Tech & Gadgets
For simple, effective wireless charging, Nomad’s Base Station Mini is a desktop & bedside powerhouse. It delivers up to 15W of wireless power from a single coil, just drop your phone, watch & other rechargeables on its padded, black leather surface & it’s on, charging at speeds similar to plug-in charging. The Station is powered by a USB-C input.
Asus just released its Zen AiO 24 (M5401), an ultra-thin & streamlined all-in-one desktop. It looks like it’s all screen, that’s because the 2.8-mm bezel surrounding the 23.8-inch backlit full HD display, gives it a screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent. An IR camera allows hands-free log-in, a 720p webcam for high-quality online visuals. The display also supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut & can be touchscreen-enabled.
Designed to be either wall-mounted or stand on the floor, Bang & Olufsen’s top-of-the-line Beolab 28 home speaker merges meticulous Danish design with wireless freedom and legendary B&O sound. The speaker delivers rich, room filling audio that’s adapted to the space using the brand’s proprietary Active Room Compensation software. The speaker array includes a downward-facing bass woofer with a 6.5” driver, three 3” full-range drivers & a 1-inch front-mounted tweeter. Available in a range of finishes to suit your environment.
The MOZA Slypod Pro packs a lot of function into a slim, lightweight piece of camera gear. It’s a 3-in-1 electric monopod that also functions as a slider & jib arm for endless creativity and cinematic effects. A dedicated app allows remote control and programmable motion for shots like dramatic time-lapse & panning dolly movements. A funded Kickstarter.
101 decibels is loud for a home speaker, especially when you consider a live rock show will hit about 115dB. But there’s more to the Kube4 all-in-one audio system than loud volume. Designed in partnership with SoundHub, it’s a portable wi-fi & bluetooth speaker that supports AirPlay 2.0, Spotify Connect, and uses the Kube app to deliver a full-range premium audio experience. It has a waterproof rating of IPX5 for indoor-outdoor versatility and with 40-hours of battery life, it’ll keep the soundtrack pumping all weekend long. A funded Kickstarter.
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Equipped with advanced sleep tracking powered by Firstbeat Analytics, Garmin’s new 45mm Venu 2 (& 40mm Venu 2S) is a fitness-focused GPS-smartwatch that helps you make sense of your sleep patterns. It gives you REM & body movement data, as well as tracking pulse rate, blood-oxygen saturation, & breathing. Available in 2 sizes and a range of colors, it offers a new feature called “Health Snapshots” that lets you record and share key health stats. Calls, notifications, payments, & audio streaming are also right there on your wrist. Available now.
The creative team at Moment was ready already when Apple unveiled its new AirTag digital trackers this week. Their AirTag accessories collection will help you find what you lost and includes soft & hard-shell adhesive-back mounts, a leather keychain & even a glasses strap.
With ports for all your peripherals & devices, Satechi’s USB-C On-The-Go Multiport Adapter is a 9-in-1 USB hub designed to work seamlessly with MacBook Pro, newer MacBook Air models, iPad Air, & iPad Pro. Its slim, plug & play design delivers USB-C PD charging (up to 100W), HDMI and VGA display outputs, gigabit ethernet, a USB-C data port, 2X USB-A data ports, plus micro/SD card reader slots.
For the debut of their first true wireless earphones, the P17, Bowers & Wilkins created a unique solution to your in-flight audio woes. Because the case of these premium buds doubles as a transmitter, it can connect to in-flight entertainment & retransmit it wirelessly to your ears. They also offer ANC, AptX, IP54 waterproof & dustproof rating, 4.5 hours of continuous playback with 20 more hours stored in the charging case. Available in black & white/rose gold.
Behind the rainbow of cool pastel colors, Apple’s new 24-inch iMacs are equipped with the brand’s high performance M1 chip, which is found in MacBook Pro. 7 & 8-core GPUs are another solid upgrade. Looks-wise, it’s fresh. The case back of the new design is completely flat and the 4.5K Retina display is surrounded by a much slimmer bezel. Available April 20.
With the power to capture 99.97% of airborne allergens and pollutants and look good doing it, the Breeva Air Purifier won a prestigious 2021 Red Dot Design Award. Its breakthrough filtration system uses a pre-filter, H13 HEPA, an Activated Carbon membrane, negative ion charge & UV-C sterilization to remove dust, pollen, pet dander, odors, smoke, & VOCs. It can effectively scrub air spaces up to 246 sq. ft., cycling 5 times per hour. Alexa & Google Assistant connected, silent sleep mode, designed for all environments. A funded Indiegogo.
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.
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.