Friday, November 13, 2015

FINIS splashes out with next generation underwater MP3 player

Finally, getting in a good swim and listing to your favorite tunes need not be mutually exclusive thanks to FINIS Inc.’s newly-released underwater MP3 player called the “Duo.” This highly advanced subaquatic music player lets both serious and recreational swimmers listen to their favorite songs, instrumentals and more while water-bound…and without earbuds to boot! This is because the Duo uses incredible patented bone conduction technology, whereby audio waves are actually transferred through the cheekbones and into the inner ear. The result is crystal clear sound that’s better than what you’d expect with earbuds.

To use the Duo, simply place the sleek and aerodynamic two-piece MP3 player over each cheekbone underneath the strap of your goggles for a super secure, unobtrusive and comfortable fit. From there, swim and sway away, enjoying uninterrupted music while underwater.

Because the Duo is compatible with iTunes, it’s easy to transfer files onto the device—and not just music! Audiobooks, podcasts and other audio files can also be placed on the device, making swimming even more satisfying. Put language learning or other educational content onto it, and get smarter while your swim!

With readily accessible control buttons, it’s easy to change and navigate through the tracks as you go, pausing, starting and stopping the audio playback on-the-fly. Gold plated connection pins allow for quick and easy file upload and charging, also preventing corrosion from the water that it comes into contact with. In fact, the Duo is entirely waterproof and can withstand up to 7 meters for 30 minutes. The lithium-ion battery provides up to 7 hours of use on a single charge.

In addition, with a 4 GB capacity that can hold up to 1000 songs (unprotected MP3 and WMA files) or 60 hours of playback, there’s plenty of room for many hours of music, podcasts and audiobooks. So there’s no need to miss a single tune while submerged ever again. Also nice looking, the device is also available in two color combinations: dark gray/mint or black/acid green.

For its part, FINIS continues to drive innovation and the evolution of waterproof bone conduction audio transmission technology. Indeed, its Duo underwater MP3 player, currently priced at $119.99, is ushering in a new era of aquatic tech that will entertain, motivate and otherwise benefit swimmers and enthusiasts of all types. So whether you’ll be spending hours in the water training for an event, pursuing fitness conditioning or just enjoying leisure time in the pool, the FINIS Duo is certain to elevate the experience.

Interested customers can now purchase The FINIS MP3 player - here

Friday, November 6, 2015

A Whiskey Glass That Combines The Best Aspects Of The Snifter And Tumbler In One

When it comes to drinking whiskey in style, there are two common types of glassware: the narrow Glencairn snifter, designed for pushing aromas up toward the nose, and the tumbler, which feels more natural to hold. This leaves whiskey snobs with a choice—you can either enjoy your whiskey nose-down, with a snifter that picks up the complexities of your drink, or you can enjoy it socially, with the more casual tumbler in hand.

Brian Fichtner and Shane Bahng, the co-founders behind the recently launched Norlan Glass, don't think you should have to choose. Their whiskey glass, now raising funds on Kickstarter, incorporates the aerating aspects of the snifter with the functionality of the tumbler to create one handsome, double-walled whiskey glass.

For the design the glass, Fichtner and Bahng brought in Icelandic designer Sruli Recht, with whom they had previously worked on a foldable laptop stand they kickstarted last year. Recht, inspired by the way that waves crash onto the beach, designed the inside of the glass to be wide enough for the whiskey to splash up against the sides and aerate faster. He worked with a synthetic biologist to design fins inside the glass that bring up different molecules that give the whiskey a fuller flavor. The outer wall gives the glass a fuller shape and heaviness so it sits nicely in your hand.

You don't have to be a whiskey aficionado to appreciate the level of thought and detail that went in to this design. And at a $45 retail price for a pair ($35 for early bird pledgers), the Norlan Whiskey Glass is pretty affordable as far as whiskey glasses go. (They typically run anywhere from $45-$100).

Dolce & Gabbana’s Couture Headphones With Swarovski Crystals And Pearls

Dolce & Gabbana has made the swankiest earbuds to date in collaboration with Frends; and they can be yours for the staggering price of $7,000 (approx. £4,600).

The fashion house’s recent autumn/winter 2015 show during Milan Fashion Week was inspired by the Italian matriarch, otherwise known as la mamma, celebrating Mother’s Day a bit earlier this year. But not only that, it also celebrated the pleasure of listening to music by taking it to the next level.

The headphones worn by the models are made of leather and are fully covered in the brand’s signature jewellery, embellished with materials like pearls, gold chains, Swarovski crystals and velvet across the earpieces and bridge.

