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Everyone wants the latest and greatest cover for their iPad, one that no one else even knows about. Well, here's your chance. Regen Designs is gearing up to launch their Kickstarter for a new line of luxury iPad cases called Leotego Eon. While three...
So many people chat about technology making our day-to-day lives easier, but few companies are actually making the chatter a reality. However, August is one of them. They announced their smartphone-controlled Smart Lock earlier in the year and trust us, you're going to want one for your own home. The device connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and senses when you're approaching your front door, opening the lock for you. You can also give digital keys (as well as revoke them) to your friends and family. The small device sits over the deadlock portion of the door and considering all you need is a screwdriver, it's pretty easy to install. So, what do you do if you lose your phone? You can still unlock your door by key, or you can log into your account from a friend's phone. Check out their great commercial below!
Prong's PocketPlug phone case/charger may strike you as a product you would see on the Home Shopping Network — complete with an overly dramatic video clip starring a woman who just can't deal with her iPhone's cord charger — but it's actually a pretty cool idea. With outlet prongs built into the back of the case, you can easily plug your phone into the wall wherever you are, which seems ideal for kitchen use while cooking. When you aren't charging the phone, all you do is flip the prongs back down to sit flush against the case. Plus, you won't have to carry a cord around with you when you're on the go. The case features a micro USB port if you need to plug your phone into a computer and comes in black or white. It is available for the iPhone 4/4s and 5/5s, and will soon be offered for the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Any respectable media room needs a great video player, which is where Kaleidescape's new Cinema One comes in. This movie server promises to be the ultimate player for your home theater and considering it won Best New Product at CEDIA 2013 (that's the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, in case you didn't know), they may not be boasting. Cinema One can store and play up to 100 Blu-ray quality or 600 DVD-quality movies in the highest audio and video available. Easy to install and use, this player will instantly play flicks without any delays, menus or ads, and can also jump to specific scenes quickly thanks to the Movie Guide. Store all your movies on the hard drive and create an electronic library for clutter-free viewing. It's like having your own personal Netflix without all the pesky internet connection issues and payment plans!
Personally, I love the recent trend of incorporating wood into modern technology designs. Assuming it is well made, the product is instantly transformed into a retro-inspired must-have — especially when it's a speaker system. QuarterWave is...
When it comes to wireless speakers, I like models that can fit in with any décor scheme - even my random amalgamation of books and art prints - and the Braven 850 fits the bill pretty perfectly. The small rectangular design (less than a foot long, to be exact) would look great on a mantle or bookshelf and with 20 watts of audio, it definitely wouldn't be just for show. Promising rocking sound, the speaker will connect wirelessly to another 850 so you can have right and left channel stereo for your next big party. Aside from the sound quality, the 850 is able to charge your iPad, tablet, and smartphone via plugs in the side. It also claims to have a 20-hour playtime, though according to a New York Times review, it actually gives over 24-hours. The review also applauded the device's ample bass, clear highs, and its attractive aluminum silver cabinet with clearly marked controls. Sure, you may not want to carry the three-pound speaker around in your bag, but if you're looking for something to liven up your living room dance parties, this is it.
Sure, Beartek Gloves don't have anything to do with wrestling bears — which is, admittedly, what I immediately thought of — but they seem pretty cool nonetheless. The black gloves allow you remote access and control of your smartphone, enabling you to change music and answer calls without ever touching the device. It works with simple touches of the thumb to specific fingers, which activates whatever function you're going for. With both snowsport ($170) and motorcycle ($200) gloves available, this piece of wearable technology is one of the most practical I've seen. Not only are they incredibly protective of your hands (with carbon fiber knuckle and finger protection in the moto version and insulated liner in the snow), they enable you to stay connected without having to take your hands away from whatever you're doing — which is pretty important if you want to stay safe on that new motorcycle.
We can't be the only ones who have been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Gear to go on sale in the US, and now that some are becoming available, they're being snatched up fast! This unique smartphone watch not only picks up notifications, controls music playback, and keeps time with a variety of faces, it also has a 1.9-megapixel camera, speakers and two microphones built in — meaning you can actually record a video from your wrist. In order to make calls through the watch, you have to connect it to your Galaxy device (more specifically, your Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition), but that's made easy thanks to Bluetooth. The gadget comes in an array of colors aimed at specific lifestyles — like orange for the sporty types and rose gold for their feminine audience.
If you've seen the point-of-view video from the back of a soaring eagle, it was made possible thanks to GoPro and their incredibly lightweight cameras. From being mounted on motorcycle helmets to cars, these small cameras are able to get some pretty incredible footage. Their HERO3+ Black Edition is 20 percent smaller and lighter than other models on the market, promising higher quality and powerful features. Including a new video mode called SuperView (which has a wide angle perspective), the HERO3+ automatically adjusts the frame rate, has a 30 percent longer battery life, built-in Wi-Fi and a sharper lens. Plus, it's waterproof, so go ahead and take it surfing!
With a boxy design that reminds one of the boom boxes of yore, the NanoHiFi intends to be your new favorite compact home stereo system. It comes equipped with Bluetooth, USB, an iPod/iPhone dock, and a CD slot for when you want to rock "old school" — you can even detach the two end speakers to dispense sounds however you please. Hailing it as the only compact stereo on the market designed to deliver the same sound as a much larger unit, NanoHiFi has only recently been made available to the US market. Though the speakers are small, they are made up of the company's patented Multi Yoke Loudspeaker tech and Extended Bass Radiator — which apparently helps get a higher sound pressure level at low frequencies. In the end, it may not be that much different from other stereos on the market, but we definitely like the retro lines and color options (white, maroon, and silver).
Watch out Dr. Dre, there’s another rap legend breaking into the world of haute headphones. As the founder and CEO of SMS Audio, 50 Cent helped design a line of headphones that would impress music lovers with its professional sound quality (SMS does...