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Building smartphone connectivity into common home goods like a lightbulb was always a natural play. Philips was the first to successfully take it mainstream with its line of Hue products. Since then, others have followed suit as Apple’s HomeKit has developed into a viable service. For some, the problem of paying a significant upcharge for this capability is too difficult to overcome. Another issue is that consumers might prefer a certain style of bulb, Edison for example, which is not readily available with smart functionality.

That’s where iDevices comes in. The clever brand behind a variety of smartphone products has now released a new add-on that sits between your existing light socket and bulb to add this functionality to nearly any light. Appropriately named, Socket is HomeKit compatible and is available for pre-order today…

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Mid-century modern design is returning with force and it’s popping up in more places than you might expect. Independent and boutique-style manufacturers are taking note while blending old-school visuals with modern day tech. The latest example comes way of Luno from California. Its new EGB2 Record Console hits all the right mid-century cues. Not only does it crank out vinyl tunes, the credenza also has AirPlay capabilities and a built-in bar. Essentially, it’s a must-have for your man cave…

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New Product May 25

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Grado Labs out of Brooklyn, NY recently introduced a new pair of flagship wooden headphones, the GS2000e. True to form, these fresh high-end cans marry a classic design with iconic craftsmanship. This pair bumps the previously released GS1000e at the top of the company’s Statement Series. Head below for more and a gallery of images.

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We’ve moved passed the days when GoPro was the only name in action camera equipment. Now, the market is littered with cost-effective and high-end options. Extreme athletes and YouTube stars are looking for other ways to capture their adventures. Manufacturers have taken note and are now churning out new products that are designed to take a beating. Olympus is the latest with its Stylus Tough TG-Tracker Action Camera that has every bell and whistle you might imagine. More below.

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New Product May 24

LG’s line of OLED HDTVs have been the preeminent consumer option in its category for the last few product cycles. Unfortunately, the cost has left it vulnerable to being undercut by bargain focused brands like VIZIO and others. Don’t expect to see a change in 2016 but that doesn’t mean you won’t be longing for this year’s new releases.

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New Product May 23

Jaybird is making a splash this morning with the announcement of the smallest earbuds that it has ever released. The new Freedom headphones have two notable features, including fully customizable sound profiles and extended battery life. Longer usage times are handled by a new portable power supply that boosts playback to eight hours. More below.

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New Product May 20

Electric skateboards have been around long enough that we are beginning to see brands come out with multiple models. With more and more commuters looking for alternative ways to travel in crowded cities, it’s no surprise that this trend is continuing to grow. Just this week, Boosted announced the second generation of its popular electric skateboard.

This time around brings an increased focus on efficiency and longer travel capabilities. So how does the new model stack up? More below.

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New Product May 19

It’s no surprise that STEM programs are taking off in schools across the United States. Just consider the amount of technology at the hands of our kids in comparison to 20 years ago. There are a number of companies looking to take advantage of this surging trend. Roboterra is aiming to be right in the mix with its new robotics kit. Designed with “all ages” in mind, this K’NEX meets coding system is bound to be a hit with both educators and students.

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New Product May 18

It’s no secret that vinyl records have seen a resurgence in popularity over the last ten years. In fact, sales have soared from under one million units to just over eleven times that in 2015. Amazon is even dedicating a whole storefront to this trend. We’ve also seen a fresh breath of hardware innovation as this medium has come back into style.

The latest comes way of VNYL, a company that aims to blend old-school records with modern day smartphone technology. Appropriately called TRNTBL, this player has two main tricks up its sleeve: Shazam-like functionality and a wide-range of connectivity including AirPlay and SONOS-compatibility. More below…

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New Product May 17

Black + Decker is launching its new “Smartech” batteries today that have Bluetooth built-in to allow for control and monitoring from a companion app on a connected smartphone.

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Amazon announced today that it will be bringing its popular Alex voice service to Fire TV. First made popular on its Echo Smart Speaker, the intelligent assistant will be able to control a variety of functions on the streaming media player. Of course, Apple TV has had Siri functionality since the current generation was released last October. How does the Fire TV’s new found feature stack up? Head below for more.

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New Product May 16

Garmin has had a busy last few weeks with the introduction of a new fashion-focused wearable and high-end fitness tracker. Today, it returns with news of its latest release: the vívosmart HR+. Garmin looks to build on the success of its affordable previous generation band by adding heart rate monitoring and GPS tracking. The HR+ has a slim design that is bound to be attractive with fitness enthusiasts.

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New Product May 13

There’s any number of unique ways to type on your iPhone these days. With new third-party keyboards coming out weekly, it seems, you’re bound to find an alternative to the stock option that ships with iOS. But what about physical keyboards? While there are Bluetooth options designed for iPhone, the majority are either too large or have been disproportionally shrunk down.

An upcoming device called Tap was revealed this week with a design that looks straight out of the movies. This Bluetooth wearable tracks the movements of your fingers to recreate a virtual keyboard on “nearly any surface.”

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New Product May 12

Virtual Reality has clearly caught the attention of many major players in the consumer retail space. Just recently, GoPro vaguely revealed plans to launch its own VR rig in the near future. Even popular toys of yesteryear have returned with 3D capabilities as some of the hottest kid-focused products on the market. Today, HumanEyes is taking a shot with its new Vuze Camera. This “affordable” alternative to more well-known brands has a pocket-sized design and costs less than a MacBook Air. But without the cache of a GoPro or Samsung, can it survive?

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New Product May 11

Garmin’s new GPS-enabled fitness tracker is loaded with features including an oddly-named “suffer score” that tells you just how hard you exercised. The Forerunner 735XT is now the top-of-the-line model in the company’s lineup. Naturally, it has a price to match. For $450, this wearable better do it all…

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New Product May 10

Weight loss is a tricky proposition and there is no shortage of options available on the market to consider. Today, a new product was unveiled that bridges a wearable and smartphone connectivity to help you drop the pounds throughout the day. The Thin Ice System is the “world’s first” app-connected clothing line with eyes on burning 500-1,000 calories. Head below for more…

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New Product May 9

Raspberry Pi is capable of carrying out so many different tasks. It truly is amazing how the tiny microcomputer system can be transformed into a robot, smart home hub, and a variety of other projects. It’s easy to get started with any of these cost-effective kits that provide everything needed.

Today, a new project has launched on Kickstarter that allows the tiny computer to power some of the most expensive consumer headphones on the market. The Hybrid Tube Amp for the Raspberry Pi brings an old school HiFi setup to today’s modern microcomputer. You’ll be able to utilize headphones that range from 32 – 300 ohm with this kit. As far as add-on accessories go, this one is pretty easy to install, according to the creators.

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New Product May 6

Seems like everyone is talking about drones these days. Prices are dropping each week, as well. Not to be left out, NERF has announced a new RC toy with a built-in camera and blaster. Want to make sure the kids can get in on the trend too, right? The N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone Blaster will be limited to ground-level action. Probably a good move. That said, it’s going to be able to fire 18 darts in rapid succession and capture the whole thing on tape. It’s pretty impressive…

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