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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED GADGET
SmartBot (~ $178)
by Sarah Martin

SmartBot is a programmable smartphone robot for entertainment and education that uses your Smartphone (Android, iPhone, iPod or Windows Phone) as its brain, sensors and interfaces. It gives robot fans a complete mobile robotic platform - open and affordable - which lets them develop robotic applications, play games, enjoy interactive services and learn robotics. The basic SmartBot platform takes the form of a cart with two motorized wheels. It also features an onboard MPU, two front LED lights, a speaker/buzzer, and an expansion port for firmware updates or the addition of an Arduino board. The user’s iOS, Android or Windows smartphone mounts on an adjustable-angle sticky silicone-covered plate on the front, and communicates with the platform via a cable plugged into its headphone jack. Using the phone’s various features (depending on the make and model of phone), the SmartBot can process data, see, hear, navigate, orient itself, understand speech, and talk, among other things.



PREVIOUS GADGET PICKS
July 25th, 2013
The Bradley ($128)
by Kevin Huynh
Inspired by the blind, The Bradley watch is designed to enable it's wearer to tell time without even looking at the watch. A ball bearing on the front dial indicates minutes while a ball bearing on the side of the watch indicates the hours. If you so happen to knock the ball bearings out of place, fear not, simply shake your wrist and the ball bearings will fall back into place. See it on Kickstarter.


July 18th, 2013
Hone
by Sarah Martin
I lose my keys on a nearly daily basis, and finally thought to go searching for an app that might help. Hone doesn’t help you to not lose them, but it does save time finding them. It is a Bluetooth low energy device for your keychain that lights up and audibly vibrates when triggered so you can find your keys. To find your keys, just tap the ‘Find’ button in the app. If you don't hear or see it immediately, walk around with the app open. Hone has a built-in proximity sensor so you'll know when you're getting closer or farther away.


July 11th, 2013
LUMOback
by Sarah Martin
Sit better and stand taller. Good posture starts with the lower back, and that’s our focus with the LUMOback sensor and mobile app. Worn around the waist, the thin sensor band gently vibrates when you slouch from your lower back. The sensor connects wirelessly to a mobile app which sends gentle vibrations when you slouch backwards with your lower back, reminding you to sit or stand up straight. The interactive app tracks your progress and helps you improve over time.


July 3rd, 2013
Wally
by Sarah Martin
The combination of wallet and phone is a holy grail of sorts, and while Google and Paypal work on it from the pone end, Wally is approaching it from the wallet end. Crafted using premium Italian leather, Wally makes your iPhone more comfortable to hold. What’s extra nice is that Wally doesn't broadcast to the world that he's a wallet. Your contents stay undercover until you pull the integrated ribbon and your cards magically appear. Push on your cards to retract the ribbon. It’s a nice way to lessen the amount of stuff in your pockets.


June 27, 2013
Click and Grow
by Sarah Martin
Click and Grow is an electronic “smartpot” that grows plants without watering and fertilizing. You don’t have to have any knowledge about gardening, instead everything will be taken care by the technology. The box will measure all the necessary parameters of water, light, fertilizer for each plant, depending on its unique properties. The flowerpot itself contains electronics, sensors, batteries, a pump and a water reservoir. Then inside the plant cartridge there are seeds, nutrients and special software for growing the plant in the cartridge. The plant cartridge is removable so you can put a new one in whenever you desire.


June 20, 2013
Mophie Battery Extender
by Sarah Martin
The Mophie Juicepack Air isn’t just any battery extender, it is cleverly disguised as a svelt phone case. With a 1200 mAH lithium polymer battery, the Juicepack Air can function as a regular iPhone case, or it can be switched out of "standby" to add 4.5 hours of talk/surf time to the handset.


June 13, 2013
SeeSV-S205 Portable Sound Camera ($TBA)
by Sarah Martin
The idea of a ‘sound camera’ isn’t an intuitive one. But that’s precisely what this is – a camera that provides visual feedback on sound intensities. This is achieved by means of 30 sensitive microphones arranged in a spiral pattern. The principle is similar to the one behind thermal cameras, only that it detects decibels rather than degrees. The portable sound camera can be used to pinpoint annoying noise sources, or to conduct more thorough surveillance or infiltration operations, especially at night. That the SeeSv-S205 is portable and wireless is a bonus, and makes it good for troubleshooting noisy engines and finding infestations and the like.


