Archive for January, 2017

Our Review of the Autonomous A.I. ErgoChair

ErgochairI realize that normally when I review a product from the same company, I have this thing about spacing out the reviews or at least calling it “Part 1” and “Part 2” and so forth. Today, I just said “the heck with it” and here’s a review of another great Autonomous AI product that I had a chance to try out with the ErgoChair.

As you might have guessed, the ErgoChair makes an excellent companion for the SmartDesk 2, only it can’t stand you up. While I am talking about the SmartDesk 2, I will say that it took me hours to assemble that desk, but I was able to assemble the ErgoChair in less that time. I would like to say “in minutes”, but it took less than an hour, I’m sure.

The moment that I sat down on the ErgoChair after it was assembled, I was instantly comforted. It is a chair that I would feel great taking a nap in, and feel that I could do a lot of work with. Seriously, I said “oh yeah”, and I really like the mesh stuff the seat is made of.

The ErgoChair has so many points of adjustment. The armrests alone can go up, down, left, right, front, and back. There is this one lever in back that locks it in place, or allows the user to lean back pretty far. The headrest can lean back as well as extend upwards as well.

The main website says that “customizable tilt tension to perfectly balance your weight, seat position can be locked or unlocked for flexibility or maximum support”, and it looks like there is some technology in place that makes the comfort possible.

Therefore, I’m going to recommend the ErgoChair for anyone in office. That is, for those that work an office and want something with a swivel and wheels, not those that are in political office. You should be able to purchase the ErgoChair on the Autonomous AI website for a price range of about $249-$299.

Posted by on January 31st, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the SmartDesk 2 from Autonomous AI

Smartdesk 1I’m very pleased that I had a chance to try out the SmartDesk 2 from Autonomous AI, and this is going to be one of those reviews where I am going to talk about the delivery, assembly, and usage.

I’ll start by just saying what it does: the SmartDesk 2 is one of those desks that is a standing desk and a sitting desk. At the touch of a button, the user can have a standing experience or sitting experience, and should probably be the new standard of desks.

I was pleased that it was sent to me, and it came in two forms on two separate days. The first was the big flat top of it, and the other part contained the legs and the motor that could raise or lower that top.

Smartdesk 2I will have to say that assembly was pretty simple, even though it took about two-and-a-half hours. I had no problem assembling the legs as it was simple inserting thick bolts with the included square bolt alum wrench.

The biggest issue is when you have to insert the legs into the top section. Now, there are holes marked where you can insert the legs and screw them into the wood, but the issue is that assembly allows to adjust the width of the legs.

I am not certain why in the world these legs need to be adjustable at the width for construction. In the end, I just chose a width that lined up with the holes. The issue is that adjusting the width of the legs was step 2, but that didn’t really come into play until step 12, where I had to adjust the width of the legs again to make it fit.

The same applied to the driveshaft. This particular part joined the motor on one leg with another mechanism on the other leg so the desk can be raised or lowered. Honestly, the driveshaft should probably be put on last, because I had to take it out in order to screw on the top in the center of it.

Smartdesk 3Yes, I realize that this is rather difficult to follow, but trust me, I would actually recommend following some of the steps out of order to assemble this desk in the most simple manner as possible. However, if you are not technically capable, like me, I was able to get it working as soon as I plugged it in.

The controls of the desk screw on in the front, and I was able to raise it up to carry a lot of weight on the top. It can hold 220 lbs for the Home Edition and up to 300 for the Business Edition.

So the real question is whether or not you want a standing desk. There was a recent Family Guy sketch that I felt addressed the issue of how standing desk people relate to “chair-people”. I put it here so you can read it for yourself after the jump.


Posted by on January 30th, 2017 No Comments

myCharge Part 3: RazorUltra

MyCharge RazorUltra 1Okay, it is time to conclude this myCharge trilogy with the RazorUltra. I don’t know if it is related to the Razor Platinum, but it has “Razor” in the title, so…maybe?

It doesn’t look like the RazorUltra is made for charging a laptop, but it is cable of charging two tablets at the same time, because it has two USB ports. It has about 12000 mAh worth of power, with 3.4A output, and it is rechargeable via included micro-USB cable that can plug into the wall.

