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HTC Vive Review

Posted on 26 August 2016

Virtual reality has made a great impact on the world and is the most awaited technology since decades. Consumers are eagerly waiting for VR devices to launch. Virtual reality is a technology that makes users feel in a virtual environment by using VR Glasses or headsets. HTC has proved its technology power by developing groundbreaking products and soon it will release its virtual reality gadget, known as HTC Vive.

HTC Vive is the direct rival to Facebook’s Oculus Rift and now both these products are on the verge of getting launched. It offers immersive amazing virtual 3D reality experience with sharp visuals, great motion control features and 360o sensor features that allows users to walk and roam in a virtual place .

Specifications
The specifications are immaculate, with OLED Display with 2160 x 1200 resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, runs on Steam platform , 110o field of view , 15 by 15 feet track area, built-in audio, built-in Mic, official Steam VR controller or any PC compatible game pad, accelerometer, gyroscope, laser position sensor, front-facing camera , HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.

Features and Design
HTC Vive looks like futuristic military gear. It’s comparatively big since it supports Smartphones up to 6 inches plus the design is a black smooth surface and comfortable headgear that doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable when wearing. The Velcro adjustable straps and padding on interior faceplate add to the comfort.

Vive is packed and featured with advanced VR immersion and superb graphics plus it’s more of a gaming device and would target gamers and consumers interested in VR Games. Vive has high-end hardware and its own exclusive Steam VR platform which would provide it an edge in the market. The core feature that makes Vive the best is its sensor systems that outperforms others products.

Verdict
HTC Vive will soon be launched this year with a launching price of $800. Depending on the packages, it is worth buying for the revealed price as it is relatively lower than other products, plus HTC Smartphones and accessories already have a strong and loyal fan base.

Photo courtesy: HTC

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Oculus Rift – Next-Generation Virtual Reality

Posted on 26 February 2016

Technology has evolved immensely over the past decade and innovations have changed the world. It’s hard to imagine and predict the future because of how fast technology develops. Every day new products are invented and released in market for consumers.

One of the most anticipated technologies today is VR (Virtual Reality) Headsets. This technology was just a concept few years back and was under research and development but finally has been launched with only conceptual prototype products to create hype and publicize the technology.

Many products are under development by top companies to offer an authentic VR experience to users. Oculus Rift is a state of the art VR device, from Oculus VR, a company which specializes in virtual reality technology.

Rift is an all in one device and offers a number of features to provide the best possible experience. Not only this, the Rift is designed to provide 3D experience which makes it the most advanced VR gadget available in market.

Hardware specifications of Oculus are considered unique since it offers gaming as well as music and movies. Rift is lightweight and has a comfortable surface with a soft body to comfort the face and also ventilation so the user doesn’t end up sweating.

Plus, high quality internal materials, which include an HD OLED display with a 2160 x 1200 resolutions which offers high definition picture and also less eye convergence to protect the eyes and prevent eyesight related problems.

The Positional Tracker is a discreet undisclosed feature along with 3x USB and HDMI slots. The device supports the Windows and Linux platforms. The key component which makes the Rift unique is the Adjacent Reality Tracker which features a magnetometer, a gyroscope and an accelerometer. When combined, they provide accurate tracks to Rift across all three dimensions.

The Rift carries a slightly hefty price tag of $599, but given that it offers something never seen before, it is well worth the money.

Photo courtesy of Oculus

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Sony LSPX-100E26J Review

Posted on 29 January 2016

Unbeknownst to many, Sony has been working on a unique project, which is an innovative product – a smart bulb. Not impressed yet? Well, it’s not a conventional LED light bulb; rather it includes a Bluetooth speaker! Other companies have previously designed products with a light and sound combo, but Sony has tried to set a new benchmark.

For the ones who love music, they can’t afford a sound system in every room and even if they can, it’s not a practical approach to have speakers all around the house. Sony looked deep into this matter and devised a plan to create a light bulb that plays music. This idea in itself is commendable! Although other companies have introduced such ideas in a different manner, Sony differs with the fact that their invention looks like a classic light bulb, which is quite fascinating.

