Let’s admit it: We are a nostalgic bunch, hence the need for something we can hold, even in the age of digital multimedia.
Some devices attempt to tap into that human sentimentality. Gadgets like the recently released Instax camera (which allows you to edit digitally before printing your photos) and Polaroid SnapTouch (which is a camera and printer in one) attempt to stay relevant by adding modern touches to the age-old concept of printed pictures — and I lapped these ideas up.
Introducing: the Prynt Pocket
The Prynt Pocket is basically a tiny printer you connect to your iPhone via Lightning port. What’s so special about this cute device is it can print your videos — well, photos that you can play as videos. More on that later. Before anything else, here’s a quick unboxing.
The Prynt Pocket comes in a clean white box with orange details. (Pencils and Instax not included.)
Our unit is in cute lavender. Other available colors are mint, black, and gray.
The front is where you plug in your iPhone. This device is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5s, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, and in theory, the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus since it’s a Lightning pin on a dock that adjusts to phone size.
On one side is the slot for the film cartridge plus an indicator light, shutter button, and zoom dial.
The other side is where the photo prints out and a micro-USB port for charging.
The box comes with a pack of 10 sticker paper, a micro-USB cable, the printing cartridge, and user guide. (Again, colored pencils not included, but admittedly cute with the color scheme.)
And now, on to actually using it!
How it works
Before anything else, you need to download the Prynt app which can be easily found on the App Store. I was able to set this up — which included loading the cartridge with paper and attaching the cartridge to the device — by following the Prynt app prompts (because who reads manuals anyway).
Take a photo or video of whatever subject you have — in this case, it was Marnie, the dog who was a great model. Good girl.
The Prynt app gives a slew of editing options. From borders, to text, to filters, and even memes — the app welcomes your boundless creativity.
Printing is simple enough. A tap of the print button gives us a Marnie sticker print out!
The best part, however, is what happens when you scan these photos using the Prynt app:
THE VIDEO WILL PLAY! If you did not get my excitement from that last sentence, let me tell you plain and simple: This thing is awesome and amazing! The whole process reminds me of those moving photos from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts!
Another cool feature is once you scan the photos and the video starts playing, a record button appears and you can immortalize the scan forever.
For good measure, I did a scan of Marnie’s Prynt photo with Marnie in the background and results were… well, the cutest I’ve seen in any of my tech reviews.
Imagine the possibilities!
You don’t even need the Prynt Pocket device to scan the photos. All you need is the app installed on your phone.
Is the Prynt Pocket your GadgetMatch?
Admittedly, printing a photo so you could scan it to make a video does sound a little weird at first.
A lot of things can be said about the Prynt Pocket. It’s amazing and amusing, but it’s also a little bulky to hold and with no real practical use with a damage of US$ 150.
But, that’s just the thing. It’s not meant to be practical, it’s meant to be fun and, oh, the fun you could have with this!
More importantly, the Prynt Pocket succeeds where most photo-printing devices have failed: They’ve created a camera that prints photos with a substantial value add to the physical product — one that’s appreciated in the digital sphere.
The Prynt Pocket is a lot of things. It’s a camera, printer, video maker, and even a scanner! Most importantly, though, it’s also Instagram-able.
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Freitag R523 Hoffmann: Recycled laptop bags have never looked this good
Each bag is literally one-of-a-kind
Continuing the never-ending search for a laptop bag I’d actually use, Freitag’s R523 Hoffmann was the next victim.
A good laptop bag is essential to your work, and your #OOTDs! When shopping for a bag that will house one of my most prized possessions (not to mention, the tool that gives me my living) there are certain considerations: Is the bag spacious enough? Will it protect my computer? Will I be able to carry it around on long days? Does it ruin my outfit?
So, does the Hoffman live up to my standards? What’s so special about this brand? Let’s find out.
What’s the deal with Freitag?
It’s really not your usual brand. Zurich-based Freitag boasts that each bag is made of truck tarpaulin, each one selected (yes, they have special truck spotters), washed, and cut to create bags — each one entirely unique to others.
So yes, these bags are made out of recycled materials but they look oh so good.
Also, they’re heavy-duty because, well, they are made out of materials designed to be outdoors under all elements. A big plus: That makes these bags waterproof, which is a great thing because I’m putting my laptop in it.
