Tech & Gadgets
Like a giant Samsung tablet merged with a glass-top table, Arcade1Up’s new Infinity Game Table is a touchscreen game console that puts all your favorite board games at your fingertips. Digital versions of game-night classics like Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Yahtzee, puzzles, card games, coloring books, mini-games, comic books, and many more. Available in 24 and 32-inch versions both featuring 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Designed for use with iPad Pro & iPad Air 4, Magflött is a sleek, minimalist stand that gets your tablet in an upright position. Magnets hold it securely in place while a hinge allows it to flip a full 180º. Available in space gray & silver. A funded Kickstarter.
Equipped with 3D audio, headtracking, and ANC, Yamaha’s YH-L700A launches as the brand’s flagship wireless headphone. Aimed at the AirPods Max crowd, these over-ear, true wireless cans boast 34-hour playback and stunning 3D sound field audio. There are seven 3D modes, for movies, gaming, background music, and more. Headtracking technology optimizes sound as you move through different environments and physical states.
With 2,000 watts of power and 14 output ports, the SuperBase Pro is an IoT charging station with enough juice to power everything. For home power outages, your workshop, & off-grid work or camping, this thing hums. It’s got 2096 Wh capacity, recharges to 80% in an hour, and delivers the equivalent of a 3000W generator. It can be recharged 6 different ways, including solar or your vehicle’s battery. A funded Kickstarter.
Ultra-thin and compact, the PlugBug Slim is a space-saving 20W USB-C wall charger that plugs into even the tightest spots, like behind furniture up against the wall. And at just .67” thick, it fits. For iPad & iPhone users, it makes plugging in easier everywhere. And when it’s go time, the plug prongs fold away for streamlined packing & carry.
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With its magnetic easy-access pockets, the versatile FlipPack camera bag was an instant hit with pro and amateur content creators alike. Now, the FlipPack has been improved and upgraded. It boasts waterproof construction with YKK zippers, adjustable, removable padded pockets, a pocket for a 16” laptop, a TSA-approved combo lock for the main compartment, and improved ergonomics for all day comfort. A funded Kickstarter.
Boasting 260W of output and enough juice to power-up 6 devices at once, the Bold powerbank uses lithium polymer (LiPo) graphene composite batteries for incredible efficiency & battery life. It offers 15W wireless charging, 5W wireless watch charging, 2X USB-C ports & 2X USB-A ports. The bank’s exterior is made of lightweight aero aluminum. A funded Kickstarter.
In an updated & more durable design, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the brand’s best foldable phone yet. It features a 120Hz dual screen that opens to 7.6 inches. The display on the 3 is 80% tougher as well as brighter than the last model & it offers support for S pen. Release date August 27.
DJI’s compact Mini SE drone has finally made it stateside. The wallet-friendly drone is also light on weight—at just 249 grams, it’s about the same weight as a smartphone—and light enough to bypass many FAA drone regulations. With a 2.7K camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal, this little guy shoots “Quad HD” video & 12MP stills. Flight-time 30 min, with a range of 4km.
Redesigned and smarter than ever, Google’s updated lineup of Nest security cams feature new TPU chips for improved in-device processing and more powerful object recognition. A red indicator light has also been added to every device to assure users they’re recording. The whole suite of Nest cameras are now available in a variety colors to match your decor.
With the safe, secure hold of the OtterBox Mobile Gaming Clip for MagSafe, you can easily use your Xbox controller with your phone anywhere, anytime. Designed for seamless interaction with Apple MagSafe technology, it performs perfectly with zero interference with your Xbox controller functions. One-handed angle adjustment and tilt provide non-stop gaming comfort.
All of the brand’s best features & tech come together in the Klipsch T5 II ANC earbuds. These true wireless buds boast Bragi Ai that enables users to create custom gesture controls, like answering calls with just a nod. Dirac’s HD Sound technology optimizes digital audio for improved clarity across all frequencies. Klipsch is offering a McLaren Edition as well.
In its quest to create the ultimate gaming monitor, Samsung takes a big leap forward with the Odyssey Neo G9. It is a curved 49” display that uses Quantum MiniLED technology to yield a stunning resolution of 5120 x 1440. Peak brightness hits 2,000 nits, the contrast ratio is 1,000,00:1, and with a refresh rate of 240Hz, this thing is ready to get in the game.
Bang & Olufsen is back with another first. Their Beoplay EQ Earbuds are the brand’s first to feature Active Noise Cancelling technology. The flagship buds feature a dedicated ANC chip, while a separate chip handles bluetooth—making for flawless connectivity. Battery life is 6.5 hours with 2 additional full charges from the case. Available August 19.
Taking direct aim at Apple AirPods, Nothing—a brand created by OnePlus founder Carl Pei—has just unveiled its noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds called simply “Ear 1”. The pods are equipped with 11.6mm drivers and offer 5.7 hours of playback & up to 34-hours using the charging case. They also offer Qi wireless charging for a pretty remarkable price. On sale on August 17th.
The Cinema 1200 soundbar from Klipsch is the brand’s first soundbar speaker to feature Dolby Atmos. The 54-inch long soundbar also boasts 1200 watts of power & includes a wireless subwoofer plus a pair of surround speakers for a cinematic & deeply immersive 5.14 surround sound experience.
EcoFlow’s Delta Pro is a high-output 6000W portable home battery that gives you not just plenty of power but security & independence, too. It can power your home appliances, charge your EV, & offers fast-charging for all AC powered devices. The system is also expandable to link multiple units for more power & optional solar panels enable off-grid generation. A funded Kickstarter.
Fjorden is a tool that makes the most of your iPhone’s camera. It’s a comfy camera grip that not only feels right, it offers DSLR-like controls so you never miss the shot. Unlike the phone’s internal controls, Fjorden responds like a real camera. It features a 2-stage shutter button, custom control dial, multi-function button, and a zoom lever. All together, they give you unrivaled creative control. A funded Kickstarter.
Sony’s Dolby Atmos-equipped HT-A9 surround sound system is comprised for 4 identical wireless cylindrical speakers that can be placed anywhere in the room & use internal microphones to recognize obstacles like walls, and echo, then self-adjust to optimize audio. A small control box drives the 4 speakers, it connects via wi-fi & is compatible with both Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant.
PC gamers have been waiting for this one. The Steam Deck from Valve is a new handheld—basically a Nintendo Switch. It’s a pocketable PC that runs SteamOS through a 2.4-3.5GHz processor. It features a seven-inch touchscreen with 1,280 x 800 rez at a 16:10 aspect ratio. Brightness is 400 nits. 64GB of eMMC internal storage let’s you take your favorite titles on the go.