Archive for August, 2015
The steampunk movement has been around for quite some time. Seeing that there’s now a show out called “Steampunk’d”, it’s safe to say that this subculture has hit mainstream. We’ve been seeing the aesthetic pop up all over the place, and while some items are more than a few gears glued on to an existing product, it’s hard to find the good stuff among the rest. Not that gears glued onto a shirt or your face aren’t fanciful, but it’s nice to see them doing their job in a functional piece rather than just for show.
While time travel, Victorian aesthetics, and clocks seem to dominate the field, it’s hard to encompass all of that into your daily wear. If you want to show your steampunk affiliation without peacocking about too much, then a nifty nod like this Tesla Watch would likely be just enough…if not more than. This uses weathered brass for all of the metal, light-up vacuum tubes, and a leather strap to fit into the theme.
The vacuum tubes light up when you throw the switch into the “on” position, and there is an ornamental winding key for this analog watch. There is stainless steel and glass in its makeup, and you’ll need three different batteries to keep the minutes, seconds, and LEDs working as they should. This will fit a 6.75-8” wrist, and while you can likely get a custon strap for larger or smaller, it’s going to tack on a pretty penny to this $59.99 purchase. It is quite gaudy, but is certainly neat to look at.
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This Tesla Watch is a splendid steampunk accessory
Everyone likes to go for a holiday, that is for sure. After all, there is nothing quite like winding down after a particularly long period of hard work, and a holiday will not only help recharge your mind, body and soul, it could jolly well bring you to a new level of creativity unlike any other before. The thing is, going for a holiday might be stressful for those who have a tendency to worry, as you would worry yourself sick, wondering who is going to take care of the plants in your home, as well as whether the home is secure or not. Perhaps a wireless home monitoring camera can do the trick, and the Butterfleye does seem to be a potential answer to this dilemma.
The Butterfleye has just launched on Indiegogo, where should there be enough funds collected to ensure the campaign is a success, then this smart, simple, and wireless home monitoring camera would definitely be worth checking out. It will make use of infrared technology in order to sense activity and prompt recording, providing you with “eyes” on what is happening in your home whenever you are away.
The Butterfleye will be different from other normal home monitoring cameras, as it makes use of Activity Based Recording (ABR) which will only record when humans, pets, or specific sounds are detected, hence doing away with the need for storing empty footage and significantly reducing the amount of false alarms. Of course, the Butterfleye will only be realized if it manages to raise $150,000 before mass production can kick off.
Merging the strengths of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Cloud technologies, the Butterfleye will connect to your smartphone and instantly sends you notifications each time it detects meaningful events. Butterfleye will also be able to learn your routines and habits, sending you smarter notifications over time. It is also completely cord-free, allowing it to house a rechargeable lithium ion battery which can hold a charge for two weeks before requiring a recharge.
Expect Full HD 1080p recording to be the standard here, and you will also end up with a day of free rolling cloud storage, including paid options for 7 days’ worth and 30 days’ worth of rolling storage. Those who would like to own the Butterfleye can place a pre-order on Indiegogo with pledge levels for the camera starting from $199 for early bird backers, and if all goes according to plan, it should begin to ship from December this year onward.
Did you know that activity trackers are the hot new thing? No? Surely you’ve heard of smart watches though. They’re close to the same thing, and are often tied into one device. If you wait long enough, every technology related company in the world will have its very own activity tracker, and will improve them over time as competition from other companies up the bar.
We’ve seen the Razer Nabu, Withings, Fitbit, Leapband, Fineck, and many, many more. One of the many out there that we haven’t seen though, is the Sony Smartband 2. I’m assuming we haven’t heard much about the Smartband 1 for reasons stated above. This can track your heart rate, movements, sleep, and how excited or calm you are. It measures your pulse and stress levels, so it can help you figure out when you need to have a free day, if you can afford to take one of those things.
There is an app called Lifelog that will let you look over all of your data from weeks, months, and years prior. This will vibrate and light up colored LEDs whenever you get a call or message. Made of silicone, it is designed to be comfortable to wear at all times, and there are colored straps so you can accessorize with your wardrobe accordingly. The battery can last for up to five days without needing a recharge, and it is IP68 waterproof. While this isn’t available just yet, don’t be surprised if it’s priced at or over $100. If it’s below the 100 point, it may be worth the money, though if you’re going to go all out, you may as well get a Sony smart watch instead.
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It looks like Samsung Electronics are not going to just sit there and watch the world go by – as they make and take the effort to spruce up the Wireless Audio 360 speaker range by introducing three new models at IFA 2015. The three new speakers would be the R5, R3 and R1 models, where they are all of the omni-directional variety that feature a new built-in tap-and-swipe user interface in addition to an improved Multiroom app for customers’ smartphones, tablets and smartwatches. I guess the world of wireless speakers have just become all the more interesting with the release of yet another three more models to join in the fray. This just goes to show that Samsung is not all about large screen TVs and high end smartphones only, but they seem to encompass a whole slew of consumer electronics, too.
