Archive | December, 2016

Vinci Smart Hearable: First Smart 3D Headphones

Posted on 30 December 2016

You cannot see it while you are wearing them, yet it’s there. Vinci is a wireless, smart headphone driven by cloud technology and managed through voice commands. There remains no need to hook it with a smartphone, and they have a touch-screen on the side for the controls.

It is also the first 3D smart headphone, which can comprehend the user’s commands since it is powered by artificial intelligence and voice recognition to double as a music studio, phone, personal assistant, and more. Features include an advanced noise cancellation, 3D recording, a 3.2-inch touch-screen display, transparency mode, ability to screen body vitals, services based on location, and much more.

The headphones weigh around 260g, and have a battery lifespan of 10 hours for continuous playback. Vinci Smart Hearable will play or stream music from Spotify, Amazon Music or Soundcloud, and has an internal storage of 32GB and 1GB RAM on a regular model.

It will also recommend tracks and observe your listening behaviors. Besides, they also comprise of head tracking sensors and 3D binaural sound. Music suggestions will be likely based on listening habits, body vitals, preferences, and activities

The device comes with an ARM Cortex-A7 processor and 3G support, which facilitates the device to work on T-Mobile and AT&T networks. The product comes in a beautiful design and bright colors, and without a protective pouch. Some users find the use of the headphones a bit tricky, since figuring out how to select custom play and play music lists from other playlists was rather difficult and time consuming.

The sound quality is commendable, although not the best. Also, since these headphones have a built-in noise cancellation system, they work great for commute and travel. Lastly, the headphones are quite comfortable to wear and fit very nicely. The foam padding feels amazing against the skin and the headphones come with more adjustment options for enhanced comfort.

Photo by: Vinci

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Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth: Wireless Sport Headphones

Posted on 28 December 2016

Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth are sports headphones that come with Bluetooth connectivity and extra bass sound drive to get that adrenaline pumping and help you forward, in whatever you may be doing. The design is splash proof, meaning no amounts of sweat or rain can slow you down.

Incorporated with powerful bass, Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth helps you get a dose of boosted motivation, whether you are on the street or at the gym. Improved low frequencies make audio sound even more powerful and enjoyable, so you can feel extra driven and energized. Furthermore, you will never again be music-less with these headphones since the Bluetooth helps maintain connectivity as you run, kick, and jump or even do a cartwheel. There are no wires to hold you back, and the headphones fit perfectly in your ears so you do not have to worry about them getting lost.

You can choose the headphones from three different colors of black, red and blue, and enjoy a long-lasting battery lifespan of 8.5 hours, which is enough power for seven days’ worth of workout. The Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth also comes with few different size ear tips and fins to accommodate individuals with different preferences and needs.

Furthermore, the headphones are designed with noise cancellation technology, which means you no longer have to worry about turning up the volume and damaging your eardrums while in traffic or other noisy environments. They do a good job at muffling the outside noise so you do not have to continuously fret with the volume.

Although a bit bulky-looking, the Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth are not the smallest in-ear Bluetooth headphones. Nevertheless, they are quite lightweight, and fit perfectly as compared to its other counterparts.

Lastly, the piece is reasonably priced, is sweat-resistant and offers high quality audio sound. The long battery life is also a commendable feature besides the admirable strong bass experience, and the Bluetooth connectivity ensures minimum interruptions.

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ReMarkable Paper Tablet: For people who prefer paper

Posted on 26 December 2016

reMarkable tablet is a digital notepad for uninterruptible doodling. For those browsing through countless applications that assist in tracking to-do lists and others who still have a raging love for penning down thoughts with the help of a pen and a paper, reMarkable tablet is for them.

Because it is a digital notepad, reMarkable tablet takes the form of an iPad, combines the screen of an e-reader, and adds a stylish layout to particularly assist users in writing, reading and drawing. The tablet is now available with a case, pen and free delivery for $379.

Unlike regular tablets that typically go for vibrant and sharp screens to better give the feel of HD, reMarkable tablet does just the opposite. It focuses on providing an e-ink, distraction-free atmosphere to help with your personal work. Browser or app store are absent in the tablet, meaning no way to check Facebook after every three minutes, which is obviously for the better- just reading, sketching, or writing- the productive stuff.

Furthermore, you can sync all of your drawings and notes through Wi-Fi to reMarkable tablet’s cloud technology and access them at anytime on your Android devices, Mac and iOS.

The black-and-white canvas display of the tablet features zero glass parts, giving it more of a paper look and feel. In addition, it provides black, ink-like tones and world’s fastest digital paper, taking up to only 55-millisecond latency, which makes writing and drawing look and feel so real. The incorporated stylus plays a big role in contributing to its paper-like nature, and stimulates tactile experiences of drawing and writing. The pen provides users 2048 sensitivity pressure levels, which is double of Microsoft’s Surface Pen.

As of yet, reMarkable tablet supports ePUB and PDF files, however the company is deciding to announce more formats. The tablet is practically unbreakable, and comes with a lot of commendable features that readers, writers and sketchers are sure to enjoy.

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Polk MagniFi Mini Sound Bar

Posted on 22 December 2016

Polk MagniFi Mini sound bar is a six driver sound bar with powerful wireless subwoofer which creates a surround sound experience through 5.1 Dolby Digital and special Polk SDA technology that delivers an immersive surround sound performance from a single location. Unlike its small size, the sound the Polk MagniFi Mini sound bar provides is simply amazing, and so worth the price. The package is compacted and fits easily into most residential setups, casting music directly from your phone and simplifying the music streaming process to a great extend.

Costing $300, the Polk MagniFi Mini sound bar still seems comparatively low priced considering the features it brings along, which include Bluetooth, HDMI and networking with Google Cast and Dolby Digital decoding. Furthermore, it also uses Polk’s copyrighted audio modes to enhance speech intelligibility or use sound at low volumes.

