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Gizcam Redfox helps you to shoot professional looking videos with your smartphone

gizcam-redfoxLet’s just say that you have a great love for all sorts of video recording devices, and the camera is one of them. While carrying a camcorder with you can be a rather bulky endeavor, this does not mean that there is no practical solution for the preservation of perfect moments. A smartphone, especially the high end models and flagships of today, do sport some pretty great sensors in their chipsets to shoot fantastic looking photos and steady videos, thanks to the presence of OIS chips in their devices. However, not all smartphone cameras come with an OIS chip, and this is where the Gizcam Redfox steps in – to do away with blurry and shaky video footage shot on a smartphone.

Smartphones are not the only devices that the Gizcam Redfox caters to, as it also comes in another variant that supports action cameras. The entire device would tip the scales at 430 grams, but if you opt for the action camera version, then it would be close to a hundred grams lighter with a 338 gram reading, ensuring that you will not end up with a strained back or hands at the end of the day.

Not only that, the Gizcam Redfox also comes with a built-in 3,000mAh battery, and that is more than capable of ensuring that the Redfox ends up working for the better part of 10 hours before requiring a recharge. Not only that, it will also be able to double up as a power bank just in case your smartphone runs out of juice and there is no power outlet nearby to zap it back to life. As the Gizcam Redfox resembles that of a selfie stick, it will also allow you to snap portraits from your smartphone without the need to touch your handset.

There are three different modes that the Gizcam Redfox offers: Locking mode, Heading follow mode and Pitching mode. Whenever you shoot video in challenging conditions where the wind is strong or there is plenty of movement on your part, then the control accuracy of the motor is around 0.02 degrees, letting it adapt accordingly to the surrounding environment so that it can capture the best footage possible.

Bluetooth connectivity is also thrown into the mix, where the smartphone compatible $299.99 Gizcam Redfox will play nice with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. For those who prefer to rock to an action camera, the Gizcam Redfox action camera compatibility list would be the GoPro Hero 4, GoPro Hero 3+, GoPro Hero 3, Xiaomi Yi action camera, and basically just about any other kind of action camera that carries similar dimensions to the ones mentioned, and this one will be more affordable at $259.99 a pop.
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Gear Gripz – don’t let something precious slip away from you

We live on our phones just as much as we live in the real world. In a flash we can talk to our family whether they’re two doors down or on the other side of the world. Not to mention we can work on our phone, play games, watch movies, keep up with the news, pay bills, and just about everything else you could imagine. Of course, some people don’t like to keep their several hundred dollar phone in a protective case.

If you are one such person, you might want to take at least some measure of precaution to keep your phone from falling out of your hand or bag so easily. These Gear Gripz will not only give a custom look to your phone, but will give it extra grip so it’s a bit harder to escape you. This is grippy tape that you will have to adhere your phone, and while it won’t damage your device, it may leave behind some residue after it has been on for a while that might need some serious cleaning to get off.

Of course, if your phone is safely in an Otterbox or some other casing, then maybe you have a thermos, flashlight, controller, or some other slippery device that needs a bit more grip. If you’re willing to shell out $19 you’ll get 6 sheets of pre-cut tape. It will be easy to start adding grips to everything, and you may find yourself wanting more! Although, try not to take it too far.

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Native Union expands charging dock range with DOCK

When it comes to rolling out some rather unique accessories for mobile devices these days, Native Union has certainly done its bit in alleviating the standard of industrial design. Case in point would be the DOCK for Apple Watch, but now here we are with award-winning design studio Native Union introducing DOCK for smartphone and tablet as part of its ever growing charging dock range. The DOCK will be able to sit elegantly on your desk, nightstand, or any flat surface, as it boasts of a sleek and stable base that will let you juice up your mobile device. This is definitely a work of art no matter which angle you look at it front, as it is made from a striking slice of aircraft grade aluminum and weighted silicone base in order to offer support for your smartphone or tablet so that you can use it comfortably as it recharges.

DOCK has been paired with premium weighted silicone alongside precision cut aluminum to offer a sleek, stable and understated finish. Regardless of your furnishings or taste in decor, you can be sure that DOCK has the job down pat. DOCK provides the user with an optimal viewing angle when one charges it up, so that you can view messages, calls or emails at a glance. Not only that, this solid slice of aluminum will also arrive equipped with not one, but a pair of adaptors, so that you can securely connect your device whether it’s wearing a case or not.

