There are two vices associated with night life. One is drinking, and the other is smoking. While neither of these will kill you if you proceed with caution and use them in moderation, a ‘night out’ tends to overdo it. Just as there are many different kinds of drinks, there are also varying methods of smoking. Recently, a lot of smokers have been switching to vaporizers. No ashes to worry about, and your potential for health issues is reduced to some degree.
Taking smoke into your body is never a great idea, but at least this a better option, right? If an e-cig is too boring after a while, you might want to try smoking in a new way. The Blow Hookah will give you just that. This is merely a social tool to have friends over for a smoke, but at least they’re trying to update an old system. While these bright neon colors and sleek casing make it look like it belongs in a night club, it could work in a home if that’s your bag.
This electronic vapor system will replicate the feeling of being at a hookah lounge, without pumping you and your guests full of toxins and tar. You don’t have to worry about poking holes in tin foil, getting out shisha, or replacing the coals. It comes with the base, a battery, two electronic hoses, and two liquid e-tanks. It has an LED at the top for ambiance, and will cost you around $700. If you’re wanting replacement tanks, they’re $10 a piece, so expect to chuck in an extra $100 once all is said and done.
Available for purchase on BlowHookah, found via ChipChick
[ Blow Hookah is a giant vaporizer with minimal mess copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Going around on a bicycle is definitely one of the ways to go green, but do make sure that you are properly equipped to tackle the roads with plenty of motorists around who might not actually see you in their peripheral vision while driving. Well, as cyclists, we can sure as heck do our part, so how about introducing a little bit of technology into the mix as well? The folks over at Bike2Power, who happen to comprise of a team of die-hard cycling enthusiasts, has decided to introduce to the world of cycling cutting-edge technology through the announcement of the BikeConsole Smart Mount for the iPhone 5s.
Yes sir, this would mean that your latest smartphone from Apple, with TouchID and all, will be able to be mounted onto your two-wheeled ride. The BikeConsole Smart Mount is touted to feature more than ninety-percent touch screen sensitivity, where it comes in a sleek yet durable case so that users will be able to safely access their iPhone as they bike around on virtually any terrain.
Specially constructed for it to be able to handle even the most extreme of weather conditions, the BikeConsole Smart Mount has been assembled with a form fitting, silicon-lined shockproof case alongside an in-bracket safety lock and double-hinged closure. The durable case itself can be easily detached from the mount so that your handset will remain protected all the time. Apart from that, the case will also feature a SoundBoost microvent sealing technology, so that the user can experience louder and clearer audio.
While you are cycling, fret not if your stockbroker or other half is calling you, as this particular add-on has been designed to provide full phone functionality while you are on the move. The BikeConsole Smart Mount will boast of a 360-degree rotation, in addition to an antiglare screen membrane so that your eyes will be able to enjoy optimal viewing regardless of the angle. The asking price? $55.95 a pop at the moment.
The wild, wild west has always been the bedrock of many an interesting yarn to listen to, and even until today, there are young and impressionable kids out there who would love to live out the life of a sheriff, hunting down outlaws and making sure that those who practice a life of crime will not be able to reap the temporary rewards that accompany it. For that young one of yours who does seem to have a penchant for guns, the £14.99 Stixtoy Gun might be a reasonable purchase for the coming holiday season.
With it, you are more than free to come up with your very own rubberband toy gun, and it would be interesting to see dads fight with their kids for ownership of this puppy. I say, why not get two of these bad boys and run riot around the home? Those who can remember how in their younger days, they used rubberbands with twigs and branches to create their own “gun”, but why not let someone do all the work for you while you start to device your next “stick-up”? Who knows, it could very well be a raid on the kitchen for that prized cookie jar and its contents.
[ Stixtoy Gun helps your little ones get started young copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Not everyone learned how to swim when they were little. There’s nothing shameful or wrong about that, but it can be annoying as an adult to be scared of not being able to keep your head above water. While you don’t want to don the inflatable floaties, there may be a way to keep your dignity, and not drown.
