RideAir

To understand the RideAir, just imagine one of those disposable pressurized CO2 cartridges that work with your bicycle pump. But instead, it’s self-contained and refillable 🙂

It takes the shape of a [large] water bottle (even comes with a frame mount) that can be taken with you during your ride. Now as to whether that’s a practical proposition or not, I would say it would depend on your needs as a rider.

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Candy House Sesame Smart Lock

In a nutshell, Sesame is a BT smart lock that was meant to be mounted directly above your deadbolt’s turnpiece assembly. 1 It’s basically an automatic mechanical turner What sets it apart from other smart lock systems is how easy it is to install and it was meant to work with whatever it is you already have installed, eliminating the need for any sort of tools or/for disassmbly. Your phone then becomes your key fob and you can control the sesame via its mobile app.

The idea is pretty solid and it’d be difficult to find anyone who didn’t like what these guys were trying to accomplish. The only issue was that, like any campaign, delays were inevitable, but the creators didn’t exactly make themselves easy to reach, nor did they offer regular updates to keep the backers appraised of the situation. Also they started selling it through other channels even when technically the campaign in KS hasn’t been completely fulfilled.

Long story short, the issue with a lot of backers is that of “goodwill” and trust more than the product living up to its promise or not. As for the latter – well that’s what this review is for 🙂 Read More

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1. It’s basically an automatic mechanical turner

ADV.SOUND AccessPort

I reviewed a similar product before, so I won’t repeat why it’s a good idea to have something like this. In a nutshell, it solves this problem as stated in that post:

For an iPhone user, unless you never plan going past a 6S, needing a lightning headphone adaptor is an inevitability. And while Apple does supply the newer iPhones with adapters, it does have its limitations. For one you can’t charge your phone when listening to music.

And of course the Wizician, for the most part, came through – but not without some misgivings (mostly build quality). Here I am now with ADV.SOUND’s AccessPort to see how it stacks up with the competition.

It’s going to be a short review because the AccessPort practically trumps the Wizician in all aspects except price. So let’s see what that extra $20 premium got us. Read More

AirBolt

An electronic lock, assuming its security is up to scratch, is always a good thing to have since it removes problem of forgetting your keys. 1 Combination padlocks always had a weakness of having a finite number of permutations which, if given enough time, can be figured out. Electronic locks can even enhance security making it exponentially more difficult – as you could set a combination without giving thieves any idea of what kind of permutation they’ll be dealing with. Read More

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1. Combination padlocks always had a weakness of having a finite number of permutations which, if given enough time, can be figured out.

Wizician iPhone DAC/AMP

For an iPhone user, unless you never plan going past a 6S, needing a lightning headphone adaptor is an inevitability. And while Apple does supply the newer iPhones with adapters, it does have its limitations. For one you can’t charge your phone when listening to music.

So when the folks behind the Python Cable 1 Which I am a happy owner of pitched the Wizician – a MFi certified lightning adapter with a built in DAC and Amplifier. I thought why not. Read More

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1. Which I am a happy owner of