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Holiday Gadgets and Wireless Accessories 2013
     Audio, Imaging, Storage, Power, Cases, Tracking & Fun

    by Douglas Dixon


Accessories for your portable devices in anticipation of the holiday season.


Contents


Image courtesy Verbatim - Portable Power Pack, Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard, Optical Travel Mouse

See also Verizon Wireless Accessories - http://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/


Audio - Earphones, Headphones, Speakers

The exemplar of accessories as function and fashion is the world of audio, with an astounding range of earphones, headphones, and portable speakers for listening to music on the go. The focus now is so much on design and fashion.


Bell'O Digital - In-Ear Headphones

Sound quality, lightweight comfort, durability
Bell'O International designs and manufactures premium home theater and A/V furniture and consumer electronic accessories
Headquartered in Morganville, NJ

  • BDH653 - Universal, for most Apple, Android, and BlackBerry devices
    • Integrated microphone, in-line sliding volume control, universal one-touch track control
  • BDH654 - Apple remote, for iPhone, iPod, iPad
    • Three-button remote control with microphone
    • Volume, Siri / voice control, Play/pause/skip, Answer/end/switch call
  • Soft, durable silicone ear buds in 3 sizes - custom fit, noise isolation
  • Precision bass - Neodymium speaker magnets
  • Lightweight design using low mass metal construction
  • Strain relief and fabric reinforcing cable - Strength and durability
  • Flat cable - 4 ft. - Durable, flexible, lightweight, tangle-free
  • 99% oxygen free copper wire - Signal transfer gives amazing sound
  • 24K Gold-plated plug - Optimal connectivity
  • Thin profile protective hard case
  • www.bello.com
  • BDH653 - $49/$39 ($32) - Black chrome & copper; piano white & black chrome; dark chrome & matte black
  • BDH654 - $59/$49 ($35) - Black chrome & copper; piano white & black chrome

Find the Bell'O Digital BDH653
and BDH654 Headphones on Amazon.com


Velodyne vPulse - In-Ear Headphones

Quality construction, comfortable fit, superior audio quality
Velodyne is leader in subwoofer performance

  • Precise, low-distortion audio, tight bass
    • 10 mm driver, aluminum housing
  • In-ear design - Secure fit, passive noise reduction
  • Pressure-relief system - Reduces air pressure in ear, comfortable
  • Multiple eartip sizes
  • Flat, rugged tangle-resistant cable - 43 1/2 in., Gold-plated plug
  • 3 button in-line control (Apple):
    • Volume Up/Down, Play/pause/answer/skip
  • For iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android and other portable music players
  • Zippered protective case
  • http://velodyne.com/vpulse-earphones.html
  • $99 - Classic Black, Velodyne Electric Blue, Hot Pink

Find the Velodyne vPulse Earphones
on Amazon.com


Audio-Technica SonicFuel - In-ear Headphones

Designed for active, daily use - Comfort, style, immersive listening - Start under $50

  • Ergonomic C-tip earpieces - Fit shape of ear, stay-in-place comfort; Nestles within ear, locks in place for extra stability
  • 360-degree rotating ear tips (5 & 7 models)
    • Adjust to angles of listener’s ear canals, Seal for maximum bass impact and sound isolation
  • Includes S, M, L C-tips; XS, S, M, L ear tips; Comply Foam Tips (7 & 9 models) - form to shape of ear canal
  • ATH-CKX - "iS" communications models - Add in-line phone microphone and playback controls
  • http://www.audio-technica.com/...

 

 

 

ATH-CKX5[iS]
  • Price/performance under $50
  • High-quality compact drivers - crisp, accurate
  • 360-degree rotating eartips; Carrying pouch
  • 5[iS] - $44.99, $49.95 w/ mic -  black, white, red, blue, green
ATH-CKX7[iS]
  • Compact enhanced drivers - clear, robust, impactful sound
  • 360-degree rotating ear tips; Flat, tangle-free cable; Carrying case
  • 7[iS] - $74.99, $79.95 w/ mic - black, white, blue, red, purple
ATH-CKX9[iS]
  • Large 13.5 mm drivers - premium, deeper bass, sparkling highs
  • Flat, tangle-free cable; Carrying case with integrated cord wrap
  • 9[iS] - $99.95 w/ mic - $94.99 w/o mic - black or silver

Find the Audio-Technica SonicFuel Earphones
on Amazon.com


VOXX 808 - Studio Over-Ear Headphones

Big audio at under $100

  • Over-ear - noise-isolating
  • 40mm driver (dynamic range)
  • Acrylic molded shell, Synthetic leather earcups & head pad
  • Foldable design, metal hinges, 1 1/4 in. sliding extenders
  • Detachable, tangle-free cables
  • Flat cable w/ mic & inline play/pause control; Heavy round cable
  • Durable carrying case, 6.3mm adapter included
  • http://www.808headphones.com
  • $89 ($41), Gloss black, Matte black, Gloss white

Find the 808 Studio Headphones
on Amazon.com


Jabra REVO Headphones

Mobile sound enhanced by Dolby Digital Plus

  • Jabra Sound App - Music player with Dolby Digital Plus sound
    • Full-spectrum stereo sound, adds extra depth and dimension
    • Create and browse playlists, share music, adjust graphic equalizer
  • Comfortable - Padded headband, plush memory foam ear cups
  • Durable - Aluminum and steel construction
    • shatterproof flexible headband, reinforced fabric cables
  • Tested - Cable (to 15 kg), bend (10000X), fold (3500X), drop (2 m)
  • In-line controls - Volume, play / pause, skip, answer/end call, reject/redial
  • Foldable - for quick, compact storage
  • Two jack connectors - Share with friend
  • 7 x 8.66 x 3.22 in., 11.04 oz.
  • http://www.jabra.com/products/mobile_corded/jabra_revo/jabra_revo
  • REVO Wireless Bluetooth - $249 ($199)
  • REVO - $199.99 ($179) - Gray, white

Find the Jabra REVO Headphones
on Amazon.com


Parrot - Zik Headphones

Control calls and music manually from device, via voice recognition, through earphone touch panel, or from Audio Suite app

 

 

 

  • Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) - 4 active microphones
    • Up to 98% noise reduction
  • Clearer calls - 2 directional mics, Jawbone Conductor
    • Captures vibration of jawbone and merges with sound of voice
  • Touch-sensitive panel on right ear cup - Tap to play/pause
    • Swipe vertically for volume up/down, horizontally to skip tracks
  • Head detection sensor - Remove headphones
    • Pause/restart music, switch incoming call to smartphone
  • Parrot Audio Suite - free app, iPhone and Android
    • Enhancements - Tunes by Lou Reed, 7-band Equalizer with presets, Noise Cancellation, Parrot Concert Hall
  • Parrot Concert Hall effect - mimics sound of a live concert
    • Position sound from sides to front, room to concert hall
  • Bluetooth V 2.1 - AVRCP, A2DP, HFP, Pair with five devices
  • NFC - Tap to pair, connect, play music
  • 3.5 mm analog line-in passively; Frequency range 10 Hz-20 kHz
  • Li-ion Battery - 6 hrs all features, 18 hrs only ANC, 24 hrs standby
  • http://www.parrot.com/zik/usa/
  • $399.99 ($313.04)

Find the Parrot Zik Headphones
on Amazon.com


Acoustic Research - Portable Wireless Speaker with Skinit Covers

Share music in larger spaces and outdoors

 

  • Cylinder, 14 in. high, 6 in. in diameter
  • Play wirelessly over Bluetooth, Pairing button on top
  • 2 in. tweeter, 3 in, woofer, 5 watts output
  • Weather-resistant design for outdoor use
    • Molded carry handle, Power and Volume Up/Down controls
    • Volume local to speaker, independent of player volume
    • Rubber cap protects power jack
    • Screw-in bolts protects battery compartment on bottom
  • Back access to built-in 3.5mm audio cable to direct connect player
    • Also serves as a storage compartment - music player, keys, phone
  • Plays up to 14 hours from 6 AA batteries
  • Plain white, customize with a free skin design from Skinit
  • http://www.acoustic-research.com/portable-wireless-speaker/
  • $99

Find the AR Portable Wireless Speaker
on Amazon.com


Damson Audio Twist - Wireless Bluetooth Surface Speaker

Amplify sound on resonating surfaces

Transmits sound through surface - Incisor Diffusion Technology

  • Acts as diaphragm - Hear and feel - Lower frequencies with good bass
  • Wood, glass, metals, cardboard - table, car hood, window, refrigerator, coffee cup

  • Sleek, minimalistic design - no buttons - twist to play
  • Solid aluminum ~ 1/2 height small soda can, weight of full can
  • Twist to Bluetooth - connects, auto restarts music playback
  • Bluetooth A2DP wireless streaming
  • 3.5mm jacks - Line in and Line out to daisy chain
  • microUSB port to charge
  • Lithium Ion battery, play up to 4 hours wireless, 9 hours wired
  • Mounting Bracket - Use on vertical surfaces,  $24.99
    • Windows, fridges, in car -- glass hear both sides
    • Screw in to threaded base
  • 2 1/4 in.radius, 2 3/4 in. high, 12 oz.
  • http://us.damsonaudio.com/products/twist/
  • $69.99, Black, blue, red, silver

Find the Damson Twist Wireless Speaker
on Amazon.com


Jawbone - MINI JAMBOX

Mini Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone

  • MINI JAMBOX - 6.06 x 0.96 x 2.28 in., 9 oz. - 10 hours - $199.99
  • JAMBOX - 6 x 2.3 x 2.3 in., 12.8 oz - 10 hours - $149.99
  • BIG JAMBOX - 10 x 3.1 x 3.6 in., 43 oz - 15 hours - $299.99
  • https://jawbone.com/speakers

JAMBOX Family

 

  • Crafted from single piece of extruded aluminum for face and body
    • Sculpted aluminum exterior designs, bright colors
  • Front-facing stereo proprietary acoustic drivers
  • Passive bass radiator
  • DSP algorithms optimize sound dynamically for volume level
  • Wireless speakerphone, type 1-compliant microphone
    • 360-degree omnidirectional mic with echo cancellation
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (w/ BTLE), 3.5mm stereo input
  • Pair with up to 8 devices at once
  • Simultaneous multipoint: connect to 2 devices simultaneously
  • Play, Volume Up / Down buttons
    • Play / pause music, answer/end call, redial / decline call
    • Skip tracks (multiple presses)
  • Power, Pairing, inputs on side
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, charge through microUSB
  • 10 hours continuous playback, 75 hours standby
  • 9 designs: Red, Silver, Yellow, Orange, and Green Dot,
  • Graphite Facet, Blue Diamond, Aqua Scales, Purple Snowflake
  • https://jawbone.com/speakers/minijambox
  • $199.99

Find the Jawbone MINI JAMBOX
on Amazon.com

  • Jawbone app - free for iOS & Android
    • iOS - One-touch access to music library and streaming services
    • Android - Agenda - Announce upcoming meeting events
    • LiveAudio immersive, three-dimensional sound enhancement
    •             Hold volume up & down for audio prompt
    • Customize - Hold Play for Siri voice input or dial favorite contacts
      • 11 voices and 8 language options for voice prompts

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Imaging - Photo, Video

Dedicated point-and-shoot cameras and family camcorders have become much less useful in the age of ubiquitous smartphones with quite reasonable lenses and imaging performance. But there’s still a place for dedicated devices, particularly when you can leverage wireless to easily access the results.


Olloclip Photo Lenses for iPhone

Quick-connect multi-purpose lenses

oclip 3-IN-ONE Photo Lens
  • Fisheye (~180 degrees) / Wide-angle (2X) - opposite sides
  • Macro (10X, 12 - 15 mm) - unscrew
  • $69.99 - White, red, black
olloclip Telephoto + Circular Polarizing Lens
  • Telephoto (2X) / CPL (reduce glare/reflections, rich colors)
  • $99.99
olloclip Quick-Flip Case
  • Quick-flip corner - attach olloclip lens, becomes shutter release
  • Includes Pro-Photo Adapter - Slides on end
    • Tripod mount points, Cold shoe mount
  • Includes iPod touch 5th Gen adapter
  • Quick-Flip Case - $49.99 - white, black
    • w/ 3-IN-ONE Lens - $99.99; w/ Telephoto + CPL - $129.99

Find the Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens, Telephoto+CPL,
and Quick-Flip Case on Amazon.com


HoverCam Mini 5

Pocket-size document scanner / video camera

 

 

  • 5 MP CMOS camera, autofocus and focus lock
  • 1080p full HD video at 15 fps, HD 720p at 20 fps
  • Fits in pocket - About the size of pen or cellphone
  • Built-in light
  • Scan - Letter size paper - distortion-free wide angle lens
  • Video presentations - Documents, objects, screen images
  • Windows / Mac software
    • Document scanning, business card / receipt recognition
    • Upload images and video directly to cloud services -
      Evernote, Dropbox, Facebook, YouTube
    • Web conferencing - Compatible with Skype and GoToMeeting
  • Plug directly into laptop USB port for data and power
  • Case converts into docking station / stand
  • http://www.thehovercam.com/products/mini-5
  • $249 ($239)