Definitely not your average pair of headphones.
They were initially thought to be catwalk collaboration only, but tech brand Frends has confirmed that two of the original catwalk versions have officially landed on American online retailer Moda Operandi and are ready to pre-order for expected delivery between July and October.

Retailed at $7,095 (approx. £4,700) these are about 35 times more expensive than Frend’s popular Taylor style, which is currently priced at around £150.
These are also much more that what you'd pay for a D&G handbag, with some of its most luxurious designs priced at around £1,000.

The two headphone designs available to buy for that staggering price are a bejewelled red-leather style and a green-leather version.

Since Frends was founded in 2006 by a young group of pro snowboarders it quickly made its minimalist designs a favourite in the fashion world. But by collaborating with the king of bling and superfancy, it has taken its fashion forward spirit to a whole new level.
However, this is not the first time luxe headphones have gone from the catwalk to the shopping bag. Last season Chanel's autumn/winter 2014 show also introduced quilted headphones in partnership with tech company Monster. They were sold for $5,000 in the US and reportedly for £4,170 in the UK.

Still, Dolce & Gabbana’s headphones take the prize.  Although unconfirmed, these might be the world’s most expensive earbuds - and the most blinged out ones too.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Light Clock Tells The Time With 120 Leds

Don’t worry. The Light Clock does not rely on the sun to tell time. In fact, it is the opposite. It has no hands, no dial or whatsoever. Instead, it uses 120 individual LEDs, each with the ability to display over 16 million colors, to shed light on the time, like literally.

This is how it works: to create the essential hour and minute hands, The Light Clock projects two different colors of light. You have the call in deciding what color goes to the hour and minute. The lights emitted form two segments on the clock’s circumference and on the wall, thus allowing you to tell the time.

Blending is the key to how you tell where the hands actually landed. It won’t be easy initially, but as you keep reading it, you will be able tell the time right away. It is not much different from traditional clocks with hands; just that the hands here are replaced by lights.

The Light Clock is WiFi-enabled too, allowing it to be connect to an existing WiFi network to facilitate customization on a web app, accessible with virtually any device. Being connected to the Internet also ensure The Light Clock to maintain an accurate time, all the time. The web app is where you can customize the color, save your favorite color scheme, select the blending, set time zone, set seconds hand, adjust the brightness et cetera.

Through the web app, you can also set the desire duration for the night mode. In Night Mode, all but a few LEDs will be turned on to provide a soft, ambient glow that’s not intrusive, while still enable you to read the time. It looks like no time will be a dull time, eh? The Light Clock literally adds color to your time. Since time has to tick anyways, why not make it a more beautiful experience?

The Light Clock is yet to be a reality; it is now on Kickstarter looking to raise 30,000 Australia dollars to take it to production. You can help by backing the campaign, but be warned, it doesn’t come cheap.

Toys R Us 7-inch Tabeo Kids Tablet

Can’t get your kids’ hands off your iPad or Android tablets? well, then perhaps it is time to let them have their own tablets but of course, not the real, real tablet but one that’s tailored specifically for your young ones, such as this upcoming made-for-kids tablet from Toy “R” Us dubbed as the Tabeo. this $149.99 is slated to be available next month and sports a 7-inch multitouch display with 800 x 480 resolution and is preloaded with 50 free kid-friendly apps that covers your child’s need for gaming, education, entertainment, as well as reading.

If you must really know, yes, everyone’s favorite perpetually angry avians aka the Angry Birds, is included too. if those 50 apps isn’t enough, there are 7,000 more free apps, along with thousands of apps available for purchase via the Tabeo app store. kids couldn’t care less what’s going under the hood, much less be of any interest about the Tabeo’s features, however, for someone who will be putting down the money for it, you will be glad to know that this isn’t a lesser tablet.

On the business end, the Tabeo is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and sport features that are found on regular tablets, including a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, micro SDHC slot (expandable up to 32GB), built-in speaker and microphone, front-facing camera, mini HDMI-out, built-in WiFi, and a lithium polymer pack that offers up to 7 hours of video playback, 35 hours of audio enjoyment, or 10 hours of ‘normal’ usage.

Also included is a full suite of customizable parental controls that allow responsible adults to keep their precious ones safe from undesirable web contents. the Tabeo Tablet by Toy “R” Us is available for pre-order now with shipment to be from October 21, 2012. hit the jump for a small gallery of the Tabeo tablet.
Interested customers can now purchase The Toys R Us 7-inch Tabeo Kids Tablet - here

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