Caterpillar is primarily known for its construction equipment. Now it's bringing its tough-as-nails knowhow to your phone. The Caterpillar S60 Smartphone is designed with workers in mind, with a rugged build and a number of features that come in handy on the job site. Foremost among those is the world's first integrated FLIR thermal camera, great for things like detecting heat loss around windows or doors, spotting moisture or missing insulation, or indentifying misfit electric appliances. It's as tough as you'd expect, with a Mil Spec 810G case that can withstand drops of 1.8 meters and is waterproof to 5 meters, a die-cast frame, and a 4.7-inch touchscreen with automatic wet finger and glove support. And while the specs won't overwhelm anyone, it's no slouch, either, making it useful even after it's time to clock out.
Created in celebration of the brand's 80th anniversary, the Ricoh GR II Silver Edition Camera is a subtle alternative to the compact's signature all-black look. Apart from the silver finish on the camera body, this edition also features a silver shutter button and ring cap, a white "GR" logo, a special power-down screen, and an included black leather case. Otherwise the specs are the same as its standard edition twin, including a 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, fixed 18.3mm f/2.8 lens, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. Limited to just 3,200 units worldwide.
Love it or hate it, there's no denying the screen on the Apple Watch isn't what you'd call "big". In fact, it's rather small. Tiny, even. A Tiny Game of Pong brings the classic '70s arcade hit to Apple's high-tech timepiece. You use the digital crown to move your paddle back and forth, get ten theme colors to match your strap, two game modes — arcade mode, unlocked from the start, and Classic playoff mode, available via in-app purchase — and Game Center integration. Far more fun than checking your activity progress for the third time this hour.
Forget powders, pills, or shots — the fastest, most reliable way to boost your athletic performance might be inside your skull. The Halo Sport Neuropriming Headset uses pulses of energy to improve your training. Called neuropriming, it lets your motor cortex send stronger, more easily read signals to your muscles, so more fibers are activated with each rep, and strength is gained faster. Used in conjunction with specially designed workouts, it can also help with the learning and sharpening of skills like swings, kicks, and throws. It connects to your phone wirelessly, and also works as a pair of Bluetooth headphones, so you don't need to take them off once the priming is done and training begins.
Selfies aren't going anywhere, no matter whether you love or hate them. The Panasonic Lumix GF8 is designed to make yours better. Its flip-up screen lets you get your framing perfect, while new retouching tools let you fix wrinkles, blackheads, and other imperfections with softening, defocusing, and slimming effects. It's also good for taking real photographs, with a 16 megapixel micro four-thirds sensor, speedy AF, and 25,600 maximum ISO. Available in silver, brown, pink, or orange, it has built-in Wi-Fi, and comes with 100GB of Google Drive space for storing all those self-portraits.
Qz.com does a great job of presenting the most important news of the day. The Quartz app might be even better. Instead of making you scroll through a list of headlines, it tells you what's going on in a conversational way, letting you interact with its well-informed robots like you would a buddy, and uses your responses to guide the action. For Apple Watch aficionados, it has a complication that shows you the current state of the market via emoji, and quizzes and haikus to enjoy when you're finished digesting current events.
Everyone has a wi-fi router. No one knows what to do when they start acting up, save for the old reset-and/or-unplug. The Starry Wi-Fi Station is out to change that. It has a built-in touchscreen that displays each device on your network in its own circle, with larger circles for devices using the most data and red circles for troublesome gadgets. It also lets you set parental controls, see your connection speeds and status over time, and provides 802.11ac performance, with future support for 802.15. Soon enough, you might get your Internet from them, too, with wireless mmWave service — with up to gigabit speeds — launching in Boston this year.
The View-Master is a classic toy. Unfortunately, the idea of swapping circular cards full of stereoscopic images is outdated. The View-Master VR Headset brings the iconic brand into the future by using your phone as the screen. It retains a connection to the past, however, with preview reels that look like the classic cards and a lever on the side, both of which work with the companion app to display 360-degree views of various sights and sounds. It's compatible with Google Cardboard, so it also works with tons of other VR apps, supports most popular smartphones, and far more acceptable option than strapping a cardboard box to your face.
As the direct replacement for the beloved a6000, the Sony a6300 Camera has some high expectations to meet. And it does so with ease. Most notably, it has what Sony claims is the "world's fastest autofocus", with an acquisition time as little as 0.05 seconds. The speed is made possible by a ridiculous 425 phase detection AF points packed densely across its 24.2 megapixel sensor. It has a large sensitivity range, from ISO 100 to 51,200, and thanks to the BIONZ X image processor, it can shoot at speeds up to 11 fps and record 4K video in Super 35mm format.
Hot on the heels of Nikon's latest pro flagship comes the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Camera. It has a new 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and dual Digic 6+ processors, enabling boost shooting up to 14 fps, a maximum ISO of 409,600, and high-resolution DCI 4K video recording at up to 60 fps. The improved 61-point AF system ensures consistent, reliable focus, while features like CFast 2.0 support, built-in GPS, and a built-in headphone jack give professionals the extra versatility they need.
