Archive for July, 2016

Singing Peek-A-Boo Pachyderm lulls your little ones to sleep

Being a parent is an awesome responsibility, and there are moments when despite the wisdom of the ages, there are still gaps that need to be filled where only the parent and child can bond, and conventional knowledge fails. This is the special connection for adult and baby, and it involves the different personalities and preferences in which we were born with. Well, for those moments, that you find really, really challenging to lull your little one to sleep, perhaps you might want to enlist the help of a cute assistant known as the $39.95 Singing Peek-A-Boo Pachyderm.

Just like how you get your little one to laugh with the Peek-A-Boo Animated Bear, the Singing Peek-A-Boo Pachyderm intends to live up to its potential, being an animated plush elephant that sings and plays peek-a-boo with children. Whenever you squeeze the elephant’s right foot, he will belt out a 60-second performance of Do Your Ears Hang Low? while fluttering his floppy ears. If his left foot is pressed, he will engage in a 30-second game of peek-a-boo, at the same time gleefully giggling and saying phrases like “Hello, baby!”, “Peek-a-boo is the most fun with you!”, and “Peek-a-boo! I see you!” as his ears playfully cover his eyes. Powered by a trio of AA batteries, you can be sure that your little one can get entertained till he or she falls asleep, happy.
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Light Socket Powered WiFi Security Camera

Peace of mind — how much of a price are you willing to pay to have that in your heart? While traveling is fine and dandy for many of us, we too, would like to know whether our homes are safe and secure whenever we are not around. You also do not want to look too paranoid with too many obvious security cameras fitted all over the place, which is why the perfect balance might be the $229.95 Light Socket Powered WiFi Security Camera.

This happens to be an easy-to-install home security system which will retrofit a motion-sensing WiFi camera to an outdoor porch or garage light. Best of all is, there is no need for any kind of wiring at all, where the included smart light bulb adapter can be screwed into the current light socket in order to provide power to the wall-mounted wireless HD video camera thanks to a short cord. The camera’s infrared sensor can also detect as to when someone approaches and automatically sends a notification to your paired WiFi device through a free app. The camera will be able to stream and record video, allowing you to check on your home regardless of where you are at the moment — even across multiple time zones.

It will also come with an integrated microphone and speaker for voice chatting with visitors, while homeowners can turn the light on and off remotely or at pre-scheduled times, as well as play pre-recorded outgoing messages upon motion activation, or even sound off a 100db alarm to scare away potential intruders (and neighboring pets). The weatherproof camera will be able to hold its own against moisture, heat, and cold, where it attaches to any exterior surface with the included mounting plate. This certainly makes it sound to be a doozy of a device to have in your home, right?
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Nimb is a Smart Ring that will call for help when you need it

Walking alone at night can be pretty terrifying because you can’t always have an entourage with you, but if anything happens, “you shouldn’t have been alone”. What’s worse, you can be attacked in broad daylight, even when you’re 200 feet from the police station. Being ambushed isn’t going to give you enough time to get to pepper spray or dial 911. Getting your phone out and calling an emergency number or trying to be on a call with a friend sometimes doesn’t happen fast enough.

If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, the Nimb will only need 3 seconds before starting to send the cavalry your way. This is a ring with a concealed button that will notify chosen friends, family, emergency services, and the Nimb community of your whereabouts should it be pressed for 3 seconds. Of course, while this was built because the situation mentioned above actually happened (thankfully she’s alive), this can also be used for medical issues, keeping track of your children, and other emergency situations.

You will have to keep Bluetooth on your phone at all times to use this, though they are working on a standalone ring that isn’t so reliant on having your mobile nearby. Since your phone is so integral to this working, they’ve also included a proximity alert so it can’t get too far away. This plastic and metal ring is hypoallergenic, and comes in sizes 4-12 so you don’t have to choose a specific finger or hand to wear this on. It comes in white or black with a metal accent, and is going to cost you $115.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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Casio’s G-SHOCK range sees MTGG1000AR-1A join the family

If you are on the lookout for a timepiece that is not only tough as nails, but will also look good when you wear it around your wrist, then the Casio G-SHOCK collection is a name that should be considered by all and sundry right from the get go. This time around, the Japanese company has revealed the Rose Gold MTGG1000AR-1A, being an advanced timepiece that will arrive equipped with GPS Hybrid capabilities and made with G-SHOCK’s legendary resilience.

