New Product Stories Yesterday

Let’s face it, mobile device batteries aren’t nearly as great as we’d like them to be. Nothing is worse than constantly worrying about charging your laptop or being out on the go and having it die on you. Razor hopes to solve this with its new power bank geared specifically towards laptops. Razor’s power bank is perfect for charging your smartphone or even a USB-C laptop, like Apple’s late 2016 MacBook Pro.

The power bank sports a 12,800mAh Lithium-ion battery which is said to be able to supply up to six hours of battery life to your machine. Equipped with dual standard USB-A ports as well as one USB-C, it can simultaneously charge up to three devices. It also supports Qualcomm’s Quickcharge technology, so the power bank can deliver lightning-fast charging to compatible smartphones and devices. While Razor hasn’t currently announced pricing or availability, you can sign up to be notified of any updates.

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Sony has unveiled its latest mobile storage solution, the SF-G, which has been tabbed as the “world’s fastest” SD card. With more consumers and professionals shooting 4K video or RAW stills, Sony’s newest creation fills a need. Content creators can expect to hit write speeds up to 299MB/s and reads at 300MB/s. For comparison, the next closest in speed is SanDisk’s Extreme Pro Series that comes in at 260MB/s.

Don’t rush out and buy this new SD card just yet. You’ll need to confirm that your devices work with UHS (Ultra High Speed) II memory. Alongside this announcement is a new SD card reader designed specifically for this type of storage. The MRW-S1 has a USB 3.1 interface that can handle these types of speeds. Sony has yet to divulge information on pricing but we know the SF-G Series will hit this spring in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities.

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New Product Stories February 22

Soundwall recently unveiled their new Nova speaker, which adds interactive ambient mood lighting and music playback control. If you’re unfamiliar with Soundwall, it’s a WipBluetooth speaker disguised as a beautiful piece of artwork. So rather than having a bulky plastic speaker on your desk or in your study, you can hang a work of art on your wall that conveniently doubles as great Bluetooth sound system.

Soundwall’s new Nova speaker includes several new features, like mood lighting which allows you set custom backlighting. The speaker also allows you to play, pause and skip songs just by tapping the artwork. You can currently chose between 150 various styles of art works, which range from natural scenery to vibrant contemporary pieces and more. The speakers are currently available starting at $900, or you can customize one with your own design starting at $1,050.

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SnapPower, the brand behind those nifty USB-port charging outlet coverplates, is back again on Kickstarter with its new SwitchLight. Much like the products before it, this switch cover adds a night light to just about any space. In case you’re not familiar, here is how it works. The new plate has a pair of metal clips that snap into your existing switch and pulls energy for the night light. According to SnapPower, all you need to install is a screwdriver.

SwitchLight has three different illumination modes (bright, dim and off), which are actuated by the built-in light sensor. The obvious play here is for kids, but just about any home can use a nightlight. One reason that I like it, the light itself is raised up to the level of your switch, which is around four feet in most homes. With 68 hours to go, SwitchLight has raised over $258,000. A pledge of $12 will deliver a unit next month.

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New Product Stories February 21

Toy Fair New York has brought us a glimpse at some upcoming tech based toys like the iPhone controlled Batmobile or RC BB-8. Hot Wheels has been a household name in toys for the past few decades, but not something one thinks of as being aligned with tech. This year though, they look to stray from its normal path of die-cast cars and plastic tracks and enter into the smartphone domain with its new Track Builder Augmented Reality app.

Track Builder differs from traditional AR games though. Rather than using a smartphone to overlay graphics on the real world, it creates a virtual room for you to explore by physically moving one’s device. The app lets you add as much track and ramps as your heart desires. Track Builder also features many of your favorite class Hot Wheels cars to test out on your creation. The app is only available for one phone currently, but will hopefully roll out to more devices as time goes on.

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Artificial Intelligence is at our fingertips now more than ever. A simple, hey Siri or Alexa, will command a wide range of information. With varying degrees of success, of course. Professor Einstein looks to cash in on that trend with its lovable characterization of the brilliant 20th century academic.

Launched on Kickstarter recently, this action figure meets computer can pull up tons of information just by being asked. It also challenges users to learn about new topics and explains how your questions are answered. Best of all, it does it with a cheery range of expressions on his face thanks to an intricate set of motors built-in to the 14.5-inch Einstein model. Of course, it has a free app that connects over Wi-Fi to deliver personalized info alongside learning activities for kids. Professor Einstein has hit its Kickstarter goal and currently a pledge of $279 will deliver a unit in April.

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New Product Stories February 20

Continuing our coverage of New York’s Toy Fair 2017, we take a peak at what a galaxy far far away has to offer. Over the weekend, Spin Master showcased the final version of its upcoming remote controlled BB-8. While this isn’t the first RC BB-8 on the market, it certainly looks to be the best recreation of the adorable droid companion from The Force Awakens.

