Some people head to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding to disconnect. Yeah, these people actually want to get away from talking on their phones. For the rest of us, there’s a new gizmo called the Speakgoggle that will help seamlessly and simply combine Bluetooth phone conversations and skiing. Paired with your smartphone, it’s an intercom system built right into the goggle strap that will also let you listen to music. Plus, with its bug-eyed styling it looks hella space age. Take that, recluses.
The Cinch is better than the standard SLR camera strap for two reasons. It features quick-adjusting pull tabs that let you crank it down tight or loosen it up to get the shot with one easy pull of the strap. The other improvement is that instead of using your camera’s two top strap mounting brackets, the Cinch mounts to only one and the other connector goes though the tripod mount which keeps the camera in a more natural and easier-to-carry position against your body. If you tote a big, heavy camera around, you’ll want this.
You might buy a pair of Well Rounded Sound speakers based just on their looks. Nothing in their line of compact, high-quality speakers comes hidden away in a boring black box. No, their rounded speaker enclosures are made of a recyclable composite material and covered with colorful New Zealand wool felt or natural wood veneers. And they’re not just pretty. They’ve got high-output drivers, classic paper cones with aluminum phase plugs and they thump. Even the smallest ones.
Having a cellphone in your pocket eliminated the need to ever wear a wristwatch so why are smartphone makers trying to bring the digital watch back? While you ponder that question check out Sony’s SmartWatch. It’s an Android-driven watch that links up with a whole array of Sony Ericsson phones putting the world of apps, web and media right on your wrist. No need to dig into your pocket to switch songs or check facebook, just swipe the face of your watch to stay connected.
Gerber is taking the multi-tool into new territory with the Steady. Like their other hardworking pocket tools, it features all stainless blades, serrated and straight, plus wire cutters, 3 screwdrivers, bottle opener, etc. But since no weekend adventure is going down without your phone and camera, the key features of the Steady are an adjustable cell phone mount and a tripod mount for your camera.
This Renew SleepClock watches you while you sleep, silently monitoring your breathing and movement. Creepy, right? Not exactly. It’s designed to wake you gently and only when your body is ready. Plus, the clock is driven by an App that captures all your sleep stats so you can track your nocturnal patterns. Getting the right amount of deep, quality sleep is crucial for your overall health and this clock makes it super-easy to keep yourself on track.
You may not yet dare to drop in on a Samsung tablet but this new touchpad-driven Samsung remote for your Smart TV is a no-brainer. Not only is the new interface as easy to use as a mouse but it also offers voice control. It gives new meaning to the idea of talking to your TV. The Smart Touch will also control your Blu-ray player and set-top box. Just swipe it. Available later in 2012.
Unless you’re a top gun fashion photographer or out on assignment for NatGeo, Nikon’s new D800 is plenty of camera and costs much less than their flagship D4 model. The D800 however packs most of the firepower of its big brother. The 36-megapixel file size will surely surpass most people’s needs, as will all the other high-tech, low-light functionality but if you’re serious about photography and want a pro-level body, the D800, due out in late March, is most definitely the real deal.
X-mini Capsule Speakers are small enough to take anywhere and provide quality sound in all environments. And the latest model from X-mini got an upgrade. The KAI features a built-in Bluetooth device allowing you to stream music wirelessly from a paired device for up to four hours on a charge. This little unit also works great for mobile conference calls as well as acting as a dongle if you have more than one X-Mini speaker. Hook this up to your iPad or iPhone you’ve got yourself a ridiculously light yet powerful portable multimedia office.
Thanks to Miveu’s upcoming unit that turns your iPhone 4S into a POV cam, you can capture sweet digital videos of all your exploits without being one of those guys with a little video camera suction-cupped to his helmet. The Miveu functions by way of a wide-angle glass lens that attaches with a sturdy protective phone case. The tactile shutter can easily be pressed with gloves or gear on and gives a cool perspective that makes the helmet heads look even dorkier. Dorkier is a word, right?