The majority of wireless and dock sound systems are built for portability. Not the case with this specimen. The modus operandi of the NAD VISO 1 is superior sound quality. It’s 19-inches wide and a foot in diameter boasting two full-range drivers that crossover to a single 5.75-inch side-ported woofer to pump out mids and bass. It’s loaded with ports to connect to everything plus it boasts next-gen Bluetooth aptX.
While GoPro and Contour have been busy creating the whole portable, POV DV camera market, the big dogs have stayed on the porch. But now JVC has jumped into the mix. In addition to its focus-group approved extreme moniker, the Adixxion action camera features built-in wi-fi, a superwide angle lens, full HD capture, and is waterproof to 15 feet. Available late summer.
Until the release of their latest point & shoot, the EX2F, Samsung’s wi-fi enabled cameras have suffered from sub-standard image quality. But the new EX2F is a definite step up. It offers a 12.4 MP image from a fast f/1.4-2.7 zoom lens along with dual image stabilization, ISO up to 12,800, and a 3-inch swivel display. Hits stores in August.
The other bomb-piece of hardware Google dropped this week looks more like a cannonball. It’s called Nexus Q; the world’s first streaming social media player. Using Google Play apps through your Android Phone or tablet you can access the massive Google cloud to stream millions of songs, HD movies, TV shows, and the entire YouTube universe into your home. The Q unit also features an audiophile grade amp so you can plug in your speakers and blast it.
Google dove headfirst into the tablet market this week with the launch of their Nexus 7. Apparently other Android-driven tablets on the market weren’t cutting it, so Google got into the hardware game. 8GB & 16GB Nexus tablets feature quad-core processors and 7” displays. Built for Google Play, it offers almost unlimited options for media, music, and apps.
If you lose your keys more often than you lose your phone, the Hone might be a big help. It’s a low energy device that connects to your keys and when signaled by your Hone iPhone app, it makes the fob light up and vibrate so you can find your keys and get going.
If you thought that ‘iPad’ was a ridiculous product name, say hello to the new champion, the Clambook. No, it’s not an adult entertainment device. It’s a sleek aluminum docking device that connects your smart phone to your laptop for a full-size screen experience on your phone. Coming Holiday 2012.
Smashproof and splashproof are both great qualities for a portable wireless speaker. Powered by an 8-hour Li-Ion battery, the Shoqbox is about the size of 24 oz. tall can and it’s equiped with wOOx technology for big bass. It’s also got a built-in microphone for speakerphone use. Source
By now, standard iPhone speaker dock designs have become a bit tiresome. Sleek, minimalist, boring. But leave it to Italian designers to blow this theory all to hell. The iXoost uses machined aluminum and real exhaust manifolds sculpted into stylish systems that pump sound out of 140W subs and multiple mids.
Microsoft made headlines yesterday with the launch of their new Surface Tablet. The big questions: Is it really a business device in disguise? Will its integrated “kickstand”, the 3mm thin keyboard/cover, and the yet unproven Windows RT OS be enough to convince consumers to choose Surface over iPad or even something like the Windows-powered Asus 600? Only time will tell.