Got gizmos? For those who love gadgets as much as we do, we've compiled this collection of the must-have gadgets of the week. From Frisbees to fridges, smartphones to headphones, here's the best of the best. And for tons of great gear, check out Uncrate.com.
Scuba diving isn't exactly easy, and it's even harder if you're trying to shoot any sort of decent photos or video. So why not let the HydroView ($4,000) do it for you? This underwater vehicle shoots 1080p video and high-quality stills, which it beams back wirelessly to the same iPad that you use to control it via the accelerometer and touchscreen. Other features include on-board LED lights, the ability to reach speeds of five knots going forward and one knot in reverse, and the ability to collect data on water conditions. Just think of it as your very own remote-controlled miniature James Cameron.
Essentials: Movie Maker
Everything you need to become the next Scorsese (or Devour alum), all stuffed conveniently into one pack.
MacBook Air ($1,249). Rode Shock Mount ($50). Zoom 8-Piece Recorder Bundle ($330).Sennheiser ME66, Sennheiser K6 Powering Module and Mic Windscreen Bundle ($500).GLS Audio Mic Cable Patch Cords ($13). Ikelite Underwater Camera Housing ($1,600).Sennheiser Windsock ($230). Shure High-Definition MicroDriver Earphone ($430).Duracell Procell AA Batteries ($10). Sennheiser Wireless Lavalier Microphone System ($630). Sachtler Telescopic Tripod ($1,944). Pelican Camera Case ($202). Zeiss 85mm Lens ($1,283). Zeiss 35mm Manual Focus Standard Lens ($1,117). Canon EOS 5D Mark III ($3,800). Zeiss 50mm Lens ($725). Zeiss Lens Set ($9,200). Canon Battery Pack ($60).Canon Battery Charger ($56). SanDisk Extreme Compact Flash Card ($60). Neutral Density Filter ($149). The Schiebel Camcopter S-100 ($TBD). BirnsGear Double Handle Shoulder Support ($495). Transit Issue Camera Strap ($98). Konova K Skate Dolly ($131).Chrosziel Mattebox With Varilock Kit ($4,439). Chrosziel 98mm Flexi-Ring ($94). Diva Lite Light Kit With Flight Case ($2,575). G-Technology Portable External Hard Drive ($148). SmallHDCamera-Top Monitor ($TBD). Konova Slider ($346).
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Camera ($650)
A huge part of image quality in digital photography is the size of the sensor capturing the moment. Unfortunately, most point-and-shoots sport measly 1/2.3" sensors that don't let in a lot of light, making higher ISO values necessary and thus introducing more noise into your image. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Camera ($650) looks to overcome these limitations with a massive 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor that promises to deliver images that belie the pocket-friendly size of the camera. Other features include a fast f/1.8, 3.6x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, a BIONZ image processor, ISO settings up to 25,600, 10 fps shooting, a 3-inch LCD display, and a built-in pop-up flash for those times when not even the larger sensor can conquer the darkness.
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale ($130)
Using a Fitbit to get in shape? Then odds are you're also watching your weight — so why not combine the two with the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale ($130)? This high-tech bathroom floor-dweller tracks your weight, BMI, and body fat percentage, automatically uploads your stats to Fitbit.com, where they'll enhance the data from your Tracker, and automatically recognizes up to eight users so it won't be getting you confused with other members of your household.
Kuhl Air Conditioner ($TBA)
Tired of getting up and crossing the room just to change the settings on your AC unit? The Kuhl Air Conditioner ($TBA) causes no such problems. Thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi connection, you can control any new Kuhl — or, if you're a slum lord, a whole friggin' bank of them — directly from your phone, significantly cutting down the time you need to spend away from your beloved Barkalounger.
John Deere Tango E5 Autonomous Mower ($TBA)
You have plenty of machines in your life that require more work from you — the coffee machine, your washer and dryer, etc. — so why not spend your money on one that works for you? The John Deere Tango E5 Autonomous Mower ($TBA) is designed to give you back your weekends by keeping your grass a reasonable length automatically, automatically returning to its charging station when it's low on juice and staying out of your koi pond thanks to some help from a preset boundary wire. So go ahead and spend your grass-mowing time perfecting your martini — your secret is safe with us.
MaKey MaKey ($35 and up)
For anyone who's ever wanted to make a banana piano, or a kitty-powered photo booth, or any other sort of strange invention, hope has arrived. The MaKey MaKey ($35 and up) is a new, simple invention kit that makes it easy to make whatever you want. It connects to your computer via USB and uses alligator clips to make a connection to pretty much any conductive object you can think of — paint cans, fruit, or even other people — letting you control websites, apps, or custom programs. In addition, the MaKey MaKey runs on top of Arduino, so when you're ready to step up to more advanced builds it'll be up to the challenge.
Mophie Juice Pack Pro ($130)
The new Mophie Juice Pack Pro ($130) assumes a couple of things about you. One, that you're in need of extra juice for your iPhone, and two, that you're either involved in a profession that puts your phone in constant peril, or a complete klutz. If any or all of the above describe you, the Pro has got your back with a Mil-Spec ruggedized case that protects your iPhone 4 or 4S from water, sand, and impacts and a massive 2500 mAh battery that can completely recharge your phone — and then some.
Nike+ Kinect Training ($TBA)
Do more with your Kinect than just race cars and kill Sith by picking up a copy of Nike+ Kinect Training ($TBA). Arriving this holiday season, this virtual personal trainer uses the Kinect's motion-sensing mojo to make sure that you're doing your exercises correctly and let you interact with on-screen obstacles to keep your workouts fresh. Here's to hoping it'll keep us interested longer than Wii Fit.
Tivoli Radio Silenz Headphones ($TBA)
Used to be that if you wanted wood-based headphones, you weren't getting noise cancelation — and vice versa. The Tivoli Radio Silenz Headphones ($TBA) are set to change all that. Sporting solid wood ear cups that house 40mm high performance drivers, the Radio Silenz feature an in-line box that holds a single AA battery and advanced noise cancelation technology, as well as a unique defeat button that temporarily switches off the cancelation and lowers the volume so you can hear the pilot telling you something unimportant. Other features include a folding design, an included travel pouch, and your choice of black ash, walnut, or cherry finishes.
