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.
Duo Pinball iPad Controller ($60)
We've played some pretty good pinball games on the iPad — but somehow, we still missed the visceral experience of button-mashing that comes from playing a real game. The Duo Pinball iPad Controller ($60) bridges this gap by holding your iPad at a reclined angle and adding a spring loaded plunger, two side buttons, and realistic bump and tilt mechanics to your iPad via Bluetooth, getting you far closer to the feel of a real machine. It's also compatible with the iPhone and certain versions of the iPod touch, but somehow we guess a smaller screen just won't do it justice.
3M Streaming Projector By Roku ($300)
Movie theaters don't have to be stationary. Take yours on the go with the 3M Streaming Projector By Roku ($300). This palm-sized box features a single HDMI input that comes occupied by the company's Streaming Stick, providing it with instant access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, and more, anywhere you can find a Wi-Fi hotspot. Of course, you're going to need a screen for watching all that content, which is where the built-in projector comes in. It uses DLP Cinema technology to provide a WVGA picture at sizes up to 120", and with help from a built-in speaker and a rechargeable battery that runs for over 2.5 hours on a single charge, you can create a theater-like experience damn near anywhere.
B&O Play A9 Speaker (€2,000; roughly $2,600)
Producing great sound is one thing; looking good while you're doing it is quite another. The B&O Play A9 Speaker (€2,000; roughly $2,600) manages both feats thanks to a unique, saucer-like design that begs to be left out for all to see. Good looks can only get you so far, but the A9 backs them up with a two 3" midrange speakers, two .75" tweeters, an 8" woofer, and three separate amplifiers to power them. And thanks to built-in AirPlay and DLNA wireless streaming, you won't need to sully the proceedings with unsightly wires.
Nest 2.0 ($250)
When Apple updates a product, it typically improves it in small but noticeable ways, while making it slimmer and sleek. Considering the company's background, it's no surprise then that the same thing has happened with the Nest 2.0 ($250). This second-generation learning thermostat features a design that's 20% thinner, with a new, single solid stainless steel ring, a smooth lens to cover the sensors instead of a grille, and updated software. Most importantly for us, though, is the new asterisk connector that opens up compatibility with far more heating and cooling systems, meaning we can finally put some of these in our homes.
Steve Jobs Tribute MacBook ($TBA; Auction)
One year ago today, the relentless visionary and innovator Steve Jobs passed away. Now you can celebrate his legacy with a Steve Jobs Tribute MacBook ($TBA; Auction). This extremely limited edition — only three are being made — MacBook Pro with Retina Display features the Jobs silhouette Apple logo design by Jonathan Mak carefully cut from the edges of the Apple logo, and Jobs' "You can change things" quote laser-etched on the bottom. All proceeds from the auction will be split between the crowdfunding charity Get It Done and a new fund being set up for iPhone apps that add value to society.
Slingbox 350 & 500 ($180-$300)
Yes, there are plenty of apps that can give you access to some of your content away from home — but if you want real-time access to all of it, the Slingbox 350 & 500 ($180-$300) can help. Both boxes offer support for placeshifting video in up to 1080p quality and integrated IR emitters for controlling set-top boxes, but while the 350 gets its Internet connection over Ethernet and connects to video sources via component or composite, the 500 boasts built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI input/output, and offers SlingProjector technology for wirelessly sharing media from a smartphone or tablet on the TV. Either way, prepare to answer some questions from curious houseguests, as neither sports a particularly subdued design.
You can pay for your coffee, turn off your lights, control your TV, and start your car with your smartphone — so why can't you unlock your doors? That's exactly what Lockitron ($150) does. This sleek box slips over the inside of most deadbolt locks, and sports built-in Wi-Fi to let you check on the status of and lock/unlock your door from afar. You can also add family and friends as guests to share access, but we're most excited about the Bluetooth 4 integration, which means it can sense your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 and unlock the door automatically without you ever having to do a thing.
