Sony’s Playstation Now game subscription service is now available for Windows PCs, giving access to all for the over 400 on-demand games in the PS library. They also unveiled the wireless DualShock 4 USB adapter allowing you to use your PS4 gamepad without plugging in—the adapter works for both Macs & PCs. Available early September.
Netgear has just introduced the Orbi, a multi-unit Wi-Fi router system— the world’s first to feature Tri-band technology, ensuring a stronger, faster signal through-out your home. With 2 Orbi units you can effectively cover 4000 square feet of living space with speeds up to twice as fast as other multi-unit routers like Luma & Eero.
The wireless, battery-powered Pop Home Switch lets you control lights, music and other smart devices anywhere in your home. Each switch can be programmed to control up to 3 custom commands. They are compatible with Philips Hue, LIFX, August, Sonos, Harmony, Lutron, Insteon, and Belkin WeMo as well as the Harmony hub-based remote.
Knocki is a wireless device that instantly transforms ordinary surfaces (walls, tables, doors, furniture, countertops, & more) into a touch-interface remote for home & office automation. Attach it to the surface and sync it to your smart devices, then you can dim the lights, turn on music, adjust the temperature, (and much more) with just a few taps on the table. Crowd-funded on Indiegogo.
It’s the world’s first complete weather camera system, a portable station that delivers real-time weather data and images to your phone through a dedicated app. The system consists of the Sky2 Camera that captures & sends HD images every 5 minutes while providing data on temperature, humidity, barometric pressure & precipitation. The Storm accessory device measure rainfall, wind speed, wind direction, & UV index.
Talk about NES-stalgia! Nintendo just announced the release of a new system called the NES Classic Edition. It looks like the old school original but is much smaller and comes with 30 built-in games instead of cartridges. Donkey Kong, Galaga, Zelda—all the classics. The new controller is designed to work exactly like the old rectangular one & also works with Wii systems. Connects to your TV with an HDMI cable. Available in November.
The Pearl RearVision is a backup camera for your car that’s mounted in a license plate frame & links wirelessly to your phone with a dedicated app to give you eyes in the back of your vehicle. A great way to avoid crunching the bumper or scratching the paint on that classic car.
Here is a simpler, more affordable alternative to installing a second router or other devices like Eero or Luna to improve the signal & speed-up wi-fi inside your home. Plume is a network of self-optimizing plug-in pods that provide a significant boost to wi-fi coverage and speed. In whatever slow zones and remote rooms need a boost, just plug one in.
Designed to knock the Oculus Rift & HTC Vive VR headsets out of the lead, Razer’s HDK 2 matches its competitors in a 90 Hz headset with a resolution of 2160×1200. Where it beats the competition: price. The HDK 2 is meant to be half consumer headset and half open-source development kit. Razer has also announced a $5M fund for developers to promote VR content development.
Microsoft just unveiled the Xbox One S at the E3 expo in Los Angeles. This compact new system is 40% smaller than the original Xbox. But it’s not just smaller, the One S holds 2TB of storage and supports 4K Ultra HD video (including Blu-ray) and HDR capabilities for both gaming and video. The controller has also been upgraded and now features Bluetooth connectivity.