KIWI P1: World’s most compact laser distance meter – Review

 

The KIWI P1 laser distance meter is an accurate, easy to use laser management tool which means you can put down your tape measure and get to the fun part of designing your house!  Instead of a complicated laser distance meter with multiple buttons, this easy to use tool which fits in the palm of your hand is an all-in-one product designed to ensure that you can measure and get to the fun rather than having to try from a multitude of angles.  The KIWI P1 has one button which is controlled by a series of presses (long, short, double click or triple click).  It’s small — with and weighs in at 0.15 pounds (68g) and dimensions of 3.94 x 1.38 x 0.71 inches (100 x 38 x 18 mm).  To use the P1, turn it on and direct the laser onto to point whose distance you want to measure. You are instantly given the measurement in real-time using the integrated display.  Tap the power button again to pause the measurement and retain the number in the display while you write it down.

What we love…

easy to use measuring tool which is extremely accurate and fast!

What we’d love to see…

Ability to retain multiple numbers in the display

Summary

Remove this text and add your own here.

Our Rating

recommended-by-the-imums

I recently decided that I needed to get some bookshelves for our living space, because we love to read as do our kids.  I got out the traditional measuring tape and started measuring.  One of my biggest challenges with the traditional measuring tape is ensuring that it’s on target at the end while trying to hold the tape measure in place.  It’s always a two person process – which with kids can be frustrating since they almost always seem to want my attention the moment I decide to try and measure something.  After doing my measurements — calculating and writing everything down on a sticky pad I decided to repeat the process with the KIWI P1.  Using the measuring tape took about 10 minutes not including the calculation for the molding around my bathroom door.  When I tried the KIWI P1 I had my measurements in under two minutes.  I simply turned it on, clicked in the remote and within seconds had my answer.  I double checked it against the manual measurements that I had just done and they were spot on (in fact perhaps a bit more accurate since I wasn’t juggling both ends of the tape measure at the same time).  I used the KIWI P1 in a variety of spots to measure items like height of a wall, measuring a distance for a shelf as well as my bookcase.  We used it also recently to try to figure out how we can reconfigure a room while still fitting all of our furniture.

In terms of enhancements – I do wish it had a “memory” which allowed you to save more than one number so that I could give up my sticky pad or notes forever!

I loved how portable, easy to use KIWI P1 was and that I could grab it,  measure and go while knowing my measurements were accurate within millimeters.  This product is currently running a funding campaign on Indegogo which can be reached here.

Tech Specs

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.The links in this post may contain affiliate links where The iMums will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our link, this helps to support the costs of running this site and we appreciate your support.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

ProLock Mini by Rug-Ed – Review

 

 

What we love…

easy to install protective case for your device which includes great drop protection.

What we’d love to see…

easier way to clean your device while in the case – particularly the screen

Summary

very protective lightweight case which protected my iPad mini from drops

Our Rating

recommended-by-the-imums

The ProLOCK Mini: iPad Mini 4 is a case designed by Rug-Ed which includes a tempered-glass screen protector, removable stand and locking fasteners with a tool which ensures that your iPad is not removed from it’s case accidentally.  The case features a handle at the top which allows for easy carrying; is thin and lightweight but protective of your device.  It also includes corner bumpers for drop protection.  The case can be used in a portrait or landscape mode on your device.  The case is tamper-proof and requires the use of a tool (which reminded me of an allen wrench) to lock in your tablet so that kids can not remove it.  Rug-Ed was started in 2012 and originally started by designing iPad cases for the educational environment.  They recently started offering the ProLOCK case for individual consumers to purchase.

As a mom, I do let my kids use my device.  Although I typically don’t worry about my younger child trying to remove the case – I have seen my older son pull the screen off of our Griffin Survivor to try to clean it.  With this case, he can’t remove the iPad without the tool – nor do I want him to.  The case is lightweight – it doesn’t add a lot of bulk or weight to my iPad Mini which generally lives in my bag for on the go usage.  The case itself was easy to install – as was the included screen protector.  You simply laid the case on the table, inserted your device tightened a few screws and within moments it was ready to use.  The screen protector took me a bit more time because I wanted to ensure it was lined up and I didn’t get bubbles in it.  I also liked that the stand was integrated rather than removable as sometimes when they are removed the stand can get lost.  The case provided great drop protection – we dropped it from a height of about four feet – my son lost his grip on it and was holding the side instead of the handle when he went to get into the car.  It fell face down on a tar surface.  There were no bumps or scratches to the iPad and I was able to wipe the dust off the case easily.  The case is easy to hold and is ergonomic for usage especially with the integrated plastic  stand.  There is also a soft cloth cover that can be used as well.  Ports are easy to access both for headphones and the charging cord.  You can also easily access the camera without having to remove anything from the case or anything to uncover.

