With a tap of a button, the Theta S spherical camera can take up to 25 minutes of 360-degree videos. You can even live-stream your videos, if that’s your thing.
After holding your finger to the MOCAheart reader for 25 seconds, the gadget claims it will deliver accurate heart rate, blood oxygen and blood flow information. The tiny 7 mm device syncs with your smartphone to help you track and monitor your heart’s health over time.
By wearing the Yono in your ear like an earbud headphone, Yono Labs claims that you can accurately track your fertility cycles and monitor your hormones. The Yono tracks your basal body temperature, notifying you of when you’re at your most fertile period in your cycle. Tracking your temperature can be more accurate than tracking ovulation.
Microsoft’s new Surface Book is a legitimately innovative laptop-tablet hybrid that could finally break the notebook PC out of its tired mold. When used as a standard laptop, Surface Book is crazy powerful. But unlike typical laptops, which put all the computing guts under the keyboard, most of the Surface Book’s computing power happens behind its screen, making it a surprisingly lightweight and very powerful tablet.
The Roost, a $35 9-Volt Wi-Fi battery for your smoke alarm, will notify your smartphone when your smoke detector is going off, it will let you silence your smoke alarm from an app, and it will send low-battery alerts to your phone — no more 3 a.m. wakeups.
The Trunkster suitcase is like the Swiss army knife of luggage. It charges your cell phone. It weighs itself. It has a GPS tracker that connects to your smartphone in case you lose your luggage. And it has a zipper-free garage-door style opening.
The Wove is a long, rectangular display that you can curve around your wrist like a snap bracelet. The band uses low-powered e-ink display technology used in Kindles. It’s still a prototype, but developers can get their hands on one soon.
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T-Mobile customers with a “Simple Choice” plan can now receive a free mini cell tower for their home. The 8.5-inch square gadget blasts out T-Mobile’s 4G-LTE network to an area of 3,000 square feet. That means in places where they may not have any “bars” of service, they’ll now get a full, speedy connection.
The Batteriser battery sleeve promises to extend the life of your batteries up to eight times longer by drawing out their remaining power — which you were about to throw in the garbage. (When disposable AAs stop working, they actually still have about 80% of their power remaining.) The tiny, 0.1 millimeter-thick stainless steel Batteriser sleeve features an incredibly small circuit board, built to tap into the battery’s remaining energy.
The world’s first 8K TV has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels. That means there are nearly 38 million pixels on the screen. 8K offers four times the resolution of 4K TVs (9 million pixels and a 4096 x 2160 resolution) and 16 times the resolution of a 1080p HDTV (2 million pixels with a 1920 x 1080 resolution). It’s amazing to see. One caveat, though: There is hardly any 8K video to watch. (Heck, there is hardly any 4K programming available.)
Microsoft has developed goggles that offer an augmented — or “mixed” — reality experience. Unlike Facebook’s Oculus Rift, which completely blocks out the outside world to fully immerse the wearer in another reality, HoloLens keeps one foot (and both eyes) firmly planted in the real world. The lenses of the goggles are transparent, your view of the space around you only selectively blocked by digital images that can mingle with real objects. It’s currently only available for software developers.
In a partnership with Verizon, Motorola introduced the Droid Turbo 2, the first phone with a shatterproof screen. The Droid Turbo 2’s unbreakable screen is an engineering marvel. The screen is made of five distinct layers, each of which is designed to be shock absorbent.
The Sensel Morph is like a supersized extra-sensitive trackpad. You can draw and write on it, drag a cursor, or manipulate on-screen objects with your hand. But the coolest feature is that Morph will turn into any “object” you want: a keyboard, drawing tablet, piano, video game controller or drum pad, depending on how you use it.
The Compute Stick is the world’s smallest Windows PC, a tiny thumb drive-sized device that converts any television or monitor into a functional computer. Similar to the Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire Stick, the Intel Compute Stick can be plugged into an HDMI port. The four-inch PC comes installed with Windows 10, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
It’s a BlackBerry phone that runs Android. The previously unthinkable marriage has actually created a smartphone that is getting some very positive reviews. The Priv is expensive, but if you’re constantly sending emails from your phone, the physical keyboard might just be worth it.
Nikola Labs’ smartphone cases harness and recycle the unused energy your phone creates by searching for cell towers and Wi-Fi routers. With normal use, the Nikola Labs cases don’t actually charge up your phone — they help extend your battery life by about a third. But that’s probably more than enough to get you through your day.
The newest member of the Roku family is one of a very small handful of streaming media players to support 4K video. It does that with an insanely fast processor. It also has an optical digital audio and it even a handy remote control finder.
