Whether you're an experienced tinkerer or just beginning to discover electronics, the SAM Connected Electronics Kit can help you on your way. This modular system of "blocks" lets you build a wide variety of creations, from simple button controls to complex machines. There are five kits to fit your level of expertise, each of which contains a variety of sensors and actors, covering everything from servos and motors to sliders, buttons, lights, and thermometers. You lay out your systems via an intuitive app, and can link any of your creations to the Internet, opening up a world of possibilities beyond your own shed/garage/secret lab.
Sometimes bigger really is better. The Lomo'Instant Wide Camera combines the convenience of instant prints with a size that's suitable for more than just passing among friends. Using a fully programmatic shutter, the camera lets you shoot automatically when needed, yet still take control when you want, and offers a 35mm equivalent lens with optional attachments. The built-in flash keeps things lit, three zone focusing areas let you keep the spotlight on your subject, and a long exposure mode lets you release your creativity. Takes Fujifilm Instax Wide film and runs on 4 AA batteries.
Yes, most normal people have moved on from the Bluetooth headset craze, but if you work on a construction site, odds are you like to keep your hands free. The Jabra Steel Headset lets you do so without worrying about breaking any delicate tech. It's built to satisfy the demands of trade workers, so it's dust-, water-, and shock-resistant, and uses advanced audio technology to handle noisy environments and model-specific EarHooks to keep the headset comfortably in place all day long, whether you're on your lunch break or in the middle of a project.
Classic looks, a compact body, and high-end components combine to make the Canon PowerShot G5 X Camera a solid choice for both a pro backup or as a walk-around cam for amateurs. At its heart is a 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor that works together with the fast f/1.8-2.8, 4.2x zoom lens and intelligent image stabilization to deliver quality images in a variety of conditions. You can frame your shots via the high-res OLED viewfinder or multi-angle 3-inch LCD touchscreen, take great shots of the night sky using Star Mode, and get your favorites off the SD card and onto your favorite social sites quickly and easily with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC.
Phones can easily become sources of stress. They can also help alleviate it. Pause does precisely that by leaning on principles of Tai Chi and mindfulness, having you slowly, methodically move your finger across the screen while splashes of color appear and calming audio plays. This combination of events triggers the body's "rest and digest" response, helping you focus and relieve stress anywhere, anytime you need a breather for your brain.
Plenty of cameras can take pictures of the night sky, but very few were actually built specifically for it. The Tiny1 Astronomy Camera pairs a sensor that's particularly good in low-light with advanced image processing to create striking images of stars, whole constellations, and planets in far less time than a traditional DSLR. It can also take time-lapse videos in 2.5K resolution, and should you have trouble finding a subject, it can show you up-to-date star charts right in live preview mode.
Sure, we've ditched film, but the basics of photography remain much the same as they were decades ago. The Light L16 Camera is out to revolutionize the industry by ditching the traditional DSLR form factor altogether. Dubbed a "multi-aperture computational camera", it fires up to 10 small cameras out of 16 simultaneously, using a powerful processor and proprietary algorithms to stitch together the results into a single high-quality 52 megapixel image. This unique approach lets you choose your focus and depth of field after you've taken your photo, and gives you all this capability in a device that's able to fit in your pocket.
Odds are you've seen an HDR photo, so you know what the added range can do for an image. Now imagine that image as a video in 4K resolution, and you've got an idea of what to expect from the Vizio Reference Series TV. The 65-inch set is the first on the market to Dolby Vision, using quantum dots and other cutting-edge tech to deliver a picture far beyond that of any common set, with over one billion possible colors. It's powered by a six-core processor, supports both 4K and HDR streaming content, and has a built-in 3-channel sound bar, paired with an included wireless 10-inch subwoofer and satellite speakers for out-of-the-box 5.1 surround sound. Also available in a staggeringly large, $130,000 120-inch model.
They look like they're from the future. They sound like it too. Bang & Olufsen's Beolab 90 Speakers use a crazy array of 18 Scan-Speak loudspeakers placed in specific locations and directions paired with 14 ICEpower and four class D amplifiers — for a total of 8200 watts — to deliver strikingly clear, lifelike sound. The insane 360-degree design and Active Room Compensation technology deliver fantastic sound no matter where the speakers are placed, or you can use the Beam Width and Direction control to place the sound precisely where you want it. You can save your settings as presets in the companion app, and can also have them automatically pulled up via a B&O TV or by connected devices, most of which likely cost far less than these.
It might have a "b" logo on the top, but it's easy to see the influence of a certain Cupertino fruit company in the Beats Pill+. The portable Bluetooth speaker is still shaped like its name suggests, but is far more mature than its predecessor, with a clean grille up front and only four buttons up top. It offers 12 hours of battery life, the ability to charge your phone via the USB port on the back (it unsurprisingly comes with a Lightning cable), and compatibility with the new Pill+ app that helps manage multiple users and lets you join multiple sets together, either playing in unison or split in a left/right setup for better separation. Available in white or black.
