Tech gifts for the whole family to enjoy

 Vero-mirror_bathroom-styleStocking stuffers are great for individual family members, but sometimes it can be a challenge finding just the right gift to put under the tree that everyone in the entire household can enjoy. So here are three ideas that everyone in the family can take pleasure in either inside or outside of the home.

Bluetooth Mirror-Mirror on the Wall

Bluetooth speakers are plentiful, but you’ve likely never seen one built into a stylish high-tech mirror. Designed to fit on your wall, the Viio series feature built-in side speakers, LED lighting and hands free-calling.

With Viio, anyone in the family can sing in the shower while listening to tunes and even take calls, if it just can’t wait. And when you’re all done, the anti-fog button will dissipate the steamy surface. Of course Viio can certainly go beyond the bathroom. It’s also suitable for the living room, bedroom or anywhere else you can hang a mirror. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Saviour non-electric vacuum food container a real saviour

saviorIf you’re like many of us, you often end up throwing away a little too much food because it goes bad before you get a chance to consume it. To give extended life to your food Enlifery, a home electronics designer, created Ankomn Savior, a non-electric food vacuum sealed container the company claims is the most powerful one ever built.

By creating a proper vacuum, removing air and excess humidity, the company says will allow food – depending on what it is will last 8x longer maintaining its flavour and taste, eliminating unnecessary waste and saving you some of that hard earned cash.  Read full review at CanoeTech Blog.

Dyson Supersonic is a new hair dryer

100122255The Dyson Supersonic was just unveiled in Tokyo and with no doubt; the name immediately stirs up imagery of an ultra high-speed vacuum or fan. And while I’m sure some of their existing technology is in this new product, James Dyson and his crack team of 100+ engineers and 30 in-house motor specialists have come up with what they think is the ultimate fast, focused and intelligent hair dryer and the answer to all hair drying problems.

“Hair dryers can be heavy, inefficient and make a racket. By looking at them further we realized that they could also cause extreme heat damage to hair. I challenged Dyson engineers to really understand the science of hair and develop our version of a hair dryer, which we think solves these problems,” says inventor and company founder James Dyson.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Electrohome Retro Clock Radio set with motion sensor technology

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Clock radios as we know them aren’t dead they’ve just become a little bit more practical and high tech. This appears to be the case with the Retro Clock Radio by Electrohome. At quick glance it resembles a vintage alarm clock with a round face and stand, but that’s pretty much where the retro ends.

The Retro Clock Radio, model CR35, features a digital face with function buttons both on the front and on the side.  And what looks like alarm bells, are two LED light bulbs which you can illuminate instantly by simply waving your hand in front of them, thanks to the unit’s built-in motion sensors.  READ Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Dyson 360 Eye intelligent robot vacuum cleaner launched

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After 16 years of development and teasing the world recently with an obscure video about Dyson project N223, Dyson revealed this morning, in Tokyo, the Dyson 360 Eye, the company’s first and much anticipated intelligent robot vacuum cleaner.

While this is not the first robot vacuum to the market, the company feels that theirs is superior, having integrated their patented technologies and overcoming the obstacles and inefficiencies of those already out there.

  Read more…at CanoeTechBlog

REVIEW: Dyson unveils Cinetic DC78 54 cyclone filterless bagless vacuum

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James Dyson is about to make headlines once again. You’d probably be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen his famous face in a TV commercial, starting about 20 years ago, telling us how inefficient vacuums are because they lose suction because of this culprit – the ugly dirty dusty vacuum bag.  And now there’s a new story.

Back in 1993, Dyson realized that bagged vacuums lost suction as the bag’s pores clogged even before it was full.  So they did away with them by introducing cyclonic technology that spins the dirt right into a bin.  The technology evolved over time but they realized that they were still losing suction – the blame now was put on the clogged filter that was still necessary to capture the dust. Fast forward two decades and the filter, which we hate to clean or change and is also a culprit in the war against suction loss, is now too going the way of the dodo bird.

No More Filters

Dyson is making this possible by the introduction of their next generation vacuum in North America that uses its newly patented Dyson Cinetic cyclone technology.

“Getting rid of bags solved the frustration of my vacuum losing suction. But washing filters – or worse – buying them, is still a nuisance. Dyson Cinetic cyclones are so efficient at separating microscopic particles that everything gets thrust into the bin, and you can forget about fussy filters,” says James Dyson.

Read more…and Full Review at CANOE Tech Blog

 

RMDLO Colander hi-tech kitchen strainer

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Colanders or strainers, as some people call them, take up way too much room in the kitchen. Whether one is a gourmet chef, a bachelor or a starving student, it’s one of those necessary items we always need to have around the house.

Given an implied demand and premium for real estate in most countries around the world – the creators Fred & Ran based in London, UK – set out and created the ultimate colander, a true breakthrough in kitchenware design.

Read more…at CANOE TECH BLOG

Review: Nest Learning Thermostat

We can use Home Automation devices to monitor our homes, keep us secure and turn our lights on and off. So why not use technology to help monitor and control the energy used to heat and cool our homes? The Nest Learning Thermostat can do just that – on its own- via the web and also through an app. Nest isn’t totally new, but the latest version, the 2nd generation model, is certainly much improved and you don’t have to be a geek to make the most of it. Great news if you’re a resident of Alberta, you may have an opportunity to get one free from Direct Energy.

The biggest thing to appreciate is that Nest is more than just a programmable thermostat – setting the device to turn on and off at predetermined times. It knows when you turn it up and knows when you turn it down and even knows when you’re away. It monitors usage and learns your habits, when you want to be toasty warm and when you want it a little cooler. It does this for about a week or so after installation and then it programs itself. When you configure it upon set up, you also give it your postal code, so it knows what the temperature is like outside so it can also learn vis-a-vis your actual environment.

Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Review: Dyson DC62 Animal cordless vacuum sucks like a corded one

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At first glance the Dyson DC62 Animal doesn’t look like much of a vacuum; in fact, it looks more like a metal detector than a vacuum cleaner. The first thing that came to mind was how such a small handheld unit, especially a cordless one, could do the job of a full sized vacuum. Fortunately for me, for today anyway, I live in a very dry area, almost back on to a transit station and have a significant amount of carpeting in my home, so there’s never any shortage of testing material – dust, sand and other sediment – that needed to be sucked up.

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

CANOE Review: Y-cam Home Monitor security camera

HomeMonitor MainWhether you already have a home alarm system or not, if you are looking for an inexpensive way to beef up your indoor security, Y-cam has developed a low-cost plug and play home monitor system that helps you keep an eye out from any computer, tablet or smartphone and alert you to unexpected activity when you’re not there.

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG