Android tablets are still fighting an uphill battle against iPad but for those who dare to be different, the Archos 101 XS has the noteworthy distinction of being 15% thinner than iPad. If that’s not enough for you, keep in mind that the Ice Cream Sandwich software will automatically upgrade to Jelly Bean by the end of 2012. Eat that Apple. Available November 2012.
Ubi is a voice-activated computer that plugs into a wall outlet and connects to the web via wi-fi. Just talk and it will respond, searching the web, or functioning as a speakerphone or home intercom system. Linked to your phone with an app, it is a hands-free alternative to computing, using your phone, and the other inefficiencies of living life as a normal human.
Inside your house is one place on earth where you can’t get a cell signal. Believe it or not there are still others, too. Mountaintops, what’s left of the rain forest, Montana, places like that. For those remote areas, the app-driven SPOT Connect links your phone to communication satellites allowing you to send text, email, and above all, emergency SOS messages back to civilization. Source
A conference call from the swimming pool or a soundtrack while you paddle the kayak requires specialized equipment like this Bluetooth stereo speaker/speakerphone unit. It’s got a 10-hour battery life to boot.
Paranoia is the new black. Is your water pure? Is your sushi tainted? Is global warming happening here? The Lapka system of environmental monitors—which measure things like temp & humidity, nitrates in raw foods, and airborne radiation & electromagnetic feedback is designed to answer all these questions and keep you informed. The Lapka app and social sharing helps you spread the word. Available late 2012.
The iShower is a portable Bluetooth shower speaker that works with all your Apple & Android devices. Take it to the beach or the pool, or if you’re trying to conserve water just blast any song by Skrillex and your next shower will be the shortest one you’ve ever taken.
LaCie’s Rugged series hard drives are reliable & built for a beating. Now they’ve shrunken the Rugged down into this little pocket rocket. 16 or 32GB USB 3 models are available featuring construction built to keep your data intact through extreme cold, heat, water, even a 100-meter fall.
All-in-one iPhone speaker docks are everywhere, except apparently, in your home or office otherwise you would’ve scrolled down to a motorcycle or something. The bean-shaped Cocoon from Denon looks weirdly cool and sound-wise it definitely doesn’t suck. Inside it’s got two 4mm tweeters and two 100mm woofers powered by a four channel Class D amp. It’s also DLNA and AirPlay enabled.
The Outride case and mounting system from Mophie turns your iPhone into a rugged action camera. No more toting the camera and the phone on your extreme adventures. This thing is impact and water-resistant and comes with a variety of quick-release mounts for strapping it to everything you ride. Available mid-September.
Staring at the screen, controller in hand, with your mouth hanging open could be considered a form of immersion but the Rift from Oculus is a full-immersion virtual reality headset that is going to take you to a whole new level of gameplay. Strap on this High-Def stereoscopic 3D headset and you may never leave the house again.