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By SarahTheRebel On 6 Feb, 2013 At 06:36 AM | Categorized As ROG Tech | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAt CES 2013, I happened by the Spider booth to check out this small-but-powerful Bluetooth Speaker (full model name is Spider International E-PTSK-BK03 Multifunction Bluetooth Speaker Black, but that’s a mouthful). The design is very sleek and modern, with soft edges that almost make it look like a mouse, and it is apparently the first speaker featuring a Li-ion rechargeable battery, touch LED panel, and wireless Bluetooth connection with multiple input modes.

The device came with a sturdy carrying pouch, a USB connector, and an aux in cord. Check out this video showing off the features.

Features

This little guy has loads of cool features that I found useful:

  • Utlizes bluetooth, so anything that can connect with a speaker can use this device
  • Voice tells you when you switch modes, so there is no guessing on your part about the settings
  • LCD front will allow you to see what you’re doing in the dark
  • Can act as a hands free speaker for phone calls
  • Built in sound card
  • Supports Micro SD Card Music Playing, SD card memory up to 32G, and MP3/WMA format

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Although I loved using it for my phone, I did find that the Bluetooth could be finicky, and I was never able to get it to pair with my laptop, though my brother was able to get it to pair with his (we both own Mac Books). However, the device also connects to the computer via USB, so Bluetooth connection to the computer might not be that important.

Sound

Just like with the PowerForce headphones, it’s clear that Spider knows bass. The little speaker will do in a pinch for a house party. Since you can use more than one of these at a time, having two at a house party would be perfect.

However, I noticed terrifying background noises on my brother’s phone when I spoke to him via speaker. Although we were both in the same room, when I replied to him using the speaker, he heard screeches and squeals in the background. Not sure what caused that, but be sure to test it out before using it for any business calls.

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Price

You can buy this speaker on Amazon for as low as $40, but the official price is $60.

Final Verdict

As feature packed as this speaker is, I’m not sure if the price tag is a fit. Yes, this speaker can be paired with almost anything, but in the end, the sound is the same as any other portable speaker’s sound, and to me, that is what should affect the price.

By SarahTheRebel On 17 Jan, 2013 At 10:54 AM | Categorized As Conventions, Featured, Reviews | With 1 Comment

No GravatarAs I mentioned in my previous article about CES, there was very little gaming content at CES 2013, but out of what was there, a few products stole my heart. Honorable mentions include Razer’s gaming tablet Razer Edge and Mad Catz R.A.T.M. and the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 modular keyboard. They couldn’t officially make it onto my favorites list because I’m not a PC or tablet gamer, but I can definitely see how amazing they would be for people who are!

4. MAG II

The MAG II looks like some cheap junk your mom buys you at the discount store. Yeah I said it. I picked it up not really expecting much. And then, came the thrill.

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AIE’s MAG II Gun Controller was good clean fun. It has a full range of buttons, once you get used to where they are. You control movement with the analog and the camera by moving the gun. Do you know what this does? It makes you the badass in the movies, swinging your gun around as you look around corners and sweep left and right. And yeah, if you panic your camera will go all crazy and you will be left frantically pressing the grenade button, but that’s part of the fun!

I was, perhaps, helped along in my fascination by an adorable little woman (with a strong accent) yelling “TRIGGER” or “CALIBRATE” at me and then proceeding to smash the button for me. It kept me on my toes. I also enjoyed that the buttons had PS3 symbols and Xbox colors. It was very harmonious.

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I’d love to test this baby out with other shooters, as I managed to kill three people with it as I got used to the controls. Yep. Three. Count em.

3. Afterglow’s Prismatic Wireless Headset

Performance Design Products (PDP) series Afterglow is known for its neon colors and see-through hardware. The newest headphones, Prismatic Wireless Headset comes with a solid, more comfortable headband than its predecessor, and the ability to change the lights to any color of the rainbow. Yes, even purple. The headset fit great and felt like cushy donuts on my ears. The mic is retractable so it wont constantly get tangled in my hair. They also have some nice audio modes, including a bass booster.

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These bad boys were beautiful and I hope to get my hands on a pair soon so I can give a full review, but in the meantime my interest is definitely piqued by the cool design and low price point!

(and all their girl friendly products)

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So my true favorite part of PDP’s showings was the very obvious fact that they took their girl consumers into account. I brought up how impressive it was that they had so many accessories geared to girls. Chris Bridle, the Marketing Manager at PDP, summed it up with “Everything doesn’t have to be blood and gore. You can be a gamer and love cute things.” He also mentioned that many of the designers are women, which I truly believe makes a difference in companies. They even had little T-Shirts for the 3DS!!! Can you imagine how much hassle that would save when the next iteration of DS comes out? Instead of having to get rid of your sick Shenlong DS Lite case (yes this is a true story) because it doesn’t fit your 3DS, you could simply squeeze that t-shirt onto the next bad boy!  <3

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I definitely plan to put a lot of money into PDP in the coming months. Check out this Facebook album for more pictures.

2. Nvidia’s Project SHIELD

Project Shield hopped onto this list from out of no where. I had NO inkling that another portable gaming device was coming onto the market, but it already looks like a winner.

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Basically fusing a true portable gaming system with the mobile gaming trend with a full sized controller, Project SHEILD utilizes the Tegra 4, touted as the world’s fastest mobile processor. The ultra-fast wireless is to prevent lag when streaming games and the unit will utilize Android Jelly Bean’s operating system, meaning you can access all of the Android applications and games. The person showing it off to me also mentioned Steam games, which would blow my little mind.

