Tablets

Dec 222014
 

Peq Smart Home Automation System Controlled by iPad Or Android Tablet
Here’s your chance to get rid of all individual home automation modules you’re using now and consolidate all your systems into one master control hub. The Peq home automation hub is a complete system that allows you to monitor and control your home , even if you’re not on the premises. The Peq system is able to control most components of a modern home and comes with wide array of sensors including door and window sensors, motion detection, water and carbon monoxide detectors as well as with cameras, light dimmers, generic appliances controllers and home thermostats.

ALSO CHECK the Belkin WeMo Home Automation iPhone, iPad & iPod Switch.

So how does it work? The Peq system is pretty straight forward – simply get the central hub as well as the modules you need to control and monitor your home or office (the Peq can also control your existing home automation gadgets such as Nest, Yale, Kwikset, Phillips Hue, LG, etc …), set up your network and connect it to your iPhone or Android device and you’re ready to go! Once the whole system set up you can stream live video, watch recorded footage, set lighting, temperature, turn ON or OFF devices and appliances, get email and SMS notification based on pre-defined rules and much more.

The Peq Home Automation System modules can be purchased individually or as prepackaged thematic bundles such as Starter, Illumination, Watchdog or House & Home and requires a $9.99 monthly fee for system updates and online management tools.

 

$119+ | BUY NOW
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Dec 192014
 

Plinth - The Ultimate Universal Tablet Stand - Opened And Closed View
Plinth is a minimalist, universal tablet stand designed to make your life easier at home, at the office and while on the go! The Plinth is a truly universal device and works with all iPad models, Android and Windows phones and tablets, Kindle, iPhone – with or without cases. Not bigger than an iPhone 4, the Plinth stays quiet in your pocket, bag or tablet sleeve waiting to help you when you need it. Once you’re ready to fix your tablet into a more convenient reading or working position, the Plinth deploys with a touch of a button and is ready to offer a more comfortable and ergonomic position in less than a second – check out the video for a full demo on how it works.

I used the Plinth for about two days and I find a perfect mix between portability and usability. Big enough to comfortably and securely hold a 10.1-in tablet, while small enough to fit in your jeans pocket (literally), the Plinth is one of the most convenient tablet stands I came across. Not only that, but, as my regular PC is a small 11.6-in laptop, I used the Plinth as a laptop stand for these two days and it worked out perfectly. On the lowest angle position, the Plinth allowed me to raise my laptop to about 3-4-in (that’s about 10-12 cm), just what I needed for a more comfortable working position and better heat dissipation.

The Plinth is available in 4 color variations (graphite/grey, graphite/teal, white/grey, white/green) and will set you back $32 US, which, given it ingenious design and increased portability it’s a very reasonable price. Check it out …

$32 | BUY NOW
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Dec 172014
 

iPad Air 1 And iPad Air 2 Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard case -  SOTKE002400 - Front And BAck Views
The iPad Air 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case from Brando.com is a convenient way to protect your iPad and always have with you a keyboard to help you better play, write emails or simply transform your tablet into a laptop and accomplish your daily stuff.

The Bluetooth keyboard case is designed for iPad Air 2, but it’s works very well with the first generation of iPad as well and can be used as external keyboard even with Android or Windows devices (anything that supports Bluetooth connectivity).
Actually, in this video review, I am using an iPad Air 1 and, as you see, it’s a perfect fit. The case comes with a full qwerty keyboard and a bunch of dedicated keys to control the most used iPad functions such as volume, settings, screen brightness music playlist controls and copy/paste options. The case connects to your iPad via Bluetooth 3.0 (there are no wires to connect), sports a 350mAh internal rechargeable battery that allows up to 140 hours of uninterrupted usage on a 5 hours full charge, incorporates a desk stand and is available in three colors – Silver, Gold and Gray.

I used the iPad Keyboard Case for about 1.5 weeks and, even though I am not a big fan of using external keyboards and mice on tablets, I must admit it turned out useful more times than I was expecting! Being able to type a long email on my tablet was a actually cool …

The iPad Air Bluetooth Keyboard Case is available for $39 US. Check it out for more info …

$39 | BUY NOW
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Dec 102014
 

BlueLounge Sanctuary4 Desk Charging Station On Shelf Charging iPhone And Tablet
With so many smartphones and tablets in a modern family home (not even mentioning smartwatches, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, etc…), finding a free charging spot for your device it’s not an easy job! Sometimes, I even feel charging a phone is like a contagious disease … as soon as you plug in your device, someone always appears from nowhere … “Can I plug mine for 5 min only, than it’s all yours? Please … Please…“!

