SteelSeries QcK Prism Gaming Mousepad is truly out of this world

ss-prismJust when you thought that all mousepads were more or less the same — to provide an adequate and decent gaming surface for the masses where every single flick of the mouse will see the cursor or crosshair go where it is intended to go, here comes SteelSeries to upset the proverbial apple cart. The QcK Prism gaming mousepad from SteelSeries is truly something that is different from the rest, where it has been built with the purpose of delivering far more than performance as it boasts of the aesthetics of illumination while gaming on your PC.

This particular new mousepad will come with dual-sided premium surfaces, making it the first of its kind in the world. There will be 360 degrees of continuous illumination across 12 separate zones, as well as interference-free USB cable placement for a truly unique gaming experience. Since this is the first mousepad of its kind in the world, boasting of a premium micro-textured cloth which will add friction for more deliberate movements as well as a hard polymer surface for a fast-paced glide on the other side, it really depends on the genre of the game that you are playing.

As for the aforementioned 360-degree, 12-zone Prism RGB illumination with advanced lighting effects? It will feature support for the SteelSeries GameSense, as it delivers reactive illumination to in-game events — letting you know that you are running low on ammunition, or to keep a lookout for the health bar, number of kills, cooldown timers, among others. SteelSeries Prism Sync is also thrown into the mix, allowing gamers to enjoy dynamic multi-color lighting effects between the QcK Prism and all other Prism-enabled gear, such as the Arctis 5 headset, Rival 700 mouse and Apex M800 keyboard. Certainly this is one of the cooler mousepads that you can carry to any BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) events. Nice to see that SteelSeries has also ensured the cable housing remains out of the way on the left side, where it will not interfere with a gamer’s mouse cable.

Expect the SteelSeries QcK Prism to retail for $59.99 apiece if you are interested

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Piper Computer Kit helps kids learn that the machines aren’t magic

For those of us that grew up when only one computer was in the household and phones were meant for little more than talking, it seemed like magic when the two became one in smartphones, and computers became capable of anything you can imagine. For kids who are growing up today, smartphones, 3D printers, and hover boards are just “how it is”. To make sure that they understand what makes them tick, you’ll have to educate them yourselves, as most schools only have kids learn on computers, not learn about them.

Just to make sure your little ones will be able to understand the basics, this Piper Computer Kit will help them build their first computer and much more. This has a wooden computer case, LCD monitor, Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft, and hardware components that they’ll be able to use to solve in-game challenges. The WiFi-enabled gameplay of a title everyone knows of even has extra levels and sharing capabilities so they can show off their discoveries with their friends.

There are LED lights, motion sensors, buzzers, buttons, and switches that will help your child learn how to connect the dots for making a machine, making it work, and having fun in the process. The computer aspect runs on a Raspberry Pi 3 project board with 1GB of ram and a 1.2 Ghz quad-core CPU. This isn’t cheap at $299, but will begin the journey of knowing about and understanding how computers work, which will be priceless information in today’s computer-driven world.

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GoPro reveals new pilot program for Fusion, the new 5.2K spherical camera

gopro-fusionGoPro is no stranger to many of us when it comes to action cameras. In fact, it would be the “go to” brand where action cameras are concerned, and professionals as well as amateurs alike would love to capture the exhilarating experience of a downward slalom or a whitewater rafting session using a GoPro device. However, it is time to expand upon GoPro’s family of devices, and the all new GoPro Fusion is about to be a reality soon. Right now, GoPro has shown off a brand new pilot program for its 5.2K spherical camera, the GoPro Fusion.

Content professionals would be among the very first few who would be able to take advantage of GoPro’s spanking new camera when it comes to virtual reality as well as OverCapture, and that is definitely not all. This particular 5.2K spherical camera has been specially designed in order to be the ultimate capture device when it comes to fully immersive virtual reality content in addition to conventional non-VR video and photo formats.

Basically, professional content creators are now able to apply to participate in the pilot program which is tipped to roll-out some time in the summer of this year. We are curious to see the reality that is about to unfold before our very eyes, based on what GoPro founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, shared, “Fusion is just that, the ability to capture every angle simultaneously…as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one. Whether filming for VR or traditional fixed-perspective content, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical capture.”

It will definitely ensure Fusion’s place in the annals of action cameras, where it offers the ultimate spherical capture solution when it comes to innovative, envelope-pushing content creators. There will be a limited commercial release of Fusion before the year is over, and we do look forward to pricing and specifications details when that happens.

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LifeProof reveals the AQUAPHONICS Bluetooth Speakers

Music is the rhythm of life, and for some of us, we are unable to live without any kind of music at all. In fact, we make use of music in order to soothe our souls, making sure that a particularly difficult day at work will be all the more merrier at the end when your favorite tunes begin to play in the background. While bringing a portable speaker around with you is not the most efficient way of getting things done, how about making sure that the portable speaker is rugged and tough to be able to handle just about anything that you throw in its direction? LifeProof knows this, which is why they have come up with the Aquaphonics Bluetooth speakers.

