Gadgets roundup: IconQ Boundless S4 bluetooth speaker, Kensington Expert Mouse trackball, more

Oct. 5, 2016

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“Tis the season” – okay, not yet, but it’s around the corner. How about tech suggestions to get you started? First on the list, Hand Liberation, a.k.a. “HANDL” by artist Allen Hirsch. Allen created this product out of a necessity. As you might infer from the name, it gives more freedom to your hand, resulting in less fumbling. It’s also conducive to live streaming. HandLiberation.com 

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My comments about the Kensington Expert Mouse Trackball are included in the roundup summary video below. Scroll down!

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Chatlight is a great tool and it’s easy to charge with a regular USB. It can also be attached to tablets as well as smartphones with flat backs. I added some additional comments about it in the roundup summary video below, so scroll down.

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My comments about the Innergie MagiCable are included in the roundup summary video below

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My comments about the IconQ Boundless S4 are included in the roundup summary video above

Note: If you don’t want a fullsize keyboard like the Satechi, you could go with the Zagg (see video below) or the Jorno, but to be honest, neither are as stellar as the Satechi, but of course you sacrifice size by going with the Satechi. The compact Jorno or Zagg could be handy in a pinch ..but to use them daily? Not my cup of tea. (I gave both of mine away. Sorry Zagg, sorry Jorno. But the people who received the keyboards told me they were satisfied. I’m hard to please!)

And that’s my 2016 list for now. You can leave comments or questions here on this blog or just email me at alexyongnyc@gmail.com.

Disclaimer re: opinions on products: All product opinions seen on this page originate from me, not a company or an agency. Products provided for free were: Kensington Expert Mouse, ReachCase, LumeeCase, ChatLight, Satechi keyboard, Innergie MagiCable, IconQ Boundless S4 speaker, Jorno folding keyboard, Zagg folding keyboard. Please read my sitewide disclosure page: Sitewide disclosures

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Thanks to the Cheekd app, Bluetooth can now help you meet ♡ the love of your life ♡

Sept. 20, 2016

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Q: So for a person who downloads Cheekd, what can they expect?

A: In this age of tech we’re in, it’s rare for people to say “hello” to one another. You don’t really see singles picking each other up at bars anymore, which pretty much used to be the only way people were able to meet in New York City. People don’t speak on the subway, at the gym or in cafes. Everyone is constantly looking down at their phones to connect with people in the digital world even though there’s a real world right in front of us.

Walking down a New York City sidewalk is sometimes like playing dodge ball, and I feel people are missing opportunities because they’re not paying attention or simply looking up. The love of your life could be sitting right next to you, but you’ll never know if you’re too busy looking for Pokemon. If someone uses Cheekd and they’re staring down at his or her phone and the potential love of their life is behind them, there’ll be an immediate notification that another single is nearby. The app makes connections even if there’s no WiFi or cell signal, because it operates with a Bluetooth/ Beacon technology which works in a plane, a train… everywhere.

Q: If the Cheekd app gets misused, is there a way to block people? 

A: Yes. As a matter of fact, Apple’s App Store won’t even approve an app unless you provide your users with that option. On our first submission to Apple, we overlooked it and got rejected. After we fixed that, we resubmitted and got approved.

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Q: I love how you think outside the box. Have you always been creative?

A: My creativity has definitely been fruitful in building Cheekd. I’ve always been really creative. I was trained as an architect and before that I considered myself an artist and now I’m in the world of apps! I’ve always been kind of quirky, doing things in different ways, and I think it’s come in handy because I can get crafty when I need to tell the world what I’m up to, and on a shoestring budget. The way I’ve been able to get press coverage for example – I’ve been covered in publications every entrepreneur would dream of being in. I’ve been in Forbes multiple times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine and countless others. And none of this was through a PR company – these results are from my creatively telling a story, reaching out to journalists and doing kooky things to get people’s attention. With limited money to market, creativity is one of the easiest ways to get under a journalist’s nose.

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Q: Is Cheekd on Android yet?

A: Not yet, but we’ll get there. We released a new version of Cheekd on August 10th and we’re just ironing some stuff out before we roll onto the other platforms.

Q: Can Cheekd users filter what notifications they get? How complex are the filters?

A: Yes, you set whether you’re looking for males, females or both, then you set your preferred age range, and you’re ready to go. We like simplicity in the filters because once you start filtering too much, it might be difficult to start making connections with people. Our app quickly lets you get active in meeting new people in real life with just a few preferences.

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This looks crazy futuristic! OM Audio is coming out with a levitating audio speaker

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OM Audio, developers of audio products enabling consumers to connect with music like never before, today announced OM/ONE, the world’s first levitating Bluetooth speaker. Talk about an eye-catching conversation-starter. The makers of the OM/ONE say it’s practical and connects wirelessly to all major smartphones, tablets and computers. When detached, the hovering orb acts as a portable speaker that can be taken on the go. The built-in microphone also can transform the OM/ONE into a very cool looking conference room phone.

“In a world full of speakers that look and sound the same, the OM/ONE stands out from all the rest,” said David DeVillez, Founder and CEO at OM Audio. “Prior to our crowdfunding campaign we traveled Silicon Valley getting feedback from some prominent entrepreneurs and musicians and we’ve been very humbled by the praise we’ve received. We’re looking forward to getting these in the hands of consumers this holiday season.” The MSRP is $179 and to get one delivered before the 2014 holiday season visit www omone.com.

Okay, it looks cool – but how does it sound? Well, Mr. DeVillez is an audio engineer and the former Director of Operations, R&D and Engineering at Velodyne Acoustics. One of his design breakthroughs is the OM/ONE levitating driver for hearing every high and low with no external distortion. Listeners can use the OM/ONE by itself or pair it with another OM/ONE. The team says it can pair/unpair and answer call/hang-up with the push of a button.