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Tools of the Trade: January 2019

By Michael Castelluccio
January 1, 2019
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GARMIN FENIX 5 PLUS

The new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus multisport GPS watch has three versions, all with a number of new features. There’s the new music player with Bluetooth output for headphones that allows storage of up to 500 songs and streaming from iHeartRadio and Spotify. The maps are routable and in full color from multiple satellite networks, including GPS, GLONASS, and the European Galileo system. The navigation sensors include a three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter. Garmin Pay enables contactless payments with the watch through Visa and Mastercard. The sports tracking includes running, swimming, cycling, climbing, cardio workouts, yoga, and more. The number of details monitored is extensive. For example, the golfing feature is preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwide showing yardage to the front, middle, and back of the greens, calculations for exact yardage for shots from anywhere on the course, digital scorecard, green views with pin positions, hazards and course targets, round timer, and odometer. Other smart features include a calendar, weather, and VIRB camera remote, all available on both iPhone and Android. www.garmin.com

 

UDOQ CHARGING SYSTEM

The udoq400 is a charging station for 3-5 different mobile devices without the tangle of cables. There are both Android and Apple versions. The patented design provides a storage box in the back, which holds all 5 cables and a 5-port power charger with a 5-ft. U.S. or EU wall plug neatly out of sight. The connecting ends of the charging cables are held in place along a track with holders that let you slide them laterally to make more room for tablets and closer configurations for phones. Additional cables are available for Lightning, 30-pin, micro-USB, USB Type-C, as well as an Apple watch adapter, Qi wireless adapter, and a universal support adapter for phones with side charging ports. The quality aluminum body is heavy and not easily tipped over. www.udoq.com

 

MIXCDER WIRELESS HEADSET

The Mixcder E7 wireless headset has an active noise-cancelling function and a 20-hour battery life from the rechargeable 400mAh battery. For the commuter or student, these headsets provide a lot considering their surprisingly modest $60 price tag. The large 40mm driver units and CSR Bluetooth produce excellent sound quality with deep bass and clear upper ranges, and there are three listening modes. On planes or when commuting, the active noise-reduction function generates reverse sound waves equivalent to the external noise to neutralize it. When you reach the office, you can slide the ANC switch off. And if the battery runs down, you have a third option: Plug the included audio cable into your headset and your phone or other source of music, radio, or audio-books. www.mixcder.com

 

EPSON SCANNER

The Epson FastFoto FF-680W is the fastest personal photo scanner, with speeds up to one second per photo. You can stack up to 36 photos at a time, even mixing formats from wallet size up to 8×10 and panoramic. The scanner will detect any marks or handwriting on the back and will automatically scan both sides. It has full Wi-Fi for scanning directly to Dropbox or Google Drive from anywhere in the house, and you can save in TIFF and JPEG formats in resolutions from 300dpi to 1,200dpi with automatic file naming and color restoration. FastFoto will also scan documents with full OCR capability to convert the images to text. www.epson.com

 

Michael Castelluccio has been the Technology Editor for Strategic Finance for 24 years. His SF TECHNOTES blog is in its 21st year. You can contact Mike at mcastelluccio@imanet.org.


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