New Product Stories Yesterday

SSDs are becoming more commonplace in everyday life now, and I’m super excited about that. One of the best upgrades computers have received in recent memory is not faster processors, graphics cards, or RAM. It’s storage, and that is mainly because you can request data as much as you want, but unless your storage drive can keep up, you’re out of luck.

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Sure modern technology is great, in fact most of the time it’s pretty awesome, but what’s the use of it if we don’t even know how it all works? Maybe this kind of learning is already lost on the majority of us adults, but maybe there’s still hope for our kids. There’s a new STEM toy currently being funded on Kickstarter and it has already reached its funding goal with a month left in its campaign. It’s called PapierMachine and it teaches your kids about circuits by letting them build their own.

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eBike innovations of the past were mainly geared towards minor quality of life changes like longer drive times, more stylish exteriors and lighter frames. And while the folks at Pragma Industries have still put thought into these areas, the company’s real focus has shifted towards a new front, ditching the conventional lithium-ion batteries in favor of hydrogen fuel cells. These efforts have resulted in Alpha, which is said to be the first commercially available eBike to boast such a feat.

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Popular golf manufacturer TaylorMade has announced a partnership with Blast Motion, the folks behind those iPhone-connected sport trackers. Its first entry is the Spider Interactive putter, which uses a mixture of sensors and data to track stroke metrics and improvement over time. This is the also TaylorMade’s first completely integrated sensor product, skipping previously-required add-ons that were bulky and unattractive.

Spider Interactive will track a variety of metrics, including back and forward stroke, tempo, rotation and more. Aside from packing in all of this technology, the Spider putter is an attractive addition to any bag, its non-sensored version already being one of the most popular clubs in TaylorMade’s lineup.

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New Product Stories January 18

If you follow computers much you likely know of the graphics card shortage we’re in right now. Graphics cards like the GTX 1070 went from a launch price of around $350 to now fetching generally $700+ on Amazon, mostly from third-party sellers. Higher-end cards like the GTX 1080 and 1080Ti saw even larger price jumps, and are just as hard to come by. My GTX 1080 that I purchased back in January of 2017 for $650 is now worth over $1,000.

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Espro is a company out of California that creates simple to use coffee and tea presses that are both innovative and grit-free. Currently on Kickstarter, they are seeking funding for their latest creation. It is the lightest insulated French press to date and you can take it with you wherever you go.

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Apple’s latest round of devices have been out for around 4 months now and have already caused somewhat of a boom in the wireless charging market. While CES brought us a wide array of Qi chargers, today the folks at Bourge Design have announced that they too will be trying their hand at what it hopes is the most elegant power station for your high-end iPhone X.

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Well, it’s that time of year. NAMM 2018 is just around the corner now and we are already seeing many of the big time music production company’s showing off their 2018 lineups. Arturia has certainly been busy the last few days with the second generation MiniBrute, Mini Brute 2S and RackBrute, not to mention the new interfaces from Focusrite and Universal Audio.

We suspected Korg wouldn’t be far behind Arturia here, and we were right. The company has now unveiled a brand new poly synth, a drum machine and the latest addition to its popular (and extremely affordable) Volca line… expand full story

Adidas this week announced its latest collaboration, joining forces with Germany-based BVG to create one of the more unique sneakers we’ve seen recently. The EQT 93/17 were made in combination with Berlin’s public transportation company Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe to deliver an integrated subway pass for the city’s U-Bahn network.

That’s right, with Adidas’ latest creation all you have to do is walk up to the turn-style and you’re ready to hit the subway. The pass is only slated to be used for a year at a time, so there isn’t much detail on potential future re-upping. Given the long lines at yesterday’s release event, it’s safe say to say Germans are pining for this unique pair of kicks.

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New Product Stories January 17

Update: The Robot and Variety kits are now available for pre-order at Amazon.

Nintendo Switch was arguably the hottest release of 2017, with gamers new and old flocking to the beloved manufacturer’s latest console. Fast forward to today, and Nintendo is tapping into a whole new way of enjoying its handheld system.

Today’s fresh approach is called Nintendo Labo, and it features a DIY system of cardboard accessories that can transform Switch into a wide range of neat projects. That includes everything from a robot suit, to piano, fishing rod and more. Combining Switch’s Joy-Con controllers with these cardboard builds opens up a whole new range of mini-games. Nintendo is hoping to tap into the ever-expanding ‘maker’ culture while also bringing a tactile, real-life experience to kids.

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We’ve all been there before, preparing for a big family dinner when you go to grab the turkey, only to find out it was never defrosted. So, you rush to get the turkey out, run it under water, wait, leave it in a bag in hot water, er, there’s nothing really to do.

Frozen meat like that takes so long to defrost that if you forget to do it, you’re really just out of luck. There is no good way of defrosting meat fast, sadly. This new defrosting tray claims that it can defrost a frozen steak in 10-12 minutes, while normal defrosting time would be 25+ minutes. Frozen chicken? Well, Yeti Touch also claims that it can defrost that in 14-16 minutes versus the normal 30 minutes required.

