MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

MaskFone: The World’s First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

We all are too familiar with those who do not like wearing face masks. In truth, it can be bothersome when trying to eat or drink, communicate if you are deaf, avoiding maskne, or making and receiving phone calls. Unfortunately, face masks are a necessity for our health and the health of others and are needed. Thankfully, companies are stepping up with fast innovation to help us deal with life wearing face masks. There are face masks with straw holes for drinking and masks with clear windows for communicating with the hearing impaired. Now there’s a face mask made specifically to take and receive phone calls and listen to music without having to take it off. Say hello to MaskFone, the world’s first true wireless headphones and mask in-one.

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

You read that correctly; this mask is designed with a built-in microphone to take phone calls while wearing it. There is no need to take off your mask while on a call. While virtually attending Pepcom and CES, we were introduced to this wonder-gadget. We instantly wished we had this in 2020; our mask experienced would’ve been more tolerable. With this groundbreaking, optimal face mask from Binatone, you can enjoy maximum protection against airborne health risks (thanks to its 5-layer filtration system) while enjoying a more convenient and serviceable way of taking phone calls and listening to music.

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

The MaskFone brings together Hubble Connected’s patented technology which includes a built-in microphone that eliminates muffled audio, and PM2.5 filters or medical grade N95 Filters (sold with the MaskFone Premium). You can also just buy the N95 Filters separately to up your protection level. The Bluetooth connected earbuds boast 12 hours of playtime, is IPX5 water and sweat resistant, a built-in microphone, crystal clear audio, voice projection technology, and are Google, Alexa & Siri compatible. Its sleek and clean design combines functionality and fashion.

The face mask comes with the aforementioned filters with replaceable filters. It features hidden cables, and controls that fall along the jawline, a comfortable fit that forms to all face shapes, magnetic earbud holders, adjustable neoprene ear hooks, a stabilizer for an extra secure fit, and is made from washable and durable twill fabric. Plus, its innovation combines several key industries – fashion, technology, health, and safety. As Tim Gunn always says, “make it work!” and Binatone certainly did. Of course, we didn’t expect anything less from a company that’s a leading global manufacturer of innovative IoT, smart home, and consumer electronic devices for the baby, home, personal audio, and lifestyle camera categories.

MaskFone - The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

The MaskFone is available in small/medium and medium/large. The Classic with 3 included PM2.5 filters retails for $49.99 and the Premium with 3 included N95 filters is $69.99. Both are currently available on www.Maskfone.com. They will be launching in stores and online at Target and Amazon by February 1st, with additional retailers to follow. Trust us when we say this is the only face mask you will need in 2021.

 

 

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

The demand for wireless audio has grown vastly in the past decade. Wireless audio is safer than holding a device to your ear and provides greater privacy. Moreover, wireless audio provides better audio production than speakers, making them the audio system of choice for video conferencing.

Even more importantly, wireless audio can help people with hearing loss use their cell phones. Roughly 36 million Americans have some amount of hearing loss. For many of these users, the better sound quality of wireless audio earbuds can be essential for cell use.

However, wireless audio devices come with a few drawbacks. Most wireless audio devices are designed to fit over or in the ear. This means that some people cannot use them because the devices are too large, too small, or improperly shaped to fit the user’s ear. Wireless audio devices are also notorious for being misplaced or lost. This leaves the user without an audio device for driving, exercising, or other activities that require the user’s hands to remain free.

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

JBuds Frames from JLab Audio is intended to remedy many of the problems inherent in conventional wireless audio devices. JBuds Frames attach to the user’s eyeglasses along with the earpieces. Unlike conventional earbuds or wireless audio devices, this minimizes the risk of loss. By attaching the wireless audio devices to the eyeglasses, the audio devices are only as likely to be lost as the glasses. When you wear JBuds Frames, you’ll have two Bluetooth true wireless audio devices that operate independently and that you can attach to the temples of any pair of eyeglasses, sunglasses, or other eyewear.

By fitting to the user’s eyeglasses, JBuds Frames provides a universal fit that can accommodate any user. The lack of universal fit among traditional earbuds and wireless pieces that are designed for the ears can leave many users with no way to communicate via phone. About 15% of adults over the age of 18 have hearing trouble. This amounts to about 37.5 million Americans. For many of these adults, conventional earbuds or wireless Bluetooth earpieces will not fit into, or over, their ear.

JBuds Frames are a perfect solution to that problem. While the device can help users hear more clearly, the open-ear design also allows the wearer to be aware of their surroundings as they listen to audio content. This can be extremely helpful for those who like to listen to music or podcasts while they exercise or work but still need to be able to hear when the phone rings or a loved one calls from the other room.

