Canada’s biggest VR and augmented reality conference hits Vancouver May 5-7, 2017

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VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) are not just for gamers anymore. You can come and see for yourself by attending CVR 2017, Canada’s and the Pacific Northwest’s largest conference and trade show May 5th to 7th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The event will showcase a world-class selection of top experts in the industry, some of the latest technologies and even hands-on demonstrations of some of the latest and coolest products.

Read more…about CVR 2017 at Canoe Tech Blog.

Ford smart crib mimics the movements of your car

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Two weeks ago, if I heard about the Ford Motor Company rolling out an at-home smart crib that lulls your newborn to sleep by simply mimicking the movement of your automobile, I would’ve immediately thought – here comes another April Fool’s joke. But I guess the joke is on me; it’s called Max Motor Dreams, and it’s real.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Alien Day 2017 returns to Earth April 26th

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If you’re a big fan of the Alien movie franchise, you’d likely know that the sixth installment, ALIEN: COVENANT is coming May 10th. To get you ready for it, mark your calendars for April 26th, dubbed “Alien Day,” where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in an alien world and join in on ALIEN related festivities.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Review: IK iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system for acoustic guitars

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Back in December 2015 we reviewed the iRig Acoustic mic as a great little gift for the music lover; a MEMS microphone that clips on to the sound hole of an acoustic guitar. Now, IK Multimedia has taken that one step farther with the iRig Acoustic Stage digital mic system, a portable pre-amp and a digital signal-processing unit (DSP) that can enhance the acoustic sound sent out to a mixing board or amplifier or output to a computer or mobile device.

Sold as a kit, iRig Acoustic Stage comprises of the main pre-amp/DSP unit, iRig Acoustic Mic (functionally similar, but not interchangeable with the one sold as a stand-alone product), a belt/strap clip and padded case.

The idea behind the mic was that you could get better sound from an acoustic instrument being as close to the sound hole as possible even closer than a traditional external mic could be placed. Also having it attached to the guitar, gives the musician the freedom to move around rather than be stuck in front of a stationary mic stand. Read more…and see full review at CanoeTech Blog.

Marshall Monitor Bluetooth headphones boast 30 hour battery

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The name Marshall has been around since the 1960s and has been synonymous with sound-blasting guitar amps, but just this week the company unveiled the Marshall Monitor Bluetooth, their first wireless over-ear high-fidelity premium headphones.

At first glance you’ll immediately recognize the classic Marshall black vinyl and Marshall signature script. It also features a padded headband, brass inlays, heavy duty cast metal hinges and the ergonomic ear cups designed to provide enhanced noise isolation. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

The Origin of April Fool’s Day

Are you on red alert for pranks and fake news April 1st? It’s just an extension of centuries-old tradition to entertain and trick – or is it?

EDMONTON, Alta. Mar. 31, 2017 /Troy Media/ – On April Fool’s Day, we’re on red alert for pranks, hoaxes and fake news – and it’s been going on for centuries, from an era when court jesters were common.

With no TV, movies or Internet, jesters, jokers or fools were the entertainers of Medieval and Renaissance times. They often started out as travelling performers who, with minstrels, entertained at fairs and markets.

The fools who gained greatest prominence were those who entertained monarchs and noblemen, as part of the household staff.

Being a court jester was the career pinnacle for the quick-witted and talented few. They could rise above the simple nomadic existence, entertaining peasants living in filth, disease and poverty. Their new life was to entertain a captive audience, and enjoy stability, shelter and more to eat in one meal than others had in a week.

Read the full story at Troy Media.

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Razer launches gamer’s “Paid to Play” program

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If you get paid for something you love to do is that really considered work?  What if what you had to do was play games? The best of the best are probably making some serious coin, but what about us casual types? Well, you’re not going to get rich and you’re probably not going to get real cash, but Razer is launching a new “Paid to Play” initiative that can certainly add a little more incentive to playing games. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Indestructible Nokia Gresso 3310 costs a cool $4K

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I’ve heard that some retro gadgets retain their value and then some, but this one really takes the cake.  The old Nokia 3310 handset, not even a smartphone, is making a comeback. This one, a variation of the retro handset reimagined by Gresso will come in an indestructible casing, crafted from titanium but it will set you back a cool US $2990, or about 4000 loonies. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Looking good at 30, Happy Birthday Adobe Illustrator

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When we think back to 1987, some may remember it as the year of Black Monday, when we saw the stock market crash and seeing the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping by over 500 points and losing over 22% of its value in just one single day.  For Apple enthusiasts, we saw the unveiling of the Mac SE and the first modular and colour capable Mac, the Macintosh II. For gamers it was the year that we saw The Legend of Zelda released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. And it was 30 years ago this month, Adobe first shipped its flagship design software, Adobe Illustrator, an application that would allow designers to create and publish vector artwork, that would change the landscape of graphic design and the way we draw.
Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Renogy Phoenix Solar Powered Generator kit in a briefcase

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For many people the briefcase is totally passé, as backpacks seem to be all the rage, but not this one. The Renogy Phoenix is not your typical business accessory but rather an all-in-one solar powered generator briefcase. It really gives you, pardon the pun, a whole new meaning to mobile energy.

Officially called the Phoenix Generator 20W All-in-one Solar Kit, it features an LCD display comes complete with a handle. It comes in a small compact and portable form factor measuring only 16.24″ x 11.95″ x 3.94″ and weighing 12.8 pounds.

It has two built-in efficient Renogy 10 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels that harness the power of the sun to charge its hefty built-in 16Ah lithium-ion phosphate battery (NMC). Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.