Coming off a jam-packed start to 2018, today LEGO has unveiled yet another new kit that is sure to excite. Last year the Ideas team had announced that Tron would be joining the lineup of licensed sets and now we’re finally getting our first look at what the latest LEGO themes entail. Stacking up to 230 pieces, the Tron Legacy set includes 2 brick-built Light Cycles and 3 all-new minifigures.
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We first heard word of Atari’s upcoming new home console in summer 2017 as the company confirmed it was getting back into the hardware business. The nostalgic brand has been largely quiet since its golden age some 40 years ago now, but today we are getting an official name for the new Atari machine as well as an official pre-order window. expand full story
This morning, adidas Originals introduced nine new iPhone 7/8/Plus and X cases donning classic designs sure to be loved by any sneakerhead. Leaning on familiar looks from its popular shoes, adidas has something for everyone here in the Apple ecosystem. Bright colors, original artwork and various designs highlight these cases that start at $25. Head below for a gallery and to learn how you can get one for yourself.
Timmerman, a Europe-based electric bike company, has unveiled its newest two-wheeled creation: the Scrambler V2.0. Designed with minimalism and vintage cues at the forefront, this attractive electric bike hits the market this week with a $6,000+ price tag and some impressive performance.
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It has been a busy couple of weeks for the folks at Pad & Quill. The company’s handcrafted accessory lineup got some major updates including new all-leather Rolltop backpacks and messenger bags for your MacBook and iPad. Before that, Pad & Quill launched its very first TechFolio to keep all your smaller gadgets and accessories organized. And there’s no reason to stop there.
Rachio is a well-known name when it comes to connected sprinkler systems and particularly has become a go-to choice for controlling irrigation with a voice assistant. Today, the company announced Rachio 3, “the most connected controller on the market.”
Compatible with Alexa, Assistant, SmartThings, Nest, and IFTTT, Rachio 3 is equipped to work with just about every smart assistant on the market. Read on to learn more about Rachio 3 and what it brings to the table.
Blue Microphones is one of the most trusted names in the game with its extensive line of prosumer audio recording devices. From the approachable Snowball iCE up to the Yeti, there’s something for everyone that might be looking to enter the podcasting game.
Turning its attention to more pro-grade setups, Blue has now introduced the new Yeticaster setup. This $200 bundle sports a custom Yeti microphone, the new Compass Broadcast boom arm and a shockmount with vintage styling. While Blue’s existing offerings are great for entry-level recording, this new bundle has everything needed to take your podcast and voiceovers to the next level.
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HTC just announced the availability and opened pre-orders for its Vive Pro. The Vive Pro is an upgrade from the original Vive with dual OLED displays with a combined 2880×1600 resolution, which is an increase in resolution of over 75%. One of the biggest, and most welcomed changes to the Vive Pro is the fact that it has built-in high-performance headphones. Continue reading for more information on the Vive Pro, availability, and what HTC plans to do with its original Vive.
Liftmaster has been making a serious effort to enter the world of smart home accessories, with its MyQ bridge opening the door to HomeKit along with other platforms. Back in January, it announced the new Elite Series 8500W bundle that includes everything needed to transform your garage into a modern-day room of your home.
Along with support for HomeKit, this new bundle from Liftmaster also plays nice with some of the biggest names in the game including Nest, IFTTT, and Google Assistant. The bad news? Liftmaster is charging a monthly fee for access to some virtual assistant features…
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After unveiling its brand new cord and accessory management folio earlier this week, the folks over at Pad & Quill are back with a pair of gorgeous new leather MacBook bags. We are getting two updated form factors here with the new Heritage Rolltop Leather Backpack and the Heritage Satchel Leather Laptop Bag. expand full story
Under Armour is known for its fitness clothing and accessories. Recently, one area that Under Armour has started to break into is the shoe market. When buying running shoes, there are a number of aspects to look at: comfort, breathability, support, etc. Well, one area I feel that will become a staple of running shoes soon is smart connectivity, and Under Armour is doing just that.
Hovr is a new type of running shoe that has Bluetooth connectivity built-in to interface with your phone. These days, everything seems to be connecting to smartphones. We have smart watches, smart assistants, self-driving cars, and it feels like every other day something else is becoming “connected”. I absolutely love this trend and am excited to see it branch out to connected running shoes.
While there’s more technology at our fingertips than ever before, it’s still possible to find joy in the games of yesteryear. Take the success of Nintendo’s retro SNES/NES console for example. The last two holiday seasons have been overtaken by unending demand for these remakes that are still largely sold out at retailers in North America. Casio is looking to cash in on this throwback trend with the reintroduction of its Game Calculator SL-880.
Made popular in the 1980s as one of the first calculators to introduce ‘apps’, the SL-880 delivers simplified games such as a Space Invaders-inspired numerical shooter. Just how in-demand is an original version? There are eBay listings currently fetching over $200 and you can expect the revived version to be a hit as well.
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Bang and Olufsen is a well-known brand when it comes to high-end audio products. Recently, the company announced its spring and summer 2018 collection, with highlights from portable speakers, wireless headphones, and more.
