Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D Printer ($5,000)
Carbon fiber — it's used in automotive and aerospace design, as well as in high-end luxury goods. Now you can use it to create your own objects with the Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D Printer. Billed as the world's first 3D printer designed to print composite materials, this sturdy machine is built using aluminum unibody construction, and features a long axis that's great for creating parts, a bed that clicks into the same place every time thanks to a kinematic coupling, and a head that can handle standard PLA, tough nylon, lightweight fiberglass, and, of course, carbon fiber, using long, continuous strands that offer maximum strength with minimal weight. Now all you need is something worth printing.
Gun Box ($250-$475)
Owning a firearm for protection isn't the worst idea in the world, especially depending on where you live. But figuring out where to store where it's easily accessible by you and not by anyone you wouldn't want to have it — kids, angry spouses, drunken houseguests — can be a challenge. Unless you have the Gun Box. This stylish handgun storage box is made from aircraft strength aluminum alloy, and offers either a biometric fingerprint scanner, a RFID scanner and matching wristband, or both, that allow access to the gun inside. And since it's designed to live on a dresser or nightstand, it also features dual USB ports for charging up phones and gadgets, a Kensington lock port, optional GPS for added security, and mounting holes if you're looking to give it a permanent home.
PhoneSoap Charger ($50)
No, it's not some sort of science-experiment charger that runs off Dial — instead, the PhoneSoap Charger is designed to clean your phone itself. Inside its clamshell-style body, it features a standard 5V USB port that allows it to work with pretty much any phone that can fit, as well as a pair of UV-C lamps that can completely sanitize your phone in just 4 minutes. It also boasts acoustic outlets built into the design, so if you're the type that charges at night and uses your phone for an alarm, you'll still be able to wake up to whatever tone you've chosen — only this time with a freshly sanitized device.
What's the worst thing about karaoke? Well, depending on the company, it's typically your friends' voices. Give them a much needed boost with the Singtrix. This all-in-one karaoke solution is powered by advanced audio technology that can strip/lower the vocals in any song and then let you sing over top using one of 350 effects. A special "Hit" effect button on the main unit and custom mic provides on-demand 4-part vocal harmonies, and an included 2.1 stereo speaker makes sure everyone can hear you loud and clear. And while it can work with pretty much any audio source with a headphone output, it's best when paired with the Singtrix app.
HifiMan HM-700 Portable Music Player ($250)
If you're more worried about the sound of your music than features, leave your iPod — or god forbid Zune — at home and hit the road with the HifiMan HM-700 Portable Music Player. Designed with maximum fidelity in find, it features a headphone jack with balanced connectors, which minimize interference and crosstalk while raising the maximum output — without adding distortion. It packs 32GB of storage, a battery good for 15 hours of play time, and an included set of RE-400 balanced in-ear monitors — so you can enjoy the benefits of the balanced connection even if you don't already own a set of balanced cans.
Killerspin SVR Black Ping Pong Table ($3,500)
It's easy to go out and buy a ping pong table. But it's not easy to find one that doesn't look like a playing surface slapped on top of a metal box. The Killerspin SVR Black Ping Pong Table is not a surface on a box. Offering tournament-level performance, this top-tier table features a playing surface made from 22 millimeter medium density fiberboard for a consistent bounce and with a Repeat Roller Coating for minimal glare. There's an Apex net and steel post system, but perhaps the most notable feature is the base — a 2.5-inch thick arched silver metal frame that will look fantastic no matter where you place it.
Vertex Backpacking Stove ($50)
Cooking while backpacking can be more trouble than what it's worth, many times because of the weight and bulk of most portable stoves. The Vertex Backpacking Stove is looking to overcome these obstacles with a unique design that weighs just 1.8 ounces and folds down flat so it takes up as little room as a map. Made from tempered stainless steel, it provides a sturdy platform for your lightweight cookware, and since it's designed to work with both solid fuel tablets and the popular Trangia Spirit alcohol burner, finding fuel should never be hard. Finding food, however, is a different story.
Lifestraw Go ($35)
For a long time, finding fresh drinking water out in the wilderness was a chore — you either had to bring along purification packets, or else boil what water you could find and then wait on it to cool before drinking it. Not anymore. With the Lifestraw Go, all you need to do is scoop up some water from a river, stream, or pond, screw on the lid, and drink. Since the bottle incorporates the company's award-winning technology, it removes 99.9999% of bacteria and nearly all waterborne parasites, and is good for up to 1,000 liters of water — or far more than you'll be drinking on a single hike.
Ryno Microcycle ($5,300)
No, that's not a typo, and you didn't read it wrong — it says microcycle. And that's because while it may share some characteristics with a traditional motorcycle, most notably the styling, the Ryno Microcycle has only one wheel. Though the handlebars might suggest otherwise, you actually control the Ryno's electric motors by leaning forward to accelerate and back to slow down, with only subtle leans required to turn. Since the redundant motors are contained in the wheel itself, the whole package takes up less space than a bike, and with a range of 10 miles — and a top speed of 10 mph — it's ready to get you around the urban landscape, whether it's on the road, on the sidewalk, or even in the office.
Just because you need more storage space for everything on your computer — whether it's regular backups, your ridiculous collection of MP3s, an archive of every photo you've ever taken, or your complete video library — doesn't mean you need to junk up your desk with some clunky-looking hard drive. The LaCie Sphère ($500) is a truly gorgeous work of industrial art, and with USB 3.0 connectivity and a terabyte of storage space, it's no slouch either. Handcrafted and silvered in France, the enclosure is made by master craftsmen at Christofle, sports a unique round shape, and is polished for a highly-reflective surface. And with USB 3.0, it's nearly three times faster than regular USB, all without requiring a power cable.
The biggest complaint so far when it comes to consumer-level 3D printing has been the barrier to access — 3D printers are too expensive, too hard to use, too large to fit into a small space, and materials are too hard to come by. The MakerBot Replicator Mini ($1,400) takes huge leaps into making 3D printing at home a lot more approachable. By reducing the price to almost a quarter of their previous models, they've made it a little more attainable for the average guy, while making its footprint considerably smaller. With a reimagined interface, wireless connectivity, a digital store for downloading designs, and touch-and-print capability, it's never been easier to get started with rapid prototyping and modeling. An onboard camera for monitoring the process, a replaceable extruder, and compatibility with Makerbot PLA filament just make it that much easier.
