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The Magic & Simplicity Behind Magellan’s Echo Smartwatch

September 27, 2014 by  

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Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, isn’t just about GPS. They also offer the very cool (and colorful) Echo smartwatch, which has sporting applications like golf, skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. One of the things that really jumped out for me in our research was that the Echo watch offers a lot more variety than just white and black. The smartwatch also comes in a sophisticated gray, blue, orange and bright pink. The Echo Smart Sports Watch leverages the power of both a smartphone and sports-related apps. It uses Bluetooth Smart to connect a smartphone and watch, putting the power of a smartphone right on the user’s wrist. Echo is compatible today with the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S and Android. Whether you’re a skier, golfer, runner or simply a gym rat, there is an app that keeps you informed and in control. Pairing with your favorite sports app, you can receive information that streams from your smartphone directly to the smartwatch in real-time. They easily can keep track of their running pace, the distance to the green, or maximum speed

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Functional & Fun Miggo Camera Straps For Your DSLR & CSC Cameras

September 25, 2014 by  

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I discovered the very fun and functional Miggo camera straps for DSLR and Mirrorless (SCS) cameras at a CE Week event in New York in the early summer. It’s a great way to comfortably carry your camera around your neck while keeping it protected at the same time. I had never seen a solution like this and loved their creativity. When done shooting, you simply wrap miggo around your camera to protect it from scratches and damage inside your personal bag. In other words, it serves as a camera strap which then morphs into a compact and padded camera carrier. The Miggo comes in 7 different colors or patterns.  The below images give you an idea of its flexibility and diversity. Its modular adaptor method makes it suitable for most camera and its multipurpose steel screw serves as a secure connector, and also allows you to connect to a tripod while miggo is attached. There’s also a hidden inner pocket for your lens cap, which is incredibly handy and it’s compatible with almost all of today’s Mirrorless (CSC) and DSLR cameras on the market, and a wide

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Coleman Dome & Modified Dome Tents, A Great Choice For Summer & Fall Camping

September 24, 2014 by  

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Travelers likely know the name Coleman. After all, they’ve been around for a long time, so they’ve likely used a product or two over the course of their travels.  For most of the camping trips I’ve taken over the years, I’ve slept in a two man tent or a classic dome tent which comfortably sleeps two but could sleep three in a pinch. Because of an extended trip through New England this summer, I decided it was worth trying a larger tent that could be used to sleep families (4-6 people) with enough space for a table to prepare breakfast or have coffee in the evening if the weather is cool or it’s raining out. Meet one of Coleman’s larger tents, the Coleman Evanston Screened 8, which we tested out this summer. The tent is designed for simple setup and easy carrying and is perfect for car camping and long camping trips. The tent even has a screened porch where you can sleep on warm, dry nights, another reason I was interested in trying it out. If it rains, the tent is designed to hold up to the weather which is

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Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo’s Luna Mini

September 16, 2014 by  

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I discovered Forea at a consumer electronics event in New York earlier this summer and fell in love with their fabulous design – they don’t just focus on high quality performing products, but pay attention to how they’re made and how they look as well. Their LUNA face brush is designed to give you clearer, brighter and healthier-looking skin by getting rid of the dirt, oil and makeup residue at a deeper level, while not being too harsh. It also helps to clean pores out of blemish-causing impurities. The colors are also fun – pink, blue, magenta, purple and a cool gray. The Luna mini is available for around $139. We’re very curious about their upcoming toothbrush, which we’d love to test out when they release it. Have a look! Aren’t you curious as well?


Coleman Quickbeds, Perfect For Camping or as a Guest Bed

September 12, 2014 by  

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We recently tried out a standard queen blow up mattress and a single quickbed from Coleman, a brand we absolutely love!  The queen didn’t hold up to evening after evening of sleeping, however it was only around $20 and we did also test it out in the water on an upstate New York lake, so it could be the reason it didn’t hold its air. We mainly wanted to use the mattress on lakes and pools on our New England trip this summer however so we didn’t hold this mattress up to Coleman’s quickbed standards, which are largely used as real sleeping mattresses, either as a second bed or when camping. AND, for lake floating, it was perfect! Not to be used in the water and more of a solution for dry camping or in a house as a second or guest bed, the Coleman Quickbed Twin Double High Airbed and Pump Combo and it not only kept its air but was incredibly comfortable. We can actually say that it is one of the most comfortable beds you’ll ever use in a tent on the road and I’d feel comfortable putting any guest on it in my home. It…

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Add Zest to Your Sound With Jet Bluetooth Speakers by Damson Audio

September 7, 2014 by  

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The Jet is the first wireless real stereo set of Bluetoooth speakers and despite the fact that they are only 7.5cm tall, with a diameter of 5.8 cm, they emit 20 watts of power per speaker. In other words, a whole lotta sound comes from a small package, blasting out enough sound to fill large rooms. Designed in of all places Yorkshire England, Damson Audio has come out with a real gem here. I discovered them at CE Week in New York this past June and fell in love with their combined creative design and size, all of which delivers high quality sound. Touted as the world’s first true wireless stereo speaker system with a right and left channel, the two speakers can be placed as far as 10-metres apart and will communicate with each other to deliver in-sync stereo audio. Jet uses Damson’s Incisor Diffusion Technology which amplifies sound by using almost any surface you place it on, alongside a traditional driver to capture the mid and high range frequencies. They connect via Bluetooth so you can access all your favorite music from all of your smart devices. There is a built…

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A New Smart Bicycle Helmet Design With Life-Saving Features

September 5, 2014 by  

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SmartHelmet Intel Intern Aniket Borkar modeling the Smart Helmet Students at Oregon State University and Intel interns collaborated 0n a smart helmet with life-saving features. For the past half year, a group of five undergraduate students from Oregon State University has been working with interns at Intel to create a smart safety helmet for cyclists. In a perfect world, the primary function of the helmet — to detect a crash and communicate to emergency contacts — would never be used. The job of today’s bicycle helmets is to provide protection to the head in a crash. The group of interns wants to extend this functionality, especially when used with smaller children, as well as provide tests to determine if a rider involved in a crash may have suffered a concussion and requires medical attention. Viewed as a “smart helmet,” which is connected to a smartphone, the prototype uses sensors (e.g., accelerometers) to detect a crash and communication hardware to automatically dial a predefined emergency contact. Built into the helmet are above-the-ear speakers, a microphone, an LED headlamp and a 3.7V, 2600mAh lithium-ion battery. The team also created a custom logic board that incorporates…

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The Growth of Indian Culture, Trends & Style

August 27, 2014 by  

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They’re everywhere on American television, to the surprise of their compatriots. People of Indian origin have rapidly vaulted to the second largest ethnic minority on U.S. television, trailing only Spanish-speaking actors. With its influence rising, like the Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi pictured above, India is poised to become a culture and style trendsetter.
This trend can be traced all the way back the 60s, when The Beatles journeyed to India and became one of the first trendsetters to propagate such style influences as the sitar, nehru jackets and yoga, now practiced by more than 100 million people worldwide. An analysis of 106 popular TV shows, including a list provided by TV.com, suggests that 25 Indian and one Pakistani TV actor, rank only second to the 49 Hispanic- or Spanish-surnamed actors employed by this sample of TV shows. Parminder NagraParminder Nagra was one of the first British Indian actors to invade American television, starring in the medical drama ER for six years until the series ended in April 2009. She rose to international prominence in 2002 after starring in Bend It Like Beckham. Parminder Nagra who starred in the medical drama ER for six years, represents the…

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