New Product Stories June 23

Back when GoPro was first starting to gain traction, tons of other companies began following up with their own durable, action camera. Now with virtual reality and other immersive content on the rise, a new hand-held camera boom is beginning. More than doubling its initial Indiegogo campaign goal, the newcomer VRDL360 looks to stand out from the competition by shooting photos in 7K.

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We all have that favorite pair of wired headphones or an old stereo that we wish could have wireless features like the newest Bluetooth models. Now they can! There’s an adapter called AirLink by Neorb Lab currently being funded on Indiegogo. You just plug it in, pair it up and get ready to go wireless with almost any device.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie is set to hit theaters on September 22nd. If you’re unfamiliar with the Ninjago series, it is one of the company’s longest running and completely original IP. It spans a massive array of building kits and is soon to hit the silver screen. As expected we are starting to see some new building kits get unveiled just ahead of the release of the film, including what might be one of the most impressive (and biggest) official kits we have seen in a while… expand full story

We’re seeing a constant flow of smart home devices, each unit with its own unique advantage. If you aren’t too satisfied with the Amazon Echo or Google Home, maybe something adding something to such a device might be more what you’re looking for.

Covi is a speech-enabled light that automates your home, and is fully funded on Kickstarter. Senic says that it’s the perfect balance of open source smart home tech and interior design. A smart bulb added to a smart speaker could be exactly what is missing on most of our desks at home.

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We know that mechanical keyboard enthusiasts can be fanatical about this product category. Perhaps this was best demonstrated by the WhiteFox, which hit MassDrop a few years back as a hobby from Matteo Spinelli. Turns out, it was so popular that he sold over 4,000 units.

That hobby quickly turned into a business opportunity that is now available over at Kickstarter. The $100,000 campaign goal was crushed in a few days time as backers are flocking to the $159 aluminum keyboard. What makes it so special, you ask? The fully-programmable creation of Spinelli and Input Club gives users a wide-range of flexibility in a high-end aluminum design.

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New Product Stories June 22

An eBike with a 100-mile maximum range sounds pretty unbelievable right? Well Electra has launched two new eBikes that break this notion that electric vehicles lack the power for extended trips. Pairing the company’s signature design with an impressive 100-mile maximum range, these eBikes look to be the perfect balance of form and function.

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We’ve become familiar with smart home devices such as smart bulbs and outlets, but how often do we hear about a smart switch? Maybe some of us have come across TP-Link’s approach, or maybe WeMo’s version, but not one took the extra step to modernize the aesthetics. They simply turned regular-looking light switches, made them smart, and stopped there.

I’m ready for futuristic-looking light switches, and Iotty may have gotten it right. Its Indiegogo campaign is about 121% funded and is ready to bring its “Smart Italian Luxury” light switch into production. The company says this switch will redesign your home and automate your lighting directly from your smartphone wherever you are.

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New Product Stories June 21

The days of giving your kids the old simple toys we use to play with when we where young are long gone. To get a step up in school and even in the future job market, technologically advanced STEM toys are the way to go. Even Sony has turned to crowdfunding to fund its next generation coding and robotics kit called KOOV.

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As we covered last week, Amazon has expanded its line of Alexa-enabled devices with a new barcode scanning wand that is supposed to make it easier to order your favorite foods and more from the company. Deemed the Dash Wand with Alexa, Amazon has now lowered the barrier of entry to trying out its voice assistant.

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Kickstarter is a great place to launch products for new inventors or those that are looking for funding and have exhausted all other options. We feature a handful of the coolest projects each week here on 9to5Toys that have caught our interest. And while some have succeeded and gone on to ship from Amazon and other trusted retailers, others have not. It’s an issue that has plagued Kickstarter from the beginning, leaving some with an uneasy feeling.

Well aware of this issue, Kickstarter is looking for ways to bring back established inventors that are success stories for more. This week we saw the launch of Kickstarter Gold, which is a limited time promotion running through July that offers old projects with new twists. Head below to see which campaigns have returned for a second pass.

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Finally, an original idea for a new smart device has surfaced. While it may not be as popular a product as a smart bulb is, an intelligent all-in-one 360-degree video conferencing device sounds very inviting.

A startup by the name of Owl Labs has come up with the unique conferencing camera, called Owl, that solves many key frustrations of business technology. It’s a thermos-shaped robotic video camera that automatically identifies and highlights anyone speaking in the room. It’s also got a consumer-style design with its fabric covering, and its obvious cute owl appearance.

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New Product Stories June 20

Pretty much everything in our lives is getting upgraded with smart functionally, from the bulbs we use to light our home, the TVs and speakers we use to enjoy our favorite content and even our coffee machines. But the way we display our art hasn’t changed much, falling behind the rest of our home’s assortment of decor and gadgets. Now with its latest product named Frame, Depict looks to bring museum quality art to our living rooms.

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Netflix has announced new interactive stories it’s calling “branching” narrative episodes coming to the subscription service starting today. The first of which is Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and then coming next month, July 14th is Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. As a Netflix subscriber you get control of what happens in each of these new stories.

