1 Voice Sleep Headphones/Eye Mask Review

Some of us like to listen to music as we fall asleep. The product that I’m about to review might be something you would appreciate if you are in this company. The Sleep Headphones/Eye Mask by 1 Voice could help you get a good night’s sleep.

We’ve reviewed a similar product to this called SleepPhones by AcousticSheep. The main difference between the products is that the SleepPhones wear around your head like a headband. The Sleep Headphones/Eye Mask is actually an eye mask that will cover your eyes as you sleep.

This eye mask is made with memory foam which makes it very comfortable on your face. It’s also covered with a satiny material to add to the luxuriousness. The speakers are covered by the memory foam as well, so there is no uncomfortable position. There is a stretchy jersey-type material that helps block out light across the bridge of your nose. The adjustable velcro strap will help hold it on your head. The satin cover is also machine washable.

I think there could be a problem if your ears were set further back on your head than average. One size does not fit all with this eye mask. Also, my kids could hear my music when it was louder. There is an adjustable volume knob on the wire of the sleep headphones. When I turned my music down a bit, they couldn’t hear it. I think it’s similar with the SleepPhones we reviewed. Maybe if the person you are sleeping next to is bothered by the noises coming out of your sleep mask, you could get them a pair as well.

Overall, I think this is a great product if you need to block out the world and fall asleep listening to music or white noise. You can purchase a pair for $49.00 on their website. They come in grey, pink, blue or black. If you want to avoid the cord altogether, there is a bluetooth option in blue and black for ten dollars more.

Disclaimer- 1 Voice NYC sent us these products to review for free in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation was provided.

 

Human Fall Flat Game Review

The first thing that I am going to say about Human Fall Flat is it is a puzzle game. Puzzle games are always great because you use your mind, you solve something, but then the process repeats (both a blessing and a curse). The last two games that I reviewed, The Spectrum Retreat and The Path of Motus have had their series of puzzles, but they had a huge framing device of story.

Human Fall Flat is one of those games that is essentially one puzzle after another, and I’m not certain if there is some bigger story here (granted I am only at Level 5). The website describes it as “an open-ended physics based puzzle game in which you take control of builder Bob helping him resolve the mysteries behind his recurring dreams of falling”. Okay, so I can quote a website, but what is the game actually about?

Well, the game starts out with the main character Bob, who looks to be a white lump of clay in the shape of a person. Now, you can customize how you want Bob to look, but he is very blank and expressionless, even with clothes. Bob is falling at the beginning, and he lands without getting injured, because he is essentially Mr. Bill without the “Oh No”.

At the beginning, there is some narration that, as far as I know, is never heard of again. He comments about the nature of humans, as the how they just have to open doors and attempt to move on. This is definitely what you are doing in the game, and the way you do it is very unique.

Bob shows up in this world that is minimalist and yet has some kind of detail (powered by Unity). The player controls Bob, and Bob is capable of moving and jumping. Nothing new here, but what makes it interesting is how the player can interact with objects. Essentially, the end of your arm sticks to objects, and you can push and pull them.

From here, Bob goes from world to world, and he uses his limited abilities to advance past the walls of whatever level he is in. Trust me, that makes sense when you play it, but I have to admit that it is difficult to get used to his sticky fingers. For example, there are times in which you need to jump and grab onto a ledge, then pull yourself up. In most games, this is done automatically with a jump button and upward motion of the controller, but when I played Human Fall Flat on the PS4, it involved the bumper buttons and shifting the camera view.

This unique type of controls made for some interesting puzzles as you stick to things, and there are even sections where you are swinging from ropes and things. What is great is how the game doesn’t seem to have one way of solving worlds. Like Breath of the Wild, there are more than one way of beating a level, and there were times when I was wondering if the game ever intended me to do certain things. An example would be a puzzle where it is possible to use a catapult to destroy a wall or perhaps launch yourself with the catapult.

My only complaint is that I am not certain why the game is called Human Fall Flat. On my controls, I was able to make Bob fall flat, but I didn’t really find this helpful. All in all, I would say that Human Fall Flat is a very engaging game and will be loved who love puzzle gaming. Check out the info here if you are interested.

Under Armor Gear Review: PLYO and Monarch Series for the Galaxy Note 9

All right, it’s a great time to be reviewing Under Armor Gear (UAG) products again, and I am pleased to finally get my hands on two products for the new Galaxy Note 9 with the PYLO and the Monarch Series.

UAG PYLO for the Galaxy Note 9

So, when it comes to the PYLO, it is one of those really stiff and clear cases. When it comes to the corners, they are soft, clearly made for some serious corner impacts. Somehow, this case is pretty light and has some over-sized tactile buttons.