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If you’re a photographer that’s always on the hunt for that next great shot, you may be interested in light painting as a new art form. It typically involves moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph. It sounds easy enough, but it really isn’t. There are a bunch of different tools and accessories and of course patience needed to truly master this technique.

A start-up company out of New York has created a new “painting” light stick that they hope will transform the art for beginners and experts alike. It’s currently getting funded on Indiegogo with much success. With over a month left to go in its campaign, it has already reached more than double its goal of $30,000.

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Colgate has a new toothbrush, announced at CES, and it’s only available at the Apple Store. Yes, it’s exclusive to Apple’s retail locations and it has all of the smart features you’d expect along with a $100 price tag. Much like other ‘smart’ toothbrushes on the market from Sonicare, this new release connects with your iPhone to track each brushing and gather data over time.

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Hori ended last year with the release of a new retro-themed PlayStation 4 controller. Now to kick off 2018, the company has unveiled yet another new gamepad for Sony’s console. In what is touted as the first officially licensed wireless third-party controller for the PS4, Onyx boasts a new Microsoft-inspired design and more.

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Native Instruments has been running the music production software game in a major way for quite some time. Along with some of its more recent hardware offerings like the Kontrol series keyboards and, even more so, the Komplete software bundles, its products have become mainstays for amateur and seasoned producers. Needless to say, the German-based company has been producing some of the best virtual instruments and effects for years and it is now ready to take its content management and library system to the next level.

Today, NI is launching Sounds.com. The new platform is a subscription based service where creators can access thousands of new samples, loops, sound packs and more for a monthly subscription… expand full story

The FIFISH P3 Underwater Drone was officially teased at CES 2018 ahead of its launch later this month on Indiegogo. With a unique design and consumer-friendly controls, this Mavic for the sea is made to capture all of the action below the surface. It has bright colors on the outside and an incredible amount of tech that enables capture of 4K footage and 20MP still images.

While its features are certainly professional-grade, the controls and design are decidedly not intimidating. In fact, it looks much like the controls we’ve come to know from DJI and Parrot, with dual joysticks and a place to secure your iPhone.

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New Product Stories January 16

Hasselblad cameras are beautiful. There’s no other camera a photographer could dream of having other than a Hasselblad, but they come at a cost. The high-end camera company’s cheapest camera is over $11,000. Because of this, Hasselblad cameras are reserved for the high-end only, but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming about the new releases this insane camera company comes up with.

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Sony has just unveiled a pair of new (for the most part) PlayStation 4 editions headed to the US market. While the standard version along with the Destiny 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2 variants have been on store shelves for a while now, Sony’s high-end machine is getting a new face lift to celebrate a major upcoming release and is going solo with the Glacier White rendition… expand full story

Dash cams are truly fantastic inventions, but very few are actually hands free or at least safe enough to control while driving. But, now there’s a new dash cam called 70MAI that is controlled by just using voice commands to capture the precise moments you need it to. The camera is currently being funded on Indiegogo and with only 24 days left in its campaign, it has already received more that double its goal of $10,000.

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With NAMM 2018 just around the corner, we are starting to see some major new music production product announcements. Arturia has been busy unveiling the next generation MiniBrute synthesizers and Universal Audio’s most affordable new Thunderbolt interface is now available for purchase. While the higher-end Universal Audio options rank among our favorites in the price range, Focusrite is also revealing its latest I/O hardware with the new Clarett USB devicesexpand full story

Google Assistant come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, but the vast majority are modern-looking speakers in every form of the word. Now, though, Klipsch is launching a new set of speakers that have a vintage look, and they’re gorgeous.

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Tech savvy folks like myself often carry a variety of devices on a day-to-day basis. But why the need for both a smartphone and smartwatch when these devices could be one and the same? At least, that’s the mantra behind the upcoming Shell smartwatch. So if you’ve ever wished your watch could simply be your phone, then this may be the wrist-mounted device of your dreams.

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This morning Twelve South has taken the wraps off its newest release, the PencilSnap for Apple Pencil. It is made of leather and designed to attach to just about any iPad case with the idea of securing Apple’s easy-to-lose input device. Not to long ago, Apple announced a similar product with the same $29 price tag. Twelve South’s new product takes the idea to another level with a few subtle features.

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New Product Stories January 15

Everyone seems to be making a VR headset these days, some great, some not. One common theme among many is weight, as in the headset weighs quite a bit and can become tiresome to wear. There are a few reasons for this, including the tons of computing power built into the headset itself and the battery being stored in the headset, which the newcomer Cinego does neither of.

Cinego features a remote that handles most of the processing and battery housing so the headset can be lighter. In fact, the Cinego headset only weighs around 200 grams. This equates to around 7 ounces or less than half a pound. To put that into perspective, without cables the HTC Vive (similar resolution) weighs 555 grams and is not battery powered at all.

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Escort is embracing the future of connected cars with its newest radar detector. The new MAX 360c device is able to connect to your car’s Wi-Fi if available, or you can connect it to your smartphone using Bluetooth. The detector will also automatically update to the latest software and firmware without having to remove it from your car.

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