The Floating Cap is a combination of Neoprene, polyurethane foam, and Lycra that is intended to make sure your head stays above the water’s surface. While this is actually meant for those who enjoy going to a hot spring in Iceland, it doesn’t mean that’s the only place you can use it. This would be perfect for floating along in a swimming pool or hot tub at home or in your local area. Thanks to their material make-up, they will look more like water weights and a swim cap rather than floaties.
Another plus side to this is the noise-cancelling quality they would have. You could go to a public pool, and not be as annoyed by the myriad of screaming children around you. Doesn’t mean they won’t crash into you or splash you on occasion, but it’s a small step. The medium cap in either black or blue will cost you around $110. This is a pretty hefty price for just a swim cap, but is small in comparison to drowning because of pride. Those who want the leg or arm bands will have to chuck an extra $65 at the checkout price.
Are potatoes your favorite food? After all, there is nothing quite like some piping hot fries with vinegar and salt on the side. Oh yeah, how about those moments when you are munching on your favorite brand of chips in the cinema? The movie certainly felt a whole lot more engaging, don’t you think so? Well, with the $19.99 Portal 2 PotatOS Plush, you can be sure that you will never look at a jacket or stuffed potato the same way again. This is the huggable version of GLaDOS, and it will arrive with 10 audio clips to get you started.
Fret not about your friends ribbing you about purchasing a rip off or a pirated copy of some Portal-inspired toys, as this is a 100% officially licensed Portal 2 merchandise. The Portal 2 PotatOS Plush resembles the tuber-version of GLaDOS that you actually brought with you around the testing facility in the game, and what’s more, it also sounds a whole lot like her. I am quite sure that Portal fans would have plenty of fun with the pre-loaded 10 snarky phrases that are more than ready to be spoken whenever you press the button. At least this is one potato that is not oily, so it would settle in with the rest of your bed’s plushies quickly. Just make sure there are always a trio of AA batteries around to keep it going.
[ Portal 2 PotatOS Plush lights up in a cute way copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Thanks to the fairly decent quality of camera that most smartphones possess, there are millions of photos and videos cropping up daily on various social media sites. Many of these are shot on the fly, without little care to the full quality of the photo. Just because you can slap an Instagram filter on it doesn’t mean it’s good. Possibly one of the hardest photos to get on a phone is a panoramic one.
You have to turn at a constant speed, and keep your hand as steady as a rock. Otherwise you’re going to have a very trippy photo that won’t look at all what you had pictured in your mind. The PanoPal Smartphone Stand is for those who take smartphone photography seriously. It’s literally a stand that will rotate your phone for you at just the right speed. No need to worry about shaky hands any longer!
This works best on a flat surface, but can be held if you’re not in a conducive situation. There are four preset speeds choose from, and it can go clockwise or counter clockwise. There is a remote, so those of you who want to set up a photo a bit more can still be in on the action without having to snap the photo yourself. This charges via micro USB, and will hold up for around five hours. The Bluetooth remote will connect to your smartphone through Bluetooth, and can control your music as well as snap photos for you. This will cost you around $45 for both the stand and remote, and you’ll be able to choose between a black, silver, blue and pink casing.
Available for crowdfunding via Kickstarter
[ PanoPal Smartphone Stand will help you get the perfect panoramic shot copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
We admire those take home projects on without hesitation. Show your appreciation for their passion with a DIY gadget this season. Who knows? Maybe it will also make you some brownie points to cash in when YOU need help on a home project.
SteelSeries is widely known amongst the gaming community for having amazing peripherals. One of my personal favorites was the Sibera V2 headset. It isn’t the cream of the crop, but it’s affordable, and does my most beloved tunes justice. However, technology is always in an ever-changing state, and it came as no surprise that SteelSeries would come out with a bigger, better headset.
