USB powered air purifier and fan cleans and cools

Satechi Purifier

I do keep my office reasonably clean, but truthfully my office is usually covered wall to wall with gadgets, cables, books, magazines, manuals, boxes and more. I’ve never really thought about all the dust bunnies and other allergens that might be lurking in the dark crevices behind and beneath all my gadgetry. Enter the 2-in-1 Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier & Fan. It can eradicate the bunnies, remove those nasty allergens and provide for a little breeze or air circulation.

It looks like a small desktop speaker, measuring 11 x 11 x 9 cm, small enough to be portable and weighs a mere 350g so you can use it in the home, in the office, on the road and even in your car.

No drivers to install; it’s plug and play and runs off 5V USB, so you can power it from a USB compatible wall charger or even your computer.

It has two modes – compressed and expanded.  When compressed it takes on the role as a purifier, designed to grab those ultra-fine particles like dander, dust and pollen from the air; when expanded by pulling out the front, it runs like a personal fan.

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Last Minute Gadget Gift Ideas Just for Dad

2 Instax Share SP-1If you’re like many who wait for the last minute to find that special gift for that special Dad, or Grand Dad, here are a few ideas especially if he’s a geek – but he doesn’t have to be.

For Dads who love Heavy Duty Wi-Fi

If he’s a real geek and serious Wi-Fi is really important at home, then Dad may enjoy the Linksys WRT 1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. This new router looks like a throwback to the earlier part of the 21st century, but its technology is significantly advanced.

READ FULL ARTICLE  including gifts from Linksys, Fuji & Dyson  at G4 TV CANADA

 

Bottle opening timepiece focuses on Happy Hour

 

HappyHourISH1I don’t usually find it a challenge to come up with a headline for a story or review, but while tossing around a couple of ideas, this one certainly made me want to have a “beverage”. And so it should, that is, for the simple fact that when staring at it the entire face looks somewhat fuzzy, the hour and the minute hand appearing somewhat blotchy and none of the numbers visible with the exception of the “5″.

Now I know what you might be thinking – that I’ve already decided to partake in the human ritual known to many as Happy Hour which begins around 5 “ish” and that I’ve already had a few too many. Others might nod their heads in agreement, because after a long day, Happy Hour is the only time that matters. But truth be told, I haven’t had a sip – yet – and that’s the way the watch was designed – really!           Read full article At G4TV Canada

CanoeTech: Gadgets Mom would love

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As Mother’s Day is just around the corner, have you found the perfect gift just for mom? Here are a few ideas that you may not have thought of, that will be a treat for your hard-working Mom beyond that special day.

Instax Camera

If you thought the instant camera of yesteryear has gone the way of the dodo bird, think again. Mom can still take snaps and get some cool little pics almost instantly with the FujiFilm Instax Mini 8. This funky cool camera is focus free and features an automatic flash so Mom can just point and shoot. It prints out 62mm x 46mm credit card size prints immediately and within moments you can see the picture coming alive.     Read more… AT Canoe Tech Blog

Nomad – ChargeCard, ChargeKey makers catch their breath

It’s rare you get a personalized special update message from a company letting you know where they’re at. But this is what happened to me today. Nomad which began as Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects and the makers of ChargeCard and ChargeKey, reviewed here and G4TV.ca, chimed in to tell me that they’ve cleaned up their backorders and are now able to fulfill orders the same day.
They’ve come a long way since their crowdfunding project kickstarted back in 2012 starting with the two co-founders in their grandparent’s basement to a full-fledged operation of 15 people in the heart of San Francisco.
So far, they’ve:
- Made over $2.5M in sales since launch
- Shipped nearly 100,000 cables
- Fulfilled all Kickstarter and Indiegogo pledges and pre-sales
- Become one of the top Shopify stores, the second in gross sales in the electronics category
Glad to hear about Nomad’s entrepreneurial success and look forward in hearing about their 3rd product which they are in the process of launching.

Nomad ChargeKey & ChargeCard – world’s smallest USB cable

Nomad ChargeKey & ChargeCardNo matter where we go we always need to have some sort of USB cable nearby, whether it’s to charge up our gadgets or sync with another device. The truth is, carrying them around can be somewhat of a pain. They can be too bulky, cumbersome or we have nowhere to put them. Well Nomad has come up with a solution – in fact two of them, ChargeCard and ChargeKey.

Technically, ChargeCard and ChargeKey are not really cables at all; they are connecting devices and work like cables but look like a credit card and a house key respectively. They both allow you to charge up your device when connected via USB and full-fledged data transfer when syncing to a computer or other compatible device.

Both ChargeCard and ChargeKey come in two models, one for Lightning connector compatible devices, like the iPhone 5, 5C & 5S as well as any iPad, including iPad mini and iPad Air. The other is a micro USB version that will work with most Android and Windows phones as well as your BlackBerry.

Brushing snow: the secret behind Oral-B latest toothbrush technology

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Who would have thought, when a German engineer was out in his driveway routinely brushing off the snow, it would ultimately lead to discovering technology behind the latest plaque-fighting toothbrush?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Peter, an Oral-B engineer at Braun.

“As he brushed away the snow he noticed that a layer of snow still remained. So he picked the brush up bashed the brush into the snow to break it up and swept it away again,” explains Dr. Paul Warren P&G Director, Global Professional and Scientific Relations.

Read more…At Canoe Tech Blog.

HISY helps you snap the perfect selfie

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The perfect gift for the self-indulgent

EDMONTON, AB, Feb 13, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Last November Oxford Dictionary declared “Selfie” the 2013 international word of the year. Simply put, Oxford define it as a photograph – typically taken with a smartphone or webcam – of oneself and uploaded to a social media website.

And while “Selfie” may have achieved a certain status because of the venerable dictionary, many of us still consider such self-indulgence as either vain or simply downright annoying. This is particularly true in crowded areas when those trying to get the ultimate self-portrait create chaos as they push and shove others aside. But no matter, people are happily snapping selfies in record numbers, and continually flooding Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social media sites with them.

If you are one of them, you might as well at least do it right.

Unless you have a long arm or a gadget like the QuikPod – an extendible monopod – you’re still either at the mercy of the steadiness of your hand or your device’s 10-second timer to get a decent in-focus shot or the shot you really want. With HISY – pronounced “high-see” – however, that ends.
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Lightsaber Power Bank charges from the dark side

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How Darth Vader charges his iPhone

You might have an interesting time, or not, at some airport security scans these days, but cast your worries aside. This interesting looking device despite its appearance is not a real weapon from the future, but rather a Star Wars licensed portable battery charger or more formally, The STAR WARS Darth Vader Lightsaber Power Bank.

Read more…At Canoe Tech Blog

CES 2014: E-Go lets you skateboard to the next frontier

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As a kid growing up I relied heavily on bicycles and roller-skates but when it came to things like skateboards, I didn’t feel like I had the combined agility and leg power needed to take me on longer distances. And while I’m much older now, the new Yuneec E-Go Cruiser skateboard just might coax me into reliving that time in my youth.

Read more…At CANOE Tech Blog