If you missed our previous edition of Fantastic gadgets and where to find them, have no fear as we bring you a fresh bunch of goodies for this month as well. In case you were wondering, the purpose of this series is to highlight some noteworthy gadgets that we found whilst roaming around Colombo. They set themselves apart from the rest and would make an ideal gift for your loved ones. So without further ado, here are this month’s fantastic gadgets and where to find them.
The first gadget on our list is also the most useful. If you use a desktop PC or a laptop and find yourself running out of USB ports, then you can get yourself one of these. As the title says, the Orico W6HP4-U3 is a USB 3.0 hub.
Made out of sturdy plastic, the Hub packs 4 high-speed USB 3.0 ports and has a connecting USB 3.0 cable that is around 1.5M in length. Since all the ports are USB 3.0, you can connect multiple USB 3.0 certified storage devices and copy data to and from simultaneously at very high transfer speeds. Ideal if your work revolves around copying lots of data at fast times.
The SteelSeries Rival 100 is a gaming mouse aimed at both professional and casual gamers. The mouse comprises of 6 buttons (left, right, 2 thumb buttons, middle and DPI switch) which are configurable via the SteelSeries Engine. The mouse also features customizable RGB lighting with a number of effects all configurable through the software.
Despite being tagged as a gaming mouse, the SteelSeries Rival 100 can be your work mouse as well. It has a sensitivity of upto 4000 DPI at max and 250 at lowest which makes it ideal for people who work at low mouse sensitivity such as designing and drawing. The SteelSeries Rival also comes in a variety of colors and has a warranty of 2 years.
Audio Technica is a manufacturer of high-end audio products. One such product or gadget is the Audio Technica M20X. These headphones can be used by both professional recording artists as well as the budding musician and anyone who’s looking for a really good pair of headphones without destroying your wallet. the M20X is made from high-quality plastic with a metal bracket.
The earcups are contoured to fit your ears perfectly so you can wear them for prolonged periods of time with no discomfort at all. The sound signature or tone of these headphones is completely flat. This means that any audio files you play will be reproduced in their original format with no additions to low, mid or high frequencies at all. So you hear things the way they were meant to be heard. The M20X has a warranty of 1 year.
Samsung’s Galaxy lineup certainly has a plethora of models to choose from. The Galaxy J1 Nxt, aka the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini (certainly a mouthful), packs a 4″ 480*800 TFT screen along with a Quad-core 1.2GHz CPU. In terms of storage, you’re looking at 8GB internal which is expandable via a MicroSD slot and 1GB of RAM for your multitasking needs. The Galaxy J1 Nxt also has a 5MP rear camera and can record video at a resolution of 1280*720.
It also comes out of the box with Android 5.1Lollipop This would be an ideal purchase if you’re on the lookout for a cheap secondary phone that can carry out your normal everyday tasks as well.
This one is for all the gamers as well. If you’re into games like DMC (Devil May Cry), FPS games like Call of Duty, Battlefield and Overwatch or a Racer on the track in Need for speed or Project Cars, the F710 gamepad can handle all of these games, wirelessly. The gamepad comprises of two analog sticks and two sets of buttons and triggers on either side of the gamepad which can be configured either via your game or the Logitech software.
It also has a 4 switch D-Pad on the left and 4 buttons on the right for more controls. There’s also built-in vibration feedback so you know the moment you get hit or you crash into a wall. With a maximum range of around 10 feet in a straight line, the Logitech F710 is also compatible with the PS3 though you lose the vibration feedback.
Well, there you have it. Our curated list of gadgets for this October. All of the items are in stock at the time of publishing this article so if you know anyone who would like any of these gadgets or if you’re in the mood to treat yourself to gadget or two, then you know where to look.
Are there any fantastic gadgets that you found? Where did you find them? Leave a comment below.
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries.
Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries. Last year, we saw Seedstars come to Sri Lanka for the first time. LayUp was selected as the winner of the first Seedstars Colombo, which was held last year. LayUp then went onto represent Sri Lanka as a finalist at Seedstars Global. Eight startups will be competing at SeedStars Colombo 2017.
The winning startup will receive an all-expenses paid trip to both the Seedstars Asia Regional Summit in Bangkok. They’ll also win a trip to Switzerland to compete at the Seedstars Global Summit for equity investments of up to USD 1 million, and to meet with international mentors and investors.
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Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach
Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
october 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street, Trincomalee