I wasn’t given time to actually touch or play this sucker, so I can’t say more than that for now, but I should have more information after the next convention. It looks very hardcore and sounds very practical, so kudos to Nvidia for shocking the gaming world.

1. Extreme Reality

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the game changer. What stops people from playing motion controlled games? Often, it is as simple as not owning a needed motion control accessory, such as the Kinect or Move. What stops developers from creating more games with motion controls? The chance that less people will buy it because they don’t have the tools to play it! Extreme Reality solves this issue with their software that lets you turn any platform (PCs, TVs, tablets, cell phones) with a 2D camera into the only tool you need.

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The game they demoed for me was Beat Booster, a Kinect game. It only took the developers a week to port it over to their software. I watched a girl stand in front of a Lenovo laptop and play the game with no problem (to be honest, she rocked at it). It worked for the full range of 3D movement, including leaning forward and leaning backwards to control speed in the game.

I was not only impressed with the technology, but also for what it could mean for the game industry. If everyone could have easy access to motion gaming, it could open up a range of new games that haven’t been developed yet because the market was too small.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUcTm4IBpMQ

 

 

 

No GravatarInternational CES is the world’s leading, largest technology trade show, held in Las Vegas at the LV Convention Center from January 8th to the 11th, 2013. People from all over the world come to enjoy this epic week of technologies, geek out over the future electronics.

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To give you an idea of the size of this thing, Michael Phelps would have to swim 483 laps to travel the 15 miles of the carpeted CES show floor. My feet certainly wished it was a pool instead of cement floor. There are about 3,280 exhibits, tons of parties and celebrity appearances. My friends and I saw Will.I.Am, Sheila E, Xzibit, Lupe Fiasco, Rohan Marley (son of Bob Marley and father of Lauryn Hill’s babies), Tyson Beckford, Nick Cannon, Mike Tyson and  Snooki, but didn’t see LL Cool J, 50 Cent or Felicia Day.

This was my first trip to CES, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was definitely a different experience than any gaming convention, and I really had to look hard to find gaming specific innovations. The Gaming Showcase, a tiny section of the show floor, was my favorite part of the event of course, since I’m not really big into mobile tech or televisions. But for those of you who are, here are some highlights!

 Cool Tech News:

  • Lenevo and 3M have introduced tablets that are actually the size of tabletops. Meant for multiple users and most certainly for companies, both of the products are going to be pretty pricey.
  • Canopy developed Sensus, an iPhone case that is touch sensitive to allow you to use the back and the sides of your phone to scroll and click instead of just using your screen.
  • A vibrating fork from Hapilabs that is meant to stop you from eating too much made an appearance. 0_0
  • VuzixM100 smart glasses: a bluetooth controllable headset that sits under your eye looks pretty cool.
  • The Samsung’s Ultra HDTV S9 was shown off with both an 85-inch and a 110-inch screen. Not only that, it looks like it is floating in its frame, since you can adjust the screen.
  • The Pebble – an e-paper watch for iPhone and Android let’s you use bluetooth to seamlessly control your phone with your watch.
  • Facecake’s Swivel allows you to virtually try on clothes, different hairstyles and colors, and varied makeup styles without ever taking off what you’re wearing or making a horrible dyeing mistake .
  • The Puzzlebox Orbit is a brain-controlled helicopter that flew around and was amazing.
  • Monster had an Alicia Keys concert and featured brand ambassadors such as Tyson Beckford, Xzibit, Sheila E., Nick Cannon and more showing off their new and stylish headphones. I drooled (at the headphones… not the celebs :P).
  • Sony showcased a ton of cool products that worked by touching your mobile device to them. It was pretty cool looking!

Cool Gaming News:

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There was plenty of awesome gaming news as well!

  • Monster and EA sports teamed up to create a gaming headset, The MVP Carbon, which also works with lifestyle products such as phones and MP3 players.
  • Mad Catz showcased the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard. This keyboard won the Best of Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award in Gaming Hardware & Accessories at this year’s CEAs. The keyboard is modular, meaning it can be taken abart as needed and rearranged.
  • Razer is coming out with a gaming tablet called the Razer Edge
  • The R.A.T.M. Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse from Mad Catz looks pretty awesome

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As for the innovations and products that caught my eye, the  real standouts for me were the Extreme Reality software, Nvidia’s Project Shield and Afterglow’s Prismatic Wireless Headset (and girl friendly products). I have a few posts coming up that go into more detail about those babies!

However, with the gaming tech in general, almost everything else was showcased at another event or convention. The one other surprise for me was not particularly innovative for this show, but it was darn fun. The Mag 2 looks like a cheap game accessory. If I came across it online, I would glance over it and keep moving. But when I actually picked it up to play, I found it completely addicting. The gun controls your view in the way movie stars use guns in action movies, pointing the way, looking around with it. It takes a bit to get used to, but once you do you feel like a total badass.

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Speaking of BadAss, there’s Xzibit at the Monster booth!

In all, I’m very glad I attended and my only with is that I brought one of our tech or mobile writers along. I’m certainly looking forward to International CES 2014.

I’ll have some reviews and previews coming along for some of these products and more, so please make sure to subscribe to stay up to date on the latest posts!