The bag I tried on for size was the Hoffmann:
Look and feel
My pick was a white bag because you can never go wrong with this color. It looks crisp, classic, and ready to match any given outfit.
Interestingly, it doesn’t seem like it’s a bag that’s made out of tarpaulin — at least not how I imagined a tarpaulin bag would look. It’s classy and it matches even business or work outfits which is great for those long meeting days. Also worth noting: Its texture gives off a great look and feel.
It has a strap handle which is pretty sturdy; no way this will break even when you have a laptop (and a whole lot of other things like I do 🙈).
It also has a longer strap so you can wear it around your shoulder. If you’re like me and you have frail arms, this feature is a godsend.
These straps are also very sturdy and adjustable. The better to carry everything you need with!
There are two outside pockets for stuff you want to keep but need easy access to.
And of course, it has a dedicated laptop pocket! There are also smaller side pockets inside for other stuff and knick-knacks. Great for organizing your things — no more bags that are bottomless pits of random stuff.
This is a surprisingly spacious bag. It can house my work gear (laptop, external hard drive, small camera, cords, and chargers) plus all my everyday essentials (a semi-big makeup bag, wallet, and perfume).
Despite it being sourced from upcycled materials, this is one expensive-looking bag. That’s also because it is. All those good qualities come at a price, listed at CHF 314.80 on their website and priced at over PhP 20,000 from Urban Traveller & Co. in the Philippines.
Freitag’s Hoffmann offers a good-looking laptop bag made out of heavy duty materials, ensuring your machine is always safe. A big plus is that it’s recycled — a great whoop for the environment!
One thing’s for sure: When you get yourself a Freitag bag, you get more than just a bag. You get a one-of-a-kind piece that’s not only an awesome home for your laptop, it’s also a statement on how you can breathe new life into random objects with some creativity. Each one serves as an example of how you can create new and amazing things from stuff that are seemingly worthless.
My top 5 pink gadgets: A guide for the pink-loving techie
On Wednesdays we wear pink!
It’s no secret that I like pink. When pink gadgets and tech come my way, I am understandably through the roof because I firmly believe that everything should just come in this rosy hue.
Since today is October 3 and it’s a Wednesday, you know what that means! I’m wearing pink! Kidding — I wear pink every day. 😂
But, seriously: Throughout my time reviewing tech, I’ve come across a number of pink gadgets. Here are my top picks for the pink-loving techies out there.
Huawei P20 in Rose Gold a.k.a. the Pink 20
Yes, we do actually call this phone the Pink 20. Yes, I still use it to this day because it looks good with my hair and it’s just the prettiest phone ever. Look:
Yep, I know you want this phone, too.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
This was the smartwatch I’d been waiting for because it finally came in my color! Samsung’s latest wearable comes with a rose gold face and a pastel pink strap. This thing hasn’t left my wrist since I reviewed it.
The Dyson Supersonic is every girl’s dream hair dryer. This top-of-the-line dryer is ergonomically designed for better handling.
Plus it’s pink and makes me pretty. Alternatively, there’s a purple version, but who’d want that over this color?
Fujifilm’s latest Instax release has that vintage feel — and it comes in rose gold. Create beautiful memories with an even more beautiful camera!
This pink puck is actually a high-tech face mask! Foreo’s UFO allows you to have the Korean skincare experience in just 90 seconds.
Microsoft Surface Headphones have adjustable noise cancellation, Cortana support
A first for the company
Microsoft launched a set of refreshed Windows-powered devices today, but none are as interesting as the company’s first pair of noise-canceling wireless headphones.
The Microsoft Headphones are a US$ 350 pair of over-ear cans that have adjustable noise cancellation by turning the left cup. What does rotating the right cup do? Adjust volume, of course!
A cool trick shown in the video below is how the headphones pause music when taken off. Check it out:
Cortana support is also integrated, allowing you to speak to the voice assistant through the built-in microphones. If going full wireless isn’t your thing, you could also opt to connect the headphones via a 3.5mm audio cable. Charging is done over USB-C.
It may seem out of place at first alongside the current Surface lineup, but Microsoft assures consumers that it has been in the making for quite some time.
As of writing, these headphones will become available by the end of the year in the gray color seen above, but only in the US.
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