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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.
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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.
Bluetti’s backup power banks will keep your home humming right along when the power goes out. Their EP500 and EP500 Pro power banks deliver 5100Wh of LiFePO4 battery storage, feature 2000-3000W inverters, and split phase bonding—which means this quiet, fume-free battery bank will power it all. From the AC & refrigerator to jump starting your dead car & it’s got all the ports your life depends on. A funded Kickstarter.
The very pocketable USB-C DAC from premium audio brand Astell&Kern debuts. It’s a cable bridge that plugs in between your USB-C Android device & headphones to bring you robust, distortion-free sound. The converter is a Cirrus Logic CS43198 MasterHiFi that supports native DSD256 playback plus 32-bit audio files. This lightweight & compact DAC is encased in a zinc-alloy housing for stylish durability.
As the first Sony speakers to feature the brand’s 360 Reality Audio format, the new 360 Reality Audio bluetooth speakers deliver immersive 360 soundscapes. There are 2 models: the RA3000 and RA5000, both are compatible with Alexa & Google Assistant, Alexa Cast in Amazon Music HD, and feature built-in Chromecast for effortless streaming.
The new Pro2 is 8BitDo’s most powerful bluetooth game controller yet. They added a pair of Pro back buttons to keep your thumbs in play at all times. Another sweet feature allows you to toggle through 3 preset player profiles. Mode Switch allows users to easily swap from one mode, like Switch, to Android mode without a restart. It runs the brand’s Ultimate Software through the Pro2 app which allows you to customize, map & re-map the buttons & functions as needed.
As it marks its centennial, Germany’s iconic Braun brand has created a unique collab with global design influencer Virgil Abloh. From deep in the Braun archive, Virgil unearthed and updated the 1965 Wandanlage hi-fi audio wall unit; a stunning & fully functional Dieter Rams-designed sound system with a fresh chrome finish.
Clip Garmin’s Approach G12 to your pocket or golf bag & this thin GPS range finder displays distances to the green at a glance on more than 42,000 courses worldwide. On top of robust course data, the G12 pairs with the brand’s Approach CT10 club trackers, for amazingly accurate shot tracking as well as with Garmin’s Golf App. Big Numbers Mode makes is easier to read & IPX7 rating insures all-weather performance. Battery life is 30 hours.
Google’s 2nd-Gen Nest Hub is a home assistant & smart display made for your nightstand. In addition to its AI-driven capabilities in running your connected home, it now offers sleep sensing to track your rest. To do this it uses a Soli radar chip which is hidden in the display. It tracks both macro & micro movements which are sent to Google for your review. Gesture controls for the alarm clock are a handy feature as well as an improved speaker that delivers 50% more bass for cranking up those morning jams.