Archive for January, 2015
Getting enough sleep is one thing – but to be able to wake up in the morning is another, especially when you have not obtained the right amount of sleep in the night before, hence leaving you with extremely heavy eyelids that are reluctant to open up the next day. Well, the right kind of alarm clock – one that gives out an almighty din would definitely be worth checking out, and even more so if it is difficult to shut off. We have seen some cool alarm clocks in the past, and this time around, here is the $79.95 Clap Or Tap Block Clock.
Specially disguised to resemble that of a simple block of wood, this is a cordless digital clock which will show off the time whenever you activate it. How does the Clap Or Tap Block Clock get activated? The answers are in the name itself – you can rely on touch, or to clap your hands, which would result in sound. This is perfect for those who find that the constant glare of an ordinary clock could prove to be a stumbling block when it comes to sleep, while the wood cuboid’s innocuous exterior would be able to conceal its true purpose nicely. Time is shown in large, easy-to-read blue LED numerals, and you can set it to alternate between the time, date, and room temperature, or simply to show off the current time only. There are three separate alarms and the all important snooze function to boot.
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Time is a major point of interest for us. We have meetings and gatherings to attend, and that keeps us on a strict schedule. Of course, the entire world does not run on the same time as you. Some places are many hours ahead or behind, and should you work internationally it’s part of your job to keep track of who is where and when. While your phone has a world clock that you can open, it can take a while for you to find the exact time zone you’re looking for.
It seems easier to keep a clock on your desk that will tell you when in the world another time zone is. The 11+ World Clock is a clock that displays multiple time zones at once. There is a rolling mechanism that will change every time you wheel it towards another city, which is displayed all along the outside circle. Moving it in this fashion will change the noon position while the hands stay in place, giving you the new time with little more than a flick of your wrist.
When you’re done looking at the time in another part of the world, simply release the clock and the counterweight will roll it back to what is set at your home time zone. This will cost you $50 unless you have a MoMa membership, in which case this would cost you $45. While it would certainly be useful in a professional setting, it would also be quite helpful for those who have family sprinkled all over the world and want to do phone or Skype calls at an appropriate hour for both sides.
Available for purchase on momastore
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Security would be at the top of most people’s minds these days, regardless of whether it is in the home, or around it. Thanks to the wonders of technology, video surveillance has become quite the big cottage industry by itself, not to mention a profitable one. While there are other home video monitoring systems around in the market that do get the job done – and done well, here is another alternative that you might want to take into consideration – the SpotCam Wi-Fi Home Monitoring Camera.
The SpotCam Wi-Fi Home Monitoring Camera is unique in its own way, as it comes with a brand new sleep mode that will ensure it captures only the moments that matter, hence saving you from having to sift through hours and hours of useless video. This would include both motion and audio disturbances, where the SpotCam Wi-Fi Home Monitoring Camera will then be brought to life, so to speak.
Users will be able to set the SpotCam into Sleep Mode for a specified time in the day through the iOS or Android app, or to do so from the web browser. While it is in Sleep Mode, SpotCam will not perform any transfer of video or audio data, which would in return, help you to save unnecessary network bandwidth usage.
There are also additional settings which can be applied in order to allow the SpotCam to wake up whenever there is the presence of motion and/or sound activity. The moment it is triggered by such disturbances, the SpotCam start to capture and transmit what could be vital footage or evidence to the cloud instantly.
Not only that, the SpotCam would excel at home surveillance and monitoring thanks to its superior night vision camera performance, motion detection with instant notification, and free 24 hour video playback. Expect the SpotCam to be available for $149.99 a pop, where there are different recording plans to choose from. 24 hour recording is free, while 3-day, 7-day and 30-day recording would cost $3.95, $5.95 and $19.95 monthly, respectively, or $39, $59 and $199 annually, respectively.
If you’ve ever been to a dance party of any sort, then you know how amazing it is for lights and sound to work as one. You experience the music in a whole new way as you’re taking in the beats through both visual and auditory senses. It makes you want to come back time and time again for that same experience. While you can’t put that kind of thing in your pocket and leave with it, you can get the essence of this combination through a pair of headphones.
