Archive for May, 2015

The H2O Vibe Showerhead Speaker – clean up, jam out

There are two types of people who take showers. Some like to take the time to think about the coming day and all they’ll need to do, and others rock out to tunes, singing loudly enough for their neighbors to hear. Most of the time we just rely on our smartphones as a speaker, but it’s always on the other side of the shower curtain, and sounds muffled.

If you want a shower speaker that isn’t going to break or short out on you after a few uses, then this H2O Vibe Showerhead with a wireless Bluetooth speaker might do the trick. It has a very wide head at which the center of is the wireless speaker which is detachable. It can not only play audio, but also also will allow you to take calls, which certainly won’t lead to any awkward situations.

Since you’re only replacing the showerhead, there’s no fancy installation to worry about, and it will only take a few minutes to put on. The speaker has a battery life of 8 hours, though you hopefully won’t be sitting in the bath or a shower for that long. It does need to be charged, but if you’re only using it in the bathroom, then it should last for a week or so. This is currently insanely cheap from its list price of $179.99, as it is currently available for $42 (for Prime peeps).

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The Sensor Wake uses pleasant scents to wake you up, pleasantly

Getting up in the morning is not our favorite thing ever. We usually don’t get enough sleep, and are always groggy when the blaring buzzer begins to sound. If you’re tired of being ripped from peaceful slumber by loud sounds or light, then maybe you should opt for a different method of being woken up. If sight, sound, or vibrating smartwatches aren’t your favorite wake up calls, then it might be better to go for something that will affect your sense of smell.

Just as it’s easier to wake up when you smell coffee already made, just imagine what it would be like to smell chocolate, fresh cut grass, or croissants. The Sensor Wake is an alarm clock that uses strongly scented perfumes to permeate your bedroom with delicious smells. You’ll have breakfast, candy, aromatherapy, and even money scented options to choose from.

The diffusion system it uses has the ability to wake you up within two minutes. Of course, if you have the sniffles and your nose isn’t working too well, there’s an audio alarm clock that will also sound after three minutes if you don’t get up. One scented capsule will wake you up about 60 times, and if you’re only getting up during the business week, it should last you a while. This will cost you around $88, and comes with two capsules. You’ll need to buy more capsules if you want this to be more than an audio alarm clock, and they’re expected to cost around $9 a piece.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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SOUL Electronics reveal the Pulse earbuds

When it comes to having a good pair of earphones, you would first need to sit down and consider just which particular situation are you going to listen to your music or audio book in – is it while you are relaxing in the comfort of your own home, or when you are busy pounding the pavement in an attempt to gain a permanent victory over the battle of the bulge? Regardless, SOUL Electronics has got your back covered, and this time around they have revealed the all new Pulse earbuds.

The Pulse earbuds are no pushovers in terms of performance – as they come in an extremely lightweight package that will target the active minded people and those who happen to groove to a fitness-oriented lifestyle. The Pulse earbuds will sport a wrap-around, reversed fit that caters for both style and comfort, and best of all is, it tips the scale at an unbelievable 0.6 ounces, which means there would be bound to be moments when you do not even realize that it is there in the first place. The Pulse earphones happen to be SOUL’s lightest earphones to date, and yet it retains the brand’s core elements of power, clarity and comfort. It might look like the Run Free Pro in-ear headphone, also from SOUL Electronics, but it is a very different beast.

SOUL Electronics guarantee that the Pulse earphones will be able to stay on with a reversed fitting ear lock cable which will wrap itself around the ear, and locks tightly into place. In other words, no matter how aggressive your workout is, this pair of earphones will remain in place and not fall out. Those who are active, its water/sweat proof silicon body design remains easy to clean regardless of how much punishment you put yourself through during your workout. Those who are interested will be able to pick up the Pulse earphones for $49 a pop.

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Blizzard World of Warcraft Leveling Up Ding Button

When it comes to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, you can be sure that there is no shortage of gaming accessories that claim to be able to increase your performance – such as SteelSeries and their Legendary Edition MMO gaming mouse. Well, here is a little something that is exclusively available from Thinkgeek only, and those who do not indulge in the wonders of World of Warcraft will most probably give it a miss, which means only serious fans need to apply. With the $14.99 Leveling Up Ding Button, you can ding whenever you want – and how many times you would like to, too.

