Grill Bots

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t enjoy good barbecue, but I’ve also never met anyone who enjoys cleaning the grill afterward. Whether you’re a vegan or a carnivore, scraping and scrubbing away the charred and greasy remnants of whatever food you just cooked, with the brush flicking the charred bits at your clothes on the backstroke, is about as enjoyable as cleaning the toilet. The only thing worse is not cleaning the grates until the next time you’re ready to grill. Just as robots have relieved us of the drudgery of vacuuming and scrubbing floors, the Grillbot frees us from cleaning the ‘cue.

The Grillbot is a battery-powered robot with three removable rotating wire brushes that automatically cleans your barbecue grill. You simply place it on the cool or warm grill, push a button, and put the lid on the barbecue. The surface temperature needs to be less than 250 degrees Fahrenheit, but a heat sensor will warn you if it’s too hot. If the grill is cool enough, the Grillbot’s brushes will spin, stop, and restart in a random fashion that makes the robot crawl across the surface of the grill. Things get a little noisy as the plastic chassis repeatedly bangs against the barbecue’s lid, but enduring the clatter is vastly better than scrubbing and scraping by hand.

The Grillbot isn’t nearly as sophisticated as a robot vacuum or floor scrubber, but it doesn’t need to be. The upside of its simpler design is a lower price tag: $119.95 or $139.95 for the Grillbot and a carrying case that costs $29.95 if purchased separately. Given how greasy the device got after just a few cleanings, the case is a good investment that will keep the grime isolated to the robot. Well, mostly. Removing the brushes for periodic cleanings is bound to leave your hands dirty, and you’ll occasionally want to scrub down the rest of the Grillbot—and the rest of your barbecue—too. But you’ll never need to scrape the grates, and that’s awesome.

Nomatic Travel Pack

NOMATIC is a company that was born on Kickstarter and their goal was to create the most functional Travel Pack ever. Their campaign launched with two product offerings: the Backpack and the Travel Pack. It was a very successful campaign with 10,573 backers raising $2,203,254 and is one of the most popular bags that we backed on Kickstarter.

Travel Pack Features

· Waterproof zippers and water resistant materials: I used the bag in the rain and the snow and it has kept all of my belongings dry. I know it is very important for many people so I want to mention that this bag does not use YKK zippers.

· Briefcase mode: There is a place to tuck the backpack straps in and hold the bag like a briefcase but I don’t particularly like the way the bag looks without the straps. Also, the way the promotional video demonstrates taking the straps out is a bit hard to figure out. Pro tip: slip your fingers underneath the straps and close to the buttons before thrusting your arms forward.

· Full perimeter zipper: While it is great to be able access all of your belongings from most sides of the bag (excluding the bottom), my biggest gripe with that is you can have a total of six zippers on one corner of your bag with no differentiating characteristics. My solution to this would be to make some of the pull tabs a different color or, better yet, make the pull tabs on each pocket a different material so you don’t have to look at the bag to know which pocket you’re opening.

Another downside with this zipper is the unique shape of the backpack. Because it’s not a continuous zip, when this bag is over packed a little, it makes closing the bag more challenging.

· Over 20 pockets: The organizational capabilities of this bag are seemingly endless with how many different pockets it has. It’s wonderful to have a place for pretty much anything you can think of carrying.

There are two issues that I had with the many pockets. The first being that the more options you have with pockets, the longer it takes you to figure out which pocket is optimal for which item. The second, more major issue, is that these pockets are split into three compartments. When I get to the office, I have to open up all three separate compartments to retrieve everything I need. One compartment holds my laptop; another holds my shoes, water bottle, laptop charger, wireless mouse, and snacks; and the final compartment holds my notebook, pens, and cell phone charger.

· Quick-access fleece pocket: All new backpacks really should have a quick-access pocket. I’m a big fan of this feature because I keep my headphones, gum, and eyeglass cleaning cloth in there. One small thing about it is that I wish it were just a little bit deeper. It’s too shallow and I find my fingers hitting the bottom of the pocket a lot quicker than I’m typically used to in these pockets.

· RFID blocking pocket: Understanding that identity theft is a concern for many people, I appreciate having this secure pocket. That being said, I do not use the RFID pocket for that purpose. I just like where it’s positioned and keep small papers and cords that I use in there.

· Removable hard protective case for glasses:Since I wear my glasses every day, I was very excited to have this addition into a bag. It’s wonderful that NOMATIC added this feature so that when I (rarely) play sports, I can throw on a pair of contacts and put my glasses in and not worry about them being damaged.

I don’t use this case too often because it is the size of one of the elastic mesh pockets so it reduces the amount of things you can use that pocket for. When it’s in there, it also gets in the way of other items that you may want quick access to. Another thing to mention is that once you pop off the cover, it takes a little getting used to to get the cover back on.

