Want to Know the Best Way to Win the Fight Against those Extra Pounds?

So let’s say you have several thousand dollars readily available to spend without worry, and you’ve been hoping to train in secret to shock everyone with your badass fighting skills for the next time you are forced into conflict, or presented the opportunity for a conflict, while out on the streets.

If so…well you’re probably Batman.

But even if you’re not, you will still love the Nexersys Home Boxing unit, which represents the ultimate in at home MMA or boxing training tools. It sports seven strike pads with integrated sensors that all feed to the built in monitor, which is the real highlight of the device. The monitor not only keeps track of your normal workout statistics like calories, history, and time, but more unit specific figures such as striking power and strike count, and also provides unique gaming workouts like digital avatar sparring.

While the undisputed heavyweight champion of fighting training equipment, as mentioned the Nexersys is only meant for those with serious on hand pocket change, as the basic unit will set you back $2,995, and the much sturdier professional model with a larger screen runs an impressive $6,995.

Of course can you really put a price on something that will put you on the path to becoming the next caped crusader, or at least living the ultimate man fantasy of delivering that perfect right hook in bar fight just once?


The Mico Headphones Want Your Subconcious to be the DJ

How comfortable are you letting technology into your life?

A company called Neurowear is hoping many of you answered “very,” as they get set to roll out a unique pair of headphones designed to read your brainwaves and pick the music that matches your mood.

Using what is called electroencephalography sensors, the “Mico” headphones detect your subconscious and works with its native app to select the track based on your evolving mood and feelings. The headphones even indicate your general outlook through a visual setup built into the sides.

The goal of the Mico is to create what the developers are calling “Music Serendipity,” where you never have to consciously decide on, or physically choose, your music, but can rather sit back and enjoy the perfect playlist, as chosen by your brain.

Debuting to the public at SXSW this year, details on the release timeframe and pricing are scarce. Further questions abound regarding the variety of the music selections, or how your personal music can be integrated, among other functionality queries.

While apps like Moodagent have been performing this same function for years, the idea of it being incorporated into a piece of hardware is somewhat more original. If the user is able to work off a diverse playlist, the pricing and sound quality of the set is right, and the program accomplishes the majority of its promises, then this headset might just be more than an intriguing idea.


Could the Mycestro Conduct a New Age For the Wireless Mouse?

I’ve never had a problem with the traditional wireless mouse. It’s comfortable, accurate, reliable, installs without hassle, and are generally cheap. There’s never really been a reason to question or dream of an alternative, until they perfect motion systems that is.

It appears there is an alternative in the meantime though, and it is more intriguing than I would have thought.

Called the Mycestro, it’s billed as a 3D mouse and is currently rocketing past the asking goals on Kickstarter. It’s a bluetooth enabled finger clip-on and serves as a lightweight micro sized mouse substitute, that functions off of a touch sensitive panel built into the side. Sliding your finger up and down the panel allows for the traditional scroll movements, while pressure sensitive areas serve as the right, left, and middle click. There’s an eight hour plus battery life, USB charging port, and impressive functionality range of 30 feet.

The benefits of the Mycestro mostly seem to stem from its incredibly small size which ensures its functionality in even the most cramped and awkward of set ups, and also it’s minimal movement for maximum results design style. As also demonstrated by the video, it is particularly ideal for a PC to TV set up, or even instances like manipulating your computer from a distance, while say in the kitchen or on the phone.

I’m less convinced though about its practicality at more complex movement required games like first person shooters and, though this is addressed directly, I still believe it would at least be initially awkward while typing. Attempting to ghost the motions this device would require while typing this gives me the impression that it would be a suitable mouse alternative, but I’m not sure exactly how beneficial it is for everyday use.

Still though if it’s functionally sound, the potential freedom it offers could be well worth the initial adjustment period. For a $79.00 minimum backing you can reserve one for when they ship later this year, and see for yourself if this Mycestro’s work is an earth shattering movement, or unfinished symphony.


Everything You Wanted to Know About the iPhone 5 But Were Too Afraid to Ask

With the first reviews pouring in today for everyone’s soon to be most bragged about toy, the iPhone 5, it’s time to take a step back and look at everything we know about the new iPhone, to date.

The Look

It’s thinner (the thinnest smartphone in the world according to Apple), it’s taller (a half an inch taller to be exact), it comes in black and white (though that doesn’t matter according to the late Michael Jackson), and of course it’s pretty sleek. Apple has had more than enough time in this business to know what works and what doesn’t and they aren’t messing with the formula now. The iPhone 5 looks like an iPhone, just better.

The Features

For the most part, all of the usual upgrades apply. The sound is better, the video is clearer, and everything is supposed to be faster. Of particular note, though, are the new 4G capabilities and Siri functions. The 4G is supposedly as quick as you need it to be, Siri is better than ever, and can perform an array of new tricks from pulling up apps on request, to providing sports scores. Also, the camera is supposed to work better in lowlight, and the battery life is cited as working up to 12-14 hours in some cases with normal usage, which would mean a great improvement over the previous models.  However, if you’re looking for the real new feature of the iPhone 5, you have to turn to the new iO6.


The biggest upgrade to i06 is the new Apple Maps features which opposes the popular Google Maps program. Reviews aren’t particularly flattering for the new app, as reviewers cite trouble using it practically in urban environments ,along with being generally behind Google Maps, but with things like Yelp integration, and Siri enabled GPS, a few updates could put the system on the right track. Otherwise, the new operating system is offering up increased Facebook functionality, Facetime compatibility, and a great all in one travelling app called Passbook that also works with some of your payment methods to help create a virtual wallet. Nice.

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Lots of reviews coming this week

konnet_icradoThings have been a little slow over here as I’ve been working on a few other projects and dealing with some big announcement over on Fearless Gamer, our gaming blog. This week we’ll be back in full swing though, and I’m adding a bunch of reviews to the site.

Later in the week you’ll start to see some of the new iPhone 4 accessories. Over the rest of the summer I’ll be getting a few more, but for now I’ve got at least a dock to show off. I’ll also be covering the Booq line of laptop bags (more specifically the Boa S Nerve) and Warpia’s wireless PC-to-TV broadcast system.

I’ve also been starting to dig around Aperture. I had played with the software a bit when it first launched, but without any high quality images, it wasn’t a piece of software I cared to invest in. Now that I have my shiny new camera, I think it’s time I take a more serious look. I’ll be posting my impressions throughout the week as I get to know the ins and outs of photo management (from what I hear, Aperture is the way it should be done).