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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.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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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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The iPhone 6 Plus Bluetooth Keyboard makes quick work of texts and emails

If you’re the type of person who never stops moving and shaking, then you always need a way to get your work done. This usually means constantly having access to a laptop, tablet, or having the right accessories to turn your phone into an all-out workstation. If you like to travel light, then the last option is likely the most appealing one.

If you are the proud owner of the phablet known as the iPhone 6 Plus and need to make it into a mini workstation at a moment’s notice, then you’re going to love this Ultra Thin Bluetooth Keyboard. This has a rechargeable battery, built-in stand for viewing your phone in landscape mode, and comes with a crystal case, in case you don’t want the extra bulk on your phone all the time, but don’t want your phone to go naked.

This charges via MicroUSB and only comes in white, which fits the theme for most of the devices in the Apple family. While this can work up to 32 feet away, there’s a good chance you won’t be trying to use this more than 5 or 6 feet away. The only downside to this keyboard is that it’s really no bigger than the one on your phone, which means those with sausage fingers are still going to have difficulty typing. There is the plus side of getting the tactile feedback whenever you’re typing, which means not having to look at they keys. While that aspect is nice to have, it may not be $48 worth of nice.

Available for purchase on Brando, found via Redferret.
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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.

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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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