If taking your phone out to film a snap is just too much for you, throw on a pair of Snapchat Spectacles. These camera-laden sunglasses let you film a ten-second snap with a single button press, wirelessly sending it to your phone and up to the cloud. A ring of lights around the camera lets others know you're filming, and the included carrying case keeps the shades charged up on the go.
It's easy to find an Ultra HD 4K TV. It's not easy to find 4K content to watch on it. The Roku Ultra aims to make it easier. The venerable streaming box's latest flagship supports 60fps 4K content in HDR and upscales lower-res content with a quad-core processor that also helps the interface speed along. There's fast Wi-Fi for clear streams, Ethernet for those who want a wired connection, a microSD slot for added storage, and Dolby Digital decoding for better surround sound. The remote has voice search, a headphone jack for private watching, and gaming buttons, plus the always handy feature that lets you easily find it when it's been eaten by your couch.
Like it or not, iMessage stickers are here to stay. Instead of bombarding your friends with animated characters that make their messages illegible, annoy them by fixing up their poorly-written texts with Grammar Snob. This smart sticker pack gives you a host of handwritten, red-inked annotations to let your friends and family know when they've made a typo or missed a common spelling, instantly sending them back to grade school in the most 21st century way possible.
The Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft left earth in 1977, on a mission to capture fly-by photos of the planets as they made their way to interstellar space. Mounted to each was a golden phonograph record containing a mix of tribal, classical, and (at the time) contemporary music, as well as greetings in 55 human languages, one whale language, a mix of sounds heard on our planet, and over 100 images encoded in analog. The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates this historic event by letting you listen to the records yourself. Housed in a cloth-covered box, the three translucent gold vinyl LPs contain remastered versions of the audio recordings on the originals, accompanied by a lithograph of the Golden Record cover diagram, and a hardbound book filled with images from the original message, photos the spacecrafts returned to earth during their journeys, essays, and other ephemera.
Some people are hardcore planners, scheduling every trip down to the minute. The rest of us enjoy a bit of spontaneity, which often means finding a place to stay on short notice. One:Night is perfect for such outings. Built by The Standard, this new app gives you a choice of carefully-curated hotels offering single night stays in New York and LA beginning at 3:00 pm, with a selection that changes daily and rates that are guaranteed to be the lowest available. And since a place to sleep is only part of the equation, it also offers up suggested timelines that will help you enjoy both your accommodations and the surrounding neighborhood to the fullest.
A design study meant to explore what would happen if you recreated the company's classic designs in a modular way, the Hasselblad V1D 4116 Modular Concept Camera is a glimpse into the future of high-end photography. At its core is a black aluminum box housing a square format, 75 megapixel sensor, inspired by the Hasselblad V. on four sides are fixings for connecting different modules, with the back and top accepting things like displays and viewfinders, and the sides ready for grips and controls. It's just a concept for now, but we know more than a few shooters who'd be happy to try this out today.
Light painting is nothing new, but until now it took a lot of planning to do it with your iPhone. Pablo makes it easy. Likely named after Picasso, who did a whole series of light paintings, this app lets you capture both still photos and brief HD videos using nothing but your phone, a light, and, perhaps, a tripod. Most notably, it uses patent-pending tech to let you see the painting as it comes together, and has a built-in community to let you share your works and find new inspiration in the snaps of others.
Fuji's X-Series APS-C cameras have earned a reputation as some of the best, most stylish shooters out there. The Fujifilm GFX 50S Camera brings those photographic capabilities to a whole new system. Its new G Format sensor measures a healthy 43.8 x 32.9mm, putting it squarely in medium format territory, and offers 51.4 megapixels of resolution to play with. Its paired with a high-performance processor to deliver the same color and tone reproduction Fujifilm's known for, and thanks to a mirrorless design, it's far lighter and smaller than competing medium format cameras.
The fifth annual edition to be made in titanium, the Leica M-P Titanium Camera is an upscale take on the German company's 24 megapixel full-frame shooter. As the name suggests, the top deck, baseplate, and controls are all machined from solid titanium, giving the camera a unique look and reducing its weight by roughly 90 grams. And since you wouldn't want to ruin the look with a differently-colored lens, it arrives with a pair — a Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 — that have anodized finishes to perfectly match the body. Limited to just 333 sets and available exclusively in select Leica Stores and Boutiques.
Leave your favorite mount behind and take to the skies with the GoPro Karma Drone. More than a simple camera drone, the Karma is actually a series of separate accessories that work together to deliver great-looking aerial footage. It starts with the quadcopter itself, which has a folding design, a top speed of 35mph, and a run time of 20 minutes. The Karma Grip stabilizer slides inside, doing its best to keep your video smooth whether it's attached to the drone, a standard GoPro mount, or handheld. Finally, the touchscreen controller lets even novices get up and running with ease. The entire kit packs into a backback case, and is compatible with the new GoPro Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session, and the Hero 4.
