A Safer Gun

After buying one of these for myself, I started doing research online and found that there is nothing unique or innovative about this gun or the “Chemical” pellets that it shoots.

This gun is nothing more than an air pistol by a company called Tippmann Supply, and even the “Chemical Pellets” or “Pepper Pellets” are readily available from many sources and for a lot cheaper.

On one hand this was very disappointing to discover, on the other, it’s a good thing because that means there are a lot of choices for guns, accessories, and ammunition.

Below are images of the “Safer Gun” by Salt Supply and the TIPX Pistol by Tippmann Supply. Look Familiar? $350 at Salt Supply and about $220 for just the gun from MFG.

Link to TippMann – makers of the gun and accessories

Link to dealer where you can buy the gun and “Non Lethal” Peppershot™ PAVA Max Payload Live Agent Less Lethal Rounds (10X Hot) Tube of 10

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The Safer Gun is designed primarily for home protection, that fires chemical bullets instead of regular bullets, so you can protect yourself and your family without being “lethal”. I have carried and owned guns for many years but I would prefer a non-lethal way of protection. I can’t imagine even being in a situation where deadly force was necessary, and I would feel much more comfortable incapacitating someone, and letting the authorities handle it from there. I have not had a chance to try this out for myself, but will do soon, so I can give feedback on its effectiveness and how well it works. I also am a proponent of the safety and emergency apps available for your smartphones, here is just one example.



Here is one users review of the Gun recently.

Here are a couple of videos that may help you decide if one of these is right for you?

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive

SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive instantly adds up to 64 GB** of storage space to your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Android™ device. Portable and easy to use, the drive gives you wireless mobile access to your movies, photos, music, and documents. You can wirelessly connect up to 8 devices and stream media to as many as 3 devices simultaneously**–without the need for an Internet connection. The drive’s battery recharges via USB and offers up to 4 hours of continuous streaming on a single charge**.

  • Instantly adds up to 64 GB** of storage for your mobile devices
  • Connects wirelessly to up to 8 devices–no Internet required
  • Supports up to 3 simultaneous media streams**
  • Provides up to 4 hours of wireless streaming per charge**
  • Works with SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive Mobile and Web apps** for easy media file management
  • Compatible with iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android devices, and PC and Mac computers

Oakley Airwave

Man! I wish these Oakley Airwave Goggles would have been available back when I was into skiing and snowmobiling!

Product Overview for Airwave™

Technology that Delivers the Goods. Straight to Your Brain.

Ever have one of those downhill runs where you’re sure you broke some speed record? Ever pull-off a trick with such amplitude that you could swear you left earth’s atmosphere for a sec? And wouldn’t it be cool to know for sure? Well now you can. Airwave™ takes Oakley goggle design and technology to the next level with a built-in heads up display that integrates GPS, Bluetooth® and more. Onboard sensors give you instant access tospeed, vertical drop, distance, and altitude. But there’s so much more: preloaded maps, music playlist control, buddy tracking, and so on. And now, with the addition of the free Airwave GoPro® Connect App, you can turn your Oakley® Airwave 1.5 into a powerful remote and viewfinder for your GoPro® HERO4 camera. With Airwave GoPro® Connect, capturing your day on the slopes is easy and fun.

Airwave isn’t merely a goggle; it’s a mobile dashboard.
Heads-Up Display

Airwave™ delivers crisp, widescreen graphics using innovative prism technology. This technology provides a heads-up display perceived to be the size of a 14-inch screen viewed from a distance of 5 feet.
What You Can See, Track, and Share

Speed
The GPS integration can accurately measure how fast you are moving down the slope.

Trip Viewer
Review your performance stats, like max speed, total vert and max air, in detail, run by run or for the whole day.
Vertical
Measure your vertical feet by run, by day and over the course of the season.

Navigation
Pinpoint your location on a resort map, find the run or point-of-interest you’re looking for.

Buddy Tracking
Locate and track friends that have the Oakley Airwave goggle or App on their smartphone.

Music
Music control gives full control of what you hear as you ski or board.

Smartphone Connectivity
View incoming calls and text messages. Low Energy Bluetooth connectivity allows the goggle to interface with your smartphone, heart rate monitor and more. Compatible with both Apple® and Android® operating systems.

Switchlock™ Technology
Change lenses quick and hassle-free to take advantage of the company’s wide array of premium performance lens tints that optimize vision for environmental conditions.
Fit, Form, Function

The goggle’s fit, form and function features a chassis made of durable O Matter® and Oakley’s O-Flow Arch technology to reduce nasal pressure for a balanced fit and all-day comfort. F3 anti-fog technology is paired with dual-vented lens design to keep vision clear. Oakley Plutonite® lens material filters out 100 percent of all UV, and Iridium® lens coatings balance light transmission
High Definition Optics® (HDO®)

High Definition Optics® (HDO®) take advantage of patented innovations, like XYZ Optics® for unbeatable clarity at all angles of vision — even at the sides of lens contours that open peripheral view and optimize protection against sun, wind and side impact. HDO® lenses surpass ANSI Z87.1 standards for clarity, refraction and prism.