The screen on your iPhone 6 is big. Which also means it's power-hungry. Give yourself quick access to your most-used information without the battery drain by putting your phone in an InkCase. This intelligent accessory puts a 4.3-inch E Ink display on the back of your phone, connecting over Bluetooth to let you display things like boarding passes, payment cards, or even notifications. And it measures only 4.2mm thick, so even with your iPhone inside, the whole package measures a still-pocketable 11.1mm, or thinner than an iPhone 3GS.
Up 'til now, the Surface has been stuck in a weird limbo between tablet and laptop. No more. The Microsoft Surface Book is designed to be a killer laptop and a killer tablet. Its unique hinge lets you detach the screen from the keyboard, turning it into a tablet, and reattach the screen facing out, letting you take advantage of the powerful, MacBook Pro-besting processor, RAM, and graphics built into the keyboard base without giving up the highly responsive, pressure-sensitive stylus and finger-ready touch surface. You can also pair it with a Surface Dock for desktop use, but even if you don't, it's the most interesting device that we've seen out of Redmond in, well, ever.
Finally. For the last couple of years, the number one request we've heard is an official Uncrate app for Android devices. Well, today is the day. The Uncrate Android App — made by possible by our friends at Dollar Shave Club and built by the smart folks at Intrepid — was designed from the ground up for high end Android smartphones, giving you all of our daily Uncrate finds, plus quick access to your stashed items, popular products, the Uncrate magazine, and more. It's the best way to never miss anything from Uncrate if you've sworn off the new evil Apple. Of course, if you're still living that iLife, you can grab the iPhone app here.
With access to more 4K content than any other streaming box, the Roku 4 makes a strong case for taking up an HDMI port on your UHD set. Its quad-core processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi let it support 4K streams at up to 60 fps, and a dedicated 4K spotlight section makes it easy to find high-res content from Amazon, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. Its remote lets you search for shows and movies using nothing but your voice and has a headphone jack for private listening, and the box has a dedicated button for helping you find it when it's slipped down between the cushions on your couch.
Based on three storied synthesizers, these Roland Boutique Portable Synths pack the same magic, and more, into a surprisingly small package. Each one is battery powered with a built-in speaker, a pair of ribbon controllers, a 16-step sequencer, and additional features not found on the originals. At just over 2 pounds, they're incredibly easy to take with you, but are just as comfortable acting as a desktop module controlled by MIDI.
The iPhone's cameras are great. Make them even better with the Olloclip Macro Pro Phone Lens. Unlike the company's original 4-in-1, which mixes in both fisheye and wide-angle lenses, this model is all about the closeups, with options for 7x, 14x or 21x magnification that lets you make pleasing photos of even the smallest subjects. Just slide it over the top of your iPhone, fire up your favorite camera app, and go. The six element optics provide better depth of field and less distortion, the included InstaFocus hoods help diffuse light, and the pocket-friendly size means its easy to pack along.
Once you get past what operating system it runs, there are two things that are most important on a phone: the screen and the camera. The LG V10 Smartphone has unique features for both. On the screen side, it has a 5.7-inch QHD display, and above a 160 pixel-tall "second screen" that can be set to stay on, showing the time, weather, and battery status, and can display shortcuts or incoming notifications when you're using the device. Above that, there are two 5 megapixel front cameras that work in concert with sophisticated software to join the two images into a single wide-angle shot, eliminating the need for a selfie stick (not that you'd use one anyway). The 16 megapixel shooter on the back is no slouch either, with 4K recording in 16:9 or 21:9 cinematic ratios, an f/1.8 aperture, and optical image stabilization. The stainless steel frame, grippy backside, 4GB of RAM, microSD slot, and Snapdragon processor are just a bonus.
You can't fly like Superman through the air. But you can get pretty close beneath the waves with the X2 Sport Underwater Jet Pack. It uses two trusters, one mounted on each arm, to propel you through the water at speeds of up to 6mph and depths of up to 30 feet, while a backpack provides the power. The attached analog throttle grip makes it easy to control, and it can run for up to an hour on a single charge, or way longer than you can hold your breath.
Don't let its size fool you. The Bose SoundTouch 10 Speaker packs big sound and a well-rounded feature set into a diminutive package. Standing less than 8.5 inches tall, it uses a new 2.5 inch Unidome speaker that, paired with the company's digital signal processing, produces surprisingly full sound. It also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in, the latter of which gives you instant access to streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, and lets the speaker hook up with other SoundTouch units in your house wirelessly — giving you the ability to build a whole-house system that includes home theater systems, soundbars, standalone units, and even outdoor speakers.