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The Bedphones Gen 3 are functional and comfortable

Bedphones Gen 3

Some days it seems impossible to fall asleep. There’s too much going on in your brain and while you’re not necessarily hearing voices in your head (that’s reserved for the clinically insane), it’s just…loud. The only way to calm your mind enough to catch some z’s before the sun rises is to drown out the hustle and bustle of your brain with music, but the problem is that most headphones aren’t exactly comfortable to wear when you’re laying down.

If you don’t like using a speaker because your walls are paper thin and you’re a considerate neighbor, or you just prefer to hear every note as crisply as possible, you’re going to need a more comfortable option. These Gen 3 Bedphones might make sleeping with headphones on a less painful experience as they’re less than 1/4” thick, and use memory wire ear hooks to make sure they fit exactly as you want them to. Of course, even being as thin as they are may still be a bit too uncomfortable for some people.

These will plug into your music-playing device through a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you’ll need to keep your device near your head. There’s also an app for iOS and Android that will automatically shut your music off when you fall asleep. One of the newer features is that it is now equipped with an in-line mic and a button to let you control music and handle calls for those of you who want to use these as more than a sleep aid. This $59.99 purchase comes with replacement foams, a carrying case, and a satin eye mask.

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Grace Digital CastDock X2 speaker makes its mark

grace-digitalIf you have not heard of Grace Digital Inc. before, then here is a little bit of background information – they happen to be the leading manufacturer of award winning Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, portable and home audio systems, and also happen to be first off the blocks in announcing the first speaker that has been made exclusively for Google’s Chromecast Audio device in the world, allowing it to stream music via Wi-Fi to just about anywhere in your home.

There is a market for multi-room Wi-Fi wireless audio, as this particular niche has seen its fair share of products and actions in recent times, where a slew of large as well as smaller sized companies have rolled out their respective devices. Rather than flood the market with yet another model, Grace Digital decided to take the road less traveled, having physically integrated the Chromecast Audio device (which is sold separately) straight into the speaker, now how about that? This means there is no need for an additional app or system to learn – making it somewhat like the Nvidia Shield Pro.

When you are in possession of the CastDock X2 speaker, all that you need to do is to place a Chromecast Audio device on top of the Grace CastDock, hook up the integrated power and digital audio cables, and voila! You end up with an instant, world-class Chromecast enabled speaker which is more than capable of rivaling just about any competitor’s proprietary system out there.

Some of the features that have been incorporated into Grace’s CastDock X2 and Chromecast Audio include the ability to listen to more than 30 million songs from over 100+ cast-enabled music apps such as Pandora, Google Play Music, Spotify, and iHeartRadio, being able to enjoy a higher quality sound, to play music just about everywhere with multi-room feature and without any kind of interruptions, and mirror music from a laptop or Android phone.

The Grace Digital CastDock X2 speaker for Chromecast Audio is going for $149.99 a pop if you are interested.

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Samson expands family of USB microphones

samson-usb-microphoneNot many of us happen to own a microphone that is connected to the computer, for a very simple reason – there is hardly any reason to, unless of course, we do make conference calls as well as voice and video calls via Skype or other kinds of instant messaging software or apps. Well, for those who want to make sure that every single word gets across in a crystal clear manner, while minimizing the chances of a message being listened to askewed, it would be best to invest in a quality microphone. Samson knows this, which is why they have come up with their latest range of USB microphones that can be purchased at select Best Buy stores nationwide and at BestBuy.com.

In other words, customers are able to capture high-quality recordings with ultra-compact, portable options from Samson, where among them include the Go Mic Connect, Meteor Mic with Noise Cancellation Software and Meteorite with Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software. Samson microphones.

The Samson Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software will be able to expand the capability of computer communication as well as recording, as this particular software is powered by state-of-the-art digital noise reduction algorithms, resulting in crystal clear communications and recordings even if it sees action in the noisiest office and mobile recording environments. This makes Samson microphones perfect for home and office VoIP communication, voice recognition/speech-to-text software, gaming and recording music, in addition to audio for YouTube videos, lectures, podcasts and webinars.

As for the newest addition to the microphone family, the Go Mic Connect, it will boast of Sound Deck software, that is equipped with Focused Pattern Technology and Digital Noise Reduction. Continuous, repetitive ambient noise will be effectively removed from the microphone input, resulting in cleaner audio so that users can target the microphone’s pickup field, focusing on a desired sound source directly in front of the microphone. Users are then able to adjust the width of the focused pattern in order to significantly reduce sound originating from outside the set area.

The Samson Go Mic Connect, Meteor Mic with Noise Cancellation Software and Meteorite with Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software will retail for $79.99, $69.99 and $39.99, respectively.

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Tivoli Audio reveals PAL BT Go illuminated portable radio

Now now, let us not pooh-pooh the good old radio, shall we? After all, this is what kept our forefathers entertained for hours on end in the past, and it does look as though this is a device that is not going to go extinct anytime soon. After all, you might come up with a playlist of your choice, carefully curated to cater to your whimsical and eclectic musical taste, but there is just something sterile about a playlist. Yeah, you guessed it correctly – there is no human interaction or element in it, and this is where the radio DJ helps to brighten up your day. So, if you are in the market for a portable radio, how about going retro with Tivoli Audio’s PAL BT Go?