Find the HoverCam Mini 5 on Amazon.com


Liquid Image - EGO 727 WiFi Sports Camera

HD action camera, water resistant

 

 

  • HD video, 12MP photo
  • 135 degree wide angle camera lens
    • 3 MP sensor, F/3.2, focus 0.4m to infinity
  • Records to micro SDHC card, up to 32 GB
  • App - iOS and Android - Stream, play, set options over WiFi
    • Stream live view (and can still take still photos)
    • View recorded video and photos
    • Download from camera and save to device
    • Trim Tool to crop videos to share on social networks
    • Full control of camera settings
    • http://www.liquidimageco.com/pages/app
  • Segment LCD display (tiny, on top, with buttons)
    • Shutter / WiFi and Power / Mode buttons
    • LED - Color for mode, flash while recording (and beep)
  • 1/4" tripod mount
  • Rechargeable Lithium battery, approx. 1.5 - 2 hours HD video
  • 1.5 x 1.25 x 2.25 in., 0.15 lbs, 2.4 oz.
  • http://www.liquidimageco.com/products/model-727-the-ego-1
  • $199 ($179), Red, yellow, blue, black, white

Find the Liquid Image EGO on Amazon.com

  • Includes - clear protective face cover, flat mount bracket, extra adhesive foam pads, USB cable
  • Accessories - 2 / 4 camera adapters, Waterproof housing for full waterproofing up to 40m/130ft
    • Mounts: Bike, bike strap, suction cup, vented helmet, low profile, body
  • HD Video - 1080P (1920x1080) / 30fps, 720P (1280x720) / 60fps, NTSC/PAL
  • Photo - 12MP (4000 x 3000), 5, 3 MP, Still/continuous mode
  • Also stores lower-res thumbnails for WiFi browsing and transfer - Video 432 x 240 WQVGA, Photo 960 x 720
  • Mono audio - internal mic
  • Records to Class 6+ micro SDHC card - up to 32 GB, Approx. 90 min. HD video in 32 GB
    • Download files from microSD or over USB - Video H.264 MOV, Photo JPG
  • Display icons - WiFi, battery level, single/continuous photo720/1080 video, SD card
  • LED light / modes - 720P/blue, 1080P/green, photo/red, continuous photo/purple
  • Shutter button - Shutter / select / WiFi start/stop - hold 2 secs
  • Camera settings
    • Auto Exposure featuring Ego Underwater option
    • Camera video / photo modes
    • Set microphone levels
    • Turn on/off indicator light and beep
    • Field of View, Zoom, White Balance, Contrast, Restore Settings
    • Shutter speed 1/2 to 1/8000 sec.
    • Flip image vertically to shoot upside down
    • Set security password

Google Chromecast - HDMI Streaming Media Player

Easy online video and music on TV

 

 

  • Android and iOS smartphones and tablets
    • Play from supported apps, select Cast button
    • YouTube and Netflix - Android and iOS
    • Google Play Music, Movies & TV - Android
  • PC, Mac, and Chromebook Pixel laptops
    • Play from Google Chrome browser - Cast from tab
  • YouTube and Netflix optimized for Cast (play directly from cloud)
  • Pandora coming soon
  • Max. 1080p video resolution
  • Chrome tab options
    • Quality - Extreme (720p high bitrate), high (720p), standard (480p)
    • Auto-resize browser tab to best fit the receiver screen
    • Full screen zoom - Prevents black bars on widescreen video
  • Plugs directly into HDMI port on TV
    • USB power - wall adapter or USB port
  • Wi-Fi setup with direct connect from device
  • Then play through shared secure Wi-Fi connection
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only); WEP, WPA/WPA2
  • Automatically updates to latest version
  • 72 x 35 x 12 mm, 34g / 2.8 x 1.4 x 0.5 inches, 1.2 oz
  • http://www.google.com/chromecast
  • $35

Find the Google Chromecast on Amazon.com


Eye-Fi Mobi and Pro X2 Wireless SD Cards

Built-in Wi-Fi to transfer photos and videos when created

  • SDHC Class 10 memory cards - 8 / 16 GB
  • Transfer direct to smartphone / tablet, and to PC/Mac or Cloud (ProX2)
  • Free Eye-Fi app - iOS, Android, Amazon
  • Images: .jpeg; Videos (under 2GB per file): .mpg, .mov, .flv, .wmv, .avi, .mp4, .mts, .m4v, .3gp
  • http://www.eye.fi/

 

Eye-Fi Mobi
  • Photos and videos direct from camera to mobile device
    • View / edit / share - digital camera res / quality on mobile device
  • Card as own Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Mobi 8 GB $49.99, 16 GB $79.99 ($69)
Eye-Fi Pro X2
  • Deliver images direct to Mac or PC (including RAW)
    • Connect card to Wi-Fi hotspot - to 90 ft outdoors / 45 ft indoors
    • Backup to cloud (7 days), Eye-Fi Premium long-term $49.99/year
  • Plus card as own Wi-Fi hotspot - direct from camera to mobile device
  • Pro X2 16 GB $99.99 ($89)

Find the Eye-Fi Mobi and Pro X2
on Amazon.com

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Storage - SD, USB, Drives Go Wireless

While USB-based storage is great for computers, it does not help with accessing files from tablets or smartphones. Instead, you can use wireless storage — drives with built-in Wi-Fi so you can access them directly from your portable devices. Just use your smartphone Wi-Fi settings to connect to the storage drive just like any Wi-Fi hotspot, and browse the files or download a free app to access the contents of the drive.


