Archive for December, 2013

2013: A Year in Tech

Well, the year has almost ended, and I thought I would take the time out to talk about what impacted us the most this year. This is not going to be in any particular order, so don’t interpret this as a “Top Ten” list.

No More Woof, simply because it is so very interesting. Perhaps I should nominate it as my crowdfunded project of the year.

It was definitely the year of curved screens. There was that huge television set that Samsung unveiled, not to mention the smartphones of Flex and the GALAXY ROUND. It is clearly leading to an age of unbreakable bendable smartphone displays.

For military technology, check out the Gerald R. Ford. The first drone was launched from an aircraft carrier as well.

I also like the Aeroscraft. Also, Virgin Galactic SS2 makes its first test flight.

Let’s talk tablets. Lenovo had something really good going on with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet. Nokia had the Lumia 2520 Tablet. Then there was the iPad Air and new iPad Mini. Then there is the Kindle Fire HDX.

It was a big year for phablets with the Galaxy Note 3. Nokia also had something interesting with them.

It was also a big year for smartwatches with the Galaxy Gear. The A.I. Smartwatch.

Of course, there are a lot of interesting robot gadgets like the Valkyrie, the Knightscope, the Bionic Man, Boston Dynamics Wildcat, the Mantis hexpod robot, and DARPA’s Atlas.

Oh hey, you can use your mobile phone during takeoff and landing. What’s next? Easier air travel?

This won’t come into play for a little while, but the CEO of Amazon announced flying drones to deliver packages.

Speaking of Amazon, they want to build that Bio-Dome in Seattle, and Google has the mysterious barge.

It was also a big year for Google Glass, and there are imitators sprouting up like the castAR, and more.

I like this 3-D Tactile Feedback screen from Disney Research.

Then there was the Xbox One and PS4. Too bad Nintendo isn’t doing so hot.

Okay, time for the best Speculative Fiction movie. There was a real landmark, but I did like Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., Oblivion and Catching Fire. Some of the worst disappointments were Elysium and Man of Steel, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and do I need to mention After Earth?

Microsoft buys Nokia! Google buys Boston Dynamics? Draw your own conclusions.

Android finally brought out their KitKat.

Let’s talk about more worse disappointments. I’ll go with the new Yahoo Mail.

Notable smartphones were the G Pro Lite, the Moto X, the Oppo N1, the Droid Maxx, the G2 QuickWindow Case, Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy S IV, the Nokia Lumia 1020, and the iPhone 5C and 5S.

That is all for this year. Talk to you next year.

Posted by on December 31st, 2013 No Comments

My Review of Lego Marvel Heroes

LEGO_Marvel_Super_Heroes_box_artUnlike my last review of the Golf-X-Cube, I actually have a lot of experience playing LEGO-oriented video games. In fact, I have everyone that they have made since the first LEGO Star Wars, and I love them a lot, even though they have changed very little since their conception. For those that are not familiar with them, the LEGO games are usually tied in with a popular franchise, and this one is the Marvel Universe.

In LEGO games, you play a character that goes through levels that take place in a LEGO-oriented universe. Most of the worlds are not completely made of LEGO, but some objects can be destroyed to get studs, the money in this game. Some of the LEGO objects can be re-assembled into other objects to help you advance in the level. In addition to beating the levels, you can then use the “Free Play” option to go through the level again to find hidden objects that you could not have found earlier. In some cases, you actually could not have found the hidden objects the first time, because it requires characters with special abilities.

It is difficult to talk about this game without mentioning LEGO Batman 2: DC Heroes. In that game, you had to go through missions as Batman and some other DC comics character. I like Marvel Super Heroes as it is not centered around one particular Marvel character, like LEGO Batman 2 was. (However, Wolverine and Spider-man show up a lot.) The Marvel Universe is quite extensive, and I have seen eight levels that are as diverse as Times Square, Asgard, and the X-men Mansion. LEGO Batman 2 was never this expanded, and I admire Marvel Super Heroes for creating a world you can explore that is a somewhat realistic depiction of New York City with other fictional landmarks like the Baxter Building, Stark Tower, and the X-men Mansion.

