AirSelfie 2 Review: The Perfect Gift for the Selfie-Lover this Holiday

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I’m going to have to say that the AirSelfie 2 is one of those devices that is an idea that can change the world, but perhaps not at this present time. We live an age where the average person can afford a drone to take pictures from the air, and that comes in handy here. Just to get the disclaimer out of the way, when the AirSelfie 2 was sent to me, I was told it is an indoor camera and not a drone.

It certainly is easy to compare the AirSelfie 2 to a drone, because it has a camera and four propellers to keep it airborne. Considering that we live in an age of selfies, it just makes sense to create a device to make a camera float in front of you to take your picture. This is essentially the AirSelfie 2 in a nutshell.

So, when this AirSelfie 2 came to me, I was hoping it could be this flying camera that followed you in the air like…I don’t know, a hover-puppy? That’s a well-trained dog that could take pictures of you from the air.

When the AirSelfie 2 came to me, I wondered how to get this thing to fly. As it turns out, all I needed to do is download the app, and charge the unit itself. I don’t know how long it took to charge it fully, but it that red light on when it needs charging, and the blue light when it is fully charged. You know, the usual.

When the app is downloaded, you have to connect your Wi-Fi to the device itself. I thought it would take Bluetooth, but clearly I won’t be able to use the Internet on other apps with this app. Not that I would be doing anything else with the AirSelfie 2.

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Once I got the controls, it was time to set it into the air. All I needed to do is touch a control for a few seconds (the up button in the nearby illustration), and the AirSelfie 2 whirred to life. Occasionally, the AirSelfie 2 started to just veer off, so you have to learn to take control of it. Now, there are three ways to do this, for some odd reason. What you are seeing on the left is the “Easy” mode, and there are two other Medium and Hard modes.

Now it took a while before the props became airborne-worthy, but it did take to the sky. I actually was told that I could toss the AirSelfie 2 into the air and it would fly, but I found that the props didn’t defy gravity until a second or two after starting. The best thing that I would recommend is hold the AirSelfie 2 in your hand, and when it feels lighter than air, let it go.

From there, the AirSelfie hovered and would usually go in whatever direction it felt compelled to go. Steering it was a matter of figuring out what button did what, and there is a bit of a learning curve here, and this applies to the Easy, Medium, or Hard modes.

By the way, my dog really freaked out when the AirSelfie 2 started flying around the room. I’m glad she didn’t try and grab it in her jaws like a frisbee. I would have got a picture of it, but my smartphone was otherwise occupied.

So let’s just get to the pictures. It has a 12 Megapixel camera, and this is a shot that I took in my hotel room in Florida. I should also take the time to say that I had the AirSelfie 2 in my carry-on on the plane, and I was not called aside by the TSA.

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In case you are wondering, it was difficult to set up that shot. In some cases, I just moved myself into position, like when I got this video that you can see below.

In case you are wondering why the video is short (a second), then you should know that the AirSelfie 2 has about 5 minutes of flying time. Yeah, I thought that there was something wrong with this guy as the battery life kept changing color very quickly from green, yellow, to red.

So, can I recommend this? If you want to take some interesting selfies that are way different than other selfies, then yes, I would recommend this. Just know that you will have to learn how to make it work, and when it does work, you won’t have much time to get that selfie shot that you are looking for. It is recommended for indoor use, so I definitely wouldn’t use it on the edge of a cliff or anything.

If you’re lucky, you can hopefully get it before the holidays. Check it out here on the AirSelfie site for about for $199.95.

The Phoozy Will Protect Your Phone Against Sun, Snow, Heat and Cold

If the Phoozy reminds you of another insulated product meant to keep things cold, that’s because this item is similar. But instead of keeping drinks cold, the Phoozy will keep your phone the right temperature in the midst of extremes.

