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LoveNuts hands-on: Feeling the vibe!

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We live in a connected world. But, to what extent will we let technology invade our lives? I daresay: to the extent that makes us feel good, feel really good.

In that department, LoveNuts is one gadget that you should definitely consider.

What exactly is it?

LoveNuts is an unassuming acorn-shaped gadget

LoveNut pink vibrator

It comes in cute pink, purple, teal, and lime green.

It’s a legit flashlight

LoveNut vibrator as a flashlight

There are two physical buttons on it: click “+” to turn the light on and “-” to turn it off.

When mounted, it also doubles as a night light

LoveNut vibrator as a night light

This thing comes with a base that also serves as a wireless charger.

But, LoveNuts can do more than that!

LoveNut vibrator app

Download the LoveNuts app and pair your device via Bluetooth to unlock the wonders of this teeny gadget.

It’s a vibrator that will turn on only with your phone…

No more awkward moments when someone accidentally sees your vibrator — they won’t even know what it is. On its own, its just an oddly shaped flashlight. With your smartphone, however… ?

LoveNut vibrator app with the LoveNut vibrator

You can definitely DIY with this device; this is for all you strong, independent women. It has three vibration modes: squirrel, car sex, and washing machine — each with corresponding pulsing patterns that you can adjust to your liking. Go stronger and faster or softer and slower, whatever floats your boat.

… with remote control access

Time for those in long-distance relationships to rejoice!

LoveNut vibrator app

LoveNuts is not only good for solo play. Your partner, or anyone you deem worthy, can get in on all your fun — all they need to do is download the same app on their phone. Just generate a code and share with your buddy; he or she will then be able to control your LoveNut, no matter where he or she is. This function is coupled with a video call function for added enjoyment.

Is LoveNuts worth it?

Well, we need a different hands-on to answer that question. For now, I can definitely say it looks promising, based on these functions alone. Different strokes for different folks, and with this device, you now have those options.

LoveNut pink vibrator on the table

Unfortunately, this toy isn’t available, yet. LoveNuts is on Indiegogo where you can back the project for US$ 89 to get your own — eventually.


SEE ALSO: Coolest and most useful tech finds in Taipei

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

iPhone production is next in line

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Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.

Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.

A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.

It says mine are made in Vietnam but all other ones say China ? Should I be worried or it has nothing to do with it?? from r/AirpodsPro

Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.

Photo by Kara Verlaney (The Verge)

A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.

Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.

A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.

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OnePlus TWS earbuds could look like the AirPods

Why are we not surprised?

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Apple was the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and release a wireless solution, the AirPods. Now, every phone maker wants a piece of the pie, and now a OnePlus TWS is coming our way as well.

Reliable leakster Max J. has revealed an illustration of the upcoming OnePlus truly wireless earbuds and they look eerily similar to the Apple AirPods. The signature in-ear design without rubber tips is considered to be Apple’s design language and many makers have tried to replicate it.

Realme launched the Buds Air this year and they look exactly like the AirPods. Even the charging case is a lookalike. Even the OPPO Enco Free wireless earbuds have a cop-cat design and are indistinguishable.

 

On the other hand, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and they have an entirely different design. The brand seems to have focused more on functionality than looks.

OnePlus has already released wireless earphones in the past, but they haven’t been truly wireless. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless and Bullets Wireless 2 had their own design language and were built to offer a premium experience. Along with the OnePlus 8 series, the company announced an affordable version called the Bullets Z.

Rumors suggest OnePlus could launch a midrange phone dubbed the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite in July. These earbuds are expected to launch alongside the phone.

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