Did I really just spend $399 on a Bluetooth speaker? Yikes. Read on for the full review of the B&O BeoPlay A2 Speaker.
Another day… another fitness band. This time Microsoft is joining the fray with their fitness tracker called the Microsoft Band. This cleverly named fitness band has some cool sensors that most other fitness wearables don’t. For example the Microsoft Band includes an optical heart rate sensor, a built-in GPS, a UV sensor to track sunlight exposure, and a galvanic skin sensor for monitoring stress. The Microsoft Band is also not locked to just Microsoft phones, which is a good thing because only a few people have them, but works with Apple’s iOS and Android as well.
The screen is a 1.4-inch touchscreen and is also used to display emails, phone calls, texts, and social bits like Facebook and Twitter. Battery life is expected to last about 2 days. Yours for $199 via Microsoft. Video of the Microsoft Band after the break.
Taco Bell has just launched a new app that makes it easy for your to order food on your own terms. You pick the items, customize the ingredients, pay for the food, and can even pickup the food in the drive-thru or in store by skipping the line. Genius.
This type of app can be done right or wrong. Taco Bell spent some serious time getting their mobile ordering app right. A cool feature is that Taco Bell won’t start making the food until you reach a Taco Bell location. When you arrive your phone will prompt you to start the order… once it is ready you bypass the normal line and go to the mobile pickup line. There are also some easter egg items built-in like a $1 Freeze. Now if they would only integrate with Apple Pay.
The Buck Travelmate Kit makes dinner time a piece of cake while camping or hiking. Start off with a antimicrobial injection-molded sheath and then pack it full of goodies. Inside you will find a 4.87-inch 410HC stainless steel blade with a serrated edge (great for slicing, spreading, and chopping), a fork with bottle opener, flathead screwdriver, can opener, and even a grill scraper. And it is made in the USA and comes with a “forever warranty”.
Ever needed a few more USB ports? Need no more with the 28-port USB Hub, the MondoHub. Yep a full 28 USB ports, 24 of which are USB 2.0 and 4 that are USB 3.0. Oh yeah and for a limited time you can get one landed to your door for just $55 here.
This high-quality USB Hub also features automatic overcurrent protection for each port and hot-swapping Plug and Play connection. With a power switch for each port, the MondoHub gives users complete control over which devices are using power or valuable system resources.
Imagine a supercar that gets to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds, has 2,000 horsepower twin turbo charged v8 engine, and a top speed of 270mph. Now imagine that this said car was drop dead sexy and made in America. The Triton Nemesis RR is actually going to be put into production, a small production though with just 50 units (and 9 additional Black Ops versions).
The car is also loaded with technology that allows for customizable drivetrain, lighting, and suspension tweaks via the digital flat panel displays.
The Nemesis cabin offers a unique blend of cutting-edge technology with reduced volumes to optimize the space. Digital flat panel controls provide access to the latest internet crazes while masking the core function of vehicle programming. The displays provide access to program the Nemesis powertrain as well as a few predefined operating options. The “Predator Mode” will modify interior illumination, height, suspension, exhaust and rev limits.
More details after the break.
The fitness monitors from Fitbit continue to evolve. The three latest models are the Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge.
The Fitbit Charge ($130) is the closest thing to a replacement of the Fitbit Force. Expect the same functionality there with the addition of automatic sleep tracking. This is a welcome improvement and doesn’t require the user to manually set awake settings.
The Fitbit Charge HR ($150) is more of the same with the awesome addition of a built-in heart rate monitor.
The Fitbit Surge ($250) will be more of a smart watch styled device with the addition of a built-in GPS for tracking distance, pace, routes, and even elevation. There is also a touchscreen display and a continuous heart rate monitoring feature. About time!
Expect to see these new Fitbits early next year.
Seek Thermal ($200) is a new thermal camera system for your smartphone (Apple or Android) that lets you see the unseen, in both complete darkness and broad daylight. The Seek Thermal Camera connects to the bottom of your smartphone and is much cheaper than the FLIR One version ($350). Video of the Seek Thermal Camera after the break.
For just $12.95 you can get your hands on one of these
inappropriately cute Thunder Boy Q30 Rechargeable Speakers. At first glance it is just a little guy laying down with headphones on… then I noticed that the 3.5mm audio jack is placed accurately where poopy would exit. Odd… but funny. Available in a bunch of colors here.
Remember the Bandit9 Bishop Motorcycle from August? If not, check it out here. The build is under way and this is the first build update that we are posting (technically two updates in one). The Bandit9 Bishop Motorcycle is starting to take shape. Plenty of pictures, and details, after the break showing the forks, headlight, speedometer, gas tank, exhaust, etc…