Now we’re talking: This backup power supply for your phone is the size of a credit card. Literally. Wallet size. Linear Flux’s new LithiumCard portable charger connects via Micro-USB to “hypercharge” your phone. That means it charges fast. How fast depends on your device. To power up the card itself for backup, there’s a flip-out USB. Easy, fast, small, light; no brainer. Expected to ship in June/July.
Carrying around that heavy-ass laptop is bad enough & then you’ve also gotta tote that 3-pound charger. But not if you get yourself a Dart. The Dart is the smallest, lightest laptop adapter ever. At 65W, it will provide all the juice you need to keep your laptop powered up & it’s six times lighter than that brick you’re dragging around now.
Apple iOS CarPlay integration is popping up in a few new vehicles. And Pioneer’s popular aftermarket in-dash systems are joining the fun. These ‘infotainment’ systems from Pioneer basically puts iOS in your car’s dash, allowing you to access not just music but messages, maps, & calls in a familiar interface. So no matter how old your car is, a simple firmware update of your existing Pioneer system will make it feel fresh inside.
This wireless car charger for your Qi-enabled phone is shaped like a cup holder, so you can just drop your phone in there & charge it up. Smart design. Effortless recharge.
The warm sound of classic analog tubes. They are to speakers what film is to photography: something to remember fondly & fetishize no matter how much technology advances. Tubecore’s latest speaker, the Duo blends the old with new to become the world’s first tube-driven, wi-fi enabled bluetooth speaker.
Garmin has been working on creating a better bike computer and the Edge 1000 is it. The Edge has built-in wi-fi, it’s weatherproof, glove compatible, and features a backlit 3-inch touchscreen. It’s also designed for easy connection to all your ANT+ sensors.
The new URSA from Blackmagic is a surprisingly affordable 4K video camera designed for professional filmmakers. Features include a 10-inch fold out monitor, large user upgradeable Super 35 global shutter, 4K image sensor, 12G-SDI and internal dual RAW and ProRes recorders.
The race to make the best consumer 3D printer just got another interesting entrant. Easy, out-of-the-box operation in a compact, user-friendly design makes the Micro a real contender. It uses either ABS or PLA filaments and their simple software makes designing your 3D model as easy as watching the extruder build it up & spit it out.
The Dash is a handy handheld scanner that allows you to easily scan bar codes & add items to your Amazon Fresh home shopping list. Designed to hang in your kitchen, you just scan the product you want delivered or search for it using voice control & right on schedule, the Amazon drones will drop it off. Available in a few test markets.
Instead of simply playing basketball, Wilson’s new smart b-ball will turn your time on the court into a data stream. The app-enabled ball tracks running distance, speed, heat maps, shooting accuracy, automated shot recognition and shot distances. Available Winter 2014.