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Zagg HZO - Waterproofing for Electronics

posted Saturday Jan 28, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Zagg HZO - Waterproofing for Electronics

Zagg's protective films are popular "first purchases" for new smartphone owners and at CES 2012, Zagg shows off their latest protection mechanism. Todd chats to Bill from Zagg to find out what it protects against.

The adage is that water and electricity don't mix, and by extension, water and mobile devices don't mix well either. Zagg hopes to change that with a new nanotech-based coating, HZO, that repels water so effectively that a dunk in the drink will have no effect on the device.

The HZO coating is applied during the manufacturing process so that every component is properly treated and waterproofed. There's no physical skin or cover as the water-repellency is at the molecular level. Almost any device can be waterproofed - smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, headphones, but it has to be done during manufacture, not by the end-user.

Zagg is currently in negotiation with major OEMs so expect water-repellent devices to hit the market in 12-18 months and if you want to see an iPhone working underwater, then watch the video.

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G-Form Extreme Gadget Protection - 100k Drop test

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G-Form Extreme Gadget Protection - 100k Drop test

G-Form is best know for its protective gear for high adrenaline sports but using this know-how, it's protecting something much more precious - your expensive tablet with its Extreme range of cases. If you think this is gimmick, these guys dropped an iPad in an Extreme Portfolio from a weather balloon at 100,000+ feet... and it survived.

Todd talks to Rick Garrard to find out more about the high altitude drop and gets a demonstration of what happens when an 8 lb bowling ball lands on a packet of chocolate M&Ms covered with G-Form's Extreme protection. Mmm, chocolate.

The Extreme cases and sleeves are on-sale nowc from $34.95 upwards for the iPad and Kindle Fire (or 10" and 7" tablets).

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Aftershokz Headphones

posted Saturday Jan 28, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Aftershokz Headphones

Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headsets use the same technology that military Special Ops teams depend upon. Now consumers can be street legal - nothing in, on, or covering your ears. Direct vibrations are carried by the bones to the inner ear. In military and police applications, their ears are open in order to hear the movements of both their targets and other members of their unit.

Aftershokz Headphones enable joggers, bike riders, skateboarders, hikers, and other athletes to safely listen to their portable music player while participating in their favorite activity.

Interview by Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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InCarBite: Tablet Mounting System

posted Saturday Jan 28, 2012 by Guest Blogger

InCarBite: Tablet Mounting System

InCarBite solves two problems: How to keep your iPad securely mounted in a vehicle, yet keeping it easily removable for use inside the house. InCarBite allows you to safely mount your iPad or Android tablet to the headrest support in the family mini-van. While it delivers a personal viewing experience to the backseat passenger on the road, the same unit un-snaps from the vehicle mount, and travels easily to the home for under-cabinet kitchen mounting.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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DeLorme In-Reach Satellite Communicator

posted Saturday Jan 28, 2012 by Guest Blogger

DeLorme In-Reach Satellite Communicator

GPS Plus Emergency Satellite Communicator

The Award-Winning DeLorme In-Reach allows you to stay reliably connected wherever you go. You can end and receive text messages, even while out of cell phone range - letting your friends in basecamp or family know that you have crossed a phase line, milepost or difficult portion of your hiking or climbing route. You will get confirmation of message delivery. And most importantly, you can send Interactive 2-way SOS in a real emergency and communicate with responders to make sure that they understand the nature of your emergency.

The system includes global coverage, and is in the $250 price class.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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Maytag: Clean Oven in an Hour

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Maytag: Clean Oven in an Hour

Maytag Induction technology transfers energy directly into any magnetic cookware, for faster, more energy-efficient cooking. It is a special treat for moms, culinary enthusiasts, chefs and just about anybody who loves to cook with fast results in a safe and convenient cooking environment.

The cleanliness of electric cooking with the speed and control of gas. Plus, an exceptionally fast cleaning cycle keeps busy Moms happy!

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