Makerbot Replicator 2 ($2,200)
Another year, another step closer to being able to print out nearly any object you desire. The Makerbot Replicator 2 ($2,200) is the latest such step, boasting a resolution capability of 100 microns and a 410 cubic inch build volume for creating ever larger things. It's new black powder-coated steel chassis is more secure than ever, and just in case your building of useless stuff gets your conscience involved, you can rest assured knowing that it was designed and optimized for Makerbot's new renewable bioplastic PLA filament.
Autographer (£400; roughly $650)
Wouldn't it be great if you had a photographer following you around, documenting key moments in your life without ever noticing he/she was there? The Autographer (£400; roughly $650) is designed to do something similar. Meant to be worn, it features a host of sensors — a GPS, accelerometer, thermometer, and motion detector among them — that work together to decide when it's time to take a picture. 8GB of internal storage ensures that you won't be needing to offload your 5 megapixel memories too often, but just because you don't need to doesn't mean you won't — it's got built-in Bluetooth so you can check out your shots instantly, no wires required.
iLP Digital Conversion Turntable ($100)
If you're still trying to get your vinyl collection converted over to an iPhone-friendly format, A) What's taken you so long? and B) You might want to pick up an iLP Digital Conversion Turntable ($100). This handy gadget features an iPad, iPhone and iPod dock built-in right next to the turntable, letting you convert your records straight to the device. Of course, there's a USB port for connecting it to a computer if you'd rather go that route, and RCA outputs mean you can still enjoy your vinyl via a home stereo when you feel like jamming out old-school.
Tossing a piece of popcorn into the air and catching it with your mouth is a time-honored snacking tradition. But what do you do when your hands are full and you're hungry for a bite? The Popinator ($TBA) is here to help. Using binaural microphones, the Popinator listens for you to say the word "pop", estimates your mouth's position, and then fires a single piece off in that direction, letting you catch it with your mouth and continue on about your business. No word on when or if it might hit the market, but you can sign us up for one when it does.
Kanz Field Power Desk ($2,000-$2,500)
No matter how hard you try, sometimes you need to get some work done in less-than-ideal conditions. Like in the middle of the forest with no power supply to be seen conditions. Luckily, the Kanz Field Power Desk ($2,000-$2,500) is built for just those circumstances. Available in 120- and 240-Watt configurations, they boast GoalZero Sherpa 120 power packs to power your gear for up to 3 or 6 extra hours, mono-crystalline 20W solar panels that can recharge the batteries in similarly small amounts of time, rugged bodies, included legs to serve as free-standing desks, and lightweight designs that it possible to lug them with you wherever you may roam.
Fitbit Zip & One ($60-$100)
Keep track of your activity day and night with the Fitbit Zip & One ($60-$100). The colorful Zip tracks your steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned, and lets you simply tap to get your stats, while the One also tracks stairs climbed and monitors how long and how well you sleep, and can quietly wake you up in the morning by gently vibrating on your wrist. As a bonus, both sensors sync to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth 4.0, making battery life worries a thing of the past.
Fretlight Guitar ($TBA)
Tired of trying to learn guitar via videogame? The Fretlight Guitar ($TBA) is an honest-to-goodness instrument that will have you playing in no time. Thanks to a system of lights inside the fretboard itself, the Fretlight lets you see the correct finger positions instantly, without needing to glance back-and-forth from a book to the guitar — just hook it up to your PC or Mac, select a song, and go. Available in a variety of colors and styles, it'll have you ruining otherwise decent parties in no time.
SpareOne Emergency Phone ($60)
Never get stuck without a working phone again. The SpareOne Emergency Phone ($60) is a dead-simple GSM cell that draws its power from a single AA battery, meaning that it should be good to go in any situation, assuming you can find a battery — and the cell towers are working. Other features include one-button emergency dialing even without a SIM card, the ability to be geo-located in an emergency, 9 speed dial buttons, and a built-in LED torch light.