June 6, 2013
USB Electric Misting Hairbrush
by Sarah Martin
Japanese company Thanko has created a hairbrush that has a 15 mL container for holding water (or detangler for those with curly hair). It has also included a mechanism that uses the energy of an integrated battery to spray that water on the hair when combing. This isn’t as wearing as it sounds - misting hair with water does actually keep the follicles from breaking.


May 30, 2013
Revlon LED Tweezers ($11)
by Sarah Martin
I’m not going to lie – I think these are brilliant. They save you from having to squint into a hand-held mirror that had blinding white lights attached to the rim. The tweezers themselves are well-made, light-weight with slanted tips. The LED light is well-placed and helps you pick out those pale, fine hairs that are so elusive. Get some for your wife – they will save her several trips to the esthetician, and you some money.


May 23, 2013
Xbox One ($TBA)
by Kevin Huynh
This week, Microsoft unveiled it's newest gaming console, the Xbox One. Microsoft intends it to be the "ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system", so that users can seamlessly play games, watch Blu-rays, surf the web, Skype, and even watch live TV. It will come equipped with an 8-core 64-bit processor to lessen load times and lag for games and apps. The Kinect motion sensing controller will be more integrated than ever, with "unparalelled vision, motion, and voice technology." The Xbox controller also has been updated with attention to ergonomics, precision, and control. The long awaited gaming console will be launched later this year.


May 16, 2013
EMBRACE+ ($49)
by Kevin Huynh
The EMBRACE+ is a smart wristband that can be connected to your android or iOS device via bluetooth. It can be customized to provide tactile and/or visual cues whenever you receive a notification of any sorts — whether it's a birthday reminder, a phone call, or even if someone tags you in a photo on Facebook.


May 9, 2013
94Fifty ($296)
by Sarah Martin
Using technology to get feedback on performance is something that is being utilized more and more in athletics. Your shoes, your phone, your pedometer, will all tell you how you’re moving. And now, so will your basketball. The 94Fifty Bluetooth Basketball gives instant feedback on every dribble and shot while keeping its size, weight, and spin within regulations. An internal battery offers up to 8 hours of connectivity, and recharges wirelessly via Qi technology, while a dedicated app keeps track of workout and competition history for up to 4 players, and also offers built-in workouts, QuickTrain shot and ball-handling analyzers, and 50 different competition modes.


May 2, 2013
Wikipad ($TBA)
by Sarah Martin
Ignore the name for a moment because this gadget has absolutely nothing to do with Wikipedia, Wikilinks, or any other traditional Wiki. 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.


April 25, 2013
Bartendro ($TBA)
by Sarah Martin
Being stuck making drinks all night, when you’d rather be socializing or playing Wii, is one of the hardest parts of hosting a party. Now however, some ingenious engineers have solved that problem. Available in models with 3, 7, or 15 dispensers, Bartendro 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 specifications 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.


April 18, 2013
JBL Micro Wireless Speaker ($60)
by Andrew Eisner
The JBL Micro Wireless speaker connects to your smartphone, tablet or any device with the right version of Bluetooth commonly found on most devices. The Micro Wireless costs around $60 and offers much bigger sound and bass than you’ll get out of most devices.


April 11, 2013
Scosche boomBOTTLE ($150)
by Kevin Huynh
The boomBOTTLE is a weatherproof bluetooth portable speaker by Scosche. It was designed to fit neatly in any standard bicycle bottle holder. The outershell is equipped with rubber and TPU for durability, and also has a 3.5mm input jack for older devices without bluetooth. Though if you plan on doing any serious biking, I'd recommend a standard water bottle instead.


April 4, 2013
HAL 9000 ($500)
by Sarah Martin
This HAL 9000 is based on actual studio blueprints. It is an incredibly detailed, hand-assembled replica that features a custom-ground fish-eye lens with a sticker to replicate the writing on the original Nikkor lens. There is also a red LED eye, it responds to voices, and it will also speak one of 15 movie quotes.


March 28, 2013
Nikon ACULON T01 ($150)
by Sarah Martin
With the warmer months finally in sight music festivals are just around the corner. These brightly colored binoculars host multilayer-coated lenses, a 21mm objective lens and a choice of 8x or 10x magnification depending how close you want to get to the action. Available in blue, black, red, orange and white, these sightseers are also compact enough to slip straight into your pocket. Available on Amazon for $120.