DJI Phantom 4

Technology changes fast and I had previously posted about the DJI Phantom 3, which has now been replaced by the DJI Phantom 4. This thing is even more awesome and will definitely be put on my list of recommended drones. Here is a video and specs.

 

  • Avoid obstacles automatically.
  • Track moving subjects automatically using ActiveTrack.
  • TapFly lets you fly with a tap of the finger.
  • Smart Return Home allows the Phantom to avoid obstacles as it returns home.
  • 28 minute maximum flight time, maximum control range of 3.1mi (5km).
  • Maximum speed of 44mph (72kmh).
  • Integrated gimbal for greater camera stability and smoother footage.
  • Optimized Vision Positioning System raises positioning altitude up to 10 meters.

 

Typhoon 4K Drone

Got an extra $1000? You are going to want one of these! This Typhoon 4K drone is one of the coolest I have seen, and it won some awards at CES 2016. I have a feeling this one will require special registration with the FAA due to its size and weight. Check out their website for the complete lineup of drones and other photography gear.

If you need a pro level drone, check this one out!

Hound

There is a new player in the voice assistance arena, and it’s called Hound. By the makers of SoundHound. As I have said before, the more we use these speech recognition technologies, the better they will become!

You can read about all the other voice assistants I have covered here.

So far this thing is amazing! And it’s available on iTunes and Google Play.

The first thing you will notice when you start using it, is how complex of a question you can ask it, and it will give you amazing results.

You have to try this voice assistant! See video for samples.

 

Pebble SmartWatch

Bad-Experience

I already posted about smartwatches here, but wanted to create a separate post about the Pebble SmartWatch, because I have found the quality of this watch to be a problem and wanted to warn you, based on my own experience.

Pebble SmartWatch

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My own experience with the Pebble smartwatch has not been a good one. I had issues with the watch screen letters getting unreadable or fuzzy, and at first the company seemed good in their tech support and customer service by replacing the defective watch with a new one. The new watch however is doing the same thing. They responded and said now the watch is out of warranty, so there is nothing they can do about it. I suspect they have some sort of manufacturing defect because it is very suspect that the replacement watch has the same issue as the first one. I did send them a request asking about this possibility, but they won’t even respond now.

This is a screenshot of a brand new out of the box Pebble, and this is the second one I have received, that had the same issue!

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Smartwatches

There are a lot of choices for smartwatches and this video will primarily cover 2 of the top choices. For the iPhone, that’s the Apple Watch; for Android, it’s the Moto 360.

Top Ten Reviews List here

My own experience with the Pebble Smartwatch

Pebble SmartWatch

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My own experience with the Pebble smartwatch has not been a good one. I had issues with the watch screen letters getting unreadable or fuzzy, and at first the company seemed good in their tech support and customer service by replacing the defective watch with a new one. The new watch however is doing the same thing. They responded and said now the watch is out of warranty, so there is nothing they can do about it. I suspect they have some sort of manufacturing defect because it is very suspect that the replacement watch has the same issue as the first one. I did send them a request asking about this possibility, but they won’t even respond now.

The Worlds Most Expensive Electric Bike

The most expensive electric bike I have found to date is the PG BUGATTI BIKE. If money is no object to you, this may be the bike for you. You can watch their video on the website. How much? About $50,000.

They are building a high-tech bike. Weighing in at about 11 pounds, it is to be the lightest urban bike in the world. Expertise in development and production come from PG, while Bugatti is furnishing the design and name. Production has already begun. A pedal bike with a supplementary electric drive will also be available.

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Electric Bikes

The Storm Electric Bike claims to be the world’s most affordable, versatile electric bike, and guess what? It appears that they are in the middle of a lawsuit. Yahoo Tech has a very thorough report on this here.

A very similar product called the Sondors Thin Electric Bike, is very affordable, and they look legit.

My experience with Indigo and Kickstarter campaigns has not been good, and I don’t recommend them to anyone. The problem is you are risking sending money to an organization, that may not even produce what they claim, and I prefer to deal with “established” companies. Read the article and you will see what I mean.

One example of my experience with this, was an Indigo campaign for a product called a Rocketbook which I posted about here. Fortunately, that only cost me about $35 to learn my lesson!

There are a lot of electric bikes being offered out there now, and I will post a list of some of the ones I have come across, and you can make up your own mind.

When you start shopping for these, I think you will find 3 categories of these new hybrid electric solutions, for providing an electric bike experience for yourself.

  1. For affordability the Sondors Thin Electric Bike looks to be a good choice.
  2. A new company called Hycore, is building a wheel you can attach to the bike you may already own, and turn it into an Electric Bike Experience. No pricing available yet. I actually found 3 companies, just this morning that offer wheel conversion kits to turn your bike into an electric bike. Even one on Amazon for $239!
  3. For a top end experience, and really almost like a motorcycle, Bolt Motorbikes, is offering one that is the experience of a motorcycle, with the ease of a bicycle. It also has one of the highest price tags.

How popular is this topic right now? If you do your own Google search today you will find About 9,570,000 results for the term “Electric Bike” and even on Amazon you will find 64,558 results for “electric bike”



Just to name a few electric bikes.

Check out the Jay Leno Garage Video.