HTC 8X Phone ($TBA)
Think Nokia's the only company cranking out brightly-color phones? Think again. The new HTC 8X Phone ($TBA) is the company's signature Windows Phone handset, packing a 4.3-inch HD LCD screen with a Gorilla Glass 2 covering, Beats Audio for an improved headphone experience, a 2.1mp front facing camera, an 8 megapixel backside-illuminated sensor and f/2.0 28mm lens on the back, and, of course, Windows Phone 8. Arriving in November in a variety of colors, including blue, black, red, and "that's obviously not an iPhone" yellow.
Nook HD & HD+ ($200-$300)
2010 was supposed to be the year of the tablet. Then 2011. But it looks like 2012 might just live up to the billing. The Nook HD & HD+ ($200-$300) are the latest slates to be announced this fall, offering 7- and 9-inch HD displays, 1.3- and 1.5-GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM, and between 8GB and 32GB of onboard storage. Of course, they also offer full access to Barnes & Noble's catalog of books, magazines, apps, and videos, and as a bonus, they offer a new Nook Profiles feature that lets you easily share your tablet with others without fear of them accessing personal content.
STRUT Inductive iPad Launchport ($1,250)
The STRUT LaunchPort inductive charging system begins charging the iPad as soon as the sleeve is docked, eliminating the need for external cables. “This is a truly innovative accessory that blends a practical and convenient iPad charging technology with the timeless quality and elegant finishes of a luxury product,” explains James Peterson, STRUT LaunchPort Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
The TDK Wireless Charging Speaker ($400)
Plenty of wireless speakers can charge up your device — by using a dock or a cord. The TDK Wireless Charging Speaker ($400) takes a different approach by building a Qi-compatible inductive charging pad into the top. Other features include Bluetooth 2.1 wireless audio streaming, a built-in rechargeable battery, four full-range left/right speakers, a ported subwoofer, a 3.5mm input for non-wireless connections, an IPX3-compliant weatherized design, and a USB charging port for those times when you just feel like plugging something in.
Boast Sound Reflector ($15)
You would think that with all the money Apple pours into the iPad, they could make the speaker sound decent. Instead, the rear-facing abomination needs friends like the Boast Sound Reflector ($15) to help it out. The Boast is made of polypropylene homopoly, hugs your iPad using neodymium magnets, and redirects the sound from the rear/side of your iPad to the front — where it belongs.
The Kindle Paperwhite ($120-$180)
What's our biggest beef with the Kindle? Same thing it was on day one: the lack of a backlight. The Kindle Paperwhite ($120-$180) is here to change all that. It's based on an all-new touch display tech that offers 25% more contrast and 62% more pixels — 212 ppi, for the resolution geeks out there — and uses a patented light guide to spread LED light across the surface just like ambient light. Other features include a 9mm, 7.5 oz. body, 8-week battery life, a refreshingly dark paint scheme, and optional free 3G wireless networking. Arriving in October.
The Kindle Fire HD ($200-$600)
You didn't think Amazon was going to update its old-school Kindles and leave its tablets alone, did you? The Kindle Fire HD ($200-$600) offers a range of sizes and features for Prime-oriented slate shoppers. At the low end, we have an upgraded version of last year's 7-incher, with a new non-Playbook-y design, 1280x800 display, Dolby audio with stereo speakers, dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi, a dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, and an upgraded software experience. Moving up the line, you'll find a new 8.9-inch version, packing the same features along with a 1920x1200 screen, and at the high end, you'll find that same, larger model with 64GB of storage and LTE networking. Something tells us there's going to be a lot of tablet unwrapping going on this holiday season.
Lapka Personal Environment Monitor ($TBA)
Yes, the various components that make up the Lapka Personal Environment Monitor ($TBA) are useful — they can individually test for radiation, whether food is organic or not, electromagnetic fields, and climate — otherwise known as temperature and humidity. And yes, they connect to your iPhone using nothing but a simple headphone cable. But what's really impressive is how they manage to be so stylish while being so unbelievably small. Coming later this year.
