We have been fortunate to receive a sneak peak of the new Stella PerfectDraft machine, a slick countertop draft system that lets you pull a perfect pint in your own home. Being a beer fan I must say, I am impressed.
The PerfectDraft machine looked complicated but actually proved very simple. First, snap the tap on top of the keg and connect a tube between the tap body and the keg. There are two doors at the front of the machine which open up (via a switch) so you can place the keg inside. Once plugged in the PerfectDraft cools the keg and its contents to the correct temperature (3°C in the case of Stella Artois), in our test it took about 3 hours to cool it by 9 degrees.
The appearance of the PerfectDraft is minimalistic but stylish, matt black with some shiny chrome details. It features an LCD display which shows you the current temperature, how much beer remains in the keg and a count of days until it expires (they recommend 30 days).
Now on to the important bit. If you’ve ever pulled a pint in a bar before the process is the same, make sure you tilt the glass at a 45° angle, pull the tap handle and pour your beer, as it approaches full adjust the angle and distance from the tap to produce your preferred head. As it is Stella, we had a chance to properly skim the top of the traditional Stella Chalice to seal the head. Taste-wise, the Stella was as good as any we’ve had in a pub. Win! Overall we were very impressed with the system, even though the system is not widely available yet.
Just think of the number of uses of a PerfectDraft system. It would be a great addition to parties, a necessity for any beer aficionado’s bar, and with the onslaught of Summer sports on TV you could enjoy Stella Artois at home while watching any event – PerfectDraft…for PerfectViewing.
Disclaimer: Stella Artois gifted me with a PerfectDraft machine for the purposes of this post. I was not paid for this post and all my thoughts are my honest opinion. PerfectDraft is not available in the UK.
[ A PerfectDraft for a PerfectView, Right from Home A Review of the Stella Artois PerfectDraft copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
It is not every single day that everyone goes out to purchase an amplifier, or at least, are in the market to look for one. Just in case you happen to be on the lookout for an amplifier, you might want to get on with the program and settle for something that keeps up with the times – by being wireless, of course. This is what the $39.99 Wireless Touch Phone Amplifier is all about.
With the Wireless Touch Phone Ampiflier, any avid music lover would be able to play their favorite tunes over it, loud and clear, without having to worry about its audio quality. Sporting a Magnetic Induction Amplifier, your work is actually very simple – all that you need to do is to rest your handset on the tri-sided amplifier, and you’re good to go. In no time at all, the soundtrack of your life will be pouring out out of its snazzy high quality stereo speaker. Forget about Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity, it requires none of those, and has a 10 hour non-stop playback time on a full charge. Basically, the Wireless Touch Phone Amplifier will play nice with smartphones and other mobile devices that have external speakers. You can pick from either black or white shades.
[ Wireless Touch Phone Amplifier – Look Ma, No Hands! copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
The Rubik’s Cube is one of the more endearing puzzles that we have seen in the past, so much so that it remains in existence today. It makes perfect sense – after all, you do not need any kind of batteries to keep the Rubik’s Cube going, and there is also the unique way in which it challenges your brain unlike a standard issue video game. Well, how about paying homage to this old school puzzle with the £29.99 Rubik’s Cube Light?
First of all, I am glad to announce that the Rubik’s Cube Light does not need to be solved first before it can light up – otherwise, you would most probably see this unique light thrown across the room in frustration by many who have given it a go. Still, it is fully playable, which makes it all the more interesting in the first place. This is an officially licensed product by Rubik’s to boot, and it will do its bit to help brighten up your abode with its 80′s retro stylings. Thanks to the included triangular display stand, the Rubik’s Cube Light will be able to light up your home while doubling as a conversation starter. It charges via USB, where a single full charge will deliver up to 2 hours of juice.
[ Rubik’s Cube Light brightens up the room copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Doxie is a company that has made a name for itself in the world of portable scanners, and here I am with one of the latest Doxie scanners – the Doxie Flip. The Doxie Flip happens to be a flatbed scanner that will run on batteries for extreme portability, allowing you to scan just about anything you like on the move in a convenient manner, such as business cards, receipts and the like. Of course, if you are thinking about scanning an entire huge poster, then the Doxie Flip would also be more than willing to be up to the task, as you will find out in the review later.
