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Sunday
Sep162012

Pure Wireless Digital Audio: WaveJamr from RadTech

Updated on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 12:56PM by Registered Commenterjf

Updated on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 3:29PM by Registered Commenterjf

I love my Apple TV. Not just because of the video it allows me to watch, but the music it lets me play from our iPhones or Macs using Airplay.

I really want whole-house audio (a la Sonos, without the ridiculous cost) and Apple's Airplay can help me do that.

I have a bunch of high-quality stereo speakers from a variety of sources (PC speakers, home stereos, etc.) that I can place all over my house, but the only way that I can get whole-house audio is to purchase and install an Apple TV in every room while outputting audio to each via the TOS (optical) audio connector on the Apple TV.

But I really don't want to spend $99 per room to make this happen - plus an additional $30 for a TOSLink adapter for each set of these analog speakers.

I got to thinking: how small can Airplay device really get? Maybe someone makes one?

So, I started trawling the Interwebs and here's what I found: nothing. (At least as far as Airplay goes.)

What I did find was a product in the form factor that I wanted, but one that uses Bluetooth instead of Airplay.

It's called the WaveJamr from RadTech.

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Sunday
Jul152012

It's time to bring back the .Beat

In 1998, my wife bought me a Swatch Beat watch. I think she heard me mention it after reading about it in Wired magazine and she got it for me as a gift.

WTF is a .Beat?

Swatch, along with the endorsement of Nicholas Negroponte, who was then the Director of the MIT Media Lab, proposed a Universal Internet Time known as the .Beat.

It works like this: A day is divided into 1000 ".beats". So, one Swatch ".beat" is equivalent to 1 Minute 26.4 Seconds.

You set your watch according to Biel Meantime (BMT). (In a classic marketing move, Biel, Switzerland is the corporate headquarters of Swatch.)

So, when you want to schedule a phone call with someone across the world, you don't have to figure out time zones - you simply indicate that the meeting should take place @xxx .beats.

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Thursday
Oct062011

Quirky "Ray" may be the coolest solar charger evah

A solar charger is a convenient, eco-friendly way to charge your gear on the go but is typically required to rest on a flat surface in the sun in order to work properly. The folks at Quirky have figured out how to fix that.

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Monday
Jan312011

Experiments in Minimalism and New Thinking 

Look at this beautiful iPhone 4 leather wallet. Just look at.

Let me tell you why I got one.

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Tuesday
Oct052010

Pre-Order The Glif: A Versatile iPhone 4 Tripod and More

Contribute $20 or more to this Kickstarter project and receive The Glif as soon as they're available (includes U.S. shipping!). Video below.

Glif Montage from Glif on Vimeo.

 

Monday
Feb082010

Today's Tweets

11:36pm, Feb 08 
Amazon Job Posting Hints At Full-Color Multi-Touch Kindle With WiFi http://ow.ly/15jRq
 
11:30pm, Feb 08 
@eduardoortiz Have you had hands-on a Nook yet? Thoughts?
 
10:42pm, Feb 08 
Nook Available In Time For Valentine’s Day, New ‘More In Store’ Content http://ow.ly/15j50
 
9:59pm, Feb 08 
ZoomIt Lets You Read SD Cards On Your iPhone. Will It Work With iPad?http://ow.ly/15iq9
 
9:40pm, Feb 08 
Get a Free iPad (or Nine) Here http://ow.ly/15hRI
 
9:35pm, Feb 08 
How Digital Marketing Helped 'Avatar' Break the Box Office http://ow.ly/15hQK
 
9:30pm, Feb 08 
The Majority of You Aren't Interested in Paying More than $10 for an E-Book [What You Said] http://ow.ly/15hPO
 
9:12pm, Feb 08 
Rumor: MacBook Pro refresh imminent, SKUs dropped from Best Buy systems http://ow.ly/15hM0
 
5:45pm, Feb 08 
Battle of the Deathburgers: Heart Attack Grill sues Heart Stoppers Sports Grill [This is Why You're Fat] http://ow.ly/15dug
 
5:40pm, Feb 08 
Netflix Streaming Getting a 1080p Upgrade [NetFlix] http://ow.ly/15dqz
 
5:35pm, Feb 08 
Minute Suites: Rest and Recharge, Airport Style http://ow.ly/15dq5
 
5:30pm, Feb 08 
Report: EMI Plans 'Radical' Cost Cuts, More Layoffs http://ow.ly/15doo
 
5:25pm, Feb 08 
Degrees of Personalization http://ow.ly/15dn8
 
5:20pm, Feb 08 
(Pic) Cargoshell’s Flat-Folding Shipping Containers http://ow.ly/15dmw
 
5:15pm, Feb 08 
Mobclix and Nielsen Ink Mobile Ad Targeting Data Deal http://ow.ly/15dlg
 
5:15pm, Feb 08 
Stat Shot: How the iPhone Changed the Handset Market http://ow.ly/15djZ
 
5:10pm, Feb 08 
Win A Mentoring Session With Founders Of Digg, Flickr, Mint, Ning, Slide Or Zynga http://ow.ly/15dhL
 
5:05pm, Feb 08 
Sketchpad: Simple web-based painting/drawing app. No Flash. http://ow.ly/15dfL
 
5:00pm, Feb 08 
‘The Gadget Disappears’ http://ow.ly/15dek
 
4:55pm, Feb 08 
Google Wave in Action: Real-World Use Case Studies http://ow.ly/15dgA
 
4:55pm, Feb 08 
Google Wave in Action: Real-World Use Case Studies http://ow.ly/15dbh
 