Enter in the Siberia Elite. As the name implies, it’s got a lot more going on under the hood, and looks good to boot! This white headset is complimented by rings of LED light on the outside ear cup, both of which are capable of 16.8 million different color possibilities. On the left ear cup, you will be able to rotate a dial to mute or unmute your microphone. The right side ear cup has a dial that will let you control the volume. This means no more fiddling with in-line controls. The band that goes across the top of your head uses a self-adjusting suspension system so that it won’t become too heavy over time.
The ear cups are made of leather, and will put virtual 7.1 surround sounds into your ear holes. Thanks to the SteelSeries Engine 3, you can customize those sounds specifically in 10 different profiles so you can get the most out of each game you play. The microphone is capable of noise reduction, meaning you won’t sound terrible during a call. It is also retractable, so when you’re not talking to friends it won’t be in your way. This will cost you $200, and has a swappable cable system so it can be used on anything from a PC to your smartphone.
We love listening to music. It speaks to us through the best of times and the worst of times. That being said, it should be no wonder that we want it on, loud, and playing constantly. There’s nothing more annoying than having your favorite song come on, and not have the ability to be fully immersed in it because you can’t turn it up any more.
This would be a good time for either an external speaker, or a way to turn up the volume even higher on your headphones. The NuForce Cube Portable Speaker will help you do just that. It will be a step up from whatever your current ear buds are, and can act solidly as a standalone speaker. It has an output of 3W, and a DAC that can provide 16bit/8kHz of sound.
It’s made of aluminum, plastic, and cloth, and only weighs 6 ounces. This is perfect for presentations, cars without a sound system, or just jamming anywhere in the house. As someone who doesn’t always like wireless devices (when they don’t work), it makes me happy to see that this is a plug-and-play. It comes with a 3.5mm cable that is two feet long, a USB cable that is 2′ 4”, and a carrying pouch. The biggest downside is that this little thing will cost you $100, which seems like just a bit too much for what it is.
Available on ThinkGeek
[ NuForce Cube Portable Speaker – turn up the volume copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
The massive resurgence of Super Heros can only be attributed to the dedicated fan base. But their appetite is large. So feed your Super Hero lovers appetite this holiday season with a tribute to their favorite fictional friends.
The turkey has digested, the dishes are clean, the relatives have gone. Now is the time to set your sights on holiday shopping! Ugh, the dread. If you are reading this today you are more than likely not one of those who went out shopping last night. But do not fret! The early bird may get the worm – but late birds can get in on some pretty bitchin’ deals too. We here at Coolest Gadgets want to help you find the best deals out there. Below are some examples of deals that have come – and in some cases gone (but are sure to be followed by similar bargains). So don’t leave the comfort of your seat to find the perfect deals and gifts for those on your list.
First, a review of some of the Black Friday specials:
Amazon.com: Black Friday Deals are coming and going. Some time out, others max out when people buy. Some that have been hits include 55% off a Crosley Portable Turntable (go old school!) and 44% off an Acer Iconia 7.9 inch tablet. Check back frequently to stay on top of the bargains. Click the Black Friday banner on the home page to see them all.
Brookstone: $15 off purchases of $49 or more, or $30 off purchases of $99 or more through November 29.
iSkin.com: Back to Black sale including up to 70% off on premium i-accessories.
MacMall.com: 60 hour sale through November 29. Save up to $549 including deals on computers, tablets and a variety of accessories. Plus, log in to your account to see massive discounts on Secret Sale items.
The Sharper Image: There are no specific discounted products, HOWEVER their Black Friday offering is 20% cash back on ALL orders over $100, and free shipping sitewide on orders over $99.
ThinkGeek.com: 60% off over 100 items, including some below. Plus they’ll offer 20% off all orders $40 or larger, through November 30th.
Want more? OK, here you go…some of the best bargains we found:
Click here to see more Black Friday deals from Brookstone.
Click here to see more Black Friday deals from MacMall.
Click here to see more Black Friday deals from ThinkGeek.