In terms of improvements – I do like to wipe down my cases for devices on occasion because of germs and multiple kids using them.  I felt comfortable enough taking the outer case off to wipe that down and let it dry, but wiping down the screen was a challenge.  I settled for using a dry cloth to wipe it off.  In addition, I understand why the case does not include a holder for the tool – but I did misplace mine once.  I settled for putting it in a drawer the kids could not access so that I would not lose it in the future since it’s the only way to remove the case.

The case is available for iPad Mini 4 as well as iPad Air, Air 2 or the iPad Pro 9.7.    It is priced from $45 USD (iPad Mini) to $49 USD (iPad Air, Air 2, iPad Pro) and can be purchased directly from RugEd. Overall this is a great protective case which ensures that your iPad investment is safe and kid friendly.  I love that kids can’t remove this case easily on their own!

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.The links in this post may contain affiliate links where The iMums will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our link, this helps to support the costs of running this site and we appreciate your support.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

News: Clazio launches touchscreen and voice command smart home hub with HIFI Sound on Indiegogo

CLAZIO LAUNCHES TOUCHSCREEN AND VOICE COMMAND SMART HOME HUB WITH HIFI SOUND

Premium speaker with built-in battery, smart home integrations and 4K output launches on Indiegogo

Spark is the ultimate smart home device offering a premium listening experience. Combined with voice command technologies, leading content providers, and a top of the range audio system, users can control the product with the touch-screen display or through natural voice interaction.

 With a built-in battery, Spark is super portable – perfect for using around the house. Clazio, a premier smart home creator, launches the Spark on Indiegogo today.

 Top of the range speaker system

 Built with two high-quality speakers, Spark has a powerful audio system that offers a clear crisp sound, with deep rich bass. The acoustics adapt to its surroundings and, together with streaming services, Spark gives users instant access to popular online video/audio content. Whether listening to Pandora in the kitchen or watching Netflix in bed, the possibilities are endless. Use Spark to plug in a TV or projector and it displays as a home entertainment center, showcasing up to 4K output for crystal clear images.

 High-tech functionality  

 As well as a smart speaker, Spark is similar to an Android tablet and runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS and has a powerful octa-core processor. Users can seamlessly connect to popular smart home integrations, such as IFTTT, Hue, and Nest, and control their home from a single device. Stay connected with family and friends and capture memories with the five-megapixel front camera. Spark is perfect for video calls using Skype, Google Hangouts and more. The system works between a smartphone or laptop and a Spark as well as between Spark devices.

 Hands-free control

 The smart hub can be operated through single or multi-touch gestures by touching the screen with a stylus or finger. Users can also operate Spark through natural voice integration. The two far-field microphones accurately receive built-in Alexa or OK Google voice commands to play music, catch up on the latest news, and more.

Retro-modern design

At 1.76 lbs this stylish, smart hub fits perfectly into any home decor. Users can move it around the house from the counter in the bedroom to the bookshelf in the den, without having to plug it in. The 4,800 mAh battery supports up to five hours of music playback or four hours of video before it needs to be recharged.

Dake Liu, Clazio’s CEO, explains: “Clazio Spark is the smartest home device available offering uncompromising audio and video quality. It is a wireless speaker and Android tablet all in one.”

The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign kicks off on 26 September 2017 with a target of $50,000 to put this premium HiFi smart speaker into mass production. The MSRP for Spark is $269.


Specifications

  • Processor – Octa-Core Processor

  • Internal Memory – 16G

  • Display – 7-inch Touchscreen 2K Retina Display

  • Camera – 5 Megapixel Camera

  • Speakers – Two 5 Wattage Hi-Fi Speakers with Diaphragm

  • Outputs – HDMI/ MicroSD/ Micro USB/ DC Port

  • Dimensions – 7.59” x 7.45” x 4.33” (193mm x 190mm x 110mm)

  • Weight – 1.763 lbs (0.8 kg)

  • Operation System – Android 7.0 Nougat OS

  • WiFi – 2.4G + 5G (IEEE 502.11 a/b/g/n/ac)

  • Bluetooth – v2.1 + EDR/ v3.0/ v4.0 + BLE

  • Battery – Li-poly battery 4800 mAh

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Halloween App Roundup 2017 from The iMums



It’s getting closer to my kids favorite time of the year.  Below is a list of some of The iMums favorite Haloween apps.  Be sure to comment and tell us your favorites!  Also, check out our 10 great kids books for Halloween article too! 

