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Aug 202014
 

Navdy  Or How To Safely Interact With Your Smartphone While Driving & Still Keeping Your Eyes On The Road
Smartphones and cars don’t really go hand in hand! There are too many temptations to take your eyes from the road and check your phone for incoming text massages, navigation directions, emails, social media notifications and messages, dial calls and so on … And taking your eyes from the road causes accidents!

Navdy is a nifty car gadget that promises to solve this issue and allow you to interact with your smartphone while keeping your eyes on the road. How do they do it? You simply put Navdy on your car’s dashboard, it connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android smartphone and, via a HUD (heads-up display), it projects information from your phone and displays it … on the road in front of your vehicle! Well, it doesn’t really project the info on the road, but on the device’s 5.1in transparent screen, which makes it look like it’s projected on the road in front of you.

ALSO CHECK the Garmin Windshield HUD (Head-Up Display) and the Skully P1 HUD Motorcycle Helmet we wrote about earlier.

Other than displaying navigation directions, Navdy can be controlled via air-gestures and voice commands to allow you to send messages and emails, answer and dial calls, control music playback and, if connected to the car’s computer via the OBDII interface, can allow you to monitor car performance and diagnostics by displaying the info on its HUD.

Navdy is presently on a private crowdfunding campaign and you can pre-order one for $299. Delivery is scheduled for early 2015.

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Aug 192014
 

Looxcie LX2 Wearable Video Cam for iPhone and Android - In Action
Wearing an action camera is no longer a big deal … when doing sports? But did you try mounting your favorite GoPro while taking a walk in the park or going to work? Whatever your reasons might be to do so, it still looks weird! So, if you need to record footage of you’re doing and still have your hands free for other activities, the Looxcie LX2 wearable video camera has you covered! And all this without making you look weird or stupid!

The Looxcie LX2 is lightweight (less than 1oz – that’s less than 22 grams!) and can be worn just as a Bluetooth headphone piece, can be clipped to caps, bike helmets, mounted on car windshields or on a tripod. The camera allows up to 5 hours of video recording, allows instant clip creation and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or i-Cloud, is powered by rechargeable battery with a life time of up to 4 hours and is compatible with iPhone and Android devices.

Given the small format size of the Looxcie LX2 the only control available on the camera is the power button. All other operations like viewing, controlling the video capture, sharing videos and other setting can be done via the free iOs and Android apps that come with the camera.

Don’t expect miracles when it comes to footage quality. The Looxcie LX2 records in 480p (854×480 pixels) and allows live streaming in 320p (480×320 pixels) – which makes it OK for amateur video recordings.

$381 | BUY NOW

 

Aug 122014
 

Mobile Home - Or How To Use Siri On Your iPhone While Driving Without Taking Your Eyes From The Road [Product Review]
The Mobile Home is one of those gadgets you don’t even know you need, until you use it. It is designed to improve your existing car hands-free system, help you to easier interact with your iPhone Personal Assistant, Siri and allow you to use your phone while driving, making sure your hands stay on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road in front of you!

The Mobile Home arrived quickly by priority mail. The package contains one unit of the Mobile Home with a full set of accessories including a metal visor clip, Velcro band sticky back fasteners if you prefer to mount the mobile home anywhere else then on your car’s visor and two CR2450 (each battery is good for around 6 months under normal use conditions) – low priced replacements available here.
The device is very simple to use – simply unpack it, hit the pairing button for a couple of seconds to allow the Bluetooth connection setup, fix the unit in your car and you’re ready to go. The Mobile Home is compatible with any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with Siri enabled (some functions may vary though based on your phone or tablet’s setup) and will allow you interact with Siri just as you would do it directly from your device.
Cool and useful, check it out on the manufacturer’s website …

$79 | BUY NOW
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Aug 072014
 

Bluetooth NES Controller For iPhone, Android And Windows Mobile Gadgets
Still in love with the retro gaming style? Ad a retro feel to your modern gaming with the Bluetooth NES controller for smartphones and tablets.
The 8BitDo controller natively works via wireless Bluetooth connection with all iOs devices including iPhone and iPad, Android smartphones and tablets and Windows Mobile gadgets. Styled as the original NES controller, the 8BitDo gamepad has programmable keys, dual-mode support, USB connectivity in case you want to hook it up to a non-Bluetooth gadget such as an older laptop, a 480 mAh rechargeable battery which allows up to 20 hours of game playing, built-in CPU for firmware upgrades and extended compatibility and features touch screen simulation, very useful with those modern, pure touch-screen games!