The Native Union DOCK will arrive in a couple of flavors – DOCK Lightning (for iPhone and iPad) as well as DOCK Micro-USB (for Android or tablet), with the latter boasting of the NATIVE UNION Micro-USB braided BELT Cable, hence being more expensive at $64.99 a pop as opposed to $49.99 for iOS-powered hardware.

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The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R. Mobile Gamepad isn’t a one-trick pony

We all have our preferences for platforms, and within that we have specific brands and types of peripherals or controllers that we like using over others. Long ago Mad Catz was at the opposing end of being our favorite, but with time comes change, and they’ve certainly come out swinging. If you’re looking for a multiplatform device that can be as mobile as your life demands it to be, they might just have the controller for you.

The C.T.R.L.R. Mobile Gamepad isn’t all about smartphone games, though you can certainly use this to play them. This gives you an analog stick, D-pad, ABXY buttons, bumpers, and will let you switch between gamesmart mode for playing and controlling Android devices, PC mode for computer games, and mouse mode for navigating Bluetooth devices. There are also multimedia buttons for controlling music, movies, and more.

This comes with software that you can customize and assign for game-specific profiles, and if you get a mount that can attach to the controller, you’ll be able to use it as if it was the Shield. You can also use this on M.O.J.O. with friends, on Amazon Fire TV, and more. This does need AAA batteries to work, and will go for up to 40 hours at a time with fresh batteries. This is going to cost you around $46 or more with shipping, and while the premise is nice, anything that isn’t rechargeable seems like a pain, even though we’re fully capable of recharging the batteries.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The InkCase I6 for iPhone 6 will make your expensive phone even fancier

We spend a lot of money on smartphones, because the nicer, newer ones can do far more exciting things than the old ones can. The iPhone made waves when it first came out, and now we’re one the…well, they call it the 6s, but there’s more than 6 different types in existence. If your new phone with pressure-sensitive technology isn’t fancy enough for you, then you’re going to need accessories to up your game.

The InkCase I6 for iPhone 6 is a minimal protection case that adds an E-ink display to the back of your iPhone 6. This connects wirelessly to your phone through Bluetooth, and will give you the time, show battery usage, if you have messages, your to-do list, and much more. You can even have a personalized wallpaper for when you don’t need up-to-the-minute reports of what’s happening on the other side of your phone. Thanks to it being an E-ink display, you won’t have to worry about it sucking up much of the battery.

The display is anti-glare, and it’s always on so you won’t miss out on anything. If you also have a smartwatch, it would be impossible for you to avoid seeing a single notification. The display is 4.3”, and has a resolution of 480

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The Skull Charger – get into the spirit for the month of Halloween

Do you love Halloween more than Thanksgiving and Christmas combined? Every year we hit October and the Halloween decorations begin. We basically have to start the fun at the beginning of the month since as soon as Halloween is over it’s Christmas time since no one cares about Thanksgiving unless they’re eating turkey. People start putting up Christmas lights and keep them there well into the winter for aesthetics, but why fight it when you can join in with your own fun?

If you secretly enjoy holiday lights but want it in a spoopy theme, then this Skull Charger will be a must-have. This is a 46” long charging cable that is riddled with red skulls that light up while your phone is powering up. It is a lightning connector, so it will only work with iPhone 5+, iPad 4+, iPod Touch, etc. Basically, if you’re not a current Apple fan, you’re out of luck.

This has 8 LEDs in red skulls, which means it should keep lighting up for years to come so long as you don’t needlessly leave this plugged in at all hours of the day. This is only going to cost you $14.99, and will let anyone near you know that you have holiday spirit. Whether or not they pay attention to the fact that it’s for Halloween or not will be based on how far into your personal space bubble they’re willing to tread.

Available for purchase on ThinkGeek
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The Monoshot helps you take professional-grade photos on your phone

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With the rise of the selfie stick, we know that people are wanting better ways to take photos. The framing of your picture is decided by the length and steadiness of your arm, which isn’t always the greatest. Not only that, but getting exactly the shot you want if you’re aiming to shoot video or snap a decent shot with specific lighting isn’t easily accomplished with your arm alone.

