Founded in 2018, LastObject’s mission is to eliminate single-use items by creating reusable sustainable alternatives. All their products must have at least 10x real environmental impact vs the traditional single-use products they replace. Since the launch of their first product, the LastSwab, the company has launched several other sustainable alternatives that include the LastTissue and the LastRound. We’ve received all three products to review for Hi-Tech Chic and have recently tested them all out.
LastSwab provides an eco-friendly alternative to the many uses of single-use q-tips without the large environmental footprint. This reusable q-tip comes in two different models for different applications.
General Q-tip Uses
They are both made from durable yet flexible, high quality, and non-toxic materials which are gentle on the skin and easy to clean, in fact, all I had to use was some soap and water. Both LastSwab versions come with a convenient and cornbased carrying case that keeps your reusable q-tip stored away safely. To shop please visit: https://lastobject.com/pages/lastswab.
LastTissue is an eco-friendly alternative to paper tissues and takes 3 times less energy which saves several tons of resources globally. One LastTissue box contains 6 reusable tissues made from 100% organic cotton that fit into a sleek minimal case made with 100% silicone. The case is dishwasher safe and you can wash the tissues 520 times each.
LastTissue was easy to use/ test out by simply taking a tissue from the bottom, use it, and then store it on top of the marked-tissue barrier. Please note, you’ll know you’re on your last tissue when the marked one appears – that means it’s cleaning time. After washing, you repack and use them all over again. To shop please visit: https://lastobject.com/pages/lasttissue.
LastRound is a reusable and sustainable alternative to single-use cotton pads. Out of all of the products test from LastObject, the LastRounds are something I use almost daily. I didn’t even realize how many cotton rounds I use to go through in a week! Every pack consists of 7 reusable cotton pads and a bio-based case. Simply grab a LastRound from the top of the pile, apply some water or other liquid if you prefer, and wipe!
After using the pad, you can wash it by hand or in the washer, just don’t forget your laundry bag! Lastly, put the clean pad under the case to use it again and again. To shop please visit: https://lastobject.com/pages/lastround.
By choosing LastObject’s environmentally friendly, reusable products, you are contributing to a cleaner and healthier environment in our oceans. In celebration of Green November, for each product LastObject sells in November, their partners at Plastic Bank® will prevent 1kg/2lbs of ocean-bound plastic from entering the waterways in vulnerable coastal communities.
Together with Plastic Bank®, LastObject is helping the world stop ocean plastic while improving the lives of collector communities.
To shop their products during Green November please visit: https://try.lastobject.com/green-november/.
Introducing Cheetah Mobile’s new CheetahTALK Plus Portable AI Real-time Translator that is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo. CheetahTALK Plus provides users with instant two-way translation in 73 languages on a device smaller than a standard smartphone.
The AI Real-time translator provides customers the ability to communicate with 90% of the world with its Microsoft’s automatic speech recognition software and OrionStar AI Technology.
The CheetahTALK Plus 1.54” IPS-LCD touch-screen offers a text-to-speech function to make it easier to learn new words and verify translation results. CheetahTALK Plus weighs 2.7 oz and has an active battery life that lasts up to 12 hours, although the device can be switched to standby for up to 50 days.
Conversations can be recorded for up to two hours and from a distance as far as 3 metres in HD audio with crystal-clear playback due to the dual noise-cancelling microphones. Recordings can be played back on the device with its customized 1.5W speakers or uploaded to a smartphone via Bluetooth.
The CheetahTALK Plus comes with the device, USB charging cord and user guide, which is truly all you need to get started besides downloading the CheetahTALK App.
When I first received the CheetahTALK, I immediately plugged it in to get the full 12-hour charge and downloaded the CheetahTALK app while charging. After powering on, to get started you must have the CheetahTALK app open so the device can sync. (don’t forget to make sure your Bluetooth is on)
Here’s is the video on how to set of the CheetahTALK Plus for the first time.
As you can tell from the video set up was simple and translating between the two languages did not take much time if any. You can also play back your translation on the CheetahTALK as seen below.
After my first test from translating English to French I decided to try a different language to check out the ease of use on the product. Here’s my video of the CheetahTALK Plus translating English to German.
Another feature that the CheetahTALK Plus offers is the recording option by simply using the same middle button that you would use to translate.
After you are finished recording the file will be available to listen to on your smartphone with the CheetahTALK app. Here’s the recoding demo which may give the CheetahTALK team a chuckle.
Overall, I enjoyed reviewing and testing out the CheetahTALK Plus. It’s small enough to fit in my purse, translates in a timely manner and surpassed the 12 hours active battery life by a couple hours. Even though due to the pandemic I won’t be able to use it on my Europe and Mexico trips I had planned for 2020, the CheetahTALK Plus will be my best travel gadget when I travel in 2021!
For a limited time, CheetahTALK Plus is available for an early bird price of $99 on Indiegogo, down from a $199 retail value. Customers can also purchase a 2-pack for $179 for the duration of the campaign, down from a retail price of $399.
To order the CheetahTALK Plus via Indiegogo please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cheetahtalk-plus-portable-ai-real-time-translator#/.
To learn more about Cheetah Mobile please vist: https://www.cmcm.shop/.
Source: Cheetah Mobile, Indiegogo
While we are still social distancing we can still go outside for a walk or work out and what better way to enjoy nature than to listen to music with premium audio. HELM Audio, a British-American venture focused on audio innovation, sent us their Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones to review. With the longest battery life on the market, the HELM Sportsband has 25 hours of playtime featuring IPX5 waterproof technology.
The HELM Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones has audiophile sound quality featuring Qualcomm Bluetooth 5 with APTX HD low latency technology and AAC for the best immersive sound quality available for music, movies and gaming. Featuring true studio-quality sound, the Sportsband Triple Driver Technology captures every musical nuance, crisp highs, smooth mids, and deep bass.
HELM Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones Product Review:
When unboxing the HELM Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones you will find the Sportsband, a custom case and soft carrying case, micro USB cable, quick start guide, 3 extra-sized ear tips, and ear fins.
After unboxing, I charged the earphones via micro USB cable till the LED lights on the earpieces turned from red to blue indicating they were fully charged. After charging to turn on the Sportsband you press the “play” button located on the in-line controller. Once on you will hear “HELM on” and next “HELM Pairing.” The HELM logo located on the earpiece will blink red and blue indicating it’s ready to pair.
Since I have an iPhone, to pair all I had to do is make sure my Bluetooth was turned on and choose HELM Sportsband in settings. You will hear “connected” within the earphones to confirmed that the Sportsband paired.
The audio for these earphones is no joke, it’s phenomenal! Probably the best sound quality I’ve tested for wireless earphones let alone a Sportsband. When working out in downtown Austin I must have the audio on full blast to drown out all the noise and my music of choice is rap or rock so I was blown away on the deep bass! Also, a major plus was that they stayed in my ears and didn’t slip out even when I was running in the heat of the day.
Some of the features I love about the Sportsband is the magnetic earpieces and the ultra-lightweight sportsband which didn’t make me perspire behind my neck. Another great feature are the lighted earpieces, which when working out in the evening (like I occasionally do) helps you be seen in low light conditions. Living downtown and in Austin where people aren’t the best drivers this feature is key, I’ve almost been hit by a car on the regular.
The inline controller has enhanced mic for calls, controls for volume, track changes and voice assistant. I conducted a few phone calls with the earphones and my only complaint was it was too loud, even on the low volume. I love my volume maxed out while working out but not on a call however this is a minor complaint if even that.
Overall, these are the BEST earphones I have tested in a while and I believe they are the best on the market currently with its 25 hours of playtime. If you are looking for the perfect earphones to workout or travel with (when we can again) I would suggest checking out the HELM Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones.
They retail for $129.99 and can be purchased here: https://helmaudio.com/products/sportsband.
**FRONT LINE HEROES SPECIAL OFFER (50% off) – If you are a Teacher, Medical Professional, First Responder, Armed Forces or Veteran stationed in the US, HELM is giving back to help support recharging through music, movies or games and to stay connected to your loved ones.
To learn more about HELM Audio please visit: https://helmaudio.com/.
Source: HELM Audio
Deminuage™ recently sent us their QuickPore™ NanoPen Anti-Aging Rejuvenation & Repair Kit to review and though I am only two weeks into using the kit I wanted to share with you all my initial review. The QuickPore™ NanoPen is a fast, non-invasive at-home microneedling tool that safely and effectively reduces fine lines and wrinkles, smooths skin’s texture, and fades dark circles, pimples, melasma, and blackheads.
Within the kit you will find the NanoPen Prime which has a single-speed and is battery-operated for ease of use and portability. The Prime Pen creates microscopic absorption channels in the skin’s outer layer, making your favorite serum up to 20x more effective within 20 minutes. There is also the NanoPen Lux (sold separately from the kit) is three-speed and rechargeable for more precise and faster treatments.
This kit also features Booster NanoChips, which are made for use 1-2x weekly and are good for achieving even deeper repairs. Pair with their Blanq Brightening Serum to smooth, moisturize, and restore. Please note the NanoPen needs NanoChips to operate and can be used with any facial serum, making it beneficial for all skin types.
When you unbox the kit you will find the NanoPen, NanoChips, Serum, and instructions (which are very helpful). Setting up the pen was simple by just putting the battery, then screwing in one of the Nanochips and pressing the power button. Please note you must fully wash your face before you start using the pen. Here’s the demo video of how to start using the NanoPen.
As you can see it was easy to use and like I said in the video make sure when using the pen you do not go over the same spot more than 3 times. I say less if you have sensitive skin like I do.
Next, it was time to put together the serum bottle and apply it to my skin. It’s key to attach the top to the serum bottle tightly as you don’t want any leaks. Here’s the demo video for applying the serum.
Besides the Daily NanoChips, I’ve also used the Booster NanoChips two times thus far and have noticed that my skin is starting to look more blended and even. After using the NanoPen, the kit comes with a soft case for storage and so you can take it on the go when traveling.
The kit is designed to use for a month and since I’ve only been using it for 2 weeks my results will vary by the time I’m finished. I will be doing a follow-up review after I’ve done the kit for the entire month including before and after pictures.
The QuickPore™ NanoPen Anti-Aging Rejuvenation & Repair Kit retails for only $169.99 and can be found here: https://deminuage.com/collections/pen-kit/products/deminuage-kit-706-nanopen-prime-device-kit.
For more information about Deminuage please visit: https://deminuage.com/.
This summer we announced that 1MORE, a global premium consumer audio company, launched ColorBuds True Wireless Headphones and they sent us a pair to review, in Sakura Pink (though they also come in Midnight Black, Twilight Gold and Spearmint Green). Tuning wireless in-ear headphones audio perfectly is always tricky therefore 1More partnered with Luca Bignardi, a Grammy award-winning sound engineer, to masterfully tune the ColorBuds so you can hear music the way it should be heard.
The 1More Colorbuds come with the earbuds, charging case, ear tips, USB charging cord and user guide. Atfer unboxing it was noticeable that each earbud weighed only 4.1g and including the case at 40.3g this seemed to be the ultra-portable solution, but we had to put them to the test.
The earbuds already came charged in the case (thank you 1More) so as soon as I unboxed them they were ready to pair. After taking them out of the case, with the blue and red LED signals to let you know if it was pairing, it took seconds to connect to my iPhone and my PC but due note it’s one device or another.
The convenient touch controls that were easy to use include answer, end call, play, stop, with a double-tap and voice assistant with a triple tap however there is no skip to the next song. Testing incoming and outcoming calls using the earbuds was crystal clear so using these during your conf. calls or zoom meetings won’t be an issue.
My favorite feature was the smart playback which plays music back automatically THEN pauses when your earbuds are removed and THEN resumes when you put them back on. This is a major bonus for those on the go who have no time to press pause or like me who throws their earbuds in their purse sans the case.
