It turns out that keeping the box of old video game cartridges & discs was a smart move. Because now there’s RetroBlox, the world’s first HD retro game console. This compact console uses Element Modules that allow you to plug in & play various old cartridges, like NES & Genesis games. There’s also a built-in optical disc drive to play those disc-based PSX classics. Available April 2017.
Taking the Bluetooth tracking tag device a very practical step further, Ping has added GPS & cellular connectivity to their new tracking tag. The result is “always-on global tracking”, meaning a much greater likelihood you’ll find what’s missing. Whether your lost item fell down under the car seat or you dropped it in a city now thousands of miles behind you, you’ll know exactly where it is. Ping is also smaller than the popular Tile trackers while being much more powerful.
The Wemo Mini Smart Plug lets you control your electronic devices right from your phone or tablet. It uses your existing home wi-fi network to provide wireless control of lamps, heaters, fans, and more, with no subscription or hub required. Just plug it into an electrical outlet then plug a device into the Smart Plug, and control your device using the free Wemo app.
The forthcoming OP-Z from Sweden’s Teenage Engineering is a wireless 16-track multitimbral synthesizer that combines multiple step sequencers with a drum kit, and tape sample mode. Fully sequence-able parameter locks & per-step modifiers allow you to change the timing, pitch of notes and flow of the sequencer. OP-Z also features visual sequencing, for adding projected animations to your musical performance.
For use in any car built after 1996, the self-contained Navdy Head-up Display provides drivers a safer, easier alternative for reading navigation & vehicle info. It sits on the dash & projects its info onto the windshield: Google Maps, street names, speed limits, engine RPMS, & even connects with an app to your Android or iOS device, so you never have to reach for your phone.
With the PowerRay submersible drone from China’s PowerVision Robot, your fish stories are going 4K. It uses sonar to detect fish, blue light to lure them in and a 4K camera to stream the underwater action back up to the boat. It can dive to depths of 98 feet and go 130 feet away from the boat. Available globally for pre-order on February 27.
With native wi-fi & bluetooth built-in, the palm-size LINK Storage device is always connected, providing you with up to two TBs of waterproof/shockproof storage in your own personal cloud. It allows you to share with multiple devices simultaneously at speeds up to up to 2,500/1,500 MB/s; that means you can download a 5GB HD movie in just seconds.
The Norton Core Router is the first piece of hardware from Symantec, makers of the ubiquitous Norton AntiVirus software. This geodesic dome-shaped device is a mobile-enabled WiFi router with machine learning capabilities and an arsenal of Symantec security features like data encryption, secure DNS, & automatic security updates that deftly defend your home network against any sort of data breech.
Are you ready for a robot that will do more than clean your floor? Well, then Kuri is your guy. Er, droid. He responds to touch & makes human gestures. His emotive eyes have built-in HD cameras for facial recognition, to help him avoid obstacles & to take photos & video. Sensors allow him to quickly map & learn your home’s floorplan, & a built-in speaker enables him to provide your desired soundtrack.
The Smart Assistant uses Amazon’s Alexa voice service interface to help you out around the house. Just talk to it. Ask it about traffic, to play your favorite songs, or to place an order on amazon.com. It has a hi-def speaker and far-field mics so you can even shout out your commands from down the hall. A special edition version with Harmon Kardon will also be available for enhanced audio.