The VR One headset from ZEISS brings a taste of virtual & augmented reality to the your iPhone or Android smartphone. Based on similar designs of the much more costly Oculus Rift & Samsung’s Gear VR device it’s a headset that mounts to your phone offering enhanced 3D viewing for photos & video. Pre-order now for your iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5. More phone mounts coming in early 2015.
The SmartHome kit from LittleBits makes it easy to program and automate everything in your home. The cloudBit lets you connect pretty much anything to the internet. The kit also includes an MP3 player, a temperature sensor, and an IR transmitter. With instructions for 14 different projects and 11 accessories to help build them, the kit enables you to do anything from create your own smart thermostat to hack into random devices and connect them to your home.
You’re too busy. You don’t have time to raise and lower the blinds, so let your iPhone do it. RISE is a solar-powered device that turns your regular window shades into smart shades. The device mounts simply to your shade and the App tracks habits and schedules automation for all the windows.
Sick of pulling it out all the time? With Flic you can just leave your phone in your pocket. Flic is a wireless button you can set up to do all kinds of tasks, like controlling lights, snoozing a phone alarm, playing music, screening calls, and triggering the camera in your phone. With its simple Android & iOS app, you can program it to do lots more, too.
Notion is a smarthome sensor that feeds data from all the devices in your home directly to your phone. Attach a Notion sensor to a door or a light switch or the side of your grill’s propane tank or even a keg of beer, and the system will notify you of any changes that occur. A fully funded Kickstarter campaign.
Wink Relay is a wall-mounted panel for controlling your smart home. Featuring a touchscreen display that fits in a standard light switch panel, it allows you to control and program all your Wink-enabled devices like lights, thermostat, and entertainment. There are currently more than 20 brands with Wink compatible products, including Nest Labs, Gilmour, & Linear.
Dremel has made the leap from rotary tools into the third dimension with their IdeaBuilder personal 3D printer. Made for beginners and experts alike the enclosed desktop printer outputs at a resolution of 100 microns using PLA filament. Dremel’s partnership with AutoDesk means print-ready models and online design tools are also in the works.
Harmony Ultimate Home is a like a remote for your whole house, connecting and controlling all of your home’s entertainment systems & smart devices like smart locks, thermostats, and lights via RF, IR, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi.
This timelapse device for your GoPro Hero makes shooting dramatic 360º timelapse video & photos completely effortless. You set the camera angle & duration & the Scenelapse rig does the rest, spinning 360º in 1 hour.
It’s no surprise that this smart thermostat is fully funded on Indiegogo. It’s got a clean, simple LCD touchscreen & uncomplicated controls. An app lets you control home heating, AC & energy saving from anywhere using your phone. It also connects with home automation systems like Apple HomeKit & OpenHome.