The S.U.R.F.r Wireless Multimedia and Game Controller – control all the things!

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We really do love the idea of a universal remote, but just when you think you find one that might be up to snuff with your standards, something better comes along. That’s just the nature of technology really, but we can’t help but try and keep up with current trends. While the idea of a universal remote is quite swell, it all comes down to whether or not it can control the things you actually care about. If you are addicted to social media, gaming, and watching TV through online sources, then you’ll want something that can accommodate.

While this remote we saw before was rather impressive with its touchscreen and minimal design with the bare minimum of buttons, it doesn’t quite lend itself much to gaming. The MadCatz S.U.R.F.r is a gaming controller and multimedia remote that will connect to TVs that run Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, M.O.J.O. micro console, and basically anything Android-powered.

This will give you a full QWERTY keyboard, two analog sticks, a D-pad, ABXY buttons, bumpers, and an ergonomic grip. This will let you search and type with ease, or click with precision through the mouse mode cursor. This only recently debuted at the MobileFocus Global 2015 in Barcelona, but can be pre-ordered now for $79.99. This will ship in May of this year, and comes in black, red, or white.

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The Sony Smart Bluetooth Speaker will be your personal assistant

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We have a lot of devices to keep track of. There are our phones, tablets, computers, music players, and various other gizmos and gadgets that act as alert systems. It makes sense that most of us have exceedingly high anxiety levels, since a buzzer or sound is always going off. If you have your gadgets synced, there’s also a good chance you’ll have multiple devices going off at once, which is understandably a little jarring.

If you wish your life wasn’t so busy all the time with bells and whistles going off constantly, then the idea of a personal assistant to manage all of that for you is likely pretty enticing. If you don’t want to pay a human being to do that for you, why not get a cute little robot? The Sony Smart Bluetooth Speaker can do conference calls, take voice commands, act as a smart alarm clock, and will vocalize aspects of your day such as the weather forecast or upcoming appointments. This is all happening without having to get your phone out.

This will respond to your voice, and can immediately start playing music with one touch through 2.5W speakers. There are lights for aesthetic effects, and you will be able to control the intensity of the brightness. This will charge via Micro USB, and the most interesting aspect to this little gizmo is that it will be able to follow you around like a puppy thanks to the wheels under its body. It will need to be on a flat surface though (no off-road assisting). It is said that this will pair with Android devices, and charges via MicroUSB. If you’re interested, make sure you’ve saved up as it will cost you $355 when it comes out in the second quarter of this year.

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The Podo scoffs at the Selfie Stick by making a stick and shoot camera

Human beings have always been interested in depicting themselves. We’ve made statues, paintings, drawings, and every other variant of an artistic medium you can think of. It comes as no surprise that when everyone got cameras on their phone that hundred of millions of photos of peoples faces began cropping up. This gave rise to the one and only selfie, however, how we now take these images is changing.

If you go to any sort of tourist area, you have undoubtedly seen the Selfie Stick. This is an extending arm that you can slip your phone into and take a better picture of your face or have your camera far enough away to include a large amount of friends in the frame. There are also shutter remotes so you can set your phone down far away and click a button that will snap the photo wirelessly. The Podo is next up for selfie taking methods, as it is a stick and shoot camera that you can put literally anywhere, and your phone will act as a shutter remote.

This will prevent you from having to leave your phone sitting vulnerable or precariously somewhere far away from you. Not only that, but it will let you take even more creative photos through your phone as it’s not just limited to your arm length or that of a Selfie Stick. Its internal 600mAh battery can last for up to 2 hours of video, and it has internal storage of 4GB if you don’t want it to save only on your phone. Of course, if you use the LEDs for the flash too often the power will drain faster. It can take 8MP photos, 720p video, and doesn’t need any wires to work. If you want one of these for your very own, you can get it in blue or red for $89.

