Sure, you can get some cool footage from remote-controlled planes and helicopters — but you have to know how to fly the damn things first. The Lehmann LA100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (€990; roughly $1,330) removes that piece of the equation by autonomously flying around at heights of up to 300 feet for 5 minutes before returning back to you. Designed specifically for use with the GoPro Hero 2 or 3, you simply strap a camera to the top, bottom, or both, launch it, and wait for its return to view your footage. It's really that simple. *Hip electronic soundtrack for the resulting YouTube videos not included.
Fully connect your home to your smartphone with Ninja Blocks ($200). This compact, completely customizable/hackable device allows you to connect with a variety of sensors and actuators to monitor and control things around your home, all directly from your cell phone. The starter kit includes a temperature and humidity sensor, a wireless motion sensor, and a wireless door bell; it's and affordable to add more as you need. Of course, hardware is just part of the solution, which is why the app lets you set rules for controlling different items and appliances, and can alert you when someone's at your door, when a door or window is open, or even if it's getting too hot in your wine room.
Forget everything you know about sports flooring. ASB GlassFloor ($TBA) is here to revolutionize the floor of most indoor sports. Made from glass, ceramic, and aluminum, the GlassFloor features a colored foil on the bottom that gives it its hue while keeping the tint from wearing off. But the big deal is the glass' transparency, which makes it possible to install LED marking lines under the surface that can be turned on and off at will, making it impossibly easy to transition from basketball to volleyball — or nearly any other indoor sport — while keeping the floor clean of unwanted markings.