Given the pandemic and where I live currently I wasn’t able to test them out on a run around downtown of Austin but I did chase my dog around my condo & took her out for a walk with the Colorbuds and they stayed in. Though the true test is when they open the parks/downtown again so I can do a proper outdoor workout in 107 degrees in Texas. Stay tuned for an update!
**How to update firmware: https://usa.1more.com/blogs/reviews/how-to-update-the-firmware-on-the-colorbuds. The 1More Colorbuds retail for $99.99: https://usa.1more.com/collections/headphones/products/colorbuds-true-wireless-in-ear-headphones-ess6001t or on Amazon here. They also have a back to school sale sitewide using “SCHOOL20.
1More has solid audio products that we have had the honor to review throughout the years and this product is just another great product that delivers quality. For more information about 1More please visit: https://usa.1more.com/
When using wireless Bluetooth headphones or earbuds there is always a connection issue when using in-flight entertainment or to connect with a device that only uses a 3.5mm jack. The RHA Wireless Flight Adapter is a Bluetooth adapter capable of turning any analogue signal from a 3.5mm device or double 3.5mm flight audio socket into high-fidelity Bluetooth signal compatible with any Bluetooth wireless headphones. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the modular 3.5mm connections retract into the durable adapter casing when not in use.
With 16 hours of playback, the adapter uses the aptX codec with compatible earphones or headphones, enabling Bluetooth streaming with CD-quality audio. aptX Low Latency compatibility also optimises audio sync, ideal for watching video or playing games. A quick tap of the Wireless Adapter’s button allows another headphone to be paired; enabling simultaneous audio playback.
RHA Wireless Flight Adapter Product Review:
RHA sent us their Wireless Flight Adapter to review and though the nation is on lock down and not flying much this adapter can be used for much more than just an in-flight adapter. When I unboxed the Wireless Flight Adapter, I noticed the different ways you can retract the double 3.5mm audio jacks to fit whatever device your connecting to.
Next, I charged it via the USB cord provided in the box till the red LED light on the Wireless Flight Adapter turned white for a full charge. After fully charged it was time to pair the adapter with my RHA wireless Bluetooth headphones. Please note to pair you must first put your wireless Bluetooth headphones in “pairing mode” and the adapter must be OFF.
Once my headphones were paired, I then paired the adapter buy holding the side button for 3 seconds till the LED light started blinking. When pairing your headphones, you will hear a pairing tone and the LED light on the adapter is blue for 3 seconds.
Since I could not test out the adapter in-flight, I decided to test it on my PC without Bluetooth enabled. Immediately after I plugged adapter into my PC’s 3.55mm jack there was sound in my headphones, and in great audio quality I might add!
Key Features Include
- 16 hours battery with USB-C charging
- Compatible with in-flight entertainment, portable gaming, gym machines and more
- Simultaneously broadcast to two headphones
- Bluetooth 5.0 streaming
- High-fidelity aptX™ and aptX Low Latency
- Modular single 3.5mm or dual 3.5mm inputs
- Signature RHA international 3-year warranty
What’s in the Box
- Wireless Flight Adapter
- USB-A to USB-C charging cable
I fully intend on writing a second review for the RHA Wireless Flight Adapter once we are all safe to fly again, till then I will be using it at home.
To purchase or learn more about the RHA Wireless Flight Adapter please visit: https://www.rha-audio.com/us/headphones/accessories/cables-and-adapters/wireless-flight-adapter.The RHA Wireless Flight Adapter: Bluetooth 5 Audio Transmitter can also be purchased on Amazon.
SUAVS is an Austin-based shoe company that makes sustainable sneakers made with an average of 8 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and 100% vegan materials. SUAVS creates stylish and comfortable shoes featuring a breathable design and sweat-wicking technology that are lightweight. Their new proprietary sustainable knit fabric is softer and more comfortable than the competition without sacrificing on style!
Legacy High-Top Sneaker Product Review:
Recently SUAVS sent us their Legacy high-top sneaker in olive green to review for Hi-Tech Chic!
After unboxing the sneakers, I noticed right away how ultra-soft and very lightweight they were and unexpectedly I liked the olive-green color.
After trying them on I immediately thought these will be my new festival and live show shoes as they were so comfortable and fit perfectly. The soft and breathable fabric makes them versatile so you don’t necessarily need to wear socks.
I personally doubt you will get new shoe blisters with the Legacy sneakers, unlike when you purchase new athletic shoes.
The Legacy can also be your travel shoes go-to since they pack flat, which for an over-packer like myself is ideal!
The digitally knitted high-top sneaker can be dressed up like boots, worn like sneakers, and feel like comfy socks, I chose the jean shorts route!
Below are the full product specs of the Legacy Sneakers:
- Soft and Comfortable Digital Knit
- Breathable Fabrics
- Wide, Natural Toe Box
- Rubber toe cap keeps your toes dry in rainy weather.
- Moisture Wicking Insoles (For wearing with or without socks)
- Washable & Dries Quick
- Removable & washable polyfoam insole is covered with microfiber terry for moisture absorption.
- Flexible, stitched Rubber Sole
- Packs Flat (Perfect for any bag or your travels)
- Made with 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Threads
I originally received these from SUAVS in hopes of me wearing them during Austin’s SXSW 2020 and upcoming festival season but due to the COVID-19, I didn’t get to sport them yet.
I have however been wearing them on my porch while I practice social distancing and while it’s getting hot in Austin, these shoes are very breathable!
Hopefully, in Fall 2020 I will get to try them out during Austin’s ACL Music Festival b/c the Legacy sneakers would be perfect, especially on the hot or wet days!!
SUAVS The Legacy retail for $110.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.suavshoes.com/collections/women/products/womens-the-legacy?variant=31202478358551.
SUAVS was created in 2015 with one goal in mind: to create the most comfortable, stylish, and versatile shoe imaginable. Headquartered in Austin, TX, SUAVS has debuted three styles of lightweight, easy to clean, easy to transport shoes for men and women that can truly go anywhere and do anything. Whether you are traveling, hiking or running errands, SUAVS will be your go-to, all-in-one shoe.
Beginning in 2020, all SUAVS shoes are being manufactured with 100% recycled knit. By mid-2020, all new launches and current SUAVS styles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, the brand is committed to further expanding their sustainable practices including:
- 100% vegan materials, even down to the glue used.
- Donating all unsold SUAVS footwear to organizations such as Soles4Souls and LifeWorks.
- Sustainable production to reduce material waste during manufacturing.
- SUAVS’ shoe boxes are dual purpose as they function as the initial shipping box and return packaging.
For more information go to suavshoes.com.
Comfy is a wearable plush blanket that keeps you warm & cozy with the fit of an oversized hoodie. Featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, it’s the original invention by 2 brothers who pitched the concept on the show & received backing from Barbara Corcoran. The name itself says it all, you can pull your legs into the plush fluffy sherpa to cover yourself completely on the couch, roll the sleeves up to make yourself a snack, & move around freely without it dragging on the floor.
The Comfy Lite Product Review:
Recently Comfy sent me their newest product the ‘Comfy lite’ in Heather Pink to review while we have been sheltering in place in Texas for the past month. Talk about perfect timing! The new Comfy Lite is the lightest luxurious Comfy yet with a single layer of luscious microfiber that’s so soft, you’ll feel like you’re wearing a baby blanket. I loved the one size fits all oversized comfortable design which is a great fit for almost all shapes & sizes.
In a time where we are binge-watching TV series and movies, the Compy Lite is your ideal go-to while couch surfing or lounging around your home.
- Features: single-layered, huge hood, giant front pocket, high low hem, and ribbed cuffed sleeves
- Care-Free Wash: toss it in the wash then tumble dry on low – it comes out like new
- Contents: long fleece microfiber. 100% polyester
- Free 30 Day Return/Refund Policy
I’ve rather enjoyed lounging around with the Comfy Lite, it’s so comfortable and a staple now in my living room! The Comfy Lite retails for $39.99 and can be purchased here: https://thecomfy.com/collections/the-comfy-convertible-sweatshirt-blanket/products/new-the-comfy-lite?variant=32444540485771.
The Comfy® brand has partnered together with Susan G Komen® and in 2019-2020, they will donate to Susan G. Komen $50,000.00 regardless of sales. #COMFYCARES💕
To learn more about the Comfy Brand please visit: https://thecomfy.com/.
Save the Girls is an innovative purse company with a unique design that allows owners to use their cell phones to text, answer calls and other smartphone functions while still in their purse. During these interesting times this is not only convenient, but it keeps your phone clean of germs from setting your phone on unclean surfaces or handling it as much in your hands Recently STG sent us their fashionable Timeless Touch Screen purse in Warm Grey for my iPhone 11 Pro Max to review.
STG Timeless Purse Product Review:
The STG Timeless purse in warm grey has a convenient, interactive touch screen backing and is an elegant wallet purse with a classy silver fasten in the front. It comes with a shoulder strap to be worn as a crossbody or traditional purse.
When I received the STG Timeless purse and unboxed it, I was impressed, especially for the price point of $42.00! The beauty of this purse is the touch screen pocket size easily works with all smartphones, even plus phones like mine!
I’m not one to populate every pocket or department of a purse or wallet so after fitting my iPhone 11 Pro Max in the pocket I filled it simply with a few cards, sunglasses and makeup must-haves with room to spare. The STG Timeless Purse has 10 credit card slots, two extra pockets for a checkbook or cash, plus a change purse and two deep pockets for keys and makeup.
Unfortunately due to social distancing, I have yet to flaunt this bag in front of my friends and only in my condo or to the grocery store but can’t wait till I can.
I love that it can be worn as a crossbody or as a traditional purse, making it the perfect transition purse from daywear to evening wear. As a lady who lives downtown with a busy schedule this is ideal!
- The touchscreen window allows Smartphone use. Make calls, answer texts and use social media through the protective, see-through touchscreen backing
- Pockets for keys, 10 credit cards, money or other items
- Shock-resistant, lightweight, stylish, 1 middle zipper pocket
- Removable, adjustable shoulder strap
- Made of durable faux leather
- Compatible with Smartphones between 4 1/2 inches wide to 6 3/4 inches tall
- Interior Dimensions: 7.0 inches x 4 1/4 inches x 2 inches
- Exterior Dimensions: 7 3/4 inches x 5 inches x 2 inches
- Adjustable strap length can range from 29 inches to 62 inches
The STG Timeless purses come in black, warm grey, navy blue, leopard brown, leopard grey, Egyptian gold, dazzling blue, precious pewter, and first blush. The STG Timeless purses retail for $42.99 and can be found here: https://savethegirls.com/collections/allstyles/products/timeless.
STG has several different purse styles and colors from $30.99 and above to fit all your phone carrying needs. Also, Save the Girls donates 10% of their profits to breast cancer research. To shop STG purses please visit: https://savethegirls.com/.
Source: Save The Girls
In these unprecedented times now would be a great time for people to check out emergency roadside kits for their car because you never know when you’ll be facing an emergency, especially if you’re an essential employee who needs to commute. Recently, GadgetPlus, a global leader in innovative auto products, announced the debut of its second-generation AUTOWIT SuperCap 2 Car Jump Starter and the launch of their Kickstarter campaign.
Autowit’s SuperCap 2 is a great addition to your car emergency and/or home preparedness kit as it won’t require charging a lithium-ion battery overnight to operate. Instead, SuperCap 2 is a supercapacitor jump starter that uses your car’s dead battery to charge so your car is always running during emergencies.
Unlike traditional jump starters that require to be pre-charged before use, AUTOWIT SuperCap2 Jump Starter uses a car’s weak battery power, or any other external power resource, to charge itself first before jumpstarting a car instantly. Its supercapacitor technology activates power physically to keep users from risk of sparks or explosion. Therefore, pre-charging at home is not required, although the function is available to instantly charge within a few minutes from any power outlet.
