If you still prefer to write with a pen but don’t want to transcribe your chicken scratch into various digital formats, this pen will do your dirty work for you. Built-in Wi-fi allows the pen to automatically link your notes as well as audio to your secure Evernote account and it’s compatible with a variety of devices.
When the Nest “smart thermometer” came out last year, tech-nerds around the world blew holes in their pocket protectors with excitement. It was that good. The new 2.0 version is better. 20% thinner & it works with 95% of home heating systems. It learns your heating habits & by adapting to them, this app-driven device helps you control your heating & costs.
Barnes & Noble’s new Nook tablets offer a solid alternative to the iPad. The HD+ features an ultra-sharp hi-res display for movies and 1080p video playback, plus it’s the lightest 9-inch tablet ever. The 7-inch HD model is smaller while still offering crisp visuals for movies and apps. Both models offer access to over 3-million books, magazines and other media in the Nook store.
Sony has just unveiled a new PlayStation 3 at the Tokyo Game Show. The streamlined design of the new system is smaller and lighter, plus it’s available with either 250GB or 500GB HDDs to accommodate full game downloads, massive DLC packs and other content storage. Available September 25, 2012.
Why look up at the sky or peer out a window when you can just keep your eyes permanently glued to your phone? This iPhone-based weather station lets you do it. It tracks environmental variables like temp, humidity, & air quality with software that produces detailed reports for you to share with your amateur meteorologist friends.
Ubi is a voice-activated computer that plugs into a wall outlet and connects to the web via wi-fi. Just talk and it will respond, searching the web, or functioning as a speakerphone or home intercom system. Linked to your phone with an app, it is a hands-free alternative to computing, using your phone, and the other inefficiencies of living life as a normal human.
Inside your house is one place on earth where you can’t get a cell signal. Believe it or not there are still others, too. Mountaintops, what’s left of the rain forest, Montana, places like that. For those remote areas, the app-driven SPOT Connect links your phone to communication satellites allowing you to send text, email, and above all, emergency SOS messages back to civilization. Source
Paranoia is the new black. Is your water pure? Is your sushi tainted? Is global warming happening here? The Lapka system of environmental monitors—which measure things like temp & humidity, nitrates in raw foods, and airborne radiation & electromagnetic feedback is designed to answer all these questions and keep you informed. The Lapka app and social sharing helps you spread the word. Available late 2012.
Staring at the screen, controller in hand, with your mouth hanging open could be considered a form of immersion but the Rift from Oculus is a full-immersion virtual reality headset that is going to take you to a whole new level of gameplay. Strap on this High-Def stereoscopic 3D headset and you may never leave the house again.
The other bomb-piece of hardware Google dropped this week looks more like a cannonball. It’s called Nexus Q; the world’s first streaming social media player. Using Google Play apps through your Android Phone or tablet you can access the massive Google cloud to stream millions of songs, HD movies, TV shows, and the entire YouTube universe into your home. The Q unit also features an audiophile grade amp so you can plug in your speakers and blast it.