BB-8’s movements are controlled via a familiar dual joystick remote. The droid also has a little autonomy, and will do his best to follow the movements of whoever is holding the remote. Compared to Sphero’s previously released BB-8, Spin Master’s is not only much larger, but it is also packed with many more worthwhile features. BB-8 not only expresses various emotions based on its surroundings, but also responds to one’s voice. The lovable droid will hopefully be available by the end of the year for $230. And while the price tag may be steep, it seems worth it for the BB-8’s large size and abundance of play features.

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Toy Fair 2017 is well underway in New York, with some of the biggest names in the game showing off their latest creations. Mattel has hit the show with its new Justice League Batmobile, a recreation of the iconic vehicle that is geared towards collectors. Not only that, this new four-wheeled creation is controlled by your iPhone or Android device, adding to its lust-worthiness. Mattel did an excellent job on the details here, right down to the cockpit and miniature Batman.

One of the coolest features is the ability to add a few drops of glycerol in the tank, which makes the Batmobile actually smell like burning rubber when you hit the gas. The fully articulating figurine actually moves while you drive. All of these features won’t come cheap though. Mattel will charge collectors $250 when the Justice League Batmobile hits online shelves in October.

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New Product Stories February 17

The Story Clock by Flyte is a levitating timepiece that hit Kickstarter earlier this week to wild success. In fact, after just a few days it has raised nearly $239,000, which is just shy of three times its initial goal. A metal ball seemingly floats above a handcrafted piece wood, denoting the title through the day. Additionally, there is an embedded digital clock in the center that communicates information. You’ll have to watch the video for yourself to truly see how mesmerizing the Story Clock is.

There are three modes that are controlled by your smartphone, each of which conveys different information on the display. Journey mode is a countdown towards a specific date, with the ball arriving at the 12 o’clock hour at that time. Clock mode provides a traditional hour/minute experience while timer mode can be set for short-term events. Pledges currently start at $399 with Ash or Walnut models available. If all goes to plan, the Story Clock will ship in November.

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New Product Stories February 16

Hasbro is jumping on the STEM train with a new robotic dog that encourages children to learn about coding. With iOS and Android-connectivity, Proto Max is designed to be used in tandem with our favorite devices. The $120 toy is customizable in a variety of ways but the main focus is for kids to alter its behavior and ability to carry out different tasks.

There are 10 different sensors that allow kids to interact with the dog and trigger different behaviors. That includes the tail, nose and ears alongside two capacitive touch sensors on the back. Proto will follow you around, play games and even learn your preferences over time. Working within the smartphone app lets users code different behaviors through building block-style activities. Hasbro is expected to offer up further details at the New York Toy Fair this weekend.

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Do you remember the old school Simon Memory Game? It has managed to stand the test of time since its release in the 80s and still tops the charts as a best seller over at Amazon. Well, at the New York Toy Fair this year it’s getting a VR lookalike reboot that’s bound to turn some heads. Simon Optix is a headset that uses motion sensing technology to track your hand movements during gameplay.

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Much like the original game, this modern day version becomes more complex the longer you play. Gamers need to place their hand over the correct color to match the sequence, which becomes longer and more difficult over time. Multiple headsets can be paired together for head-to-head or multiplayer games, which is pretty cool. Simon is set to officially unveil its latest creation this weekend. Simon Optix will retail for $25 when it is released this fall.

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New Product Stories February 15

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Trying to bring together all of your favorite content providers in one location is proving to be more difficult in 2017 than ever before. Sure, Apple TV is working hard to pull it off, but you’re still limited to what’s available in the App Store. Caavo has eyes on simplifying this process with a hardware-focused approach. This attractive set-top box has eight HDMI inputs, two USB ports, an ethernet jack and more. Sure, it sounds a lot like a simple HDMI switcher. At $400, it sure hopes to do more than that.

Caavo can detect different devices and services, organizing it all into one searchable interface. The included remote offers voice control to simplify the process. Each of the HDMI inputs support 4K video with expected HDR support coming down the line. Caavo faces a massive up-hill battle in the competitive living room space. A $400 content organizer is a luxury for most consumers, so educating on the benefits will take some time. Caavo will release in a limited run of 5,000 units “later this year”.

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Canon has announced the T7i digital camera, the latest model in its DSLR line-up. While the new version has a few upgraded features, it sadly still does not support 4K video. That said, the T-Series has long been one of Canon’s most popular cameras. The most notable upgrade is the inclusion of a 45-point cross-type autofocus system. It’s the first time the Rebel line-up has received this feature set. A 24 megapixel sensor headlines this feature set, which helps somewhat make up for its 1080p video.

The T7i is specifically geared towards entry-level photographers hoping to make the jump from a smartphone to a more powerful alternative. Canon specifically sought the feedback of this user group in designing this new camera. Additionally, amateur-friendly features like filters and built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity. The T7i will be available for purchase in April for $749.99 as the body-only or $899.99 with a 18-55m lens kit.

