News: Clarity Speaker becomes First Standalone Device to Offer Access to Both Amazon and Google Voice Assistants

Clarityimage001The only Alexa-Enabled device with a built in touchscreen extends early bird pricing

New York, March 31, 2017 – The Clarity Speaker, the first standalone device to provide access to both Alexa and Google voice services, has announced the extension of its presale campaign to April 30, 2017, following an overwhelming response. Clarity, which is also the first and only Alexa-enabled product to boast a fully-featured touchscreen, has also announced that it will offer access to both Google Now and Google Assistant when it ships in June, well ahead of the rumored Amazon Echo touchscreen.

From blasting out favorite Spotify playlists to watching blockbuster movies, the android-powered touchscreen speaker offers great entertainment capabilities and acts as the hub for smart home automation while offering the power and skills of both Alexa and Google voice assistants. Clarity fuses the convenience and functionality of a conventional tablet with the dynamic possibilities of a smart voice-activated, connected speaker. During the extended presale period, Clarity can be purchased for $149 ahead of its shipping price of $199.

Awesome Audio

Clarity is a powerful, super lightweight, super portable Bluetooth and WiFi connected speaker, ideal for listening to music, podcasts or audio books. Content can be played from connected personal devices, internet radio stations or streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora.

Its two 5-watt speakers and spacious sound chambers deliver exceptional sound performance, and at just 2lbs with a six hour playback battery life, Clarity can be enjoyed anywhere.

Two Voices Are Better Than one

Clarity is the first device to allow people to use both the Amazon Alexa and Google voice assistants. A range of service and skills can be accessed through simple voice commands, such as “Alexa read the news”, “Alexa play Adele”, “Hey Google show me the route to the office” and “OK Google set my alarm for 7 a.m.” Because Clarity also has a built in touchscreen, it can display as well as play results found by these services.

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Hub of the Connected Home

With Clarity, users can control and manage every aspect of the connected home. Using voice commands to control Alexa or Google, or leveraging the 7-inch touchscreen, users can control a range of devices including Nest, TP-Link, Samsung SmartThings, Insteon, Ecobee, Wemo and Hue Personal Wireless Lighting.

There’s an App for That

Clarity’s 7-inch touchscreen and built in camera allows it act as an android powered tablet providing access to apps and services you would find on any traditional device. From watching Netflix movies to video chatting and Skyping with family and friends, users can access and enjoy any of their favorite apps from the Google Play store.

Tech Specs and Availability

Clarity will ship in June 2017, priced $199. An early bird price of $149 is available through to April 30, 2017, on Indiegogo. Its full features include:

  • Compact lightweight design – Dimensions 326 x 110 x 160mm | weight 2lbs
  • 7-inch multi-touch screen with 1280×800 resolution
  • Advanced near and far field capabilities
  • Alexa, Google Assistant and Google Now enabled
  • Powered by quad-core CPU
  • Two 5-watt speakers
  • Two megapixel camera
  • 16G internal memory with expandable storage via Micro SD cards available
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1600 mAh Li-Poly battery providing six hours of audio and 2.5 hours of video playback
  • WiFi (2.4G and 5G Dual-Band) and Bluetooth (4.0) connectivity

 

Clarity is designed and manufactured by Pan Sea Co., Ltd., a company with a proven track record specializing in intelligent electro-acoustic products such as SoundPad. Its team has more than 20 years of experience in consumer electronics and acoustic technology and has spent three years developing Clarity.

“The response and demand for Clarity has been fantastic, beating all of our expectations,” said Dake Liu, CEO of Pan Sea Co. “We are proud to have developed an intuitive device with a number of industry firsts and are extending our presale campaign after popular demand to give even more people the chance to secure the Clarity Speaker at a discounted price.”

For further information visit www.clarityspeaker.com

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


K’ablekey Keychain Flash Drive and Lightning Charge Cable from PKParis -Review



 

Summary

K’ablekey from PKParis is a great accessory for your iOS device. It is very small, weighs less than an ounce and can be clipped to your keychain so you always have it with you. It is both a Lightning charging cable and a Flash drive, allowing extra storage space for your iOS device and enabling easy file transfer. Highly recommended.

Our Rating

 

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Are you constantly running out of space on your iPhone or iPad ? Or can you never find a charge cable when your iOS device is running low on charge? The new K’ablekey from PKParis is a small but stylish device that solves both these problems.

