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Flic is a wireless button that controls everything

We all wish there was an “easy button” for different aspects of our lives. It would be awfully convenient if we could just press a button, and then relationship, work, and other problems in life would just disappear. While you can’t whisk away issues with people, you can make other parts of life far easier. Our smartphones have certainly made things more streamlined, but they can’t do everything for us.

If you wish you had easy buttons all over the place, you can get Flic. This is a wireless button that can control a variety of different things for your daily life. The only limitations are your imagination. You can control lights, use it as shutter control for your phone, as a snooze button, to play music, send distress signals, and much, much more. These can integrate with normal or smart homes alike, but can also be used in an office or outdoor setting as well.

To set a specific task to a button, just open the app, press the button, and assign it a job. Every time you press it after that, it will do whatever you set it as. It has a backing that can be stuck anywhere you think it would be the most appropriate, but it can be moved if need be. This will work with iOS and Android, and if you have more ideas about integration, you can get the developer kit. While you can get one Flic for $23, the idea is to have these all over the place. You’ll likely want to get anywhere between 4-6 of these to get the most out of them, which will cost $89-99.

This is currently available for crowdfunding on indiegogo
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Pachamas – Bedtime, Books, and Augmented Reality?

When I think back to being a kid, my mind always conjures up the images of being tucked into my bed, in my favorite pair of pajamas. I remember that they were blue, and soft. After brushing my teeth, I would wait patiently for my mom to come in and read me a story. I often wonder what memories my daughter will take into adulthood. Things are changing so fast!

Chances are, bedtime might never be the same if you check out Pachamas, what the inventors are touting as the worlds first interactive pajamas. Featuring the celebrity talent of guys like Mos Def and Cheech Marin, Pacha’s Pajamas is the story of a nine-year old Latin-American girl who struggles to bring her amazing dreams to life. Positioning a mobile device over the characters on the PJs brings them to life with educational videos, stories, and interactive graphics that correspond with the pictures.

When the app identifies the Pacha’s Pajamas logo, it will begin to play Pacha’s latest webisode Pacha’s stories promote self-discovery, empathy, ignite the imagination, reconnect your child with nature, and most importantly, foster self esteem, all within the context of a fun and engaging story. The pajamas – called PACHAMAS  are made of 100% organic cotton, and are currently part of an interesting Kickstarter.com campaign. Pachamas will be available in infant, child and adult sizes ranging from $30-$50, but don’t get your hopes up for this holiday season, if the project funds, Pachamas won’t ship until Spring.

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The Onyx is the closest we’ve got to a Star Trek communicator badge

We all have different groups of friends that we like to keep in contact with. Most of the time we use messenger apps or texting to stay in the loop with each other, but we don’t always have the chance to pull out our phone, open an app, and type out a message. If you prefer voice messages, but don’t want to call your friends for every little thing, why not get a communicator like the ones we’ve seen in Star Trek?

If you think they don’t exist, you’d be very wrong. The Onyx from OnBeep gives you instant group communication from anywhere you have Wifi or cellular access. Yes, it is tied to your phone and you do have to pair it with an app, but it is a brilliant idea. While this does resemble the concept of a walkie talkie, it basically removes the limited range aspect. You can be anywhere in the world, and would only have to hit a button to receive instant access to all of your friends.

This is compatible with Android 4.1 and above, the iPod touch, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus, running iOS 7 or above. It runs off of a lithium polymer battery which recharges via microUSB, giving you twelve hours of standby time, and should last through a normal day of use. There is a headphone jack, so you don’t have to worry about your conversation being broadcast to the world. One of these will cost you $99, or you can pay $195 and get a pair for you and a friend.

Available for pre-order on OnBeep

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Moga unveils Rebel game controller for iOS devices

Gone are the days where the go-to portable gaming device comes in the form of a Nintendo or Sony handheld like a Nintendo 3DS or Sony PS Vita only. The rapid adoption of smartphones among the masses has also increased the number of casual gamers who are always on the move, creating an entire new market in the process. While gaming on an iPhone is easy and convenient, on-screen controls are not exactly the best way to go about things in the long run, which is why Moga has come up with their latest Moga Rebel.

The Moga Rebel happens to be a new full-sized, console-style, premium game controller that will cater for the likes of the iPhone, iPad, iPad air, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) which runs on iOS 7+. Those who are interested in the Moga Rebel will be able to pick it up in Apple stores in North America from September 17 onward for $79.99 a pop.

The Moga Rebel intends to deliver the very best features of a tablet game controller alongside the added ability so that it can be used portably with the iPhone or iPod touch. Being comfortable to the touch, this high-quality, Bluetooth wireless controller delivers precision control, ensuring that gamers will be able to enjoy an unparalleled console-style experience. It has a size and shape that would not be a stranger to majority of the console gamers out there, letting you feel at home right from the get go.

Gamers who rock to an iPhone or iPod touch (5th generation) will also be able to transform their phone into a complete mobile gaming system, as long as they secure their device using the Moga Rebel’s flip-up MOGA Arm with S.M.R.T. Lock technology. The MOGA arm can expand in order to accommodate even the largest new phones.

