New Product ▪ Yesterday

I’d be willing to bet your home has some sort of smart or internet-connected device. Whether it’s a Nest Thermostat or WeMo smart plugs, the internet is invading our home one small piece of plastic at a time. The struggle with many of these devices, such as the Nest, is that it only provides a data point for one location in your home. While it is possible to add additional thermostats, that’s not a cost-effective solution for most consumers.

That’s where Koto comes in. Its recently launched Indiegogo campaign offers three different sensors that each collect and report on important measurable data in your home, like air quality or dust count. By doing so, Koto is able to paint a more reliable picture of your home’s health and can even recommend on how to improve it…

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New Product ▪ October 9

Is more better? According to the inventors behind the new 16 lens Light digital camera, it is. This new startup out of Silicon Valley hopes to bring DSLR-quality images to a smartphone-form factor. Something that has been talked about for years but has struggled to be fully realized.

So how do you cram 52 megapixels worth of imagery into a palm-sized camera? Light plans on leveraging the power of all 16 lenses to capture ultra-high resolution images. The science behind it is really intriguing.

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Say what you want, doing laundry isn’t easy. Nor is often fun. We’ve come so far, I don’t even have to get off the couch to unlock my front door anymore. Laundry machines haven’t seen as much advancement. There are some pretty cool washer and dryer options these days, but there is still some labor involved in the process.

Thankfully, Panasonic has partnered with Seven Dreamers in Japan to develop a unique laundry solution, called Laundroid, that takes most of the work out of cleaning your clothes. The good news: it folds your clothes by itself. The bad? It takes up to seven hours to complete a load…

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New Product ▪ October 8

We love build it yourself kits around here, especially those that bring technology to the masses. From Kano to Robo Wunderkind, there have been some intriguing DIY projects released in the last year. littleBits has been around for a while now, but its new Gizmos and Gadgets kit is bound to get the creative juices flowing for all ages.

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DJI is responsible for some of the most beautiful drone video footage on the web today. Its Phantom 3 line of products is the industry standard for capturing aerial videography. In recent years, DJI has made the move to reduce the price on some of its products to a more consumer-friendly level.

Today, a new camera from the high-flying optics company has been announced. The Osmo is a camera mounted on a motorized rig with a stabilizing arm to capture smooth video and photos. It’s basically a very fancy selfie-stick. An expensive one at that…

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We first heard whispers of Amazon launching a made by hand store back in the spring as the online retail behemoth considered a run at Etsy. Today, Handmade at Amazon has launched with “thousands of unique products” made from more than 60 countries around the world. Each piece of inventory comes from a factory-free environment as every artisan piece is made without the use of automated machinery.

We have the full details on Amazon’s new store, how you can get started selling goods, and our top handmade picks.

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New Product ▪ October 7

In recent years, Dyson has become known for its heating and cooling options as much as its popular vacuum cleaners. The bladeless fan has been welcomed by parents and senior citizens alike for its added safety, particularly with the heating elements. Dyson has offered air purification in its cooling fans before, but this is the first model that combines heat and cold into one package. Read on for more details on the new Pure Hot + Cool bladeless fan from Dyson.

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After Far Cry 4 set new benchmarks for the series for gameplay, visuals and sales numbers,  Ubisoft has now revealed the next entry in the series. After running wild in the Caribbean and high atop the himalayan mountains, Far Cry’s particular take on open world experiences is going way back “to a time when massive beasts like the woolly mammoth and sabretooth tiger ruled the Earth.”

Head below for the launch trailer, an interesting behind the scenes video with some gameplay footage and the first details on Far Cry Primal: expand full story

Microsoft unveiled a fresh lineup of Windows 10 devices yesterday during an event in New York City. Aside from demoing a new HoloLens game, Microsoft announced Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Band 2, and some Lumia phones. At this point HoloLens still isn’t available to the public, but the rest of these devices (except for the phones) are now available for pre-order.

