Tech & Gadgets
Just unveiled at CES 2021, Sony’s Airpeak debuts as the Japanese tech giant’s first aerial drone. Designed to support their Alpha camera lineup, this pro-quality quadcopter is the smallest drone on the market to fly their pro-grade digital content cameras. So far, details are scarce but the video teaser is looking good.
Equipped with a 6.8-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen, Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy S21 Ultra boasts a quad-rear camera system now featuring dual telephoto lenses for 100x zoom. It shoots 4K video at 60fps, and new features like shake-free Zoom Lock and improved Night Mode make it a more versatile media tool, too.
Fender’s Mustang Micro is a compact, portable headphone amp that plugs directly into an electric guitar, giving players a wide range of 12 different amp emulators and 13 pedal-like effects, making it a versatile practice and recording gadget. Powered by a USB-C rechargeable battery.
Designed to make your iPad even more versatile, the elegant StudioDock from Kensington allows you to magnetically connect your USB-C iPad Pro 11”, iPad Air or iPad Pro 12.9” tablet in either portrait or landscape mode on your desktop. Yes, it’s got the ports: four USB ports (1 USB-C port that supports 5V/3A & 9V/2A charging, and 3 USB-A ports at 5V/0.9A) plus one audio jack and a Gb Ethernet jack.
Four years back when Jeep’s all-new Wagoneer was still just a concept car, the plan was hatched to develop a McIntosh sound system for the luxurious new lineup. Offered in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the McIntosh MX950 Entertainment System brings high-end audio & handmade craftsmanship to the in-motion sound experience. A 17-channel amplifier delivers up to 950 watts of power & the system boasts a LD/HP speaker design to lower distortion while Power Guard ensures exceptional clarity even at very high-volume.
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The OmniCase is a compact docking station that’s got all the ports you need plus all the connectors, stashed in a slim, pocketable form factor. 7 ports include 2X USB-A 3.0, 1x 100W USB-C PD charging, a 4K HDMI OUT, SD/TF card readers, & RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet. A magnetic cover reveals tailored slots for storage of small-sized SIM card, Type-C cable, card ejector tool, and adapters. A funded Kickstarter.
Constructed in a mix of smooth & textured Italian leathers, Native Union’s Heritage Collection pays homage to the brands’ Parisian roots. With cases for all the new iPhone12 models as well as an AirPods Pro case, card wallet, and wireless charging dock, the collection keeps your essentials protected and properly dressed. Available in a range of muted tones.
As the first noise-cancelling headphone from V-Moda, M-200 ANC retains the distinctive design of the original with a tech upgrade that includes Active Noise Cancelling technology plus Bluetooth 5.0 with Bluetooth codec support. In addition to SBC codec that all audio devices use, these also have aptX HD for high quality streaming and AAC for iOS devices.
Satechi’s Dock5 charging station delivers neat, compact & comprehensive charging capabilities for up to 5 devices at a time, including wireless. It’s equipped with two USB-C PD ports, two USB-A, & a 10W Qi charger. The base is covered in soft silicone to keep devices in place and protected. Compatible with most phones, tablets, headphones, & Qi-enabled accessories.
Samsung will arrive at CES this week with a spate of new technologies to show-off in their latest & greatest TVs. Among them, QLED, a quantum display technology that promises to bring unrivaled clarity & color to their top-end 8K models. These premium displays also offer solar-powered remotes, integration of its Samsung Health Smart Trainer system for seamless on-screen workouts, and Game Bar, to quickly toggle to the proper aspect ratio for your gaming systems.
Dell’s new curved 40-inch monitor is a wraparound big-screen for your desktop. The 40-inch wide UltraSharp 40 Curved Monitor is a stunning 5K2K display that covers 99% of the sRGB color gamut with specs not far off from Apple’s top-of-the-line Pro Display XDR. 300 nits brightness, 21:9 aspect ratio, and an impressive array of ports, including dual HDMI & Thunderbolt. Slated to launch on January 28.
Utilizing the same runner-friendly audio tech as the Bose Frames glasses, the brand’s new Sport Open Earbuds won’t block-out ambient noise, providing safety & improved situational awareness. The bud design features no tip, rather the earbud sits above your ear canal—providing a customizable mix of your audio & noise from the outside world. They feature 16mm drivers and are IPX4 splash-resistant, offering battery life up to 8 hours at 50% volume.
Flagged for a 2021 CES Innovation Award, CubiOs’ WOWCube merges handheld digital gaming with a Rubik’s cube style design for a variety of games and puzzles played like never before. The cube features 24 four-color IPS screens—four per side—and 8 microprocessors. The screens rotate, twist and re-align in endless combinations. The Android/iOS app gives players access to a variety of engaging tactile games.
The GoSun Flow offers a range of functions—use it as a portable handwashing/dishwashing station, a hot shower, and a source of clean drinking water, to name just a few. Winner of a 2021 CES Innovation Award, its unique three-stage filter removes 99.99% of pathogens, including viruses, using a powerful, electropositive charge generated by nano alumina fibers. It offers an adjustable faucet, a showerhead—even the kitchen sink. Powered by solar, it weighs just 2.75 pounds for easy transport.
The Clamp-Mounted Surge Protector from Fully is a smart, convenient power strip & surge protector that mounts with an integrated C-clamp to virtually any desktop surface. The sleek design offers effortless access to 3 outlets plus one USB-A port & one PD 45W USB-C port. Compatible with the Apple Brick power adapter & available in black or white.
The X-Kit from UGREEN has a lot going on. It’s both a 5-in-1 USB-C Hub & an ergonomic, foldable laptop stand offering super-fast data transfer at speeds of 5Gbps. Integrated ports include: 2X USB 3.0, 4K HDMI, one SD & TF port, and one USB-C data delivery to connect your laptop or tablet with the X-Kit. Plus the stand offers four adjustable angles for max mobility & improved posture. A funded Indiegogo.
Designed for seamless mobile vlogging and streaming, the Atom 2 is the world’s first auto-foldable 3-axis phone gimbal, enabling users to achieve smooth & stabilized cinematic video using their smartphone. The pocket-sized tripod design offers 3-axis stabilization, AI-powered smart tracking, auto-folding & auto set-up, plus 1-hour fast charge. A funded Kickstarter.
Offering 2400Wh capacity & 2200W of output, the ElecHive Super Power Station is only about the size of a 12-pack but delivers family-size power for everything from emergencies and power outages to weekends in the wilderness. It powers 12 devices at once, offering ports aplenty: 2X 12V DC, 2X USB-C, 2X USB-A, 180W car charger, 4X AC ports. A funded Indiegogo.
Los Angeles-based audio hardware startup Syng—creators of Apple’s HomePod speaker—are rolling out a Spatial Audio speaker of their own. The orb-shaped Cell Alpha delivers immersive, room-filling sound with 7.1 channel surround. The 360º speaker array consists of a pair of chunky woofers, a 6-pack of tweeters & mid-range drivers, plus three microphones which function to continuously “tune” the audio to the space.
As the first consumer smart doorbell to support Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video, Logitech’s Circle View Wired Doorbell integrates seamlessly into your iOS ecosystem. Offering a 160º wide-angle view, it has a 5-megapixel sensor that captures 1200 x 1600 video in HDR. Connectivity to Apple Home app provides users with alerts and notifications. Uses iCloud for storage, sharing & managing content.