4:50pm, Feb 08 
100,000 Fans Send Target's February E-Card http://ow.ly/15cY0
 
4:50pm, Feb 08 
@ Local Online: The Hyperlocal Rev Model: Sell Services, Not Just Ads http://ow.ly/15cWy
 
4:45pm, Feb 08 
New Tweetdeck Puts Twitter On Crack – Adds YouTube and Flickr http://ow.ly/15cSP
 
4:40pm, Feb 08 
Vitamin D Webcam Monitor Hits 1.0, Still Has a Free Option [Updates] http://ow.ly/15cPF
 
4:35pm, Feb 08 
How Nerdy Is Your City, In Dollars? [Data] http://ow.ly/15cG5
 
4:30pm, Feb 08 
Linus Torvalds is now a happy Nexus One owner, pinch to zoom put him over the edge http://ow.ly/15cCl
 
4:19pm, Feb 08 
Wisair-based wireless display adapters head to Macs http://ow.ly/15cBo
 
10:15am, Feb 08 
The E-Book Marketplace: Does Anybody Really Know What Price It Is? http://ow.ly/152Kx
 
10:10am, Feb 08 
Canon Rebel T2i: 18MP and Legit 1080p Video for $899 [Digital Cameras] http://ow.ly/152Ec
 
10:05am, Feb 08 
Social Media Engagement Trends http://ow.ly/152BA
 
9:50am, Feb 08 
Loopt Partners With Mobile Spinach To Offer Location-Based Deals http://ow.ly/15281
 
9:45am, Feb 08 
Online TV Shows May Get More Ad-Heavy http://ow.ly/1526o
 
9:34am, Feb 08 
iPad in the family: What it'll take http://ow.ly/1524n
 
9:26am, Feb 08 
My own private... hydrogen power station? http://ow.ly/151IK
 
9:23am, Feb 08 
Using Calibre to convert an RTF ebook to MOBI so I can read it on my Kindle.
Friday
Feb052010

Full Gadget Ratio Formula Calculates the Actual Size of Gadgets 

Infographic: notquitewrong.com/rosscottinc

[The System]

Tuesday
Jan262010

First Hands-On Review of the Apple iPad (with video!)

;)

Friday
Dec262008

Gadgets for Christmas

Once again, Santa was good to me. I'm grateful that my family is so thoughtful and generous.

So, what gadgetry was under the tree for me this year? 

iHome iP9BR Clock Radio & Audio System for iPhone & iPod, Black

This is the one that works with the iPhone and allows for incoming calls. Previous models did not. I set it up so that I wake to an episode of The Bigg Success Show each morning.

 

 

 

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, 2 GB

The day that my Mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas was the day that LiveScribe released the beta of the Mac desktop software for their Pulse Smartpen, so I added it to the list. (My Mom picks one or two things off my lengthy gadget list each year, as her budget allows...)

I'm looking forward to putting it through its paces. If you haven't seen it in action, be sure to check out these videos:

The Pulse comes with a single-subject spiral-bound notebook which is better suited for students than business use. I ordered a set of Moleskine-like journals that should be here in a couple of days. 

Of course, in a pinch, you can also print your own LiveScribe Pulse-compatible paper.

Freehands Fleece Gloves for the iPhone

 

Before you judge the geekiness of these gloves, try using an iPhone in the dead of winter. Not practical.

The thumbs and pointer fingers flip open (and stay open thanks to the magnets that are sewn-in) so that you can use the touch screen on the iPhone. They are perfectly suited to the task at hand. (Pun intended)

  

Mini Espresso Maker

Those of you who follow me on twitter know about my addiction obsession affection for espresso. It's tough to find the elixir of life when you travel to, say, the boonies of western Pennsylvania. To help with my search for the perfect shot on-the-go, my wife gave me a Mini Espresso Maker from Restoration Hardware which should work just great. I haven't tested it yet but will give it a try over the holidays, just to make sure I know how to use it properly when traveling.

Friday
Sep262008

eBags Customer Support ROCKS

After having been podcasting in earnest for awhile, in December 2006 I found that I needed a bigger bag for all my gear.

Since I had just invested in a bunch of audio equipment, I knew that My Management would kill me if I bought some overpriced laptop bag, so I did a little research and found the Firewall Laptop Bag from eBags. Part of their line of private-labeled bags, it's of their own design and creation and it had received lots of positive reviews.

The positive reviews - coupled with the 20% off coupon they sent me by email - prompted me to take the plunge.

The bag is great. It's large enough to fit all my audio gear, laptop, moleskine, files, etc. and it's really tough. At the time, I was using a 15" PowerBook and it fit perfectly in the laptop slot.

As my job responsibilities changed and I began traveling less, I switched to a smaller bag for about a year. Now that I'm again traveling frequently, I switched back using the Firewall bag.

After about a week of using it again, I inserted my 13" MacBook, zipped it up and...the seam on the zipper ripped from the surrounding cloth.

I was a little miffed by the whole thing but then I remembered that the bag has a Lifetime Warranty. I'm always a little skeptical of these types of warranties, but the product page on eBags.com says "Our Promise - Lifetime Warranty -Exchange, return, whatever it takes" so I called their customer service folks.

After informing them of my plight, I was told that someone from their returns department would be calling me back. That was last Friday.

Today, unexpectedly and without a phone call from eBags, the UPS guy rang the doorbell and delivered a brand new replacement bag.

Wow. Now that's customer service. Of course, they were probably hoping that someone like me would post something like this and frankly, they deserve it.

I think it's sufficient to say that I will continue to be an eBags customer.

If you're in the market for a laptop bag, backpack or whatever, be sure to check out their private-labeled bags.