Saturday, April 11, 2015

It is time to gear up for the Masters

We have another tech showcase and this time around the these of the products is the prestigious Masters golf tournament. We have picked a handful of items to show off geared toward the golfer, both indoors and out. With that said, lets get to the goodies.

First up is the Optishot Golf 2 brought to us by, you guessed it, Optishot. This is something I have been dying to get my hands on as I live in Arizona and it is getting to the time of year where it will soon be too hot to get outside and golf.

· Works with every club in your bag, requires no elaborate set-up and is compatible with Windows and Mac
· Sixteen precisely-tuned, high-speed 48MHz infrared sensors, each calibrated to track your favorite clubs, before, during and after contact
· Play Modethe user selects from an exclusive course library which displays realistic 3D images of popular world-class golf courses with multiple camera views
· Practice Mode: the OptiShot PinPoint will track and record progress
· OptiShot Live feature allows users to play 18 holes against other golfers from down the street or across the globe without ever leaving their home

Available at: Optishot Golf
Price:
 $ 499.99
 
We have another sensor based product but this one transmits to your iOS or android device while on the links. The device is the Zepp 3d Multi-Sport Motion Sensor. We had previously reviewed Zepp’s first entry and this appears to have come a long ways.

· Users can review and replay their swing in 360 degrees and see their swing in HD Video
· Compare your swings to pro athletes including Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Hunter Pence, Jennie Finch, Keegan Bradley and more
· 3D motion sensor easily attaches to any bat, club, or racket using innovative sport-specific mounts
· Users can review and replay their swing in 360 degrees and see their swing in HD Video
· Compare your swings to pro athletes including Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Hunter Pence, Jennie Finch, Keegan Bradley and more
· 3D motion sensor easily attaches to any bat, club, or racket using innovative sport-specific mounts

Available at: Apple, Verizon, Best Buy
Price: $ 149.99
 
While this last item may not be tech, but is quintessential when it comes to getting out and playing golf. Footwear, and what name comes to mind in regards to golf wear and accessories, Ogio. The name that no one seems to know how to pronounce is showing off four show collections.

· Race, City Spiked, City Turf and Sport shoe collections each have unique design elements dependent on each golfers needs
· Synkfit insole delivers an internal stabilizing system that minimizes the movement of your foot inside the shoe, maximizing transfer of energy to the golf ball
· Clymate Control feature offers one way ventilation system that allows heat to escape from the shoe and prevent one’s foot from overheating
· Race shoe for support and traction, City Turf shoe for a dressy look to be worn all day, City Spiked shoe for stylish ground control, and Sport shoe for the ultimate in stability
· Available in Black, White, Gray, Green and Red


Available at: OGIO.com
Price:
 
$105-$180

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PEAR shows off it's Mobile Training Intelligence System

Next up we have another fitness and health-focused device from a company that is new to me, PEAR. I was provided with their Mobile Training Intelligence System, which consists of a Bluetooth heart rate monitor, Stride ear buds, Earlock earpieces in a variety of sizes, and a bag to carry it all. These items combined with an iOS or android phone brings a personal trainer into your workout by providing coaching based on the monitor’s measurements and pre set workout regimes. Fresh out of the box, we will see how this fares and compares to other fitness mobile accessories.
While the Mobile Training Intelligence System does provide similar features from the competition it is still very unique as what it lacks, it makes up elsewhere. For starters, while the heart rate monitor is Bluetooth, the headphones on the other hand do not and require being plugged into the phone. The app is great as you are able to select different types of workout from cardio to lifting all the while being coached to reach your goal all while historical progress is tracked by the app. The ear buds use an exclusive Earlock to hold them in place despite the workout, which is nice, however still a bit uncomfortable with the phone place in my pocket, so an armband case is suggested, but not included.

Like I said, PEAR’s Mobile Training Intelligence System does not have some of the same features that other fitness headphones have but the real time coaching app is great and the price point of these compared to the wireless competitors make having a fitness accessory a lot more attainable. The nice thing about the headphones being wired is that you never have to worry about forgetting to charge them, however it is just as easy to forget the heart rate monitor. My only complaint was that an armband for the phone was not included being that the headphones are not wireless. The Mobile Training Intelligence System is available now for $99.95.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Toddy Gear Releases The Moneymaker Tech Pack: Boost+

Our next product review comes to me from a company called Toddy Gear and for those unfamiliar with the brand, they are know for their super effective screen cleaning microfiber smart cloths. Stepping a bit out of their comfort zone, Toddy Gear has released the gear pack which not only includes the smart cloth, but also adds a 2200 mAH power bank, charging cable (USB to micro-USB), and a matching microfiber storage pouch to keep in one compact place. The Toddy Gear pack was also designed to stand out as it comes an assortment of designs. 
This tech survival pack is great as it does not take much space, makes most any device or screen shine with little elbow grease, and provides emergency juice on the fly. I have been using a Toddy smart cloth for a couple of years and after residing in a pocket and repeat use, it is starting to show wear and with the pouch the smart cloth stays clean longer. The micro power bank that matches the smart cloth and pouch comes through in a pinch with enough juice to charge most any phone once. There is a short USB to Micro USB cable included which is great if you are charging most any device that isn’t Apple and if you are one of the many iPhone/iPad owners, don’t forget your cable.
The Tech Pack:Boost+ is a must have for most any gadget owner with it’s smart cloth that works great on any screen, disc, glasses, phone, or more. The power bank is great because it also isn’t limited to just charging phones, but also tablets, e-readers, wireless headphones, tablets and just about anything else that can be thrown on it. With standout form, Toddy Gear provides equal amount of function, as all three designs look great, the one in which I received was the Moneymaker. Toddy Gear’s Tech Pack: Boost+ is available now for $24.95.

Bracketron made a charge with no wrong way to plug in

Bracketron has sent me their latest mobile accessory and this time around it is not a mobile mount but a single and dual port USB charger for your car. This is no normal USB charger though; the EZCharge has no wrong way to plug in your charging cable as the ports are designed to allow you to plug in both right-side up OR upside down. The EZCharge plugs into the vehicle’s 12V port and the USB ports were designed for smartphones (1.0A) or tablets (2.0A) and built with aluminum housings. 
Since most cars don’t have a USB adapter built in or the problem with the ones that do, only include a single port, so the first accessory most of us need aside from extra charging cable is a 12V charger to charge on road trips or commuting after a day of multi tasking at work. Luckily this charger is idiot proof, as it seems every time I go to plug in my lightning cable for my phone and or charger, it is upside down on my first attempt. Bracketron has introduced a way to minimize the frustration and it was simple, flawless, and yet still stands out over other charger.

This charger was a great surprise that stands out over the other one directional 12V chargers. It is great how simplistic it is, just simply plug into one day of the various 12V ports your vehicle may have and plug in desired cable. The biggest fight that I experienced during use was who gets to charge while driving and Bracketron kept this in mind for this family road trips by adding the additional port for fast multiple device charging. The EZCharge is available now in one or two ports and all black or black with silver, priced from $14.95 to $24.95.