And, to make things easier for you, the NES controller comes with an Xtander base which allows you to stand up touch screen devices and play with ease.
Amazing, isn’t it? What are you waiting for … Go get one right away and revive that old-times-retro-gaming feeling you’re still craving for …

$39.99 | BUY NOW
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Jul 232014
 

The Coolest Cooler Around - by Ryan Grepper At coolestkickstarter.com
Coolers (are) were one of those rare items that did not change much over the past 30 years of technological advancements!
But that’s over! Ryan Grepper’s Coolest Cooler is set to bring the classic outdoors chillers to the 21st century! After an earlier unsuccessful crowdfunding try back in December 2013, Grepper improved the Coolest Cooler, added new features, redraw it’s outer design and brought it back to Kickstarter!

As of today (that’s 37 days before the project’s end), the Coolest Cooler pledged $6.9 million US (about 140 times more than what Grepper was looking for)!!! That’s the third most funded project ever (after the Pebble with 10.2 million and the Ouya Video Game Console with 8.6 million) and still has 37 days to go!!! Amazing, isn’t it?

Let’s see what makes The Coolest so cool that everyone wants to have one! Here’s a bullet-list of features:

  • 2 x 5V USB chargers (1A and 2.1A charging power), perfect for charging tablets, smartphones and other USB powered gadgets
  • Removable waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can enjoy your favorite music with your friends
  • Enjoy cool drinks with the built in ice crushing blender
  • Internal LED light to help you spot your drinks during night parties
  • Easy transportation system with gear tie-down and extra wide wheels for easy moving in sand and difficult terrains
  • Bottle opener
  • Incorporated essentials (reusable plates, a ceramic knive) and a cooler split lid to divide drinks and easily store eyes.
  • At last, but not the least … IT”S COOL!!!

The Coolest Cooler is in project mode at Kickstarter and you can get one for $185 (that’s $115 savings over the future regular retail price). Estimated delivery for February 2015.

Let’s hear you in the comments. What’s your take on the Coolest Cooler? Will you get one?

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Jul 052014
 

LG Harman Kardon HBS-900 Tone Infinim Bluetooth Headset
Born from a collaboration between two giants in the gadgetry industry, the LG Harman Kardon Tone Infinim (HBS-900) is a premium Bluetooth headset optimized for the LG G3 smartphone but compatible with most devices on the market.
The Tone Infinim has a “behind-the-neck” format and is deemed to have the longest standby time in the industry (550 hours of standby). The device if powered by a 220mAh battery which is good for 17 hours of phone talk or 14 hours of music/video/game play, is compatible with all Bluetooth devices running Bluetooth 3.0 and features the A2DP (stereo audio transmission), AVRCP (acts as a audio/video remote controller), HFP (car hands free function), HSP (phone headset connectivity) profiles.

ALSO CHECK the AfterShokz Bluez 2 Bluetooth Bone Conduction Headphones, theJabra Revo and the Cynaps Bluetooth Headphones Cap.

The LG Harman Kardon Tone Infinim (HBS-900) will hit the markets this summer. No pricing information was released yet by Harman Kardon or LG, but, if we consider LG’s HBS-800 model featuring JBL audio ran for $120 US when it was released, we appreciate the Tone Infinim will be north of this price point due to Harman Kardon‘s implication in the project.

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Jul 042014
 

Cynaps Hands-Free Bone Conduction Headphones Cap
Bone conduction is the latest in headphones technology and comes with many advantages such as allowing users to fully enjoy audio content while still being able to “keep an ear” on what’s happening around – check the AfterShokz Bluez 2 and the Finis SwiMP3 we wrote about earlier.

The Cynaps cap is is an interesting piece of gadgetry! Yeap, that’s exactly what I wrote! The Cynaps cap is a cool gadget!
The guys from Max Virtual, the company behind the Cynaps Cap, combined a classic sports cap with bone conduction headphones and obtained a very cool piece of jogging gear! The Cynaps Cap connects to smartphones, tablets and MP3 players via wireless Bluetooth, sports high quality bone conduction emitters which transmit the audio content directly to your inner ear through vibrations, a microphone located inside the bill to allow you take phone calls and interact with your device’s speak recognition functions and incorporates a battery which allows for 6-10 hours of music listening or phone calls on a full charge.

$79.99 | BUY NOW
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