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GoPro’s first quadcopter drone is the Karma

gopro-karmaGoPro is a name that we are all extremely familiar with when it comes to HERO action cameras, and for good reason, too. They are not only tough as nails, but they also do their bit in capturing great videos and photos of a particular adrenaline-pumping stunt. Well, GoPro would like to extend its reach in the action camera market through the introduction of a spanking new product that is known as the GoPro Karma.

The GoPro Karma is not another action camera, but rather, a quadcopter drone that will be able to let you capture stunning videos and photos from afar. The GoPro Karma has just been launched, and it is a whole lot more than a regular drone since it comes with Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization. Each purchase of the $799 GoPro Karma will arrive with a backpack that allows you to tote it around without missing a beat.

Not only that, the GoPro Karma comes with an image-stabilization grip which can be removed whenever you want to use it as a handheld device, or opt to have it mounted to vehicles and gear, among others. The game-style controller will boast of an integrated touch display to make controlling the Karma fun, and it is fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet to see what your drone sees. With its removable 3-axis camera stabilizer, you can be sure that even handheld shots will be shake-free.

Those who are interested will be able to pick up the GoPro Karma from October 23rd onward, and apart from it being a standalone device, it can be bought as a bundle. The GoPro Karma bundled with HERO5 Black will retail for $1,099.99, while those who have the patience to wait until early next year can pick up the GoPro Karma that arrives bundled with the HERO5 Session for $999.99.

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Avengers Virtual Reality Battle lets you save the world

Marvel has certainly outdone itself in the cinematic realm, successfully making comic book heroes on the silver screen a top draw. Of course, the carefully cast actors and actresses in their respective roles also did play a part in the huge box office draw. Well, Marvel certainly are not done yet with all the movies in their pipeline, and while you wait for the next best thing, you might as well line up Christmas presents for your little ones. Why not keep them entertained with the $49.95 Avengers Virtual Reality Battle?

The Avengers Virtual Reality Battle is a head-mounted blaster game which will allow children to do battle with Ultron. Arming an aspiring S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with a powerful blaster, the player can choose from three different levels of difficulty. He or she will then suit up and join the Avengers in order to topple this nefarious villain. Expect the headset to fit snugly around a child’s head thanks to the two adjustable straps. It will project three alternating images (two of Ultron, one of Iron Man) on the inside of the goggles, where you then take aim of the blaster at Ultron. Each successful hit after pulling the trigger will score a point, but if you shoot Iron Man by accident instead, you lose a point. Realistic Avengers sound effects are part of the mix, and so is the score tally on the digital counter. Half a dozen AAA batteries are required to get the Avengers Virtual Reality Battle, er, battle-ready.
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Afterglow LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets head for the PS4

A video game console in the mold of the Sony PS4 is definitely something that will offer hours of endless entertainment. In fact, if you were to hook up your PS4 to a souped up home entertainment system, it would definitely get the most out of the sound effects that the sound team put into the game. For those who like to play when the rest of the world is in slumber, a good pair of headphones will fit the bill perfectly, and Afterglow has come up with its LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets which were specially made for the Sony PS4.

This third party accessories manufacturer has come up with its officially licensed Afterglow LVL series headsets for the Sony PS4, where the LVL 1 is a chat headset, while the LVL 3 is a wired headset. Last but not least, the LVL 5 is a Quad Boost driver headset, and regardless of which particular model that you decide to settle for, all of them will arrive in several variants, including white and camo shades.

Matt Hiler of PDP shared, “The LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets for PS4 fill a wide variety of gaming needs that range from basic to premium. Gamers can choose the headset that’s right for their game-play, and enjoy endless hours of striking high-quality audio.”

The LVL 1 will be the inexpensive wired chat headset option, where it hooks straight to the controller with a 3.5mm headset jack. Apart from that, you get to enjoy crystal-clear communication via a noise-cancelling microphone as well as a flexible folding boom. In addition, the LVL 1 will also come with in-line chat volume and microphone muting controls, retailing for $19.99 apiece.

As for the $29.99 LVL 3, this is a more advanced wired headset that plugs directly into the controller’s 3.5mm headset jack. It has powerful 40mm Neodymium drivers for game and chat audio and in-line microphone muting and volume controls. Last but not least, the $49.99 LVL 5 wired headset is the most expensive of the lot, sporting Afterglow’s signature LED lighting, a Quad Boost driver that enables the adjustment of bass levels in-game, as well as easily-accessible volume and mic muting controls that are conveniently located on the ear cup.

