The Selfie Drone captures your best look on its own

Hammacher Schlemmer has been well known to produce some rather stunning devices and put them up for sale, and this particular model is something which not everyone would have thought of. Since drones ended up being all the rage some time ago, and the selfie phenomena continues to grow as many smartphones now feature a front-facing camera that have an equal or higher megapixel count compared to the back camera. Why not merge the two together and you would end up with what is known as the $299.95 Selfie Drone?

The Selfie Drone is deemed to be an easy-to-fly camera which will enable one to share “dronies” instantly to a social network of your choice. Just how large is it? Well, it is roughly the size of a Belgian waffle, where the novice flyer will be able to enjoy a 12MP shooter with an accompanying flash just in case there are some low light conditions that need to be looked into. This Selfie Drone is more than capable of capturing Full HD video (1080p resolution) without missing a beat, and it delivers smooth operation with mechanical stabilization. The best part is, all of its intricate parts can be controlled from a smartphone.

You are now able to take a group photo with family or friends in an easier manner than ever before, and the best part is this: no longer do you need to learn how to master the selfie stick — as you have now upgraded to that of the selfie drone. The Selfie Drone is capable of taking off or landing from your hand, in addition to having a working range of 98′ which should be far enough to capture even the largest group selfies ever. IT even comes with obstacle avoidance to create a stable flight path for this flying tripod.

There is a microSD card slot to stash all of the recorded photos and videos, and it features a free iOS/Android app to work with.
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Xchime goes beyond that of a smart doorbell

xchime-smart-doorbellIt looks like the world of home security and automation has become a wee bit smarter, never mind the fact that smart homes are all the rage these days. A fully funded Indiegogo campaign, the Xchime is more than just a video doorbell. It is going to be an essential part of your home safety environment, where you will be able to enjoy the added convenience and security features such as a garage door opener and smart light bulb integration.

Security goes beyond that of the front door with the presence of Xchime in your home, which is expected to ship some time in August this year for its backers. After all, with garages being targeted by criminals as an easier entry point compared to the front door, it is imperative that more be done in that department. This is especially so as home owners tend to forget about the garage door, and with the Xchime in place, you can check out the status of your garage door instantly from your mobile device. You can opt to open or close it with a single touch via the mobile app, thanks to the optional garage door opener kit add-on accessory.

Having a well lighted area is also another major deterrent against would-be thieves, and it is always a good idea to integrate smart light bulbs with Xchime in order to remotely turn on or off exterior lights. Another thing that the Xchime does well is the elimination of lag time — something that other video doorbells tend to suffer from. Having a 7 to 8 second delay is no fun at all, especially when someone you know and love is waiting in front. While the Xchime does not exactly offer real-time video playback, it is as close to real-time as possible.

Early backers of the Xchime will be pleased to know that their device will retail for a mere $129 apiece, which is a whole lot more affordable than the $199 to $249 price point of other leading video doorbells in the industry. Any takers for this Full HD video doorbell?

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Rayz Smart Mute feature now available for Rayz Plus Lightning headphones

rayz-plusWhen it comes to a pair of headphones, it is all very personal. Pioneer and Onkyo have come up with what they call a brand new “Smart Mute” feature for not only the Rayz, but also the Rayz Plus Lightning earphones, in addition to a slew of new Rayz Plus colors (Black and Rose Gold) that will be made available exclusively at Apple.com. If you prefer to shop at a brick and mortar store, then you can also pick those headphones up at Apple Retail stores worldwide.

First things first — the Rayz Plus happens to be the first and only Lightning earphones that sport an inline charging node, enabling you to juice up the iPhone as well as tune in to music or carry a conversation simultaneously. The Rayz Plus makes use of Apple’s latest Lightning audio technology, which is powered by Avnera Corporation’s LightX platform so that mobile consumers will be able to enjoy a simple yet smart solution.

What of the “Smart Mute” feature? This particular feature for the Rayz and Rayz Plus will automatically mute the microphone whenever a user is not speaking, while unmuting said microphone when the user starts to speak, making it the perfect tool when you are engaging with a phone call within a noisy environment. The Smart Mute feature is enabled after downloading the latest Rayz app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the App Store while performing a Rayz software update.