Lasonic Bluetooth Boombox ($160)
Old school looks meet modern tech inside the Lasonic Bluetooth Boombox ($160). Resembling the shoulder-mounted boomboxes of yore, this system offers Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a 3.5mm input, a USB input, and a SD card reader, dual 15W full-range drivers, a real-time clock display, EQ, full-function remote, an alarm, and, of course, an AM/FM radio. Vintage hip/hop mixtape/playlist not included.
The Nokia Lumia 920 ($TBA)
'Tis the season for flagship phone announcements, and the world's most famous Finnish phone maker is no exception. The Nokia Lumia 920 ($TBA) is the company's latest top-end phone, running Windows Phone 8, and packing an 8.7 megapixel Nokia PureView camera with optical image stabilization and Carl Ziess optics and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM. Other features include a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ screen with dark blacks, an automatic sunlight reading mode, and the ability to sense touches through gloves, a 1.2 megapixel, 720p front-facing camera, 32GB of built-in storage, built-in wireless charging, and a sleek, compact design. Arriving later this year.
The Fujifilm X-E1 Camera ($1,000-$1,400)
Smaller and lighter doesn't have to mean less powerful with fewer features. The Fujifilm X-E1 Camera ($1,000-$1,400) is a more pocketable version of the company's beloved X-Pro1, yet still sports the same 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and X-Mount as its bigger sibling. Other features include a high-def OLED electronic viewfinder, a variety of creative Film Simulation Modes, 1080/24p video recording, and the EXR Processor Pro. Available in two-tone black and silver or solid black, and with or without a bundled lens — whichever you choose, it'll arrive with plenty of retro-licious style.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD ($TBA)
And the award for Worst Cell Phone Name of the Year goes to... the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD ($TBA). Look past the ridiculous moniker, however, and you'll find a quite capable smartphone, featuring a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display, LTE networking, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera, Android 4.0, a Kevlar back, water-repellent nanocoating, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. Of course, they don't call it the Maxx for nothing, so you'll also get a massive battery good for 32 hours of normal use on a single charge.
Sony Action Cam ($200-$270)
Go Pro just got some serious competition. The appropriately-named Sony Action Cam ($200-$270) is set to make a run at the current POV sports cam king, by leveraging well-tested Sony imaging technologies like a 16-megapixel Exmor R sensor, ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, SteadyShot image stabilization, Full HD recording with a 4x slow mode available at 720p, Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC slots, a built-in stereo microphone, and an HDMI output. An included, ruggedized waterproof case with a universal tripod mount will keep the electronics safe from water down to 197 feet, and there will also be a Wi-Fi version that allows for easy retrieval of your latest videos using nothing but a smartphone — no cable required.
Paparazzo iPhone Light ($50)
There no doubt that the iPhone can be an amazing photographic tool. What's not so amazing? The built-in flash. The Paparazzo iPhone Light ($50) is designed to give your photos a boost by replacing it with a 300 lumen LED light that connects to your iPhone's dock connector, adding a dedicated shutter button and handy grip in the process. Want to shoot video instead of a still? Simply flip the switch to video mode, hit the trigger, and watch as your previously grainy scene becomes something that's actually worth looking at.
Eastern Collective Textile iCables ($14)
Apple tries hard, but battery life isn't exactly at the top of the feature list for iPhones and iPads — which makes chargers a necessary and not exactly good-looking evil. Dress them up a bit with Eastern Collective Textile iCables ($14). These handsome accessories feature a standard USB plug on one end and an Apple 30-pin connector on the other, with stylish woven designs in between, letting you charge up your iGadgets without succumbing to the tangled white cable monster.
iRobot Looj 330 ($300)
Summer's almost over, and the leaves will start dropping in no time. Save yourself the hassle of removing them from your gutter and let the iRobot Looj 330 ($300). The latest addition to the Looj family, it offers an automatic Clean mode that automatically senses and adapts to leaves and debris, a 7.2V lithium-ion battery, interchangeable auger flaps for better performance, a lower profile design, and a detachable handle that doubles as a remote control. All you need is a ladder.
