Greetings, and welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, where we offer trophies for the best and worst of this week’s gadget hunting.
Our crosshairs this week feature a smartphone from an audio equipment manufacturer, a giant USB power brick, a smartphone case for moviemakers, and a gun detection system.
As always, these are not reviews, and ratings only relate to how much I want to try items with my own hands.
Marshall, known for its guitar amplifiers and headphones, is moving into the smartphone market.
Its first device, a pair of dual-front speakers and audio output in London, is sharing what you are listening to with a friend who is wearing headphones, assuming you are not in the setting where You do not have the option to play audio on speakers.
There is a dedicated button for access to various music services, and a scroll wheel with that unmistakable Marshall Gold sheen to control the volume. Apple’s iPhones feature earpods, but comes bundled with a pair of Marshall’s London mode earphones (see above).
It looks beautiful, but outside of special martial features, its specs align closely with many Android smartphones. It has a microSD card slot, thankfully, which seems rare and rare among new Android smartphones.
I own an iPhone for seven years. If I would compliment London, at first glance, this is one of the few Android smartphones of the time that made me consider bouncing off the fantastic divide.
USB tower block
A new so-called “super charger” has up to 60 USB ports to power everything in your home that doesn’t turn off the power grid. He is slightly up.
Allputer’s 60-port Super USB charging station can be useful in an office where socket space is at a premium. I know all too well that the feeling of struggling through the workday can be seen with the nary socket, and there are safety restrictions on the use of USB ports while my battery meter decreases.
I admit that I am surprised as to why anyone could ever buy this for their home. Unless you’re a gadget fanatic and use dozens of portable gizmos every day, there’s no reason why you don’t need to charge 60 different machines at once.
Knowing me, I will fill all the ports with Novelty USB storage drives. To look at a wall of ridiculous tchotchkes and always know where I can find a USB drive when needed is a life goal I never knew I had until now.
I am surprised that there have not been more than a few films shot entirely on smartphones yet. On modern equipment the cameras are sufficient to record some excellent footage.
Perhaps it will change if Luminati CS1 is turned off. This is an iPhone case that, when paired with an app, you can see through a viewfinder and record what you see by pressing a physical trigger.
It is designed to spark memories of the simplicity of a Super 8, but since we are 50 years ahead of Kodak’s Famous Camera debut, there are far more bells and whistles. You can swap lenses, and the CS1 offers the option to add filters, handles, microphones and lights.
This case can also connect to a tripod, so it is aimed at those who want to get the most out of their iPhone for video recording.
I wanted to dislike CS1 at an instant glance, but as I learned more, it won me over. My favorite touch in this case would be a cartridge loaded into a film Super 8 camera as one is loading the iPhone.
It’s a fascinating idea, and if it helps to explore the future of Spielberg, Scorsese and Kubrix, all credit goes to its creators.
GanDect is a camera system that uses computer vision to detect firearms and send you alerts. The creators suggest that it can be used to prevent your own gun from being used without authorization, or to know that someone else is at your home with a gun.
Through its crowdfunding campaign, there are two versions of GUNDECT available.
The least-expensive model is a cloud-based version that requires a subscription to process images.
If it works as promised, it will encrypt the images it sees, send them to the cloud for processing, and send you an alert if it sees the firearms. The self-contained version takes care of image processing with an on-board system.
Manufacturers say that GunDetect has a 90 percent accuracy record, but when you’re relying on it to a certain degree with your safety, expect that degree of accuracy to be higher.
If a home invader packed a gun into a backpack or was adept at concealing it, it seems unlikely that the gunpets would not receive the weapon. Also, there is no night vision capability, so good luck keeping an eye on the presence of firearms at night.