March 21, 2013
iPhone Boom Mic ($40)
by Sarah Martin
This small microphone gives your iPhone videos big, professional style sound by amplifying your subject and muting background noise. The mic attaches to the headphone jack and adjusts to hold the back of your phone, even over a case. It's super lightweight, so you can carry it in your pocket wherever you go. It has directional settings as well you can decide if you want precisely focused recording or all-around general sound.


March 8, 2013
3M Streaming Projector by Roku ($299)
by Sarah Martin
We love all things Roku, and that includes the 3M Streaming Projector. It is a wireless miniature projector that can dispay Roku's streaming service anywhere. That means you can access Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, and other popular services on the go. The picture is crisp, and offers a resolution of 800x480. Even more impressive, the device is almost small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The battery lasts about 2.5 hours, which is plenty of time for a movie on the go. But you can also plug it in and use it continuously. Get it on Amazon for $299.


February 22, 2013
Dropcam ($149)
by Sarah Martin
Dropcam is both a security camera and an offsite DVR service. Get an email or mobile alert or both, when Dropcam detects movement or loud noise. And with the Dropcam DVR service, you can watch a replay of what took place. With the free Dropcam apps, you can watch from wherever you and your phone are – so keeping an eye on your party-throwing children while you’re on vacation is easy.


February 7, 2013
One of The Best Bluetooth Headsets We’ve Ever Used
by Andrew Eisner
We’ve made no secret of the fact that we like Plantronics products especially the Voyager line. The latest in this series is the Voyager Legend UC which comes with a Bluetooth dongle so you can use the headset with your computer for things like Skype calling. The case charges the headset and can be used as a powerpack to provide two additional charges. Despite the large ear piece this headset is very light and one of the more comfortable ones we’ve worn as it doesn’t feel like it’s about to fall off your ear with the slightest head movement. The sound quality is great and it’s easy to use; what more could you want for $199?


January 31, 2013
Cookoo Watch ($129)
by Sarah Martin
Along with the Cookoo App, the Cookoo waterproof watch will let you know what’s happening on your phone in real time — even if you can’t see or reach it. You can receive notifications for incoming and missed calls, Facebook activities, calendar reminders, low battery. Furthermore the command button can be programmed to check you in places, tag locations, or take pictures. As someone who misplaces her phone quite often, I especially appreciate the button that will sound an alarm on the phone, allowing you to find it quickly and without having to tell anyone that you have, once again, lost it. One simple press of a button on the COOKOO watch will sound an alert on your phone so you can find it quickly.


January 24, 2013
DashIT
by Andrew Eisner
At this year’s CES we took a side trip to a pavilion called Eureka Park that featured up and coming stars in the world of gadgets. We went home with a novel, universal dashboard mount for your smartphone. It’s basically a molded silicone rubber (our guess) holder that we can say actually does the job. It’s sticky enough to grab onto lots of different surfaces and can be a very handy accessory to carry in your car. You can buy one now for about $15 on Indiegogo.


January 17, 2013
Etón BoostTurbine2000 ($59.99)
by Sarah Martin
BoostTurbine2000 from Etón is a durable back-up battery with a hand turbine power generator that provides power for every day or emergency use; you can pretty much charge your mobile devices anywhere, at any time. In one minute the hand turbine power generator can produce enough power for a 30-second call or a few critical texts. When fully charged, BoostTurbine2000 fully charges most smartphones.

With recent disaster like Hurricane Sandy we are reminded of how useless our devices are without access to electricity, for days and weeks. That’s one of the reasons BoostTurbine is so interesting – you can recharge your phone manually, with the hand turbine. It won’t be particularly fun, and it will take a while, but you’ll be able to do it and in the wake of an emergency I don’t think you’ll mind a little manual labor.



January 10, 2013
Roto Concept LiveStreamer
by Kevin Huynh
This LiveStreamer drone from Roto Concept comes equipped with an onboard camera that is able to send back live 720p HD video, up to 1,500 feet. It even features an autopilot mode and can lift up to 3 ounces — strap on the GoPro! You can get this cool drone for $499.


January 3, 2013
Leikr GPS Sports Watch
by Kevin Huynh
The Leikr GPS Sports Watch is unlike any other sports watch you've seen or used before. It comes equipped with an integrated GPS system, so you will never get lost on those long runs or bike rides. With a 2" Hi-Res color display, you'll be able to see where you are on the map and view your training stats. Get it on Kickstarter for $279.


