Archive for June, 2013
When it comes to portable speakers – let alone Bluetooth enabled ones, these are dime a dozen in the market. The thing is, how does a manufacturer ensure that what they have on offer will be very different from the other offerings, so much so that folks would not hesitate to purchase and recommend your device compared to the rest? Take the £119.99 Switch Bluetooth Speaker for instance, as it comes in a choice of black and red shades.
The Switch Bluetooth Speaker would come in a clean, functional design that boasts of high-quality audio in addition to carrying an abundance of useful hidden extras, making it a truly versatile wireless speaker for plenty of occasions. The built-in battery is capable of lasting for the entire day, where you get up to 14 hours of non-stop playback on a full battery charge. Not only that, the Switch Bluetooth Speaker boasts of VoIP capabilities, allowing the unit to function as your very own conference call hub. Should you be a movie buff instead, the Switch Bluetooth Speaker ensures that your ears are in for a real treat, delivering high performance bass and a sub-woofer that ought to send chills down your spine. Not only that, the Switch Bluetooth Speaker also doubles up as a portable battery charger – as long as the thirsty devices of yours can be juiced up via USB, that is.
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Switch Bluetooth Speaker
When someone mentions the name “Sceptre”, what comes into your mind? I am quite sure that many of us are well acquainted with Sceptre’s range of LED TVs that deliver plenty of bang for your hard earned buck, and this has somewhat raised the confidence of the general cost conscious populace in this relative newcomer to the home theater/audio visual arena. This time around, the folks over at Sceptre has something slightly different for us as your eyes would not be the ones entertained, but rather, your auditory canals, in the form of the Sceptre SB301524W Speaker Sound Bar 2.1.
The Sceptre SB301524W Speaker Sound Bar 2.1 will boast of a built-in subwoofer, in addition to being powered by Google’s Android operating system while sporting Wi-Fi connectivity so that your run-of-the-mill HDTV can be “transformed” into a smart TV of sorts, thanks to the wonders of plug and play technology. I suppose the total cost of ownership for a smart TV has now been lowered across the board with this Sceptre offering, although it should not come with a similar level of integrated performance as Samsung or LG’s own range of dedicated Smart TVs. Still, something is better than nothing, right?
With the inclusion of Android’s interactive media operating system, you should be able to take advantage of the perfect entertainment atmosphere, as you are now able to access the Google Play Store, where the doors have been opened for you to download thousands of songs, games, movies and apps to add to your TV viewing experience. Something tells me that Angry Birds are going to see a spike of downloads and installations in the days and weeks ahead, if the Sceptre SB301524W Speaker Sound Bar 2.1 sees a large number of sales.
Features of the $299.99 Sceptre SB301524W Sound Bar 2.include a 35W subwoofer with passive radiator, SRS WOW HD audio technology, dual front facing speakers, a trendy touch sensor control panel, and an optional smart remote control which is capable of offering a navigational experience which is on par with that of a traditional mouse and keyboard. Any one of our dear readers are interested in this bad boy?
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Sceptre SB301524W Speaker Sound Bar 2.1
In high school, I was the girl that didn’t take home economics. I took wood shop, and still remember the day my friends and I got caught duct taping a circular saw to a railing to use as a make shift table saw. Yes, I’m lucky I still have all my fingers and both eyes, I eventually passed that class, but I never made more than a toothbrush holder. Power tools, my how the times are changing.
Check out this award winning Kickstarter project, the Handibot, an app controlled, robotic power tool that is portable, digitally-controlled and used for cutting, drilling, carving, and many other useful and creative machining operations. This Handibot tool is actually run from a smartphone or tablet, or even a PC and is useful for the do-it-yourselfer, or the professional for both creative and precision work.
The Handibot uses something called CNC technology, and if that term is unfamiliar to you then just think of the Handibot as a ’3D Cutter’ that will allow you to cut, drill, and carve in wood, plastic, and aluminum with computer-controlled precision and repeatability. Ahh.. so much better than a circular saw and duct tape.
Simply purchase the job appropriate app and download it to your smartphone or tablet and input your desired settings, click the load button, thereby sending the info to your Handibot which will in turn signal you with a blinking warning light, letting you know you can squeeze the start button and let the magic begin. So let your creativity flow, and be one of the first to have a Handibot for around 2400 bucks. Head over to kickstarter.com to watch a video, learn more about this amazing tool, or snag one for yourself.
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Handibot – the iPower Tool of the Future?
