The Nest Smart thermostat is so 2011 & actually seems stupid compared to the Lyric. The Lyric is connected to an app, the internet & the National Weather Service so it knows the weather outside & adjusts the inside accordingly. It does a lot of other stuff too, so you don’t have to. Available August 2014.
Serving as your own personal cloud storage to backup all your images & video, the LyveHome wireless device offers 2 Terabytes of storage & uses an app that lets you share all your content with all your devices from anywhere. Hi-res images are re-sized for sharing & viewing but just a tap of the screen while viewing & your device downloads the full resolution files.
Instead of standing around commandeering the grill all evening while your so-called friends hit on your lady, get this app-controlled meat thermometer. It offers 4 probes, a grill-side LCD, and sends real-time temp data to your phone, allowing you to socialize without risking a situation with the pork.
This bluetooth & app-enabled smart soccer ball contains sensors that track your play data & sends it to your iPhone or iPod touch. Tracking flight trajectories, how hard the ball has been kicked, plus free kicks & corners, gives you lots of info to help focus your training.
This lighter is smart. It links with the Quitbit app so you can track your smoking habits. The idea being that if you know when & how often you light up, you might be motivated to quit. But when you don’t, you’ll at least know your lighter isn’t burning gas or butane. It lights you up with a flameless heating coil. Much safer. A Kickstarter project.
The Bebop is the latest quad-copter drone from Parrot, featuring a 14-MP/1080p camera with 3-axis digital stabilization. Video is streamed live to the user’s iOS or Android device, and this new model boasts a better range: 1.2 miles. An onboard GPS module means it can follow a pre-programmed flight path & its “Return Home” feature automatically flies it back its point of take-off.
Garmin has been working on creating a better bike computer and the Edge 1000 is it. The Edge has built-in wi-fi, it’s weatherproof, glove compatible, and features a backlit 3-inch touchscreen. It’s also designed for easy connection to all your ANT+ sensors.
The race to make the best consumer 3D printer just got another interesting entrant. Easy, out-of-the-box operation in a compact, user-friendly design makes the Micro a real contender. It uses either ABS or PLA filaments and their simple software makes designing your 3D model as easy as watching the extruder build it up & spit it out.
The Dash is a handy handheld scanner that allows you to easily scan bar codes & add items to your Amazon Fresh home shopping list. Designed to hang in your kitchen, you just scan the product you want delivered or search for it using voice control & right on schedule, the Amazon drones will drop it off. Available in a few test markets.
Instead of simply playing basketball, Wilson’s new smart b-ball will turn your time on the court into a data stream. The app-enabled ball tracks running distance, speed, heat maps, shooting accuracy, automated shot recognition and shot distances. Available Winter 2014.