San Francisco based WaterField Designs recently announced their new Field Tote which has been designed with a casual style that will also fit into professional settings. The Field Tote is constructed of water-resistant waxed canvas with full grain leather accents. The bag is light weight and can be rolled up and stored in a larger bag for easy transport. The Tote features dual leather straps/handles, a front pocket with leather + metal bolt closure, a zippered interior pocket and a metal keyring that is attached to one of the handles. The Field Tote is available in three colors including brown, burgundy and navy. It is priced at $119 and is available now. Visit WaterField Designs for more info.
I usually tote an iPad and my iPhone with me around the house, looking for a comfortable place to read. I also reference cookbooks every so often, with no clever way to hold them up. The Mükava Tablet and Mobile Table may have just solved both problems for me.
It’s WALL•E! I just love this little guy. He goes about his business working industriously, diligently, and faithfully alone but with such a purity of heart and a cheerful attitude – and he’s cute to boot! The design for this LEGO WALL•E was formulated by Angus McClane, a LEGO Ideas member and a director/animator at Pixar Animation Studios, who collaborated with LEGO designer Steen Sig Andersen to bring us this wonderful kit. According to the LEGO Ideas’ blog post, he “incorporates many authentic WALL•E characteristics, including a posable neck, adjustable head, arms that move up and down and side to side, plus gripping hands and rolling tracks.” He also has a trunk that opens and closes. He measures 7″ high and 6″ wide and will be available for sale September 1 according the LEGO facebook page. Toys-R-Us currently shows the WALL•E kit ($59.99) as Out of Stock, but there is a link available for you to enter your email address so that they can notify you when it is available. How can you not smile when looking at him, even on your worst days? If I ever get a robot assistant, I want it to look and act just like him.
Call me the computer mouse queen – I love trying out new mice for all of my devices. It’s hard for me to go without one when carrying my laptop around. Logitech just released the MX Anywhere 2, a wireless mouse that enables you to connect to Windows and Mac via a wireless USB receiver or Bluetooth. Let’s take a look at how it performed. [click to continue…]
German based SPEEDLINK will be expanding its PC gaming accessory product line with new mechanical keyboards. The full-size VELATOR keyboard features ten macro-enabled keys and traditional black plastic casing. The ULTOR keyboard features an aluminium base with LED lighting which provides white illumination of the relevant gaming keys and blue illumination of the other keys. Each keyboard uses Kailh switches which provide tactile and audible feedback, as well as long life. Driver software can be installed which enables macro customization for up to five user profiles.
The VELATOR keyboard will be priced at € 69.99 and the ULTOR keyboard will be € 99.99 which works out to approximately $80 and $113 respectively. The launch of both keyboards is planned for the first quarter of 2016. For more info about SPEEDLINK products, visit speedlink.com
Long gone are the days when your phone would last more than a day on a single charge. As a result, I’ve found myself becoming increasingly reliant on portable power banks. In the past, I’ve found pocket-sized power banks don’t have the battery capacity to fully recharge my phone while power banks with enough battery capacity to recharge my phone aren’t pocket-sized. The PERI GoCharge Ultra Slim aims to be the best of both worlds, pocket-sized with a large battery capacity.
This week we gave you twice as many reviews as we normally do, so if you’ve not had a chance to read them all, this list is for you. Just click through to see the full listing of all the news and reviews that we posted this past week. Enjoy! [click to continue…]
Comic book geeks will want to check out CONtv, it’s like Netflix, but for comic con fans.
CONtv is THE digital destination for Comic Con fans! Devoted to all the weird, hilarious and terrifying content celebrated at the Cons, CONtv is a place to celebrate community, discover new movies and TV series, and revel in being a fan. We’ve got thousands of hours of programming on the service so if horror is your thing, you’re covered. Sci-fi? Tons of it… do you want classic or modern? Anime? Martial Arts? Cult Films? Check, check, annnnnnd check! Post-modern independent decopunk? Now you’re just trying to mess with us. But guess what? WE’VE GOT THAT TOO! We’re betting you’re going to find something cool to watch on CONtv, no matter what you’re in to.
