Sony’s SmartBand does more than just count how many steps you walked around the office today. It links with the Android app Lifelog to track places visited, music listened to, games played, books read… how active you were, where you went, what pictures you took and so on. Available in March.
A phone that shoots photos and videos. Nothing special. But this one can record in 4K. Sounds crazy but that’s what the new Xperia Z2 does. With a 30% larger optical sensor and a huge 20.3-megapixel image size, this new Android phone is technically superior to most. It’s also waterproof.
Using topo maps on your iPhone will suck the life from the device before you leave the trailhead so it’s only logical that this topo map phone case also provides backup power for your phone. It packs a 1460 mAh Li-Ion battery and holds gigs of pre-loaded state-by-state topo map data.
Wireless smart headphones. They not only connect via bluetooth to the 1-pound phone in your pocket but these little buds also hold up to 100 songs—in case you like to workout without also carrying your stupid smartphone along. That in itself is enough reason to buy them but they also function as a headset, microphone, fitness tracker, HR monitor, and sports watch.
The dp2 Quattro is a new compact camera that uses Sigma’s proprietary RGB Foveon X3 Quattro sensor—one that captures light in layers and blends them to create richly colored high-quality images with a 3D feel to them. This new model boasts a 30% increase in image resolution and higher ISO speeds for low-light shooting.
Instead of typing in usernames & passwords, the myris from eyeLock lets you cut through device security with just a look. It scans your eyes. When you look into the myris, it takes a video of the irises in your eyeballs, which it then uses as your personal identity code. No matching iris, and that device is not gonna work. Available this Spring with a price tag sub-$300.
Created by two ex-Google wizards, the Beep Music device allows users to stream music from Pandora, Spotify and other services to any speaker. A simple way to connect your powered speakers to the cloud via wi-fi. Kind of like Chromecast for your music, only better, and certainly better looking.
Shooting photos nonstop & downloading new songs everyday will soon eat up all the storage on your phone & tablet. To make offloading that stuff easier, Sony has made their new compact flash drives with a micro USB on one side and a full size USB connector on the other, so you can plug it straight into your device to easily free up space for fresh selfie storage. Available in 8, 16, & 32Gig capacity.
For those few remaining spots on the globe where there’s no wi-fi, ihe Iridium Go is a sat-fi hotspot, linking you & five other devices to the web via satellite. It’s got a rugged build and also features an SOS function to alert emergency services wherever you are.
The Xensr+ is a little puck you stick on your skis, snowboard, surfboard or whatever-board that tracks & accurately measures speed, route, distance, and jump height. Get rad & it’ll keep score. It just won the “Best In Show Award” at the Outdoor Retail show.