K’ablekey is designed to fit on your keychain so it’s always with you. It has two halves held together by strong magnets and connected via a short cable. Open it out, remove the caps, and it is a cable with an Apple Lightning connector for charging your iPhone or iPad. The connectors have bright orange caps to protect them when not in use. The caps are magnetic so they stick to each other and to the K’ablekey so you don’t loose them, genius !

Not only is K’ablekey a charging cable it is also a flash drive, allowing you to free up space on your iOS device and easily transfer files to and from your iPhone, iPad and computer (Mac or PC.) On your computer you simply plug the K’ablekey into a USB port and drop and drag files to transfer them to or from the K’ablekey. To use it with your iPad iPhone or iPod Touch you need to install the free PK memory – PKparis app.

 

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With the app you can access music, photos, videos and documents stored on the K’ablekey. You can download them onto your iOS device or view them directly from the K’ablekey. You can also back up your photos, videos and contacts from your iPhone/ iPad and even move them onto the K’ablekey to create more space on your device.

You can view your photos and videos in a list or thumbnail. When copying or moving documents, movies, photos, videos or contacts you can select individual items or select all in a particular category. You can also create folders on the K’ablekey to organize your content.

iPhone Screenshot 4The K’ablekey has USB 3.0 and the specs boast read speeds of up to 100MB/sec (120 for the 32 and 64GB models) and write speeds of up to 20MB/s. I found that the files copied quickly and that the whole process of  reading, copying and moving files was smooth and easy.

For extra security K’ablekey offers the option to password protect some or all of your content. It is also designed to be tough, hard wearing and water- resistant so you don’t have to worry about how it will stand up to use.

Overall, the K’ablekey from PKParis is a great accessory for your iOS device. It is very small, weighs less than an ounce and can be clipped to your keychain so you always have it with you. It is both a Lightning charging cable and a Flash drive, allowing extra storage space for your iOS device and enabling easy file transfer. Highly recommended.

Available online from PKParis website in 16, 32 and 64GB versions from E59.99/ $63.67

iTunes Link: PK memory – PKparis


PK memory PK memory by PKparis

Price: $FREE

This application allows to access the content of your iPhone/iPad/iPod and of the PKparis flash drives (K'ablekey, K'Save etc ). It is a smart and simple way to view / save / copy / share / edit any files.

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.

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


Running Noah from Useappility -A Fun App for Practicing Multiplication



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What we love…

Makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game

What we’d love to see…

Ability to limit to x10, individual player profiles, different speed levels

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x.

Our Rating

Running Noah Learning the times tables takes a lot of repetition, which children often find boring. They’d rather be playing their favorite video game instead of practicing math facts. Running Noah from Useability is a new app that uses children’s love of video games to give them lots of repetition of their multiplication facts whilst playing a fun game.

Running Noah is an Endless Runner, it has four episodes each with 12 levels. You need to unlock a level to move on to the next level. The four episodes have different themes and work on 1-4 times tables, 5-8 times tables, 9-12 times tables and 1-12 times tables respectively. The first episode (1-4 times tables) is free, there is an IAP (currently $1.99) to unlock the rest.

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Gameplay

The flood has just begun and Noah is on a mission to save all the animals and get them into the Ark. As the storm waters rise the land is divided into a series of islands by raging streams. To rescue the animals Noah must build bridges across the streams and also collect food for the animals on the way.

Beside every stream is a stone tablet with a number on it, and on the right of the screen are three numbers from the current series of times tables the student is working from. Tapping on the right of the screen brings up three  more numbers and the player has to tap one number from reach column to create a multiplication problem whose answer is the number on the tablet. The player has to think quickly as Noah keeps running, if he gets to the stream before they have completed the problem he falls in the water. If they create the correct problem a bridge forms and he runs safely to the next island. If they create an incorrect problem the bridge still forms but it collapses when Noah runs across, and he falls in the water. After solving three  problems correctly Noah reaches the stranded animal and gets him onto the Ark which completes the level.

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As Noah is always running the player has to think quickly to keep him from falling in the water, but collecting food adds another layer of complexity. All the animals on the Ark need feeding and food (corn, fish, pineapples or acorns) is above Noah’s head as he runs. To collect it the player has to double tap to make Noah jump at the right time. If they collect very little food the food meter turns red and Noah runs out of energy. Players can replay levels to collect food they have missed, and improve their score, and they need to complete the multiplication problems correctly each time to complete that level.

Analysis

Although the gameplay is in essence very simple, completing the levels does take quick thinking, fast recall and good reflexes. Even as an adult with good mental arithmetic skills I found I often had to replay levels to get perfect scores as it is tricky to answer the problems fast enough and time the jumps right to collect the food.