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Oceanhouse Media In this classic tale from Jan and Stan Berenstain, Halloween is approaching in Bear Country and Papa Bear is excited because this year he is in charge of the Bear Country School’s Ghost Walk. In his enthusiasm Papa Bear gets carried away and forgets Mama Bear’s advice that “one person’s fun is another person’s nightmare”. After scaring his children and giving himself nightmares, Papa Bear learns his lesson and realizes that Halloween can be fun without being scary. Papa Bear scales back the fright factor and everyone has a fun time at the School Ghost Walk.  Read our full review.  Buy a copy here.

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Oceanhouse Media

Price: $3.99 USD

Join the Berenstain Bears in this interactive book app as they prepare for the Bear Country School's Halloween ghost walk! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your .

 

 

World Of Liberty “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware”

It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware

It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware by World of Liberty, LLC is an interactive universal storybook designed for iOS by Ogg Studios that takes different parts of the United States and explores how they connect to other parts of the country called “country connections” which helps to understand what America has in common with other countries with a focus on one specific state and one country at a time.  This particular story features Delaware and the sister city of Kalmar, Sweden which is the sister city to Wilmington, Delaware.  The storybook app designed for children aged seven to nine provides a history lesson in an interactive storybook app featuring animation, song, narration and features Liberty Lane (the primary character), her toy eagle Georgie, her toy plane Truman and her dog Ellie as they adventure around the world.  The app features a “read to me”, “read to myself” and “autoplay” option which brings history to life in this new series.   Liberty Lane helps to explain the tradition of Halloween in the United States and Georgie the Eagle helps to explain why pumpkins have faces for Halloween to scare away the creatures.  The app also includes information about the state such as the state flag and location of the state as well as information about Sweden which includes the language and flag as well as location and information specific to each of the sister cities and the ties between the two.  The author Amber Hood, is a professional voice over artist who is the voice for Dotty in Special Agent Oso and Susie Sunshine in Doc McStuffins. Read the full review or download here.

World Of Liberty Adventure 1 World Of Liberty Adventure 1 by World of Liberty, LLC

Price: $0.99 USD

WORLD OF LIBERTY “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” created by Amber Hood .


A fun and exciting interactive storybook adventure, about a little girl called Liberty Lane, her dog Ellie.


 

Catch the Wally Halloween - Seek & Find game

Catch the Wally Halloween

Catch the Wally – Halloween by Funny Yummy In this beautifully illustrated, fun, app Wally is a spider who likes to play hide and seek, as you search for him you can find all kinds of other surprises hidden in the wall. A special version of Catch the Wally has been released for Halloween with seasonal graphics, you can read our review of the original version here. Download here

Catch the Wally Halloween - Seek & Find game Catch the Wally Halloween - Seek & Find game by Funny Yummy Studio UG (haftungsbeschraenkt)

Price: $2.99 USD

This entertaining game is the Halloween edition of our popular Catch the Wally app.

In this edition: new ‘Halloween’ Wally, 5 brand new episodes and a ghostly explosion. The already familiar.

 

 

Room on the Broom: Games icon

Room on the Broom: Games

Room on The Broom Games by Magic Light Pictures. This delightful app is a collection of mini-games suitable for preschool and early elementary school age children. It is based on the award winning book “Room on the Broom” written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.  The book has also been made into an animated movie. The app contains a collection of games for children aged 3-7 years old, based on the original illustrations from the Room on the Broom book. Read the full review. Download here


Room on the Broom: Games Room on the Broom: Games by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Price: $2.99 USD

BAFTA NOMINATED GAME based on the No.1 Halloween children's picture book!

**Perfect for 3 - 7 year olds with no in-app purchases. "A must-have app” The i Mums**

***Great technical support.

 

Toca Boo

Toca Boo

Toca Boo by Toca Boca. In this classic Halloween app from Toca Boca you play as Bonnie a little girl who dresses as a ghost to scare her family. Her family live in in a rambling old house that is in darkness and family members use flashlights to see. You can set a spooky atmosphere by turning things off and on, and making spooky sound effects and hiding to jump out at family members. Try Toca Boo or the Toca Halloween bundle.


