Category Archives: Toy’s for boy’s

Eclipse by Native Union – My first impression

Today I would like to talk about a Kickstarter Project called “Eclipse” I backed a year ago, and where the product was delivered a few weeks ago. I really wanted to give it some testing and usage before producing my review.

So first I have to say that the creator Native Union did communicate over the whole time in an exemplary way! They explained delays and problems they ran into an always kept the backers up to date, so I never got the felling that the product would not be delivered. So thumbs up for that! As a backer of such projects, you have to consider that the product will arrive later than they expected! But if they keep the clients updated, I think regular clients will not argue around the delay.

So the product itself arrived at my home. Again shipping and tracking etc was no issue at all! Perfect packaging made it again a thumbs up again. So the unpacking could take place. I have to admit that the box, its content and the protection of the device itself were perfect. Honestly, I haven’t had so much fun unboxing a device for some time. Yes I was excited for some time because I was anxious to get the charger into my hands since I knew it was on its way, but I have to admit that the designers definitely did put time into the packaging! Nice job there again! But the packaging isn’t everything. How does the device work and behave?

The device definitely does what it is designed for! It charges up to 3 devices simultaneously, has an LED light which can be turned on and for the main part it looks good. Yes! It is a nice looking, well designed stylish charger for Phones and other USB devices. The cables appear to be of high quality and I think that the designer did put a lot of thoughts into the small details of the charger.

So the first look was not disappointing at all! I had decided myself to buy a nice, well designed and stylish charger to put it onto my nightstand and to charge my phones. That was the idea and unfortunately my story has a downside…

After a few weeks my wife decided to ban her charger from her side of the bed! Why? So at night, when everybody calms down and everything becomes quiet, you often hear the things and the sounds your house makes, which you do not realize due to all the background noises during the day. And unfortunately the Eclipse does such a noise… Yes you have to listen very closely but if you charge at least one device the device starts to make some humming noise, some dissonance or whatever you would like to call it. It is that kind of noise which is annoying if you ever heard it and that once you know it is there, hunts you over and over again. It is that kind of noise cheap chargers might do, but I am sure that the creators used high quality components.

So my final opinion is not yet fixed. I will not be using the chargers, I bought two of them, for the purpose they were thought for. I am using one now in the living room and it fits in there perfectly! The second one has not yet found its final position and that’s why I am a little bit disappointed about the product. But that’s the risk if you invest into a Kickstarter Project! You might not get the product you hoped for.

 

                

Time-Lapse Project – Part 1 – The Parts

So i had the idea to create a timelapse movie and had been looking for some time to get a “Very long term” timelapse device. You can find quiet a few cameras on the market which do give you the possibility to create such series of pictures, but they all come down to the same issue: the problem of power! Most of these devices have internal batteries which need to be charged over (Micro) USB cables which in outdoor situations becomes difficult to keep it dry. Special casings might help but it always becomes a risk factor, because those devices are not ment to function like that.

The only option i found were cameras from a brand called Brinno. I had seen one before at a friend´s but what irritated me most was the fact, that these devices could not do Full HD. Their maximum Resolution was 1280×720, which is nice but the cheaper ones even only do 720p. And honestly they do not come in cheap… But i have to say, they are solid, the picture quality is okay and they do run over weeks and even month without changing batteries. So for a project without energy they are in my eyes definitely the best option!

And so i ended up in a plan constructing a Raspi-Camera with an Outdoor Water Proof Case. Finding such a thing is almost impossible! You could take an old CCTV Outdoor Case, but honestly they are simply huge! Something small and discrete looks different… So i ended up with a Kickstarter Project called PiCE which was realized in 2013. Luckily i was able to buy a “used” case on ebay. But i have to admit that i had the chance to get a case which was never really used. Only a few scratches but that´s it, it had never even been assembled.

So after having my case, i had to start planning the rest. An old Raspi B was luckily on hand, because that was the device at that time the case was designed for. I bought a new Camera and started my assembly. For the software part i chose motionEye OS, which is a nice environment if it works, easy to use with a very user friendly interface. It can even stitch your time-lapse video together! So maybe no need for post production.