What I like about the PYLO is how it doesn’t have that kind of “buckle” look that is common for most UAG cases (I’ll get to that when I talk about the Monarch). The PYLO has at best a rainbow clear look, which means it is minimalist on the back, but very “busy” on the sides (again, something I will get to with the Monarch).

You should be able to purchase the PYLO for the Galaxy Note 9 for about $39.95 on the UAG site.

UAG Monarch for the Galaxy Note 9

Now, here’s a review of the Monarch case, and, as you can see, it has a distinct look that I have seen on UAG products before. That is the “buckle” look that I don’t know how to describe any other way. I mean, look at the pattern on it, it looks like a buckle, right?

Apparently, the design is all engineered that way. It meets a military standard for drop and shock protection, and it has 5 layers of protection with leather and alloy. It also has a honeycomb traction grip, as well as those places for screws. Like the PYLO, it is hard to believe that it is as light as it is.

If you would like to purchase the Monarch for the Galaxy Note 9, it is available on the UAG site for $59.95 in black or crimson.

Review of Cherry’s MW 4500 Wireless Ergonomic Mouse

If you are like me, you spend a good portion of your day in front of a computer. The product I’m about to review could save you from hand cramps and carpal tunnel. The German-based company, Cherry, has sent us their newest wireless, ergonomic mouse to review. We’ll tell you a little about the MW 4500 mouse.

 

Photo Credit- Cherry

This special ergonomic mouse is a great one to use, as it holds your hand at a 45-degree angle. This position will prevent fatigue and cramping. Maneuvering a mouse sideways takes a little practice, but it’s lovely after a while. Of course, this mouse is only good for right-handed people. Sorry, lefties.

MW 4500 Box Contents

  • The wireless mouse
  • instruction manual(in several languages-English not first)
  • Nano USB receiver(found in battery compartment)
  • 2 AAA batteries

How to use the MW 4500

The mouse is very simple to use. Put the included AAA batteries in. Plug the nano USB dongle into your laptop/computer. Make sure the switch on the mouse is in the “on” position. Wait for your computer to recognize the device, and then get scrolling and clicking. The left and right- click buttons on the left side of the mouse work just like any other mouse- just in a different angle. There’s also a scroll button, and a button that will change the dpi- 600/900/1200. This does mean the mouse isn’t really made for gaming, though. There are other ergonomic mice for the serious gamer.

Purchasing the MW 4500 Mouse

Usually, the products we review have a place on the company’s website to purchase the items, but I didn’t see any on Cherry’s site. The price for this mouse on other sites like OfficeSupply and PCNation seems to run around $25 USD. I think that’s a great price for a mouse like this.

Disclaimer- Cherry sent us this product to review for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased analysis. No other compensation was given to influence our review.

Our Review of Optoma Nuforce BE2 Wireless Earphones

We have another wireless earphone review to do today. These earphones are the Optoma Nuforce BE2- the least expensive ones on the line of NuForce earbuds. Still, these are good quality for the price. We have reviewed several similar earphones in the past. The last pair reviewed were the Outlier Sports earphones, which are comparable.

What’s in the Optoma Nuforce BE2 box?

When you open the box, you’ll find

  • BE2 earphones
  • 1 pair of medium SpinFit TwinBlade tips (pre-installed)
  • 3 pairs of single flange silicone tips
  • microUSB cable

 

Optoma Nuforce BE2 Battery

The battery for these earphones take just two hours to charge. One charge will last up to 10 hours. That, of course, is depending on your usage. Like any other device, the higher the output level, the quicker the drain on the battery. The battery on the Outlier Sports boasts an 11 hour charge, which is only slightly more, but 10 hours is a good amount of time.

Optoma Nuforce BE2 Comfort and Build

The BE2 earphones have a thin-flat line, which holds the wireless mic similar to the Outlier Sports. They lay nicely around the neck and have a little cinch thing-a-majig in the back to pick up slack. The buds are magnetic for security around the neck when not in your ears.

photo credit: Optoma

In your ears, the SpinFit TwinBlade® ear tips are made to fit snugly in your ear and give noise isolation. They are without the little hooks that other earphones come with to hold them tight in the ears, but these ear tips seem to hold pretty well. Other sizes of silicone tips can help those with different ear sizes- also serving to allow some noise in.

These are also built with a rating of IPX5. You can not fret if you are wearing them during a workout. They are resistant to water, sweat and dust. Still probably don’t want to take them for a swim, but good value for what they are.