Toca Boo Toca Boo by Toca Boca AB

Price: $2.99 USD

BOO!
Did I scare you!? My name is Bonnie and my family loves to spook! Do you want to scare them back? Follow me and I'll show you how!

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Float around the house and look for the family.

 

Giggle Ghosts: Counting Fun! icon

Giggle Ghosts Counting Fun

Giggle Ghosts Counting fun by Busy Bee Studio is an interactive iPad app aimed at children, particularly toddlers, preschoolers and those in elementary school. The app allows children to practice counting, fine motor skills and early physics skills. The app lets users bounce ghosts off musical chimneys. After each level is finished, the ghosts are put into a ghost house for a party. There are four levels each with increasing difficulty, including clouds and a rainstorm which provide additional obstacles for the ghosts to bounce off and sometimes require double bouncing.  Read our full review or download here.


Giggle Ghosts: Counting Fun! Giggle Ghosts: Counting Fun! by Busy Bee Studios

Price: $0.99 USD

A counting game for toddlers and preschoolers learning numbers, Giggle Ghosts also helps practice hand-eye coordination as kids bounce and count laughing ghosts off of musical chimneys!

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Happi Halloween

Happi Halloween

Happi Halloween by Happi Pappi is a FREE Halloween themed app!  Join Happi and Papi for some Halloween fun in this multiplayer game on one device.  This app is great for practicing fine motor skills and problem solving by mixing in spiders and pumpkins!  First to reach 10 wins in this 2 player game set at a spooky cute cemetery with a little bit of howling and some squeaky doors.  Download here


Happi Halloween Happi Halloween by Happi Papi

Price: $FREE

Join Happi and Papi for some Halloween fun in this multiplayer game on one device.

Beat your opponent by launching your spiders into the vortex before he does the same with his pumpkins.

 

Mystery Math Town

Mystery Math Town

Mystery Math Town by Artgig Apps.  Educational and entertaining, this beautifully done app will sharpen children’s  mathematical skills as they explore Mystery Math Town and get acquainted with it’s fascinating residents and learning at the same time.  This app is geared toward elementary school age children and practices addition, subtraction and multiplication.  This math app is unlike any I have ever seen.  The incredible graphics and the numerous rooms and interactive objects to discover make this app engaging and delightful.   Read our full review or download here.


Mystery Math Town for iPhone Mystery Math Town for iPhone by Artgig Studio

Price: $2.99 USD

Use your math skills to rescue the fireflies in Mystery Math Town for ages 6 and up.

Best Math App 2014 - Tech with Kids
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Mystery Word Town - Sight Word Spelling

Mystery Word Town – Sight Word Spelling

Mystery Word Town by Artgig Apps  In Mystery Word Town, a gang of thieves have stolen some gold. They have hidden them inside the buildings in town. Find all the gold to arrest the thieves and bring them to justice. Each building in Mystery Word Town has multiple rooms to explore. Make sure to check all the doors, windows. and ladders to search all the rooms and to uncover all possible hiding places.  Read our full review or download here.

Mystery Word Town Spelling Mystery Word Town Spelling by Artgig Studio

Price: $3.99 USD

You'll need sharp spelling skills to find the gold and capture the Huevos Rancheros Gang. Play with the teacher-developed word lists, or record your own words.
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First Words Halloween

First Words Halloween

FirstWords: Halloween, by Learning Touch features fun illustrations and entertaining sounds focused on a Halloween theme and includes objects and costumes such as a witch, hat, pumpkin and many more. The game is easily navigable by kids aged 2+. The simple gameplay allows the user to press and drag letter tiles to the appropriate spot to spell the word relating to the picture. Upon pressing the letter, the user is told the name of the letter and once the entire word has been made, the letters are repeated in order and the word is read out to them. They can also hear the word by pressing the picture. Once the word has been solved, the next frame appears automatically.  Read the full review or download here.

