Archive for Gadgets

Gadgets :: May 1, 2018

Logitech’s MX Ergo is a perfect choice for a wireless trackball mouse. And if you’ve never used a trackball mouse, you need to; don’t be intimidated by its appearance. 

The ergonomic mouse comfortably sits in your hand, which Logitech states delivers 20 percent less muscular strain than a regular mouse.

To help achieve the comfort, the MX Ergo is build with an adjustable hinge for personalization. This includes getting the right angle between zero and 20 degrees. You might not think a mouse with adjustments is necessary, but after you use it for a few minutes, you’ll see the advantages. Or more accurately, you’ll feel the advantages.

A trackball mouse has all the features you expect from a mouse, including left and right clicks, smooth scrolling and rolling trackball mounted into the frame. With Logitech options settings, you can customize buttons for an even greater personalization. 

Inside is a rechargeable battery rated for four mounts of use before a USB charge is needed.

Logitech’s Flow technology even allows for multi-computer workflow, so you can have the mouse connected to a pair of devices simultaneously. You can even copy and paste between connected devices.

For wireless connectivity you have a choice between Bluetooth or through the included Logitech Unifying receiver. $99.99

I’ve seen many gadget companies over the years who love to inaccurately include the words All-in-1 in the title of products. But when it’s used and it works, they have a winner. Such is the case with DE World’s Grip All-In-1 phone mount.

I can say that because I’ve used it on land, water and air, taking it for a test drive on a recent flight attached to my seat tray and my rental car’s dashboard and window. A few days later I even had it on my boat’s dashboard, which I didn’t use for phone calls, but did give me great access for controlling my music.

The mount is universal, so it securely holds most smartphones with a fully padded holster and allows for full access to the front facing LCD and button controls. A suction cup holds the phone in place and is easily released without damaging the surface. You can have a smartphone angled vertical or horizontal.

With the Grip All-in-1, you can angle it in most any direction with ease, using the locking ball head. The arm extends from 4.9 inches to 8.3-inches and gives you a 225-degree pivot.

In addition to the suction mount,  the versatile system includes a dashboard grip-pad, vent mount, 3M adhesive mount and even a CD slot mount. The latter of which gives you 360-degree rotation. $29.99

Adaptive Sound Technologies Inc.’s LectroFan Kinder Bedtime Buddy is a smartphone- controlled sleeping device designed to produce sounds for a smooth sleeping environment for children.

The palm-sized device is designed to help create perfect sleeping habits at an early age with the help of today’s technology.

Setting it up and controlling it is simple. Just put it into an AC wall outlet and download the free app (iOS and Android), which lets you control of 75 white noise sounds, soft night lights, volume and fan settings. Everything can be left on or use the timer to turn it off. 

With the app you can choose the night light shade from a rainbow of colors you’ll see glow on a top side LCD. Adaptive was creative in naming some of the sounds, including ball game, coffee shop and ocean cruise.

There’s no need for WiFi;  pairing is done when you open up the app and then you’ll have a 50-foot range. $59.93

Gadgets :: April 18, 2018

by Gregg Ellman

I’ve been brushing my teeth this week with the Swedish made Foreo ISSA 2, which the company touts as the world’s first silicone sonic toothbrush.

It takes only an hour to charge, which is said to last for up to 365 uses before another USB charge is needed. Obviously I haven’t used it that long, but after a few weeks it’s running just fine.

I never knew specifications on electric toothbrushes, until now. The ISSA 2 supplies your teeth with 11,000 high-intensity pulsations per minute, incorporating T-Sonic technology to create micro-sweeps to effectively clean teeth and gums. That helps resist the buildup of bacteria for up to 10,000x less bacteria than nylon-bristled toothbrushes, according to Foreo.

The soft and flexible, quick-drying bristles are made with medical-grade silicone, which separates from the ergonomic handle easily for cleaning.