What makes the Doxie Flip different from all of the other small mobile scanners that we have seen in the past, this particular model does not require you to slide the scanner across the document which you would like to send over to the digital realm for good. The Doxie Flip has been specially designe in such a way, that it looks a whole lot like a miniaturized flatbed scanner.
First of all, what do we get with each purchase of the Doxie Flip? You get the Doxie Flip scanner of course, a 4GB SD memory card, batteries to help you get started right out of the box, a USB SD memory card reader, and an instruction booklet. There is also the Doxie Flip Case that can be purchased separately for $19 a pop. The Doxie Flip has a foot print of 10.23” x 6.46” x 1.34”, where it tips the scales at a mere 570 grams, making it extremely portable for road warriors.
With the Doxie Flip, you can opt to flip up the lid in order to reveal the 4×6″ (A6) glass scanning surface that will boast of orientation indicators so that everything can be scanned in the right manner. On the right of the scanner, you will be able to check out the power switch, scan button and an SD memory card slot. On top, there is a tiny color LCD display as well as 5 navigation buttons. The LCD display will feature a status bar at the top, where you will have an accurate idea on just how many more scans can this bad boy take, as well as its battery level. Apart from that, each time you scan something, the LCD display will show off a live view.
Those who grew up in the Generation Z (born in the mid-1990s to 2010) range will not have an issue whatsoever when using the interface of this scanner, thanks to the 5 navigation buttons which are essential in performing settings such as adjusting the time, date, DPI setting from 300 to 600 and the auto shutdown time. Scanning something requires you to place the item that you want to scan on the scanning surface, before you give the big green button on the side a press.
The Doxie Flip is ideal to scan the likes of postcards, index cards, coins, stamps, and photos, but if you need to scan something a whole lot larger, remove the lid and flip the scanner over (hence its name). This allows you to see through the scanner in order to capture the exact thing that you need. The $149 Doxie Flip would be the ideal purchase if you have no portable scanner so far, but do consider other Doxie models too if you want a wand-style model.
Dust bunnies – they are the bane of just about any home, and is an even worse menace when you take into consideration the fact that we hardly have time to keep our homes spic and span any more these days due to the number of hours that we spend at the office for work. Which is rather strange, actually, especially when you take into consideration how we do have so many apps and devices that are supposed to make us more efficient so that we can spend more time doing the important stuff. Having said that, a robotic vacuum cleaner sounds like the ideal tool to help keep your surroundings nice and clean, but are those really able to get all those nooks and crannies free from dust? Sometimes, you will need to get things done yourself, and this is where Dyson’s DC44 Digital Slim vacuum cleaner comes in handy.
Forget about the Roomba, as doing it manually might actually be the better option here. For starters, the Dyson DC44 Digital Slim vacuum happens to be powerful and yet simply designed, and is extremely maneuverable for a vacuum cleaner, without requiring any kind of bags as well. This is also a handheld vacuum cleaner that can get those sofas and car seats clean in a jiffy thanks to its superior suction power.
The target market? Those who have plenty of time when it comes to cleaning the home, and of course, as with any other Dyson device, it will retail for a more expensive price compared to its counterparts, but you can be pretty sure that it will not have that kind of generic design, but rather, something special that might even make you wish you had more dust around so that you can spend all of your free time at home vacuuming the place. The fantastic form and function that it comes in makes it a snap to clean your floor as well as overhead compartments. Using it is a snap – just pull the trigger, and watch it go.
There is also an optional turbo button that will work wonders for extremely dirty floors, not to mention an accompanying array of nozzles that are capable of finding a task for it in your home. While some might see the battery life as its main drawback, do not be fooled by the advertised 20 minutes of continuous cleaning, I get a good half and hour before it finally runs out of juice and requires a plug to recharge.
I personally found that despite the Dyson DC44 Digital Slim tipping the scales at 5.07 pounds, it can get rather heavy after you spend some time with it via the one-handed design. You would have to sacrifice the lack of a motor on the floor for portability, but at that expense comes the issue of battery life as well as making good use of your hand’s muscles to get the job done.