The new Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop crossover has a slightly larger 12.3-inch screen than its predecessor and a lot more pixels (267 ppi). It is thinner, lighter and can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB solid-state drive. There’s also a redesigned Surface Pen and keyboard cover. Prices start at $899 with pre-orders now available from Amazon, Best Buy, and Microsoft.

Surface Book, Microsoft’s first laptop, has a 13.5-inch display with a pixel density of 267ppi and one of the most interesting hinge designs we’ve ever seen. The screen is actually removable so you can use it as a tablet. Other features include a backlit keyboard, Surface Pen support, and up to 12-hours of battery life on a single charge. Pre-orders are now live at Amazon, Best Buy, and Microsoft. It’ll cost you at least $1,499 to get a new Surface Book.

Microsoft’s Band 2 iOS/Android compatible wearable includes a curved OLED display and Cortana integration. Pre-order it now for $249.99 from Amazon, Best Buy, and Microsoft. The new Lumia 950 and 950 XL liquid-cooled Windows 10 smartphones double as a PC when hooked up with compatible peripherals. These new phone are still listed as ‘coming soon’ by Microsoft.

New Product ▪ October 6

Following the release of its new Harmony Elite universal remote, Logitech is back today with a fresh add-on for your home theater setup. The new Harmony Home Hub Extender brings compatibility for Zigbee and Z-Wave products. This move further puts Logitech out in front of the competition when it comes to smart home control.

While Apple continues to develop its HomeKit platform, Logitech has slowly collected support from some of the biggest names in the smart home world. After all, what’s better than unlocking the front door with your remote?

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Not to be outdone by Apple, Amazon, or Google, Roku has announced its own new flagship streaming media player. The Roku 4 with 4K support looks like a flattened version of its predecessors and is brimming with power from its quad-core processor to its 802.11ac MIMO wireless. Not only does this set-top box have the potential to finally bring 4K mainstream, but it also includes a handy feature that’ll ensure you never lose your remote control again… expand full story

New Product ▪ October 5

Kickstarter has delivered some pretty cool projects over the last couple of years. One of our favorites to come out of the crowd-funding world is the Kano Raspberry Pi microcomputer. As coding has taken off with the success of iOS and Android’s app stores, we are seeing more educators and parents take an interest in using it as a medium for learning. Kano was one of the first coding projects for kids on Kickstarter and we loved it.

Fast forward a year later and another Kickstarter campaign is focused on marrying robotics and coding into a kid-friendly package. Robo Wunderkind uses LEGO skills and iOS/Android connectivity to enable children to build their own robot. So far the response has been through the roof.

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Virtual reality (VR) is no longer an experience reserved for science-fiction movies or training for technical jobs. This technology has seen significant strides in recent years that now allows consumers to have greater access to VR products. This growth has been spurred by companies like Oculus, which has put significant resources into developing consumer-focused products.

Now, Mattel has joined in on this trend to remake its classic View-Master toy into a smartphone-connected virtual reality headset. Make no mistake, this is not the plastic viewfinder you enjoyed as a kid. This updated View-Master, first announced in February, includes top-of-the-line content from National Geographic and others. Trust us, this is guaranteed to hit everyone’s Christmas list this year.

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New Product ▪ October 2

It has been a big month for electric vehicles, with Tesla notably stealing the show with its event earlier this week. On the lower end of the cost spectrum, there is an ever increasing interest in affordable battery-driven transportation. We have already seen motorcycle and skateboard prototypes that each offer a unique alternative to traditional counterparts.

The eBike community is growing as well. One of the more intriguing electric bikes on the market comes way of Sondors. After previously raising over six million dollars on Indiegogo, Storm and his crew are back with a refreshed model and a lower price tag on Kickstarter that makes this affordable eBike more attractive than ever.

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New Product ▪ October 1

Wireless headphones have become more of the expectation than the exception lately. With advancements in Bluetooth capabilities and Apple Watch support for storing music, cutting the headphone cord is easier than ever. While wireless often means greater freedom, one of the challenges is managing battery life. Even the top brands in this category struggle to get more than eight hours of listening time.