Just to make sure that your pair of Rayz Plus is going to match your iPhone’s color, potential customers are able to check out this pair of headphones in either Black or Rose Gold shades that are available on an exclusive basis. This is one particular instance where waiting is better than being an early adopter, fashion-wise.

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Focal’s new family of portable headphones go wireless

Listen-WirelessWhile we strive to achieve a wireless environment for as far as possible, there are still some instances where it remains impossible to being untethered. Take power for instance — we are still unable to enjoy our laptops being charged wirelessly, so wireless audio will have to do for the moment. Focal has introduced a new family of portable headphones that will boast of integrated wireless technology to help you enjoy your favorite tunes without the pesky cables that come with a regular pair of headphones. The three new models are the premium closed-back wireless over-ear Listen Wireless, in-ear Spark and Spark Wireless, and hi-fi in-ear Sphear S, but we will look at the flagship Listen Wireless only for now.

Listen Wireless happens to be the high-end closed-back Listen headphones sans wires. It will fly the flagship staff for Focal, and boasts of Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology to offer an exceptional listening experience. Its earpieces have been specially designed in order to integrate Bluetooth technology, and is compatible with aptX. Listen Wireless claims to deliver excellent sound rendering.

Not only that, it has an ultra-flexible headband which makes it light, all the while reducing pressure on the head and increasing durability at the same time. It will also feature memory foam ear cushions that are made from fabric and leatherette for excellent isolation. The ear-pieces can be folded for easier portability, and it comes in a scratch-resistant lacquered Black High Gloss finish. Alternatively, you can also opt to make use of this wireless headphones with a traditional audio cable. When hooked up to a DAC, they will be able to deliver all the power and scale that one would normally discover in a high-end hi-fi product.

With a battery life of more than 20 hours of audio playback and taking less than 3 hours to fully juice up, you get a total range of 240 hours thanks to the automatic standby feature. Reception range stands at up to 60 feet, and a dual omnidirectional microphone system with Clear Voice Capture software delivers improved voice clarity when talking. The Listen Wireless will be available from July onward for $299 apiece.

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Rayz Rally is a pocket-sized Lightning-powered conference speaker

Ever wished that your speaker would be able to pack more of a punch, without losing any of its efficiency while sporting a very reasonable price tag? Pioneer has more or less successfully achieved this via the Rayz Rally. The Rayz Rally carries the distinction of being the first Lightning-powered portable speaker which is able to transform the iPhone into a conference speakerphone that is loud enough to fill the boardroom. It will not only be able to take advantage of the iOS app, but will also make use of innovative Lightning accessories in order for the listeners to enjoy a completely new experience.

The Rayz Rally will utilize Apple’s newest Lightning audio technology, that is powered by Avnera Corporation’s LightX platform, in order to deliver simple and smart solutions for today’s mobile consumers. Since it arrives in a form factor that is small enough to fit into your pocket, you might think it has a “small” performance factor, too. However, things work differently since the Rayz Rally can amplify your call experience unlike ever before.

It also carries the proud distinction of being the first Lightning-powered plug-and-play speaker in the world. It will be different from other kinds of portable conference speakers, since the Rally does not have any battery whatsoever. Rather, it will draw its power from the iPhone that it is plugged into, allowing it to work every single time at your beck and call. The LightX platform helps the Rally to minimize the power usage whenever it remains plugged into the iPhone’s Lightning port. It is also versatile in its functionality, allowing it to be used for Internet calling on the iPad and iPod touch, and on the Mac and PC via a standard Lightning to USB cable.

Those who are interested in the Rayz Rally Lightning powered conference speakers will have to fork out $99.95 for it from Apple.com and Apple stores worldwide.

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Logitech Circle 2 home security camera

Logitech is well known for their range of peripherals, and this time around, it would be the home security camera which would be their device of choice that will grace your home. It will not be a gaming peripheral, but rather, something that offers you added peace of mind whenever you are on the move. It could be that you are living alone or have a family, it does not matter. The Logitech Circle 2 will allow you to feel more connected to both home and family, where this home security camera has been specially designed to work just about wherever you want, whether indoors or outdoors. You might want to keep tabs on your pet, or just see whether anyone is snooping around your bedroom, the Circle 2 gets the job done.