AUTOWIT SuperCap 2 Jump Starter is compatible with most car types (Up to 7.0L Gas/4.0L Diesel Engine), offering 800A Peak/600A Instant Jump power. In the box, you will find the jump starter, alligator clamps, cigarette lighter, USB charging cable and carrying case.
After a short pre-charge, Autowit can be connected to jump-start your own car. All you do is connect the alligator clamps to the jump starter and the dead battery. Next turn on the jump starter using the button located on the side. Once connected accordingly then you start your vehicle and begin charging.
Lastly, once the vehicle has a full charge you can detach and store it in your trunk. As you can see it’s so small making it easy to store in most vehicles.
Generally, a lithium-ion battery jump starter has a lifespan of 2 to 4 years. However, AUTOWIT SuperCap 2 Jump Starter has a longer lifespan up to 20 years. Thanks to its built-in supercapacitor, the starter can withstand more than 100,000 times frequently repeated use in its lifetime.
It can also work in extreme temperature conditions (-40℃/40℉) during snowstorms or blizzards and resist high temperature (70℃/158℉), e.g. desert dry-heat environment. If your car battery is totally dead, don’t worry. SuperCap 2 can be applied to other quick pre-charge alternatives.
The AUTOWIT SuperCap 2 Jump Starter is available at a discounted $89 ($149 MSRP) Super Early Bird Special via a Kickstarter campaign, please visit Kickstarter for more information https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/autowit/supercap-2-car-jump-starter?ref=baemz2&utm_source=Hi-Tech%20Chic.
GadgetPlus is a global personal electronics brand providing consumers worldwide high-quality, elegantly-designed smart devices engineered with the latest innovations in technology matched with precision craftsmanship. GadgetPlus commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our lifestyle products to bring consumers highly affordable quality devices. Headquartered in China, GadgetPlus was founded in 2017 with operations in Los Angeles and Texas.
Source: GadgetPlus, Kickstarter
After the COVID-19 pandemic we are socially aware of what we touch and what germs we may encounter just going to the grocery store. Keebos Crossbody Phone Cases are the perfect cases for those wanting to just take their phone and credit cards on their outing whether it’s just to walk your dog or go on a walk yourself. In a world when touchless delivery and purchasing is the new norm the Keebos Crossbody Case may be your best bet in keeping as germ-free as you can while accessing your phone and credit cards.
Recently, Keebos sent me their Crossbody Phone Case Necklace in Flower Pink to Review. Once I received the Crossbody Phone Case Necklace for my iPhone 11 Pro Max I immediately unboxed it to find a lightweight case with a brightly pink adjustable rope.
The adjustable length for the Keebos is great as you can wear it as a crossbody phone case or as a necklace. Another perk of the case was the cardholder pouch for credit cards & cash, key when working out or running errands.
The case fit my iPhone perfectly with no problems and I automatically populated the case with my ID, credit card and building key fob.
Once I put on the case I was on my way to my 3 miles social distancing work out. When I first got the Keebos case, I honestly thought I wouldn’t like the rope considering it seemed rather thick. After my first mile, the rope proved me wrong, in fact, I was sweating, and it didn’t chafe my neck at all.
During my workout, I also tried taking pictures with the Keebos case on to see how easy it would be and had no problems. I have to be honest, this case is now my go-to when I need to make an essentials store run, walk my dog or go on my social distancing workouts.
Below are the full product details:
- Size/ Rope: Keebos comes with an easily adjustable cord for classic crossbody or as an necklace
- Cord: The premium cord is made with a strong, reinforced core so you never have to worry about it tearing apart. The smooth, luxurious feel of the plush fibers is comfortable even on sensitive skin.
- Card Pocket/ Wallet: The convenient card pocket on the Keebos’ rear side is sealable and oriented sideways, so your cards are safe and secure.
- Finger Grip Loop: On the Keebos cardholder, you’ll also find an elastic strap carefully crafted to help you grip your smartphone. This is especially useful for bigger phones, which are tricky to hold in one hand when taking photos or typing.
- Durable Case: Keebos’ 4-corner bumper protection absorbs shocks and impacts to your phone. The case even features a unique, 3mm raised lip to protect your front screen and camera.
One Keebos Purchased = One Tree Planted
For each Keebos purchased, Keebo’s help plant a tree through their partner organization One Tree Planted. A 501 (C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Keebos strongly believe that individuals and businesses can do their part to help protect and preserve the environment. With their One-for-One program they aim to do their part to protect our planet. With your support for reforestation, we can accomplish six significant environmental impacts: Air, Water, Biodiversity, Social Impact, Health and Climate.
Keebos iPhone Necklace Cases / Crossbody Phone Cases are available for all iPhones: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X/XS, iPhone X Max, iPhone Xr, iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung S9, Samsung S9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10E. Click here to see other phone necklace colors.
Keebos’ cross body cases start around $28.95 and can be purchased here: https://keebos.com/collections/crossbody-phone-cases. For information about Keebos please visit: https://keebos.com/.
In the age of selfies and now with shelter in place becoming the new norm taking pictures or videos of yourself or the partner you have quarantined with are more popular now than ever! Moon UltraLight is a new, ultra-portable lighting accessory designed with intuitive touch controls that provide customizable brightness and color tone, making it the perfect accessory for selfies!
We received the MOON UltraLight to review and test out while working from home! First, the packaging of this product is innovative, it’s rare I’m impressed with a products box alone. When unboxing the MOON UltraLight you will find the MOON UltraLight, Micro USB Cable, Carrying Case, and User Manual.
After unboxing I promptly charged the MOON UltraLight via my PC with the Micro USB Cable. On a full charge, the MOON UltraLight can last 2-3 full days depending on intermittent usage and 2-3 hours with continuous use.
After charging it was time to turn it on by pressing and holding both sides of the moon for simultaneously for 1.5 seconds. FYI to turn off the MOON you hold both sides for 3 seconds.
Next, I tried fitting it on my iPhone 11 Pro Max and also my HP laptop to see the versatility. The MOON is designed to fit without limitations and designed to fit multiple devices that include phones, laptops, tablets and more.
Whether your location is dark or dim, you can adjust the brightness level with precise accuracy from dull to bright by touch. MOON’s color temperature feature is easily adjustable from a daylight hue to a golden warm also by touch.
To adjust brightness on the MOON press right to brighten and left to dim. To switch modes press and hold both sides of the moon for 1 second. When switching to brightness mode both LEDs on the MOON will pulse twice simultaneously. While switching to color mode both LEDs will pulse twice alternatively.
After attaching it to my iPhone and turning on the MOON I took some selfies and also took some nature shots off my balcony while sheltering in place! Below is my selfie of before I attached the MOON and the second is with the MOON on the brightest mode.
Even though the MOON is designed more for selfies and close-ups, you can see the difference in brightness when I took the below picture off my balcony. The top picture is without the MOON UltraLight
All and all I think the MOON UltraLight is perfect for people that do selfies frequently and need the extra lighting to make it that perfect shot!
Below are the technical specs:
- Able to fit devices 6mm – 10mm thick
- Manually adjustable clip to fit thinner or thicker devices
- Tungsten color tone 2700K
- Daylight color tone 5000K
- Lux: 400
- Frosted diffusion lens
Size & Weight
- Height: 1.38 inches (35mm)
- Width: 0.98 inches (25mm)
- Depth: 0.94 inch (24mm)
- Weight: 2.11 ounces (6 grams)
- Anti-flicker lighting: Smooth transitions and continuous lighting (i.e. videos)
- Smart power management: Maintains performance and brightness even on low battery
Power & Battery
- Lasts 2-3 days on intermittent usage
- Lasts 2-3 hours with continuous use (e.g. video mode)
- Fast-charge capable: Up to 60% charge in 30 minutes
- Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Charges via Micro USB
The MOON UltraLight retails for $49.99 and comes in black or white. To shop or learn more please visit: https://moonultra.com/shop.
Source: MOON Ultra
Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time is a documentary about a unique time in music history where musicians, hippies and creative types all lived in a rustic canyon in the heart of Los Angeles in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Slated to have premiered at SXSW 2020, the film celebrates the music of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Love, The Mamas And The Papas, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Doors, Frank Zappa and more. Laurel Canyon provided an outlet for musicians to create some of the most influential and infamous albums.
FYI if you plan to watch the film below will have a few spoilers but it’s mostly historical anyhow. Throughout the film there are cameos and footage of artists from that time at Laurel Canyon. The principal cast of Laurel Canyon included Henry Diltz, Nurit Wilde, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Chris Hillman, Graham Nash, Steve Martin, and Micky Dolenz.
While watching Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time, you learn that several pivotal albums were made during this era at Laurel Canyon. For instance, while at Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell wrote and created her infamous third album, Ladies of the Canyon, released in 1970 that went on to be a gold record.
It’s interesting how artists within Laurel Canyon all collaborated one way or another on each other albums or jam sessions. In fact, the song “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash (CSN) was written about Joni Mitchell’s house in Laurel Canyon.
Furthermore, the cover of CSN’s album was photographed by artist and Laurel Heights resident, Henry Diltz. Taken in front of an abandoned house with an old sofa outside the members are, left to right, Nash, Stills, and Crosby, the reverse of the order of the album title before they decided on the name “Crosby, Stills, and Nash”. The band went back to the house a couple of days later to redo the cover in the correct order however the house had already been torn down.
There were so many more compelling stories throughout the Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time documentary. I felt like it was a journey back in history to a time that was simple, free and full of beyond creative talented artists from the 60’s and 70’s.
Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time is executive produced by Frank Marshall, The Kennedy/Marshall Company; Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Amblin Television; Craig Kallman and Mark Pinkus, Warner Music Group; Alex Gibney, Stacey Offman and Richard Perello, Jigsaw Productions; and Jeff Pollack. The film is produced by Ryan Suffern, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, and Erin Edeiken, Jigsaw Productions and directed by Alison Ellwood.
Source: SXSW, EPIX
When you think of Johnny Cash you think of a few things; Folsom Prison Blues, Walk the Line and June Carter but what about his first wife, Vivian Liberto? In My Darling Vivian, a South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film documentary, audiences for the first-time get to know the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, share with us firsthand HER story. Vivian’s story is a life of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival that viewers will see throughout the 90-minute film.
Just a heads up, the below review may have a few spoilers about the film in case you plan to watch it. The story begins in San Antonio, Texas in 1951 when Catholic schoolgirl Vivian Liberto meets Air Force cadet Johnny Cash at her local skating rink. After a three-year-long correspondence while Johnny is stationed in Germany and what seems to be thousands of letters later, they married when he returned to the U.S. in 1954.
At the beginning of their marriage, they dealt with newspaper headlines referring to Vivian as black ethnic origin though she was of Italian American descent. At that time it made her and Cash a target for white supremacist group and from what I can see the start of her pulling away from the public eye.
After a Honeymoon in Memphis, within a year Cash’s career blossoms and the young couple had started a family. By 1961, “Johnny Cash” is a household name, number one on the music charts, and constantly on tour which took a toll on the marriage. Being the supportive wife and only two weeks postpartum, Vivian settles into their custom-built home in Casitas Springs, California with their four young daughters.
With Johnny constantly on the road, their house was plagued by bobcats, rattlesnakes, all-hours visits and from fans. Growing with resentment toward her husband’s absence of 3 to 4 weeks to almost an entire year, Vivian is pushed to a near breaking point, especially with Cash’s ongoing drug use.
Vivian and Johnny divorce in 1966, leaving Vivian alone with all 4 children while Johnny was on the road and flaunting his relationship with June Carter. When Johnny and June married, Vivian was almost cast aside as the mother of their 4 girls even though she had been raising them by herself. When Carter went on TV claiming Cash and her were raising the girls, it was Vivian’s last straw asking the couple to acknowledge she is the mother of her children.
