If you are running out of power on your iPhone or iPad, the UNU Ultrapak can bring it back up to speed in less than 15 minutes, with up to 75% power. The Ultrapak charges itself faster too, being able to collect energy at record speeds –up to 8X faster than conventional recharging methods. To achieve such charging speeds, Ultra-X deploys a much stronger charging input, rated at 31.25W. This means that within approximately 15 minutes the Ultrapak has stored the equivalent of a full iPhone 5 battery.
Dickie D comes with a new gadget called the Total Eclipse sleep mask. What's unique about it is that the mask has a white board on the front where you can leave messages on the front of the sleep mask, like saying when to wake you. other features include comfort foam that conforms and contours to your face for a perfect fit, eye cutouts to eliminate pressure on eyes, and a fully adjustable elastic strap with integrated earplug storage. Comes with airplugs. $24.95 on Amazon.
The iBlazr is a bright LED accessory that plugs into your headphone jack and provides far better illumination when you're taking pictures with your mobile device. It has it's own batteries, so it doesn't leach off the phone's power. 500 Flashes off a single charge and you can use your headphones to plug in and get an off camera flash angle. Starts at $49.99. Check it out at http://iblazr.com/
Dickie D is back and Leo is very thrilled to be featured in the October 2014 issue of Mad Magazine along with Lisa and a bunch of TWiT Staffers! This week's gadget is the Champ Survival Sidekick is an 8-in-1 Multi-tool and flashlight. In a single device that looks like a flashlight you’ll have these eight emergency tools ready when you need them: Glass breaker and seatbelt cutter. Hand crank and a USB connector for emergency mobile device charging. A 3 LED flashlight.
This week, Leo has a gadget for Dickie D ... it's the Humana Light, which is a light that can run for weeks on dead batteries! From ETOW.org, it uses a simple circuit that will run for weeks on depleted batteries, and they're being distributed in third world countries. What a great idea. And because LEDs are so efficient, they can work on a small amount of current still remaining in them.
With this Gyrobot kit, children can explore the astonishing powers of the gyroscope by building seven motorized models, including a robot that can balance on two linear wheels and move along a tightrope! At the press demo I held one end of a string while I watched the Gyrobot walk perfectly balanced, from one end to the other. Pretty neat! With this kit kids can learn about the physical science principles that keep the robot balanced, making it appear to defy gravity.
Paul had a lot of gadgets he used in Windows 7, but they've disappeared. Leo says that's probably one of the reasons why Microsoft got rid of gadgets and replaced them with Apps. They have serious security vulnerabilities and instead of fixing the flaws, Microsoft just discontinued them.
Do you remember those original brick like cell phones from the 80s? Well someone has created a bluetooth phone headset that looks like one that works with your iPhone. It's called The Brick. It's a retro looking cell phone looking bluetooth handset that will let you go back into time and fool your friends. You can access smartphone contacts, music and call log via Bluetooth. The Brick also has SD card slot so you can play music right on built in speaker. Built-in also is the classic game of Snake and even an FM radio. But wait, there's more. There's even a flashlight and back-lit keypad.
This week's gadget is in honor of Scott's pinch hitting for Leo. It's the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Portable Bluetooth speaker. It's 4.6 pounds and has two 3-inch woofers, two 3/4-inch tweeters, and two passive radiators. There's no audio-in jack, as it works via Bluetooth. It's battery powered, and can last 5 hours on one charge. 15 watts per active speaker for a total output of 60 watts. Frequency response is stated as 60Hz to 20kHz. List price is $399.99, but discounts are widely available.