Forget next-gen consoles — if Valve has their way, 2014 will be the year of the Steam Machine. And with 14 companies cranking out the boxes, it's not as easy as buying, say, a PS3. Which is why we've got our eyes on the Alienware Steam Machine ($TBA). Crafted by one of the most trusted names in PC gaming, this sleek black box will be powered by an Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU, and will (of course) run SteamOS, giving you access to tons of games running natively, and thousands more available via in-home streaming. It's like a HTPC, evolved.
Some shots with your DSLR are just easier to achieve with a remote — and some are downright impossible without one — whether you're shooting long exposures with a tripod, time-lapse photography, or video. And while there are plenty of simple remotes out there that pair with your camera using an IR signal, nothing compares to the ease of use of your phone with the MaxStone Camera Remote ($40). It combines a small IR- and Bluetooth-equipped pebble-like device that hangs on your camera using its attached dongle, and an iOS app, letting you have full control of your shutter up to 80 feet away on your iPhone. With time-lapse, automatic bulb, manual bulb, and video functionality, there's no limit to the kind of photos you can take.
For the uninitiated, Lego Cuusoo is a forum for brick fans to submit, and vote on, potential sets that may one day make it to a Lego store near you. And the fifth set to rise through the ranks of the internet, the Lego Mars Curiosity Rover ($30), is equally as impressive as the initial four. Modeled from a set designed by a real NASA engineer, the rover is ready to tackle any challenges it faces on the Red Planet, with six-wheel suspension, an articulated robot arm, and plenty of places to mount a camera. It's the perfect toy for any space buff, or for the adult collector who couldn't stand to let one of these coveted sets slip through his fingers.
If you're looking for a camera that flawlessly combines the aesthetic and feel of analog, with the functionality and utility of digital, then you need the Bolex D16 Cinema Camera ($3,300). From legendary 16-millimeter film camera makers Bolex, this camera features a Super 16mm-sized CCD sensor, a high-capacity solid state drive, and captures studio-quality sound and organic-looking video. It's designed to fit comfortably in your hand while you shoot, and accommodates a range of interchangeable lenses including traditional Bolex and C-mount. With plenty of ports, including HDMI, USB 3.0, the ability to hold dual CF cards, and included LightPost software, there's no limit to what you can do with your footage.
There are already plenty of ways to connect your mobile device to your car stereo — whether wirelessly, over USB, or using an auxiliary input — letting you listen to music, take calls, and more. But the Sony XSP-N1BT Smartphone Cradle Receiver ($250) is the first system that turns your device into the interface for your infotainment. Its unique clamping system grips your phone in landscape orientation, and when combined with their AppRemote for iOS and Android devices, functions as the complete input for your stereo. Wireless connection is available for Android devices, while iPhones will still have to connect over USB, which also charges your device while it's in use.
Owners of the original Pebble smartwatch know what a useful gadget it can be — and they also know the inconvenience of having to leave it at home on those occasions when its plastic body is likely to ruin their look. Not any more. Say hello to the Pebble Steel ($250). Smaller and thinner than the original, this new model is made from forged and CNC-machined stainless steel in a brushed or matte black finish, but retains the ePaper display and app compatibility of its plastic sibling. Each one ships with a metal and leather strap, giving you the choice to dress it up or dress it down — but also meaning the days of it being a fashion distraction are over.
Representing the latest innovation in home audio technology, the ClearView Clio Speaker ($350) features a nearly-invisible acrylic glass stereo transducer. Its unique curving shape, and its ability to emit sound through its edges (rather than from the rear like normal cones) lets it fill any space with sound in multiple directions. It uses Bluetooth connectivity to interface with a range of devices, including your mobile phone, letting you play music from whatever source is at hand. Available in silver, dark bronze, and charcoal, this speaker looks great in any space, while providing an engaging centerpiece for any room.
While dash-mounted cameras haven't quite caught on at home like they have in Russia, that doesn't make them any less useful. They're a great way to document a road trip, capture the kind of events you never would have seen coming, or just provide a good eyewitness in case of an accident. The Garmin Dash Cam 20 ($250) gives you everything you could ever need in any of these scenarios, with functionality to start and stop when you turn on your engine, a gravity sensor that knows when you've been in an accident, and built-in GPS to log the location of every bit of footage. It records in full HD onto an expandable microSD card, features a 2.3-inch display, and is pretty easy to install — so you'll always have video evidence of everything that happens on the road.
Turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a fully-functioning instrument with the Auug Motion Synth ($70) — a combination grip for your device, eight-button synthesizer app, and a cloud-based service for sharing synth presets. These combine to form a highly-capable synth instrument that lets you easily control music using the app's keys, and the motion of your hand, changing pitch and tone as you move. Use each of the buttons to play notes, control external synth hardware, even apply effects to your vocals. The grip lets you comfortably hold your phone, while interacting with the buttons, so you can play naturally, moving freely around the stage or studio.
Whether you're outfitting your local militia, or you just need the kind of vehicle that will stand up to some serious punishment, you need the Polaris Sportsman WV850 H.O. ATV ($15,000). Built to military specifications, this ATV features industry first non-pneumatic tires that can't get flats, won't tear, rip, or otherwise puncture — they can actually stand up to a .50-calibre round and still ride for up to 350 miles. It also comes with a single-speed transmission, steel exoskeleton, steel racks, huge towing and hauling capacity, 77 horsepower, and all-wheel drive.
Whether you're a beginner just learning to play guitar, or a seasoned veteran who has seen his share of road gigs, the Roadie Tuner ($80) is just the tool you need to perfect your craft. This automated robotic tuner will literally tune your guitar (or any other stringed instrument with geared pegs) for you, thanks to its sensors that are three times more accurate than the human ear. It will tune your guitar faster than most experienced players, helps you wind and unwind your strings, and will even let you quickly switch between tunings. Use the included iOS app to remember tuning settings, save custom tunes, visualize your tune, and keep track of the quality of your strings.
Games on the iPhone are great, and they only seem to get better — but controlling a game by tilting, shaking, and occasionally poking at a glass screen leaves something to be desired. With the Moga Ace Power Controller ($100), you get all the controls you're used to with console gaming, without sacrificing the convenience and portability of your phone. The controller expands to cradle your phone, and collapse back down to a small size to fit in your pocket or bag. It features dual analog sticks, a directional button, four action buttons, as well as left and right bumpers and triggers. Best yet, the controller also doubles as an extra battery pack, letting you keep a charge while you play. Compatible with all fifth generation iPhones and iPod touches.
