The new Pixel Kit from Kano allows you to make and code its 16x8 LED Grid and 128 RGB LED light into a mini disco, as well as build your own games, animations and art work. Suitable from ages 6+, when you open the box, you will find buttons, three USB ports, a board, joystick, stickers and more. The instructional story books will walk you through building the Pixel Kit - you will learn as you make, and when it is finished, it can be connected to your computer and the Kano App, so turn on the lights and start coding.
The Motion Sensor Kit, new from Kano, is their simplest coding kit. Suitable for ages 6+, both big and small hands can earn how to code and make hand-controlled apps with this kit. Compatible with both Mac & PC, it is easy to use and set up; simply open the box, take out the bits, connect the sensor, sucker and cable, then follow the book to learn how to control it. Before you begin, you will also need to download the Kano app onto your computer.
The datAshur from iStorage is a USB 3.0 Flash Drive with a choice of capacities ranging from 4GB up to 64GB with a PIN code access and military grade XTS-AES 256-bit hardware encryption – how James Bond. The datAshur Pro features a rechargeable battery allowing the user to enter a 7-15 digit PIN using the on-board keypad before connecting the drive to a USB port.
The HAIX Protector Ultra in Signal Red are a beauty to behold; clean lines, bold colours and solid black metal detailing make these shoes stand out from regular forest boots. These boots have both beauty and brawn - with a secure leather safety boot and an integrated steel toe cap, they will look after your feet.
The Gourd Amplifier from Mountain Melodies Manufacturing was born after the company owners, Paul and Sue Bergstrom, found themselves with lots of kettle gourds laying around and thought “Why not?” Each amp has its own unique shape and sound. You can use it with instruments or to play music from your MP3 or smartphone. It runs off a 9-volt battery (not included), so it is totally portable, and connects to your music or instrument via a 1/4″ input jack only (no Bluetooth here).
When you think of air pollution, your mind probably conjures up images of smoggy city streets packed with cars or huge factories pumping out plumes of grey smoke, but did your ever stop to consider that your home could also be filled with polluted air? Probably not, because you are a normal person, but consider the things we have and do in our house on a daily basis: cleaning, cooking, wood burners, and even outdoor polluted air getting trapped inside. The Foobot is an in-home monitor to give you a greater insight into your rooms’ air quality.
Ok, so some of you will look at this pour-over kettle, then look at your electric or hob kettle (commonly called a tea kettle amongst us coffee snobs), and wonder why you would need another kettle cluttering up your kitchen cupboards. If at this point you are thinking that your supermarket own brand, instant coffee in your Sports Direct mug is wonderfully tasty, you can probably stop reading here.
The Edifier R1800 BT Speakers are bookshelf speakers that can be connected by either a dual RCA input or through Bluetooth. It has a Class D amplifier and 10-degree angled fronts that help to direct the sound straight to your ears. So, the first impressions is a little mixed, I love the high gloss black body, it is very attractive and looks great on the book shelf, however the front of the speaker lacks any distinction. I think more could have been done here to finish the quality aesthetic off.
Distil Union was formed by Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham in 2011. The micro-collective of designers aims to create products to improve experiences in our everyday lives by self-funding from Kickstarter (six projects to date). The Wally Agent is part of their leather Wally range; this take on the typical billfold aims to offer a slim profile with easy access via the interior pull-tab pockets. It sports four interior pockets plus a section for notes, intended to make the Agent the ideal choice for a front-pocket storage.
I am comfortable saying that I haven’t been much of a fan of the MindShift bags in the past. I tend to view them as ThinkTank’s younger and uglier brother, but I was really surprised by the high-quality construction in the PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag. The PhotoCross has been made to withstand all weathers and is comfortable enough to wear for hours on end, with a wealth of useful features to keep your camera gear safe and close to hand when in the great outdoors.