Features
The LED light bulb (Sony LSPX-100E26J) has a built-in Bluetooth speaker with standard Bluetooth communication method. The speaker is paired up with an app called SongPal via Bluetooth. It has a wide light distribution. The light bulb speaker is provided with a remote control, which includes settings for audio output to set the volume and to adjust the brightness of the light bulb as required.

Bottom line
This bulb lightens the mood of people more than its lighting effect does. It’s a cool thing to have at home. You may easily decorate your dining table with these cute little bulbs or have them mounted at different places all around the house.

Once you get hold of how you can use this innovative creation and understand its features properly, you will quite simply be able to stream music and listen to your favorite songs via the Sony LSPX Light Bulb.

All in all, it is a great gadget to have in terms of practicality and simplicity of usage.

Photo: Instagram/Sony

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LG Smart ThinQ Hub Review

Posted on 06 January 2016

LG and Samsung have quite a rivalry going on. First Samsung introduced its Smart Things and now LG has its very own Smart ThinQ Hub. The metallic cylinder looks like small metallic cylinder and accompanies a pair of speakers so that you can listen to music while working around the house, to top it all off it also has a wide 3.5 inch LCD display that allows you to monitor notifications as you are on the go.

The Good
On the upside, the LG Smart ThinQ Hub allows you to connect various home appliances and pretty much acts like a personal assistant, monitoring and displaying reminders from your personal calendars all the while streaming music from its in build speakers, allowing you to listen to various tunes from iHeartRadio or other Bluetooth enabled devices.

The LG Smart ThinQ Hub makes your life easier by collecting information from all your home appliances such as your refrigerators, cleaners and dishwasher. This allows the user an added advantage to control home appliances via a single device instead of opting for a separate Smartphone app for each home appliance.

The Bad
The device has plenty of similarities to Amazon’s Echo and is pretty much a copy of the product including the similar cylindrical design and the inbuilt speakers.

Bottom Line
The LG Smart ThinQ Hub is available in gorgeous color schemes of Champagne Gold and Black and allows you to take control over all your home appliances. In addition, the LG Smart ThinQ Hub adds convenience to your life and will result in better savings.

The thoughtfully designed product is ideal for users who are always on the go and do not have time to check up on home much, however other users may find the device to be unnecessary and overpriced.

Photo: Courtesy LG

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V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Review

Posted on 16 November 2015

V-Moda has come out with a new wireless headphone, Crossfade Wireless, as a sequel to its very popular headphones, Crossfade M-100. The headphones are very heavy-duty and while it has wireless usage, it also can also be used wired. The headphones can run wireless for up to 12 hours, but because of the battery it is a fairly heavy pair of headphones. So let’s have a closer look.

The Look and Feel
The headphones are black and the design is fairly identical to the Crossfade M-100. Of course, since its wireless, the headphone had to be slightly modified to fit in the battery (it cannot be replaced by the user). The battery is located in the left ear cup and runs for 12 hours.

The headphones are pretty heavy, weighing almost 10.3 ounces. The design and quality is exceptional and the box includes a protective case for storage. The Crossfade Wireless headphones come with a one year warranty and you can replace damaged headphones at fifty percent of the cost. Optional accessories for the headphones can also be purchased, including BoomPro mic for professionals, CoilPro cable, 1/3-button cables, VAMP DAC/amp and XL cushions for the ear caps. The cushions are recommended if you prefer deeper padding and more comfort.

Features
The wireless feature is not the only thing that makes this headphone great. It is also designed to work unpowered as a regular analog headphone. The sound quality of the headphone and microphone is great when used wireless, but still not comparable to when it’s wired. The music’s bass and treble on wireless headphones comes off a little hyped while wired headphones offered more depth and clarity. This is why a lot of V-Moda customers still prefer the Crossfade M-100.