The company that pioneered Four-Proof technology protection into its award-winning smartphone and tablet cases is now ready to rock and roll all the more, delivering a revolutionized waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof and snow proof technology which arrives in the form of the Aquaphonics Bluetooth speakers.

Aquaphonics will arrive in a trio of lifestyle-inspired sizes for go-anywhere, do-anything premium performance, where the Aquaphonics AQ9 and AQ10 being available already, while work is being done to make sure that the Aquaphonics AQ11 is well on its way. The AQ9 will feature an asking price of $99.99 a pop, while the AQ10 will be $199.99 with the AQ11 going for $299.99, making it the most expensive of the lot. Those who are interested will be able to pick up these speakers exclusively at Best Buy retail locations as well as online.

These portable speakers are waterproof to 3.3 feet (one meter) for up to 30 minutes, and is also tough enough to be able to handle drops of up to four feet (1.2 meters). To sweeten the deal, these are sealed from dirt and snow, and has the ability to pair with up to eight Bluetooth devices. Regardless of which particular model that you choose from, all of them will come with an integrated microphone in order to double up as a speakerphone, while offering hi-fi audio in spaces — whether big and small.

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Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20 goes hi-tech

When it comes to tough timepieces that are also functional while looking great on your wrist, you would not be able to go too wrong when it comes to Casio of Japan. Casio has a long history of rolling out timepieces that are rugged and yet fully capable, and their latest release says it all — the Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20. This is a trailblazer of a watch, where it is powered by Android Wear and is touted to be the ultimate wrist device where tech-savvy outdoor enthusiasts are concerned.

The Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20 was first unveiled earlier this year, but the global launch has finally happened. Better late than never, we guess. Powered by Android Wear 2.0, it is perfect when it comes to outdoor activity, thanks to the inclusion of GPS navigation capability in addition to a full color map display, offline map usage functionality, water resistance of up to 50 meters, as well as having been tested to military standard specifications in order to make sure that it is more than capable of withstanding a range of rugged activities and adventures.

What kind of hardware will the new WSD-F20 arrive with? For starters, there is the built-in, low-power GPS and full color map functionality that works great even without an Internet connection. Not only that, it will work great in areas that do not have any kind of cellular service, which will then free users up to be able to fully enjoy their adventures. The timepiece itself will be enhanced via richly-designed and easy-to-read map data from Mapbox, and all maps can be downloaded beforehand to the WSD-F20 before you embark on the next great adventure.

There is also the brand new Location Memory app which instantly reads the user’s existing location, and will be directly accessed simply by pressing a button that is located on the side. You need not fret about getting lost since you can perform a recording of the path traveled, letting you make a mark or utilize speech recognition when it comes to adding notes in unmarked map spots.

To add more value, Casio’s Moment Setter app will alert the user to important moments when hiking, cycling, fishing, or even enjoying a spot of snow or paddle sports. All that the user needs to do is to set conditions to automatically receive important alerts, including the best possible fishing times, a rest break interval, as well as sunrise/sunset times.

Available in black and orange with an asking price of $500.00 a pop, the Casio PRO TREK Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F20 is certainly worth checking out if you want a timepiece that can handle just about any adventure you go through.

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The Fidget Hand Spinner keeps busy minds occupied

When you’re sitting during a lecture where the professor is going off on a tangent or are stuck in a meeting where your boss loves to hear themselves talk, your mind wanders. It’s hard not to be restless and start tapping your feet, fingers, and playing with whatever is nearby. You don’t want to be rude, but you also don’t want to be bored, and have to find a common space in between the two so you don’t go insane.

We’ve seen tools like the Fidget Cube in the past, but if that novelty has worn off or it has seen so much use that you need a new one, this Fidget Spinner might be a good replacement. This is a toy that has ceramic bearings that you can spin as much as you want without needing repairs, oil, or maintenance. If your spin is powerful enough, it could keep going for over 2 minutes.

These come in a variety of color options, and there’s even a glow in the dark version for those that need something to distract themselves before going to sleep. It’s only 3 inches in diameter, so it can easily go wherever you do. They’ll cost you around $9 a piece, and should survive constant use from both adults and children alike. If you are getting one for a child, check in with their teacher, as what might seem like a good idea could quickly become a nightmare in the classroom.

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The Bluefinger LED Keyboard and Mouse Set – pretty doesn’t have to come at a price

When you’re looking for a new keyboard and mouse, getting the best specs at the cheapest price point is normally the way to go. If you have a load of money to drop on a professional matching set, then more power to you, but not many of us are are equipped with the ability to adequately use all the bells and whistles they have, let alone afford it. The more casual gamer wants performance, and if it has the looks to boot then that’s all the better.