Forget about machines putting the MTGG1000AR-1A together — it has been specially hand assembled in the Yamagata factory in Japan, where it boasts of the self-adjusting GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid technology that will be able to capture time calibration data using a complementary system for receiving GPS signals and standard terrestrial radio wave signals. Not only that, it will harness the power of the sun thanks to a Tough Solar module that will be protected by a core guard structure that features metal and fine resin for its components.

Other G-SHOCK tools have been adopted, where among them include a Smart Access Crown and a Triple G Resist. You will find that this timepiece arrives with an anti-glare sapphire glass and a Panel Composite Band that is made of solid SS/Fine Resin. The timepiece itself will have a beautiful Rose Gold hue that results in a vintage, yet perfectly finished look.

Some of the key features that showcase its versatility include Airplane Mode, World Time (27TZ, 40 Cities+UTC), LED (Super Illuminator), Daily Alarm, Full Auto Calendar, Stopwatch 924Hr), Countdown Timer (24Hr), Day/Date Display and a case size of 56.0mm. It will not come cheap, however, as the MTGG1000AR-1A will hit the market for $1,900 a pop next month. This is definitely a watch that not only gets the job done, but with aplomb as well, while making you look really, really good.

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Satechi expands Metallic series to keep new rose gold Apple products company

When it comes to modern day computing accessories, there is one particular name that we should always keep in mind — Satechi. After all, they have rolled out their fair share of peripherals over the years to keep us convinced that there is nothing but quality behind their lines, and the same can be said of their latest expansion in the Metallic Series which will keep company the new rose gold MacBook, iPhone® and Apple Watch.

After all, the color of rose gold is definitely one that is taking the tech world by storm, as the pink-hued iOS devices will no longer be left alone without similarly colored peripherals from Satechi, where among them include the likes of wireless headphones, a handy headset stand, convenient charging stations and even the all time popular and useful Type-C Hub with pass-through charging. This fashionable finish of the new Apple products will definitely brighten up the day of any user, and Satechi hopes to be the one to facilitate a seamless transition.

The Aluminum Wireless Headphones and complimentary Slim Aluminum Headset Stand are perfect for any desktop, as these Bluetooth 4.0 headphones sport a luxurious and comfortable design as well as premium sound quality from up to 33 feet away, delivering up to 16 hours of playtime or up to 18 hours of talk time. These should be more than enough to last the entire day, while folks who prefer a tethered experience can have that thanks to an auxiliary cord. The Aluminum Wireless Headphones and Slim Headset Stand will retail for $69.99 and $27.99, respectively.

Not only that, there will be a couple of Type-C offerings that arrive in the new rose gold hue, comprising of the Type-C Pass-through USB Hub and the new Type-C Micro/SD Card Reader. The former boasts of a charging port and expands Type-C USB 3.1 ports into a trio of Type-A USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card slot and a Micro SD Card slot, while the new Type-C Micro/SD Card Reader delivers a solution for simultaneously reading and accessing both your SD and Micro SD cards. These will arrive in rose gold for $44.99 and $24.99, respectively. Any takers?

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Skybuds wireless earbuds are ready to rock and roll

skybudsWe all love our music. After all, music does get the body moving, not to mention it is a way to recover emotionally and mentally with the right kind of tunes. Just step into any spa, and the soothing background music would then do its job of bringing you to another place mentally, as you lose yourself in the massage and environment. Having said that, some of us are unable to live without any music, regardless of where we go or travel. That means getting a good pair of earphones or earbuds, and with so many different choices that are available on the market, just which particular model should you settle for? If you haven’t yet parted ways with your money, then the Skybuds wireless earbuds might be worth checking out.

These are touted to be “true” wireless earbuds, where they were also picked out to be part of the Wearables 2016 CES Innovation Awards Honoree. Thanks to Alpha Audiotronics, Inc., the Skybuds claim to offer a truly wire-free solution with premium sound quality as well as reliable connectivity, hoping to transform the way users experience sound.

