News: Clarity Speaker becomes First Standalone Device to Offer Access to Both Amazon and Google Voice Assistants

News: Clarity Speaker becomes First Standalone Device to Offer Access to Both Amazon and Google Voice Assistants

Clarityimage001The only Alexa-Enabled device with a built in touchscreen extends early bird pricing

New York, March 31, 2017 – The Clarity Speaker, the first standalone device to provide access to both Alexa and Google voice services, has announced the extension of its presale campaign to April 30, 2017, following an overwhelming response. Clarity, which is also the first and only Alexa-enabled product to boast a fully-featured touchscreen, has also announced that it will offer access to both Google Now and Google Assistant when it ships in June, well ahead of the rumored Amazon Echo touchscreen.

From blasting out favorite Spotify playlists to watching blockbuster movies, the android-powered touchscreen speaker offers great entertainment capabilities and acts as the hub for smart home automation while offering the power and skills of both Alexa and Google voice assistants. Clarity fuses the convenience and functionality of a conventional tablet with the dynamic possibilities of a smart voice-activated, connected speaker. During the extended presale period, Clarity can be purchased for $149 ahead of its shipping price of $199.

Awesome Audio

Clarity is a powerful, super lightweight, super portable Bluetooth and WiFi connected speaker, ideal for listening to music, podcasts or audio books. Content can be played from connected personal devices, internet radio stations or streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora.

Its two 5-watt speakers and spacious sound chambers deliver exceptional sound performance, and at just 2lbs with a six hour playback battery life, Clarity can be enjoyed anywhere.

Two Voices Are Better Than one

Clarity is the first device to allow people to use both the Amazon Alexa and Google voice assistants. A range of service and skills can be accessed through simple voice commands, such as “Alexa read the news”, “Alexa play Adele”, “Hey Google show me the route to the office” and “OK Google set my alarm for 7 a.m.” Because Clarity also has a built in touchscreen, it can display as well as play results found by these services.

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Hub of the Connected Home

With Clarity, users can control and manage every aspect of the connected home. Using voice commands to control Alexa or Google, or leveraging the 7-inch touchscreen, users can control a range of devices including Nest, TP-Link, Samsung SmartThings, Insteon, Ecobee, Wemo and Hue Personal Wireless Lighting.

There’s an App for That

Clarity’s 7-inch touchscreen and built in camera allows it act as an android powered tablet providing access to apps and services you would find on any traditional device. From watching Netflix movies to video chatting and Skyping with family and friends, users can access and enjoy any of their favorite apps from the Google Play store.

Tech Specs and Availability

Clarity will ship in June 2017, priced $199. An early bird price of $149 is available through to April 30, 2017, on Indiegogo. Its full features include:

  • Compact lightweight design – Dimensions 326 x 110 x 160mm | weight 2lbs
  • 7-inch multi-touch screen with 1280×800 resolution
  • Advanced near and far field capabilities
  • Alexa, Google Assistant and Google Now enabled
  • Powered by quad-core CPU
  • Two 5-watt speakers
  • Two megapixel camera
  • 16G internal memory with expandable storage via Micro SD cards available
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1600 mAh Li-Poly battery providing six hours of audio and 2.5 hours of video playback
  • WiFi (2.4G and 5G Dual-Band) and Bluetooth (4.0) connectivity

 

Clarity is designed and manufactured by Pan Sea Co., Ltd., a company with a proven track record specializing in intelligent electro-acoustic products such as SoundPad. Its team has more than 20 years of experience in consumer electronics and acoustic technology and has spent three years developing Clarity.

“The response and demand for Clarity has been fantastic, beating all of our expectations,” said Dake Liu, CEO of Pan Sea Co. “We are proud to have developed an intuitive device with a number of industry firsts and are extending our presale campaign after popular demand to give even more people the chance to secure the Clarity Speaker at a discounted price.”

For further information visit www.clarityspeaker.com

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
News: SenCbuds: The Earphones That Pause For You back on indiegogo

News: SenCbuds: The Earphones That Pause For You back on indiegogo

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SenCbuds: The Earphones That Pause For You

Meet SenCbuds, the first earphones that can automatically detect when to pause music! With the help of patent pending sensor technology, SenCbuds instantly know when they are taken out of your ear, and pause the media you are playing accordingly.
Patent Pending Smart Sense Technology
SenCbuds unique functionality is powered by motion-sensitive, patent pending Smart Sense Technology (SST) located inside the earbuds. SST allows SenCbuds to instantly pause music, podcasts or movies when taken out of the user’s ear, and to restart when they are put back in. This function is extremely useful during workouts, when working in an open office space, while travelling and in many other day-to-day situations.
Convenient Cable Management System
SenCbuds come with a handy management system to avoid tangled cables! The system also features buttons that can be used to control music and accept calls manually in case the earphone’s battery ran out.
Superior Sound Quality
SenCbuds are designed to provide the most excellent audio quality possible, and are therefore equipped with 9mm drivers, sensitivity to 98DB, an impedance of 16Ω and a frequency range of 5Hz to 25kHz.
Other Features
  • Built-in microphone
  • SenCbuds works with iOS and Android
  • The battery of SenCbuds lasts up to 17 days on one charge.
  • SenCbuds Plus additionally feature noise isolation through memory foam, a do-not-disturb light and a gold plated audio jack.
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
News: Dara Technologies launches Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund Tub Time Twins – interactive 3D Children’s Storybook

News: Dara Technologies launches Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund Tub Time Twins – interactive 3D Children’s Storybook

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News: DARA TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN TO CROWDFUND THE TIME TUB TWINS, AN INTERACTIVE 3D CHILDREN’S STORYBOOK WHOSE PAGES COME TO LIFE USING AUGMENTED REALITY
“Build your own characters and watch them spring to life as you take them on a 3D adventure through the pages of your storybook”
Our campaign to raise £20,000 launches on the 3rd of November!

