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808 Audio ushers in the summer with new CANZ portable speaker

808We all love our music – otherwise the iPod would not have soared to its heights of popularity a decade ago, and apart from that, we would not have filled up most of the free storage space on our smartphones with musical tracks of our choice. When it comes to music, having a good pair of speakers is always highly recommended, so that your ears will be able to listen to your favorite tunes in the way that the original artist intended to. 808 Audio knows a thing or two about audio technology, where their Suspended Ear Cups Headphones were talked about before, and this time around it would be ushering in the summer with the all new CANZ portable speaker.

Having sold over 1.5 million CANZ portable speakers to date, this new range will sport a round of top-shelf sound without requiring you to break the bank. It comes with a stylish design that ought to complement just about every and any lifestyle, regardless of whether you are throwing a pop-up party or simply heading off to an outdoor adventure. It was developed and tuned by 808 Audio, and the collection delivers the best performing, well-designed products that millions of consumers can afford.

The CANZ XL that you see above leads the summer edition range, where it will come with an asking price of $99.99 a pop. It will continue from where the successful CANZ Bluetooth speaker left off, as 808 Audio has turned an original design into something that is better and bigger, as it packs enormous audio in an ultra-portable design. Arriving in a real metal cabinet that boasts of a vented and tuned enclosure in order to produce impressive bass with a built-in handle for portability, it features a simple interface of power and pair, EQ Bass Boost, and volume control. The integrated rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours, letting you easily keep the tunes flowing from place to place throughout the day.

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Get Help When You Need It

Cellular technology obviously provides many many advantages to our lives. We stay connected wherever we go enabling us to check on our personal and business affairs. Heck we can even keep tabs on our homes when we are away. And though some don’t like the ability to always be found there are definitely circumstances when being found can literally be a lifesaver. Many newer model cars sold in the US come equipped with OnStar or another automatic response system which has proven incredibly helpful for anything from locking keys in the car to finding stolen cars to communicating with emergency services, all thanks to cellular technology.

If you have an older model car or did not ante up for the add-on service when you bought your car, check into splitsecnd, $199.95 plus $14.95 a month. This little device can be a lifesaver. Plug into any car with a cigarette lighter or 12V DC socket. splitsecnd contains an accelerometer and GPS. When it senses sudden changes in speed and force it determines your location and calls the splitsecnd emergency response center where an operator will confirm what help the driver may need. In addition, they will alert whoever you list as your emergency contact. splitsecnd works wherever you have cellular coverage – about 96% of the US – and must be plugged in to work. If you currently charge any devices in that socket not to worry. Use the built-in USB port to continue. And if you choose, download their app and track the location other splitsecnd users. For those in your life that you truly want to keep safe make the investment. You won’t regret it.
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Lawn Aerator Shoes

Like humans, lawns need some TLC. We are heading into aerating time for many types of grass, to get more nutrients into the soil. However, buying a new aerator for a task that only needs to be done once a year is an investment in either money or muscles. Sure you can spend over $200 on a state-of-the-art machine or go through the hassle of renting one. Or you can get your workout for the day manually punching holes with an inexpensive tool.

How about using your own feet? Green Giant Spiked Aerator Shoes attach to your own shoes. Then all you do is walk your own lawn. Your hands are free and your own weight aerates your lawn. Each ‘shoe’ comes with twelve 2” spikes – spaced perfectly for a thorough job. These spikey lawn helpers are available at Amazon for just $12.99.

Grab your lemonade, strap on your ‘spikes’ and aerate-away!

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DIY Classic Desk Lamp

Working at the desk is the calling for many of us, although whether this ‘calling’ is intentional or otherwise, that I shall leave it to you to decide. Needless to say, any decent work desk will need an accompanying lamp, just in case you decide to burn the proverbial midnight oil. Who uses oil lamps anymore these days in a modern air conditioned office? This is where the $39.99 DIY Classic Desk Lamp comes in handy, where it allows you to have this sense of satisfaction by building your own lamp – although you would have enlisted a little bit of outside help in making sure all the parts are ready for the assembly process.