When it comes to the smartwatch industry, you could say that this is still a young market which is relatively untapped, but finding the correct killer combination of hardware as well as software is the secret recipe that has yet to be discovered. Sure, Android has their champion in the form of the Pebble timepiece, and there are also whispers that Apple might come up with an iOS-powered iWatch. Still, a bird in hand is worth two in the bush, which is why the Meteor smartwatch by Kreyos is an interesting proposition. It is an Indiegogo project at the moment, and will play nice with Apple’s iOS, while boasting voice and gesture control support to boot.
The Meteor will feature a three-axis gyro, carry an accelerometer and other motion sensors which are capable of detecting things like wrist motion. The wrist motion detection can be customized so that you will be able to effect the right response with a movement which you are most comfortable with. Voice control would also come in handy during those moments when both of your hands are occupied.
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Isn’t it amazing to see how far technology has come over the years? Look at your cellphone, then look back at what you had 10 years ago. If you did have a mobile phone, it did little more than simply place and receive calls. Now it can do more functions than your PC, PDA, and another dozen devices combined. Unfortunately, what it still can’t do is survive a quick dunk in the pool. Sure, there are watertight cases, but those tend to impede your ability to do things like listen to music, because the speakers are covered. What you need is a large, portable, waterproof speaker.
The ECOROX is a portable Bluetooth speaker that can not only survive a quick dip in the pool, it can hang out in there, blasting your favorite tunes for hours. This set of 6 watt stereo speakers is housed in a waterproof body, and designed to float beside you. Just pair it with your smartphone sitting safely away from the water, and you can rock out to your favorite tunes without any risk. You’ll even be able to take calls at the press of a button, so you never miss a call.
If swimming isn’t your thing, and you’re more of a biker, this device works for you, too. The ECOROX was designed to be mounted to the handlebars of a bike. Never again will you have to worry about the elements harming your speakers. Of course, you’ll still have to worry about upsetting the people around you, if your music is up too loud as you ride past.
You’re going to get 10 hours of talk or playtime out of each 2.5 hour charge. Recharging is handled by a micro-USB cable, and a standard 3.5mm jack offers compatibility with virtually any audio device. You can purchase your own in black, red, or orange for just $130. You can find a handlebar or suction cup mount on the site for just $10 each, as well.
Monkey see, monkey do – or so the saying goes. One of the best ways that kids learn is through emulation, which is why it is very important for parents not to mix things up with the mantra, “Do as I say, not as I do”, as that tends to confuse the little ones who are introduced to hypocrisy through the very same person(s) who are meant to shape their values and worldview in the right direction. Having said that, if Junior has seen dad or mom carrying an iPad all day long, surely it won’t be long before they too, start to hanker after a tablet of their own? This is where LeapFrog steps in, by announcing the all new LeapPad Ultra. The LeapPad Ultra is a kid-tough tablet that will play nice with LeapFrog’s unique library of over 800 life-changing content experiences which were specially designed or approved by LeapFrog’s learning experts.
In fact, the LeapPad Ultra is kid-ready right out of the box, thanks to LeapSearch by Zui, which happens to be a proprietary kid-safe web browser which parents are able to place their trust in. Not only that, you can also find the only 7” DUO TECH high-resolution screen on the LeapPad Ultra, where it was designed to help children learn to write using a stylus while supporting a slew of interactive touch experiences. Apart from that, LeapPad Ultra also boasts of a sleek new look, a long-lasting rechargeable battery, two cameras – one in the front and another at the back cameras, and video recording capability, all accompanied by 8GB of internal memory.
There are also new intuitive parental tools such as a four-digit security code so that parents will always have a semblance of control over the kind of content that their little ones are able to access, while Wi-Fi allows them to directly synchronize content to their child’s LeapPad Ultra. Parents are able to browse, purchase and download apps from LeapFrog’s library of games, apps, eBooks, videos, music and more. The LeapPad Ultra will retail for $149.99 a pop, and downloads have been priced at $5 and above, while game cartridges are more expensive at $24.99.
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LeapFrog announces LeapPad Ultra for kids
So you happen to have a great love for all things in the great outdoors, and since this is the 21st century, what is the point of spending time under a canopy of stars when you do not have the right kind of music and background soundtrack to guide you along the way? A portable speaker which is rugged in nature would definitely come in handy, and Ecoxgear has just unveiled their Ecorox waterproof Bluetooth speaker. The Ecorox has been touted to be the most rugged and durable portable Bluetooth speaker in the world, anyone out there who cares to dispute this particular claim? Touted to offer 100% waterproof protection (IPX7 approved) and a rubberized shockproof casing, the Ecorox is tough enough to withstand drops, dunks, and even the most severe outdoor elements without batting an eyelid.
