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This Week’s Latest Tech Gadgets – January 4, 2016

I can’t get to every product I want to but there’s some really cool/great stuff here in my office. So here’s a sentence or two on a bunch of “stuff” I have here pilling up – some new, some not so new.

Bracketron  JamSpotBracketron JamSpot Bluetooth tablet stand

The Bracketron JamSpot Bluetooth tablet stand (http://www.bracketron.com $49.99) does it all for tablet users.

It keeps your tablet handsfree in portrait or landscape position in angles from zero to 70-degrees. On the bottom are a pair of built-in speakers to give you much better sound than the tablet itself.

There’s also a rechargeable battery to power the speakers and when the stands not in use, fold it up and stick in a drawer.

Cost: $49.99
Details: www.bracketron.com

 

GOgroove’s BlueSYNC RST alarm clock

GOgroove’s BlueSYNC RST alarm clock is a great nightstand all-in-one with a dual alarm clock, NFC pairing, charging station, wireless (Bluetooth) speaker, FM radio (whats that?) and even a mic for handsfree calls.

For charging, put your device on the built-in holder and plug in your charging cable to the USB port. This lets it (www.gogroove.com $59.99) be Samsung, Apple or whatever friendly.

A line I say over and over again is Power, Power, Power, to keep your portable electronics go-ing.

Cost: $59.99
Details: www.gogroove.com

The Ventev USB Charginghub 400

usbcharginghub 400The Ventev USB Charginghub 400 (https://mobileaccessories.ventev.com $34.06) should be on every kitchen counter for every family. It charges four devices at once with 5.4 amps of power to divide among the four.

It runs off of AC itself (something has to power it) and works great. Just buy it.

Cost: $34.06
Details: mobileaccessories.ventev.com

 

InnWave wired headphones

InnWaveInnWave wired headphones (http://www.innodevice.com/innowave $99 in five cool colors) sound great but what gets me is the styled, branded, wavy and expandable headband that attaches to the soft padded ear cups.

Cost: $99
Details: www.innodevice.com/innowave

 

TaoTronics TT-SK06 Bluetooth Speaker

TT-SK06 SpeakerAnd while I’m talking about sound, Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen now. So just get the TaoTronics TT-SK06 Bluetooth Speaker. It rocks, looks great and doesn’t take up a lot of room. Plus it only costs $54.57 (www.taotronics.com).

It’s portable, has an internal 4000mAh rechargeable battery, good for 6 hour and a lifetime guarantee from TaoTronics. Just don’t lose it, as I’m sure the guarantee is only for performance issues.

Cost: $54.57
Details: www.taotronics.com

 

Plantronics backbeat Fit Bluetooth headphones

BackBeat FITAnd the last thing on sound is the Plantronics backbeat Fit Bluetooth headphones (www.plantronics.com $97).

They are obviously wireless, comfortable, waterproof, sport earbud safety so you can hear your surroundings and a battery for 8 hours of use.

The earbuds are attached with a flexible headband, which reverses for easy storage and has a built-in mic for calls.

Cost: $97
Details: www.plantronics.com

 

Magellan MiVue 658 HD dash camera

Magellan MiVue 658I really wish I got to the Magellan MiVue 658 HD dash camera sooner, so let’s just say I saved the best for last.

The MiVue 658 (www.magellangps.com $199.99) gives you incredible quality video in full 1080p HD and is so easy to set up and use from the dash of your car.

Obviously it’s not for filming your vacation but it does a great job filming some fun stuff and re-cording video in the unfortunate event of an accident.

If you have an accident, according to Magellan “the built-in G-Shock Impact Sensor automatical-ly locks the recorded video footage, location data, and date/time information prior to the incident providing an accurate record of events.”

If you need still images of the incident, take the dash cam and switch it to camera mode since it has an internal battery to keep it going outside of the car.

You can connect the dash cam to WiFi to watch, save or share your videos.

Other features include a wide angle lens to record in any angle with the rotating mount. The lens is a bright anti-glare F Lens which is described as able to reduce glare and absorbs reflection. All I know is the video was incredible quality for a device like this.

Cost: $199.99
Details: www.magellangps.com

 

Contact Gregg Ellman at greggellman@mac.com.
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