This PAL BT Go will be very, very different from the other models, since this is a limited edition portable Bluetooth radio which is not only fun, but functional as well. The PAL BT Glo will boast of a clear frosted LED illuminated version, where such a classic product will now arrive adorned with LED lights, and these LED lights will be easily adjustable in order to set the right kind of mood. Not only that, Tivoli Audio has decided to throw in a leather carry strap in order to ensure that the unit ends up more portable than ever before.

As its name suggests, this particular batch of PAL BT Glo will be a limited edition one, where there will only be 5,000 of such puppies rolling off the production lines, and needless to say, each of these units will be individually numbered so that you can be part of something special.

The integrated battery is capable of delivering up to 10 hours of non-stop playback, and one will be able to switch it on and wirelessly to connect via Bluetooth in order to start playing without having to go through a complicated setup process. Other features include an AM/FM analog tuner, Bluetooth streaming, and Auxiliary input, and all of it will retail for $199.99 a pop.

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Gululu put a Tamagotchi in a water bottle so kids would drink H2O

When you were a kid, how often do you remember going up to your parents and asking for a glass of water? Most of the time we wanted some sort of flavored beverage, Kool-Aid, juice, milk, sweet tea, or on special occasions, free refill hot chocolate at restaurants. Since we’re all reaching an age where we understand the importance of consuming H2O, it makes sense that kids would be healthier if they drank more plain ole water too.

Since kids don’t like to do anything without some sort of motivation and you can’t always give them candy, one company decided to go the gaming route. The Gululu is a tad overreaching with its monitoring, but will help your kids drink more water and let them have fun doing it. This is a smart water bottle with a built-in screen that shows a little creature your child will grow based on their water intake. It’s like a Tamagotchi, but is useful for everyday life rather than taking up hours of your life with nothing to show for it.

I did say they’re a bit overreaching, and it’s because you can check how much water your kids are drinking on an app anywhere in the world. Do I care if Jimmy drank 250mL of water at 8 am? If I do, then I am likely an overbearing parent. If you like the idea of getting your child to drink more water, it will cost you $99, which seems like a lot for a kids toy that they will phase out of caring about after a few months or hopefully a year or more. The plus side is that this has completely waterproof electronics and charges wirelessly!

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Thinkware reveals Dash Cam X330 an X350 Stateside

There are so many ways in which a video recorder can be implemented across numerous devices these days, so much so that for many of us, having one dash cam installed in our vehicle’s dashboard is considered to be compulsory. After all, you can never quite tell as to when something bad is going to happen, or when an accident is about to occur. When that happens, at least you have an eyewitness of sorts when it comes to evidence. Thinkware, the leading dash cam company in the world, has just released both its Dash Cam X330 and X350 in the US, which will boast of Wi-Fi functionality so that users are able to hook up their devices to the camera, in addition to a Safety Camera Alert feature which can be connected to the external GPS antenna in order to provide drivers with regularly updated information on verified speed/red-light camera locations and registered speed traps.

The Thinkware Dash Cam X330 is a snap to install, where it will arrive equipped with a 1080p Full HD camera in addition to an array of useful features such as external GPS support for location info and Safety Camera Alerts, a generous 2.7″ LCD display for viewing footage/settings, a slew of autonomous recording modes, Sony CMOS Image sensors, and a Format Free system for universal video playback compatibility.

The Thinkware Dash Cam X350, on the other hand, will arrive equipped with the same standard features as mentioned above, although it will sport an additional integrated Wi-Fi support so that it can connect with your smart devices on Thinkware’s proprietary applications (which are available on both iOS and Android platforms). Both of the Thinkware X330 and X350 models will also be accompanied by Viewer software in order to provide convenient and accurate reviewing of all recorded footage at home on your PC or MAC.

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D-Link reveals new W-Fi camera

dcs-8200lhHaving the right kind of home security does provide us with much needed peace of mind, and that is exactly what the folks over at D-Link have in mind with their latest Wi-Fi camera. This is no ordinary model, as the DCS-8200LH is a totally new High Definition 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera that will also be the latest entrant to the mydlink Connected Home Series.

This particular High Definition 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera will be able to deliver a wide range of advanced features such as the 180-degree ultra-wide angle lens, 720p HD video quality and a microSD memory card slot for local recording, transforming this into the perfect solution when it comes to home security. Making use of the free mydlink Home app, the DCS-8200LH will then be able to play nice with, as well as react to, mydlink’s Connected Home Devices. With IFTTT (If This Then That) support, users too are able to integrate a number of other apps and devices for a truly automated home.

