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
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.
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.
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.
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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The GameSir G8 Galileo is great for PS Remote Play
While we wait for the PlayStation Portal
We happen to be in a region where the PlayStation Portal has yet to be released. Good thing, PS Remote Play is available and GameSir has a controller you can hook up to your smartphone that’s readily compatible. Enter the GameSir G8 Galileo.
You might not see it right away, but the biggest difference with the G8 Galileo compared to other smartphone controllers (even the ones GameSir made themselves) is it’s actually full size.
Most smartphone controllers prioritize portability. Thus, they’re more compact. That means smaller face buttons, smaller thumbsticks, and generally smaller overall profile.
Usable, sure. But not exactly ideal for people with chubby hands like yours truly.
This is also one of the primary reasons why, despite owning a Backbone One, I’ve rarely used it for its intended purpose. And the reason why the PlayStation Portal is appealing to me.
The GameSir G8 Galileo changes all of that because of its size. It’s also not just larger. Its ergonomics are great too. Your hands will sit nicely on the nice, curved handles for a more comfortable, more enjoyable handheld gaming session.
PS Remote Play
Another big area of convenience is you don’t necessarily have to have the GameSir app to make it work. Simply download the PS Remote Play app, register, and fire it up.
To make sure it’s on PS Remote Play compatible mode, just press the Share and Options buttons simultaneously. Those are the tiny buttons on the left and right hand side of the controllers right above the left thumb stick and the face buttons.
Upon pressing simultaneously, make sure the color on the GameSir logo on the lower right part of the controller is white. That’s how you know it’s on PS Remote Play mode.
Once done, just easily plug-in your smartphone with a USB-C port on GameSir’s signature flexible USB-C plug and off you go.
Actual play time
Here’s a quick Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay using the GameSir G8 Galileo along with the HONOR Magic5 Pro with Remote Play:
— rodneil (@rodneilquiteles) November 30, 2023
This under a minute clip, naturally, isn’t representative of the entire Remote Play experience. Anyone who has tried it before knows that with extended play time, you’ll likely experience a few hiccups here and there. That’s just the nature of the beast.
That said, this whole set-up has been generally great. Other than Spider-Man 2, I’ve managed to play a handful of quick NBA 2K24 games like this. I still racked up a handful of wins despite suffering from occasional latency trouble.
The feel of the controller is fantastic and is easily the most enjoyable out of every other smartphone controller that I’ve tried before. And I’ve tried a few other than the Backbone One. There’s the GameSir X3, GameSir X2 Pro-Xbox, and the Razer Kishi V2.
Compatible games, mapping
Depending on the platform you’re on, the GameSir G8 Galileo will work on multiple other games. If you’re an iPhone 15 Series user, Remote Play, select Apple Arcade games, and even the AAA games set to release for that iPhone will work with this controller.
For Android users, it’s the usual handful of controller supported games that will work with this. For everything else, you’ll have to resort to mapping — a task for those with patience.
You can buy the GameSir G8 Galileo here: https://bit.ly/gsg8galileo
Use G8Creator on the Coupon Code for 10% off.
iPhone 15 series will get the first Qi2 wireless chargers
More chargers are coming by Christmas
While wireless chargers are already viable charging solutions today, the technology is still clawing its way to upending wired charging as a universally accepted solution. The technology is constantly growing, though. After announcing the new standard at the start of the year, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has confirmed that Qi2 wireless chargers will start appearing in time for the holidays.
Today, the WPC announced a lineup of brands which will rock Qi2 first. Coming by Christmastime, the first chargers will come from Belkin, Mophie, Anker, and Aircharge. Additionally, over a hundred devices are already in the process of getting certification for the standard.
Besides the usual suspects of charger manufacturers, the WPC has also confirmed that the iPhone 15 series will start the train of Qi2 chargers for the holidays. That doesn’t come as a surprise, though. According to the WPC’s announcement months ago, Apple lent its MagSafe technology to help develop the Qi2 charging standard.
Naturally, the promise is faster charging than the current generation. By how much is still a question that will also depend on manufacturers. Additionally, the standard will have a better magnetic system. Like in Apple’s MagSafe chargers, devices will automatically snap into the optimal position when connected with Qi2 chargers.
Rootique DUO: Make topical hair treatments a breeze
In as fast as 15 seconds
It’s true that various technologies have made daily tasks and processes automated and much faster than before. It’s in this regard that the Rootique DUO hopes to make its mark.
Typewriters have evolved to computers, simple mobile phones have turned into advanced companions, and home electronics like vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, and more have become “smarter” appliances to assist people every day.
For one’s hair care, Rootique DUO is set to make topical hair treatments faster than ever.
Patients use topical hair tonics like minoxidil to get themselves thicker or fuller hair. Traditionally, they use droppers manually to apply these tonics twice daily. And using their bare hands too.
Enter Rootique DUO, the world’s first micro-misting hair loss treatment device from startup company Rootique that shall hasten the process to as fast as 15 seconds.
The device lets users apply tonic evenly onto their scalps with a fine mist. It uses its patented DuoTrace system design and DUO IntelliMist technology. This way, mess created by droppers can be avoided and the actual process takes just a few ticks.
Lastly, the DUO Red Light therapy feature rejuvenates the scalp and follicies by using medical-grade LED lights to stimulate follicles for lushier hair.
The Rootique DUO is available starting at a promotional price of US$ 89 through Indiegogo, with delivery starting in January 2024.
Its regular retail price is US$ 149.
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