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

As JBuds Frames attach to the user’s own glasses, they are endlessly adaptable to the user’s style. Whatever the style of your eyeglasses is, JBuds Frames can adapt to them, allowing you to keep your desired style. This is just as important as the function of the device, as style matters to most users. While devices have been created that integrate wireless audio into eyeglasses, manufacturers usually provide a limited selection of eyeglass styles. This makes sense because the device manufacturers are usually more concerned with the technology inside the wireless earpieces than the style of the eyeglass frames. As a result, the frames can look cheap or use colors or patterns that are simple so they can match anyone’s needs.

The removability of the Bluetooth pieces also allows you to use them with whatever pair of glasses you want to wear. Whether you have multiple pairs of stylish eyeglasses or you like to switch between different sunglasses, you can use JBuds Frames at all times. When you wear them, you can enjoy over eight hours of playtime and conveniently-located buttons to accept or decline phone calls, adjust volume, and switch between JLab’s Signature and Bass Boost EQ settings.

JBuds Frames provide many benefits compared to conventional wireless Bluetooth earbuds or even eyeglasses with integrated earpieces. This new device from JLab will be previewed during the 2021 CES event. You can expect them to be available early in spring 2021 and retail for $50, which is $150-$200 below comparable releases. Check out a preview of the new JLab JBuds Frames on their website.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

Can you believe Christmas is next week? We are exactly one week away from Christmas Eve but don’t worry, there’s still time to get great gifts for those on your list. In fact, today we’re sharing gadget gifts that are sure to wow your recipients on your list this holiday season. As they say, “the future is technology”, and the gadget gifts we’re showing you today will not disappoint.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

We’re highlighting conventional and unconventional tech gifts from some of our favorite gadget brands, including Anker, GE, Urbanista, iOttie, Kingston technology, and Feit Electric. Some of these will add better function and some fun to your winter pandemic life. Let’s get to know these really cool holiday gadget gifts.

1. ANKER NANO CHARGING KIT, $19.99

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

A dead or almost dead phone can be extremely stressful. Being homebound has everyone spending more time on Social Media or participating in Zoom meetings, dates, hangouts, etc. All of this can drain your phone’s better rather quickly. The Anker Nano Charging Kit comes with everything you need to get and stay powered up quickly. The kit includes the Anker Nano, a 60W 2-port charger, a C-to-C cable, and a C-to-lightning cable, which makes a holistic charging solution for all new Apple products, including iPhone 12, new iPad and Macbook, as well as other smartphones and tablets. Charge all your devices 3X faster than the standard iPhone charger, with this 20W ultra-small charger. At only 1″ thick, the Anker Nano proves great things come in small packages.

2. iOttie iON Duo Charging Stand + Pad for iOS, $59.99

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Gadget Gifts That Will Wow This Holiday Season

The newest launch from iOttie is another charging must-have. We love it because we have been experienced damaged charging ports and/or faulty charging cords and this fantastic gadget can rescue your device from being “unchargeable”. This dual charging device features fast-charging solutions compatible with any Qi-enabled smartphone or accessory. Key features include two LED charging indicators, ideal viewing in landscape and portrait modes, and a sleek and subtle fabric-wrapped and rubberized design. Not only does it work incredibly fast, but its design aesthetic is also perfect as desk decor whether it’s work or home office. We think the iON Wireless Duo Fast Charging Stand + Pad will be a big holiday gift hit for anyone.

3. GE LED+ Speaker Bulbs, $24.99 – $49.99

LED+ Speaker Bulbs

Welcome to the new way to enjoy your favorite music, podcasts, and other audio. Fill your favorite room with joyous sounds with the  LED+ Speaker Bulb. This innovative lightbulb includes a built-in speaker that connects to your smartphone and tablet via Bluetooth. The best part, no additional app is required. To fill your entire home, just link up to 10 bulbs for a simple wireless sound solution. Installation is fast and easy; you don’t need a hub or wifi, just screw in the bulb and pair to Bluetooth for a wireless multi-room sound system. The LED+ Speaker Bulbs are compatible with fixtures that require a general-purpose A19/21, floodlight BR30, or 6-inch recessed lighting fixture.