Other features include a timer, 16 variable speeds and the head, which should last for 6 months,

My interpretation, at first the feeling, was a little different compared with the electric toothbrush I’ve been using for years. After a few days it starts to feel normal and works great.

The incredible battery life not necessary for home use but makes it perfect for traveling. Power is controlled by a recessed button, which really can’t be activated accidentally. $169, replacement brushes $24.90. Available in blue, mint, pink and black

Cable and satellite boxes often keep us from rearranging a room and in particular the location of a TV since it has to be connected to the box.

The Blackweb Wireless HD Video kit is a different type of cable cutter to help in situations like this or just to control cable clutter by sending uncompressed HD signals to your HDTV or projector.

Setting it up is pretty straightforward and virtually plug-and-play with the quick start guide. The initial setup has you connecting your media sources (cable, satellite, DVD, gaming, etc.) to the wireless sender. Up to three different HDMI sources can be connected.

When everything is connected the signal goes from the sender to the wireless receiver (6.5-by-5.5-by-1.3-inches each), which is connected to the TV.

An HD signal up to 1080P is supported up to 125 feet away, through walls, TV cabinets, etc. I had it set up in different rooms, and walls were not an issue.

I didn’t try this with a projector, but using it with one would be a great benefit, enabling the projector to broadcast wirelessly at home or in a conference room.

Along with the sender and receivers, AC power adapters, 3-device HD switch, cables and a remote are included. $89

A new free app, HDTV Tower Finder by Winegard Company, is designed to assist cord cutters in finding the best antenna placement to receive the most free channels in your area.

With the app, along with your smartphone’s camera, GPS, and compass, it will find the most suitable spot for an over-the-air antenna and what stations you’ll receive with that location.

According to a company spokesperson, the “new app simplifies the HDTV antenna setup for users and also makes it easier to find the best positioning to receive the most channels and avoid any obstructions.”

The first thing the app does is prompt the user to choose the Antenna Pointer feature and opens into a top-down map that highlights the locations of all HDTV TV towers closest to an address or a GPS signal. Your smartphone’s camera can be used to assist in finding the desired tower location and best angle to point the antenna.

The app will display a number above each tower it locates, indication how many channels are available. You’ll also see any potential signal obstructions between you and the tower.

Gadgets :: April 11, 2018

by Gregg Ellman

One of the more common questions I’m asked is about choosing earbuds and speakers. My response is that I’m far from a sound expert but one of the main features you should look for is simply what sounds good. When it’s right to your ears, you’ll know.

When I listened to the Etymotic Research ER4XR extended response earbuds, I knew they were right. The sound is awesome and there are additional features making them even more attractive.

The ER4XR earbuds sound great out of the box. The crystal-clear sound with a nice bass boost was perfect for listening to my preferred favorites of a 70’s mix and then a Jimmy Buffet concert.

They are a noise-excluding in-ear earphone, delivering sound with precise accuracy, just as sound should be.

When I received my pair of ER4XR’s for review, the first thing I noticed was the earbud tips. Not only are they different from mainstream-looking earbuds but the choices they came with made me read a little about them. One set was foam tips, which to me sounded and fit perfect.

With 25 years of making earbuds, the company proudly touts that they have the first earphones to completely seal the ear with 98 percent (35 dB – 42 dB) noise isolation, the highest of any earphones or headsets on the market, according to the Etymotic website.

They come with an assortment of eartips so take time to get the right fit for the right sound in your ears. Each style has a different fit, so give each a chance. Don’t just put them in and listen for a few seconds – take a few songs at least.

For sound techies, according to Etymotic, the ER4XR’s have ‘’unsurpassed frequency response accuracy and sound quality — 92 percent+ response accuracy from 20 Hz – 16 kHz and the only earphones with balanced-armature, precision-matched, custom-tuned drivers. With an industry-leading 1-dB match between left and right channels across frequency with individual channel-matching performance charts provided with each pair of earphones.’’