Glow is a pair of smart headphones that will pulse with the beat, adding another layer to your tunes. Of course, a pair of headphones with lights is not a new idea to us, so it has to have more features and a price point that is enticing. While this may be a crowdfunding campaign (which has some measure of risk to it), this looks to be quite promising. They are touting that this is also capable of pulsing to your internal beat by measuring your heart rate while you’re going about your day, and might be able to track your steps and distance in the future.
This will fit like any other ear buds, and is said to have quality sound that can handle highs and lows equally. There is a media button that will allow you to control volume, track, and play/pause for your music, as well as take phone calls, use voice assistants, act as a shutter remote, and can help with texts. The center button that is located where the left and right cable meet will help you quickly answer and end calls. You can choose to get this pair of glowing headphones for $149, which is far cheaper than what they will be after they officially hit the market.
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Driving can be an exhilarating experience – even more so when you happen to have a few hundred horses at your beck and call at the tap of your right foot, moving along to German precision. Well, there are times when driving might actually catch us off guard – as our minds drift somewhere and we think about something else. In order to avoid anything like that from happening, or at least to have another witness to a potential fender bender, an in-car video camera would definitely come in handy. However, what if there is someone from the back that hits you instead, and drives away? Well, this is where the $199.95 Front And Rear Roadtrip Recorder comes in.
Far different from a regular in-car recorder, this model will have the added advantage of sporting “eyes” at the back. This in-car video camera captures just about everything the driver sees – as well as doesn’t, be it a cross-country road trip or a day in the city. It does not matter should this particular vehicle be suctioned to a dashboard or a windshield, both of the directional cameras are adjustable to 180° in order to make high-definition recordings of the road ahead, behind, or even to the sides to capture all audio and visuals of the experience. The camera itself will make a cyclic recording of each trip, which will see the 8GB microSD memory card store up to 1.5 hours of video footage. It can even support microSD memory cards of up to 32GB, delivering a maximum of 6 hours of recording.
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Just when you thought that Sceptre does nothing but value for money TV propositions, perhaps it is time to take a different look. Their latest device would be known as the SoundMixer, which will function as an All-in-One Home and Office Audio Hub. Yes sir, the Sceptre SoundMixer is one portable audio hub which will be able to connect easily to HDTVs as well as sound systems, in order to deliver the integration of wireless microphones for increased functionality.
This is definitely a different step from their regular repertoire of gadgets which range from LED TVs to LCD HDTVs and PC monitors. The Sceptre SoundMixer portable audio hub is the ideal tool when it comes to the likes of gatherings, company events and even parties, since it would enable one to hook up to an HDTV or sound system easily so that it can integrate wireless microphones for increased functionality.
Specially designed for just about any event, the Sceptre SoundMixer lets a presenter effortlessly capture the attention of large audiences, and this would allow one to be able to transform any gathering into a karaoke party. It will feature adjustable echo levels in order to create a surround sound feel, low latency audio and to ensure outstanding audio quality sans any delays, while 2.4 GHz digital wireless technology offers ultimate mobility without any kind of external interference.
The portability of the Sceptre SoundMixer cannot be understated – it will tip the scales at under half a pound, is able to fit into any backpack, and will also be able to transform any place with a TV or sound system instantly into a karaoke room. One can say that the Sceptre SoundMixer will perfectly complement Sceptre’s Sound Bars, SoundAnchor, SoundPal, and UHD TVs, where it will arrive in a trio of selections with optional microphones, depending on your budget.
Sceptre reveals their SoundMixer
Smoking is not an admirable habit. While it has acquired a status of being “cool” by the mere fact that it is inaccessible to those beneath a certain age, it ends up being an unwanted authority over your life after prolonged use. It is now seen as far more socially acceptable to smoke pipes or cigars on special occasions. If however, this vice is more part of your everyday and you have no intention of stopping any time soon, then you are likely somewhat regularly in need of a lighter.
If you’d rather use something with a little more panache than a gas station lighter or Zippo, then this Novelty Butane Cigarette Lighter Watch might be of interest to you. It is exactly what it says, functioning both as a timepiece to wear on your wrist, and a butane watch that can light up your smoke. The strap is made of rubber, which is likely to offset the heat transfer. While this aspect may not look very appealing in contrast to the metal and quartz face, it is surely better than giving yourself a serious burn.
