Small enough to launch from the palm of your hand, the AirSelfie Drone stores in a smartphone case for quick, convenient deployment. It’s got an onboard 5MP camera for stills & captures HD video with 4GB of storage. For controls, it creates a wi-fi network with your compatible phone: iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 7 Plus, Huawei P9, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge & uses a simple, intuitive app with multiple flight modes.
While GoPro scrambles around like a chicken with its head cut off, DJI is slaying it in Droneland. Boasting a 7km range, flight times up to 27 minutes, and a simple set-up & interface, the brand’s Inspire 2 is a professional-quality drone system that shoots HD 4K & 5.2K video while giving the camera op & pilot full 1080p live view.
Here we go. Drone security for your home. The Sunflower system combines outdoor sensors with an autonomous aerial camera for a complete view of what’s going on around your home. Wireless solar motion-detecting lights contain sensors that create a perimeter for the drone. When you get an alert through the smartphone app, you can quickly deploy the drone (which requires no pilot skills) and check real-time HD video of what or who has triggered the system.
The SolPad system is a sustainable solar power source that combines a panel, a power storage battery & power inverter into one efficient device. It can be used at home or off-grid. Features include one-tap access to energy consumption & generation data. It also functions as a wi-fi hotspot & the SolControl app allows you to power, control & monitor usage of specific smart home devices and appliances. Available in the second half of 2017.
For those more demanding mobile power needs, the Jackery Power Pro is a 578-Wh battery-powered generator that’s much smaller, lighter, & quieter than your gas-powered genny. Weighing just 12 pounds, it plugs into a 110-volt outlet at home & charges in 6-7 hours or use an 85-watt solar panel to fully charge it with seven hours of full sunlight. It’s got a three-prong 110-volt outlet, 2 DC 6mm ports, a cigarette lighter port, 2 USB ports and a built-in LED light. This beast can recharge your smart phone 45 times.
Designed in partnership with Apple, Nintendo’s new Switch game system is a tablet-like portable console that features a hi-def 7-inch screen. The controllers are called JoyCons; they’re removable mini remotes that slide off & onto the console. Switch uses SD card size game cartridges. Few other technical details are currently available. Ships in March 2017.
Designed by two former Google engineers, Gate is the first camera-equipped smart lock. Gate & its app allows you to lock & unlock doors from anywhere, anytime. It features a keypad lock, a motion activated camera & a call button to fully secure & automate your entry.
The asap X-Connect is the world’s first magnetic USB cable that’s compatible with all phones (& tablets)—including Apple (Lightning) and Android micro USB & USB-C powered devices. Perfect for mixed households or multiple devices operating on different recharge systems. The gold-plated magnetic tip makes plugging in quicker, easier & also snag-free.
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.