That´s the plan, follow up will come next month with some problems i ran into and where i am seeking for solutions =) But that´s how it is with the Pi. It´s always work in progress.

The not so China Copy

So a few weeks ago I reported that I bought myself a boogie board, a so called E-Ink tablet where you can write onto. The same time I found a similar product in china which I ordered and which arrived now a few weeks later.

Honestly this is the first copy of a device where me for myself I found the copy better than the original! Simply amazing! Apart from the fact that it has no magnets on the back the display itself is better in my opinion. And the original Boogie Board has a less good quality in the production which you can see on the borders. I made a few pictures which i will include so you can see what i mean.

Pros and Cons

  • The Original has magnets on its back so you can stick it to many surfaces.
  • The Original also has the ability to stand up by itself.
  • The writing quality is definitely better on the Copy. Lines are thinner and nicer!
  • The production of the Copy seems better to me than the Original. Astonishing!
  • The Copy came with a Bag and a second pencil. Nice!
  • Coloring the whole screen shows that the Copy is better!

Touching the screen with fingers can leave traces but it is similar on both devices so no special opinion there. I will also buy the larger Copy (not available of the Original) and see how it is keeping up…

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Schiefertafel 2.0

A few weeks ago i bought myself a new toy. Some years ago i had already seen its predecessor on the internet, but at that time the critics were devastating due to the batteries. The old version had no ability to change the batteries and after it was empty you needed a new device. This was resolved in the new version which i bought now.

I am talking of a Boogie Board. This is an E-Ink Tablet, where you can write on it with some pressure and which you can erase by pushing a button. It is a great toy to take notices which the world does or does not needs without the need of any paper.

One genius function is that on the back of the device it has 2 magnets which make it possible to fix it onto any metallic surface such as fridges or radiators. Nice idea! As well the board gives the oportunity to fix the stylus in a way that the board stands up by itself.

A feature which need to be mentioned is that there exists an app which allows to keep writings or drawings for the eternity. I have to say that it is not really a good Tool as the Quality of the realized pictures is very poor / not usable at all in some cases. A picture of the board does also the trick!

To conclude: It is definitely a nice toy for younger and older children for a price which you might consider spending if you see the needs ;-)

Virun puer Wochen hunn ech mir eng nei Spillsaach kaaft. Ech war virun Joren iwwert den Virgänger gefall am Internet, ma hat deemools mer den Spaass net gegonnt well d’Kritiken verheerend waren am Zesummenhang mat den Batterien. Wann déi eidel war, war et eriwwer mam Spaass. Déi neisten Versioun kann een an deem Fall eng nei dran maachen an weider geet et.

Ech schwätzen vun engem Boogie Board. Dëst ass een E-Ink Tablett, wou een duerch Drock drop schreiwen kann an duerch een Knäppchen Drock alles erëm propper ass. Genial déi Spillsaach fir schnell Notizen ze maachen wou d’Welt net brauch, ma wou een virun allem keen Pabeier verschwenden muss.

Eng genial Funktioun ass, dass hannen drop um Réck 2 Magnéiter sinn, fir dat ganzt z.b. um Frigo oder enger Heizung op ze hänken. Flott Iddi! Ausserdeem bidd d’Board d’Meiglechkeet den Steft esou ze fixeieren dass et stoen bleift.

Ze erwähnen ass, dass et eng App gëtt, wou d’Konschtwierker kann verweigeren op engem Handy oder Tablett. Ech muss ower soen, dat ass net wierklech eng anstänneg Saach. Den Tool ass schlecht ëmgesat an ech sinn absolut net dermadder zefridden! Ma eng Foto vum Board mécht et och fir Saachen net ze vergiessen!

Mäin Fazit: Eng flott Spillsaach fir grouss Kanner oder eben manner Grousser zu engem Präis deen een eventuell verkraaften kann ;-)

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