Archive for August, 2012

Even Radios are Smart

Our sources of music definitely vary. Sometimes it’s our personal collection, sometimes it’s streaming a radio station, sometimes it’s a service like Pandora® or Spotify®. Moving back and forth between devices just to hear what you want is a pain! The time has come for a unified interface, regardless of the source.

Logitech, well known for reliable devices, launched their new line of Logitech UE™ products. The line is targeted to music fans wanting quality sound wherever they go. The Logitech UE Smart Radio provides a unified source to control your tunes, no matter the source. Power the unit on, connect to your wi-fi and the single interface allows you to access computer-stored music, online stations or music services. Save your favorite stations and playlists for one-touch access. And with an add-on app (iOS or Android) your tablet or phone becomes a master controller to access all your music sources. Take the radio on the go or in the back yard too. A rechargeable battery means up to 6 hours of wire-free playback.  The units, announced recently, are not on the market yet but expected to retail for $179.99. Preorders are being taken on Logitech’s website.

So more debate over where your music will come from. Now access them easily with the UE Smart Radio. Who says we have to use different devices to access our tunes? Not Logitech!

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Boombotix Bluetooth Street Speaker

Do you remember the singer Shaggy with his mega hit many years ago, Mr. Bombastic? Well, that certainly set off a trend in speak-nging (speaking/singing, you heard it here first!), and I guess that “better late than never” applies to the Boombotix Bluetooth Street Speaker. The Gunmetal Grey and Purplex Purple colors will retail for £49.99, while those who want something different can settle for the Camouflage and Carbon Fiber make up which will cost you 10 quid more, that is £59.99. So, what can the Boombotix Bluetooth Street Speaker deliver in terms of performance?

Touted to fuse urban style with quality audio, the Boombotix Street Speaker relies on Bluetooth connectivity to hook up to your media playback devices. You can clip it to your belt, slip it in a bag or hook it up to a bike, and voila – here you are, a veritable, walking library of tunes that you can share with the rest of the world. Of course, who are we to stop you from just leaving it perched on your desk? That’d be defeating the purpose of its existence though, as if you settle for the latter, you might as well purchase a more decent set of desktop speakers.

Offering up to 8 hours of non-stop audio playback, the battery requires approximately a full hour to recharge. It is also showerproof, and despite being wireless, an aux input is there just in case you have non-Bluetooth devices that want to share the music love.

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Edifier Sound To Go PLUS portable all-in-one speaker system

Don’t you think that the boombox is so 1980s? Well, if you happen to think along that train of thought, and figured out that the new millennium obviously needs something far more powerful when you want to share your favorite rockin’ tunes (or if you want to carry out a flash mob somewhere with wicked dance moves), then you would obviously need some sort of highly portable and yet powerful audio system.

Now, with the Edifier Sound To Go PLUS portable all-in-one speaker system, I am quite sure that it will not be able to fill up the entire hall with sound, and neither is it any match for noise on the road, but at least in smaller, more intimate enclosed areas, it is able to pull its own weight and pack quite the aural punch as well. Why not take a look at the Edifier Sound To Go PLUS portable all-in-one speaker system in the extended post and let us know what you think about it after that?

The Edifier Sound To Go PLUS portable all-in-one speaker system was specially designed as an all-in-one micro speaker with a rechargeable Lithium Battery within. It will come encased in an elegant brushed aluminum chassis, boasting a 2 channel stereo with 2 full range 1.25” drivers on each channel which are, unsurprisingly, magnetically shielded. Not only that, it will also come with a built-in ‘Class D’ amplifier and a 3” x 1.25” oval passive radiator.

The presence of an auxiliary input will allow you to hook it up to multiple host devices including smartphones other MP3 enabled device. The Sound To Go PLUS itself is a self-contained portable mini speaker system which will deliver exceptional audio performance above and beyond any integrated laptop or tablet speaker, and is ideal for home, business and travel use.

Expect to enjoy up to 10 hours of non-stop audio playback with Sound To Go PLUS, where you can juice up the Lithium Ion battery thanks to the included USB cable. Each $49.99 purchase will be accompanied by a soft protective carrying pouch for safe transportation wherever you are.

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Don’t you think that the boombox is so 1980s? Well, if you happen to think along that train of thought, and figured out that the new millennium obviously needs something far more powerful when you want to share your favorite rockin’ tunes (or if you want to carry out a flash mob somewhere with wicked dance moves), then you would obviously need some sort of highly portable and yet powerful audio system.