Kingston Digital Mobility Kit - microSD

Versatile mobile storage - Combines microSDHC card with SD adapter and USB card reader adapter

  • Use microSDHC card on tablets and smartphones
  • Use SDHC card adapter for digital cameras, with write protect switch
  • Use USB adapter / reader with computers (with keychain)
  • Capacity 4, 8, 16, 32 GB; Class 4 or 10
  • High-Speed Class Rating
    • Class 4: 4 MB/s minimum data transfer rate
    • Class 10: 10 MB/s minimum data transfer rate
  • http://www.kingston.com/us/flash/microsd_cards
  • 32 GB Class 4 - $75 ($23), Class 10 $157 ($32)

Find the Kingston Digital Mobility Kit
on Amazon.com


LaCie - PetiteKey

Small shape, big storage

  • Compact, metal key design
  • Scratch-resistant connector
  • 100-meter waterproof
  • Design by 5.5 Designers
  • 1.61 x 0.83 x 0.14 in. (41 x 21 x 3.5 mm), 0.26 oz (8 g)
  • http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10611
  • 8 GB $14.99, 16 GB $24.99 ($19), 32 GB $39.99 ($34)

Find the LaCie PetiteKey
on Amazon.com


LaCie - RuggedKey

Rugged for everyday disasters

  • Heat and cold resistance
  • IP-54 certified for resistance to dust and water
  • Rubber construction, 100 m drop-resistant
  • USB 3.0 - up to 150 MB/s
  • Design by Neil Poulton
  • 2.09 x 1.06 x 0.83 in. (53 x 27 x21 mm), 1.06 oz (30 g)
  • http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10603
  • 16 GB $39.99 ($34.99), 32 GB $69.99 ($61), 64 GB $99.99

Find the LaCie RuggedKey
on Amazon.com


LaCie - Porche Design P'9223 Slim Drive

Thinner and faster, HDD or SSD

  • Slim, solid aluminum design
  • HDD model - More capacity
  • SSD model - Faster, additional shock resistance
  • USB 3.0 - HDD up to 100 MB/s, SSD to 400 MB/s
  • Thinner than new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air (11 vs. 17 mm)
    • Same aluminum finish; Time Machine compatible
  • 5 x 3.1 x 0.4 in. (128 x 79 x 11 mm), 6.4 oz.(182 g)
  • http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10609
  • SSD 120 GB $149.99 ($139), HDD 500 GB $84.99 ($74)

Find the LaCie Porche Slim Drive
on Amazon.com


Wuala Secure Cloud Storage

  • Back up, sync, share online
  • Drag and drop or upload in background; Desktop and mobile apps
  • Keys include one year of Wuala cloud storage of same capacity; HD 10 GB
  • http://www.wuala.com/

LaCie Software Suite

  • Automatic backup
  • LaCie Private-Public - Password-protected area on drive, AES 256-bit encryption
  • LaCie Desktop Manager - Eco Mode - Automatic standby on inactivity (5 min.)

Verbatim - Store 'n' Go SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 up to 10x faster (compatible with USB 2.0)

Find the Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on Amazon.com


SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive / Wireless Media Drive

Flash drives with shared Wi-Fi access

  • Store, transfer/share, stream files across multiple mobile devices
  • Works with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle Fire, Android
  • Free SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive / Wireless Media apps
    • Upload, download, play - videos, music, photos, documents
    • Browse files, stream directly from drive; Upload files from device to drive, Download drive to device
    • Transfer (AirDrop, Message, Mail, Copy, Print) -- not Open In [AirStash++ is compatible, and has Open In]
  • Direct Wi-Fi connection (802.11 b/g/n)
    • Wi-Fi Password Protection (WPA2), Access from up to 150 feet


 

 

 

SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive
  • USB drive with shared Wi-Fi access
  • Connect 8 devices simultaneously, play 3 media streams
  • SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive app
  • Access from PC using USB connector
  • Removable microSDHC card for storage
  • No pass-though Internet
  • Charge in PC USB port; up to 4 hours wireless streaming
  • 3.07 x 1.04 x 0.54 in. (77.96 x 26.64 x 13.76 mm)
  • http://www.sandisk.com/products/wireless/flash-drive/
  • 16 GB $49.99, 32 GB $59.99

Find the SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive
on Amazon.com

 

 


SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive
  • Media drive with shared Wi-Fi access
  • Connect 8 devices simultaneously, Stream up to 5 HD movies
  • SanDisk Wireless Media app
  • Access from PC using microUSB port
  • Built-in storage, plus SD/SDHC / SDXC (64 GB) memory card slot
    • for storage expansion, viewing camera photos
  • Bridge to Wi-Fi access point
    • Multiple devices can browse Internet while viewing files
  • Durable aluminum housing
  • Charge through microSD port; up to 8 hours wireless streaming
  • 2.6 x 2.6 x 0.52 in. (65 x 65 x 13.5 mm), 70.8g
  • http://www.sandisk.com/products/wireless/media-drive/
  • 32 GB $79.99, 64 GB $99.99

Find the SanDisk Wireless Media Drive
on Amazon.com


Maxell - AirStash Wireless Flash Drive

USB 2.0 drive with SD card storage and Wi-Fi connection

 

 

 

 

  • Share by up to 8 devices at a time
  • Web interface to browse files, download
  • AirStash app for iOS and Android
    • Browse and play, upload and download (by file type)
  • WebDAV file transfer protocol
    • Client apps can open / save docs directly from / to SD card
    • iWork apps - Pages, Keynote, Numbers
  • SideLink - Pass-though network connection to local Wi-Fi router
  • SD / SDHC up to 32 GB (FAT format), SDXC 64 GB to 2 TB (FAT32)
  • Charge through USB in 2 hrs, continuous streaming up to 7 hrs
  • 3.6 x 1.2 x 0.5 in., 1.4 oz.
  • http://www.airstash.com
  • $109 with 8 GB SD card, $139 with 16 GB card

Find the Maxell AirStash Wireless Flash Drive
on Amazon.com


Kingston MobileLite Wireless - SD / USB Wi-Fi Reader / Streamer / Charger

Access / share / transfer between mobile devices and USB drive / SD card storage

 

 

  • Store and share files / photos / music / video collections via Wi-Fi
  • Access SD card and USB flash drive storage from mobile devices
  • Copy and transfer files between SD and USB, mobile device
  • Connect to Internet while sharing - Configure to another Wi-Fi hub
  • Share data / stream media with up to three users simultaneously
  • Charge a phone through USB port (quick press power on)
  • Plug into computer as USB & SD card reader (wireless disconnected)
  • MobileLite Wireless app - iOS & Android
  • Multitasking - run other Apps while using app
  • View / play files on storage: Files, Photos, Videos, Music
  • Move/copy between device/storage, Delete
  • Share to - Rename, Open in app, From/to Camera Roll, Email
  • Local device - Import from Camera Roll; Share to from other apps
  • Battery up to 5 hours continuous use
  • Charge through microUSB port
  • Wi-Fi 802.11g/n with wireless security (WPA2)
  • ~ 4 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 5/8 in., 3 1/2 oz. (124.8 x 59.9 x 16.65 mm, 98 g)
  • http://www.kingston.com/mlw
  • $59

Find the Kingston MobileLite Wireless
on Amazon.com


Verbatim MediaShare Wireless Portable Streaming Device

Share USB drives and SD cards with iOS and Android devices

Find the Verbatim MediaShare Wireless Portable Streaming Device on Amazon.com

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Power - Batteries, Chargers


Battery packs and home/auto chargers to keep your portable devices running longer. Ramp up the capacity (mAH) for longer charges, and boost the output (1.0A) to also handle the iPad and tablets.Step up from mini chargers for iPad, multiple devices.