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It seems as though every morning we wake up to a new Amazon service that we will most probably end up using. If the multiple versions of its Echo devices and the purchasing of Whole Foods weren’t enough, Amazon has just announced a new service called Prime Wardrobe.

This service is included with your already existing Prime membership, so that’s already a great benefit (and an easy way to give it a shot, too). Basically the way it works is similar to your online shopping experience, where you fill your “box” instead of a regular shopping cart. The box must have at least three or more items across clothing, shoes, and accessories, and you have seven days to choose what to keep.

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Anker has been busy lately. Not only does it offer some some of the best value out there for its massive lineup of Apple accessories and more, but it has also expanded itself a few times. The company has gracefully stepped into our homes with the Eufy moniker and now with its new smart audio brand, Zolo. The Zolo Liberty+ truly wireless earbuds are on deck first with a Kickstarter campaign that has just launched… expand full story

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After announcing its intentions to buy Withings over a year ago, Nokia has officially completed the rebranding process today and introduced a handful of new digital health products. Some of the previously available Withings accessories are making the transition to the new brand as-is while others have disappeared completely. New additions to the lineup include the Body Scale as well as a premium version of its iPhone-connected blood pressure monitor. Full details on the entire refreshed line of products below.

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New Product Stories June 19

Subscription boxes have really grown in popularity within the past several months. And no wonder, having curated assortments of snacks, clothing and more delivered straight to our doorsteps is a pretty cool novelty. It seems now the trend has grown large enough that even big brands like Hasbro can’t keep its hats out of the ring. Today, the toy and board game company has launched its first endeavor into subscription services with its Hasbro Gaming Crate.

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We all want to have music and access to our phones when we workout, but the current line of sports armbands are a pain to use. They almost never fit right, are often uncomfortable and you never have easy access to your phone. Lock&Go is the “first of its kind to offer a skin friendly” (won’t itch) band that you can easily attach your phone to and it fits almost any size arm. It’s being funded on Indiegogo and you can currently get one for $14 (half off retail) if you act fast.

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Cameras with 360-degree tech are starting to be used by the average smartphone videographer. Being that they have become tiny handheld cameras, like GoPros, anyone can regularly capture stunning 360-degree photos and videos. If you’ve been searching for an all-in-one 360 camera, then you’d better take a look at Tamaggo, a nearly funded campaign on Kickstarter.

At first glance, one can immediately notice the compact and modular design this camera has. It seems like the selling point for Tamaggo is how easy it is to live stream, and “make anyone feel like they are with you, in an immersive way and at any time, wherever you are.” Its one-click user friendliness makes the action captured in 360-degree photos and videos truly immersive to the viewer.

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This morning, Ring unveiled the second generation of its popular Video Doorbell system with a handful of upgrades over the original model. Full 1080p HD video highlights the list of features detailed this morning alongside smartphone connectivity and more…

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New Product Stories June 16

Samsara is the first aluminum alloy smart suitcase to get completely funded on Kickstarter (about 5 times over now). This futuristic looking case has an integrated power bank that can power your smaller devices up to ten times and it even has USB-C ports to juice up your newest gadgets. The makers of Samsara believe you’ll get its suitcase for all the all the tech savvy reasons, but then keep using it for its durability and convenience.

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are the big three and it’s almost impossible to imagine a fourth gaming platform vying for the attention of gamers everywhere. And while it’s hard to say what the end goal might be at this point, Atari is now confirmed to be making a brand new gaming console… expand full story

As we start turning on those A/C units once again, it’s worthwhile to take a moment to think about how we are going to save this year. The utility bills add up, and with all the new smart home inventions revealing themselves, let’s see which device will actually give back.

Mistbox is a Kickstarter item that raised well over its funding goal. It’s a product that is said to save energy and is supposedly proven to reduce A/C bills by 30%. With this in mind, the company raises an interesting idea about smart thermostats: what happens if you teach it bad habits or don’t take the time to teach it at all? With Mistbox, you won’t need to change any daily habits and simply need to install, track, and save.

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Bang and Olufsen is typically known for its beautifully designed home theater equipment and speakers but today it has unveiled a new pair of headphones with a handful of notable features. The new Beoplay 4 earbuds have a gestured-controlled Active Noise Cancellation system that is unique to this overloaded product category. You see ANC has a number of benefits, but it leaves users vulnerable to happenings in the outside world. Instead of quickly reaching for the pause button or yanking a bud out of your ear, B&O claims to have come up with a far more elegant solution.

And in typical fashion, it doesn’t come cheap.

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New Product Stories June 15

We all know how vital that perfect cup of coffee can be in the morning to get your day started on the right foot. But for those aficionados who want to enjoy the very best coffee, current roasters might not be cutting it for your specialty beans. Even worse, the process of finding the ideal roasting profile to match your coffee is as wasteful as it is tedious. That’s where Røst, the innovative sample roaster comes in to make sure your brew is perfect each and every time.

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