Archive for September, 2014

GoPro unveils HERO4 high performance video capture accessory

It does look as though life gets pretty much monotonous after a while, and the search for the next big thing tends to require something which is whole lot more outrageous than before, prior to it picking up the relevant amount of attention along the way. Well, if you have ever gone for some adrenaline pumping activities like bungee jumping and tried describing the experience to your friends, a thesaurus might not do you justice – which is why it is better to record the entire jump. What better way to do so than to capture it on video for posterity? GoPro is an old hand at rugged adventure cameras, and their latest device, the high performance HERO4, has just been announced.

Basically, the GoPro HERO4 will arrive in two different editions – the GoPro HERO4 Black which will retail for $499, while the Go Pro HERO4 Silver will cost $399. Both of them will make use of GoPro’s Emmy Award-winning imaging technology that merges enhanced ease-of-use and powerful new features such as 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p video capture (Black) and built-in touch display convenience (Silver), making it a whole lot easier and more convenient for you to capture a video selfie while you are embarking on an adrenaline pumping experience.

The GoPro HERO4 Black is touted to offer up to double the performance of its best-selling predecessor, where it is now capable of capturing cinema-quality 4K video at 30 frames per second, 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps, which more or less does way with the rolling shutter issue in many scenarios, all the while paving the way for time-bending slow motion effects. Not only that, the HERO4 Black will also come with an entirely redesigned audio system which will be able to capture high fidelity sound with twice the dynamic range of previous models. There will also be other enhancements such as improved image quality, low light performance, highlight moment tagging and an improved user interface, making this the highest performance GoPro to date.

As for the GoPro HERO4 Silver, it comes with similar professional image quality as the HERO4 Black, although it lacks some of the higher performance video capture modes such as 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p at 120fps. There is a brilliant built-in touch display though, paving the way for convenience and ease-of-use.

Expect the spanking new GoPro HERO4 line to arrive this coming October 5.

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Kisai Vortex tells the time in style

While much focus has been placed on the recent slew of smartwatch releases, such as the Motorola Moto 360 as well as the Apple Watch, this does not mean that a regular timepiece that you wear on your wrist no longer has any more value. No sir, far from it – in fact, here we are with what is known as the Kisai Vortex, which is a unique watch as it sports a spiraling time display that is located right under a sleek concave lens.

Not only that, the Kisai Vortex prides itself in being a limited edition touchscreen watch that will boast a slew of other features. There will be a couple of time zones that will help frequent travelers keep track of the time at home as well as what the exact time it is right there and then with but a single glance. You will also be able to know just what date it is after crossing way too many time zones to keep count, and there is also an alarm function, some animation, a light up LED as well as audio feedback – all of it housed within a stainless steel case.

Right now, the Kisai Vortex can be yours for just $179 with free shipping thrown into the mix, and this offer is good until October 2nd, 11am Japan time – whereby after that, do expect to see the price gain a jump.
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Voice Clarifying TV Speaker goes portable

Don’t you just love the wonders of modernization as well as progress in terms of technology? For those who happen to be in a situation where they are hard of hearing, watching the TV might not be such a good idea late into the night – especially if you happen to share a household that have other folks who need to rise up early to go to work the next day. Perhaps having devices like a voice clarifying TV speaker might help, but those are not exactly the most portable of devices out there. A genie must have heard the requests for something more mobile, which is why the $149.95 Portable Voice Clarifying TV Speaker has come about.

The Portable Voice Clarifying TV Speaker, as its name suggests, is a wireless speaker that sports voice-enhancing technology which will be able to boost the sound of television dialog. This high-fidelity stereo speaker amplifies human speech frequencies that are above background noise, allowing the spoken words to be easier to comprehend. In addition, there is a charging base which doubles up as a radio transmitter, enabling it to be connected to the audio-out ports of a TV, cable box, or compatible music system, and this portable speaker is also able to be placed anywhere within 100′. The speaker itself will sport its very own volume and tone controls, not to mention a headphone jack for private listening. A two-hour charge results in up to eight hours of listening time.
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G-Buzz portable and rugged alarm clock

Smartphones these days do seem to be a whole lot hardier than they were in the past, and for good reason, too, especially when you take into consideration how better quality materials have been used in the manufacturing process to deliver that premium look and feel as opposed to shiny plastic that tends to crack or even discolor after a while. Having said that, the world of alarm clocks have not really changed all that much significantly over the years, but there has been improvements made here and there to make the alarm clock more useful – and in some cases, such as with the G-Buzz, tougher.

