SMS Audio heart monitoring earbuds require no batteries

biosport-a1If I mention heart monitor sensors to you you’d probably be thinking finger clip, wristband or maybe even watch. One thing for sure, you most likely wouldn’t be thinking earbuds. SMS Audio, founded by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has teamed up with Intel to create the BioSport Biometric Earbuds, so if it’s important to you to monitor your heart rate, you can do it while out and about listing to your favourite tunes without having to worry or need to have an additional device or gadget attached you.

SMS Audio is not the first out of the gate to create the dual-purpose earbud/heart monitor. However, what is novel is that the biometric monitoring is designed to use so little power, it does not require a battery; it’s fully driven from the 3.5 mm gold-plated audio jack that plugs in to your smartphone. Read more…at CANOE Tech Blog

iRig 2 the iRig sequel available for pre-order

iRig 2iRig 2, the sequel to IK Multimedia’s groundbreaking and best-selling iRig guitar interface, is now available to pre-order and will begin shipping next month. iRig 2 builds on the design that made its predecessor so popular, pairing powerful sound and streamlined convenience with new updated features like intuitive input gain control, a 1/4” amplifier output jack and Android compatibility. iRig 2 makes for a versatile tool that’s perfect for practice sessions, live performances, jamming with friends, recording and more.

Pre-order iRig 2 via the IK Online Store or your preferred reseller for only $39.99 U.S. Now everyone can plug in their guitar or bass to enjoy killer tone on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Android device.

iStabilizer smartMount better 2nd time around

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To satisfy the Selfie generation, last year iStabilizer released their smartMount smartphone tripod adapter. It was available either as a standalone item or as part of their monopod or flexible smartphone tripod products. While the design seemed quite clever at the time, in practice, depending on your phone it would often, quite frankly, miss the mark. Plus, it wasn’t wide enough to accommodate the iPhone 6. So iStabilizer went back to the drawing board, redesigned it and this time they hit the target.

The original adapter (below) looked pretty cool. It was spring-loaded to allow for any phone up to 2.75 inches in width and a separate model; the XL would accommodate the iPhone 6 and other phones up to 3.5 inches in width. The top portion had a metal wire frame with a rubber insert that could easily fall out and get lost. The bottom grip had a rest adorned with rubberized foam to keep the phone in place.  Read more…at CanoeTech Blog

goBAT rugged waterproof battery pack to hold charge for years

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We’ve seen rugged waterproof cases, laptops and speakers but I can’t recall ever coming across a rugged and waterproof portable backup battery, until now. Scosche is unveiling the goBAT 6000 and the goBAT 12000, a pair of ultra durable and high capacity battery solutions designed to be taken out on the rough road.
The new models feature rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that are 6,000mAh and 12,000mAh respectively, enough to recharge a typical iPhone four or eights times.  The smaller capacity battery has a single 2.4A USB charging port designed to quickly charge devices including energy hungry tablets like the iPad. The larger capacity battery has double the charge and a pair of charging ports that can quickly charge two devices at the same time.  Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Red gadgets to sweeten up her Valentine’s Day

 

SmileJamaicaThere’s more than chocolate to sweeten up your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. How about saying “I LOVE YOU” with funky cool red gadgets and accessories that will (hopefully) last longer than simply a dozen long stemmed red roses.

The Smile Jamaica in-ear headphones with mic by House of Marley (yes, the family of that Marley) is a Valentine inspired gadget with small and simple wood rear housing, recycled machined aluminum chassis, 52″ multicoloured fabric braided cable with plastic restrain and fire red eartips. They have noise-isolating properties and despite their size, give out a good vibrating bass.

Buying a Marley product you are also helping a cause as the Marley Family supports 1Love, their charitable organization dedicated in supporting youth, peace and the planet by using with earth friendly and recycled materials. I think she’d like that.  Smile Jamaica headphones retail for $24.99 and are available directly from HouseOfMarley.caFuture Shop, Visions & Shoppers Drug Mart. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog

Philips self-optimizing monitors include embedded Bluetooth speakers

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Philips has introduced a new pair of monitors, the Moda 2 that feature not only a stunning AH-IPS high definition self-optimizing display, but also built-in pair of wireless surround sound Bluetooth speakers with speakerphone and built-in mic.

The speakers cleverly located in the base of the monitor, output an efficient 7 watts x 2, specially tuned with Philips SRS WOW HD sound technology, for an immersive Virtual 5.1 surround sound experience. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Is LG redefining the laundry category?

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The invention of the iPhone may have once redefined the phone category, but LG’s latest washer and dryer designs might just have done the same for the laundry category. They’ve just introduced a revolutionary front-loading TWIN Wash system that allows two different loads of laundry to be washed at the same time along with Wi-Fi and NFC integration bringing about a plethora of smart connectivity options including integration with LG’s home chat messaging service.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Braven LUX it’s not a purse but a speaker

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If you see a lady with the Braven LUX, you might comment on her stylish clutch purse. While she might be flattered with the compliment, you may be surprised to find that it’s not a purse, but a new limited edition wireless speaker from Braven’s Design Series.

“The LUX breaks the typical Bluetooth speaker design mould by combining luxury with a feminine style,” says Lauren Bos, Brand Manager.  “Fashion-conscious music lovers now have a portable speaker that’s as stylish as it is pure in sound.” Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

IK Multimedia announces ultra-portable large-diaphragm iRig Mic Studio

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On the heels of the CES announcement of their portable iRig Mic Field, IK Multimedia recently announced another mic, the iRig Mic Studio a high quality, ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital desktop condenser microphone for iOS, Mac, PC and Android. It packs a 1-inch diameter condenser capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure that fits in the palm of your hand that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. It’s ideal for anyone, whether you are a musician, vocalist, podcaster, broadcaster or even a voice-over artist.

Under the hood is a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (44.1/48 kHz sample rate) and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp with sensitivity and capacity to capture the softness of a subtle voice to a whailing amplified electric guitar, and pretty much everything in between. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

 

 

Braven Fuse palm-sized wireless mixing console

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There are wireless music players, wireless headphones, wireless mice, and wireless speakers but for someone who wants to do a little bit of the DJ thing it might be tough to find an actual wireless mixer, until now. At International CES 2015 (CES) Braven, known for their funky portable wireless speakers announced the Braven Fuse, a portable wireless multi-channel mixing console.

What’s really cool, is not only is it wireless, it’s tiny, measuring only 5 inches long and can literally fit in the palm of your hand. It’s multichanneled, so you pair two devices along with two speakers via Bluetooth. It has two volume slider controls, one for each channel along with a cross fader. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.