December 27, 2012
Nest Learning Thermostat
by Kevin Huynh
Looking for a way to save money on heating and cooling? Nest Learning Thermostat is a smart thermostat that is able to learn your heating and cooling habits. There is an auto-away function that senses when you are away and automatically turns off your system. Download the app onto your smartphone to control your thermostat and you'll even get up-to-date usage statistics, from anywhere. Get the latest 2nd Generation Nest for $250 (Amazon).


December 20, 2012
Projecteo
by Kevin Huynh
Projecteo is a minature old-school styled projector that can project your Instagram photos. Just choose your favorite photos from Instagram and with Projecteo's online generator, you'll be able to create wheels of 35mm slide film.


December 13, 2012
StickNFind - Bluetooth Powered ultra small Location Stickers
by Kevin Huynh
Do you often leave important things behind, like your wallet? With StickNFind, you can stick a quarter-sized tracker on any item and be able to track, within 100 feet, where they are using your smartphone. Set up alerts for important items that should never be far from you. If you happen to leave it behind, an alert will be sent to your smartphone notifying you that the item is out of range. Let's just hope you don't leave your smartphone behind.


December 6, 2012
Home Aquaponics Garden
by Kevin Huynh
The Home Aquaponics Garden, is a self-cleaning fish tank garden. The dirty water with fish waste gets pumped up to the garden. There, the plants absorbthe fish waste as nutrients and at the same time cleans the dirty water. It is available through Kickstarter for $50.


November 29, 2012
Nintendo Wii U
by Kevin Huynh
The all new Nintendo Wii U one-ups its predecessor, the Wii, with better specs and increased user interactivity. The redesigned controller (Wii U GamePad) comes equipped with a built-in 6.2" touch screen, which acts like a second screen to your TV - Kind of like the DS having two screens. It also catches up to its older, but very relevant, gaming counterparts with 1080p support. I would say pick one up, but it seems to be out of stock everywhere. Good luck hunting!


November 22, 2012
Nomad Lightning Cable for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini
by Kevin Huynh
Now that you've got your new iphone 5, you probably want some extra Lightning Cables so you can sync/charge on-the-go. Nomad Lightning Cable is a keychain-sized Lightning Cable that allows you to charge your phone wherever you have access to a powered USB port. Get it over at Kickstarter.


November 15, 2012
LG Nexus 4
by Kevin Huynh
Google's latest smartphone, the LG Nexus 4, was just released this past Wednesday (11/13/2012). The highlights are: 4.7" gorilla glass 2 screen, 1.5GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, carrier unlocked, 8MP rear-facing camera, and a competitive price of $299 for the 8GB model ($350 for 16GB model). The cons: No LTE and bland design. Overall it's a pretty solid phone, if you can overlook the lack of LTE, but who has access to LTE anyway? Want to know more? Check out its full specs and reviews!


November 8, 2012
Pickup Power - Energize Anywhere
by Kevin Huynh
Pickup Power is a one-stop solution to your energy needs. It combines the protection and multiple outlets of a power strip, with powered USB ports and a detachable battery pack for on-the-go charging.


November 1, 2012
Orée Wooden Keyboard
by Kevin Huynh
Wooden Keyboard from Orée, is made from one piece of either maple or walnut wood. Although it would be nice to have a mostly biodegradable keyboard, it'll set you back €125 (~$162).


October 25, 2012
Cinemizer OLED
by Kevin Huynh
The Cinemizer OLED by Carl Zeiss, is a wearable 3D Video Display. Comfortably sit anywhere you like and enjoy high resolution 3D video. With its multiple video/audio inputs you can connect anything from an Xbox 360 to an iPad. As cool as this sounds, it comes with a hefty price tag of $750.


October 18, 2012
Personal GPS Homing Device
by Sarah Martin
Bushnell's Personal GPS Homing Device can store up to three different locations, which you can then find your way back to. It can be very useful for finding your car in large parking lots, or remembering how to get back to your campsite while camping. Can be found on Sharper Image for $79.


October 11, 2012
Jamy
by Sarah Martin
Jamy is a design concept by Nathan Brunstein, of a Smart toaster. Jamy wirelessly receives the day's weather forecast and imprints it on your toast to keep you up-to-date on the day's weather.