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photo credit: phoozy

Some great features of this case:

  • Was tested in space against extreme heat and cold. If you’ve noticed your phone battery deplete in hot or cold weather, you know how important it is to protect it from these extremes
  • Exceeds the military drop standard by two times. Your phone will be safe in 9 ft. drops!
  • This protector is water resistant and sink-proof. If you accidentally drop your phone in the water, you can retrieve it safely and easily.
  • An internal stash pocket will hold drivers’ license, credit cards, and cash. You don’t need to carry a wallet with the Phoozy!
  • It has an UltraGrip EZ open at the top, so you can get to your phone-even while wearing gloves!
  • Comes in three colors- the Cosmic Black one as shown, or an Iridium Silver or Iridium Gold. The Iridiums are not as rugged, but still is comparable. They also have a RealTree series that has a couple of other colors/patterns.
  • Comes in two sizes to best fit your device. The Plus size fits phones up to  6.6″ x 0.5″ x 3.5″. The XL size is good for cases up to 7″ x 0.5″ x 4″.

The Phoozy was sent to us for free in exchange for our fair and unbiased review, but you can buy one for $49.99 on their website with free shipping in the U.S.

X-Doria Defense Shield for the iPhone X/XS

X-Doria has sent us some more cases to review. TechnoMark actually reviewed these cases for Samsung phones, but the review we will be doing today is for iPhone X/XS.

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photo credit: X-Doria

X-Doria Defense Shield

This sturdy, but sleek case has the clear, polycarbonate backing for you to show off your phone. It also has the beveled soft rubber edges that protect your phone and give it some grip as well. It exceeds the MIL-STD-810G rating and has been tested to survive 10′ drops on concrete. That is pretty impressive.

We actually received the case with the Rose Gold, anodized aluminum edges (which is beautiful, as well), but I really like the prismatic color. It also comes in purple. The red and black ones are currently unavailable on the website, but it looks like there is that option as well.

If you like what you see, you can purchase this case for $29.99 on the X-Doria site.

We were also sent the X-Doria Defense Lux box, but there doesn’t seem to be a case in the box, so we will hold off on that review for now. There is an option to buy that for the iPhone, as well.

X-Doria sent us this case to review for free in exchange for our unbiased review. No other compensation was given.

Lose Your Keys? Get the Orbit for Your KeyChain

I can’t find a post that we’ve done on this item, but maybe it was the KiiTAG that I remember reviewing. At any rate, this is a needed product for many of us. What do you get the person who is always losing their keys? You get them an Orbit.

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Photo Credit:Orbit

This small(1.33 in. diameter and 0.35 in. thick) fob fits on keychains easily.

Great features of this little fob:

  • The ability to find your keys
  • Not only your keys, but you can also find your phone (even on silent)
  • The free IOS and Android app will show the last seen GPS location
  • The ability to use it as a remote to take selfies
  • The replaceable battery has a life up to 6 months
  • A waterproof rating of IPX6.
  • A separation alarm to warn you if you are too far from your keys
  • There is a built-in 90db loudspeaker
  • Includes a keyring, an opener tool for battery replacement and one extra battery.

There are 10 different colors to choose from, and you can see all of the different colors available and buy one for $29.99 on the Orbit website.

There are other Orbit items you can get as well. I found the one you can stick to glasses to find them to be interesting- especially since my daughter can’t find her glasses at the moment. Hopefully, Orbit will send us more of their product to review, as they sent us this item. No other compensation was given for our fair and unbiased evaluation.

The Ozobot Evo

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Ozobot EVO

It has been a while since I reviewed an Ozobot product, with my first being the Ozobot Bit. I was attracted to them at a CES a few years back, and they were these tiny robots that would follow lines drawn on a table.

Yes, these are tiny robots, and I realize that the picture makes it look like its the size of R2-D2 (or half of one, so that would be an R1-D1). In actuality, the Ozobot will fit in the palm of your hand, like right in the concave section.

Since it’s been a few years since I reviewed an Ozobot product, I’ll go over what it can do. This tiny robot can essentially just roll, but the user can code it to do all sorts of tricks. The coding is done with a program that is like Blocky, which is something that I have seen on other educational toys like LEGO MINDSTORMS and UBTECH.

I can’t remember if the Bit had this feature, but the EVO has these “expressive” LEDs. With a little coding, you can make it do tricks like roll along until you stop it just before your finger. Not to mention going along a line. I see that this is really difficult to describe, so I’m just going to show this video.

It says that you can program these EVO robots to battle, and they have some kind of mutual multi-bot networking thing happening going on. I’m just going to end with and say that the EVO is something that should be tried and experienced.

The Ozobot EVO is available on the Ozobot site for about $100 and includes a pouch, skin, markers, and a lot more to begin coding.

