New Product Stories Today

This time of year it’s always nice to enjoy an evening with friends around a camp fire. The only thing that gets in the way of these occasions is the smoke the fire produces. A new Kickstarter funded product has a solution to this problem. The new BioLite FirePit is a smokeless wood-burning device that can cook your meals and give you an almost smoke-free fire that everyone can enjoy.

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When going for extended bike rides, I often outfit my two-wheeler with iOttie’s smartphone mount to track my progress and in some cases, find my way home. But I am also in constant fear that my device could take a spill if the terrain gets a little out of hand. SmartHalo is a new bike accessory that delivers many of those same smartphone features in a handlebar add-on. That includes an integrated display, navigation and fitness monitoring all in a tidy package.

Of course, it is iPhone and Android compatible, so you can leverage those features without feeling like your device is exposed. SmartHalo’s add-on design promises to bring just about any bike in the modern age, and thankfully the price is rather affordable.

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New Product Stories Yesterday

Canon recently introduced a new cordless mini projector that lets you beam photos and video without the need to attach it to a PC or other devices. It can project full 1080p video up to 3 meters away and create an 84-inch screen projection on almost any blank surface. The wow-factor of this projector is that it’s only about the size of a 4-inch square and weighs just half a pound. So you’re getting a widescreen projection from something smaller than a tablet.  expand full story

Some of the most popular noise-canceling headphones on the market for the past year or so have been the Bose QuietComfort 35. Today, the company is refreshing that product with a new button and integration with Google Assistant.

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Bose has this morning unveiled its first truly wireless headphones, dubbed the SoundSport Free. Much like Apple’s own AirPods and Jaybird’s latest Run in-ears, Bose is taking aim at active users looking for an audio solution during exercise.

As one of the biggest names in audio, Bose is taking its established tech and cramming it into earbuds that weigh just 0.35-ounces each. A wireless carrying case will handle charging, much like what Apple and Jaybird has instituted with their own headsets in recent releases. However, its a new antennae system that Bose claims will truly set its new release apart from the competition.

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New Product Stories September 20

Cubroid allows kids to get exposure to robotics, technology and coding in a way that feels just like playing with LEGOs. The startup has more than a month left in its campaign on Kickstarter and has already surpassed its fundraising goal of $10,000 by over four times that amount. In comparison to other kids’ coding sets, Cubroid is very easy-to-use and designed to be both fun and educational.

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This morning, AOC continued to expand its lineup of attractive (and affordable) monitors with the new 32-inch Agon Curved FreeSync Gaming Display. Officially priced at $429.99, the latest from AOC sports a number of features that are sure to attract the attention of gamers. That includes a 144Hz refresh rate, near frameless design and built-in USB charging.

We recently went hands-on with AOC’s 40-inch 4K monitor, which delivered solid performance at a budget price. Their newest release looks at a different subset of users, however. Head below for more details.

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If you haven’t heard, smart speakers and voice assistants are all the rage right now. But if you’ve found something lacking in the stationery devices like the Amazon Echo, then do we have the perfect new gadget for you. Launching via Kickstarter, Aire combines a home assistant with a fully autonomous voice-controlled drone.

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New Product Stories September 19

Far too often we have the problem of running out of storage on our phones and tablets. You can add on external storage but finding the right adapters to connect can be a hassle. Wireless storage is the answer to getting to your files with ease. Now there’s a company who has created a 1TB drive capable of streaming to all of your devices. Currently being funded on Indiegogo the Ydrive has already surpassed its required goal for production with a month left in its campaign.

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Social media has made it easier than ever to share photos and videos with our friends and family. But over time this endeavor has become more impersonal. Loop, a new digital picture frame, looks to solve this by aggregating all of this important content into a single place for viewing in ones home.

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Amazon’s top-of-the-line Fire tablet, the HD 10, is getting a refresh this morning with an updated display and other new features. In fact, this is the first tablet to sport a full 1080p panel since the now discontinued Fire HDX nearly five years ago. Along with the upgraded specs, Amazon is also dropping the price down to $150. The $80 decrease is sure to make the HD 10 a hit with consumers that are not tied to Apple’s iPad ecosystem.

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New Product Stories September 18

Wireless charging isn’t new at all, even though the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X just received the feature. But, one major limitation of wireless charging was always getting it to line up. I remember back when I had my Nexus 6, I always had a hard time getting it to line up just right on the charger, or else I would wake up to a dead phone. Sadly, this is a realization many iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X owners are about to become familiar with unless the technology behind Pi can save the day.

