This year I thought I would do something a little different. I thought I would share some gadgets that might have gone under the radar. So here is my list of great gadgets you should keep your eyes open for. I am quite lucky that my website TheTechnoFiles.com is able to get a hold of some very unique gadgets and now I get to share them with you here. So sit back and enjoy.
This little music pumper is a part of a much larger family of units and speakers from Sonos. Sonos is a system of HiFi wireless speakers and audio components. It unites your digital music collection in one app that you control from any device. Play what you want in every room over a dedicated wireless network. You can control the Sonos Play:1 speaker using your smartphone or tablet. You gain access to a slew of functions and online music choices. You can run a lot of the popular music apps as well as music on your own device. Find out more information for yourself at www.Sonos.com.
Velodyne vFree Bluetooth Headphones
The future of personal music listening is moving towards pairing bluetooth technology with headphones. The Velodyne vFree is a great introduction into that new world. Cordless music combined with a built-in microphone allows you to listen to your music and talk on your phone hands-free. It has an amazing battery life with 100 hours of standby time and 10 hours music and talk time. It comes with its very own stylish bag as well as it’s very own unique ability to fold into itself to make storage even easier. You can get more information at www.velodyne.com.
Samsung Galaxy Gear
It isn’t the first to hit the market but it seems to be one of the better ones. This device brings Dick Tracy to reality. The Galaxy Gear has the ability to make and receive calls, as well as the ability to make a voice memo. When you get a notification on your Galaxy Gear that requires a more in-depth look, the moment you pick up your Galaxy phone, Smart Relay automatically opens the app that corresponds with what’s on your wrist. Finally, there’s an easy way to locate your lost phone. With Find My Device, you can use Galaxy Gear to remotely activate sounds and vibrations to make it easy to locate your phone. And you can also use your phone to help you find your Galaxy Gear – peace of mind goes both ways. Did I mention you also have the ability to take photos with it as well? Well you can. Want to learn more head on over to www.Samsung.com.
Check this next gadget into the “why didn’t I think of that” line of thought. The Koala Mount is a very unique device to help you when you are needing your tablet the most. While most people wouldn’t admit to doing it at work or in public, there’s no shame in spending some quality time in your “library” at home. When you are sitting on the throne doing some digital reading on your iPad or tablet it usually ends up precariously balanced on the edge of the bathtub, sink or laying on the floor. This treatment is fine for a newspaper, book or magazine, but not your pricey and potentially easily damaged technology. Hands-free bathroom viewing is now possible with the Koala Mount. Simply attach the mount to any convenient vertical surface (walls, tile, mirrors) in the bathroom, slide in your tablet, and read or even watch TV without having to hold your screen. For more information head on over to www.dockem.com.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Considered one of the most popular kids’ entertainment brands of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made a totally epic return in September 2012 with the launch of a CG-animated TV show on Nickelodeon and an all-new toy line from Playmates Toys.
Playmates Toys has expanded the line and is introducing all-new products packed with Ninja technology for the holiday season, allowing kids the ability to recreate the unique “Ninja Turtles” experience at home. The expanded line includes all-new action figures that fling out projectiles and a full function remote-controlled Turtle vehicle that includes a remote firing sewer cover cannon that fires up to 10 sewer covers as a time!
There is also a line of Throw N Battle Turtles that “spring” into action that adds a new layer realism and fun to your children’s playtime. Combine these with the Turtle van and you have a real adventure on your hands that brings technology to a whole new line of toys for your kids and yes even parents can also enjoy these as well…I mean I wouldn’t know anything about that. More information at www.playmatestoys.com.
Zepp Labs Multi-Sport Sensor
Zepp Labs, a leader in motion capture technology and mobile sports applications, announced that is has created the world’s first multi-sport sensor and the first three apps on the new Zepp Sports Platform: Zepp Baseball, Zepp Golf and Zepp Tennis.
“For the first time in history, players and coaches can now capture and analyze 3D swing data on their smartphone or tablet and discover ways to improve their game,” said Jason Fass, chief executive officer of Zepp Labs. “We see a tremendous opportunity to improve the way we practice, play and experience sports by providing meaningful and actionable data in a beautiful design with an easy-to-use interface.”
- Zepp Sensor
The Zepp 3D motion sensor was designed with the athlete in mind. It is extremely small, about 1-inch square, less than half an inch thick and weighs just 6.3 grams, so it never impedes the athlete’s performance. Constructed of a rugged rubber exterior and shock-resistant core, the sensor is also extremely durable to withstand all types of abuse on the baseball field, golf course and tennis court.
Each sensor contains a powerful ARM processor, multiple motion sensors, storage for up to 200,000 swings (200,000 tennis swings / 2,000 baseball and golf swings) and up to 8 hours of battery life (varies by use). Using innovative sport-specific mounts, the Zepp sensor attaches easily to any baseball or softball bat, tennis racket or golf glove. It captures 1,000 data points per second and transfers all of this data to a user’s smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.
- Zepp Baseball
Zepp Baseball is a training system (motion sensor + bat mount + mobile app) that helps you analyze and improve your swing. Just attach the Zepp 3D motion sensor to the handle of any baseball or softball bat and swing away to get instant data and feedback and on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. The sensor wirelessly sends data to your mobile device via Bluetooth after every swing. For the first time in the history of baseball, players and coaches can now review swings in 3D and rotate around them in 360°, measure important aspects of each swing like bat speed and bat angle at impact, track progress and trends over time, compare swings to pros and friends, and get personalized tips, drills and coaching.
- Zepp Golf
Zepp Golf is the evolution of Zepp Labs’ award-winning first product, GolfSense, the world’s first 3D golf swing analyzer system for your smartphone and tablet. Zepp Golf is a training system (motion sensor + glove mount + mobile app) that helps analyze and improve your golf swing. Just attach the Zepp 3D motion sensor to the back of your golf glove and swing away to get instant data and feedback and on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. The sensor wirelessly sends data to your mobile device via Bluetooth after every swing. Golfers and professional instructors can review swings in 3D and rotate around them in 360°, measure important aspects of each swing like club head speed, tempo, club plane, hand path, backswing position and hip rotation, track progress and trends over time, compare swing to pros and friends and get personalized tips, drills and coaching.
- Zepp Tennis
Zepp Tennis is a training system (motion sensor + racket mount + mobile app) that helps you analyze and improve your swing. Just attach the Zepp 3D motion sensor to the handle of any tennis racket and swing away to get instant data and feedback and on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. The sensor captures and stores your swing data and then wirelessly sends that data to your mobile device via Bluetooth. For the first time in the history of tennis, players and coaches can now get in-depth analysis of their matches and practices sessions, track important aspects of their game like shot type mix (serve, forehand, backhand, smash), power and spin (topspin, slice, flat), compare data to pros and friends and get personalized tips, drills and coaching.