Other features of Optoma Nuforce BE2

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Sensitivity: 100±3DB AT 1K HZ
Power supply: Lithium-ion battery
Connector type: Bluetooth Wireless
Cable length: 580 mm
Driver unit: 6 mm dynamic
Impedance: 16 OHM
Connections input: Bluetooth V4.1
Supported codecs: HSP 1.2, HFP 1.6, A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.4, AAC, SBC
Wireless frequency: 20HZ-20KHZ
Operating range: 33 FEET
Compatibility: AAC
Weight: 0.5 ounces

Final thoughts on the Optoma Nuforce BE2

These earphones are great for those in need of an inexpensive pair of wireless earphones. For $50 USD, the value is something we could recommend. You can buy a pair for yourself in either the black or white color through online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, WalMart, and others.

Thanks to Optoma for sending us these to review free of charge. Our usual disclaimer- no compensation was given for our fair and unbiased analysis of this product.

Back to School with Rocketbook Everlast

School is starting up again, which makes it the perfect time to review this product from Rocketbook. This company is known for its eco-friendly digital notebooks. We are reviewing the Everlast notebook today. If you are a technological-minded student, or know one, this would be perfect to buy.

photo credit:Rocketbook

The pages of this notebook are made of a polyester composite instead of normal paper made of wood. Writing on this specialized paper enables you to re-use the pages. This is made possible by wiping them with a moistened cloth.

What you get with the Everlast

The package includes:

    • FriXion pen- this contains the ink specifically needed to write on the notebook
    • Microfiber cloth- when used with water, will clean the pages perfectly
    • The Everlast notebook- available in black,red, blue or teal                 Executive size 6′ x 8.8′(36 pages)  or Letter size 8.5′ x 11′(32 pages)

This pen is included with the notebook

How to use the Everlast

Downloading the Rocketbook app will give you an easy way to upload your notes or drawings to your choice of cloud services like Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, iCloud, and more. After using a FriXion pen (which can be purchased in all shapes and colors) on the pages, scanning your work and marking the icon you have assigned to a destination, you’ll get it filed wherever you desire. Dampen the cloth when you’re done with the page, and easily wipe it all away.

Purchasing the Everlast

This notebook can be purchased on the Rocketbook site for $34.00. Other varieties can be purchased as well. The Wave notebook is similar, but to clear the pages, you microwave it! Don’t attempt to microwave the Everlast, though. If you want more colors of the FriXion, they are available at stores like Target and WalMart. These stores also carry the Everlast notebook. Amazon.com has them for purchase as well.

Thanks to Rocketbook for sending us this free product to test in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation was given.

 

10 Reasons that I am Disenchanted by Matt Groening’s Disenchantment

I feel bad criticizing Matt Groening’s work, the man who gave us such wonderful shows like The Simpsons and Futurama really made the last two decades. I have a theory that eventually artists lose their creative streak, or at least go into some kind of downward slide. I mean, just compare Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark with Ready Player One. The former is a game-changing action film that has withstood the test of time (for the most part), but the other is just kind of a movie with a lot of special effects.

Perhaps the way to combat this downward slope of creativity is to constantly evolve. After all, most people in the eighties knew Clint Eastwood as a successful actor, but in his twilight years, he has become quite the director. If one looks at Seth MacFarlene, you can see that Family Guy has declined in quality, but The Orville brought back the Star Trek fun to TV again (mostly by imitating).

So it is interesting to see Groening, with The Simpsons also in constant quality decline, attempt something new with Disenchantment. This Netflix show promised Groening’s subversive humor, but in an epic fantasy setting. Before I get into the show, I will say that The Simpsons already did a high fantasy episode on their Season 29 pilot called “The Serfsons”. Generally, The Simpsons has one good gem every season, but even the giant medieval look did not make this particular episode stand out. Any show that is near its 3rd decade will probably not produce something decent, even by accident. I get the feeling that “The Serfsons” was some sort of test by the animation department to get the visuals right on Disenchantment. By the way, the visuals of this show look fantastic.

Unfortunately, Disenchantment is not good with its story and characters, and this is 10 reasons why Disenchantment fails to enchant. There are spoilers ahead.

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National Parks Free Access Pass for People With Disabilities

Sometimes having a disability can cost lots of money. Therapies and doctors costs, adaptive equipment costs, and not working so you can take care of your loved one- well, it can be quite costly. So here’s some good news for a way to save money while seeing the beauty in our national parks if you or a loved one has a lifelong disability. We’ll be talking about the free National Parks Access Pass.

