With all the power our smartphones possesses, there's little reason they can't become the brains behind a full-blown robot. SmartBot (€135; roughly $175) is the first step towards that goal, connecting with your phone via the headphone jack and NFC, and letting apps control its built-in wheels, internal speaker and buzzer, and front lights. There's also an expansion port for adding new features and mounting holes for accessories, although how many of those are available will likely depend directly on if the little gadget catches on.

  • Beeracuda

    Whether you're headed to the ball field, golf course, or just wandering the streets like the town drunk, the Beeracuda ($20) can keep you properly hydrated. The insulated sling holds five cans of your favorite beverage, while the shoulder strap offers a built-in koozie for your sixth. Beyond that, it's up to you — we recommend semi-frequent stops at 7-Eleven.

  • Gibson Min-ETune

    Make tuning your guitar a thing of the past by picking up a new model with Gibson Min-ETune ($TBA). This clever, battery-powered robot tuner can tune all six strings in just seconds, and delivers over 75 tunings per charge. To do so, it tunes your physical strings — as opposed to digitally, which can result in degraded tone — and gives you access to 12 common alternative tunings, including six that you can program yourself. Available on a wide range of Gibson SG and Les Paul guitars.

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