Leap Motion Control Device ($70)
Forget Kinect — if you're looking for a way to control your computer via natural movements, look no farther than the Leap Motion Control Device ($70). Based on proprietary technology, this sleek, compact motion sensor sits on your desk in front of your monitor, creating a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet that is 200X more accurate than anything else on the market — the difference between waving your arm and signing PDFs in the air with an actual pencil.
iRig Mix ($100)
There are a lot of good/great DJ apps for iOS, but if you're ready to graduate to physical control over your mixes, the iRig Mix ($100) is a good place to start. This lightweight, portable box offers crossfader, cue, EQ, and volume controls, can be used with a single iOS device or in a more traditional two device setup, and also offers an extra guitar/mic input, standard RCA outputs for direct connection to PAs or powered speakers, and, of course, a headphone output for master or cue monitoring.
Nike Golf 360º App ($Free)
Fan of the Nike+ system but spend more time at the course than you do on the track? Say hello to the Nike Golf 360º App ($Free). This slick new app is divided up into four sections — My Game, that lets you track your scoring and statistics, My Swing, where you can compare and upload video of your swing, and even receive personal coaching from Nike Swoosh Staff members, My Body, which helps you get into golf shape, and My Gear, where you can keep track of what's in your bag and receive recommendations on new gear — all of which sync with a companion website. Think of it as your own personal clubhouse — without the overpriced hot dogs and free mini-pencil bins.
Adastra Yacht ($15 million)
Built to haul Hong Kong businessman Anto Marden and his lucky guests to and from his Indonesian islands, the Adastra Yacht ($15 million) combines luxury accommodations with the speed, fuel economy, and seafaring capabilities of a stripped down cruiser. Features of the nearly all-custom boat include a superstructure crafted from carbon fiber with a Nomex honeycomb core, a glass and kevlar foam sandwich hull, incredible on-deck lounging areas, a full-width master bedroom with full bath, two guest cabins, a massive Caterpillar C18 main engine cranking out 1150 hp, a top speed of 22.5 knots, and a range of 4,000 miles.
Tyrannosaurs Skeleton ($950,000+; Auction)
Looking to start your own Jurassic Park? Sorry, but you wont find any dino DNA here. What you will find, however, is a one-of-a-kind Tyrannosaurs Skeleton ($950,000+; Auction). 75 percent complete overall — with an 80 percent complete skull — this massive fossil is 24 feet long, 8 feet tall, and is mounted elegantly on a gray-painted armature. The perfect piece to sit underneath your "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth" banner.
Pentax K-30 Camera ($850)
Attention high-end Nikon and Canon DSLR shooters: the Pentax K-30 Camera ($850) will be arriving soon with plans on crashing your rain-soaked photo party. The K-30 boasts 81 seals that keep out rain, weather, and cold, allowing it to shoot in conditions normally reserved for the $3,000 and up crowd. Other features include a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD video recording, an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage, 6 fps high-speed shooting, a shake reduction system for sharper images, a 3-inch LCD, and compatibility with Pentax's K, KA, KAF2, and KAF3 mount lenses.
Sonos Sub ($600-$700)
We're big fans of Sonos' wireless speakers, but they're not exactly built to handle deep bass. The Sonos Sub ($600-$700) is. This self-powered subwoofer connects effortlessly to your existing Sonos system, adding a healthy dose of low-end aptitude thanks to two force-canceling speakers that are positioned face-to-face to eliminate cabinet buzz and rattle. Available next-month in a gorgeous glossy black finish, with a matte black model arriving in October for a $100 discount.
Torch Bicycle Helmet ($80 and up)
Safety is always concern when biking after dark, but you can give yourself an upper hand by putting on the Torch Bicycle Helmet ($80 and up). This sleek biking helmet features a polycarbonate shell, polystyrene body, and integrated LEDs that project onto front and rear lenses that help to disperse the light, making you more visible to others, with the added benefit of helping you to actually see where you're going. Available in white, black, or red.
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Camera ($600)
Still trying to decide between a full-on DSLR and a pocket cam? Sony's here to help make up your mind. The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Camera ($600) is the company's latest pocket-friendly camera to blur the lines between the two genres, sporting a 16.1 megapixel, DSLR-sized Exmor CMOS sensor, compatibility with all Sony E-mount lenses, a 180 degree tiltable LCD screen, a built-in flash, and an included 18-55 mm kit lens that you'll probably want to ditch like a bad habit.
P3 Amplifiers ($300-$5,200)
Overly ornamental vintage amps these aren't. P3 Amplifiers ($300-$5,200) creates great-sounding guitar amplifiers and speaker enclosures by incorporating everything learned over 60 years of tube circuit evolution, using the finest components available, hand wiring every unit, and placing them in military grade aluminum enclosures that make nearly every component fixable and/or easily replaceable, thus ensuring that the amp is around as long as you are.
Rubicon Atomic Preamp ($TBA)
We're not going to pretend to understand what a Rubidium atomic clock — 100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator! — has to do with sound quality, but we do know that the Rubicon Atomic Preamp ($TBA) is the first DAC to ship with one. Other features include Antelope's 64-bit Accoustically Focused Clocking technology, 384 kHz USB streaming, DLNA support, dual stage headphone amps, and dual S/PDIF de-jittered outputs.
Leica M Monochrom Camera ($8,000)
Do you love black and white photography? Like, really, a lot? Then feast your eyes on the Leica M Monochrom Camera ($8,000). Billed as "the world's first digital camera exclusively for full-frame, 35mm black-and-white photography," the Monochrom features an 18 megapixel CCD that records true luminance values — in other words, it doesn't "see" colors — as well as a rugged, rangefinder-style build, ISO up to 10,000, a 2.5-inch LCD, a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec, SD/SDHC storage, and compatibility with the full range of Leica M lenses. Time to stock up on black ink.
