Philips hue Review

· · · Review

Philips hue enables you to control light wirelessly and create and personalize light with an app on your smartphone or tablet.

It was officially launched on the 13th November 2013 in Singapore and when it was first launch it was an Apple Online Store (Singapore) exclusive. But from 11th December 2013 onwards, you can get it at Apple Premium Resellers and Philips branded stores.

The Philips Hue Connected Bulb – Starter Pack is retailing for SGD$319 while the Philips Hue Connected Bulb is retailing for SGD$89.

The starter pack cost SGD$319 and it includes the bridge and 3 bulbs. You can’t just get the bulb for SGD$89 if you are a first time user because you will need the bridge (the gateway for controlling lights) from the starter pack.

Each bridge allows you to connect up to 50 bulbs.

The hue bulb itself is pretty heavy, weighing at 129g while those normal light bulb weighs only about 33g. The bridge on the other hand is pretty light, weighing only 89g.

Philips hue - Box Front
Philips hue – Box Front

Philips hue - Box Back
Philips hue – Box Back

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iFly Singapore

· · · Blog

Thanks to iFly Singapore for the invite to the Christmas party last week and for the complimentary session of indoor skydiving! It was my first time trying indoor skydiving and I love it!

For the beginner lesson “The Adventure”, the whole session is about 2 hours. After signing the indemnity form at the counter, you will be ushered to the “hangar” to watch some videos on what iFly Singapore is about, what to expect for the whole session and basic indoor skydiving tips (eg: hand signals, postures).

After watching the videos which is about 15 minutes, you will proceed on to the next room where you get to meet your instructor and he will iterate the basic indoor skydiving tips again. Next, each student will then proceed in front of the class to demonstrate his/her’s posture and the instructor will correct his/her’s posture accordingly.

Once that is done, you have completed the “boring” portion of the session. You will be brought up to change into the provided attire. They also have shoes as well if you are not wearing the recommended footwear which is shoes (sports or sneakers) with laces. You need to empty all items in your pockets. There are lockers there at SGD$2 each.

Each one of you will get to skydive twice, each time lasting about 45 seconds.

I have ripped the complimentary DVD that was given to us and uploaded to YouTube. In the video, I am on 9:30 till 10:30 for the first round and for the second round I am from 21:05 till 21:55.

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Kero – Micro USB Nomad Cable

· · · Cable

Backed the Kero’s Micro USB Nomad Cable on the 18th September 2013 and it got successfully funded on the 18th October 2013 after raising USD$24,313 out of their initial goal of USD$14,000.

The project was on schedule which is rare for Kickstarter projects. It was due to ship on November 2013 and it got shipped from the US on the 29th November 2013 and I got it 4 days later on the 2nd December 2013!

There was also the Kero’s Lightning Nomad Cable which by the time I realised that it was on Kickstarter, it was too late and it already got funded. Luckily for me, I managed to get the Lightning Nomad Cable off the shelves in Thailand.

My pledge level was the “Combo Early Bird Special (USD$24)” which consists of 1x Micro USB Nomad Cable and 1x Lightning Nomad Cable in either white or Kero blue.

I ordered 2 sets of it and shipping is an additional USD$15 via FedEx International Priority! I love it when Kickstarter projects are shipped by DHL or Fedex. I would totally pay a little bit more for better shipping services and the ability to track packages properly.

So in total, I paid USD$48 + USD$15 = USD$63 (SGD$80).

If you are interesting in getting the cables, you can get it from their site, KERO Products. The Lightning Nomad Cable is going for USD$24.99 and the Micro USB Nomad Cable is going for USD$14.99. For some reason, they only ship within the US if you buy it from their website. I say drop them an email to see if they ship internationally.

Kero Normad Cables - Box Front
Kero Normad Cables – Box Front

Kero - Micro USB Nomad Cable - Box Front
Kero – Micro USB Nomad Cable – Box Front

Kero - Micro USB Nomad Cable - Box Back
Kero – Micro USB Nomad Cable – Box Back

Kero - Micro USB Nomad Cable - Box
Kero – Micro USB Nomad Cable – Box

Kero - Micro USB Nomad Cable
Kero – Micro USB Nomad Cable

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Sony SmartWatch 2 Review

· · · Review

Officially launched on the 22nd October 2013, the Sony SmartWatch 2 (Sony SW2) is available in two versions. Sony SmartWatch 2 with black metallic strap is retailing for SGD$338 while the other with black silicone strap is retailing for SGD$288.

Sony also sells straps in black or brown leather and silicon in various colours separately. It uses the standard 24mm strap, so you can use any 24mm watch strap on it.

Sony SmartWatch 2 is available at Sony stores, Tech@Vogue, Challenger, Gadget World, Newstead Technologies, and other authorised resellers.

For this review unit, I have received the black silicone strap version and I will be comparing it with my Pebble Smartwatch.

Specifications

  • Size: 41.6mm x 41.1mm x 9 mm
  • Weight: 48.4g (silicon strap), 122.5g (metallic strap)
  • Display: Transflective 1.6″ colour touch display LCD (viewable under direct sunlight)
  • Resolution: 220 x 176 pixels
  • Water Resistant: IP57
  • Battery: 5-6 days (low usage), 3-4 days (normal usage)
  • Materials: aluminium (body) and silicon wristband or metal stainless steel
  • Port: Micro USB
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Works With: Android 4.0+ Devices

Sony SmartWatch 2 - Box Front
Sony SmartWatch 2 – Box Front

Sony SmartWatch 2 - Box Side
Sony SmartWatch 2 – Box Side

Sony SmartWatch 2 - Box Back
Sony SmartWatch 2 – Box Back

Sony SmartWatch 2 - Box Contents
Sony SmartWatch 2 – Box Contents

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3Doodler

· · · Design

My 3Doodler (Kickstarter link) has finally arrived after backing the project on 20th February 2013!

What is 3Doodler?

3Doodler is the world’s first and only 3D Printing Pen. Using ABS plastic (the material used by many 3D printers), 3Doodler draws in the air or on surfaces. It’s compact and easy to use, and requires no software or computers. You just plug it into a power socket and can start drawing anything within minutes.

It got successfully funded on the 25th March 2013 after raising USD$2,344,134 despite their initial goal was only USD$30,000.

My pledge was the COLOR-TASTIC which consists of the 3Doodler pen, 10 bags of plastic (each bag a different colour) and a Hall of Fame mention. It cost USD$99 + USD$10 (for shipping). Totalling to USD$109 ~= SGD$137.

The shipment date was supposed to be in October 2013 but it is very normal for Kickstarter projects to get delayed for up to 3 months and hence I received mine on the 27th November 2013.

The courier used was Toll, so I am guessing quite a lot of people in Singapore backed it. They shipped batch by batch of it to Singapore and get Toll to distribute to us individually.

This 3Doodler is meant for Li Xiang, so I can only show the unboxing pictures while she clears her work and allocate some time to do some 3Doodling! I will update this blog post on the actual 3Doodle when she does it!

3Doodler - Box Front
3Doodler – Box Front

3Doodler - Box
3Doodler – Box

3Doodler - Box Open
3Doodler – Box Open

3Doodler - Box Open
3Doodler – Box Open

3Doodler - Box Contents
3Doodler – Box Contents

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