Less to carry around with Celluon Epic laser projection keyboard

p_epic_overviewDon’t mind a virtual keyboard but prefer not to have to tap on your screen? Sounds a little strange but it’s now totally possible to create a keyboard on virtually any flat opaque surface with the Celluon Epic Laser Keyboard.

You enable the virtual keyboard by placing a palm-sized (20 mm x 35 mm x 70 mm) gadget on a flat surface, like a table or a countertop.  Then, you pair it wirelessly to almost any Bluetooth 3.0 compatible device and using a red laser diode it projects a full-sized English QWERTY keyboard pattern (sans numeric pad) onto the surface. (It can also project a German QWERTZ keyboard pattern as well)

And it’s fast. According to the specs, it’s capable of recognizing 350 characters per minute. That’s a lot faster than I can type – seriously!    Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

BuddyPhones kid-safe volume-limiting bendable headphones

BuddyPhones Blue

Whether it’s toys, clothes or electronics, let’s face it; kids are really hard on whatever they get their hands on. So Onanoff has come up with BuddyPhones, a pair of kid-friendly headphones that are not only flexible and bendable, they have volume-limiting circuitry that keeps the sound pressure down to avoid damaging their fine little ears.

BuddyPhones are designed to bend and should withstand the wrath of most children. They are fully adjustable and adorned with sturdy, yet comfortable cushion ear pads made of synthetic leather.  Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: Sound Blaster JAM Budget Bluetooth Headphones

1 SoundBlaster JamFinding a pair of budget headphones that has both a recognized brand name and wireless is not always the easiest thing. So when I discovered the Creative Sound Blaster JAM is Bluetooth enabled, supports NFC  (near field communications) and retails for under $50 U.S., it certainly piqued my curiosity.

Sound Blaster Jam looks like a typical set of charcoal grey pre-millennium on-ear headphones fitted with a pair of traditional foam cushions except without wires.  They have an operating range of up to 15 m, a little less than typical Bluetooth, but then again, the further you stray from your music source, the more breakup you’ll probably get.  READ Full Review at G4TV Canada.


Impecca wireless eco-friendly bamboo keyboard

Impecca Bluetooth  Bamboo Keyboard

If you have wood paneling in your house perhaps it’s time for a makeover. But if you still have a fondness for the eco-friendly material and looking for a new peripheral, you might want to check out the Impecca Bluetooth Bamboo Keyboard.

Naturally, pardon the pun; it’s not totally made of 100% wood. There are of course some built-in electronics under the surface, including a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is designed to last up to about a month on a single charge. Results, of course, will depend on how much you use it.  Speaking of power, to save some, it’s designed to automatically enter sleep mode when it senses it’s not being used.

Bamboo construction makes the shell both durable and lightweight.  At 11” x 6.6” x 0.6” it’s not mini, but it is reasonably compact allowing its 78 keys including a number of function and hot keys to be of a decent size. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

4 Back to School gadgets of the mini kind


There is certainly no shortage of gadgets suitable for Back-to-School season, but here are four in the mini category that just might surprise you. How about your own personal mini 3D-printer, a nanoglass liquid screen protector for your mobile device, a bike taillight that’s also a video camera or a cool mini portable personal safe?

Tiertime UP Mini 3-D printer

If you are studying Arts or Engineering, a 3-D printer just might be the tool you need for your next school project. The good news is that they’ve become much more affordable. If you own one you won’t have to stand in line at the lab.

One that comes to mind is the Tiertime UP Mini 3-D printer. It’s as easy to use as a traditional inkjet printer and with its UP software, you can be up and running fairly quickly.  It can “print” objects from ABS or PLA (Polylactic Acid) plastic in sizes up to 120mm cubed with detail as fine as 200 microns. Its housing design will protect any pets or little ones running around the home from any potentially hot parts. It also shuts off automatically when the printing is done. Good news is it won’t take up a lot of valuable desk space if you are in a small dorm as it measures only 12.6″ x 9.4″ x 18.3″ and weighs a mere 6 kg.  It retails for $849.99 and is available at London Drugs   Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

iKlip Case iPhone 6 multi-angle viewing stand


These days more musicians are taking their portable recording studio on the road. And they’re not just using laptops and iPads they are also creating music on their iPhones. So IK created the iKlip Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus a case that would protect your phone but also double as a stand and allow for the flexibility of multi-angle viewing.