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Fit your bicycle with a Biketones MP3 horn

biketonesDo you remember the feeling of enjoying your childhood while you were on a bicycle? The wind rustling through your hair, the birds chirping during those warm summer days. Ah, those were good times, and back then, there wasn’t too much traffic on the road, either. Making it a perfect setting for you to cycle around. The thing is, the older bicycles still came with a bell that you could ring just in case you needed to alert a pedestrian or two, or even a larger sized vehicle. Bicycle horns are not exactly a “thing”, but fast forward to today, and a bicycle horn might be deem to be an essential accessory on your two wheeler. How about upping the ante with the Biketones?

The Biketones will arrive in seven different colors. Not only that, it will also be able to sound 7 different fixed MP3 clips, now how about that compared to the boring old jingle that your grandad’s bicycle bell used to make? The Biketones’ horn audio will range from the familiar minions siren “Bee Doo, Bee Doo, Bee Doo” all the way to the Dixie horn.

Horntones CEO, Mike Kosco, shared, “Horntones released the FX-550, an MP3 car horn, back in 2007. My son was inspired by the car horn and wanted to have a custom horn made for his bicycle… In 2012, he was 9 years old. He came home from school one day and shared with me his “great idea”… an MP3 horn for a bicycle. Not only did he describe his idea verbally, he had drawn a fairly detailed schematic of his invention. After 4 years of searching out components, learning solid modeling and making several rounds of prototypes… we are happy to announce the release of Biketones, the world’s first and only MP3 horn for your bicycle!”

Those who are interested to maintain their safety while cycling around while keeping up to date with the latest developments can pick up the Biketones for $19.95 a pop.

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The ROCCAT Skeltr is a Smart RGB Keyboard for multi-taskers

If you are a do-er of all things who loves to play games, then you know how hard it is to get through a competitive match on Overwatch when your phone is constantly blowing up. You want to stay connected, but when you only have a few seconds to unlock your phone, get to the message, and tap out a response the moment after you die, there’s a good chance you’re going to respawn and waste precious milliseconds sending your fam those dank memes. To make sure you can shave off those precious moments in time of switching up devices, ROCCAT made a solution.

It’s called the Skeltr, and it is a smart communication RGB keyboard that will let you integrate your phone and tablet. Not only will it give you a dock on your keyboard that will put your devices at the optimal viewing angle, but it will connect to them so you can type messages to your phone and tablet from your keyboard. You won’t have to fiddle with either device, and will be able to send your lols and emojis without having to lift more fingers than necessary.

Just to make sure this is worth the price, which will definitely be over $100, you can also pair your phone and headset so you can take calls on while gaming, or play music from your phone directly into your earcups. You’ll get 3 thumbster keys, 5 macro keys, 1000Hz polling rate, and membrane keys to press. This keyboard will be up for purchase on the first of September, and seems like it would be a must-have for multi-tasking gamers.

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The HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset – play all day

HyperX Cloud II

When you need to get a new headset, you want the perfect cross-section between comfort, quality, price, and durability. There are more options than your brain can feasibly comprehend on the market, but the best idea is to decide what price range you’re willing to deal with, and read as many reviews as possible. There are some brands you’re going to recognize and trust, but if it’s not quite in your budget to spend $180 or more, then know that setting your sights lower doesn’t mean you’re going to miss out.

Take for example the HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset. This is a USB peripheral that has 53mm drivers, 7.1 virtual surround sound, and a noise-cancelling microphone. Not only that, but it also has an inline sound card, memory foam ear cups with an extra set of Velour ear pads when you’re feeling especially fancy, and the microphone can be easily detached. It’s compatible for PC, Mac, PS4, XBOX ONE, and WiiU.

Needless to say, you would expect the price point to be higher for all these goodies, but it sits at around $84.99-99.99. This is completely dependant on what color headset you want to wear as options are pink and white, black and red, and gun metal. There are other options to check out, but this doesn’t have 4.5 stars for reviews pooling from over 2,000 people for nothing. It all just depends on how pretentious you want to be when you talk about brand and price tag.