PowerPot ($125 and up)
Kill two camping birds with a single stone thanks to the PowerPot ($125 and up). Using the magic of thermoelectric power generation, the PowerPot uses the heat from your cooking — did we mention it's a camping-style cooking pot? — to run a 5W generator that can power up to 2-3 USB devices at a time. Food + gadgets — what could be better on your next trip into the wilderness?
Koss Strivia Headphones ($450-$500)
Color us surprised - Koss is about the last company we'd expect to be launching new Wi-Fi equipment, yet here we are, staring at these Koss Strivia Headphones ($450-$500) Available in over-ear Pro and in-ear Tap models, each uses built-in Wi-Fi to receive music directly from the Internet, working in conjunction with the new MyKoss service to deliver audio streams without the need for a middleman. If you want to receive music from your smartphone or tablet, you can do that too, of course, courtesy of the included Cap headphone jack adapter.
The Smart Dot ($80)
And here you thought laser pointers were dead. The Smart Dot ($80) is a tiny, aluminum, headphone port-mounted laser pointer for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (!) that's powered by a simple app and fits into the top of an aluminum stylus when not in use. Don't want to go digging in your bag for a stylus? It also includes a rubber strap that you can wrap around the handle or strap of your bag so it'll always be handy when you need it.
Devium Dash ($290-$340)
We've long thought it was stupid to hook up your iPhone to a car stereo that then makes you use its convoluted control system instead of the iPhone itself. Apparently, so did these guys. The Devium Dash ($290-$340) is a new in-dash car stereo that is built around a faceplate made to accomodate an iPhone or iPod touch, securing it in a CNC'd aluminum and plastic cradle while giving you full access to the touchscreen and all your apps. Other features of the Dash include a double-din body, 50W x 4 output with 2 preamp outputs, and your choice of standard aluminum or anodized black or white finishes. Arriving in July.
Day Maker ($100 and up)
We've seen tons of iPhone docks in our day, but never one that immediately made us smile — until now, that is. The Day Maker ($100 and up) is an iPhone-charging alarm clock toaster that gives you two slots for charging two iPhones at once — just set your alarm and press them down. When it's time to wake up, they'll pop up just like toast, making for a way more enjoyable start to your day — and if you need extra time, just push them back down to snooze. Other features include a built-in, self-setting analog clock for you middle of the night waker-uppers, stereo sound with the ability to playback music via the iPod app, and a pull tab on the back to set and pop both iPhones at once.
Cryoscope ($300 and up)
Sure, it can be useful to check the weather on your smartphone, computer, or local news station, but it doesn't really help you to know what it's actually going to feel like outside. The Cryoscope ($300 and up) does. This crazy contraption heats or cools its top slab to a certain temperature, depending on the mode — time shift mode will give you the forecasted temperature, while space shift can give you the current temperature of anywhere you specify — letting you literally feel the temperature you're looking for. Useful for commuters, travelers, or those who want to torture themselves by checking the current temp in Wailea.
Aviiq Ready Clips ($20-$30)
Tired of carrying a tangled mess of charging cables in your bag? Let Aviiq Ready Clips ($20-$30) straighten things out for you. These pen-sized cables feature a built-in clip that holds them securely in place, a flat, tangle-free cord, a standard USB plug on one end, and your choice of mini USB, micro USB, or Apple 30-pin connectors on the other, ensuring that there's one to work with your device of choice.
Flying Hovercraft ($190,000)
Yes, it's completely crazy, and yes, it really is real. The Flying Hovercraft ($190,000) is exactly what it says: a hovercraft with integrated wings that allow it to fly. Thanks to its turbocharged, 130hp engine, 60-inch wood/carbon composite thrust propeller, fiberglass/PVC hull, horizontal elevator, and 1,100 rpm lift fan, it can clear obstacles up to 20 feet in height, letting you hop over obstacles that would leave a typical hovercraft high and dry. Or wet. Something like that.
Tired of managing all your podcasts via iTunes? Give Instacast ($1) a try. Developed specifically to make consuming and organizing podcasts as simple as possible, it offers a host of user-friendly features, including the ability to add and delete podcasts from your subscriptions list, download podcasts for offline listening, a built-in web browser for show notes, iCloud sync, an optimized podcast player with 2x playback, bi-directional skipping, and AirPlay support, and optimization for multitasking and Retina Displays. New to podcasts? We know a great place to get started.
Jawbone Big Jambox ($300)
Like your Jambox, but wish it had just a little more oomph? Say hello to the Jawbone Big Jambox ($300). Looking enough like its predecessor that you might not notice the difference at first glance, the Big Jambox is, in fact, a bigger Jambox, featuring the same Bluetooth music streaming and hands-free mojo as the original, but with more powerful precision-tuned drivers and dual passive bass radiators for bigger sound, a 15-hour built-in rechargeable battery, LiveAudio technology, and the ability to receive updates via Jawbone's MyTalk website. Available in graphite, white, and red.
Kogeto Dot Panoramic iPhone Lens ($50)
We've seen lots of camera lens add-ons for the iPhone, but never one like this. Built to work with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the Kogeto Dot Panoramic iPhone Lens ($50) lets you take full 360 degree photos and video using nothing but your phone. Thanks to a dedicated app, you simply hold your phone face-down and let the iConic lens capture your surroundings, which can then be uploaded for viewing on Kogeto's website, or via the Looker app.
B&O Play Beoplay A3 (£450; roughly $730)
Is it a speaker system? A case? A stand? Actually, the B&O Play Beoplay A3 (£450; roughly $730) is a mix of all three, effectively turning your iPad into a TV. The triangular system features speakers mounted on two sides the iPad and uses an orientation sensor to activate the proper speakers depending on whether you've got it resting in horizontal or vertical orientation. Other features include a built-in battery good for 5 hours of playback, an integrated dock connector, and adapters for any model of iPad.
iPhone Shutter Grip ($40)
Oh, Apple: never one to add silly things like dedicated camera buttons to your phone. Luckily, someone's gone and done it for them. The iPhone Shutter Grip ($40) attaches to your phone via the dock connector, giving you dedicated shutter and video buttons right where you'd expect them. The downside? It only works with Belkin's LiveAction camera app — good thing Instagram imports photos.