You can sign up for a free account that will let you stream old Saturday morning cartoons like He-Man and Gumby. You can also watch campy horror movies, anime, B movies and more. But the good stuff is for VIP subscribers that $6.99 per month. With the elevated account, you get special access to watch ad-free content that includes panels and live events from comic book conventions like this weekend’s Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago. For more info visit CONtv (affiliate link) to create your free account.
Texas is blazing hot in the summertime and thus many homes are sealed up tight with their air conditioners constantly running recirculating indoor air. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on indoor air quality,
In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors… Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home.
You could open your windows at night to air out your house or you could use products like the Airocide Air Purifier. According to their website, this purifier will “eliminate virtually 100% of your home’s Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs – fumes from household chemicals); reduce your exposure to top allergens like mold, bacteria, and dust mites; and protect your family from airborne pathogens that cause illness.” Using technology developed by NASA for the Space Station, the Airocide uses catalysts to oxidize contaminants breaking them down at the molecular level, the by-products of which are harmless. In addition to these features, the purifier is beautifully encased in a wood grain sleeve, has an aluminum grill, and uses a Reaction Chamber that should be replaced once per year ($99 from Amazon) instead of using filters. It has three settings: Low for quieter operation, High for best results, and Auto which detects when the amount of light in the room is low and automatically adjusts the setting to Low for nighttime use. It can be used in a room of any size, weighs nine pounds, and measures 18.7″ long x 6.9″ wide x 6″ deep. At $583.20 from Amazon, this is quite an expensive device, but if you have the money it sounds promising. Please visit the Airocide website for more information.
Sonic Unity may be new, but its founders are two veterans with a lot of experience in Audio. Rick Hopkins has a background in concert design, consumer and pro audio. He’s worked concert events for Bryan Adams, Rush, Van Halen, Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones. Ian Lim co-founded NuForce, a high-end audio brand that helped popularize the shift to digital audio. NuForce has been featured in Forbes magazine, Wired, Stereophile, The New York Times and Sound and Vision. Together, these two have introduced two new headphones: the over-ear Encore RockMaster headphone and the Rockmaster in-ear headphone. Both models have debuted on the Indiegogo crowd-funding site.
The 12V port in my MINI Cooper is occupied with a USB car charger for my dashcam. I love using gadgets in my car, but hate how large and ugly the power adapters can be. I’ve been on the lookout for a smaller one for awhile now and may have found one that ticks all my must-have features. The SCOSCHE reVOLT features 12 watts of rapid charging power, a low-profile design that fits flush in most vehicle power sockets and an illuminated USB port that makes it easier to plug in USB cables in the dark. It is available in one and two-port models and in white/gold, white/silver, black/grey or black colors. It’s compatible with iPhones, iPads and Android mobile devices. The reVOLT and reVOLT dual are available now at SCOSCHE.com for an introductory price of $14.99 MSRP and $24.99 MSRP, respectively.
I’m starting to lean away from portable, battery-operated speakers for my home listening needs, since I don’t move them around much. Hopefully, something larger and mostly stationary produces better quality sound. How does the Fluance Fi50 bluetooth speaker stack up?
If you’re tired of carrying a 6 foot long USB charging cable in your gear bag, it’s time to look for alternatives like the micro USB and Lightning connector USB charging cables from Tizi. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Tizi is a two-time Apple Design Award Winner. They produce apps and gadgets for Mac, iPhone, iPad and the Apple Watch, but their latest product is a nod to Android owners. Their new tizi Schlingel for Micro USB may have an interesting name, but the design is what counts. This is a 4-inch long cable with a reversible USB connector on one end and a micro USB connector on the opposite end. When the cable isn’t being used with your mobile device, the ends snap together to create a loop for easy portability. Hang it on your gear bag, belt loop or a keychain, and you’ll never wonder where you put your charging cable again. Tizi offers this micro USB cable for $14.95 and they also sell a Lightning cable version for $24.99. Expensive? Yes, but is the unique design a trade-off for price? I think I’ll just stick with my $3 6-inch long micro USB cable from Amazon.
