Wearable speakers: Is this the future?

Wearable speakers James P. DeVellis
A lot of manufacturers have been trying to perfect earphone and headphone technology in terms of wearability, comfort, audio quality, and price point. But in terms of private listening, manufacturers are looking into a new audio experience for consumers. Wearable speakers are still considered niche products, but more manufacturers are coming up with their version. James P. DeVellis.

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Wearable speakers were first made to augment television audio. The most common design for wearable speakers is the neck pillow type. These speakers have upward-firing speakers that blast music directly into a person’s ears. This makes for a unique audio experience. For the person wearing the unit, it may sound very loud. But a few meters away from the unit and the audio is hardly heard. James P. DeVellis.

The only way to describe how they work is by imagining having a pair of small Bluetooth speakers attached to your shoulders aiming at your ears. The sensation is totally new given the location of the audio source. James P. DeVellis

This piece of technology is great for listening to music at home or at the office if you have a room to yourself. Never will you miss a knock on the door or a phone ringing. It’s also good for a bit of outdoor activities such as biking or walking.

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They are mostly built with robust components that can last a long time but are also comfortable to wear. This easily replaces headphones which can cause certain ear pain after extended use. Some designs are also small enough that they fit in nicely with a shirt or even a hoodie. James P. DeVellis.

Some brands who have come up with great wearable speakers include JBL, Bose, Sony, and LG. The prices vary from somewhat affordable at over $100 to $300. However, $300 can already get you a good pair of Bluetooth headphones so be sure to check if a wearable is indeed what you need. James P. DeVellis

Foldable smartphones: Are we ready for them?

Foldable Phones James P. DeVellis
A lot of tech news in the past few months covered foldable phones, the ones that have been showcased by Huawei and Samsung, as well as concept renders by other developers like Motorola. While they may look good in showrooms and the review tables of notable online influencers, are they ready for let’s say the everyday people of Oregon or Portland? The answer is no. James P. DeVellis.

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There are a lot of things to consider as to how viable these new smartphones before they deserve to be in everyone’s pockets. And one of the most pressing issues people have actually have to do with their pockets. These foldable phones are going to be larger and thicker compared to today’s regular smartphone models. James P. DeVellis

Another thing we have to consider is the price point. Samsung priced the Galaxy Fold close to $2,000. Surely a phone with that price tag isn’t for everyone. But if mid-tier manufacturers were to replicate the technology, would they be able to recreate a foldable phone for less than $500? That is highly unlikely. James P. DeVellis.

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Next, we have to look at these units as a piece of hardware. Folding phones means moving parts. The more complex they are, the easier for them to malfunction and the more difficult they are to repair. This is why manufacturers such as Samsung boast the longevity of their Samsung Fold and their 200,000 fold test. James P. DeVellis.

Lastly, there’s the user experience. Clearly, this is more for the app developers and web content creators rather than consumers. The proliferation of foldable phones could mean creating and recreating content using different aspect ratios.

All in all, the concept is great and fresh, but the public is not ready for the foldable phone. It can turn heads, but it’s still not worth the purchase. James P. DeVellis

Tech Talk: Kooky IoT devices and their uses

Devices connecting to the internet nowadays are a dime a dozen. We’ve seen technological advances that can help people live lives more comfortably in the form of smart thermostats, smart home security systems, and voice assistants that can control other devices at home. However, due to this booming industry of IoT devices, some creators have gone a bit overboard with the idea, creating IoT devices that have very peculiar uses. Here are some kooky IoT devices and the functions they serve.

Smart water bottles
Manufacturers of HidrateSpark have created a water bottle that glows whenever it wants to remind its user to hydrate. With this device, users are supposed to never feel thirsty given the constant reminders to drink water. The device also tells you how much water is left in your bottle.

Egg caddy
This egg caddy called Egg Minder is a device you put in your fridge. It tells you how many eggs you have left and how fresh they still are. For someone who does groceries on a regular basis, this device might seem too much. Though the idea of never cracking a bad egg is always welcome.

Smart condoms
i.Con is the world’s first smart condom. It basically measures a man’s performance in bed and sends results straight to your phone. Perhaps some people like to see the numbers in order to help improve themselves.

IoT Shutters
Shuttereaze promises that users need not go near window shutters just to close or open them. The idea of installing this product may seem absurd as one could easily adjust their blinders in less than 5 seconds.

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How technology has affected today’s consumer

When you look at how business transactions were done in the 1990s and compare them to how they’re made today, one huge factor stands as the difference-maker – technology, more specifically, online sales.

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To be fair to history, it was already possible to order a product via phone or mail or fax before the internet came along. But as the world wide web developed and more business establishments adopted and incorporated online sales into their operations, buying and selling as we knew it changed completely.

Perhaps the most prevalent reason for the popularity of online sales is the convenience if affords consumers. No longer do people have to go out of their homes, brave heavy traffic, walk through shopping malls, and line up at the cashier to get a single item. Nowadays, it can all be done with a couple of swipes and a few taps.

And while shipping costs may add to the total bill, let it be known that a lot of the products people are buying online come straight from manufacturers and are getting them at manufacturer’s price. Online stores also have lots of promos, deals, and discounts. Now, think of that and factor in the price of gas and parking fees and the time you use up to get an item in the nearest mall. Overall, online shopping is cheaper.

All these advantages and we haven’t even gotten to the wide array of selection yet. Online stores have almost everything a consumer wants. If an item isn’t available on one site, the consumer can always go to another online shop.

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