Remember how I said that there are bonus things you have to find? In this case, there is the Stan Lee. Yes, that Marvel comics founder who appears in cameo in almost all Marvel films, and you have to find.

In short, I recommend the game for sheer fun alone. It isn’t adult-oriented by any stretch of the imagination, and the puzzles are pretty easy to solve. It is available for many platforms, and I loved it on the PS3.

Posted by on December 30th, 2013 No Comments

Golf-X-Cube will help improve your game

Golf x CubeI’m going to start this review and say that I am probably not the audience that would want this product. I think we all know that people who golf are like those who like Doctor Who. that is, you have heard about it, but don’t want to get into it, and might not understand those who are into it. I am the type who has heard of golf, never saw any need to get into it.

Since I never really did any swings on a golf course, I am going to tell you what it will do for those who are golfers. The Golf-X-Cube is a golf training tool. It has a hole on the bottom, so you can put a tee for alignment purposes. You can then use the X shape to line up your stroke, approximately 20 inches from the ball. This allows for better upper-body rotation, allowing the shoulder to turn on a solid base. The better the rotation, the better and more powerful the stroke, therefore the better the ball will fly.

Yes, I don’t really have personal confirmation of this, but this is because the product promises improvement in 4-6 weeks worth of training. Yes, that is a lot of time, but if you are willing to take it, you can purchase this product on the Golf-X-Cube website for a price of $33.95.

Posted by on December 30th, 2013 No Comments

Speculative Fiction Saturday: S1m0ne

S1m0neIn case you are wondering, I believe that the proper pronunciation of this film’s title, is “Simone”, like the name. This isn’t the name of the film’s main character, because the Simone character in this film isn’t real. Besides, Al Pacino is over the title, so you know he’s the main character.

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me get to the plotline of this film. Al Pacino plays Viktor Taransky, a director who is sick of working with diva actresses. He then meets a computer programmer named Hank who claims he has created a fully-functioning computer-generating woman. At first Viktor is not interested, but Hank dies and leaves a hard drive with S1m0ne (Simulation One) on it.

Now here is the first problem I had with this film. Viktor is down on his luck dodging bill-collectors after his film won’t get produced, despite the fact Viktor lives at a beach house. A lawyer tracks Viktor down, and makes certain Viktor receives the Simulation One hard drive. Clearly a lawyer trying to give something is doing a better job tracking Viktor than people who want to take something that Viktor owes. This won’t be the first time you will need to suspend your disbelief.

Considering that Viktor is amazed that his daughter knows so much about computers, he sure masters the S1m0ne program really well. In fact, he makes this CG woman the star of his new film. Apparently, the effect is so good that no one can tell the difference between a human actress and a CG one. In all honesty, this is probably the most realistic part of the film.

If you think about it, Computer generated stuff is just getting better and better. The whole reason why it looks fake sometimes is because it looks too perfect at times. I have a friend who didn’t know whether or not Avatar was or CG in certain places, and he saw the entire film. I remember seeing the preview for that terrible Beowulf film they made a while ago, and it took the second watch before I realized the film was CG. I have heard that princess Fiona from the Shrek films looked very real, and they actually altered the design so she would fit into Shrek’s imaginary CG world, which was a pretty new field in 2001.

S1m0ne came out in 2002, and it was directed by Andrew Niccol, who directed The Truman Show. The Truman Show is a film I should review some other time, but S1m0ne is similar because it questions the intelligence and morality of audiences. While The Truman Show questioned whether or not audiences would accept a man under constant surveillance for entertainment purposes, S1m0ne questions how easily duped they can be.

The film makes a predictable plot twist when Simone the CG woman becomes a huge star. Of course, since no one has ever seen Simone off the camera, this somehow makes her/it incredibly popular. So much so, that there is a scene where reporters and producers think they see her at a party and run up to her. Of course, it isn’t her, but that doesn’t stop them from knocking this poor woman into a fountain.

In all honesty, I don’t know how Viktor keeps this secret. His explanation is: “because she doesn’t want publicity, it just makes her more popular”. Does this work in Hollywood?