This was also the first time I tested earbuds with user-replaceable filters, which lets you protect the earbuds from ear wax. A filter removal tool and replacement filters are included.

A hard neoprene case is included to store everything, along with a detachable, 5-foot cord and a 3.5 mm gold plated stereo plug.

The body of the drivers are made with machined metal and an anodized finish. Each speaker is attached to a durable wound-wire tangle-free cable. $349

Another great sound machine, the black box Solis SO-7000 Bluetooth/Wi-Fi wireless stereo smart speaker with Chromecast built-in also rocked my playlists.

Obviously with that, you stream music wirelessly with Bluetooth or Google Home app. And with the Google Chromecast streaming media player, you can play audio from a variety of services (Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora) connected to your existing WiFi.

I mainly used the Bluetooth, which worked and sounded perfect. The AC powered speaker is 7.9-by-7.9-by-7.9-inches so it can be positioned on most any flat surface. It’s built into a black wooden cabinet with mesh grill wrap covering the mid-section and high gloss black accent pane finish on the rest.

Inside is a 5.25-inch subwoofer and four 2-inch full range drivers. This adds up to room filling 360-degree crystal clear sound at any volume.

With the subwoofer supplying the bass, I was concerned about it rattling a tabletop if I played it from there so I tested it just that way and it worked just right.

However, I found the sound filled the room better when I kept it playing on the floor, which also kept the power adapter out of the way.

If you don’t want to stream wirelessly, there’s a 3.5 mm aux port (cable included) and top-mounted control buttons are easy to access if you don’t control it through your device or app. $299

Gadgets :: April 4, 2018

by Gregg Ellman

The limited edition olloclip Filmer’s Kit for iPhone (iPhone 8/7 or 8 Plus/7 Plus) lets iPhoneographers reach new potential when capturing images and videos.

The ultra-portable kit has all the basics and essentials you’ll need. A core lens set has a fisheye, super-wide and a macro 15X lens, an active lens set with an ultra-wide and telephoto lenses. You also get a pivot articulating mobile video grip with 225-degree articulation .

All this comes in a really nice Olloclip hard case, made with a compression molded shell with die-cut EVA foam padding on the inside. This ensures everything stays in place inside the case and is perfect for storage and travel.

Now that you know what comes with this awesome, easy-to-use kit, using it is simple for everyone from beginners to the most advanced iPhoneographers and videographers.

Olloclip calls itself a company committed to finding new and exciting ways to make inspiring videos and photos fun and easy to capture on your mobile device. I’ve previously used many olloclip devices and after using the Filmer’s Kit, olloclip remains true to the word.

Each lens is unique and as a group allows you to photograph the tiniest details with a macro; the telephoto lens brings your subject to you and landscapes are eye popping.

A bracket is included to attach each lens right onto your smartphone scratch-free. When using the grip, any smartphone 4 to 5.5-inches in size will work in the universal clamp, and will not scratch or damage your phone.

Some details on the lenses; the fisheye has a near 180-degree view, super wide is an advanced 4-element lens with just over 120-degree field-of-view, the macro has a 15X magnification, the ultra wide has a 155-degree view and the telephoto is a 2X optical zoom.

While they all worked to perfections, I’m a person who likes a shallow depth-of-field and the telephoto was great to achieve that, so that became my instant favorite if I had to pick one. But they all are special and a great addition to the iPhone’s built-in camera lens.

The Filmer’s kit is a limited edition, with only 2,000 made and only available at Apple retail location for $199.95

The Thinium Technologies ReCHARGE Plus 2.0 cordless phone charger is the perfect companion to iPhone photographers or anyone who powers through the smartphone’s built-in battery.

The ultra thin (5.3-by-2.5-by-0.5-inches) ReCHARGE Plus 2.0 stands out with a truly 100-percent cord free design. It even has built-in retractable folding prongs for connecting it to any standard electrical wall plug for charging the battery.

