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Honeywell Lyric C1 Wi-Fi security camera

We cannot be everywhere at once, and there are times when we would need to keep an eye on what’s going on at home but the demands of work require our presence elsewhere. What then, can we do? Some of us might be forced to take a day off, but Honeywell has a great idea. How about making sure that a security camera is able to get the job done? Enter the Lyric C1 Wi-Fi security camera.

Honeywell, a leader in home comfort and security, will now allow consumers to check out the Lyric C1 Wi-Fi security camera that should be able to find a place in just about any and every home. DIY enthusiasts would also love the idea of the Honeywell Lyric C1 for one simple reason — it is a snap to configure and set up, turning it into an essential tool in any home that needs to have an extra pair of (digital) eyes.

With the Lyric app that runs on your mobile device, the compact Lyric C1 will take just a few steps to set up. All that you have to do is to have it stand on a flat surface using its adjustable magnetic base, or to have it mounted to a wall, allowing the Lyric C1 to be able to adapt to just about any room. It is able to capture video in High Definition resolution at 30fps in normal lighting, and when it comes to darker environments, there is always built-in night vision capability that will kick in. Thanks to a wide viewing angle of 135 degrees, the Lyric C1 is able to offer more than just a good view, all without requiring it to pan or tilt.

Not only that, the C1 can detect motion or hear audio and send an alert directly to your mobile device via the Lyric app in addition to an email alert to the registered account. You can even carry out a two-way conversation thanks to the integrated speaker, letting you tell your pet off, or send a vocal reminder to someone in the room. The Lyric C1 Wi-Fi Security Camera will retail for $119 apiece.

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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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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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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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The Zeus All-In-One Printer – who needs to buy toys when you can make them?

We seem to have an unending want of stuff. We’ll try to be choosy and make it things that will actually be useful and applicable to our lives, but when was the last time you went an entire month without buying anything that wasn’t groceries? If you have the capital and know-how, you can avoid needing to buy any tangible bobble again, since you can make it yourself.

Not too long ago 3D printers were something only found in science fiction, and now they can give your imagination and logic a run for their money. Zeus is a plug-and-play 3D printer that will let you start making your first print within 10 minutes of its unboxing. It can be used to make toys, school projects, prototypes, or recreate old objects with ease. It is also fully automated in regards to calibration, so you never have to do any bed-leveling or touching the insides.

Since the parts are modular, you can quickly get to the turbtable and extruder to deal with any potential issues and get back to creating. There’s also the added bonus of having the templates for a number of parts in the machine, meaning you can create backups to have handy or create a new part in a couple of hours. Its max build is 6 x 8 x 5.7” with a max resolution of 80 microns. The 7” color display will let you do on-board editing without needing an external computer, making this a self-contained thing-making machine. This will cost you around $2,337, and you’ll need printer filament spools at around $22 a pop, so it’s an expensive way to pass the time.

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LG Tone Studio lets you experience surround sound around your neck

lg-tone-studioNot all headphones are created equal, that is for sure. You can have earbuds that remain in place no matter how active a lifestyle you lead, while others might settle for a pair of noise-cancellation headphones — the large, bulky ones that make sure your long haul flight has one of the best possible experiences. Well, LG has released something that it teased at CES 2017 right at the start of the year — the LG Tone Ultra.

The LG Tone Ultra might be mistaken for a pair of headphones, but in reality, this is actually a new kind of wearable speaker that will make sure your body feels as though you were right smack in the middle of the action, be it a high octane game, or in an action movie.

The $299 LG Tone Studio is the latest around-the-neck Bluetooth wearable speaker that will play nice with Bluetooth audio enabled LG Smart TVs running WebOS, providing you with the experience of surround sound regardless of where you are. What makes the LG Tone Studio so special?There are not just one or up to three, but rather, a quartet of speakers that will truly let you immerse yourself in real 3D Surround Sound whenever you indulge in watching a movie, playing a video game, streaming music or simply talking on the phone.

During moments when personal surround sound is not required, the LG TONE Studio will boast of the legacy TONE tangle free, retractable earbuds that are seen in LG’s range up of Bluetooth headsets such as the LG Tone Ultra, LG Tone Active, LG Tone Infinim, and LG Tone Platinum. Sharing the action is as simple as turning on the Dual Play feature, as you hook up a pair of LG Tone Studio wearable speakers so that you can let everyone else around you enjoy sounds from a movie, playlist or others.

