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Coolest and most useful tech finds in Taipei

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I may not be the most techie person on the team, but like others on the GadgetMatch team, I appreciate gadgets and accessories that make my life easier.

The funny thing about technology is that sometimes, you don’t even realize you need them until you get to try them — or in my case, until I stumbled upon all of them beautiful things at Computex, Asia’s annual PC and tech expo. Three days of walking around exhibitions that display the newest (and shiniest) technology available awakened new technological needs in me.


In no particular order, they are:

This pink bonnet that will keep my head warm and play music at the same time

Because god forbid I’d have to listen to music from actual wired earphones! The bonnet connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and then all’s good in the listening department. They also come in many different colors and styles.

Hello Kitty storage that can be plugged into your iPhone

PhotoFast microSD card reader and USB

Let’s stop pretending that 128GB is enough for the hundreds of snaps and selfies we take everyday. This tiny device allows you to store or transfer data from or to your iPhone without any fuss. Plus, they’re Hello Kitty, so who can say no to that? (If you say “me,” I will judge you forever.)

Phone accessories with the cutest characters

I may not know who (or what) these characters are exactly, but they are definitely cute.

Gugu & Momo accessories

The bright, cheery theme of this line of accessories had me wanting every single case and cord they sold.

A sleek iPhone case that’s actually also a powerbank

Instead of carrying around your bulky powerbank, imagine just having this case.

Prologium iPhone case

Admittedly, this is not one of the “cuter” items on the list, but in terms of functionality, it certainly trumps others. (A girl has got to be practical sometimes!)

This case packs an extra charge cycle for your iPhone. The demo showed me that the case is powered by paper-thin battery packs that are water- and tear-proof, although honestly, all I cared about at this point was I wanted the case for myself.

These unknowing storage critters!

These characters are actually storage devices equipped with a Lightning pin and USB jack.

Dog Drive from 3DWIND Technology

I’d buy these things just for being the cute critters they are. The fact they can store data is just an added plus.

Whatever this awesome Donkey Kong setup is

I was told that this is a PC case mod. The awesomeness of it all is that it’s a working computer.

Now, I’m not necessarily a PC user, but things can change and it’s Donkey Kong. I mean, look at it!

I came to Taipei on a work assignment, I come home wanting/needing more gadgets and accessories. Now, excuse me as I scope out more of these amazing finds.

SEE MORE: Computex 2017

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This is an official Pokédex iPhone case

For your iPhone X or iPhone XS

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Your dreams of carrying an actual Pokédex is still just a dream. This iPhone case by Premium Bandai is the next best thing.

It’s officially called the Pokédex Smartphone Case, but it’s only really made for the iPhone X and iPhone XS. You should be able to fit the iPhone 6, 7, and 8 in here but it will cover mic and the flashlight. Unfortunately, this won’t fit the iPhone 11 at all.


The case costs US$ 69.99 and will launch on March 2020 in Japan. It’s open for international pre-orders. Check here to secure one.

SEE MORE: The average American needs 5.8 days to save up for an iPhone 11 Pro

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LG Tone+ Free wireless earbuds launched in South Korea

LG joins the wireless earbuds party

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Most companies today are throwing their weight behind wireless earbuds. They are compact and versatile for everyday listening needs of the average user. Not to be left behind, LG has launched a new pair of wireless earbuds: the LG Tone+ Free.

LG opted for a compact design that resembles the Samsung Galaxy Earbuds instead of the Apple Airpods. The design also ensures a secure fit so users can wear it for hours.


What differentiates it from the current crop of wireless earbuds is its charging case. It’s equipped with UVNano function that uses ultraviolet rays to kill harmful components, keeping the earbuds clean and sanitized after every use.

LG Tone+ Free

LG partnered with Meridian Audio to provide the earbuds with rich bass, clear mid and high sounds, and three-dimensional sound to its wireless earbuds. The earbuds’ signal processing technology also reduces digital noise, minimizing distortion while listening.

LG also equipped the earbuds with voice and noise-cancelling microphones that works in tandem to ensure clearer call quality. Both earbuds have touchpads that enable various functions such as call, play, or pause music. Holding the touchpad summons the Assistant app.

Sweat and rain is not an issue with the earbuds since it has IPX4 waterproofing certification.

Fully charging the earbuds lets users listen to music for six hours. Since it supports fast charging, users can listen to music for up to one hour with just five minutes of charging.

Pricing and availability

LG Tone+ Free is available in two colors, black and white. They will be available in South Korea this October for KRW 259,999 (US$ 215). Global availability is yet to be announced.

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The instax mini Link lets you print photos from your smartphone

Time to print your Instagram photos!

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Earlier, Fujifilm has just launched a worldwide campaign with the catchphrase “Don’t just take, give.” The aim of the campaign is to encourage users to share their prints with loved ones.

 

Following up on the campaign, the Japanese company announces the launch of instax mini Link, a portable, compact printer of Instax photos.


The instax mini Link lets you transfer photos from your smartphone through a dedicated app via Bluetooth connection. The app lets you do basic editing such as rotating, adjusting brightness, and the application of a filter. The printer prints quickly, with an average speed of about 12 seconds.

Additionally, it supports continuous printing up to 100 pictures on a single charge. If you’re feeling creative, the dedicated app has a variety of frame designs and collage layouts for your prints.

Lots of fun features for you to enjoy

It has fun features such as “Video Print” function which lets you scroll through video frames, allowing you to choose the best moment to print. There’s also “Match Test” which examines your compatibility with a friend or someone special. The results are shown after the picture is printed.

To see the results, you must perform a “Quick Diagnosis” or use the “Precision Diagnosis” function, which involves a question and answer portion.

On the other hand, the instax mini Link isn’t just for one person to enjoy. Through “Party Print,” the device can connect up to five smartphones to the app.

The printer can receive pictures from each device to combine into one instax print. There’s also a “Surprise Mode” where no one knows the photos that were sent and what the final print would look like.

More than just a smartphone printer

The instax mini Link has a built-in sensor, too. You can use it as a remote control for your smartphone’s camera, and print multiple copies through the printer’s button at the center.

On the flip side, it’s not just smartphones that can connect with the printer. Through the Fujifilm Camera Remote app, the printer can receive pictures directly from Fujifilm’s digital cameras.

The Fujifilm instax mini Link is priced at PhP 6,999 (US$ 135). It will be available in three colors: Ash White, Dusky Pink, and Dark Denim.

SEE ALSO: 4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion

 

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