Lander’s Moab Case gives the iPhone protection from the cold

It’s been about two years since my last review of a Lander case, and I believe that they are owned by BGZ Brands, the same guys that do Bodyguardz. The Moab case from Lander came in Bodyguardz packaging, and this is a case that is designed to protect against the cold.

I had to admit, I have been using my phone in the cold and felt that touchscreen was like the bottom of an ice cube tray. I couldn’t help but wonder if this will hurt my phone in time. I honestly don’t know how cold it would have to be before it would not work, but I am assuming I would be dead by this time.

The Lander Moab (which is a very odd name for this product) is a case with a lanyard and it has some protection from what it calls the “crush zones”. The Moab case has a squishy feeling on both sides, and it also has an Illumifind, which is this reflective stitching that allows you the user to find the case and your phone in the dark.

So, here’s the deal, you can get it for the iPhone 6/6S/7/8 and the Plus sized models here, and I managed to get one for the iPhone X.

Bedol Squirt Water Clock

I’m not certain why I am reviewing the Bedol Squirt Water Clock, as I don’t think there even is a market for alarm clocks anymore. Seriously, doesn’t everyone just have an alarm on their smartphone?

Still, I like the idea of creating an alarm clock that doesn’t run on batteries or electricity. Using its technology, it can convert water into clean energy power. If you are worried about the inevitable running out of water and having to reset your time, there is a memory chip can remember the time so no resetting is required.

So, it is a terrific alarm clock, and it looks like a drip. Seriously, there really isn’t much I can say about it, and I actually believe that I have reviewed it before. If so, I can’t seem to find it, but I know something that I can say: the particular model that I was sent looks like a drip.

Actually, I just thought of something. If there is some kind of power outage, this could really help you.

Now, if you want the Bedol Squirt, you should be able to purchase it for about $26.00 on the Bedol site.

Snakebyte Key:Board Ultra Hands-on Review

Every once in a while, I receive something in the mail/UPS/FedEx/DHL that I didn’t expect, and so I feel a need to review it. This is what happened to me today with the Snakebyte Key:Board Ultra, and since this is a keyboard review, I feel compelled to type my review on it to get a better idea of what is going on.

First of all, I need to talk about its arrangement. I am not certain how well you can do this as a reader, but go in closer for a close-up. On the first glance, it looks like a QWERTY keyboard, but it is in fact a QWERTZ keyboard.

This is going to show my ignorance, but it would appear that the “Y” and “Z” keys have switched places. I’m going to assume that this is how it is supposed to be for certain languages, as I noticed that the instructions on the box are in English, French, and German. This would explain why some of the vowels on the right side have those two dots over them, and I am not certain what those are called. As I said before, I am ignorant, and I’m pretty certain that you can switch it. As it were, it defaults to the keys that I am used to hitting on a QWERTY, which means “Z” is “Y” and vice versa. It makes sense if you type with it.

I found that the Shift key on the left side was a little too small. Normally, it is two keys thick, but it is only one key, with mistakes ending up with the “\” symbol before a small letter.

This is a mechanical keyboard made for professional gamers, and I am assuming that it means you can use it for speed, because I feel a certain increase in the speed at which I am typing this out, minus on the aforementioned keyboard errors that I keep making. Still, the programmable macros ought to be able to help the PC gamers out there.

Also as a bonus are the 18 different types of lighting effects, which really make the keyboard stand out in the most effective way. Heck, it seems to fit in with the Christmas lights for the holiday season.

The construction is also this cool metal frame that even has a rubber coated hand rest. It really is quite something, and you can find out more information about it on the Snakebyte site. Now, here is where I normally put the price of what I am reviewing, but honestly, I just can’t seem to find it no matter how many Internet searches that I have done.

Our Review of the Jimu Robots BuilderBots Kit, plus a special book announcement!

By now, I have reviewed two Jimu Robot kits already, including the Tankbot and Buzzbot. For those who need a quick refresher, the Jimu Robot kits are these building kits similar to LEGO MINDSTORMS, and these creations can be programmed to do all kinds of things, with the controls being on the user’s smartphone or tablet.

The Jimu Robots Builderbots Kit

I recently got a chance to try out the Jimu Robots Builderbots kit. For reasons that I will get into later, I will explain why I didn’t review it earlier.

The Builderbots Kit has two basic robots that you can see on the box. The first is the Grabberbot with the big claw, and the other is the DigBot that looks like a small bulldozer. These came with special instructions that you can download off the Jimu Robots app, which tells you via 3D instructions how to build and program.

