Like most smart locks out there, the Genie allows you to use your smartphone to open the door with wi-fi, Bluetooth or a combination of both so you can open it remotely or hands-free as you walk up. You can also give others permission to open it in your absence. The real magic of the Genie however, is battery life. While most others last about a month between charges, this one promises 1 full year of service before it needs a recharge.
How interested are you in your own sleep data? If there answer is somewhere between somewhat and super, the Sense sleep tracker will be useful. It tracks your sleep patterns as well as info about your sleeping environment: noise, light, temp & humidity giving you plenty of info about why you’re feeling so tired/rerfeshed. It also works as an alarm clock. A funded Kickstarter project.
Plug your Flux Capacitor car charger into the lighter socket and your passenger might think your Prius is going to drive them Back to the Future. It actually won’t but it will charge two USB devices at once.
Wink is going to give you that fabled “home of the future” connecting all your devices and smart stuff into a swipeable, trackable matrix of effortlessness and convenience. Wink is a software ecosystem for networked devices and appliances starting with 60 compatible products (and counting) available through Home Depot. Products available July 7. App available now.
Maybe it’s tech-shaming or maybe some people just don’t want to wear a giant rubberized smartphone on their wrist. Either way, Withings has just released a fitness tracker that looks like your dad’s old analog Timex. However, the Activité is Swiss made and uses an accelerometer to tracks your steps, monitors heart rate, & sleep and includes an app that calculates the calories you’re burning.
The GoKey gives you backup power for your phone and the choice of 8, 16, or 32 gigs of storage but the key to GoKey is that it can locate your keys and your telephone when you lose them. Works with Apple, Android & Windows phones.
Smart everything. Here’s a new smart home security system called Sentri that enables you to do things like geofence your home, see live video, audio feed, monitor ambient conditions, view trends and stats, set up alerts for “irregularities” at home, control other devices, and even personalize its appearance for your decor.
With its built-in scanner, Scribble lets you capture the colors of the world around you & transfer them directly to paper or a mobile device. Scribble Ink uses RGB to blend & duplicate up to 100K colors for writing & drawing on paper, while the Scribble Stylus does the same with its Scribble+ app that’s iOS, Android, and Windows compatible.
People somewhere must actually use these 3D printer things; otherwise Formlabs would never have bothered developing their new Form 1+ printer. This model is a complete overhaul of their groundbreaking 2012 desktop printer featuring a laser that’s 4X stronger and enables hi-resolution printing at twice the speed.
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.