Archive for December, 2012
As the year comes to an end and you focus on 2013 contemplate improving your self-worth. You know, join the gym and get fit. Start a book club for mental stimulation. Plan a vacation to relax and get away. Get clothes that remind you how “liked” you are. Wha? Clothes that interact?
Some smart MIT students created Like-A-Hug, a wearable social media vest. As people Like your comments, status updates, photos or videos on Facebook the vest inflates and gives you a sort of hug. If you want to send love – or make that Like – back just squeeze the vest and deflate it. This concept clothing certainly won’t cut out the need for human interaction. But with social media taking up a larger portion of our lives it seems that some sort of physical feeling of support or encouragement could be a nice touch. Who knows what could be next. A glove that high fives?
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Everyone should own some sort of bedside clock to help them keep time whenever they snooze late into the morning, or just to know at what bewitching hour they keep on getting up at night, as though there was some sort of spiritual force oppressing them, so that they can share all the details with the visiting exorcist. Well, other than that, just simply having a clock is a must for any home, as time and tide wait for no man, so keeping the correct time always is essential. Better yet, why not if your time keeping machine also has more than one basic functionality built in, like the Time & Wireless Charging Station?
This smart clock will do far more than just tell you the time, as it will also come with a weather station, projection clock as well as charger that does things the wireless way. Basically, it will play nice with Qi-enabled wireless devices, now how about that? This radio-controlled clock will depict the indoor temperature and boast of a 5-channel outdoor temperature display, sporting a 2-minute crescendo and 8-minute snooze alarm function, and a magnet-free charging pad that paves the way for greater freedom of placement for devices while charging. Sounds like the ideal way to usher 2013, no?
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Time & Wireless Charging Station
A vacuum tube amplifier is said to deliver more warmth in the audio playback by those who hold music close and dear to their heart, and here we are with the $399.95 Bluetooth Hybrid Vacuum Tube Amplifier which merges the old with the new. Basically, this hybrid vacuum tube amplifier will be able to pair up with any Bluetooth music device in order to deliver superior audio performance. Vacuum tube amplifiers, apart from generating warmer tones, are also said to offer more dynamic tones compared to transistor-based models as they limit distortion when overloaded, resulting in better signal-to-noise ratio.
A trio of tubes in this amplifier are able to generate 28 watts per channel of distortion-free signal to a pair of hooked up speakers. Of course, you will need to supply the speakers yourself, and it is sure able to deliver quite a fair bit of punch and clarity to high bit-rate MP3s, Apple Lossless, or CD-quality audio that is played wirelessly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Not only that, the tubes will also deliver robust bass response by ameliorating the natural acoustic qualities of second and third harmonics for richer sound coloration. There is a switch located on the amplifier’s front that allows you to choose between a Bluetooth audio source or two pairs of RCA inputs.
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Bluetooth Hybrid Vacuum Tube Amplifier
For folks living in countries where there are four seasons, isn’t it great to know that the heat turns up only when summer arrives? As for others who live in tropical climates, or even worse, in the desert areas, then you have only two seasons – hot, and hotter. Which is why an iPhone accessory such as the $12.99 Blimp iPhone Fan is ideal for everyone, as you are bound to run into moments when the mercury shoots up and it gets unbearably hot, and that miserly boss of yours does not want to turn up the air conditioner’s speed while lowering the temperature, citing operational costs affecting the organization’s bottomline.
Fret not, the Blimp iPhone Fan is here to the rescue, where it will plug into the data port of your iPhone, iPad or iPod in order to deliver a nice gust of air that blows your way. Being tiny and compact, you are able to tote it with you just about anywhere you go, even when you are not going to use it. Turning on and off the Blimp iPhone Fan is a snap, all it requires is a single push of the button, and the fan operates on its internal battery, so you need not replace the battery when it is dead, as it draws juice to recharge from your iDevice. You should be able to coax half a dozen hours of use from the Blimp iPhone Fan on a full charge.