First Words Halloween First Words Halloween by Learning Touch LLC

Price: $1.99 USD

- "Best Apps: Our Recommendations for Families" -- Common Sense Media
- "Best iPhone Apps of the Week" -- AppAdvice
- "Great choice for toddlers, just hurry up and get it!" -- Apps4Kids
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Five Little Monkeys Halloween HD

Five Little Monkeys Halloween

Five Little Monkeys Halloween by Loeschware. With this app your children can practice addition and subtraction of Halloween clad monkey’s, opposites such as stop/go, on/off, open/close, and touching a variety of objects within the room.  Reading and Singing using word highlighting to encourage early pre-reading skills.  Fun interactive elements include a candy surprise, a friendly spider, Halloween costumes on the characters as well as a dancing skeleton.  Read our full review of the original Five Little Monkey’s or download here

Five Little Monkeys Halloween Five Little Monkeys Halloween by LoeschWare

Price: $0.99 USD

The original version is currently an Apple handpicked selection for the "App Store Essentials: Special Education"

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Who is the Ugliest of All? iconWho is the Ugliest of All by The Happy Dandelion is a universal Halloween themed app for iOS featuring an interactive mirror.  The main character is a young girl who is trying to figure out what to wear to a Halloween trick or treat.  This storybook app has the main character picking out a dress – which she admits is tight and stained is her attire of choice.  She then puts on her stockings with a few repairs needed and mismatched socks of orange and teal as well as two different shoes – one grey and one brown.  Then it’s off to makeup, nails and hair.  Her hair has a raven nest with three small chicks and UV sunglasses to protect her eyes.  Read our full review or download here

Who is the Ugliest of All? Who is the Ugliest of All? by Joshua Wilson

Price: $3.99 USD

Who is the Ugliest of All? is an interactive Halloween Story featuring a young girl's internal dialog. With her questionable fashion choices and increasingly odd imperfections she challenges our conventional.

 

It's The Great Pumpkin,... icon

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, by Loud Crow Interactive, is a universal app and an adaptation of the classic Halloween story from Charles M. Schulz. If you are looking for a slice of Halloween nostalgia you need look no further. It has the original music, artwork and dialog from the TV Special and is narrated by Peter Robbins the original voice of Charlie Brown.  You can switch the narration off, and control the background music level independently. The words are highlighted as it is read, and touching individual words makes them be spoken too.  Read our full review or download here.


Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Price: $4.99 USD

* Featured in NY Times and TIME
* iPad & iPhone App of the Week
* #1 App in Books & Entertainment

Oh, Great Pumpkin! Where are you? This Halloween, hang out with Charlie Brown and the entire.

Wonster Words by 77 Sparx is a universal app for iOS that helps you focus on letters and phonics via word families, spelling, digraphs, language sounds as well as phonemes. The app is also available on Amazon and Google Play. The spelling is presented using word families like “at” as well as specific themes like “racers”. As you work to put the word in, letters are highlighted and you can add them to the word out of sequence. As you touch the letter, it makes the letter sound while you place it. For some more complex letters that go together like “at” they go together as you put the word together. Once you finish the word, you get an animation that demonstrates the word you just spelled as well as definition and a graphic representation. Other times, instead of just spelling the word you get fun mini games like popping balloons before the letters come onto the page, or playing with the cat and giving her a bath. This app targets preschool and early elementary school aged children working on sight words as well as in the more complex levels harder words with word families. Read our full review or download here.


Wonster Words (Pro Edition) Wonster Words (Pro Edition) by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.

Price: $14.99 USD

• Multiple-awards winning app from the maker of Puzzingo Puzzles!
Is your child learning to spell? Is your kid sounding out words with phonics? Does your kid like silly videos? If so, download Wonster.

Yum-Yum Letters by Kindermatica is an app for iOS designed to help children learn capital letter formation by using a step by step teaching method. Children can choose from either a winter snowflake or a summer caterpillar scene. The app uses a step by step method which starts with tracing using dots, then moves to tracing a shape and finally freehand writing the letter. After successfully completing the letter in three ways there is a mini game which provides praise for children. and lets them design a star object with “stickers”. There are two fonts, the Zaner-Bloser (normal handwriting fot) and the HWT font which is better for kids with fine motor challenges. Read our full review or download here.

Yum-Yum Letters: Learn & Trace Yum-Yum Letters: Learn & Trace by Kindermatica Ltd.

Price: $3.99 USD

Worried how your wiggleworm will learn to write his letters? Let a fat juicy caterpillar, smiling snowflake and a fluffy spider teach him. Yum Yum Letters gives kids a gentle introduction to handwriting.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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