It's hard keeping track of what acts are playing in your area at any given time. Setlist (Free) makes it easy, by linking to your Rdio account and automatically showing shows by artists in your collection that are playing near you. Find a show you're interested in? Tap on it, and the Songkick integration takes over, showing you ticket prices, venue info, and more. Bottom line? It's free, so if you're a Rdio user, there's little reason not to give it a try.
Spy Hawk (£250; roughly $400)
Run drone reconnaissance on your own neighborhood with the Spy Hawk (£250; roughly $400). This unique RC glider sports a built-in 5 megapixel camera that streams a live video feed back to the 3.5" LCD on the controller, which also holds an SD card for recording your flights. Of course, all of that isn't much good if you can't keep the thing in the air, which is where the intelligent autopilot comes in — fly it up to the required height, switch it one, and a built-in gyroscope will work to keep it level, even in gusty winds. Or you could just tie your iPhone to a balloon and pray — totally up to you.
Is it magic? We're not sure, but we are sure that Cardiio ($5) can do something it shouldn't just by looking at your face. Based on MIT technology, it measures when your face is reflecting more light and when it's not, giving you a semi-accurate idea of your heart rate without ever having to strap a single sensor to your wrist, chest, or nether regions.
Nike+ Sportwatch GPS Limited Edition ($170)
Just in time for your own backyard Olympics comes the Nike+ Sportwatch GPS Limited Edition ($170). Arriving in a special white and gold colorway, it offers all the features of its TomTom-powered brethren, including tracking of your time, distance, pace, heart rate, calories burned, and NikeFuel, and the ability to upload your accomplishments to Nikeplus.com. If you want one, you'd best hurry — like the Olympics, the 1,900 are sure to disappear soon.
LaCie RuggedKey ($40-$70)
Just because it's a flash drive doesn't mean it's impervious to damage. Protect your mission-critical data when traveling while storing it on a LaCie RuggedKey ($40-$70). Available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, these speedy USB 3.0 thumb drives come encased in Neil Poulton's distinctive orange rubber design, and support AES 256-bit data encryption to keep your data safe from non-external threats.
Philips Mini DJ System (£300; roughly $470)
DJ apps simply not cutting it for you? If you've got a couple of iPhones or iPod touches laying around, you can get a more tactile experience from the Philips Mini DJ System (£300; roughly $470). This shiny, oversized boombox features dual rotating docks for Apple's smaller devices, with a channel fader for mixing the two sources together. Other features include 300W of total power, a 3.5mm input for other audio sources, two 5.25-inch woofers and two 2-inch tweeters, an integrated dynamic lighting system, an FM radio, dual microphone inputs with volume and echo controls, an LCD display, a remote control, compatibility with the optional djay app, and integrated handles. Or you could just use djay, an iPad, and an Apple TV — totally up to you.
Mophie Outride ($130-$150)
Thinking about picking up a GoPro? Already have an iPhone? Then do yourself a favor and pick up a Mophie Outride ($130-$150). This ruggedized, waterproof mount for the iPhone 4/4S keeps your phone protected inside a polycarbonate housing, while a wide angle lens ensures you get the whole picture, and a modular mounting system ensures you'll be able to use it no matter what sport you're in to.
MakerBot Mixtape ($25-$39)
Among the many casualties of the digital music revolution was the mixtape — although a custom CD could come close, it didn't carry the same "I worked on this for hours" weight as the venerable cassette. While it still won't carry quite the same weight, the MakerBot Mixtape ($25-$39) tries its hardest to revive some of that lost aura. Available in versions for those with MakerBots and those without, it offers 2GB of memory, the ability to playback MP3 files, a standard headphone jack, a four-hour battery life, an included USB cable for loading it up, and three buttons which offer a total of five functions: play/pause, skip forward, skip backward, equalizer, and reset. Although if it really wanted to be like a cassette, it would just play the songs in order, with an annoying "switching sides" sound in the middle of the playlist.
