New Ford Fusion jumps potholes and stops and goes automatically

FordFusionIt doesn’t matter where you are in Canada you’re certain to find potholes of every shape and size and it’s no secret they can cause some serious car damage not to mention a less than smooth driving experience. While Ford can’t fix the potholes, what they have done is added some new pothole detection and avoidance technology amongst other innovations into the 2017 Ford Fusion to help alleviate some of the stress attempting navigating the roads that can seem like a landmine obstacle course.
Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Matador reusable Wet Bag travels on your keychain

droplet_v2_beach_square_002With careful planning and expert folding one can cram everything one needs needed including toiletries and necessary gadgets into a small carry case in a backpack for a two-day trip and a short flight. But returning with sweaty clothes or damp swim shorts can put a damper on the return trip.

And something I wish I had on my last adventure is the Matador Droplet Wet Bag. It’s a 100% polyester waterproof ultra compact wet bag that measures 27 cm x 23 cm and has a 3 L capacity. It’s not designed to be submersible, but it is ideal for keeping things like damp swimsuits separated from your precious computer gear.   It can also be used the other way around as a place to store some of your gadgets and things that you don’t want getting wet when it’s raining or water nearby. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Braven Bridge Executive Conference Call Speaker

Bridge_family_1There are lots of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market but I can’t say I’ve seen that many, particularly those offered in the consumer channel, specifically targeted or designed for the conference call market. But such is the case with the new Braven Bridge.

It’s being marketed as an “Executive Conference Call Speaker,” which I suspect is due to the fact that it offers both a luxurious design and built-in high definition microphones geared for use in a conference call environment. It’s an interesting differentiation as most other Bluetooth speaker offerings focus on the speaker with the microphone being a little extra, whereas for Braven, the mic is one of its primary features. Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Satechi Ventie car vent mount for your smartphone

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When you hear Ventie, the first thing that comes to mind is a mega cup of Starbucks coffee. But this Ventie has a slightly different spelling and has nothing to do with the caffeine fix; what it can do is make your smartphone hands-free by giving you the option to easily mount it to the air vent in your car.

The Ventie Mount by Satechi is a clever little accessory.  It has a spring-loaded head designed to grip any smartphone that measures between two and three and one-half inches wide. It could also be rotated to accommodate a number of GPS models or even your smartphone if you prefer to orient it in landscape mode.

In fact, the grip head is mounted using a ball-and-socket joint and swivel arm system giving you some decent flexibility in positioning the mount to give you the optimal viewing angle from your driver’s seat. Read moreat Canoe Tech Blog.

Braven powerbank that’s smart, rugged and Bluetooth enabled

Braven BRV-BankAs the weather heats up this summer and people pack up the car and head out to connect with nature, they still want to stay connected and that means keeping their gadgets charged. One cool gadget that can help do that and more is the rugged Braven BRV-BANK. It’s more than just a battery and like a good bank, it offers an array of “services” you would expect from a bank and a few more. Surprisingly, it’s Bluetooth 4.0 enabled and can be remotely controlled.

As for power, it features a rechargeable lithium-ion 6000mAh battery that can recharge two 5V USB enabled gadgets at a time. Port 1 is configured to output 5V/1A for recharging typical gadgets like smartphone accessories and Port 2 outputs 5V/2.4A suitable to recharge power-hungry devices like the iPad. Once drained, it can be fully juiced up in 4-5 hours via its micro-USB charging port. READ MORE at CanoeTech Blog.

Grid-It woven elastic system keeps you organized

Gridit LArgeIf you ever had to dig through your backpack or kit bag trying to find a cable or accessory, it can certainly be a real pain, especially when you’re in hurry. The solution, which at first you may not think novel, is elastic bands. But not just any elastic bands, but rather a purposefully organized system of interwoven bands by Cocoon Innovations appropriately called Grid-It.
Grid-It is the ultimate organizer. Grid-Its come in various shapes and sizes and while they were likely designed for gadgets like your iPhone and accessories like your earbuds and charging cable, you can use one for just about anything you could potentially tuck under or wrap in an elastic band.  Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Backyard summer travel tech six pack – CKUA MUSE w/ Tony King

I had another cool opportunity to be a guest on CKUA Radio MUSE a new radio program hosted by Tony King. On this episode, I spoke with Tony about three cool gadgets and three apps (plus one bonus app), that can help you take a travel right from your backyard pool.  Original air date: May 24, 2015. (06:37)

 

Review: ECOPEBBLE Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

1 ECOPEBBLEThere are many portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, a number of which are rated to resist occasional splash. However, the new ECOPEBBLE by EcoXGear has a waterproof/dustproof rating of IPX7, so it’s designed to not only keep out debris, but also water even when fully immersed to a depth of one metre for 30 minutes.

The ECOPEBBLE speaker is tiny and almost square, measuring 2.8 inches high, 2.9 inches wide by 2.8 inches deep and weighs a mere eight ounces. Its perimeter is fully rubberized with big button controls on the top and threaded camera mount screw post on the bottom to attach accessories or mounts. On one side is a colour grille and the other cleverly hidden panel behind a lanyard mounted lens-cap style cover that hides a 3.5” AUX audio-in jack for a wired connection, a microUSB input port for charging, a status indicator light and a main power switch.  Read full article at G4TV.ca.

Catalyst waterproof sleeve protects your gadgets from the elements

Catalyst Sleeve 1We all need a little protection for those notebooks, tablets and e-readers that we like to take everywhere we go but at the same time we’re sometimes reluctant to fall prey to always carting around those bulky carrying cases. An alternative solution is the Catalyst Waterproof Sleeve – designed to be both a standalone protective carrier for your portable gadget and an accessory that you can easily slip into your briefcase or backpack.

The Catalyst Sleeve is a dual protection system that’s both stylish and functional, giving you protection from accidental drops and water leakage. It consists of an ultra slim durable outer shell made of waterproof ripstop nylon and an inner high-grade EVA foam cushioned insert. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

iStabilizer smartMount better 2nd time around

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To satisfy the Selfie generation, last year iStabilizer released their smartMount smartphone tripod adapter. It was available either as a standalone item or as part of their monopod or flexible smartphone tripod products. While the design seemed quite clever at the time, in practice, depending on your phone it would often, quite frankly, miss the mark. Plus, it wasn’t wide enough to accommodate the iPhone 6. So iStabilizer went back to the drawing board, redesigned it and this time they hit the target.

The original adapter (below) looked pretty cool. It was spring-loaded to allow for any phone up to 2.75 inches in width and a separate model; the XL would accommodate the iPhone 6 and other phones up to 3.5 inches in width. The top portion had a metal wire frame with a rubber insert that could easily fall out and get lost. The bottom grip had a rest adorned with rubberized foam to keep the phone in place.  Read more…at CanoeTech Blog