Yeah, what happens is pretty ridiculous. Assuming that you could do what Viktor does with the technology, I can’t help but wonder if the public would really fall for this. I mean, we did apparently believe in Milli Vanilli. I think the point of Niccol’s film is that we do deify celebrities, but what we worship is a false idol at best.

I suppose that is probably the most takeaway value I can put on such a film as S1m0ne, which I really hate typing with all its capital letters and numbers and such. It isn’t much, but I can recommend films for less. I recommend giving it a watch as it does have some grain of intelligence. You might want to check it out for yourself to see if its point is well-made.

Posted by on December 28th, 2013 No Comments

The ChargeKey by Nomad

ChargeKey_grandeI am pretty familiar with the Chargecard. I first saw it at CES 2013, and I believe it was nothing more than a Kickstarter project then. I am pleased to see that it has now developed into the ChargeKey, which works for the iPhone 5/5S/5C, Lightning iPad, and iPad Mini.

The ChargeKey, as its name suggests, is about the size of a key. It is a charging cord, and it is not long. Then again, how long does it need to me. For example, if you are working on a computer with four USB ports, why not spare one to charge up your iDevice.

According to the company website, the creators said they made this “out of necessity”. I believe them, as I am also sick of my phone dying on me, and if I can charge it while I am working on my computer, I say give me more. Keep in mind, you need to be disciplined if you want to really get the most out of this. Remember to charge your phone while you are working!

As someone how has now tried out the ChargeKey, I will recommend it. It is made by Nomad, but I don’t think it is the one who makes the Mini 2 paintbrush/stylus that I reviewed last week. The ChargeKey will be available in February, for a price of $25.

Posted by on December 27th, 2013 No Comments

LG and Sony planning to unveil smartwatches?

LG-G-arch-and-G-health-header-640x431Even though I was against smartwatches before, I am now starting to like them since my review of the Galaxy Gear. I have been hearing for a while that Apple is working on it own version of the smartwatch, and here is a another surprise, LG and Sony are apparently working on smartwatches as well.

The one that LG is working on could be the G Arch, and it could be related to another rumored device from the company known as the G Health. The G Health is apparently one of those health bands, sort of the like Bodymedia type. I honestly don’t see why that can’t happen, as the Bodymedia and Fitbit seems like simple devices that would not be complicated were they put on a smartwatch.

As for what Sony is putting out, there are rumors of the SWR10. It will probably have NFC and Bluetooth built right in, which I am not surprised to hear. As for the SmartWatch 2, what Sony has out now, it has a 1.6 inch screen with 220 x 176 pixel resolution display.

If the rumors of these watches are true, then I imagine that I will probably see these at CES. If so, I’ll need to take some pictures.

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Posted by on December 27th, 2013 No Comments

Cubli robot cube can “jump, balance, and walk”

Okay, the Cubli is definitely the Christmas gift that you didn’t get yesterday, but you probably can’t buy it now.

I put a video of the Cubli here because it is just very cool. Developed by researchers at ETH Zurich’s Institute Systems and Control, it has three spinning motors that will spin in order to gain some kind of angular momentum for balance. I believe that there is some kind of physics involved, which is probably the torque and stuff. It kind of reminds me of physics experiments I did in college. As it can balance on an edge, corner, and it can move in that manner.

I probably would have majored in physics if I would have seen this Cubli. In case you are curious, the name comes from “Cube” and “Li”. “Li” is apparently a word for small thing, like “ette” in English.

Man, just watch the video if you haven’t already, because something like this is pretty fricking awesome. In case you are wondering what it can be used for, I believe it can be used for rovers on other planets. Personally, I like the idea of self-assembling machines.

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Posted by on December 26th, 2013 No Comments

Grippity Android tablet allows double-sided control

grippity-tabletGrippity Doo-Dah, Grippity Ay! My oh my, what a way to input your…okay, this intro isn’t working.

However, I like the Grippity, which is an Android tablet which stands out from all the other Android tablets out there. Considering all the other Android tablets out there, that is saying a lot. You see, the Grippity has double control thanks to a back control.