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Our mission:
Books can teach, inspire and transport you to magical places simply by using your imagination. The book we’re developing at Dara uses technology to make this experience even more special, enabling children to interact with stories in ways never before imagined. Thanks to the accompanying app, children become the storytellers of their own adventure by interacting with 3D characters that pop out of its pages.
How it works:
Our book can be read normally, from cover to cover. But a whole world of magic can be unlocked using our app (available for both iOS and Android). When you hover your mobile device over the pages, you’ll be presented with an interactive scene, where you can control the characters of the story as if you were part of it!

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The story:
The adventures of the Time Tub Twins is the title of our first book, a story about two little kids who have a gift for inventions and building gadgets in their laboratory. One day, they build a time machine combining a bath tub with everyday objects (a time tub!), and start travelling through space and time. They visit different past and future eras, until they get stuck in one! Will they ever be able to come back home?
Unique features of the book:
It will have 40 pages, out of which 17 will become fully interactive by using the app. These pages allow you to take control of the story, deciding what to do, where to go and the friends you make along the way. You can live a different experience every time you read the book!

The Time Tub Twins on your screen from Dara Technologies on Vimeo.

We need your help
As a start-up in the early stages, we hope to raise £20,000 through crowdsourcing in order to help fund the development of our magical 3D storybook.
Pledge from £5.00 upwards and you will play an instrumental part in the creation of the most magical storybook ever made. Depending on your contribution and the success of the campaign, rewards include magical stickers, a copy of the storybook + app, a limited edition print from the illustrator, and more.
FIND OUR CAMPAIGN HERE: http://igg.me/at/dara
What our fans are saying
“I really want a 3D Book for Christmas” Lavinia, age 8.
“It’s epic!” Luke, age 7.
“It’s really 3D, I love this, let’s do it again” Luke, age 7.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
Review of the Zus Smart Car Charger from Nonda

Review of the Zus Smart Car Charger from Nonda

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Summary

Zus is a smart car charger that not only charges 2 devices at once at maximum speed, meets military spec standards, keeps cool whilst charging and has lighted USB ports but also locates your car for you without using cellular data

Our Rating

 

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Have you ever parked your car and then forgotten where exactly you left it? I know I have. For me this happens most often when I’m in an unfamiliar environment – parking on a side street in an unfamiliar city, or in a huge car park at an airport or train station. This makes it extra stressful when I have to start hunting for my car. The Zus smart car charger is a great solution to this problem, it not only charges 2 devices at once from your car cigarette lighter socket, but also helps you find your way back to your car!

The Zus has a sleek and stylish design, but doesn’t just look good, its smart too! It works with a free Smartphone app– available for both iPhone and Android, I tested the iPhone version.

iPhone Screenshot 1Before using it for the first time you need to download the app, then when you are in the car plug the Zus into the car, launch the app and pair it to your phone. After the first time you no longer need to think about it, you don’t even need to have the app open until its time to find your car. The app runs in the background, as long as Zus is plugged in it detects your phone when you start the car, and when you switch off the engine it automatically saves your location. When its time to find your car just open the app and a large compass-style needle shows you which direction your car is in and how far away. Then you just follow the arrow until you find your car. If you can’t walk in a straight line due to buildings or objects, that is fine, just walk in the general direction and it will keep adjusting for you new location. It can’t tell you which floor you are on in a multi-story car park, so you still need to remember that. I did find occasional spurious readings, where the direction or distance was off for a short time but it corrected itself very quickly (in a few steps) when that happened and overall did a great job of locating my car. I love that it works via GPS and doesn’t require you to have a wifi or cellphone signal which is great if you are traveling.
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Zus is also a great car charger – it will charge 2 devices at once, delivering up to 4.8 A total. It detects the maximum amperage your device will accept and is powerful enough to charge 2 iPads or an iPhone and iPad simultaneously at maximum charging speed. I tested the output from the Zus vs the output from a variety of other chargers I had in my car. When charging an iPad the Zus consistently had a higher output than the other chargers, even vs hi- quality brand name chargers it had 5-10% higher output and 100% higher vs the generic charger. It has titanium coated parts and is the only car charger to meet US Military MIL-STD-810G High Temperature Standard. This means it keeps cooler as it charges, which is better for the Zus’ longevity. Zus also has lights inside both USB ports, making it easier to plug in your charging cords at night.

Overall, I’m very impressed with all the features in this car charger – for under $30 you can quickly charge 2 devices simultaneously, it stays cool when charging,its easy to find the ports in the dark and helps you find your car! I love how it saves my car location without me having to think about it, and that it does so without using wifi or cellular data.

Zus is currently available on Indiegogo for less than $30 with delivery before Xmas. It has smashed its funding goal, it is almost 2,000% funded at time of writing, and is aiming for a stretch goal of $250k to add on a parking time alert. You can view their Indiegogo campaign, and order Zus by following this link. Update: Zus was fully funded and can now be ordered from nonda.com

 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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