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Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex gaming mouse has best Logitech sensor yet

Serious gamers certainly take their gaming sessions with full of preparation, and in addition to figuring out the various strategies that would place you in the position of greatest advantage, they would also go to great lengths to pick up the best hardware suited for their kind of game – and this would more often than not mean having the right kind of mouse and keyboard combination that simply works. Well, Logitech is a name that we are all familiar with when it comes to quality speakers and gaming peripherals, where their latest attempt would be the newest addition to the Logitech G mouse family – the Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex performance edition gaming mouse.

The Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex gaming mouse has been specially developed after receiving feedback from the gaming enthusiast and eSports community, where it will boast of the Logitech G exclusive Delta Zero optical sensor technology that claims to deliver precision targeting, while it will also come with a metal spring button tensioning system, all crammed within a lightweight, compact form factor.

Talk about a performance-oriented mouse – it will have Logitech’s best optical sensor to deliver maximum tracking accuracy. The exclusive Delta Zero optical sensor technology will minimize speed-related accuracy variance, which is commonly known as “mouse acceleration,” offering improved accuracy and precision targeting. It will merge a huge DPI range of 200 all the way up to 12,000 with zero smoothing, which would allow unparalleled tracking performance and responsiveness, as it tracks movement at 300 inches per second. The optical sensor itself can also be tuned in order to achieve optimum lift-off distance and maximum tracking speeds regardless of the gaming surface.

It’s exclusive metal spring tensioning system will also reduce pre-travel, which directly results in improved button responsiveness and feel. Both left and right click buttons have been tested for 20 million clicks, and chances are you might actually need just this mouse for the next 10 years if you are a casual gamer. The full-color RGB lighting on the Logitech G303 will project light onto your mouse pad for added variety and “zing”, where one can customize the light from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Expect the Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse to arrive in US as well as across the pond from this month onward at $69.99 a pop.

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Cloquarium does more than just tell the time

Don’t you just love convergence devices, where you will be able to gain access to a variety of functions, albeit all on a single piece of electronics? No longer do you need to tote around a GPS navigation device, a portable media player, a voice recorder and a mobile phone in this day and age, even a mid-range smartphone will do. Well, how about the clock in the house then? Introduce something special and different with the $49.95 Cloquarium, where by the name alone, you would be able to make an educated guess as to what is in store.

The Cloquarium happens to be a unique clock which will provide lovers of aquatic life a Betta way to track the passing of time. Right at the front of the clock would be a 1.2-gallon freshwater tank, which happens to be a low-maintenance, non-aerated environment that is perfect for a Betta, where it will also feature billowing fins and distinctive colors that stand out as it swims across the white clock face. There is an opening above the numeral 12 which paves the way for easy filling and feeding, while shatter-resistant plastic forms a watertight seal which will separate the tank from the clock’s analog hands and precise quartz movement. Even when it is fully filled with water, the aquarium clock will weigh a mere 11 lbs., and it can be easily supported using the included wall-mounting hardware. The clock will run on a single AA battery.
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The Grifta Gamepad – divide and conquer

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Lenovo Pocket Projector is a boon for Android devices

lenovo-pocket-projectorThe world of pico projectors is a strange one, actually. For starters, there are just way too few players in the market in order to make this a highly competitive segment such as the smartphone or tablet markets, and yet it is not that small either that the world is able to get by without the need for any micro or pico projectors. Granted, pico projectors do evolve at a far slower pace as opposed to the likes of smartphones and tablets, but there is a very good reason for that – simply because even large sized projectors do not experience quantum leaps in technological advancements all that frequently. Having said all of that, Lenovo, a name that most of us would associate with when it comes to computers and now, smartphones, have announced their new Lenovo Pocket Projector that claims to be able to project life anywhere via Android-powered devices.

The Lenovo Pocket Projector has been thought up of to be brilliantly convenient, where it should be able to surprise and delight media lovers who happen to be frustrated by their limited screen size, or basically would want to sit through an action packed movie in a larger-than-life entertainment experience. All in all, the Lenovo Pocket Projector is able to introduce a new dimension to watching and sharing content.