The Circle 2 is a natural evolution of Logitech’s original Circle camera, where it delivers best-in-class features such as unlimited 1080p HD streaming, night vision, 180 degree wide-angle lens, and two-way talk and listen. Each Circle 2 camera will arrive with 24-hours of free, secure bank-level encrypted cloud storage, and if you feel that this is not enough, fret not. Logitech offers two other Circle Safe plans.

Circle Safe Basic will deliver 14-days of storage while Circle Safe Premium offers 31-days of storage, in addition to other features like custom Motion Zones and Person Detection. The Circle 2 sports both Wired and Wire-Free options, and you can also use it on its own or have it paired with accessories that have been customized to fit different use cases or locations. Mounts include a Window Mount and a Plug Mount, and if you would like the Circle 2 to monitor the outside area, there is the Weatherproof Extension. This Weatherproof Case would make sure that all of the cables are safe from outside weather conditions, and the Wire-Free camera’s battery can be swapped with a Rechargeable Battery that is able to last for up to three months.

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Tamaggo 360LiveCam lets you share life’s moments in style

Forget about the usual digital camera when it comes to the next family gathering or celebration. You might want to settle for something more fun, or perhaps more interesting in the form of the Tamaggo 360LiveCam. With the Tamaggo 360LiveCam, you can share life’s awesome moments with those whom you hold close and dear through immersive 360° photos as well as videos, and all of it will be in real time with a single click!

Pre-orders for the Tamaggo 360LiveCam are already available on Kickstarter for a special offer price of $299 a pop. This is the perfect example of how the early bird will be able to get the worm, where the recommended retail price stands at $449 apiece. Not only will you be able to enjoy a 33% discount, you will also have the distinction of being the first batch of Tamaggo 360LiveCam users to share your precious moments with family and friends on the spot. A single click is all that it takes for live sharing or on-demand video through direct weblinks or social networks, regardless of where you are.

It is also pretty much dummy-proof, since there is no need for any kind of framing, rotating, stitching or stabilizing. Click to share, and you are good to go! It certainly allows family members and friends to experience what you are seeing in real-time, although technology has not advanced far enough to transport smells and sensation through the computer. Sporting a sleek and iconic design that is integrated within a self-standing ring, you do not have to hold it in your hand. All that you need to do is to place the Tamaggo 360LiveCam down, allow it to capture the entire scene, and let other people join you from afar.

You can tell the amount of work put in by the Swiss craftsmanship, as there is a high level of functionality and design involved. After all, the Tamaggo 360LiveCam’s sleek egg shape will fit ergonomically in the hand and boasts of an intuitive touchscreen. This is definitely not your regular action camera!

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LG Curved UltraWide Gaming Monitor offers NVIDIA G-Sync and 144Hz capabilities

LG has long been a trusted name when it comes to consumer electronics, and this particular South Korean behemoth has not disappointed for a long, long time. It does not look as though the company is going to do so anytime soon. Gamers who wished that they had something better to look forward to, literally speaking, can always check out the all new 21:9 UltraWide premium gaming monitor that is powered by G-Sync technology, making it available to retailers already.

This 34-inch monster offers a 21:9 aspect ratio in the form of a curved UltraWide gaming monitor, carrying the model number 34UC89G. It is considered to be a new premium high-resolution monitor that has been specially designed to deliver an immersive viewing experience, in addition to optimizing gameplay. To make sure that happens, NVIDIA G-Sync display technology and a 144Hz (overclock 166Hz) refresh rate has been thrown into the mix.

As the LG 34UC89 comes with a 21:9 aspect ratio, this will be able to help it significantly expand overall screen real estate and Full HD resolution (2560 x 1080 pixels) to deliver intense clarity. Apart from that, the monitor’s 21:9 curved IPS panel also boasts of a widened color gamut, allowing it to deliver more than 99% of the sRGB color space by up to 99 per cent, even at wide viewing angles, and shorter input lag. These excellent display features ensures a well-rounded premium gaming experience regardless of the game format, meaning you can indulge in FPS, MMO, RTS and racing games without missing a beat.

