Innovation isn’t usually a word associated with air travel but British Airways is introducing a smart new travel product right on time. They’ve teamed up with Designworks studio to create an electronic bag tag you can track with your smartphone thus eliminating the need for a paper tag for every flight. Instead a new bar code is generated for your tag, which you swipe with your phone for easy, live-tracking. The new tag debuts on flights next month.
With the release of the new 70-inch Sharp AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV, Sharp is leaping into the American 4K TV market. Like other 4Ks, this thing boasts four times the pixel resolution of a regular HD display. It’s also the first television to receive the coveted THX 4K certification, guaranteeing a studio-quality image to the standards approved by a panel of Hollywood production experts. Available mid-August.
It’s a speaker that’s shaped like a snake. Well, maybe more like a cable but the flexible Anakonda speaker is a 6.6-foot long soft speaker from Italian audio specialist K-Array. Inside it’s got 8, 1-inch neodymium cone drivers for consistent, quality sound all along its length. The Anakonda can also be daisy-chained to additional units, allowing you to go to great lengths (get it?) with this versatile, go-anywhere style speaker. Available exclusively in the US through authorized Sennheiser dealers. via
When you’re rudely interrupted from deep in the headphone zone, these touch-control wireless headphones from Outdoor Technologies will allow to quickly come back to planet earth. Just one quick swipe & the volume drops out allowing you to speak with whomever it was that dared to tap you on the shoulder. Another swipe up & you can get back to headbanging.
The Handibot is a digital power tool that functions as a router & CNC that will cut perfect arcs, curves, complex shapes, and 3D forms. While most tools of this type are stationary, the handibot is handheld, meaning you can take it all over the jobsite. It is also app-driven, so you control it from your phone or tablet to create flawless digital cut-outs by just pressing the start button.
You can’t shoot all your videos with a helmet-cam so when you’re done playing, Canon’s new 70D will help document the rest of your life. This camera replaces the outgoing 60D & for upgrades it got built-in Wi-Fi, Near Field Communication (NFC) sharing, a 3-inch LCD touchscreen and a bump up in megapixels. But the key upgrade for video is Canon’s all-new “Dual Pixel CMOS” focusing system. And yes, it also shoots photos.
Ziphius is an app controlled drone for shooting underwater photos & video. From your swimming pool to the seven seas, your smartphone commands Ziphius’ HD camera as you shoot & share your images on YouTube, FB, etc. For you cats who don’t swim, you can see what the camera sees on your phone or tablet from the safety of the shore.
You’ll never stop losing your stuff but iOS-based Tile is going to make finding it easier. These matchbook-size trackers don’t just rely on Bluetooth, they connect to other Tile users to help cast a wider net in recovering your lost item. Adding this social tool encourages users to create hubs with friends, family, and co-workers so finding it is as easy as losing it was. via
Here come the smartwatches. The Meteor from Kreyos does more than just tell time. Obviously. It links with your iOS, Android or Windows phone allowing you to use all your phone’s voice control abilities without having to reach into your pocket or manpurse to retrieve the device.
This is a huge Android phone. Or maybe it’s just a small movie screen. Kinda depends on how you look at it. Sony’s 6.4-inch tall, ultra-thin Xperia Z Ultra is the first phone to ever feature a full HD Triluminos display, meaning next-level visuals. It’s also waterproof, dustproof, and offers the option of writing on the screen with a pen or stylus. When it’s released it will be available in black, white, & purple.