This mini wooden desk lamp will come with its own fair share of casters for you to put together yourself, and there is no need to cut anything or hammer a nail or two here and there, hence greatly reducing the chances of experiencing an accident that would require you to rush yourself to the nearest first aid counter. The DIY Classic Desk Lamp measures around 24 inches in height, and will be accompanied by a 3 foot long extension cord. Now, to make sure you have enough back up bulbs just in case Murphy decides to strike…

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YBUY? Try First.

Given the chance, I am sure many of us would try electronics before we buy. Between the lack of touching and feeling via online shopping and stiff return policies of stores – we often have to make a buying decision without full knowledge. Sure, some devices are a no brainer when they are released. But inevitably we make a bad purchase. Imagine if you were able to touch and feel and play with the best new gadgets before we buy. Experiment with the Espresso maker, jabber on the Jawbone. What a way to save time and money.

YBUY membership club, a startup, intends to offer exactly that. For just a $24.95 you can use a product for up to a month.  At the end of the month the decision is up to you. If you opt to buy, your $24.95 goes towards the cost of the gadget. Not impressed? Dress the device back in its packaging and send it back. Shipping is free both ways.

Sound too good to be true? YBUY membership is currently capped. However there are reportedly over 50,000 consumers on the waiting list. And in July YBUY received $1M in funding from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s investment firm Tomorrow Ventures. With momentum like that and considering the amount of time, hassle and money we could save on the purchases we should have never made, the wait for membership may be worth it. Visit ybuy.com to learn more.

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Reward Tags – What do YOU have to Lose?

There is something worse than just losing some of your more expensive gadgets, like cameras or laptops, and that’s all the stuff that’s on them. I knew it was a mistake when I let my daughter take my camera on a field trip to the Statue of Liberty, yes, she left it on the bus and remembered it when she got home. I will decline to discuss that her grandmother actually chaperoned the trip and knew to watch out for the camera. I wasn’t as devastated by the camera as I was the hundreds of memories left on that thing…

Most of us have felt the sting of a loss like that, and we know in our hearts we’ll never see the stuff again, but these new reward tags are a great way to up the odds in your favor. These durable, adhesive, polyester tags attach to your favored valuable items and, by using a special code assigned to your item you can easily provide contact information as well as offering a brief message to whomever finds it, and further entice them to return it, by giving them a reward.

Users affix the tags to almost anything they might like to see again should they lose it, like cell phones, keys, iPads or even jackets or handbags, next, you create an account, activate your tags and then enter your message and information at the rewardtag.com website. People who find an item are directed to the same website by your tag and are able to find your message and reward via a unique ID code.

I think that people are basically good, AND that most people will log on to look up your message and the combination of a heartfelt personal appeal coupled with a monetary reward may actually be enough for you to get your stuff back. How about you? The tags are certainly inexpensive enough to give it a try, 15 tags for 20 bucks at rewardtag.com. Oh, BTW, we got the camera back… from a passenger that recognized us in the pictures.See? People really are good.

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Roadkill Toys – They take Guts to Play with… Literally

I spent my Sunday at the Toy Fair here in NYC, and while I have quite a few things to share with you, (and I will) for some reason these toys are the ones I can’t seem to forget about! They were adorable, cartoon-y, then shocking, hysterically funny and I couldn’t help but smile all day, they were thought out down to the last detail, super professional and as it ends up, I just have to have one! I mean, I’ll get one for my daughter, yes.. that’s it, that’s my story.

Meet Roadkill toys, they embody every single characteristic of a warm and fuzzy, collectable, super cuddly plush animal, of course one that has been run over… perhaps more than once… and their crucial internal organs are hanging out, but rest assured that their entrails can be tucked back inside and zippered up for the more squeamish among us. Complete with body bags, toe tags and a suitable for framing certificate of death, these suckers are what kids dreams are made of… um nightmares? Well, anyway, lets just say they should have some sort of sleep issues with these adorable little dead things.

