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.
Able to adapt automatically to a variety of materials, the Glowforge 3D Laser Printer is as easy to use as it is versatile. Thanks to a pair of on-board cameras, the machine can automatically recognize both the material it's working with and its thickness, and gives you the ability to actually see the placement of your design before you begin. It can also cut and engrave directly over a drawing, letting you create new designs with nothing more than a pen, works with Mac, PC, iOS, and Android, with the ability to print directly from apps like Photoshop and Illustrator, has a 12"x20" working bed, and thanks to a beam of light that's only as wide as a hair, can engrave complex shapes with 1,000 DPI resolution.
There are a myriad of ways to check the weather outside: TV, your phone, actually going outside, etc. But few are as attractive as the Tempescope Ambient Weather Display. A project years in the making, this sleek tower-like gadget reproduces various weather conditions in a box inside your home. It can create rain, clouds, storms (complete with LED-based lightning), and sunshine, and can show you the forecast in your area, or the conditions in another place — allowing you to "share the sky" with loved ones, even if they're thousands of miles away.
Social acceptance of pot is growing steadily, and it's being legalized in more and more places. But while the stuff from the dispensary is typically really good, nothing compares to enjoying a crop you grew yourself. The Leaf Cannabis Growing System makes it easy to do just that. This self-contained unit keeps a pair of plants stored safely away, continuously monitoring a number of factors important to growth, and adjusting the environment and providing precise doses of nutrients as needed. The custom LED growlight ensures your plants get the right amount and the right kind of light, and a companion app lets you keep an eye on things, literally and figuratively — in addition to showing you up-to-the-minute data, it also connects to the built-in HD camera so you can view your progress without needing to open the door.
Windmills are a great way to harness green energy. Unfortunately, they typically require a permanent place to sit. The Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Power Station is different. Designed to fold up and move with you, this family of windmills is usable in breezes of as little as 4 mph, water and weather resistant, have an automatic stop feature, and built-in batteries that let you store the energy you generate. Available in sizes ranging from the highly packable, smartphone-charging 50 to the home-powering 2500.
You might already use a Wacom tablet to capture your digital scribbles. Now you can rely on their technology to capture your real ones, too. The Wacom Bamboo Spark Notebook holds a standard A4 notepad, letting you write and doodle on a wide range of paper styles with the included traditional ink pen, while picking up your input using Electro-Magnetic Resonance. Up to 100 pages can be stored while offline, and of course, it hooks to a companion app to allow for unlimited cloud storage.
We've said it before: you spend more time sleeping than doing anything else, so getting the most out of your shut-eye time is important. The Samsung Sleepsense Sleep Tracker can help you do that. This thin, circular device slides under your mattress, and uses a contactless sensor to track your heart and respiratory rates, as well as your movement. In the morning, the companion app gives you a sleep score that's based on seven different factors, and even suggests things you can do to improve it, based on guidance from a Harvard Medical School professor. It can also connect to smart appliances, doing things like controlling your A/C and turning off your television, and can gently wake you at just the right time to help you get the most out of your mornings.
Small, yet expandable. That's the idea behind the Acer Revo Build Mini PC. It uses a clever design to make adding new functionality as easy as stacking toy blocks, with magnetically-aligned pogo pins ensuring the connection between each. Available blocks will include hot-swappable hard drives, an audio block with speaker and microphone, a wireless power pack, an amplifier, and the base unit, with an Intel processor, HD graphics, and 8GB of RAM that can be upgraded by turning a single screw.
It's true: the Exploride Heads-Up Car Display does do what its name suggests. But it's much more than just a transparent screen. This multi-use gadget can bring even aging cars up to modern day standards, with features like Google maps-powered GPS navigation, a built-in dash cam, an included OBD scanner for diagnostics, phone integration with access to contacts, calls, text, notifications, and music, and, thanks to a 4G LTE connection, the ability to function as a Wi-Fi hotspot. You control it via gestures and voice controls, which means there's no buttons to push, and no reason to take your eyes off the road.
Part desk clock, part object d'art, the Ferrolic Display is a guaranteed conversation starter. Created by designer Zelf Koelman, it consists of an aquarium-like tank holding metallic Ferro Fluid and a series of powerful electromagnets that allow it to influence the fluid's form and position, creating interesting shapes and movement, before pulling the fluid together to show the time. Limited to just 24 first-series pieces, it features an aluminum frame and allows for browser-based control of the fluid inside.
