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XenoFreaks PIX Sports LED Gadget Review

Jan 1 2010, 12:00am CST | by

XenoFreaks PIX Sports LED Gadget Review
 
 

published: 05/12/05 last updated: 05/12/05
Reviewer: Ken Wold

Ken reviews the Xenofreaks PIX Sports multi-functional LED display from Korea.  It functions as a watch, stopwatch, timer, pattern maker, counter and message display. The PIX Sports LED gadget also features Motion Responsive Display (MRD), changing the LED patterns and display based upon body motion.
Xenofreaks also offers the I love PIX LED display, which is bigger and more expensive. Ken also reviewed that version.


The XenoFreaks Sports PIX is only available on the XenoFreaks Korean Store. More information about the XenoFreaks Sports PIX on this product page.
Xenofreaks PIX Sports review

Overview
Chic, hip, niche, cool, rad and so uptown.  Those are just some of the words that come to mind while wearing the PIX Sports LED device.  Think it’s just for kids or teenagers? Think again.  You can use this small form device as a bright safety display at night while jogging, riding your bike, skateboarding or even for those of you who have an ultra light plane (ok, maybe not that far…).  This fun clip on has six separate functions to satisfy anyone’s yearning for a multi-use product.  So, you have the desire to be the next world decathlon champion? Well, strap the PIX Sports LED on and you will definitely get noticed even if your athleticism doesn’t.  How about a Motion Responsive Display (MRD) changing the LED patterns and display based upon the proportional differences in body motion.  It functions as a watch, stopwatch, timer, pattern maker, counter, messages and all around communicator when traditional speech either doesn’t exist (people simply don’t know how to say hello anymore; hence the PIX Sports as an intermediary to “break the ice”) or people are too reluctant to do so.  In an age of high tech wizardry and convergence, what a great idea to have a device with simplicity in mind, but so advanced it grabs your attention and keeps it. 

Xenofreaks PIX Sports review

XenoFreaks Sports PIX LED Display is available in white and black.


 

You decide what it is best suited for in your environment, but the coolness factor will never wear off and you will stand out from the crowd all without having to color your hair psychedelic purple or green, a body full of piercing and tattoos or any other modifications.  Just clip it on your shirt, sleeve, pants pocket and start “communicating”.  The controls (you expected numerous didn’t you?) consist of only two (A&B) with one on each side of this 75mm (3” X 1” X 0.5”) X 12mm and a weight of only 23.5g (including batteries and included clip).  The Sports unit operates on two 3v CR2032 lithium batteries and can keep its juice for approximately 70 hours running constantly.  Think of all those people you can meet in that time.  You also have one user manual included, but the directions are a little confusing in the English translation.  This has usually been a problem when trying to market the latest tech gear in English speaking countries.  My advice: Hire an English teacher to ensure the instructions are precise and understandable.  However, being such a simple device with only two buttons and the ease with which technology enables quick comprehension of “pictographs”; one only needs to look at the pictures and, hey, it keeps your mind more active trying to figure out some of the functions.  The batteries are enclosed in the oval device structure and protected by two rubber sealed caps fitting tightly to keep it dry.  The clip fits easily into the unit with a screw.  Slip it on and it’s very secure and, yes, I even dropped it to see if it would function.  It did.  Very sturdy. 

 
I always enjoy testing and reviewing the latest gadgets and high tech items to determine what else I can utilize them for besides the manufacturer’s intended use.  After all, I want it for MY uses and me.  And everything made can be cross-utilized with a little thinking, ingenuity and time.  Every audio or video product I have is maximized for different platforms.  So, use this little wonder and begin your engineering or invention adventure (safely, of course).  The stopwatch is great while running, jogging or walking for time purposes, but also great for those late night jaunts to get you relaxed.  And what better way to have a dual function than safety as well as being able to view your time in total darkness.  Sure, you could use a “funky”, ugly looking watch on your wrist, but who wants to try and find the button to illuminate the stopwatch or watch time.  It’s ready when you are and you’ll get noticed at the same time (you never know who will be out jogging and the “chance” meeting you seek).  You can even see your car lock easily to fit your key in late at night without having another “gadget” to accomplish that.  Use the large LED characters to time that boss of yours who is a little “long winded” in the meeting to give you a cue when it’s time to have someone ring or vibrate your cell phone to get you out of there.  Put it on the refrigerator and leave messages and be an ecological hero for saving paper.  Rev it up on the dance floor and create your own lighting atmosphere without the DJ lights.  Don’t forget the moves you’ll make just to see the MRD mode move to your undulating body.  Just think of the money you save by not having to take dance lessons.  You’ll definitely grab attention from that special someone you wish to meet.  No digital alarm clock and can’t see the time early in the morning when waking up? Put your PIX on the wall or night stand and you’ll see the time instantly (and you can’t hit the snooze button, so you have to get up!).  Girls would love this as a belt buckle or hip jewelry accessory to impress their friends.  Flash messages across the room in school (well, you shouldn’t, but kids will be kids) because we know teenagers can’t last a minute without “talking”.  Or, if your spouse just happens not to be speaking to you and doesn’t want to hear what you have to say; hold up the PIX and you can get your point across.  And it’s great for speech or hearing impaired individuals to communicate quickly and easily.  Now, if we can just get Xenofreaks to incorporate an MP3 into this thing, hey, the iPod is dead in the water.  A necklace would be nice to see included in the package (it is included in the PIX medallion though, which is also reviewed).  Perhaps, and Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) unit is on the horizon? Remember, “xeno” means something foreign, stranger or unknown so they certainly selected the right name for their company.  The PIX Sports seeks to erase that alien or uncertain feeling. 


Conclusion
Overall, this is a well-designed fun, high tech gadget you can use for many purposes and everyone will enjoy.  Figure out your own uses for this handy device and expand your cognitive horizons.  The only shortfall here is the directions need to be clearly expressed in English and not in a “broken” brogue.  Price hovers around $25 so it’s also light on the wallet. Enjoy!  See also the I Love PIX review.



How to Buy
The XenoFreaks Sports PIX is only available on their Korean Store. More information about the XenoFreaks Sports PIX on this product page.
 



 



















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Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
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