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Parrot Zik

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 9:27 AM on February 25, 2013

Parrot Zik Parrot introduced the new Parrot Zik headphones. The headphones were designed by a French designer who hated buttons, so he designed a buttonless headphone. All the controls are done by touching the right headphone. Slide up and down for volume control, back and forth to change tracks. Remove the headphones and the music pauses, place the headphones back on and the music starts playing again. The headphone’s are noise canceling and uses DSP (digital sound processorr) technology which allows you to use the iOs and Android app to vary the sound field. Instead of hearing your music from the left and right side you hear the music as if it is coming from the front of you, like a concert hall. The Parrot Zik uses Bluetooth technology to allow you to connect hands free to your phone or music device. The Parrot Zik has four microphones two on the outside and two on the inside of the earpiece for more sound clarity. The headphone’s uses two directional microphones and bone conduction technology so your voice to go through but not the background noise. The Parrot Zik is available for $399 through the website,  Amazon and various retail locations.

Parrot is also working on a project that will help people take better care of your plants. It is a stick that you put in the soil next to the plant. It measures how much sunlight the plant is getting, the temperature, health and moisture level of the soil. The Flower Power is still an internal projects and they were showing it off at CES 2013 to talk to people to find out what they were looking for in a gadget like this.

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Dynamics ePlates: Credit Card for Today’s World

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 9:31 PM on February 24, 2013

Dynamics Dynamics Inc has developed cards for Visa that have chips embedded into them. The battery inside the card will last at least four years. There is a user interface including buttons and a magnetic stripe that changes so user can make different choices at the point of sale.  The user can easily change the awards available on the cards through the website. There are currently fifty different award partners that the card can be connected to. You also receive the rewards a lot faster than you do with a normal card because of the system they have establish. These cards are more secure than normal cards due to the fact that the information is stored in an embedded processor on the card

Dynamics Inc is also developing a card that has security code embedded in it. You have to punch in the code for the card to become active. When the right code is punched in the card number appears and the magnetic stripe becomes active After a period of time the number disappears and stripe erases. F’or further information and sign up for a card go to Dynamics Inc website or the UMB Bank website.

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Hold Onto Your Tablet With Mobio

Posted by Andrew at 6:43 PM on February 24, 2013

Mobio GripToday’s smartphones and tablets are all expensive devices, whether they come from Apple or Samsung, and no-one wants to drop theirs on the floor with butterfingers. Mobio have a neat approach that should keep tablets and phones in the hand. Andy and Scott find out more from Darek Spring at Mobio.

The Mobio Grip is two part set, with a magnetic ring that sticks to the tablet or smartphone, and a handle which then connects into the ring. Holding the handle keeps the tablet easily in hand without blocking any part of the screen and the magnetic handle can be taken off to put the tablet into a case or bag.

Other variants such as the Mobio Pivot and Mobio Go use the same magnetic connector in a stand configuration or for in-car use. The Mobio Grip is $34.95 and is available through Mobio’s store.

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Apple Keyboard Overlays from KB Covers

Posted by Andrew at 6:14 PM on February 24, 2013

KB Cover Keyboard OverlayKB Covers produce lightweight and flexible keyboard overlays for Apple Macs to help make people more productive with complex software applications or type in foreign languages. Andy and Scott find out what’s happening with KB Covers from Bruce Franklin.

KB Covers produces overlays for Apple Macintosh desktop and laptop computers, covering both current and older models. Generally there are three kinds of overlays: those for protection or decoration, for foreign languages and for advanced application use, where keyboard shortcuts are key to being proficient in the app. Each year, KB Covers comes out with additional overlays for extra languages and new applications, often at the suggestion of customers.

The overlays are available on-line from around $20.

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iDevices’ Devices and Services

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 4:26 PM on February 24, 2013

iDevice iDevices which is well known for its iGrill. Introduced the iShower in September 2012. Now offers together with Targus the iNotebook. The iGrill is a bluetooth enabled meat thermometer, with a corresponding application for your iOs or Android device. You can keep track of your meats temperature from as far away as five hundred feet. This allows you to keep an eye on your meat while still entertaining your guest.  The app also allows you to see where everyone else is who is using the iGrill. If you click on the link on a location it will take you too their post on Facebook if they made one. You can post directly from the application to Facebook. The iGrill is $79.99 and is available on the website from Amazon and other retail locations.

The iShower solves the problem of having music in the shower or bathroom. They are water-resistant shower speakers. The iShower can handle up to five users. Simply pair the speakers with your phone and you are good to go. It will pair with your phone from up to five hundred feet away. Any music or podcast you have on your phone, be it from iTunes, PandoraSpotify and more can be streamed through the iShower speakers. TheiShower is $99.99 and is available at various retail locations

The iNotebook which runs around $179.99 and was developed along with Targus wirelessly transmits handwritten notes, drawings, and sketches to your iPad. The bluetooth enabled sensor and premium pen saves and transfers everything you write on the paper to your iPad. There is no special paper needed and it will work with any standard 8“ by 5” notepaper. The iNotebook can hold up to a hundred pages if the iPad is not available for later transfer. The notes are embedded with their geo-location, so you can later search for them by location.

iDevices also has a small in-house consulting service that works with businesses both large and small who are trying to build mobile apps for the iOs Eco-system. For more information about iDevices and their various products and services visit their website. I have to admit looking at the pile of notebooks I have I wished the iNotebook had been available when I was younger.