So, it is good for 90 hours worth of power, and it has the myCharge ultra-fast charging up to 65 percent fast of its competitors. It can also recharge up to 50 percent faster than its competitors. Oh, it can hold power for up to one year.

All that, and it is made of anodized aluminum. It is available on the myCharge site for $59.99.

Posted by on January 28th, 2017 No Comments

Leviton Part 3: Decora Digital

Leviton 3I suppose that this is a good time to end our discussion of the Leviton Decora Digital. I have to admit that this illustration looks like the product I reviewed last time.

The Decora Digital Controls has Bluetooth technology so you can use your Decora Digital Timer app to control, adjust, as well as time lighting for daily activities. Yeah, this does sound like the product that I reviewed.

So, the Decora Digital Dimmer and 24 hour timer with Bluetooth Technology, and it has Universal 450W 120VAC Dimmable LED and CFL, 1000W-120VAC Incandescent, and 1000 VA mark 10, along with 60 Hz Single Pole and 3-Way/Multi-location control.

Other features include an LED locator light which can be turned off via app, an automatic daylight saving time adjustment, as well as an astronomical clock that can automatically adjust to local sunrise/sunset times.

Anyway, you should be able to purchase this on the Leviton site for about $58.00.

Posted by on January 28th, 2017 No Comments

myCharge Part 2: HubMax

MyCharge Hub Max 1So, now we that we are in the process of reviewing a whole bunch of myCharge products, I’m going to review the HubMax.

I don’t know if the HubMax is a sequel to the HubPlus, but that was a mobile battery that I took to CES and really was able to make full use of it. The HubMax is almost double the power at 10500 mAh (that’s up to 6x extra battery), and it has both the micro-USB and Lightning cables so you can charge two devices at once.

This way, you don’t have to carry your charging cables around with you when you go places with both your iPhone and your Samsung…okay, maybe you have some other kind of micro-USB device that you need to charge. Oh, there is also an extra USB port, so I suppose that you could charge 3 devices at once. By the way, it recharges up to 50 percent faster than competitors.

This is one of those great mobile batteries that plugs into the wall to charge, with a 3.4 A output. If you want to check this out for yourself, it can be purchased on the myCharge site for $99.99.

Posted by on January 28th, 2017 No Comments

Leviton Part 2: Decora Smart Dimmer with Z-Wave Technology (and Bluetooth)

Leviton 2Well, this is another Leviton product today, and it is similar to the one that we reviewed the other one that we reviewed. It is the Decora Smart Dimmer with Z-Wave Technology.

The new Decora Digital Controls with Bluetooth technology allows for smartphone or tablet control with the Decora Digital Dimmer and Timer app. The app is easy to use, and helps to really set the mood in a room. It is what you need to adjust for timed lighting as well as daily activities for a “lived-in” look while you are away.

Since this is Bluetooth, that means that it has the usual range of 30 feet, and you don’t need any hub, gateway, or even an internet connection. Installation requires a neutral connection, but the dimmer switch allows for setting the brightness level. By the way, it supports Z-Wave Plus capabilities, and I still don’t know what Z-Wave is. It also has a built-in radio/TV interference filter.

If you would like to get with this, the Decora Digital Dimmer and Timer can be purchased on the Leviton site for about $58.00.

Posted by on January 28th, 2017 No Comments

myCharge Part 1: AmpProng+

MyCharge Amp Prong 1Yes, it is time to do another review of three products in a row, and this time it is from myCharge, a product that I have reviewed in the past. I’m going to start with the with the AmpProng+.

The AmpProng+ is one of those mobile batteries, and I have reviewed so many of these that I am not even going describe what they do. However, I’ll go ahead and describe what special features this has.

AmpProng+ is a 6700 mAh portable charger, which means it is good for up to a 4X charge on a typical smartphone. You can charge it by plugging it into the wall, and then you have two 2.4A output on double USB ports.

Yes, you can charge two devices with this thing if you like, and why shouldn’t you? You probably have at least two mobile devices that could use a little juice as you are on the road. It can power tablets and smartphones up to 65 percent faster, which is very, very nice.

