Great gadgets come in small gift packages

1 MusicProGifts come in all shapes and sizes, but bigger isn’t necessarily better or more desirable. So here are a few gift ideas all of which I had an opportunity to test-drive, that are all much smaller than a bread box and some of which might actually fit in the palm of your hand.

High Fidelity Electronic Earplugs

This first one certainly fits the criteria, but it’s designed for your ears. The Music•Pro High-Fidelty Electronic Musicians Earplugs by Etymotic Research as the name says is ideally suited for musicians, but equally sensible for anyone to find themselves in environments where hearing protection is without trading off sound fidelity, which something like typical passive earplugs can’t accomplish.  READ FULL ARTICLE at G4 Canada.

Wink makes home automation easy

1 Wink HubEDMONTON, AB, Dec 11, 2014/ Troy Media/ – In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a Babel Fish is a fictitious creature which, if you stick it in your ear, immediately converts any language into one that you can understand. This makes the Wink Hub, recently introduced to Canadians by The Home Depot, the “Babel Fish” of Home Automation.

The Wink Hub is a hardware (hub) and app solution designed to bring all of the different “smart” brands, most of which operate within their own eco-system and protocols, together under a single platform to allow them to work together. Currently, Wink is compatible with over 70 products from a dozen or so brands, including Philips, GE, DropCam, Honeywell, Schlage and more.  READ Full article at TROY Media.

Poieo3D family friendly Canadian designed 3D printer

Poieo3DTORONTO, ON – Designed BY families FOR families, the Poieo3D Printer aims to make an exciting new technology as commonplace and worry-free as a microwave oven. While not quite “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot”, the Poeio3D Printer just might be the closest thing on Earth to home-based Star Trek tech.

It’s currently featured in a high-profile Kickstarter campaign, the Poieo3D Printer is the first such featured device to offer a one-year warranty, FREE lifetime online education, and a family-friendly, child-safe design.

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iStabilizer Shutter Remote snaps pics videos and more

1Shutter-RemoteiOS_1024x1024Long before the term was popularized but now abuse, people struggled to find the way to get that perfect “Selfie”. While there have been hardware and app solutions to solve that ultimate puzzle, the Shutter Remote by iStabilizer has come along to give you that wireless proverbial extra long arm that you need, plus more.

Shutter Remote is a pocket sized remote that that not only gives you a wireless Bluetooth remote shutter button, but also a media controller for your music and video, a remote iOS Home/Siri controller and a wireless presenter, good for a range of up to 3 m.

It’s a little thicker, wider and shorter than the Apple Remote, but it still very comfortable to hold and with a lot more functionality. It runs off 2 x CR2025 batteries (large coins cells), so it’s not rechargeable, but the company says they should last up to six months if you use it for about an hour a day.

Its thickness allows for a conveniently located on/off switch on the left side and pairing button on the right. It has a familiar circular media controller, with the “+” (Volume Up) button (or Volume down – not documented), acting as your shutter release for your perfect Selfie.  READ FULL REVIEW at G4TV Canada.

 

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

RoadShow

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

Canz 808 Blue

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

Satechi F3

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

Blast_Basketball_Box

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