new product Stories April 16

Nintendo has taken the gaming world by storm in the last few years, with not only the success of its Switch console, but also thanks to its retro-remake NES and SNES Classic. To no surprise, others have taken notice.

Over the weekend, SEGA’s official Twitter account confirmed an upcoming release of the MegaDrive Mini in celebration of the original’s 30th anniversary. Much like Nintendo’s own retro consoles, it will feature a library of games in a smaller footprint than the original.

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new product Stories August 4, 2017

When you’re in the car and want to use the apps on your phone it can often be distracting, especially when you need to be concentrating on the road. A new company is hoping to help with this issue by creating a smart magnetic phone mount. It’s called QLYX and it combines with a companion app to automatically turn on your in-car applications such as music, maps, weather and more. Currently running its campaign on Kickstarter, QLYX has already met its funding goal of $40,000 within 48 hours of launching.

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new product Stories May 2, 2016

Smart home products and robust app stores have brought on a variety of changes in our lives over the last five years. A byproduct of that innovation is the myriad of devices, developer kits and data points that are constantly pinging us. Apple has attempted to curb some of this (at times painful) experience with HomeKit. However, that is primarily focused on hardware functionality. The reality is that we still have all of this information, which leads us to constantly checking our devices for updates.

SeeNote is a new product from a company called MoonRoof that takes the classic sticky note and transforms it into a digital hub for your life. Amazon Echo has management skills but it is based around auditory cues. SeeNote differs with its customizable and interactive e-ink visual display that puts much of your life in one place. More below.

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new product Stories April 27, 2016

Dyson has made a business out of recreating popular home goods with an eye on greater efficiency and design. Aside from its line of vacuums, the brand has slowly grown in the fan and heater space as well. Today, Dyson turned its attention to the hair dryer. Actually, it did that four years ago. After an arduous process of product development the Supersonic Hair Dryer is ready to be revealed. In typical Dyson fashion, this release is so much more than your typical bathroom accessory…

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new product Stories April 20, 2016

Somewhere along the line, the tripod became a necessity for content creators but stopped receiving the same innovation as the technology it was holding. Popular accessory makers like Joby and Gitzmo have developed alternatives but their products largely stick to the common theme. That’s where Edelkrone comes in with its new StandPLUS. It takes the tripod and turns it in to a smooth device mount that moves and adjusts effortlessly. The video alone will make you want one of these…

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new product Stories April 11, 2016

Lytro, known primarily for its unique light field altering cameras, has introduced a new model focused on the big screen. Taking its volumetric 3D product and transforming it into Hollywood-grade device has resulted in the Lytro Cinema. This is a new camera that is capable of capturing 300 frames per second and 755 megapixel images. Wow. At 400 gigabytes of streaming data, it’s going to take more than your average hard drive to store these files…

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new product Stories April 1, 2016

Here you thought that we were past all the selfie stick madness. I know that I was hoping for a less is more approach to 2016. It looks like we won’t be so fortunate. Meet ROAM-e, the drone and selfie stick mashup coming to an amusement park near you…

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new product Stories March 7, 2016

DODOcase has long been involved in Google’s Cardboard and virtual reality technology. After first introducing two $25 options last summer, the brand has announced a new kit on Indiegogo this morning.

The SMARTvr Virtual Reality Viewer is available for pre-order today with a focus on improved build-quality and a fresh design. DODOcase has built its latest release for both Android and iPhone. Full details and pricing after the break.

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new product Stories February 10, 2016

We’re big proponents of standing desks here at 9to5Toys. As someone who works from home, I’m well aware of the challenges that come with sitting all day. While there are plenty of options on the market, prices have largely kept this product category out of the impulse purchase range.

Recently, we told you about NextDesk’s latest motorized creation that retails for $447. Today we’ve spotted a new Indiegogo project that cuts the price tag and offers a modular solution for nearly any setup. The OMBEE features a unique design with an eye on customization. Its price comes in at less than an iPad mini, making it an attractive option for those who prefer a more affordable solution.

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new product Stories January 29, 2016

The CrossOver from NextDesk turns nearly any setup into a motorized standing desk

NextDesk is not new to the game when it comes to standing desks. The benefits of not sitting in your chair all day have been well documented by now. However, up until the last year prices were generally too high for most consumers. The latest project from NextDesk aims to change all that by serving as a suitable add-on to nearly any existing setup.

