Monthly Archive: January 2016

Get Hydrated with H2OPal

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMany of us don’t drink enough water. We are fatigued and sore. But raising our water levels can help. That is where H2OPal comes in – they track how much you drink. The bottle comes with a special disc that affixes to the bottom. It is Bluetooth enabled and talks with your smartphone to let you know how much water you drank. You can get notifications, see your progress and more. The system works with most phone health tracking systems to give you a better idea of how healthy you’ve become. H2OPal works on a watch battery and the app can also adjust your numbers in case you drink from another glass. The system is only $99 and available now. More information at H2OPal.com

Record Anywhere in HD: PreSonus Studio 192 and 192 Mobile

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStudio recording devices have gotten a lot smaller even in the last 5 years. Gone are the days of effect racks and power conditioners. You can record multiple tracks through one device to your computer. PreSonus has helped lead the way in this type of recording and with the new Studio 192 and 192 Mobile, you can get high definition audio wherever you go. The Studio 192 Mobile is a 4 input, 4 output box that connects to your computer via USB. Using the software, you can set all levels, effects and more, then record. Whether a podcast or live music, the 192 Mobile can record at 192 kHz to give you the best recording for mixing. Each channel also gives 118 db of dynamic range and XMAX microphone preamps will help you record anything from a piccolo to a bass...

Blocks Modular Smartwatch with Smart Band

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSmart watches have one major downside – they’re tough to upgrade. Maybe your favorite watch doesn’t have GPS or Wifi. That is where Blocks comes in. It’s a modular smart watch that uses the watch band to add what you need. From extra battery life, gesture control, and sim card modules to extra sensors, haptic modules, programmable buttons and more, Blocks can adjust to your need. The band links are interchangeable so you can add or remove what works for you. The watch itself is a Snapdragon 400 quad-core ARM Cortex processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB storage. It also has a 400 mAh battery, WiFi, BLE Bluetooth, a microphone and runs Cyanogen Android for Smart watches. The modules are hot swappable and are designed to be waterproof and keep dirt out of the electronics. Blocks was a...

Revolutionary Gittler Instruments Introduces B4F Bass

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMade of Titanium, the Gittler Guitar is a lot different than any other out there. Not only does it look wild, it’s also very interesting to play. Yet I get the chance to noodle on this guitar and check out the new B4U Bass. The Gittler Guitar has been around since 2013. These guitars are all titanium and move away from a traditional guitar. For example, there is no conventional fretboard, so you can do more with your guitar such as push to bend notes more. I was making a full vibrato strumming chords. The guitar was created by Allan Gittler, a musical visionary who tried to dispel common misconceptions of guitars. The biggest hurdle to overcome – making a guitar that doesn’t look like one. The Gittler guitar is made of abrasion resistant Titanium. LED lights up key frets like...

New Energy in the Fitbit Blaze with FitStar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt CES I got to check out the Fitbit Blaze smartwatch / fitness tracker. This is the first device by Fitbit to be more of a fashion statement over a health wearable. This takes Fitbit into new realms of possibilites. Similar looks to the Fitbit Surge or even an Apple Watch, the Blaze is a square device with modular bands to swap out at a moments notice. Including the FitStar software – a company acquisition Fitbit made back in March 2015 – the device can now craft custom exercise programs based on user’s body data. This turns the blaze into a more tuned personal trainer. The watch itself is a 1.66 inch 240×180 color touchscreen with Gorrila Glass 3 on the face. The watch works on iOS, Android and Windows 10 mobile devices. To change out the band, simply detach the...

StompLight brings out Quick and Powerful Lighting Scenes

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI play acoustic solo shows. Even with the band we sometimes get stuffed in a corner by the dart board and the only lighting I have is the ones I bring. That is where StompLight can help as it’s a personal lighting effects pedal for me and my band. The StompLight Lighting Effects Pedal is a non-DMX controlled pedal that can put put into your guitar effects board or simply placed on the floor. A 3 button, 2 knob pedal will allow you to turn on and off the lights, set the color and even set the mode from a single color to strobe, fading and more. The built-in microphone allows the pedal to listen and react to the music. You can even plug it into your sound so the StompLight only reacts to what you play or sing. Adjust the sensativity...

