Smartphone keyboard keys are rectangles. Our fingertips are not. The Wrio Hexagonal Keyboard uses its unique shape and layout to better match our own physiology and increase our accuracy and speed. Its layout is based on QWERTY that, combined with the large hexagonal key shape and personalized auto correction, will boost your typing speed by up to 70%. It also incorporates gestures for even faster editing and switching, supports up to five languages at once, and has over 1,000 built-in emoji for those times when words simply aren't enough.
Built to order in the USA, this Luno Record & Whiskey Console combines two of life's great pleasures: music and booze. Inspired by the classic record consoles of the '50s and '60s, it's crafted from American Walnut, with handsome fabric grills. The top lifts up on one side to reveal a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable and metal turnknob controls, while the central front section has two sliding doors that open to reveal a storage area for four bottles, up to 150 LPs, and the included gold-rimmed glasses. To ensure it sounds as good as it looks, it has a silk-dome tweeter, a 6.5-in woofer, and a downward-firing 100W subwoofer, and Airplay compatibility lets you stream music from your Apple gadgets when you want to listen to something that's not in your vinyl collection.
The use of thermal imaging tools is nothing new for those brave men and women that battle the flames and smoke. Yet it's always come at a price: the inability to use both hands. The Scott Sight Smart Firefighter Mask does away with limitation by integrating a thermal imaging system right into the mask. While the lightweight camera sits on the outside, the integrated display sits inside the shield, assuring that the view remains unobstructed while giving the wearer full use of their bodies to combat the fire and help rescue potential victims.
Most new cars come with sensors to let you know when you're about to back over something. Unfortunately for owners of older rides, adding that capability to a car that didn't come equipped with it has been an expensive undertaking. Until now. The FenSens Wireless Parking Sensor is both affordable and easy to install. It packs its sensors into a standard license plate holder, installing in as little as five minutes and connecting to your phone wirelessly. Once it's set up you'll get a visual readout of how far any objects are from your bumper, as well as audible alerts that increase in frequency the closer you get to an object, all without running a single cable.
When Polish designer Robert Majkut dreamt up this Whaletone Royal Digital Piano, it's doubtful that even he could fully imagine how striking it would be. The 13 x 8 ft piano that resembles a water polished sea creature is the largest Whaletone model available. But there are no strings or hammers under the hood, instead it's entirely digital — complete with an internal noiseless amplifier, MIDI inputs and outputs, USB, and a headphone socket to play in silent mode. And if it wasn't unique enough already, each Whaletone product is made to order — allowing you to customize it to fit in with the rest of the furniture on your private yacht.
Designed to free you from the need to drag your phone with you every time you run, the Pebble Core is an iPod shuffle for modern times. It uses its own 3G connection to stream music from Spotify, and connects with your headphones wirelessly over Bluetooth. Since your phone also doubles as a location device, the Core packs GPS into its squarish black body, syncing the data with a number of popular fitness apps once you're back on WiFi. And while you hopefully never need it, there's also an SOS function built-in so should an emergency happen, you can still call for help without actually needing a phone.
As rugged as they come and packed with tech, the Olympus Tough TG-Tracker Camera is the action cam for the data hungry. It uses a bevy of sensors — including GPS, a barometric pressure sensor, an accelerometer, an electronic compass, and a temperature sensor — to record data about your location and the conditions, all while the 204º f/2.0 lens and UHD sensor capture 4K footage of your exploits at 30 fps. And since most adventures get a little messy, it's also waterproof down to 100 feet, dustproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and crushproof, so it can handle whatever you throw its way.
The convenience of always-on voice controls meets the power of the world's biggest search engine in Google Home. Like Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant baked into Home lets you ask questions, set times, and control Internet of Things devices using natural language. It also supports Google Cast, meaning you can play songs on any Cast-enabled speaker (including the Home itself), link them together for whole-home audio, and even pick out and start watching TV shows using nothing but your voice. Swappable bases let you match the device to your decor, and since developers are getting a look at it months before its official debut, you can count on it having a few surprise features when it launches later this year.
The premise behind Amazon's Dash Buttons is simple: press a button, reorder some essential life product. So what happens when you let people make that button do whatever they want? You get the Amazon Programmable Dash Button. Like all its siblings, it's an oval-shaped, Wi-Fi connected button. But unlike the rest, this one is connected to Amazon Web Services, letting you code the button to perform tasks like switch your lights on and off, order pizza, open the garage door, call a cab, and any other Internet of Things-style tasks you can think of.
It sounds like science fiction: the ability to converse with someone speaking a different language without needing to know it. Yet that's exactly the future Pilot Translating Earphones promise. The world's first smart earpiece to translate between people speaking different languages in real time, it comes with a second earpiece for listening to music, uses a companion app to toggle between languages, and most importantly can function offline, so you're not at the mercy of your Internet connection. European-based Romantic and Germanic languages will receive support first, with other world languages following, and adding new ones is as simple as downloading a song.