Towards the end of the documentary, you see how the relationship evolves between the two as co-parents till Johnny Cash’s death in 2003.
Throughout My Darling Vivian, you have a great sense of what a strong woman Vivian was enduring the public eye and scrutiny of her family while still being in love with Johnny Cash even after their divorce.
My Darling Vivian stars, Rosanne Cash, Kathy Cash Tittle, Cindy Cash, Tara Cash Schwoebel, Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto. It was directed by Matt Riddlehoover and produced by Dustin Tittle, Matt Riddlehoover (Producer) and Tara Cash Schwoebel (Co-Producer).
To learn more about the film please visit: https://www.mydarlingvivian.com/.
Source: SXSW, https://www.mydarlingvivian.com/
FOR MADMEN ONLY is a documentary about the comedic legend, Del Close, that shows his journey of creating his autobiography for D.C. Comics titled “Wasteland.” Del Close co-authored the graphic horror anthology with John Ostrander and one story in almost every issue of Wasteland was an embellished portrayal taken from the comedian’s intriguing life. The 90-minute documentary directed by Heather Ross was slated to have its world premiere during the now canceled South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film Festival as part of the Documentary Feature Competition category.
The below review may have a few spoilers of the film so keep that in mind if you plan to watch it. The film is a colorful blend of D.C. Comics artistry and an array of interesting stories from Del Close life starting from when he was a child when he ran away from home at the age of 17 to work in a traveling side show.
It follows his journey to Chicago in the early 60’s to perform and direct at Second City but was subsequently fired due to substance abuse. After that, he relocated to San Francisco where he was the house director of improv ensemble “The Committee” where he developed and taught his techniques of long-form improvisation known as “Herald.” Unfortunately, substance abuse continued to plague him along will mental illness while he was in San Francisco as well.
In the early 70’s Del, returned to Chicago and to Second City where he taught and directed famous comedians like John Belushi, Bill Murray, John Candy and many more from that generation. He also later directed and performed for Second City’s troupe in Toronto. In the mids 1980s and 1990s continued to teach improv by collaborating with Charna Halpern at Yes And Productions and the ImprovOlympic Theater with Compass Players producer, David Shepherd.
Throughout the film it was obvious that Del Close taught so many great actors and comedians, yet he never got his big break or the financial success that his former students now had.
Students of Del Close Include:
- Dan Aykroyd
- Ike Barinholtz
- James Belushi
- John Belushi
- Matt Besser
- Stephen Burrows
- Heather Anne Campbell
- John Candy
- Stephen Colbert
- Andy Dick
- Brian Doyle-Murray
- Rachel Dratch
- Ali Farahnakian
- Chris Farley
- Jon Favreau
- Tina Fey
- Neil Flynn
- Aaron Freeman
- Pete Gardner
- Jon Glaser
- Wavy Gravy
- TJ Jagodowski
- Jay Chandrasekhar
- Tim Kazurinsky
- David Koechner
- Shelley Long
- Adam McKay
- Tim Meadows
- Susan Messing
- Jerry Minor
- Bill Murray
- Joel Murray
- Mike Myers
- Joey Novick
- Bob Odenkirk
- Tim O’Malley
- David Pasquesi
- Amy Poehler
- Gilda Radner
- Harold Ramis
- Ian Roberts
- Andy Richter
- Mitch Rouse
- Horatio Sanz
- Amy Sedaris
- Brian Stack
- Eric Stonestreet
- Miles Stroth
- Dave Thomas
- Vince Vaughn
- Matt Walsh
- Stephnie Weir
- George Wendt
Within the film, you get to hear some of the most interesting stories of Del’s life that he included within Wasteland from drug use to witchcraft. One story that stuck out more than some of them from the documentary was about his encounter with writer L. Ron Hubbard, author of horror and science fiction and founder of Scientology. Apparently, Hubbard was complaining about how much he pays in taxes and Del Close recommends opening a church.
Towards the end of the documentary, you find out Close was hospitalized dying with emphysema in 1999 but not before his former student and friend Bill Murray threw him a party at the hospital. The constant teach delivered his final speech to his students on March 3, 1999 and passed on March 4th.
FOR MADMEN ONLY was a fascinating documentary about an established actor and comedian with an off-beat sense of humor, a life with ups and downs and a man’s love of improv. To learn more about the movie please visit: https://www.formadmenonlymovie.com/.
Source: https://www.formadmenonlymovie.com/, SXSW, IMDb
WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS is a compelling documentary about man’s best friend from Brooklyn based documentary filmmaking duo and SXSW alumns Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker that was to premiere during SXSW 2020. They work together on the film as a two-person crew with Matthew as director and cinematographer and Rose as a producer and sound recordist. The Official Selection SXSW 2020 Documentary Feature takes you on a global journey learning of how different cultures treat dogs in Chile, Finland, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
A contemplative odyssey across our planet, looking at the simple and extraordinary ways that dogs influence our daily lives. Starting with “Chino” AKA “Quiltro” AKA “Rucio” AKA “Coloso” AKA “Titan” a community dog that made a difference in different families lives within one neighborhood.
The documentary goes further with a heartbreaking story of former child soldiers in Uganda and how dogs made a positive impact on an otherwise devastating situation for the community.
WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS also takes you to a local pub in a Scottish town to senior citizens/ rehabilitation center showing how dogs unconditionally love and help with coordination and rehab.
Also interesting to watch in the film was dog walker on the streets of Istanbul. I personally didn’t realize there were dog walkers in smaller countries that are like the USA (which has the reputation of spoiling dogs).
The film is series of unconventional portraits of dogs globally including learning about the fact there are still cultures out there that eat dogs as an entrée. As a dog owner that was one of the harder moments within the film to watch.
This documentary shows how dogs accept you as who you are and how they can help so many people, in so many regions and in so many ways.
The WE WON’T DESERVE DOGS runtime is 84 minutes and the languages spoke throughout the documentary includes: Spanish, Luo, Italian, Turkish, Urdu, Finnish, Romanian, Vietnamese, Nepali, and English.
About the Filmmakers Matthew Salleh & Rose Tucker
Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker are an Australian born, Brooklyn based documentary filmmaking duo. Their debut feature ‘Barbecue’ world premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2017 and went on to be picked up for a global release by Netflix. The film was the recipient of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Documentary.
Their short documentaries have won awards and played at festivals around the globe. ‘Pablo’s Villa’ was the recipient of the 2014 ATOM Award for Best Australian Short Documentary, and ‘Central Texas Barbecue’ was awarded Best Short Film at the 2015 New York Food Film Festival.
Their films are consistent festival favorites, screening at the Sydney Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival (Summer Series) and Melbourne International Film Festival – over 30 film festivals in the past 6 years.
Partners in life as well as art, Matthew and Rose have collaborated for over a decade. They work together as a two-person crew – Matthew as director and cinematographer, Rose as producer and sound recordist. Their films are often international in nature, and they have been fortunate to film in over two dozen countries around the globe. Making their films with a crew of two brings a unique perspective and sense of intimacy to their work.
Source: Urtext Films, Matthew Salleh & Rose Tucker
In the United States alone, Americans throw away 10 Million batteries every day even though nearly 90 percent of all lead-acid batteries can be recycled. Twenty-three years ago, the 1996 Federal Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Act was passed to facilitate the recycling of nickel-cadmium and certain small sealed lead-acid rechargeable batteries, yet we are still being wasteful with batteries! Introducing Pale Blue USB rechargeable smart batteries, the world’s first Lithium Polymer battery technology (LiPo) with an onboard micro-USB port.
LiPo is a type of Lithium Ion battery who’s electrode is made of a polymer instead of a liquid. LiPo batteries provide a number of performance improvements over traditional rechargeable batteries. In fact, one pack of Pale Blue USB rechargeable lithium cell batteries can replace up to 4,000 alkaline batteries.
Pale Blue batteries come with a built-In LED charging indicator and charging time is roughly under 1 hour for AAA’s and under 2 hours to charge the AA’s batteries. Pale Blue batteries have a micro-USB port right on the battery and comes with a 4 ended micro-USB cable. With the advanced LiPo technology, Pale Blue batteries will last over one thousand charges.
We received the Pale Blue AA and AAA batteries to test out which was a smart battery Hi-Tech Chic product review first! Both packs came with 4 batteries that were fully charged and 4 ended micro-USB cable.
After unboxing I immediately starting trading out the alkaline batteries with the Pale Blue batteries. After using them for the first time I did notice a small change in battery performance vs. previous alkaline batteries.
Throughout the years, rechargeable batteries haven’t had the best performance track record so I had my concerns but no concerns were needed. There was no lack of performance vs. alkaline batteries, in fact, even slightly more powerful. Even though all batteries were mostly charged I did test out charging all four batteries to check out the LED light and if the cord could charge all four batteries, to which it did flawlessly.
Overall this experience and the environmental information I learned while reviewing the Pale Blue batteries have made me want to make a full switch to LiPo rechargeable smart batteries.
Through their Indiegogo campaign, you can purchase AAA 4 Pack at $28 USD $30 (6% OFF) and AA 4 Pack at $32 USD $35 (8% OFF) with estimated shipping on December 2019. Just in time for the holidays! To purchase Pale Blue batteries or back their campaigns please click here.
To learn more about Pale Blue batteries please visit: https://paleblueearth.com/.
Source: Pale Blue, Indiegogo
The SwitchBot “Bot” lets you retrofit all existing appliances or light switches in your home, instead of replacing them. This makes it the newest DIY way in creating a smart home without the hefty price tag. The SwitchBot Bot can be controlled by the SwitchBot App or the SwitchBot HUB Plus however you do not need to the HUB to operate the bot, just the App.
Below are the key features of the Bot:
- Works with just about any rocker switch and button of any appliance. Smart button pusher for your smart home.
- Easy to set up with a 5-second installation. Tape it right next to a rocker switch or button with a 3M sticker. No swapping, no tools are required.
- Use the SwitchBot App to schedule built-in timers, run without phone or Hub. Turn lights or home appliances on/off automatically even when you’re away.
- You can use the Bots for your lights, fans, coffee makers, garage door, and more. With the add-on, a rocker switch could be flipped at both directions, push or pull for ON/OFF by 1 SwitchBot!
- With a SwitchBot Hub (Plus), you can remote control over the Internet or voice control the Bots. Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and IFTTT.
SwitchBot Bot Review:
We received the SwitchBot products to review and test out how to set up them all up in your home. The last of our product reviews for SwitchBot was the “Bot.” Within the box for the Bot your will find the Bot, 1 extra 3m square sticker and 2 add ons stickers as well.
Since I already received other SwitchBot products I already had the App downloaded but for those that don’t that is the first step I suggest doing before installing. After removing the tab located on the Bot to initiate syncing I decided to test out the Bot on one of the light switches within my condo.
As the features above stated and per the below demo video the set up took no time after unboxing and applying to the light switch.
I tested the Bot with the App, Alexa and also using the SwitchBot HUB Plus with ease. In advanced settings, you can change modes after using the light switch add-on by switching the inverse on/off direction.
The only downfall I found when using just one bot on the light switch is you do need another to control the type of light switch I tested it on. For instance, with 1 bot it will turn the light on but not off, therefore, you do need a second bot. I did not test it on other buttons within my home because most of my home and appliances are already smart home enabled products. I did like the quick set up and using it to turn the lights off in another room via the App, the SwitchBot HUB Plus or voice control.
Technical Details Include:
- Part Number: SWITCHBOT-S1
- Item Weight: 1.44 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 1.4 x 0.9 inches
- Item model number: SwitchBot S1
- Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
- Color: Pearl white
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Batteries Included? Yes
- Batteries Required? Yes
- Battery Cell Type: Lithium Manganese Dioxide
- Description Pile: Standard
- Average Battery Life: 600 days
The SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer monitors and track your home temperature and humidity easily. With the SwitchBot App users are also able to manage the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer making it a smart DIY device for your home.
The SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer features include:
- View temperature and humidity at a glance with the clear and high-resolution LED screen.
- Magnet the Meter on your fridge directly or any vertical surface with the iron plate inbox.
- The Swiss-made sensor monitors the environment reliably and 24/7.
- The Meter maintains the most recent 30 days of data while you are away. You could export all the data you care about using the App.
- Set the desired condition and relax. The Meter alerts when you are near via Bluetooth. With the SwitchBot Hub, you can be alerted from anywhere through the Internet.
- With the SwitchBot Hub, the Meter works with IFTTT for home automation. For example, turn ON/OFF air conditioner for your desired condition.
- Remotely monitor your home environment with the SwitchBot App
We received the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer to review along with the SwitchBot HUB Plus. Before unboxing the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer, I had already installed the SwithBot App and connected to the SwitchBot HUB Plus. When you receive the device I suggest download the SwitchBot App first and foremost to get yourself familiar with the easy to use app.
When you unbox the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer you will find the meter, 2 AAA batteries, add-on sticker and user manual. After you install the batteries, press the button located on the back of the meter to sync it to the SwitchBot App.
Here’s my demo of initially setting up the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer:
As you can see in the video once the button is pressed it sync’s right away in about 3 seconds. Within the app, I created nicknames for room of my home and also decided if I wanted it to read Fahrenheit or Celesius within the “preferences.”
In the meter setting within the App users can calibrate the meter, pick desired conditions, cloud services options and check on the battery life or latest version of firmware.
The Meter stands upright for tabletop use. It also features a wall-mountable design and magnetic back, allowing the Meter to be mounted quickly and conveniently in any room.
All and all the set up was simple and I have been testing it in different rooms throughout my home and it’s been accurate. If your looking for a DIY solution for your home with ease of use I would suggest checking out the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer.
- Resolution: 0.1°C/0.1°F, 1%RH
- Temperature Range: -20°C~80°C (-4°F~176°F)
- Temperature Accuracy (-20°C~0°C/-4°F~32°F): ±0.4°C/±0.7°F typical, ±0.7°C/±1.3°F maximum
- Temperature Accuracy (0°C~65°C/32°F~149°F): ±0.2°C/±0.4°F typical, ±0.4°C/±0.7°F maximum
- Temperature Accuracy (65°C~80°C/149°F~176°F): ±0.3°C/±0.5°F typical, ±0.6°C/±1.1°F maximum
- Humidity Range: 0~99%RH
- Humidity Accuracy (25°C/77°F, 10%~90%RH): ±2% typical, ±4.5% maximum
- Humidity Accuracy (25°C/77°F, 0%~10%, 90%~99%RH): ±4% typical, ±7.5% maximum
The SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer retails for $25.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.switch-bot.com/meter. The SwitchBot App is available in the Apple Store and Google Play. For more information about SwitchBot please visit: https://www.switch-bot.com/meter.
SwitchBot, the creator of smart home products, recently send us some of their new innovative products to review. The first of their products that was unboxed was the Switch HUB Plus that is an all-in-1 smart IR remote control plus a Bluetooth to Wi-Fi gateway for SwitchBot’s products.
SwitchBot HUB Plus features include:
- Pairing your air conditioner, TV, and any appliance to the Hub Plus with the SwitchBot App. Toss out all IR remotes.
- Controlling your entire smart home by asking SwitchBot to communicate with Alexa, Google Assistant and more.
- Integration of the Hub Plus to IFTTT, and tailored the use cases to your needs. Best choice for DIY and creative makers.
- Access to any appliance on your mobile phone and Internet, with a gentle press. Turn on air conditioner remotely, make room cool before arriving home.
- Ability to give all your nearby SwitchBots (the Bots) access to Wi-Fi, Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and enable remote control.
- A spinning rainbow cloud night light were you can pick your favorite from 16 million.
SwitchBot HUB Plus Review:
Within the box you will find the HUB Plus, Power Outlet, and Quick Start Guide.
Setting up the SwitchBot HUB Plus was simple. After connecting the power cord and turn on the device the next step is to download the SwitchBot app for pairing. As you can see in my demo video below, after downloading the app and setting up the account I powered on HUB Plus to begin pairing.
To pair to your WIFI, make sure you have your pin & password to your home wireless network. After putting in that information it didn’t take long for my smartphone to sync with the HUB Plus. With the HUB Plus, you will notice you are connected when it turns all rainbows.
If it doesn’t work on the back of the device there is a reset button next to the on/off/auto switch. Once it’s synced, within the app you can now add devices, set preferences like color or set a schedule.
The 3 Ways to add new appliance (AC, TV, etc.) to the SwitchBot App include:
- Smart learning (recommended): The Hub Plus may identify the appliance from your existing remote automatically.
- Manual selection: Select your appliance’s brand and model number in the library, or try each stored code scheme under your appliance brand to find a closest match.
- Customized: Create a customized device by learning each button of your existing remote one by one.
We also received the SwitchBot Bot 3A and the Thermometer/Hydrometer to review as well. We will be doing a product review for both to show you all how to connect devices with the HUB Plus.
SwitchBot HUB Plus Product Specs Include:
- 120 x 78 x 35 mm
- 73g (excluding accelories)
- 802.11 b/g/n
- 2.4GHz only
- Version: 4.2 or higher
- Range: up to 80m in the open field
- Feature: Patented low power BLE mesh
- Learning Mode: Smart Learning, Manual Selection, Customized (DIY)
- Compatibility: Direct support for more than 5,000 brands of Air Conditioner, TV, fan, etc. Customize mode for any other devices.
- Range: up to 10 meters, vertical 360 degree, horizontal 180 degree.
- Input: AC 100V-240V~, 50/60 Hz 0.25A
- Output: DC 5V 1A
- Type: US, UK, EU, AU
The SwitchBot HUB Plus retails for $49.00 on Amazon or $99.00 that includes the HUB Plus and 2 Bots on the SwitchBot site located here: https://www.switch-bot.com/hub-plus. To learn more about SwitchBot please visit: https://www.switch-bot.com/.
The T|W lunch tote, designed by Thomas & Wynter, is the newest and stylish way for business professionals to carry their lunch into the office. The vegan leather, two-compartment design allows for you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote allows for you to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. T|W lunch tote’s handle is durable to hold a full day’s worth of meals. With its sleek design you can pair the T|W tote with your favorite suit or seasonal attire in style.
T|W lunch tote Hot and Cold Features Include:
- Comes with an insulated interior
- Keeps items hot up to 8 hours
- Keeps items cold up to 16 hours
For those weeks you have lunch meetings out you can also use the T|W Lunch Tote as your everyday bag or briefcase with it’s insulated sections. The inside of the tote has a medium-sized pocket to store your valuables like keys or your wallet.
You can also use the T|W lunch tote to carry a variety of drinks in style to take a pool party or summer party instead of a bulky cooler.
I fit a 6 pack of adult beverages with an extra cooling pack for EXTRA cooling since it’s 100 degrees in Austin. There was room to spare to pack some light snacks as well.
T|W lunch tote Product Specifications Include:
x 9.4″w x 5.5″d
Handle: Vegan Leather
Exterior Material: Vegan Leather
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Material: Durable, Water Repellent
Interior Color: Black
T|W Lunch Tote serves both purposes, whether you’re looking for a fashionable lunch carrier or to upgrade your professional lunch bag. Even though it was communicated that the tote was ideal for male professionals I also think it’s very functional for women professionals.
The T|W lunch tote retails for $49.99 and comes in Black with black interior or Guinep with red interior. To shop their collection please visit https://twtote.com/.
Source: Thomas & Wynter
The 1MORE Triple Driver THX® Certified Headphones Experience at Aerosmith’s “Dueces Are Wild” Residency
On July 7th I was asked to cover the Aerosmith “Dueces Are Wild” Las Vegas Residency using 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones for a full THX Certified experience throughout the show in the VIP section. The 1MORE Triple Driver headphones are the World’s First THX Certified headphones and Aerosmith is currently the only show offering this unique and immersive audio experience.
In order for any artist to use 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones they passed hundreds of tests to provide the highest quality audio possible to become THX Certified. The certification program gives special attention to ensure that the headphones provide a well-balanced frequency response with minimal channel imbalance. They also have sufficient sensitivity to achieve a premium level of audio output while maintaining minimal distortion at the required sound pressure level. This also includes a high degree of isolation to effectively attenuate external noise.
Experience and Review:
Once arriving to the show VIP fans will receive a pair of THX Certified 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones to use during the show and to take home. While at the show, the guests will also experience MIXhalo, a brand-new audio technology that will connect them directly to the Aerosmith soundboard. This enables VIP fan to access high-fidelity audio in real-time and just the way Aerosmith hears onstage using the MIXhalo app.
The headphones are connected via 3.5mm jack to a previous version of an iPhone and the staff was great helping VIP guest adjust their headphones before and throughout the show (should you have any issues). At show start, simply insert your earbuds and hit “play” on the MIXhalo app.
One has to wonder why you would need headphones during a rock show (including myself) until I experienced it myself. Anytime you go to a show even stage side its hard to hear everything, sometimes not even till a song is halfway through before you realize which song it is. With the 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones and THX Certified experience, you could hear every word Steven Tyler was singing, all the band’s instruments as if you were at a movie theatre.
I did take them out to see what was the major difference and it was significant! I couldn’t hear anything, not even Steven Tyler’s voice, it was all noise since I was so close to the stage. How will I go to another show again without this THX experience?
Throughout the show the 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones fit well, I did have a minor audio set back at the beginning of the show which the staff immediately helped me fix the issue.
At the end of the amazing Aerosmith show VIP guests simply just turn in the iPhone and take the headphones home with them.
What makes the 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones THX Certified stand out from other headphones?
- Three Drivers – two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver deliver an extremely accurate listening experience with unsurpassed dynamic power
- Expertly Tuned – by Grammy® Winning Sound Engineer, Luca Bignardi, to deliver a precise representation of your favorite music
- Comfortable Ergonomic Design – the oblique angled ear fittings naturally match your ear canals. 9 sets of included ear tip sizes ensure a proper fit for all
- Intelligent Control Technology – in-line controls are conveniently located allowing you to control volume, select songs, and take calls. A superior MEMS microphone eliminates cross-talk and background static.
- Lightweight aluminum-alloy body and sandblasted textured surface provide an aesthetic appeal with fingerprint resistance while the cable consists of interior enameled copper wrapped around Kevlar fiber to greatly increase durability and tensile strength.
Within the box you will find:
- In-Ear Triple Driver Headphones
- 9 Sets of Ear Tips ( 6 Silicone, 3 Foam)
- Magnetic Clasping Traveling Case
- Quality Dual Prong Airline Adapter
- Matching Shirt Clip
1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones retail for $79.99 and come in either black or titanium. To shop or learn more about the 1MORE’s Triple Driver THX Certified headphones please visit: https://usa.1more.com/collections/headphones/products/triple-driver-in-ear-headphones.
Source: 1MORE, THX, Aerosmith
Late last year, 2019 RHA launched their True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones for retail globally and we finally got a review unit to test out last month! The True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones offer superb call and streaming quality with ergonomic stem design, market-leading 25-hour battery life (5 + 20, built to RHA’s exacting standards with an IPX5 rating and three-year guarantee and Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility and 10 meter range. When we first received the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones to review we quickly did an unboxing video so you all would know what you would get in the box.
