Changing the Meaning of “Pillow Talk”

Imagine. A couple comes home after a long, hard Monday. All they want is to do is lie down beside each other. They want to feel the person they love’s warmth and heartbeat next to them. The familiar type of reassurance which can only come from that one person. They get into separate beds and pull the covers over top of them. Wait. Something is wrong with this picture. Shouldn’t they bed in the same bed, comforting one another? The dilemma is that they are a long distance couple.

Spending any extended period of time away from the person you love is tough. If you ask me, a big part of choosing to be with a person is because their presence comforts you. This includes not only couples, but other relationships as well. The father missing his children while he is overseas. The sisters who live across the country from one another. The best friends that moved away after college and haven’t had time to visit each other. The grandparents that aren’t able to travel to see their grandchildren. All these relationships face the same problem. Distance. So, how do you fix the problem of having to be apart from your loved one? How about a little Pillow Talk?

Little Riot created Pillow Talk to ease the burden of long-distance relationships. They believe that “emoticons and pixelated video calls just don’t really cut it” and that we should be able to actually feel connected to those we love (Little Riot).

So, how does it work? I’m glad you asked!

When you buy Pillow Talk, you will get two wristbands and two speakers. They come in red or blue. The device works through an app on either your iPhone or your Android in two different ways. When you want to listen to the other person’s heartbeat, you put on the wristband, put the speaker under your pillow, and connect to the app. Your partner will get a notification that you want to “pillow talk” with them. They put on their wristband and put their speaker under their pillow. Then you both can fall asleep to the sound of each other’s heartbeat playing in real time. If you want the sound of their heartbeat to be louder, just take off the soft material that is on top of the speaker.

Or you can plug headphones into your phone, connect to the app, and listen to their heartbeat that way at any time of the day. All you need to do is make sure that your loved one has on the wristband.

Pillow Talk is available to be purchased for $179. Which, for couples that spend a lot of time apart from each other, $179 may not seem like much. If it brings you closer together and makes the time apart more bearable, then that seems like a pretty good deal. If you do decide to pre-order one, Pillow Talk is set to be delivered in late 2016.

The designer of this unique item is Joanna Montgomery. What does she think Pillow Talk is really all about? She released a press statement that said, “

Pillow Talk is about feeling that connection with someone. Anyone who has spent time apart from someone they love knows that – while it’s great to talk to them on something like Skype – you don’t get that same closeness from a face on a screen. We designed Pillow Talk to give people the feeling that they’re somehow closer together, even when they’re many miles apart.”

Ultimately, Pillow Talk was designed to bring a familiar type of intimacy back into any long-distance relationship. So, if there someone in your life who means the world to you, but you have to be away from them, this invention could be just the gadget for you. Little Riot posted a quote from a user that said, “I love it. It feels so human…like I’m lying with my head on his chest.” It seems that Pillow Talk is redefining the phrase “pillow talk”.


*Picture Credit goes to Little Riot’s Pillow Talk

Insta 360 – Nano: The Full 360 Scoop

Full HD 360-degree camera footage used to be something only photographers could do. Not anymore. The Insta 360 – Nano has changed the way our world will look at HD 360 degree cameras forever. This pocket-sized device is able “to shoot and live-stream high definition virtual reality and panoramic stills and videos directly from an iPhone” (t3).

It is compatible with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus (there is not one yet for an Android). However, don’t worry about your Insta 360 somehow becoming outdated for your phone. The Insta 360 can clip to a helmet, drone, selfie stick, or is even usable by itself. This makes it easier than ever to get high quality videos.

There are a lot of pros with this nifty little device and, what seems to be, far less cons. But, there still are a few. It is always more fun to hear how a product can benefit your world so, let’s dig into the pros first.

  • This is the smallest spherical camera in the world. It exists at only 0.8” x 1.3” x 4.3” and weighs in at a mere 2.6 oz. in weight. It’s sleek design compliments the iPhone’s already slender figure. Built with durable material, aluminum, it should hold up under reasonable conditions. This little device is Apple MF certified, as well.
  • You record its images and videos on a TF card, with a memory of 64GB. You don’t save anything on your iPhone. This is such a great utility because users have the freedom of shooting without the fear of clogging up their phones.
  • There is a live-streaming capability. That means if you can’t be at a wedding, party, or get together, you can live stream the event directly through your phone. This feature on the Insta 360 gives users one more way to be close to the people they love and the events they enjoy.
  • The quality seems to be good for such a small device. The resolution is 3040 x 1520 for photos and 3040 x 1520 with 30 fps for videos. You can find more details and specifications about the Insta 360 on their website.
  • Users can share images and videos straight through social media platforms such as: Facebook, Twitter, etc. And while charged, it uses a 800 mAh battery. Theoretically, this means the battery could last up to 100 minutes of non-stop recording.

You can find more commonly asked questions (like these) in their FAQ section on their website. And now we have made our way to the cons.

  • The Insta 360 comes with a manual and a quick start guide (for those who are eager to use it ASAP). It also comes with a USB cable, a carrying pouch, and cardboard virtual reality glasses. The “glasses” have a space where you insert your phone and can watch the videos you have made. The idea appears futuristic, for sure. But, the execution seems a little flimsy. (How long will a cardboard box hold up and who wants to carry a bulky box in their bag?)
  • To operate, this device plugs into your phone upside down. This gives off the impression that it might take some going out of your way to use it. I have not read, yet, if you can still use your phone while the Insta 360 is plugged in, either.
  • It requires that you use 3 apps to help the Insta 360 function in a correct manner. The control app is the first (which does just that). The firmware app helps keeps the device running. And the video player app allows users to playback videos and panoramic video footage. Are three apps are a bit much when it comes to one tiny product? Maybe so, but that depends on the user’s opinion.

And then the biggest debate of all: the price. In the states, you can buy this product for $199.00 with free shipping on Amazon. Now, if you love making home movies, you are a YouTube filmer, an actual professional photographer, or enjoy videography as a hobby, $199.00 may seem like nothing because of how often you would use it. But, if you don’t take videos often or hardly ever, that purchase could be more daunting. It is up to you to decide whether the Insta 360’s pros outweigh the cons or if the price is worth the product.

Whatever the answer to those topics may be, it is certain that the Insta 360 will open the door to HD 360 degree cameras. And will make them more accessible than ever before.