The first music box factory opened in 1815, and with it came a unique way to enjoy music. Now you can use the same principles to create your own masterpieces with the XOXX Composer Digital Music Box. This novel MIDI compatible machine uses a series of eight rotating discs for control. Simply add a magnet to a disc at one of the 16 steps to trigger the sound you've chosen via the included software, and control the pitch and volume via the knobs and sliders below. There's also a slider on the side with an LED readout for controlling the BPM, and a large sample library lets you get up and running quickly right out of the box.
Up until now, if you wanted to shoot a car for a commercial or movie, you needed that actual car on-set. With The Mill Blackbird Transformable Car Rig, you can shoot any car you want using a single tool. The result of two years of development, the Blackbird can adjust its length by four feet and width by ten inches, and can swap out wheels and alter suspension to match most chassis designs. It's powered by an electric motor that can be programmed to match the driving experience of nearly any vehicle, and packs a camera array and 3D laser scanner to generate a virtual model of the surrounding environment for even more realistic CG renderings. The result is the ability to film any car you can dream of, rendered perfectly, without needing to track one down, and even swap in different/updated models easily without having to reshoot a single frame.
Just because your car is a little older doesn't mean you have to miss out on some of today's best features. The Pearl RearVision Backup Camera can add this handy capability to your ride without the need to run a single wire. The system includes a camera frame that installs around your license plate, an adapter that plugs into your OBD port, and a companion app that displays the images on your phone. Dual wide-angle cameras give you an outstanding field of view, advanced in-app image processing let you know if there are obstacles in your path, and since the frame is charged by the sun, you won't have to replace batteries.
We all rely on Wi-Fi for our Internet needs. Unfortunately, that normally means relying on a single router tucked away somewhere next to the torch-like lights of your modem. The new Plume Wi-Fi System does away with this paradigm completely, using a series of tiny Pods scattered throughout your house to ensure coverage, and shifting the routing duties to the cloud. As a result, it's able to respond to varying demands and conditions, optimizing the network in real-time to deliver maximum performance. They don't look too bad, either, in champagne, silver, or black, so unlike that old router, you don't need to hide these behind your desk.
Whether you play professionally or just jam out in your garage, there's nothing like having a customized guitar. Fender Mod Shop Guitars give you chance to do exactly that. Using a slick web-based interface, this new service lets you order a Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass, or Jazz Bass that's perfectly matched to your style and sound. No matter which model you choose, you get to pick your own fingerboard, tuning machine, bridge and hardware color, body color and pickguard combo, and pickup. Once you're done, your custom axe will be built by the skilled technicians at Fenders Corona, CA factory and shipped to you within 30 days, so you won't have to wait long to start playing.
Never forget your combination again with the Master Lock Bluetooth Padlock. This smart lock opens via a free companion app that also lets you see your access history, tamper alerts, and battery status. There's a directional keypad on the front for backup access if you forget your phone, a boron carbide shackle that's resistant to cutting and sawing, and you can even give friends temporary access through the app. This version is for indoor use only, but there's a weather-resistant version available if you need it.
It's a universal truth: everyone hates folding clothes, even those who never spent hour after mindless hour folding tees on the floor of a retail store. The Foldimate Clothes Folding Machine makes sure you never have to fold again. Simply clip your clothes to its rotating rack, and hit start. It sucks each one inside, where robotic arms give it a perfect fold before dropping it down to the removal tray. It can buy you precious time currently spent in front of the dryer, soften and de-wrinkle while folding, and even give your duds a spray of your favorite cologne before you put them away.
Asus' Republic of Gamers has been building bleeding-edge gaming PC components for 10 years now. To celebrate the occasion, they've completely rethought the relationship between the motherboard and case. The Asus Rog Avalon Gaming PC is the result. This concept rig has separate boards for the SSD, PSU, and graphics, giving you the ability to swap components with plug-and-play ease. Each component is accessible through the front of the case, and the motherboard is based on a Z170 chipset with modular rear I/O for maximum customizability.
The use of thermal imaging tools is nothing new for those brave men and women that battle the flames and smoke. Yet it's always come at a price: the inability to use both hands. The Scott Sight Smart Firefighter Mask does away with limitation by integrating a thermal imaging system right into the mask. While the lightweight camera sits on the outside, the integrated display sits inside the shield, assuring that the view remains unobstructed while giving the wearer full use of their bodies to combat the fire and help rescue potential victims.
Most new cars come with sensors to let you know when you're about to back over something. Unfortunately for owners of older rides, adding that capability to a car that didn't come equipped with it has been an expensive undertaking. Until now. The FenSens Wireless Parking Sensor is both affordable and easy to install. It packs its sensors into a standard license plate holder, installing in as little as five minutes and connecting to your phone wirelessly. Once it's set up you'll get a visual readout of how far any objects are from your bumper, as well as audible alerts that increase in frequency the closer you get to an object, all without running a single cable.