Wi-Fi is wonderful technology. It can also be very frustrating. The Google OnHub Router is designed to take the headache out of home networking. It can update itself without interrupting service, can tell you in real, normal terms when there's a problem — and how to fix it, can show you every device connected to your network and which ones are hogging all your bandwidth, and can even prioritize devices to ensure the ones that matter most don't get bogged down. Spec wise, it covers everything from 802.11b to 802.15.4 with a circular, 13-antenna array, offers support for Bluetooth Smart Ready, and can even perform initial sync with your Android device by outputting a special tone from its built-in speaker.
It doesn't just play metal, or have metal strings. The Stash Stainless Bass Guitar is made entirely from metal. Stainless steel, to be exact, with a brushed stainless steel body, a stainless tube-shaped neck, and an adjustable stainless steel bridge. The custom split coil pickups use Alnico 5 magnets, it has Gotoh-style tuners, and offers adjustments for both volume and tone. Just don't try smashing it on stage — it's more likely to break the floor than fly apart.
You never know when your power's going to go out. But with the new Candle Charger, you're sure to stay charged and connected to what matters - family, friends - after the grid goes down. As the name suggests, this portable, indoor-friendly power plant uses a candle and water to generate power for USB-charging devices - an essential addition to any home preparedness kit. Conveniently, the water is also boiled and sterilized during the process, so whether you're worried about the quality of your tap water or just want to make some tea or coffee the Candle Charger will get you there, no grid required.
It's about time the flash drive was re-imagined, and SanDisk is probably as good a candidate as anyone to take on that challenge. With their SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, they've added Wi-Fi to the flash drive, allowing you to transfer files, videos, and music easily from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Just install the app on your mobile device and wirelessly save and access your photos, videos, and files — or share with multiple devices at once, even if the stick isn't in the same room.
Hotels. Coffee shops. McDonalds. Free Wi-Fi is available seemingly everywhere. Protect yourself while taking advantage with the Keezel Online Freedom Device. This pocketable gadget sits between your devices and the Internet, creating encrypted connections via network of different VPN providers and ensuring that you can browse both securely and privately. In addition, you can choose the country to which the Keezel connects, so if you're in a place where certain sites or services are blocked, it's an easy workaround.
Owners of MacBooks know how convenient it is to have magnets handling the connection to your charger. Znaps Magnetic Charging Adapter aims to bring this same level of convenience to your mobile device. Available in Micro-USB or Lightning varieties, this tiny, clever gadget consists of a connector that sits inside your charging port, and an adapter that sits on the end of your cable and uses magnets to smoothly hook to the connector when it's time to charge. You can also order the adapters by themselves, because no one only uses a single charger.
Most styli are designed upon the idea that a pencil is the ideal shape for writing, and that putting added pressure on the tip is the ideal way to control what you're drawing. The Scriba Stylus assumes that both of these are wrong. It was designed to fit the natural curves of your hand, resulting in an open body that lets you squeeze to control the line weight far more intuitively than with a pressure-based tool. It has up to six months of battery life per charge, offers a full half inch of movement, is crafted from high-quality polymer, so it's durable enough to simply be tossed in a bag when you're done with it.
The name's a little redundant — after all, we wouldn't have paper if it weren't from the sun. But Solar Paper isn't referencing the printed word. It's just the lightest, thinnest solar charger in the world. At just 0.15-inch thin, it's able to slide inside a book without a noticeable bump, and it weighs just 4 oz., or less than that notebook you carry around. Lest you think it's performance is compromised by its size, it can charge the power-hungry iPhone 6 in just 2.5 hours, and it's easily expandable thanks to a magnetic hinge design.
Sony might be spinning off everything but its movie, camera, and PlayStation businesses, but that doesn't mean it's run out of ideas. The Sony Huis Remote Control was dreamed up by six Sony engineers in their 20s, and is the first product to launch on the company's new crowdfunding site. Named for "Home User Interfaces", it uses an e-ink screen and learning capabilities to let you create custom button layouts and control pretty much anything in your home that accepts commands over IR, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. Unfortunately for those of us here in the states, they'll only ship to Japanese addresses.