This Bluefinger LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo is elegance, grace, and will help you shoot things in the face. It has an almost angelic look to it with white keys and brushed gold metal surface detailing, and is backlit with a greenish blue or light blue LED. You’ll be able to switch between 3 color breath mode, static color, or one color breath mode. There are also 4 brightness levels for the light, including off, low, medium, and bright.

The mouse has adjustable 800-1200 DPI, 6 buttons, and 4 color options for back lighting. This is plug and play, but has system requirements of Windows XP, VISTA, WIN 7, WIN 8, WIN 10, Mac OS X, and is wired, so it will need to take up two of your USB ports. It’s pretty, seems like it would work well, and only costs around $35, which isn’t too shabby for a set if you’re in need of something new.

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Nikon D7500 delivers superior performance

Fancy picking up a new DSLR? Well, not too many people are willing to take the DSLR route these days simply because there is another option that is available which is not only affordable, but it is also capable of offering a pretty reasonable level of performance — all without having to break the bank, while being light in form factor as well. This time around, the all new Nikon D7500 will make use of a powerful imaging sensor that can be found on the DX-format D500 flagship model, in addition to a slew of similar features.

The Nikon D7500 is an advanced-level DX-format DSLR which is capable of offering that provides a robust yet lightweight camera without compromising on its performance. Sporting a 20.9-megapixel image sensor, processor and wide ISO range similar to that found in the Nikon D500, this model boasts of stunning image quality, impressive speed, astounding low-light ability and 4K UHD video capture.

It does not matter whether you are going to capture the landscape at dawn, or sitting through an exciting sports event indoors with the floodlights turned on — the Nikon D7500 will be able to offer the latitude of low-light capability which helps you nail the shot consistently all the time, even under the most challenging of circumstances. Not only that, it has a native ISO range which spans from 100-51,200, alongside an expanded ISO range up to an astonishing 1.64 million equivalent.

Want to shoot athletes in action, or animals that are so fast, your regular smartphone camera fails miserably in its job? This is where the Nikon D7500 comes in handy. It has a proven 51-point AF system that covers a large portion of the frame. Boasting up to 950 shots on a single, full charge, you would not be able to go wrong if a brand new DSLR is part of your gadget wish list.

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PowerUp FPV – Paper Airplane VR Drone Model Kit

We love to experience the world in new and exciting ways, and have no problem spending a little money to do it. Some people, with big wallets, like playing with the latest and greatest toys and gadgets, while others don’t mind waiting for the price to drop or build it themselves. If you aren’t adept in the waiting or building department though, it might just be better to save and pay up.

While you could definitely build yourself a paper airplane at home and have a modicum of fun, it won’t compare to the PowerUp FPV Paper Airplane. You’ll still have to build the paper airplane part, but this kit will let it fly for 10 minutes, and give you a bird’s eye view of the flight. On top of that, using the included Google cardboard FPV viewer, you’ll be able to control the direction of the plane with your head movements alone.

This uses a micro USB for charging, comes with 2 spare propellers, has 8 template sheets for making your plane, a spare rubber bumper, sense cleaning swab, 550 mAh Lipo battery, and a smartphone protection strap. You’ll be able to live stream and record your flight through your iOS or Android smartphones, where you’ll also be able to steer manually if you prefer. This isn’t a cheap toy at $199.99, but you’re an adult, and you can spend your money how you want.

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LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset has phenomenal battery life

A pair of headphones is considered by many to be an essential accessory to have these days, and this is not surprising at all. After all, many of us make use of our smartphones as some sort of portable media player — and hence, a good quality brand would go a long way in helping you to appreciate the kind of music that the artists in your playlist has painstakingly crafted and created. LG knows this, which is why they have come up with the spanking new LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset.

The LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset boasts of a totally new sleek design that sports hidden magnetic earbuds. It will be accompanied by Advanced Quad-Layer Speaker Technology that purportedly delivers better sound quality as you enjoy your favorite tunes on it. The Advanced Quad-Layer Speaker Technology delivers well-balanced sound regardless of the band, and to cap it all off, the LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset comes with a phenomenal battery life — at least where wireless headphones are concerned, offering up to half a day of playback time on a single, full charge.

Just in case you happen to need to attend to a phone call at that particular point in time, you can always take advantage of the Dual MEMS Microphones that are incorporated within, ensuring that all of your conversations are crystal clear without missing a beat.

It will also feature the legacy TONE tangle free earbuds that are magnetic, offering a fantastic fit regardless of your ear shape and size, while its contoured, around-the-neck-wearing style makes sure that your music and phone calls are able to follow you wherever you are. Those who are interested will be able to pick up this bad boy in super sleek black, red and white shades from Verizon stores for $69.99 a pop. AT&T, Target and Walmart stores will also carry the LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset in black, gold, metallic blue and white colors.

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