Hammacher has certified yet another device and deemed it to be fit enough to carry the “The Best” prefix, and this time around it would be the $249.95 Best Waffle Maker. What makes this particular home appliance deserve such a title, and why does it cost so much? As you know how the saying goes – pay peanuts and you end up with monkeys. The Best Waffle Maker is no monkey business, this I can assure you, as it has consistently produced perfectly cooked waffles and was easy to use. This chef’s-grade appliance sports dual grid surfaces within its rotating clamshell, allowing one to bake a couple of 7.5″ diameter Belgian waffles simultaneously.
With the Best Waffle Maker, you will be able to keep the hunger pangs of your family at bay, and in tests, both waffles came out evenly baked. This translates to a golden and crispy texture on the outside, and yet remaining nice and moist right down in the middle, all without having to carry any burnt or raw spots that are found in the waffles which were made using lesser models. Apart from that, the nonstick plates also make it a snap to remove cooked waffles, while its handles remained cool to the touch so that you do not end up burning yourself by accident. The Best Waffle Maker would let you know when it is preheating, ready for batter, and when the waffles are ready.
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When it comes to headphones and earphones, this particular industry seems to settle comfortably into a unisex mindset, ranging from its fit to acoustics and design. Well, Skullcandy, ever the innovator, intends to turn things on its head by introducing a range of products that will feature reimagined acoustics, engineering, and industrial design. We are talking about the extremely functional yet relentlessly forward Skullcandy Women’s collection that was specially developed via careful thought and extensive research, having drawn inspiration from within Skullcandy’s very own team of Olympic and Athlete Ambassadors, where among them include the talented pro-snowboarder Kimmy Fasani and pro-surfer Leila Hurst. This particular collection would be a representation of youth, passion, strength, and singularity of the female consumer market.
Michelle Whitehead, Skullcandy’s Director of Brand and Sports Marketing shared, “The truth is there are real anatomical, acoustical, and behavioral differences in how male and female consumers experience our product. Our goal was to understand these differences well enough to design products, from the ground up, that would legitimately improve the audio experience for our female consumer. We are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
All three products, the Knockout, Bombshell, and Dime, did include acoustics, comfort, materialization, fit, and even hygiene during the development process. Apart from that, the collection’s audio drivers have also been custom-tuned to reflect field research that supports the fact that both women and men hear differently (no doubt about that!), as Skullcandy engineers worked round the clock in order to come up with what they deem is the perfect headband fit for the ladies, in addition to earbud size and shape.
Fine tuned and specially engineered for women, this range will be further complimented by premium fabrics and materialization. There are floral prints, rose gold finishes, and subtle stud embellishments which happen to be bold fashion-forward aesthetics that will add a dash of feminine edge to the predominantly unisex category, functioning as a mirror to what female consumers and their unique styles and perspectives carry. Expect Skullcandy Women’s to have launched in the U.S. already, where it will cost anywhere from $29.99 to $99.99, depending on the model that you choose.
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The Pentagon has plans to breath new life into old drones, and they will do so by transforming these once loyal servants into Wi-Fi hotspots. Of course, using drones as a Wi-Fi hotspot is not exactly the newest idea on the block, and neither does it elicit an “Eureka!” moment, but it is interesting to see how this might change the face of battle in a war. Normally, the equipment that is required for long-range high-bandwidth Wi-Fi is more often than not unavailable to troops in the field. With some modifications made, engineers do hope that this will change, offering airborne Wi-Fi hotspots which allows isolated troops to have a decent data connection.
This does seem to be pretty much in vein with that of Facebook’s initiative to deliver their Connectivity Lab idea to the world, blanketing even remote areas with Wi-Fi connectivity, although critics of this program have (justifiable) fears that such drones could be the weak point when it comes to security.
On the flipside, if this program takes off successfully (pun not intended), then troops on the battlefield will be able to gain access to a secure, stable and fast internet connection. Dick Ridgway, Darpa programme manager shared, “We’re pleased with the technical achievements we’ve seen so far in steerable millimetre-wave antennas and millimetre-wave amplifier technology. These successes – and the novel networking approaches needed to maintain these high-capacity links – are key to providing forward deployed units with the same high-capacity connectivity we all enjoy over our 4G cell-phone networks.”