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Blimp iPhone Fan
I am a firm believer that every person should have at the very least one timepiece that they can be proud of to wear around their wrist. Of course, if you were to dive into the high end world of Rolex, Piaget and Patek, that would burn more than just a huge hole in your pocket, you could in fact be wearing a car on your wrist, with some cash to spare to boot. With the $199.95 Orbiting Rings Watch, this is one timepiece that allows you to make a serious fashion statement without ending up in serious debt.
It will also add to your intellectual look, considering how time is shown via a couple of orbiting rings. There are no hour, minute, or second hands, and neither is there a numerical dial for you to fall back on, but thankfully, learning how to tell the time with this puppy is not too difficult, and with a little bit of practice, it will end up as second nature to you. A pair of concentric rings will create an ever-changing pattern of contrasting gradient color as time progresses, and the entire timepiece features a mineral crystal face and encircled by a bezel with marks for each hour. The outer ring will display the minutes while the inner ring displays the hours, where the leading edge of each will then advance in a clockwise motion in order to indicate the passage of time. It comes enclosed by a 316L stainless steel case that offers water resistance down to 100′.
Orbiting Rings Watch
Don’t you miss the good old days when certain words had meanings that are so far removed from today? For instance, ‘gay’ meant happy and without a care in the world, and ‘cloud’ was a noun used to describe those fluffy white things in the sky, and if you looked closely enough, you would be able to find angels strumming their harps and lyres while humming a soothing tune. Well, fast forward to the 21st century, ‘cloud’ has taken on an entirely different meaning, where it is now widely accepted in the computing world as a platform where your data and even processing can be done remotely, as everything is connected via the Internet to the cloud. It is an ideal way to work with your files stored on the cloud, and you need not worry about folks stealing some crucial files when you are on the move. Since we are on the topic of cloud services, how about moving from something serious like work to a more casual activity like gaming?
G-cluster is currently inviting IPTV and wireless operators and game publishers to jump aboard the cloud bandwagon, especially at CES 2013 that is happening in Las Vegas early next year. Basically, G-cluster is best described to be a fully-featured white label service that offers the largest deployments at scale, sporting the most deployed catalog of casual and AAA games, and they fully intend to debut their Game Machine platform so that operators are able to deliver premium and casual games to the TV, all done without having to own a gaming console in your living room in the first place.without the need for a gaming console.
You will still need the G-cluster Game Machine as an intermediary, however, where it will plug into the HDMI port on HDMI-equipped televisions while connecting to the home Wi-Fi network in order for one to access the service. You can then use a game pad with a wireless receiver, or smartphones or tablets, in order to dictate the gameplay on the TV, where you can choose to fly solo or with friends, where they will rely on other devices such as PCs, smartphones, or tablets.
Wearing a pair of earphones or headphones might be something that many of us take for granted each day, and I am quite sure that you have a brand that you would swear upon, and even put your life on the line to testify to its effectiveness in pumping your favorite tracks to your brain, be it to keep you in “the zone” when you exercise, or simply to help tide you through a difficult moment in your life. Well, if you are not too particular about the kind of earphones you should own, then perhaps we might be able to interest you in the ZTONE in-ear earphones from I-MEGO?
The ZTONE in-ear earphones will rely on a patent-pending design that is meant to deliver a professional monitor-like fit, and it will come with custom-molded ear gels which will adjust to an individual’s unique ear cavity so that it can deliver an exceptionally secure, comfortable fit. I suppose this would work well across listeners of all ages, and you can choose from a quartet of different sized gels in order to figure out the perfect match so as to fill the ear and lock in your tunes. You could say that the ZTONE in-ear earphones has been specially created for the hardcore music fan, professional and amateur DJs, and audiophiles, harmonizing easily with just about any music or style.
Pronounced as “stone,” the ZTONE in-ear earphones is also clearly built for superior clarity and bass with a pair of 10mm speaker drivers, 20-20,000 Hz frequency, 16 ohms impedance, and 105 ± 5dB. The use of braided cables made from genuine silver to deliver impeccable audio to the studio-tuned monitors also work great in tangle prevention, and with additional silicone fittings, stereo and airplane adapters, and a durable metal carrying case, it makes for a compelling purchase.
You will be able to check out the ZTONE in-ear earphones at CES that is happening in just a fortnight’s time, and it has also picked up the gong as a 2013 CES Innovations Honoree. At $99.99 a pop, this does seem to shape up to be a pretty decent purchase, even as a present for yourself to start the new year on a right note.