Per our initial unboxing post about the RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones hold 5 hours of charge; with another 20 hours in the metal-reinforced, flip charging case. From empty, the earphones can be charged to 50% in just 15 minutes. The signature stem design of RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones and high-bitrate Bluetooth 5 streaming – maximizes signal strength between headphone and phone, delivering crystal clear calls and uninterrupted audio. Simple tap controls on the right and left earphones starts, stops and skips any audio playback, changes volume, controls calls and activates your digital assistant for advanced device and connected smart functions. (case pic)
Getting started with the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones was simple after the unboxing. I immediately put both earbuds in the flip charging case and plugged the case in via the USB charging cable. One thing to note about this powerful charging case is that it’s light in weight and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
After fully charged it was time to pick which Comply™ TrueGrip Plus and RHA TrueConnect tips work with my ear canels. Once that was figured out I turned them on, paired the earbuds to each other and paired it with my iPhone which immediately detected the earbuds once turned on. Similar to the small size of the case both tiny earbuds fit in the palm of your hand. (hand pic)
I decided to test out the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones while working out and also leisurely walking in downtown, Austin, Texas.
Starting my work out with the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones at the beginning was a good fit. Most people worry they will fall out while moving to which they did not for a good portion of my workout. After starting to run and sweat in the latter of my workout they did feel like they would slip out especially while sprinting.
They also would sometimes slip out when I was running in the rain however their waterproof feature worked perfectly as I never lost connection or audio. Given the Texas heat and the sweating factor they only fell out a couple times but enough for me to note in this review.
The sound quality was great, they were comfortable in ear and the tap controls on the side of the earbuds were easy to use.
Next I tested them while leisurely walking around downtown and did not have the same problem with them slipping out. They didn’t even look bad paired with my Swarovski earrings! Even though the color is matte black they were small enough to not look to bulky or unflattering.
Full features of the RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones include:
- IPX5 sweat, splash and weather resistance
- 5+20 hours battery, with fast charging
- Secure, comfortable fit; ideal for active use
- Stem design maximises call quality
- Full device and digital assistant control via touch and mic
- Durable flip charging case carries 4 charges
- Supplied with Comply™ TrueGrip Plus and RHA TrueConnect tips
- 3 year warrantyTop of Form
Full RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones Product Specifications include:
- Sweat/splash resistance: IPX5
- Driver: 6mm dynamic
- Frequency range: 20-20,000 Hz
- Range (unobstructed): 10m
- Weight (earbuds): 13g
- Charging (from 0%): 15m to 50%; 1h40 to 100%
- Manufacturer’s Warranty: 3 years
We enjoyed review the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones recommend them for anyone looking for quality audio wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are an alternative to Apples Airpods. Though they occasionally slipped out during my runs for the most part they were reliable wireless Bluetooth earbuds leisurely.
The RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones are $169.95 and can be purchased here: https://www.rha-audio.com/us/products/headphones/true-connect.
Source: RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones
Bollie is a stylish and affordable fashion brand that creates quality clothing for all different types of bodies. Bollie Brand recently sent us the Tropical Wrap Dress, The Perfect Robe and Navy Blue Button up dress to do a fashion review. We loved all three and below are the garment features & review.
I love this dress b/c it’s adjustable and very comfortable, I even played Top Golf in it! I paired it with a mesh bodysuit since it was a tad chilly outside but you can definitely wear it without one.
Below are the dress features.
- Flowy cap-sleeve that won’t show bra or undergarment when raising and moving your arms
- The neckline is flattering on smaller and bigger busted women that does not require an undershirt
- The craftsmanship of the dress flatters the mid-section of any size
- The high-low hem sits just below the calf and just below the knee-cap. Perfect for wearing flats or heels.
- 100% Fine Woven Polyester
The Tropical Wrap Dress is on sale for $39.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/custom-clothing/products/tropical-wrap-dress.
The title of the robe says it all, it truly is the perfect robe. It’s not overly bulky and a robe you can wear year-round with its short sleeves and hemline.
Below are the robe features.
- Made with fabric that is designed to keep you warm with no bulk.
- Flat neckline to stay out of your hair
- Sleeve hits below the elbow
- Feminine hem-line just BELOW the knee
- One pocket designed to fit your phone
- 100% Polyester Jacquard
It retails for $64.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/products/the-robe-ii.
This dress is very flattering and functional with it’s adjustable tie and button up design.
Below are the fashion features.
- Material is a perfect blend of soft stretch and structured fit, easy to move in
- Length hits just below the knee
- Comfortable sleeve fit with simple button detail
- The belt tie is not attached so you can place it exactly where it will flatter you the most, or even leave it off completely.
- Material: Quality Tatting Material made up of 96% poly and 4% spandex
It’s on sale for $44.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/custom-clothing/products/navy-blue-button-up-dress
Though I didn’t get the High Waisted Paper Bag Striped Pants to review I think they are the perfect parts for spring and summer.
Below are the fashion features.
- They are comfortable and not restrictive to lounge, fly or the park.
- Will not get wrinkly, staticky or baggy.
- Woven 4 Way Stretch
- 92% polyester 8% Spandex
They retail for $72.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/custom-clothing/products/white-blue-pants.
We have definitely become fans of Bollie and will keep them on our fashion radar! To shop their spring collection please visit: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/spring-collection. For more information about Bollie and to shop their other collection please visit: https://bolliebrand.com/.
The Pure Air Purifier, a CES Innovation Awards honoree, is a portable filter-less purifier that helps remove unwanted odors and clean the air caused by allergies and pollution. The purifier uses negative ion technology to get rid of mold spores, bacteria and problem particles in the air that can make you sick. The Pure Air Purifier’s filter-less ionization helps clean air to eliminate odors, allergies and pollution. Since its so lightweight and portable, the purifier is perfect for hotel rooms, bathrooms, offices, or laundry rooms.
Within the box for the purifier you will find the purifier, drawstring carrying bag, USB plug and user guide. After unboxing the Pure Air Purifier setting up the purifier is simple with it’s one button on/ off operation after you have it plugged in.
They sent us samples of their Quiet, Fresh and Spark plant-based 100% Pure Essential Oils that are created without synthetics, chemicals or fillers and handcrafted in Oregon. On the bottom of the
After adding the essential oils to the Pure Air Purifier aromatherapy pad, attach it back to the purifier and turn it on to generate the essential oils scent. Note you don’t need that many essential oil drops on the aromatherapy pad, just a few will do.
They also sent me one of their patterned designer wraps for the purifier to try out. I have to be honest, I like the “marshmallow” coloring of the Pure Air Purifier but think it’s cool you have personalization options.
The Pure Air Purifier is ultra-light in wait at just .65lbs so it’s perfect to travel with. I took it with me recently to Vegas for CES 2019 and it fit perfectly in my luggage. If you’re on the go and constantly traveling this is the perfect portable purifier.
The Pure Air Purifier retails for $99.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.thepurecompany.com/products/portable-air-purifier.
Source: Pure Air Purifier, CES
Launched late last year and one of the newest additions to the Philips Hue product line the Hue Go is a portable wireless smart light controlled by either the button, voice or via the Hue app. The Hue Go personal wireless lighting systems features white and color ambience and can be powered from a wall outlet or wireless. It has a built-in, rechargeable internal battery with up to three hours of smart light.
Hue Go Unboxing:
The Hue Go comes with the Philip’s light and the AC adapter for charging. The Hue Go is ultra-portable with its height at 3.1 inches, length at 5.9 inches and width at 5.9 inches with a net weight of 1.984 lbs. Below are the full technical specifications for the Hue Go:
- Mains power Range: 100 V – 240 V 50-60 Hz
- Bulb technology: 24 V
- Number of bulbs: 1
- Wattage bulb included: 6 W
- Total lumen output fixture: 300 lm
- Fixture dimmable: Yes
- LED: Yes
- Lifetime up to 20,000 hrs
- IP code: IP20 protection against objects bigger than 12.5 mm (no protection against water)
- Class of protection: III – safe extra low voltage
Hue Go Review:
Getting started and using it is simple just press the button on the portable smart light to choose from seven different light effects: cool energizing daylight, warm relaxing light, and the five dynamic light effects. I definitely tried several different colors using my new Hue Go and it was quite fun!
You can also tap and hold the button to quickly cycle through colors with over 16 million color options. With the Hue Go can also use preset, colored light scenes.
Using the Philips Hue smart lighting system you can preset the smart lights to wake you up and help you sleep to mimic sunrise or use the warm white lights will help you relax.
When you sync your media to smart lights using the Hue Sync app, you can turn on your movie, music, or game to watch the Hue Go mirror the colors and rhythm.
While connected to the Hue Bridge, you can pair your lights with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and the Google Assistant and control your lights using just your voice. Simple voice commands let you turn your lights on and off, dim or brighten your lights, and set a light scene.
Note, the Hue Go requires a connection to the Hue Bridge to unlock the full smart control and features. Users can control their lights using the Philips Hue app, set timers, routines, add or remove lights and more.
The Hue Go is very portable, I tried it out in different rooms throughout my condo wirelessly, worked beautifully! If you’re needing wireless portable lighting especially if you already own a Hue Bridge or any of Philip’s Hue lighting systems the Hue Go is ideal.
The Hue Go is currently on sale till January 19th for $71.99 and can be purchased here: https://www2.meethue.com/en-us/p/hue-white-and-color-ambiance-go-portable-light/714606048. For more information on Philips lighting systems, please click here.
Source: Philips Hue Go
For anyone on the go or who travels allot it’s imperative to have a smartphone charger with you at all times. The problem nowadays is more chargers have long cords and the plug outlet can be bulky. Introducing WonderCube, the world’s smallest smartphone charger that miniaturizes 8 mobile essentials into a super portable 1-cubic-inch keyring. It’s small enough to fit on your finger tip! The WonderCube can unfold in 8 ways for charging, syncing, phone stand, emergency power boost, flash memory, and more.
Below are the full WonderCube product details:
- Materials: Polycarbonate, Aluminum, ABS
- Measurements: 1″L x 1″W x 1″H
- Warranty: Manufacturer’s 1 Year
- Dual Connectors: Type C + MicroUSB Connectors
- No Tangled Cable: Built-In 3 Inches Foldout Flexible Cord. Neatly Folded In A 1-Inch-Cube.
- Charge & Sync: Support High Speed Charging With USB Outlet.
- Flash Drive: Featured A Card Reader Supports Up To 128GB Micro-SD Memory Transfer.
- Phone Stand: Micro-Suction Plate. Attach To Smartphone For Portrait & Landscape Viewing Angle Adjustment.
- Emergency Charger: Power Boost Smartphone For Up To 2-3 Hrs Additional Talk Time With A 9V Battery Cell.
- LED Torch
- Metal Keyring Included
- Colors: Black
Unboxing Of the WonderCube Type C for Androids:
The box for the WonderCube Type C smartphone charger comes with the WonderCube, a built in 2 in 1 Cable, Micro-SD Reader, OTG Flash Drive, LED torch, phone stand, key ring and adapter from micro USB to USB type C.
When you open the box you will first see an easy quick guide to the left of all the WonderCube can do and to the right a little window preview of the cube. Once you start to fully unbox the WonderCube you will see the cube, the key ring and attached to the box magnetically is another box with the adapter that converts it from micro USB to USB type C.
After unboxing I started testing all it’s 8 functions by first I pulling out the 2 in 1 micro USB cable. What makes it a 2 in 1 function is with the adapter you can easily convert the cable to USB type C.
Next I pulled Micro SD card reader that also functions as a micro USB. If you add a micro SD card it also makes it a flash drive. The reader supports up to 128GB memory transfer.
To directly charge your device using the micro USB via AC USB outlet just plug it directly into the port. To use it as a micro USB to charge your phone via your pc just plug it directly into your PC’s USB port.