· Hidden pocket for cash and passport: I see many bags have a hidden pocket these days to keep your valuables and this Travel Pack is no different. I actually didn’t use this pocket because it is so hidden that it’s pretty hard to access. I would only put things in here that I really wouldn’t need access to.

· Cord pass through holes: I’m not actually a big gadget person so these holes weren’t useful for me but I have friends who are constantly charging their phones while I’m with them so I can definitely see the utility in these. What I appreciated was that when you don’t use these pass through holes, they’re not very conspicuous.

· Magnetic water bottle pockets: This is probably Geoff’s favorite part of the bag. It has water bottle pockets on both sides. I did find them very useful to carry a thermos in too.

· Retractable key leash: When I first saw this in the video, I was quite excited to have this key leash. Locking my door and just dropping my keys to have them zip right back into my bag was like a dream! I used the key leash for about a week before putting the keys back in my pocket. Unfortunately, I don’t always have my backpack with me when I go places so having to take the keys off the key ring every time became a hassle. Of course, this could be remedied by just adding an additional hook to your keys!

· Freestanding: This is something that I really do like about the bag. I don’t like it when my bags flop to the ground. Anyone who lives in NYC can tell you that when you are forced to put your bag on the subway, bus, a public bathroom (as HL can attest to), or a crowded restaurant you want as little of the bag touching the ground as possible.

· Full perimeter expansion: This is what really differentiates the Travel Pack from the Backpack. Being able to expand this bag to use it on a short road trip to DC was wonderful.

· Mesh dividing wall: While I understand the need to separate different sections of the bag, I actually found it easier to pack this bag with the mesh pocket open.


So all in all, this is a very functional backpack for those of you who love to have a place for everything. As an EDC, it definitely caters to those who carry more around. As a travel bag, it’s only decent. The materials used seem high quality but the bag as a whole takes a little getting used to before it becomes a part of your daily routine. If you liked this review then you may like some others so please check them out. Out of all the bags I own this is probably the best bag with amazing build quality and value for money, and you can get it for $70 off for Black Friday!

TAD Fast pack scout

Triple Aught Design’s FAST series of tactical bags are some of the best ever made. But – though they are quick, easy, and expandable – they’re still too bulky for some extreme minimalists. Luckily, the brand has addressed that one drawback with their new FAST Pack Scout.

This mil-spec Invista Cordura nylon & Hypalon bag still features everything that’s great about their other FAST line bags – compatibility with their modular platform, a wealth of storage options (from PALS webbing to compartmental internal pouches and pockets), and easy access via a large clamshell opening. But it also has a major advantage when it comes to minimalism, as the Scout offers up 15 liters of storage in a package that weighs a total of 2.2 pounds. It also features an integrated mesh hydration sleeve, compression straps, a 1″ stability belt, and a full-height zippered internal mesh pocket. This backpack is honestly one of the most comprehensively well-executed bags for its size we’ve ever seen – and it’s available for $195.

Overall if you want a bag that is built to take a beating and don’t mind paying a premium price, then this bag is for you. If you like this post you may like some others so please check them out.

TAD Fast pack scout US

Mate-X E-Bike

In 2016, a company called Mate Bikes struck a chord with urban commuters and ended up shipping more than 7,000 folding ebikes to customers that backed its crowdfunding efforts. In July, Mate launched another Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for its next-generation model, which promises to deliver impressive performance at a price that makes electric bikes more approachable to mainstream riders.

This animal comes in 3 different models. The 250, 250+ and the 750 all on sale on IndieGoGo for 62% off MRP!
All three models share a set of common features, including a built-in cycling computer for taking distance, battery life, and speed. The bikes also come with disc brakes, an adjustable suspension, an integrated smartphone holder, a USB charging port, and a Shimano 8-speed cassette gear system. The Mate X is also equipped with puncture-resistant all-terrain tires, an aluminum frame, and the option to add a variety of accessories, including fenders, a rear-mounted cargo rack, and an integrated thumb throttle. The main difference being that the 750 is more powerful and gives you a longer ride time when compared to it’s younger brothers with the 250+ availing a high speed charger that you pay $100 extra for over the base starting price on IndieGoGo of only $799

Overall, if I had control of my own money this is an investment I would make without batting an eye but I don’t so I just write about it hoping one of you guys will make the right choice 🙂 If you guys liked this post then maybe you would like some of my other ones so please check them out.

Mate X IndieGoGo

Drone ‘N’ Base 


One of the problems with consumer drones is that unless you’re using them to shoot video, they can actually get kind of boring after a while. Flying them pointlessly up and down and back and forth only stays interesting for so long. That’s why a group of Slovakian entrepreneurs have created Drone n Base. It lets drone pilots race one another, engage in aerial dogfights, or play games like capture the flag. Each Drone n Base kit contains one miniature smartphone-controlled quadcopter, a charger with two batteries, and a base that can be placed on the ground or hung vertically. Both the copter and the base contain multiple infrared receivers and LEDs. This allows the system to “know” when the quadcopter has flown over the base, allowing that base (and others) to be used as a checkpoint in multi-drone races. If one of the drones misses a base, the pilots are alerted to the fact via their iOS or Android phones.