The GameDock ($125)
Let's face it: as good as gaming on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch can be, it's still lacking one critical element: tactile control. The GameDock ($125) is meant to rectify the situation by turning your iOS device into an old-school console. Thanks to two front-mounted USB ports and an outgoing dock connector, you can play nearly any iCade- or dock-ready game in full HD glory on your TV, using actual controllers. As anyone who's tried to play classic ports like Sonic, Street Fighter, or Mega Man can attest, it makes all the difference in the world.
Master Lock DialSpeed Padlock ($25)
Prepare to meet the padlock of the future. The Master Lock DialSpeed Padlock ($25) uses an electronic directional interface in lieu of a traditional combination wheel, letting you program multiple personalized codes and access a permanent backup master code should you ever forget yours — and boy would that have come in handy in high school. Other features include a boron carbide shackle, a wide metal body that can be opened with one hand, and a battery good for five years of life.
Tombox (€190-€250; roughly $230-$300)
Speakers don't have to be old to look cool — but it definitely doesn't hurt. Made from reused discarded loudspeakers, every Tombox (€190-€250; roughly $230-$300) is unique, offering a built-in rechargeable battery that can last for up to two weeks, an oversized volume knob, a single 3.5mm cable and plug for hooking up your audio source, and retro styling that trumps any modern boombox. Also available in oversized plus models.
Out of Print eBook Jackets ($40-$45)
We're generally fans of eBooks — the convenience factor far outweighs any missed tactile experience — but we do lament the slow, agonizing death of proper book covers. Out of Print eBook Jackets ($40-$45) seek to solve this dilemma by wrapping your Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, or iPad in cover art from literary classics. Thanks to the fact that they're made like real books with book board and cloth, they feel just like real books, which is far more than we can say for the aluminum/plastic build of your tablet.
Been waiting around on Apple to turn the Apple TV into a video came console? You can get a preview of that experience with the Ouya ($100). Sporting a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.0, 1GB of RAM 8GB of flash storage, HDMI, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a wireless hardware controller, it's got the chops to output fine-looking games, and thanks to an open SDK combined with the guarantee of digitally-delivered, free-to-try titles, it could up-end the console business as we know it. Or its Yves Behar-designed interface might get bludgeoned by Apple. But hey, it's only $100, so it's worth a shot. Right?
We love the iPhone but lack of a real physical keyboard has always made serious typing on it a chore compared to the BlackBerry. With Spike ($25-$150), you can finally get the best of both worlds. Their TypeSmart technology means faster typing with fewer mistakes without the need for cumbersome Bluetooth connectivity.
Nike+ FuelBand Ice ($150)
For some folks, it's fun to be able to see inside their electronics to the silicon guts that make things work. The new Nike+ FuelBand Ice ($150) does just that for the Swoosh's fitness wristband, offering up a frosted translucent surface that lets you look upon the three-axis accelerometer that tracks your time, your daily steps, calories expended, and NikeFuel, the integrated LEDs, and maybe even the Bluetooth chip — although to be honest, those really aren't that exciting. A limited edition, it will be available later this month.
Camelbak All Clear UV Purifying Water Bottle ($75)
In survival situations, there are few things more precious than clean water — which is why the Camelbak All Clear UV Purifying Water Bottle ($75) is a good thing to have in your bag. It features a UV purification system built right into the bottle that effectively neutralizes microbiological contaminants in just 60 seconds, and can treat up to 16 gallons per charge. It even sports a built-in LCD to verify when your agua is ready to drink.
Garmin Fenix GPS Watch ($400)
You don't need to be an outdoorsman to appreciate the Garmin Fenix GPS Watch ($400) — although it doesn't hurt. Built for those who steer well clear of the beaten path, it lets users plan trips and create routes, record waypoints, and record GPS bread crumb trails while keeping them on track, and also features ANT and Bluetooth capabilities to talk with external sensors and wirelessly share data, an altimeter, barometer, and compass, a polyurethane wristband, an LCD display with an LED backlight, waterproofing to 50 meters, and up to 50 hours of battery life in GPS mode or 6 weeks in watch mode. Arriving this fall in the wilderness near you.
Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit ($24,000)
Yes, we've already pointed you to a pack that will have you armed and ready for the Apocalypse — but when dealing with zombies, you can never be too prepared. Which is why they make the Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit ($24,000). This exhaustive collection of gear has been curated to keep you alive for the long-term, including everything from Kevlar gloves, a tactical watch, and thermal vision cameras to holographic sights, battle mugs, and a cache of 400 batteries to keep things on long after the lights — and power — go out.
iOS' built-in weather reporting not cutting it for you? Give WTHR ($1) a try. Brilliantly uncluttered thanks to Dieter Rams' 10 principles of good design, this app provides you with the current local weather, a 7-day forecast, your choice of Fahrenheit or Celsius temperature reporting, and an interface worthy of Apple's sleek devices.
Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera ($160)
Having trouble deciding between analog and digital photography? Get the best of both worlds with the Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera ($160). Sporting a 10 megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD, and SD storage, it's a capable compact camera, but thanks to the built-in ZINK printer, it's much more — on-board editing tools let you crop images and add effects before printing them out in full color, giving you both a digital file and a 2x3, smudge-proof, water-resistant print with a sticky back for good measure. Arriving in August.
Despite our obvious affinity for Apple gear, we'll be the first to admit that Apple's wrist-friendly iPod nano is lacking a key feature: Bluetooth. The Syre ($50) is the most sensible way we've seen to add this functionality yet. By building the Bluetooth module right into the silicone polymer watch, it keeps things looking sleek and stylish while removing cumbersome cords from your workout routine.
JVC Adixxion Camcorder ($350)
Overlook the ridiculous name and the equally ridiculous "Quad Proof" labeling on its side, and you'll find that the JVC Adixxion Camcorder ($350) is a quite capable rugged-cam. Sporting a five-megapixel CMOS sensor, it can capture full HD video at 30p, 720 video at 60p, and features a super-wide lens, a 1.5-inch LCD for playback, the ability to grab full-resolution stills, an SDXC card slot, a time-lapse mode, a mini-HDMI output, included goggle and flexible mounts, and a robust design that's shockproof, dustproof, freeze proof, and waterproof down to 15 feet. Arriving later this summer.
MacBook Pro ($2,200+)
Just like the latest iPhone and iPad, the all-new MacBook Pro ($2,200+) sports a bee-you-tee-full-clark Retina display (you know, the kind with pixels so small your eyeballs can't see 'em) that comes in at 15-inches (2880 x 1800), making it the world's highest resolution notebook display. But contrary to what you'd think, the new MacBook Pro actually sheds inches and pounds, and is now 25% thinner than the previous generation, sitting at a mere 0.71-inches. It's being called the lightest Apple pro notebook ever at 4.46 lbs. Besides all the standard stuff, the MacBook Pro packs in a quad-core CPU up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16GB of RAM, a crazy graphics card, and up 768GB of SSD storage. Plus, it's got a 7-hour battery, FaceTime HD camera, SD slot, HDMI, USB 3, Thunderbolt, and a new Magsafe power connector for the clumsy among us and those with kids.
Bed Fan ($100)
The problem with most bedroom fans is an obvious one: even the most powerful can't penetrate the barrier of covers that keeps you warm. The Bed Fan ($100) avoids this issue by using its unique design to slip in between the covers, directing air to where you need it the most. It includes an oversized, backlit wireless remote for easy control, and can also supply a nice "outdoor" feeling should you be doing more under there than just sleeping.
