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.
The Cone is a smart speaker. Like the Nest Thermostat & other products that “think”, the Cone tracks your usage & listening habits and feeds the data into algorithms that help predict what you want to hear next.
The Streaming Stick is Roku’s newest dongle: a tiny device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port so you can stream HD video from the web, controlled by your phone or tablet. Access to 1200 channels, Netflix & YouTube using free apps from Android & Apple plus it comes with a wi-fi remote, a sweet feature that Google’s Chromecast does not offer.
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.
Prototypes of Grain Audio’s new Passive Bookshelf System were tested in the dressing rooms of New York’s Capitol Theater and Terminal 5, providing pre-show sounds for the likes of Bob Dylan, The Roots, and Elvis Costello. Now they’re available for the rest of us. They feature the very best acoustic components & one-of-a-kind construction highlighted by walnut wood paneling. They also make a smaller, wireless speaker if that’s your thing.
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.
A phone that shoots photos and videos. Nothing special. But this one can record in 4K. Sounds crazy but that’s what the new Xperia Z2 does. With a 30% larger optical sensor and a huge 20.3-megapixel image size, this new Android phone is technically superior to most. It’s also waterproof.
Using topo maps on your iPhone will suck the life from the device before you leave the trailhead so it’s only logical that this topo map phone case also provides backup power for your phone. It packs a 1460 mAh Li-Ion battery and holds gigs of pre-loaded state-by-state topo map data.
Wireless smart headphones. They not only connect via bluetooth to the 1-pound phone in your pocket but these little buds also hold up to 100 songs—in case you like to workout without also carrying your stupid smartphone along. That in itself is enough reason to buy them but they also function as a headset, microphone, fitness tracker, HR monitor, and sports watch.