The back control uses a transparent screen so you can just tap on the back, which allows for all kinds of cool multi-touch gestures. Not only will it allow you to touch what you want without obscuring the screen, but just think of how much faster you can interact with what you will have!

Yes, I love talking about devices that could easily set a new standard. I would love to see this Grippity tech on a smartphone. Of course, this is a Kickstarter project, which means that it needs your help to make it real. Just pledge about $235 and you can have it, by October.

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Posted by on December 26th, 2013 No Comments

Holiday list for Christmas 2013

Today’s post, and only post for the holidays, will be simply a summary of things you can buy for the holiday. It is made for those last-minute shoppers, or for those who did their shopping too late.

They are in the order of when I reviewed.

For those that want a new phone, Galaxy S Note 3! I like that Galaxy S IV, too. You might want to hold it with an Armpocket i-35 armband. I also reviewed the Sprint Force. I also reviewed the Lumia 920 from Nokia. I also reviewed a wireless charging pillow known as the Fatboy. I also had a chance to try out the Galaxy Tab 2.

Perhaps you are looking for a smartwatch. Yes, I tried out the Galaxy Gear, and I can recommend it, here.

For those who want a Stylus, try out the Nomad Mini 2 and the Virtuoso by Kensington.

Want a camera that can take some time-lapse pictures? Try the Blynk Camera.

Okay, let’s talk iPhone Accessories. I reviewed a lot of them. There is the Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 Photo Lens for the iPhone 5/5S and the 4-in-1 iPhone Lens. For other photo lens for the iPhone, I suggest the Optrix PhotoPro X. Then there is the Solace Au iPhone 5/5S case, in gold. Don’t forget the Alec Wallet and Workmate Utility, also from Cygnett. The Candyshell + FACEPLATE from Speck, and the CandyShell Grip for the iPhone 5C, also by Speck. X-Doria had some good ones for both the iPhone 5 and 5C with the Dash Icon as well as the Rapt, Spots, not to mention the Defense 720 and Scene Plus. Then there is the Toughsuit by Body Glove. Oh, the Lifeproof has the frē for the iPhone 5C as well as for the iPhone 5S. Also check out the Trina Turk and the Loot from M-EDGE. Incipio had some winners with the CODE and LGND and the DualPro SHINE for the iPhone 5C. Then there is the Hydra Series Case from Ballistic. You want to hold that iPhone, I recommend the Nighthawk from Armpocket. Then there is the La Pedrera iPhone 5C Case from iLuv. Oh, and let’s check out the Odoyo Power + Shell EX Rechargeable Battery case. I’ll also suggest the Stashback from Incipio as well as the ATLAS. For some other holder effects, I would like to suggest the Miveu X Kit. For photos, try the Manfrotto KLYP iPhone 5 Flash. Then there is the Brickcase by Smallworks, with Lego compatibility. I also had a chance to try out the Herringbone for the iPhone 5. You can also find the Band-Era iPhone 5 case from Wyers. EK USA made a tough case with the Speak Easy. Then there is the Ampjacket, for turning up the volume on the speaker. Then there is the Quick-‘flip case from Olloclip, once again. Some of the cases for the iPhone are the ArtsCase. I also had some fun with Tech 21’s Impactology Cases and Impact Shields. Griffin also put out a resilient case with the Survivor. Then there is the Rapture Elite, Aero, and Ekon Cases from Cellairis. You might want to try out the Proximo Starter Kit from Kensington. I also reviewed some cool cases from Case-Mate. I also had a chance to try out the Mobio Pivot and Go, and they are worth looking into. The Clear-coat Aurora is also excellent. For waterproofing, try the Slim Waterproof Case by Keystone ECO. Then there is always the Otterbox Armor Series for the iPhone 5. I also tried out the SEIDIO and Active Convert Cases for the iPhone 5. Check out the Axis Wallet for the iPhone 5 by HEX.

