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Foc.us mark I tDCS headset review

My basic review of a new headphone it starts up well, looks pretty awesome, is easy to run and really power efficient, the earphone really is a top quality item. Im happy I bought it, read more below.

Overclocking. Most gamers like to do this with their PCs to squeeze the last bit of performance out of them for that new game they have. Up until now this is been all about the silicon-based hardware, but what if you could overclock your own brain to make it faster.

Foc.us with its tDCS gaming headset claims that it can do just that. The headset uses a technique called transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to increase the plasticity of your brain. This is says will make your synapses fire faster.

In other words, it passes a current through your skull and across your brain. This is said to improve your focus, reaction time and ability to learn new skills. While primarily targeted at gamers, this device aims to help you overclock at just about everything.

The current passes from anode to cathode on the headset and these are placed over the pre-frontal cortex part of your brain. This passing of electrons through the brain should, by all accounts, make your neurons more excitable. When the current is removed, the neurons are claimed to have additional neuroplasticity.

At 179, the headset is squarely aimed at adults with a bit of cash (in fact the manufacturer warns under 18s against using the device). The headset itself doesnt look too dissimilar to wraparound Bluetooth headphones. The headset comes in a stylish box also containing eight reusable sponges, a micro-USB cable, a manual and warranty booklet.

Once the electrodes (there are four of them) are placed correctly (just over the eyebrows), the headset delivers around 0.8 and 2.0mA of current. The setting for gamers is about 1mA for five minutes. The timings can be adjusted for up to 40 minutes.

The headset uses Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with most iOS devices (iPhone 4s or higher, iPad 3 or higher or iPod Touch 5th generation). An Android app is in the works but with no news of when that will see the light of day. The iOS app could do with a bit of polish but the manufacturers are aware of this and say a better version is in development.

To start the process. We started the app and placed the headset in ready mode by touching the buttin on the headset for three to four seconds. Touching Bluetooth at the bottom of the app screen should show the headset. Once that appears we touched connect to pair the two devices.

Once that is done, we tapped the current slider to change the current level. Afterwards you can adjust the duration of the current. There are modes that the headset can deliver current; continuous, pulse, sinus, noise and fake. Once thats selected, the session starts.

During the session, we noticed a tingling sensation, but not unpleasant, just weird. It feels a bit like one of those pads you can use to alleviate pain by running current over the affected part. After a while our forehead started feeling a little sweaty.

Over the last few days we have been regularly using the headset. While we cant conclusively say it has improved the speed of our brain or whether it has improved game play, it may will do with continued use.

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Plantronics Office Headset

Boy. The newest radio earpiece is magnificent. I mean it’s just so gorgeous so sophisticated. I pity those who grew up without the radio earpiece.

earpiecePlantronics is a hardware company based in Santa Cruz, California, and specializes in light-weight headsets. After the huge success of its Bluetooth headsets, it has entered the market of office headsets with its Savi Office System (both wired and wireless). Here is a brief introduction to and review of the Plantronics office headsets and their effectiveness.

Plantronics Office Headset: Technical Advantage

The Plantronics Savi Office system consists of a base unit and a couple of headsets. The whole system is packed in a black and silver casing, which gives it a distinct professional appearance. The base unit is around 3.9 inches wide, 3.5 inches deep, 3.7 inches tall. The headsets include noise-canceling and DECT 6.0 technology to give calls a crisp and clear reception. The ear gel helps the ear piece feel much more comfortable, although some users may find this type of headset difficult to get used to if it is their first time using ear gel headsets.

Savi Office has a massive roaming range of up to 350 feet, add to this the ability of automatic power adjustment based on the distance from the base station and you have sufficient talk time between charges. Its average battery life is 9 hours for the convertible headset and 6 hours for the over the ear headset. For digital encryption, it uses the 64 bit DSP.

Superior Features of Plantronics Office Headsets

With the Plantronics Savi Office, ease of work is guaranteed. To demonstrate this, it comes with a lever system, which when activated, will pick the receiver up for you and place it in your palm. It is a complete office solution. It allows the dual use of VOIP and a normal telephone from the same device. It allows you to make a VOIP call via Skype, MSN or any other Softphone software. You can also respond to a landline call just by pressing a button on the base station. What’s more, both VOIP and landline calls can be bridged together for a conference call.

Field tests on actual business conference showed the following results:
1)The caller heard the calls loud and clear, with no background noise. The voice quality sounded natural.
2)The receiver commented that the voice quality sounded exceptional, considering the fact that headsets were used.

Walkie-Scorchie problems nearly fixed, Land Securities says

audioThis piece is posted with the faithful permission of earpiece.co.uk, which is the original website. please get agreement from that blog before reposting this article.

Property company Land Securities said it was close to fixing the problems at its Walkie-Talkie City skyscraper after the glare from the building melted car parts on the street below over the summer.

Chief executive Robert Noel said the problems at the building, which is still under construction, would not delay tenants moving in or exceed the budget set aside for its £240m share of the development.

“A solution is in the final stages of design and implementation will commence shortly. Despite the solar glare issue of the summer, occupiers have not been blinded to the efficiency and location of the building. We are close to resolving the issue and it will not delay occupation nor inflate budgeted cost,” he said.

The glare from the 37-storey building, officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street but which has now been nicknamed the “Walkie-Scorchie”, was so strong that a motorist claimed it melted part of his Jaguar parked on the street below.

Business owners in the area said the reflected sun rays caused paintwork to blister and tiles to crack, while others proved the heat was so intense it was possible to fry an egg.

Noel said that the solar shading solution would be installed when the weather improved, and in time for when office workers move in next year in September.

Land Securities is in a joint venture with Canary Wharf Group on the scheme, designed by the architect Rafael Vi.

Vi said in September he predicted the building might reflect hot sun rays to the street below but “didn’t realise it was going to be so hot”.

The building is 56% pre-let, with negotiations on a further 20% of space close to completion.

In terms of Land Securities’ retail portfolio, Noel said while there were signs the UK economy was improving and “the retail market has turned a corner”, consumers remained under pressure.

“Although there is improvement in the UK economy, headwinds persist in retail property as we believe the consumer, with lower real income and faced with rising non-discretionary expenditure, will remain under pressure.

“With an increasing population and healthy demand in all sectors, we view London property as distinct, although not divorced, from the overall UK economy.”

Announcing first-half results for the six months to 30 September, he said net assets per share – a key measure for property companies – rose 3.6% to 994p from 31 March.

The rise was driven by an increase in value of its portfolio and profits on disposals. Underlying earnings increased 8.9% to £156.5m.

He said the market was “highly competitive”, which meant sales of assets would likely exceed spending and acquisitions in the second half.

“It is likely that revenue profit will be slightly lower than in the first half as we lose income from sales.”

Land Securities opened its latest shopping centre, Trinity Leeds, in March, with plans underway for new retail schemes in Glasgow, Oxford and Guildford.

The company announced that Sir Stuart Rose, the former chief executive of Marks & Spencer, will step down as a non-executive director in January.

At the same time Cressida Hogg, the managing partner of infrastructure at 3i, and Edward Bonham Carter, chief executive at Jupiter Fund Management, will join as non-executive directors.

The company recommended a first-half dividend of 15.2p a share, up 2.7%.

Source – http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/nov/12/walkie-scorchie-glare-problems-nearly-fixed-land-securities