Skybuds make use of Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) technology, which are more often than not, seen in action in hearing aids. With NFMI technology, it should be able to ensure uninterrupted, high-quality sound in the headphone industry. Accompanying the NFMI technology would see each earbud make use of a top-of-the-line, balanced armature driver and psychoacoustic features, including base enhancement, so that a premium audio experience can be created. These earbuds have been specially designed in such a manner that they boast of Passive Noise Cancellation, which will suppress unwanted and distracting external audio.

The Skybuds will juice up and can be stored in a light, portable case known as the Skydock, which conveniently delivers up to another 24 hours of on-the-go charging time. Apart from superior sound quality, each Skybud will be fitted with an omnidirectional microphone, and have been ergonomically designed to comfortably sit in users’ ears.

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VOXXHirschmann reveals EVO vehicle infotainment system

evoWhenever one travels in a car or in something larger such as an SUV or even MPV, chances are the radio would be turned on at the very least. Well, there might be more than meets the eye for longer distance routes, especially when you take into consideration how children would fit into the ride without asking you “Are we there yet?” every 10 minutes. Keeping them occupied with the latest movies on a mobile device is fine and dandy, but won’t it be better if they had a larger sized screen located into the back of the headrest? VOXXHirschmann latest foray into automotive rear seat vehicle infotainment has resulted in EVO, which intends to bring the in-home TV entertainment experience in your vehicle.

This next generation Evolution Series (“EVO”) Rear Seat Vehicle Infotainment (“RSI”) solution will be part of models rolled out by General Motors (“GM”) for forthcoming model 2018, 2019 and 2020 vehicles.

According to Pat Lavelle, President and CEO of VOXX International Corporation, “With EVO, we are redefining rear seat vehicle infotainment, moving far beyond DVD-based systems intended to entertain our children, to a truly mobile, wireless infotainment hub for global vehicles. By incorporating advanced media playback and streaming capabilities with wireless in-car connectivity and easy-to-integrate form factors designed for OEMs, EVO was created to enable consumers to seamlessly take and share their content across multiple devices such as tablets and smartphones, no matter where they go. We look forward to working with GM and our other OEM partners to bring the vision of the Connected Car to life.”

Forget about legacy DVD-based players — the new EVO product range will be the next evolutionary step in rear seat vehicle infotainment. Users are able to create and securely log into their own wireless in-car rear-seat infotainment networks, not to mention share and stream media content across all occupants of the vehicle. It does not matter whether the content is stashed away or viewed on the EVO system, or even on a passenger’s mobile device.

The EVO system will also accept content from SD card and HDMI/USB-based devices, offers support for Miracast and DLNA functionality, and boasts of the EVO Slingplayer, resulting in consumers enjoying a live TV experience in the car via VOXXHirschmann’s exclusive partnership with Sling Media. Looks like traveling has become all the more fun with EVO!

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Sony reveals new Z series of TVs

Do you think that it is time for your living room to obtain a new TV for your home entertainment purposes? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you might want to check out Sony Electronics’ latest release in the form of the Z series. The Sony Z series is touted to be the next generation in television display technology, where it boasts of the ability to reproduce the deeper blacks, brighter lights, and vibrant colors of the real world.

The new flagship Z series will be the high end models, being even above Sony’s existing X series line-up of premium 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs, which includes the award winning X930D and X940D. Why the “Z” moniker? It is meant to signify a significant leap forward and the ultimate in display technology. You can be sure that each Z series TV will see Sony bring the likes of 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) to a new level with ultra-contrast and even more realistic, accurate color, so that your eyes will be able to revel in the kind of content that creators truly intended.

The new Z series will make use of the Backlight Master Drive technology that Sony introduced as a prototype at CES 2016 earlier this year. The Backlight Master Drive happens to be precision backlight boosting technology, where it expands brightness and contrast so that it can offer the full combined potential of 4K HDR. Not only that, contrast is further enhanced via the Backlight Master Drive that boasts of a dense LED structure with a super accurate lighting algorithm, discrete lighting control, and a unique optical design with a calibrated beam LED, resulting in unprecedented dynamic range with incredibly deep blacks and dazzling lights for more realistic scenes than ever before.

The Z Series 65″ and 75″ class 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs are already available for pre-sale at $6,999 and $9,999, respectively, while we do not know just how big of a hole the monstrous XBR100Z9D, 100″ class TV will burn in your pocket.