Now, with the Edifier Sound To Go PLUS portable all-in-one speaker system, I am quite sure that it will not be able to fill up the entire hall with sound, and neither is it any match for noise on the road, but at least in smaller, more intimate enclosed areas, it is able to pull its own weight and pack quite the aural punch as well. Why not take a look at the Edifier Sound To Go PLUS portable all-in-one speaker system in the extended post and let us know what you think about it after that?

The Edifier Sound To Go PLUS portable all-in-one speaker system was specially designed as an all-in-one micro speaker with a rechargeable Lithium Battery within. It will come encased in an elegant brushed aluminum chassis, boasting a 2 channel stereo with 2 full range 1.25” drivers on each channel which are, unsurprisingly, magnetically shielded. Not only that, it will also come with a built-in ‘Class D’ amplifier and a 3” x 1.25” oval passive radiator.

The presence of an auxiliary input will allow you to hook it up to multiple host devices including smartphones other MP3 enabled device. The Sound To Go PLUS itself is a self-contained portable mini speaker system which will deliver exceptional audio performance above and beyond any integrated laptop or tablet speaker, and is ideal for home, business and travel use.

Expect to enjoy up to 10 hours of non-stop audio playback with Sound To Go PLUS, where you can juice up the Lithium Ion battery thanks to the included USB cable. Each $49.99 purchase will be accompanied by a soft protective carrying pouch for safe transportation wherever you are.

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Parrot Zik Headphones

There is nothing quite like a pair of high quality cans to gety our blood pumping with the right kind of music, no? I guess you would not be too far off the mark with the £349.99 Parrot Zik Headphones, don’t you think so? This unique pair of wireless headphones are able to deliver hands-free, capacitive controls, offering the wonders of seamless Bluetooth and NFC pairing, in addition to delivering powerful noise cancellation, boasting an automatic stop/play function as well as bone conduction, speech-detection technology.

Imagine changing tracks and adjusting the volume with but a single swipe of your hand, or how about automatically pausing or playing the song whenever you receive a call or remove the headphones? In fact, you are also able to make the necessary adjustments to the stereo image, offering the owner of this pair of cans total control over your listening experience. In addition, you are able to download the app for improved use and functionality with smartphones and tablets. It will obviously run on batteries being wireless and all, sporting a replaceable/rechargeable 800mAh cell.

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Roman Candle Fireball Blaster

Granted, before I chanced upon this piece of gadgetry from the mavens over at ThinkGeek, I had absolutely no idea what a Roman Candle was. Well, I guess you could say that I have been “enlightened” by reading up on it, where this $24.99 Roman Candle Fireball Blaster will allow you to experience all the wonders of a Roman Candle – in safety, of course. It will come with a trio of light up fireballs, making it capable of shooting up to 25 feet complete with its fair share of sound effects to capture the attention of Generation Z kids.

After all, the Roman Candle Fireball Blaster makes it a whole lot easier for parents to enjoy fireworks with their little ones without worrying about burning the house down, right? Using this as an educational tool is not only easy, but safe as well – all you need to do is load fireballs into the blaster, pull back and you are able to fire away up to 25 feet in the air, complete with sizzling sound effects. It is powered by a pair of AAA batteries.

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ThermoBuffer is the world’s first thermodynamic coffee mug

Coffee and tea lovers will definitely love to have the perfect cuppa, and there are different ways of preparing your favorite drink due to the kind of beans or tea leaves used, but as for me, I would prefer to leave that to the professionals and drop by my nearest gourmet coffee joint to pay them good money for that perfect blend. The thing is, no matter how perfect that cuppa is, it will still fall prey to the natural law of physics – that is, your beverage of choice inside will get cold, really fast if it happens to be cold around you. How else are you supposed to maintain the right temperature?

I guess since necessity is the mother of all invention, here we are with the ThermoBuffer – where it is touted to be the first thermodynamic coffee mug in the world. Just what does the ThermoBuffer do? Well, it bodes no ill will towards tea lovers, but this is basically a mug that targets coffee lovers, offering perfect temperature control for the best coffee flavor at all times. We will take a closer look at how the ThermoBuffer coffee mug works right after the jump, shall we not?

Basically, the ThermoBuffer will be able to cool your scalding hot coffee faster than any other mug, taking as few as a couple of minutes to do so, and yet it is also able to keep the ideal temperature range for up to three hours, letting you enjoy every single flavor of each and every drop – right down to the last, of course! It is a snap to use, where all you need to do is just pour in your coffee and enjoy.