Always Keep Tabs on Your Guitar with TaylorSense Smart Battery

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAcoustic guitars can be very temperamental. You need to make sure the humidity is right or it will crack. Of course, any bangs to the guitar can also affect the sound. That is why Taylor Guitars created TaylorSense. The TaylorSense Battery Pack turns any Taylor acoustic guitar into a smart guitar. Simply replace the 9-volt battery pack with the TaylorSense. Then download the app (when available) to connect your guitar with the phone. The app will not only monitor your guitar’s vitals, it will also help you tune and even record your guitar tracks. The app will be available for everyone to download, with the recorder and tuner available for all to use. But for those of you who take your acoustic guitar on the road, this app will let you know a lot about your guitar when you are not...

Create Ultimate Split Screen Video with Skreens Streaming Box

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a video content creator, I am always looking for new ways to create screens that hold the most content for the viewer. Skreens is a successful crowdfund product that can give you split screen options to bring people together into one conversation online. Gamers can add their screens to one large monitor and see the face of their opponent as they take them out. While at CES 2016, I talked with the folks at Skreens to find out more about this product. After all – it’s contained in a box that is the size of an HDMI splitter. Inside is a powerful FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip that can take whatever video signals are coming in and allow you to mix and match them to the screen. Using an IOS device (Android coming soon), you can order your video inputs...

Empower Yourself to Quit Smoking this year with Quitbit Lighter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI quit smoking over 6 years ago and it was a long, hard process. That is why I really liked what I saw in Quitbit. It’s a lighter that helps you quit smoking. The Quitbit is an electric lighter with bluetooth connection to your smartphone. Every time you light up a cigarette, it will log your light. Once you know when and where you light up, you can start reducing the times you smoke in a day until you are down to zero. You can use it to light other people’s cigarettes, simply go to the app when done and tell it so. The lighter also will not count if you have too short of a light or have to re-light a cigarette within a certain time period. The lighter itself can be recharged via USB cable. The connected lighter also can...

Exclusive First Look at MyKronoz ZeRound Smartwatch

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMyKronoz is a swiss company that not only makes smartwatches using their own hardware and software, they also make some great quartz timepieces. In March MyKronoz will debut the ZeRound – the newest product in their smartwatch portfolio. This new watch in their line connects to any iOS or Android device via Bluetooth 4.0, notifies you of calls and other messages, selfies from your wrist through a camera remote, find my phone features and of course monitors your steps, distance and calories burned. More information on the watch will be out at Mobile World Congress next month. It will have a price of $99 US when released in March. More information at MyKronoz.com

Powerful LG-V10 Smartphone Video Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFirst I have to say I am not a fan of the larger smartphone. However, the LG V10 is a phone I saw myself using. It does have some downfalls that make it tougher to recommend. Verizon Wireless gave me the phone to test out while I was in Vegas for CES 2016. LG V-10 Specs This is a removable battery and memory expandable smartphone. The LG V10 contains a Quad-core Snapdragon 808 chip for a nice crisp screen in day or night. This phone is also called a two-screen phone; the 5.7 inch IPS Quantum display with Quad HD resolution and a separate strip at the top of the phone to access time, basic apps (like flashlight and camera), weather and more. You can even customize the message on top. The main camera is 16 MP, and the front facing...