October 4, 2012
Angry Birds Slingshot Controller
by Sarah Martin
Angry birds is arguably one of the most addicting game to come out on mobile devices. With that, came a couple of students from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design that created this cool Angry birds controller.


September 27, 2012
Auris: Bluetooth for your Dock
by Sarah Martin
Many iPhone fans have probably switched over to the new Apple iPhone 5. Besides a larger screen, Apple has also redesigned the dock connector. This may be a costly change for many previous iPhone owners, because now all the music docks with the old 30-pin connector no longer works. With the help of the Auris bluetooth adapter, you can reuse those old docks with your new iPhone 5. Just connect the Auris bluetooth adapter to your 30-pin dock and connect it via bluetooth with your device and you can stream music just like before. Get it for $30 at Kickstarter.


September 20, 2012
LIFX: The Light Bulb
by Sarah Martin
LIFX is a smart, Wi-Fi enabled lightbulb that can be controlled remotely via an app on your smartphone (iOS and Android). Dim the lights or change the color of the room to match your mood or even your music playlist! It can be 'purchased' on kickstarter for $69.


September 13, 2012
Impossible Instant Lab
by Sarah Martin
Sure, you can get the Polaroid effect using a photo editor app like instagram, but what fun is a digital copy? With the Impossible Instant Lab and your iPhone 4/4s or 5, you'll be able to print real physical Polaroids. You can "pre-order" one on Kickstarter for $229.


September 6, 2012
Ray
by Sarah Martin
Another solar powered charger, but with a twist. Ray features a suction cup so you can stick it to any windshield or window and can keep your devices charged. It's even portable enough to keep in your pocket, so you can charge on-the-go.


August 30, 2012
The Milkmaid
by Sarah Martin
Ever tasted expired milk? Not very pleasant is it? With The Milkmaid, you will never have to taste the milk to know if it is expired or not. Just pour your fresh bought milk into the glass container and plug it into the smart base. The smartbase will be able to tell if the milk is spoiled or not, if the milk has been left out too long, and even how many more cups of milk is left.


August 16, 2012
BikeCharge Dynamo ($99)
by Sarah Martin
The BikeCharge Dynamo system allows you to charge your USB powered mobile devices while you ride your bike. It fits on any spoke wheel bike and takes about 2-3 hours of riding for a full charge for most mobile phones. Its even weatherproof, so you don't have to worry about taking it off your bike during the rainy seasons.


August 9, 2012
Trioh Flashlight ($70)
by Sarah Martin
The biggest problem with flashlights has always been finding them when you need them – in other words, finding them in the pitch black. The Trioh Flashlight addresses this issue in a stylish way, but serving a dual function. It is designed to sit in plain view, functioning as an accent light most of the time, and then an emergency light when the power goes out; it automatically turns on when the power cuts. It lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge.


August 2, 2012
Bed Fan
by Sarah Martin
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 $100 Bed Fan 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.


July 26, 2012
Furby
by Sarah Martin
Hasbro is re-launching its popular toy. They have been updated to include new LED eyes that reflect hearts when its happy, and flames when it's not. It is also compatible with the iPad; using the Furby app, you can feed it and translate Furbish into English. Unfortunately, like its 90s predecessor, the new Furby cannot be shut off.


July 19, 2012
L8 Smartlight
by Sarah Martin
The L8 Smartlight is a nifty, programmable light box made up of 65 LEDs. It can be programmed to notify you when a new facebook message has been posted, show you today's weather, communicate messages, and anything else you can think of. It is currently available for $69 at Kickstarter.


July 12, 2012
TAKTIK iPhone 4/4S Case
by Sarah Martin
This iPhone 4/4S case gives you one less thing to worry about. It features a shockproof suspension system within the case to make sure your iPhone is fully protected. There is also an optional gorilla glass screen protector which offers anti-glare, anti-scratch, and anti-smudge coating. The case is still in its funding stage on Kickstarter, and can be had for $75.


July 5, 2012
Day Maker
by Sarah Martin
This fun dock is both an iPhone charging station and an alarm clock, accommodating two iPhones. It mimics the actions of a toaster – press down to charge your phone and then when your alarm goes off, the phone pops up to greet you. If you need extra time, just push it back down to snooze. It features an analog clock, and stereo sound with the ability to play back music via the iPod app.


