According to Sonos, up to 70% of people don't wall-mount their TVs. The Sonos Playbase Speaker is designed for them. Standing roughly 2.3-inches tall, over two feet wide, and over a foot deep, it's able to support center-stand TVs up to 77 lbs, yet can fit underneath most TVs with legs on either end. In addition to using its ten speakers — six mid-range, three tweeters, and one woofer — to improve the sound of your favorite shows and movies, it also serves as a streaming music player, just like the rest of the Sonos family. Available in black or white.
Technology pushes forward at such a quick pace that many gadgets are already outdated by the time they hit store shelves. The Decibel Upgradeable Speaker looks to break this cycle by letting you replace any part inside its anodized aluminum chassis. That includes the electronics, which set together on a single board, the speakers, which include dual two-inch cast alloy bass drivers and two soft dome tweeters, and the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. It can charge directly over USB-C or via the included wireless charging dock, can link with other Decibel units for more room-filling sound, and is available with either a white or black removable grille.
It's hard to get better at table tennis without a playing partner that can adjust to your skill level. The Forpheus Ping Pong Robot can do just that. It uses two vision sensors and a motion sensor to measure the position of both its opponent and the movement of the ball 80 times per second. Using AI, it can then predict the trajectory of the ball and hit the ball back, and learn about your playing characteristics over time to help you make progress. It's not available for sale to private or commercial customers just yet but instead points to a future where robots can help you get better at skills you already have, instead of just doing things for you.
With the look of a smartwatch and a camera comparable to the one you'd find in your smartphone, the Beoncam Wrist Camera can capture you and the world around you in 360-degree HD. The world's first removable 5MP panoramic camera housed in a smartwatch is lightweight, compact, and splash proof. Beoncam is also built with an always on single touch system that is paired with a long-lasting rechargeable battery so you can capture a moment quickly and easily. Take 360-degree photos and videos or live stream your next adventure or spontaneous moment. You can even pop it out of the watch band and attach it to a backpack, bike, or tripod. Available for IOS and Android, the Beoncam app gives you remote control to the camera as well, so you can capture photos and video when it's outside of arm's reach.
The most obsessed-over hardware components in a phone are the screen and the camera. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium Smartphone nails them both. Touted as the world's first smartphone with a 4K HDR display, it has a 5.5" screen that borrows tech from Sony's Bravia TVs to deliver outstanding color, contrast, and detail. Seeing as how Sony supplies most of the camera modules you see in other high-end phones, it's no surprise its shooter is similarly advanced. Its 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera can grab 960 fps slow-mo, automatically starts buffering images before you even hit the shutter button, ensuring you don't miss your shot, and uses large pixels to capture excellent shots even in low-light situations.
Reducing the turntable to its most basic elements, the Miniot Wheel Turntable cleverly hides its components behind the record itself. An electronically-stabilized belt drive spins the heavy aluminum platter at a perfect 33.3 rpm, while the outer ring secures the record and eliminates resonance. The tonearm, modified AT95E cartridge, drive, amp, and electronics sit in a vibration-isolated block inside a cavity in the platter, and it's all controlled by the center stick. A wood base in walnut, cherry, or mahogany gives the minimal design an added bit of finish. Made in Holland.