Our ears all look different. Turns out they hear differently, too. Nura Headphones are the first cans to take this into account. Using a microphone to measure both the tones going in and coming out of your ear canal, they adjust the sound automatically to match your hearing. Helping things along is a novel design that uses an in-ear driver to handle highs, and an over-ear cup with a bass driver, letting each note and tone breathe while also doubling up on noise isolation. They're powered by a digital connection to your device, so there's no battery to keep charged, and since the sound is custom tailored, you can leave the volume lower and save your hearing at the same time.
A true plug and play turntable is here, and it packs a lot into a small package. This G. Pinto On Turntable has a height of only 2.5 inches, and is also a great example of beautiful design. It features a carbon fiber tonearm, belt driven Corian platter, and a valve preamp with a dedicated power supply. It's also capable of handling traditional analog sources as well as digital ones through a Bluetooth audio receiver. The multi-layer beech veneer deck help it stand out and its sure to be a nice addition for any audiophile who also shares a passion for minimalist design.
Drones have become the go-to way to capture footage and stills from above the ground. The Sea Drone aims to do the same under the surface of the water. Its thruster system automatically regulates the propeller speed while monitoring the current, voltage, RPM, and temperature. A simple iOS-based interface combined with Auto Depth and Auto Heading systems makes control a breeze, and real-time video stabilization ensures that you get smooth footage even in choppy waters. Good for everything from filmmakers to bridge inspections.
We've all done it — left the conversation we were in to switch apps and do a Google search. Gboard lets you do the same thing right from your keyboard. Addresses, flight info, maps, images, and more all appear right below where you're typing, ready to share with a single tap. It also handles typical replacement keyboard duties like glide typing and emojis with ease, and, yes, it has a dedicated GIF section, too. Surprisingly iPhone-only.
You can get great close-ups using a prime lens, but true macro photography is a totally different beast, with its own lighting and stability requirements. The Canon Self-lit Macro Lens aims to make it a bit less intimidating for amateur shooters. In a world's first, it has a ring-style light built right into the lens, helping to illuminate challenging subjects and increase shutter speeds. It can focus to infinity during normal operation, has a 1.2x macro mode for stunning magnification, and uses a Hybrid IS system to help keep the image sharp. With a focal length of 28mm and the ability to shoot at f/3.5 wide open, it's a versatile piece of kit for EOS M owners.
In many ways, playing a record is the antithesis of streaming. The Trntbl Turntable promises to bring the two experiences together in interesting ways. It can automatically identify what you're spinning, letting you share via social media, or show your Spotify friends what's playing, with a "Tune In" feature that lets them listen along in real-time. It can also stream audio wirelessly to Sonos, AirPlay, and Bluetooth speakers. As for the turntable itself, it comes in matte black or soft creme, with a minimal design that uses high-quality components, including gold-finished buttons, tonearm, and counterweight and a frosted acrylic platter.
Raspberry Pi's combination of small size, versatility, and affordability has led to a number of interesting projects. The Raspberry Pi Tube Amp is just the latest. This add-on is compatible with all 40-pin versions of the Pi, and adds a 24-bit DAC, single 12AU7 tube gain stage, and a solid state Class A output that can drive headphones ranging 32 to 200 Ohms with ease. A gain select switch sets the output to the optimum level for your listening device, so the only thing you really need to worry about is what sort of case you want to build.
Scents play a huge role in our daily lives. They can relax us, wake us up, or remind us of a special occasion. The Cyrano Scent Machine is a scent speaker that "plays" scents in the same way you'd queue up a playlist of music. It's all controlled through a smartphone app, and makes for a nice companion on your commute to work, at your desk, or even bedside. You can even combine different scents playlist-style to move through a mood melody the next time you come down with a case of the Mondays.
Inspired by furniture designs from the 1950's and 60's, the folks at Department Chicago recently unveiled this beautiful throwback Hi-Fi Console. It's made from select Maple and Walnut hardwood solids for the best sound possible and comes with an adjustable shelf, removable record holders, connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or a audio-in connection. You even have the option to personalize your console by picking the best finish and color combo for your space. A classic hi-fi look with modern amenities make this the perfect excuse to finally dive headfirst into the world of vinyl.
We've all made a quick trip to Giphy to select just the right GIF to drop in a thread. With Giphy Keys, you don't even need to leave the app you're in. This alternative keyboard puts the service's entire library at your fingertips, starting with currently trending GIFs, and continuing with the ability to filter by mood, memes, or movies, or just search directly. You can also use hashtag commands to have it select an animation for you — #echo transforms your words into a GIF, for example — and with millions to choose from, there's no doubt it'll find one that's right for the moment.