Inside is a 3,000 mAh battery but what makes the battery stand out is its patented design with interchangeable adapters (micro and type-C), making the power source compatible for Apple iOS and Android users.

Charging can be done while you’re docked just to the battery (which can also be used while talking on the smartphone) or while docked to the battery and connected to wall power for charging both simultaneously. $69.99, available in black or camo

The Soul X-SHOCK earbuds are a solid addition to the new and growing category of true wireless earbuds. This means there’s not even a wire connecting each ear, just put each of the earbuds in your ears, pair it with your mobile device and hit play.

You may fear they might will fall out, which has always been my question with true wireless, their ergonomic design helps them stay in place. I tried them while flying, mowing my lawn and a short bike ride, all with success.

The Bluetooth wireless noise isolation sound, with a good amount of bass sent to each earbud, is excellent and the battery life seemed like it never ended.

There’s a 3,000 mAh battery in the case, good for 18 charges before the pocket sized case needs a charge. The case also has a USB port for charging other devices and the case stores the weatherproof earbuds when not in use. $149.99

Gadgets :: February 7, 2018

By Gregg Ellman

The iSort is a new TimerCap Bluetooth enabled seven-day pill box that sends reminders to an app on a mobile device (iOS and Android) reminding patients and caregivers when to take the medication or even when a dosage has been missed.

The TimeCap app records when the doors of the pill box are opened and closed so there’s no mistaking when the medication has been taken. This not only keeps the patient on a set schedule but also eliminates the guessing game of whether a medication has been taken or not and when.

You can combine multiple prescriptions since the on-board memory retains history of dosing intervals even when the battery operated (2 – AAA) iSort is away from the paired mobile device

Caregiver notifications let them know if the medications are being dispensed on schedule with exactly what and how many meds are to be taken.

You can pair up to six devices with the iSort, which has red and green built-in LED indicators.

The iSort measures 1 3/8-by-9-by-2 3/8-inches, weighs 6 ounces and is built with a magnetic latch. $89.95

Fingerprints have long replaced combinations for touchsceen devices and now finding a key or remembering a combination for the Tapplock padlock is not an issue, assuming the fingerprint you have with you has been registered to the lock.

When you want the lock unlocked, just put one of the stored fingerprints on the front facing sensor and the lock unlocks instantly. Tapplock advertises the time as 0.8 seconds, which I interpret as fast.

The smart lock is built with sensors to store up to 500 fingerprints, so multiple users will not be an issue. Inside the lock is a state-of-the-art capacitive fingerprint sensor, with an adaptive algorithm enabling the lock to become faster and more accurate with each use.

The Tapplock app (iOS and Android) keeps track who and when the lock was opened and you can even pass on access to have it unlocked with the remote feature. The app shows how much power is left in the internal rechargeable battery, which is good for up to a year or about 3,000 unlocks.

It has a rugged construction with Zamak 3 zinc alloy metal and a cut-resistant 7mm reinforced stainless steel shackle, strengthened by double-layered lock design with anti-shim and anti-pry technologies, according to Tapplock.

You can use the lock inside or out with its IP66 rating, giving it full functionality between 14 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. $99 each or a bundled pair for $179, available in gun metal, midnight black and sterling silver

With USB-C still being new and unknown to many, Satechi has a solution to make the transition simple.

The USB-C Clamp Hub Pro is built with a brushed aluminum design for Apple enthusiasts and specifically the 2017 iMac and iMac Pro.

Within the 4.63-by-1.31-by-0.44-inch hub is a single USB-C port (data only), a MicroSD and a full size SD memory card readers and 3 USB 3.0 ports. $49.99, available in silver and space gray

Gadgets :: January 31, 2018

By Gregg Ellman

When you hear about the Coravin wine bottle opener, you might think it’s just another gimmicky gadget. In my mind, it’s something you must see to believe. A few weeks ago, I saw it, I believed it and I even had a drink out of it to prove it.