Of course, you can use multiple chargers like everybody else does, but again … if your family is anything like mine, no one is ever unplugging the chargers and store them away of sight. And seeing every electrical plug around crowded with chargers it’s not a lot better, isn’t it?

ALSO CHECK the Orico 4, the Griffin PowerDock 5 and the Mahogany Charging Station we featured earlier.

This is where desk charging stations like the BlueLounge Sanctuary4 come into the game to fix the charging management issue! The Sanctuary4 is a cool Appleish style squared charging box that features 4 USB charging ports (total output of 4Amps), rubberized device tray and an adjustable tablet stand for charging and movie watching. The device can charge up to 4 smartphones or two tablets at the same time and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android devices and any other USB powered gadget.

$99.95 | BUY NOW
Dec 092014
 

Elegant Slope Universal Tablet Desk Stand
Dekke’s Slope universal tablet stand is one of the most stylish desk mounts we have seen to date. The Slope has a cool Appleish design, is made of strong and lightweight aluminum and features two Nanofoam suction pads (the Nanofoam is similar with the material used by the Gecko-lizard car phone pads) which serve to securely hold your tablet as well as to have a good, stable grip on the desk or table where sited.

ALSO CHECK the Flote Orbit Ultimate Universal Tablet Stand we reviewed earlier.

Given it’s simple and minimalist design, the Slope is compatible with most flat, non-porous backside surfaces tablets including all iPad versions, most Android and Windows tablets and is available in two colors (Silver and Black) two sizes: Slope Mini for 7″ and 8″ tablets and the regular Slope built for 10.1″ devices.

$49.99 | BUY NOW
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Dec 082014
 

Parrot Bebop Drone With Skycontroller Range Extender
The Parrot Bebop Drone is designed to allow you take awesome pictures and record amazing movies from the height of the skies, offering FPV (First Person View) footage via a dedicated free iPhone or Android app.

The Parrot Bebop Drone roughly measures 12-in (28cm) square and 1.5-in (3.6cm) tall, weighs around 14.5 ounces (that’s a maximum weight of 410 grams), is powered by a rechargeable battery which allows up to 11 minutes of flight at speeds up to 45mph (75KMH) in winds up to 30mph (50KMH). The drone is equipped with a 14MP 180-degree angle of view f2.2 fish-eye lens camera capable of recording full-HD 1080p MP4 movies or taking JPEG and Adobe DNG picture files.

ALSO CHECK the X4 First Person View Quadcopter By Hubsan Hobby and this Flying Eagle POV Video.

Both, the Parrot drone and the installed camera, can be controlled via the iOs (iPhone, iPad and iPod) or Android FreeFlight Parrot app which connects to your phone or tablet via Wi-Fi and has a range of about 980ft (300 meters). For those looking to extend the flying area of the drone, Parrot offers a Skycontroller addon which features an amplified Wi-Fi radio and 4 antennas to boost the device’s range up to 1.2 miles (2kilometers). The Skycontroller addon runs on Android and allows image output to smartphones, tablets as well as HDMI screens and TVs and VR sets such as the Oculus Rift (via HDMI), Zeiss Cinemizer or Sony FPV.

$499+ | BUY NOW
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Dec 052014
 

Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Portable Fuel Cell With H2O Hydrolyzer Charge Statio
While it might look a bit more expensive than other power storage units we featured here at the Cool Pile, the Brunton Hydrogen Reactor is a viable source of electrical power to charge your gadgets while off-the-grid for more than couple of days.

ALSO CHECK the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator and the SunnyBag Solar Powered Charger Bag we featured earlier.

The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Portable Fuel Cell is perfect for charging your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphones and tablets, GPS units, MP3 players, basically anything that can be powered from an USB plug. The reactor hydrogen cells are environmentally safe, toxic chemicals free, they come in solid state with no natural discharge format and output 5V @ 2amp. Each Hydrocore can charge an iPhone for up to 6 times and can be recharged up to 1,000 times with the help of a H2O Hydrolyzer Charge Station ($231.09 US). Two hydrogen cores are included in the initial purchase and additional cores can be purchased individually if needed.

$99.99 | BUY NOW

 

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