Features of the Moga Rebel include an extended control set, comfortable dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons, a D-pad, and a quartet of action buttons, all running on a 680mAh rechargeable battery.

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The Tangle Free iPhone 5 Charger dispenses with headaches

If there is one main reason that I simply cannot wait for wireless charging capability to hit the market in a big way, it would be this – that day would signal the end of having your chargers end up in a tangled mess. Well, with the $39.95 Tangle Free iPhone 5 Charger, you might not have the advantage of a wireless charger work in your favor in such a manner, but at the very least, it also solves the “tangled cable” issue somewhat. The Tangle Free iPhone 5 Charger sports a retractable cable which would allow you to charge an iPhone 5 without having the unsightly tangle of typical cords.

The cable itself is wound on a spring-tension spool, and it comes with a Lightning connector on one side while there is a USB plug on the other. All that you, the user, will need to do, is to pull on each end simultaneously in order to extend the cable to any length, all the way up to its full 39″ maximum. All that is required for the cable to be retracted back to its safety cocoon would be a second tug, and a smooth retracting action will commence The prongs of the included 2.4 amp AC/USB adapter will fold down for compact storage, which makes this ideal to bring around with you if you are rocking to one of the following – an iPhone 5/5s/5c, fourth generation iPad, iPad mini, and fifth generation iPod touch.
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Cloud Pets Teddy – Huggable Messenger!

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The Schwinn CycleNav Bike Navigation – keep your eyes on the road

When you need to get from point A to B, you plug in the directions on your phone and make your way to where you need to go. This can be the case for walking, biking, taking the bus, and more. However, it’s easiest to keep track of where you’re going in your car as there aren’t exterior sounds to drown out what your GPS says, and it can sit right in front of you. When walking, you don’t need directions to come at you as quickly, as your pace isn’t going to be too fast.

However, when riding your bike you might want your information to be a bit more readily available. It’s not so easy to pull out your phone and check if you’re on the right path. If you wish you had a bit more assistance in finding your way, then the Schwinn CycleNav Bike Navigation system might be able to help you out. This is a Bluetooth device that will attach to your handlebars, and tell you which way to go.

This has an app which you will need to use on your smartphone, and it is compatible with both iOS and Android (4.1 or later). Since this is taking front and center on your bike, it only makes sense that this would also be an LED bike light to help you navigate when the sun is no longer making an appearance. If you don’t want to rely on pulling out your phone or keeping in earbuds to be able to hear what directions your phone is spitting out, this is a $50 purchase that will get you the CycleNav Bike Navigation, a bike mount, rechargeable battery, and a charging cable.

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The iGlowSound Speaker – breathe in, rock out

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The Razer JungleCat is for mobile gamers who are always on the move

Mobile gaming is the best way to fill a few minutes on a bus or train while on your way to work. Some are embarrassed about the genre of game they play, trying to hide their screen from others around them. On the other hand, there are those who embrace their geekery in full force, by purchasing accessories to make gaming easier.

If you are one hardcore gamer who has no time for fooling around, then you likely want an accessory that can be assembled quickly, has amazing quality, and won’t take up much space. The Razer JungleCat will give you everything you could want for an iPhone game controller. It has a D-pad, ABXY buttons, and bumpers. If you want to stow it away, simply slide the gamepad shut and it will all but disappear. This will add a bit more bulk and length to your phone, but it won’t be by much.

Seeing that many mobile gaming add-ons need a mounting bracket or jut out of the sides, this is a far better option. This will offer some level of protection from drops and falls, but you likely won’t want any aspect of this combination to hit the ground. You can fully customize your controller with the Razer Junglecat iOS app, which will allow you to remap your buttons, as well as their sensitivity. This was designed for the iPhone 5/5S, and will give you full access to all of the buttons on your phone. This is available for purchase at a price point of $99.99.

Available for purchase on Razer
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The Razer Nabu is more than your average activity tracker

We’ve seen them in all shapes, sizes, and colors with a variety of functions. However, because activity trackers only have a few things to track, people stop using them after a couple of months. What if you were given an activity tracker that not only had all the applications you wanted, but you could add more that will integrate with your social media outlets and fitness apps? The Razer Nabu looks simple, sleek, and can have as many functions as you can think up. This simple black band can be complimented by green, orange, white, or plain black on the inside of the band. The outside of the band features a private message screen that will instantly activate to show you whatever details you would want to see.

This will keep tabs on normal activity tracker goals like calories burnt, steps taken, floors climbed, distance traveled, and hours slept. However, you can also be alerted of calls, incoming emails, messages, reminders, twitter, Facebook, and more. The price is yet to be determined, but you can get into the beta program for just $1 if you act quickly. The SDK is already available to mess with for those who would like to develop applications, and they can all be made available for the community to use.  It will last for about 5-7 days on one charge. The Nabu will work with the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C, and Android 4.3.

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