Popular audio manufacturer Sennheiser has launched a wireless version of its premium Momentum in-ear headphones with NFC and a 10-hour battery life. The headphones are priced at Rs. 14,990 and will be available in black and ivory trims.
Sennheiser’s Momentum series is known for the premium materials used and this one is no exception. The neckband of the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless use soft sheepskin nappa leather for better comfort and the earbuds are built from milled stainless steel for durability. The drivers have a frequency range of 15Hz-22,000Hz and feature an omni-directional microphone for calls.
The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless feature a rechargeable 170mAh battery with a charging time of around 1.5 hours. It also supports audio profiles like A2DP, AVRCP, HSP and HFP and Qualcomm apt-X. For connectivity, you get Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. Media controls are placed at the edge of the headband for controlling music playback. The headset also features voice prompts to notify you of the pairing status and if the battery is low. You can also connect it to up to two devices at the same time; get vibration alerts for an incoming call and use it as a wired headset over USB.
Commenting on the launch of Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless, Kapil Gulati, Sennheiser India said, “With wireless being the norm for the discerning audiophile consumers, we are very thrilled to have launched the new Momentum headphones which represent our uncompromised vision and passion to go further and push for something even better. They are for people that demand the best and refuse to compromise on sound quality with progressive technology and high-quality materials in a product that is built to last.”
Netgear has launched the Netgear Arlo Pro smart camera for home security in India. Netgear calls the Arlo Pro a “wire-free, weatherproof HD camera” and claims that it has a wide 130-degree field of view. The Arlo Pro uses two rechargeable batteries and that means you can place it inside or outside your home. There’s no need to connect the camera to a power socket but in case you want to do that, the option is available. The Arlo Pro system launched in India is model VMS4230, which comes with two security cameras (with rechargeable batteries) and one base station, and it has been priced at Rs. 44,900.
An interesting feature of the Netgear Arlo Pro is two-way audio. This means that you can use this camera to talk to people standing near it, which could prompt some people to use this as a video doorbell. You can even monitor children from a different room such as the kitchen and keep talking to them while you cook.
Netgear says the Arlo Pro has instant motion alerts and a smart siren, which are targeted at alerting you about intruders. The siren is rated at over 100 decibels and could be an important deterrent for potential intruders. The camera also has night vision so it is useful both during the day and night. The camera is capable of providing HD video in complete darkness, thanks to its RGB-IR night vision technology. Netgear claims this tech illuminates the scene evenly and provides crisp details about things happening both near and far from the camera. Its passive motion sensor can detect movement up to 7 metres away from the camera and send an alert to your phone.
The companion app for Netgear Arlo Pro also has some new features. It now lets you arm or disarm the camera based on your location or schedule. The app is also available on Apple TV, which can be used to view camera feeds on the big screen. Netgear says Arlo can be connected to other smart home devices through services such as IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings.
Netgear claims that the Arlo Pro will get smart motion recognition technology later this year, which will use machine learning algorithms to identify people, cars, animals, among other things. This will allow the camera to send alerts for specific objects, species, or people, Netgear says.
Arlo’s free cloud storage allows you to record and store videos for seven days for free. You can connect up to five Arlo cameras to the cloud without paying any subscription fees. Additional storage can be purchased with a fee.
Netgear had earlier announced that the Arlo Pro (VMS4230) would cost Rs. 36,500. This report has been edited to reflect the revised price of the Arlo Pro.
Some new design choices just arrived at the Xbox Design Lab, which lets you customize your own Xbox Wireless Controller, Xbox announced this week.
You can now choose among four new color options for the body, 11 new thumbstick colors, new metallic finishes for D-pads and triggers and add black rubberized grips.
Of course those will all cost you extra. The base controller, which allows someone to customize the color options of the body, back, bumpers, triggers, thumbsticks and buttons, costs $79.99. Adding metallic triggers costs an extra $4, adding metallic D-pad costs an extra $3 and rubberized grips bumps up the price by $6.
Here’s a full run-down of the new colors and options being added:
4 new color options including Ink Blue, Mineral Blue, Sierra Brown and Desert Tan
11 new thumbstick colors including Glacier Blue, Zest Orange, Retro Pink, Electric Green, Robot White, Lightning Yellow, Ash Gray, Ink Blue, Mineral Blue, Sierra Brown and Desert Tan
New metallic finishes for D-pads and triggers to add a premium look to your controller
Black rubberized grips for added comfort and control
From now until June 19, you can add a free engraving as well.