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Makeblock is announcing its newest super kid friendly system Neuron to teach your children how to code and build in the funnest way possible. Hitting Kickstarter later this month, each kit gives your child 30 different kinds of blocks with varied functions to build all kinds of gadgets. The best part about this new system is the blocks are designed to work on almost any platform and you can even build with LEGOs.

Each kit runs on Makeblock’s mBlock, a graphical and flow-based programming system that requires little programming experience to learn. The company also promises steady updates, new projects and new capabilities once they launch. You can choose from six different kits that let decide what kinds of gadgets your kids will build. When the Neuron project launches on Kickstarter in a few days you can get a kit for $69 (40% off).

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New Product Stories February 14

Chances are, you have an old smartphone laying around. These are perfect for kids that need a way to play games or take their own pictures. A new Kickstarter project has an idea for utilizing these previous generation devices, too. Pixlplay is an add-on that works with recent iPhones (non-Plus) and popular Android devices like Samsung S7, S6, S5, and Google Pixel.

The snap-on case turns your device into a child-friendly camera with a working shutter button, protective design and a manual focus lens. An attached 3.5mm headphone jack operates the manual controls and a pressurized grip keeps your device in place. Best of all, it offers drop protection from spills that would otherwise harm an iPhone or Android device. PixlPlay is available for backing on Kickstarter today for $20 with an estimated delivery date of June if all goes to plan.

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MMD and Philips are partnering to unveil the newest monitor in the latter’s Moda line of displays. The latest 24-inch addition brings sleek metal details in a frame that is the thinnest to ever come from Philips. In fact, it comes in at just 5.2-millimeters, which is in-line with Apple’s 27-inch 5K Retina iMac. Philips has specifically designed this monitor with the goal of catering to mutli-display setups. Hopefully, the minimal bezel on the sides will cut-down on any distractions.

The IPS panel supports over 16.7 million colors, and connects to your devices via HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort. Unfortunately, there is no word on USB connectivity, which would be a welcome addition on this type of high-end display. Philips is set to unveil its latest Moda monitor in the UK later this month for 189 British pounds. This equates to $236 US, although we’ve yet to confirm an official release date.

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Pad & Quill is well known for its high-quality leather and linen iPad covers, iPhone cases, MacBook sleeves and more. Today the company is introducing a new line of men’s leather wallets that should have you covered for years. According to Pad & Quill the “average guy keeps his wallet for 5-7 years”, so it decided to build all of the new full-grain leather options to last a decade: expand full story

New Product Stories February 13

Controlling your smart home as been a topic of interest lately. We’ve covered various remotes, wall-mounted fixtures and more that all have a different take on letting you command your residence. What happens though when you want to turn on the lights on and your remote is in the other room? Hayo hopes to fix this by making anything around you a remote. By scanning its surroundings, Hayo and its iOS companion app lets you assign actions to any available objects. From making the nightstand turn off your Hue lights, to letting the coffee table play your favorite music through your Sonos.

Hayo can currently be backed on Indiegogo for $219, which is 27% off of the final retail price. It has currently reached 71% of its funding goal without about a month to go, and plans to ship in September 2017 if all goes as planned.

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Perhaps you’ve seen Miracle-Gro’s AeroGarden? While this is an excellent way to grow herbs in the off-season, visually it’s not the most attractive thing to have sitting on your countertop. Enter Herbert. A wall-hanging alternative that has a clean design and will have your family eating veggies year round.

Herbert sits on your wall with three rows of five planters, just below a hydroponic LED light. A seed is planted within the provided biodegradable sponge and over the course of four weeks you’ll see growth. Herbert only requires water a few times a month, and fertilizer even less. For city dwellers and garden-enthusiasts, this might just be the answer. It’s currently available for backing on Kickstarter with a required pledge of $361. If all goes to plan, it will ship in October.

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In the world of smartwatches, it seems like every designer and manufacturer is looking for a way to standout from the pack. Stark, a new project on Kickstarter, takes a different approach. This simple $40 smartwatch brings all of the connectivity you’d expect without breaking the bank (or over complicating things). It has a water-resistant casing and built-in accelerometers for tracking steps/sleep. Smartphone connectivity for iOS and Android includes text message support and other notifications.

Because of its simple design and feature set, the standout spec on Stark is its impressive two years of battery life. Even better is that it is user-replaceable if needed. The battery situation is two-fold, the watch itself has the aforementioned two-year battery while the Bluetooth 4.0 smart module lasts four months at a time. This two-pronged approach is designed to offer great flexibility for users, and Stark even includes an extra battery with purchase. Of course, there is a companion app that helps with monitoring fitness and tracking usage. With 56 days to go, Stark has raised just over $16,000 of its $20,000 goal. If all goes to plan, it will ship in July.

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