The One World Futbol ($40) is about as unique a ball as they come — nearly indestructible, this ball never needs to be pumped up and never goes flat, even after it's been punctured. Sponsored by Chevrolet, this ball is not only made to last, it's also made for a great cause. For every ball you buy, a child in need somewhere in the world also gets one, giving them the teamwork and joy that comes from participating in sports. It's the perfect ball for playing on the beach, on the field, or in the gym. And it benefits a great cause. That sounds like a win-win.
Unfortunately, all good things must at some point come to an end — and this gull-winged thing of German beauty is no exception. But at least the Mercedes SLS AMG GT Final Edition ($TBA) gets to go out in style. Limited to a run of just 350 units, those lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the last SLS AMG will get to experience every bit of its naturally-aspirated 6.3-liter 591-horsepower V8 engine. Set to be revealed at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show, the Merc gets a special two-tone red and black paint scheme worthy of such an iconic sportscar. While sad to see it go, we can think of no better way to watch it leave.
Easily digitize all of your favorite stuff — whether it's old family photos, maps from past vacations, scraps of memories, newspaper clips, paper journals, sketchbooks, even coins and other small items — no matter where you find yourself, with the Doxie Flip Scanner ($150). This portable flatbed scanner is made to work anywhere, small enough to fit in a bag or large pocket, it features battery power and flash SD memory, so you can use it without the need for a computer. Use it as a standard scanner, or remove the lid to flip it over and scan nearly any object. A window lets you see through the scanner, letting you perfectly line up your subject every time.
While knocking down entire trees can be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, not everyone likes to occupy their day chopping up fireplace-sized chunks of wood. For the lazy woodsman with a strong back and plenty of space in their living room, there's this Spruce Stove ($TBA). Built to accommodate an entire tree trunk (so long as it's straight and has been pruned of all its branches), this stove features a camera-aperture-like opening that allows you to slowly feed in a log as it burns. All you need to do is find an appropriately-sized log, set it up on a couple of saw horses, and watch as the stove consumes anything you feed into it.
If you own an iPad, you also own a fully-functioning 3D scanner — provided you buy yourself a Structure Sensor ($380). This little device comes with a bracket made to fit on the back of your iPad, right on top of the built-in camera. It connects to your iPad using a Lightning cable, and can alternatively connect to just about any other device with a USB cable. Using the sensor and your iPad, you can measure the three-dimensional space in any room, automatically capture three-dimensional models of everyday objects, and even simulate physics on top of the real world. If you're hacking inclined, you can use their SDK to develop iOS apps for it, or even take it a step further by connecting it to other devices.
Light up the slopes on your next nighttime run with the Nike LunarEndor QS Snowboard Boot ($TBA) thanks to the thirty LEDs implanted in each swoosh. They're powered by a built-in lithium ion battery, and controlled by a convenient power button in the boot's cuff, so you can decide when to switch them on and off. The technology doesn't stop at the lights though — they feature Lunarlon foam for a soft ride and improved impact resistance. They also have a customizable flex line system that lets you choose from three levels of stiffness, so you can optimize the ride for the park, the half pipe, or the backcountry. Available mid-December.
Instead of that boring baked turkey you have every year on Thanksgiving, do something a little different with the Waring Pro Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/Steamer ($250). Capable of cooking up to an 18-pound bird, this turkey fryer can prepare the most important part of your fall feast in just over an hour thanks to its rotisserie mechanism. Once turkey season passes, you can still get plenty of use out of it as a deep fryer for chicken wings, french fries, and more — or you can fill the reservoir with water and use it as a steamer.
There's no denying it, computers, software, hardware, microprocessors, control nearly every thing we interact with on a daily basis — from the cars we drive and the toys we play with to the appliances we use and the conveniences we rely on. In spite of this, comparatively few people understand computing technology. The Kano DIY Computer Kit ($100) aims to change that, empowering everyone from grade school kids to adults and everyone in between to build and program their own computer. These kits include all the things you need to build a functioning computer — but the fun doesn't end there. Once you've completed your computer, you are free to program games, and other software, hack into the command line, and much more. It's the embodiment of the idea of learning while doing.
While it may look like a mad science experiment, or some weird art piece gone wrong, the NanoLeaf LED Light Bulb ($35) represents a huge leap forward in lightbulb technology. This bulb replaces the average incandescent bulb in your home, using much less energy thanks to its LED light source it's so efficient, in fact, that it will pay for itself in energy savings over its lifetime. The bulb also maintains a comparatively low temperature, making it safe to touch even after extended use. Unlike fluorescent bulbs, it contains no mercury, and unlike most other bulbs, it casts light in all directions, due to its unique shape and LED placement.
The Der Ziesel Offroad Driving Machine ($30,000) the unlikely and bizarre offspring of an M1 Abrams battle tank and a Hoveround mobility scooter is one serious vehicle, ready to handle snow, sand, mud, and grass. It's essentially a tube steel frame and a racing seat bolted onto two off-road tracks powered by two PMS electric disk motors producing 21 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque. The battery pack will last up to five hours, though driving at the top speed of 22 mph will reduce that dramatically. All of this is controlled by a simple one-handed joystick, and is fitted with wood armrests, metal mudguards, and a range of good-looking paint schemes.
Not everyone needs (or even wants) a full-fledged RV when they take to the road, and for some, even a small towable trailer is overkill. For the guy who doesn't need much, but still wants the comfort and security of an enclosed space to rest his head, there's the Firefly Trailer ($TBA). Designed and built by a former NASA architect who specializes in small habitats (and being sold by the company behind the unique Cricket Trailer) , this lightweight aluminum living space drops easily into the bed of a pickup truck. It features a folding couch perfect for sleeping and sitting, plenty of storage space to hold your essentials, and lunar-lander-like legs to keep it safely off the ground.
At the intersection of do-it-yourself and playful childhood nostalgia, you'll find the Hot Wheels Car Maker ($40). Just turn on the press, melt down the wax, and form a custom car of your choice using the included molds and rolling bases. Once you're done, you can add decals, stage elaborate race scenes, or just roll them across your kitchen floor. Extend its capability with optional add-ons, including hot rod molds, muscle car molds, and additional wax colors. The only things standing between you and your dream (toy) car are a little bit of imagination, time, and the ability to act like a kid again.
Whether you're on the hunt for a beautiful set of wireless speakers to sit on top of your desk, or you're just looking to add to your existing home audio set up, the Harman Kardon Nova Sound System ($300) is a strong solution combining a great listening experience with striking design. Each speaker produces 40 watts of power played through two-and-a-half-inch drivers and one-and-a-quarter inch tweeters, while passive radiators provide powerful bass response. They're compatible with just about any device you could think of, thanks to wired analog and optical inputs, as well as Bluetooth connectivity with near field communication.
