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Phiaton MS530 Review

Jeff Penner

I've been using the Phiaton MS 530 Headphones for a month and I use them for the good part of 6 hours a day. They provide great sound and simply work in the type of environment I need. As far as Bluetooth headphones with noise cancellation goes these seemed like the best option when I was considering my purchase, now that I've had time with them it feels like I made the right decision. 

Bluetooth - Pairs easily not just initially but every time I turn the headphones on. The dual feature works perfectly, I can listen to music on my iPad and when a call comes in the iPhone connection picks up when I press the call button. As soon as I hang up the music resumes on my iPad. 

As a Bluetooth Headset - I spend a few hours every day on conference calls, my co-workers are continually surprised that I am using a pair of headphones like this when they see me on calls. The mic works great and others can hear me clearly on the other end of the line. I can use noise cancellation at the same time to make sure I hear important details I might otherwise miss.

Comfort - At first I was nervous about the over ear fit of the MS 530, trying them on in the showroom they were a little hard, after breaking them in for three weeks the foam pads have become softer and provide a hybrid type fit between on-ear and over-ear. Some reviewers have expressed concern over the top headband being a rubbery material, this does't affect comfort for long periods but I think the company could have done a better job with a different material, it would be interesting to know why the designers went with the rubber, and what the trade-off was.

Noise cancelation - The seal on your ear with the foam cups is enough for the general environment. Turn on Noise Cancellation in an office environment and you won't hear your co-workers, unless one goes completely postal. I use these right next to an air compressor and it drowns out the lows, enough that I can turn up the music an extra notch and continue listening. I still hear the compressor but I get my tunes. The noise cancelation will work great on a plane, although I have not had the chance to check it out yet.

Build Quality - Great build quality, using metal where other brands would use plastic. Buttons and the ear cup frames are made of plastic but they don't feel cheap. 

Battery Life - These haven't failed on me yet, I charge them every few days. The 30+ hour claim is true without the noise cancellation on. 

Included in the box - 

  • Chord MS 530 BTNC Headphones
  • Microphone Cable
  • USB Charging Cable
  • Pouch
  • Warranty Card
  • Owner's Guide
  • Inflight Adapter (3.5mm Double Mono Jack)

Price -  $299 

TrackR Bravo

Jeff Penner

The TrackR Bravo is a Bluetooth Item tracker the size of a silver dollar, the battery is replaceable and will last up to a year. The device is made from aluminum and custom engraving is available, meaning you can still put physical contact details on it and it can act as a cat or dog collar.

"If an item goes missing, TrackR's Crowd GPS network will help you find it.  When another user of the TrackR app comes within 100ft range of your lost item, you will receive a GPS update of where your item is. "

 App Features

  • 2 Way Separation Alerts
  • Custom Ring Tones
  • Custom Item Icons
  • Customizable Alert Settings
  • Tracking up to 10 Items*
  • Background Operation

evice Features

  • Diameter: 31mm
  • Thickness: 3.5mm
  • Battery Life: 1 year replaceable
  • Battery Type: CR1616 coin cell
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 
  • Device Compatibility: iPhone 4s & later, iPad 3rd Generation & later, and Android devices with 4.4 or above.

Rewards Start at $29

The Ninja from UTL

Jeff Penner

Unique Microfiber shoes that weigh less than 130 grams could only be the work of one company, Unbelievable Testing Laboratory. We've seen innovative shoes from UTL before the incredibly light pencil shoe which utilized Tyvek as the upper material was previously funded on Kickstarter. 

"The Microfiber in THE NINJA is the perfect solution for our minimal design concept. It's strength has allowed us to use it as the sole material to wrap around the manufacturing last, while simultaneously keeping the minimalist silhouette form and providing a high level of everyday endurance"

$55 gets you a pair of Ninja kicks from this Kickstarter project.

Earin

Jeff Penner

Earin wireless headphones are the exact way I want to see this technology implemented. This product has me saying finally somebody got it right! The charger carrying case is a great way to  implement the challenges around keeping track of small earbuds like this. 

 

"Earin is the smallest, wireless earbuds available on the market. Two earbuds that together function as one Bluetooth headphone; no cables, no attachments just magically small delivering high quality audio sound."

Backers can get in on this sweet minimalist ear phone action for £79 after the early pledges are gone these headphones will go for £119

Yes Man Watches

Jeff Penner

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The Yes Man Watch has a unique buckle system that offers twice as many sizing options as the standard watch strap. Instead of holes in the strap, a row of notches inserted in the leather slide the through the buckle and catch. This allows the wearer to adjust the watch to their personal size. This design also takes the pressure off one single hole in the leather, meaning the strap stays in new condition for longer. With a large 40mm diameter face and a 42 mm diameter stainless steel case at 11mm thick this is definitely a solid design meant for those who enjoy large watches. The Japanese Miyota Quartz Movement will ensure you are always on time and a water resistance rating of 3ATM means the casual dip in the pool shower won't harm the watch. 

"Your life shouldn't be constrained, neither should your wrist. Our new buckle has twice as many sizing options, guaranteeing a comfortable fit every-time. Instead of holes, we have a row of notches inserted in the leather. When you put our buckle on, you slide the leather through the buckle, and the buckle catches on these individual notches, making for an abundance of sizes. "

Early backer's will receive a yes man watch with a $99 pledge. After those are gone $109 for the next 100 backers and after those are gone the watch will go for $119 which is still $80 off the retail price. Alternately if you don't want the whole watch you can get just the innovative strap and buckle for $59

Avegant Glyph - Mobile Personal Theater

Jeff Penner

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The Avegant Glyph promises the experience of a personal theatre unlike any you've seen before. Designed to work the same as any pair of headphones you use today the Glyph will sit over your ears. You can listen to audio in high quality but the real magic comes when you flip the headband down in front of your eyes.