Verbatim - Portable Power Pack

Small and lightweight for travel -- Fully charges iPhones, smartphones

Find the Verbatim Portable Power Pack
on Amazon.com


TYLT PowerPlant - Portable Battery

Dual chargers - USB + cable

  • Large capacity - Rapid charge, charge two devices simultaneously
    • Charge two smartphones to full capacity, charge tablets
    • 5,200 mAh capacity, 2.1 Amps output
  • Two charging ports - Universal USB for any USB device
    • Flexible arm nestled in side
  • microUSB port for recharging the PowerPlant, rubber cover
    • Retains single charge for up to one year
  • Load detection circuitry - turn on when plug in a device, off when done
    • Continues charging when plugged in to recharge
  • Recessed power button, four LEDs for battery level
  • 3 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in., 5.4 oz
  • http://www.tylt.com/powerplant/
  • $69 - 3 versions - microUSB for smartphones,
    Apple 30-pin for iPhone 4/4S, Apple Lightning for iPhone 5 & etc.

Find the TYLT PowerPlant Portable Battery
on Amazon.com


TYLT BAND - Flat Ribbon Car Charger

Tough and flexible

  • Car (cigarette) charger with a wide flat ribbon cable
  • Tough and flexible for extended use
  • Rolls up for storage, or extends two feet
  • Connector at end
    • plus standard USB port at base to charge second device
  • 2.1 amps - fast charge a tablet, or two smart phones simultaneously
  • http://www.tylt.com/band/
  • $39.99, vibrant black, red, blue, or green; micro USB or Apple connector

Find the TYLT BAND Car Charger on Amazon.com


Ventev powercell 5000 battery charger

Dual USB charger

  • Dual charger - 15+ hours of backup power
  • Charge any two devices simultaneously
  • 2 USB ports - 1 A / 5 W for smartphones
    • and 2.1 A / 10 W rapid charge for tablets
  • Recharge with microUSB port, Holds charge 6 months
  • Slim, compact design - 4 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 1/2 in., 5.3 oz
  • Slate gray, non-slip matte surface with orange accents
  • http://mobileaccessories.ventev.com/products/Chargers/...
  • $54.99 ($39)

Find the Ventev powercell 5000 Charger
on Amazon.com


Ventev chargesync Flat USB cables

Find the Ventev chargesync cables
on Amazon.com

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Protection - Screens, Cases, Stands


Portable devices are getting tougher, with more scratch-resistant (and fingerprint-resistant) screens. But there's still a good use for a protective cases, from soft rubberized covers to provide some help when knocking around in a pocket or bag (and to provide a more secure grip), to hard shells for added security with rougher use.


LOKSAK - Better Resealable Plastic Bags

Protect electronic devices, the phone in the rain to the tablet with the kids in the kitchen

  • Resealable element-proof storage bags with patented leakproof / airtight seal
    • Can use touch screen when sealed in bag
  • Keep out - Hermetic seal - no water, air, dust or humidity permeate the closure
    • Protect cell phones to tablets, wallets, keys, documents - hiking or on the beach
  • Keep in - Store food, ice, wetnaps - kitchen or camping
  • Transparent bags, flexible, puncture resistant; Certified waterproof to 60 meters / 200 feet
  • Constructed using medical-grade film that is FDA approved; Temperature rated -40F to 140F
  • Ecologically smart. Highly reusable, 100% recyclable Polyethylene

  • aLOKSAK - Original resealable bags.
  • OPSAK - Odor-proof bags with a a new-generation barrier film
  • SHIELDSAK- R.F. shielded flexible fabric bags block electronic signals
  • SPLASHSAK- Nylon carrying cases for neck, arm, waist
  • 13 sizes, from 3.37 x 6.37 to 31.5 x 16.5 inches,
    • store wallets and passports, books and maps
    • smartphones, mini and full-size tablets
  • www.loksak.com
  • $7 3-packs of smaller bags, $18 2-packs of larger bags
  • SHIELDSAK for phones $64 (4.5 x 5.5 inches), tablets $149

Find the LOKSAK bags and SHIELDSAK
on Amazon.com


TYLT ALIN - Screen Protection System

Screen protectors with easy alignment tool

  • 3 HD Clear and 1 HD Anti-Glare screen protectors
  • Protects touch screen from damage
  • Reusable alignment tool, for fast, easy, accurate application
    • Slide device into ALIN frame
    • Dry application: Use screen protector tabs to slide on
    • Position aligned with guide edge
  • Includes cleaning cloth and smoothing card to remove bubbles
  • http://www.tylt.com/alin/
  • $24.99, for iPhone 5 or Galaxy S 4

Find the TYLT ALIN Screen Protection System
on Amazon.com


Lifeproof - Tough Case

Hermetically sealed protection

  • 4 proofs: Shock and impact protection, fully sealed
    • Full IP-68 rating against water and dust; Drop 2 meters (6.6 ft) onto concrete (MIL-STD-810F-516.5)
  • Double AR-coated optical glass lenses for clear photos and videos
  • Improves bass and mid-frequency using back of case as sub-woofer
  • Slim - Adds 1/16” (1.5mm) from center phone; Under 1 oz. (28g)

  • Waterproof - to 2 meters (6.6ft) - Shoot underwater
    • Listen to music with waterproof headphone adapters
    • Chat, text, or watch movies in the bath
  • Dirtproof - Permanent seal against mud, sand, grit, dust, lint
    • Use off-road or on the beach
  • Snowproof - Prevent melting snow and ice from wicking in
            through pooling or capilliary action
    • Use in winter, protected from slips and falls
  • Shockproof - MIL-STD-810F-516.5 drop 2 m (6.6 ft) onto concrete
    • Protect from tumbles, fumbles, drops -- and kids
  • www.lifeproof.com
  • frē cases - with screen cover - smartphones & iPad mini
    • iPhone 5 $79, iPad mini $99
  • nüüd cases - screenless - iPad and iPhone 5 / Galaxy SIII
    • $89 for the iPhone 5 $89, iPad $129