These little guys have great back-stories that include the way they died, like Twitch the raccoon who evidently missed his mark with a late night road crossing, and Grind, (my personal favorite) a cute little gray rabbit who had a very unfortunate meeting with the tires of an 18 wheeler. Smudge, a cheeky little squirrel who also failed to yield with disastrous consequences. Roadkill toys is poised to introduce us to some other dead animals soon, including Fender the fox and Splodge the hedgehog. (one can only imagine)

So if a cuddly little cartoon-esque animal with an enlarged spleen, displaced intestines, protuding bloodshot eyes, gaggling tongues and a few tire marks are right up your alley You need to be on the lookout for Roadkilltoys.com Actually, you probably need a lot of things… like to talk to a professional… what are you waiting for? Go. Now!

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Tobii’s Lenovo Laptop – Keep your Eye on it!

 

I am a firm believer in the less is more theory, but I probably dont mean it like you think. I believe that the less I HAVE to do the MORE time I have to do all the other stuff I want… I really enjoy gadgets that do things for me. I am waiting in breathless anticipation for the washing machine that will iron my clothes and a self cleaning refrigerator. Yup, my favorite gadgets are those that help me do less, and now that Tobii Technology has teamed up with Lenovo and come up with a laptop that doesnt require you to use a mouse – or a keyboard, well, lets just say the future looks bright.

To use the Lenovo laptop you just need your eyes. The process seems relatively user friendly, you simply sit in front of it and after a thirty second calibration test that consists primarily of following several dots around with your eyes you’re done, and the laptop will go through the paces that your peepers suggest, look at an icon,voila! information about that icon. If you are reading, the text scrolls as needed. It’s an unencumbered way to interact with your laptop, and one that could be ready for consumer applications in as little as 2 or 3 years.

Tobii’s new method of input and its accompanying software can be used in any number of ways, from taking over cursor control from the mouse, letting you move the cursor with your eyes to tracking gaze points, where gazing at an image for a few seconds brings it to the forefront and in a slideshow format, you can pan through images by looking from right to left. How very Mission Impossible!

While it might be a while before we can actually get our hands on technology like this, it sure sounds like fun, how practical will it be? That remains to be seen… I do see some amazing gaming possibilites and some strong usefullness to differently abled folks who might not otherwise be able to use a keyboard. I dont know why I’m so impressed, I can get my 8 year old to do almost anything just by the way I look at her…

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Gigantic projected pinball machine for the Festival of Lights

There is nothing that I love more this time a year then giant, overly elaborate Christmas light displays. Someone at the Festival of Lights 2011 in Lyon has created a light display that can be used all years.

The reason why is because this display is a giant pinball machine, which will always be in season, even though the fad peaked at least thirty years ago.

There is a video after the jump if you want to see it in motion, but my source doesn’t tell me how it was all rigged up. The flippers look projected on there, and I would imagine that the rest of the lights were actually fixed up like neon.

This Urban Flipper is designed by Carol Martin and Thibaut Berbezier, and it covers the Celestins theater. There is some serious 3D mapping technology on this facade, which seems to be made for a big pinball machine. It makes me wonder what other buildings can be made into giant pinball machines. How about the Notre Dame cathedral? Is that too much?

I have no idea how long this display will be on display, or how much it costs to play it. Something tells me it is more than a quarter.

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Vertical Chess Set designed for long games

I don’t know about you, but something like this just screams “gift item” to me, and I don’t even know anyone who is really into chess. Perhaps it is just Black Friday getting to me.

Yes, this Vertical Chess Set is even cooler than those Tri-level chess sets that you used to see on Star Trek, the original series. As you can see, it takes chess off the table and onto the wall, with a nicely decorated frame as an added plus.

This comes in handy for situations when extended games are played. Now you don’t have to worry about someone stumbling and knocking over your pieces, as each one is on safely on the picture frame on eight transparent acrylic shelves.

As for the board, it is made of cherry veneer. The black pieces are made from rosewood and the white pieces are from boxwood.

You might not be able to tell from the picture, but the Vertical Chess Set has a “last move” marker. For those who are master strategists and carry on games for weeks or even months, their world is about to get a lot more interesting.

You should be able to pick this Vertical Chess Set on the Hammacher Schlemmer site for a price of $299.99.

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