Apr 212014
 

AngelBlocks Or How To Raise You Home's Intelligence!
Intelligent homes are no longer a science fiction “thing” of the future! While some automation solutions are already on the market (think about the Belkin Wemo, the Tempo Smart Temperature Monitor or the iSmart Alarm), the AngelBlocks bring you amazing new possibilities and literally take your house to the 21st century!

There are a variety of sensors available (motion, door and window opening and closing, temperature, light, temperature, humidity, sound, soil moisture, smoke and so on …) which can monitor almost every aspect of your home, and, based on pre-defined triggers, they take action in your behalf. The device can send you notifications via phone calls, SMS, smartphone apps or even Facebook, can lock/unlock doors, plug/unplug electric devices, automatically send pics and videos of your home to your mobile device, interact with security system and garage doors, turn ON/OFF the lights and control the water!

Impressive! An unlimited world of choices and actions designed around the simplest principle of automation: “If THIS, than THAT”!

The AngelBlocks are in project mode at Kickstarter and you can secure a starter kit for as low as $60. Estimated delivery: September 2014.

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Apr 182014
 

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera That Records Your Trips And Assists You Driving [Product Review]

Dashboard cameras are fast becoming a must-have for drivers. They record footage in case of an unhappy event (read crash), many insurance companies accept them as proofs for identifying accident liability, can be used to record trips for fun and, last but not least, can passively assist you while driving.

There are many car camera models available on the market to choose from, and even more manufacturers are turning to this niche every day. Today I’ll walk you over one of the top mid class DVR models (read packed with features but with a decent price) out-there – The PapaGo GS 330 or USGoSafe 300 as it’s sold in US. If you’re eager to see it in action, scroll down to the bottom of the post and check the 4 trip tests I did (sunny and rainy day as well as clear and rainy night) and an unboxing clip.

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera Safe File Saving

I used this camera for the past 2 weeks now and it was a pleasure to test it. It is compact, easy to mount and un-mount from the windshield holder (the holding mechanism was a bit stiff the first few tries, but after a couple of uses it worked perfectly), it’s made of solid black plastic (no danger if you drop it), very simple to operate (basically it starts recording as soon as you hook up the power source or start the engine if the charger is already plugged in) and set up. The four buttons below the LCD serve navigation in the menu as well as to use the emergency recording function or turn the screen ON/OFF.

The beauty of a dashboard camera or car DVR as some call it is that once you did the initial setup there is no need to tweak the settings like you would with a handheld camcorder. It simply stays in it’s place and records what’s in front of the car. That’s it. So, as recording quality counts mostly with a such gadget, I’ll let go through some of the dashcam features below and I invite you to check the video tests at the bottom of the post for the real deal – recording in action!

Let’s dive into it. As this camera is fully loaded with features I’ll list them in bullet-list form for easier following:

  • A 5MP sensor matched with a F2.0 lens offers great day time recording and performs very well in low light conditions
  • Three quality recording modes: full HD 1080p recording at 30 fps (frames per second); HD 720p at 60 fps and 30 fps
  • 142 degree wide viewing angle helps recording the entire road in front of the car as well as a good part of the sidewalks (you know … in case some crazy stuntman tries to pull one of his tricks when you pass by and jumps in front of your car!!!)PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera 142 Degree Wide Angle Recording
  • Connectivity – the GS330 offers a regular HDMI plug, a classic AV plug (output available in PAL and NTSC), Mini USB for power and PC data transfers, Micro SD card as storage unit for the recorded videos
  • 2″ LCD screen for playback videos, live recording monitoring and camera setup
  • Motion detection mode – leave your car in the parking and if the G Sensor feels someone bump into your car the GS330 will automatically start recording
  • Stop And Go – this is a cool feature. If your anything like me, your stops at the red light are full SMS and browsing sessions. The Stop And Go feature monitors the car in front of you and when it detects it departed lets you know via a beep that it’s time to let your friends alone and start driving
  • Lights Reminder – Detects low light conditions and let you know via a beep and a visual display that it’s time to turn the lights ON
  • Driver Fatigue Alarm – You can set this feature to remind you to take breaks every now and then to avoid driving fatigue
  • Speed Restriction Signs – this is another cool feature – the car DVR constantly monitors the sides of the road and notifies you whenever it notices a speed sign. The new speed restriction is also displayed on the dashcam’s LCD screen.PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera F2.0 Lens 5MP Sensor
  • Cycle Recording – the dash camera saves the recorded file every 5 minutes and automatically starts a new one. The last 10 files are saved on the Micro SD card and, when recording an 11th file, the oldest one is overwritten. This way, by cycling the files, you always have available the last 10 recording (that’s the last 50 minutes of your driving trip)
  • Auto Bump Files Copy – this features automatically saves the files when a hit/bump/accident is noted by the camera. This way, if you’re involved in an accident, you’re sure the recorded files are not overwritten by newer files and you can use them in your defense
  • Emergency Recording and Snapshots – Simply press the Emergency button on the camera and it will record a new fill which will not be included in the cycling recording
  • Auto Start – If you decide to leave your dashboard camera in the car, simply start your car in the morning and the GS330 starts recording automatically
  • Mounting Options – Windshield mount (included with the GS330) and Dashboard (a dashbag is needed for this option)

Take a minute and check the test recordings below to see the Papago USGoSafe 330 in action and let me know in the comments your take on it or if you have any questions about it.

