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Ecoisme Energy Monitoring System

You could buy a bunch of independent modules to sit between your appliances and the outlets they plug into. Or you could get an Ecoisme Energy Monitoring System. This intelligent box connects to a single outlet in your house and uses an easily-installed clamp to attach to your main power line, automatically recognizing the power profiles of your devices. This lets you track energy usage, get alerts when you leave devices like irons, hair curlers, or AC units on, and can even get reminders to close the fridge door. In addition, it can talk to other smart devices on your network, letting you manage them from a single app, and can let you weed out inefficient devices to help bring down your energy bills.

  • Chip Computer

    You won't be running Photoshop on it any time soon, but for the price, that's not surprising. Instead, the Chip Computer is aimed at tinkerers and others looking for a bare-bones system that can get you on the web, play media, and even run rudimentary games. This tiny single-board system is powered by a 1Ghz processor, and offers 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, and an open source operating system. In addition, you can add-on VGA or HDMI adapters, run it off a battery pack, or even install it into a pre-configured, Game Boy-like case for on-the-go use. Not bad for something roughly the size of a couple AA batteries that costs less than a good pizza.

  • Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

    In many ways, it's the grandfather of virtual reality headsets, yet it's just now becoming a real product. After years of prototypes and hype, the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset will finally be shipping to consumers in early 2016. Specs for the headset are still under wraps, but it's quite clear that it will launch with a thriving ecosystem of content including everything from advanced tech demos to fully-realized gaming experiences, with the hardware offering improved tracking, a more refined design, and updated ergonomics compared to the most recent prototypes.