XOO PHONE-CHARGING BELT
Carrying a battery pack isn't unusual. But normally it takes up room in either your pocket or your bag, whether it stands on its own or attaches to the back of your phone. The Xoo Phone-Charging Belt keeps your pockets and bags clear by placing the power on your waist. Available in polished zinc or Casely-Hayford imagined black, it packs a next-gen 2100 mAh Lithium Ceramic Polymer battery into the buckle, which is paired with your choice of black or brown leather straps.
BLADE SHADOW CLOUD-BASED GAMING PC
Keeping your PC ready to handle the latest games at high frame rates is a chore. The Blade Shadow Cloud-based Gaming PC lets you offload the hassle to the cloud. Instead of packing the box with local tech, it connects to a data center where you're guaranteed eight threads on a Xeon processor, 12GB of DDR4 RAM, a high-end Nvidia card capable of 144Hz 1080p or 60Hz 4K graphics, and 256GB of storage. You'll pay a monthly fee for the service — and the machine, if you don't buy upfront — but the company promises ongoing component upgrades so you won't be left behind with legacy hardware.
MISSION ONE COMPUTER
Endless OS was designed for emerging markets, but it's intuitive and powerful enough for use back home. The Mission One Computer is one of the first in a series of initiatives to bring it stateside. The small retangular computer has a tasteful design wrapped in sustainably-harvested bamboo. Inside, it's powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, and has modest, yet respectable, specs, including HDMI output and modern wireless connectivity. Most importantly, though, it runs Endless OS, which means it's as easy to use as a smartphone, and includes over 100 apps and tools that work great even without an Internet connection.
PORSCHE DESIGN 911 SPEAKER
The Porsche Design 911 Speaker doesn't just look like an exhaust pipe. It's built from one. Using the pipes from the 911 GT3 to output the sound and an aluminum housing to keep them perched in mid-air, this speaker is a tempting gadget for any auto lover. Bluetooth 4.0 with apt-X and 60 watts of power ensure high-quality sound, and 24 hours of battery life means that like the car it's built from, you won't need to leave it in one place. Available in Europe now, it will go on sale stateside in October.
NOMAD WIRELESS CHARGING HUB
The latest iPhones support wireless charging. There are plenty of gadgets that don't. The Nomad Wireless Charging Hub takes care of both scenarios. While there's a Qi-compatible charger built into the matte rubber top, there's also a bank of four high-powered USB ports underneath for charging legacy devices, and the low-profile black body blends in well with any decor.
HYPERICE HYPERVOLT MASSAGE DEVICE
Vibration therapy helps you recover from a brutal workout by easing muscle stiffness and soreness. And now, the Hypervolt puts this breakthrough tech in the palm of your hand. The cordless vibration massage device features a high-torque motor with four interchangeable head attachments and three-speed settings. It's lightweight, quiet, and can be used for up to three hours per charge.
ROKU ULTRA STREAMING MEDIA PLAYER
Give your 4K TV another source of content with the Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player. Recently updated, this flagship model offers support for 4K up to 60fps and HDR content and has apps for most major streaming services. It also runs the new Roku OS 8, which adds features like the new Smart Guide that seamlessly integrates information for local broadcast TV stations — available via antenna — with streaming options. In addition to the Ultra, the company is also offering updated versions of its Express, Express+, Streaming Stick and Streaming Stick+ models.
OBSCURA 2 CAMERA APP
There are tons of camera apps to choose from in the iOS universe, but there aren't many that top the convenience of the built-in Apple app. Obscura 2 is a manual camera app that makes an excellent companion to your go-to camera with an intuitive design that puts the main controls on the bottom third of the screen for easy one-handed use. Obscura also provides exposure, focus, shutter speed, and ISO options along with a diverse set of filters and an integrated photo library browser.
ASTELL & KERN A&NORMA SR15 MUSIC PLAYER
The first thing you'll notice is its skewed screen, but it's what's inside the aluminum shell that's most important. The first portable player to employ dual Cirrus MasterHIFI DACs, the Astell & Kern A&norma SR15 Music Player promises outstanding audio reproduction. It has a quad-core processor for speedy performance, with native DSD playback and bit-for-bit support for files up to 24-bit/192 kHz. Outputs include digital USB, 2.5mm balanced, 3.5mm headphone, and Bluetooth 4.1. As for the screen, it's angled such that the facets on sides provide excellent grip with either hand and makes room for the dedicated volume knob.
WOLVERINE MOVIEMAKER PRO FILM CONVERTER
Give your old 8mm and Super 8 footage a new life with the Wolverine MovieMaker Pro Film Converter. This standalone machine automatically scans reels up to 9" frame-by-frame using a 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, converting them into 20 fps, 1080p MP4 files. A 2.4-inch screen and TV output let you monitor the action, and an SD card slot lets you convert up to 32GB worth of movies at a time.