So what if you want to spend most of your time near a body of water, whether it be by a lake, at the riverbank, or by the beach? The Ecorox waterproof Bluetooth speaker will still be able to get the job done, as it will remain afloat despite being dropped into water, ensuring that you as well as the rest of nature will be able to tune in to some Justin Bieber. Not only that, it will also come equipped with a detachable carabiner clip as well as a standard bottom screw mount, coming in a lightweight and compact size so that you can attach the Ecorox waterproof Bluetooth speaker to just about anything, including your bike, backpack, tent, or car.
Since it hooks up to your smartphone or Bluetooth compatible device, the Ecorox is able to play music or answer incoming calls, but if you want the conversation to remain private, then that is not such a good idea after all. Underneath the chassis lies a rechargeable lithium battery which paves the way for up to 10 hours of non-stop music playback. Expect to pick up the Ecorox waterproof Bluetooth speaker from June 25th onwards in Apple retail stores in US as well as Canada for $129.99 a pop, where you can choose from red, orange and black colors.
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Ecoxgear unveils the Ecorox waterproof Bluetooth speaker
There are always benefits when it comes to saving up for a rainy day, especially in this time and age where economic uncertainty is still all around, never mind what the government of the day is telling you through the mass media. After all, there is no better time than now to start saving up, and as part of your parental responsibilities, you too, might want to help your little ones pick up this habit along the way. Instead of the usual porcelain piggy bank, how about settling for something far more interactive – in the form of the $29.99 Doctor Who Dalek Talking Bank?
With the Daleks, it is always “Exterminate! Exterminate!”, but this time around, they are not hell bent on exterminating your additional money, as other corporations out there already do a darn good job in helping you spend far more than you can earn by peddling stuff that you don’t need, although it would be nice to have. Each time you drop some coins into this Doctor Who Dalek Talking Bank, it will play back some sound effects from the Doctor Who TV show. This is an officially licensed Doctor Who collectible which measures 8″ in height, and would make for an ideal gift for any Doctor Who fans.
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If you’ve been around the block a few times, then you’ll understand just how much technology has changed over the years. Just look at something as simple as your average alarm clock. These days most of them are digital, with glowing numbers staring back at you. If you go back and look at one that say, your parents had as a kid, you’d probably see one of two things. Either they had a clock with hour, minute and second hands, much like your average wall clock, or one with flip-down numbers.
If you want to pretend that you’re living in the days of old, without actually having to search out a decades-old device, you might want to check out the Retro Digital Flip Clock. This small alarm clock has a similar feel to what you would have found in the 70′s. It even simulates the individual leaves that flip down when the minutes change.
The digital numbers are displayed on an LCD face, and should you need to look at it during the night, just tap the button on top to activate the backlight. This retro timepiece comes in red, orange, and white, and can be yours for just $49.
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Retro Digital Flip Clock takes you back in time
Another day, another speaker dock is announced to the world, and this time around, we have the Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge Lightning, which has been touted by many to be the company’s very first Lightning Speaker dock that will boast of Bluetooth connectivity, and not only that, it comes with an integrated 7 hour rechargeable battery. Not only that, this would also be the first Lightning speaker dock that will feature support for new Apple devices such as the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, so you do not have to fret about this particular accessory ending up obsolete not even a year after it is released.
The Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge Lightning is the next generation compact Lightning speaker with Bluetooth wireless versatility, but unfortunately, one would have to wait until later this August to be able to grab hold of one at $149.99 a pop. Here is a quick primer on what you are able to expect from the Sound Step Recharge Lightning – it comes across as a compact, low profile speaker which would pave the way for users to dock, charge and stream music sans wires from multiple devices, where among them include iPad, iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
Sound Step Lightning is capable of delivering crystal clear audio thanks to its signature sound profile, and it has been specially crafted for natural bass response and vocal clarity. Apart from that, it also boasts of a 2.1 speaker configuration with a dedicated sub-woofer, while Soundfreaq’s proprietary UQ3 spatial sound enhancement will be able to have it deliver natural bass and stereo separation, making it a truly unique feature where compact speakers are concerned.
Apart from that, Sound Step Recharge Lightning would also feature USB audio, so that users are able to charge and play any iPhone, iPod or iPad using the original 30-pin connector. The USB charging port itself would pave the way for any USB-chargeable gadget like a Blackberry, Android or Bluetooth headset to remain juiced up at all times.
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Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge Lightning