Archive for December 2017

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

Gadgets :: Gifts for Husbands & Dads 2017

By Gregg Ellman

He, like me and many other guys, are hard to shop for, or so we’re told. Here are some can’t-miss gifts he will really use.

For any man’s grill, nothing beats a perfect hamburger any day of the year and the Cave Tools Burger Press makes one every time. The aluminum burger press has indicator lines to make 4.5-inch round 1/4 pounders or 1/3 pounders for burger lovers, all in the palm of your hand. It’s so simple and works so well you’ll wonder how you lived without it. And it doesn’t end there; you’ll also get 200 burger papers to assure that removing and separating the patties from the mold is simple. It’s dishwasher safe and comes with free barbecue recipes and a lifetime guarantee. $11.99

The iDevices light Socket installs in seconds, turning any standard lightbulb into a smart bulb. You can control its power and brightness (if using a dimmable bulb) from anywhere with the iDevice’s app. The app lets you set up a schedule for the light or just drive anyone in the room nuts by turning it on and off randomly. A color ring is built into the socket for instant personalization for a unique ambience. If you’re close by, just use your voice to control the light with Siri, Alexa or other voice assistants. $49.95

The bluetooth Lifeprint Photo and Video Printer actually works for anyone who takes iPhone pictures or videos, which includes just about everyone. The portability and ease of use makes the pocket-sized printer ( 5-by-3-by-1-inch) pretty cool. Just choose a frame grab from the video or a still image in the LifePrint app (iOS and Android). You’ll be able to do some editing, apply filters within the app and when it’s to your liking, print. It takes 30 seconds to make a 2-by-3-inch print. Each has a sticky back for posting them anywhere. There are no ink cartridges, just Zink film and the print, which works off of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.  $129.95 for the printer and a 10 pack of paper. 30/50/110 pack of paper are available for $19.99/$27.99/$49.99

The myCharge Adventure Jump Start portable powerbank battery takes portable power to a new level. Not only will it charge phones, tablets, gaming units and just about any USB charging device. But with the included detachable jumper cables, you’ll be able to jumpstart many car, boat, truck or ATV batteries. The 6600mAh battery has 400A peak jump start current and a 200A for getting your vehicle’s battery going. It’s built with spark-proof technology, reverse polarity and over-discharge protection. An included carabiner makes it easy clip to your backpack, belt or anywhere you want it accessible from. $99.99

The Ventev wireless charging car kit is a 4-product bundle for charging and mounting a smartphone in your car. The main feature is the wirelesspro to support wireless-enabled smartphones with Qi fast wireless charging technology. This attaches to the vent mounting, which has a rotating clip and fits most vehicle air vents. Spring-loaded dual arms let your phone mount on and off each ease. The kit also includes a Ventev dashport (rq 1300) 12-volt “cigarette lighter” plug with a USB port to attach the included 3-foot tangle-free chargesync USB cable. $56.95

Clakit StrapPack secure storage solutions attach to backpack straps to add easily accessible pouches for electronic devices or a water bottle. Since the backpack straps are front facing, they are a great way to keep valuable items in full view instead of a zippered compartment you can’t see whether it’s open or closed. A padded pouch protects the contents from damage. Each StrapPack comes with a patented Clakit Clip, which wraps around backpack shoulder straps up to 3-inches wide. The pouches are available in choices of a smartphone pouch, two-zipper travel pouch, adjustable utility pouch, a general purpose flip lid pocket pouch and a water bottle pouch, StrapPacks range from $14.95 to $19.95

ECOXGEAR’s EcoLantern is a rugged lantern, wireless speaker and a portable USB battery, all packed into a 10.4-inch long by 3.6-inch rounded body. The body is IP67 waterproof and submersible and has a 400 lumen light. The light has modes for white, red, party, and emergency light. A 5W speaker with 360-degree sound can be paired to work wirelessly via Bluetooth or plug directly into aux-in port. Inside is a 4,400 mAh rechargeable battery, which also has a USB 2.1A fast charge out port for charging your smartphones, tablets and other USB charging devices. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s an integrated bottle opener $129.99

Gadgets :: December 6, 2017

By Gregg Ellman

You’ll ride the streets a lot safer with SmartHalo Technologies’ brand new SmartHalo smart device for peddle bikers.

It attaches to bikes with standard handlebars and pairs via Bluetooth with your smartphones, but there’s no need to have your phone in sight. Just keep it in a pouch under your seat or a pocket.

A HaloKey is included, which is s specialized antitheft mechanism designed just for this device and used for locking it in place.

Inside is a rechargeable 2,000 mAh Li-Polymer, which should be good for about 3 weeks of 1 hour rides per day before a USB charge is needed. To charge it, use the HaloKey to remove the battery if a charge isn’t close by.

The SmartHalo is weather proof and has LED’s circling the top, which are so smart they glow green when you should turn and red when you miss a turn. If your wondering how it know’s where to turn, that’s where your smartphone comes into play. Before your ride, program in your route.

For night riders, a front facing light will certainly help your safety on the road. It’s controlled automatically or with a touch of the of the top side of the display. Keeping it on automatic allows it to go on or off depending on your amount of light in your conditions. When you stop riding the light goes off.

The app (iOS and Android) has many features to work with the device, including a “find my bike” feature in the event of theft or you just forgot where you left it. There’s also a compass, visual speedometer and an alarm, which deactivates when it senses your phone is close by.

The top of the SmartHalo has a tactile circular interface for a display you can easily read while riding and has a visual flashing light to alert you of calls and message notifications. Obviously use caution when responding to these alerts. $149

A first for me was not drinking a smoothie but making one myself (if you ever saw me in a kitchen you would understand) with the Perfect Blend 2.0.

The smart scale combines with your own blender and the Perfect Blend recipe app (iOS and Android) to ensure you add each ingredient exactly right, measured by weight and displayed on your smartphone or tablet. The box says it works with any blender; I tried it with both of mine and it worked perfect.

Each recipe takes you step by step, making makes it so easy, even for me. I even found out that the ingredients should be added in a specific order to ensure optimal blending.

Set up is as easy as downloading the app and pairing the Perfect Blend wirelessly (Bluetooth). How advanced you want your drinks is up to you. It’s not limited to healthy nutrition, as I found out. The scale works perfectly for baking and cocktail beverages.

For nutrition conscious recipes, the app displays the amount of calories and servings you’re about to blend based on the ingredients and how much you add. Past that, there’s not a lot to it besides that it’s simple to use and the results were excellent.

A pair of AAA batteries is needed for power. $33.91

The PIQ Robot sensor is designed for athletes to give them the tools they need to improve their performance levels.

The sensor combines with an accessory dedicated to specific sports including golf, tennis, ski, boxing or kiteboarding.

It’s worn on a strap, which links up to your smart phone. On the PIQ app, it records and analyze the analytics performance details of a workout session. This includes speed, G-force at impact, and retraction time, then displays the analytics in real time on the app.

The app shows results on a community leaderboard, comparing where you stand to others hoping to inspire athletes to work harder to move up in the standings. $149 for the sensor, accessories prices; boxing $99, golf $269, tennis $178, kiteboarding $208, ski $198

A Star Wars collection of cases and wallets for iPhone has been launched by HEX.

The cases are genuine leather in designs incorporating art and characters from the legendary films.  Features include genuine leather exteriors, credit card slots, cash pockets, zip closures and custom German polycarbonate phone beds.

They are available in three styles: the Snap Case, the Wallet, and the Zipper Wallet and are available for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. vary; Star Wars Darth Vader for iPhone X $49.95, Boba Fett Wallet Case for iPhone X $59.95

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