4 Viewing Options

iKlip Case has both practical and protective design elements. Built into the case are two ridged polycarbonate wing-style legs that can be adjusted in various positions to create a stand. It allows you to view your iPhone screen four different ways; two positions in portrait mode i.e. 45° and 60° angles and two in landscape mode, 60° or 80° angles.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

New Scosche boomBOTTLE+ rugged waterproof wireless speaker


Scosche Industries, the folks that brought you the boomBOTTLE, the rugged wireless water bottle-shaped speaker that we looked at here at CanoeTech Blog back in 2013, has upped the ante with the release of their new and enhanced boomBOTTLE+(plus). It’s still designed to be a good match for your bike’s water-bottle holder (or car’s cup holder), but it’s more rugged, more powerful and better sounding than the original.

The housing is made from TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) that’s durable and shock absorbing. And while it’s no black box, it’s certainly designed to withstand shocks and drops. It’s also IP67 rated so it’s both dustproof, yes, even the speaker grilles and water-resistant to three feet. In fact, it should actually float in the event it gets dropped into the water. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Renamed Apple Music Festival returns this month


As they’ve done for the past eight years, Apple will once again bring us a live September music festival from London’s famous Roundhouse. But for those of you who have faithfully tuned in to the festival over the years you’’ll notice it’s been blessed with a new name, will start later in the month and runs for 10 days – a much shorter time period than before. Regardless, it will still feature a world-class headliners like Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, Disclosure and more.

The former the iTunes Music Festival has been rebranded and now called Apple Music Festival to commemorate the recent launch of Apple Music. It will still be broadcast around the world for free or people can watch it live and on-demand via Apple Music. The beauty of it being provided through the new service, according to Apple is that music fans can get closer to their favorite performers as they are covered on Beats 1 giving them backstage news and footage straight from the artists the Apple Music Connect.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Speedo, Misfit partner in new swim tracker Speedo Shine

speedo-shine-man-Misfit, the makers of Shine, the slim-lined activity and sleep tracker, has partnered up with swim apparel and accessories giant Speedo and have introduced the new Speedo Shine. The Speedo Shine takes a page or all of the pages really from the original Shine, incorporating all the same functionality plus new features designed with swimmers in mind.

Specifically, it adds proprietary lap counting algorithms, driven by its 3-axis accelerometer, embedded right into the device’s firmware. It’s designed to work for all stroke types and more accurate than general-purpose devices having been validated by Speedo in-pool testing. Olympic Gold Medalist and Speedo athlete and fitness ambassador, Missy Franklin, has also endorsed it. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: The Pop, Universal Pop Filter by Blue Microphones

2 POP with YetiIf you’re a podcaster or record lots of audio, you just might need The Pop. No, it’s not the ultimate soda beverage or someone’s Dad; it’s a universal windscreen that helps eliminate those extremely annoying popping “P” sounds that can really ruin what could have been an awesome voice recording.

While The Pop is commonly used with the Blue Yeti or Yeti Pro desktop USB microphones by Blue Microphones, it can be used with virtually any microphone as long as you can find a way to attach it.

The Pop is an interesting looking gadget. It consists of a curved brass frame with embedded wire mesh attached to a pliable gooseneck that is then attached by thumbscrew to a steel bracket. At the end of the bracket is another thumbscrew, which is then used to attach to either the frame of the microphone, mic stand or desk.  The general idea is that you attach the bracket to some sturdy anchor point then bend the gooseneck so that the steel mesh frame sits nicely in front of a microphone and in essence filtering out the popping “P” sounds as you speak, or maybe sing. Read the Full Review at G4TV Canada.