So what about iPad Accessories? How about the Kensington KeyFolio Pro for the iPad Air. Then there is the DODOcase Endangered Species case. Then there is the Node and Paradox Texture for the iPad Air by Cygnett. Also, the iPad Air also has the SmartJacket and Engage from X-Doria. Then there is the MirrorCase for the iPad, from RHP Multimedia. I like the Westmore Tablet Cross Body, for pretty much any tablet. There is also the Crayola DigiTools Paint Pack, also for Android Tablets. Then there is the Ultra-Slim Power Case, from Justin Case. Then there is the Universal StealthPro Keyboard Folio from M-EDGE. The SecureBack Case from Kensington to lock the iPad in place. Then there is the Griffin PowerDock 5, for five iPads or other iDevices. Then there is also the Loft Folio and Recliner iPad Cases, not to mention the Tri-Lounge, all from Domeo. Check out the Cosmopolitan iPad Cover by idAmerica. Also check out the Crayola Light Marker from Griffin. For something fine, try the Orion Leather iPad Case from MapiCases. Then there is the MagFolio Luxe by Speck. I was pleased to review two new products from Discovery Bay Games with the Duo Gamer and Duo Pinball. Let us not forget the iSucker.

Oh, if you have the iPad Mini, then you might want to try the HandyShell by Speck. This is good for the iPhone/iPad, but check out the iLaunch Thunder by Dream Cheeky. Then there is the Lifeproof nüüd for it, and it is nice. Then there is also the Printed Lexington Hard Shell Folio Case. Then there is the Recliner Mini Folio from Domeo. Don’t forget the Kensington Hard Shell iPad Keyboard. Then there is the fre for the iPad Mini from Lifeproof. Also, there is the SKECHbook from SKECH.

If you need a case for 7-inch tablets, you might want to try out the Universal Stealth 360 Case from M-EDGE.

I would recommend the HEX Cabana Laptop Tote for some portable action for your laptop.

IF YOU ARE REALLY LOOKING FOR GIFTS, OR SOMETHING FROM YOU, GO TO REDBUBBLE. JUST CHECK THEM OUT HERE. You’ll see the reason why I all caps that.

For the Office, I recommend the Powershred 73Ci paper shredder.

For the Galaxy S III, there is the nüüd from Lifeproof. There’s also the Dri Cat Waterproof case for both Galaxy III and IV. Check out the DiCAPac Waterproof case for these models. Then there is the Otterbox Armor Case. I also reviewed the Kraken A.M.S. Case from Trident.

Oh, if you have a Galaxy S4, another phone I can recommend, here’s some accessories for that. There’s the Lavish Wallet from Cygnett. The Incipio Ghost Charging is also quite good, too. Speaking of the Incipio, check out the Watson Wallet. You also might want to check out the Petite Leather Wallet for the Galaxy S4 from More-Thing. Also, there is the offGRID Backup Battery Case. I also had the chance to try out the CM4 QCard Case. Then there is the Echo and Enforcer cases, from M-EDGE. From Element Cases, there is the Atom S4 and Eclipse S4. Check out the ChargeCard.

Also, this product is Android related, the PlayPad Pro from Nyko. Another good Android related product is the Android Mirror from J5 Create.

Another great gift is the Jak Multishare from bCoda, as well as the Coda One Bluetooth Speaker.

You got to like the Sonic Alert Sonic-Connect 2. See what it does here.

If you are looking for a Phone Cradle, you might want to try the Zyroshell.

I definitely recommend any accessories from Dotz, who I wrote about twice. You can read about them here and here.

One gift you might consider for anyone with a phone is the PortaGrip with a Suction Cup Mount.

If you need a microphone, I would suggest the Spark Digital from Blue Microphones.

Another gift I can recommend is the Epishock “Music Survival Kit”.

Then there is my review of the HoverCam MiNi 5, which I like a lot.

A good speaker is the Aud 5 from iLuv. Check it out here.

If you are looking for something interesting, may I suggest the Blueflame Bluetooth Wireless Music Receiver?

Chargers make great gifts, and I had a chance to review the Solar Porter 12 from Digital Foci as well as the 5200 and 8000. Also check out the Powerocks Magicstick 2800 mAh Chargepack. EnerPlex also gave me some nice things to try out like the Kickr IV, the Jumpr 4400, and the EnerPlex Surfr.