Cleaning out the dirt chamber is something that you would also need to do since there is no bag for you to fill up with colonies of dust bunnies, so do be extra careful with it. I would strongly using a pair of gloves to get rid of everything within, and a face mask, too, would be worth an investment if you happen to be extremely sensitive to dust in the air. Still, if you have extra cash to spare and own a small apartment, then the Dyson DC44 Digital Slim would be extremely ideal. A house, however, would be better suited to an automatic vacuum cleaner or one that is motorized.
Getting a Game Boy growing up was certainly a defining moment. You could play all the games you wanted, and the only thing to stop you would be the batteries dying. It is a marvelous age, that we can now play a huge variety of games on our phone. The only major difference being that your D-pad, A, B, start, and select buttons are flat.
There are of course, a huge variety of games out there that don’t have these controls such as racing games or Angry Birds. If you primarily play phone games like Mario, Sonic, or Donkey Kong that do have those controls though, then you know how important that tactile feedback is (it’s nice for all games, but a smartphone can only do so much). If you wish you could get back that glorious feeling of button-mashing, then the G-Pad is here to help. This is a lightweight silicone rubber phone cover that will give you squishy buttons. This is mainly meant for iPhone gamers who are tired of being at a disadvantage because they can’t feel if they’re on top of the buttons or not.
While this is a great idea, it is a bit specific in its audience. If a game doesn’t have this button comp, then you’ll have to take this off and have one more thing to stash in your bag. They’re not terribly expensive at around $13, but they are for a niche audience.
You’ve just woken up to a muffled sound that is familiar, but distant. It’s your alarm, trying its best to disturb your slumber, but has been moved to a new location since last you remember. The frantic search then begins of trying to find it, not only to see the time but to shut off the unyielding alarm. Sometimes this scenario is how we end up waking up and starting the day.
If you often find yourself scrambling to find your phone in the mornings, then the Percale Pocket Sheet Set might be of interest to you. It doesn’t have any built-in sensors or LEDs that point you in the right direction. It does, however, have a pocket within reach when laying in bed for you to slide in your phone, ear buds, remote and more. This may be a small thing, but it would certainly save a lot of hassle in the mornings.
Of course, this does have a target demographic, and that would be college students. It’s only available in Twin or Twin XL, and comes in color options of blue, grey, orange, pink, and red. It’s a 230 thread-count cotton that is machine washable, and while it is a good idea for those who have their phone in their hands until they fall asleep, the $90 price tag is a huge deterrent. You may as well sew a pocket into the sheets you have now, and spend that money elsewhere.
Available for purchase on JCPenny
[ The Percale Pocket Sheet Set will make sure your phone can’t escape at night copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
A digital camera with an operating system that one would normally find on a smartphone? That would definitely sound as though the geek who spoke this had not yet slept through his hangover the night before if this were to happen a decade back, but in this day and age, just about anything is possible. So too, should one not doubt the existence of the Android totin’ Nikon Coolpix S810c digital camera.
The Nikon Coolpix S810c is a compact digital camera that comes equipped with Google’s Android operating system alongside built-in Wi-Fi connectivity which will combine advanced functions with ease of use. This single camera will target those who enjoy taking pictures, viewing them, and using them to connect with others. For starters, it will arrive with a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens, 16.0-million pixels, and a backside illumination CMOS sensor that support capture of images exhibiting superior image quality.
There is also a newly adopted comment function that enables users to add their very own comments, including their impression of the scene, right after the shutter is released, allowing you to remain in the moment for as long as possible, since it might be possible to convey in words right there and then on the spot. Needless to say, such a function enables users to enjoy a new way of taking and sharing photos.
The Nikon Coolpix S810c run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, where hooking up to the Internet via Wi-Fi is a snap, considering how the user interface would be familiar to those who use Android devices, as the operations are similar to those used with on an Android platform. You can post both photos and movies which were recorded with this digital camera, straight to social networking services (SNS) such as Google+, Facebook and Twitter. The Nikon Coolpix S810c is priced at $350 a pop when it arrives later this May.