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Just about all of our favorite case makers have now unveiled next generation accessories for Apple’s new iPhone 8, Plus and X. Those include Nomad, Pad & Quill and Pelican just to name a few, but there was still one major player missing from the mix. DODO is well known for its high-quality or gorgeous leather and premium materials covers for Apple’s electronics, and it has now finally unleashed its latest. expand full story

Back in June at E3 the popular retro-inspired controller maker, 8bitdo announced it was making a couple of new controllers and today you can preorder them at Amazon. The latest controller is meant to look like the SNES gamepad from the 90’s but now with more buttons and it features USB-C connectivity and Bluetooth. It provides a nice throwback to the consoles of yester-year and makes a great gift for those of us still hooked into the nostalgia of those days.  expand full story

Internet-connected gadgets have been on the rise for some time, with no end in sight for the trend. While internet-connected lights are already fairly common, GE’s new Sol kicks things up a notch by being ‘the first Alexa-enabled lamp.’ After having caught a glimpse at the new Alexa-enabled device nearly a year ago the Sol is now finally available for purchase. expand full story

Nearly a year ago, Fabriq hit the scene as one of the first third-party Alexa speakers on the market. While its Echo Dot competitor offered some intriguing features, it never really took off. Fast forward to today and Fabriq has returned with a larger version called the ‘Chorus’ that may grab the attention of those looking for an alternative to Amazon’s in-house speakers.

One big improvement over the original version is the inclusion of far-field microphones. Unlike the previous iteration that required a press of a button to activate Alexa voice services, today’s new model operates just like Amazon’s own speakers. Fabriq also includes a unique wireless charging system that allows Chorus to go just about anywhere…

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New Product Stories September 15

I remember when the first Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch came out and it had that huge camera hump, I loved to take pictures with it (no matter how bad the quality.) Looking back on that now, I honestly never thought I’d want another smartwatch with a camera, but after seeing Arrow’s concept-turned-reality from Indiegogo, I could really see myself putting this to use…

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Maunzi is a fun new robot that kids can build from the ground up then control using LEGOs and a smartphone. The interactive toy can teach kids about robotics, how to develop code and even use Augmented Reality. Currently being funded on Kickstarter, Maunzi is still working to meet its fundraising goal with 14 days left in its campaign.

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New Product Stories September 14

We all know the feeling of not wanting to go to the movies, but we end up going anyway… Why? Going to the movie theater provides a unique viewing experience that most just can’t get at home, well, before Cinera that is. Cinera takes aim at replacing the home-theater experience up several notches, even going as far as claiming to have higher resolution viewing experiences than you get from a normal movie theater.

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Along with companies like OtterBox and Lifeproof, Pelican is one of those brands that is synonymous with rugged durability and protection. It has just launched its new lineup of “high-performance” cases today for iPhone 8/Plus along with the iPhone X exclusive Pelican Shield… expand full story

(Update): Pad & Quill has now made its new $39.95 Timberline Wood Grain iPhone X cases available.

Well it only took a couple days, but one of our favorite Apple accessory makers has now launched its new iPhone 8, Plus and X cases. Pad & Quill makes high quality, hand-made gear with premium leathers and a solid build quality. Its iPhone offerings are no exception highlighted by its new iPhone X full grain American leather wallet cases expand full story

A new crowdfunded invention allows you to design and create your own paper airplane then attach a motor to it and fly it with control from your smartphone. Currently being funded on Kickstarter, the Powerup Dart has already reached its fundraising goal of $25,000 and will begin shipping to backers in December.

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Despite not having released a new camera in some time, Polaroid’s products have still managed to hold onto their iconic status in the smartphone dominated world. Now after more than a decade, Polaroid is back with a new $100 model, which draws on the company’s classic design to create a more modern instant camera deemed the OneStep 2 i-Type.

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During last night’s Nintendo Direct event, the company showed more of its anticipated upcoming 3D Super Mario Odyssey title, Pokemon, the fantastic looking Xenoblade Chronicles 2, amiibo release dates and unveiled another notable Switch package. After announcing the Splatoon 2 Switch bundle late last month, Nintendo is now giving everyone’s favorite plumber the special edition treatment. expand full story

New Product Stories September 13

There aren’t many kids who lived through the 90’s that will soon forget the Ren & Stimpy cartoon show. The often subversive and now cult classic TV show somehow made its way to a children’s cartoon network, Nickelodeon, in 1991 and lasted until 1995. Since then, a new documentary and behind the scenes look has been in the works to capture the show’s huge impact on TV, art, comedy and popular culture as a whole. The documentary, however, still needs funding to become a reality and has hit Indiegogo to earn support for the final costs of production.  expand full story

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