Other possibilities include playing capture the flag (where a virtual flag is captured by flying over a base), or a firefighting game in which the drone “fills up” by hovering over one base, then attempts to put out a virtual fire at another base by shooting at it with its infrared LED. Additionally, the drones can shoot at one another with their LEDs, registering direct hits by causing the struck copter to shut off and fall down. They can also temporarily activate a virtual shield by flying over a base, which protects them from other drones’ shots.


The designers are currently raising production funds for Drone n Base, on Indiegogo. A pledge of US$125 will currently get you a kit, when and if they’re ready to go – an onboard FPV camera may be added as a stretch goal. The planned retail price is $199. If you liked this post you my like so ethers so please check them out. Also don’t forget to like, comment ans subscribe to our newsletter.

V-Moda ZN Earphones 

  
Top-flight headphone maker V-Moda is challenging listeners to recall their high school chemistry days with the brand’s first pair of in-ears in four years, the Zn. As those familiar with the good ol’ periodic table will recall, the Zn’s moniker is the elemental symbol for zinc, apropos here as the V-Moda employ a patented process to cast the futuristic buds from zinc alloy to leverage its “unique hardness and resonance.” Presented as a limited edition pair of buds, the stylish Zn boast a number of features to create an a high-performance in-ear that matches Italian style with “unmatched durability.” The Zn have been designed to be a go-to choice for every kind of listening, from your daily commute, to your workout routine, and even your late-night musical revery.

  
Inside the zinc alloy casings rest 8mm drivers, surrounded by Italian-made acoustic filters “from a limited supply” which V-Moda calls the “gatekeepers of golden acoustics.” The filters are designed to allow for tight detail, and rich resonance, while the drivers are said to be tuned for enhanced clarity of midrange instruments like vocals and acoustic guitar for a more natural sound. The claimed frequency response for the Zn is an impressive 2-25kHz, matching up on paper with V-Moda’s claims that the Zn were designed with audiophiles in mind. The earphones come with eight pairs of V-Moda’s patented Bliss 3.0 eartips to allow for a tight fit and improved noise isolation for any earsize. Other accessories include the company’s Kevlar-reinforced DiamondBack cable system, a three-button iOS mic piece, a small carrying case, and even removable wrap-around earpieces, letting you strap in for a good run, or let the earpieces hang during more relaxed listening applications.

  
Overall, this is an amazing, rugged and really well designed piece of tech that would be on the top of my list no doubt. V- Moda made only 25000 of these so they will sell out pretty quickly. Coming in at around $180 (₹12000). Also you can expect the best of quality as it is doing from one of the best headphone manufacturers too date. If you liked this post you may like some of our other so please check them out. Also I will put up 2 new posts every thursday. Don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe to our newsletter so you can get all the latest posts instantly. 

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U.S. – http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-In-Ear-Audiophile-Headphones-microphone/dp/B017LI9HCA

Logitech UE Roll

  
Ultimate Ears boasts an impressive record with its line of Bluetooth speakers since the release of the original UE Boom in 2013, which it followed up with the smaller UE Mini Boom and the larger UE Megaboom. All of these speakers pack big sound, loud colors and a portable form factor. Ultimate Ears’ latest and most compact speaker, the UE Roll, launched just in time for the Northern Hemisphere summer and we dive in to see how it hangs, dunks, floats, and sounds.

  
Although the UE Roll is perfectly comfortable playing music inside, it’s been designed to withstand the rigors of the outdoors. Those familiar with the Ultimate Ears Boom or Megaboom speakers will find the same plasma-coated acoustic skin on the Roll. Combined with the tough silicone body, which also protects and covers the auxiliary and USB ports, the UE Roll is IPX7 waterproof for splashing, dunking, and immersing (not to exceed 3.3 ft (1 m) for more than 30 minutes). Even the auxiliary and micro USB connectors are waterproof for those rare instances when liquid does sneak its way in a bit. In addition to the unique shape, the UE Roll features a marine-grade bungee cord. It doesn’t matter that this speaker can’t stand up on end like the rest of them, since users can hook or hang the UE Roll in so many more imaginative ways. Umbrella poles, bicycle handlebars, backpacks, and shoulder straps suddenly become mounts for your speaker. The only real limiting factor towards creative placement is the depth of the attachment point. Objects that are too thick won’t let the bungee reach around and stay clasped. Too thin, and all it takes is a light bump to unintentionally unlatch the bungee cord.

