Archive for September, 2016
When kids are little, they want to do everything themselves. Parents are meant to guide these little tykes in the right direction, but are essentially just prepping them to learn how to manage the world on their own. It only makes sense that they would want to be grown ups sooner rather than later, but once you realize what that actually means, you want to switch back.
Little kids of course don’t realize that, and if you want to foster their independence you have to make it possible for them to have self-esteem building tasks to take on. This KidSwitch light switch extender will let them take on the last big challenge of the day, and the first task of the morning; turning on and off the lights. We’ve looked at contraptions that make light switches more interesting in the past, but this version allows kids to interact with the switch at their height.
This is a plastic extender that glows in the dark, so if your tiny tyke wants to make a bathroom trip and doesn’t want to be completely without light they can make the run without waking you up. It will work with any toggle light switch, and comes with two screws to make sure it will stay in place. You can get one of these for $13.99, or if you want them to have access to multiple switches you can pay out $22.95 for a 3-pack.
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Not all gaming mice are created equal — some are made by more notable names, while the others will require you to “grow” into them. Still, if you are an avid MMO/MOBA gamer and are in the market for a new mouse as your previous one gave up the ghost, you might want to consider the SteelSeries Rival 500 MMO/MOBA gaming mouse. The SteelSeries Rival 500 is considered to be the first MOBA/MMO optical gaming mouse in the world that has been specially designed around natural hand movements for extreme comfort, accuracy and performance.
This revolutionary multi-button gaming mouse was designed from the ground up, paying full attention to the gamer’s thumb and hand movements in order to help one increase the level of efficiency, accuracy, and performance.
It was developed by reimagining the traditional multi-button grid layout as it incorporates natural hand movements into the design. Specially engineered for comfort and performance, it does away with the squeezed buttons in a grid format by throwing in a Next-Gen side-button layout. This new layout would make identifying, clicking and combo clicking precise and easy. The SteelSeries Rival 500 showcases gaming’s first flick down switches, which is the fastest way to make a move as it responds to your thumb’s natural flick motion rather than requiring a press.
There is also SteelSeries’ innovative tactile alert technology integrated within, turning it from an input-only device to a weapon that provides feedback as you dominate your digital opponents. Gamers are able to fully customize and feel in-game events and alerts via subtle pulses, enabling them make split-second decisions during crucial times. Not only that, it can also notify gamers when cooldowns are up, ammo is out, health is low, or any other important-to-the-gamer in-game action occurs.
The Pixart 3360 optical sensor delivers up to 16,000 CPI, and you can personalize the functions of all 15 individual buttons. Expect this hardy mouse to retail for $79.99 a pop.
SOL Republic is definitely a name that most of us are able to relate to when it comes to a pair of headphones, and they have even tied in with big names such as Tiger Woods in the past. Well, this time around, those of you who are extremely active out there might be interested in picking up the SOL Republic Relays Sport wireless headphones which will certainly be a boon to those who tend to have a less than sedentary lifestyle.
When it comes to wireless sports headphones, consumers tend to have several common pet peeves — among them include a relatively short battery life (which ticks off those marathon runners), a complicated secure fit system, ear hooks that tend to induce pain over the course of time, and lackluster sound quality. SOL Republic is committed to changing the world one listener at a time, hence the Relays Sport wireless headphones.
The Relays Sport wireless headphones has been specially designed to be comfortable to wear for hours on end, all without having to sacrifice its secure fit. There is also enough battery life to have it last up to eight hours of play time, sporting full range high fidelity sound, quick charge technology, microphone, music controls, sweat and water resistance, and a special outdoor sound mode.
The most important feature of Relays Sport Wireless lies in its award-winning FreeFlex secure fit, which is an ultralight ear bud design which can adapt to any ear size without having to have complicated parts or hooks which wrap around your sensitive ear. This ear bud remains inside, and will not fall out. It does make us wonder whether the Apple AirPods are up to the task, too.
All of the electronic components are carefully placed in ergonomic, water resistant pods which fit naturally on the neck. This allows it to deliver signature deep bass and crisp sound regardless of which activity you are involved in, and an outdoor sound mode increases the right amount of bass so everything sounds just right again. Available in black, mint and yellow colors, the Relays Sport wireless headphones will cost $79.
SOL Republic Relays Sport wireless headphones announced
Mention the name Polaroid, and most of the time one would think of the good old days of instant photos. Of course, the Polaroids back then tend to fade over the passage of time. The digital world has since more or less done away with the world of film photography, and hence a company like Polaroid needs to move along with the times as well. In fact, they have come up with an instant camera of their own called the Polaroid Snap Touch, and to ensure it remains relevant, it is digital.
The Polaroid Snap Touch is a highly anticipated device that is now available for pre-order for those who are interested. With the Polaroid Snap Touch, one will be able to enjoy the traditional instant photography experience, and it will continue in the tradition of the hugely successful first generation Polaroid Snap.
