high end gaming mouse, where it will go above and beyond the call of duty. By saying this, I mean that this particular gaming mouse is special in a sense where it sports an integrated three-zone 16.8 million color backlighting, which is far from being the industry norm. Not only that, it comes housed with a durable aluminum unibody chassis, allowing you to have a firm and solid grip. With its 8,200 DPI gaming-grade laser sensor, gamers ought to be able to see a marked improvement in their gaming when they make use of the Corsair M65 RGB gaming mouse, but if the results proved otherwise, you might not want to quit from your day job just yet and perhaps rethink the whole idea of being a pro-gamer.
Other features of the Corsair M65 RGB gaming mouse include a sniper button that will hopefully make all of your critical shots stay on target. It comes with a rubber-grip metal high-mass scroll wheel, eight programmable buttons, and adjustable weight turning zones, delivering a balance of precise control and intelligent tracking, not to mention accompanied by innate comfort and style. Its three-zone backlighting with up to 16.8 million colors paves the way for virtually infinite customization, and there is also on-the-fly DPI switching capability that allows you to match your mouse speed instantly to meet gameplay demands. Each $69.99 Corsair M65 RGB gaming mouse purchase comes with a 2-year warranty for added peace of mind, now how about that?
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One of the biggest leaps in consumer class audio technology was the jump from mono to stereo sound. I am quite sure that those who lived through that particlar moment in time actually felt as though they were in a whole new world. Turtle Beach, one of the leading audio brands where the video games industry is concerned, has just announced of their latest Turtle Beach Z60 PC gaming headset that was unveiled to the masses earlier this year, but never made it to the market – not at least until now. The Turtle Beach Z60 holds the distinction of being the first PC gaming headset from them that will boast of the brand new DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound.
Basically, the entire idea of the DTS Headphone:X technology is to ensure that one experiences a whole new world of sound when it comes to having headphones deliver the likes of movies, music and games to the user. This is made possible since it enables a much more discrete control over speaker position and angles, hence users are able to enjoy soundscapes which are a whole lot more realistic than what current surround sound solutions delivers.
For instance, majority of the surround sound mixes at the moment would place the center channel approximately eight feet in front of the listener perceptually, which would be the default for TV and film considering how the dialogue tends to come from the screen. When it comes to games like a first person shooter, alongside many other kinds of different game genres, however, most of the center channel audio would hail from the player’s character – for instance, the sound of the player’s feet walking in the snow, their inbound radio, and the sound of spent cartridges being ejected from their gun. With DTS Headphone:X, gaming presets have been developed by the audio engineers which results in gaming presets that will “pull” the center channel in the direction of the players’ midsection, ensuring that the placement of those sounds end up as being more realistic.
The Z60 will also boast of PC gaming’s largest speakers at 60mm, where it offers an expansive soundscape and bone-rattling bass. There will be an inline control unit that provides easy access to independent game and chat volume, while surround sound modes and microphone mute options are also available.
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