G-Project happens to be a company that is specially dedicated to evolving accessories when it comes to smart devices which would be on the receiving end of a “ruggedization” process, ensuring that whatever device that goes through their hands are more than capable of being ready to rock and roll in the real world. Here we are with the G-Buzz, which is best described to be a rugged, portable alarm clock complete with an FM radio as well as delivering USB phone charging capability, now how about that? Those who are interested in picking up the G-Buzz will be able to do so from the likes of Walmart, Amazon.com and on G-Project’s very own website for $29.99 a pop.

It does not really matter just what kind of place that you will bring the G-Buzz to, as it ranges from dorm rooms to camping trips, as the G-Buzz is said to be the perfect alarm clock that will be able to help one wake up as well as go to sleep in double quick time. All right, so this alarm clock does not come with any kind of aroma diffuser, but it still packs quite a punch with its range of sleep and wake up sounds.

Expect the G-Buzz to run on a standard AC adapter, and you also have the option of having it being powered by a quartet of AAA batteries whenever you travel to a remote area.

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Corsair unleashes new Corsair gaming RGB keyboard

It looks like the new Corsair Gaming division and brand that is dedicated to elevating PC gaming is starting to work out pretty well for Corsair, having taken a leaf from Corsair’s engineering know-how while working in partnership alongside eSports professionals and gaming enthusiasts to deliver a brand new gaming keyboard that will definitely pique your interest, if you feel that your gaming skills have plateaued and you need a new piece of hardware in order to go to the next level. There are three new gaming keyboards on offer here, namely the Corsair K95 RGB, K70 RGB, and K65 RGB, although we will pay primary attention to the K95 RGB.

Regardless of which particular model that you decide on, all three of these gaming keyboards will boast of color-customizable, 16.8 million color backlighting, and they will make exclusive use of the German-made Cherry MX RGB mechanical key switches as part of an exclusive-to-launch partnership with Cherry.

No, this Cherry here is not the fruit that has pits and ends up leaving your fingers sticky – rather, they are key switches that come built with the exacting precision of Cherry’s self-cleaning, corrosion-proof Gold-Crosspoint electrical contacts, and having sold more than five billion of these puppies, you can be sure that the Cherry MX mechanical key switches happen to be the premier choice of professional gamers and enthusiasts who want nothing less than uncompromising reliability and performance.

When that is merged alongside Corsair Gaming’s distinctive aircraft-grade aluminum baseplate, the Cherry MX RGB key switches are capable of offering a professional-level gaming keyboard that ensures not only consistency but also accuracy with the touch of every key.

The new Corsair RGB gaming keyboards support full macro programmability on any key, and the K95 RGB will even boast of an additional array of 18 dedicated macro keys and dedicated media-keys. There will be onboard memory that stores performance and lighting settings, and each purchase comes with a 2-year warranty for the added peace of mind. The Corsair K95 RGB will not come cheap though, with a $189.99 sticker price slapped on it.

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Razer DeathAdder gets the Chroma treatment

If there is one particular feature that I absolutely love concerning Razer gaming peripherals, it would be this – new models are not exactly all that common, so you can be pretty sure that each purchase that you make ought to last for some time before a brand new model comes along the way, and more often than not it will be an incremental update – a facelift here and there, sneaking in an additional feature or two – the works. Reminds me of the German cars from BMW and Mercedes – how often do you see a new model is introduced, compared to those rides from Japan? Having said that, the Razer DeathAdder mouse which was introduced a few years ago has now received the Chroma treatment, bringing along with it an all-new optical sensor alongside multi-color lighting.

The Razer DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse is truly a beast of a peripheral, where it will continue to maintain the renowned ergonomic design of its predecessor, sporting a 10,000 DPI optical sensor which is capable of tracking a lift-off distance as precise as 1 mm on most surfaces, and this will include glass table tops, now how about that. In addition, the upgraded sensor itself can handle mouse movement speeds up to 200 inches per second with 50 G acceleration, which ensures that you get to enjoy exacting accuracy and organic fluidity onscreen.

This means there is even less room for you to make excuses for your poor performance in the game, especially when you are rocking to such a high profile device like the Razer DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse. It will work nice alongside Razer Synapse, offering the likes of Stats & Heatmaps, so that you will be able to look into precise details such as game time, button presses, distance moved and even figure out the overall pressure exerted while gaming. Such technical tracking data will hopefully work in your favor, as you tweak the Razer DeathAdder Chroma to suit your individual play style while increasing your accuracy more than with any other mouse on the planet. Expect the DeathAdder Chroma to cost $69.99 when it is made available at a local store near you.