As much speakers as they are works of art, Oma Imperia Speakers look as impressive as they sound. Penned by industrial designer David D'Imperio, they're built by hand in Pennsylvania using your choice of black walnut, cherry, or ash. The four-way system uses a pair of wooden horns covering 100hz to 20khz, and two rear-loaded subwoofer horns fed by a 21" woofer that covers frequencies from 20hz to 100hz and is powered by its own solid-state amplifier. The result is a system that's entirely time-aligned, American made, and commands attention — it stands over seven feet tall and measures five feet deep, after all — with both its presence and its performance.
One of only 50 ever produced — number 23, to be exact — this Leica M9-P White Edition Camera is as exclusive yet stylish a shooter as you'll find. Amazingly, it's prior owner only shot 360 photos with it, so there's basically zero wear on its 18 megapixel full-frame sensor and shutter. The rest of the set, including the body, Noctilux lens, metal body cap, rear lens cap, and matching white leather strap, is in similarly pristine condition, with only a nick in the front lens cap providing a hint of its used nature. Not to worry though, as they're throwing in a brand new one at no extra charge.
New Year's resolutions, health goals, and normal fitness trackers not enough to get you up and active? Use shame as your motivation by downloading Cakewalk. This humorous app uses the sensors in your iPhone to track your movement, and sends you a message each morning telling you how much you moved — or how little — the day before. Built-in challenges and a friend-based leaderboard give you added incentives, an Apple Watch app lets you keep track of your progress on your wrist, and if all that isn't enough, you can set the app up to publicly shame you on social media. It's fitness tracking for the lazy.
Free yourself from the tangle of cables and play without limitations with the Line 6 Relay G10 Wireless Guitar System. Using 24-bit digital technology, it provides an interference-, compression-, and latency-free wireless connection between your guitar's 1/4" output and the 1/4" or XLR input on your amp or rig. Just plug it in, and the transmitter and receiver automatically find the optimum channel. The transmitter's rechargeable battery last for up to 8 hours, charges in a docking well on the receiver, and lights up to let you know when it's running low, and since it only activates when it's fully connected, you don't get an annoying pop when you're plugging it in.
Based on the original half-frame PEN-F SLR from 1963, the new Olympus Pen-F Camera takes this classic design and updates it for the digital age. It has a 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, thus retaining compatibility with the company's impressive range of lenses while features like 5-axis image stabilization and the TruePic VII processor provide sharp images and quick focusing. There's also a 2.36 million-dot OLED viewfinder with 100% field of view and manual controls, so you can use it like a vintage rangefinder, built-in Wi-Fi, and a 3-inch articulating monitor that hides away when you're not using it, yet works as an AF targeting pad when you are. All of this is housed in a classic body with magnesium top and front covers, joined by the aluminum dials and bottom plate.
One of the few things that classic sportscars don't have is a built in navigation system. But that's all changing with the release of the Porsche Classic Navigation Radio. It fits seamlessly into the DIN-1 slot and features optimized radio reception and a touch-sensitive 3.5-inch display. A useful and subtle addition that can be added to Porsche generations between the first 911 from the 60's and the last of the 911 series from the mid 1990s.
The Fender name is synonymous with quality guitars. And now, the trusted instrument makers are bringing that same quality and attention to detail to the world or earphones with these Fender FXA7 Pro Earphones. The housings were 3D printed using scans of thousands of ears — making each pair feel like a custom fit. And the sound quality is top notch as well, with a pair of balanced armature tweeters and their patented Hybrid-Dynamic tuned Balanced Armature Array. Available in metallic gold or metallic black, they arrive in a deluxe carrying case with SureSeal tips, a cleaning tool, and cable.
You're not going to mistake it for one of the company's vintage rangefinders, but the Leica X-U Camera can do several things those can't — like shoot underwater. Developed in collaboration with Audi Design, this 16.5 megapixel APS-C shooter is waterproof down to 49 feet, and is also shockproof and sealed against dust. It achieves this by pairing its CMOS sensor with a fixed f/1.7 23mm lens, and by placing the rear buttons underneath the anti-slip thermoplastic elastomer coating that covers the majority of the body. Other features include a 3-inch monitor, built-in flash, and a dedicated underwater mode.
Projectors offer great image size for the dollar. But they generally also require a lot of room to reach their potential. The LG Ultra Short Throw LED Smart Projector displays 1080p video at sizes up to 100" while resting as little as five inches away from the screen or wall. Its LED light source delivers consistent, vivid color and will last for roughly 30,000 hours, built-in Smart TV features mean you don't need a separate box to find great content, and Bluetooth output means you can connect powerful speakers without running wires everywhere.
Built to compete for the $30 million dollar Google Lunar XPRIZE, the Audi Lunar Quattro is the first four-ringed vehicle not meant for terrestrial use. To complete its mission, it'll have to traverse at least a half kilometer of rocky lunar landscape, while beaming high-res images and video back to Earth. During the journey, which will take an estimated five days, it will need to hitch a ride on a rocket, and deal with temperatures as high as 250º F. In order to overcome these challenges, it's built from a mix of high-strength aluminum and magnesium, uses a pair of stereo cameras to navigate obstacles, has a swiveling solar panel to charge up the battery powering its four hub motors, and, of course, takes full advantage of Audi's legendary all-wheel drive system.
