Originally designed for teenage boys unencumbered by parental control settings on their bedroom PCs, this washable keyboard can be thrown in the sink and scrubbed back to sanitary condition as often as every 5 minutes.
The ongoing tit-for-tat battle between Canon and Nikon benefits us, the consumers, most. Canon dropped the G1 X and now Nikon volleys back with the new Coolpix P7700 that packs a 12.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 7.1x zoom lens, 1080p movie mode and optional full manual mode for the purists.
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.