Calling all 90s kids! Classic virtual pet Tamagotchi is back with a limited edition release on its 20th anniversary!
Originally launched worldwide in 1997, these portable pet keychains were a hit with kids the world over as they had a first dose of responsibility without the risk of actually killing something.
Now, they’re back and I am so ready for virtual pet responsibilities (because smartphone pet apps just don’t do it for me).
The 2017 Tamagotchis comes in six styles and they’ll be smaller, simplified versions of the original ones. Pre-orders for the cute devices start today with November 5 pegged as the release date.
Unfortunately, the 90s toy is only available in the US. They’ll be priced at US$ 14.99.
Tamagotchi re-releases aren’t particularly new since they’d been in Japan earlier this year, but it doesn’t make it less exciting.
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BAUBAX 2.0: A travel jacket for all your needs
Pockets for all your gadgets!
Traveling can be a pain with all the gadgets and gizmos we carry around. One company sought to solve all these problems with a travel jacket that will cater to your every need while in transit.
The BAUBAX travel jacket, with 15 different utility features (including dedicated pockets for your phone and your tablet), was born for this. Backed by almost 50,000 people with a total of US$ 9 million pledges on Kickstarter, this travel jacket has shipped out and is hailed as the “Swiss Army Knife of travel jackets.” Yep, it’s that good.
But now, BAUBAX is back with a new travel jacket and it has even more functions than the last one. Introducing, the BAUBAX 2.0:
Aside from our favorites which include a dedicated phone pocket and power bank pocket…
… there’s also a tiny pocket for your AirPods.
As if that wasn’t enough, there are built-in AirPods straps so you’ll never have to worry about losing them.
There’s even a dedicated Apple Pencil pocket! Don’t worry, there’s a pocket for your iPad, too.
Other cool features include a retractable keychain, a zipper pen, a foldable water bottle, travel blanket, and a whole lot more.
Despite all these amazingly useful functions, the best part is it actually looks good. It comes in four styles: vest, windbreaker, bomber, and sweatshirt. There’s a perfect one for each of your different travel itineraries, whether it be a camping trip, road trip, long plane ride, or just everyday wear.
Women are not left out! The four designs also come in women’s sizes which is a great thing because as we girls know, there’s a different fit that looks better on women’s bodies.
You can check out more of what the BAUBAX 2.0 can do on their Kickstarter page — there’s still a few days left to pledge!
Travelling will never be the same again — and in a good way. I’m definitely sold on this jacket. I want one of each color. 😛
Xiaomi announces Mi Crowdfunding program for products in India
Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Mi Selfie Stick Tripod are currently available
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced a new program called Mi Crowdfunding in India. Under this program, Xiaomi will post a curated list of innovation-driven products and the company will start selling these products only when a specified number of people support the product.
Crowdfunding is used by companies to test consumer interest for unique products, usually when companies aren’t sure of the product’s success. Under this program, the interested customers show their support by paying the product’s price in advance.
However, only after reaching a certain sales number will the product be shipped to the customer. In case the product fails to meet the targeted sales in the set timeline, customers will get their money back.
To kick off Mi Crowdfunding, Xiaomi has introduced two new products: the Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Mi Selfie Stick Tripod, which are priced at INR 999 (US$ 15) and INR 1,099 (US$ 17) respectively. The first is a headphone amplifier that connects to smartphones via Bluetooth 4.2. The tripod selfie stick does exactly what it says — it’s a combination of a tripod and a selfie stick. It also comes with a Bluetooth shutter remote control.
The platform accepts payments via most online payment methods, but Cash on Delivery (CoD) is not accepted. Online payment methods include credit card/debit card, internet banking, and payment wallets. Further, in the event that the price of a certain product is changed, those who have already paid will not be affected.
Xiaomi India’s Online Sales Head Raghu Reddy said that the crowdfunding platform, which was only operational in China until now, will help Xiaomi gauge what products buyers want. Xiaomi will bring new products to the platform every quarter.
Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset First Look
It ‘hears’ audio in 3D — just like how our ears work
Sennheiser has once again proven its authority when it comes to audio equipment.
The German company recently launched its inaugural Sound Forum in the Philippines following Indonesia and Thailand. This comes as their very own audio education initiative that offers insights based on Sennheiser’s expertise from years in the industry.
Things like selecting the right headphones for you, the right microphone for video-related production, proper maintenance of gear, and more are tackled at the forum.
A slew of audio solutions were also on display, but one of the products that caught our attention was the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset. It was made available towards the end of last year and not only does it offer high fidelity audio, it also features noise cancellation, speech enhancement for calls, situational awareness, and true binaural sound recording.
In layman’s terms: True binaural recording means it records audio just like how your ears perceive sound.
Sennheiser teamed up with American digital audio company Apogee Electronics to come up with this device. It basically uses microphones embedded in each ear to mimic how the ears hear sound. With them around, you can shoot a video on your phone and audio will be recorded just like how you hear things at that moment.
We tried it for a short while and we’re actually impressed at how faithful it reproduced sound happening around us with extra depth and space.
We weren’t able to save the short video we took but above is a sample of the Sennheiser AMBEO at work.
As of the moment, this headset is only compatible with iPhones through a Lightning connector. Although the company says it will also be available for Android devices in the future.
Sennheiser believes 3D audio is the future of enhancing users’ listening experience and the AMBEO line might just be a step in the right direction.
The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset retails for US$ 399.
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