Make getting where you're going easier and safer whether you're commuting to work, or meeting up with friends for a long-distance group cruise with Hammerhead Bike Navigation ($85). Instead of the graphical display typical of most navigation devices, this one uses a series of colored LEDs as indicators, creating intuitive patterns that can be interpreted in your peripheral vision. As an added benefit, the device syncs wirelessly to your smartphone, letting you adjust the indicators, save and share routes, and even meet up with friends. And for those times when you're without a cellular signal, you can save routes to your phone and the onboard compass will still guide you along your way.
If you're the kind of guy whose deep pockets are matched only by his desire to listen to music exactly as the artist intended, then these Bang & Olufsen Beolab 18 Speakers ($6,600) are an obvious necessity. As is typical of products from the Danish speaker company, these towers are a work of modern art, with stunning curves, gorgeous woodwork, and an unbelievable attention to detail evident in every inch. They operate on a 24-bit wireless frequency even an audiophile would approve of, letting you say goodbye to those unsightly speaker wires. Twin four-inch midrange drivers powered by separate 160-watt amplifiers and acoustic lens tweeters complete the package.
Faced with the choice of spending your afternoon mopping the floors, or doing just about anything else, nine times out of ten, you'll choose something else. But with the iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot ($300) you'll never have to mop your floors again. The rechargeable battery lets it dry sweep for up to three hours on a single charge, or wet mop for up to two hours. Its intelligent sensors know when to avoid carpets, raised surfaces, and area rugs, while its perfect edge technology lets it get right up against walls and other obstacles.
Whether you're an aspiring club DJ, or a seasoned veteran who has been spinning records in crowded dance halls for years, the Nocs NS900 Headphones ($250) were made with you in mind. Enclosed, interchangeable ear cushions house specially-developed 40 millimeter titanium coated drivers to deliver dynamic, balanced sound, even in spaces filled with the loudest audiences. The durable construction features replaceable parts, a PVD-coated adjustable stainless steel headband with a comfortable inner band, and a range of available cables to connect to just about any device. So, no matter where you find your next gig, you'll have a set of headphones that fits perfectly, sounds great, and will never let you down.
When you choose to compete with giants like Amazon, you've definitely got your work cut out for you — but Barnes & Noble's new Nook GlowLight ($120) may have just what it takes to make a go at it. While it may never be able to boast the kind of ecosystem available with Amazon, its feature set and competitive price point make it an option worth considering. They've stuck with e-ink, and made the reading experience better than ever, with 60 percent more pixels, no glare, and a higher 1024 by 768 resolution. They've also put it on a diet, reducing overall weight by nearly a fifth, while the four gigs of storage will hold up to 2,000 books, and the battery will last up to eight weeks on a single charge.
If you aren't a surfing purist but always dreamed of riding a board across the water, a Jetsurf Motorized Surfboard ($13,500+) might be just the thing you're looking for. It boasts a powerful engine, is handcrafted with ultra-light carbon and Kevlar, and is designed precisely to fit with your luggage. The board will get you up to 35mph without a wave in sight, which means surfing is not only no longer limited to the purists, but also is no longer limited to the coasts.
If you're serious about backpacking, camping, or disaster preparedness, and you just can't imagine going on without a functional smartphone or tablet, then the Brunton Hydrogen Reactor ($150) is the portable recharging solution for you. This device doesn't rely on energy from an outlet to get its juice. Instead the hydrogen from its removable and rechargeable cores combines with oxygen from the atmosphere to create power on the spot, producing no emissions other than a puff of water vapor. The reactor is just over five inches long, weighs only half a pound, and can charge an iPhone through its built in USB port up to six times without needing a replaced or recharged core.
If you've ever given home brewing a try, you know how tough it can be to get everything right, from the proper measurements, to the right timing, to the precise temperatures there's an awful lot you can screw up. And even if you get it all right, obtaining repeatable results can be really difficult. With Brewbot ($2,500) you don't have to worry about all the tedious parts of brewing. It takes care of water measurements, timing, and temperatures so you can focus on your recipe and ingredients. It pairs with your iOS device, letting you choose from and tweak a catalog of recipes, control, and monitor the entire brewing process.
There is something special about holding a photograph in your hands. It's how some of us grew up, but in a rapidly changing digital world, it's not how many collect memories anymore. The Impossible Instant Lab ($299) is designed to bridge the gap between digital and analog instant photography. This compact and portable device transforms digital images into unique instant photographs like nothing since the Polaroid itself. It features a four element, high-quality, coated glass lens, along with a metal dark slide and shutter mechanism. It works completely differently than other instant printers on the market, because it's analog, not digital.
Next time you embark on a trip around the world, make sure no matter where you are you never lose track of the time with the Nixon Passport Watch ($400). This watch features a bezel that rotates, letting you easily select the proper timezone out of 24 available options — so you always know the time whether you're coming or going. The 49 millimeter case is made of stainless steel with a hardened mineral crystal, a triple-gasket screw-down crown, and a screw-down caseback. The 22 millimeter ballistic nylon band has leather trim details and a stainless steel buckle to complete the rugged, yet minimalist look.
Pour ice-cold shots of your favorite anise-flavored liqueur just like they do out at the bar with the Jagermeister Shotmeister ($200). This tap machine houses a single 750 milliliter or one-liter bottle, dispensing perfectly-portioned shots of Jagermeister chilled down to below zero degrees. It's also small enough to fit under the average kitchen cabinet, so it won't occupy too much space in your home bar or kitchen. It's energy efficient using as much power as a home lightbulb and requires no assembly, so you can start drinking right away.
You already do basically everything with your phone pay your bills, keep in touch with friends and family, do your shopping, set your fantasy lineup you might as well use it to take care of your pets. With Pintofeed ($180), all you need is a smartphone to make sure Sparky or Pookie never miss a meal, whether you're working late, on vacation, or just too lazy to feed the animal that loves you unconditionally and relies on you for literally everything. This smart feeder can hold up to ten pounds of food (kept fresh thanks to airtight seals), and dispenses it according to your wireless command or an intelligent schedule that learns your pet's routine. It accommodates food of various sizes, and can be programmed to dole out any amount. The only thing easier would be not owning a pet at all.