  
Overall the Ultimate Ears Roll proves that it’s possible for a pint-sized portable speakers to feature an original design with a well-rounded sound signature. While some similarly-sized speakers may have “better” audio output, they tend to be more expensive and the kind intended to stay indoors away from dirt, concrete, and water. Those who want to adventure outside will appreciate the UE Roll’s tough, waterproof exterior and go-everywhere attitude. The extended Bluetooth range and marine-grade bungee cord also lets the UE Roll be carried further and in more ways than your standard wireless speaker.

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India – http://www.amazon.in/ROLL-360-Wireless-Bluetooth-Speaker/dp/B00YARCGQA

U.S. – http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ue-roll-wireless-bluetooth-speaker-blue/5673021.p?id=1219655375202&skuId=5673021

FUGOO TOUGH – A speaker with a variety of ‘jackets’

  

  
Go into any big box electronics store, walk through the audio or mobile accessories aisles, and prepare to be bowled over by Bluetooth speakers. What started as a percolating entry point has turned into a full-blown fight for any flat surface a portable speaker can rest on. Now familiar names like Beats, Bose, Sony, Samsung, Logitech, Jawbone and Jabra (among many, many others) are coming to market with them. Then there’s Fugoo, a relatively unknown upstart looking to not only compete, but also sound better than the rest. Fugoo’s pedigree comes from its founders. Some of them came from companies like Harmon Kardon, JBL and Toshiba, and now they’re decided to push out yet another Bluetooth speaker backed by the same marketing line we’ve heard a million times already: big sound from a small package. Why would they do that? Fugoo’s creators believe their speaker is different, and they’re right. Silly name aside, it’s one speaker, available with different ‘skins’ to suit the user’s purpose, and built to be mounted nearly anywhere. Priced at $200, the Fugoo has some stiff competition in the sound quality department, but if it sounds good enough, its utility features might just send it over the top.

  
Decked out in black and turquoise, the Sport naturally exudes a sense of the outdoors, like a trip to the beach or a lazy Sunday by the pool. The jacket is made up of a mix of a polyester-like material, soft rubber and hardened plastic, though the core inside has a waterproof seal protecting the internal components. On the top are three buttons that are basically the ‘O’ action button we’ve become familiar with, flanked by two volume controls keys. One side features power and Bluetooth buttons, while the other harbors a microUSB charging port and Aux-In jack.

  
Overall this product is perfect for almost everyone and doesn’t break the bank coming in at around $150 (RS: 9800). For this price tag you are truly getting a bang for your buck. If you like this post you may like some of our other so please check them out. Don’t for get to subscribe to our newsletter and like this post.

http://www.amazon.com/FUGOO-Tough-Waterproof-Shockproof-Snow-proof/dp/B00IBJ3OBO

Jay Bird X2

  
Jaybird first introduced its now uber-popular BlueBuds X in 2012. While the landscape of wireless headphones has rapidly shifted in the years since, the BlueBuds X held up in a manner that can’t be said about much of their competition. Part of this is due to the BlueBuds’ quality, but it also has to do with the lifetime warranty against sweat-related damage. That said, it was certainly time for a refresh. While Jaybird covered sweat-related damage, some found that general wear and tear was enough to render their headphones unusable. This, combined with advances in terms of sound quality meant that it was a perfect time to introduce the sequel. Ditching the branding for a simpler name, the Jaybird X2 in-ears are instantly recognizable, and could even be confused for the BlueBuds, but there are big changes under the hood.

  
While the BlueBuds X were available in two colors, the Jaybird X2s bump that up to six options: Midnight Black, Storm White, Alpha, Ice, Fire, and Charge. The overall look is very similar to the BlueBuds X but with more color and less chrome. The design reflects the minimalism popular in 2015 designs, and the X2s definitely look better as a result. The build is plastic but still quite solid. Like the BlueBuds X, the Jaybird X2s come with a one-year limited warranty as well as a lifetime warranty against sweat-related damage. This sweat resistance makes the X2s a good option for bringing to the gym, as do the in-ear “fins” meant to hold them in place.

  
The original BlueBuds X claimed a battery life of around 8 hours, but often struggled to reach that number. The Jaybird X2s claim 8 hours as well, but they actually reach that number in use. For some reason Jaybird calls this Battery HD, which is puzzling, but this battery life is still impressive given the small size. The price is $150.

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The Micro Drone.

  
Three years ago if you wanted a drone to take high-quality video, you had to shell out tons of cash and rely on a big, bulky flyer. With the Micro Drone 3.0 from Extreme Flyer, you get 720p HD quality video, all attached to one of the smallest drones on the planet. Video can be streamed directly to your smartphone, and works with live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat. And to help you concentrate on getting great footage, this quadcopter is incredibly stable, flying consistently thanks to motion sensors while it soars up to 300ft, through 45mph winds, with a battery life of around 8 minutes per charge.

  
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