LawnBott SpyderEvo ($1,725)
Lawn-mowing season is upon us, and if you'd rather not spend your free time this summer keeping your yard in check, let the LawnBott SpyderEvo ($1,725) do it for you. This semi-automatic mower uses perimeter wire and internal sensors to handle pretty much any yard up to 10,000 sq. ft., automatically recharges itself using the optional docking station, offers four-wheel drive to manage slopes up to 27 degrees, is virtually silent, and runs up to 3.5 hours a time on a single charge of its Li-ion battery.
Noise Hero ($90)
Yes, it looks a little like a science fair project, but make no mistake: the Noise Hero ($90) is no toy. This 4093-based electronic noise maker uses three oscillators, five knobs, eight switches, and one push button to output everything from light, Mario-esque beeps and bloops to grinding, NIN-style growls. As for the low-rent looks? They just add to the charm.
Sensu Brush ($30)
We've seen plenty of awesome painting apps for the iPad, but let's face it: no matter how good the app, you're probably still just finger painting. Unless you're using the Sensu Brush ($30). This smart tool combines a rubber-tipped digital stylus with a capacitive paintbrush in a single, sleek, silver package that gives you all the feeling and responsiveness of a real brush without the mess. Available in May.
Samsung Galaxy S III ($TBA)
Trying to decide which Android phone to buy? Your decision just got a little harder (or a lot easier). The Samsung Galaxy S III ($TBA) is the Korean giant's latest flagship smartphone, packing a 4.8 inch, 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, Samsung's new Siri-like S Voice speech-powered interface, NFC, the now-standard Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0/GPS/sensor array, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of built-in storage with microSD expansion, HSPA+ — LTE will appear later — and, of course, Android 4.0. Arriving soon on a carrier near you.
Olympus Tough TG-1 Camera ($400)
Ruggedness meets high-speed versatility in the Olympus Tough TG-1 Camera ($400). As expected, the TG-1 is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, and resistant to cold temperatures — but protection from the elements and mishaps isn't its flagship feature. That would be the high-speed f2.0, 4x optical zoom lens, which is combined with a back-illuminated, 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor to deliver great results even in poor lighting. Other features include an HDR mode, GPS, an electronic compass, a 5 fps sports mode, dual IS image stabilization, a 3.0-inch organic EL monitor, full HD video recording, optional waterproof fisheye and tele-converter lenses, and, just for the lulz, a pet mode that automatically snaps the shutter when your furry friend looks straight into the camera. Arriving in June.
Pebble ($115 and up)
Thinking about strapping a color-screened gadget to your wrist in an effort to look even geekier? Why not give the Pebble ($115 and up) a shot instead.
Developed by the same minds behind the inPulse smartwatch for Blackberry, the Pebble is an ePaper smartwatch for iOS and Android that connects to your handset via Bluetooth, offering wrist-based notifications like caller ID, email, calendar alerts, and Facebook and Twitter messages, the ability to function as a music controller, workout computer, and golf rangefinder, and, of course, a variety of sexy watchfaces for plain ol' time-telling. On Kickstarter now, with shipments to begin in September.
Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight ($140)
eReaders built around ePaper displays are great — until the sun goes down and you find yourself propping lamps in strange positions in order to get a light on the things. Now, you could just get yourself a Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight ($140) instead. This new six-inch eReader sports a built-in light that gets diffused across the entire screen for an even reading experience, as well as the touchscreen interface, built-in Wi-Fi, and microSD features of the standard Nook Touch.
Plantronics BackBeat Go ($100)
After years of taking up way too much space or otherwise looking dorky, Bluetooth headphones are finally starting to make sense as an alternative to their wired counterparts. Take the Plantronics BackBeat Go ($100) for example. This tiny set of in-ear phones offers passive noise cancellation, inline controls for skipping tracks and adjusting volume, up to 4.5 hours of playtime per charge, and the ability to function as a Bluetooth headset.
Drone Controller ($65 and up)
If the last few years have been marked by the release of ever more advanced games for iOS and Android, then perhaps 2012 will be the year that the controls catch up to the games. The Drone Controller ($65 and up) is a good start. This sleek, open-source controller will link up with your iOS, Android, or PC device via Bluetooth, and will offer dual analog joysticks, a digital G-pad, six face buttons, two shoulder buttons, a rechargeable battery, and an open source SDK for developers to take advantage of the advanced controls.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera ($3,000)
Sure, if you've bought a DSLR in the last couple of years, odds are it can record video. But thanks to its built-in video compression, the results might not be what you're looking for — and if so, you might want to try the Blackmagic Cinema Camera ($3,000). Sporting a compact design, it features a high-resolution 2.5K sensor, a built-in SSD with RAW video recording capability, 13 stops of dynamic range, Thunderbolt in/out capability, a large LCD touchscreen display, and compatibility with Canon EF and Zeiss ZF lenses. If you're in, you can start scheduling your shoots for July.
Canon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera ($15,000)
Nevermind the fact that no one has a screen for you to watch it on — if you're looking to future-proof your footage, you want to be shooting in 4K. Which is why you might want the Canon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera ($15,000). Based on the EOS-1D X, the 1D C provides a DSLR-style body, an 18.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor capable of 4096 x 2160 video recording, ISO 25,600 sensitivity for outstanding low light performance, dual DIGIC 5+ image processors, compatibility with over 60 interchangeable Canon EF and EF Cinema lenses, and — of course — all the still-image chops of the 1D X.
Garmin Approach S3 ($350)
We've seen several GPS-enabled golfing assistants, but the trouble with those is often simply remembering to bring them along. The Garmin Approach S3 ($350) alleviates this problem by taking the form of a touchscreen GPS watch, giving you handy access to data for over 27,000 courses worldwide — including distances to doglegs, layup points, and pins — a rugged, waterproof body, and a "digital caddy" to keep track of your strokes.
