Welcome to the salute, and another installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a column leaping over buildings in a single bound in search of the best gadget that has fallen from all the latest announcements.
This week, we’ll take a look at Audio Flair, an updated GoPro, a mood-altering wearable and a tablet case with earbuds for the physical world.
Well note, unbiased traveler, these are not reviews. The rating is only related to how interested I am in trying each item with my own hands. Or ear, as the case may be.
ASUS is on a crusade to end the bullets crisis with terrible sounds. Its new ZenPad 8.0 features an interchangeable cover design that allows users to offer multiple functional options. There is an audio cover (pictured above), which enhances the sound quality by tucking the 5.1 surround-sound system inside.
With six speakers including a subwoofer, the audio cover promises to improve the tablet experience of watching videos and listening to music.
However, until your tablet constitutes your home entertainment system, I cannot understand this point. If you are spending some time with friends in the park and streaming from Spotify then of course it can come in handy, but I would not like to use it to watch Jurassic Park in any kind of quantity on the train .
Still, it’s a good idea, and it’s good to see some real innovations in tablet covers beyond protection and external charging.
GoPro screen time
GoPro’s portable cameras have helped action seekers share some terrifying footage with the rest of the world. GoPro’s Hero + LCD added an LCD touchscreen to the product line, under threat to capture the drone’s own impressive film and upset the action footage leader.
I am increasingly enamored with drone cameras and the flexibility they carry, especially when you can keep a drone automatically tracking your movements. However, to fix something there is a camera to turn something physical and off – such as a helmet or piece of sports equipment – resulting in a more pronounced sense of action.
The screen here gives the option to quickly review footage without switching to a smartphone app. I also appreciate the built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, and the ability to trim footage directly to the camera to make the clip stronger before sharing it using the app.
I admire GoPro and this latest model in our line of cameras. However, I do not think it would be best suited for my lifestyle. I can’t imagine having a leisurely stroll through the local park with a massive YouTube audience.
In the mood
Science has finally found the answer to one of the great mysteries of our time: Will we ever see a wearable face wearable compared to Google Glass? The answer is yes, and its almost-silly name is “Thinks.”
It is a device that works on a neurological level, sending signals directly to your brain to change your mood. Of course, you use an app to control the mood setting.
On the surface, this is a great idea. I think most of us can use a certain way to relax.
But this is completely ridiculous. I won’t be caught dead wearing it in public, and my fashion sense is almost as deep as it gets.
Also, I am very relaxed in any case.
Here is a set of active listening earrings that does not allow you to stream music from your phone. Instead, it is supposed to improve, enhance and tune the sounds of the world around you, to improve audio quality in almost every aspect of your life.
Through a smartphone app (what else?) You can choose not only what you hear in the physical world, but also how you listen to them. Need to exclude annoying office crap, but zero in on the conversation in your meeting? It seems like just here that can do.
For example, there are a series of equalizer options to adjust the way you listen to live music, and several presets to cut some sounds. You can also slap on effects like reverb, bass boost and echo.
The crowdfunding campaign has already reached the goal, although I hope the stretch is one of the goals to increase the capacity of the headphones. When I want to listen to music or podcast from my phone, I need to get out of here.
Anything that can help with clunky screaming and shouting at music festivals and keep my focus on music, or getting a whipping baby out on public transport is something I can back off from. I am tuning into these.