Find Lifeproof Cases for iPhone 5 and iPad
on Amazon.com


Toast - Etched Wood Covers for Smartphones and Tablets

Protect and enhance devices with warm natural materials

  • Real wood veneers with laser-etched designs
    • Secure grip from texture of grain
    • Develop unique patina over time from handling
    • Walnut, ash, bamboo, ebony
  • Etched designs, some with cut-outs, Add text in three point sizes
    • Cover back, front cover option
    • iPhone covers include side wraps and buttons
  • Also full leather wrap
  • toastmade.com
  • iPhone, Macbook, iPad 2, 3 & 4, iPad mini, Android (Galaxy, Nexus)
  • iPads / iPhone Leather - plain $45, designs $50, fronts $10, text +$5
  • iPhones - plain $30, designs $35, fronts $15, text +$5

Find Toast Etched Wood Covers
on Amazon.com


KAVAJ - Leather Cases for Smartphones and Tablets

Beautiful and functional natural leather cases

  • Sleek, thin, soft
  • Pouch, wallet, portfolio, wrap designs, magnet closures
  • Insides lined with soft Microfiber-like flannel
  • iPads , iPhones, Samsung Galaxy Tab and S
  • Classic black, cognac brown
  • http://kavaj.com/
  • iPhone ~ $29, iPad ~$44/$59

Find KAVAJ Leather Cases on Amazon.com


Logitech - Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad / mini

Screen cover doubles as a wireless keyboard and viewing stand

  • Thin & light - iPad cover 10 mm / 12.5 oz, mini 7.3 mm / 7.3 oz. (1/3 less than iPad mini)
  • Bluetooth wireless keyboard - Membrane scissor type keys; Shortcut command keys - copy, paste, undo
  • Protective cover - Securely attaches with magnetic clips - Instant on/off, like Apple Smart Cover
    • Ultrathin, aluminum design complements iPad, Fully protects iPad touch screen
  • View stand slot to hold iPad - Portrait or landscape, Recessed groove behind keyboard
  • Charge using included USB / microUSB cable
  • Personalize with laser engraving, no additional cost

 

 

Keyboard Cover for iPad -  (iPad 2, iPad 3rd & 4th gen)

Keyboard Cover for iPad mini

Find the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
for iPad and iPad mini on Amazon.com


Belkin FastFit - Wireless Keyboard Cover for iPad / Case for iPad mini

Wireless keyboard and protective cover / case

 


iPad cover


iPad mini case

  • Light and durable anodized aircraft grade aluminum
  • Bluetooth wireless keyboard
    • Large well-spaced TruType keys
    • Spring mechanism for fast and comfortable typing
    • iPad shortcut keys - volume, play control, copy / paste

FastFit Keyboard Cover - for iPad 2, 3 & 4

  • Two slots for stand - angle for typing or viewing
  • Snap in to close cover, held with magnets
  • Up to 60 hours active use, 2,000 hours (83 days) standby
  • http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F5L141
  • $79.99 ($62)

FastFit Keyboard Case for iPad mini

  • Slim design - 7 mm
  • Slot to stand iPad, landscape or portrait
  • Magnetic hinge to hold cover, wake when opened
  • 200 mAh battery, low-powered Bluetooth 3.0
  • Up to 40 hours active use, 60 days standby
  • http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F5L153
  • $79.99 ($71) - white/silver or back/silver

Find the Belkin FastFit Keyboard Cover/Case
for iPad and iPad mini on Amazon.com


Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard

Bluetooth wireless - For iPad, iPad, iPhone, tablets with HID keyboard support

 

Find the Verbatim Mobile Keyboard
on Amazon.com


Strotter Across and Platforma - Protective Hands-Free iPad Cases and Bags

Convert from case to backpack to hands-free desk

 

 

 

Strotter Across - Convertable iPad Case / Mobile Desk
  • Sleek, protective, wearable iPad case with shoulder strap
    • Quick-adjust sliding buckle
    • Strap eyes on all four corners - Landscape or portrait
  • Tight fit with protective microfiber suede lining
  •             Apple Smart Cover - Magnetic on-off
  • Quick convert into sling-type mini-backpack
  • Quick convert into mobile desk
    • Work while standing up, both hands free to type
  • Fold into stand for reading, typing, watching movies
  • For iPad 2, 3, 4
  • Across GL - Full grain cowhide / leather, water resistant - $99
  • Across SL - Synthetic leather - $55
  • http://strotter.com/products/across-leather-case
Strotter Platforma - Convertible iPad Messenger Bag
  • Vertical messenger bag, Quick adjust strap
    • for iPad, tablets, small notebooks (MacBook Air 11")
  • Snap iPad into polycarbonate hard case (cover)
    • Neodymium magnets attach to back wall / Apple Smart Cover
    • Snap-on case attaches iPad to fridge door
  • Quick convert into sling-type backpack
  • Quick convert into a mobile desk / platform
    • Work while standing up, both hands free to type
  • Full grain leather and high-density nylon shell, self-closing flap
    • Bright red soft nylon lining
  • 4 wall pockets with water-resistant zippers, 2 interior pockets
  • Approx. 12" x 9" x 2.75" when stretched
  • iPad $160 no cover, $170 black/white cover;
    iPad mini $170 black cover; Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 $175
  • http://strotter.com/products/platforma-vertical-ipad-messenger-bag

Find theStrotter Across and Platforma
on Amazon.com


Crimson AV - Pocket-eAzl and Photo-eAzl Folding Stands

Folding compact stands, pocket size, fit in palm of hand

  • Maker of A/V mounting equipment: projectors, flat panel, multi-monitor, etc.
  • Folds down to pocket size, fit in palm of hand
    • Legs rotate out, with pop-out struts to hold base of tablet
    • Interior of base folds out as rear stand, with extension
  • Aluminum-zinc alloy with hardened epoxy finish
    • Rubberized slip-free contact points
  • www.crimsonav.com


Crimson AV Pocket-eAzl - Folding Tablet/E-Reader stand
  • Stable and slip-free folding stand for tablets and e-readers
  • Dual-height positioning for typing or viewing, landscape or portrait
  • ~ 3 3/4 x x 1 1/3 x 1/2 in. folded, 6 1/4 x 4 1/3 open, 0.44 lb (0.20 kg)
  • $39.95, street $24.95, black, silver, rose
Crimson AV Photo-eAzl - Folding Camera Stand/Tripod
  • Compact folding tripod for cameras and camcorders
    • small pico projectors; Holds up to 15 lb (6.8 kg)
  • Universal 1/4”-20 photography mount adapter
  • Adjust for multiple shooting angles
  • Also dual-height stand for tablets & e-readers for typing and viewing
  • ~ 3 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 3/4 in. folded, 4.8 in. height open
  • $69.95, black