Sony SmartWatch ($150)
Like it or not, it looks like there's going to be a lot of companies wanting you to wear a computer on your wrist this year. The Sony SmartWatch ($150) is just the latest example. Sporting a 1.3-inch OLED touchscreen display, Bluetooth 3.0, and four days of battery life, this sleek, square-ish watch connects to your Android phone, giving you the ability to read texts and emails, receive Facebook and Twitter updates, initiate and answer calls, control music playback, and run apps optimized for the small screen from Google Play. Or you could just wear a Rolex/Omega/Casio — your call.
After years of searching, we've finally found the monitoring camera we've been waiting for. Dropcam ($149) is an amazingly simple Wi-Fi video cam that lets you keep tabs on your home, business, or family from literally anywhere. Its dead-simple setup took us no more than two minutes for each camera — we were watching live footage in the time it would take us to even open another camera's packaging. You can watch your camera(s) live in your web browser or in the Dropcam app for iPhone or Android.
Logitech Harmony Link ($100)
Let's see: you want to use your iPad as a remote, but don't want to attach a dorky dongle every time you want to change the channel? Perhaps the Logitech Harmony Link ($100) is the answer. This sleek system consists of a small black transmitter that connects to your home network via Wi-Fi, letting you control your entire system from your iOS or Android device without the need for any dongles or other nonsense.
Paper (Free with $8 add-on)
Another day, another revolutionary iPad app. Paper (Free with $8 add-on) is an absolutely beautiful app for creating anything you would normally do on real paper — you know, stuff like storyboarding your indie film, general note taking, sketching a nude model, or painting a watercolor landscape of the prison yard.
FitBit Ultra ($99.95)
Want to shed a few pounds and get a better night's sleep? Look no further than the Fitbit Ultra ($99.95). The tiny Fitbit device fits on your belt and tracks every step you take, every stair you climb, every chair you sit in, total calories burned, and even studies how often you toss and turn while sleeping. In all, it's the best fitness tracking device we've tested. See full review.
Gizmon iCA iPhone Case ($70)
Take the iPhone as camera metaphor to its near conclusion with the Gizmon iCA iPhone Case ($70). Inspired by classic rangefinders, this crazy case adds an optical viewfinder, a top mounted physical shutter button, a detachable tripod mount, and a conversion lens mount with your choice of fisheye, wide angle, or macro lenses. Also available in silver.
AMG V12 Turntable ($15,000)
Your vinyl has never sounded looked so good. The AMG V12 Turntable ($15,000) is the first turntable from Analog Manufaktur Germany, featuring a CNC machined 25mm aluminum plinth, a 16mm axle bearing, a CNC machined aluminum platter with a weighted rim, a Lorenzi 2 pulse, low-speed brushless motor, 33.3, 45, and 78 speeds, a belt drive mechanism, a twelve inch tonearm, and devastatingly handsome looks.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 ($45)
We see a lot of game pitches come through, but when a sports game arrives with an actual piece of sporting equipment — a racquet, in this case — we can't help but take notice. Gratuitous press pack aside, Grand Slam Tennis 2 ($45) has a lot to offer hardcore fans and casual gamers alike, including an all-new total racquet control system, Playstation Move support, the ability to play with or against more than 20 all-time greats — including McEnroe (!) — and a mode that lets you relive 25 legendary Grand Slam moments. Yes, we're serious.
JuiceTank ($40 and up)
What's the biggest problem with iPhone battery cases? Trying to find the tiny recharging cable after they've run out of juice. Hence the aptly-named JuiceTank ($40 and up). Instead of cramming a battery onto the back of an iPhone case, the JuiceTank sports fold-out prongs, instead, serving as an always-available charger for your power-hungry phone — no batteries required.
1974 Kojak Omega Time Computer 1 Watch (roughly $3,000)
Say what you will of Telly Savalas' work on the crime drama Kojak: at least he got to wear this sweet timepiece. The 1974 Kojak Omega Time Computer 1 Watch (£1,900; roughly $3,000) isn't just important due to its prominent placement upon the wrist of a TV policeman — it was also one of the first LED watches made, sporting more transistors than the smallest TV of the time, and made even more noticeable by its gold plate body. Lollipops not included.
Schick Hydro 5 Power Select Razor ($4)
If you've had trouble finding a power razor that suits your needs, perhaps you should give the Schick Hydro 5 Power Select Razor ($4) a try. Thanks to its comfort control system, it offers three different vibration settings so you can find one that suits your skin, a digital interface with LED screen, a solid, sleek design, and a single button that makes controlling it as easy as can be.
Logitech UE Air Speaker ($400)
It might not be for everyone, but if you've got an iPhone, iPad, or are just heavily invested in iTunes, AirPlay should be on your checklist for your next speaker purchase — and the Logitech UE Air Speaker ($400) offers exactly that. Packed inside the sleek black body are dual tweeters and dual subwoofers, as well as a pop-out iPad/iPhone/iPod dock that helps with effortless setup, streamlined top-mounted controls, and a 3.5mm input for other audio devices — cable not included.
Medisana TargetScale ($210)
Searching for a more advanced scale than the simple digital model you picked up at the local drugstore? The Medisana TargetScale ($210) should work. This high-tech platform features the ability to determine weight, body mass index, body fat and water percentages, and muscle and bone mass for up to four users, as well as an active matrix screen, glowing rings that let you easily see where you are in relation to your ideal weight, and Bluetooth technology for pairing up with the free VitaDock app.
SBU V3 Self-Balancing Unicycle ($TBA)
And you thought riding a Segway made you look dorky. The SBU V3 Self-Balancing Unicycle ($TBA) combines Segway-like tech — including multiple 3-way sensors and gyroscopes — with all the circus-like fun of a unicycle, allowing you to move by doing nothing more than leaning forward, backward, and to the side. In addition, it weighs just 27 pounds, so it's easily to lug inside when your reach the office, and is powered by electricity, performing the equivalent work of a gallon of gas for just ten cents — making it incredibly economic, if potentially ridicule worthy.
iPad 3 ($500-$830)
It's been less than two years since the iPad first landed, but Apple is ready to make the only tablet worth buying even better. Headlining the list of new features on the iPad 3 ($500-$830) is the drool-worthy Retina display, which densely packs in enough pixels that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when held at a reading distance — you know, like that iPhone 4 in your pocket.