Here’s some sayings the company uses to describe the product; “any wine any amount, savor the glass preserve the bottle, just insert tip and pour” and my favorite “The wine you want in the amount you want without every pulling the cork.”

But “Open a bottle,” which is scribbled out, is the line you need to know because the bottle doesn’t open. Call it magic, or just call it technology as I would prefer. Either way, this is an incredibly innovative device, which works to perfection.

How does it work? At last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Coravin displayed the upcoming model 11, which should set you back around $999. It shoots a thin needle into the bottle’s cork and any wrapping the cork is sealed in. No need to remove anything.

A thin needle was inserted into the bottle and then a company representative kindly poured me a glass of wine (I was not driving this night). She handed me the bottle to inspect and it was a real bottle, no hidden curtains, no rabbit in a box, just a wine opener and a bottle. Which I then turned over to see if anything would spill and it was dry, not a drop. Upon a very close inspection of where the needle entered, you can barely see any evidence.

This system allows your wine to remain fresh since the cork is not removed. My demonstrator explained after the Coravin is removed, the cork simply shrinks back together.

The Coravin holds your bottle and with load cell technology, the capsule-loading chamber creates the perfect amount of force for an airtight seal, ensuring no gas escapes after probing the bottle. According to Coravin, the capsules contain more than 99.99 percent pure argon gas to protect the remaining wine from oxidation.

If the high-end price model scares you off, there’s many more to choose from. The Coravin Model Two Wine System gives wine lovers the freedom to pour any wine, in any amount, without removing the cork for a sip or full glass.

Model Two its referred to as an elegant design and durable craftsmanship with textured rubber grips and ergonomic lines. It includes two Coravin capsules to pour up to 30 glasses of wine.

Model 11 will be out in September and will have an app to make it the world’s first connected and fully automatic wine preservation opener. The app will make suggestions for wine and will show how much gas is left the capsules.

For $39.97 the Bluetooth (4.2) sound you get from a pair of Kempler and Strauss X2 wireless speakers is great for many reasons.

Quick thoughts suggest these are ideal for travel, but why not use them on your desk at home or just about anywhere. They small, cool, great sound and even live on a magnetic charging base, which is great when you see them snap in place.

Each charge is good for about 4 hours with the internal 450mAh rechargeable batteries in each speaker.

The speakers come in a pair so they can be separated for a wireless stereo sound.

Think of them as donut holes and you’ll understand the size of 1.9-by-1.2-inches each with a 2.4 ounce weight all packed into an aluminum body. And if you don’t eat donut holes, you haven’t lived.

Travel straps to attach to each speaker are included along with a charging cable and a USB AC adapter plug. $39.97 in black or silver

Gadgets :: January 24, 2018

By Gregg Ellman

With winter in full swing, Honeywell has a few solutions to keep you warm in a small personal space, as well as heading up a single room.

The Honeywell two position heater (model HHF175W, $29.99), with fan-forced wire heating technology is 1500 watt AC powered, which is sitting under my desk heating me up as this is written.

A unique feature for this space heater allows it to be used in two different positions, standing vertically or laying sideways horizontal. Either way, you’ll get full functionality of all three settings; high heat (1500 watts), low heat (750 watts) or just run the fan with no heat.

There’s a dial thermostat for temperature settings and overheat protections include two overheat sensors and a back-up cut off fuse.

It measures only 5.4-by-9.8-by-11.3-inches, so using it either on a floor ol as a desktop are ideal.

The Honeywell slim ceramic tower heater (HCE317B, $54.99) is built just as the name describes it, like a tower with 8.74-by-6.69-by-21.65-inch dimensions.

It stands upright with a slim space-saving design and has the same heat settings as the two position heater, along with a few additional features. You can have the fan oscillate to send the heat to a wide area, making it ideal for larger rooms.