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gDoc Binder

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 12:33 PM on February 24, 2013

gDoc Binder gDoc Binder is the electronic version of the traditional physical binder. It has the three rings, tabs and sections just like a regular binder. gDoc Binder is a great way to organize a project. Each binder can be secured with a password and has 256AES encryption. You can store text and images in the notebook. They hope to add the ability to store audio and video files in the future.

The gDoc Binders is a Windows only application, but you can easily share the content to an iPad. You can print, copy,  share a page, a whole section or an entire notebook easily. What makes these binders great is that they help you organize information in an easily searchable and shareable format. Right now gDoc Binders is looking for users for their beta program, however they expect to sell a set of ten binders for $10.00. More information is available at the gDoc website

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Handable

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 10:48 AM on February 24, 2013

Handable The Handable was created to make it easier hold on to your portable device. The idea came when Aaron Block, President of Mobile Innovations kept dropping his phone and he also noticed that other people he knew had trouble holding on to theirs also. After almost two years of development, starting with a cardboard mock-up, the Handable was created.

The Handable is a small disk 1.5 inches in diameter and collapses down to 5/16″ high along with retractable strings that allows you to tighten it down to your hand. It comes in multiple colors and designs. It is held to the device with VHB (Very High Bond) adhesive. The Handable can be easily removed when ino longer needed.  The Handable works on a smartphone, tablet, or ereader.  They do take special orders from corporations with a minimum order of fifty. It was developed and is made in California. The Handable is $12.95 and is available on the Handable website

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Luxury Cases by Evutec

Posted by Andrew at 6:49 PM on February 23, 2013

0001028_freed_iphone_5_cherry_wood_260Although the name might be new, Evutec have been around for over fifteen years, producing luxury cases for smartphones and tablets from leather and wood. Andy and Scott find out more about the cases and the creative process from David, one of Evutec’s designers.

Evutec have a wide range of cases for smartphones and tablets, including Apple, Samsung, Blackberry and Motorola devices. Offered in a luxury range of materials, particularly fine wood veneers and DuPont’s Aramid (aka Kevlar), these are high-end cases beautifully made. Prices seem to be in the $20-$50 range depending on material and size. Definitely a little bit more expensive, but this isn’t plastic pretending to be something it’s not.

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Breffo Spiderpodium

Posted by Andrew at 5:45 PM on February 23, 2013

Breffo Spiderpodium Smartphone CradleThe Breffo Spiderpodium has been a big success in the past year. The iconic design means that it’s instantly recognisable and the flexible legs work with all smartphones, not just iPhones, giving it broad appeal. Andy and Scott chat with Patrick about the Spiderpodium and the brand new stand from Breffo.

The original Spiderpodium came in a a couple of basic colours, namely black and white, but has since been offered in a range of much brighter colours, including pink and green. It’s also been supersized in the shape of a larger Spiderpodium for tablets and bigger gadgets. New this year too is a smaller simpler stand made from the same rubber covered metal, which will prop up a smartphone at the ideal viewing angle.

The Spiderpodium is available online for around $20.

Interview Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and Scott Ertz of F5 Live.

Digital Innovation Products

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 4:17 PM on February 23, 2013

Digital InnovationDigital Innovation introduced several products at CES 2013, including the Nest, the ScreenDr and the ChargeDr®. The Nest is a case that was built to solve the problem of tangled up ear buds. It is soft and durable and made of silicon. The earbuds wrap around the center and the case folds into itself. You pull the earbuds from the center so they automatically come out straight. The Nest is $10.00 and is available at retail stores and on Amazon

They also introduced the ScreenDr®. ScreenDr consist of an alcohol and ammonia free cleaning fluid which helps to keep screens clean of dust, dirt, finger prints and bacteria and a micro-fibre cloth. What makes ScreenDr unique is that the fact that the cloth is stored within the cleaning fluids cap. The ScreenDr comes in three sizes, a small bottle is $10.00, a medium bottle at $15.00 and the large bottle for $20.00.

The final product they showed was the ChargeDr® This is a small dongle that you attach to your laptop. It allows you to charge your iPad on your computer. Normally a laptop’s USB port doesn’t create enough amps to charge a tablet. The ChargeDr changes this by having the chip that is embedded in it talk to both the device and the computer. It tells the computer how many amps are required to charge the tablet, which then produces the correct amperage. It allows you to charge a tablet through a laptop at as if you plugged it directly into the wall. The ChargeDr will run $29.99 and should be available soon.

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