UA ARROW DESKTOP RECORDING INTERFACE
Universal Audio's Apollo has long been an industry standard for pristine AD/DA conversion. Now you can get Apollo-level quality in the compact, Thunderbolt 3-powered Arrow recording interface. The two mic inputs feature UA's Unison technology, giving you access to a range of emulations from classic analog mic preamps to classic guitar amplifiers from Fender and Marshall. Also included is an onboard UAD-2 SOLO Core processor and a plugin suite loaded with some of UA's legendary studio gear like the LA-2A and 1176 compressors. The Arrow's small footprint and heavy-duty construction mean it's as capable in the field as it is on your desk.
SENSORWAKE TRIO SCENT-BASED ALARM CLOCK
The Sensorwake Trio is the first alarm clock to wake you up using smell, light, and sound. The tastefully designed clock gives users nine fragrance options naturally embedded in capsules that begin the wake-up process for one minute. The minute of smell is followed by a minute of soothing light, followed by a minute of sound. It's simple to set up, is safe, healthy, and mess-free and each capsule will last 30 mornings before needed to be replaced.
KODAK POCKET PICO PROJECTOR
Powerful enough to create a 100" screen yet small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Pocket Pico Projector from Kodak is a portable powerhouse. Thanks to a built-in wireless connection, you can stream media directly from your iOS or Android device, as well as load videos onto an SD card or connect via HDMI. Built-in speakers provide adequate sound, and the rechargeable battery lasts for up to two hours.
ASTROREALITY EARTH MODEL
Have the world in the palm of your hands with Earth. The augmented reality experience starts with a highly-detailed 3D-printed model of our planet. Once it's paired with the AstroReality app, just point your phone 's camera at the mini-Earth and you can travel around the globe exploring geological changes, wildlife, and weather patterns along the way. It's voice controlled, so simply ask any questions you have and find out how many gallons of water is in the Atlantic Ocean immediately. The data goes back through our home's entire 4.5 billion-year history, allowing you to take a walk through its complete evolution — the good and the bad.
POLYMEGA MODULAR GAMING CONSOLE
Instead of filling your living or game room with retro boxes, the Polymega Modular Gaming Console suggests a more elegant solution. The system consists of a base with a slot for CD-based systems like the PS1 and Sega CD and USB ports for add-ons, plus a series of modules that include controller ports and game slots for systems like the NES, SNES, Genesis, and TurboGrafx-16. The system uses a "hybrid" emulation solution that relies on both hardware and software and supports wireless controllers as well. All games will be output in 1080p, and pre-orders are expected to open later this summer.
RASPAD RASPBERRY PI TABLET
An iPad competitor, this is not. Built around the versatile Raspberry Pi, the Raspad provides a touchscreen platform for development and tinkering. Behind its 10.1-inch, 1280x800 touchscreen is a wedge-shaped body with a compartment designed to hold a standard-sized Pi. You can swap models out as needed, and a gap in the cover lets you connect a 40-pin ribbon cable. It also offers an HDMI input, a 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in speakers, and a rechargeable battery offering up to 5 hours of runtime. A variety of packages are available, including a bare-bones unit that ships without a Pi, as well as kits with various sensors, a camera, and even a robotic arm.
AFTERMASTER PRO TV AUDIO REMASTERING DEVICE
Created to fix the most common problems with TV audio (such as the infamous quiet dialogue issue), the Aftermaster Pro improves the overall quality of your home audio without the need for soundbars or bulky speakers. The compact device hooks up between your TV and content source through HDMI and automatically adjusts and clarifies poor quality audio and dialogue, so you're not constantly adjusting the volume using a remote. The device also controls and balances your TV's peak special effects sound levels and provides you with a significantly better experience no matter what you're watching.
UNIHERTZ ATOM SMARTPHONE
While most phones keep getting bigger, the Unihertz Atom does the opposite. Billed as the world's smallest, it's a ruggedized, water- and shock-proof device running Android Oreo. The screen is a refreshingly small 2.45 inches — the entire device is less than four inches tall and under two inches wide — yet it doesn't skimp on features. There's an octa-core CPU, a 16-megapixel camera, NFC, a fingerprint sensor, dual SIM slots, and all the other features you'd expect from a modern smartphone. Just without the window-sized display.