If you wish you had a tripod for your phone like you would have for a DSLR camera, then you’re going to need a rather specific piece of equipment. There are a million and one ways to do this, but how many of them use mechanisms you’re already familiar with, are sturdy, and small enough to be tossed in your bag for filming on the go? The Monoshot appears to have all the professional aspects that you would find with a tripod for a DSLR, but comes in a very compact package.

The MonoShot uses a barrel style locking mechanism, is made of aluminum, has tripod feet, and can fold down to 16 inches long. It was made by a golf enthusiast who wanted to improve his form by watching footage of himself, but all of the equipment to make it possible was too expensive or shoddy, so he made his own instead and decided to share it with the world. This is only going to cost you around $49, or you can splurge on a complete set with a GoPro mount which will cost you $55. This would be great for improving your form with working out or sports, taking videos for the Internet, or snapping family photos on your phone.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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The Titanium Falcon Smart Ring Game Controller is coming to a store near you…someday

We want to be as close to our gaming worlds as possible, so it makes sense that we’re striving to make exceedingly real virtual reality experiences. We’ve already got things like the Occulus, Omni, wireless controllers that act as weapons and much more. However, the more we put on, the harder it is to make the experience seem real. There have been innovations to expand your visual field in your living room, but they only do so much as you’re not really moving with the environment.

If you like geeky accessories that are also functional, then the Talon from Titanium Falcon will be a hot new item to keep your eye on. We’ve seen a gaming ring before, but as it is with all tech items, the newest one is generally trying to outdo the older version of itself. This is less than 3.8mm thick and won’t cost more than $100, but its aim is to be as multi-platform as possible.

Rather than forcing you to get an expensive piece of hardware that you don’t already have, this will work with any smart device. This means your phone, tablet, smart TV, smart watch, PC, Mac, or VR headset. Your hand gestures will control aspects of games or applications, making it a more seamless experience. It uses Bluetooth low energy, a 32-bite CPU, two action buttons, 9-axis motion control sensor, a gyroscope, and a compass. While we won’t know precisely how useful this is until it has hit the shelves as it is going to be a crowdfunding campaign first, it looks pretty promising at the moment.

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Spivo is a Selfie Stick for adventure seekers

We really, really love to document anything and everything. We take pictures of our faces every day, our food, and the cool things that we’re up to. If you love living fast and crazy, then there’s a decent chance you have a GoPro camera so you can record your biking trips, skateboarding shenanigans, scenic runs, and more. Of course, if you have it strapped on your body, you can only film in one direction.

If you don’t mind showing off your face and giving a different perspective now and again, then you might like the Spivo Stick. We just recently looked at the SoloCam for budding journalists, but the Spivo is aimed at thrill-seekers who want to capture all of their sweet moves from different angles. This is a rotating camera mount that can switch the field of view by 180 degrees, and all you need do is press a button. Of course, you will also need to hold the stick the entire time, but if you want to capture the moment, a little extra focus on balancing with your arm out isn’t going to do much harm.

This is meant for action sport cameras that are capable of getting a full field of view facing you or what lies ahead. This uses a universal tripod mount to keep your camera secure, and comes with a wrist strap so you don’t fling it off flying down a hillside. You can try putting your smartphone on there, but it’s likely better to use something that is less likely to shatter. There are different fixed sizes depending on what you plan to use this for, measuring from 12-26” long. This is going to cost you around $49 or more depending on how many extra gizmos you want.

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The Induction Duo Speaker is all about sound, no cables

As life moves at an ever-increasing rate, we want nothing more than to have everything as streamlined as possible. Time is money, and we usually don’t have enough of either to make things seem fair. That’s why the little things like listening to music and playing games are so important to us. They have the power to change how you feel about a day.

If you’re on the hunt for a new speaker, then why not choose something that will be almost completely hassle-free? This Induction Duo Speaker uses, you guessed it, induction, to crank up your phone’s volume. It has a six hour battery life, and two 5-watt drivers that don’t need to pair or plug into your phone to pump up the jams. You only need to set your device on top for it to start cranking out music at a louder decibel.

This works with any device that has an external speaker, and will still turn up the sound even if you have a case on your smartphone (the device most are going to use). It has a soft, rubberized feel to it, and the only cable you’ll need is for charging. If you’re interested in this sort of convenience, then you’ll be looking at paying around $39 for this speaker. It does have a rather short battery life, compared to ones that can go for 10 or more hours, but whether or not that matters is up to your situation.

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