InFocus keeps coming out with new versions of its Kangaroo brand mini-Windows 10 computers. At CES 2017 I saw the newest addition, the Kangaroo Notebook. It's a way to keep your personal and family computer activities separate. Or parents and kids computer use separate. And I'm talking about really separate, like each having their very own removable Kanagroo Mini stick. Yes, the Kangaroo’s Notebook comes as a package with two modular PC Minis that can be swapped in and out of the laptop dock. Each mini is a self-contained PC running Windows 10. Inside, the modules are 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC flash storage, and a quad-core 1.44GHz Intel Atom “Cherry Trail” x5-Z8350. There's also an SD card slot on each mini which accepts cards up to 512GB.The dock offers an HD 11.6-inch display (max resolution of 1366 x 768),full keyboard, trackpad, battery, webcam, microphone, speakers, and two USB ports, one 2.0 and one 3.0. While 2GB of RAM is not much, it works fine as long as you understand this notebook is for basic computing chores, web searching, viewing videos, but not video editing or intense video gaming. Suggest retail is $299.99, but this weekend - 1/14/17 it's on sale for $269.99 thru Monday 1/16/17.
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A while back on World News Now I showed a gadget that screwed into a lamp so you could add two charging ports. You took the bulb out added that charging gizmo and screwed the bulb into it. But at CES 2017 I discovered the PowerBulb. It's said to be the world's first LED light bulb with builtin dual USB ports that turns any lamp into a charging station. That's right you can charge your phone, tablet, e-reader, etc. right from this LED bulb. It features something the company calls MegaSmart Charging. That means the PowerBulb automatically senses and sends more power to the device with the lowest charge. A built in silicon jacket and heat dissipation vents never allow the PowerBulb to get hot to the touch. Also built into the bulb is a dedicated on/off button that lets you to turn the light off while continuing to charge your devices. It's 608 lumens, which is about equal to a 40 watt bulb. It's 2700K which gives off a warm light. I asked about a brighter version and they said that was coming later. Bulb life is estimated at 50,000 hours and it retails for under $40. Please note that this bulb is marked "NON-DIMMABLE".
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2iq01uo
The folks at Nite Ize excel in building multipurpose items for folks on the go. Introduced at CES 2017 is their new Nite Ize Financial Tool RFID Blocking Wallet. This is a minimalist wallet, money clip and credit card holder combo plus a 10-in-1 multi-tool all in one. It features two heat-treated 420 stainless steel plates connected by a high-tensile strength, ultra-secure Cash Wrap Strap. Tools include: scraper, bottle opener, 3 wrenches, flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver/tape cutter, metric and imperial ruler. But wait, there's more. It's also an RFID blocking wallet too! Available in stainless or black coated stainless. Under $15.00
It's not on Amazon yet, but there is more info at the company website:
There's also the Nite Ize Financial Tool Money Clip Wallet with 7-In-1 Multi Tool in Stainless Steel or Black. It's a single stainless tool plate and doesn't offer RFID protection. It's under $10 here:
If you're an older fan of music, you know the name Polk. They've been making speakers for probably 50 years or so. So at CES 2017, I was surprised to see one of the smallest speakers anywhere. It's so small, you wear it! Called the Polk Boom Bit, this wireless micro wearable Bluetooth speaker is designed to clip securely to your clothing. The object is to able to listen to music without headphones that could block out things you might want to hear as you bike, jog, walk, etc. But wait, there's more. It has also a built in mic that will let you make/answer phone calls on the go. The Ipx7 waterproof enclosure keep water and dirt out. 3-Hour battery life should be enough to get you to and from your destination. There's a standard USB connection with waterproof cap for charging. For the size of the unit I was impressed with the sound. And when I heard the price, well that made it even more impressive. It retails for under $30! And it's available in many colors. This Amazon page will show you many choices. Since the speaker is just coming into the market place there are only a few reviews on line, but the ones I saw posted already are very positive. $29.99.
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Wearable technology was one of the buzz words at CES 2017. I saw a lot of – probably more than a dozen – fitness bands, but I saw only one wearable airbag. That's right an airbag designed for those who race cars, ride fast bikes, ski, horseback ride, etc. and are looking a way to protect themselves from a nasty fall or accident. A French company In&Motion has been providing technology to professionals for years, but now they want to bring it to a much wider market. They've done testing in the field with thousands of people in Europe and now they're looking for 500 volunteers in the US. The wearable airbag looks like a warm, padded vest, but it's embedded with sensors and predictive algorithms so it can anticipate a crash. If it does, it can deploy in than 0.1 second to help prevent critical body damage. Assuming the jacket itself is not badly damaged, you can swap out the used gas cartridges and be ready for the next spill. There are different versions for different sports and it's available in different sizes and colors. One of the spokespeople at the In&Motion booth said it would cost about $800, a small amount when you consider it could save your life. To get more info, and to fill out the form to enter being a test subject, visit
Here's a video of their professional ski airbag jacket in use:
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