New Gadgets: Back-to-School & Beyond
Innovation Insider and author of "Gadget Nation," Steve Greenberg, stopped by with great gadgets for students of every age.
Slingbox M1 – Just launched and with a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $149.99, the new Slingbox M1 is the most affordable Slingbox that Sling Media has ever produced. Designed for the mainstream user who wants to have remote access to all of their home TV channels and shows as well as access to DVR content on personal computers, tablets and phones, the Slingbox M1 is offered in a compact, unassuming form factor that fits easily into an entertainment system. In addition, the Slingbox M1 integrates WiFi for simple network connectivity and utilizes the new Slingplayer for Desktop app for PCs and Macs. The new Slingplayer for Desktop app dramatically improves setup and configuration, allowing users to be up and running in less than 10 minutes. Furthermore, Sling customers will now be able to configure their new Slingbox M1 with a mobile device via the Slingplayer app for iPhone and iPad as well as Android-based phones. Slingbox M1 is the lowest priced Slingbox we’ve ever introduced: $149.99 -- no monthly fee. Slingbox M1 is available at www.sling.com also at BestBuy, Amazon, TigerDirect.
Braven BRV-1 and BRV-X – two ultra tough Bluetooth speakers – waterproof and tough enough to drive a truck over them-- Braven, the designer and manufacturer of the world’s most talented speakers, is dedicated to delivering stunning audio to today’s mobile consumers. The ultra-rugged and IPX7 waterproof certified BRV-1 and BRV-X portable Bluetooth speakers are ideal for students headed back to school this fall and are the perfect companion for any adventure. Both the award-winning BRV-1 and BRV-X speakers boom in any environment for over 12 hours of continuous playtime and also feature a built-in power bank for charging smartphones, cameras, and other mobile devices. The BRV-1 is available for $99.99 and the BRV-X is available for $199.99 at AT&T stores nationwide and online at att.com. For more information about BRAVEN please visit braven.com.
Space Bar -- Clear the clutter and own your desk with the Quirky Space Bar, available at your neighborhood tech resource, RadioShack and RadioShack.com. The space bar is a sleek desk accessory, which is great for dorm life, saving space, minimizing clutter and providing multiple USB ports for busy studiers. With six USB ports - four in the front that charge and sync and two that charge in the rear – the space bar can assist the toughest projects and papers. It also includes one mini-USB port and one AC adapter port. By purchasing your back to school gear at RadioShack, you have the opportunity to protect your new equipment by signing up for the It Happens Protection Plan. With protection from accidents, power surge or mechanical failure, a simple in-store claim process and coverage from Day 1. Learn more, and purchase for $99.99 the Quirky Space Bar, at RadioShack.com.
The Fan Buddie -- turns an ordinary box fan into an extraordinary whole room air scrubber that is highly effective, extremely affordable and easy to clean. Combining PollenTEC – an innovative new filtration material certified by the European Center for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) – with a dense layer of antimicrobial filtration support, the Fan Buddie is your first line of defense in the battle against pollen, allergies and a miserable Spring. The Fan Buddie ($29.95) is so affordable you can buy one for every room in your home with effortless installation and maintenance. It works on most 20” box fans and 18” circular fans (Holmes, Camair, Galaxy, Sunbeam brands) and Vornado tower fans. For more information, or to purchase your own, visit: www.fanbuddie.com
Janome Sewing Machine — Whether its for parent or child— this sewing machine does it all— perfect to learn on and perfect to sew on — Color has made a splash into sewing machine! The Derby Line from Janome features six different color options: Pink Lightning, Turbo Teal, Buzzin’ Blue, Fastlane Fuchsia, Orange Blaze, or Purple Thunder. With 3 new colors coming out just in time for the holidays! Not only is there a Derby Line machine for everyone’s favorite colors, but the presser foot is specially designed to prevent little hands from finding their way underneath the needle. Perfect for a child, someone sewing in a small apartment space, or during travel. Whether this is a first sewing machine or a travel machine for someone who can’t ever be too far from their hobby, you can certainly count on the ability to create a wide range of projects from simple hemming or garment fixes all the way to quilt piecing and construction. Starting at just $69.99, adults and children alike can start a lifelong hobby right away! Available at www.janome.com http://janomespecials.com/machines-specialty/index.htm
Pong Case – This just launched case deals with two concerns often associated with cell phones— signal strength and radiation exposure. While the effects of mobile device radiation are uncertain at this time, 50% of the RF signal can be absorbed into a person’s head or body during normal use. Wireless energy is even absorbed when the device is in your pocket or on standby. Equipped with patented antenna technology, Pong cases are the only cases proven to reduce exposure to radiation* while simultaneously optimizing the outbound signal. The embedded micro-thin, gold-plated antenna redistributes the signal, pulling it away from your head and body. Customized for today’s most popular smartphones and tablets, Pong cases are available in Classic and Rugged styles and in a variety of colors. Pricing starts at $59.99 for phone cases and $99.99 for tablets. Available for purchase at pongcase.com, Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores, BestBuy.com, Amazon, and Staples. For more information on the technology, visit pongcase.com or check out Wired’s independent testing in their article “Inside a Cellphone Radiation Testing Lab.” *NOTE: Pong cases have been tested in several FCC-certified laboratories. Specifically, the Pong
Case for the iPhone 5S was tested at CETECOM Inc. in Milpitas, CA. CETECOM is a CTIA Authorized Test Lab accredited to perform Radiated Power measurements for Over-the-Air performance and also provides regulatory SAR measurements that support FCC guidelines. After testing of the Pong Case with the iPhone 5S, CETECOM confirmed that outbound signal from the phone improved and SAR was reduced.
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