The best in limited edition Star Wars stuff comes from Japan. This is a new bluetooth virtual keyboard from Imp featuring R2-Q5 from Episode VI Return of the Jedi. It speaks in R2-Q5’s voice & works with iOS, Android, Windows & Mac. Available at Amazon Japan.
The Sesame smart lock replaces your house key & lets you use your phone instead. The app is super-simple and the universal Sesame unit installs over your existing lock—and pretty much any lock—in just seconds. Sesame is programmable, set a secret knock to unlock or give friends access, & receive notifications when the door opens/closes. A funded Kickstarter project.
The Ray universal super remote streamlines & simplifies the controls for your TV, DVR, OnDemand, Xbox, & other viewables with an iPhone-like touchscreen device that operates everything. Clean, simple visual interface, Wifi/Bluetooth/Zigbee connectivity & super-easy setup.
Instead of fumbling for your phone while you drive, just press the button. This one: the Satechi Bluetooth Button. Attach one to the dash & hit it when you need to answer the call, crank up the volume, play or pause. Works with most current iOS & Samsung, Moto & LG devices.
DISPLIO is a small, customizable WiFi display that tracks & notifies you about the stuff that matters most. Like weather, calendar, stocks, e-mail, traffic, FB, FitBit, reminders, Paypal balance, shipment tracking & its open API means many more widgets are coming.
NEEO is a smart home automation system—a simple way to connect and control all the devices in your home. Instead of dealing with a stack of different remotes, it allows you to control them all from one app-powered ultra-remote or your phone. NEEO’s brain can handle everything from old TVs & DVD players to the newest Sonos, Apple TV, & Roku systems plus Dish & DirecTV systems. A funded Kickstarter project.
The Welcome Camera home monitoring camera allows users to remotely view live 1080P video through its 130º wide-angle lens. Its key feature is facial recognition. When the cam sees someone it doesn’t recognize, it sends you a notification.
Onecue is a camera-equipped device that uses physical gestures to control multiple device in your connected home. Put your fingers to the lips as if to “shush” & it mutes the speakers. Clap your hands & it changes the channel on the TV. Stuff like that. Real intuitive. Gestures and their corresponding commands can be customized through the Android and iOS apps.
The VR One headset from ZEISS brings a taste of virtual & augmented reality to the your iPhone or Android smartphone. Based on similar designs of the much more costly Oculus Rift & Samsung’s Gear VR device it’s a headset that mounts to your phone offering enhanced 3D viewing for photos & video. Pre-order now for your iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5. More phone mounts coming in early 2015.
The SmartHome kit from LittleBits makes it easy to program and automate everything in your home. The cloudBit lets you connect pretty much anything to the internet. The kit also includes an MP3 player, a temperature sensor, and an IR transmitter. With instructions for 14 different projects and 11 accessories to help build them, the kit enables you to do anything from create your own smart thermostat to hack into random devices and connect them to your home.