The initial phases of this particular drone transformation program would include smaller, steerable antennas; signal boosters; increased power efficiency and a light pod that will allow the device to be carried without burdening the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) itself. It is said that this network could very well hit the 1 gigabit per-second (Gb/s) capacity, making it as fast as Google Fiber’s. Tweets and Facebook updates directly from the battlefield, yo!
We’re in an age of technology, but still don’t have robot servants roaming around. There are some pretty interesting ones that crop up here and there, but they’re oftentimes inaccessible to the general public. If you’ve always wanted your own little robot friend, maybe it’s time to start seeing what’s on the market.
While you could get a Furby, there’s a good chance you know of their evil, and are smart enough to stay away from them (those things turn themselves on in the middle of the night to tell you they hate you, even when you’ve taken out the batteries). If you want a slightly less creepy robot buddy, then MIP (Mobile Inverted Pendulum) might be able to help. It’s the World’s First Balancing Robot, and it can carry its own body weight around, which is the equivalent of a can of soda. You can control it through the app by tracing on the screen the path you want MIP to follow, or by hand gestures.
There are 7 game modes to choose from, including motion, tracking, dance, roam, tricks, cage, and game. It does come with a tray on which you can put just about anything, so long as it doesn’t weight more than a can of soda. This will work on either Android 4+ and Apple iOS7+, and needs 4AAA batteries to function. For those of you that want a chipper looking robot friend, you’ll be looking at putting out around $168 or more on this little robotic butler.
Available for purchase on Firebox
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If you want to start taking running seriously, then you know how difficult it can be. It’s a long, painful road to get to a place where you can go for more than a minute without gasping for air. Once you have passed the rough part, it’s not like it gets any easier, but it won’t seem as cumbersome. Who knows, maybe you’ll even start enjoying it!
While you can just keep running until you can’t run anymore, it’s sometimes good to keep track of how far you’ve gone, and maybe even compete with your old running times. If you’re always up for improving, but need a way to keep track, then the TomTom Cardio Multi-Sport or the Cardio Runner GPS Watch can help. These do function as a time piece of course, but they have a built-in heart rate monitor which can tell you what your optimal heart rate zone is, it can keep track of your speed, show you real-time running information, and will give you vibration alerts so you can keep listening to music without interruption.
The Multi-Sport can be used for running, cycling, and swimming, while the runner is obviously aimed at only one of those. There is of course a price difference between them, with a range from $345-390. There are 5 different intensities you can train in called sprint, speed, endure, fat burn, and easy. This can be charged and synced with your computer, and will work with a plethora of running apps. It will be available on the 30th of this month.
Available for preorder on TomTom, found via redferret
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Going out to the great outdoors and roughing it is not everyone’s cup of tea, and I do admit that more and more people would prefer to spend their holidays or free time at cities and theme parks rather than the peaceful environment outdoors. Others prefer to remain glued to the TV during the entire summer holidays, whether it is watching movies or playing with video games. When was the last time you actually saw the different constellations light up the night sky? Perhaps you and your kids can come to a compromise when camping with the £249.99 Bang Bang solar powered tent.
The Bang Bang is touted to be the first solar powered tent in the world, where it will be able to harvest the power of the sun’s rays throughout the day, storing up precious energy in its battery so that it can be used to charge up various devices even when the nearest building with a power outlet is a good hundred miles away. Made out of lightweight and highly durable materials, the Bang Bang solar powered tent would arrive in two striking printed patterns – “Fool on the Hill” or “Woodstock”. Each tent is large enough to sleep four people comfortably, so let its built-in 5W solar panel do the hard work of juicing your smatphone, laptop, digital camera battery and speakers among others.
