by Gregg Ellman
Surviving the cold at football games and other events will be a lot more comfortable and luxurious with the new Hot Seat from Pro Design.
The Kickstart campaign just started for what Pro Design calls the world’s first heated stadium chair. With USB-powered ThermaGridz technology, your bottom will stay cozy warm with the heat, which will penetrate deep into you.
According to Pro Design, ThermaGridz, uses low-voltage USB-powered heating, in a grid pattern of single core wire wrapped around glass fiber and coated in silicone, which produces Far Infrared Ray heat.
With your portable USB battery (not included), you’ll stay warm for 1.2 hours with a 2500mAh battery or up to 7.25 hours with a 15,000mAh battery.
SoftTushion foam is built into the seat’s armrests and adjustable back for long-term weather with comfort even without the heat. The welded steel-frame chair is 16 inches wide, but you can drop down the armrests for a larger 20.5-inch wide seat. An adjustable back is 16-inches and you get 16-inches of depth in the seat.
Other features include hidden pockets, which unfold from the armrests for items including smartphones or keys. There’s a larger 15-by-4-inch pocket on the back.
One of the hidden zipper pocket on the front of the left armrest also acts as a cup holder and the bottom of the chair is anti-slip and waterproof. After the game, it folds flat and has adjustable backpack straps.
Pricing starts on the campaign with early bird specials of $79.99, which go fast.
Often I’ve had discussions with friends or coworkers who think a keyboard is a keyboard until I let them try a different one. The same is the case with the Vulcan: try it and you’ll see.
While the looks are amazing, the performance is key and it works as well as it looks. I’m open to admit I’m not a gamer, never have been and never will be. With the amount of computer work I do, I’m able to give any keyboard a workout and the Vulcan shined.
For gaming, I let a friend give it a few hours of use and his reported to me that the comfort and response time of the Vulcan is outstanding and the customization was crazy good. He also mentioned that he’s not giving me the Vulcan back.
The Vulcan has dedicated media keys, which I know gamers will love, along with Roccat’s in-house-developed Titan Switches. These were specifically designed for gamers craving a key stroke that was swift and precise while still being tactile, with an instant response and comfort.
When you first see the futuristic looking keyboard, you notice how cool it looks. It’s built with a Roccat’s Aimo RGB lighting system with long-life LEDs producing beautiful lighting of every one of the keyboard’s dust resistant low profile switches (keys), which are also spill proof.
The transparent keys along with an aluminum backing produce the effect, which you can customize on a per-key basis in 16.8 million colors.
Three versions are available, the Vulcan 80 ($129.99) with black anodized aluminum, single blue illumination and two media keys. The Vulcan 100 ($149.99) has gray anodized aluminum, RGB AIMO illumination and professional grade media controls and the Vulcan 120 ($159.99) with grey anodized aluminum plating, RGB AIMO lighting, professional grade controls and a magnetic detachable wrist rest.