Just add the CrossOver workstation to a table or desk and you’ll have an elevated space in no time. This isn’t just a stationary solution. It ships with a built-in motor that can raise and lower the table to your exact specifications plus dedicated spaces for a keyboard or other accessories. For another $50 you can add the Programmable Memory Controller that remembers your desired height to work at. Additional options include a dual monitor brackets and the option for recycled aluminum instead of steel.

The CrossOver is available in six wood finishes with three different colors of metal for the arms and legs. You can pre-order today with a $50 down payment, NextDesk expects to begin shipping in late March. Prices start at $447 and go up from there depending on features and finishes.

new product Stories January 27, 2016

Remember Aereo? That clever online service that allowed users anywhere to enjoy live and time-shifted streams of over-the-air television stations from nearly any internet-connected device? The one that was shut-down by the Supreme Court over copyright rules that were made long before the internet was a thing? Yeah, those guys are back with a new service that is threatening to shake up big names like Comcast and Time Warner.

Starry is an intriguing new take on Internet services. By using a sophisticated “millimeter waves and proprietary technology” that in theory could open up broadband to previously un-reachable locales. Chet Kanojia, the founder of Aereo and Starry, aims to unleash this service across the United States with an eye on giving consumers more choices. Full details below.

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new product Stories January 19, 2016

We first learned of Amazon’s Dash Replenishment devices about a year ago as details were just starting to leak out. Since then, Amazon launched its Dash Buttons across a handful of brands and slowly released more information on its plans for this service. Today, the first products with built-in Replenishment functionality have been released.

In case you’re not familiar, Amazon Dash Replenishment tracks the inventory of a consumable good and automatically re-orders it when levels get low. The initial example was Quirky’s Poppy Coffeemaker, but now the technology is available in a handful of other products…

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new product Stories January 13, 2016

There’s no shortage of surveillance cameras for your home. The same can be said for iOS and Android apps that are meant to capture life’s best moments. However, typically you’ve got to be behind the camera when it comes to recording the memorable times. Thus, Dad or Mom never make it into the home videos.

A new product called the Kiba Family Camera aims to remove the behind-the-scenes work required for capturing all your favorite memories. With a full-on cloud service and Joy Ranking Algorithm (huh?), Kiba has big plans for your next family gathering. More details below.

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new product Stories January 11, 2016

We’re big fans of universal remotes here at 9to5Toys. Unfortunately, the reality is that many of the options on the market struggle to live up to their full potential with questionable connectivity and design. In 2015 we saw new options from Logitech, Savant and Ray that all potentially scratch our itch. CES 2016 has brought on a new competitor: The Smart Remote by Sevenhugs. Name aside, its remote meets iPhone design has piqued our interest…

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new product Stories December 22, 2015

It’s no secret that the sneaker industry has blown up over the last ten years. Estimates show that Michael Jordan’s brand brings in well over two billion dollars per year. LeBron James just inked a lifetime contract with Nike that “easily surpasses Kevin Durant’s 10-year 300 million dollar deal.” While shoes have continually evolved as Nike has rose to prominence over the last 30 years, we haven’t seen much in the way of smartphone connectivity. While we can easily track our running data with a simple app, technology integration hasn’t gone much further.

A very successful Indiegogo campaign is ready to change that. After raising over $750,000, ShiftWear is ready to hit the market with its “adaptable shoes” that have a built-in display controlled by your smartphone. You have to see it to fully understand the potential here.

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new product Stories December 21, 2015

Low-flow shower heads are not a new phenomenon. They’ve been around for some time, with varying degrees of annoyance for many years. The idea of saving water while enjoying a long, hot shower has been discussed and executed in many different ways. A new $3,000 shower that recycles (and purifies) our shower water was announced earlier this month with eyes on “revolutionizing” the industry. The Hamwells e-Shower is iOS-connected and re-uses every drop of water seven times. It’s goal is to significantly reduce our water and energy usage. The question is, will consumers buy-in?

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new product Stories December 14, 2015

With Christmas just around the corner and James Bond hitting theaters a few weeks back, it’s perfect timing for Rolls Royce to introduce a new luxury cocktail kit. The limited edition Cocktail Hamper packs everything needed to make the perfect drink. Whether shaken or stirred, all the proper utensils can be found in this kit. However, finding one of these hampers is going to be a tough task. Only a handful are set for production.