The new iPad and that crazy screen is powered by a high performance A5X chip with quad-core graphics (which is still is smart enough to deliver 10 hour battery life). There's also a slick 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording capability. And for the first time, you can get built-in support for AT&T's and Verizon's 4G LTE networks. Apple also today introduced the iPhoto app, along with major updates to iMovie and GarageBand, completing its suite of iLife apps for iOS. Like always, the latest iPad is available in black or white. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. It will be available on March 16th.
Battle Mug ($190)
Ready to declare war on your liver? Make sure you have the proper equipment. Built to military specifications, the 24oz. Battle Mug ($190) is CNC machined from a 13.5-pound solid block of T6 billet aluminum, and features Mil-Spec Type III anodizing, a crenelated base, and a M1913 rail interface system that allows you to install a standard issue M4 carry handle, tactical light, or a holographic sight. Or a bayonet — although we'd recommend sticking to water if you plan on mounting a blade on your mug.
Leverage the vast library of Rdio to power your next party soundtrack using Anthm (Free). This unique app lets everyone at your kegger fancy soiree add songs to the playlist, and vote songs up or down to affect their play order. It's like iTunes' DJ feature, without the limitations of your '70s pop-oriented music collection.
Samsung Galaxy Beam ($TBA)
We've seen projectors built into point-and-shoot cameras, but since those are quickly being replaced by smartphones, it was inevitable we'd see a projector pop up in one of those next. And so we have, with the Samsung Galaxy Beam ($TBA). Although its specs are relatively pedestrian — a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch 480x800 display, Android 2.3, 8GB of memory, and a 5 megapixel camera — it's the 15 lumen projector built into the top that steals the show, letting you share photos and videos on a projected screen up to 50-inches wide. Try doing that with your iPhone.
Best Flashlight Ever ($70)
What would make a flashlight the best ever? Waterproofing? Cool materials? LED lights? Killer battery life? Well, the Best Flashlight Ever ($70) covers all those bases. Based on a Streamlight LED core, it features a hand carved wooden handle, a threaded steel head that adds tons of versatility, and cleverly placed o-rings for waterproofiness.
AppTag Laser Blaster ($35)
What can't smartphones do? Mark laser tag off the list. The AppTag Laser Blaster ($35) promises to turn your phone (or iPod touch, we suppose) into a laser tag gun/shooter that works via IR and high frequency sound to let app developers create nearly any kind of multiplayer shooting game you can imagine, all without needing to block the headphone port or eat away battery via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Six buttons — including a pressure sensitive trigger and a oversized reload switch — enable plenty of real-world interaction, and compatibility with most Nerf and Buzzbee toy guns serves as icing on the geek-flavored cake.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III ($3,500)
D800 not living up to your low-light performance standards? You could always jump ship and pick up the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III ($3,500) instead. At its heart lies an all-new 22.3-megapixel full-frame sensor that delivers stellar images up to ISO 102,400, and it's augmented by the new, blazing fast DIGIC 5+ processor for 6 fps shooting, a 61-point AF system, Oscar-worthy 1080p video recording, a built-in HDR mode, and a rugged magnesium alloy body with a stainless steel mount — all of which ensure that you get the shot you need, no matter the time of day, weather, or situation.
As much fun as Instagram can be, it's still missing something: actual prints. Instaprint ($400) aims to fix this problem by hooking up to your Wi-Fi network and printing out any image it comes across containing a specific location or hashtag. This means your friends can get in on the action as well, turning the Instaprint into a focal point of your next party, gathering, or beer bash.
Lazerwood Beats Headphone Skin ($35)
If the bright colors of Beats' Studio headphones aren't your style and you've grown tired of waiting for a release date — and price — for the stylish Executive model, give this Lazerwood Beats Headphone Skin ($35) a try. Crafted from real wood, the sticker adds a cherry or walnut finish to the outside of the headphones, and can be removed without killing the original paint job. Much classier than just covering them in diamonds
Lomo LC-A+ Silver Lake Camera ($400)
Just because Kodak's filed for bankruptcy doesn't mean analog photography is dead. The Lomo LC-A+ Silver Lake Camera ($400) is a classy way to indulge your old-school photographic desires. Previously available in Japan and Korea, the Silver Lake features a chrome body wrapped in genuine brown leather, a Russian-made Minitar 1 lens, an included cable release, and arrives in a special wooden box. Limited to just 1000 units, if you purchase it before March 4, you'll also get an Actionsampler Flash, Sidekick Canvas Bag, Colorsplash, and Kodak Gold Film for free.
Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch ($170)
Pocket watches are more or less a novelty at this point, which makes the Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch ($170) all the more unusual. Sporting a relatively intricate yet easy-to-read dual time-zone face, the Rogue offers touch-based controls, an always-on display, date and time functionality, LED lighting, stainless steel case, an included chain, and a see-through cover that lets you easily keep track of the time without having to worry about accidental button pushes.
We're simply stunned that a simple to-do app can be more fun than any game we've ever downloaded. Complete with Nintendo-esque sound effects and a sweet 70's-style icon, Clear ($1) is a list-keeping wunderkind that uses nothing but gestures — swipe right to check off an item, swipe left to delete one, pinch to close the list, pull down to create a new one, tap and hold to reorder — to make and manage all of your life's lists. You need to see it in action for yourself. Getting stuff done has never been this enjoyable.
Ask any competitive shooter, and they'll tell you about the benefits of the recoil pad, which saves their chests from bruising. Now you can add the same sort of protection to your iPhone 4/4S with the GunnerCase ($TBA). Made from lint-repelling TPU, the case features internal Air Cell pockets that collapse to absorb impacts, providing the same protection as a case twice as thick. Included with the case are a screen protector, micro cleaning cloth, and lifetime warranty that provides coverage against anything.
iCade Jr. ($TBA)
Remember the iCade, the arcade cabinet for your iPad? Well, it's now got a little sibling, and if you guessed it was for the iPhone and iPod touch, you'd be correct. The iCade Jr. ($TBA) connects to your pocket device via Bluetooth, giving you four buttons on the front, four buttons on the back, and an arcade-style joystick to give you precise control of 100 Atari classics, as well as any other games that've been made with the iCade in mind.