For each times table the problems include multipliers up to 12 e.g. the lowest level could include 4 x 12. Although this was how I learned my times tables, I have noticed some schools now only teach up to x 10. I would like to see an option to limit it to x10, if your child is learning that way. I would also like an option to add multiple player profiles, so that families with more than one child working on their multiplication skills can track their individual progress and let them compete against each other.

The app has an online leaderboard in it- but kids can not sign up from within the app (a good thing) a link is provided so that parents can enter it in a browser and sign up for the leaderboard if they wish to do so. Once they have completed all levels if the enter a parents email address they will be sent a certificate of completion.

I think the game is designed to be fast paced so that children will have to repeat levels multiple times to get high scores, so that they get a lot of repetition which is a good thing. However, some children with slower reflexes or slower processing speeds may find it frustrating that although they know the answers to the problem they can’t complete the problems in time to stop Noah falling in the water, or they can’t  co-ordinate their tapping quickly enough to answer the questions and jump for the food. With this in mind I’d like to see an option to have different speeds – maybe an Easy, Regular and Fast speed so that slower children can still use the app and to give different levels of challenge which would encourage even more repetition as skills improve.

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x. The app is free to download an include the first episode (12 levels) for free – this is a good way to test the app and see if it catches your child’s interest. If it does the $1.99 to unlock the rest of the app is good value. It is child friendly with no adverts, social media or external links.

iTunes Link:Running Noah – Useappility

Running Noah Running Noah by Useappility

Price: $FREE

“…an app that helps kids improve their multiplication skills” BestAppsforKids.com
“…makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game” theimum.com
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


Pixie Points by Pixie Technology -Review



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Pros…

Ability to accurately locate missing items, uses a new technology to improve accuracy

Cons…

Non-replaceable battery, no built-in GPS, so limited ability to track out of range items. Can be tricky to attach to very curved items.

Summary

Pixies Points are a great way to track things you frequently lose around the house- such as keys, wallet, remote controls and even cats that like to hide under the furniture !

Our Rating

 

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Do you constantly lose your keys? Your Wallet? The TV remote ? The cat? If you do, the good news is there are now many products on the market to help you track your lost items. The problem is, although many of them are good at telling you the geographical location of an item, they are not always as good at helping you pinpoint their exact location. It’s great to know your keys are at home, but even better to know they are under the couch cushion or inside your handbag or in a dresser drawer. Pixie Points from Pixie Technology use a “Location of Things” platform to pinpoint their location down to inches, and utilize augmented reality to show the location of the missing items.

Pixie Points look like slightly oversized guitar picks and are designed to be attached to your iPhone and items you want to be able to find. Pixie Points are constantly communicating with each other and signaling their respective distances. This creates a local mesh network so they can triangulate to give an accurate location. Because of this you need a minimum of 2 pixie Points in the area (and more is better), the one attached to your phone works as one point and the one you are searching for is the 2nd.

Set Up

To use them you first download the free iPhone app and follow the directions on the screen to pair the first Pixie Point to your phone. This one needs to stay with your phone.  You can keep it in place by using the Pixie Point iPhone case or by sticking it to your iPhone or current iPhone case. The phone case is currently free with purchase of a 2 pack or 4 pack of Pixie Points.

Next, individually pair each of your other Points to your phone. They are color coded so you can easily see which is which, and you can also and label them in-app by the name of object they will be attached to. It is very quick and easy to pair the Pixie points and the whole set up only takes a few minutes. The Pixie Points have adhesive backs and come with spare double-sided adhesive patches. A key fob is also included, so you can easily attach a Point to your keys.

In Use

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Setting up the Pixie points and pairing them is pretty quick and painless. When you want to find your missing item you open the Pixie app.
All your Pixies points show in a list on the screen, and give an approximate location e.g. nearby, approximately 12 feet away, out of range. You then tap on the Pixie you want to find.

What happens next depends on how close the missing item is.

Within Range

If it is within range with a good signal, it will ask you to do a Panorama Scan. This is just like taking a panoramic picture with your phone but combines the picture you are taking with virtual reality, in a similar way to Pokemon Go. You follow the on screen arrow (and virtual assistant) to scan the room. Once the scan is complete, a trail of virtual Pixie dust, color co-ordinated to the chosen Pixie Point, appears on the screen showing you where to look for your item.

Once you start walking towards your item the screen switches to a colored pointer with a distance indicator. You follow this much as you would a compass bearing- walking in as close a direction to the arrow as you can. As you walk the distance indicated keeps updating to show how close your item is.