One of my favorite 2018 releases highlighted here is the Beoplay H4. This over-ear headphone set uses Bluetooth, has up to 19 hours of battery life, and looks fantastic. For more details on the Beoplay H4 and other 2018 releases, head below.
Back in February we got a hands-on look at Nintendo’s newest venture, its STEM-focused cardboard accessory kits, Labo. While just about all of the details surrounding the kits were unveiled, Nintendo was still secretive with one of Labo’s most anticipated features, Toy-Con Garage, so we were only able to get a peak at what it would offer. Today, Nintendo has finally showcased what will be possible with Toy-Con Garage.
When the Echo Dot first hit a few years back it was lauded as a low-cost entry to the world of Amazon’s Alexa Voice Assistant. But the trade-off for its price is a paltry speaker that lacks low-end boom and clarity. There are ways around it, such as attaching Echo to a Bluetooth speaker or home entertainment system. But a DIY hobbyist has come up with perhaps an even better way to improve this Alexa speaker.
Bard Fleistad recently created the 3D-printed Gramazon, a unique acoustic amplifier that is designed to work specifically with Echo Dot. There’s not much in the way connectivity here, or any at all really, because this gramophone uses a traditional method of amplification to improve audio. Best of all, anyone with a 3D printer can do it.
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Following announcements of new Star Wars, Marvel and Harry Potter sets, LEGO has kicked off 2018 with a bang. Having already celebrated the brick’s 60th anniversary, LEGO is now commemorating the 40th birthday of the Minifigure. So in order to get the party started, LEGO has launched its next lineup of Collectible Minifigures. Stacking up to 17 new characters, the series packs a variety of party-themed figures alongside a replica of the first minifigure from back in 1978.
Kaweco has been producing some of the most stylish writing utensils on the market since the 1880’s. Now the company is bringing its iconic German design to a new front with its first Apple product accessory. Kaweco’s new pen sleeve grip for Apple Pencil combines the company’s typical octagonal form-factor with Apple’s sleek design.
After early details leaked about the brand new Tomb Raider sequel today, SEGA has a little announcement of its own. After a quick leak this morning, SEGA has now officially announced that a new collection of SEGA classics are coming to current generation hardware with a number of interesting tweaks and enhancements. expand full story
It’s been two years since we’ve heard from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, as its Pi 3 Model B has enjoyed quite a bit of success. In fact, the total number of these DIY-friendly kits sold has now totaled over 19-million. Raspberry has historically been known to be slow on the upgrade cycle, with just a few simple changes being employed when a new product is introduced. Naturally, on Pi Day, it would take the opportunity to introduce its latest microcomputer, the Pi 3 Model B+.
With upgraded processing power and improved network connectivity, this new iteration continues the legacy of affordable computing for all ages.
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Garmin makes some of the most well-equipped timepieces to accompany you on your journey through the great outdoors. And now the company is iterating on its popular smartphone-enabled wearables with a more high-end model that packs features of both conventional and smart watches. In fact, Garmin is no stranger to connected-timepieces and with its latest release, the Tactix Charlie, hopes to blend its tactical and multipart features into a single wearable offering enhanced mapping, heart-rate monitoring and more.
Last we heard from Pad & Quill the company debuted the Heritage Leather iPad Pro 10.5 Case after the world’s first handmade all-leather iPhone X bumper case made an appearance late last year. Today the company is back to expand its accessory lineup with the new TechFolio Cord Organizer. expand full story
Amazon’s Kindle Oasis has always served as a bit of an oddity in 2018. It’s $250 price tag is mighty steep for a modern-day e-Reader. As if paying that type of premium wasn’t enough, Amazon has today introduced an ‘upgraded’ version in Champagne Gold. So if you want to show off your Kindle enthusiasm, be prepared to pay even more for this new model.
The folks over at SteelSeries have been the purveyors of high quality gaming peripherals and more for several years now. Everything from gaming headsets to mice, mechanical keyboards and mouse pads, the company has just about everything you could ever need to spec out your gaming room. And today, SteelSeries is unveiling the next generation Artcis headsets for PS4, and PC… expand full story
Alongside this morning’s introduction of the new Fitbit Versa, we’re also getting our first look at Fitbit’s new kid-focused wearable. In fact, the Ace is the company’s inaugural attempt at a fitness tracker designed for ages eight and up. Fitbit is leaning heavily on its Alta wearable here, with a familiar look alongside smaller bands made to fit tinier wrists.
Parents will note that some data has been removed from the usual dashboard in an attempt to focus on movement and less on measurables like calories burned. Fitbit’s focus here is to build strong habits in kids from a young age, encouraging active lifestyles. More below.
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Star Wars fans are some of the most committed and loyal collectors in the galaxy. They’ll spend over $100,000 on a Lightsaber prop straight from the films, purchase the largest and most expensive LEGO set to date, among other things. Now Hasbro is getting in on the insane collectibles with its largest recreation. The massive 4-foot-long, highly detailed model of Jabba’s Sail Barge packs all the details needed to cruise across the Dune Sea in style.