Many people out there believe the point-and-shoot is dead, but until they make phones that can take photos like the Panasonic Lumix LX10 Camera, they'll still have a place in our bags. At its heart is a 1-inch, 20 megapixel sensor that soaks up far more detail and light then your typical pocket cam, paired with a lightning-fast, f/1.4-2.8 24-72 mm equivalent zoom lens from Leica. Of course it also shoots 4K video, has a 180º flip-up touchscreen for tap-focusing and selfies, can focus as close as 1.25 inches, making it great for macro, and has hardware controls — including a lens-mounted ring — that make it easy to take control over your images.
In case you haven't heard, wireless earphones are officially a thing. Keep yours protected and juiced up with the Mophie Power Capsule. This clever black pouch hides a 1,400 mAh battery within its walls, perfect for keeping your smallest gadgets charged and safe, whether they be headphones, a fitness tracker, or even a smartwatch.
The iPhone is already great at shooting video. The Cinebody iPhone Super8 Case makes it better. Designed to recall cameras of yore, it has its own microphone, a trigger that makes it easy to start and stop recording, a cold shoe for mounting accessories, a patent-pending focusing eyepiece, and interchangeable 58mm lenses that give you more shooting options than the built-in glass. When used with the companion app, you can also control exposure, frame rate, and focus, giving you a filming rig far more versatile than the built-in Camera app.
The virtual assistants built into our phones are powerful tools. But they still require you to take out your phone to work. The Sony Xperia Ear Assistant gives you access to similar tech while letting you keep your phone in your pocket. The small, comfortable speaker/mic combo reacts to your commands, handing tasks like checking your schedule, searching for information, navigating, and sending messages. It has a number of built-in sensors that let it know when it's in your ear and follow your movements, so you can respond to yes or no questions with a simple nod of your head, and comes with a convenient charging case so you won't run out of juice on the go.
It's okay to do a double-take. "Leica" and "instant camera" aren't words you see used together very often. Or at least they weren't. The Leica Sofort Instant Camera is the company's first take on instant photography, combining the convenience of built-in prints with the brand's signature tank-like build quality. It uses Fujifilm's popular, readily-available Instax Mini film, and while you can take manual control of the focus, flash, and EV, it has a bunch of built-in modes like macro, bulb, people, sports, and selfie that make for foolproof shooting. Available in mint, orange, or white.
It looks like something out of a sci-fi nightmare, but the Prodrone Robot Arm Drone is far more useful than intimidating. Based on the company's existing large capacity airframe, this aerial tool has a pair of five-axis robotic arms that can perform a number of tasks, from picking up and moving objects up to 22 lbs. to cutting wires and flipping switches at altitudes — up to 5,000 feet — where direct human interaction is inconvenient or impossible. Capable of operating in nearly any weather, it's limited only by the person at the controls.
There are smartphones, smart homes, smartwatches, and now with the Glance Clock, we have the first smart clock. Housed in a aluminum frame, the sleek fabric interface will display all of the information from your apps, calendars, and home devices on your wall. Get sound or silent alerts on the weather, your next meeting, and when you're getting a call or message without having to constantly look at your phone. Its clean appearance will be welcome both in your home and office.
After years of anticipation, everyone's favorite plumber is finally coming to the iPhone. Just not how you'd expect. Super Mario Run mixes endless runner gameplay with elements of traditional platformers, and offers three different game modes: traditional, battle, where you challenge a friend's best score, and a third where you create your own "kingdom" using coins you gain in the other modes. Unlike past Mario adventures, it's playable one-handed, and judging by the screenshots — it doesn't launch until later this year — it might be the best-looking Mario ever made.
With 4K TVs becoming more and more commonplace, it only makes sense that gamers want 4K graphics to match. That's exactly what the PlayStation 4 Pro will provide. A mid-generation update of the already-popular console, it has an upgraded CPU and GPU to let it support both 4K and HDR games. Most current PS4 titles will be able to upgrade to 4K via a simple patch, while newer titles will be developed to take full advantage of the new hardware. It also has a 1TB hard drive standard, will have 4K-compatible apps for services like Netflix and YouTube, and will enable better graphics for the upcoming PlayStation VR, as well. Coming in November.
Let's face it: you know it's faster, and you already know the apps it runs. The biggest feature of the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — any new iPhone, really — is the camera. The 7 gets a 12 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a brighter f/1.8, six-element lens. Both models get a 7 megapixel FaceTime camera, but only the Plus gets the dual 12 megapixel camera system. One side has a wide-angle 28mm lens, while the second has a 56mm lens; this pairing allows for 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, and a new Portrait mode that provides DSLR-like bokeh. The phones are also IP67 water and dust resistant, have solid-state home buttons that replicate clicks with the Taptic engine, get stereo speakers, lose the headphone jack in favor of wireless and Lightning 'phones (don't worry, an adapter is in the box), and a 25% brighter display with cinema-standard wide color gamut. Available in a high-gloss Jet Black, matte Black, as well as standard silver, gold, and rose gold finishes.
