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The Artiphon will let you play every instrument through one device

Have you ever wanted to play an instrument, but were afraid that it would be too difficult? You know that you can keep a beat, but if someone put an instrument in your hands, you wouldn’t know where to start. Even if you can play some pretty awesome air guitar, it doesn’t really make a sound on its own. If you could pick an instrument and immediately start playing it without having to take any formal training, what sort of music would you make?

We love LEGOs because they don’t limit our ability to create by providing us with simple tools to make amazing creations. The Artiphon is a single device that will connect to your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and can be any instrument you want, but won’t require you to know what you’re doing. You don’t have to know how to use a pick to hear guitar, where to put your fingers for piano, or how to hold a bow to play violin. All you need is the gesture of strumming, tapping, bowing, sliding, and more.

The device looks like the neck of a guitar, slightly resembling the more complex Rockband guitars. This will work with any MIDI-compatible software, and can be played however feels best to you. This will make music-making as effortless as building a castle in Minecraft. This works with hundreds of pre-existing apps, and can make any sound imaginable. There are built-in speakers so you don’t have to worry about plugging into an amp, but you can plug in headphones when you don’t want to disturb others. You can change the tuning, assign different instruments to each string, play multiple notes per string, and every note will be as loud or soft as the pressure you put on it. This will cost you $350-400 depending on whether you want a case and strap or not.

More information and crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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The Microsoft Universal Folding Keyboard is tiny and mighty

While some don’t mind losing the tactile feeling of typing on a touchscreen tablet or phone, it’s difficult for others. You can’t type as quickly because your fingers can’t feel the keys or spacing between them. If you travel often and don’t want to always be forced to carry a laptop around, then having a Bluetooth keyboard handy can make all the difference. It can be whipped out at a moment’s notice, and often has a longer battery life than your laptop.

The only challenging part is which to choose, as there is a vast sea of options ranging from astounding to pathetic. Microsoft will soon be releasing a Universal Folding Keyboard to the masses that will be perfect for those who are always on the go. It can fold down to .45” thick and is only slightly larger than a wallet, but will measure 11.61 x 4.9” when unfolded. This can pair with any two mobile devices simultaneously whether it be Apple, Android, or Windows alike. To switch between them will only require a single touch.

This has a water repellent keyset and fabric that will hopefully guard against any coffee-related accidents. Being only 5mm thick, this can be put into your bag or pocket easily without adding extra bulk. It is a tad pricey at $99, and won’t be doing much more than other keyboards we have seen in the past. Of course, its folding abilities and multiple pairing options certainly help make this seem more enticing.

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Wishbone will let you take a child’s temperature without fuss

If your child is sick, a hectic life can become even more cumbersome awfully quick. Children are not too keen on constant pain, and don’t want to stick a thermometer in their mouth. For parents, knowing whether or not your child has a fever is a must, as you need to know when you’re going to have to head to the doctor’s.

Of course, a squirming child always makes temperature taking difficult. If you’d prefer to secretly do so without having to deal with any protest, then the Wishbone will allow you to do just that. This looks like a headphone splitter that plugs into your smartphone, but has a completely different and awesome function. All you need to do it place this no-contact thermometer near the child’s forehead and it will give you information within two seconds. The Y-shape will make it easier to view the screen after taking the temperature, and allow you to swivel it to your situation. That last bit is rather important, as wrangling a kid to sit still is already going to be difficult, let alone at a specific angle.

This is powered by lithium batteries that are easy to replace and are found in common stores. It will play nicely with Android and iOS devices, and can check body temperature, ambient temperature, and that of objects or food. This will cost you $33, and is currently part of a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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The Tritton Swarm Wireless Headset makes sure you always have quality sound


When you’re on the go, you want to listen to podcasts, music and watch videos with the same audio clarity that you have at home. However, it’s hard to take a full-on headset everywhere you go. They can be bulky, and weren’t made to fold down. If you don’t want to look like an air traffic controller, but still want the same kind of all-encompassing sound, then you are likely on the hunt for a headset that is worthy of your hard-earned cash.

While Mad Catz may have been a faulty choice years past, they have revamped themselves to be better than ever. We’ve seen some of what they’re capable of, and they haven’t stopped making more to tempt our wallets. The Tritton Swarm Wireless Mobile Headset might take the place of your new favorite headgear at home or on the move. This will work with your Android, iOS, smart devices, PC, Mac, and gaming consoles. This has the ability to detect what your device is capable of, and configuring your audio so you get the most from your listening experience.