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There is nothing quite like taking a relaxing soak in your very own hot tub at the end of a particularly difficult day over at the office. Of course, you can have all of the extras around you, such as a glass of milk and some cookies, some aromatherapy essential oil burning away to soothe your cares and concern away. Now you might have been dreaming about installing a jacuzzi at home, but your budget does not permit you to do so. What better way to spend your money wisely then with the $69.99 Dual Jet Bath Spa?
The Dual Jet Bath Spa tells it all right from the get go – it will be able to transform any ordinary bath into a blissful and relaxing reprieve, giving it a new lease of life, so to speak. All that you need to do is hang it over the edge of your tub, use the included suction cups to secure it, and you’re good to go. Flip a switch and see the dual adjustable nozzles direct a soothing water flow to areas that require relief. There is also a “burst of bubbles” feature that works in tandem with adjustable intensity, giving you that complete at-home spa experience. It can be adjusted to accommodate just about any size tub, but do be careful since it plugs into an AC outlet.
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Gone are the days when a bulb is well, a bulb, nothing more, nothing less. The AirBulb Color, however, goes one up on its predecessor, the eponymously named AirBulb, where it will be able to stream stereo music wirelessly from your smartphone to a pair of AirBulbs, in addition to sporting three pieces of White LEDs, and an equal number of RGB LEDs to boot. This would mean one is able to instantly change the mood of your room through the accompanying smartphone app as though it was magic. Not only that, the app itself will be integrated with the new “Mood Lighting Mode” and “Disco Lighting Mode” for added enjoyment.
The AirBulb Color will merge an energy efficient LED bulb and a wireless speaker in a single unit, where you can then wield full control over it in the form of an app using iOS or Android devices. The warm white LEDs will be no more in the AirBulb Color, as these will be phased out by RGB LEDs that enable a color feature in this smart device. As for the trio of original white LEDs, these will remain in order for them to produce a normal white color.
The AirBulb Color comes integrated with Bluetooth technology, so that every single function would remain right at your fingertips. You will be able to play music and control lighting wirelessly via iOS or Android devices as mentioned earlier, and being simple to use, this all-in-one unit does not require the mess of additional docking, a remote control or an AC adapter to get it going. Installing it is a snap, where all you need to do is plug it in, download the relevant apps, pair up the smartphone with the AirBulb Color, and you’re good to go.
It offers multiple speakers connection (up to 2 devices), incoming call and alarm notification, plays back a relaxing natural sound for those moments when you want to wind down, and has a full range acoustic driver. Oh yeah, it being environmental friendly, does not feature the use of mercury or halogens, too. Anyone want to check it out and give your support to the Kickstarter page?
All right, so the Fairphone is not all that it is cracked up to be – there is no balance to the Force that needs to be done, although on certain levels, some people might agree that there is a need for the smartphone manufacturing industry to encourage a change that will keep things sustainable in the long run. Apparently, the manufacturing process of smartphones do seem to come with its fair share of environmental and social issues, ranging from their use of conflict minerals all the way to the working conditions at the factory for the workers there. The Fairphone hopes to change that, being an idea from a social enterprise.
What kind of positive vibes does the Fairphone bring with it? Well, for starters, it will make use of conflict-free raw materials during its construction and manufacturing, while the workers who work at the assembly lines will be paid a fair wage, which in turn would reduce exploitation of manpower while raising the standard of living in the community around. Not only that, there is also the effort to set up e-waste recycling programs that will ensure that such consumer electronics devices will be recycled or disposed off properly at the end of their life cycle.
As for the materials used by the Fairphone, it will contain conflict-free tin where its soldering paste is concerned, hailing from conflict-free mines in the South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The tantalum in its capacitors too, have been extracted from coltan sourced from Mai Baridi, Kisengo and Luba, which so happens to be conflict-free mines located in the northern part of the Katanga Province, DRC.
The other hardware specifications include a durable and scratch-resistant 4.3″ touchscreen display, 16GB of internal memory, cameras at the back as well as in front, a quad-core processor, and the Fairphone OS which is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Available in Europe for 310€ each, it remains to be seen whether it will be released worldwide or not.