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Pepcom Grimm's Fairytale 2014 Holiday Showcase


Hey gang, Valkor here. And I’m comin at ya with a burst of tech from the ever popular event known as Pepcom. They always deck themselves out with a popular theme and while I found the anime theme most enjoyable, they get much respect for taking the Grimm’s Fairytale route for their holiday showcase. The place was wall to wall tech and while I didn’t get the chance to check out everything, what I do have to show is nothing short of “coolness”.

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Powerslayer – I'm one of many when it comes to charging my phone; I usually leave it plugged in the entire night and I don't think much about it until I actually need it. Enter Velvetwire, maker of the Powerslayer charger that'll charge your device then stop the flow of energy when its done. They call it "promoting good health towards your battery". And I'd agree with that. Plus this is only the beginning for Powerslayer as the company has other versions down the line, one that would include a sound notification when left behind and bluetooth capabilities through USB powered devices.

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


The Neat Company- The Neat Company has been around for a few years, ever improving on their smart scanning technology allowing one to organize their business cards, receipts and other documents along with a simple and easy to use interface. I've been out of it with the company since the Neat Desk, so it's nice to know they're still chugging along and pushing out the NeatConnect cloud scanner. No need for a desktop or laptop with this device, everything you scan goes directly to "the cloud". The NeatConnect has a slot for each item and uses a touchscreen interface. Included, you also get the software (works with PC or Mac) as well as a mobile app (for iOS and Android).

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Plantronics - Gaming headphones are all the rage these days and I have a few in the Val-Cave lock box that are prime. Now entering into the fold is Plantronics; I've met with these guys at past events and they really know their stuff when it comes to audio equipment. So I have high expectations with their latest headphones RIG Gaming headsets. Not only do they tout amazing sound quality, but it comes with a mixer so you can distribute your audio to your liking. Plus they work with PC, MAC, last and current gen gaming systems.

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


PNY – One little review with PNY shows these guys are a force to be reckoned with because the hits for the T2200 battery pack haven't stopped. So of course I had to drop by to see what else the company has in store. And they had quite a few items of interest on hand. First up is the L8000 powerpack; this powerpack isn't just about the pack but also about style as it features soft faux leather covering (in-house so expect a review). Next is the ID10400, which features dual USB ports for simultaneous charging and an LED readout. Finally there's the HD5000, also with an LED display but features a lovely sleek black design that makes it look like one of the latest smartphones.

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Alcatel – So through a good chunk of the show, I was making fun of my buddy Wilcox who runs the site Destroy All Fanboys about his Alcatel phone, not knowing the company was right in our midst. So they pretty much took out their latest phone, the OneTouch - which is all the rave right now, and smacked me in the face with it. Check out that newness. OK so the smacking didn't occur, but I was impressed with the latest phablet to hit the market. Plus points for giving it a "buddy" that you can use for talking, while using the OneTouch as your tablet. Either way, looks like you can't go wrong and hopefully my buddy Wilcox will get a new phone.

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Logitech – While they've been off the TOV radar for some time, doesn't mean Logitech has been out of commish. On the contrary, they're still chugging along at a brisk pace. On the floor they showed off the latest remote the Harmony Home, which can not only control your media devices such as your television, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc but it can also take control of your home automation such as Nest (lighting, thermostats, heating, cooling etc). It has a beautiful touch-screen and from the image below you can see the quick links to your favorite channels. Finally there's Bemo, a small portable camera you wear around your neck to help you capture those finer moments in life. It comes with a string attachment to wear around your neck (great for the little ones - with adult supervision of course) and it's just so much easier than having to hold during celebrations, graduations or concerts.

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Jabra – Almost always your go to when it comes to Bluetooth earpieces, Jabra is about to take their in-ear tech to the next level with the Sport Pulse earphones. Something like a Fitbit, but you keep it in your ear, the Sport Pulse makes for the perfect workout companion. Use along side with a smartphone app, it'll measure your health stats, track your progress and so much more all with wireless functionality. Finally there's the Move Wirelesss. While I can't attest to their sound quality, I can say that they're pretty darn lightweight and comfortable. But I've got my sights set on the Move as they demand a visit in the Val-Cave.

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Western Digital - A couple of months ago we took Kingston's MobileLite Wireless G2 for a spin. Now the folks at Western Digital are putting out something similar with the My Passport Wireless - and this one includes a hard drive. Heck, you can even attach a USB drive to the device as well. And just like the G2, you can stream media from the device - up to four people simultaneously. So those looking to save some space on their portable devices or smartphones have another option when it comes to external storage.

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Drop Connected Scale - Now here's an item that could save a lot of mess in the kitchen. Imagine if you will, you had a scale that can measure out all your ingredients without the need for spoons, cups and such. That's what Drop is all about. And hey, even if you're short on ingredients, Drop can "rescale" your recipe so your dish meets perfection no matter what.

Pepcom Grimm's Holiday Showcase


Everyone is always looking for unique ideas when it comes to holiday shopping. Thankfully we've compiled a nice list of fun items almost anyone can appreciate. And stay tuned for holiday gift ideas and tech event coverage in the coming months. I promise you it'll be worth it!

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