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.
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.