Find the Crimson AV Pocket-eAzl
on Amazon.com


Kribbitt - Universal iPad and Tablet Support Stand

Adjustable, flexible universal tablet stand


  • Fits all tablets and iPads including iPad mini
  • Completely adjustable for different devices and viewing angles
    • Place tablet in front lower cradle,
      • pull top support (bungee) over top of tablet,
      • tighten until taut
    • Adjust tension - turn wing-nuts on ends of center support bar
  • Firm grip on slippery surfaces, Easy to hold
  • Durable, light, compact
  • http://kribbitt.com/
  • $39.95 - Black, silver, green, blue, pink

Find the Kribbitt Tablet Stand on Amazon.com

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Digital Health


Fitbit - Force Wireless Activity Tracker & Sleep Wristband

  • Motivates you to stay active, live better, and reach goals
    • Track steps, distance, calories burned
    • Monitor how long and how well you sleep
  • Online tools - Dashboard, achievement badges & alerts
    • Challenge and compete with friends and family on Fitbit.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • OLED display - Real-time stats on wrist
    • Time, Alarm, Floors climbed
    • Steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned
    • Very active minutes throughout day
  • Wake up with silent vibrating alarm
    • Hours slept, quality of sleep (time wake up)
  • Call notifications (coming)
  • Sync wirelessly and automatically in background - Bluetooth 4.0
    • Cmputer, iPhones (4S+), Android (Samsung etc.)
    • Tap to launch app with NFC-enabled Android phones
  • MEMS 3-axis accelerometer plus altimeter for stairs
  • Water resistant, Battery life 7 - 10 days
  • http://www.fitbit.com/force
  • $129.95
Also - Flex Wireless Tracker
  • Five white LED indicator lights - 20% of goal
  • No altimeter / stairs climbed
  • $99.95 ($67) 

Find the Fitbit Force Wristband on Amazon.com


Jawbone - UP Activity Tracking Wristband

  • Day and night form factor - S, M, L wristband
  • UP App - Celebrate and share meaningful milestones
  • Log workouts - Calories burned, intensity
  • Food & drink tracking - Scan barcode or type in
  • Sleep tracking - Hours slept, light vs. deep sleep, waking moments.
  • Smart alarm + power nap - Vibrates to wake at optimal moment in sleep cycle
  • Idle alert - Reminder when inactive too long
  • Insight engine - Discover patterns in daily activities
  • Mood tracking - Log your moods and discover connections
  • Sync to phone via Simple Sync or Bluetooth Smart; Connect with fitness apps
  • https://jawbone.com/up

 

UP25 - Wireless Bluetooth syncing - always connected
  • $149 - iOS
UP - Sync via headphone connector
  • $128 - iOS & Android

Find the Jawbone UP Wristband on Amazon.com

 


PSiO - Audio Visual Stimulation System

For relaxation, simulation, recharging, personal development

  • Form of Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) -- see wikipedia
  • Uses flashes of lights and pulses of tones to guide the brain into various states of brainwave activity
  • Glasses / visor with plug-in earbuds
  • Displays colored and rhythmic light with synced audio
  • Relaxation tool that "over-stimulates" the mind - Saturates visual for quick letting go of attention
    • Stops rumination, mind relaxes deeply; Forced rest leads to recovery and has energizing effect
  • Encourages specific brain wave patterns - Energy (alpha), Memory (theta), Sleep (beta to alpha to delta)
  • Also permeable to suggestion: Personal development voice-overs - French, English, Spanish

 

  • Sessions last five to 30 minutes
  • Applications (sold separately, $2 - $15 - $20):
    • Music - Enlightened with colors
    • Meditation - and visualization
    • Relaxation - Joy of Life, Sleep, Stress, Dependencies, Weight
    • Performance - Concentration, Creativity, Memorization
  • Download MP3s and charge through USB
  • Adjust sound & brightness level
  • http://psiousa.com/
  • $399

Find the PSiO System on Amazon.com

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Wireless Tracking

Our wireless electronic connectivity opens us to being tracked — passively by our cell phone service, while browsing online, and through E-ZPass, as well as knowingly when we use map and navigation tools. So we might as well take advantage of tracking for our own purposes.


iFi - Smart Tag for iPhone and Android

Wireless "leash" to keep track of tagged objects

  • Attach small device to keys, purse, bags, laptop, tool box, kids toys
  • Bluetooth wireless connection to free smartphone app
  • Alert - when goes out of range, can't leave behind
    • Send email with Google map showing last location
  • Safe Zone - geo fence to not alert at home or office
  • "I Found It" -- Tap phone to page device, press device to page phon

 

  • Monitor up to 6 tags simultaneously - customize name, ring tones
  • Range about 30 feet (Bluetooth)
  • http://ifisystems.com/
  • iOS $29.95 - iPhone 4S & 5 - coin cell battery, lasts 4 months
  • Android $34.95 - rechargeable battery, lasts 3- 4 days)

Find the iFi Smart Tag on Amazon.com


Kensington Proximo - Proximity Monitoring System

Don't leave your valuables behind - phone, bags, keys

 

Kensington Proximo Phone and Key Finder Fob Bluetooth Tracker
  • Fob alerts when move away from phone
  • Smartphone finder button alerts on phone
Kensington Proximo Tag Bluetooth Tracker
  • Alert on phone when leave tagged object behind
  • Starter Kit (both) $59.99 ($43)

Find the Kensington Proximo Trackers
on Amazon.com


Tagg - The Pet Tracker

Pet finder / activity traker

  • Works with any cell phone with SMS
  • Free Tagg app for smartphones - iPhone and Android; Track on computer
  • Alert - Text and email when pet leaves area (less than 10 min.) - Set Tagg safe zone around home
  • Locate - Find pet's location on a map.
  • Track - Follow pet using device or computer (~ 3 min. updates)
  • Health monitor - Review pet's daily activities - Compare activity levels day-to-day, spot long term trends, Share with vet

