Getting your space to the optimum level of humidity shouldn't be a pain — finding the perfect setting, checking water levels, and frequent refills become a thing of the past with the Roolen Breath Humidifier. Completely controlled with just one button, you can set Breath to one of three modes: low for up to 24 hours of moisture, high for up to 12 hours in a very dry environment, or an auto mode that lets it determine the appropriate amount of moisture for you. And with an elegant design available in white or black, a small footprint, and quiet efficient operation, you'll barely even notice the device as it steadily improves your environment.
Made as a robotics kit for the everyman, the EZ Robot Kits make building, customizing, and programming your own robot accessible to anyone — even if you don't have a degree in engineering or computer science. With three chassis available (a hexapod, a humanoid, and a tracked roller) you can build on each with modular components like arms, legs, servos, sensors, and cameras. Their EZ-Builder software lets you construct robots digitally before assembling them, and write programs with a simple-to-use interface, letting you share your creations across the community. And for those feeling a little more adventurous, you can even 3D-print pieces for your robot at home.
These days it seems like everyone is brewing beer at home — so it's a bit surprising that far fewer people have gotten into home wine-making — perhaps just because it's more trouble than it's worth. But with the Miracle Machine, you can make your own wine at home without all the fuss. This small, attractive machine functions as a countertop appliance, and using inexpensive grape concentrate, yeast, and other ingredients available through Miracle Machine, you can make great wine in only days. Built-in sensors operated by an Arduino micro-controller keep the fermentation process on track, while available iOS and Android apps let you control and monitor your winemaking during every step.
Qi wireless charging is great if your phone has it. What's not so great is trying to find the hotspot on your charger, so that you don't set your phone down and walk away, only to come back to find a dead device. The Tylt Vu Wireless Charger eliminates this issue with multi-coil free positioning technology that lets you drop your phone down — in either orientation — and have it charge just as rapidly as a wall charger without the need to fool with the placement.
It's like something out a Bond movie — a gun that will only fire for one specific person. The Armatix Firearm Smart System makes it a reality. This unique system pairs an .22 calibre iP1 pistol with the iW1 RFID watch, making it so that only someone wearing the watch can fire the weapon. The gun automatically deactivates when it loses contact with the watch, and the watch itself lets you enter a pin code to release the safety, adding yet another measure of security. After all, when it comes to firearms, you can't be too careful.
3D printers are undoubtedly cool. And they can also be useful — assuming what you need to print can fit inside the typically tiny dimensions of your printer. On that count, you should have no troubles with the BigRep Large Scale 3D Printer. This mammoth machine can print objects well over a cubic meter in size, or roughly 45" x 40" x 47" at its limits, and doesn't skimp on detail, either, with dual tool heads offering 100 micron resolution. Print a table, print a chair, print your imaginary best friend — just print something, because owning one of these and failing to use it would be a real shame.
Privacy may not be your chief concern when you're browsing the web — but it probably should be. Each time you venture out onto the web, you're vulnerable, because each site can access your IP address, giving them the ability to find your physical location. With Safeplug, you can feel safe on the internet again, browsing anonymously and securely. It works using a service called Tor (already well-used by foreign journalists and privacy nuts alike), which routes your internet traffic through a series of random locations, making it impossible to determine where you are. All you need to do is plug it into your router, set it up, and in about a minute you'll be basking in anonymity.
Carbon fiber — it's used in automotive and aerospace design, as well as in high-end luxury goods. Now you can use it to create your own objects with the Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D Printer. Billed as the world's first 3D printer designed to print composite materials, this sturdy machine is built using aluminum unibody construction, and features a long axis that's great for creating parts, a bed that clicks into the same place every time thanks to a kinematic coupling, and a head that can handle standard PLA, tough nylon, lightweight fiberglass, and, of course, carbon fiber, using long, continuous strands that offer maximum strength with minimal weight. Now all you need is something worth printing.
One of the biggest strikes against Google Glass — if not the biggest, really — is the extremely odd looking hardware. While it still features the rather huge box, camera, and floating screen, Google Glass Titanium Eyewear does look quite a bit more normal than its predecessor. This new collection includes four frame shapes that can accommodate prescription lenses, as well as three sunglass options that were designed in collaboration with Maui Jim. The downside? Those prices are for the frames only, not for the hardware, so if you're thinking of making the leap, you'd better have an extra grand and a half on hand.
No, it's not some sort of science-experiment charger that runs off Dial — instead, the PhoneSoap Charger is designed to clean your phone itself. Inside its clamshell-style body, it features a standard 5V USB port that allows it to work with pretty much any phone that can fit, as well as a pair of UV-C lamps that can completely sanitize your phone in just 4 minutes. It also boasts acoustic outlets built into the design, so if you're the type that charges at night and uses your phone for an alarm, you'll still be able to wake up to whatever tone you've chosen — only this time with a freshly sanitized device.
If the idea of sentient robots one day invading our homes sends luddite chills down your spine, do not read further — because that day is one step closer. Keecker is an Android-powered robot that follows you around your home, projecting content from your smartphone, or directly from the device itself onto your walls. You can use it to play games with your phone as the controller, watch video projected onto the walls, listen to 360-degree immersive sound controlled by an app on your smartphone, Skype with friends while walking around your house, or use it as a nanny-cam by telling it where to go in your place. In addition to entertainment, you can also use it as a home security robot — and though it won't shoot lasers at intruders — it can monitor air quality and let you check in on your home remotely. Since it is completely wireless, has a built-in battery that lasts up to a week, and can run any Android app out there, the possibilities are pretty much endless.
Before you say anything — no, the Epson Moverio BT-200 Glasses aren't meant to be the kind of wearable tech that you'd put on in public — at least, we hope not. These are augmented reality smart glasses, meant for wearing to watch and interact with video, and play games. Equipped with dual screens for two-dimensional and three-dimensional viewing, they project video at a pixel resolution comparable to most HD TVs. An attached Android-powered device controls the experience with a textured touchpad. Equipped with motion sensors, GPS, and a gyroscope, the glasses take inputs from rear-world movement and apply it to whatever you view.