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Gravity Maze helps get the brain working

Our brain is pretty much like a puzzle – the more we make use of it, the more efficient it becomes as we hone the thought process to sharpen the dull parts. Having said that, with all of the passive entertainment that one goes through each day in this day and age through the movies and at home in front of the TV, how about playing a more pro-active role instead? This is where the $29.99 Gravity Maze comes in handy, being one of the more recent puzzle games to make an appearance.

While Gravity Maze happens to be meant for just a single player only, there is also the fun factor as one approaches the challenges as a team. Meant for those aged eight and above, the Gravity Maze will require one to construct a path which will be able to carry a marble from the start position all the way to the target tower. Here is a tip – try not to lose your marbles or tear your hair out along the way, especially when you have not been using your grey matter that seriously for way too many years already. This puzzle game will target children aged 8 and above, where it will teach them the physics of the real world within the real world itself, and there are 60 different puzzle cards to choose from that deliver escalating difficulty levels.
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Sounding Good reveals SpeakAirs technology in Bluetooth wireless audio system

When it comes to getting the best sounding audio possible where your home’s theater system is concerned, there are many choices to pick from – and the sky is the limit, as long as your bank account does have enough balance to handle the deficit. Having said that, UK company Sounding Good Ltd. has stepped forward with a world’s first where Bluetooth wireless audio is concerned, looking to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise the relevant amount of funds for the innovative SpeakAir technology which will be found in the HiFive system.

This would mark the very first time that the HiFive system sports more than a pair of stereo speakers, where it delivers a wholly cable-free surround sound experience as it is made up of a Docking Station complete with sub-woofer and a quartet of satellite speakers, helping to offer superb quality audio in a highly portable package.

This would make it the ideal solution for home audio, gaming, home cinema or as a mobile music system, as the SpeakAirs HiFive will deliver the relevant amount of freedom from cable clutter as well as set up an immersive sound stage.

Apart from that, there will be a 3 Amp Lithium polymer power pack that has been specially built into the Docking Station, in addition to a 500 mAmp battery for the RX system, not to mention having 500 Amps in each of the satellite speakers. Apparently, a full battery charge is tipped to churn out up to 12 hours of play time at maximum volume, and the SpeakAirs technology found in the HiFive system will be 100% cable free, and yet is capable of delivering true stereo sound separation, something that other manufacturers have failed to achieve to date.

The SpeakAirs HiFive system can function either with the speakers housed in the Docking Station, or you can have it unpacked to deliver stereo surround sound. The Docking Station itself will also boast of a USB port that delivers ultimate connectivity for when an audio device is not Bluetooth enabled.

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The SyrenPro is an outdoor Bluetooth Speaker that will rock out come rain or shine

There are a few nice days to be had before the colder weather hits, and we want to be out there enjoying every minute of it. Of course, wherever we go, our music must be also. If you want to be able to play your tunes outside, but don’t want to rely solely on your phone, then you could always get some portable speakers to boost your jams.

If you enjoy the outdoors, you will want to make sure that you have something that is weather and sun-resistant. The iLuv SyrenPro is one such speaker that will not only handle a little rain, but can also give you a decent balance of high, middle, and low range frequencies. There is a 3” co-axial speaker that is said to be able to fill “rooms and outdoor areas”. It can be plugged in for continuous use, or you can let it play for up to four hours without the hassle of wires by way of the rechargeable Lithium ion battery.

You can plug in your devices if you’d rather not connect via Bluetooth. While I doubt many people would use it, having the option is nice. If you have enough to purchase two of these $129.99 speakers, then you can pair them for stereo sound. To do this, turn both speakers off, set one to right, the other to left, and they’ll sync automatically. Of course, you will want to be careful how you place them after syncing.

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Rabbids Super Plunger Sound Blaster Series 2 lets you be extra annoying

Them crazy Rabbids are bad enough (in a good way) in the world of video games, but to see it make its way into some sort of real life device? That is surely nuts to say the least, but for fans of the cuckoo gaming character, you would definitely not hesitate too much about picking up the $21.99 Rabbids Super Plunger Sound Blaster.

There are three modes for you to choose from and drive the rest of your friends and colleagues crazy – Bwaaah, Fart, and Prank. With this, as long as there is enough battery power within, you will be able to fire off crazy Rabbid sounds with this sound effects blaster. After all, Rabbids are well known to make funny noises, so you might as well join in on the craziness at the moment without having to wait until March. The Bwaaah Mode will trigger regular sound effects, while Fart Mode is pretty much self explanatory (you might want to “counter” this with the Fart Detector though). In Prank Mode, you will hold the trigger down for 5 seconds, before you place the Rabbids Super Plunger Sound Blaster in a strategic location. 20 seconds later, the Blaster will then begin to play random Rabbids sounds.
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