Gain Space with a Wall Mounted Ergotron Home Hub27 Desk

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSometimes we live in tiny spaces from New York city apartments to households of 2 or more kids. You might not have space for a full desk. While some efficiencies have murphy beds, Ergotron Home helps with making the work desk the same. The Hub27 is an adjustable height work unit that you attach to a wall. The table flips up to bring a small footprint into your living space. It can also store your electronics, stationary, pens, paperclips and other items you may need for everyday office work. It can also be put into any room to give you an extra surface to work with. In the kitchen it could hold the iPad full of recipes. In the garage you can have Youtube videos pulled up on fixing your car. Even the bedroom for a midnight work surge. The Hub27...

Triby: A Unique Assistant Delivered with Amazon Alexa

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast year Amazon Echo brought personal assistance to the home. Inside is Alexa, the voice behind this technology. Amazon is working with other companies to bring Alexa Voice Service into their products. Invoxia is one of those companies with their latest device called “Triby”. This is a family-friendly device that can be set on counters or magnetically placed to the fridge or other metallic area. The device is not only a hands-free speaker for music, cell calls and VoIP calls, but is also a way for the family to communicate when they are not at home. Connected to Wifi, family members can connect and send messages via their tablet or phone. They don’t even need a cell signal if they are away from the house. Simply connect to a Wifi service and send a pre-programmed message. You can even write simple...

Checking out Tascam DR-701D with Timecode Sync for Great Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I have to record one-on-one videos on the road, I go to my Tascam Video camera recorder. The newest version in the DR-701D adds video time-code so I can sync up audio better. I sit down with Jeff Laity at CES 2016 to learn more about this audio product. Whether using a DSLR, Prosumer camera, smartphone or other recording device, audio can become the single most important part. If you are recording multiple sources, separate tracks can be the difference if you have to fix any audio anomalies. When I first saw the DR-701D from Tascam, I was excited to see they added HDMI pass-through and time-code options. Add to it up to 6 audio sources in a multi-track recorder (4 tracks plus stereo mix). In talking with Jeff Laity, I learned Tascam improved not only the functionality of this device,...

Popular Keurig Kold Makes Coke, Sodas, Tea and Mixers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at CES 2016, I got to try out the new Keurig Kold, the cold drink version of the popular Keurig coffee system. While it doesn’t make coffee, it does make some great cold drinks, such as craft sodas, Coke products, tea, sparkling water and even mixers – just add the alcohol or drink it as-is. The Keurig Kold makes a drink in a couple minutes. The pods are different than a standard K-cup. Inside contains compartments to the soda and the carbonation; a series of beads that react to the water. You can watch as your drink is created through the 1-2 minute process. Just like with the coffee system, you simply have to add water and your favorite flavor cup to the system. Then sit back and enjoy a nice tea, sparkling water and more. No coffee drinks yet,...

Play Keyboard in a Different Way with Roli Seaboard Rise

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are a keyboard player, you’re going to love this. A 2 1/2 octave keyboard that does a lot more than you’re old stand up piano ever did. The Roli Seaboard keyboard allows you to bend, vibrato and even change instrument by how you touch the keys. The tactile unit can connect to iOS, Mac, Windows through an app. The keyboard reacts by how you touch the keys. Start Leggero then crescendo to Maestoso. You can even Glissando to a new note by sliding the finger across the board. The Roli Seaboard is more than just the physical keyboard. The free app on iOS allows you to do the same things on the go. If you have an iPhone 6s (Plus) you can utilize the touch sensitivity to match what you would do on the unit. Roli Seaboard Rise is available for...

Cook on Patio Anytime with GoSun Solar Cooker

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCheck out the GoSun – a solar cooker that you can use indoors or out. The solar panels can get this cooker up to 500 degrees on a sunny day. All you need is sun to make food. Even cook on cloudy days with the battery charge unit. The GoSun works using a thermal tube. The food is put in one of two trays while the drip pan holds grease. You can cook anything from vegetables to burgers in 20 minutes. GoSun is debuting a charging unit for those cloudy days where the battery is not charged. Multiple versions of the GoSun are available. Prices start at $249. Get the GoSun Solar Here

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