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Nest’s Cam IQ is Smart Enough to Know Your Kids from Intruders at werd.com

Nest’s Cam IQ is Smart Enough to Know Your Kids from Intruders

Posted in Gadgets and Tech

The latest smart home device from Nest Labs is the Nest Cam IQ. It’s an indoor security cam that uses artificial-intelligence to tell the difference between family, guests, pets and intruders, to avoid troubling owners with false alarms. You can stream 4K footage & audio of your home to keep an eye on contractors or set notifications for when family members come and go. Storage can be archived in Nest’s subscription-based cloud storage.

The Fuze Card Replaces All the Plastic in Your Wallet at werd.com

The Fuze Card Replaces All the Plastic in Your Wallet

Posted in Gadgets and Tech

Fuze is a smart card that consolidates your entire wallet into one card. It holds up to 30 cards and will work at retail locations worldwide. For security it offers location tracking, and instant remote wipe if lost, as well as app-driven card and finance management tools. A funded Kickstarter.

Polk Audio Introduces the MagniFi Max SR System at werd.com

Polk Audio Introduces the MagniFi Max SR System

Posted in Audio & Speakers and Tech

Polk Audio does an amazing job of packing lots of features and true high-quality surround sound into a small package. The slim, MagniFi Max SR system includes a sound bar with 4 full-range drivers, 2 three-quarter-inch tweeters, & a one-inch center channel driver, plus a wireless sub with an eight-inch driver. It features DTS and Dolby Digital surround sound decoding. A pair of SR1 wireless satellite speakers is also part of the package.

A Fresh Alternative to Android & iPhones: The Essential PH-1 at werd.com

A Fresh Alternative to Android & iPhones: The Essential PH-1

Posted in Portable and Tech

Tech startup Essential is a new player in the smartphone market, created by Android founder Andy Rubin. Their first phone, the Essential PH-1 is ready to rival the best in both iPhone and Android technology. It’s the world’s thinnest dual camera phone and made with premium materials like titanium, ceramic & Gorilla Glass. Inside, it’s got a Qualcomm 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and comes with 128GB of storage. Available for pre-order now.

Upgrade Your iPhone Photography With Snap! 7 at werd.com

Upgrade Your iPhone Photography With Snap! 7

Posted in Photography and Tech

Snap! 7 transforms your iPhone into a more versatile and fully functional camera. It includes a clip-on mechanical shutter button and ergonomic camera-like hand grip and thumb rest for a more natural shooting experience. They also offer a full range of clip-on lenses: full-frame fisheye wide angle to macro to telephoto and more.

Love Hultén Introduces a Limited Edition, Handcrafted Swedish Speaker System at werd.com

Love Hultén Introduces a Limited Edition, Handcrafted Swedish Speaker System

Posted in Audio & Speakers and Tech

Combining timeless, vintage-inspired form with high performance audio, the Astovox system is handcrafted by Swedish designer Love Hultén using African Mahogany and brushed aluminum. The speaker cubes house two 6.75″ Pioneer drivers with built-in 2-way crossover. The 2X50W amp unit is built around the TPA3116 chip from Texas Instruments and features tone control, and Bluetooth as well as a 3.5 AUX port. Only 100 units will be made.

Garmin Introduces VIRB 360, Its First Spherical Action Cam at werd.com

Garmin Introduces VIRB 360, Its First Spherical Action Cam

Posted in Photography and Tech

Garmin beat GoPro to the punch with the release of its new VIRB 360 spherical action camera. It shoots 5.7K HD footage at a frame rate up to 30fps and automatically stitches it together into 4K/30fps video offering pan and tilt viewing. Also: 15MP 360-degree stills, waterproof to 10 meters, and 1-hour battery life. Use the free VIRB app to edit, stabilize & share your videos.

A Mini Drone With Gesture Control: The DJI Spark at werd.com

A Mini Drone With Gesture Control: The DJI Spark

Posted in Gadgets and Photography and Tech

The latest from the drone lords over at DJI is the Spark, a mini drone that you can fly with hand gestures. Yeah, wave, point but using the simple gesture-control works only within 10-feet, so it’s perfect for selfies, follow cams, and group shots. But when you want to fly it farther—up to 1.2 miles away, control it with the DJI GO app on your phone. The Spark shoots 1080p HD video and 12 megapixel photos with 2-axis gimbal stabilization.

Power Your Home with Mercedes-Benz Solar Storage Batteries at werd.com

Power Your Home with Mercedes-Benz Solar Storage Batteries

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Mercedes teamed up with Vivint Solar to create a new home battery system, similar to the Tesla Powerwall, designed to harness and store power generated by your solar array for powering your home. First released in Europe & South Africa, the Benz batteries will soon be available in U.S. markets. Functional for off-grid power as well as home backup power, the Benz batteries are offered in models ranging from 2.5–20 kWh capacity.

The ActionSleeve Armband Gets Your Watch Out Of The Way at werd.com

The ActionSleeve Armband Gets Your Watch Out Of The Way

Posted in Portable and Tech

If you want all the tracking data & function of your Apple Watch without wearing it on your wrist, check out ActionSleeve Armband. It straps your Apple Watch to your upper arm or bicep, where it’s out of the way but still fully viewable & controllable. The closure is velcro for getting that tighter fit needed for more accurate heart rate monitoring. Available for both 38mm & 42mm watches in red or black.

Beyerdynamic’s Flagship Xelento Headphones are Now Wireless at werd.com

Beyerdynamic’s Flagship Xelento Headphones are Now Wireless

Posted in Audio & Speakers and Tech

Beyerdynamic cut the cord to offer their top-of-the-line Xelento headphone in a bluetooth wireless model. Like the original, the Xelento Wireless produces audiophile-quality sound using Tesla transducer technology. To keep these wireless earbuds small and light, Xelento put the battery in a small aluminum cylinder that clips to your clothing. The cylinder has a 3.5mm input port for recharging the 5-hour battery. Available July 2017.

Lighthouse is a Security Cam & AI-Powered Smart Home Assistant at werd.com

Lighthouse is a Security Cam & AI-Powered Smart Home Assistant

Posted in Gadgets and Tech

Lighthouse is more than just an HD home security cam. It’s also an AI powered smart home assistant. It uses a 3D sensor and machine learning to eliminate false alarms common with other security cams—but what’s cool is that people it doesn’t recognize will set off an alert. When you have questions about what’s happening at home—“did the kids walk the dog?” Lighthouse answers & shows the footage. It can also be custom programmed to send you all types of alerts & filter out others.

The Harmon Kardon Invoke Speaker Takes On Amazon Echo at werd.com

The Harmon Kardon Invoke Speaker Takes On Amazon Echo

Posted in Audio & Speakers and Tech

Designed to one-up Amazon’s Echo in a very similar form factor, the Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker uses Microsoft’s Cortana home assistant system. In addition to voice control support, it can make & receive Skype calls, which Echo cannot. In terms of audio, the Invoke is also more robust—the 6 speaker design features 3 woofers & 3 tweeters for room-filling full range sound. Available Fall 2017.