The Giz Wiz found a cool mini computer called the Kangaroo Notebook. It's a way to keep your personal and family computer activities separate. It's just a notebook screen and a keyboard, then you insert a separate, removable Kanagroo Mini stick. Yes, the Kangaroo’s Notebook comes as a package with two modular PC Minis that can be swapped in and out of the laptop dock. Each mini is a self-contained PC running Windows 10.
Dickie D is back from CES and he does the show differently than others, looking for crazy gadgets. The crazier the better. But he also found some useful things. Like the In & Motion Air Vest, which is an airbag for extreme athletes. You wear it like a vest, and it has sensors built in to measure what is happening. If something like you falling off a horse or motorcycle happens, the airbag will trigger. Cost is expected to be about $800.
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You can bring the Ocean to you with the Ohuhu Ocean Wave Night Projector. Bring the seaside home to you, give yourself a piece of the (ocean) in multiple changes of color. This creates a perfect ocean wave atmosphere almost anywhere. Relaxing, comforting, soothing, creates a large, brilliant light show for your viewing entertainment and pleasure. It has 8 color/motion modes and automatically shuts down after one hour. Battery powered or USB powered. There's a built-in mini speaker in case you want to hook a mobile device to it via the cable that's included included.
This week's gadget is the Aukey Rechargeable Folding Lamp. It's a sleek, portable LED desk lamp that offers 2 brightness levels with a built-in push bottom on top. It's built of a handsome aluminum alloy that's 360° adjustable for easy positioning in any situation. It's great for reading, workshops, crafts, on the nightstand, etc. It has a rechargeable battery that runs for about 3 hours on a full charge. It's lightweight and low profile. It also folds flat for portability and only weighs 9.2oz; so it's ideal for travel too. Uses just 3 watts of power but generates 150 lumens of light.
Dickie D walked by something that he thinks Johnny Jet should get. It's called the Snoo. It helps babies stay asleep. It's basically a baby pen, but it has a swaddling capability to keep them calm and relaxed. It then prevents them from rolling over on their stomach. If the baby starts to cry, the Snoo has microphones to listen and will rock them back to sleep automatically. After 5 minutes, if the baby is still crying, it sends you a text message. It's not cheap, though. It costs $1160.
This week's gadget from Dickie D is the Panono Camera. It's a ball with 36 3MP cameras embedded in it and you toss it up in the air and it takes a picture when it reaches the apogee of the arc. It costs $1999.00. It turns out that the units are very difficult to produce and it sounded like they were almost hand making them. When you throw it in the air, be sure you catch it, because they break if they hit the ground hard! That could be why they now sell a special selfie stick, so you can just hold it over your head. That adds another $50 the cost.
This week's gadget is for your mobile phone. It's called the Joby GripTight POV Kit. This small, lightweight device provides a handheld, stable locking smartphone grip. With the handle folded behind the smart phone, it's a great camera grip. With the handle folded under the smart phone, it's a steady video grip. Folded slightly open, the handle makes the POV into a handy viewing stand. The integrated Impulse Bluetooth remote attaches to the GripTight POV Kit providing a point-and-shoot shutter feature while also enabling users to capture photos and videos from afar.
The Lumos Lighted Helmet features 28 super bright white LEDs in the front and 22 super bright red LEDs in the rear to provide over 80 lumens of illumination. This should ensure that you will stand out on the road when riding your bike at night. Battery life is around 3 hours when the lights are on solid mode or 6 hours on blinking mode.The helmet takes approximately 2 hours to charge. It also has amber LED turn signals controlled by a remote control on your handle bars, and brake lights. It's run from your mobile device.
Dick is fresh back from the Interbike conference in Las Vegas and this weeks' gadget is great for when you go biking, especially when it gets cold. The Visijax visible jacket glows with 23 high intensity LEDs, as well as flashing red lights on the back of the jacket. When you want to turn, you raise your arm and you get a turn signal blinking on your back. All of the electronics are powered by a provided rechargeable USB battery with up to 20 hours of continuous use. We showed this as a prototype a couple of years ago.
Switchmate is a one-second installation smart light switch that is the first smart home product that can be used with absolutely no configuration, tools, wiring, or WiFi. Switchmate magnetically attaches instantly to existing toggle or rocker switches and is controlled through the free app on your smart phone. With features such as “Welcome Home”, your lights will turn on automatically as you arrive home or enter rooms. With preset timers, you can set your lights to automatically turn on and off- even when you’re not home.