$135 | BUY NOW
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Apr 112014
 

Helios - The Smart Bike Handlebars!
Helios is an impressive new bicycle accessory that aims to turn your bike into a connected “smart” bike.
The handlebar comes in two versions: The Bullhorn and the Drop Bar and sports a great kit of features designed to improve your biking experience: a 500 lumen LED light built-in the bar will help you light your way in the night, proximity sensor which will turn ON and OFF your bike lights based on your presence near the the bicycle, two back lights (positioned in the back-facing side of the handlebar) can be used for turn signals, visual speedometer (the light changes color based on your actual speed) and ambient lightning. As this was not enough, a low-power GPS unit in the handlebar will help you track your whereabouts, get turn-by-turn navigation instruction (the back-facing handlebar lights will let you know where to turn left or right) and track your bike in case it’s stolen (simply slide a SIM card into the handle and, by simply sending and SMS the bike will reply sending you a Google maps link with your bicycle’s location). How cool is that?

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Apr 032014
 

LockBox - The Portable Waterproof Safety Box Wallet
There are many situations in life when your fancy, minimalist, cool leather wallet simply won’t cut it! Think about going to the sandy beach, jogging, cycling, walking in the rain or even diving into the pool in a hot, sunny afternoon! Obviously, you can find alternate solutions like wrapping your existing wallets into a plastic baggy or leaving it home, but you get my point – why not make yourself a favor and buy a cool waterproof minimalist wallet?

Built by 2 Spanish cyclists to answer the specific need of protecting their gear from the elements and sweat while racing their bikes, the LockBox is a minimalist wallet made of platinum silicone (incorporates platinum in the silicone composition to improve properties of the conventional material) which allows you to carry a couple of coins, keys, memory cards, a handful of bills and credit cards or even a wedding ring if needed (don’t think about what I thought!!!) in full protection against water, dust, snow and mud. The silicone wallet is rated to resist temperatures between -60 to 230 degrees Celsius (that’s around -76 to 446 degrees Fahrenheit), it’s soft silicone shell is perfect for sports which present the risk of falling or bumping into other persons or things, features exchangeable shells, a raised jaw lock for improved security and tightness and it does very well the job it was designs for – protect your gear!

I used this wallet for the past couple of weeks in situations where using a regular wallet was not appropriate (playing in snow, jogging, being caught by rain) and my gear was always OK. For those worried about it’s small size, here’s what I carried around – two $20 notes, two apartment keys (I placed them in the coin placings), one credit card, 3 business cards and one Micro SD card inserted into a SD card adapter. Cool, handy and reliable …
Please take a minute and watch the attached video for a demonstration of the LockBox in action.

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Mar 302014
 

Wolf DOT Approved Motorcycle Helmet
If you wasn’t impressed by the Predator Helmet, Spiderman Helmet or the Batman Motorcycle helmet we featured earlier and you’re still in the market for the perfect biker skull protection, you must stop by for a minute and check the Wolf Helmet.

Custom made in US and DOT certified, the wolf helmet sports a scary, creepy and funny (all at the same time … imagine that!) realistic wolf head fully covering the protective helmet and designed to instantly transform you in a badass biker werewolf! A real head turner … What’s your take on it? Let me know int he comments below …

$199 | BUY NOW
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Mar 262014
 

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk - Or How To Handle Emergency Situation Like A Pro

Designed to help in emergency situations, the Gerber Tactical Downrange Tomahawk is a high quality, minimalistic and efficient way to get your self out of trouble. Made in US, the tomahawk has no moving parts, features a triple-purpose ax head – a front axe head capable of chopping just about any piece of wood, a backside hammer head and a lower side pry bar made of strong 420HC steel body with Cerakote. The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk comes with a MOLLE-compatible sheath that attaches to your pack, standard webbing or body armor for easy transportation.

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Feb 282014
 

Mammut Pro Avalanche Protection Airbag Pack
I don’t know about you but I was always afraid of avalanches! While skiing and snowboarding in official resorts seems a bit safer, not the same can be said about wild trails! Make sure you always stay protected by using an avalanche airbag like the Mammut Pro 35L Airbag Pack.

Just as the NorthFace Patrol 24, the Mammut avalanche airbag is designed to deploy in case of avalanche emergency and keep you at or near the surface. The airbag deploys in 3 seconds and, as it is placed on your shoulders, will not interfere with your field of vision. Other than the useful airbag feature, the Mammut Pro also features a generous storage space, a removable snowboard carrier, a soft-lined ski goggles pocket, an U-shaped aluminum frame to support the load and helps transfer weight to the hipbelt, padded shoulder straps and a thermoformed back panel for improved comfort and and ventilation.

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