Tech & Gadgets
Roku’s latest device is the Express 4K+, a 4K streaming stick for a very reasonable price. In addition to seamless 4K streaming it supports HDR10+ content, for many Amazon Prime Video & Google Play Movies. It also includes as a much-improved remote with voice-capable TV control. Available now.
The Mophie Powerstation Go Rugged with air compressor offers three smart & butt-saving solutions. It’s a small, portable device with an integrated air compressor to pump up a flat truck tire—and anything that needs air. An easy-to-read LCD screen displays exact air pressure level. It’s got an 55,500mWh internal battery with enough juice & the cables to jumpstart that full-size truck. It’s also equipped with a pair of USB-A ports for multi-device charging anywhere.
With a design that borrows the compact form of a book, Bang & Olufsen’s latest addition to its Beosound speaker range is called the Emerge. It’s a wireless bluetooth home speaker that will blend-in on your bookshelf but stand-out with room-filling sound. The speaker array includes a 37mm midrange driver, a 14mm soft dome tweeter and a 100mm side-firing woofer. It links with all other Beosound speakers and is available in Gold or Anthracite black metal with a tonal wood wrap.
Spotify’s Car Thing is the company’s first foray into hardware. The “thing” is a voice-controlled device/display for use in the car; a Bluetooth-connected “remote” for enjoying Spotify without the need for a phone. Which will be useful in older and classic cars without infotainment & connectivity. The dash-mounted device features 2 tactile buttons allowing you to easily, safely control Spotify manually as well as by voice command. It will only be available to wait-listed Premium subscribers selected at random.
Hasbro & Robosen Robotics teamed up for this new Transformers Optimus Prime. It’s a 19” programmable smart ’bot that really seems like Optimus. He’s voice-controlled, mobile controlled, responds to 25 voice commands. You can program him to walk, punch, blast, drive, and convert at the swipe of your finger, or command of your voice. Powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery.
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Designed to work with all iPhone 12 models, Nomad’s MagSafe Mount is designed to provide your MagSafe Charger with a secure base to charge your device. Machined from solid stainless, it anchors your MagSafe Charger to your desk, allowing you to charge up & when you want to pick-up, the charger stays put.
Ring’s new Floodlight Cam Wired Pro is the brand’s most advanced outdoor camera yet, equipped with next-level features like 3D Motion Detection and Bird’s Eye View for more precise motion alerts. Combining the safety & security of ultra-bright LED floods with more accurate detection sensing, gives you a clearer picture of what’s happening at home.
To get the absolute best-quality audio you can between your device and your headphones, the Onyx DAC from THX makes it easy. This tiny USB dongle plugs in to deliver clean DAC with 4 options for sound: standard, high resolution, Direct Stream Digital (DSD) and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA). Works with PC, Mac, Android & iPad.
Equipped with an imaging technology called Cognitive Intelligence, Sony’s new 4K Bravia XR LED TVs are designed to understand the way our eyes see, and our ears hear, to present a more human perspective on the screen. This technology is like AI on turbo, allowing it to cross-analyze every element & balance it all for a viewing experience that’s closer to the real world. Available in a range of sizes & picture-quality options.
The Qi charging coils inside the AimCharge auto-align with your device so that no matter where you place your phone—any phone—it’s perfectly lined up for a Fast Charge. This clever technology eliminates slow charge/no charge, overheating, & the hassle of lining up your phone in the right spot. A funded Kickstarter.
Add the convenience of wireless charging to your desk, workstation or nightstand with the NeatCharge. It’s a simple 10W Qi charger that enables devices to charge by simply placing them on a work surface. The device’s compact design subtly attaches to the underside of a desk or tabletop to keep mobile devices powered throughout the day. A Sticker for the top side of the surface lets you know where to place your phone or tablet to power up.
Designed for smaller living spaces and offices, IKEA’s Förnuftig is a small, efficient & yet powerful air purifier that delivers 3 levels of protection: a pre-filter to capture hair and dust, a finer particle filter for pollutants including pollen as small as PM2.5 & the third: a HEPA filter for purifying the air of gaseous pollutants like formaldehyde. The purifier is optimized to sanitize spaces up to 108 square-feet.
Designed specifically for 12 series iPhones, the Magnetic Wireless Battery Pack from HyperJuice is a slim 5000mAh magnetic backup battery that will recharge your phone with 7.5W wireless Qi charging. It attaches & aligns to your phone perfectly with MagSafe technology. And with its USB-C input/output, it can be used to charge a range of devices. Weighs just 4 ounces.
The MZ-Switch, from Myzone is a versatile heart rate sensor that delivers dual HRM function for more accurate heart tracking. One is a PPG sensor, like Apple Watch, the other is ECG. The Switch can be used in three different ways, depending on what exercise you’re doing. Wear it on the wrist for sports like running & swimming & then “Switch” & use it as a chest strap on the stationary bike or for lifting. Connects seamlessly with Strava, MapMyRun, and Apple Health.
If you don’t know which move to make, get ChessUp, the connected chess board with a built-in instructor that lights up the right moves. When you touch a piece, potential moves are highlighted in up to 3 different colors, each representing the quality of the move. ChessUp uses Stockfish AI technology to show you moves, analyze play & automatically match your level as you play against it. A dedicated app offers deeper data on your game and allows you to play online. A funded Kickstarter.
Nitecore’s NPB4 is a compact & powerful power bank that is also fully submersible/waterproof. Small enough to fit in your pocket, it is designed to perform in extreme conditions. It boasts an IP68 rating & can be submerged for 30-minutes. Powered by Li-Ion batteries, it features dual USB-A & USB-C output with enough power to charge your iPhone 12 six times. Airline approved for carry-on.
Danish audio innovator Bang & Olufsen is calling its flagship Beoplay HX headphones, “outstanding.” We won’t disagree. With premium materials throughout—like aluminum, lambskin, and memory foam, they’re built for long-lasting comfort. Add Adaptive ANC, B&O’s 40mm drivers & 35-hours of battery life & the HX sounds pretty good to us.
Equipped with a laser to detect hidden dirt and particles that your eye can’t see, Dyson’s V15 Detect cordless vacuum is a home appliance purpose-built for the clean freak. In addition to its dirt-spotting laser, it uses a piezoelectric sensor to log data on the amount and size of the dirt it picks up—which it displays on its LCD screen.
With punchy, full-range sound delivered by 11mm Beryllium drivers, the MW08 ceramic earbuds from high-end audio brand Master & Dynamic feature not just killer audio but advanced ANC. Aluminum, nano-bonded external antennas ensure flawless connectivity, while Ambient Mode keeps you aware of external sounds—as little or as much as you like. Battery life is a respectable 10 hours, with a total of 40-hours of playback from the charging case.
The latest & greatest from phone-maker OnePlus, is the 9. With RAM & storage capacity on par with the latest high-end Samsung & iPhone models, the 9 stands apart with its Hasselblad-branded cameras. Equipped with an ultra-wide 50-megapixel Sony sensor, and a 16MP selfie camera, it puts pro-grade optics in your pocket. Available now.