We keep close tabs on the food we eat, the amount of water we drink, and how active we are. Yet the most essential component of day-to-day life — the air we breathe — hardly gets more thought than a glance at the thermostat or weather app. The Jacob Jensen Air Quality Monitor is out to change that. It measures levels of pollutants like VOCs, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide, distilling them down to an Air Quality Index number that it displays on its screen, alongside the temperature and humidity. It has a built-in battery that lets you take it wherever you are, a light on the bottom that gives you an at-a-glance look at the air quality (green is good, orange so-so, red is bad) and is made from durable ABS and polycarbonate so it can accompany you on long trips with ease.
It's widely accepted at this point that sugar is bad for you — especially the processed sugar that gets added to foods in an effort to make them more addictive/taste better. Sugar Rush lets you know just how much sugar has been added to anything you're thinking of eating just by scanning the UPC code. It shows you how many teaspoons (or, scarily, tablespoons) have been added, as well as the ratio of naturally occurring sugars to unnecessary additives. And since it works from anywhere you can get Internet, you can make the smart, healthy decision before you throw the stuff in your cart.
We're getting closer and closer to real hoverboards — and unlike the one BTTF, this one most certainly can run over water. The Flyboard Air is still a prototype, but it just carried its company's founder well over a mile up the coast of France, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. It's propelled by a jet unit that can run for up to 10 minutes, hit speeds of over 90 mph, and fly up to 10,000 feet in the air (not that it's recommended). The result of four years development, it's sadly going to need at least one more before it comes to market.
Forget complicated controllers and dangerous exposed blades — the Hover Camera makes aerial photography as simple as a point-and-shoot. An embedded AI running on a quad-core Snapdragon processor takes the guess work out of shooting — just turn it on, unfold the wings, and it will hover where you release it, following you automatically while snapping 13 megapixel stills and 4K video on command. It has electronic image stabilization for smooth footage, folds up to roughly the size of a book, so it's easy to pack with you, and is made from durable, lightweight carbon fiber that helps protect both the camera itself and those around it.
Between missed calls, messages, emails, and updates, most of our reminders get lost in a sea of red bubbles. The SeeNote ePaper Sticky Note is bridging the gap between your standard post-it note and savvy smartphone so your daily duties don't continue to slip through the cracks. This digital sticky note sports an always legible ePaper Touchscreen and connects to Wifi, allowing you to pull notifications from your gadget's calendar, receive messages via email, and weather and traffic updates. Instead of an irritating alarm, the KnowGlow gets your attention with a subtle LED strip. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-Ion battery, the SeeNote can run for up to a month on a single charge. An integrated 3M Command strip provides damage-free mounting wherever you need it, so you'll never miss garbage day again.
With dual amps and DAC converters, the Onkyo DP-X1 Music Player is ready to make the most of any music you throw its way. To get the best sound, you can use the balanced 2.5mm 4-pole output with support for BTL and ACG drives, hook it up via the micro USB digital output, or just plug in your normal cans via the 3.5mm jack. It supports a wide range of audio formats, including 11.2MHz DSD, WAV, FLAC, and ALAC, and since it's based on Android, you also have access to apps like Tidal, Spotify, and Apple Music. It has 32GB of built-in storage with dual micro SDXC slots for up to 432GB total, can play up to 16 hours per charge, and has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with aptX for wireless streaming.
Today's digital cameras offer tons of features. So many, in fact, that they can distract from what's most important: your photos. The Leica M-D Camera packs high-tech components in a no-nonsense throwback body that eschews menus for manual control. It's so spartan, in fact, that the entire back screen and menu system has been replaced by a single control — an ISO ring — that joins the shutter speed dial and on-lens aperture and focus controls for a pure photographic experience. It has a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor, and lets you make the most of it with a subdued, red dot logo-less black body and a nearly silent shutter for discrete snapping.
For those looking for an advantage on the paintball course, look no further than the Goblin Deuce Double-Barrel Paintball Pistol. It's the world's first double-barrel air cartridge paintball pistol. Each set comes with two air cartridges, a four barrel sizer kit, a fitting tactical holster, air adapter, and 2 O-Ring kits. Or grab the conversion kit and add it to the Goblin Solo for the same double barrel effect. The double barrel gives you the ability to fire your ammo simultaneously, or release each round separately. It's the perfect covert edge you'll need during your next paintball war.
DeWalt already makes rugged tools. Now they're making a rugged version of the most important one: the smartphone. Powered by Android, the DeWalt Smartphone is as ready for the jobsite as any of their other tools, with IP68 dust- and waterproofing, military-grade protection against drops, bangs, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and pressure, and dual SIM slots for easily switching between work and home. It also has a 5-inch screen, LTE networking, wireless charging, and all the other features you'd expect in a phone, even one that's more suited to the boardroom than the boiler room.