Tagsu new digital “wondertag” started as a joke

TagsuWhenever you go to a conference or convention, you usually get a badge or nametag at the registration desk. So how about an electronic one? Introducing Tagsu, the programmable pocket-sized digital #wondertag that offers a 32 character message on up to 42 different screens.

Tagsu originally started as a joke – something designed for friends and other developers but the Finland-based creators soon found out that there was actually a customer demand for it. Beyond just delivering information they also discovered it to be quite an attention grabber and conversation starter. Anyone who was wearing one seemed to be quickly approached by others (and that’s good for business). And with little effort, they quickly sold over 400 simply by word of mouth.

Currently, Tagsu is hand-made so of course the cost of production is really high, so they are looking at getting them mass-produced and thus just launched an Indiegogo campaign. The goal is to raise $20K US by Jan 4th 2015 to start mass production and fulfill orders they already have plus those orders generated by the campaign.  Read more… at CANOE TECH BLOG

iPad tablet stand for your backseat riders

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A few weeks back, we reviewed the Airframe+, a practical gadget that allows you to easily mount your oversized smartphone at the front of your car, more specifically, on your vent’s grill. This week, we look at the Felix RoadShow, a tablet stand designed for the iPad and other tablets for your backseat riders.

There’s obviously no dashboard in the backseat area. However this clever gadget is designed to mount on the back of the front seat headrests.

More specifically, it clips to the headrest’s post allowing the placement of any iPad or compatible tablet including many of those with hard-shell cases to make it easier to watch your movies, play games, or whatever you like to do with your iPad without keeping it in hand. It’s durable and sturdy made from hard polycarbonate and silicone. It measures 1.5″ x 4.5″ x 8.5″ and weighs less than 200g. It’s quick to set up and get going and requires no tools. Read more… At Canoe Tech Blog

Holiday gadget highlights from LD Tech 2014

 

Sony TVLondon Drugs recently held their LD Tech 2014 conference event in Whistler B.C., where over 100 suppliers and vendors from a wide variety of areas showed off some much of their standard fare and also some of the new and exciting and cutting edge tech products that are being made available just in time for the holiday season. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take it in and get some face time with some of the vendors and their products.  And while it’s impossible to cover all of them, I’ve selected an eclectic few that had left an impression on me.

Sony High Resolution Audio

Having been an audiophile since the days of vinyl and less excited about compressed audio, I was ecstatic to hear about Sony’s new high-resolution audio systems. While CD was supposed to be an improvement over analogue, it’s 16-bit/44.1kHz sampling rate seems rather frail compared to the more precise and detailed 24-bit/192kHz capabilities of high-def. These uber-cool playback devices piggyback on any device you have and can effectively reproduce the higher definition PCM Audio files including DSD (2.8MHz/5.6MHz) and FLAC. And using its proprietary DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) it can upscale even compressed digital files like mp3 and AAC by restoring the high range lost during the compression process getting about as close as you can to the original recording. The Sony Hi-Res USB DAC System – UDA1B retails for $699.99 at London Drugs.

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Win a CANZ Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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At a quick glance, it looks like an eight ounce pop can, but there’s no pop or fizzing sound that will come from it. You will however, be able to listen to your favorite tunes with this nifty little and appropriately titled Canz Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by 808 Audio.

This diminutive speaker is  only 3 1/4 inches high and 2 1/2 inches wide yet offers rich sound in this sleek yet durable anodized aluminium case. It’s powered by a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery that should give you up to six hours of your favorite tunes on a single charge. You can stream your audio wirelessly via its Bluetooth connection or optionally you can direct connect from your audio through its LINE-IN port.

808 Canz Wireless Bluetooth Speaker from 808 Audio, a division of Voxx International retails in Canada for $39.99 and comes with a micro USB charging cable and 3.5 mm AUX-in cable. It comes in four colours; black, blue, red and silver and works with any Bluetooth enabled computer, smartphone, tablet or music player that supports A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). For wired connectivity, it works with any device with a standard 3.5 mm headphone output.

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Satechi monitor stand has built-in smarts

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Having your monitor or notebook on a stand on your desktop is often handy, not only to add a little visual height to your peripherals, but also to give you some extra space on an often cluttered desktop for some of your other gadgets and accessories. Satechi has taken it one step further with their F3 Smart Monitor Stand; it helps clear the clutter and also helps you optimize your productivity.

The Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand has a built-in hub that features four side-by-side front facing USB 3.0 ports making it easy and convenient to plug in your peripherals, USB keys and high speed storage devices at data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps. Furthermore, to the right of the ports, are two colour coded 3.5mm extension ports; one for a microphone input and the other a headphone/external speaker port, so you don’t have to fuss about when needing to plug in.

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Blast Basketball captures accurate real-time performance metrics

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There are all kinds of data sensor capture devices out there; many of them you see are for walking running and golfing. You don’t hear too much about these types of devices for Basketball, but it makes sense that if you can use technology to measure and improve your game – why not?

Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG

 

Airframe+ lets you mount your phone on your car vent

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If you’re one of those people who occasionally like to mount your phone in your car without attaching it to your dashboard or window or use up a cup holder, then check out the Airframe+ by KENU. It’s a tiny little portable car mount that clips into the grill of your car’s air vent, ideal for when using your smartphone for getting directions.

Read more… At Canoe Tech Blog

FlipBelt does away with armbands and fanny packs

FlipBelt_NeonYellowYou’re out for a jog or run but you need to carry around your smart phone, keys and probably a few other things. You don’t have that many pockets and your tired of those very in attractive armbands and things bouncing up and down in your pockets. So the good folks at FlipBelt have come out with a cool little fitness accessory of the same name, so you can carry all of the above, including something as big as an iPhone 6 Plus and more, right around your waist.

Read more… at CANOE TECH BLOG

Halloween Costumes: Heroes or Villains?

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Every year at this time, people rush out to costume shops, arts and craft stores or rummage through the house for bits and pieces and ready themselves to hit the streets for Halloween. Whether it’s the kids going door to door for trick or treat or maybe a company or local party, a dress-up for school or work, lots of time effort and sometimes even money are put in to dressing up as the imaginary person or thing you want to be.

We see all sorts of costumes; they’ve certainly come a long way from the simple ghost and goblin type to the much-admired super-hero or often-despised villain outfits. And today, they’ve become even more sophisticated, some high-tech and often more expensive.  My best recollection of Halloween and probably my most memorable October 31st was probably when I was five years old and my parents bought me my very first superhero costume – the original Adam West style Batman outfit. Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Satechi LightMate lights charges and breaks glass

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It’s not quite a mini Star Wars Lightsaber, but the Satechi LightMate, a 4-in-1 flashlight, emergency light, glass breaker and portable USB charger that can possibly save you in a time of need. And unlike the immortalized Hollywood prop, LightMate is a real product, solidly built – made from an aluminum steel alloy that the company says can withstand the weight of an average sized car.

The flashlight features fairly bright LEDs, putting out 220 lumens that can be seen, even in daylight. You can select from three different brightness levels – 100%, 50%, 15% as well as two emergency modes – strobe and SOS modes which cause the LEDs to flash in two different patterns.

Using it as a flashlight makes it idea for directional lighting to light up the way, but it also comes with a white screw-in light diffuser for area lighting, like for reading a map in the dark.   Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog