Like most of you out there, I don’t jump out of bed in the morning saying to myself “YES! I’m going to go and do a grueling workout RIGHT NOW!!” I need music to motivate me. So do swimmers. The Gadgeteer has reported on various waterproof music gadgets in the past like the FINIS swiMP3v2 and the FINIS swiMP3.1G waterproof MP3 players. The FINIS Neptune is an updated version of those devices and appears to have made a few improvements on them. The Neptune is made up of three pieces (instead of two) all of which attach to your goggles: two speakers that rest against your cheek bones and the player that rests against that back of your head. The player has an OLED screen from which you can view and scroll through your the audio files and it supports the most popular file formats like AAC, MP3, and WMA. There is also a greater amount of storage space (4GB) for your music, audio books and podcasts. The Neptune, like the swiMP3 models, is waterproof up to three meters, works using Bone Conduction audio which transmits sound waves through your cheek bones directly to your inner ear, and you still upload and charge your unit via a USB cable. The FINIS Neptune sells on Amazon for $107.53. Okay folks, no more excuses! Let your music motivate you and encourage you to work out longer, harder and faster!
I know that this is a series about each of the Gadgeteer members’ desks and what things we use to do our work, but since I have just started as a Gadgeteer, I will also show you where I do my homeschool teaching. To begin with, science and technology are in my blood, but so is frugality. I’m at constant war with myself because there are many gadgets I would love to buy, but it has to be within our budget. As it is, here is our very basic office. My husband and I share this desk which is made of solid natural cherry and was our biggest office expense, but I love it! We have just upgraded our computer to an Dell Inspiron 3847 PC where I will most likely do all of my Gadgeteer work. We will also be transitioning to a wireless mouse and keyboard (wires drive me crazy!!), but for now my USB Dell mouse and keyboard do the job. I haven’t yet established just where my photo studio will be or what tools I will use to do my photography work for the Gadgeteer, so there is nothing to show you on that front. Right now, I am using a Canon point and shoot but will be upgrading to a mirrorless digital camera soon. Read More →
The PowerAll is a handy 12,000 mAh portable lithium ion battery charger used to charge your portable devices AND jump start your car. It has two 5V / 2.1A USB ports and is capable of charging two devices at the same time, after which it will go into sleep mode to preserve power. In addition, it will jump start your car up to 20 times on one full charge of the unit. It also has an added flashlight which features continuous illumination, strobe, and SOS mode. Measuring 6.5”x2.9”x1.2”, it is small enough to store in your glove compartment when you go on a camping trip or just to have around for an emergency. Safety features include over-voltage, over-current, short circuit, overload, and over-charge protection. The PowerAll is charged using a 100-240V AC adapter or DC adapter (cigarette lighter charger); the chargers and the jumper cables are included with the device when purchased. Also Included is a USB adapter cable with eight connector tips for Apple (30-pin), Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, PSP, LG, micro-USB, and mini-USB devices.
- Battery Type: Lithium-Ion
- Battery Capacity: 12,000 mAh
- Battery Life Cycles: >500
- Outputs: 2 x 5V / 2.1A, 1 x 12V / 10A
- Input: 12V / 1A
- Jump Start Current: 200 – 400A
- Dimensions: 165 x 75 x 30mm (6.5 x 2.9 x 1.2in)
- LED Lifespan: 100,000 hours
- LED Energy: 1w
- LED Lumens: 86 Lm
- Operating Temperatures: -20 to 140 Degrees
- Smart Jumper Cable
The PowerAll is available for $99.90 through Amazon and the deluxe PowerAll, which includes a heavy duty carrying case with organized slots for all the accessories, for $119.95 through Richard|Solo. All they need to do now is cram a generator into it to make it your complete power source, house and all!
Oral-B has created the SmartSeries toothbrush with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and associated iOS and Android apps. Now brushing your teeth will no longer be such a mundane task! In addition to making brushing more interesting and potentially more enjoyable, this toothbrush was developed to help improve oral health by collecting and reporting data on your brushing habits. Each brushing session will activate a timer in the app and will provide a quadrant guide to instruct you when to move to another area. This allows you to focus on the problem areas identified by your dentist. It will even notify you when you are brushing too hard. Your brushing performance and achievements are tracked and reported to you to encourage your progress. Not only does it collect data, but it also allows you or your dentist to program the toothbrush for brushing time and select brushing modes. This toothbrush is projected to cost around $200-$300 according to different sources and will be available in June 2014. The iOS and Android apps will be available in May and August 2014, respectively. Ah yes, “everything is better with Bluetooth.”
Do you remember that toy piano you used to play when you were five years old? It might have looked like the real thing (except for the color), but the sound completely missed the mark. Korg has updated this toy favorite with REAL piano sound in its new product, the tinyPIANO. This 25-note (2 octave) miniature upright digital toy piano reproduces the tone quality of a sampled grand piano. It is made of wood which makes it sturdy and has minimal moving parts to ensure safety. Additionally, for all you parents out there concerned about a never-ending cacophonous blast of “music”, the volume has been adjusted to a modest level appropriate for you and your child, and the piano allows the use of headphones (although the output is monaural). It has 50 recorded demo songs and 25 built-in sounds like electric piano, organ, marimba and steel drum as well as the toy piano sound, just in case you’re the nostalgic type. It measures approximately 15 x 10 x 11 inches and weighs about 10 pounds. The piano runs on six AA batteries which allows you to set it up anywhere, but an AC adapter is also available as an optional feature. It comes in four colors (black, white, red and pink) and is available for $250 as a pre-order through Kraft Music online or Amazon for $239.28 plus about $100 shipping to receive it from Japan.