4. Urbanista London In-Ear True Wireless Earphones, $149.00

Urbanista London In-Ear True Wireless Earphone

 

Next on our 2020 gadget gift guide is Urbanista’s most advanced in-ear true wireless earphone with active noise canceling and ambient sound modes, the London In-Ear True Wireless Earphones. With the London Earphones, you can choose to silence the outside world or let the sound in. It features Active Noise Cancelling that reduces unwanted sound with superior precision, while the new Ambient Sound Mode will enforce and define outside voices without the need to lower the volume or hit pause. The London also boasts 5hrs of playtime with an additional 4 charges in the case, customizable silicon tips, 25hr battery life, in-ear detection, touch control, and is compatible with all Qi-certified chargers. Available in five great colors, you’ll truly get the most out of your listening experience.

5. Kingston Technology Nucleum USB-C Hub, $49.99

Kingston Technology Nucleum USB-C Hub, $49.99

For those who are tired of lugging around heavy laptops and wish your notebook had all the great features that laptops do, there is a solution. The Nucleum USB-C Hub from Kingston Technology features an HDMI Output, USB-A, SD, and MicroSD Card Reader; allowing you to connect up to 7 devices, like a mouse, monitor, and other accessories to your notebook. The 7-in-1 Type-C Adapter connects USB 3.0, 4K USB C to HDMI, SD Card and microSD card ports, USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 Data port, and USB Type-C Power Pass through port for Macs.

Need to make space or declutter your memory? Use the Nucleum to offload photos and videos. This multi-tasking gadget is incredibly travel-friendly. It also allows you to power up one device, charge another, and a connect to USB Flash drive simultaneously. In a world where we need a multitude of things done, the Kingston Technology Nucleum USB-C Hub is here to help.

6. Feit Electric OneSync Under Cabinet LED Lighting System, $39.97 – $59.97

Feit Electric OneSync Under Cabinet LED Lighting System, $39.97 - $59.97

We’ve stated many times that we’ve been spending more time in our kitchen. This pandemic has made us realize there are several things we need to make staying at home a better experience; whether it’s pantry staples or kitchen tools. The Feit Electric OneSync Under Cabinet LED Lighting System falls under the latter category. Sometimes the overhead kitchen lights don’t quite hit under the kitchen cabinets; especially if you are using energy-efficient come sin.  bulbs. And that’s where the Feit Electric OneSync Under Cabinet LED Lighting System comes in. Illuminate under your cabinets and control the lighting system within a 50ft. range, even if they are on different walls.

No matter which of these gadget gifts you give this holiday season, we know the recipient will be very happy with your choice. We’d love to hear which of these are your favorites and which you’ll probably also buy for yourself.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

As humans, we try a lot of things to improve our overall wellbeing. Whether it’s taking vitamins in an attempt to enhance memory or contributing to the $111.4 billion spent on furniture and bedding to help us sleep better, we’re continuously striving to improve our health. The newest innovation on this path to wellness is a platform called Xen that uses non-invasive ear-based Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) to deliver a variety of lifestyle and wellness benefits.

Made by Neuvana, a team of wellness practitioners, physicians, and expert engineers, Xen is designed to be used as you go through your daily activities. While you’re watching television, listening to music, or commuting to work, Xen safely and gently stimulates your vagus nerve.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

Unknown by many, the vagus nerve is an important communication pathway between your brain and the major organs in your body. When you stimulate your vagus nerve, you activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the “rest and digest” functions of the body. By activating this system, you can promote a calm, positive mood, enhanced focus, balanced breathing, and improved digestion. You can even encourage better sleep. About three-quarters of people say they get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent, but you can also get this type of high-quality sleep by regularly toning and strengthening the vagus nerve.

One of the most common ways to stimulate the vagus nerve, and experience its calming effects, is through chiropractic care. However, Xen now offers a more sustainable method of stimulating the nerve, as you can incorporate it into your regular activities instead of having to make appointments with your chiropractor.

Xen by Neuvana is science-backed and physician-invented. Richard Cartledge, MD, FACS, is the Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Boca Raton Regional Hospital as well as an inventor who has over 100 patents. He is also the inventor of Xen. Dr. Cartledge was familiar with the vagus nerve and after reading multiple studies on stimulating it, he became passionate about finding a way to make VNS available to everyone.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

Xen by Neuvana provides VNS to anyone who wants it by sending a gentle, calming electrical signal to the part of the vagus nerve located in the ear through specially designed earbuds. The platform offers multiple waveforms in the Neuvana app. All the user has to do is pair Xen with their music library or streaming app and then the music selection will drive the calming signal. The experience is highly personalized in this way, as the signal syncs to the pace and harmony of the user’s chosen song.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

The signals from Xen will also sync to television shows and even ambient sounds. This allows the platform to drive optimal VNS based on the user’s unique environment. As VNS helps you reach a state of calm, this platform integration allows you to achieve this calmness as you enjoy your favorite activities, whether that’s attending a concert, watching a movie, or just walking around your neighborhood. If you live in Manhattan, where the average sale price for a condo is $1.9 million, Xen gives you the opportunity to turn what can be stressful city sounds into stimulation that calms your entire being. You can restore balance and calm to your life wherever you are without having to add an activity like yoga or meditation to your to-do list.