In order to bring the Polaroid Snap Touch to a whole new level, it will come with a slew of range updated features for an enhanced instant experience. There will now be a 3.5″ LCD touchscreen for framing shots as well as to help you navigate the camera’s menu, and a new and improved 13MP CMOS sensor ensures you can capture higher quality images in addition to 1080p full HD video recording capability. Both photos and videos will be stashed away on a microSD memory card slot which maxes out at 128GB.
The Polaroid Snap Touch will also be integrated with a printer that will rely on the ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology. In other words, you can capture and instantly print full-color, 2×3″ photographs, without having to go to a dark room to develop them. Perfect for today’s selfie shooters courtesy of a self-timer and the addition of a fun selfie mirror, you should be able to take full advantage of the Polaroid Snap Touch always. Three color modes: black and white, color, and vintage sepia, alongside the option to print with or without the iconic Polaroid Classic Border Logo makes the $179.99 Polaroid Snap Touch an instant classic in our books.
When you have a project in mind, there are many steps to take it from idea to concept to project. Coming up with the idea and seeing the finished product are the best parts of the process, but the tedium in between is the only way you’ll get to see both sides of the coin. That being said, the world has been thinking up and creating things long enough now that there are tools to help speed up just about every facet of a DIY project.
If you need to do a lot of drilling and driving in your project, you’ve likely gotten annoyed at having to switch parts, treating each as a different step. This WORX Switch Drill will cut that time in half, if not more, as you’ll be able to switch from drilling to driving with the press of a button. Not only that, but the electronic clutch will prevent you from messing anything up. There are 12 speeds, and that should cover a wide range of of drilling and fastening applications.
This 20V MaxLithium switch driver has two 1/4 in. chucks that rotate 180 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise with the push of a button. This will work with any 1/4 in hex-shaped bits, which gives you a good bit of variety. It also has a 12 speed motor, LED light for the driver, and will cost you $89.99. For those that already use WORX tools, you’ll be happy to know that this uses the same 20-Volt battery that most of their garden and power tools use.
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JLab Audio has just released another device that might make your day if you are in the market for a pair of Bluetooth headphones in the form of the Flex. The Flex Bluetooth headphones will come with Active Noise Cancellation right out of the box, ensuring that what you hear will mainly come from the audio file that is being played on that particular device, rather than ambient noise from around you.
Thanks to JLab Audio’s advanced JQuiet Active Noise-Canceling technology, it is touted to be able to cancel 94% of unwanted background noise — all without breaking the bank. In fact, the Flex Bluetooth headphones are said to deliver up to 60 hours of noise-cancelling playtime, and 30 hours of Bluetooth playtime, or 10 hours of noise-cancelling playtime with Bluetooth in tow — depending on what kind of listening pattern you have.
With its C3 (Crystal Clear Clarity) technology, the Flex Bluetooth headphones will deliver a clean, crisp, immersive sound with vibrant highs, mids and pumping bass via its pristine high performance neodymium backed 40mm drivers. Not only that, if you are going to listen to music for long hours on end, the comfortable Form-Fit Earcups with Cloud Foam will work their purpose to perfection, boasting of a 20-degree tilt that allows for perfect positioning on the ears. The universal mic and track controls will also enable listeners to effortlessly adjust volume, skip tracks, answer and hang-up calls or quickly turn the noise canceling capability on and off, taking just a few clicks of a button to get the job done.
The Flex Bluetooth headphones are also aesthetically pleasing right out of the box, sporting a stainless steel metal headband that is lined with an ultra-plush 1/2-inch wide Cloud Foam cushion. The asking price? $149.99 a pop. Surely it is money well spent, and this is one pair of Bluetooth headphones that look like it could last for years if proper care is taken of it.
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GoPro is a name that we are all extremely familiar with when it comes to HERO action cameras, and for good reason, too. They are not only tough as nails, but they also do their bit in capturing great videos and photos of a particular adrenaline-pumping stunt. Well, GoPro would like to extend its reach in the action camera market through the introduction of a spanking new product that is known as the GoPro Karma.
The GoPro Karma is not another action camera, but rather, a quadcopter drone that will be able to let you capture stunning videos and photos from afar. The GoPro Karma has just been launched, and it is a whole lot more than a regular drone since it comes with Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization. Each purchase of the $799 GoPro Karma will arrive with a backpack that allows you to tote it around without missing a beat.
Not only that, the GoPro Karma comes with an image-stabilization grip which can be removed whenever you want to use it as a handheld device, or opt to have it mounted to vehicles and gear, among others. The game-style controller will boast of an integrated touch display to make controlling the Karma fun, and it is fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet to see what your drone sees. With its removable 3-axis camera stabilizer, you can be sure that even handheld shots will be shake-free.
