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Small Business Spotlight | Tic-Tac-Tag Brings Event Hashtags to Life

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Chicago, Illinois – March 7, 2016 – Tic-Tac-Tag, a Chicago-based company, brings the power of printing event hashtags to life for consumers in real-time and onsite. Tic-Tac-Tag takes the ability to automatically download and print images posted to Instagram or Twitter that use the event hashtag and brings it to the general consumer.

Are you having a wedding, birthday or corporate event that will have a custom hashtag marketed on the invite? if you are like the masses these days, you probably will. But what does that actually mean? and what are you planning to do with it? Continue reading Small Business Spotlight | Tic-Tac-Tag Brings Event Hashtags to Life

Tic-Tac-Tag Makes Photo Booths Social

A new type of photo booth is popping up in Chicago that does not require a photo booth at all, instead it uses Instagram and Twitter to do the job for you.

It’s simple. Tic-Tac-Tag, sets up a cool looking printer-in-a-box at your event – very rustic and classic and is suitable for many types of occasions from weddings, to company parties, expos and more. Every event is set up with a specific event #hashtag (e.g. “#summerbash2015”) that you will ask your guests to post in their comments when uploading to their Instagram account or Twitter. Magically, the box will find the event specific #hashtag in real-time and instantly prints out your photos.

Photos will be displayed for your guests to enjoy and take home. These photos will be branded with your event so it makes for a great keepsake as well as a way to make non-attendees jealous.

For your next event take advantage of this service and add more social engagement with your guests.

You can find more information at www.tictactag.com.

SONY LED LIGHT BULB SPEAKER

You need light. You want music. Unfortunately, your space only has a solitary light fitting. Not to worry — the Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker can take care of both. As the name says, this multi-function gadget fits into the same fittings as ordinary bulbs, providing up to 360-lumens of app-controlled lighting, as well as an integrated 2 Watt speaker system that’s ideal for filling small spaces. It connects with your phone via Bluetooth, and also has a remote that can be paired over NFC, but as with many gadgets this unusual, there’s no word yet on a US release. Check it out >

Building a Wooden Bike from Scratch – Fettlers

Woodworker, Michael Thompson has taken it upon himself to create a functioning bike from nothing but wood. In this awesome look into the science of creating a fully operational bike, Thompson describes the ideation and process of crafting a bike made almost entirely of wood. Watch him at work in his woodworking studio and see what he has dubbed the “Splinter bike” in action.

The Santa Cruz backpack by Beara Beara

The Santa Cruz backpack is one of those rare products where you see an old concept modernised and improved. The clean shapes are simple and that is what makes this backpack the perfect companion for day or night, hanging out with mates or for the office. Its incredibly practical with enough space for up to 17 inch laptops, a pocket for valuables in the inner lining and an easy open clip on the front. The bag is constructed using 100% natural leather, proudly showing natural imperfections and grains and you know how beautiful this leather becomes after time.

Beara Beara have sprung up to be the go to backpack brand in the UK, famous for their unique designs, the quality of their products and the ethical background of their business. Check them out and get rid of that tatty backpack you have had for years and invest in a quality piece from Beara Beara.

Santa Cruz Embossed Clip Backpack Black

PBS – PASSIVE BOOKSHELF SPEAKER SYSTEM

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Sold as a pair, the Passive Bookshelf System (PBS), takes a fresh look at a stagnant category. For years, bookshelf speakers have been in the domain of “ugly black boxes” that listeners would want to hide from view in their living room. The furniture level craft and design of the PBS changes all of that. These works of art will be proudly displayed in any home and will motivate people to upgrade their speakers after many years of settling for the same old thing. The sound quality and craftsmanship are second to none, and the PBS will surely re-define the standard for bookshelf speakers for years to come.

Their natural sound curve means the music translates exactly as the artist intended. Anything from Bob Dylan to Jay-Z will come through crisp and clear. The craftsman-quality design, allows owners to display them with pride. No more “blending in”, the passive bookshelf units will become a focal point of the room and something you can show off with great pride.

Originally constructed by hand and designed for artist dressing rooms in venues like The Capitol Theater and Terminal 5, the Grain Audio Passive Bookshelf System redefines the future of home audio.

Grain Audio Passive Bookshelf Speaker System

Tykho radio – Designed by Marc Berthier

This is the item in the LEXON range that has won most prizes and had the most press attention. Chosen for the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Way back in 1997—before iPods were invented, after boomboxes were a little out of style—Marc Berthier designed the Tykho radio for French brand Lexon, and the colorful silicone-covered audio box still holds up. Waterproof, with just a few intuituve buttons to maneuver, it works with soapy hands the shower, foody fingers in the kitchen, at a picnic, on the road, or anywhere you choose to tote it along for some fresh am/fm tunes.

LEXON Radios – Item 58003760

IEHP – WOODEN IN EAR HEADPHONES

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Earbuds redefined. The 2014 Red Dot Design Award winning In-Ear Headphones from Grain Audio deliver perfect sound and design. Owners of this product can maintain their style without sacrificing any audio quality. The solid walnut casings ensure the best possible sound with crystal clear highs and booming lows. The comfort fit design allows people to rock for hours without any pain, ensuring that the IEHPs will be the earbuds of choice for music and design lovers alike.

We pair each enclosure with our proprietary driver that features a Neodymium magnet and a CCAW voice coil. Go ahead and translate that to “AWESOME”. Awesome sound that is balanced to give you a better listening experience than anything else on the market.

Like all of our products, the design of the IEHP is an exercise in purpose and restraint. The silicone strain relief protects the wood housing and is comfortable on the ear and to the touch. The inline mic is simple and intuitive to use. There are no unnecessary flourishes or extraneous details.

Grain Audio Solid Premium Wood In-Ear Headphones

STROMER ST2 ELECTRIC BIKE – Bike of the Future

myStromer AG develops and markets innovative e-bikes. The strength of the company lies in the development of and mechanical components, electric components, software, and the complete system integration.The Swiss company was founded in 2009 by Thomas Binggeli, and since the end of 2011 has belonged to the BMC Group. In March, 2013 the company opened its headquarters in Oberwangen near Bern, Switzerland. The entire facility’s energy is provided by rooftop solar cells, and every battery used in the assembly of Stromer e-bikes is filled with solar-derived energy. At the Oberwangen campus, management, engineering, research and development, assembly, logistics, customer service and even a Stromer flagship retail store are located under one roof. A second assembly location for the European market is located in Riedstadt, Germany. Continue reading STROMER ST2 ELECTRIC BIKE – Bike of the Future