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.
Doctors have used electrical muscle stimulation in physical therapy for ages to help bring injured & atrophied muscles back to life. SmartMio is now bringing this treatment to the public to help users engage their muscles during workouts and make it all trackable by Android & iOS. When your desired muscle group is trying to rest during you workout, they get zapped by electrodes, reminding you to “engage.”
The Calypso Tag is an Italian leather luggage tag that connects to your smartphone so your luggage will never get lost. Linked with the app, it monitors your bag’s location, and even lets you know when it’s coming out on the conveyor.
Ring is a wearable input device that lets you control all your smart devices with hand gestures. Pay that bill, screen that call, turn up the heat, turn down the lights—all without swiping; just slide Ring onto your finger & write your gesture in the air.
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.