While photos are still a great way of capturing moments you want to remember, they still leave something to be desired everything outside of the frame is left completely to the viewer's imagination. With the Ricoh Theta Camera ($400) you can photograph not just what's directly in front of you, but a complete image of your surroundings, creating a spherical photo. The camera is small and portable, fitting comfortably in the palm of your hand or stashing away in your pocket. It pairs with your iOS device using the included app over a WiFi connection (Android support is on its way), so you can view, edit, and share your spherical snaps.https://theta360.com/en/concept/
If you're looking for a low-cost entry into the realm of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the Fujifilm X-A1 Camera ($600) may be your best bet. Even at that relatively low price, you still get a compact, lightweight body and a 16-50mm F/3.5-5.6 lens everything you need to get started shooting. The camera comes in an attractive retro design, available in three colors, black, blue and red. It also boasts the sort of feature set you'd expect from more expensive cameras: a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a three-inch tiltable LCD, full HD video, and built-in WiFi.http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n130917.html
The long wait is finally over. You can now play Grand Theft Auto V ($60) the franchise' largest, most ambitious installment to date. With the ability to seamlessly switch between the three main characters with the push of a button, you can see (and play) this massive world from a variety of unique perspectives. And speaking of this massive world, Los Santos is Rockstar's largest open world yet, letting you explore side missions that involve yoga, tennis, gold, even hunting. But, don't fret, it still has the classic GTA elements you've come to love, like customizable cars, guns galore, and the ability to step into the shoes of a hardened criminal.http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0050SXKU4/uncrate-20
The Zegna Icon Jacket ($1,300) provides a new take on so-called wearable tech, giving you completely-wireless control over your digital device without ever reaching into your pocket. A discreet bluetooth-enabled joystick control pad on the cuff of the jacket lets you answer calls, control music, and more, while a convenient earbud holder keeps your headphones within easy reach. Available in blue, red, or black, this jacket also looks a lot better than most of the gadgets out there meant to place on your body. It's completely waterproof, has taped seams, and three layers of insulation for comfort in a range of weather scenarios.http://www.zegna.com/us/zegna-sport/icon-jacket.html
Going to the gym these days can be a real mess. Dodging muscle bound bros, sweaty dudes that scream while they workout, and dealing with unreliable equipment makes even showing up a difficult decision. The Peloton Cycle ($1,190) makes those issues a thing of the past, and could keep you out of the gym permanently. The bike features a near-silent belt drive system, a magnetic resistance flywheel, and a sweat resistant 21.5" Full HD, multitouch console that connects to your home wi-fi. Watch an instructional cycling video, or something that has nothing to do with your ride at all and feel the calories, and those gym membership fees, melt away.http://www.pelotoncycle.com/
Made to replace their former flagship bike, the 848 Superbike, the Ducati 899 Panigale Motorcycle ($15,000) feels comfortable on the road and track. It features an L-twin engine producing 148 horsepower and 93 lb-ft of torque at 9,000 RPM a slight power increase at lower RPMs compared to its predecessor. A hotter engine combined with a serious electronics package (Ducati Quick Shifter, Ride-by-wire, triple-stage ABS, Traction Control, Engine Brake Control) should make for a fun ride. An aluminum monocoque frame, three-way adjustable suspension, and Brembo brakes will make for great handling no matter where you take it. Available in October.http://www.899panigale.ducati.com/
Make dead devices a thing of the past with the Dark Energy Reservoir ($129). You've all been in situations where your smartphone, tablet, or camera needed some extra juice whether you're traveling on a plane, train, or bus, you're in an emergency scenario, or you're outdoors miles from an outlet. This slim, portable charger holds enough power to charge the average smartphone for an entire week, and it does it as fast as a wall outlet. With the ability to charge two devices at once, and compatibility with any USB charging device, you'll never have to worry about charging again.http://mydarkenergy.com/reservoir/
Keep all the excess cable that comes along with your headphones under wraps, while protecting your iPhone, with the Cordli Case ($15-$25). This iPhone case (designed to accommodate an iPhone 4 or 4s) has grooves and clips that weave across its back, letting you stow away 10 to 20 inches of headphone cable. It's perfect for storing shorter headphones while they're not in use, or for taking out some of the slack in a longer cable, avoiding bulk in your pocket. While not yet available, an iPhone 5 case is in the works, and should be ready soon. Available in blue, black, or white.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/830954374/cordli-iphone-case
Upgrade your tailgating experience this football season with freshly-cooked pizza, using the Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven ($300). This propane-powered, highly-portable pizza oven can reach temperatures of up to 700 degrees, and preheats in only ten minutes, so you can cook up plenty of pizza in no time. It features a dual-layer pizza stone that heats evenly, so your pizza gets evenly-baked every time, while a moisture vent ensures great, crisp crust. It's also easy to clean, assembles and disassembles in just minutes, and includes just about everything you need to start cooking (except the gas).
Your music doesn't live on just one device anymore, so you need an audio solution that takes the portability of your media library seriously something like the Harman Kardon Onyx Speaker ($500). This wireless speaker system was made with connectivity in mind, including Bluetooth with NFC, Airplay for Mac and iOS, DLNA for Android, Windows, and other Harman Kardon devices, as well as an auxiliary input for less capable devices. With two three-inch woofers and two three-quarter-inch tweeters, wireless audio doesn't mean you end up with sub-par sound.http://www.harmankardon.com/estore/hk/us/products/Onyx/HKONYX_HK_US
Turn your hipster-street-cred up to 11 with Pure Fix Glow Bikes ($400). These deceptively-minimalist, fixed-gear road bikes have a surprisingly attention-getting feature at night their solar-activated paint glows bright, neon green (one hour of time in the sun equals one hour of day-glo at night). Designed for urban travel on flat roads, these bikes have front caliper brakes and 700x28 tires for a great compromise between speed and comfort. Choose from several models, including the hotel, the kilo, the micro kilo, and the zulu.
You're all familiar with the standard feature-set of an action-sports camera by now, so it should come as no surprise that the Garmin Virb Camera ($400) is waterproof, highly-portable, can attach to just about anything, and shoots video in HD. But, because it's made by Garmin, the Virb brings something extra to the table. Full GPS connectivity, an altimeter, and an accelerometer mean it can do things like record your location, measure your speed, and determine your altitude (letting it intelligently shut off at the bottom of a ski run and turn back on when you reach the top). It also easily connects to smartphones, tablets, and other Garmin devices, while a wide-angle lens with distortion correction lets you capture huge images without a fisheye effect and pressing play is as easy as sliding a switch.
For years TiVo has quietly ranked among the best DVR options money can buy, and now, with the TiVo Roamio ($200-$600), it's just gotten a lot better. It's still the only set-top box that connects to your cable, offers the ability to record a ton of HD content, and houses all the video apps you love (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube) but now you can also watch all of your recorded content on any iOS device with the TiVo app. Additionally, it can play your music, photo, and video library, includes WiFi, can record up to six shows at once, and has the capacity to hold up to 450 hours of HD video. Not too shabby.
