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With voice detection and ANC powered by machine learning, the Olive Pro wireless earbuds combine the best of mobile audio with an FDA-registered hearing aid, allowing users to hear clearly by reducing ambient sounds while focusing enhancement on a specific sound source—like the other person’s voice. 18-hour battery life & rich hi-fi audio make “affordable hearing for all” sound really good. A funded Kickstarter.
Unlike conventional displays, Samsung’s next-generation MicroLED technology uses micrometer-sized LED lights which eliminate the need for backlight and color filters. The result is 4K as it was meant to be, with the blackest blacks & killer contrast, plus a longer life than standard OLED. Samsung is debuting the new tech in a massive 110-inch 4K model that offers a borderless 99.99% screen & integrated 5.1 channel audio. Available early 2021.
Winner of a CES Innovation Award, the SquareOne Board Game Console melds traditional board games and video games, combining the best of what we like about both physical and digital gaming. Using the touchscreen console as the board, cards, figures, & dice become game controllers, in a growing catalog of more than 20 games and counting. A funded Kickstarter.
Hyper’s new Juice charger is the world’s smallest 66W GaN charger. Powered by Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, it is half the size of standard chargers and faster too. It features 2 x USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (Max 66W) ports and 1 x USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 (Max 36W) port. Foldable wall-pug arms and no messy cables optimize portability. Choose black or white.
The Goovis Lite headset is a dual 2K micro-OLED 3D Cinema display that gives users a giant 600-inch virtual screen with a bright, ultra-realistic picture & distortion-free 2-million-to-one contrast. It is less than half the weight of the Oculus Quest 2 plus it works with both Android & Apple smartphones. A funded Kickstarter.
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Just when you thought Apple might exit 2020 with a fizzle, they unveiled AirPods Max, their new flagship over-ear & noise-cancelling headphones. Boasting 40mm drivers and “custom acoustic design” for rich, full-spectrum audio, they offer adaptive EQ and transparency mode as well as spatial audio and audio sharing. They feature aluminum construction with a soft & breathable knit mesh in the headband & ear cups. Battery life is 20 hours. Available in 5 colors December 15.
The Looking Glass Portrait is the world’s first personal holographic display. The 7.9-inch device offers a full-color, 60 frames-per-second holographic display that enables 3D images and videos to be viewed without the need for glasses. Powered by Raspberry Pi4, it can run as a standalone or tether to a PC or Mac. Its portable design and 1.3-pound weight make it convenient for mobile & home offices, as well as travel to bring 3D visual content anywhere you want to go.
The Prima Projector is about the size of an iPhone and projects a display up to 200-inches. It gives you 1080p HD video, Hi-Fi speakers, WiFi and Bluetooth, Netflix and Google Play, and much more. With universal compatibility, instant screen mirroring, and seamless casting, you can create a cinematic experience anytime, anywhere.
For the latest update to their Hammerhead earbuds, Razer bumped up performance, adding Active Noise Cancelling & THX Audio. With Hi-Fi sound and noise isolation, the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro also features a low-latency mode for improved sound/video sync while gaming.
Disguised within a design resembling a vintage lantern, Sony’s LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker merges room-filling 360º sound with mood lighting that offers 32 levels of light from flickering candlelight mode to bright LED—reflected in the speaker’s “organic glass” body. Multi-speaker connectivity lets you link up to 10 speakers.
Consider your storage needs handled with the TurboHub. Pocketable, lightweight & designed to dock seamlessly with your Mac, it offers up to 4TB of compact external SSD storage & 6-in-1 port expandability. Transfer speeds are lightning fast: it will upload 40GB of 4K video in under a minute. A funded Kickstarter.
Measuring in at 48-inches, the Beovision Contour is Bang & Olufsen’s smallest OLED TV, bringing the brand’s incredible picture quality to smaller spaces. In addition to A-grade visuals: a total of 11 power amps drive the range of bass, mid, and tweeter speakers that deliver Dolby Atmos sound. It offers built-in Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth for wireless sources plus streaming via built-in Deezer & TuneIn also built-in.
The HD Mask USB Camera is a stealth, super powerful & simple wi-fi security camera. It offers full HD 1080 footage, live streaming, 24/7 monitoring, motion detection, & continuous real-time recording. You can set up multiple cameras around the home or office to secure the perimeter and monitor everything from your phone. It effectively gives you the monitoring power of expensive CCTV systems without intrusive or obvious cameras.
Black Airpods? Not really. The Oddict Twig true wireless headphones def borrow the form factor but are constructed of lightweight aluminum—a first for wireless buds. They deliver exceptional sound via 12mm & include a range of silicone tips for adaptive fit. The Twig app allows users to set personal listening preferences plus equalizer, presets & auto play.
The Samsung Smart Monitor combines a Tizen-powered smart TV with built-in wi-fi and PC functionality to offer all-in-one versatility. In addition to WiFi, the Smart monitor offers Bluetooth and wireless DeX connectivity with compatible Samsung smartphones. The new Smart monitors are also AirPlay 2 compatible, allowing users to share content from all AirPlay devices. With Samsung’s Hub app, users can stream direct from Netflix, HBO, and YouTube.
The Polaris 4K Laser TV is an ultra-short-throw laser projector that produces native 4K UHD resolution using tri-color laser technology to deliver stunning imagery and an immersive viewing experience. With 2500 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and HDR 10 support, it delivers. Fine details, realistic colors, and deep blacks. Image size goes up to 200”. A funded Indiegogo.
The Backbone One controller converts your iPhone into a handheld gaming device with an ergonomic design and functional layout. Designed for use with any iOS 13 or later phone, including the iPhone 12 lineup. Works with Apple Arcade games as well as connectivity for other popular titles like COD: Mobile, Hades, and Genshin Impact.
The One X2 action cam is the latest creation from Insta360, a phone-size 360º camera that captures video at 5.7K resolution & 30 fps. Integrated AI-driven editing tools in a smartphone app, stabilization in SteadyCam mode, and the addition of a touchscreen make this one very solid cam for getting everything in the shot.
The Mavic Mini 2 is the follow-up to DJI’s smallest drone and this new model got some impressive upgrades. First & foremost, it now captures UHD 4K video at 30fps. They also gave it 4X zoom, with 2X lossless. For shooting stills, it now captures images in RAW format as well. And to replace wi-fi, it runs DJI’s own OcuSync 2.0 streaming system for increased distance. Battery flight time: approx. 30 minutes.
The Beolit 20 is a portable bluetooth speaker from Bang & Olufsen that uses the brand’s signature True360 omnidirectional technology to deliver crisp, room-filling audio. The compact, re-designed exterior encases a 5.5” wideband woofer, a trio of 1.5” full range cones, and a pair of 4” passive bass radiators. The result is full, punchy sound in any space. Battery-life ranges from 8-37 hours & a Qi charging pad on top lets you charge phones & other devices while it plays.