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.
The quest to go paperless is often halted once you're actually forced to scan stuff. If you have a scanner, it's bulky, heavy, and tied to a stationary computer. Doxie Go Rechargeable Scanner takes the pain out of going paperless with their small, battery-powered paper scanner — and no computer is required. Scan docs, receipts, and photos and it goes straight to Doxie's built-in memory. Then sync to your computer or tablet when you're ready to organize. The multi-page, searchable PDFs are then saved to your device, Dropbox, or even Slack. Portable and small enough to store in your backpack or desk drawer, Doxie gets you one step closer to a paperless — and wireless — existence.
Until electricity flows freely through the air to our gadgets, plugging in a cable — or at least plopping our gear on a charging surface — is a fact of life. Make the process look as good as possible with Native Union Charging Docks. These sleek desktop solutions are as minimal as possible, and come in editions specific to the device you're charging, whether it be over Lightning, Micro USB, or, in the case of the Apple Watch, a magnetic circle. Available in a variety of device-matching color schemes.
Extinguishers are the first thing you want if a fire breaks out. The Saver Emergency Breath System is the second. This home safety device is designed to keep you safe from smoke inhalation in the event of a fire, using a triple filter system to remove smoke, dust, and toxic gases from the air while turning carbon monoxide into breathable carbon dioxide. Saver comes in a 2-person portable set or 4-person wall-mounted set, and also includes a flashlight and built-in alarm to help alert first responders to your location. And Saver is easy to use and can be activated in only 5 seconds. Saver can save your life or the life of your loved ones. It's also taken home multiple international design awards for its compact and sleek design.
The original Wipebook already did a great job of combining the convenience and portability of a notebook with the erasability of a whiteboard. The Wipebook Pro just does it better. Unlike the original version, the Pro model has a patented hypergloss film formula on each page that prevents smudging but still wipes clean easily, and adds tanned leather-wrapped covers for the front and the back (which also help with digitization), brass lay-flat binding, and integrated pen holder. The book comes with 20 writable pages, or more than room to brainstorm and take temporary notes, considering you can wipe each one clean over and over again.
Google Photos is a great service. It also requires you to upload your most personal moments to the nebulous "cloud", and hope that you never get hacked. The Monument Personal Photo Cloud Device offers many of the same features, but with local — and thus completely private — storage. It has two USB ports on the back for connecting roomy, cheap external hard drives, an SD slot on the front for loading photos from your camera, and an app for loading and accessing photos from your phone. Once your photos are on board, its smart algorithms go to work, automatically organizing your photos so you can search by faces, dates, or things (think beach, snow, or city shots). There's also an HDMI port for connecting it to your TV, and should you want a backup copy of your photos, it can handle that, too, either by mirroring two drives on-site, or over a secure connection with a second Monument you keep in a separate location.
WiFi shouldn't be that type of four-letter word. With eero, say goodbye to wireless dead zones, annoying buffering, and endless trips to reset your router. One router can't effectively cover an entire home. What you need is multiple access points — placed throughout your home. That's where eero comes in. Just plug your first eero into your existing modem. A simple app helps you place additional eeros; they only need power from a standard outlet. Your eeros automatically and wirelessly connect to form a mesh network that provides fast, reliable signal to every room. Manage your network remotely, or add a guest quickly without the need to remember and give out your password. And to even further distance itself from the loads of ugly routers on the market, eero has a white, minimalist design that won't have you searching for a closet to shove it into.
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.