Archive for November, 2016
You can make someone sit down in a classroom and read a book about how to put together an IKEA chair, but until they’re building it, not all of the dots are going to connect. Humans need real world experiences to understand why and how things are happening around them. Any day you don’t learn something new, you’ve probably died.
If you don’t know what to get someone for the upcoming holidays, a science project is always a fun idea! Well, that’s assuming the recipient has a vested interest in bettering themselves through play, like they would have to do with something like the MudWatt! This fun project is an award-winning STEM kit that will teach you about electricity, microbiology, and energy. Don’t be fooled by its cutesy looks, as this can teach first graders and seniors alike.
The kit harnesses the power of bacteria that creates electricity, and the best part is that you can use dirt from anywhere in the world to make this work. Not only that, but you can add food from your fridge and change the temperature to alter their power output. As the bacteria grows, you can track the progress through an app which will unlock an educational comic to give further insight into what’s happening. The classic version is a $39.99 kit, but there are several different sizes at varying prices for groups or classses ranging small to large.
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When it comes to the traditional alarm clock, not too any homes carry that any more these days. Rather, most of us rely on our smartphones to get the job done. In fact, we might even no longer have a single, proper alarm clock left at home. iHome has come up with its fair share of alarm clock radios in the past, where some models could even change the color accordingly. Well, this time around, there are two more models being made available for the masses — and that would be the all new iHome iBN350 Bluetooth alarm clock which can wirelessly charge Qi compatible devices as well as pair via Bluetooth in a jiffy using NFC. The other model would be the all-new iPLWBT5 clock radio, allowing you to juice up your iPhone and Apple Watch while you sleep, letting both devices tackle your day ahead when you awake.
Perfect for the bedroom, it does not matter whether you settle for the iHome iPLWBT5 or the iBN350. Either one will be able to deliver excellent sound quality as well as support a wide range of music sources, such as Apple Lightning and FM radio (iPLWBT5 only), Bluetooth streaming, USB audio, and aux-in. Not only that, the clocks will both arrive with an integrated microphone as well as advanced acoustic echo cancellation, allowing you to make use of the speakerphone feature without having to experience a loss in audio quality.
The $129.99 iPLWBT5 will be integrated with both Apple Watch and iPhone Lightning chargers, making it a snap to juice up two devices simultaneously. Not only that, Android users with Qi-compatible devices are also not left out of the loop thanks to the $129.99 IBN350 which lets you lay your compatible smartphone or device face up, right on top of the unit in order to have it charge sans any wires or messy cables. There is also the option to charge a secondary device thanks to the USB port.
Any takers for either home alarm clock?
SteelSeries is surely a name not to be trifled with when it comes to audio peripherals and devices, and we are pleasantly surprised that they have decided to make available the Arctis 7 headphones, accompanied by huge Black Friday promotions to get the mood going. The Arctis 7 wireless gaming headset, as its name suggests, targets those who simply live, eat, and breathe video games. It is made up of part of the now legendary Arctis range from SteelSeries, where the design itself is a reimagination of all that we have come to know and love, being overhauled with the latest gaming designs and technologies.
The Arctis 7 wireless gaming headset from SteelSeries will be available for purchase from the likes of Amazon and Best Buy for $149.99 a pop. It is touted to deliver great audio quality, regardless of whether you use it primarily for gaming, or for music or even movies. Surely heads will turn when you pull it out from your bag as the timeless design focuses on understated elegance, comfort and customization. Heck, the Arctis 7 even comes with a ClearCast bi-directional microphone which is able to deliver exceptionally clear and natural-sounding voice; while offering the best possible modular technology for multiple platform compatibility.
It will be a pair of lag-free wireless headphones, where it comes equipped with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround, volume, mute mic and Chat Mix Control located right smack on the headset itself, enabling easy and convenient access. Since it is new to the market, there are no Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals to go along with the SteelSeries Arctis 7 wireless gaming headset, but at the very least you know when you purchase this, it is as good as it gets. Now it is time to translate superior gaming audio to victories on the digital battlefield.
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Having kids is like signing up for a full time in-home job, with a boss that doesn’t know how to be professional. On top of trying to mold your child into a functioning human being, you also have to keep up with your own life, and the wrenches your bundles of joy throw into the works. Cleaning up messes will be a constant state of existence, making anything that’s not machine-washable or something that can be thrown into the dishwasher another chore on top of your already busy days.
Since you have to steer your tot in the best direction you can, you need to make it easy for them to not mess up. This Neoprene Lunch Box Placemat will do just that, by making sure that all the mess of their school lunch stays in one place. Since kids don’t really understand the concept of germs, their lunch boxes go with them outside, in bathrooms, and on the floor in the classroom. This same lunch box is going on their lunch table, and you can imagine that they’re not going to bring a sanitary wipe to clean off the surface before they eat off of it.