One of the more intriguing solutions to this problem is leveraging the power of your device to charge your headphones. There has been some movement with this idea from JBL and others but it’s a largely untested idea. A new Kickstarter campaign has set out to bring a new pair of earbuds to market that use both Lightning and microUSB ports to recharge on-the-go. Judging by the amount of money pledged, there is some serious interest from consumers as well.

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EA has now unleashed the new Need for Speed: No Limits on both iOS and Android worldwide. Previously soft-launched in the Netherlands and Taiwan, No Limits is the very first original NFS title developed exclusively for mobile devices.

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I love to tailgate at football games. Nothing beats throwing the ball around and blaring some music while you get pumped up. Typically, we have a Bluetooth speaker going like the JBL Xtreme and a NERF Vortex whizzing around. But what if it was possible to combine both of these tailgate must-haves into one product?

The new BRO Ball does just that. According to this Kickstarter project, it is the “world’s first” Bluetooth speaker in football. The design itself looks pretty sweet and would likely be the hit of your next tailgate or day at the beach. After spending a lot of time on the design and securing patents, the BRO Ball is ready for funding. Head below for more details.

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New Product ▪ September 30

The DVR has become an instrumental piece of nearly every respectable home theater setup. With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu offering an on demand approach, many consumers expect the same from their cable or satellite service. TiVo started this revolution back in 1999 but since then its set-top boxes have largely remained the same in design and function.

Today, TiVo announced the Bolt, a new DVR that sports a stunning new design and is loaded with features. This is the first product from TiVo in years that has truly caught my attention and has me reaching for my wallet.  expand full story

New Product ▪ September 29

Bose is amongst our favorite audio manufacturers for Bluetooth speakers and home theater equipment. Today, news comes way of a fresh version of its popular SoundTouch 10 Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker system. The new SoundTouch 10 speaker will offer both mediums of connectivity and also serves as a means for piecing together a multi-room audio setup.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of a big day at SONOS, that yielded a refreshed PLAY:5 speaker. Read on to find out how the latest Bose offering stacks up.  expand full story

Keurig – the company that made us all single cup of coffee addicts – has announced a new product that will bring some of the biggest names in carbonated beverage to its brewing system. The new Keurig KOLD operates and looks much like its traditional coffee brewer, but instead delivers ice cold glasses of soda. Aside from some intriguing carbonation technology, it’s the price tag of each individual drink that has caught our attention. expand full story

As if you needed more reasons to become a Prime member, its included streaming music service just got a big boost. Amazon announced today that a large selection of “popular and award-winning” Universal Music Group artists will be appearing on Prime Music with unlimited streaming. Head below for a sampling of artists that are now available.

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New Product ▪ September 28

For better or worse, we’re using our phones more and more each day. While technology has made our lives easier, it is also a potentially dangerous tool. The hazard of driving and using a smartphone is well known. While there are car mounts that elevate your device to eye-level, some users desire a more refined experience. CarPlay has made its push into the automotive industry but the reception has been somewhat mixed.

This is where Exploride comes in. A transparent head-up display (HUD) unit that shows all of your pertinent information, including vehicle diagnostics, smartphone notification, GPS directions and more. Since its launch on Indiegogo, Exploride has blown past its initial goal and is enjoying massive support from online backers.

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Update (10/2 10:00am): All of the consoles have now been released and are ready for pre-orders. See the full list and details below.

Microsoft is going all in on Xbox One during the last three months of the year. Aside from launching a top-notch line-up of games, it was announced on Friday that five new console bundles would be revealed this week. Each day a new collection will be detailed and we’ll round them all up.

Today, we have our first look at the newest bundle that will be joining the Xbox One family. Head below to see for yourself.

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Just in time for the holiday season, GoPro is rounding out its line-up of action cameras by adding a lower cost alternative today. The new HERO+ positions itself between the $129.99 entry-level model and the $299.99 LCD camera that was released back in June. This move sets the $199.99 GoPro HERO+ squarely in the mix for consumer’s attention across all ability and interest levels. Head below for more details.

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