For a scanner, you might want to try out the SimpleScan SP Simplex.

You might want to try out the Honestech nScreen Deluxe for connecting the computer to the TV.

The Wilson Sleek 4G is made to boost your signal.

Need headphones? Or earbuds? I liked the Able Planet NC550BC Sound Clarity Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones and the True Fidelity Wireless Infrared Headphone with Transmitter. Also, the Soundcheck Headphones by Cygnett are also quite cool as well. You might want to check out the EPIC Earbuds by JLab. I had a chance to check out the Audio-Technica SonicSport, the Audio Technica ATH-WS77 Solid Bass Headphones, the ATH-CP700 SonicSport headphones, and QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones. One of my favorites is the Aftershokz Bluez. As far as the cheap ones go, I would suggest the DJZ Neon headphones. Check out the Audiofly AF56m Premium In-Ear Headphones with mic, too. Check out the Incipio F38 Headphones as well, of a low price. Then there is the Yurbuds Signature Series Sport Earphones. Then there is the REVO, from Jabra, the Wireless and non-Wireless versions. Check out the Wooden Earbuds and Headphones from Tribeca. You might want to try out the Jabra Vox Earbuds. Then there is the Zoro Fashion Hi-Fi headphone from Cellairis. I-MEGO also had the Throne headphones. Also, check out the VFree On Ear Bluetooth headphones from Velodyne. Then there was the Spider PowerForce. Then there is the AR 808 Headphones from Acoustic Research. Then there is the Munitio NINES.

If you want some gaming headphones, try out the 3HV2 and 5HV3 Gaming Headphones from SteelSeries. I also tried out the Free, the SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition, and the Apex Gaming Keyboard. I also had a chance to try out some ROCCAT gaming products with the Kone Pure Gaming Mouse.

Want a Bluetooth speaker? Check out the iLuv MobiOut and iLuv Mobicup. Also check out the Braven 570. I also tried out the IUI Design’s Mirror Boombox. I also tried out the RockSteady XS. Then there is also the Multifunction Bluetooth Speaker from Spider. Then there is also the Portable Wireless Speaker from Acoustic Research. Then there is the OontZ. Also, I don’t want to forget the X-Mini KAI Capsule.

For a keyboard, try the myKeyO 6-in-1 Computer Keyboard with Restt Technology.

Go old school with the newKUBE MP3 player.

I had a chance to try out the D-Link Wireless Range Extender DAP-1320 and the AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router. A similar product is the zBoost Metro Cell Booster.

I also had a chance to try out a bunch of TYLT products, like the Energi Sliding Power Case. You should also check out the Capio and the Vu Wireless Charger. I also had a chance to try out the Tunz.

Check out the Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen from Livescribe.

I have also had a chance to check out some Eagle products like the Portable Battery Pack, Foldable Bluetooth headset, Bluetooth Speaker System, and Bluetooth keyboard with speakerphone.

If you want some interesting device, check out the Epic from the Celluon Store.

Then there is the Jabra, with the Classic Bluetooth headset. Other Bluetooth devices that I have tried include the Blue-Wi Nighthawk Bluetooth Lapel Microphone. I also tried out the BlueAnt Q3 as well as the Endure. I don’t want to forget the Marque 2.

Always a beautiful gift is the Sphero 2.0.

I also highly recommend the Sensia 200D Connect from Pure.

Anyone who golfs will appreciate the SwingTIP.

I had a chance to try out the Wi-Drive+ MobileLite from Kingston. Read about that here.

You might want to try out the MINIKIT Neo by Parrot.

For a lady on the list, may I suggest the Finders Key Purse Phone Pouch? It does solve a problem. You might also want to look into the Large Rolling bag from Jill-E Designs, the Laptop Career Bag, and the Jack Metro Tablet Bag.

One great eco-friendly gift is the Clipray Crank-powered flashlight.

I found a cool smartphone case with Toast.