Of course, there is nothing new about that, as you can read in my other Jimu Robots reviews. The reason why it took so long for me to review this product is that the instructions took a while before they appeared on the Jimu Robots app, not to mention the product on the Jimu Robots site.

It took a while, but the review unit that I was sent months ago is ready to go, and I like it a lot. There are a lot of colored pieces that are great to work with, and I enjoy the Sensor (also in the Tankbot kit) as well as the LED light. The LED light is very great as it can shine with many colors, and even create these emoticons.

You should be able to purchase the Builderbots kit on the Jimu Robots website for about $99.99. That is quite a bargain for a construction kit like this, and for two reasons, I will recommend it.

The UBTECH Jimu Robots Builder’s Guide: How to Create and Make Them Come to Life

Yes, here is the second reason! It is time for me to announce my 8th published work! This is The UBTECH Jimu Robots Builder’s Guide: How to Create and Make Them Come to Life.

This has been quite a journey for this past year. I pitched this book last year after I reviewed the Buzzbot/Muttbot and Tankbot kits, and it fell through by Christmas. Then, sometime in January, it looked like it would happen again.

And so it did. I had a chance to try out just about every Jimu Robot kit available, and then I combined them all to write a book about them. The book goes into detail about each piece, and then how to get these pieces together to do all kinds of things. For example, I have a chapter on how to make a vehicle and make it drive, as well as one on how to make a walking vehicle. There is an entire section on coding, as well as other special projects.

Yes, I had a lot of fun writing it, and it took a lot of work. It is available on Amazon now, and of course I encourage you to check it out.

Vibes Audio Baserox Modular Phone Case with Vibrox Sound Engine Bluetooth Speaker and Voltrox Power Bank

Today is a good day for a great review, and these products from Vibes Audio are something really fantastic. It isn’t every day that I see products that are very useful, but this is up there with the Fingerpow Magnetic Charger.

Vibes Audio Baserox Modular Phone Case

I believe that this particular device is called the Baserox because it is the start of a base to build your foundation on. The Baserox Modular Phone case is made with a particular large hole in back, but this is for a specific purpose. This hole is made to fit the Vibrox Sound Engine Bluetooth Speaker as well as the Voltrox Power bank, but I will go into detail about later.

I am not certain what kind of materials that the Baserox is made of, but it is made for drop protection in a thin form factor. What I really want to talk about is the giant hole known as the StickMount Adapter.

That Adapter is made so you can put in the Vibes Audio Sound Engine for a Bluetooth Speaker or the Voltrox Power Bank battery. I believe that this system is set up so you can swap out one for the other. Not only that, you can remove your Vibes Audio Bluetooth Speaker or Mobile Battery so you can share it with a friend.

You should be able to purchase the Baserox for the iPhone 6/7/8 (also for the Plus models) and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 for a low price of $29.99 on the Vibes Audio site in black or white.

Vibes Audio Voltrox Power Bank

Okay, the Voltrox is a mobile battery, and by now you know the drill. You know, if your smartphone needs some juice, you just plug it into one of these. How many times have I reviewed one of these? Better yet, how many times have I mentioned that I have reviewed one of these?

The Voltrox Power Bank has the unique ability of clicking to the back of the Baserox. You can also just remove the battery to plug it into something else. The one I had was for a USB-C, but it is available for the Apple Lightning and USB Micro.

If this is something that you like, you can go to the Vibes Audio site and lay down about $49.99 for it, but you might not stop there.

Vibes Audio Vibrox Sound Engine

Again, this is a Bluetooth Speaker, and yes, I have reviewed these before too. Of course I am going to talk about how I have done this before, but how many Bluetooth speakers can fit snugly in back of the Baserox.

If you see the site, you can see the Vibrox has this unusual speaker that can make water ripple. I suppose that is to show off that the Vibrox is waterproof, and how its sound works. I found that after I had paired my phone with this speaker (who had a very seductive voice, if I might add), I was able to put this on the table and have an interesting amplification effect.

Not only can you attach this speaker to your smartphone with the Baserox, the Vibrox also comes with a detachable stand so you can really rock out. Oh, by the way, it has a built-in microphone, so you are capable for 2-way calling.

You can get the Vibrox on the Vibes Audio site for about $149.00 in black or white.

TomTom GO 52 Navigation Unit

I’m going to go back in time to about a decade ago. I rented a car for CES 2008, and for some extra money, I could get a GPS unit. This was back in the days before everyone had a smartphone, and the unit that I was using was quite huge, too big for the glovebox. This was the days when companies like Garmin and TomTom were making a killing, and I thought that had ended when Google put their Maps up for free. Clearly, this is not the case as I have recently reviewed TomTom’s GO 52.

