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.
The compact and lightweight HD video cameras from Looxcie make it easy for you to film everything you do. Clip it to your helmet. Your car. Whatever. And with live streaming you can even share the action as it happens. Whether or not anyone wants to watch? Sorry, can’t help you with that.
If your iMac is just standing on your desk, you’re well aware that staring down at it all day is a pain in the neck. The HiRise is an aluminum riser that elevates your iMac into a more natural, eye-level position for max ergonomic comfort during extended monitor-tanning sessions. It’s also got a little compartment in the front for storage.
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.
With a built-in GPS, this hands-free, wearable camera uses 5 sensors to automatically shoot your photos for you without ever blowing it. With all glass optics and a 136º fisheye lens, 8GB of memory and Bluetooth, the Autographer makes it easier than ever to instantly post, geotag, and share your images. Available November 2012.
Pioneering British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins has been producing world-class loudspeakers for recording studios and ardent audiophiles for nearly 50 years. Their new wireless home speaker systems, available in two sizes, continue the superior sound tradition while offering features like wireless audio hook-ups compatible with the latest Apple devices.
The vintage look remains intact but the new Pentax Q10 got a solid upgrade over its predecessor, the Q model. This super-compact system camera now features a new CMOS sensor producing a 12.4 megapixel image plus added an HDR (high dynamic range) mode and improved auto-focus.
For a company like Canon, which releases new, very similar products on an almost bi-weekly basis, consumers need each new release reduced down to the key differentiators. Don’t we? For the PowerShot G15, it’s the zoom. This thing packs the most powerful optical zoom in a compact camera to date. The 5X zoom goes from up-close 28mm all the way out to hummingbird-from-across-the-street 140mm.
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.
If you want a best-in-class camera, one that you won’t have to replace in six months—or maybe six years, the new M from Leica is the one. This groundbreaking camera brings together the proven superiority of Leica Rangefinder tradition with the best of digital image technology for low-noise photos that are super-sharp and detailed by way of a full-35mm format 24MP sensor and Leica’s legendary lenses. Available early 2013.