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

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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Timbuk2 Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag

The Timbuk2 Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag is retailing for SGD$69 and after the 30% media discount, I paid SGD$48.30.

The Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag is available in 2 sizes, the medium and the large. For the medium, there are 5 designs and for the large, there are 3 designs.

Medium

  • Ripstop Carbon / ballistic nylon Carbon / Ripstop Carbon
  • Poly Tweed Confetti / nylon aloha blue / Poly Tweed Confetti
  • Recycled PET bixi / Plaid bixi / Recycled PET bixi
  • Ballistic nylon night blue / pacific / night blue
  • Nylon black

Large

  • Ripstop Carbon / ballistic nylon Carbon / Ripstop Carbon
  • Ballistic nylon night blue / pacific / night blue
  • Nylon black

I chose the medium size with “Poly Tweed Confetti / nylon aloha blue / Poly Tweed Confetti” design.

I wanted to get the Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag after seeing Justin Lee using it. I like the bag because it is compact. It fits an iPad with smart cover in the padded sleeve compartment and for the main compartment, it will even fit a 13″ MacBook Air. I think Justin even managed to squeezed in a 13″ MacBook Pro Retina.

Timbuk2 Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag - Bag Front
Timbuk2 Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag – Bag Front

Timbuk2 Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag - Bag Open
Timbuk2 Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag – Bag Open

Timbuk2 Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag - Bag Inside
Timbuk2 Catapult Cycling Messenger Bag – Bag Inside

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Moshi iGlaze Armour (Bronze) – Metallic Case For iPhone 5/5s

The Moshi iGlaze Armour is a metallic case for the iPhone 5/5s and is retailing for SGD$54.90. It is available in Bronze, Silver and Black to match the colours of the iPhone 5/5s.

The build of this case is solid because the backplate is made up of aluminium and the case itself is made up of polycarbonate.

It has an open bottom which means you are able to use a lightning cable with a large base like the Innergie Magic Cable Duo With Lightning or any 30-pin cable using the Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter.

The power button at the top of the phone and the volume buttons on the left side is exposed as well, not really a fan of that because it is prone to scratches when you drop because of the protruding buttons.

The backplate has a circular cutout to showcase the Apple logo, and hence Moshi has included a screen protector for the back (it also comes with a small microfiber cloth).

Despite it being slim, it does add a little bit of weight to your iPhone, 21g to be precise (not really a big deal).

If you are looking for an alternative to a clear case like a gold case to go with your gold iPhone 5s, you might want to consider this.

Features

  • Slim profile protection with a diamond-cut aluminum backplate.
  • All buttons remain easily accessible while resting in iGlaze Armour.
  • Includes a backside buffer film for extra protection against dust and debris.

Where To Buy
You can get the Moshi iGlaze Armour from physical stores such as EpiCentre or Infinite (Apple Shops at Best Denki). Alternatively you can get it online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

Moshi iGlaze Armour (Bronze) - Box Front
Moshi iGlaze Armour (Bronze) – Box Front

Moshi iGlaze Armour (Bronze) - Box Back
Moshi iGlaze Armour (Bronze) – Box Back

Box Contents
Box Contents

Moshi iGlaze Armour (Bronze) - Back View
Moshi iGlaze Armour (Bronze) – Back View

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