June 28, 2012
Fitbit Aria Smart Scale
by Sarah Martin
Summer has officially arrives, and with it the lighter, shorter clothing that makes us want to keep an eye on our weight. For $130 the high-tech bathroom Aria Smart Scale tracks you weight, BMI, and body fat percentage. It will automatically upload your statistics to Fitbit.com, where you can track your weight-loss and integrate it with your Tracker, if you're using one.


June 21, 2012
luminAID Light
by Sarah Martin
The luminAID Light is an inflatable, solar-powered light ideal for emergencies or camping trips. Just leave it in full sunlight for 4 hours and it can stay lit for up to 6 full hours on its high setting, or 8 hours on its low setting. The luminAID light can be had for $15 or, for only $10, you can give one to an off-the-grid household, school, or orphanage around the world.


June 14, 2012
PowerPot
by Sarah Martin
PowerPot is a portable electric generator that doubles as a cooking pot. It can be used indoors or outside and works with any fuel source. It transforms the heat from cooking into electricity – it does this through a technology called thermoelectric power generation, a technology that requires no moving parts. All models generate enough power to charge 2 smart phones, mp3 players, or LED lights at a time. The larger models (PowerPot X and XV) produce enough power to charge larger devices, such as tablets.


June 7, 2012
T1 Helmet
by Sarah Martin
The T1 helmet has been recently funded through Kickstarter and will be available in the market soon. It's a unique bicycle helmet designed for night riders, that draws attention to the rider by elevating the light signature above city traffic. The helmet features front and rear lenses which the LEDs project onto. This projection method is clever because it disperses the light across the lens. This creates increased visibility and brighter light from wider viewing angles. The lenses also protect the LEDs from water, dust, and debris.


May 24, 2012
Jawbone's Big Jambox
by Sarah Martin
The Jambox is a portable Bluetooth speaker that functions as both a speakerphone, good for group conference calls, and a portable personal speaker. The Big Jambox is a larger, heavier version that is significantly more powerful, with excellent sound quality and a long battery life.


May 17, 2012
Voice Activated USB Drive
by Sarah Martin
The idea behind the Hammacher Schlemmer's voice activated USB Drive is to use voice commands to up security. The concept is straightforward – before allowing you access to the drive, you are prompted to speak the password every time it is plugged in. If, for some reason, you are unable to speak your password out loud you can always type in the password manually to get access.


May 10, 2012
Elevation Dock
by Sarah Martin
Many of you have probably been frustrated with the iPhone's lightweight and flimsy dock. With Elevation Dock, you can undock with ease and without the dock sticking to your iPhone. Originally funded through Kickstarter, the Elevation Dock is now available for pre-order with a price tag starting at $90.


May 3, 2012
CineSkates
by Sarah Martin
CineSkates was originally funded by Kickstarter and is a dolly system comprised of a ballhead, a Focus Tripod by Joby, and three CineSkates wheels. The device is pretty impressive and very versatile, but it's important to note that CineSkates currently only fit the GorrilaPod Focus tripod.


April 26, 2012
Win 8 Consumer Preview
by Sarah Martin
It is still a long time before the final version of Windows 8 is released for the public. However, like Win 7 Microsoft is releasing both a development and consumer preview. Microsoft has done a terrific job in revamping the UI of the operating system; in fact, it uses much of the Metro UI found in Windows Phone 7 devices.


April 19, 2012
RUBY Handheld Video Magnifier
by Sarah Martin
This full color, 4.3-inch, portable magnifier, created for people with vision loss, is ideal for reading small text on receipts, letters and checks. It's compact size makes it an easy pocket companion.


April 12, 2012
Ministry of Sound Headphones
by Sarah Martin
Ministry of Sound knows all about sound, which is why their headphones are pretty awesome. They come as both in-ear and over-ear versions and the large over-ear ones are really comfortable thanks to the thick headband. The sound quality is good but they're hardly discreet - especially if you go for the ones in orange. But at £39.99 they're not bad value.


April 5, 2012
Altec Lansing inAir 5000
by Sarah Martin
Altec Lansing's new $499.95 inAir 5000 speaker dock is expensive, but it's got some groundbreaking audio technology inside. An Airplay supported speaker, the inAir 5000 includes Apple's wireless streaming capabilities, so you can stream music from iTunes on your computer, your Apple TV, or your iPhone or iPad without any extra hardware. In addition, the unit has two 3-inch mid-range drivers and a 4-inch sub-woofer.