The WonderCube has an emergency charging port for a 9V battery cell to give you up to 3 hours of a charge (if the battery is full). Note you have to pull out the micro USB port to fit the battery in the 9v battery charging port.
Review of WonderCube Type C:
First, I’m sure there are even more features of this cube I have yet to discover but the features I did test out was all a positive experience. As you can see I tested it out using every function of the WonderCube with different devices throughout my unboxing. My favorite function/feature of the WonderCube is the micro SD card reader/ micro USB cable since that is what I would use on a daily basis. The only very minor drawback I found during the unboxing and review is the phone stand does leave a very slight sticky residue. Nothing to detour you from purchasing it since that is a minor problem.
The WonderCube is lightweight to fit into our backpack or keyring and for $45.00 it’s a great buy for those needing a multifunction smartphone charging device.
The WonderCube models are available in iOS and Android. If you would like to purchase the WonderCube for $45.00 please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/products/wondercube-pro-mobile-essentials-in-1-cubic-inch. It’s also available on Amazon for $59.99, click here to shop for it amazon instead. To learn more about the WonderCube please visit: http://www.thewondercube.com/.
We received the RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones that features noise isolating, aluminum earbuds combined with high-quality Bluetooth audio and a sweatproof, flexible neckband. Considering I live in the city and walk everywhere quality good fitting headphones either in ear or over the ear are a must.
The MA390 Wireless Bluetooth® In-ear Headphones come with:
- The in-ear headphones
- 6 ear silicone tips
- Sports clip
- USB charging cable
- Carrying pouch
First, using the stock silicone tips that come with the headphones did not work for me and constantly slipping out of my ear with every motion. After trying different silicone tip sizes I finally found a great fit that didn’t shift.
Next was pairing which was simple since my iPhone detected the RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones as soon as I powered them on. Throughout all my walks the RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones never lost connection and maintained the same audio volume.
One of the features is noise canceling so, of course, I had to test out how much can these little earbuds cancel out? I was impressed, while out doing my daily errands with my RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones on someone tried to talk to me and I did not hear them at all! They were right next to me, therefore, they pass the noise canceling test.
My biggest problem with in-ear wireless Bluetooth earbuds is them falling out while being overly active. By overly active I mean when you have to sprint across the street to make the light or running faster while wearing earbuds in the midst of a workout. I have yet had a pair that stands up to either of those scenarios till now. The RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones stood up to the “Nina Test” as they did not slip off or fall out of my ear.
Another cool feature was that the earbuds are magnetic so when taking them off they attach instantly unlike just falling off as most do. This is also perfect if you are like me and just throw your earbuds in your bag in hopes they make it since they attach immediately while next to each other. Though I’m an over the ear headphones lady I have really enjoyed testing these out. The audio is crisp and as stated before the noise canceling is superb.
The MA390 Wireless Bluetooth® In-ear Headphones comes with a three-year guarantee and is available online and in-store for £59.95/€69.95/$69.95. To purchase the MA390 Wireless Bluetooth® In-ear Headphones click here.
StoryChips is a site that allows users to create their own story via their smartphone, mobile device or PC that can be shared via QR code or URL. With StoryChips, you get to make your own messages complete with videos, text and pictures. The beauty of this all is it does not require an app to create a StoryChips story.
Check out how it works here or just follow these 3 easy steps:
- Select a card and stickers from the StoryChips site or a retail shop and scan its QR code to activate.
- Activating the code allows you to create a story from your phone. You can include videos, text, and pictures.
- When your friend receives the card and stickers and scans the QR code, they can see the personal story you created just for them. You can even choose a setting that allows them to be the only one who can see it.
Not only is this more personalized but not very expensive with the Christmas Tree Card starting at $4.99 with FREE SHIPPING and includes:
- Contents: 1 card, 1 sticker sheet, and 1 [color] envelope
- Size: 6.10″ x 6.10″ (155mm x 155mm)
- Material: Embossing on front cover and satin finish
- Stickers: Vinyl stickers with matte overlaminate, includes 1 QR code and 1 URL sticker
- Blank inside for your own message
Review of StoryChips
I decided to test out how long it takes to create a story and share without even setting up an account. Below was the process and screenshots it took to create a story which took no time at all. I went directly to https://storychips.com/ and “Create a Story” and created a title.
I didn’t do any videos or audio though it looks fairly simple to add just like it was to download photos and add text. Once I was happy with my story I published it and received this URL of my newly published StoryChips story: https://storychips.com/stories/pages/t2bkdE.
Overall it didn’t take much time and I think it’s a unique way to share your memories via video, audio and photos. By purchasing a card you will get a QR code plus URL stickers to add to your card for it to come to life.
To create a story or for more information on StoryChips please visit https://storychips.com/.
Have you ever wanted to practice your dance moves at home? Dance Reality uses Apple’s newest augmented reality technology to place footprints onto the floor in front of you. Dance Reality users look through their phone to step on the footprints, then follow the animation to practice common dance patterns.
The Dance Reality App features for users include:
- Control the speed to learn at your own pace
- Counting voice-over helps you stay on the beat
- Choose a song to go with your steps (coming soon)
- Choose between Follow and Lead steps
- Solo and Couple practice
- Instructional videos from trained dancers
I decided to test out this app as I love to dance; I’m not that great but I have fun! Signing up was simple; finding a dance spot on my dark wood floors took some time. When getting started you have this disco ball on your display I had to turn on all of my lights in my condo before it detected the floor.
Once the floor was detected users need to tilt smartphone and place your feet over the displayed feet on the app. After you got that you go through a very short warmup which is also automated. To be a fly on the wall watching someone using this app would be hilarious.
After you complete the warm-up they are directed to a page with different dance style options. Please note that this actually cost money. The app is free but the dance routines or style of dance will cost you $4.99.
The Supported Devices for the Dance Reality include:
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8, 8 Plus
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6s, 6s Plus
- iPad Pro
- New 9.7-inch iPad (2017)
Source: Dance Reality
One of the latest smart home trends for the past couple years has been video doorbells that increase your security using their app to view who is at the door. They are easy to install and the sense of safety you get from installing a video doorbell is worth it. One of the newest video doorbell launched this year in March was the Nest Hello.
Nest Hello is a hardwired smart video doorbell with facial recognition. It was developed to replace your existing wired doorbell to deliver HD video and bright, crisp images, even at night to your smartphone. Nest Hello is designed to show you everything at your doorstep from people head to toe or packages on the ground. It has 24/7 LIVE streaming that you can check in anytime or you can go back and look at a 3-hour snapshot history to see what happened.
I recently decided to get a video doorbell since I had some unsafe situations happen at my thought was safe condo. After researching which one would fit my safety needs I decided on Nest Hello Video Doorbell.
When you purchase the Nest Hello the box will come with:
- Nest Hello video doorbell
- Chime connector
- 15° wedge
- Release tool
- Masonry drill bit
- Window decal
- Wall plate
- Extension wires
- Wall anchors
- Quick Start Guide
If you aren’t tech saavy or need help installing the Nest Hello professionally please contact one of their professionals located here: https://nest.com/nest-pro-installation/.
The APP was easy to set up after installation and before you know it you are going live seeing all the motions and people passing your front door. The options on the dashboard include the live feed, Quiet Time Option, Talk (to the person at your door), make a clip and see how many people coming to your door.
The live feed recently helped me out when an unknown person was knocking on my door like a crazy person and paced out in front of the door for an hour. If it was for the Nest Hello Video Door Bell I’m not sure what would have happened!
Nest Hello video doorbell Full Product Specs Are Below:
- Weight: 4.55 oz (129 g)
- Product requirements: Requires a wired doorbell and chime.
- Power requirements: 16V AC–24V AC; requires a 10VA transformer and wired doorbell
- Camera: 1/3-inch, 3-megapixel (2K) color sensor, 8x digital zoom
- Video: HD UXGA 1600 x 1200, up to 30 frames/sec, H.264 encoding, HDR
- Field of view: 160° diagonal
- Audio: High-quality speaker and microphone
- Lights: RGB light ring and status light
- Night Vision: 850 nm infrared LEDs
- Security: 128-bit AES with TLS/SSL
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz or 5GHz (WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption supported)
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
- 15.4 at 2.4GHz
- Connectivity requirements:
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz or 5GHz (WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption supported).
- Working broadband internet connection with at least 2 Mbps upload speed (DSL may not qualify).
- Requires a compatible phone or tablet with the free Nest app and Bluetooth 4.0. For more info visit: www.nest.com/requirements.
- Bandwidth requirements:
- At 1600 x 1200, Nest Hello requires 800 to 2000 Kbps of upload bandwidth while streaming video. Nest Hello will use more bandwidth to stream video when there is more motion in the scene.
- At 1600 x 1200, each Nest Hello could use 150GB to 600GB of upload bandwidth per month depending on the video quality setting.
- If you subscribe to Nest Aware, your Nest Hello streams all video to the cloud for secure offsite storage.
- English (US, UK)
- French (Canada, France)
- Spanish (Americas, Spain)
- Quick responses are currently available in:
- English (US, UK)
- French (Canada, France)
- Spanish (Americas, Spain)
- Green Compliance:
- RoHS compliant
- REACH compliant
- Recyclable packaging
- Title 20 battery charger compliant
- Support and limited warranty
- Comes with a 2-year limited warranty (details in box).
- Also includes theft replacement policy.
If you’re concerned with your personal safety at home or just need the extra security I strongly suggest looking into the Nest Hello. For more information about Nest Hello please visit: https://nest.com/doorbell/nest-hello/overview/.
Source: Nest Hello
A new social trip planner site, CooMo, has officially launched! The CooMo site allows users to PLAN, BOOK, and SHARE their entire trip with the help of other users, who can give you suggestions and recommendations based on their own personal experience. Users can upload pictures, add shouts, create to-do trip lists and check-in to places while traveling.
Besides being able to share your trip on social media after you have planned your trip on CooMo. The site will help users meet other users traveling to the same destination at the same time so CooMo users can exchange tips and suggestions.
How does CooMo work?
To start up on the CooMo site you can either sign up via your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account or you can create a new account. Note using your social media accounts to sign in allows you to already have your personal contacts loaded which will make sharing your future easier. After you have set up your account you can now log into the site to your “page” or “dashboard” where you see can see your friends on social media trip plans. It also shows reviews of cities that you may consider yourself a “guru” of.
When your entire trip is complete you can either save draft or book it and then publish the confirmed trip on the CooMo site.
It was super easy and fast to set up personally and very useful especially for group planning trips I noticed! To sign up or learn more about CooMo, the newest trip planner you can share via social media please visit: https://coomotravel.com/home
One of the newest app trends focuses on self-meditation with apps like Calm and Headspace. One of the newest meditation apps, created by TRU LUV, is #SelfCare. This week TRU LUV released the #SelfCare app which is their latest digital companion that takes an interactive game approach to meditation.
The #SelfCare app explores the calming benefits of staying in bed all day and suppose to bring you back to a state that allows you to return your focus to what matters most. The app has a “virtual bedroom” that is surrounded by your favorite calming things. In the virtual bedroom, you can select calming tasks that generate simple satisfaction and uncomplicated harmony. Awaken your slumbering cat and give it some deserved affection, sort your laundry by color, indulge in a tarot card reading, or nurture your favorite plant.
“#SelfCare is an antidote to a stressful world and a phone full of bad news, FOMO, and more stress,” say co-creators Brie Code and Eve Thomas. “For 3-5 minutes you can escape to a calm and soothing room, do some relaxing, meditative tasks, and return to your life refreshed and ready to face your stresses.”
I decided to test out the #SelfCare app to see what all the buzz was about and if it is truly effective. I started in the virtual bedroom and then went into some breathing exercise with the app. The breathing exercise is designed to calm your breathing for as long as you want. I also played with the sorting laundry task where you really do have to focus to sort. I did pretty well, it starts with 2 rows of clothes and after you complete that the rows increase to three.