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The Avegant Glyph are headphones that separate you from the real world

Dealing with people is usually the last thing anyone wants to do. While some humans are awesome, going out in public with a whole mess of them on a train, plane, or bus is sometimes overwhelming in a bad way. We use music and social media to tune them out, but that doesn’t completely remove the potential for eye contact, or worse…conversation.

If you want to completely tune out of reality and have a long commute home, where you don’t have drive or pay attention to your surroundings in any manner, then these Avegant Glyph Headphones will be a dream come true. These are a video headset that will let you watch movies, play games, and more through this audio and video portable theater. They can connect to just about any smartphone, tablet, drone, or gaming console up to 40,000 feet away, or about 7.5 miles away.

You’ll be able to wear these like normal headphones and use them as such, but obviously the big draw is the display aspect. The cool thing about this device is that it reflects light with over two million micro-mirrors, which replicates natural human eyesight, so you won’t burn out your eyes at such a close range to the screen! Keeping that in mind, these are not cheap at $499, but it will give you some measure of privacy when it feels like you have none.

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The Artograph Projector – expand your artistic horizons

When you make art for a living, you never know when inspiration is going to strike in unexpected ways. You could exert your efforts in sculpting clay for three years and then decide to start honing your painting skills on the side. On the same page, you never quite know what sort of commissions will fall under your nose if you’re open to that sort of thing. You might work in excruciatingly small detail and have a customer wanting you to take a tiny piece of art and expand it over a larger space.

While tracing isn’t exactly considered art, this Artograph Projector will let you take flat artwork or small 3D objects and enlarge them on any vertical surface. You can be transferring a sketch to a canvas, or print something from the web and use that as a pattern. This has a 163mm lens that will enlarge the original sized image anywhere from 2-10 times over.

The copy size that you can use with this is 10.2 x 10.2cm, and you’ll want to use this in a darker room, as you won’t be able to see too much if it’s bright. You will have to get your hands on a 23W CFL bulb for this to be of any use to you, which will tack another $6.99 on top of the initial $29.99 purchase. It’s quite compact, and would be perfect for classrooms or artists who don’t want to (or can’t) pay much more for a gadget like this.

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This Flexible Screwdriver Extender makes challenging crevices easy to work with

When you’re doing any sort of home improvement, you begin to realize why there are so many tools and accessories for these projects. Not everything is flat-surface-to-flat surface with perfect measurements in well-lit areas that are easy to access. This is why there are drills with lights, tools that vary in size from tiny to industrial, and all sorts of attachments to make your life easier.

While you can usually muscle through some situations, it’s usually better to have the proper tools at hand. It’s the only way to make sure you don’t have to deal with fixing one aspect and scuffing, breaking, or damaging another. This Flexible Screwdriver Extender will make sure that no job is too tight or awkward to reach. This has a 11.5” shaft that is flexible, and will work with any quarter inch hex shank drill bits, connecting to your drill or screwdriver through a 1/4” hex shank.

This comes with 10 bits, and is only going to cost you $14.99, which is a paltry sum compared to how much time you’d spend without being able to snake your way to hard-to-reach spots. Time is money, as we all know. To make this a sweeter deal, they included a screwdriver with a ratcheting handle. While it may not be an amazing tool every moment you use it, when you find that sweet spot, it’s far easier on your body than having to constantly overturn your wrist.

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This Lunch Box Placemat keeps kids healthy and parents sane

Having kids is like signing up for a full time in-home job, with a boss that doesn’t know how to be professional. On top of trying to mold your child into a functioning human being, you also have to keep up with your own life, and the wrenches your bundles of joy throw into the works. Cleaning up messes will be a constant state of existence, making anything that’s not machine-washable or something that can be thrown into the dishwasher another chore on top of your already busy days.

Since you have to steer your tot in the best direction you can, you need to make it easy for them to not mess up. This Neoprene Lunch Box Placemat will do just that, by making sure that all the mess of their school lunch stays in one place. Since kids don’t really understand the concept of germs, their lunch boxes go with them outside, in bathrooms, and on the floor in the classroom. This same lunch box is going on their lunch table, and you can imagine that they’re not going to bring a sanitary wipe to clean off the surface before they eat off of it.

This Neoprene mat will zip up on each of the four corners, and when unzipped will reveal lunch, as well as a clean space to eat on. Most lunch boxes are just vessels for food, so this method ensures your kids have lunch and a place to eat it. These come in regular or large sizes with a variety of color combinations, costing around $18 a piece, and yes, they are completely machine washable.

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