Tech & Gadgets
Hyperkin’s RetroN Sq is a fresh cube-shaped HD Gaming Console that allows you to play classic Game Boy on your TV via HDMI. Game Boy Color & Game Boy Advance games, too. The compact console ships with the brand’s wired USB “Scout” controller & features an integrated SD memory card slot for firmware updates. Available March 25.
For the upgrade to their astoundingly powerful 6K camera, Blackmagic Design’s new 6K Pocket Cinema Camera Pro got a rotating & super-bright 1500-Nit HDR display and some sweet pro functions like a built-in motorized infrared neutral-density filter that simplifies shooting & controlling bright-light settings. It records in ProRes, Apple RAW or Blackmagic RAW formats at up to 6K resolution. There is also an optional OLED electronic viewfinder.
Polaris is a wireless, smart electric tripod head that enables photographers and filmmakers to frame-up perfect shots for nature, landscape, and astrophotography. Through the Polaris app, users can control all camera settings for dramatic, perfectly bracketed time lapse, panoramic, and sunrise/sunset shots. Built-In GPS allows for automatic star tracking. A funded Kickstarter.
The Respira air purifier uses nature to improve air quality in your home. Biofiltration is the term and essential to this process: real, live plants. So, a purifier but also a garden. With air actively pulled through the top of the unit, dust and particulate matter are filtered before passing through the plants’ active root zone. Beneficial organisms in the root zone capture and permanently destroy airborne toxins that we would otherwise be breathing as naturally purified air is then released through the front of the unit. A funded Kickstarter.
PocketBook’s InkPad Color is a full-color E-ink reader that just got a larger 7.8-inch display making it ideal for reading graphic novels and even comics. It may not be as “pocketable” but E Ink’s new Kaleido 2 screen technology looks very sharp. Like, 1872×1404 resolution at 331 ppi sharp. 1BG of RAM, 16GB of internal storage. Supports all e-book formats.
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The Airpods Pro Protective Case from Zero Halliburton is like a little life-jacket for your buds. Constructed of a hybrid of polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyurethane, it offers custom fit and enhanced shock-resistance. The material also allows the LED charging indicator to glow through. Choose from matte black, polished silver or polished ZH blue. A key ring carabiner is included for easy portability.
Offering convenient Qi charging for your wireless buds and Apple Watch, Satechi’s dual-sided USB-C Watch AirPods Charger plugs straight into your laptop, USB-C hub, or wall-plug (with adapter) and takes up minimal space. About the size of the AirPods Pro case, it gives you compact, on-the-go juice while being completely wireless.
With integrated ports for HDMI, USB-A, & USB-C, Razer’s newest dock is a flashy hub for plugging in peripherals. Like Razer’s other products, the Chroma V2 also features customizable RGB lights, enabling you to add a colorful bit of mood lighting to the tasking/gaming.
Seeking to extend the effective life of its high-end connected home speakers, Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Level is a battery-powered speaker with a modular design that uses advanced chip technologies designed to handle software updates far into the future. The speaker streams via AirPlay 2, Chromecast, and Spotify Connect & supports Google Voice Assistant. Battery offers 16-hours continuous playback & recharges via USB-C.
Equipped with a 1080P FHD camera and night vision, the autonomous, AI-powered Moorebot Scout is a versatile little ’bot that will allow you to monitor & interact with pets or people remotely as well as monitoring & inspecting small, hard-to-reach areas all around your home or office. It offers smart integration with Amazon Alexa or Google Home and audio and visual intelligence that enables it to recognize, follow, and interact.
High-end French audio brand Devialet has just released the latest evolution of its infamous stand-alone speaker, the Phantom. The new & carefully upgraded Phantom I retains the same smooth, spherical design & with the luxurious good looks comes enhanced single-chip audio processing, Heart Bass Implosion (HBI) tech, and Apple AirPlay2 streaming support. Choose matte black or gloss white/rose gold.
As a 65-watt GaN charger with an integrated wireless charging pad, the DuoQi is a unique and versatile portable power supply—allowing you to power all your devices with one pocketable dock. The 15W double-sided wireless charging pad folds out while a USB-A 3.0 and a Type-C PD charging port allows you to plug it all in. Swappable plug adapters ensure seamless use in over 200 countries worldwide. Choose black or white. A funded Kickstarter.
Sony has just unveiled its most advanced mirrorless camera yet and, as expected, the flagship Alpha 1 is truly a beast: 50.1MP full-frame sensor, 8K video at 30fps, and continuous shooting at 30-images per second. Alpha’s incredible, standard-setting Eye AF autofocus systems is now ever faster. Flash sync speeds got bumped to 1/400th. With an external recorder, the camera’s 10-bit video output can be pushed up to 16-bit. Release date: early March 2021.
With the capacity to store up to three-times more than Tesla’s PowerWall 2 home batteries, the Lavo Green Energy Storage System connects to your solar inverter & your water main, then electrolyzes the water to store the hydrogen—up to 40kW hours worth. That’s enough to power the average home for 2 full days. Technically, this is not a battery, rather it is a home electrolysis system & hydrogen storage array. Also, the world’s first.
Winner of the 2021 CES Innovation Award, the Vespera Smart Telescope uses cutting-edge optical tech that allows anyone to observe deep-sky objects like galaxies and nebulas. But not through an eyepiece—the image is viewed through your phone or tablet. Positioning is also controlled by GPS. This makes setting up to stargaze almost instant. The telescope uses a refractor lens to create colorful 2MP images. It stands just 15-inches tall & the sleek fold-up design makes for easy transport.
When it first launched more than 40 years ago, Korg’s miniKORG 700S was an overnight sensation—bringing studio-quality synth sounds to home players & touring acts alike. Today, the iconic analog monosynth returns as the miniKORG 700FS, featuring modern function and key classic features like a secondary detunable oscillator for thick bass plus an arpeggiator, spring reverb and aftertouch. Korg has not yet announced a release date.
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.