When Polish designer Robert Majkut dreamt up this Whaletone Royal Digital Piano, it's doubtful that even he could fully imagine how striking it would be. The 13 x 8 ft piano that resembles a water polished sea creature is the largest Whaletone model available. But there are no strings or hammers under the hood, instead it's entirely digital — complete with an internal noiseless amplifier, MIDI inputs and outputs, USB, and a headphone socket to play in silent mode. And if it wasn't unique enough already, each Whaletone product is made to order — allowing you to customize it to fit in with the rest of the furniture on your private yacht.
The convenience of always-on voice controls meets the power of the world's biggest search engine in Google Home. Like Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant baked into Home lets you ask questions, set times, and control Internet of Things devices using natural language. It also supports Google Cast, meaning you can play songs on any Cast-enabled speaker (including the Home itself), link them together for whole-home audio, and even pick out and start watching TV shows using nothing but your voice. Swappable bases let you match the device to your decor, and since developers are getting a look at it months before its official debut, you can count on it having a few surprise features when it launches later this year.
The premise behind Amazon's Dash Buttons is simple: press a button, reorder some essential life product. So what happens when you let people make that button do whatever they want? You get the Amazon Programmable Dash Button. Like all its siblings, it's an oval-shaped, Wi-Fi connected button. But unlike the rest, this one is connected to Amazon Web Services, letting you code the button to perform tasks like switch your lights on and off, order pizza, open the garage door, call a cab, and any other Internet of Things-style tasks you can think of.
It sounds like science fiction: the ability to converse with someone speaking a different language without needing to know it. Yet that's exactly the future Pilot Translating Earphones promise. The world's first smart earpiece to translate between people speaking different languages in real time, it comes with a second earpiece for listening to music, uses a companion app to toggle between languages, and most importantly can function offline, so you're not at the mercy of your Internet connection. European-based Romantic and Germanic languages will receive support first, with other world languages following, and adding new ones is as simple as downloading a song.
Scents play a huge role in our daily lives. They can relax us, wake us up, or remind us of a special occasion. The Cyrano Scent Machine is a scent speaker that "plays" scents in the same way you'd queue up a playlist of music. It's all controlled through a smartphone app, and makes for a nice companion on your commute to work, at your desk, or even bedside. You can even combine different scents playlist-style to move through a mood melody the next time you come down with a case of the Mondays.
We keep close tabs on the food we eat, the amount of water we drink, and how active we are. Yet the most essential component of day-to-day life — the air we breathe — hardly gets more thought than a glance at the thermostat or weather app. The Jacob Jensen Air Quality Monitor is out to change that. It measures levels of pollutants like VOCs, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide, distilling them down to an Air Quality Index number that it displays on its screen, alongside the temperature and humidity. It has a built-in battery that lets you take it wherever you are, a light on the bottom that gives you an at-a-glance look at the air quality (green is good, orange so-so, red is bad) and is made from durable ABS and polycarbonate so it can accompany you on long trips with ease.
We're getting closer and closer to real hoverboards — and unlike the one BTTF, this one most certainly can run over water. The Flyboard Air is still a prototype, but it just carried its company's founder well over a mile up the coast of France, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. It's propelled by a jet unit that can run for up to 10 minutes, hit speeds of over 90 mph, and fly up to 10,000 feet in the air (not that it's recommended). The result of four years development, it's sadly going to need at least one more before it comes to market.
Between missed calls, messages, emails, and updates, most of our reminders get lost in a sea of red bubbles. The SeeNote ePaper Sticky Note is bridging the gap between your standard post-it note and savvy smartphone so your daily duties don't continue to slip through the cracks. This digital sticky note sports an always legible ePaper Touchscreen and connects to Wifi, allowing you to pull notifications from your gadget's calendar, receive messages via email, and weather and traffic updates. Instead of an irritating alarm, the KnowGlow gets your attention with a subtle LED strip. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-Ion battery, the SeeNote can run for up to a month on a single charge. An integrated 3M Command strip provides damage-free mounting wherever you need it, so you'll never miss garbage day again.
For those looking for an advantage on the paintball course, look no further than the Goblin Deuce Double-Barrel Paintball Pistol. It's the world's first double-barrel air cartridge paintball pistol. Each set comes with two air cartridges, a four barrel sizer kit, a fitting tactical holster, air adapter, and 2 O-Ring kits. Or grab the conversion kit and add it to the Goblin Solo for the same double barrel effect. The double barrel gives you the ability to fire your ammo simultaneously, or release each round separately. It's the perfect covert edge you'll need during your next paintball war.