Logitech M600 Touch Mouse ($70)
Are you a Windows user that's secretly wished for a PC-centric Magic Mouse to help you through the day? The Logitech M600 Touch Mouse ($70) might just be what you're looking for. Sporting a large touch surface, it lets you scroll and swipe your way through webpages, files, photos, and more, while an optical sensor provides plenty of accuracy, and a tiny receiver creates a solid 2.4 GHz wireless connection for the M600 and up to 5 other devices.
Solar Joos Orange ($150)
Instead of spending big bucks on battery packs for your phone that will be useless as soon as you upgrade your handset, why not spring for something that can power damn near anything. The Solar Joos Orange ($150), which charges about 3.5 times faster than other portable solar chargers, features high-efficiency solar cells that are set into a durable, injection-molded polycarbonate case that's waterproof, sandproof, and generally rugged.
It sports a 5400mAh lithium-ion polymer battery and a USB port for charging or powering everything from an iPad to a low-wattage fan. In addition, you can hook it to your computer to see reports on your power consumption and generation. It's like your own portable power plant, minus the overweight, donut-eating workers.
Parrot Zik Headphones ($TBA)
They might not be the best-sounding headphones — we honestly don't know — but they're definitely among the best-looking. Parrot Zik Headphones ($TBA) are designed by the renowned Philippe Stark, and feature an elegant, simple design, an active noise canceling system, Bluetooth A2DP stereo and NFC support, a proximity sensor to automatically go into standby mode when they're not being worn, a touch panel for remote control of your music, and Digital Signal Processing for superb sound. Coming later this year.
Zooka Wireless Speaker ($90)
Getting tired of portable speakers trying to fit your gadgets inside them? What about one that attaches to it, instead? The Zooka Wireless Speaker ($90) is designed to do exactly that. Connecting over Bluetooth — or via 3.5mm jack, if necessary — this slim-line sound tube sports a rechargeable battery, speakers on either end, and a silicone exterior that provides great grip while managing to not scratch whatever you've put it on, whether it be an iPad, phone, or even laptop.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion ($TBA)
If you like your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you're going to love Mac OS X Mountain Lion ($TBA). This sequel to last year's Lion ups the iOS-like ante with deep iCloud integration, new — yet totally familiar — additions like Reminders, Notes, and Game Center, as well as a revamped, iMessages-handling iChat — now known as simply Messages — a new Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration, and AirPlay Mirroring. And knowing Apple, there's probably at least a few new features we haven't heard about yet. Roaring onto a Mac near you this Summer.
Ramos Alarm Clock ($150-$350)
We've already seen several clever alarms that attempt to lure you out of bed, but few look as good as the Ramos Alarm Clock ($150-$350). Available in plan LED or gorgeous Nixie versions, it requires you to get up out of bed and enter a code into a Defuse Panel to make its alarm stop, at which point you'll likely be intellectually stimulated and far enough away from your bed that the dreaded snoozitis won't be able to set in.
Is it a portable stove or a gadget charger? How about both. The BioLite ($130) is a compact, portable stove that burns sticks, twigs, pine cones, and other renewable resources instead of petroleum gas, lighting quickly and bringing water to a boil in no time. In addition, it packs a USB port on the front that draws its power from the heat of the fire, letting you charge your phone, GPS, or LED lights miles from the nearest outlet.
Nikon D800 ($3000)
While it might not be what everyone was hoping for, the Nikon D800 ($3,000) is sure to make a lot of shooters out there very, very happy.
Designed with resolution heads in mind, the D800 features a whopping 36.3-megapixel full-frame sensor that will likely cause sleepless nights for some medium format cameras, the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III sensor, an improved 51-point AF system, full 1080p video capture with professional features like uncompressed HDMI output, full manual control, and a dedicated headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels, a 3.2-inch LCD monitor, 4 fps shooting — 6 fps with the optional battery pack — SD and CF card slots, and the Expeed 3 image processing engine. Arriving in late March, but you'd best get your pre-orders in now.
Sennheiser RS 220 Wireless Headphones ($600)
Think wireless headphones can't deliver the same sound as your beloved studio cans? Think again. Based on the company's revered HD 600 series, these Sennheiser RS 220 Wireless Headphones ($600) use an uncompressed digital signal sent over a 2.4 GHz connection to maintain fidelity up to 300 feet away, while analog, coaxial digital, and optical digital inputs in the included transmitter and recharging dock ensure that no matter the source, the RS 220s will play nice.
Magnus iPad Stand ($50)
Searching for the most minimal iPad stand around? Look no further than the Magnus ($50). Made from pure aluminum and hand-finished to match the iPad almost perfectly, it uses brutally strong neodymium magnets to attach securely to your iPad 2, holding it at a perfect viewing angle while hiding almost completely out of sight. We were about to say that if Apple made an iPad stand, it would look like this — but then we remembered that they do, and that it's made out of the same white plastic as a 2003 iPod dock. Go figure.
Highway Pro USB Charger ($40)
Car chargers for USB gadgets have become pretty much essential to modern life, but unfortunately, most of them will also ruin the looks of a well-appointed interior. Which is why there's the Highway Pro USB Charger ($40). Made from sturdy aluminum, the Pro sports a diamond-tread pattern on its sliver aluminum head, two charging ports, one of which pushes out 2.1 Amps for fast charging of the iPad, and a subtle LED charging indicator that was carefully matched to the shade of green seen on Apple's own laptop chargers.
The Basis Health Monitor ($200)
Keeping track of your health is hard. The Basis Health Monitor ($200) makes it easy. It's a watch, so you don't look weird wearing it around, and it packs a galvanic skin response sensor to track your sweatiness — and an optical sensor to track bloodflow — to paint an accurate picture of your health. Which means less doctor visits. Which means fewer hours spent looking at the tongue depressor jar.