Since 2001, the white headphone cord has been synonymous with the iPod and iPhone. With Apple AirPods, that might finally be a thing of the past. These wireless headphones use the all-new Apple W1 chip to enable one-step connection with all your devices, and provide great sound with great battery life. They also have infrared sensors to detect when they're in your ear, voice accelerometers that work in concert with the stem-mounted microphones to reduce background noise when you're on a call or talking to Siri, and despite their diminutive size, they offer 5 hours of playback and up to 24 when used with the included compact wireless charging case.
It's not the company's flagship — that's the G5 — but that also lets the LG V20 Smartphone be far more interesting. Designed for media aficionados, it has a 5.7-inch QHD IPS display for taking in video and a 32-bit quad DAC system for headphone listening. Audio quality is further boosted by Bang & Olufsen tuning, 72-stage volume control, and deep lossless format support. When it comes to creating your own, it has a dual-camera system on the back with a 16 megapixel, f/1.8 "standard angle" camera and a wider 8 megapixel shooter. Video stabilization is made possible by the gyro and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and an advanced microphone system allows for high-quality audio capture. A tiny secondary from display, back-mounted fingerprint sensor/home button, and out-of-the-box support for Android 7.0 Nougat round out the offering.
Alpa stated making 35mm cameras in the early '40s, and got the brand registered in 1946. in 1996, it was purchased and resurrected as Alpa of Switzerland, maker of medium format cameras. The Alpa Anniversary Edition Camera celebrates both of these anniversaries with a limited release of its first medium format model, the Alpa 12 SWA. The rosewood-gripped camera arrives in a special edition case with a Rodenstock/Alpa HR Alpagon 5.6/70 mm lens, Alpa/Linhof 6x9 roll film back, Alpa viewfinder, and Fujifilm Acros 100 film, among other accessories. It's limited to just 20 examples, and thanks to its modular system, it's easy to add a digital back and use it for decades to come.
Porcelain is a naturally low resonance material, making it ideal for these Raumfeld x Rosenthal Porcelain Speakers. A collab between the high-end audio and porcelain manufacturers, the speakers' teardrop shape optimizes the acoustics from the coaxial speakers, driven by a 160 watt Class D amp. Laying claim to the title of "first steaming speakers made from porcelain", it also has integrated Wi-Fi for app-controlled playback, as well as line-in, Ethernet, and USB inputs.
Many "desktop" PCs actually end up living underneath your work surface, the better to hide their unimaginative, ugly cases. The HP Pavilion Wave Desktop PC is an exception. Much smaller than a traditional desktop, it has a triangular design that puts the processor, graphics, and SSD on one side, a hard drive on the next, and the thermal system on the third. In the middle is a custom tuned, 360-degree audio system from B&O Play that works with vented top and woven sides to deliver outstanding audio, a perfect complement for the detailed visuals of a fully-supported 4K display.
It runs Android, has a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and a software keyboard. Yet the Lenovo Yoga Book isn't exactly a tablet. Instead, it's a hybrid computing device, folding along its hinge to transform with ease. In tablet mode it acts just as you'd expect, while unfolding just a bit allows it to stand up, becoming a mini TV. Keep going and you'll be in laptop mode, where the Halo haptic keyboard magically appears, and folding it completely flat will put you in note saver mode, which lets you write on real paper, yet automatically transfers every scribble over the companion note app. With an Intel Atom processor, it's got plenty of grunt, and it's more rugged than it looks, with an aluminum and magnesium build available in a gray or gold finish.
Farmers work extremely hard. With the Case IH Magnum Autonomous Tractor, they can work a bit less. This concept vehicle, developed in collaboration with Autonomous Solutions, lets farmers take care of tasks like seeding, planting, and tilling, all without hopping behind the wheel. A simple tablet interface lets you set boundaries, plot paths, and set things in motion in less than 30 seconds, and you'll get a notification should it avoid any obstacles — using a combination of radar, LiDAR, and cameras — or run out of fuel or seeds. In addition, you can control multiple tractors at once, and with carbon fiber front fenders, black and red rims, and LED status/running lights, this robotic crop tender looks good, too.
The price is jaw-dropping. So is the sound. The idea of a standalone music player might seem prehistoric, but the Sony NW-WM1Z Walkman Music Player makes a strong case for its continued existence. It has a gold-plated, oxygen-free copper chassis that reduces contact resistance and magnetic interference, and an intuitive touchscreen interface. But the real magic happens on the inside, thanks to a dual clock circuit, 384kHz/32bit recording, Quad DSD playback when used with a balanced connection, DSEE-HX signal processing, and a robust FT CAP power supply to improve low-end performance. Just remember: to sound its best, it's going to need a better source than your library of torrented MP3s.
Combining their GPS knowledge with a powerful sensor, the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Camera lets you capture 4K video alongside tons of data. Using a combination of sensors, it records the distance, speed, and altitude of your adventures, while at the same time grabbing 30fps footage. A powerful microphone allows for voice control, a touchscreen LCD makes reviewing your shots easy, image stabilization keeps your cuts steady, and one-touch live streaming over Wi-Fi lets you share your adventures in real-time. Arrives with a rugged waterproof case.