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dreamGear Retro Arcade Gaming at 2016 CES



DreamGearNakia Mann interviews Oliver Tesoro, product manager for dreamGear, a manufacturer of a variety of video gaming accessories.

They discuss dreamGear’s latest retro plug and play 8-bit and 16-bit retro games that sell at a variety of prices for under $40. Some are designed to look like miniature versions of old-style video arcade games that used to eat quarters.

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Grovemade Wooden Accessories



As a jaded IT hack, it’s not often my jaw drops but when I saw the sheer beauty of this desk arrangement, I had to put my dentures back in, metaphorically speaking. Grovemade handcraft truly stunning monitor stands, keyboard trays, iPad covers, iPhone cases and other desktop accoutrements. My desk doesn’t look anything like this, though I really want it to look like this.

Grovemade Desk Collection

 

The products are available in both maple and walnut, but I think the walnut really goes well with the brushed aluminium and the grain of the wood stands out that much better. There are some further cool touches with a little storage space underneath the keyboard.

Keyboard TrayAs you might imagine, these unique pieces aren’t cheap but they aren’t stratospherically expensive either. The monitor stand is $119, the keyboard tray is $79 and the pen cup is $39. Choosing carefully, these items could last a lifetime and provide a great deal more pleasure than a $5 plastic pen holder.

Walnut WatchAnd if you want wood on your wrist too, Grovemade are eschewing the trend to smart watches with a wooden twist on a traditional timepiece. It might be bucking the trend but at least it will still be compatible with your phone in 10 years time. With a choice of round or rectangular, light or dark, it’s on pre-order at $239 with delivery expected early in 2015.


Orca Gear to Launch at NAB



Orca LogoPro gear and accessory firm Orca has announced that their official launch will take place at the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas on 7 April.

With over 30 years’ experience in the film industry, Orca’s research and development team has created a top-flight range of gear bags and accessories. The team produced the entire Orca line specifically for the audio-visual industry, designing a range of smart bags and accessories, carefully crafted to carry and protect video, lighting and sound equipment.

Integrating with their new Trolley System, Orca’s designs include the Audio Bag, Shoulder Video Bag, Light Case, and Backpack, incorporating aluminium frames and multiple access points for both protection and convenience. Additional offerings will include the Rain Cover and LCD Hood, and the full product line will be on show at NAB.

Band Pro Film & Digital have confirmed that they will carry the range following Orca’s NAB launch. Amnon Band, Band Pro’s President and CEO, remarked: “These are the best bags I’ve seen in a long time.  We’ve always prided ourselves on carrying nothing but the best, and that’s what Orca products are.  I’m really impressed with their entire product line.”

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iBike Powerhouse for your iPhone



For a long time now cyclists, at least serious ones, have mounted mini computers on their handlebars.  The devices provide information on time, distance, average speed, and even elevation and temperature.  Now iBike is bringing us the ability to do all of this with our iPhone and eliminate that second device.

The iBike Powerhouse provides a weather-proof case for your iPhone that can be easily mounted on your bike’s handlebars and the accompanying app provides all of the data you are used to getting from a traditional cycling computer plus a whole lot of additional information such as a heart rate monitor, training plans, and more.

The product and app are the creation of real cyclists and coaches, so the information provided by the app is what even professional riders want and need to know.  Check out the interview below with the iBike representative, who has a side job coaching Olympic and professional riders, to get more information on the iBike Powerhouse, along with pricing and availability.  You can also visit iBikeSports to check everything out.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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iLuv Wins With New Travel Gadgets



iLuv LogoiLuv will be familiar to many with their extensive range of matching accessories for tablets, smartphones and MP3 players. At CES this year, iLuv won no less than 5 CES Innovations Honoree awards to add to their collection of accolades. Todd gets a review of their latest products from Peter of iLuv.

The DreamTraveler is combined iPhone dock, USB charger and mains power strip squared aimed at those unfortunate souls who have to spend time in poorly equipped hotel rooms. It has two USB charging ports, three power outlets and an Apple connector for charging iPhones, iPods and iPads.

For the international traveller, iLuv has the RockWall, a dual USB charger that comes with the right mains plugs for different countries round the world.

Finally, the Mo’Beats is a portable tablet or smartphone cradle with Bluetooth wireless speakers that has a built-in lithium-ion battery which will run for about 4 hours.

All the products will be available in April or May. The Mo’Beats SRP is expected to be $89.99 but the website is currently showing $99.99. I think Peter gets his prices mixed up in the video as the RockWall is priced at $49.99 on the website and the DreamTraveler is $129.99.

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Schick Hydro 5 Razor Ultimate Review!



During the fun at CES 2012, Jeffrey Powers stopped by the Schick booth, where barbers were on hand to take care of that stubble – on his head. The barbers were using the Schick Hydro 5 razor, with 3 vibration settings, for a smoother shave.

Elliot from Elliot & Co was the barber who tended to Jeffrey’s hair. During the event, he talked with Jeff about the Schick Hydro 5 razor.

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Griffin’s Spring Case Collection



Griffin CasesYou have gotten a new iPhone, iPad or an Android device over the holidays. You love it and it’s looking good, no scratches or scuff and you want to keep it that way. You want to protect it, however you also want to look good doing it.  No, not good you want to look fierce. That is where the Griffin Technology Inc Spring Collection comes in. Griffin Technology Inc was founded at the kitchen table of Paul Griffin in 1992. They are now the leaders in the creation of accessories for the home, mobile and personal technology. They created and developed the iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM® just to name a few. Breaking new ground on how products are conceived, designed and developed creating fans worldwide. They do all this work in-house and continue to push the boundaries of the industry they helped to create.

This year at CES 2012 Griffin is introducing its news Spring line of cases for the iPhone, iPad, eReaders and more. They have designed their colors and texture from cues they’ve gotten from fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Prada, Givenchy and others. George Campbell, Griffin’s Director of Industrial Design said “With a diverse array of contemporary textures and fashion-forward designs, we’ve created Spring collections that allow consumers to make their own personal fashion statement.” Griffin will be showing off one line that emphasizes muted colors, simple shapes, cracked paint, worn leather and worn rattan. Another line will emphasize the mixing of stripes, layers, dots, plaids, floral and strong blocks of colors. Griffin is also going to show off new colors including peacock, pool, leaf and blazing yellow. So what ever your personal style is, Griffin will have a case that matches it. You can check of the new Spring case collection at Griffin’s booth at CES, located in the North Hall, Booth 5212.