There are a few tasks or options with #Selfcare App I don’t understand yet since it’s still new to me but so far it’s been interesting testing out this app. With the #SelfCare app the more time you spend on yourself, the more self-care techniques are unlocked for a deeper and more impactful practice. The #SelfCare app is featured in the Apple store and can be downloaded here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/selfcare/id1378384555?ls=1&mt=8.
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Fortunately, virtual assistance like Alexa has been creating new audio tools to help parents make mealtime fun and effective. One of the newest audio tools launched by Alexa, “Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout,” helps parents make eating healthy foods more fun for their kids. With the new Amazon audio skill, parents can now ask for songs and sounds that help make mealtime engaging and exciting for babies and toddlers, without the use of screens on smartphones and tablets.
Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout works with Amazon’s Echo and Dot and features three different modes that include Songs, Mealtime Adventure or Eat a Pouch. Each mode is designed to support parents’ efforts to get their children to eat healthy foods and to occupy kids during mealtime with fun, food-centric edutainment.
We decided to test out all three modes plus recorded what a customer would hear for each mode. The videos mostly give you the audio with only a picture of the Echo responding.
To get started is simple just say “Alexa launch Sophie Sprout” and we learned you can also use “Alexa launch Sophie THE Sprout.” After launching Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout on Alexa it will ask which mode you would like, Songs, Mealtime Adventure or Eat a Pouch.
I chose the Song option which offers nine, upbeat, kid-friendly songs, each featuring a different musical style and healthy food focus. I picked the “Color Song” that teaches children about vibrant foods, like yellow bananas and green peas.
Next, I changed the mode from Song to “Mealtime Adventure.” Unfortunately, I had to say “Adventure” twice in order to launch the mealtime mode. Mealtime Adventures features fun sound effects, including the traditional train and flying airplane, to get food from the spoon to your little one’s mouth. Once in that mode, the adventure immediately starts with a heard of elephants that want your food.
Lastly, I tried the “Eat a Pouch” mode which reminds me of the airplane game back in the day where you have to get the food on the spoon and into your kids belly. The “Eat a Pouch with Sophie” mode encourages children to take sips of their Sprout organic food pouches.
Once finished with your Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout experience all you do is ask Alexa to turn it off. The Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout Alexa skill is free to all users and requires no registration. You do have to approve using Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout within the Alexa app and confirm you are an adult when initially setting it up but after that you are golden.
Overall my Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout experience was a simple process and initial set up took very little time. For more information about Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout, Sprout®, the Sophie Sprout app, and Sprout products, visit http://www.sproutorganicfoods.com.
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Vivere: The Vacation Search Engine With The Only Online Visual Experience That Guides Users Throughout the Booking Process
It’s the middle of summer and still time to plan a vacation before the last day of summer on September 21st, 2018. Most people use the most advertised travel search engines when planning their summer trip but they all seem to have similar travel options.
A unique travel site that offers more options and helps curate your vacation from start to finish is Vivere. Vivere is an online visual experience that accompanies travelers through every step of their travel journey by helping them to search, discover and book the destination that matches their interests. Their proprietary photographs and curated content makes Vivere the only travel platform which helps users to visualize and embrace the destinations before leaving for their trips.
Searching for destinations on the main page is pretty simple and updates the list of destinations when you use one of the below filters.
- Traveler Type
- Traveling From
After you click on one of the vacation destinations it pulls up a short description, where to stay and options things to do while there. On this page, you can also request a quote for your future vacation.
Their VACATION INSPIRATIONS list, separate feature of the site than the vacation search engine, is broken up by all twelve months and continents like below.
- Best places to visit in Africa in December
- Best places to visit in Asia in December
- Best places to visit in Europe in December
- Best places to visit in Middle East in December
- Best places to visit in North America in December
- Best places to visit in Oceania in December
- Best places to visit in South America in December
- Best authentic in December
- Best beach in December
- Best boat tour in December
- Best climbing in December
- Best culture in December
- Best cycling in December
- Best diving in December
- Best gastronomy in December
- Best golf in December
- Best hiking in December
- Best luxury in December
- Best nature in December
- Best nightlife in December
- Best relaxation in December
- Best scenery in December
- Best shopping in December
- Best water sports in December
Vivere also have them broken down by preference, IE: Best Overall Vacation for Couples in North America. The site breaks down the list even more by Best Luxury Vacation in December or Best Boat tour.
Their vacation destination list is massive and definitely something for everyone! If you’re looking for a vacation that is curated to your preferences I suggest checking out Vivere, you won’t be disappointed.
Have you ever wanted to create your own VR-enabled virtual tours for your business or project but no idea on how to create one? The wait for figuring out how to create your very own VR-enabled virtual tour is now over! Last week, Concept3D, a leader in creating software to power immersive online experiences, announced the launch of its new Tour Builder platform which allows users to create, manage and share their own VR-enabled virtual tours like never before. Below are the key features of the Concept3D tour builder platform:
- Interactive Hot Spots: Associate text, images and video with a specific point on your map, all stored and managed within the content management system.
- Tours: Take your virtual visitors through your space with a step-by-step 3D virtual tour.
- Live Data Integrations: Monitor your space and gather real-time sensor data from assets in remote locations.
- Contact Points: Emphasize business differentiators and drive sales by capturing customer information at key points on your virtual tour, map, or model.
- Space Planning: Streamline venue configuration, speed sales quotes to RFPs, and demystify equipment allocation.
- Wayfinding: Guide people to locations, inside facilities, and throughout your community.
Signing up on Concept3D’s site was easy and also free. You can either use your email address or sign up using your Google or Linkedin accounts. Once created you will go directly to the dashboard where you enter your tour name, location and description.
After you enter that information it is time to download the media for your tour. Tour Builder supports the use of both 360-degree panorama and standard images for tour stops. I chose to use a panorama picture for my tour test run. Downloading the picture was insanely fast and before I knew it I had the start of my 1st tour.
After the picture is downloaded tours are automatically set up for viewing in VR with the necessary hardware. I only entered one stop as a test but if you wanted to add more Tour Builder guides you through the process of adding information, more images, video and audio tracks to tour stops. When all that information is entered and you viewed your tour in the preview window you must publish to make it live.
Once the tour is built and published, it can easily be edited and shared via link, and by integrating with Mapbox and OpenStreetMap.
Tour Builder creates an in-window “minimap” for easy navigation and jumping between stops, and to highlight the specific geographic location. The “minimap” was one of my favorite features when creating my test tour. To make sure someone else would be able to view my published tour via the link provided and it works perfectly!
As stated before signing up is free but Tour Builder has three tiers offering various levels of functionality and tour views. The three tiers to choose from are; Starter (free), Foundation, and Enterprise. Tour Builder’s premium functionality includes the ability to create unlimited tours, advanced tour embed options, audio narration, third-party data integrations, a built-in lead-generation system, full map platform integration and access to the Concept3D’s Client Success Team.
The overall Tour Builder experience was simple and fast, I was amazed at how quickly I made my first tour! I may just start making VR-enabled virtual tours for everything now!
To start building a tour please visit: https://tour.concept3d.com. To learn more about Tour Builder please visit: https://www.concept3d.com/use-cases/share-your-place/virtual-tours
July is the busiest month for moving and with so many apps and companies out there how do you know which one to choose? Our suggestion is to choose a few competing real estate apps most popular within your region. We choose to try out the Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps since I am in the market to buy a new home. Our goals was to see which first, had the most properties listed for sale in the search area and also which had the most intuitive search platform for an app. Below is a brief description of each:
- Zillow®, the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. Home search engine includes: Buying, Renting, Selling
- Trulia® helps buyers and renters find a place where they will love to live. With insights sourced straight from locals and over 34 neighborhood map overlays like crime and schools. Home search engine includes: Buying and Renting
- Realtor.com®is the resource for home buyers and sellers offering the comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help clients find or sell their home. Home search engine includes: Buying, Renting, Selling.
- Redfin was one of the first map-based real estate search engines launched. They hire their own agents to help clients buy and sell the right home, at the right price. Home search engine includes: Buying & Selling.
After downloading Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps I signed into all four using my Facebook account which made signing in a breeze. Each app after you sign in goes directly to the search page where you enter your desired neighborhood or area and filter options. Each app has these same filters and search options regardless if it’s selling or renting when searching for a home.
Type of Property
- Price Range
- Property Size
- Home Type
- Year Built
- Property Status*
- Mortgage or Payment Calculators
- HOA Fees
- Parking/ Gargage
- *The property status can include if it’s pending, just sold or new construction of its foreclosed but that information depends on each property. Once you click on an individual property you will get more detailed information, each property is different.
Below is a small break down of the other features that the different apps have.
|APPs||School Info||Days on Market||Price Reductions||Open House||3D Tours|
If the filter option is not your cup of tea Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps all have the draw options where you can highlight the area you want with your finger. I thought this feature was awesome since my personal home search isn’t just one zip code, it’s the one next to it as well.
On my search for my future home I started with Zillow first before thinking I would be using all four in my search for the perfect home in my area. I loved the mapping, the “Zestimate”, and their property payment history. I found a property that had drastically gone down in a year that was amazing though not for me. I went on several open houses and also drove by the properties but wanted more options so I downloaded the Realtor.com app.
I thought the Realtor.com app would have the same listing but I was incorrect. It had separate listings within my area I had never seen on Zillow. It also had as part of the map the option to make it 3D, map crime and points of interests. Though they had some listings I was curious for more options.
I downloaded the Redfin app using the same filters on their search mapping system. Unlike the other two Redfin they had the “satellite” option for their maps which was an interesting way to look over your future neighborhood. My last stop was Trulia which had similar listings than Zillow so I ended my home buying app downloading party for now. I am still searching for my perfect new home in Austin and will continue to use these apps until I find it!
Since I am not looking into selling a home I can’t give you a review on that portion of their app. Zillow®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps are the ones you can look into if selling a home as Trulia does not offer that service. I would check with all Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps for further information and for updates to their apps. We all know updates for apps are inevitable and may further your home searching needs. Happy home hunting, selling and buying this summer!
sts blue is a couture-inspired quality denim at an affordable price. In spring sts blue debuted their newest cropped skinny styles to withstand the summer heat with style. We recently received denim samples of sts blue Flounce Hem Denim Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) and Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny Jeans (Floresta Wash) to review.
The sts blue Flounce Hem Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) has a mid-rise fit and made of 100% cotton. The denim fabric is lightweight and very comfortable even when you put them on for the first time. I personally love the mini skirt and have received several compliments on it when I’m wearing it around town. The Flounce Hem Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) retails for $55.00 and currently on sale for $36.85.
The Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash) jeans are my favorite thus far. They have an uneven cut on the bottom of the skinny jeans that are also slightly cropped. Just like the skirt, they fit perfect and so comfortable even in the heat! The Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash) retails for $59.00.
Though I did not get a sample of the sts blue Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jacket (Alaska Wash) if the fabric is like the jeans and skirt this could be your got to jacket on those chilly summer nights. The Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jacket (Alaska Wash) is 100% cotton silhouette denim jacket retails for $69.00.
sts blue is currently running a BOGO sale with 50% on select denim. To shop their BOGO sale click here. They also have a “sale” section on their site as well located here: http://stsblue.com/sale.html. Fashionistas can follow the latest trends on their #DenimDolls Instagram @sts_blue. You can also join the sts blue rewards program to earn points towards your purchase and follow the fashion trends on Instagram @sts_blue for new ways to wear your denim.
I strongly suggest checking out sts blue’s denim line; the styles are fashionable at a reasonable price. Consumers can find sts blue denim at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Von Maur, or online at stsblue.com. To shop their denim collection where you’ll find no-hassle free shipping and returns please visit: http://stsblue.com/shop.html.
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