 I think we’ve mentioned a few times here that our son, Jayden, has Autism. Although he’s not as severely affected as others, he has some limitations that impedes with his ability to do certain activities. I’m glad that he can have this opportunity to enjoy any national park for free now. It will open up more opportunities for us as a family, as well.

 

 

 

 

Who qualifies for a National Parks Access Pass?

Anyone who is a US citizen or permanent resident who has a lifelong, permanent disability. In order to get this pass, you need to prove citizenship/residency. You’ll also need to have a way to confirm the disability.

What documentation is needed to obtain a pass?

You will need documents proving citizenship or residency. This can be a US State or Territory issued Drivers License, ID, birth certificate, U.S. passport, or a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). Also needed is proof of disability. For this, you can use a note from a licensed physician. A document issued by a Federal Agency would also work- for example, the Veteran’s Administration, SSDI (Social Security Disability Income), or SSI (Supplemental Security Income).

How do you obtain the pass?

I was unsure of what to expect when we arrived at Yellowstone National Park a few weeks ago. When I asked how to get the pass on their Facebook page, they simply said to bring the documents needed to any entrance of the park. We got to the park early because I was anxious about getting a campsite without having a reservation. I tried to hand my documents for Jayden to the lady at the gate, but she told us to go to any visitor center, and they would issue the pass card. When I did get to the visitor center at Mammoth Hot Springs, they issued the card quickly and easily. This is all done for free.

If you don’t want to show up to a National Park and wonder if they have a pass available, as some do not, you can order one using this application. This does require a $10 processing fee.

Other bonuses of the Access Pass

Not only will Jayden (and his carload) be able to get into national parks for free for the rest of his life, other amenities are provided at a discount. Camping in the park, for example is discounted. We camped at Mammoth campground, which normally runs at $20 per night. For us, it was only $10. Get your pass before you get to your campsite, though. We did not pick up the pass before heading to our campsite. Since we didn’t have a reserved site, and it was first come/first served, I wanted to make sure we had a site. Unfortunately, there was no reimbursement of our fees. At least we got our 2nd night discounted.

This National Parks Access Pass is going to be a great benefit to those who have a lifelong disability. A beautiful creation available for access to many who qualify. Maybe someday state parks will follow in the footsteps. If you have any questions that I haven’t touched on here, let me know in the comments. Stay tuned for more articles on our trip to Yellowstone.

DriveHD Dash Camera Dual View System from Cobra Review

I think it is going to be very clear that all cars will be complete with a camera as a standard feature. It just makes a lot of sense if you think about it, because why wouldn’t you take advantage of this technology? For those that don’t have the camera now, you might be interested in the DriveHD Dash Camera with Dual View System from Cobra.

Yes, this is dual views, as there is one camera for the front (1080p) and one for the rear (720p). Both of these are on a loop for recording continuously, and there is a G-Sensor for detecting impacts and there is even a parking mode for recording when motion is detected.

Speaking of detection, this product has lane departure and forward collision warnings to let the driver know if you are drifting out of your lane and even if there is an object coming.

So is it easy to install? Well, there is an adhesive windshield mount and the front camera goes, and the back one can mount as easily. It includes a 16 GB SD made for the footage, and the product comes with some video editing software as well. It might not be Movavi, but hey.

If you want to purchase the DriveHD (Dash 2216D), you can purchase from the Cobra website for about $209.95.

Our Review of the UnbelievaBrella from ShedRain

I review a lot of great products here, but this would be the very first time that I have reviewed an umbrella. I’m guessing that umbrella technology hasn’t changed much in the past…however long umbrellas have been around. This UnbelievaBrella is a step in the right direction.

You can see in the image how this umbrella looks like it has been blown away by the wind. I’ve had some umbrellas turn inside-out before, but the UnbelievaBrella opens in reverse on purpose. So what sort of purpose could a reverse-opening umbrella serve?

Well, the website says that the water will stay away from you by funneling into the umbrella when it is closed. It does create a very beautiful blooming effect when you open it.

Too bad it doesn’t have that push the button and it opens feature. It has that button that you have to push to keep it open, and sometimes, it takes a moment before it catches. That’s so far is the only drawback, and I haven’t the chance to try it in the rain.

In addition to its unique opening feature, it also has a handle that is not a U-shape, but a C-shape. In case you are wondering it has this for a reason, and that is because it allows for hands-free usability. Basically, you need to put your hand in the C shape and let the umbrella pole rest on your shoulder. Heck, that is a feature to sell the UnbelievaBrella, and it is available on the ShedRain site for $20.00 in many different colors.