When you want to add an attractive water element to your desk, the Biorb Flow Aquarium ($130) is the right place to start. It includes everything you need for a working aquarium, just supply some living things they suggest small fish or shrimp and water. Its small profile (only 15 inches by 10 inches) won't dominate all the space in your cubicle, making it perfectly-suited for work. Acrylic construction is ten times stronger than glass, so you don't have to worry too much about your overzealous cleaning crew. It also only uses 12 volts of power, so you won't break the bank keeping the filter running.
Seriously step up your tailgate game just in time for football season with the Top Dawg Hot Dog Machine ($135). While everyone else is carefully cooking up dogs piecemeal like suckers, you can just let this machine do the work, focusing on the important stuff (like watching the game, and drinking your beer before it gets warm). It has room to cook 18 dogs at a time so you can load it up with plenty of brats, metts, franks, cheddarwursts, sausages and its stainless steel rollers rotate completely, so you know everything will get cooked to stadium perfection.
Whether you like to paint, sketch, or draw, you know how important it is to have the best tools for the job it's with that in mind that Wacom brings artists the Intuos Creative Stylus ($100). This professional-grade stylus brings manual creative control to a plethora of iPad apps, so you can make something beautiful even when you're away from your laptop or desktop. With 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, you get the kind of fine-tuned control previously only possible with paper, and palm rejection lets you rest your hand on your iPad without making a mark. A long-lasting battery, Bluetooth connectivity, and a convenient carrying case mean you can go absolutely anywhere.
Whether you're averse to wearing things on your wrist, or you're just looking for an interesting way to start a conversation at parties, the Ring Clock ($185) is the timepiece for you. Made from surgical-grade, allergy-free stainless steel, this ring shows the time using either blue or orange LEDs when you spin its face. Its thin battery charges wirelessly by placing it on the included dock, and will last for up to one week of average use. Its water-resistant exterior will also shed the odd splash or water drop, so you won't have to worry the next time you venture out into the rain.
See who's ringing your doorbell without even leaving the couch or from miles away with the iDoorCam ($130). This easy-to-install device connects to your existing doorbell wiring using only a screwdriver in just a couple of minutes. It's WiFi-enabled, and contains a button, day- and night-vision camera, microphone, speaker, and motion sensor, letting you see and communicate with whoever rings your door. It pairs with an included iOS app, letting you monitor your door from inside your home, at the office, or away on vacation, so you can choose whether to interact, or just let it ring.
If you want to discreetly take a photo with your phone, the Smartphone Spy Lens ($20) will help boost your espionage-cred immediately. This somewhat-creepy, periscope-like device attaches to the camera on your smartphone thanks to an included magnetic ring. Internal mirrors let you snap shots at a 90-degree angle, so no-one around you will know what you're taking a picture of.
Lots of guys out there want to try fly fishing, but are often discouraged from giving it a shot by the difficult-to-learn technique and expensive gear. Tenkara Fishing Rods ($100) and the Japanese Tenkara style of fly fishing offer a minimalist, more-approachable way to fly fish, all with very little cost to get started. Choose from two rods: the Teton with a 6:4 action index, or the Sawtooth, with a 5:5 action index. Both are 12 feet long, come with a line and fly, and weigh just 3.4 ounces.
Whether you're lucky enough to own a Makerbot Replicator, or you've just been following tech news lately, you know all about the incredible potential of home 3-D printers. The Makerbot Digitizer ($1,550) takes that potential one step further, letting you scan everyday objects, and easily create digital models for 3-D printing. Just place an object on the turntable, and with a couple of button presses the laser will scan the object, saving it for easy use on a Makerbot or most other 3-D printers. This tool is so simple to use it doesn't even require any knowledge of 3-D modeling software or any patching, stitching, and repairing so you can just start making.
If you've spent any amount of time traveling abroad, you've likely run into a language barrier, making it hard to get the most out of your trip. With the Sigmo Voice Translation Device ($50) you can avoid those issues, without resorting to learning a new language. This device connects to your iOS or Android device over Bluetooth and, using existing services, translates your voice into one of 25 different languages. Just speak into the microphone and it will translate everything you say, playing it back over the speaker. It's small and light, so you can bring it anywhere, attach it to your clothes, or hang it around your neck.
Forget your noisy truck, ATV, or dirt bike you can quietly get to your favorite hunting or fishing spot without alerting nearby critters to your whereabouts with the Realtree x Cogburn CB4 Hunting Bike ($2,200). It's built to handle tricky terrain, with huge 3.8-inch tires that run on low pressure and all-condition disk brakes on the front and back wheels. Plenty of attachment points and cages let you load it down with all the gear you need, including a scabbard for your bow, fishing rod, or rifle. And of course it's kitted out in Realtree Xtra camo with anodized black no-glare accents, so you can blend right in to your surroundings.
Wally 55 Powerboat ($2.4 million)
Don't let its aggressive outward appearance fool you — belowdecks, the Wally 55 Powerboat ($2.4 million) is every bit a luxury sports cruiser. Available with two or three cabins, and space to accommodate a crew member, it can comfortably sleep up to five passengers. A fully-appointed galley and several restrooms with showers mean you don't have to leave the comforts of home when you take to the sea. Four Volvo IPS600 engines producing 435 horsepower apiece push this yacht through the water at an impressive pace of 40 knots. The deck has plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxing (concealed by a wraparound windscreen), and a hydraulic swim ladder makes a perfect launch point for taking a dip.
Philips Friends of Hue ($80-90)
By now you've probably heard of Hue (iOS app-connected LED lightbulbs that alternate colors and screw into normal light sockets) — with Philips Friends of Hue ($80-$90) you can extend your existing home light show, making something truly incredible. The collection consists of two products: LightStrips and the LivingColors Bloom. LightStrips are six-and-a-half-foot long bands of flexible LED lights that can connect to any surface: underneath your couch, along a hallway, or behind a speaker. LivingColors Blooms are standalone bulbs that cast LED light onto your walls. Both let you tailor your light scheme to your mood, sync up to the music you're playing, and more. Requires the Philips Hue starter pack ($200) to work.
Start getting real, useful data about your golf swing so you can make serious improvements with Swingbyte ($150). This simple device quickly attaches to any club — driver, putter, whatever — and pairs to your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet over a Bluetooth connection. It then automatically records everything about your swings, giving you a full view , club head speed and acceleration, club face angle, and much more. From there you can analyze your swing history online to chart your improvement, or share it with a pro to get some advice on how to get even better.
