Don’t call iKlip Grip Pro just a selfie-stick

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Whether we’re taking family photos, creating our next viral video, we want to capture it with smartphones or DSLR cameras, when we want it and how we want it. So having a professional 4-in-1 gadget like the new iKlip Grip Pro by IK Multimedia to make it easier to FaceTime, Facebook Live, Skype or what have you, would be pretty useful. It would allow you to effectively use one single item as a tripod, monopod, video handle, (ok, like a selfie-stick) and a remote shutter.

Reviewing the iKlip Grip PRO, it seems like the reincarnation of the iKlip Grip we reviewed last year here at Canoe Tech Blog, with the PRO model having new design and much-improved features.

At first glance, yes, it looks like a selfie-stick – even though these are starting to get banned in some public places, but you can also use it to extend your reach above a crowd at a concert. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Impact absorbing BodyGuardz for your iPhone 7

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Not all cases are created equal. This is even truer of the BodyGuardz Ace Pro Case for Apple iPhone 7 for the simple reason, pardon the pun, it’s lined with Unequal military-grade impact absorbing technology and the same used in professional athlete’s gear on the field.

Its bumper is made from TPU also known as Thermoplastic Polyurethane. To give it added shock absorption properties, an impact gel, which incorporates Kevlar and Acceleron, materials Unequal uses to make their body armour, is injected into the mould during the manufacturing process. The idea is that if your phone is dropped while inside the case, the bumper absorbs the shock and it dissipates upon impact.

Even better is that the better protection can be had without the need for added bulk, keeping the case sleek and low profile. In fact, the rounded edges of the case feel very natural to the shape of the iPhone 7.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Review: PowerUP FPV: Live streaming paper airplane drone

right_side_2048X_grandeEvery kid at one time or another loved to fly paper airplanes. In fact in my youth I spent some time in the principal’s office just for that reason. Today it’s all about gadgets, cameras and drones. So would it surprise you to know that there’s a cool new product that incorporates all of those? Even better, how about a gadget that lets you see what the plane sees  as it flies? It’s called PowerUP FPV Paper Airplane VR Drone.

Think about it, putting a camera that can stream video on a paper airplane seems almost impossible, but then again didn’t the Chicago Cubs win the World Series? And what about the celebrity billionaire being elected President of the United States.

PowerUP FPV, the first ever airplane drone of this kind, is the brainchild of a partnership between the creators – PowerUp (now on their third product) and well known drone manufacturer Parrot (who provides the streaming technology), through a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised almost half a million dollars last year.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Modular Pro-Ject Genie turntable pure genius

Pro-JectGenieIt was Mark Twain who said his reported death had been greatly exaggerated. This can easily be extended to the record player or more specifically, the turntable. Even with CDs, iPods, digital downloads and now streaming being the choice for music listeners, the turntable, an icon from the last millennium had never really died it just wasn’t top of mind. In fact if you look at the RPM 1.3 Genie by Pro-Ject, it has come back into the limelight with a vengeance.

Now true die-hard audiophiles have always believed that digital sound just does not feel the same as the true analog sound produced through playing vinyl. Whether you’re a student of that school or not, there’s no doubt that sound quality can be affected by the quality and condition of the vinyl, the stylus and cartridge and how well it sits within the groove walls of the vinyl record.  The last part of that equation is how everything is further impacted by the turntable platter; where the record sits; how evenly and smooth it rotates and how that’s affected by any rumble, vibration or noise caused by the turntable’s motor. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

FLO touch-free smart thermometer tracks child’s temperature

FLO1 I remember long ago, as a child, not feeling well; the first thing Mom did was check my forehead for a possible fever and then force that awful glass thermometer which was never that accurate anyway, under my tongue. There has certainly been progress in this area over the years with technological advances. In fact, the new FLO Smart Thermometer by Zeraph can take temperature readings without entering or even touching any part of the body.  Read more…Full review at Canoe Tech Blog.

iLoud Micro Monitors deliver big studio sound – Review

iloudmm_sl_macbook_handsDesktop speakers are plentiful, but if you’re a musician, producer, podcaster or maybe you’re just particular about sound reproduction it’s a good idea to have a decent set of monitors for accurate audio playback like the new iLoud Micro Monitors by IK Multimedia.

If the name sounds familiar, we reviewed the original iLoud brand speaker back in 2013 here at Canoe Tech Blog. It is a small footprint four-speaker wireless portable personal monitor that featured a 40W amp, guitar input and could run on battery power; this new model isn’t replacing it, it’s just different. It’s AC powered, comes in a pair, can sit right on your desktop and yet still small enough to be portable. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

 

Review: Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal canister vacuum never stays down

 

I have to admit it’s been a while since I reviewed or regularly used a traditional canister vacuum. However, I can remember eons ago, not so fondly mind you, how often the darned thing tipped over and the hose became twisted and tangled. I had no choice but to stop, put it up right and untangle myself. So it piqued my curiosity when I heard that Dyson had developed a new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal vacuum which they said self-rights itself when toppled.

Remember the Weebles?

I have to admit, at first, I had an immediate flashback to the 70s. The TV commercial forever ingrained in my brain and the slogan, “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.” Anyone old enough to remember? If not, I’m sure it’s on YouTube.

Apparently, I’m told, the team at Dyson had the same experience when founder James Dyson really put his engineering team to task to come up with a solution for the toppling canister.  Read more…Full review at CanoeTech Blog.

Review: IK Mulitmedia iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface

 

1-2_irighd2_34_vertIK Multimedia has finally unveiled their sequel to the affordable pocket-sized iRig HD digital guitar interface and not surprising, it’s called the iRig HD 2. This low-noise, high-definition guitar preamp offers the same functionality as its predecessor plus a whole lot more, adding some much needed features to the original and new additions to keep up with advancing technologies.

The new iRig HD 2 has a solid build quality and is just slightly larger (by 9 mm) and a touch heavier by (15 g), so it is still nice and compact and pretty much still fits in the palm of your hand. It draws power from the host and is designed for use with iOS devices including the new iPhone 7 as well as Macs and PCs. It features a 24-bit analog-to-digital converter plus a 96 kHz sampling rate for an ultra high-definition, high-quality signal.

It has an onboard gain control dial so you can control the pre-amp signal input from the 1/4″ Hi-Z jack when playing or recording to make sure you’re at the right level. There’s also a multicoloured LED to monitor that level. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

ResQBattery disposable smartphone battery pack

With the number of rechargeable battery banks available one would think that a pocket disposable battery pack like ResQBattery may not make any sense. However, the fact is even spare batteries lose capacity over time and often we forget to charge them, so having a spare in case of emergency or in the event there’s no where handy to recharge, may not be such a bad idea.

This is the concept behind ResQbattery, the brainchild of entrepreneur Idit Hoter-Ishay and founder of Nofet LLC who conceived the idea a few years ago after her battery died and she urgently needed to use her phone while travelling in China. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: Braven Lux – a wireless speakerphone and not a purse

2 LUX_CLUTCHOne would rarely think of describing a Bluetooth speaker as having a luxurious feminine style, but when you look at the Braven Lux you just may smile and nod your head in agreement. In fact if you come across a lady holding one in her hand you might mistakenly take it for a clutch purse.

Created by accessory maker Braven, the LUX wireless speaker is part of a limited edition for the Braven Design Series, so I’m sure the purse look was created rather by design and not pure by accident.  Read Full Review at G4TV Canada.