The strap is adjustable to fit a variety of wrists and there are no alternative sizes. This will only cost you around $9, so you can imagine how the quality would stack up against something like a Tokyoflash watch. While this will certainly get some comments, make sure you’re overly conscious of long sleeves lest you find yourself in a toasty accident.
Available for purchase on Amazon
We happen to live in an age where there are plenty of convergence going on – especially where the devices that we own are concerned. Take for instance, the modern day smartphone. It no longer just helps one to keep in touch with another through a voice call or simple text message, it is more or less a portable productivity tool for some, allowing you to make a short rewrite of a particular document, find your way around an unfamiliar city, or even to snap photos, record videos, and to watch your favorite movie that has been sized down to such a small data footprint. Well, fancy this particular piece of convergence creation, the $429.99 Steve Aoki Micro Kickboard Carry-On Luggage Scooter? It does come with a Bluetooth speaker to boot, now how about that for versatility?
This is a kickboard and carry-on all in one, where the famous Micro Luggage comes with a range of new and optimized features, kicking off with the Steve Aoki Dim Mak design. Just like the previous models, the steering will be based on the principle of weight transfer, and thanks to a spanking new mechanism, the entire ride is a whole lot more fluid than ever before. It tips the scales at 4.6kg, and will have a case capacity of 26 lbs, where the new extendable handlebar would enable another 10cm of extra length so that you can pull your scooter behind you as you get around. The built-in Sound2Go speakers will play nice via Bluetooth, and best of all is, this Steve Aoki Micro Luggage is TSA Approved.
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Bluetooth-enabled speakers are useful – as you do not need to get tethered to a particular device, and not only that, this means that there are no wires for you to trip over – literally speaking. However, when you take a shower and would want some background music to accompany your bath time singing, then a waterproof speaker is just the thing for you. Here is the $29.95 Bluetooth Suction Cup Speaker – which as its name suggests, will be able to be stuck to a wall, thanks to a powerful suction cup base that can secure it instantly to majority of smooth surfaces out there.
It is also approximately the size of a baseball, and this unobtrusive speaker would be able to synchronize to just about any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet – within a 33 feet range, of course. Touted to be the ultimate in portable sound, the speaker can also stick to a car’s exterior for tailgating, to a kitchen cabinet or refrigerator, to a hot tub or pool even. It has up to 12 watts of power, where the speaker delivers crystal clear, robust audio which belies its diminutive stature. There is also an integrated microphone that delivers hands-free calls, while the rechargeable li-ion battery offers up to eight hours of juice from a full charge via USB. There is only one color for you to choose from – the one that Henry Ford loves, which is black.
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When it comes to portable speakers, there is one particular name that would definitely ring a bell with most folks – and that name is unmistakably Braven. Touted to be the leader when it comes to outdoor speaker technology, Braven has recently announced an exclusive partnership with Burton Snowboards, which happens to be the world’s leading snowboard company. When the best in their respective fields work together, you can but be assured that the end result too, would be the very best. Hence, here we are with a new range of co-branded, portable Bluetooth speakers that deliver superb audio – namely the Braven BRV-1 and the BRV-X ultra-rugged, waterproof speakers.
These speakers have been celebrated for their superior ruggedness, plethora of features and outstanding sound quality, where the compact BRV-1 and battle-ready BRV-X are more than capable of holding their own even in the midst of the harshest elements. They are perfect for riders as well as anyone who have a great love for the outdoors, and both wireless Bluetooth speakers do happen to enjoy an IPX7 certified waterproof rating and can transform into a battery bank to come with the ability to juice up USB devices, functioning as a portable power bank of sorts.
The Braven BRV-1 sports a lightweight and compact design which will be able to fit into the palm of your hand, as it delivers the sound quality that you want with the features you need. Heck, it will even come with an integrated microphone that would pave the way for hands-free calls, just in case you are occupied with another task at hand. As for the Braven BRV-X itself, this ultra-rugged speaker would be able to rock the outdoors with clear, powerful audio and an exterior casing that’s as tough as it gets. The Burton x Braven BRV-1 and BRV-X speakers will retail within the price range of $80 to $250 if you are interested.
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