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

Sidekick mounts your smartphone to your guitar

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We’ve seen smartphone and tablet mounts for mics and mic stands, but how about for a guitar? It would seem somewhat impractical to mount a tablet to your six-string or banjo. However, for your smartphone or iPod, it could certainly make sense and that’s what Guitar Sidekick is designed for.

Read more… AT CANOE TECHNOLOGY BLOG

Bluetooth Smart Bulb shines the light you want

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Just as we try to rid the world of inefficient incandescent light bulbs in favour of the newer compact fluorescent type, a new kid emerges on the block, the smart bulb, or more accurately an app-enabled Bluetooth Smart bulb. It’s designed to use five times less power and last 30 times longer than your traditional incandescent bulb. In addition to being controlled by a switch, for an incredible light show experience, there’s an app for that.

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Wicked Audio Splitter offers dual volume controls

WickedAudioSplitterIt’s not often that you see two people sharing the same audio source from an iPod, smartphone or tablet, but when the need arises, it’s nice to know that each individual has the ability to control his or her volume with the new Audio Splitter from Wicked Audio.

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Give the Gift of Gadgets

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Whether you are high tech or not, people love to get the gift of gadgets. It seems like each new day brings a new gadget making the right choice harder and harder.  To help you out, here are a few gift ideas that are suitable for everyone.

For the Tablet Lover

If you like a full-sized tablet without the bulk, the new Apple iPad Air is 20% thinner, 28% lighter and with the new A7 chip and M7 motion coprocessor is more powerful than ever before.

It still features a 9.7″ high-definition Retina Display as before and also maintains the same respectable 10-hour battery life, but now packaged in a tablet that weighs only 1 pound. (1.05 lb. for the Wi-Fi + LTE model).

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