Ever thinner devices mean ever smaller batteries. You can extend your phone's life with a battery case, but at the end of the day, it's just another gadget to charge. The Ampware Hand Crank iPhone Case gives you an alternative. Using an on-board generator, five minutes of cranking can deliver a full hour of normal use or five hours of standby juice, guaranteeing you'll have power when you need it most while keeping your iPhone 6 or 6S safe from drops and bumps.
Big capabilities. Pocket-friendly size. The new Fujifilm X70 Camera offers an advanced sensor the size of most DSLRs in a package that you can take with you anywhere. At 16.3 megapixels, the X-Trans CMOS II sensor captures outstanding detail even in low light, and is paired with a Fujinon 18.5mm, f/2.8 lens, the 35mm equivalent of 28mm glass. There's a speedy AF system with 77 points for tracking movement, a silent electronic shutter capable of 1/32,000 second exposures, built-in Wi-Fi for instant sharing or printing via an Instax Printer, and a 3-inch touchscreen display that rotates up to 180 degrees, making shots from different angles — including selfies — a breeze.
It doesn't matter if you're walking, running, or riding a bike — it's a lot easier for cars to see you after dark if you're wearing something reflective. With Life Paint, that can be pretty much whatever you want to wear. This water-based reflective spray is invisible by daylight, yet glows brightly when hit with the beam of a car's headlights. It works best on textile materials, whether it's shoes, a jacket, or a hat, lasts for over a week during normal use, and washes off, leaving whatever you sprayed it on just as it was.
Many of us wear headphones for a good portion of the day. So why not have them do more than just play music? Leveraging the tech used in the company's more traditional wearables, Misfit Specter Activity Tracking Headphones keep tabs on your steps, distance covered, calories, and sleep duration/quality, all while pulling double-duty as personal speakers. Despite their expanded functionality, they don't skimp on the sound, with dual drivers for richer, clearer audio, noise isolation technology to keep external sounds at bay, and multiple microphones to eliminate ambient noise when talking on the phone.
It's certainly not going to fit in to most home decors. But if you consider yourself a true gearhead, the Porsche Design 911 GT3 Soundbar delivers great sound while serving as an undeniable conversation piece. The 200W speaker accepts audio via one analog and two digital inputs, as well as over Bluetooth with aptX, and has both Dolby Digital decoding and DTS TruSurround virtual surround sound. But it's the design that really stands out, using an original rear silencer and twin exhaust from a 911 GT3 as the case, with the ports helping to boost the bass. We can only hope it releases a throaty growl befitting its heritage when you turn it on.
If you have a family, you likely take a lot of pictures of them. Unfortunately, that also means you're missing out on the moment, stuck behind the camera (or phone). The Kiba Family Camera lets you enjoy those moments with your family while still getting the shot. It takes 13 megapixels stills and shoots 1080p video, and uses a custom "Joy Ranking Algorithm" to pick the best shots and clips from each day, uploading them automatically to the cloud. You can also start the camera via voice command or schedule a time for recording, but most of the time it just works on its own — exactly how you'd want it.
The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. Yet most photography enthusiasts wish they could push it farther. The Zeiss ExoLens lets you do exactly that. Leveraging the German company's legendary optic expertise, these add-on lenses come in three models — wide-angle, telephoto, and macro — and offer outstanding sharpness and contrast from one edge to the other. The macro lens also holds the distinction of being the first add-on lens to offer a zoom function, and all three lenses attach to a machined aluminum bracket that doubles as a tripod adapter and cold shoe mount for flashes and other accessories.
You don't need a huge, trunk-hogging rig to capture video with a drone. The Axis Vidius Mini Drone can stream and record both live (420p) video and still images during flight, yet fits in the palm of your hand. The world's smallest FPV drone, it communicates with its 4-channel controller over a 2.4 gHz connection, but can also be controlled via Wi-Fi with an Android or iOS device. Its rechargeable battery lasts for up to 7 minutes per charge, a six-axis gyro keeps it stable during flight, and a pre-programmed "trick mode" lets it do flips and rolls on command. With a 100 foot range, it's not going to replace your Phantom anytime soon, but as a fun toy or beginner's model, it's hard to beat.
It's far wider than it is tall, but don't dare mistake the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 Wireless Speaker for a soundbar. Designed to look great whether it's on a stand or mounted on the wall, this high-end system has built-in touch controls that let you queue up a song from Spotify, Deezer, or TuneIn without touching an app, but also has AirPlay, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, and BeoLink Multiroom technology to bring in audio from other sources without a wire to be seen. It has two four-inch bass drivers for deep, room-filling sound, two tweeters angled outwards for a wider soundstage, and 80-watt class D amplifiers that provide all four speakers with plenty of power. Finished with a pentagonal aluminum cabinet and matching stand.