Of course, you can always have fantasies about leveling up as fast as possible, but that just does not work in the game in real life. There is just something that is visceral and satisfying about the Leveling Up Ding Button, where you can ding it with you all the time. Pushing it will no doubt unleash the classic MMORPG level-up congratulatory ding, and you can ding your way through birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. It will run on a pair of AAA 1.5V LR03 batteries, so keep some spares handy just in case.
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WIOS-5.8 portable wireless speaker works great in any environment

When it comes to portable or wireless speakers, there are dime a dozen models that are out there in the market. The thing is, with so many different models to choose from, which particular one would be worth checking out, especially when one does not have the luxury of time to actually go through a slew of reviews and write-ups? Perhaps you might want to consider the WIOS-5.8, as this claims to be the only wireless speaker system of its kind that will incorporate both standard 5.8 Ghz wireless and Bluetooth technology.

In other words, the WIOS-5.happens to be a portable powerhouse of sound, where it has been specially designed by Wolverine Data. This new set of speakers will be able to work flawlessly regardless of the environment, be it indoors or outdoors. Apart from that, thanks to its sleek form factor, you can be sure that it will play its role well in being an understated stylish component, as it performs equally well if one is celebrating all the way through the night, or should one just be relaxing with a meditative soundscape.

The WIOS-5.8 will arrive with a normal range of 200 feet between transmitter and speakers; and should there be a clear line of sight, it is said that the transmitter will be able to even send audio signals up to 262 feet via 5.8 Ghz wireless, which is far enough to transform a large backyard into an arena of sound. The entire system will also feature a trio of AC power adapters alongside an audio cable so that you can hook up devices to the transmitter via a headphone jack.

The two 10W speakers is part of an expandable system, allowing one to have up to half a dozen additional speakers to easily fill a room or patio with virtual stereo sound. Any takers?

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Answer Anywhere Video Doorbell ensures you know who’s knocking on the door

answer-anywhere-doorbellHave you had your fair share of “Knock Knock” jokes, so much so that you are sick and tired of trying to figure out the entire bunch? Well, perhaps it would be good if you could have that kind of peephole, allowing you to see who is on the other side of the knock or who pressed the doorbell, except that he or she might look rather distorted thanks to the glass used. How about taking things to the next level, technologically speaking, that is, with the $199.95 Answer Anywhere Video Doorbell?

The Answer Anywhere Video Doorbell happens to be a kind of wireless doorbell which will allow you to see and speak with just about whoever comes to the door right on the comfort of your smartphone, regardless of which part of the home you are at the moment – or even when you are away, halfway around the world and separated by five time zones. Each time the doorbell is pressed, it will send an alert to a free app that displays a HD video feed on your smartphone, letting you have the option to voice chat or not. Talk about merging both convenience and security into a single device! It will also feature a 180º motion-sensing camera that will allow you to monitor your home any time of the day, and to save video clips whenever movement is detected. After all, your house is your castle, so do your best to defend it from intruders!
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Turtle Beach Elite 800X now available for purchase

Gamers would hardly compromise when it comes to their passion, especially where hardware is concerned. In fact, whenever and wherever possible, this particular group of folks would not mind forking out large amounts of money for whatever they think is necessary, and is able to bring their gaming performance to a new high. Having said that, it looks like the folks at Turtle Beach are at it again – having made sure that the Turtle Beach Elite 800X is available at retail.

This is not the first gaming headset from Turtle Beach, and you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be far from the last. In fact, the Elite 800 series happens to be the most technologically advanced gaming headsets to be launched, where the Elite 800X itself will come with a bunch of premium, flagship features for Xbox One gamers that ensures you remain ahead of the competition while using it. We are talking about a 100%, fully wireless headset that will cater for both game audio and chat audio, and this would provide you with freedom from being tethered to the controller or Xbox One. Gamers will be able to enjoy crystal clear audio thanks to the latest, cutting-edge wireless technology, in addition to a slew of advanced features that create a more immersive and comfortable gaming experience.

What else does the Turtle Beach Elite 800X come with? Your ears will thank for the DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound & Sound Presets, as you can then experience DTS headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound with incredibly accurate, unmatched spatialization. Apart from that, the Superhuman Hearing™ function claims to be able to let you hear the faintest of enemy footsteps to weapon reloads off in the distance, letting you gain whatever competitive edge there is possible. Unwanted background distractions are eliminated as well thanks to active noise-cancellation when hooked up to the Xbox One game console and mobile/tablet devices.

All in all, if you would want something that rides on the premium side of things the Turtle Beach Elite 800X will fit that bill perfectly with a wallet crushing $299.95 price tag.

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Razer Firefly hard gaming mouse mat is a sure looker

When it comes to the world of performance gaming products, you can be sure that Razer is one of the names which one should take into consideration. They have come up with their fair share of products in the past, and look set to continue for a long time to come. You name it, they have it – joysticks, fighting sticks, mice, keyboards, and yes, mouse mats. The humble mouse mat, which was once released to make sure that the roller ball in the mouse itself gains enough traction, is still around – but Razer has done exceptionally well this time around with the Razer Firefly.