TopCor has some cool products with the TopCor Sport Armband and Tech Wallet. I also tried out the HuMn Wallet.

If you need a new camera for the house for surveillance or baby monitoring purposes, try out the SwannEye HD Pan and Tilt All-in-One Network camera. I also recommend the Dropcam Pro or just the Dropcam HD.

I also had a chance to review two great Joby products, the GorillaPod Action Tripod and the Action Clamp + Gorilla Arm.

I’m not certain what category this falls into, but if you need something at the door to see who is there, check out the Swann Doorphone Video Intercom.

Want Toys? I got to review them, too. Check out the Transformers Construct-Bots and Angry Birds Star Wars toys. I also finally had a chance to review the Sifteo Cubes. Then there is the LeapReader Reading and Writing System. Then there is the awesome Lego Mindstorms EV3, which I will have a book out next year. For board games, check out the Kickshot. I also had the chance to try out the Lite Brix Laser Copter.

As for the gamer, I highly recommend the Razer Orbweaver.

Oh, yeah, this is good microwave oven: The Oster 0.9 Cubic Foot Compact Microwave.

I would like to suggest a great gift, the Monitor2Go from MMT. Just read about it.

Then there is the TuneBelt, made for all kinds of mobile devices.

I would also like to recommend the Intuos Pro from Wacom, based on its coolness factor alone.

Also a great gift is the ChromaLuxe cases, made to personalize all kinds of smartphones and tablets.

If you want to get an entirely new computer, check out the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Convertible Ultrabook.

Want power tools? Try the Black and Decker Platinum 20V Max Drill/Driver and Snakelight. Then there is the Gyro Rechargeable Screwdriver.

Need something educational? How about the Casio PRIZM fx-CG10 graphing calculator and the FX-9860GII Graphing Calculator.

You want a camera? Try the Polaroid XS80 1080p HD Action Video Camera. You also might want to consider the ATC Chameleon by Oregon Scientific.

If you have a DSLR type camera, I recommend the Lowepro Transit Sling 250AW.

I also had a chance to check out some Mobee products like the Magic Feet and Magic Numpad. I also reviewed the Magic Juice and Magic Charger. On a somewhat related note, I had a chance to try out some J5Create with the JUE130, JUA210, and JUA310. I also reviewed the Ultra STation JUD500 and Wormhole USB Transfer Cable JUC400.

I had some action with Beyerdynamic with the A20 Premium Headphone Amplifier and the T 51 p headphones.

For miscellaneous, try the Magnet 3.0 USB Drive from Leef Technology. Every one needs a USB Drive now and then.

Know someone who wants to get into shape? Get them the Sync Burn from Sportline.

Okay, this is all the products that I had the pleasure of reviewing this year. I look forward to reviewing even more.

That’s all until the holidays. See you on the 26th.

Posted by on December 24th, 2013 No Comments

Up comes alive with No More Woof

No More WoofOkay, lately the Disney channel has been showing Up, and I highly recommend watching this surreal flick if you haven’t seen it yet. The film has just enough unbelievability, but not so much that it alienates the viewer. I know that the main character’s house could probably not be held aloft by that number of balloons, but I’m willing to pardon that. What I enjoy is when the dogs talk, but this technology is never explained.

This technology could be here with No More Woof. No More Woof is an EEG-reading headset with Arduinos that can somehow analyze it and translate it. You heard it correctly, it can translate barks.

Years ago, I once heard a pet-lover talk about a product known as bark-lingual. Apparently, this was a essentially the same concept, but I doubted it because if someone actually created a way to actually translate dog barks, that would change…everything.

This No More Woof just can fine tune translate, so you know what kind of bark your dog is doing. You know, so it can determine the “I’m hungry” bark from the “stranger at the door” bark. Do you have a hard time telling these barks apart? I don’t.

Well, No More Woof has had its Indiegogo campaign, and it is apparently made its pledge goals. Apparently, it will show up with a three-emotion model for $65, or a gold-plated Pioneer version for $1,200.

I wonder if this No More Woof will actually change things. I’m just going to see on this.

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Posted by on December 24th, 2013 No Comments