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Monthly Archives: January 2013

OhGizmo! Review: The SWITCH Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Earlier this year, Native Union introduced their new SWITCH wireless portable speaker into a market that is already saturated. However, we still agreed to sit down and take a look at it for any of you considering purchasing such a device.

The SWITCH is more than just your small party wireless sound system; it serves both as an external battery and as a conference call unit. It comes with a full duplex microphone that allows all participants to converse simultaneously for up to 16 hours. The battery life is quite impressive, considering it features three speakers, “including an active sub-woofer with an enhanced bass-reflex system.” This results in an unexpectedly crisp and distortion-free sound, even at high volume, making it the perfect candidate for a small apartment, office, or picnic gathering.

The SWITCH has a simple, yet practical and appealing design, with an intuitive multifunctional button and a large volume control wheel. After some extensive use, it remains tight and there is no sign of looseness. The brick-like shape of the device lets you use it in a vertical or horizontal postion, depending on the needs. To top it off, the rubbery material coating that comes in several colours gives it a high-quality feel.

Native Union is selling the SWITCH for what initially seemed like a hefty price tag: $149.99. Getting to play with the product, however, made us feel like the price was somewhat justifiable, especially for someone that will use all of its features. As mentioned before, it would work great for personal use, but also in a corporate environment, where both conference calls and socializing events take place.

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C’UP Is A Coffee Cup For The Undecideds

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Feeling like a strong dark shot of espresso? Or a nice long Americano? Whichever it is, there’s no need to have two separate cups to hold your drinks, when you can have just one. The C’UP combines the two in one package, though we can’t exactly say it’s the most beautifully designed cup on the planet. As a matter of fact, you’d think they’d charge next to nothing to make up for the sub-par design, but what’s happened is rather the opposite: it’s an outrageous 40€ (or about $53) for just one. A set of six will set you back 220€ (or about $288). But hey, fools and their money are easily parted.

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Super Strong Dual Suction Cup Mount For Exciting Driving Shots

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The casual driver probably feels no compulsion to record his morning commute. But there are those with the need to push things to the limit (hopefully legally), are not content with recording their feats through a windshield with a GoPro, but don’t quite dare stick a fancy camera out the window for fear that it fall to the pavement and shatter in a thousand little pieces. The Dual Suction Cup Camera mount pictured above is rated at 130kg (286lbs.) in a vertical position and 150kg (330lbs.) horizontally, which should be more than enough to support even the heftiest of recording devices. We’re trying to get more information on the type of mount but are having a bit of trouble with the Japanese on the page. We can however tell you that it’s $250, which is a small price to pay to secure a camera that can cost upwards of ten times that amount.

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Batman Booster Seat Will Keep The Youngins Happy, At Least For A Little While

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The only thing better than a fictional superhero, is a completely real car booster seat for kids fashioned after that hero’s image. The Batman seat you see above will make your child sit just a little higher, see the road better and most importantly, feel super safe in the embrace of Gotham’s savior. He might even smile for a bit and be all excited to be sitting in it, at least until he gets distracted by something else 20 minutes later. But what do we know about kids?

It costs $150, and appears to even have two cupholders, of which, as we know, there can never be too many in a car. So hit the jump for links and a bunch more pictures.

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L’Uritonnoir is an Outdoor Urinal That Uses Pee to Turn Straw Into Compost

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Today I learned one use for human pee and debunked a myth about it while I did my research. Respectively, they are as follows:

  • Human pee can be used to help transform a bale of straw into compost that can be used as fertilizer.
  • Human pee doesn’t really alleviate jellyfish stings and in some cases, might even make the sting even worse.

I don’t think I need to cover the second point, since it’s pretty straightforward. The first point, on the other hand, is a different story.

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Super Safe-Looking Human Powered Ferris Wheel

Let us (the Internet sometimes being a random rather than efficient engine of discovery), bring you a video from almost 4 years ago, but only now discovered by your faithful editors. It’s a mind-bending clip of a human-powered Ferris wheel in a place that looks like maybe India, although we’re just guessing. We’re particularly fond of the apparent lack of any instinct of self-preservation displayed by some of the fools who hurl themselves into the air in a bid to both propel the wheel and give themselves a bit of an adrenaline rush in the process (we’re looking at you, guy in a white shirt…). Just watch and think about all the lawsuits if this was in the US of A, then giggle a bit. We did.

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Doctor Who K-9 USB Hub Expands Your USB Plugging Capabilities

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So this doppelganger K-9 won’t be able to expand your knowledge like its original version on Doctor Who, but it will expand the USB plugging capabilities of your computer or laptop–just like any good USB hub should do. It’s perfect for Whovians who want to own a miniature replica of the Doctor’s robotic canine companion that isn’t just a replica or toy.

On second thought, it’s actually good for anyone else who’s looking for a quirky computer accessory that is able to do what it promises to.

The Doctor Who K-9 USB Hub is available for pre-order for $39.99.

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You Can Allegedly Wear This Shirt Non-Stop For 100 Days

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We’re pretty certain this headline got the attention of at least some of you. Because, let’s face it, hardcore citizens of the Internet will likely grab any opportunity to remain hygienic without making any sort of effort. So if this shirt by Wool&Prince actually does what it claims, you could wear the same shirt for up to 100 days without ever washing or even ironing it. How? The company claims some kind of extra special wool fabric, extolling its moisture absorbing qualities (better than cotton, really?), its fold-resisting abilities, its superior durability and breathability. And this is no grandma’s itchy wool either; they’ve made sure to make this shirt extra soft. So you can crumple it up in a ball, toss it in a bag and have a shirt ready to wear right after a workout at the gym. No… shower required…

Yeah, we’re still going to be washing this thing and we’re not suggesting anyone actually go 100 days with the same shirt. But, if the claims are true, it appears you can. You’ll pay for the privilege, though, at $98 per shirt.

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Stainless Steel ‘Pucs’ Are The New Whisky Rocks

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Cooling drinks with ice? Passé. It dilutes the drink down anyway. Whisky rocks were the way to go for a bit, but now? Passé. It seems. Because judging by the massive interest on Kickstarter over the above stainless steel Pucs, it appears that metal is in. The Pucs are a set of metal discs that you stick in the freezer and then drop into your drink when the time comes, just like Whisky rocks. Cools the drink down and can be re-used over and over. And they do look rather snazzy in those wooden Black Walnut or Maple cases.

Now here’s the annoying part: it’s $38 for 6 Pucs and its case. That’s a lot of money just to be all Hipster-y about your drink cooling. But hey, we don’t judge.

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