Microsoft Surface Tablets ($TBA)
Leave it to the boys in Redmond to make purchasing a tablet confusing. The new Microsoft Surface Tablets ($TBA) will come in two varieties: one with an ARM processor running Windows RT, and one with an Intel processor running Windows 8 Pro. The RT model sports a 10.6-inch HD display, microSD slot, USB 2.0, a Micro HD video port, and your choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage, while the Pro model features a 10.6-inch Full HD display, a microSDXC slot, USB 3.0, a Mini DisplayPort video port, and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. No matter which one you choose, you'll be able to attach the magnetic Touch Cover or Type Cover to add a keyboard to the otherwise touchscreen device. But don't go losing it just yet — no release date and no prices were given.
No, it's not a robotic burrito — it's even better. The Burritob0t ($TBA) is a robot appliance that's designed to make burritos using tried and true methods of 3D printing, spreading one layer of Mexican goodness on the tortilla at a time until perfection is achieved. How much will it cost? Who knows! All we know for sure is we want one for the Uncrate HQ kitchen, ASAP.
Trioh Flashlight ($70)
We've said it before, and it's no less true now: the biggest problem with flashlights is finding them when you need them. With the Trioh Flashlight ($70), that's not a problem. Sporting a sculpted silver body and base with white accents, the Trioh is designed to sit in plain view, functioning as an accent light during normal evenings, an emergency light when the power goes out -- it automatically turns on when the power goes out -- and a triple-LED flashlight when you need it most, lasting up to 12 hours on a single charge.
CyberQ Wifi ($300)
By design, smokers aren't exactly the most technologically advanced cooking tools. That's where the CyberQ Wifi ($300) comes in. This unique BBQ control system uses a series of probes and fans to keep the cooking temperature within your set range, and keep an eye on the temperature of your food — all while you relax and monitor the action over Wi-Fi via your smartphone. It will even let you know when the food's ready — giving you more time to mingle with guests or simply enjoy a few brews.
Google Nexus Q ($300)
If you're an Android owner that's been looking with envy at the Apple TV, your device has arrived. The Google Nexus Q ($300) is Mountain View's answer to Apple's little black box, but isn't a total knock-off, either — it packs dual ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, a 25W amplifier with banana jack outputs, micro HDMI and optical audio outputs, Ethernet, a Micro USB port for service and support, and Android 4.0, all into a crazy, orb-shaped body that sports 32 LEDs that bounce to the beat of whatever you're playing. The craziest part? It's interface-less — just fire up Google Play or YouTube on your device and go.
Philips Shoqbox ($180)
When it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers, you've got a lot of options — but few as rugged as the Philips Shoqbox ($180). This roughly tube-shaped speaker features two 4-watt neodymium speaker drivers, dual bass radiators, an eight-hour rechargeable lithium battery, Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a water resistant cover to protect the USB charging port and 3.5mm aux jack, a shock- and splash-proof design, and a built-in metal loop for clipping it to your bag or belt using a carabiner.
Losing your keys can be a huge annoyance — whether they've slipped into couch cushions or just been left in an odd place, searching for them can cost you valuable time. Hone ($50) can help you get that time back. This small Bluetooth 4 dongle pairs automatically with your iPhone 4S or iPad 3 using a free app, giving you an audible vibration or alert when you tap the "Find" button, so you can spend less time looking and more time doing.
Google Nexus 7 ($200-$250)
In its never ending fight to gain control of the world, Google, with the help of Asus, has announced the Google Nexus 7 ($200-$250). Powered by Android 4.1, this less-than-a-pound tablet features a 7-inch 1280x800 HD display, front-facing camera, the Tegra-3 chipset with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU (good for gaming), and comes in 8GB and 16GB flavors. It packs in all of the standard Google apps and works seamlessly with all of the Google Play content. And it is said to get over 8 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing, or 10 hours of e-reading. Hey Apple, where's our iPad mini?
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 ($TBA) causes no such problems. Thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi connection, you can control any new Kuhl — or even a whole bank of them — directly from your phone, significantly cutting down the time you need to spend away from your beloved Barkalounger.
John Deere Tango E5 Autonomous Mower ($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 4,093-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.
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.