Right now, the ThermoBuffer is under launch production, where it has a capacity rating of 16 oz. The ThermoBuffer resembles and works the same way as that of a typical stainless steel travel mug, where the magic will automatically happen within the walls of the mug. This triple walled stainless steel mug design comes with the inner chamber that contains a patented buffering layer.

The gap between the inner walls is filled with water, of all things. This layer of water functions as a heat sink which will be able to quickly draw the excess heat out of your fresh coffee whenever it is poured into the mug. As for the outer chamber of the mug, it makes use of vacuum insulation in order to keep it a closed system and maintain the ideal temperature for hours.

This project needs $65,000 to kick start, so you might want to make your contribution today, don’t you think so?

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ROCCAT Sense High Precision Gaming Mousepad now comes in Chrome Blue

You know for sure that hardcore gamers take their gaming very, very seriously. Otherwise, they would not be hardcore, would they? Every single bit of performance counts, just like how the high speed and high precision sport of Formula 1 is like. After all, you can never quite tell whether you missed that last money shot simply because your mouse did not register that final flick of your wrist as accurately as you thought it would – only to realize that you were let down by your mouse pad simply because its grooves were all worn out.

Well, if reading the above paragraph actually caused you to have a second look at your mouse pad, only to see that it indeed has grown thinner than it originally was, perhaps it is time to reconsider a new mouse pad. I remember my first “professional” mouse mat from 3M, boy was it ideal to frag my opponents into oblivion, but the extremely low sensitivity setting in my Quake configuration made me run out of space – real fast, leading me to look out for a larger mouse pad. Enter the Chrome Blue version of the ROCCAT Sense High Precision Gaming Mousepad of today.

The Chrome Blue version will feature a revised surface, in addition to more intense colors while measuring all of 2mm high (or should we say, low?). The special microcrystalline coating that was incorporated into the fabric surface is extremely effective at minimizing frictional resistance between the mouse and the pad, hence noticeably improving the gliding capability of mice. Not only that, it works extremely quietly with hardly any noise, allowing your mouse to glide almost silently over the entire ROCCAT mousepad without missing a beat. The ROCCAT Sense Chrome Blue High Precision Gaming Mousepad can be purchased for €19.99 if you are living across the pond, while those living Stateside will end up with the slightly better deal at $19.99 a pop.

The ROCCAT Sense Chrome Blue High Precision Gaming Mousepad measures 400mm x 280mm, making it ideal to perform sweeping mouse movements. Folks like me who have extremely low sensitivity will love this mousepad which sports a rubberized coating for the entire underside, making sure the mouse pad sits perfectly and securely even on smooth surfaces.

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Green and Gadget-y

Yep, another unique docking station. The ideas never end. And they keep getting better. As electronic fanatics we are constantly looking for something new. And greenery is never a bad addition to our environment.

Meet the Bloombox. It is a one of a kind docking station providing two major differences. First, it amplifies acoustics by 30%, the designers claim. Save on the volume! Secondly, they have designed the unit to contain a customizable planter for small greenery. Designed by Nicholas Hyde and Brennan Conroy, it is currently listed on Kickstarter for a $50 pledge which funds the mold for production and gets you a unit once produced. They are more than halfway to their fundraising goal to make Bloombox a reality. It is expected to retail for $20 once available (hopefully later this year). Forewarning, it will require use of your own iPhone cord.

Think about it. Aesthetically and audiologically it would be a nice addition to any room. And you can add foliage to make it NOT look like another piece of electronic equipment. So get behind a unique take on a docking station and give that little greenery a place to live. Also, it would make a perfect holiday gift for the iPhone user that wants a slightly little different home for their device.

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Green and Gadget-y

Yep, another unique docking station. The ideas never end. And they keep getting better. As electronic fanatics we are constantly looking for something new. And greenery is never a bad addition to our environment.

Meet the Bloombox. It is a one of a kind docking station providing two major differences. First, it amplifies acoustics by 30%, the designers claim. Save on the volume! Secondly, they have designed the unit to contain a customizable planter for small greenery. Designed by Nicholas Hyde and Brennan Conroy, it is currently listed on Kickstarter for a $50 pledge which funds the mold for production and gets you a unit once produced. They are more than halfway to their fundraising goal to make Bloombox a reality. It is expected to retail for $20 once available (hopefully later this year). Forewarning, it will require use of your own iPhone cord.

Think about it. Aesthetically and audiologically it would be a nice addition to any room. And you can add foliage to make it NOT look like another piece of electronic equipment. So get behind a unique take on a docking station and give that little greenery a place to live. Also, it would make a perfect holiday gift for the iPhone user that wants a slightly little different home for their device.

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