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1MORE reveals new Bluetooth models for your ears

When it comes to a pair of headphones or earphones, the choice is a very personal one. However, many of us might want to consider picking up a wireless model which will more often than not involve Bluetooth connectivity, as the tangled mess that wired models end up with tend to be very irritating, especially when you need to unravel it. 1MORE knows this, which is why this premier consumer electronics audio company has started to sell a couple of its latest Bluetooth models, accompanied by a single wired in-ear headphone. The new models would be the iBFree Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones, the MK802 Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones, and the Piston Classic In-Ear Headphones.

For those who prefer something wired, the Piston Classic In-Ear Headphone might be the ideal choice, as it delivers quality, sound, and style in an affordable manner. I guess this is something that is a step up from generic headphones that are on the market, and yet won’t keep any serious audiophile happy.

For folks who prefer the Bluetooth treatment, the two models will boast of CRS Bluetooth 4.1 chips with aptX coding technology, where it delivers meticulous sound quality and a stable wireless option for consumers who want more freedom from wires. In fact, Tim Burton, VP of Sales, claimed that these models are the first Bluetooth headphones that he has used so far which he is unable to tell whether they were wireless based on the audio quality, stressing that “even the talk quality is far superior without the common echo of other Bluetooth headphones.”

This is made possible thanks to the MK802 Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones boasting of rare Beryllium drivers, allowing it to deliver an exceptionally comprehensive sound with a durable, lightweight, and stylish TR-90 exterior. Sporting a “Bass Level” switch on the ear cup for folks who would like to have bass highlighted or limited, in addition to optional hearing protection so that hearing loss and fatigue are reduced, the MK802 will also play nice with the 1MORE app so that one can control hearing protection, and assign controllable apps, among others. With an asking price of $129.99, it is not an impulse purchase for sure.

Up next would be the $49.99 iBFree Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones that feature extremely lightweight aluminum alloy earpieces with Bluetooth 4.1 aptX coding, oblique angled ergonomic comfort, and titanium dynamic drivers. Not only that, it is also IPX4 rated water-resistant against rain, spills, and sweat, and will arrive in vibrant red, space gray, aqua blue, and apple green colors.

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D-Link offers a new bunch of IP surveillance cameras

d-link-surveillance-camWhile many of us know of D-Link as a company that delivers networking products par excellence, this does not mean that they have not branched out to other sectors or niche markets. In fact, D-Link has now a new collection of IP surveillance cameras that could adorn your home without looking out of place at all.

There will be a couple of HD IP cameras that are announced by D-Link, as part of the company’s efforts to expand its popular range of professional IP surveillance and security solutions. The first of the two would be known as the Full HD Outdoor PoE Mini Dome Camera (DCS-6212L), while the other would be the HD Covert Network Camera (DCS-1201). These new HD cameras will be able to offer advanced security features, where among them include Power over Ethernet (PoE), HD resolution, local recording, and a complete surveillance software package, enabling users to view, manage and record from up to 32 cameras on a single computer.

The Full HD Outdoor PoE Mini Dome Camera (DCS-6212L) is equipped with industry-leading Full HD 1080p, 2 megapixel resolution and H.264 compression — resulting in high-quality, detailed video recording as well as up to 30 feet of night vision. It boasts of weather and vandal-proof housing so you can be sure that it offers durable protection against impacts and the elements, making it ideal for monitoring outdoor environments. Apart from that, the DCS-6212L is mydlink enabled, enabling users to access and configure the camera remotely through the mydlink website, not to mention to view live video on iOS and Android devices, and Windows phones to boot — if you are still using those, of course.

As for the D-Link Full HD Outdoor PoE Mini Dome CameraD-Link HD Covert Network Camera (DCS-1201), it has a versatile, compact form factor, delivering a robust solution to discreetly monitor an area. It is small in size, and yet accompanied by a generous 50 foot cable so that users can place the DCS-1201 in a far corner of a room or make use of a discreet pinhole installation. Features include motion and tamper detection, making it ideal for ATMs, elevators, police stations, mass transit, and other applications where a hidden or small camera is required.

The Full HD Outdoor PoE Mini Dome Camera (DCS-6212L) and the HD Covert Network Camera (DCS-1201) will retail for $359.99 and $499.99, respectively, if you’’re interested.

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