The LG 34UC89G’scutting-edge NVIDIA G-Sync gaming display technology will be able to dynamically match the 144Hz (overclockable to 166Hz) refresh rate of the display to the frame rate output of the GPU. This helps to get rid of tearing, minimizing stutter and input lag, all the while delivering an incredibly smooth gaming graphics experience. Unique display modes such as Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync, and Crosshair are also part of the deal for maximum tactical gameplay. The LG 34UC89 will not come cheap though with a $999.99 price tag, but you get what you pay for in this instance.

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LG SJ9 sound bar offers a stunning performance with an equally great look

LG Electronics USA knwos that the home theater scene is a very different today compard to just a couple of decades ago. Back then, having stereo was great, and surround sound was better, but that’s about it. The number of speakers in your home audio system works this way: the more, the merrier. Not so with LG’s latest foray into the world of home entertainment, having launched the LG SJ9 sound bar. This is an audio innovation that will deliver Dolby Atmos as well as High Resolution Audio to your home theaters while blending in well with the rest of the decor.

The all new LG SJ9 5.1.2 channel High Res Audio sound bar with Dolby Atmos will rely on emerging technologies that maximize compatibility with premium LG TVs (nwo that is a given), offering an enhanced home theater experience complete with surround sound capabilities. Boasting of 5.1.2 channels of high resolution audio, the LG SJ9 is no pushover, delivering a superior home cinema audio experience thanks to the wonders of Dolby Atmos technology.

In order to ensure that powerful and textured sound will reach the viewers’ ears, this beautifully crafted sound bar will feature multiple cutting-edge speakers. Among these include a pair of powerful up-firing speakers that result in a highly immersive soundfield, allowing the listener to enjoy all of the audio objects which have been faithfully reproduced in a Dolby Atmos mix regardless of the angle.

Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio, which means it can be placed anywhere you like within a three-dimensional space. This can be overhead for realistic and breathtaking sound, and will also be independent of left and right channels, ensuring that each sound comes from its designated location. Other features include a Hi-Fi DAC that authentically processes sounds the way they were originally recorded in the studio. It will come with a rather hefty price tag though, but that is what you get for a premium of $899.99 — quality performance that does not compromise your listening pleasure.

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TrackR Pixel might be smaller, but it is louder than ever before

Some of us have memories like elephants, where we never forget a single face, name, or person, but when it comes to the remote control at home, it tends to go missing — especially when you are not the only one living under the same roof. Well, here is the TrackR Pixel which will offer a smaller, lighter, and louder version of the original TrackR tracking device. It will not only sport a loud ringer that ought to make it easier to pick up where your item is, there is also a bright LED light thrown into the mix in addition to a long Bluetooth range.

The TrackR Pixel is one of the smallest and brightest Bluetooth tracking devices on the market right now, where it sports a longer range and louder ringer than the TrackR bravo. The integrated LED light makes it a snap to hunt down items in the dark, and is especially handy for those who would like to rummage through their own handbags in the cinema, or would need to have a little bit more light while trying to fit the key into the keyhole late at night. Available in nine different colors to fit anyone’s personal style, it is highly affordable.

Each purchase comes with a free key loop and adhesive, allowing the TrackR Pixel to be attached to any item that has a tendency to get lost or misplaced. These include keys, wallet, bags, even pets, and when paired with the free TrackR app, users can loudly ring the misplaced item, but also make the attached TrackR pixel light.

Any item that remains lost outside of range can always enlist the assistance of TrackR’s Crowd Locate Network. Upon activation, the owner will be able to receive anonymous updates of the last-known location of the missing item, each time a TrackR user passes within range of it. With more than 360,000,000 individual item updates each month, it should work better than a bloodhound. The TrackR Pixel has an asking price of $24.99 a pop if you are interested, and it also arrives in multi-packs.

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