I will have to say that the AmpProng+ is very light, and it is good for holding power for about a year. It is recommended, and you can get it on the myCharge site for about $49.99.

Posted by on January 28th, 2017 No Comments

Leviton Part 1: Decora Smart Plug-In Dimmer with Z-Wave Technology

Leviton 1It has been a while since I have done trilogies of product reviews, but I have received some products post-CES 2017, and I need to review them accordingly. I’ll go ahead and start with the Decora Smart Plug-In Dimmer with Z-Wave Technology.

In case you don’t realize it, this is a universal lamp module. What you do is plug it into your wall and plug your hopefully two-prong lamp into it. From there, you have some dimming control for plug-in lamps. Because you never know when you want to have some dimming control, and it is good for 100 W dimmable LED/CFL, and 300W Incandescent, Halogen.

If you have the Wink Hub, Samsung SmartThings, and other Z-Wave controllers. If you aren’t familiar with Z-Wave technology, then this is the time where I am supposed to explain it. Yeah, I’m not certain what it is either. The good thing is that it supports Amazon Echo, Fire TV, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap for even greater control, like vocal control.

So if this is something that you want, the Leviton Z-Wave can be purchased on the Leviton site for about $44.99.

Posted by on January 28th, 2017 No Comments

The Airbar Gives a PC/MacBook touchscreen functionality

Airbar PicI am still terribly upset about missing CES this year, and one of the receivers of the Innovation awards was the AirBar. The AirBar is a product that can turn an ordinary screen into a touchscreen.

I know what you’re saying: aren’t all screens touchscreens? Yeah, you would think that, or at least I would. I mean, I just started a job where we have these somewhat old looking mobile devices, and they have touchscreens.

Anyway, with the Airbar, you do all the gestures that you can do on a touchscreen. You know, like the pinch, swipe, zoom, and scrolling. What is interesting is how you can do things that you normally can’t on a touchscreen smartphone or tablet. For example, if you have gloves on, you can totally use it. Also, if you have a brush or stylus, it works!

What is great is how easily that it installs, at least for the MacBook 15.6 inch version. Seriously, the Airbar sesnor just kind of plugs in there.

You should be able to purchase the AirBar on the main website for $69.

Posted by on January 26th, 2017 No Comments

Bezalel Latitude, Futura X, and Futura X Stand

Bezalel 1Okay, today, I’m going to talk about three products from Bezalel. I thought that name sounded familiar, and it is apparently from the Bible. Bezalel was the chief artisan of the Tabernacle, and now the company designs some great accessories.

I’ll start with the Latitude, which is apparently the first universal wireless charging case for the iPhone. That is quite a big boast, and honestly, it would be really just great if the iPhone has this ability.

If you are not familiar with wireless charging, it is a cool way to just put your mobile device down on a platform and let it charge. Some devices have this ability already, but some need a case to get it working. The Latitude is a case for the iPhone 6, and yes, it is coming soon for the iPhone 7.

The Latitude is designed to fit in the iPhone, and then the connector slides into place. It is quite a great case, and even more practical. It can be purchased on the Bezalel site for about $49.90 in black or white.

Bezalel 2Since I have talked a lot about wireless charging, I should probably talk now about the Futura X. This is the pad that you can put down, and it has a Qi compatible receiver. Qi is that wireless charging standard that allows for just slapping your mobile down and getting juice.

There is some magnetic alignment happening there, which is just what you need to keep your device engaged for power. it is always good to have one of these around, because they are just plain handy.

Anyway, you can purchase the Futura X on the Bezalel site for about $49.99, also available in white or black.

Bezalel 3Now it is time to end with Futura X Stand. This is a stand that is made for the Futura X charging pad so you can use the smartphone while it is charging.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch your phone’s video content while it is charging. Like the wireless charger, it is also very handy. Heck, you can use it without the wireless charger, and it would still be useful.

In fact, as a stand, it would be worth the price. It costs $20.00 on the Bezalel site, but it isn’t available for black and white. It does seem to be available in black and white.

Posted by on January 24th, 2017 No Comments