It looks as though the R5, R3 and R1 models will tread the same path which the R7 and R6 speakers took, where the latter picked up their fair share of bouquets along the way as well. True to form, this new trio of speakers will be able to deliver a similar high-quality, balanced sound, and premium table-top design which should be able to see them fit into just about any home without any issue.
The R5, R3 and R1 models will also stand out with one stark difference – they boast of new physical control options that offer a hassle-free and intuitive user experience. This means you are now able to change the volume, play, pause, or select a different music source all with a gentle touch, tap or swipe on top of the speaker. Expect these new models to arrive Stateside as well as in European markets in the last quarter of this year, where pricing will start from $199 and go all the way to $399.
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Samsung R5, R3 and R1 wireless audio 360 speakers set to rock your world
Children are like a sponge when it comes to absorbing knowledge and learning, and you can be sure that they are also pretty avid followers of their parents. If you were to wear a pair of headphones many a time you head out for your morning jog, or would like to tune in to your favorite music with some privacy, chances are your little ones, too, would like to enjoy a pair of headphones by themselves. Well, there are not too many kid-friendly headphones out there in the market, which is why Onanoff have kicked off their BuddyPhones, which is part of the “Color Your Music” series.
The BuddyPhones happen to be kid-friendly headphones that will sport new customizable color-in sticker packs. In other words, the kids themselves will get to choose just how they would like to design their headphones and color directly onto the stickers using a set of crayons or markers, before sticking them on the BuddyPhones for a fresh and unique look.
Not only that, in order to ensure that your children will still grow up listening to you – not because they are obedient, but because their hearing is preserved, the “Color Your Music” series sports BuddyPhones will come with volume-limiting technology that is perfect for safe listening, in addition to a bendable and flexible headband and a BuddyCable audio splitter so that up to four friends are able to listen to one device at the same time. The base colors which one can pick from will include Yellow, Blue, Pink, Purple, Green and Orange.
The “Color Your Music” series would be the perfect foil when it comes to helping your kids unleash their creativity as they draw, stick and play. Not only that, the included BuddyCable will give assurance to the little ones that they do not need to fight over time with the iPad, and the asking price of $24.99 a pop is definitely something that is extremely affordable for all of your budding artists or musicians.
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There are a lot of sounds we are attuned to. We know when Twitter goes off, when a text comes in, and the faint sound of our ringtone in our pocket. However, those are just things in the digital world, as we also keep an ear out for car horns, people calling our name, birds chirping, and the other normal background noises of life. When we listen to music or watch a movie, we’re usually engrossed in the sounds that come from it, completely shielding our ears from the outside world.
If you’re going to be outside the comfort of your home, then it’s probably in your best interest to care about the noises outside of what’s going on in your headphones. Through bone conduction headphones, you can have the best of both worlds, literally. The AfterShokz Trekz Titanium will keep your ears completely free and clear, and will use the bones in your head to make sure you can still rock out to your favorite tunes.
The Treks Titanium can go for 6 hours of constant use, and have dual noise cancelling mics for those that take a lot of calls. It is made of a titanium frame, and is IP55 certified to repel sweat for those who like to run, but are worried about not being able to hear oncoming traffic. These were designed not to leak sound, and make sure you still get all the highs and lows you’re supposed to hear from your digital content. This is going to cost you $99 for a crowdfunding campaign that is already way over its goal.
Available for crowdfunding on indiegogo
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Having a pair of wireless headphones or earbuds are nothing new – there are already so many different of such models out there in the market, that it can be pretty much a decent purchase regardless of which particular model that you decide to settle with for. Once in a while, something different pops up – an idea that will hopefully improve on what is already in the market, and the Pearbuds more or less falls under this particular category. Basically, the Pearbuds will let you listen to music on the go without tangled cords or bulky over-ear headphones, and it works by merging Bluetooth chips and high-quality audio technology in order to reduce the entire earbud down to the size of a coin, now how about it being compact?
Being wireless would mean it needs to have a built-in battery, so just how long can it last on a pair of batteries? Apparently, the Pearbuds will deliver high-quality sound with a six-hour battery life, arriving in a sleek metallic finish, in order to make wireless earbuds a fashionable and convenient accessory which will appeal to just about everyone. It has just launched last week on Kickstarter, where the Pearbuds project will hopefully be able to raise at least $50,000 in order for it to scale up manufacturing – and to deliver the product to market as soon as possible.
The Pearbuds were specially designed to help people get rid of their bulky, restrictive headphones which are not compatible with today’s active lifestyles. It does not matter if you are a cyclist or a runner, as long as you would want to listen to music while going through the motions of your favorite physical exercise, you can always rely on the Pearbuds to get the job done, as it does away with the issue of tangling cords that restrict free movement.
Pricing starts at $99 at the moment which is 50% off the retail price, and that makes it a pretty good bargain if you have the feeling that it will be realized.
