Inspired by natural sunlight, the Philips Wake Up Light starts gradually lighting up over a 30 minute period to wake you in the most natural and relaxed way. It starts at low light and goes up to bright yellow light to stimulate your body to wake up naturally, it also beeps gently and increases in volume over 90 seconds to ensure that you don’t oversleep. And with 10 brightness settings, the light can also be used as a reading light or a nightlight.
Here’s a cool way for parents to stay in touch with their kids when traveling or on the go. Toymail is a little mail toy, kind of like a Talkie Walkie, that delivers voice messages from your smartphone to your kid and reads them out loud, in a funny voice or your own voice. Your kid can also hit a reply button on their toy to send you a voice mail too, making this a fun two-way communication between you and your kid. The Toymail app is available for both iOS and Android devices. The Toymail mailmen are available in 5 different designs.
I’ve never been a fan of portable speakers and have always been quite skeptical of their ability to provide high quality sound. By now, I’m used to my trustworthy Bose SoundDock and how it sounds, so when I was offered the DuraSound Bluetooth speaker by my friends at Truffol I wasn’t expecting much – especially for a speaker that costs less than $50, but as I know them as creators of high-quality smartphone accessories (like the Truffol Leather iPhone Skin) I thought I should give the speaker a try, and I’m really glad I did!
Specs of the Truffol DuraSound Speaker:
As soon as I hit the play button, I was truly impressed with the sound that came out of this little speaker. Unlike speakers of its size, the sound is very clear and can be turned up really high without losing clarity.
You have two connectivity options: Bluetooth or NFC (Near Field Communication) for devices enabled with this feature. I did not have one in hand so I only tried connecting via Bluetooth, which was easy and without any issues. When you power on the speaker, it goes to pairing mode right away. On your device, you’ll select DuraSound from the Bluetooth device list, a voice prompt will alert you that you’re now paired and you should be all set.
The rechargeable battery takes 4 hours to fully charge and gives you up to 8 hours of playback time. It recharges via a micro-usb cable which is included.
The DuraSound is only 6.5 x 2.17 x 2.44 inches and weighs at 0.75 pounds. The design of the speaker is nothing astonishing, but it’s a design that works. The speaker is wrapped in a silicone sleeve that protects it from drops and keeps it from slipping. This rugged design makes it ready for your use and abuse indoors or outdoors.
Apart from the power button on the side, the speaker only has 3 buttons on the top. Volume buttons which are also used to return to and skip songs (light press will skip the song, pressing and holding will control volume) and the microphone button which answers and ends calls. Yes, this speaker also features a built-in mic that allows you to take calls and speak handsfree, echo-free.
Included with the speaker two cables: a micro USB for charging and an AUX cable for an additional connectivity option. The great thing is that both cables are flat and tangle-free, making them perfect for portability.
I am rather impressed with the DuraSound’s sound quality. To be honest, I’ve not tried many Bluetooth speakers, but what I know is this: not many speakers combine Bluetooth, NFC, Speakerphone and this sound clarity in a price range under $50. The DuraSound provides a lot of value for your money indeed.
The speaker is available in 3 colors: black, yellow and blue. I would advice you pick any color other than the black as the silicone does seem to collect visible dust, although easily wiped clean. I imagine the yellow or blue to have a cleaner look.
You can learn more about the DuraSound and buy it by visiting Truffol’s website.
Inspired from the golden days of rock’n’roll, the Marshall Bluetooth Speaker brings the analog effect of music players back in the digital world. Since the speaker has a compact stereo build, it can provide crystal clear music effects even at high pitch levels.
Create an arcade-like atmosphere at home with this retro inspired Space Invaders color-changing lamp. Features 4 lighting modes: fixed, flash, fade and smooth.
- It does NOT require any recharging. Battery is replaced once every 6 months.
- Tracks walking, running, swimming, cycling, basketball… and many other activities.
- Can be worn on your wrist or you can remove the band and attach it anywhere on your clothes.
- To sync it with your phone all you have to do is place it on the screen – no sync cables required.
- It tracks sleeping hours, it also works as a watch.
See how it works in this video:
The Shine is available in many colors and it’s compatible with iOS and Android devices.
Turn those funny video clips you have on your smartphone into a Cinematic event thanks to this handy cardboard smartphone projector. Yup, as of now, you don’t have to spend a fortune on a projector, although this project is made of rugged cardboard and has all the cool projector keys only printed on it, it is equipped with an impressive high quality lens that magnifies up to x8. It’s lightweight and compact enough to be taken with you anywhere, so you can enjoy it with friends and family at your next gathering for sharing videos, photos or simply projecting some cool party visual effects.
Not long ago, the idea of having to use a portable speaker would mean giving up lots of features for portability. This is the one thing you do not have to worry about when it comes to this new portable speaker by Creative. The Sound Blaster Roar is wireless, portable and packed with impressive features that are not usually found in a speaker this compact in size.
The Sound Blaster Roar promises impressive sound quality thanks to its high-performance bi-amps and 5-driver system. By incorporating far-field high frequency drivers, it can offer that immersive room filling sound that no other speaker in its class can offer. Next to the volume buttons you’ll find a ROAR button, which you can use to instantly boost the loudness and depth of the audio without compromising quality. And if you ever need to double up the power of its sound, you can connect two Sound Blast Roar speakers for a truly amazing sound experience.
One of the best qualities of the Sound Blaster Roar is how quick and easy it is use. It can be connected to any device using Bluetooth or NFC which allows you to connect your NFC-Enabled device with a simple tap. But that’s not all, you can also listen to music by inserting a micro SD card right into the speaker or by connecting a device using a USB cable or an aux cable.
Other Features of the Sound Blaster Roar:
- Rechargeable battery plays music for up to 8 hours.
- Charges your smartphone, so it can be used as backup power.
- Built-in microphone for convenient hands-free calling.
- Integrated audio and voice recorder: Use the Sound Blaster Roar as a recording device, even for recording calls. It saves audio right into a microSD card.
- LS (Link Share) security to stop or limit Bluetooth connectivity from devices other than yours. This keeps the Bluetooth connection from dropping or cutting off.
- Bedtime Mode: Audio playback that gradually reduces volume until it automatically shuts down.
See It In Action:
For a speaker that is FULLY packed with features, you’d think the Sound Blaster Roar would cost you a fortune. Not at all! The speaker performs better than any speaker at twice its price, making its affordable price range yet another feature to add to the list. It is currently a #1 best seller on Amazon and continues to receive 5-star ratings.
You can visit Creative’s Website to learn more about the speaker.