Apple CarPlay will be a featured option in select 2014 car models from Honda, Hyundai, Volvo, & Jaguar with more manufacturers signing on for the future. CarPlay directly connects the functions of your iPhone to your car stereo for all kinds of hands-free fun while you drive.
If you prefer to watch television alone, in silence, without any ambient interruptions, get the InAiR device. It turns any TV into an Augmented TV, which means you can watch layers of content—watch TV while using the internet, shop while you surf, watch two games at once, all that. And as soon as you start “augmenting” everyone else will leave the room. Enjoy.
Sony’s SmartBand does more than just count how many steps you walked around the office today. It links with the Android app Lifelog to track places visited, music listened to, games played, books read… how active you were, where you went, what pictures you took and so on. Available in March.
Instead of typing in usernames & passwords, the myris from eyeLock lets you cut through device security with just a look. It scans your eyes. When you look into the myris, it takes a video of the irises in your eyeballs, which it then uses as your personal identity code. No matching iris, and that device is not gonna work. Available this Spring with a price tag sub-$300.
The Xensr+ is a little puck you stick on your skis, snowboard, surfboard or whatever-board that tracks & accurately measures speed, route, distance, and jump height. Get rad & it’ll keep score. It just won the “Best In Show Award” at the Outdoor Retail show.
Automating everything is getting simpler. The Piper is yet another example; it’s a home security device with a built-in HD fisheye camera that notifies you of security events by call, text, or email. It also features environmental sensors and pairs with Z-Wave accessories like door sensors and smart switches for full control of your home, from your phone.
If you can just press a button to clean your floors, why, in 2014, would you do anything else? The new Scooba 450 robot delivers a pro-grade cleaning process that includes sweeping, pre-soak, scrub, & squeegee for your hard-surface floors.
The Jump is a small, lightweight cable & backup battery for charging your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry device. Fully charged it can add over 3 hours of talk time to your phone when you’re running out of juice. When it’s plugged in, it charges your phone & then when you’re phone is at 100%, it automatically begins charging itself.
These activity monitors will track & quantify just about everything you do and remind you to do the stuff you forget about: teeth brushing, taking medication, drinking water, track home temperatures, water the plants, all of it. The sensors feed data back to Mother who crunches the numbers & spits out graphs and charts for you to obsess over.