If you’re a hunter, you may know how hard it can be to use a deer call. There’s certain techniques that work better than others and they take time to master. To help alleviate some of that learning curve, several companies have been making electronic deer calls. They’re basically a speaker that plays a sound of a deer, and many of them have different buttons that are meant to be used on different types of deer, which makes it advantageous to regular deer calls. Very neat. If you’re a hunter, check it out.
We all know a Harley fan, and this is a perfect gift for a Harley fan that has an iPod or iPhone. It’s a docking station that looks like the headlights on a Harley Davidson bike. The dock also has a built in charging for your device, a radio, a clock, and an alarm function that allows you to wake or sleep to your iPod, the radio, or (oddly) the sound of a Harley motorcycle. I can see the motorcycle sound for waking up, but for falling asleep? I don’t know about that. The Harley fan in your life will truly appreciate this neat little docking station.
Sony recently came out with their competitor to the Wii, Playstation Move. Dumb name, but the product itself is not very dumb at all. It’s surprisingly accurate thanks to tons of sensors built into the controller, but the biggest reason for its accuracy: the Playstation Eye camera which watches a round rubber ball on the end of the controller. Based on the conditions in your room, this ball may be a different color in order to differentiate it from the rest of your room’s surroundings. Even without the camera based tracking, it’s surprisingly accurate.
The hardware is nice, but are the games there yet? Well, not quite. There’s Sports Champions, which is a pretty good Wii Sports ripoff with some nice use of the Move technology, Start the Party which has some amazing augmented reality, but not much else, and some others. However, the best titles out right now are Tumble (a $10 download that’s kinda like Jenga), Eyepet (an amazingly cute virtual pet), Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, and Heavy Rain. Kung Fu Rider looks neat too, but not worth the $40 their asking for it.
So, should you get it? Maybe. There’s some good stuff coming out soon like The Fight, Echochrome 2, Killzone 3, Dead Space 2, Dead Space Extraction, MAG, and Socom 4. So, if you don’t have interest in it now, just wait until something you want comes out.
If you have problems sleeping at night sometimes, I highly recommend checking out Simply Sleep. It’s basically the sleep medication from Tylenol PM but without the Tylenol. Some nights I just can’t fall asleep for various reasons, be it too much sleep on other nights, or too much thinking about stuff. If I take one of these, I’m usually knocked out in 15-20 minutes. They say the recommended dose is 2, but I find that 1 works just fine, which is surprising since I’m a large guy. What’s also really nice about it is that I’ve never had a problem hearing my alarm in the morning with it, and it doesn’t leave me entirely groggy the next day. Sure, there is some grogginess when I wake up, but it goes away pretty shortly after I’m up for a bit.
The world is moving wireless, there’s no denying that. More and more, consumers are doing away with wired networking and moving towards WiFi. Printer companies have really taken advantage of this fact and have made a huge selection of WiFi enabled printers. What’s really nice about them is that they’ve really come down in price, and are now pretty much the same price as a regular old USB one. What’s nice about having a wireless printer is that you can easily print to it from any computer in the house without having to mess around with sharing the printer on a computer since it stands alone on your network. Installation is usually a breeze. Also, it’s really nice to be able to scan images and have them sent over WiFi to your computer and be ready for you by the time you sit back down. I recently made the move to a wireless printer and couldn’t be happier with it. Look into it.
Is your house really damp? Then look into a dehumidifier. I have one in my house and it’s really nice. I’ve noticed that my house is a lot more comfortable now, which is backed up by how much water it picks up. I typically have to empty the water bucket in mine every 12 hours, which is really impressive because it holds many gallons. I can’t believe how much it picks up. So if your house is uncomfortable, this just might be a great idea.
Hunting season is just around the corner, and this year, why not try something new? Check out these video glasses from Hunter Specialities. These allow you to record your outdoor expeditions and still keep both hands on your gun or bow. Perfect if you want to record some kind of hunting video, or the walk to your trophy deer. The camera’s resolution is fairly good and the camera has 4gb of built in space, and can be upgraded with Micro SD cards up to 8gb in capacity, so you’ll always have room to record.
For a long time, TV has consisted of three colors: red, green, and blue. Sharp is trying to change that with their Quattron TVs. What’s different about them? They add a fourth color, yellow, to the standard RGB, which supposedly creates more color possibilities. Now they have the primary colors in the art world and the display world, so you get the best of both worlds (as cliche as that sounds). These TVs do carry a somewhat large increase in price over their standard RGB counterparts for what is arguably a minimal increase in image quality. So, take a look at it in action before you decide that adding yellow is the wave of the future.
I LOVE Nerf guns, who doesn’t? Their latest model ramps up the ridiculousness and creates something truly awesome. Just like other big Nerf guns before, it uses a magazine full of darts. However, this one comes with extended magazines that can hold 18 darts each, more than enough space to hold all 60 darts that come with the gun. Unfortunately, the gun is powered by a D-battery, so if you find yourself out of juice, you’re screwed and are at the mercy of your enemies. But overall, I gotta say that I want this gun like right now.
Have money to blow and have an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android device? Want to get something that is totally unique and will make others envy you? The Parrot Ar.Drone is the answer. What is it? Well, watch this!
Does that not make you want to go to Amazon and drop all your money on it? Well, hold up. You do know the cost is $300, right? But at least they give you the app to control it for free. The only app right now is to control it, but in the future, Parrot will be releasing some games that use it. I’ve also heard of open source libraries to control the aircraft. I really want to get it, but the cost is just a huge deterring factor for me. However, it is easily the coolest RC device I’ve seen. Learn more at ardone.com.