Have a spare XR50/pit bike engine and parts lying around and an old mountain bike collecting cobwebs in your garage? Spend your weekend turning them into a fun, efficient way of getting around town with a Motoped ($1,000) conversion kit. All you need to bring to the project are a Honda 50-190cc motor, gas tank, seat, and a couple other parts, along with forks, brakes, wheels, tires, cranks, and pedals from a mountain bike. The kit comes with everything else: frame, swing arm, jack shaft, bottom bracket, rear hub, sprockets, and exhaust. When you're finished, you'll have a 4-stroke motorized bike that you can pedal, or ride on- and off-road.
Whether you want to repurpose your existing garage, or just make more room in your off-street parking area, you can safely stow your car underground with the Cardok ($TBA). This galvanized steel, electro-hydraulic lift system can store two cars — one underneath, and one on top — thanks to a lift capacity of 10 tons and a working load of three tons per deck. Installation is relatively simple, it takes up very little space, and can even be customized to match the surface of the surrounding area. It operates using a convenient remote control, makes virtually no noise at all, and opens in just thirty seconds.
Pitt Boss BBQ Belt ($110)
Leave no doubt who's in charge of your next backyard cookout when you throw on the Pitt Boss BBQ Belt ($110). Made to hold everything you could possibly need to work a grill, this belt is packed with pockets, rings, and loops. Three insulated pockets — one in the back and two around front — hold your beer, keeping it cool while you cook. D-rings and carabiners hold tongs and spatulas, while loops hold a butane lighter and a meat thermometer. It has two large pockets for seasonings and sauces, as well as a phone pocket to keep it close at hand.
Adult Size Big Wheel ($650)
Relive the glory days of your childhood with this Adult Size Big Wheel ($650). Reinforced for grown-man-sized individuals — 275 lbs max on this model — these puppies feature hardened steel frames, metal flake glossy paint, alloy rims, a fully adjustable seat, and all the power slides you can handle. Oh, and we won't need to remind you to remove the bell and tassels first thing.
Range Smart Thermometer ($59)
If you're a homebrewer, cheese maker, baker, or backyard grilling aficionado, you know that proper temperature makes the difference between delicious, and terrible. In spite of this, we still haven't seen many advances made to the simple kitchen thermometer — that is, until the Range Smart Thermometer ($59). Available in two forms, a three-inch, pointed thermometer with a long cord perfect for meats, and a six-inch, dull thermometer made for working with deep pots, it plugs directly into your iOS device, letting you get smarter about temperature. Push notifications, alerts at multiple temperatures, and recipe graphs are just a few of the features that make it so useful.
Victorinox Cybertool Lite Multi-Tool ($115)
Let's face it, most of us don't spend much time during the week out in the wilderness — making that serrated saw blade on your pocketknife pretty useless. The Victorinox Cybertool Lite Multi-Tool ($115) is intended more for the kind of guy who sees more keyboards than leaves day-to-day. With tools like multiple screwdrivers (including a mini flathead), a wire stripper, cutter, and crimper, hex sockets, a ballpoint pen, and a white LED flashlight, you're bound to find plenty of uses for this handy knife. And for the off-hours, it also includes a cork screw and a bottle opener (perhaps the most useful tools of all).
Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster ($50)
While the rest of your friends and co-workers do battle with blasters that can barely throw a dart across the room, you can show up toting a Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster ($50). At nearly a yard long, this blaster can launch a mega dart up to 100 feet. It comes with a six-round magazine, and six mega darts to fill it up. A removable bipod stand helps improve your accuracy — especially if you're the sort who likes to camp out and snipe.
Garmin Astro Dog Tracking System ($350)
Anyone who hunts with dogs knows how helpful they can be — and what a pain it can be to keep track of them. The Garmin Astro Dog Tracking System lets you track up to ten sporting dogs at once, with the convenience of a customizable GPS device. It has a range of up to 9 miles, thanks to a steel VHF antenna. The top-mounted GPS/GLONASS receiver gives it excellent location performance. Bark detection lets you know when your dog has spotted something, even if he's out of range. A rescue mode helps preserve battery for a longer period of time, in case you and your dog get separated.
We've seen add-ons for locks to try and make them smarter, but it's about time the locks themselves gained some intelligence. Kevo is the first we've seen. This smart deadbolt uses Bluetooth 4.0, your iPhone, and a companion app to let you open your door using nothing but your finger. A ring around the lock lights up blue when it senses your presense, and turns to green once you've unlocked your door. The set also includes a wireless keyfob that offers the same functionality, and should you need to resort to old-school ways, it'll still open with a standard key, as well. Coming this summer.
Surface Tension Arcade Tables ($3,000-$6,000)
Ditch that boring coffee table in your living room and replace it with one of the Surface Tension Arcade Tables. These arcade and entertainment systems come installed inside hand-built tables, with wood veneer available in a number of finishes, and a discreet, darkened glass cover. They come with built-in arcade-style controllers, and come packed with classic arcade games. Choose a higher-end model if you want yours to also come with a Windows 7 Home-powered PC, Sonos Connect, and the ability to connect to your HDTV.
LG Curved OLED TV ($15,000)
For years we haven't seen much innovation in TVs beyond growing screen sizes and shrinking costs — but that all changes with the LG Curved OLED TV. The first organic LED screen to hit the United States market, it passes electrical current through a biological substance that glows without a backlight. This gives it the truest blacks and most vibrant colors of any display, while maintaining a 4.3-mm thickness and 38 pound weight (unheard-of for a 55-inch screen). Couple that with a curved design that delivers an I-Max-like experience, 3D tech, and smart TV functionality, and you've got one hell of an addition to your living room.
Harry Winston Opus XIII Watch (price by appointment)
With fifty-nine pivoting minute hands, eleven rotating triangles to mark the hours, and a sliding trap door, the Harry Winston Opus XIII Watch isn't the craziest watch we've seen — but it's close. Developed in collaboration Ludovic Ballouard, it also features a 44.25 mm case in 18K white gold, a sapphire-crystal display back, a 35-hour power reserve, water resistance down to 30 meters, and a hand-sewn black alligator leather strap. Limited to just 130 units, or the total number of people that can actually figure out what time it is by looking at the face.
Retron 5 Console ($100)
Clean up your entertainment center by retiring your current collection of classic gaming machines for the Retron 5 Console ($100). This crazy box will offer support for the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Famicon, and Game Boy Advanced — and thus likely the original Game Boy and Game Boy color as well. It will offer two controller ports for each system, although we're not 100% sure you'll need them given that it ships with a universal Bluetooth controller, and also outputs upscaled video and improved audio at 720p over HDMI. With any luck, it hit virtual shelves in July.