Scosche MagicMount Pro Charge and Boombottle MM Review

I honestly cannot remember when was the last time I did a review of a Scosche product, but I seem to recall visiting their booth at a conference, and it was small. I believe that this company has grown quite a bit since I first saw it, and I’m going to be reviewing the MagicMount Pro Charge and the BoomBottle MM.

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Scosche Magic Mount Pro Charge

Scosche Magic Mount Pro Charge

So, what is it that makes the MagicMount so magical? I suppose that it is because it can stick in two places. Well, there is this StickGrip suction base provides a strong hold to any surface, so you can have something solid to keep what you charge your device on. You will need to keep it wired, which is something that this illustration doesn’t show.

Okay, so the bottom is taken care of, but what about the top? Well, there is fortunately a MagicPlate which allows for mounting to a case or directly to a device. Once that MagicPlate is mounted, you can just stick it onto the MagicMount and just juice it up that way. So, if you have a Qi enabled device, it should work, and this includes any wireless charging product from Samsung, Apple, or any company that has this feature that really should be standard for any mobile device.

You should be able to purchase the MagicMount ProCharge for about $69.99 on the Scosche site for $69.99.

Scosche Boombottle MM

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Scosche boombottlemm2

This next Scosche product, the Boombottle MM, is also made for those who want some wireless charging action, and this is Qi ready. The Boombottle MM is one of those waterproof wireless speakers that we have been seeing a lot of lately, and price-wise, they are not a dime a dozen.

The speaker has two passive subwoofers made for some decent sound, and I often find it hard to believe that you can put such good sound (12W dual (6W x 2) 45mm speakers and subwoofer) in something relatively small, and this fits in just about any cupholder. By the way, you can dual pair these speakers for some really great sound.

So the sound is good, and the speaker itself is made to be IP67 dustproof and waterproof. Seems like all these Bluetooth Speakers are made to be taken to the beach, or just left at home (or in the store they were purchased at).

But what you really want, and is most likely the big selling point of this speaker is the fact it has a Qi wireless charging platform on top, made for giving a user up to 12 hours worth of battery life.

All these features, and this thing comes with a bottle opener near the controls. I could say that “I wish I was kidding”, but it sounds like I am kidding. Everyone needs a bottle opener sometimes, and this awesome product is available on the Scosche site for $129.99.

Anker SoundCore Model Zero Portable Wireless Speaker

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Anker Soundcore

It feels like we are reviewing a lot of great Anker products before the holiday season, and I do like doing reviews of great Bluetooth speakers, so with the Anker Soundcore Model Zero Portable Wireless Speaker, I got to do both. After all, this particular speaker has words like “Aural Beauty”, “Stunning Design”, and “Sublime Sound”, and it all seems pretty fitting.

Also in its description is this: “a speaker that was envisioned by artists, sculpted by designers, then constructed and fine-tuned by engineers”. I will have to say that it certainly looks like that, and I am wondering what genius realized that a portable Bluetooth speaker should really have a handle.

I think that I need to talk about the specs here, so it has a 2 x 63 mm Woofer, 2 x 19 mm Tweeter, and two passive radiators. I’m not going to pretend that I know that translates to anything but great sound, but it also comes with BassUp technology for even more bass audio. Then, to make this package even better, it comes with a Soundcore App so that you can use built-in presets as well as enhance certain specific frequencies in order to make music come to life.

We might as well end with some of the better features like the IPX5 water-resistant rating so you can take it to the beach for some waves. Oh, did I mention that you can connect this feller to two devices? You can.

You should be able to get the Soundcore on the Anker site for $199.99, and there is also the Soundcore+ available soon, but I don’t know the price.

Another Giveaway!

Last month, I did a review on the CozyPhones

Photo credit: Cozyphones

You may have seen the review and thought, “My kid would love a pair of those!” Or maybe you would like a pair for yourself! Great news! We’re giving our readers a chance to win a pair! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with “Unicorn” or “Frog,” depending on which character you would like on your CozyPhones. Also, enter your e-mail if you have not yet done so for our previous giveaway. Please also follow us on Facebook so you may get notifications of future giveaways as well.

A lucky winner will be randomly drawn from the comments on this post on December 14th, 9 a.m. PST. Bonus entries if you follow us on Facebook, so make that indication in your comment as well! The item will make its way to you just in time for Christmas! Makes a great stocking stuffer!