Carina Tsai, product line manager, D-Link, shared, “The Internet of Things (IoT) Connected Home has really advanced in the last few years, and now with the HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera, homeowners can have a secure Connected Home. The DCS-8200LH with IFTTT support gives users the ability to integrate new and exciting recipes to control their home, allowing them to know what’s happening when they’re away and see what caused a motion detection or water sensor alert.”

This certainly makes the DCS-8200LH a very, very different creature from other kinds of Wi-Fi connected home cameras that are in the market.

You will also be able to take advantage of the added benefit of home security which reacts with other devices. For instance, users are able to create an IFTTT recipe so that the DCS-8200LH will automatically begin recording whenever they leave the house, or take a snapshot when their doorbell rings. Imagine being able to check-in live or playback footage from anywhere on a phone or tablet as well, that would surely give worry warts some much needed peace of mind.

Expect the HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8200LH) to be available from next month onward for $139.99 a pop.

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Libratone reveals new portable Bluetooth speakers

libratone-one-clickWhile many of us already happen to own a decent pair of headphones, this does not mean that we should neglect the possibility that wireless or portable speakers could be worth checking out, too. After all, there are moments in life when you would like to play back a video or watch a movie on your computer, but the speakers on your notebook simply does not do the video clip justice. What then, are you supposed to do after that? A pair of decent portable speakers would certainly come in handy – and the folks over at Libratone have done pretty well in that department, with their latest efforts involving with the introduction of the ONE Click and TOO portable Bluetooth speakers.

Both of these happen to be the newest additions to the family of wireless speakers that will boast of 360-degree premium sound that has been created by leading acoustic and product engineers, all the way from Denmark. Make no mistake about it – these are very, very different creatures from other portable Bluetooth speakers out there in the market, as Libratone’s speakers have been designed with versatility in mind, being married to exceptional sound quality to boot. After all, it is no surprise that folks would carry portable speakers when they travel, from the beach to the campsite to the bridal shower to the barbeque, which is why Libratone’s designers have come up with a sleek, highly adaptable speaker that resists water without sacrificing on its design aesthetic.

The Libratone ONE Click shares the approximate size and shape of a paperback book, where it will boast of grommets that enable it to be carried in myriad of adaptable ways. It will arrive surrounded by a rubber bumper and housed in a sleek, water-resistant mesh covering, where one can choose from Graphite Grey, Caribbean Green, Cloudy Grey, and Cerise Red colors. Expect it to be out later this August, where a single click or two will allow users to change the way it is hung, carried or worn.

As for the TOO, it is a playful, portable speaker that will boast of big sound that has been packed into a convenient, diminutive grab-and-go package. Looking more like an overstuffed hot dog, the TOO fits snugly into a bag or back pocket.

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NURA Headphones are over-ear, in-ear, and calibrated specifically to you

We’re all about that bass, but to be honest, we like to hear treble and midtones too. It’s easy to sink tons of money into headphones that say they’ll give you the best audio quality around. Of course, they’re usually giving you the best audio quality for their price point. If you’re an avid gamer, lover of music, or work in a field that requires you to be able to decipher each aspect of sound in great detail, you’re going to need to sink some serious cash into your headphones.

If you are one such person, then you know how important it is to hear every aspect of sound as clearly as possible. NURA is combining ear cups and in-ear headphones with some serious software to make sure you not only hear the sound, but hear it attuned to your specific hearing profile through soundwave technology. This means you’re not only going to hear your sound, but feel it too as the bass will be bumping through the cups while the high tones come in through the buds.

This plugs into your lightning/USB port of your phone, and will have you listen to tones while it calibrates for about 30 seconds. It measures the feint sound that comes out of your ear from hearing something, so once it understands how you hear things, it will adjust everything you hear through the headphones from then on regardless of what app or program it’s in. You can even have multiple profiles if you want to let your friends borrow it, though you probably won’t because they’re in-ear. These will cost you around $199, and will give you the perks of getting custom headphones without having to be an audiophile to find them.

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The Citizen Calendrier Watch makes sure time zones can’t throw you out of sync

When you travel a lot, it’s hard to keep track of when you are. Hopping time zones constantly can make you feel disoriented and it’s hard to place when you need to sleep. If you often find yourself in this pickle of a situation, then you need to make sure you’re setting your clocks to the correct time zone. While your smartphone will normally sync for you, it doesn’t always work, and even then there are times where you just don’t want to look at a screen any more.

If you like wearing a wristwatch and are in need of some time zone help, the Citizen Calendrier Watch will give you a little insight into when in the world you are. It’s a gold-toned watch that uses solar cells so you should never need to replace your batteries. The watch face is encased in a 44mm stainless steel case with a mineral dial window.

It uses a leather band with a deployant clasp and push-button closure, and while the watch is water resistant down to 330 feet, the band is likely not. This is going to cost you around $281, and will take a little finagling for your brain to remember how to set it and what aspects you need to pay attention to. This is pretty pricey for a watch, but it’s meant for people who have the money to hop time zones pretty frequently, so that shouldn’t be too shocking. It’s certainly going to look impressive, and will have a little more functionality than your average timepiece.

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