The buttons are on the ear cup, and will let you skip or go back to previous tracks, play/pause music, mute, control the volume, and answer calls. You’ll even be able to sync to two devices so you can switch seamlessly. This does fold flat, so it can go wherever you do. You’ll be able to pre-order a pair for yourself in iridescent blue, red, pink, green, or straight up black. This will cost you $149.99, and will start shipping in March.

Available for pre-order on MadCatz
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The Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 9 Wireless Headset is a portable utopia for your ears

There’s nothing quite like listening to crystal clear audio. When playing games, being able to pinpoint different sounds you’re hearing can immerse you into the environment that much more. Knowing exactly what direction your enemy is coming at you from can aid you a great deal in making flash decisions that can ultimately lead to victory or defeat.

There are many headsets to chose from, but there are also different scenarios you face for day-to-day life. Having an amazing gaming headset is great for home, but it isn’t useful anywhere else. If you want to take the quality of your gaming headset with you, then why not spring for the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 9? This is a wireless surround sound headset that can play along with your PC, Mac, Android, iOS, and smart devices. The mic is hidden, meaning you won’t have to worry about a stick in front of your face, and it holds 50mm drivers within its large and snazzy ear cups. Using AM3D technology, this can take stereo audio and turn it into highly realistic military-grade 3D sound. They sprung the idea from the technology used for F-18 pilots so they can sonically track targets. You can imagine how delicious that will sound to your ears.

There’s also the ability to choose how much exterior sound you hear, and the option to hear yourself so you can know whether or not you need to bring it down a notch. While it does use Bluetooth, you can always choose to have it wired if need be. It uses Li-ion rechargeable batteries that will last for 20 hours on one charge, so you won’t have to worry about constantly plugging it in. This is currently available for pre-order for $299.99, and will ship late this month.

Available for purchase through MadCatz
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The nifti iPhone 6 Case is perfect for selfie fanatics

If you’re part of the selfie craze and have yet to get a remote shutter control, chances are you’re in the market for one. The only annoying part about having one is making sure you store it in a safe place, as most of these things are not very big, and can be easy to lose. While you could always search for one that will alert you if you’re about to leave it behind, why not just integrate it into your phone case?

The nifti iPhone 6 Case is a wireless Bluetooth shutter remote that will play nicely with any iOS devices. Of course, it will work just fine with Android phones and tablets as well, but it’s built into a case that will only fit the iPhone 6. Storage of the remote is extremely easy, as it has a slide-in slot on the back of the case to keep it safe until you need it next. This is capable of snapping a photo from up to 30 feet away, and can fully charge after 20 minutes of being connected to a power source through USB. If the remote is inactive for 5 minutes, it will go into a power saving mode.

The case is made of a thin, lightweight and durable plastic. In other words, it’s not top-notch protection but it will be better than having your phone all by its lonesome. This will cost you $30, and is sure to make your seflies that much more exciting. There are, as always, other options to choose from if this doesn’t tickle your fancy.

Available for purchase on Amazon

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The Bluetooth Ornament Speaker will rock around the Christmas tree

It’s that time of year again where we adorn our home with lights, poinsettias, and various nods to Old St. Nick. We feel more giving than normal, but also secretly (and sometimes not so secretly) hope everyone else is in the giving mood too. While this is certainly a time for traditions, that doesn’t mean we have to be completely stuck in our old ways.

If you’re looking to team your holiday spirit up with the modern world, then you’re likely looking for gadgets and gizmos that will make things more interesting. One of the major aspects we associate with this time of year is a pine tree all gussied up with lights, ornaments, and a star sitting atop it. Of course, we listen to music all year long, the only difference being a change in theme. If you want to listen to some tunes to get you in the holiday spirit, then why not put a speaker on your tree and rock out to Jingle Bells?

The Acoustic Research 3-Watt Portable Speaker looks like a ball-shaped ornament with a snowflake pattern that can connect with your Android, iPhone or iPad devices. Of course, if you don’t have a tree handy, you can make this your standalone decoration. This is rechargeable, and is said to give you “hours of play time”, though that will likely vary a bit from person to person. This will cost you around $18 for one speaker, and would be a great present for anyone who gets overly excited about Christmas.

Available for purchase on Lowe’s, found via thegreenhead
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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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