The unit uses a Virtual Retina Display (VRD) to deliver stunning graphics. VRD is a technology that uses a micromirror array and a combination of optics to reflect an image directly onto your retina. Think of it as a projector but instead of putting the image on a wall, it is delivered directly to the sensors in your eyes. The low light an optics are designed to create a less stressful experience for your eyes than most displays that you currently use. 

The glyph charges via microUSB and will last up to three hours on a single charge.  Video displays from HDMI meaning you may need an additional adaptor for some smart phones. Audio can be delivered via the HDMI cable or 3.5mm TRRS jack the Glyph also features a built in microphone. The 16oz unit comes in White, Black and Blue colour options. 

Since the beginning of personal display technology, screens have been getting smaller and closer to our eyes but with one limitation: image quality. At Avegant we've solved that problem using a new technology that mimics the way that we as humans naturally see light. Using a Virtual Retinal Display we've figured out how to project images directly onto your retina, creating sharp, stark images unlike anything you've seen before.

Contributing $499 to the campaign will net you a Glyph unit in white, black or blue. 

Plumen 002 - Designer Light Bulb

Jeff Penner

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The Plumen 002 is a florescent lightbulb built to replace the existing 30W incandescent bulb. The bulb has been designed to create a mellow cozy atmosphere but I think you'll spend more time staring at the design than enjoying the aura it throws off.  The the 001, Plumen's first 60W version, simply bent florescent tubes into an award winning shape. This time with the 002 they decided they could shape the tubes similar to the way bottles are made. After multiple lighting experiments with Texas neon-artist Tony Greer and intense study of sculptures from Barbara Hepworth, the bulb became the infinite inspired shape that you see below. Arguably beautiful at all angles, this bulb is a breakthrough in mass production lighting, and considering that most incandescent bulbs will be outlawed by 2015 this couldn't have arrived at a more perfect time.

"For our first bulb, we made a radical departure form conventional CFLs. Like neon artists we realized that if you can draw with light then you can make any shape you like. So why not a beautiful, poetic form, rather than an uninspiring utilitarian one?"

$30 will get you one of the First Plumen 002 units off the line, at $60 you'll also receive one of the beautifully designed accompanying pendants. Multiples of four require a backing of $95 for the 200 packages available. If you want the same 4 bulb set with pendants be one of the first 100 backers at $180 , after those 100 units are gone you'll pay an extra $10. 

Mibuu

Jeff Penner

The Mibuu glass by designer Yalcin Coban is hand crafted using an eco-friendly process. The dual walled glass will hold hot liquids without any heat transfer to your hand, meaning your beverage stays hot and your hands stay comfortable. The glass comes in two different sizes the Mibuu.mini holds 100ml (3.4 oz)  perfect for mini desserts, espresso and caffè macchiato. The larger Mibuu.Mighty holds 230ml (7.8 oz) and is about the same size as a mug for bigger cups of tea or a pour over coffee.  Yalcin and his team has worked hard to make the Mibuu glass "pristine like a piece of jewellery." The intentional design choice to make the cup dip in and not out creates a comfortable holding position in your hand. 

"Each Mibuu glass is made by hand. Why? Because this gives each glass its own character. Like snow flakes, none are ever exactly the same making every one of them unique." 

£15 gets you into the game with a reward of two Mibuu.mini glasses. £20 and you'll get two Mibuu.Mighty glasses. Sets of four are always good the minis start at £25 and to get a set of four mighty sized you'll have to go up to £60 at that price you'll also receive four minis.

Smart Wallit Pro

Jeff Penner

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We featured the Original Smart Wallet back in March of last year. Since then the creators have spent a considerable amount of effort packing in additional features most notable is the 4.2mm thickness shaving a full 4mm off the original design. Newly added features such as do not disturb mode, map view, cloud sync, additional notification sounds, and a rainbow of color choices are welcome in the updated version. 

In case you missed it the first time the SmartWallit works by syncing up with your phone via Bluetooth 4.0 — thats the smart kind, the kind that doesn't drain your battery. When the bluetooth connection connects or disconnects from your phone, the phone remembers the location or set alerts based on your preferences. 

$34 Gets you a black version of the Smart Wallit Pro. From there you'll have reward options for more colors and additional units.

Chipolo - Bluetooth Item Finder

Jeff Penner

Chipolo Bluetooth Item Finder

The Chipolo is a bluetooth item finder available on Kickstarter that takes the form of a small circular tag. It is 35mm in diameter and 4.6mm thick and unlike other small bluetooth tags on the market, features a replaceable battery. The unit uses Bluetooth 4.0, meaning you'll get a 60M range and  the batteries only need replacing every 6 months. You'll have to consider that this is half the battery life of the popular TILE BT tag, which reaches complete end of life after the battery is depleted. Chipolo comes in 9 vibrant colours, has a temperature sensor and a unique shake to find your phone feature.  

 

"Did you know that the average person spends 10 minutes a day looking for things they own but cannot find. We spent a great deal of effort, research and personal experience to design the Chipolo – a unique Bluetooth item finder that helps you locate your belongings." - Chipolo Campaign Page

Chipolo comes with all the standards expected in a BT item finder. 

  • Range Finder - See how far away your Chipolo is
  • Horn - Makes the Chipolo beep so you can find it
  • Range notifications - Lets you know if you are out of range from Chipolo and when it comes back into range
  • Last saved location - Find the last place your Chipolo was in range of your phone

Two features not found on other BT item finders

  • Shake the Chipolo to find your phone
  • Temperature sensor - For accurate weather readings

 

Currently raising funds on Kickstarter you can still get the Chipolo for  $24.