If your green thumb tends to be a bit brown, Click & Grow Smartpots ($60) can surely help you out. These futuristic planters use smart technology to release precise doses of water, fertilizer, and air to the plant cartridge as needed — all you need to do is pop in some batteries and fill the water reservoir. A light on the front will let you know when it's time to replace the batteries or add water, so the only other thing you need to do is find a sunny spot to set them. [Scouted by Jon]
Getting our Instagram photos off our devices and into the real world is the challenge du jour in the tech world, and Instacube ($150) is the latest — and best? — way to do it yet. This Wi-Fi enabled photo frame sports a 600x600 LCD touch display, three buttons — one for power, one for toggling between feeds, and one for liking the current photo — an internal Lithium Ion battery so you can move it wherever you want, and a dead-simple three-step setup process. Perfect for gazing at a live stream of your friends' photos, or vainly admiring your own smartphone camera prowess.
It's inevitable: no matter how much you wash your hands, any keyboard you use day-in, day-out is bound to end up with all matter of crud lodged in between — and sometimes under — the keys. The Logitech Washable Keyboard ($40) takes care of this problem by allowing you to wash it off in the sink, while also offering a full compliment of F-keys, a number pad, a slim design, laser-printed key characters that won't fade over time, and a standard USB connection. Cheetos during an extended session of Diablo III? No longer a problem.
Need a bunch of redundant data storage, and need it to go? The Drobo Mini ($650) has you covered. Built from metallic carbon fiber with a soft touch finish, this sandwich-sized box holds up to four 2.5" drives — giving you a total possible capacity of 3TB — offers both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity, and, like the company's full-sized boxes, uses BeyondRAID technology to ensure that your data is safe, no drive configuration wizardry required.
Protect your head and your hair by donning the Hovding Invisible Bike Helmet (4,000 Krona; roughly $600). This unique helmet serves as an airbag for cyclists, wrapping around your neck like an extra collar and using a gas inflator to pop the collar open and inflate the crazy, alien-looking airbag in roughly 0.1 seconds. Accelerometers and gyros detect accidents, sending 10 seconds of movement data to a black box for further analysis. Like any respectable modern gadget, it also features a rechargeable battery and charges/upgrades over USB.