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Division Zero M50 Pro Gaming Mouse — affordable but reliable

If you are a gamer, and a serious one at that, you would know for sure that you prefer to have all of the right hardware in order to maximize your chances of winning. After all, every bit counts, and while it is not so much like Formula 1 and other precision sports, there are finer details that can be the difference between victory and defeat among equally skilled gamers. For those who feel like they need a brand new gaming mouse but do not know where to start, the $68.99 Division Zero M50 Pro Gaming Mouse might just be the tonic you require.

The Division Zero M50 Pro Gaming Mouse will come with an adjustable 6400 dpi 4G laser sensor alongside 9 programmable macro buttons. Not only that, there will be a 4D tilt wheel scrolling capability that makes it easy to scroll through your list of items or even spreadsheet cells if you need to get some work done. This ambidextrous mouse will be ideal for southpaws as well, and with the integrated onboard memory, you will be able to store your game profiles regardless of where you are. You can save up to 6 game profiles in the onboard memory, and the red backlighting goes with red LED scroll wheel, mouse body, and bottom plate makes it look all the more menacing.
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Codex Silenda is a handcrafted puzzle that you have to solve to open

If you’re a fan of puzzles, then you likely have a Rubiks cube or two lying around at home. While there are a variety of puzzles out on the market, there’s a pretty big gap between easy and cheap and challenging and expensive. You wouldn’t want to spend $10 on a movie that only lasted ten minutes, so why would you spend $5 on something you can solve in two minutes?

The problem with puzzles is that once you’ve solved them, there’s really no reason to play them again as you already figured it out. This is why the Codex Silenda is taking an extra step with their puzzle. This is a 5-page book that you can only open by solving each page of the codex. In addition to giving your brain a workout, there’s also a story that ties the pages together, and has a hidden storage compartment if you really want to keep something hidden from prying eyes.

While this is handcrafted in the sense that it was developed and put together by the team that came up with the idea, the pieces were made with a laser cutter. The Codex is presently part of a crowdfunding campaign that is more than successful, and while an assembled version would’ve cost you $150, there are also options to get an unassembled version which it would be up to you to put together with a manual that walks you through the steps or gives you just enough hints that putting it together is puzzle enough. The tiers are sold out, but they presently have a waiting list for those who want a Codex of their very own.

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GRX-340 Gaming Headset targets console owners

grx-340Multiplayer gaming has long broken through the barriers of being confined to desktop machines for quite some time now, thanks to faster Internet connectivity that is available to the masses, not to mention more and more sophisticated console titles. Having said that, many multiplayer games these days will see groups of people split into teams, and since speaking gets the message across a whole lot faster compared to typing it down, a gaming headset has become quite the staple peripheral among gamers for a while already. If you are on a tight budget and yet would like a gaming headset to go along with your console experience, then the $24.99 GRX-340 Gaming Headset would be able to get the job done.

You will be able to choose from blue or green shades which will be made available for the Sony PS4 or Xbox One, respectively. The GRX-340 Gaming Headset will arrive with 40mm audio drivers and includes a high performance microphone with advanced circuitry so that whatever instructions that you have for your team members will be sent out, loud and clear. It is not wireless, however, so do take note of that, as it connects via a 3.5mm standard stereo plug. The microphone comes with an on/off switch so that you can kill communications when the situation requires it.
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The Z Mouse will bring a whole new angle to gaming

There are new gaming peripherals coming out all the time. While some are better than others, what piques our interest normally lines up perfectly with our individual wants and needs. This means that more often than not, gaming accessories are targeting a specific group of gamers rather than making something that everyone can use, and doesn’t do too much in the way of improving the actual design of the mouse.

The company Swiftpoint made a mouse several years ago that did wonders for laptop users, but now they’ve set their sights to gaming, and have created The Z. This is a gaming mouse that has a world first; a mouse that can pivot, tilt, and roll, with a whole new way to press buttons. Not only are you going to have right and left click with a scroll wheel in between, but there are two side buttons, two finger buttons, two push/pull trigger buttons, two thumb buttons, and the pivot, tilt, and roll will add far more options.

This mouse is capable of reading actions on the table as well as in the air for flight simulators, and the right and left click have two clicks, a soft and deep click, all of which you can assign. You will be the one configuring what constitutes a deep click, so don’t worry about being stuck with a setup that doesn’t work for you. This will cost you $149-159 while it’s in a Kickstarter campaign, and is certainly going to give you a lot of new aspects to add to your game. Of course, this also has tons of practical uses for power office workers and designers as well.

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