awesome portable home console for 79$ !

The game stick is an all-in-one device, as the controller also works as the console. You just plug in the HDMI key (that fits in the controller) in you TV, and you’re done. Let me show you this simple yet efficient video about game stick, you’re going to understand these guys are serious with what they’re doing.

what are the advantages of this small portable console compared to the big players like Nintendo or Sony ?

for first it’s very portable and almost wireless. The size is approximately the same as the 3DS XL. a special case to prevent scratch can also be pre-order. Expect when charging it, the game stick doesn’t use wires, only a cute HDMI key.

Secondly, it doesn’t seem powerless in term of graphics and frame rate. As you can see in the video, an HD FPS(first person shooter) is being played without lags. It isn’t as mighty as a 499$ console, but it’s enough for most game and resolutions most player will ever require.

thirdly, It’s an open platform which means games are either free or at least cost less than the astonishing 70$ most playstation developers ask for.

at last, did you know that only 1% of all Tv around the world can be used to play games ? A cheap family console not made for virtual mass killers can change that, and even if  nowadays no one is sure Gamestick will still be here in a few years, and lead this gaming revolution, we could say it for sure they started it. In my opinion, TV manufacturers like LG, Samsung etc will develop a better gaming platform in their futur smartTV, which will be based on Android, because it’s universal.

Anyway, time will tell, and for now the GameStick is available for pre-order on kickstarter, for the price of 70$, the equivalent of, let’s say COD on a normal console. Still not convinced ?

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the Olive One: the idea of the All-in-One Home Music Player comes true

the Olive One is a recessive idea in music management: create a tactile experience in the living room for easy music listening. But it’s not just a utopian concept created on paint by a jobless designer. It actually looks good, and fell easy to navigate. First, the design is cool, nobody would deny it:

the only little downside I would find here is the shape of the screen, which could have been round, but it’s not really important. And it can be mounted to walls. You can also add huge speakers under the One, just like this:

Secondly, the OS doesn’t come from nowhere and looks really efficient: It combines youtube, Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Aupeo, Songza, and many more. That means if you have a Spotify account, You can stream all you music seamlessly to your Olive One. this makes the olive one even more useful, in my opinion.

The Olive one can easily connect to other One around,making it possible to listen to your music in all the house at the same time, just like airplay promised a few years ago. It connects over wifi to all your Wi-fi enabled speakers, including those directly sold by them, which can also be put under each other to create a sound tower. In this way, the Olive music system is very flexible.

Thirdly what we all want know is to control all of this with our smartphone or tablets. So logically, A free IOS and Android app is coming with the Olive One, and a windows 8 app too is scheduled. The Olive also has this weird function to connect to your TV, which is said to become the center of our modern home, although people like them don’t think this way; So why sink the boat you’re sailing with ? Well I don’t know.

The Olive One also has Twitter and facebook connectivity, which means you can share the music or videos you are watching with, well, your followers and friends. It also has a 1TB hard drive, large enough for almost any music library. IT also functions as a personal cloud, so if you are abroad, you can connect yo you Olive on your smarthone and play the songs and videos in there, just like any NAS or cloud solutions.

That is how it looks mounted on a wall, it just the dream of every music moler ( at least me):

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