MINI WIPEBOOK SCAN
A whiteboard at your fingertips whenever a creative problem needs to be solved. The latest Wipebook is integrated with the Wipebook Scan app and allows you to stay organized and optimize your daily workflow. Wipebook Scan lets you work things out just like you would on a whiteboard, no matter where you are, and then provides the ability to scan your work to your favorite cloud service to keep your solutions for future reference or share them with colleagues. Then you're free to wipe the work away and re-start on a fresh new canvas that you can use over and over again. 20 pages (10 graph + 10 ruled) along with a penholder and correctable marker are included.
SIMPLISAFE HOME SECURITY
SimpliSafe teamed up with global design firm IDEO to create a home security experience more beautiful, powerful and intuitive than ever before. Rebuilt from the ground up with new safeguards to create a latticework of protection the new Simplisafe is half the size with double the range. It's also fifty percent louder, five times faster, and the system's wireless Keypad is soft, smooth and wakes with a touch. It's incredibly easy to set up in just a few minutes with no drilling, wiring or tools required and is offered at the same revolutionary price that made SimpliSafe the fastest growing home security company in the nation.
VI PERSONAL TRAINER HEADPHONES
The Vi personal trainer boasts an A.I. engine that learns and adapts to you. The trainer provides workouts tailored to your goals and abilities and speaks in a warm, motivating, human voice. Vi also tracks your heart rate, pace, calories burned, and more in real-time upon request. And when the work out ends, use the Bluetooth headset to listen to your favorite music or podcasts via the Harmon Kardon sound with a battery life of up to eight hours.
NANOCASE BATTERY-EXTENDING IPHONE CASE
When your phone's battery gets hot, it consumes more energy. Nanocase helps extend your battery life by keeping it cool. Inside the low-profile case is a thin layer of graphene that dissipates heat from the back of your phone, resulting in a cooler operating temperature and a battery life boost of up to 20% without the added bulk, weight, or inconvenience of a traditional battery pack. It fully supports wireless charging and is available for the iPhones 8, 8 Plus, and X.
It won't have the resolution of a real screen, but Oculus TV does let you enjoy a virtual 180-inch portal anywhere you go. This new app for the Oculus Go works as a virtual streaming stick, so you can enjoy content from Netflix, Hulu, and other popular services, all displayed on the big screen in your virtual living room. More services are set to join in the near future, but don't expect it to replace your real-life set — your eyes probably wouldn't appreciate it.
MIOPS CAPSULE360 CAMERA MOTION BOX
Get the most out of your camera with the Capsule360 motion box. Developed by Miops, best known for their remote camera controls, the Capsule360 supports slide, pan, and tilt functions, depending on the attached accessory. Ideal for time-lapses, it can also be used as a turntable for 360-degree product photography, can automatically track objects via the companion app, and also has a star tracking mode for astrophotography. Up to three units can be linked together automatically for more complex movements, and it supports camera rigs up to 15.4 lbs, as well as action cams and smartphones.
GOOGLE PIXEL BUDS EARPHONES
The comparisons with Apple's AirPods are inevitable. They're also not entirely fair. Google Pixel Buds Earphones are wireless earbuds that offer a super-easy pairing process with their company's flagship phone — in this case, the Pixel 2 — and come with a combination charging/carrying case. But unlike the super-tiny AirPods, these are connected via a fabric cable and have unique feature reserved for their users: near real-time translation. Two Pixel Bud wearers can carry on a conversation in two different languages, with Google serving as the translator. Available in three Pixel-matching colors.
XIOPM MAKES SERIES IMPORTANT PROGRESS IN INTEGRATED OPTICAL CHIP
As the core of modern optics, particularly integrated optics, high-quality pulse and coherence laser source are always important focuses of academic circle and industrial circle. Under the support of CAS Class B special project of strategic pilot technology "Large-sale Photon Integrated Chip", XIOPM’s micro-nano optics and photon integration team has made series important progresses in on-chip integrated light source.
BIVYSTICK SATELLITE COMMUNICATION DEVICE
Give your phone global service range with the Bivystick Satellite Communication Device. Designed for adventurers and others frequently off-the-grid, it connects via Bluetooth and lets you send and receive texts, share your location, track your path, send out an SOS in case of emergency, and access weather forecasts. It also has a 6,000 mAh battery inside, so it can keep your phone juiced up for a few days before they'll both be in need of a charge.
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RESIST TO URGE TO TORRENT IN YOUR COLLEGE DORM ROOM
Ah, college. The time to explore one’s interests, one’s self-identity, and one’s crazy high-speed internet connection. While you might be tempted to use your college network for nefarious purposes, since you can now BitTorrent anything you want at much faster rates than what you might have had at your parents’ home, think about whether it’s worth it. Nothing is going to ruin your day more than getting busted for BitTorrent, your dealings on the Dark Web, or whatever other crazy thing you’re up to.