Mini USB vacuum cleaner for keyboard

USB vacuum cleaner

Few days ago I randomly walked into Poundland, a UK store chain where everything’s 1 pound.

They have a corner with chip (and mostly useless) gadgets. However, there was a neat USB vacuum cleaner there this time. Which is kinda cool, so I bought it. Surprisingly, it kicks ass.

It has 2 suction modes, a flashlight and two brushes. It can actually clean the keyboard or similar delicate surfaces when 2000W vacuum is an overkill.

No wonder it’s 5x more expensive on Amazon.

Mini USB vacuum cleaner for keyboard

Totally, totally worth it.

Black Sport iWatch 38mm

I returned my Apple iWatch

Still need a review?:)

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Starbucks Powermat UK

Powermat for iPhone with cinnamon syrup

So, I went out for coffee and came back with a Starbucks powermat wireless charger ring.

Starbucks Powermat UK

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a wireless charger for phones and tablets. To charge a phone you plug in your ring and place it on a powermat spot to start charging.

Starbucks Powermat UK

Powermat chargers have been previously launched in the US. And since the end of January powermats are avaliable in the UK (ring — £10, charging — free) in ten London Starbucks coffee shops. One of them is, luckily, in my building.

Powermat rings exist for variety of devices. Mine was not on the display at first, but they brought it from the back-office when I asked.

There is also a powermat app that lets you know when your battery is running low and where the nearest powermat spot is located.

I used it couple of times already. Pretty neat, huh.

Remote control sockets

Remote control sockets

Last week I installed remote control sockets remote control sockets for light switches at home. It’s amazing such a little thing can make a difference.

I like that it’s absolutely easy to install and use. You don’t really need an advanced “smart home” tech to have remote access to the switches. A socket (and an appliance connected to it) can be turned on/off at the touch of a button, and it’s both cool and convenient.

The range of the remote control is about 30 meters. It operates on radio frequency, works through walls, doors & floors, no line of sight needed. LED lights indicate remote control signals and socket states. Multiple sockets can be grouped together listening on a single button click to create zones.

Amazon Sockets

The manual says that max load is 3120W per socket, so it’s good for lamps, lights, air conditioning, heaters and sound systems. If you google “remote control sockets”, you’ll see them avaliable on every major marketplace. I bought mine from amazon.co.uk, but they are also sold in electrical departments of convenience stores.

Olloclip lens set for iPhone 6

Olloclip review

In the #2014 rewind my favourite gift of 2014 was lense set for iPhone 6 (olloclip). Here’s a little olloclip review that I wrote after using it for about 3 weeks.

What does olloclip do?

Olloclip is a lense for mobile devices. It allows you to take photos with settings that are not originally shipped with a smartphone camera: fisheye or macro pictures for example. It’s made from aircraft grade aluminum and precision-ground, coated glass optics. Custom lense sets exist for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch & Samsung Galaxy S. Olloclip family includes fisheye, wide-angle, macro and telephoto lenses.

Olloclip — wearable lens set for iPhone 6

History

Olloclip started on KickStarter. The concept campaign founder Patrick O’Neill evolved his olloclip product idea into a reality. Since then, olloclip modifications have been released for a variety of devices and has attracted a legion of passionate users.

How does olloclip work?

First, you need to attach a lens on top of the phone camera. For iPhone 6 it works really smooth, considering that you device doesn’t have any case on.

After attaching the lens olloclip lenses the camera autofocuses through the olloclip lens. It’s pretty straight forward: fisheye displays a fisheye picture, wide angle gives you wide angle (kind of like what you can achieve with the panorama option, but the camera doesn’t have to be rotated) and macro lenses produce a magnified image.

Case study

I’m using a basic thin transparent phone case, and olloclip surprisingly works with it (although, they don’t guarantee any support for phone cases on the website). The clipping process is just no very smooth with a case (obviously) and you have to adjust the position of the camera manually. Unfortunately, it won’t work with most cases being designed to work with a naked, caseless mobile device. However, there’s a case designed by olloclip team themselves with a rotating corner that allows to instantly clip on an olloclip lens without removing the case.

Features

There’s a variety of products in olloclip family. Different lens sets, different colours, and different phone models to be installed onto.

My model specifically is the 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus. It features front and rear-facing camera design. One lens system contains four unique lenses that work with both iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and the larger iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inch). The package also includes a wearable pendant.

The lenses included into my 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus are:

  • Fisheye
  • Wide-Angle
  • 10x Macro
  • 15x Macro

Pictures taken with olloclip

Examples of pictures that I made with these lenses. Hundreds of pictures are posted under Instagram #olloclip hashtag and on flickr link given at the bottom of this article.

Eye — Olloclip Macro by Jucke

Olloclip — Macro lens 15x on iPhone 6 by Jucke

Pigeon portrair with olloclip fisheye lens by Jucke

Hair — Olloclip Macro by Jucke

Opinion

Olloclip is a great gadget for mobile photographers. I definitely recommend to check it out!

Also, I’m probably not the only person who is expecting the telephoto lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus to come out next, and I’m looking forward to try it!

 

Melamine Cleaning Pad

10 awesome home gadgets people rarely use

This list contains 10 domestic gadgets that proved themselves to be unexpectedly useful and enjoyable. I’m not going to list such things as iPhone or Nespresso, since they are widely known, and if someone doesn’t use them it’s for either financial or ideological reasons.

Most of the listed gadgets have been on the market for a while, but still many people don’t know about them or doubt that the purchase will be worth it. So, I’m going to name the things that I’m using and that (in my opinion) are WORTH IT.

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Posture gadgets and posture corrector clothes

More fitness gadgets of new generation are being released each year. They are smart and helpful, make you be more analytical about your goals and increase self consciousness on health subject.

I’ve been trying some of health and fitness gadgets previously (Fitbit Flex review). Here’s my list and reviews for the latest gadgets that are aimed specifically to improving the posture. There’s also a whole niche of posture corrector clothes out there. I’ve only been able to test and research few of the products, and I’m including them to this article as well.

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Fitbit Flex review

Couple of weeks ago I switched to Fitbit Flex from Fitbit Ultra, and here’s what I have to say about it.

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Ode to the cup heater

Cup heater. Device that makes me happy every day. No, wait, hot coffee makes me happy every day. Cup heater is just keeping the coffee hot. I’m not sure if cups-getting-cold is a common problem these days, but in case you share my concerns, here is a link to amazon.cn where I found this essential gadget.

Forclaz 600 Tactile Glove

Gloves that touch the screen

Have you ever hated to take off your gloves to answer to a phone call? Now you don’t have to. They invented touchscreen friendly gloves that can interact with a touchscreen of any device. I spotted them at Decathlon and tested with an iPad and a common touchscreen cellphone. Both worked out great!

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