Archive for January, 2014

QuikPod is very good for Selfies

QuikpodSince the word “selfie” became the word of the last year, it only stands to reason that a product like the Quikpod could make this year. What you are seeing is both the Quik Pod DSLR/POV Ultra (bottom) and the Quik Pod Explorer 3 (top).

The Quik Pod DSLR/POV Ultra is compact at 18 inches, but it can extend up to 53 inches. It ways about 9 ounces, and is made for the Go Pro. As for the Explorer 3, it is more compact at 8.5 inches, and it can extend up to 39 inches. It weighs in at 6 ounces, and it can handle cameras that are one pound (the other can only hold half that weight of a camera).

I believe that both of these products are completely waterproof, and they have a built-in mirror for…yeah, I really don’t want to say it. These Quik Pods also come with quick-release handles and rubberized grip handles as well.

Head on over to the Quik Pod site if you want to see more.

Posted by on January 31st, 2014 No Comments

SkyBell let’s your smartphone see who is at the door

SkybellThe SkyBell is a product that is very similar to the Swann Doorphone Video Intercom that I review a few weeks ago. The Doorphone Video Intercom had a camera that was activated by the push of a doorbell button, and it was wirelessly connected to a monitor.

The difference the SkyBell is a video doorbell that connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi. The doorbell unit has a video camera with motion sensor, microphone, and speaker. In short, you have the ability to communicate with whoever is at the door, no matter where you are.

That’s right, the SkyBell comes with an app, and it informs the smartphone or tablet user (iOS or Android) with an alert. From there, you get a live video feed thanks to the user’s home Wi-Fi.

It is a handy device to have around, and you can get it on the SkyBell site for approximately $199.

Posted by on January 31st, 2014 No Comments

Izzi Orbit Pro gives the iPhone four different lenses

IzziThe Izzi Orbit Pro is very similar to products from OlloClip, as it is essentially giving your iPhone four different lenses. You can do some quick research about the 3-in-1 or the 4-in-1 at those links.

You will note that Olloclip has lenses that you can screw on, but the Izzi Orbit Pro has a handy system for spinning them in place using the patented peripheral motion lock technology. There are four interchangeable lenses like the 2X Telephoto Lens, the 180 degree fisheye lens, the wide-angle lens, and a macro lens (provided you twist off the wide-angle lens).

The four different lenses make the Orbit Pro an obvious choice for iPhone photographers, but there is another feature that really seals the deal. The Orbit Pro has not one, not…oh, I’ll skip to the most impressive part: it has three different tripod mounts. It also comes with a wrist lanyard, protective sleeve, and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

You can find the Orbit Pro on the Izzi site for about $229.99. There is a cheaper model known as the Slim that you can find out more info on here, and only costs $99.

Posted by on January 31st, 2014 No Comments

Nuevue case keeps your iPhone clean

Nuevue iphone_black_leather_front_largeI have seen a lot of cases for the iPhone, and most of them are designed to keep Apple’s favorite smart phone protected. However, even the best case or screen protector cannot keep the screen or its backside safe from smudges.

If you want to just wipe the screen, you can do that, but I am assuming that you don’t want to do that. Imagine if you just did it as you went. These is the Nuevue iPhone cases, and it is a pretty simple sleeve.

Just stick in the iPhone, and the case is lined with the highest grade microfibers, to grab the smartphone tightly but not too tight. Then, as you take it out, the iPhone gets another good wipe.

In addition to getting rid of smudges, the Nuevue case has a BioCote for continuous antimicrobial protection to make your iPhone even cleaner and last longer.

If you are interested in Nuevue, check out their website. They come in all types of colors and materials and made for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad mini. There are more models for more smartphones and tablets coming soon. Keep an eye on this company, and watch for others like it. I believe that there is a need.

Posted by on January 30th, 2014 No Comments

WEYE FEYE from XSories

Weye FeyeI’m not certain if I can put some product label on the WEYE FEYE (pronounced Wee-Fee), but those who are really into their DSLR cameras will love this. I’m sure their are all kinds of photographers, both amateur and professional that this was made for.

I’ll start with an explanation of what XSories’ WEYE FEYE is. The information that I have about it is that it is an external device made to connect with a DSLR, creating its own Wi-Fi network. This is good for two big features.

First of all, you can change the settings on your camera without even touching your camera. Since it is connected to your computer or mobile device via wireless 802.11n, you can access the ISO, Aperature, Shutter Speed, or White Balance.

The second big feature is the wireless sharing of content. You can view, select, and download the images from the camera’s memory to the smartphone or tablet directly and then share them instantly. It even comes with an integrated web server which allows up to 20 users to access the gallery from a browser.

Right now, I would imagine that there are all kinds of DSLR owners who are flipping over the possibility that the WEYE FEYE could be on their camera, and it is even compatible with USB Mass storage based cameras like the GoPro HERO, Sony NEX series, Sony QX series, or Pentax. If this is you, then you can go over to the XSories site and lay down $249.99 for it.

Posted by on January 30th, 2014 No Comments

Linkase Pro for the iPhone 5/5S from Absolute Technology

LinkcaseWhen you review cases for smartphones, it is difficult to tell one from the other. The Halo and Ontrion cases that I reviewed last week give more battery life, but this Linkase Pro is made for boosting the 3G + WiFi signal.