Once you are within 5 feet of the item the app changes mode again  to “metal detector mode”. This has a hot-cold indicator scale, with distance and an audible beeping, helping you to zero in on your item’s location.

Out Of Range or Poor Signal

iPhone Screenshot 5If the Pixie point is detected but has a weak signal it will ask you to walk until you get a better signal. Initially you will see a bar graph indicating signal strength. If this gets stronger as you walk keep going that way, if it gets weaker turn around and go a different direction. Once the signal starts to improve it will ask you to walk in an “L” to allow the Pixie Points to map out the location of the missing item (this works in the same way as the panorama scan in helping locate it.) It will then switch to pointer mode followed by metal detector mode as you get closer.

If it is out of range it will tell you the last time it was “seen” and where and when that was. If this happens it is still worth walking to see if it comes into range, especially in a home or building with a complex layout as having many walls in the way can interfere with the signal.

 

 

Practical Testing

As my family will no doubt attest, I’m pretty skilled at loosing things, especially my car keys. My son is also particularly adept at losing remote controls, so we make a pretty good family for testing Pixie.

The first day I had Pixie Points I paired the points, but I didn’t yet have my iPhone in the Pixie case I slipped it’s Pixie Point into a credit card slot of the wallet iPhone case I was using. I then lent my phone to my son without warning him the Pixie Point was in the pocket. Later that day I went to look for my keys and discovered my phone Pixie Point was missing. I couldn’t look for the keys as you need the phone Pixie Point for the app to work!

I thought that was the end of the test, but then I realized I could just allocate a different Pixie Point to the phone. I allocated a new Pixie Point to the phone and fixed it securely in place using the Pixie Point iPhone case. I could then track my other Pixiefied items, but was still missing one Pixie Point.

When I searched for the missing Pixie Point it was showing as out of range, and the last place it was seen was at home. It was out of range everywhere in the house, so I assumed it must have got lost somewhere when we were out for the day. The last seen location only shows you the GPS location of the last time you opened the app and successfully connected to the Pixie Point, so if you lost it at a different location where it had not been connected to the app this won’t show.

After a couple of days I decided to try scanning outside the house and as soon as I did so it was back in range and I successfully tracked in to the car. Inside the car the metal detector mode tracked it to the central console, but I could not find it at all. Eventually I discovered it hidden in the folds of a collapsible sunshade that was under the console. I can honestly say that without the Pixie and and metal detector mode I would never have found it- it was so well hidden that I had a really hard time seeing it even though I knew it was there!

Since then I have used it to track my keys successfully many, many times and to track down hidden remote controls too. One caveat with the remote control is you really need a relatively flat section on the remote to be able to attach the Pixie Point. My Samsung Smart TV remote has a very curved back and I can not get it to stay attached, even using the included “curved surface adapter”, it works fine with other flatter remotes such as our Apple TV remote.

Pixie Points are waterproof with IP67 certification and I have had one survive going through a wash cycle in my washing machine!!

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Uses

I think Pixies Points are a great way to track things you frequently lose around the house- such as keys, wallet, remote controls and even cats that like to hide under the furniture. I love how it automatically switches between modes to accurately pin point your item’s location. I have had several times where I have looked for an item with my naked eyes and was sure it wasn’t there, only to be proved wrong when I search for it with Pixie.

Pixie Points are great trackers, but they aren’t suitable for every use. I would not use them for a pet that tends to get out as they are no use in tracking a wandering pet if they are out of range. You also can’t use them to find your phone as you need the phone to be able to track Pixiefied items. Because most people take their phone everywhere they are still useful if you misplace another Pixiefied item away from home, as long as you realize you have lost it within the Pixie Point range. Inside this is typically 30′-50′ and outside up to 150′ in line of sight.

I do find the “last seen location” of limited usefulness as it only tracks the last time the Pixies Point connected with the app. If the phone and Pixiefied item were separated at a location where the app was not opened this wont be recorded.

Pixie Points do not have replaceable batteries, so you need to get a new Pixie Point when the battery runs out. Battery life is stated as typically 1 year, I would like to see a replaceable battery option in future.

Overall, a great option for tracking frequently lost items with pinpoint accuracy as long as they are within range- so best used for items in the home or ones that are often carried with the user’s cellphone such as keys and wallets.

Available from GetPixie.com $49.99 for 2 or $99.99 for 4, includes free iPhone case.

APP link

Pixie - Find lost things
Pixie - Find lost things
by Pixie Technology Inc.

Category: Lifestyle, Utilities
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 152.29 MB

$FREE

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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