Adiós Google Cardboard, hello Daydream View. Google’s latest VR headset uses your Android smartphone to create a lightweight, comfortable, and light-blocking VR experience. Like the Oculus Rift, the headset enclosure is made of cloth, available in slate, red, & white. A 2-button remote controller is included, which stores inside the headset.
The Flex from Canary is the first and only indoor/outdoor, weatherproof HD security camera that can be used wire-free or plugged in. Rain, shine, or dark of night it will keep an eye on your property. Yes, HD night vision with motion detection. Also a 116 º wide-angle lens. Plug it in or go wireless—its built-in Li-Ion battery will provide months of use on a single charge.
The long-awaited Karma Drone from GoPro was finally unveiled this week. It’s a compact quad-copter with a portable, fold-up design. GoPro worked hard to simplify the controls, making it easy to fly with their game-style remote. The Karma is compatible with both the existing Hero4 camera as well as the new Hero5 that just dropped. Available 10/23.
Sony’s newest gaming console, PlayStation 4 Pro brings an overdue update to the 3 year-old PS4 platform. It’s got a faster, more powerful processor, improved graphics, and support for 4K HDR games like NBA 2K17 & Spider-Man. It will be available in November.
Place a dot somewhere important, like your home or office and it uses precise location data to send relevant notifications to your phone and launch apps when & where you need them most. News, navigation, music, smart home controls. When you walk into the living room it will turn on your smart lighting app. You can also send a digital post-it reminding your kid to take out the trash.
The Tile Slim tracking device is as slim as 2 credit cards, making it the perfect size to slide into your wallet, briefcase or the ladies’ purse. Using the Tile app, it helps you find your lost stuff with your choice of 4 different ringtones. And then when you lose your phone, you can press on the Tile device to make it ring your phone. Sold in singles and 4-packs.
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.