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I-MEGO announces ZTONE in-ear earphones
Any computer user who loves using their desktop machine to wind down after a particularly hard day at work (be it from gaming or watching movies) would definitely know of the value of a speaker system, and with so many different kinds of speaker systems around, just which one would you settle for? Well, you might want to check out the Edifier e1100 Predator speaker system for something that is slightly off the beaten path. For starters, the Edifier e1100 Predator will come with a downward firing 5-inch subwoofer and a couple of desktop satellite speakers, where each of them will have a 2-inch front firing full-range driver and 2-inch passive radiator. Needless to say, the name of this might be Predator, but it seems to be all Alien to us instead, judging by the xenomorph-inspired chassis.
Thanks to the Edifier e1100 Predator’s angled satellites, they are said to enhance sound projection, with their passive radiators throwing in dynamic range. The subwoofer works great in delivering deep, even bass that is adjustable to individual tastes. You can hook up the e1100 Predator to any audio device using the 3.5mm auxiliary input, and it does seem as though the Edifier e1100 Predator is the ideal companion for gaming rigs, in an office, or just functioning as a home entertainment system. You can pick up the Edifier e1100 Predator for $79.99 a pop.
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Edifier e1100 Predator speaker system
Many years ago, when the mobile phone was something large and unwieldy, there was this future-forward comic known as Dick Tracy, and he had this new kind of watch which doubled up as a mobile phone. Certainly the stuff of dreams, but as we plunge headlong into the 21st century, we realize that a watch cum mobile phone is not exactly the most fun or practical device to own, and a smartphone would be far more useful. After all, the smartphone’s form factor works in its favor, not to mention that it is a simple matter to have a clock program running on it. Today, we shall take a closer look at the yet unreleased Martian Watch that offers Bluetooth voice command capability.
Since timing is everything in this day and age, the Martian Watch (no, despite its name, it does not hail from the red planet) is a Bluetooth enabled timepiece that offers voice command capability, and is touted to be the first of its kind in the world. Basically, all you need to do is speak to your timepiece, and it will listen to what you have to say while carrying out the different instructions from your wrist to the smartphone itself.
The Martian Watch is expected to debut at CES later next month (which is just a couple of weeks away actually), where the Martian Watch will be demonstrated on the CES showfloor, offering a truly unique hands-free experience to the consumer. You are able to communicate without having to touch your smartphone, as you access the phone’s plethora of voice commands, where among them include placing and receiving calls, sending voice-to-text messages, listening and responding to text messages, setting calendar notifications and reminders, controlling music, and searching the web.
I would say that this is also safer, as no one would know you are sporting one of the newer handsets since all of it can be achieved without having to remove your smartphone from the pocket or purse.
There is no word on pricing just yet, but we do expect the Martian Watch to be released to the masses shortly after it debuts at CES.
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Everyone needs a clock of sorts to tell the time, but with the modern day smartphone and tablet being a staple device for most folks we have ended up relying on them to help us tell the time. The watch has become a fashion accessory (and an investment for those who fork out thousands for it) instead of being a staple contraption that you wear around your wrist, but there’s one thing for sure – clocks are still here to stay, especially when you are at home. If you happen to have a rather geeky persuasion, why not go all out and pick up as nerdy a clock as possible – with the $69.95 Base Two Binary Clock being a prime candidate?
This is one idiosyncractic clock that relies on binary notation to display the time, where it will mimic the same on-and-off calculation as electronic systems from the beginning of the computer age. There will be half a dozen columns of blue LED lights, wherein every two columns will represent the digits for hour, minute, and second. From bottom to top in each column, there will be individual lights that represent the values 1, 2, 4, and 8. All you need to do is add the values of lit units and voila, you are able to decode the digit represented by each column. Depending on your choice, you can set the Base Two Binary Clock to a 12- or 24-hour convention, with three brightness settings to choose from.
Powered by AC, there is the option to stash in a trio of AA batteries to keep it going as well, nifty when the apocalypse happens and there is no power from the grid.
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Base Two Binary Clock