You will notice at first glance that the Razer Firefly is far from a boring old gaming mouse mat. In fact, what makes the Razer Firefly so special and so different from what the other mouse mats in the market would be this – its calling card of being the first ultra-thin gaming mouse mat in the world that features Chroma lighting – and that translates to a whopping 16.8 million customizable color options, now how about that? We are also looking at a number of customizable lighting effects made to the mouse mat, where among them include reactive, wave and spectrum cycling.

Sporting trusted Razer gaming-grade performance features, the Razer Firefly will boast of a micro-textured finish for the balance between control and speed, where the optimized reflective surface delivers mouse movements translate to precise cursor movements as well as rapid in-game responsiveness.

The Razer Firefly would be part of the other Chroma-enabled Razer devices, where among them include the award-winning Razer DeathAdder Chroma and Razer Naga Epic Chroma gaming mice, the Razer BlackWidow Chroma gaming keyboard and Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma headset. You will rarely have anything else to complain about if you lose that match, as the premium material of the Razer Firefly does not leave room for any excuses, boasting of a micro-textured finish for balanced gameplay, an optimized surface coating for highly responsive tracking, a non-slip rubber base, a gold-plated USB connector and a seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable.

Out later next month, the Razer Firefly will retail for $59.99 a pop in the US, or €74.99 in Europe.

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Gigabyte P55K gaming laptop delivers the goods

Gigabyte has just introduced the new P55K gaming laptop recently, where it will not only deliver a dynamic design that is pleasing to the eyes, you will also be able to get your gaming kicks in thanks to the speedy GTX 965M graphics card – talk about being able to enjoy top line performance without having to break the bank! The 15.6” P55K from Gigabyte also racks up as monstrous 3DMark 11 score above P7000, where you can easily recognize it through its shiny orange stripes that brim against the dark chassis. There is also a pair of sinking hinges that adorn the futuristic design for a fiercer look.

With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics processor located underneath the hood while sporting a total of 2GB VRAM, you can be sure that this beast is capable of handling a higher frame refresh rate with ease, where it can also rendering more detailed graphics whenever it runnings on resource-demanding titles.

Apart from that, there is also dual storage ability that incorporate one rapid mSATA SSD up to 512GB as well as a massive HDD that delivers up to 2TB for extra storage. This blistering responsiveness and storage convenience makes it ideal if you are to make your way to a LAN gathering with a huge collection of games, or if you decide to back up data and system without any kind of cloud access. This impressive performance as well as solid features would deliver all-round gaming experiences to the user.

Other hardware specifications of the Gigabyte P55K include a 1080p Full HD display, a matte screen with anti-glare coating that eliminates reflections and guarantees excellent comfort for long gaming sessions, Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater which optimizes sound clarity and effects for a high-fidelity audio, an integrated Blu-ray Rewritable Drive, as well as unparalleled performance with 0.09” key travel that equals to crisp and responsive typing on the move.

It will deliver the goods with an efficient 4th gen Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, a full backlit keyboard, 16GB RAM, a quartet of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, D-sub, and an SD memory card reader, among others. The asking price for the Gigabyte P55K gaming laptop? $1,249 a pop. Definitely a cool gaming laptop to consider.

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The Helium Levitate speaker – magnets, how do they work?

Levitating speakers are not new to us, but that doesn’t make them any less cool. As it is with all gadgets we see on here, there are a variety of similar products that change slightly in usage. This makes it possible for several companies to churn out basically the same thing at a lower or higher price based on their build and functionality. When you see something cool like a speaker that is held up by magnets, you can be sure many more like it will follow shortly.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a levitating speaker more nifty than the Mars, but if $249 is outside of your price range (what it currently runs for), then maybe the Helium Levitate Speaker will be more to your liking. It houses a 3 watt speaker, and as there are powerful magnets inside, you can attach it to anything metal. You can connect your Bluetooth music players to it, or use the aux cable to hook in. The exterior is glossy, and the rounded edges make it look like a UFO landing on a hill.

This only has a playback time of 5 hours, which isn’t much if you’ve got a full day planned. This is the cheaper option out of the levitating speakers out there though, so it shouldn’t be too surprising. If you’re wanting a better internal battery, you might want to go for the OOM, though that will be $179 compared the $125 the Helium would cost you. The speaker aspect is portable, and can also be used to take calls on speakerphone thanks to a built-in mic. You will need to have the based plugged in, but there will be a separate cable for the speaker as it charges via USB.

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