The Epson EcoTank printers are expensive, but they come with enough ink to print at least 4,000 black pages and 6,500 color pages. That’s a stunning number of printouts that will probably take you more than a year to get through. And when you need to refill, the ink costs just $13 a package.
The Apple Watch is the first smartwatch to truly capture consumers’ attention. Sure, it’s expensive and its abilities are somewhat limited, but it’s among the most impressive smartwatches on the market. Watch innovations like Force Touch and the Taptic engine have even made their way into the new iPhone 6S.
Thync, a wireless device that zaps your brain, promises to make you calmer or more energetic. All you have to do is stick the gadget to your head and let it beam you with low-levels of electric current until you get there (typically about five minutes). Thync was developed by a team of neuroscience and biomedical engineering experts.
Google’s new crop of streaming video players have better streaming quality than the old Chromecasts. That will help improve the image quality, particularly for giant screens. And for $35, it’s the cheapest streaming media player on the planet.
The Amazon Echo is like a standalone Siri that sits on your coffee or kitchen table. It controls other things in your house and lets you search the Web (using Bing) for mundane information. And, because the device is linked to your Amazon account, you can tell the Echo to add things you’ve previously purchased to your shopping cart.
The curved screen on the new Galaxy S6 Edge might not serve any practical purpose, but it sure looks cool. Throw in an aluminum body, an improved camera and Samsung Pay, and you’ve got the ingredients for one of the year’s most popular smartphones.
The new Apple TV lets you ask Siri to search through movies for you. It also includes a fancy touchpad remote control, beautiful interface and an all new app store. That’s why Apple calls it the “future” of television.
The Moto X Pure Edition is everything a great smartphone should be: It’s thin, beautiful, fast, has a battery that will get you through the day, an awesome 5.7-inch display, a great camera and a super-fast turbo-charging battery. But the best part: it costs just $400 unlocked.
Most smartwatches are ugly. But Tag Heuer’s new smartwatch combines the latest wearable technology with the design aesthetics that Swiss watchmakers are famous for. You’ll just need $1,500 to get one.
Apple’s new MacBook is its thinnest and lightest laptop to date. To achieve this feat, Apple engineers streamlined many features traditionally associated with portable computers, giving the new computer just two ports. It has no fan, it’s 24% thinner than a MacBook Air, and it weighs just two pounds.
Are you good at Guitar Hero but have no clue how to play the actual guitar? The Jamstik+ makes learning guitar just as easy as a video game. An app with interactive guitar lessons connects to the Jamstick via Bluetooth. Sorry Windows and Android customers: it’s iOS-only.
Wi-Fi routers work best when they’re out in the open — but they’re ugly, so we usually hide them behind plants or walls. Google’s new OnHub router is pretty enough to come out of hiding, and it has a killer app for setting up your network and diagnosing problems.
The iPhone 6S’ coolest new feature is 3D touch, which measures how forcefully you press down on the screen. It works kind of a like a right click: Apple lets you push down hard to preview links, jump to frequent contacts or watch a “live photo.” It’s a nice new feature for those who wait for the “S” version of iPhones.
The new Chromebook 13, made by Dell, is a worker’s dream: 12-hour battery life, a zippy Core i5 Intel processor and six-second boot time. By releasing a new Chromebook that’s super-powered for the workplace, Google is putting Microsoft firmly in its crosshairs.
Trackpads and touchscreens are great, but what if you could control your mouse without ever lifting your fingers off your keyboard? Synaptics’ new SmartBar technology incorporates a trackpad into the spacebar, allowing you to pinch-to-zoom, scroll and launch quick tasks with your thumbs.
The Nexus 6P is Google’s new top-of-the-line Nexus smartphone. Its star feature is a 12.3 megapixel camera optimized for low-light photos, correcting a sore spot of previous Nexus phones. Made by Huawei, the 5.7-inch phone also has a new USB-C port and a speedy fingerprint sensor, interestingly located on the back of the phone.
Fairphone wants to reduce the number of “blood gadgets” in the market. To do that, it has designed a modular smartphone with some conflict-free minerals. It produces the phone in factories that commit to treating their workers fairly. And it has found a way reduce the amount of hazardous waste their phones produce when they’re discarded.
Google’s experimental watch can help doctors remotely monitor patients’ health. The connected wristband can take a person’s electrocardiogram (or EKG) and assess environmental stressors, including light and noise levels.
Learning to play piano can be tough, and lessons are expensive. But for $600, you can get a keyboard that teaches you how to play it, complete with illuminated keys and audio feedback.