Those who are interested will be able to pick up the GoPro Karma from October 23rd onward, and apart from it being a standalone device, it can be bought as a bundle. The GoPro Karma bundled with HERO5 Black will retail for $1,099.99, while those who have the patience to wait until early next year can pick up the GoPro Karma that arrives bundled with the HERO5 Session for $999.99.
GoPro’s first quadcopter drone is the Karma
Marvel has certainly outdone itself in the cinematic realm, successfully making comic book heroes on the silver screen a top draw. Of course, the carefully cast actors and actresses in their respective roles also did play a part in the huge box office draw. Well, Marvel certainly are not done yet with all the movies in their pipeline, and while you wait for the next best thing, you might as well line up Christmas presents for your little ones. Why not keep them entertained with the $49.95 Avengers Virtual Reality Battle?
The Avengers Virtual Reality Battle is a head-mounted blaster game which will allow children to do battle with Ultron. Arming an aspiring S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with a powerful blaster, the player can choose from three different levels of difficulty. He or she will then suit up and join the Avengers in order to topple this nefarious villain. Expect the headset to fit snugly around a child’s head thanks to the two adjustable straps. It will project three alternating images (two of Ultron, one of Iron Man) on the inside of the goggles, where you then take aim of the blaster at Ultron. Each successful hit after pulling the trigger will score a point, but if you shoot Iron Man by accident instead, you lose a point. Realistic Avengers sound effects are part of the mix, and so is the score tally on the digital counter. Half a dozen AAA batteries are required to get the Avengers Virtual Reality Battle, er, battle-ready.
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Do you remember the feeling of enjoying your childhood while you were on a bicycle? The wind rustling through your hair, the birds chirping during those warm summer days. Ah, those were good times, and back then, there wasn’t too much traffic on the road, either. Making it a perfect setting for you to cycle around. The thing is, the older bicycles still came with a bell that you could ring just in case you needed to alert a pedestrian or two, or even a larger sized vehicle. Bicycle horns are not exactly a “thing”, but fast forward to today, and a bicycle horn might be deem to be an essential accessory on your two wheeler. How about upping the ante with the Biketones?
The Biketones will arrive in seven different colors. Not only that, it will also be able to sound 7 different fixed MP3 clips, now how about that compared to the boring old jingle that your grandad’s bicycle bell used to make? The Biketones’ horn audio will range from the familiar minions siren “Bee Doo, Bee Doo, Bee Doo” all the way to the Dixie horn.
Horntones CEO, Mike Kosco, shared, “Horntones released the FX-550, an MP3 car horn, back in 2007. My son was inspired by the car horn and wanted to have a custom horn made for his bicycle… In 2012, he was 9 years old. He came home from school one day and shared with me his “great idea”… an MP3 horn for a bicycle. Not only did he describe his idea verbally, he had drawn a fairly detailed schematic of his invention. After 4 years of searching out components, learning solid modeling and making several rounds of prototypes… we are happy to announce the release of Biketones, the world’s first and only MP3 horn for your bicycle!”
Those who are interested to maintain their safety while cycling around while keeping up to date with the latest developments can pick up the Biketones for $19.95 a pop.
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Fit your bicycle with a Biketones MP3 horn
A video game console in the mold of the Sony PS4 is definitely something that will offer hours of endless entertainment. In fact, if you were to hook up your PS4 to a souped up home entertainment system, it would definitely get the most out of the sound effects that the sound team put into the game. For those who like to play when the rest of the world is in slumber, a good pair of headphones will fit the bill perfectly, and Afterglow has come up with its LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets which were specially made for the Sony PS4.
This third party accessories manufacturer has come up with its officially licensed Afterglow LVL series headsets for the Sony PS4, where the LVL 1 is a chat headset, while the LVL 3 is a wired headset. Last but not least, the LVL 5 is a Quad Boost driver headset, and regardless of which particular model that you decide to settle for, all of them will arrive in several variants, including white and camo shades.
Matt Hiler of PDP shared, “The LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets for PS4 fill a wide variety of gaming needs that range from basic to premium. Gamers can choose the headset that’s right for their game-play, and enjoy endless hours of striking high-quality audio.”
The LVL 1 will be the inexpensive wired chat headset option, where it hooks straight to the controller with a 3.5mm headset jack. Apart from that, you get to enjoy crystal-clear communication via a noise-cancelling microphone as well as a flexible folding boom. In addition, the LVL 1 will also come with in-line chat volume and microphone muting controls, retailing for $19.99 apiece.
As for the $29.99 LVL 3, this is a more advanced wired headset that plugs directly into the controller’s 3.5mm headset jack. It has powerful 40mm Neodymium drivers for game and chat audio and in-line microphone muting and volume controls. Last but not least, the $49.99 LVL 5 wired headset is the most expensive of the lot, sporting Afterglow’s signature LED lighting, a Quad Boost driver that enables the adjustment of bass levels in-game, as well as easily-accessible volume and mic muting controls that are conveniently located on the ear cup.
Afterglow LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets head for the PS4