March 22, 2012
Epson's GPS-enabled Watch
by Sarah Martin
GPS-equipped watches are nothing new, but Epson announced this week that it is making the world's lightest one. Tipping the scales at 50 grams, the watch is water resistant and has an "accurate built-in GPS module" for tracking distance, pace, and other crucial data.


March 15, 2012
Nike+ Basketball and Nike+ Training
by Sarah Martin
Nike is intorducing it's + technology into a pair of Nike+ Basketball shoes, which have pressure sensors in the sole to measure how fast you're moving and how high you're jumping. The sensors transmit the information to your iPhone via Bluetooth, so you can track your stats and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter.


March 8 , 2012
Samsung Rugby Smart
by Sarah Martin
Available for $99.99 on March 4 is Samsung's new phone that can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and withstand extreme temperatures. The phone doesn't have AT&T LTE, but it does have its fast HSPA+ data speeds, Android 2.3, a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, and a 5-megapixel camera. Oh, and did we mention it has an integrated flashlight? The perfect outdoorsey phone.


March 1 , 2012
iCade Jr. for the iPhone
by Sarah Martin
If I remember correctly the original iCade for iPad began as a joke mock-up. Then it actually got made because of the interest in it. Now the iCade has a younger sibling for your iPhone and iPod Touch. It has an arcade-style joystick and eight buttons - four in front and four in back. It will charge while you play and compatible games are available directly from the App Store.


Feb 24, 2012
Angry Birds Black Bird Speaker (for iDevices)
by Jennifer Jacobson
Blackbird singing in the dead of night… and flinging itself toward a pig. This cute little desktop speaker doc will work with your Apple iDevice and it comes with a remote control. Click here to check it out!


Feb 17, 2012
Parrot AR Drone 2.0
by Sarah Martin
The Parrot camera drone was always one of the more fun gadgets to be seen at tech shows, and for the second version they've given it improved optics - a 92-degree wide angle lens capable of recording 720p aerial footage - and perhaps even more important - the ability to perform barrel rolls. Both iOS and Android devices are supported as remote controls, it can share video online and even find other nearby drone users so you can hook up and geek out with each other. Available this month for $300.


Feb 10, 2012
LikeBelt
by Sarah Martin
The LikeBelt has been designed using Near Field Communication as a way to allow people to like anything, or anyone, in the real world. While you're wearing it you can register Facebook likes by approaching the thing or person and thrusting your hips at it, or them. In theory you could also register check-ins in the same manner. Call me cynical, but I foresee some problems with the concept. Still, it is amusing.


Feb 3, 2012
PlantCam
by Jennifer Jacobson

Before you plant your garden this year, consider getting this little "PlantCam" - a timelapse camera that snaps pictures of your garden as it grows. Pictures are easily uploaded to the computer after the growing season so you can see what your plants look like in action! At around $79.00, this is an easy and affordable timelapse solution.


Jan 27, 2012
Sony SmartWatch
by Sarah Martin
This watch from Sony was showcased recently at CES and it caught our eye as being sleek and fun. It runs Honeycomb and when connected to your Android smartphone it will vibrate with incoming calls that you can accept or reject, you can also read SMS, emails, Twitter and Facebook. It's water proof and will be coming in black, grey, pink, blue, white and mint green.


Jan 20, 2012
The "Glo" Color-Changing Nightlight With
Portable Glowing Orbs

by Jennifer Jacobson
Imagine a color changing, futuristic-looking lamp that lets you pick up its light-emitting orbs and walk around with them. That's basically what the Boon "Glo" lamp lets you do, only its light-emitting orbs are kid-friendly, they contain no electronics, they're virtually indestructible and they're cool to the touch. Charge the portable Glo orbs on the low-energy L.E.D lamp pedestal and enjoy a lovely soft light. When you turn the lamp off, the Glo orbs will emit a soft glow for thirty minutes, in the color you choose.


Jan 13 , 2012
Gadget of the Week: Stingray SV-4 Electric Violin
By Jennifer Jacobson
This week's gadget of the week is one of the best electric violins in the world: the Stingray SV-4, made by Mark Wood (you know, the famous rock violinist who's played with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz adn Billy Joel, to name a few. What I like about this electric violin is that you can play it without plugging it in (like a regular acoustic) or you can hook it up to an amp and make it sing like its on fire! (Google search Mark Wood Violin and watch some of his live rock performances). This is a great violin that will rival some of the best acoustic violins and still be able to rock with the band.


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