The Good and the Bad
For a wireless headphone, the Crossfade Wireless is definitely a premium product. Surprisingly, V-Moda has kept the price of its wireless headphones lower than its wired headphones, which makes it a great purchase.

However, with the added battery component, the Crossfade Wireless is fairly heavy to wear and without the extra cushion the ear cups can be very uncomfortable.

Conclusion
V-Moda will make a happy customer because their customer service is impeccable. They even cater to customer’s customization needs. There is no doubt that the Crossfade Wireless is one of the premium wireless headphones out there.

Photo courtesy: V-Moda

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Polaroid Zip: a Petite Printer for Your Pocket

Posted on 12 August 2015

Resembling a portable hard drive and slightly bigger than a deck of playing cards comes a package for your pocket that will turn your digital photos in your smartphone into printed pictures you can actually hold on to. The Polaroid Zip, weighing at a meager 186 grams, is a portable printer that you can fit in your pocket and take out to print pictures when the need arises.

The pocket-printer can connect to any iOS or Android device through Bluetooth and start printing pictures using a free app available on respective app stores. Connecting the Polaroid Zip to your smartphone or tablet is pretty easy and is a simple task of going into your iOS Bluetooth settings and selecting the printer. You can take advantage of NFC on your Android device as well and simply tap device with your NFC-activated Android device and get printing.

The device sports one button on its plastic body and one micro-USB port for charging purposes. The design is pretty attractive, although the Polaroid’s body can be prone to scratches and smudgy fingerprints, so it is advisable to carry the device in a pouch or a case. The product can print 25 pictures on one charge, after which you can easily take the top off and load the device with more paper.

With Polaroid’s zero-ink technology, there’s no need for ink to print the photos, since the special Zink paper takes care of the business side of the things. Since there is no ink involved, the prints are dry and smudge-proof. The lack of the use of ink also makes the device a not-so-expensive device after it has been purchased, and the only cost you will have to worry about is the Zink papers, which cost about $25 for a 100-sheet pack.

For a price of $129.99, the Polaroid Zip is a cheap printer for your pocket that will turn your favorite pictures into 2×3 inch colorful prints. And although the resulting pictures may not be of the highest quality, the simple to use and low-costing Polaroid Zip is a fun device that will take the load of your smartphone by giving your physical pictures in your hands!

Photo courtesy: Polaroid

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Amazon Echo: It’s Getting Better All the Time!

Posted on 01 July 2015

Straight out of the realm of science fiction, the Amazon’s Echo is a wireless cloud-connected voice command device, available on the market for $179. The device runs on Amazon Web Services. Its voice recognition ability is great. Its seven microphone arrays and beam-forming technology allows it to hear your words clearly, even if you are across the room. It can be manually turned off using the mute bottom. It responds to the word “Alexa”, though this can be changed to “Amazon” if the user wishes.

Alexa is a cloud-based voice service which serves as the device’s intelligent personal assistant. The voice is natural and soothing. You can ask questions or order it to do specific tasks, such as play music, set alarms, read the news, and check the weather, and can access Wikipedia articles to provide relevant information, but at least for now, Alexa is fairly limited in its capabilities

The Echo has improved immensely since the original came out in 2014 and continues to improve as Amazon adds new features and updates. Among the new improvements are Pandora compatibility, traffic reports, audiobook playback as well as support for IFTTT (If This, Then That) and compatibility with WeMo and Philips Hue devices

The device does have its drawbacks. The speaker doesn’t play music well, with there being severe distortion at high volumes. There is also a concern about privacy, as it possibly sends sensitive info to the cloud service which can pose a security risk. It does not come with a battery and must remain plugged in. Most audio services are not supported.

All in all, the device has its share of quirks and limitations but with time, as it improves, you can expect the device to get smarter, boast more features and be truly a worthy companion for any household. For now, it is a simple device which works well and justifies its price tag in terms of performance.

Photo credit: Amazon

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