Category Archives: Gadgets

TikTeck Sells Direct to Consumer



tikteckTikTeck are coming to market with the sole purpose of bringing affordable products direct to the consumer and cutting out the middleman. With only a few gadgets available, Daniel chats with Rex Chen, VP Product Development of TikTeck to find out what’s in store.

In the first wave of products, there’s a Bluetooth-controlled smart LED bulb displaying 16 million colours for only US$9.99. You don’t need me to tell you what a bargain that price is. The companion smartphone app runs on both iOS and Android, providing group controls and timers, much like some of the market leading apps. Available for pre-order now with delivery expected end of February.

TikTeck RoverCombining both security and fun, the next product is a wireless camera rover. It’s a digital video camera on a remote controlled buggy which can be steered and monitored by wifi from a smartphone. US$69.99 when it goes on sale. I want one – the black version in the interview looks positively menacing.

Finally, TikTeck have a smart finger ring that measures heart rate and tracks activity and sends the data back to the smartphone by Bluetooth. It looks far more like a man’s ring than it does a fitness tracker. Price not finalised but likely to be in the $50-$100 range.

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Project Nursery Announces New Line of Gadgets for Mom and Baby



Project Nursery Baby MonitorProject Nursery has unveiled new products and technologies for families at CES 2016. Partnered with VOXX Corporation, Project Nursery applies their years of experience in kid-friendly designs toward launching a new consumer electronics line that is simple, stylish, and with minimal set-up time, so parents can focus on the things that matter most. The new products will be available Spring 2016.

The flagship piece of the line is the Project Nursery Baby Monitor, which includes both a 5” High-Definition parent unit, ultra portable Mini Monitor with a 1.5” LCD screen and camera unit (MSRP $299.99).

Luxurious, high-end design finishes that blend seamlessly into any nursery, high definition video and secure wireless technology make this baby monitor the choice for parents focused on simplicity, style, and safety. As a wireless and Wi-Fi free monitor, it can easily be handed off to a caregiver without a complicated set up explanation, all while maintaining a reliable connection.

The Project Nursery Baby Monitor has an easy-to-use icon menu and intuitive centric navigation wheel. Parents can quickly jump to the most commonly needed features of the device without wasting time clicking through excess menus or navigating difficult camera controls. The system also serves as a digital clock, timer and room thermometer. Extra benefits allow parents to send lullabies, voice communicate with their baby and capture digital images of special moments.

Project Nursery Mini MonitorThe included 1.5” Mini Monitor is the world’s smallest, providing hands-free portable monitoring allowing moms and dads to be on-the-go around the house without having to haul around a larger monitor unit. The Mini Monitor allows parents to have both hands free, to do things like playing with other kids, exercise, projects around the house, or preparing meals in the kitchen, all while able to quickly view baby at a glance on a wearable attachment. The Mini Monitor comes equipped with a wristband, lanyard and clip to make it easy for mom and dad to have ready at any time.

Project Nursery Sight and Soung projectorThe Project Nursery Sight & Sound Projector ($49.99) uses Bluetooth streaming from your smartphone, projected images onto a wall and built-in LED mood lighting and night light to create a soothing environment for baby. Sensors activate pre-set or recorded sounds when crying is detected to make baby feel more comfortable while mom or dad makes their way to the nursery. Six calming pre-loaded sounds include white noise, rainforest, and more.

Visit Project Nursery at CES 2016 in the Central Hall, Project Nursery (VOXX) booth # 10406.


Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset



Kingston LogoKingston Tech followed up their popular HyperX Cloud gaming headset earlier this year with the Cloud II, which brought a newly designed USB sound card audio control box with 7.1 virtual surround sound to the already impressive feature set of the original HyperX Cloud headset. GNC favourably reviewed the first HyperX Cloud back in December.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II Control UnitThe new control box has independent audio and microphone volume control plus a central toggle for the surround sound 7.1. The Cloud II headset generates virtual 7.1 surround sound with distance and depth to enhance the gaming, movie or music experience. Shoot them before they shoot you!

At launch, the Cloud II headset offered choice of two colour finishes, red and gun metal (grey). There’s now a third option, pink, which is presumably intended to appeal to female gamers.

Kingston HyperX Cloud II headsetWhatever your opinion of “pinking”, it’s good to see that Kingston is looking outside of the stereotypical gaming audience.

In other good news, the Cloud II has taken up the price point of the original and is priced at a little under GB£80. The original Cloud still available too but it’s now priced below £50, making the latter a real bargain.


Popcord Keyring Charging Cable



British Inventors ProjectOne of the few “tech” products at the British Inventors Project, the Popcord is a short USB charging cable which loops back on itself to hang on a keyring. As it’s on your keyring, you never leave it behind so any time your phone needs a charge, the Popcord is on hand.

Elegantly made from metal to complement the latest mobile devices, it’s available in six colours and two variants, one USB to micro-USB and the other USB to Lightning for Apple owners.

Popcord

It’s on pre-order at GB£29 or a little under US$42.50 and is expected to ship shortly.


Child Angel Keeps an Eye on Children



British Inventors Project

Continuing GNC’s coverage of the Gadget Show Live and the British Inventors’ Project, Child Angel is one of the smallest and most advanced child tracking device on the market. Made to be attractive to the child and easy to use in an emergency, the Child Angel wrist-mounted tracker provides accurate location monitoring by combining GPS, GSM and Wi-Fi hotspot triangulation.

Child Angel keeps children safe in three ways. First the parent can view the child’s location on a map using the Child Angel app on their smartphone or tablet (both iOS and Android). Second, the child can send a “Help Me!” alert by taking off the bracelet and third, an alert is raised if the child leaves a geo-fenced SafeZone.

The battery life is about 48 hours and the Child Angel can easily be recharged through the micro-USB. The Child Angel bracelet is available in different colours and can be customised with personalised covers, too.

The Child Angel should be available soon with a retail cost around £100.

Child Angel


Doddl Cutlery for Children



British Inventors ProjectChild-friendly products are fertile ground for inventors and it’s no surprise to see a number of ideas presented at Gadget Show Live as part of the British Inventors’ Project. Here is Doddl, a cutlery (flatware) set for children that has uniquely shaped handles to help the child hold the knife, fork and spoon.

Doddl improves co-ordination and control while promoting independent eating and develops motor skills, eventually easing the transition onto adult cutlery.

Doddl

Doddl will be pre-ordering on Kickstarter from Sunday 3rd May (though there is an older campaign on CrowdShed). Make eating a Doddl!


SafeSip Stops Spills



British Inventors ProjectSafeSip is a reusable drinks cover that fits almost any glass, mug, cup or can to stop spills. It’s a simple product that has myriad uses with children, the elderly, during travel, on picnics or in places where a liquid leak would be disastrous.

Made from food-grade silicone rubber, the SafeSip can be pulled over a wide range of drinking vessels, including fizzy drink (soda) cans, with a straw pushed through a self-closing hole in the SafeSip. It’s dishwasher safe, works with both hot and cold liquids, and comes in eight different colours. Another great product from the British Inventors’ Project at the Gadget Show Live.

SafeSip

The SafeSip is currently crowdfunding at CrowdShed.