Just opening the packaging really took me back, even though the GO 52 looked like your average smartphone. Granted, it was one with an easily reversible mount, but you can see in the image what I am talking about.

The GO 52 is set up for Wi-Fi, but if you don’t have one of those cars that is also a Wi-Fi hotspot, don’t worry. You can link your smartphone to the GO 52 thanks to the MyDrive app.

Not only will you get all the functionality of a GPS device, but this device will allow you to hear your text messages from your smartphone. This way, you can keep your eyes on the road and not on your device.

Oh, and if you want to access Siri or Google Now, you can do that. As it so happens, the TomTom GO 52 has a built-in microphone.

Now, just to let you know, this device only has one hour of battery life. I guess some cuts had to be made somewhere, but there is a charging cord and charger with your purchase.

You can purchase the GO 52 on the TomTom site for a price of $179.99.

The iRig Mic HD 2 High Digital Microphone from IK Multimedia

I have reviewed a lot of IK Multimedia products in the past before, and for some reason, I remember them for their microphones, particularly the iRig. In the past, I have reviewed the iRig Mic Sutdio, the iRig Mic Field, and the iRig Acoustic. But enough cross-references, let’s talk about the latest is iRig Mic HD 2.

Yes, apparently the iRig is an important brand from IK Multimedia, and they have created a great tool for audio content creation in the form of a mic. It is for the iPhone, iPad, Mc, and PC, and it has high definition audio quality up to 24-bit/96 kHz and a low noise preamp.

As you can see, the iRig Mic HD 2 has the handheld form factor of a microphone, and it has all the cables and accessories, even the tripod seen here. I am told that it is “iPhone ready”, which is made Apple certified MFi hardware for iDevices, plugging right into the Lightning port.

By the way, the iRig Mic HD 2 comes with over $170 of software and apps, and that includes Ableton Live Lite, a Digital Audio Workstation app, T-RackS Classic collection of audio processing plug-ins, as well as Mic Room, virtual models of the most desirable microphones of all time.

You can find out more about the iRig Mic HD 2 on the IK Multimedia site, and it costs about $129.99. Get it now for the holiday season, and I hope to review another IK Multimedia product here soon.

J5Create Part 3: JUA 365 USB 3.0 to Dual HDMI Multi-Monitor Adapter, JCA 379 USB Type-C HDMI and USB 3.0 with Power Delivery, and JUC 100 Wormhole Switch

It’s time once again to re-visit one of my newest favorite companies with J5Create, as they make some high-quality and useful computer accessories.

JUA 365 USB 3.0 to Dual HDMI Multi-Monitor Adapter

I would say that the JUA 365 has a function that you can easily see from its image, and I would be right. All you need to do is plug in the Dual HDMI monitor into a USB 3.0 port, and you have two HDMI ports ready for two monitors.

In fact, it feels similar because we recently reviewed a product similar to it with the JUD 380 USB 3.0 Mini Dock. This is because the JUA 365 comes with three viewing modes like: 1) Primary, with individual applications open on each monitor 2) Extended mode, to allow you to extend your desktop across multiple displays, and 3) Mirror mode, for cloning one screen to another.

In today’s world, where it seems every household and business computer needs more than one monitor, the JUA 365 is welcome. By the way, this is good for 4K UHD playback up to 3840 x 2160. It can be purchased on the J5Create site for $79.99.

JCA 379 USB Type-C HDMI and USB 3.0 with Power Delivery

Here’s an interesting device with the JCA 379. This particular device is made for the USB-C port.

Go ahead and plug this in to the MacBook, Chromebook, or other USB-C compatible device. Then you will need to plug the JCA 379 into the wall, and you have two ports. One of them is for the HDMI and the other is for the USB.

Not only does this device provide power delivery as well as extra connectivity with 5 Gbps transfer speed, but it can also support 4K HDMI. In short, it is a very excellent device, and it can be purchased on the J5Create site for $49.99.

JUC 100 Wormhole Switch for Windows and Android

This last device from J5Create is the JUC 100 Wormhole Switch. That sounds like something from science fiction, but it is quite something.

It feels like something that I have reviewed before, but that would be the JUC 400, as far as I can tell. The JUC 100 is made to plug into a USB port, and you can plug the other end into something else. It is compatible from Windows to iPad, Windows to Android, or just plain Windows to Windows.

The JUC 400 is what you need to transfer files for copy and paste procedures. Yes, it is very good at what it does, and it is available from the J5Create site for $24.99.