Vtech recently sent me their cordless phone system for review on my geek dad blog. I know what you’re thinking — why would I want to review a cordless phone? They’ve been around for decades and are not exactly on the leading edge of technology. But the Vtech IS7121-2 is different. In fact, it’s the only phone system I know of that integrates a doorbell video system. The Vtech answering system is essentially a doorbell caller ID system that lets you see who is at the door. BTW, the system has a list price of $119.95.
For more than a week now, I’ve been playing with a Wi-Fi camera called the WatchBot. I received the device for review on my geek dad blog. Thanks to the many features of the camera, you can use the Watchbot for things like home security, checking in on your children, monitoring your baby, and communicating with your kids. The Watchbot includes a camera, DC power supply, wall mounting kit, alarm connection adaptor, network cable, set-up CD, and user guide. BTW, the power supply is designed for the UK, but a power adapter for the US was included with my unit. The Watchbot retails for $237.95.
CritterZone sent me their air naturalizer for review on my geek dad blog. The little gadget freshens indoor air without filters or chemicals. You gotta love that, right? The Air Naturalizer is easy to use — just plug it into a electrical outlet. I received a wall unit for review, but there is also a corded version and a travel pack that includes a car adapter and travel bag. The corded and wall unit versions cost $99 each. The travel pack is priced at $114.95. But you can a $10 discount on any of the units if you use the following promo code during check out: GEEKDAD
I knew this would happen. I justed ordered a Samsung Galaxy S4 at work, and now I find out the Galaxy S5 will be introduced at the Mobile World Congress next month. According to Lee Young Hee, Samsung’s mobile executive vice president, the company is on track to release its next generation Galaxy S5 in March or April. The Galaxy S5 smartphone will be very different from the S4.
Here’s a cool gadget – a wireless light switch that doesn’t need electricity. The switch uses energy harvesting technology to transmit the wireless signal to the light bulb when you press the mechanical switch. The light bulb still needs power, and of course it has to one of those cool wireless light bulbs.
LG debuted a 77-inch OLED screen at CES 2014. The flat screen TV merges 4K resolution (3480 x 2160) and OLED technology into one panel. What’s even more amazing is that a user can use the remote control to adjust the curvature of the OLED TV. You can even change it to a flat screen with no curve if you wanted to. That’s cool, right? Of course it is.
According to Huanqiu, a Chinese publication, Apple will launch a bigger version of the iPhone this May. If the report is true, the tablet-size iPhone phablets will be a separate product line from the iPhone 6 smartphones, which are expected to debut in September.
If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a LEGO lover, then you should consider the Beautiful LEGO book by Mike Doyle. It’s an awesome book that will be a great addition to your coffee table. Beautiful LEGO is filled with great LEGO ideas that will impress and inspire artists, builders, and fans of all ages. The book also includes information about the builders behind the beautiful Lego art. While the book is filled with stunning Lego creations, it’s not a how-to book. This is something to keep in mind if you’re actually looking for a how-to book. Beautiful LEGO (No Starch Press) is available now for $18.94 on Amazon.
A lot of new video games this week. It’s almost as if Christmas is just around the corner. New games include The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Young Justice: Legacy, Mario Party: Island Tour, AquaPazza, Tearaway, Need for Speed Rivals, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!, Band Fuse: Rock Legends – Artist Pack, and Farming Simulator. Continue reading for more information about the new video game titles for this week.