We'll admit it: When we look at our iPhones, the phrase "boy, what this thing really needs is a gaming pistol add-on" isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Yet we're still drawn to the Xappr ($30). This gaming gun features a clamp-like mount to hold your device, which it communicates with via the headphone port, letting you exercise your itchy trigger finger in a variety of games (can you say iLazer Tag?). Holster not included.
Sony Cyber-Shot TX200V Waterproof Camera ($500)
Ruggedness and svelte design tend to be mutually exclusive features — but not in the Sony Cyber-Shot TX200V Waterproof Camera ($500). Measuring just 16mm deep, the TX200V is waterproof to five meters, dustproof, and freeze-proof, and doesn't skimp of the features, either, which include an 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, 1080/60p video recording, a 3-inch LCD touchscreen, a 5x optical zoom lens, high-speed autofocus, the ability to shoot at full resolution at up to 10 fps, face detection technology, a built-in GPS and Compass, and optical image stabilization. Arriving in March.
Koss Porta Pro KTC Headphones ($TBA)
Are they retro, or just plain ugly? We'll leave that for you to decide, but one thing the Koss Porta Pro KTC Headphones ($TBA) aren't is antiquated. Sporting an in-line three-button remote and mic, they're ready for use with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and also offer Comfort Zone temporal pads to reduce the pressure on your ears, a collapsible design and carrying case for portability, and Mylar elements for accurate sound. Matching, Walkman-like gadget cases not included.
Easy Macro Cell Lens Band ($15)
We've seen all sorts of elaborate ways to add extra optics to a phone's camera, so the Macro Lens Phone Band ($15) isn't just clever — it's refreshingly simple. This sturdy band holds a built-in macro lens that should work with most any phone, letting you take sharp close-ups when you need them, and wrapping safely around the included card for safe storage when not in use. And let's be honest: you've probably spent more than this on photo apps anyway.
Hidden Speaker ($120)
We like it when products combine multiple ideas into one — so integrating a speaker into a giant volume knob is pretty much the best thing we've ever seen. Okay, so maybe it's not that amazing, but the Hidden Speaker ($120) is pretty damn cool. Powered by rechargeable internal batteries offering over 30 hours of play time, it uses Bluetooth for wireless streaming audio support, and also offers a built-in AM/FM radio, and a 3.5mm input for technologically challenged audio sources.
Audio-Technica EarSuit Headphones ($250)
Looking for some good-sounding yet stylish headphones to replace your device's pitiful pack-ins? These Audio-Technica EarSuit Headphones ($250) should do the trick. Available exclusively in Japan, they feature 40mm CCAW drivers, high-grade aluminum housing for solid acoustics, a unique swing mechanism on either end of the headband that lets you place the earpieces right where you want them, and a flat black cord.
Surface Tension Arcade Tables ($3,150-$5,500)
Having an arcade game in your home doesn't have to mean dealing with a gaudy-looking box. Surface Tension Arcade Tables (£2,000-£3,500; roughly $3,150-$5,500) combine quality build materials, hidden brains, hidden controls, hidden LCD screens, and dark glass to hide full-on arcade action inside stylish coffee tables. Features include your choice of finishes, optional integrated Sonos Zoneplayers, and retro-style arcade buttons, joysticks, trackballs. Pac-Man has never looked so good.
Roll Up Travel Charger ($35)
Pack lighter and smarter with this Roll Up Travel Charger ($35). Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod, and capable of charging up to four devices at once, this compact charger offers Apple 30-pin, Mini USB, Micro USB, and Samsung charging connectors, all of which sprout from a tube that rolls up into a slip-proof polyurethane mat and connects to power using a single wall wart, leaving the other outlet open for your razor, laptop, or travel-sized blacklight wand to check the room for unwanted "surprises".
Superheadz Clap Camera ($50)
It's a memory card reader! It's a camera! Actually, it's both. The Superheadz Clap Camera ($50) is a super small, super simple camera that shoots two megapixel photos or 720x480 movies, which it stores on a MicroSD card that you slide into one end. Pop off the other, and you'll find a USB connector that you can stick directly into your computer for offloading. Or, as the website says, "Take a photo like you applause for being touched from the beauty of the sceneries".
Elevation Dock ($60-$150)
Sure, they're technically unnecessary, but if you like keeping your iPhone in eyesight while you waste away at your desk, you're going to want a dock. But not just any dock. The Elevation Dock ($60-$150). Precision machined from solid, Mac-matching aluminum, the Elevation Dock employs a special low-friction connection, heftiness, and tacky rubber feet to securely stay put when it's time to move the phone from the dock back to your pocket, offers a movable support pad to accomodate encased devices, and comes in a variety of finishes, including standard glass bead-blasted silver, anodized matte black, and limited edition LimeGreen or SunOrange.
What's the biggest problem facing home intruders today? Accidentally breaking glass because they can't see what they're doing. The Glowbar ($80) is here to change all of that. Made from high-carbon steel, it features a hyper-phosphorescent coating that should provide more than enough light to ensure you've got it wedged securely between the door and the frame. Just watch out for those McCallister kids — we hear they can be brutal around the holidays.
Levitatr Bluetooth Keyboard ($100-$110)
How do you keep a keyboard's keys from scratching everything in your bag as you tote it around? You flatten them out, of course. The Levitatr Bluetooth Keyboard ($100-$110) brings this idea to fruition, with elevating, LED-backlit keys that raise up when they're needed and retreat into the stealth black surface when they're not. Other features include a rechargeable Li-ion battery, a built-in kickstand, and an anodizer aluminum silver or black chassis.
Remember when the Super Nintendo was released, and you quickly realized how awesome it would be if the GameBoy could display graphics that shiny — or even display color period? Fast forward twenty years, and your childhood dream has become a reality with the SupaBoy ($80). Powered by a 2.5-hour rechargeable battery, the SupaBoy lets you plug in your old SNES cartridges and play on the go using the built-in controls and 3.5-inch LCD, or connect it to your TV via the AV out and plug in two controllers for a retro gaming experience.
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