This sound bar is a rather small and compact one, measuring at merely 3.1 inches high and 13.4 inches long. In addition, it consists of two 12mm tweeters and four 2.25-inch drivers for the primary unit. The device also includes an HDMI and optical cable.

Connectivity happens to be far better than what you would normally expect from a $300 sound bar. However, the device’s Audio Return Channel (ARC) only functions with a TV, especially for listening to aboard sound from an OTA tuner or a smart TV. If you own a Blu-ray player, you will need to utilize one of the other connections, for instance optical, or will directly have to connect it with the TV (the TV must support ARC). In case your TV doesn’t support Audio Return Channel, you will have to look for another type of connection.

You get to stream music wirelessly with Audio Return Channel, and listen to your favorite tracks a anytime from countless music services including Pandora, Google Play Music, and Spotify, and also keep track of current events via NPR podcasts.

Photo courtesy: Polk Audio

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Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System

Posted on 19 December 2016

Instead of using three or four medium-sized pieces of hardware for a Wi-Fi system, Plume has brought an effective solution effective solution, which involves the use of small-sized hardware for separate rooms. It is the world’s first self-optimizing Wi-Fi network driven by cloud technology that acclimatizes with your home in the shortest of time so that every room can have a super fast connection.

Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System’s technology helps Wi-Fi signals travel fast and well through walls by making use of a distributed system of certain points to travel to each corner, nook and cranny of your house. This means that traveling from one room to another will not have even the slightest interruption in your Wi-Fi experience. Since conventional mesh systems utilize a backhaul channel, every skip between source points breaks the capacity of the network by the number of skips taken for data delivery. Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System uses a different band or medium for every skip, retaining the fast speed of your Wi-Fi.

Another good feature of the Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System pods is that they can be plugged into any wall outlet, making your walls clutter free. Furthermore, they are small and hence occupy less space and do not block the neighboring plug space. Regardless of whether you reside in a 3-story house or an urban loft, deciding upon the use of right Plume plod is as simple as summing the total number of rooms in your house (5 rooms = 5 pods).

The setup literally takes two minutes, and offers uninterruptible connection coupled with optimized dataflow. Therefore, whether you are downloading a 5K video or just trying to make a Skype call, Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System knows how to manage various kinds of traffic to provide an uninterrupted, smooth internet experience. Putting it simply, Plume offers more bandwidth, more coverage and more data intelligence at a highly reasonable price.

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Oculus Touch Review: Rift Touch Controller

Posted on 16 December 2016

Oculus Touch was designed to bring users an immersive experience of next-generation virtual reality when watching their favorite movies, playing a favorite game, or simply spending some quality time with friends in VR. The Oculus Touch combines Rift’s top display technology coupled with it low-latency, precise constellation tracking system which enables presence sensation, making you feel as if you are living in the moment. The experience of presence is simply magical, and makes everything way more exciting.

Features

  • Natural Movement and Gestures: The company has made the management of touch controllers much simpler with the help of intuitive actions. You will know how to use the controllers even before actually using them.
  • Refined and Advanced Design: From the minute you pick up the Oculus Touch, you will see and feel the attention to detail that went into its construction and design. Comfortable, customizable, beautiful, and adaptable, Oculus Touch brings you the design and technology just as incredible as the experiences it allows.
  • Wide Base of Connectivity: Since Oculus is partnered with best component and PC manufacturers, Oculus Touch can be connected to a diverse range of systems that are optimized for Rift. They have been assembled, designed, and tested while keeping Rift in mind, so that users can be confident about having a great virtual reality experience.
  • High Quality Sensors: The capacitive sensors of the Oculus Touch controller’s are its single coolest feature, which can detect how they are being held. Finger-by-finger enunciation is not offered, however astonishingly responsive virtual hands are provided, giving you precise movements and gestures.

The Rift Family comes in three different packages, starting from $199 (Rift), and going up to $798 (Rift plus Touch). With Oculus Touch, you can now become part of the Rift community and enjoy the brand new experience of virtual reality in gaming and movies, while also making friends along the way.

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GoPro Karma Grip Handle: Image Stabilizer

Posted on 14 December 2016

GoPro Karma Grip is an electronic image stabilizer which can be found on the company’s Karma drone plus. It is powered by batteries and can be directly connected to the Micro-HDMI and camera’s USB-C, two of which are entirely integrated to provide users both the power and control from the handle.

The GoPro Karma Grip allows to take cinema-quality, professional footage regardless of where it was shot. GoPro mounts to click amazing angles thanks to the built-in camera controls that facilitate in changing modes, starting and stopping recording, turn the power on and off, and adding HiLight tags.

Features:

  • Karma Grip can be either worn on the body or held in the hand to allow the user to capture shake-free and
    smooth videos and images
  • GoPro and Karma Grip work in sync. The two can be charged at the same time, and the footage can also be
    offloaded without the need to unmount the camera
  • Inbuilt camera controls
  • An extended battery lifespan of 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Recharges about 70% faster when charged with the optional GoPro Supercharger
  • Compatible with Hero4 Silver, Hero4 Black, Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session

Available for $299, the Karma Grip comes without a camera, and users have to provide their own. It also lacks tilt controls or pan, which means the Grip cannot stand on its own and the tripod mount is also absent on the handle. Instead, it uses a mounting ring that slides between the stabilizer sections and the handle.

The metal collar can also be attached to any GoPro mount or other third-party mounts that make use of GoPro Connectors. GoPro also has extension cable that links the handle with the stabilizer, enabling users to mount the stabilizer on a helmet, for instance, when mounting the handle on the backpack or body for control and power.

Overall, the GoPro Karma Grip is a good investment for $300.

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