By Kate Farr
Anyone with young kids will tell you that the little darlings’ developing motor skills coupled with a tendency to play rough can add up to endless trips to the bin with what were once much-loved toys. By that logic, it may seem sensible to opt for cheaper products since you’ll most likely have to buy a replacement every few months anyway. But this can often be a false economy – financially, in terms of safety and for the environment.
Take product safety, for example. Fragile electronics are extremely dangerous for children who may not appreciate the potential hazards of frayed or exposed wires, loose screws or sharp edges. Toddlers, in particular, have a disconcerting habit of putting everything in their mouths, which can be frankly terrifying for any parent discovering their little cherub chewing on a battery. Spending a little more on something a little more durable can take away some of this worry and allow you to give your child a little more freedom.
Buying quality also typically means buying once. This is a great cost benefit to parents as, when it comes down to it, a durable product means less time spent reaching for your wallet to shell out for replacement products. Even if the original purchase is a little more than you’d usually spend, it’s usually an investment, as you’ll earn back this value in extended use.
Which brings us to the larger perspective. Well-made products are far more environmentally friendly as their increased duration makes for less waste. According to the United Nations University, 92 billion pounds of electronics were discarded globally in 2014 alone. In a time of deteriorating climate conditions and global warming, innovators are now pooling resources to create the most sustainable products possible. One of the most environmentally beneficial acts that we as consumers can undertake is to prolong each product’s lifespan instead of throwing it away and purchasing a new item every couple of months.
BuddyPhones tick all three of these boxes, predominantly as they are built with both children’s needs and their parents’ in mind. Small touches such as flexible arms that are less likely to snap the headphones are sat on or dropped; a cable measured to an appropriate length to prevent tangling when thrown into a backpack and designed to be safe for a child when draped around their neck. And with BuddyPhones being endlessly customisable with the included stickers, your kids won’t may tire of their headphones as their might with other gadgets, meaning they’re more likely to see regular usage.
A safe, fun product that saves parents cash and helps to protect the environment? That’s what we call a win-win!
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As adults, we have a tendency to amp up the volume when listening to music in a busy space – whether it’s to drown out the constant sound of renovations from the neighbours upstairs, the thunderous vibrations of the subway, or simply just getting into the groove when listening to your favourite song (cue the chorus of “oh Mum, you’re sooo embarrassing!”). Often we don’t realise that we’ve maxed out the sound until we try to crank it even higher still. But upping the volume comes at a cost.
Researchers warn that exposure to volumes higher than 85 decibels is unsafe, yet many digital devices produce sound levels far higher than that. Take the common MP3 player for example; many popular models produce volumes of up to 105 decibels, which can lead to a higher risk of hearing loss after just a couple of minutes’ exposure. So if exposure to loud sounds in such close proximity to our eardrums isn’t good for us grown-ups, what about the developing aural systems of our kids?
Just as construction workers protect their ears with earplugs or earmuffs, onanoff created BuddyPhones for little music-lovers. These volume-limiting headphones keep noise levels down to World Health Organisation recommended standards and look cool to boot.
While most headphones on the market allow you to crank up the volume as high as your phone, MP3 player or tablet device will allow, the BuddyPhone’s unique circuitry prevents the sound from increasing beyond a maximum 85 decibels. This gives you peace of mind that no harm will come to your child’s sensitive eardrums without having to wrestle their headphones away in order to monitor the volume yourself.
And safety features aside, BuddyPhones are as cute and as comfortable as they are practical. They come in six different crowd-pleasing colours, complete with stickers to customise, and, as with any headphones, are plushly padded with synthetic leather cushions and extendable sides that are designed to fit the arch of your child’s head comfortably, meaning no complaining throughout their favourite film. If you have more than one child at home and they have trouble sharing, (and let’s face it, they often do!) then the ingenious BuddyCable audio splitter allows up to four kids to share one device squabble-free. As it’s built-in you’ll never have to worry about losing it – a huge bonus when travelling!
So if you’re looking to give your kids the freedom to develop their own musical taste without fear of ringing ears, snap up a pair of BuddyPhones and let the music play.
onanoff, the experts in functional smart gadgets have brought to life everything you imagined you could have for your iPad. Introducing the onanoff Sound Cover, the only iPad Cover you’ll ever need. Designed with the need for freedom in mind, Sound Cover 2.0 is a smart cover that features built-in flat stereo speakers, offering powerful and high quality audio, and can increase your iPad’s volume by up to 400%. With a battery life that lasts 15 hours and a sophisticated built-in microphone, it is ideal for Facetime, conference calls and straight up conversation. This intelligently design iPad cover maximizes the use of your iPad for those on the go!
WHAT IS SOUND COVER?
Sound Cover is a unique iPad Air smart cover with built-in flat stereo speakers that offers powerful and high quality sound and can boost the iPad's volume by up to 400%.
Its ultra-thin and lightweight design makes it perfect for any tablet user. It protects the iPad on your travels, making it a truly rocking companion. Once opened it syncs automatically with your iPad and you’re ready to experience impressive sound with your favorite device. Currently, it is available for the iPad Air while more tablets will be included to the development in the future.
onanoff is holding a sweestakes until 10th of June. For those interested please check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/onanoff to enter our sweepstakes for some cool prizes!
onanoff has a lot of exciting products coming out soon. Next week we will finally release the highly anticipated Dock Minimal, a universal tablet Stand / Dock that will work with almost all tablets on the market. The Dock Minimal has been getting a lot of positive early buzz, here is a recent review for the Dock Minimal:
Here is an explanation video for the Dock Minimal.
Next product to be released after the Dock Minimal will be the UltraSleeve, a highly functional clamshell case for Ultrabooks. It will have some really exciting new features never before seen in laptop cases.
