Project Nursery monitor is parent’s little helper

3_products-12312015Dubbed as Project Nursery’s top secret project with their partner VOXX International, the Project Nursery Baby Monitor was finally birthed at CES 2016 after having been worked on, no pun intended, over the past nine months.

The Project Nursery offering is a little different from your typical baby monitor or webcam. Their flagship piece of the line consists of three parts; a Parent Unit complete with five-inch high definition display, a mini-monitor with a 1.5″ LCD display and a separate camera unit.

The system, which features a luxurious high-end design finish is both a wireless and Wi-Fi-free monitor which the company says, offers an uncomplicated hand-off to a caregiver. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

NETFLIX now streaming to over 190 countries

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If your country didn’t offer Netflix streaming, chances are after today’s announcement it probably might as the Netflix tap was turned on today to more than 130 additional countries, bringing the total number around the world to 190. And interestingly enough, the service went live as co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings delivered his keynote at International CES 2016.   Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

CES 2016 Fold-up scooter, broadcast mounts and instant touch screens

There will be thousands of products announced, unveiled and displayed at this year’s International CES 2016 and here are a few to begin with that really caught my attention. Three in particular are; a cool little fold-up scooter, a professional smartphone mount and a gadget that gives your PC notebook instant touch functionality.

Fold-up Smart Scooter

Smart-Rhino unveiled their cool little Xcooter, which you have to say real fast to get right. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s a scooter and if you look closely at the picture, it’s designed in the shape of an X.

Its body is made of a full aluminum alloy and fairly lightweight. It’s designed with their own-patented technology to fold up along with the handlebar in one second making it space efficient and quickly storable. Although it does weigh just under 42 lb (19 kg), but a folding size of only 21 ¼” x 7 ¾” x 38″, you could theoretically throw it in your car or take with you so you don’t have to worry about locking it up. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

iKlip A/V 1st smartphone broadcast mount for mobile audio and video

iklip_avJanuary 5th, 2016 – IK Multimedia is pleased to present iKlip A/V, the first broadcast mount for professional audio and video recording with smartphones. An industry first, it’s a system that gives professional broadcasters and videographers the ability to capture and monitor pro-quality audio on the go via its integrated high-quality XLR mic preamp with phantom power and built-in wireless receiver support. It also delivers a steady picture thanks to its smartphone holder and hand-held grip. Designed for mobile broadcast professionals, iKlip A/V gives everyone the power to use their smartphone as a full-featured camcorder.

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Satechi Ventie car vent mount for your smartphone

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When you hear Ventie, the first thing that comes to mind is a mega cup of Starbucks coffee. But this Ventie has a slightly different spelling and has nothing to do with the caffeine fix; what it can do is make your smartphone hands-free by giving you the option to easily mount it to the air vent in your car.

The Ventie Mount by Satechi is a clever little accessory.  It has a spring-loaded head designed to grip any smartphone that measures between two and three and one-half inches wide. It could also be rotated to accommodate a number of GPS models or even your smartphone if you prefer to orient it in landscape mode.

In fact, the grip head is mounted using a ball-and-socket joint and swivel arm system giving you some decent flexibility in positioning the mount to give you the optimal viewing angle from your driver’s seat. Read moreat Canoe Tech Blog.

Never too late to give a gift of Music (lessons)

You may have put musical instruments under the tree last year but everyone was just too busy to take the time to learn to play them. So why not start the New Year off on a new note; convert those IOU stocking stuffers into a gift of music (lessons) they can take on-line, anytime and right from home.

If you think that’s a great idea, the new MusicSchool On-Line is the kind of gift that doesn’t require shipping. It was launched this past summer by Grammy nominee multi-instrumentalist, producer and 20-year veteran Ken Lewis, seen above, whose experience extends to major artists and record labels. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

 

Last minute Musician and music lovers tech gifts

IrigAcousticFor the Musicians, future artists or music lovers in your life, here are a few last minute gift ideas for the holiday season all of which I had a chance to test-drive. If you find it’s a little too late to get them in, add a little IOU if necessary in his or her stocking. This can give them something to look forward to after Christmas Day.

Lav Mic for Acoustic Guitar 

For the acoustic guitar lover, here’s a gift that chances are, he or she doesn’t have, the new iRig Acoustic by IK Multimedia. Basically, it’s a lav microphone and mobile guitar interface featuring a high quality professional mic capsule uniquely designed to clip right onto the hole in your acoustic guitar. It makes recording and amplifying the sound a whole lot easier.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Last minute family friendly holiday gadget gift ideas

Sonos PLAY5EDMONTON, AB, Dec. 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ – Gadgets make great gifts and many seem to fit in the personal technology category. It’s nice to know that you can find some this holiday season that expand the personal to the entire family.

Family Printing

First up is the Epson Expression Premium XP-830. It’s a small versatile compact family five-cartridge inkjet all-in-one printer that also copies, scans, faxes, and more but won’t break the bank.

What’s cool is that it’s wireless, so no cables are required to print and you don’t even need to be hooked up to a computer. You can also print from a USB drive or SD-Card and, through Epson’s Connect software, you can print directly from your iPhone, iPad, and most other smartphones and tablets.  Read full post at Troy Media.

Review: Latest Kindle Paperwhite right for you?

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As an avid iPad user, I never thought I’d ever have a need for an e-reader until I actually spent some time with one. I love books, all kinds of books, physical print books and e-books and when I need to read the latter, I always have an iPad or iPhone within arms reach. But after spending some time reviewing the newest Kindle Paperwhite, I realize it doesn’t have to be one or the other; this e-reader can certainly find a home alongside your favourite tablet.

For those familiar with the Kindle Paperwhite, the revamped 2015 model, replaces the original 2013 offering. Physically, the changes are hardly noticeable. The new incarnation still features a 6-inch greyscale display with e-ink, but it’s now 300 ppi (pixels per inch), up from 212 ppi with a resolution of 1430 x 1080, twice the number of pixels than before. They’ve also doubled the storage memory to 4GB.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Personal quiet sound amplifier helps you hear better

Single BEanAs we get older things like your hearing start to deteriorate, especially if you worked in a noisy environment or went to too many “WHO” concerts without wearing proper hearing protection. To help out in these times Etymotic Research developed The BEAN – Quiet Sound Amplifier; it’s not a hearing aid that corrects hearing loss, but rather a personal sound amplification device that requires no prescription.

The company’s literature likens the BEAN “to wearing store-bought reading glasses that you only need to use part of the time.”  Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.