Using the Lenovo Pocket Projector is so simple, all that you need to do is to snap it onto a compatible Android device, where it will immediately be able to get to work, so to speak, by supersizing movies, photos or even business presentations as it projects them up to 110” on any wall or surface in low-light conditions. It also comes with a 50-lumen high contrast optical engine, where the projector will deliver colorful, vivid and bright images, and it automatically corrects for distortion as users can also rotate up to 90 degrees for the best views. This portable projector will also be able to deliver some decent sound, thanks to its integrated dual speakers. The asking price stands at $249 a pop.

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Immerse Virtual Reality Headset lets you see through the looking glass

immerse-vr-headsetWhile the Google Glass experiment more or less failed, not taking off in a big way among the masses, does this mean that the virtual reality or augmented reality market is no longer a viable one for the masses? On the contrary – there is still money to be made in this particular segment, and here we are with the £29.99 Immerse Virtual Reality Headset.

The Immerse Virtual Reality Headset intends to be a highly affordable gateway for the masses to enjoy a high-quality foray into the world of Virtual Reality (VR), where you can transform your smartphone in double quick time into a fully-featured VR headset. Not only that, your head and ears will thank you for it in the long run, since it does offer an extremely comfortable material thanks to the face contact foam as well as adjustable head straps. Expect this unique device to play nice with a slew of VR apps that are out there in the market, including 3D movies and immersive games. Heck, you might even be excited enough to watch someone else experience it, how about that?

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Om/One Levitating Speaker – there’s magic in the air

Have you ever watched the movie X-Men, wishing that you had the persuasive powers of Magneto? Yes, he is certainly an alpha level mutant with the ability to coax metal or ferrous material in whatever form, and even fly through air while riding on the earth’s magnetic field. Having said that, you might not be born a mutant with fantastic mutant powers, but this does not mean you are unable to introduce something “magical” to your desk – with the $199.99 Om/One Levitating Speaker, of course. Needless to say, this is touted to be the world’s first levitating wireless speaker as the speaker hovers 0.8” above the base.

Not only that, the Om/One Levitating Speaker will play nice with Bluetooth 4.0 devices, as you can use it to evoke a sense of wonder from those who have not seen anything like it before. This is one of those few moments where you are able to defy gravity without it being an April Fool’s prank. After all, since majority of the speakers out there already do have large magnets, so why not take advantage of an existing situation by using them to deliver a wee bit of wow factor? Sporting 33 feet of wireless range, accompanied by a 75mm audio driver, a 3 watt RMS amplifier, and output of up to 110db not to mention an integrated microphone for phone calls. To add on to the futuristic form factor, there is an on/off touch sensor.
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One Touch Trekometer for the adventurous man in your life

Have you cracked your head to an extent where you are unable to figure out just what to get for your man as his birthday looms on the horizon? Surely another tie or belt is not going to cut the mustard, no matter how large the temptation to do so is. Perhaps he is in need of a timepiece, taking into consideration how he has been rather tardy as of late. If that is the case, you might want to get something which is far more functional than a timepiece that just tells the time – and nothing else. The $299.95 One Touch Trekometer would be a decent candidate as such.

This men’s watch will be able to help you remain abreast of conditions all the time with a single touch of a button even as you adventure outdoors. After all, it is capable of providing a constant flow of reliable data as you hike, ski, cycle, or sail, thanks to its digital display that provides separate compass, altimeter, and barometer sensors. Pressing each function’s button will be able to change the display in order to depict direction, altitude, and air pressure. There is also a thermometer that provide constant temperature readings on the display. In order to ensure precision timekeeping, it receives radio signals half a dozen times per day from radio clocks located in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Japan, and China, while making the necessary adjustments itself for daylight saving and when traveling between time zones.

Not only that, there is also a chronograph (1/100th second accuracy), world time, 24-hour time, and an 87-year calendar, among others. The rechargeable battery will be powered by a solar cell, which means it is capable of running perpetually without missing a beat. In fact, a full charge is said to offer up to five months of use. In addition, it is also water-resistant down to 328′.
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