That’s right, this is a cell phone case that is designed to boost the signal of a phone. I am not certain if this has been done before, but it uses two EMW elements. You can see one of these EMW elements extended in the image, and there is another one on the other side. What is EMW? The EMW (Electro Magnetic Waveguide) is able to steer radiation energy emitted by the iPhone away from the head and body and into an open space, which somehow improves the signal.

In addition to boosting the signal by a full bar (in some cases), the Linkase Pro also boosts the battery life of the iPhone 5/5S by 20 percent with its more efficient use of power and resources.

If you want it, you can get it in four different colors (Coal Black, Midnight Blue, Blush Pink, and Frost White) on the Absolute Technology site for about $39.95.

Posted by on January 30th, 2014 No Comments

Playworld Systems gives tech to the playground

Playworld ZZXX0995_PIC_A_web12If you go to any playground, whether it be in the back of a schoolyard, or public park, there is something missing. This would be technology. It really is hard to believe that swings and slides haven’t really changed all that much since I was a kid, or when my parents were kids.

This could change thanks to the NEOS 360 from Playworld. This particular piece of playground equipment is made for the electronic age. It features games where kids can run around and touch spots, encouraging play and exercise.

I saw this demonstrated at CES 2014, and I was pretty impressed. Even the adults liked running around and hitting electronic targets. In addition to this fun, Playworld has recently launched a service using “Microsoft Tag to provide 24/7 mobile access to useful information for both maintenance professionals and anyone using the equipment”.

Something tells me that we might be seeing Playworld equipment everywhere. The company has the regular type of playground equipment, sans tech, but will there be a day when every piece of playground equipment will be connected?

If you are interested in the present and/or future of Playworld, check out their site here.

Posted by on January 29th, 2014 No Comments

Dacor has a smart Range as well as an oven

Dacor Discovery iQ 48-inch Dual-Fuel Range_SilhouetteLast year, I saw a company named Dacor at CES, and I greatly admired their Android connected 30″ Stove. Hopefully I will one day be able to afford one in my own household.

I guess it stands to reason that this same company would come out with a range for that oven, which is what the Discovery iQ 48-inch Dual-Fuel Range. It is the first range to feature an integrated, wirelessly-connected tablet. It has a Dacor iQ Controller, which is a control panel with a Dacor iQ cooking application for controlling the range via smartphone or tablet.

The application also allows the user to watch cooking tutorials, download favorite recipes, and access expert cooking advice. It even has a Dacor Guide, which can automatically switch a burner to warming mode and inform the user by text message.

Okay, that is the cool wireless-era tech, and now for the specs on the stove itself. It has 14-inch wide platform Grates for allowing large pots and pans to be transported from burner to burner. It is pretty awesome to see and you can find more information on the stove here, and before I close, I want to mention another advancement, a Discovery WineStation. I’ll let you see how neat this is and give you a link to it here.

Posted by on January 29th, 2014 No Comments

Hands on with the Leef Bridge 3.0

Bridge 3.0Some of you might remember when we reviewed the Leef Magnet 3.0 Drive. That was a USB Drive that is as magnetic as a…magnet. We all need another USB drive, and I have recently been offered a chance to review the Leef Bridge 3.0, another thing that you might need.

That is, if you have an Android smartphone or tablet. The Leef Bridge is a simple device with a USB 3.0 connector on one side and a microUSB 2.0 connector on the other. You can’t really tell this in the picture, but there is a button in the middle which allows you to slide either the microUSB or USB side for use.

With this device, you can transfer a file from the computer to Android device with simplicity. Yeah, you can plug in a USB to microUSB cable and do the same thing, but it would be easier to transfer one file from Android device to Android device with the Leef Bridge 3.0.

The Leef Bridge 3.0 is a flash drive that you can put files on from your computer, and then plug it directly into the Android device. My Galaxy S III recognized it easily on its File Manager program, and it was easy to view, copy, or paste files from one device to the other.

All in all, I will applaud this device for its simplicity and it is available exclusively at Radio Shack for $19.99 for the 16GB model, $34.99 for the 32GB model and $69.99 for the 64GB model.


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Posted by on January 29th, 2014 No Comments

HiddenRadio2 Bluetooth MultiSpeaker

eb03db1c5fed76e7d6653c133f571154_largeI suppose that today must be “crowdfunded Bluetooth speaker day”, because I just finished with CoverPlay Audio’s Mojo. Now, let’s talk about the HiddenRadio2 Bluetooth MultiSpeaker, another Kickstarter project with Bluetooth and speaker power.

This speaker, shaped like a half a pill, is made to reveal itself as a speaker with a touch of a button on top. All of the controls, including play, pause, volume up, volume down, skip forward, skip backward, fast forward, rewind, are there. By the way, you can answer a telephone call or activate Siri from there as well.

Yes, this is a speakerphone, and there are a lot of other features. For example, it has NFC, and it is capable for multi-speaker capability. In other words, you can put these speakers in two places for a seamless sound experience.

Like the Mojo thin speaker, it also has met its crowdfunding goals. In fact, it set a record for crowdfunded audio projects with $500K with two weeks left in their campaign. You might still be able to get it on its Kickstarter page.

Posted by on January 28th, 2014 No Comments