On July 1, 2015, New Hampshire became the fifteenth state to adopt a hands-free law that prohibits the use of hand-held electronic devices unless they are supported by a Bluetooth or other hands-free technology. Now, it’s hard to buy a car today without Bluetooth support, but what if you have an older car? Sure, waiting until you get to yourdestination, or pulling off the road, is the safest bet, but most of us are conditioned by now to believing that incoming calls cannot be ignored. (When did this happen?) Enter an inexpensive, slightly inelegant solution for iPhone users called ClipSee. So let’s take a look. [click to continue…]
Having this solid titanium addition to your keychain may make you a hero, or maybe just open that beer you’ve been waiting for on Friday at 5 o’clock. Either way, this practical tool packs three times the tensile strength of aluminum, resists scratches and is hand blasted for a beautiful matte finish. It has a phillips head screwdriver, a flathead, a bottle opener, a 1″ rule, and a pry wedge. With a weight of only .04 oz. it certainly won’t weigh you down and being that there is no blade, you will be able to carry this tool with you in the air, on land and sea with no worries of it being confiscated at security checks. Visit the Machine Era Co. website to pick one up – $32.00.
A Wi-Fi router is our gateway to the information superhighway. Once connected, Google tends to be our first stop. According to them, “we count on Wi-Fi more than ever to be entertained, productive, and stay connected, we’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle.” With that in mind, Google announced its newest product, the OnHub Wi-FI router.
Google, along with TP-Link, designed the router to be showcased instead of hidden away. They claim to have “replaced unruly cords and blinking lights with internal antennas and subtle, useful lighting.” I – and my wife – find it slightly resembles Amazon’s Echo.
The OnHub also provides consistent, high-speed transmissions. It scans available channels and selects the fastest to use. You can also select a device to be prioritized above others to ensure it gets the fastest speeds.
In the name of simplicity, the OnHub is controlled by an app that will be available for Android and iOS. The app will allow you to set up and manage the router. Additionally, it lets you run diagnostics and suggests solutions when issues arrive. It even allows you to text your friends the router’s password when they need to connect to your Wi-Fi.
Google states the OnHub will support Bluetooth, ZigBee, and Weave. They’ve also partnered with Asus to bring other OnHub devices to the market later in the year.
The Boogie Board eWriter was first introduced back in 2010 (see my original Boogie Board review for more info). If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a plastic slate that you can draw and write on using a stylus. Whatever you write on it will remain on the screen until you press the erase button. It’s kind of like having a never-ending supply of virtual Post-it notes. I thought the original LCD eWriter drawing board was a fun product, but it was not without issues, namely a sealed battery which gave the product a limited lifespan. It’s now five years later and the Boogie Board product line has expanded to include the new Jot 8.5 eWriter that I’m going to show you today.
Cords, cords, cords! Those of who love gadgets don’t usually love the cords that come with them. They tangle, they look bad, and they slide off your desk when you unplug a device. The Stacks desk accessory helps keep them organized and control.
Currently in Kickstarter, Stacks are made with industrial steel and brass, Stacks provides an attractive, minimal solution to organize and control the cords on your desk.
Products like the Dropcam, now called Nest Cam, have made home security cameras a very popular gadget category. I have a Dropcam Pro that I have really really enjoyed using, but since they switched hands to Nest, the web-based viewer feels sluggish and there’s also the monthly cloud subscription cost which makes it prohibitive to add additional cameras to my account. For those reasons, I’ve been on the lookout for a worthy alternative that doesn’t require extra fees, but still has a nice feature set. The latest camera that I’ve had the opportunity to test is the Piper nv. Let’s take a look.
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The Easybreath full-faced snorkeling mask by Tribord allows you to breathe normally through your nose while exploring the fascinating world just beneath the surface of the ocean (or the not-so-fascinating world of your pool). This is a surface snorkeling mask that uses a dry top system to prevent water from entering the snorkel due to choppy water or just leaning your head to far forward in the water. In addition, the moisture rich air that you exhale is vectored through the white frame of the mask where it exits the snorkel thus avoiding any fogging problems (you must keep the mask clean by hand washing each week for antifogging to work). There’s even a purge valve located at the bottom of the mask that allows you to drain any water when your head is raised. Unfortunately, this mask is not made for free diving because the dry top system “does not work in the horizontal position while duck diving”, the pressure on the mask is uncomfortable beyond a one meter depth, and it is difficult to equalize your ears since your nose is completely covered by the mask. [click to continue…]