If you want to invest in your wellness, do so through Xen. You can pre-order Xen by Neuvana today by visiting www.neuvanalife.com.

Austere Tech Accessories Launch Event

Austere: Tech Accessories That Combines Design & Performance

Admit it, the only time you’ve cared about the “other tech accessories”, the audio and video cables, is when you’re moving. Why do we barely acknowledge the tech accessories that keep our devices working? We think it’s because aesthetically, they’re quite forgettable. At least, they were until the introduction of Austere tech accessories. This range of spectacularly designed, technologically superior power and connecting products, created by founder and CEO Deena Ghazarian, represents the intersection of flawless design and advanced technology. We had the pleasure of attending the launch of these high performing audio and video accessories for a first look at the brand.

Austere Tech Accessories Launch Event

What makes the Austere tech accessories different from the rest? The Austere tech accessories boast products with purpose and style. It features a range of connecting and power products; this includes eight cables, two power products, and one product to clean and protect your devices. The products are designed with intent, from it’s superior materials to the injection of color. They are all visually stunning and will match your home decor. The cables, which are constructed for flexibility and strength, boast Kevlar-reinforced windings and Austere’s signature braided WovenArmor.

Austere Tech Accessories

From State-of-the-art active HDMI Cables, Banana Adapters, Optical Audio Cables, Subwoofer Cables, Audio Interconnect Cables, and Speaker Cables to innovative 6 and 8 outlet Power Strips that feature Omniport USB ports, and 45W USB-C PD ports for your laptop.

The aDesign housing of the HDMI Cables are visually stunning with a purposeful slim design, ideal in tight installations. The lightweight and durable Power Strips feature Flameless MOV circuits and thermally protected outlets. Key attributes to keep you safe from home electrical fires. The Speaker Cable boasts fine-stranded, 100% pure oxygen-free copper that’s been highly refined to improve conduction and prevent corrosion.

Austere Tech AccessoriesAustere Tech Accessories

We’re big fans of women who are doing big things in the tech world. With Austere, Deena is doing amazing things in the audio and video accessories market. Until this brand, we hadn’t seen anyone fill the audio and video space in the luxury market. At the event, we had the opportunity to get to know Deena Ghazarian and her wonderful range of Austere products; check out our IGTV video sit down with Deena.

Austere Tech Accessories Launch Event

Want to learn more about the luxury brand and its technologically superior products? Head over to www.austere.com to get to know the complete range of available audio and video accessories.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Engineered for Life: Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Sometimes in life, you have to make adjustments. Whether it’s something big like spending habits or diet, or something small like beauty products or changing their headphones. For us, the increase in temperature meant we had to put away our over-the-head headphones for a pair that’s a bit more non-overheating. We always stay active and use our headphones for music and calls, so we needed a pair that was engineered for our life. We found exactly what we needed in the Jabra Elite Active 45e wireless headphones.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Not only does this Bluetooth earhook fit comfortably and securely over our ears, but it also boasts a battery life of up to 9 hours on a single charge. We can listen to our music and take calls with being completely unaware of what’s going on around us (safety first, always). Other features of the Jabra Elite Active 45e include 2-microphone call technology which allows us to seamlessly switch between listening to our music and making calls, with crystal-clear sound. Another aspect we love is its voice command capabilities. If you so desire, you can seamlessly and instantly connect to your Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. Go from listening to music to a phone call to setting appointments, having your messages read to you and more.

Comfort-wise, the Jabra Elite Active 45e is wonderful. It fits comfortably around our ears and our heads with no need to adjust. We don’t have to worry about it shifting while we’re in motion and of course, we’re not left overheated. Love to run in the elements? These boast IP67-rated waterproof durability, with a 2-year sweat and dust warranty. The Jabra Elite Active 45e pairs easily with any smartphone and can be customized to your needs with the Jabra Sound+ app. Making adjustments like accessing your most-used widgets or selecting your preferred voice assistant can be done with a touch of a button.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones App

The Jabra Elite Active 45e wireless headphones retails for $99.99 each and is available in three colors – navy, black, and mint. Choose your favorite color on www.jabra.com.