For many of us, it's easier to reach for some simple earbuds while we work rather than grabbing that pair of audiophile headphones. For those situations, Boomstick Headphone Enhancer should come in handy. It's compatible with any set of headphones and adds that extra layer of sound quality you miss out on when you use the basics. Most digital audio is terrible, and Boomstick will open your ears up to more detail from each and every song.
With multiple lithium ion cells giving it a capacity of 434 watt-hours, the Anker PowerHouse is a smart alternative to portable generators. It has four USB ports for charging gadgets, a 12V socket for powering car accessories, and an AC outlet that can power anything from a laptop to a mini-fridge. Battery life obviously vaires depending on how you use it, but you can expect to get 40 phone recharges, 15 laptop charges, or over seven hours of mini-fridge operation before it's time to plug it back in.
We all know how irritating it is to wake up to an alarm, whether it beeps, buzzes, or rings. The Shock Clock is designed to ensure you never need to hear that sound again. It does so by training your body to wake up earlier, using a wrist-mounted gadget to gently vibrate when it's time to wake up. If that doesn't work (and it will in just a few days), you'll keep a loud, annoying beep, and if that doesn't work, it actually zaps you awake. Since your body soon realises that the zap follows the vibration, that's all you'll need to wake up, and a handsome companion app makes it easy to adjust your schedule.
While it might look more like a guitar from a video game, the MI Guitar is the real deal, allowing you to play and even make music, without the work required by traditional methods. With MI Guitar, you can pick it up and being playing a song in minutes, no musical training required. The built-in speaker allows you to jam without an amp while the app guides you through the right buttons to push to make it sing. Easy and intuitive, it's a time saving alternative to years of frustrating lessons.
When it first launched, the Kindle was a luxury item. Over time, they've become more and more affordable. The Amazon Kindle Oasis brings things full circle. This flagship e-Reader has a tapered design that places most of the bulk — if you want to call it that; it's 20% lighter and 30% thinner than any other Kindle — near the palm of your hand, much like a folded-over paperback. The design also makes room for the dedicated page turn buttons, the 300 ppi screen with 10 LED backlights, and the connector for the included charging cover that boosts its battery life from mere weeks to months.
Not all air is created equal and neither are all air purifiers. While the majority are wasting time and energy cleaning an entire room, the Sprimo Personal Air Purifier uses high-tech sensors to detect the crappiness of the air around you and then spew out a mountain-fresh breeze right to your nose. The super-quiet fan won't interfere with your productivity or procrastination and can be controlled by your phone via an app. Weighing in at just over seven pounds, crisp air can be available whether you're at your desk, laying in bed, or on the couch binge watching House of Cards.
3D printing has generally been a desk-bound process. The Olo Smartphone 3D Printer is out to change that. It uses the light from your phone and special photosensitive resins to create objects, raising the printing platform as your object grows. It runs on battery power, is compatible with tons of 3D apps, and requires no manual setup or calibration, making it not only more portable than most printers, but way easier to operate, too.
Internet-connected gadgets can definitely make life more convenient. But by connecting to cloud-based servers, they can also make it less secure. The Zoe Secure Smart Home Hub is designed to give you all the voice-activated smarts you expect, while keeping your commands private. It plays nice with existing connected devices like Philips Hue bulbs, Nest thermostats, and Dropcams, as well as Z-Wave and Bluetooth devices, and also has support for Voice Drops, small hexagonal boxes you can place around the home to extend Zoe's reach. You can teach it new abilities with a few taps in an app, and best of all, only the data you choose gets sent to the cloud, ensuring privacy where you expect it most.
Using information gleaned from the Internet instead of an array of sensors, the TrapTap Speed Trap Indicator aims to warn you of red light cameras, speeding traps, and other potential pitfalls. The small circular gadget connects to a companion app over Bluetooth, and lights up red near red light cameras and school zones, blue near police and mobile radar traps, and green near speed zones. The app has a built-in database covering every red light camera and school zone in over 60 countries, and relies on users to double tap the indicator's single button when they spot a speed trap, thus alerting others to its location. Unlike radar detectors, its 100% legal, and is easy to move from car to car thanks to a reusable, sticky pad on the bottom.
Many of us love the look of Apple's classic IIe computers. They're just not much good for actual computing. The Colorware Retro iMac blends the fun, nostalgic look of the Apple IIe with the technology of a 27-inch Retina iMac. The specs on the inside remain the same as the systems you'll find at your local Apple Store, but the exterior has been given a special treatment. The aluminum receives a classic beige paint job, with faux exhaust vents added to the back for good measure. The keyboard and Magic Mouse also get a retro makeover, and the rig is finished off with the iconic rainbow Apple logo on the front and back.