Pictures and Product features coming soon!
And finally one of our most popular item to date are the Leather Skins for MacBook Air, but this time we've upgraded the Leather Skin for MacBook Pro 15 and 13 inch respectively. These Leather Skins will bring true life to your MacBook Pro, the Leather Skins will be released in late May. A short video showing off the Skins can be viewed below.
Hong Kong January 08, 2013
Design and technology brand onanoff will be attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV to show off their latest product, the universal Dock Minimal for tablets.
What makes the Dock Minimal stand out from all other tablet stands and docks is that it works with a wide range of today's latest tablets from leading brands. The dock curre
ntly supports iPad, iPad Mini, Kindle, Samsung and Nexus tablets/eBook readers, but the team at onanoff is continuously testing and adding compatibility for even more models.
Olafsson invented the Dock Minimal because he understands the frustration of buying all new accessories after upgrading to a new model or different brand and he wanted to create a dock/stand that evolved with the latest technology.
"I'm excited to showcase the new Dock Minimal," says Petur Olafsson, creator of the Dock Minimal and founder of onanoff. "It is a privilege to share the floor with these titans of industry here at CES."
If you would like to set up an interview at CES with onanoff, please contact Petur Olafsson at +17024968512 or stop by onanoff's booth to see the Dock Minimal in action in Hall LVH; Booth number 55016 + 55018.
Onanoff is also currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for the new Dock Minimal for tablets. Once the Dock Minimal has reached its $25,000 funding goal, Olafsson and his team will move the new product to production. To learn more about the Dock Minimal or to place an order, visit http://bit.ly/
Onanoff is a brand of the design and technology company, Nordic Enterprises Ltd., based in Hong Kong. The brand name is a take on the simplest, most essential feature of all electronics: the on and off button. Drawing inspiration from diverse backgrounds and experiences, the creative team focuses on designs that are both distinctive and practical while striving to make products that are simple and essential to daily life. To find out more information on the company, visit http://www.onanoff.com, Follow them on Twitter @onanoff and Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
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Onanoff recently launched its newest product, the Dock Minimal, on Indiegogo to raise funds that will help bring the new tablet dock/stand to the market in time to use with new Christmas presents.
The Dock Minimal is a versatile, universal tablet stand and dock that fits the new iPad Mini, iPad, Kindle, Samsung and Nexus tablets/e-book readers. Not only does the Dock Minimal work with most tablets, it is stylish and also less expensive than other tablet docks/stands on the market at $25 and $29 for the Early Bird Specials. Currently, onanoff is testing compatibility with even more tablets and will add to the compatibility list once they raise $25,000 in funding and move the new product to production.
With over 20 different viewing angles, the Dock Minimal offers users new ways to use their tablets. Cooking in the kitchen? Prop the tablet up with Dock Minimal's kickstand and use the stylus pen to avoid getting the tablet dirty. Typing emails? Lie the Dock Minimal down and position the tablet on the dock for an optimal typing position. The new stand and dock offers unlimited possibilities for tablet use while providing power at the same time.
"We know how annoying it is to buy all new accessories when you upgrade to a new model or different brand," says Petur Olafsson, founder of onanoff. "So we wanted to create a dock and stand that evolved with the latest technology and could fit everyone's new holiday tablets."
Each Dock Minimal comes with one main dock, one kickstand, one touch-screen stylus pen that fits inside the kickstand, three side fittings and four connector fittings which enable the stand to fit any tablet.
Onanoff's Indiegogo campaign for the Dock Minimal will run through January 31 at 11:59 PM EST and offers many different perks to those who support the project and help the company reach its goal. For a limited time, the Dock Minimal is available at a discounted rate in all four colors; Glacial Blue, Lava Red, Arctic White, Black Onyx.
To learn more about the Dock Minimal, visit the project's Indiegogo campaign site at http://www.indiegogo.com/dockminimal and help bring the Dock Minimal to life. To stay up to date on the campaign and learn about new, exciting perks for backing the project, follow onanoff on Twitter @onanoff and Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/onanoff.
HONG KONG-November 20th, 2012-Nordic design company onanoff releases reflective stickers for award winning product Magneat. The reflective sticker serves as a free addition to Magneat - a simple, magnetically attached accessory ideal for users who exercise outdoors, go to the gym or want to enjoy listening on the move without frustrating tangles and knots in their cables.
The reflective sticker can be applied on to the front of the Magneat, enabling it to reflect light in dark environments. The reflective sticker is a great free addition to the Magneat, improving users' safety while using the Magneat in an outdoor environment.
"Coming from a Nordic country, we don't get a lot of sun during autumn and winter so naturally when people go out exercising it's pretty dark. This can create a lot of dangerous situations for runners and pedestrians alike with cars driving close to sidewalks and slippery roads which makes reflective clothing very important to a pedestrians safety,'' said CEO Petur Olafsson. ''Which sparked the idea, could we somehow combine Magneat and user safety?"
What they came up with was a reflective sticker that could be applied to the front of the Magneat.
But Olafsson, an avid runner, doesn't think having this safety feature is limited to Nordic countries.
"In modern working environments people usually work late hours which gives them little to no time to exercise, unless of course it's during early mornings or late evenings when it's dark, '' said Olafsson."With so many of our customers around the world using Magneat for outdoor activities it only seemed logical to somehow cater to our customers safety and needs so we thought a reflective sticker would be a great free add-on to the Magneat.''
Olafsson said that they had considered creating stand alone Magneats that would reflect in light but eventually opted for reflective stickers to give all their future users the chance to apply the sticker to their own convenience and safety.
With the the new Magneat's reflective sticker also comes a completely re-designed Magneat packaging which is thinner and lighter.
Magneat retails for $9.95 and can be purchased at www.onanoff.com