A programable thermostat comes in handy along with a timer you can set for 1, 2, 4 or 8 hour durations. It’s also equipped with safety features against overheating along with 360-degree tip-over protection.

Both heaters have a cool touch housing exterior, which means the outside will not get hot to cause any kind of burn.

The USA Gear Q series backpack is designed to carry enough camera equipment for an advanced amateur or even a professional heading out for a day of work.

Unlike many other camera backpacks I’ve tried, the QBK is not big and bulky yet it still carries a decent amount of gear.

You can set up exactly what and where you want to carry everything since the inside compartments are completely adjustable with Velcro dividers, along with inside and outside zipper accessory compartments.

The inside pack and the dividers are a soft tricot scratch-resistant lining, allowing you to keep everything tight and padded for secure storage of the smallest accessories up to larger telephoto lenses.

The shoulder straps are padded and fully adjustable. Each side of the bag has a stretchable netted pocket,

What I really liked about this backpack is how much it stored in a low profile. The backpack isn’t big and bulky, even when I filled it to the limit. It measures 15-by-13-by-5-inches and even has a compartment for a laptop up to 17-inches.

A rain cover is included, which folds up to store inside during dry conditions. $49.99 at Amazon, use coupon code QBKBAG30 to get an 30% off.

Portable and powerful is all you need to know about the Edifier MP200 (Bluetooth 4.1) speaker.

The two-inch cubed speaker easily fits in the palm of your hand, and is dust and splash proof (IP54 rating) along with a built-in microphone for handsfree calls. A nice features is the microSD memory card slot, which lets you load music into the speaker for a true handsfree, wireless device.

Answering calls and controlling the music or volume is done with three buttons on top of the speaker. A string can be attached to the speaker to hang it from a wall, doorknob or even carry around your neck or wrist. $28.99, available in seven colors

Gadgets :: January 18, 2018

By Gregg Ellman

With 2.754 million square feet of show floor space just about everything imaginable was on display at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s an impossible task to see it all but here’s a sampling of new, useful products of the thousand or so I saw on display,

Hanwha Techwin America showed off the Wisenet-SmartCam D1, the world’s first video doorbell with face recognition alerts and human detection. Alerts are sent to an accompanying mobile app when unidentified visitors arrive. It has abnormal sound detection if sirens, screaming or even glass breaking is detected. Two-way talk, live streaming, 150-degree field of view and cloud recording are some of the other features. $249

The Misfit Path hybrid smartwatch is an attractive timepiece that blends the functionality of a smartwatch with a classic analog design. It counts your steps, sleep duration, email and text alerts along with being swim-proof and water resistant up to 50 meters. A smart button works with your smartphone as a remote to control music and take photos. There’s no charging, just replace the internal battery every six months. $149.99 available in the spring

Garmin’s Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa gives in-vehicle voice control and hands-free access for turn-by-turn navigation, remotely manages your smart home devices. controls music, delivers news and more. All with a simple command of “Alexa, ask Garmin.” A built-in dash cam records your daily drive and has driver assistance features such as forward collision and lane departure warnings. A special limited time pre-order price of $199.99, after April 20, 2018 $229.99

Leading global barefoot shoe company Vivobarefoot and Sensoria, a wearable smart technology company, debuted the Vivobarefoot smart shoe, powered by Sensoria. The shoes come with embedded technology in the form of the thinnest pressure sensors in the world, according to Sensoria. Detachable, rechargeable and reusable Sensoria Core hardware collects the data, which is sent to your smartphone. . available Q2 2018

Beyerdynamic gave me a very impressive test drive with the company’s new Aventho Wireless headphones. They have perfect sound and comfortable padded ear cups. What caught my attention was Mimi Sound Personalization, is technology designed for the hearing impaired. The feature was created with cooperation from Mimi Hearing Technologies along with Beyerdynamic app. The app (iOS and Android) determines an individual’s hearing profile and stores it directly on the Aventho wireless for a personalized hearing experience. $449