This Neoprene mat will zip up on each of the four corners, and when unzipped will reveal lunch, as well as a clean space to eat on. Most lunch boxes are just vessels for food, so this method ensures your kids have lunch and a place to eat it. These come in regular or large sizes with a variety of color combinations, costing around $18 a piece, and yes, they are completely machine washable.
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Building your own gaming PC is not exactly a simple or cheap endeavor. You have to have some manner of understanding of what parts you’ll need, where to get them, how to put them together, and the money to fund it all. Even if you have a friend to help you, you’ll be looking at far more than the cost of what a console would be to put together something decent. If your budget doesn’t allow for that amount of spending, then getting a console will at least sate your appetite for gaming.
If you wish you could use a keyboard and mouse on your console for a bit more precision, then the XIM 4 should be able to help you out. This adapter will let you play your PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360 with the mouse, keyboard, or other compatible button-laden device of your choice. This is a 1-to-1 device, so you shouldn’t have to worry about any delay between when you press and an action happening in the game.
This is easy to set up through its wireless smartphone and PC configuration tool, and will make it feel like you’ve spent thousands on a quality setup, without having to pay up. This has a 6′ braided microUSB cable, 2 USB ports, and will play nicely with Android phones through Google Play, or by downloading software on your PC. Of course, this isn’t a cheap add-on, so you’ll have to be willing to part with $149.99 to up your gaming experience.
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When it comes to audio peripherals that work well with a computer, you know that you will not be able to go wrong with the Sound Blaster name. That name has certainly come a long way since its early days of churning out 8-bit sound cards that fit into an ISA slot back in the days when games on PCs ran on EMS or XMS, with MS-DOS as the operating system. Fast forward to today, and Sound Blaster does a whole lot more than just soundcards — in fact, they have for a long time now, jumped into the lucrative speaker market. Their latest generation speakers for gamers would be the Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers.
We would like to think that once you have the Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers, there is no more need to upgrade, perhaps not for a few more years. This would be an all-in-one 24-bit under-monitor audio system that delivers a whopping 150W of peak power, how does that sound (pun not intended) to your ears?
What makes the Sound BlasterX Katana so special actually ? Touted to be the very first of its kind, it has an Under-Monitor Audio System which will be accompanied by Creative’s most powerful multi-core audio DSP to date, allowing it to function as a high-end Sound Blaster sound card/DAC which can project 24-bit high-resolution audio for lossless, crystal-clear and impressive room-filling sound. Thanks to a future-forward tri-amplified design which will power 5-drivers that comprise of 2 up-firing midbass drivers, a pair of high-excursion tweeters, and a long-throw subwoofer, each of them will be individually powered by a DSP-controlled amplifier in order for gamers to enjoy precise audio reproduction at each part of the audio spectrum.
The BlasterX Acoustic Engine and a Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder are also part of the eal, providing users with immersive audio for both games and movies. The entire audio system is aesthetically pleasing, being crafted with brushed aluminium, while it boasts of a programmable Aurora Reactive lighting system with 16.8 million colors.
The Sound BlasterX Katana will be out later this week on 22 November 2016, with a $299.99 price point. Will we see an instant price slash when Black Friday comes around?
Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers rock your world
When it comes to listening to your music when you travel, most of us would normally opt for a pair of headphones — as it offers that cocoon of privacy. However, there are times when we wished that the world would be able to appreciate the genius of whatever tracks that we are listening to, and this is where a portable speaker would come in handy. Even more so if you are trekking in the great outdoors and arrive at a waterfall, bringing the symphony of nature and technology under one place, or are just throwing a pool party, it does not matter — a waterproof speaker is what you need. Scosche knows this, which is why they have come up with the Scosche BoomBUOY wireless speaker that is waterproof.
This is not the first time that Scosche has come up with a wireless speaker, where the Scosche BoomBUOY has been specially optimized for outdoor use, since it boasts of a rugged, durable construction as well as high quality audio complete with up-firing Omni-directional sound, ensuring that no matter where everyone else is, they too, will be able to listen to the same music at the same volume level as you.
This is made possible thanks to the BoomBUOY’s 3W 50mm high quality speaker as well as passive radiator that will help to produce rich, clear sound — regardless of whether you are camping or enjoying a day at the pool. Being IP67-rated for dust and water, this speaker will also come with a buoyant construction which enables it to float in water, while the integrated side panel ensures that the control buttons are within easy reach for you to play/pause, skip tracks and control the volume. It also comes with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that delivers up to 7 hours of non-stop audio playback, while carabiner helps you to attach the speaker to a backpack for on-the-go listening. Available in Black/Space Grey and Tech Sport Grey shades, the Scosche BoomBUOY will retail for $39.99 apiece.
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