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MSM Tech Roundup

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Cool Tech Gadgets

Ready to spend some of your hard earned cash on cool gadgets and tech but looking for something unique?  In the ongoing quest for the coolest tech, we sifted through the best gear out there and narrowed it down to our top picks.  Enjoy! By Eric Nathal Voice Control Amazon is heating up the streaming box market with their new Fire TV.  Similar to Apple TV and Roku – the device streams movies, TV shows, and music from various providers like Pandora, Netflix and Hulu.  Several ingenious features set it apart from the competition; it uses voice commands to search for content, allows you to play video games and for the first time you can watch Showtime on a streaming device.  Amazon Fire TV is extremely easy to use, set up takes less than 3 minutes and at $99 it’s a bargain; amazon.com  Rugged Hi-Fi Touted as the world’s first true indoor-outdoor rugged Hi-Fi speaker, the BRAVEN BRV-X truly delivers.  This is the sort of speaker you can confidently bring the beach, camping or even kayaking. It’s IPX5 water-resistant rated and with its rugged design it can withstand drops, bumps, rain and anything else you can think of. One of the really cool features is BRAVEN’s TrueWireless™ technology; it allows for easy wireless pairing with a second BRV-X for a true left and right stereo sound using two BRV-X speakers.The BRV-X allows for over 12 hours of continuous HD sound on a full charge, has a built-in speakerphone for calls and can charge USB devices such as smartphones, cameras andtablets; $199.99; braven.com Game Changer Looking to improve your game? Zepp Labs 3D Multi-Sport Motion Sensor has you covered.  The sensor easily attaches to any baseball bat, tennis racket or golf gloveand allows you to review and replay your swing in 360º. It captures 1,000 data points per second and transfers all of this data to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.  Want to see how you fare against the big leagues?  You can compare swings to pros and even share your swing data with others; $149.99; zepp.com  Remote Viewing Ever been away from your home or office and wish you could peek in and see what’s going on? Stem Innovation’s new IZON 2.0 Remote Room Monitor is a simple and inexpensive solution.  Setup is extremely easy – within minutes you can create a free, private Stem account that provides secure access to streaming video from IZON. The IZON App supports real-time video on local networks to let you see what’s happening, while it’s happening. You can even set up push notifications that will send alerts you to your mobile device when there is motion or noise; $129.95; steminnovation.com Vintage Tech For decades, Marshall has been world-renowned for their guitar amps but after reviewing the Stanmore, it’s clear that they’re a force to be reckoned with in the crowded Bluetooth speaker space.  Marshall Headphones, the consumer branch of Marshall’s audio division, rolled out the Stanmore, a wireless speaker that delivers crisp room-filling sound in a very unique package. The Stanmore has the look and feel of a legendary Marshall guitar amplifier – complete with vintage-looking fret, gold details, iconic gold piping and script logo; You can connect to your smart device wirelessly via Bluetooth, use the RCA input to plug in your vinyl player or simply connect the coil cord that’s included to your phone using the 3.5mm auxiliary input; $400; marshallheadphones.com Click here to view post on the July/August 2014 issue.

MSM Tech Roundup

Precious Cargo

By Eric Nathal Here at MSM we thrive on showcasing the latest trends in technology and hot new finds. This tech roundup will help you get more from your favorite activities, whether it’s listening to your favorite music or keeping track of precious cargo on your next getaway.   Designer Sound Designed in Milano, the V-MODA Crossfade M-100s are the perfect marriage between fashion and hi-fi. The award-winning M-100s are outfitted with 50mm drivers delivering clean bass and powerfully crisp sound. It’s not wonder they’re the headphones of choice for celebs and top. DJs around the world; $310; V-MODA.com.   Big Picture  Tired of hovering over your tiny 5″ iPhone screen to share pictures or videos? FAVI Entertainment’s Pico+ is a pocket-sized projector that fits easily into the side of a laptop bag or purse; allowing you to wirelessly share mobile screens and laptop content on up to a 100″ projector screen or wall; $299: FaviEntertainment.com       Gold Standard Quite arguably the world’s most extravagant earbuds, Happy Plug’s Deluxe Edition are made to order and carefully hand-crafted a Stockholm goldsmith from 18-karat gold; $14,500; HappyPlugs.com       Big Luxury The Geneva XXL is an all-in-one home theater system that doubles as a TV stand. The XXL is contained inside an elegant wood cabinet finished in a choice of red, black or white piano lacquer. Whether you watch the news, sports, a music video or a movie, this sound system will deliver an exceptional sound experience and add to the decor of any room; $3,499; GenevaLab.com.     Travel Smarter It’s a horrible feeling; you arrive at your destination, patiently wait for the last bag at the baggage claim and after a long wait you realize your luggage decided to make a pit stop somewhere else. The Trakdot Luggage Tracking Device will tell you exactly where your bag ended up long before the airlines figure it out. The device can be placed in any checked bag and will alert you by reporting city and airport location in real time to any cellular telephone via text or e-mail; $89.99; Trakdot.com   Click here to view full story in our March/April 2014 issue.  

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