If you’ve been waiting for a smart watch that doesn’t scream “look, I’m an early-adopter” you can thank Motorola for the Moto 360; a normal, good looking “Android Wear“-powered watch that subtly delivers notifications & alerts and also features voice-activated functions like Google searches, scheduling appointments and setting alarms. Available Summer 2014.
If your speed habit is getting hard to manage, LaCie’s latest device could be the remedy. This storage unit boasts a terabyte of onboard storage, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and near silent dual cooling fans. Speed? It’s reportedly fast enough to enable simultaneous plug-and-play RAW 4K video editing and display. That would make it the fastest portable storage device today.
This portable bluetooth speaker from Braven isn’t scared of a little drop in the dirt or a spray of flying mud. Butt it’s more than just tough. It features HD sound from a pair of 2-inch omnidirectional drivers, NFC connection and offers wireless pairing with other speakers.
The Calypso Tag is an Italian leather luggage tag that connects to your smartphone so your luggage will never get lost. Linked with the app, it monitors your bag’s location, and even lets you know when it’s coming out on the conveyor.
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.