The Willow Wearable and portable breast pump was designed to improve the lives of new moms through its Beta program to let moms pump on-the-go. The company states it’s the first truly mobile all-in-one breast-shaped pump, which cuts the cords, has no dangling bottles and easily fits inside a bra. This ensures a mobile and hands-free pumping solution as moms can keep tabs on the pumping progress with the Willow app (iOS only). It’s recommended to use the pump with a full-coverage nursing bra that’s stretchy and has a flap. $479.99

Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen, so they must have innovative features to stand out _exactly why I liked the Scosche BoomBottle MM. It’s build with a cylindrical design, rugged and waterproof (IP67 rating) and a few other cool features. While the sound is awesome with its pair of six-watt speakers and 40mm passive radiators, it also has Scosche’s MagicMOUNT technology, allowing a mobile device to be secured on top of the speaker. The bottom also has a magnetic mount allowing it to be secured in place. A built-in bottle opener also comes in handy. $pricing and available this spring

Gadgets :: January 4, 2018

By Gregg Ellman

When you see the unopened Crosley Nomad portable turntable, you could easily think like I did that it’s a throwback briefcase, like my dad used to carry to work. But once it’s opened you’ll see there’s a good reason to take your old records off the shelf, give them a dust off and get them spinning on this self-contained vinyl player.

Even if you’re new to the vinyl resurgence world, using a turntable is simple. After you unpack it, there’s really not a lot of setup; it takes just a few minutes. Assuming you have some 33 1/3, 45 or 78 RPM records, you’re set for some great listing with the three-speed turntable. An adapter is included for 45’s.

A diamond stylus needle is included with the belt driven turntable, which has built-in dynamic full range stereo speakers (one on each side) for great sound on the AC powered system. Or you can connect it to external speakers and systems with the RCA audio out port. For private listening, just plug your headphones into the headphone port.

A USB connection lets it connect to Mac and Window computer systems for turning your vinyl into digital audio files with the included software.

The portability (13-by-17-by-4-inches, 10.5 pounds) makes it simple to move from room to room or even take on a trip. Either way, the Nomad is a great choice if you’re looking to either re-live or join the vinyl listening world. $199.95, replacement NPS Audio Technica needles are $14.95

IFrogz has expanded its versatile wireless audio lineup with five new affordable products, all with Bluetooth 4.1 technology.

They include three in-ear earbuds and a pair of over-the-ear headphones.

The earbuds include the Resound ($29.99), with a discreet, low profile design that essentially winds up for easy storage in a pocket. Inside each earbud is a 5.5mm driver and you’ll get about 10 hours of battery life before a USB charge is needed.

They are built with an IPX-2 water-resistant rating, which is great for sweaty workouts. A built-in mic is perfect for handsfree calls and Qualcom cVc noise cancellation technology is perfect for keeping outside noise from your conversations and amplifies your voice for the one listening.

A magnetic clip is on the controls for keeping it in place. Other controls include volume, play/pause and answering calls.

The other earbuds are the Flex Force ($29.99) and Free Rein ($19.99) earbuds.

The Flex Force has a comfortable neck back with the earbuds attached to a lightweight wire on each side. Each speaker has an 8mm driver; you’ll get about 8 hours of battery life before charging.

Each earbud has a magnetic tip to keep them in place when they aren’t being used.

The Free Rein earbuds are built with wing tips for a secure fit. They have 10mm drivers and 5 hours of battery life. A flat cable connects the earbuds to the control knob and keeps it tangle and knot free.

Both the Flex Force and the Res Rein also has controls for calls, audio and music selections.

If you want over-the-ear with an ergonomic fit, the Resound ($34.99) and Toxix ($24.99) headphones both have adjustable flexible headbands, comfortable foam layered ear cups and iPX2 sweat resistance construction.