Thanks to CozyPhones for providing us these headphones- a $34.99 value (currently marked down to $19.99 on their website).

B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer with Wi-Fi Hub

In a good portion of the United States, this item is not really functional or practical. These frozen grounds will hopefully be ready for working before we know it, though. This item we’re about to review will make a great gift for the gardener in your life. This is the B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer from Orbit Irrigation.

photo credit:Orbit Irrigation

This is a new kind of product to us- different from what we’ve typically reviewed. It is a great example of how technology can help in every day life.

How it Works

The B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer hooks up between the water spigot and the hose. A free iOS or Android B-hyve app downloaded will allow your to program your timer easily. More than one timer can be set up in order to set different zones. The timers network together and boost the signal strength.

Smart sensors on the timers will automatically prevent this device from watering in the rain, and will give you exactly what you need where you need it. You can water your plants smartly based on factors such as sun/shade, soil type, and weather. Also, you can water from anywhere. There’s no need to have someone take care of your lawn while you are away.

Other Great Things About the B-hyve

The B-hyve can tell you how much water you are using, and in turn, you will be able to save money. You could also qualify for rebates from your water company. The timer can be controlled manually- even without the app set up. If you have an Amazon Alexa, you can control your system with your voice.  It has a durable build, and the customer assistance with this company is well-done.

Want to Purchase the B-hyve?

Currently, this bundle with the Wi-fi hub is available for only $57.47 on Amazon.com. This is a markdown from the retail price of $79.99. You can get extra valves for only about $25.

We would recommend this item for all those who like to garden and be smart with their time and money. Thanks to Orbit Irrigation for sending us a product to review. No other compensation has been given for our honest and fair review.

 

Kensington USB-C Mobile Dock and Universal USB-C and USB 3.0 Docking Station

We’ve reviewed several Kensington products, although it’s been a little over two years since we’ve reviewed a docking station. Today we will get to review a couple of types of docking stations from Kensington. The first one is the USB-C Mobile Dock with Pass Through Charging. The other one is the SD4700P- a Universal USB-C and USB 3.0 Docking Station.

Kensington SD1600P Mobile Dock

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If you have a device that has limited outputs with a USB C port like a MacBook, this little device is great for connecting.

One side contains a VGA port for 1080p HD video, HDMI port for 4K video, and an ethernet port. On the other side, there are two USB 3.1 ports and a USB-C pass through power delivery port. A built-in USB C cable tucks into the side like a mini pocket knife. The design is compact and small- easy to carry. The dimensions are 5″ x 3″ x 1/2″. It weighs 3.84 oz.

This device supports Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS. More info about connectivity is available on the website. The price seems to vary from site to site, but costs about $89.95. It only seems to be available through 3rd party sellers. It’s important to know that this is a dock- not a power supply.

Kensington SD4700P USB-C & USB 3.0 Docking Station

The other station was good for people on the go, but if you need something that remains in place, you’ll need this:

This one is a little more heavy duty than the mobile ports. The dimensions of this- 8.4 x 4.1 x 4.3 in and 0.6 lbs.

In the box, you’ll find the docking station, a 135W Power Supply Adapter, a 3 foot USB-C to USB-C Cable, with a tethered USB-C (F) to USB 3.0 (M) adapter.

The Power Supply Adapter provides you with power for the dock and up to 60W of power for devices connected by USB-C. There are 6 USB ports to give you more options than comes with today’s skinny laptops.  1 is a USB-C port. The other 5 are 3.0 ports. One of those is a  2.1A fast-charging port to give you the ability to quickly charge tablets and phones. A 3.5 mm headphone/mic jack allows you to listen to your tunes, or communicate with others. An ethernet port allows for the maximum resolution supported. You also get a DP++ and HDMI port. A Kensington security slot allows for the ability to secure your device so it doesn’t get stolen.

This one is more costly. It runs for $189.49 on Amazon.com.

An optional Power splitter can also be purchased for the station.
It doesn’t look like the image they have on this site, but it is the same thing, and runs about $50. Currently it is marked down on the site.

If you need any of these Kensington products in your life, check them out, along with the other great Kensington products on their website. We received these from the company for free to review. No other compensation has been given.