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Pearbuds lets you listen to music wirelessly
With the rise of the selfie stick, we know that people are wanting better ways to take photos. The framing of your picture is decided by the length and steadiness of your arm, which isn’t always the greatest. Not only that, but getting exactly the shot you want if you’re aiming to shoot video or snap a decent shot with specific lighting isn’t easily accomplished with your arm alone.
If you wish you had a tripod for your phone like you would have for a DSLR camera, then you’re going to need a rather specific piece of equipment. There are a million and one ways to do this, but how many of them use mechanisms you’re already familiar with, are sturdy, and small enough to be tossed in your bag for filming on the go? The Monoshot appears to have all the professional aspects that you would find with a tripod for a DSLR, but comes in a very compact package.
The MonoShot uses a barrel style locking mechanism, is made of aluminum, has tripod feet, and can fold down to 16 inches long. It was made by a golf enthusiast who wanted to improve his form by watching footage of himself, but all of the equipment to make it possible was too expensive or shoddy, so he made his own instead and decided to share it with the world. This is only going to cost you around $49, or you can splurge on a complete set with a GoPro mount which will cost you $55. This would be great for improving your form with working out or sports, taking videos for the Internet, or snapping family photos on your phone.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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The Monoshot helps you take professional-grade photos on your phone
It is always good to be prepared, no matter where you are, and what you are doing. Having said that, if following the football season religiously is part of your family’s way of life, perhaps you might want to enhance the entire bonding experience this coming season by checking out just what kind of auditory pleasures that LG has on offer for you. The new range will include rechargeable battery-powered, Bluetooth-enabled speakers that can deliver premium sound anywhere inside or outside the home, and a powerful home theater system for the most premium sound possible, and most of them should hit the US from this October onward. On to the nitty gritty then!
First of all, there is the $149 Music Flow P7 which happens to be a 20-watt speaker with up to 10 hours of battery life, and that should be more than adequate for a whole day out. You are not going to play music throughout the day while camping, right, as you would also want to listen to some of the sounds of nature, and the Music Flow P7 can also be controlled using LG’s Music Flow mobile app. It will also be accompanied by a sister speaker, the LG Music Flow P5, which will tip the scales at an even lighter weight with this 10-watt model delivering powerful sound with up to eight hours of battery life.
More active listeners will appreciate the LG SoundPop 360, which has been specially designed to mirror the shape of a drinking tumbler, and it comes in a cylindrical speaker form factor that has a 360 degree range so music sounds great – regardless of the listener’s relative position. This is the ideal tool to have when it comes to tuning in to large groups, allowing whatever party that is being thrown to go well into the night with up to 20 hours of battery life.
LG’s X-Boom Theater (Model LHB675) will also join the party, with this home theater system with Smart TV capability delivering enhanced audio in a space-saving design. It has a whopping 1000-watt total audio output with built-in subwoofers, while the accompanying 3D Blu-ray player includes LG Smart TV functionality with access to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and YouTube.
Last but not least, the LG Cube Speaker System exemplifies LG’s expanded offerings for the sports enthusiast, where it delivers a powerful combined 1000-watt speaker and subwoofer, sporting a pair of USB ports and a portable audio input, in addition to Multipoint Bluetooth with NFC pairing. Heck, there are also multi-color LED lighting that pulse to the beat of the music. All in all, it looks like there is a little bit of something for everyone.
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When it comes to tablets for the little ones, you can be sure that the name LeapFrog would, well, leap into your mind, pardon the reference. They have, after all, rolled out their fair share of tablets in the past that target children, with a robustness to match, and the LeapFrog Epic is the latest model from them to hit the market, as it comes with special play and learning experiences that have been designed to adapt as a child grows up – in other words, to maximize the lifespan of the device.
What makes the LeapFrog Epic stand out from its predecessors? Well, apart from sporting a vast number of award-winning learning content plus amazing new interactive features to an Android-based consumer electronics tablet, it will, for the first time, offer children different methods to explore safely, play, imagine and create like never before.
The LeapFrog Epic tablet was specially built from the ground up in order to adapt as a child grows, where one can access unique personalized learning experiences which auto-level with a child’s progress; an amazing first-of-its-kind, customizable, interactive, playable home screen; kid-safe browsing right out of the box which will adjust accessibility as a child is ready; in addition to easy-to-use parental controls that assist and define the play experience for each individual child.
The LeapFrog Epic tablet will run on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, where it is powered by a quad-core processor, a brilliant seven-inch multi-touch capacitive LCD screen, front and back camera, video recording capability, 16GB of internal memory and a battery that will be able to run for half a dozen hours before requiring a recharge. If you do not want it to look all that bulky and unwieldy, you are able to remove the included kid-safe bumper and untether the stylus, hence upping the cool factor by another notch so that it is more in line with that of your professional looking adult tablet.
The LeapFrog Epic tablet will retail for $139.99 a pop, where it will cater for children aged three to nine years old.
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