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new product Stories December 2, 2015

Your music streaming options are nearly endless these days. The same can be said about the speaker market in general. From compact to oversized, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and nearly everything in between, there’s something for everyone. So how do you re-invent such a crowded category?

The Sugr Cube has an idea. Based around Wi-Fi connectivity and touch controls, this compact square block of wood is loaded up on features. After a successful round of crowdfunding, Sugr is ready to launch to the general public.

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new product Stories November 18, 2015

Apple TV, Roku players, Fire TV sticks and a handful of other streaming devices are invading our homes. Despite the different ecosystems, most of these set-top add-ons carry out the same task and are limited to a handful of streaming services. While TiVo has made some strides in bridging the gap between online and traditional content, it still isn’t perfect.

Instead of introducing another streaming aggregate, a startup by the name of GENII has developed a new media player, called CAST, that collects feeds from all your sources and combines them in one location. The kicker? You can stream those sources to other rooms in your house or to your friend’s living room as long as they also have a CAST. Sounds too good to be true, right?

GENII says its perfectly legal.

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new product Stories November 9, 2015

Sometimes getting a quality internet connection to your home theater or gaming console can be a frustrating proposition. If you live in an older home, you likely have two things going against you from the outset: no ethernet jacks built-in and materials in your walls that can cause interference. The reality is that even the strongest consumer routers won’t do the job alone.

This issue can be solved one of two ways, with either a powerline adapter or a Wi-Fi range extender. TP-Link is adding to the mix of available extenders today with two new high-powered products that are capable of speeds in excess of 1,750Mbps.

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new product Stories November 4, 2015

After centuries and what seems like a significant amount of innovation, people are still farming with similar tools from 100 years ago. Gas and diesel driven equipment have become smarter and more intuitive with features like auto-drive or built-in touchscreen interfaces. At the end of the day, a farmer is still required to sit in the cab and plow along rows after rows.

Bosch wants to flip farming upside down with its new Deepfield Robotics branch of its company. The star of the show is Bosch’s BoniRob “adaptable multi-purpose robotic platform”. Honestly, it looks like something out of Star Wars. But it promises to simplify a number of farming tasks in an efficient manner.

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new product Stories October 28, 2015

We’re all aware of the fact that sitting at a desk for hours and hours on end isn’t good for our health. But getting out of our seats and finding an alternative isn’t the easiest either. Sure, there are many standing desk options out there. Same goes with adjustable chairs that claim to be better than the competition.

The brains behind the Altwork Station have heard of all those ideas and believe their new product can solve those very issues.

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new product Stories October 22, 2015

The bicycle has seen plenty of evolution over the last 100 years. One of the biggest area of improvements has been the materials used to create a safer and lighter ride. However, the basic design has largely stayed the same. While there are many high-end options that provide different layouts, styles, etc, the majority of riders are still perched on a seat upon two wheels.

Even recumbents are becoming more common-place across the United States for cyclists looking for an alternative option. The prone-style has not picked up as much traction, however. Instead of sitting up or reclining, like the other two examples, this model lays riders out, chest down, across the length of the bicycle. It has its benefits too: more torque and improved aerodynamics.

That’s where Bird of Prey Bicycles comes in. After nearly 25 years of design and tweaking, its new prone bicycle is set to be released. With a unique design and big price tag, it’s turning heads across the cycling community.

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new product Stories October 14, 2015

As if we needed another streaming service in our lives. Well, according to the new Electric Jukebox, we do. The space between our headphones has become a battleground for services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. But for some, keeping track of all the features and monthly billing proves to be a bit much.

Instead of offering a streaming library across iOS, Android and other platforms with varying degrees of hardware compatibility, Electric Jukebox is rolling it all into one experience. Think Chromecast meets Spotify, kind of…

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new product Stories October 13, 2015

The BLOCKS modular smartwatch hit Kickstarter today and in just a few short hours it has flown past its initial $250,000 goal. There was a lot of hype initially surrounding its launch, which has proven to be well deserved.

BLOCKS was first teased back at CES with a promise of hitting the crowdfunding circuit this summer. The build-your-own watch offers a unique alternative to Apple Watch and Android Wear examples that are largely limited in function by their software capabilities. Although it took a little more time than originally expected, today’s response has been through the roof. Head below for more details.

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