The Resounds are designed for music aficionados who want their music to be heard with highs, lows and mid-tones, all through powerful and great sounding 40mm drivers, The battery life is about 20 hours and a Aux-in port will let you attach a 3.5mm cable for direct listening.

The Toxix headphones feature 30mm drivers, a built-in microphone and 10 hours of battery life.

Each of the new headphones have different color options, so check the iFrogz site for the choices.

Gadgets :: December 20, 2017

By Gregg Ellman

Before or after the holidays, it’s never to late to take a cherished digital image from a vacation or a family photo from the holidays and turn it into a work of art.

WhiteWall, who pride themselves as “The Photographers Lab” recently launched natural-looking a direct print on wood line. The tree wood allows its grain to remain consistent throughout the print, for an impressive look. Trust me, it doesn’t take away from the image. In fact, the effect is so unusual it adds to the visual appeal.

Each print has a seven-color printing process on durable, 0.75-inches thick layered wood and is available in a variety of sizes. A 4-by-4-inch wood print is $7.95 and a 36 x 24 in the 3:2 format $161.95.

They arrive ready-to-hang. Smaller sizes up to 8-by-6-inches can be made for standing on flat surfaces.

Another stunning way to display your images from WhiteWall is their ultraHD photo print under acrylic glass, which is nothing short of outstanding.

WhiteWall describes this as “Perfect definition and detail. Compared to conventional photos, ultraHD Photo Prints offer significantly better resolution and have visibly sharper definition in the image’s finer details.” They use specific software, which analyzes your image and refines the file specifically for the process.

For acrylic, there are a many options, each with a different price. For example, an original print under acrylic glass starts with a 4-by-4 inch for $13.90 or a 72-by-54-inch is $1,242.95.

Acrylic minis are available in two sizes, 4.1-by-4.1-inches $19.95 and 5.1-by-7.1 inches $22.95.

And if wood or acrylic aren’t your thing, WhiteWall has an amazing selection of other choices on metal, canvas, aluminum, etc., and frames as well. But rest assured, their website explains everything and is simple to navigate for a first rate and guaranteed product.

Sennheisers Ambeo Smart headset are crafted with high quality microphones in each ear to capture 3D audio. With a microphone in each year, the audio is recorded as it’s heard from each ear and then played back just the way it’s recorded from real life.

I tried it while recording a simple video of holiday shopping mall foot traffic with and without the headset and microphones. While playing them both back on an iMac with a high-end Bluetooth speaker, it was so obvious which was recorded with the Ambeo headset and which wasn’t.

While the microphones make these earbuds unique there are many more features to make them stand out. This includes great signature Sennheiser sound and a direct wired Apple MFi-certified Lightning connector for iPhones and iPads.

The headset is designed with Situational Awareness, which lets you use the rocker switch to fade outside noise into your personal program. This is useful in situations like walking city streets with your tunes playing or on a handsfree call.

In other situations you can use active noise cancellation to block the outside noise and enjoy your sound. I used the latter with great success on a recent flight; they worked great and didn’t require a big bulky headset.

Each ear has a ear-hook design, a personal favorite of mine to ensure they stay in place. $299

It’s only a fan but the new Dewalt Jobsite is really cool with it’s wireless portability.

The fan runs off the same 20V battery used for DeWalt’s 20V MAX system of tools, which currently has more than 100 products.

You can get up to seven hours of runtime with a 4.0 Amp DeWalt 20V battery or if you want it run it off AC power, there’s that option as well.

Builit-in adjustable steel hanging hooks slide out for hanging and slide in and out of the when they aren’t needed. The bottom has threaded screws for attaching it to a tripod or other mounting systems.

A pivoting head is built with three blades and a 7-inch blade diameter and a total weight of 6.7 pounds. A front-facing knob adjusts the speed, which can go up to 500 cubic feet per minute at maximum speed $79