2018 Gadgets for holiday tech lovers

Holiday Gift Guide: Cool Tech Gifts to Give This Holiday Season

One of the easiest gifts to give are cool tech gifts. They’re cool not just because of their looks but because of how they make our lives easier and more fulfilling. Whether your gift giving list is filled with music lovers, home office owners, gadget geeks, or anyone who wants to make their lives a bit smoother, these gifts are sure to delight. We’re sharing a few of the wonderful gifts we discovered at Pepcom. We know we’d love to receive as holiday gifts.

 

2018 Gadgets for holiday tech lovers

  1. Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Speakers – The BOOM3, MEGABOOM3, and WONDERBOOM Bluetooth speakers are definitely on everyone’s lists this holiday season. They are super-portable, boasts a balanced 360° sound, deep bass, one-touch music control, and are water, dust and drop proof. Any of these would be cool tech gifts to give your loved ones this season.
  2. Logitech Pro Ultra Wide Angle HD Webcam – Stay in touch with family and friends with this 1080P HD video webcam that boasts a wide field of view, 4x zoom capabilities, easily connects to your PCs or Macs with no additional software required, effortless pan and tilt capabilities, and so much more.
  3. Aquio X iHome Waterbottle & Bluetooth Speaker – Hydrate your body and soul with this sleek water bottle that quenches your thirst for water and music. The 16oz bottle is BPA-free and boasts double wall insulation. It keeps your beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 14 hours. At the bottom of the bottle is a detachable iHome Bluetooth speaker so you can enjoy music anywhere you go.
  4. WD MyCloud Personal Cloud Storage – in the era of hackings and doxing, it is essential to NOT have personal photos and information roaming around in shared cloud storage. With the WD MyCloud, you can completely back up your computers, smartphones, tablets, at the safety of your home. Available in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB, you can keep everything safely in one place.
  5. Polaroid Mint Instant Print Digital Camera – Love the feeling of having actual photos? You’ll love this 2-In-1 digital camera and printer. This wonderful, travel-friendly camera allows you to take 16-Megapixel photographs and prints them instantly on 2”x3” sticky-back paper. With 6 easy picture settings, some of which includes vibrant Color, black & white, or vintage effect, you will enjoy making memories.
  6. PureGear Fast Qi Wireless Charging Pad – The horror of a dying phone battery will be a distant memory when you gift this cable-free, fast charging pad. By simply placing your phone on the pad, everyone will enjoy an enhanced charging experience. It is compatible with most Qi-enabled phones and devices, has a micro-USB charging connector, and 10W fast charging. All this makes it perfect charging while traveling. Anyone who owns a smartphone will want this charging pad.

What are your thoughts on these cool tech gifts? Would you love to give or receive them this season?

Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator

At one point in our lives, we’ve all had to or tried to learn another language. Let’s face it, it’s very beneficial to be bilingual or multilingual, whether it’s for a job or just to enjoy life more. For many it’s easy to fully immerse yourself into a language and pick it up quickly, for some, it’s a bit of a struggle. What do you do if you’re a part of the latter group and want to travel? You pick up a Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator, that’s what!

The Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator that provides two-way verbal communication between people that don’t share a common language. Unlike text translators that require one to stop and enter each sentence word for word, one simply talks into this device and it automatically translates the phrase or sentence and “speaks” the translation to the other person. Imagine if you’re traveling and want to eat at a restaurant where English is rarely spoken, with this wonderful travel essential, you can not only order your meal, but also ask questions with ease. Need directions in a foreign country? The Live Conversation Speaking Translator will be the companion that helps you ask the right questions to get you back to where you need to be.

This wonder gadget verbally translates 12 languages without requiring internet access including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. When connected to the internet, it verbally translates 21 additional languages including Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, and Polish, and provides text translations for an additional 19 languages.

“It can be intimidating to visit a foreign country and not be familiar with the language,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Nick DiMarco. “This translator helps eliminate that stress by providing a simple way to communicate across every continent.”

We tried out Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator with a few people we know who spoke Spanish, Turkish, and Russian. The result was always the same…..WOW!! We loved the ease of translating entire sentences instead of singular words and the fact that this brings us all closer together as human beings. You really can have an entire conversation with someone who speaks a foreign language. We do have a few tips to get the best usage out of this revolutionary language translator. When using it, we do advise that you enunciate properly or it may interpret your words as something else. If you are using wifi, make sure the connection is strong as it will help get your translation results quicker. One aspect we truly loved about Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is the fact that you can save phrases you’ve already used for quicker use later. This helps a lot if you are in a bad wifi spot or are pressed for time. We highly recommend this tech device if you are travelling, you will end up having an event better time.

Could this device help you with your travels? Tell us what you think of it. Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is available from now for $349.95 on www.hammacher.com.