It's got a deadly-sounding name, and for airborne nastiness, it's certainly lethal. Airocide ($800) uses NASA-developed photo-catalytic process to destroy Volatile Organic Compounds — harmful gasses emitted by products like paint, cleaning supplies, and even dry-cleaned clothing — that other cleaners miss. It's also FDA approved, and gets rid of all mold, fungi, viruses, and bacteria that enters its cleaning chamber. Of course, none of that means a whole lot if you don't want to put the thing in your house, but luckily it sports a clean design that will blend in with nearly any decor.
You know you should sit with proper posture, but how do you know if you're actually doing so? By strapping on a Lumoback ($150), that's how. This wireless Bluetooth sensor is worn on your lower back, and gives you vibration feedback when you're slouching. In addition, it also connects to your iPhone or iPad, so you can track your activities throughout the day and get a more well-rounded picture of of how you — and your back — are doing.
Philips DesignLine TV ($TBA)
Well, we all knew it was coming. Apparently sick of ever-thinning bezels, the designers of the Philips DesignLine TV ($TBA) decided to get rid of it altogether, building it into a frameless sheet of glass. Thanks to the unusual design, it can be leaned against a wall, stood up, or hung on the wall, but still offers features like integrated Wi-Fi, a Full HD LED panel, 3D Max, Ambilight on three sides, and SimplyShare to easily send photos and videos from iPad and iPhone to the TV. No word yet on a US release.
Liven up your next gathering by letting Bartendro ($500-$2,500) take care of your drinks. Available in models with 3, 7, or 15 dispensers, this Raspberry Pi-powered gadget lets you hook the dispensers to various juices and liquors, then choose a drink you'd like to make out of them from your tablet or smartphone. The desired specifcations are sent over Wi-Fi to the machine, which uses peristaltic pumps to precisely dispense the ingredients that are then mixed and dropped into your glass. Prefer to keep things simple? $300 will buy you the same tech in a single Shotbot.
Netatmo Weather Station ($180)
Keep track of the conditions both inside and outdoors with the Netatmo Weather Station ($180). Designed exclusively for use with smartphones and tablets, this system includes sleek, separate cylindrical aluminum and white modules for outside and inside, which work together to measure the temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and CO2 concentration, and communicate with a dedicated app over Wi-Fi. It's like having your own personal Weather Channel, only without the dorky hosts and elevator music.
Of all the features your iPhone 5 offers, there's one it doesn't: NFC compatibility. Fix this oversight by protecting it in a CalypsoCase with CalypsoKey ($120-$130). This add-on for the stylish CalypsoCase Loop and CalypsoCase Ring adds a dual-band RFID antenna with 1k memory to the luxury leather cases, letting you keep all your RFID-enabled identification cards with you, virtually, without having to load up your wallet.
3Doodler ($75 and up)
3D printing is an undeniably exciting technology — but unfortunately, you need a pretty good understanding of the related software to maximize its potential. Not so with the 3Doodler ($75 and up). This 3D printing pen uses the same ABS plastic as many printers, but allows you to draw anything you like, in the air or on a surface. As you doodle, the pen extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into an actual thing that you can hold and touch. You're really only limited by your imagination — and your drawing skills.
If you want footage of yourself doing... pretty much any athletic endeavor, you could hire a filming crew, or you could pick up a Soloshot ($480). This unique gadget works as a base for any camera or camcorder with a tripod mount, following your movements wirelessly thanks to a small waterproof transmitter that you wear as an armband. It can rotate at speeds of up to 40º per second all the way around, and can track subjects up to 2000 feet away moving at speeds up to 140 mph. But most importantly, it won't laugh at you if you totally wipeout while it's filming.
HAL 9000 ($500)
Well, it doesn't come with the Discovery One, but this HAL 9000 ($500) is the closest you'll come to that ship's charismatic AI controller. Based on actual studio blueprints, this incredibly detailed, hand-assembled replica features a custom-ground fish-eye lens with a sticker to replicate the writing on the original Nikkor lens, a red LED eye, the ability to speak one of 15 movie quotes, the ability to respond to voices, the ability to respond to IR commands, and aircraft-grade aluminum construction.
Lehmann LA100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (€990; roughly $1,330)
Sure, you can get some cool footage from remote-controlled planes and helicopters — but you have to know how to fly the damn things first. The Lehmann LA100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (€990; roughly $1,330) removes that piece of the equation by autonomously flying around at heights of up to 300 feet for 5 minutes before returning back to you. Designed specifically for use with the GoPro Hero 2 or 3, you simply strap a camera to the top, bottom, or both, launch it, and wait for its return to view your footage. It's really that simple. *Hip electronic soundtrack for the resulting YouTube videos not included.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC ($1,700)
Upset that you missed a chance to buy one of Microsoft's Big Tables? You can come close with the new Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC ($1,700). Sporting a 27-inch display, it's designed to lie flat on nearly any surface, letting two or more people use the screen at the same time. Obviously, it comes running Windows 8, and comes pre-loaded apps and games like Monopoly, FilmOn TV, Stagelight, and more. Pair it with the Multimode Table for the ability to use like, you know, an actual PC.
The name is a little confusing — it has absolutely nothing to do with Wikipedia, Wikilinks, or any other traditional Wiki, as far as we can tell — but that doesn't mean the Wikipad ($250) isn't worth a look. Built with gaming in mind, the Wikipad features a 7-inch HD screen, a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with quad-core GPU, a built-in gyroscope, compass, and accelerometer, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage with a MicroSD slot for expansion, GPS, and built-in stereo speakers. The biggest feature, however, is the detachable game controller that gives you a proper D-pad, dual analog sticks, and Playstation Mobile certification.
Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner ($50)
Used to be scanning in film required either a flatbed scanner with a special compartment inside or a standalone scanner — neither of which were particularly cheap. Soon you'll be able to do it with nothing but your phone and the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner ($50). This portable device uses your smartphone's built-in camera and an included app to take high-resolution scans of nearly any kind of 35mm film, including color negative, color slide, and black and white films, as well as longer panoramic shots and analog movies.
Earlier this year, we brought you 100 of the greatest gizmos. But for those who love gadgets as much as we do, too much is never enough. So we've compiled this collection of the latest must-have gadgets. From powerboats to smartphones, here's the best of the best. And for tons of great gear, check out Uncrate.com.