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Reality Robots Launches Be The Robot (BERO) – Animated Mobile Robot Controlled by an Open Source App

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A four inch Google Android™ inspired robot reacts to smartphone notifications, avoids obstacles, dances to music and is fully controlled by a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone

Reality Robotics, established by experienced product developers of robotic toys such as DeskPets Tankbot and WowWee Robopanda, is excited to announce the Be The Robot (BERO) campaign now live on Kickstarter. BERO is the ultimate smartphone companion that uses an Android open source app to wirelessly control the robot.


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Wicked Audio Ear Buds

I received two pairs of Wicked Audio ear buds to review. Why a company with so many choices of ear appliances would want to produce two new models is a mystery. Obviously they must be an improvement over existing models.

Frankly, I don't see how the listening experience could be much better than what the Wicked Deuce and Mojo ear buds produce for your listening pleasure.

A warning comes on the package about using excessive volume. Without thinking I turned a little Mozart on my iPod and plugged in the buds. I thought my head would explode, and the volume was only cranked up half way.


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You Slide, It Scans

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Listen up Road Warriors. You need this handy, portable scanner. Once you have one, you won't leave home without it.

The IrisScan Book 2 scanner is compact measuring 10 inches in length and an inch high and wide. It weighs a mere seven ounces. So it won't cause any clutter in your travel bag.

There is a simple, initial, one-time, setup procedure. First, install the two AAA batteries that come with it. And then insert the 2 GB micro SD card that also comes with it. Power it up by holding down the Scan button for two seconds. Insert a paperclip into the format button hole.


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Edifier E3350BT Bluetooth Speakers Review

If you want a really classy Bluetooth speaker system to enhance your environment, you will want to check out the Edifier E3350BT system. Its absolutely stunning design will catch your eye. Its high quality output will capture your attention too.

The curved pyramid shaped subwoofer is flanked by two smaller speakers about a foot high.


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Hold it Right There: Prizm

They come in pairs, look like a new form of Japanese Ninja throwing knife. In fact, if the edges were sharpened, they might well function as such. Each piece has a slot that when fitted together properly become an attractive stand for digital devices.

These innovative device holders are called Prizms by Hub Innovations and come in two sizes. Most device holders are kinda clunky, but not the Prizm.

The larger size works well for iPods and 10 inch Androids in both landscape and portrait positions.


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a-Jays 4 Voice Optimized Ear Phones

There's always a pleasure in reviewing a quality product. The a-Jays ear Phone set is a winner in craftsmanship and sound quality.

The most difficult part was figuring out how to open the packaging. It comes in an oval plastic sleeve that seems to be tightly sealed top and bottom with no windows, doors or latches visible. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I finally got out my pliers and broke off the top. After that the innards slid out easily, and I was in business.

It is an attractive job of packaging though.


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Hold it right there: Arkon Products

I just returned from a road trip that was made more pleasant, productive, and convenient thanks to Arkon's versatile line of mounting products. It seems they have anticipated every mounting problem for digital devices possible and have solutions to suit your needs.

Whether you need to mount an iPhone, Android, or other Smartphone, Arkon has the answer. If you need to mount an iPad or tablet PC, Arkon can help you in the front seat or the back seat so the kids can be entertained.
I like to use my iPod and Android as GPS devices while driving. Arkon to the rescue.


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A Must Have Travel Companion: The Geneva XS Speaker System

For fear of dating myself, I remember not leaving home without a folding, windup, analog travel alarm clock. Now, there's probably not a hotel room in the world without a radio alarm clock. Now most people probably use their phone for waking up in the morning. But there's a better way.

I've discovered a speaker system to die for that does it all. The Geneva Sound System Model XS is highly portable. It folds into a study case measuring 6 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 1 1/2" making a compact unit in your suitcase. It weighs about one pound.


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Archos 80 G9 Tablet Review

My relationship with the Archos 80 series has been of growing interest with a few disappointments. Overall, I would say that it is a nice tablet worthy of your consideration depending on your needs.

I have to say I was not too impressed with the first Archos 80 I tried. The first problem with the 3.5 mm charger port, which only worked on occasion. I never could get the USB port to work, and it lacked an SD expansion slot.

As if by magic, somehow the developers received my concerns and addressed the issues in the next release.


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The Return of the Styli: Hand Stylus

Ah, I remember fondly the good old days of Windows Mobile and the precision pointing of the stylus and so many fewer typos. Then came the iPhone and a whole new generation of nose miners emerged gooping up the screen with greasy fingers and worse. I for one am tired of gummy screens and applaud the resurgence of the stylus.

Now a stylus could be nothing more than a wad of aluminum foil, but thanks to Hand Stylus there is an attractive line of styli out there with your choice of colors.


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