  • Uses GPS and mobile data service (required)
    • 3 months of service included
  • Lithium ion battery, lasts up to 30 days; charge in docking station
  • For pets over 10 lbs.
  • Lightweight for collar, rugged, water-resistant
  • 1.49 x 3.18 x 0.77 in., 1.16 oz.
  • tagg.com - http://www.pettracker.com
  • Verizon - www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/accessories/tagg-pet-tracker
  • $99.95 w/ 3 months of service, service $7.95 per month

Find the Tagg Pet Tracker on Amazon.com

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Fun

Here are a few more interesting products to show the range of possibilities that are now available in wireless and electronics.


littleBits - Electronic Modules

Snap together electronic projects

  • Electronic modules for prototyping, learning and fun
    • Tiny circuit-boards with specific functions - Snap together with magnets
  • Over 50 modules in the making, in 4 categories
  • Power Bits (blue) - Supply power to the rest of the Bits - Use one at the beginning of the chain - battery, USB
  • Input Bits (pink) - Interpret data from surroundings - Usually used to control Output bits - Buttons, switches, sensors
    • Touch controls - button, dimmer, pulse, toggle, roller, slider; Sensors - light, motion, sound triggers
  • Wire Bits (orange) - Route power and communication between Bits
    • Can use to separate Input and Output Bits, Also - inverter, logic Bits that take multiple inputs
  • Output Bits (orange) - Make changes to the surroundings - Connect after an Input bit for interactivity
    • LED Lights - color, bargraph, uv; Sound, Motion - fan, vibration, motor, buzzer

  • Open source project, can download detailed circuit diagrams
  • Community for sample projects, educational workshops
    • Flickering lantern, Interactive Mother's Day card, Scale
    • Motion based sound generator, Simulate phases of the moon using light sensor
  • www.littlebits.cc
  • Starter Kit - 10 bits - $89; Extended Kit - 16 bits - $149
  • Booster Packs - Touch controls, Lights, Sensors - $49
  • Individual Bits - $14+

Find the littleBits Kits on Amazon.com


Brookstone - Virtual Keyboard

Laser projection keyboard - type on any flat surface

  • Pocket-size full keyboard and virtual mouse - Full QWERTY, 78 keys
  • Bluetooth wireless connection - Connect to smartphone, tablet, laptop
  • Direct USB connection to computers
  • Red laser projects virtual keyboard on any flat surface, 3 1/2 x 10 in
    • Infrared laser emits invisible plane of light, few millimeters above the projection surface
    • Sensor triangulates IR reflection from fingers, Detect up to 400 chars/min.

  • OLED display - Keyboard/Mouse, Typing, Bluetooth, USB
    • Caps lock, Key click volume, Sensitivity, Brightness, Battery
    • Last 3 characters typed
  • Virtual Mouse mode (Win/Mac+Alt) - Two-finger gestures
  • Menu settings (Fn+M) - Brightness, key volume, typing games
  • Typing mode - All Up - all fingers raised, J&F Down - ten finger typing
  • Rechargeable li-ion battery - microUSB port
    • Up to two hours of continuous typing
  • 2.4 x 1.6 x 0.6 in (62 x 42 x 16 mm), 2.75 oz. (78 g)
  • http://www.brookstone.com/laser-projection-virtual-keyboard
  • $99.99

Find the Brookstone Virtual Keyboard
on Amazon.com


Philips Hue - Personal wireless lighting

Personal wireless lighting - palette of light and color

  • Control bulbs - Create lighting mood with tone, contrast, color
  • Control with iPhone / iPad, remotely
  • Connected bulbs and wireless bridge
  • Connect up to 50 Hue light bulbs to single system

 

  • Hue LED light bulbs - just screw in - standard size, 600 lumens
    • Create all shades of white, warm to cold, wide variety of color
  • 80% less power than traditional light bulb
  • Bridge - cables to wireless router
  • Uses ZigBee LightLink wireless (IEEE 802.15.4) base to bulbs
    • Low energy WiFi - 300 ft range - low data rate, long battery life
  • http://www.meethue.com
  • Starter Pack - 3 bulbs plus bridge - $199.95
  • Single Bulb - $59.95
  • Friends of Hue LivingColors Bloom Lamp - $79.95 - 120 lumen
  • Friends of Hue LightStrips - $89.95 - 2-meter flexible strip

Find the Philips Hue Lighting on Amazon.com

  • Philips Hue app - iOS or Android
    • Set color / brightness for each bulb
    • Select Scenes - Sunset, beach, ski
    • Expert Light Recipes - Relax, concentrate, energize, reading
    • Define own Scenes - Select colors from photos; own Recipes - Recipe and brightness by bulb
    • Set to activate on event - Instant or gradual fade
    • Alarm - On/off times on day(s), Timer - On/off after coutdown; Location - On/off when arrive/leave (at night)
  • IFTTT Recipes - Link from other apps - Respond to weather, sports scores, new mail, photo posted online
  • Third-party apps - Disco, lava lamp to sound of music, lightning
  • Online account - Share scenes, Remote control from web

Orbotix Sphero - Robotic Ball

Smartphone-controlled robotic ball

  • iOS and Android controlled gaming system - Drive, play tabletop and multiplayer games, use as a controller
  • Wireless Bluetooth for 50+ foot range, double-shake to pair
  • Glows thousands of colors
  • High-impact polycarbonate shell, ~ 4 x 4 in.; Waterproof up to 5 m or 15 ft, floats
  • Internal guidance system - gyro and accelerometer - Aim by orienting blue taillight
  • Wireless induction charging cradle - play up to 60 min.
  • Over 25 apps, iOS 4.0+ or Android - Drive, games, programming
  • http://www.gosphero.com/

 

Sphero Original
  • Speeds over 3 feet per sec.
  • $109.99
Sphero 2.0 - Faster, brighter, can jump ramps
  • Removable bumpy rubber shell for rougher terrain
  • Speed - 2x faster - Roll up to 7 feet per sec.
  • Color - 3x brighter - Multicolor LEDs, more colors
  • Includes 2 pop-out ramps
  • $129.99

Find the Sphero Robotic Ball on Amazon.com

Free Apps

  • Play to advance levels for more shields, boosts, new colors
  • Sphero - Basic access and settings
  • Drive - With finger joystick, tilt phone, or remote controls
  • Golf - Make your own course, swing phone or swipe finger to hit
  • SpheroCam - Record phone video or take snapshots while simultaneously driving
  • Draw N' Drive - Follow shape / path as traced by finger on screen and Sphero, shake to clear
  • Chromo - Sphero is game controller - move to match colors on screen
  • MacroLab - Create and share repeatable programs and macros

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