New Product Stories March 24

Since beginning yesterday, Baselworld, one of the worlds largest watch and jewelry exhibitions, has already showcased various new smartwatches from prominent companies like Fossil. Samsung too took to the stage and unveiled several smartwatch concepts, but standing out prominently from the rest, is a smart pocket watch hybrid.

In collaboration with renowned Swiss watch designer Yvan Arpa, Samsung pairs the internals of its Gear S3 smartwatches with a traditional pocket watch casing. While still a concept project, Samsung hasn’t released any details on the device’s release, so don’t expect to pick one up anytime soon if at all. Regardless, it’s great to see some variety from smartwatches, especially those that combine classic design with modern functionality in the way that Samsung has here.

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Under Armour first released its limited edition 3D-printed Architech shoes last year, making available just 96 pairs to the general public. If you missed out (you probably did), UA is gearing up to offer its new Futurist shoes that use the same technology. That means its latest release will feature a 3D-printed “dynamic lattice network” that is designed to provide unparalleled comfort and support. Big promises from a shoe company looking to set itself apart from established players in this space.

So what does the dynamic lattice tech bring to your feet? Under Armour says that by going the 3D-printer route, it can create a stabilization system that supports heavy weight lifting activities and more movement-heavy exercises. The proprietary UA Speedform Upper features a memory-like molding capability that re-adjusts to your feet each time the pair of shoes are slipped on. Regardless of the tech and marketing lingo mentioned here, it’s pretty cool to see 3D-printing tech continue to make in-roads in this product category. Interested in UA’s latest release? You’ll need to be ready to buy the $300 pair of shoes on March 30th at 6PM for a chance.

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Whilst the mainstream adoption of 4K and 5K monitors is finally underway, Dell has leapfrogged the consumer market. The company has just launched the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K, claimed to be the ‘world’s first’ 8K consumer monitor. Touting a 7680×4320 resolution, it packs more than double the pixels of a 5K monitor and can display four 4K videos at native resolution simultaneously.

It also beats out many competing 5K monitors on pixel density, with 279 PPI across a 31.5-inch canvas. The cutting-edge technology comes at a hefty price; Dell is selling the monitor right now for a cool $4999.

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New Product Stories March 23

Following a successful Indiegogo campaign, Cinemood, the portable story-time projector is available for pre-order. Geared towards children and families, Cinemood aims to make watching television a ‘shared experience’. Cinemood packs wireless connectivity, a 1080p projector, speaker and more into a three-inch cube that fits in the palm of your hand.

The portable projector comes equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 32GB of internal memory. Out of the box, Cinemood includes hundreds of cartoons, audio stories and other content to start enjoying. Extra content can be added from Smart Cases which provides a little protection, or from USB flash drives. Audio can be played from either Cinemood’s internal speaker, or from headphones/speakers thanks to the devices 3.5mm jack. It can currently be pre-ordered for $450 and should be shipping soon.

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Logitech has announced its new MK850 Wireless Multi-Device Keyboard and Mouse combo that is designed for users that depend on multiple platforms to get things done. A strong focus on comfort and productivity headlines a list of features on this $100 bundle. We’ve long been fans of Logitech’s line of multi-device keyboards, which are perfect for switching between your Mac and iOS device. Logitech is purposeful is offering a keyboard that is quite different from Apple’s official offerings.

One of the more intriguing features is the connectivity between the mouse and keyboard. A press of the Fn key performs secondary gesture controls on the mouse. This brings a blend Logitech’s MX Master and Apple’s Magic Mouse to the mix that is rather unique in comparison to similar products on the market. In typical Logitech fashion, you can count on crazy battery life up to three years on the keyboard and two for the mouse. Both connect via an included Unifying USB receiver or Bluetooth low energy. Logitech’s MK850 bundle is available for purchase today for $100.

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Remember that old game, Pong, from Atari? It’s been a while, but the team at the Table Pong Project has whipped up something that just might bring it back and into our daily lives. This project looks to be a rather futuristic approach to the classic game, where it is being brought from its digital form to a physical form. This Pong-infused coffee table includes the retro sounds and bouncing lights, and it maintains the same mechanics to stay true to the original gameplay. It’s not just any Pong-themed table, either, the Table Pong Project is officially licensed by Atari. It is meant for the home, the office, and even public bars.

What’s the magic behind all this? Well, the main component required to make the 2D movement illusion of the game possible, is magnets. The minimalistic design is aimed to bring back memories of the X generation, as it is a mixture of modern tech and arcade machines from the 80’s. As for the features, the table includes the Pong game, a digital clock, Bluetooth speakers, and 4 USB charger ports. To set it on stand by mode, close the custom design lids and you have a regular, neat and retro looking coffee table. The Table Pong Project plans to start shipping in November on Kickstarter, and you can pre-order it now for $1,100 (limited units) before it reaches $1,690 later this year.

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With warmer weather rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor activities. Of which, one of my favorite is spending time on the water. That’s why Hypar’s new Folding Kayak caught my attention. At less than 20-pounds, it quickly transforms from a full-on kayak to a compressed unit small enough to fit in your luggage. That means that taking your vessel on an airplane just went from a non-starter to an absolute reality. Sure, we’ve seen foldable kayaks before but Hypar stands out from the bunch with a few notable features.

First, it has a hard shell outer that should offer better protection in comparison to similar inflatables. Each pre-folded sheet of polypropylene is designed to withstand up to 20,000 cycles before any leaking occurs. That’s obviously a big promise, but you wouldn’t want any less from a modular kayak. It has a standard bow front that you’d expect but the design gets interesting as it goes decidedly horizontal to meet the surface of the water. The goal here is to create a smoother ride and less friction versus comparable kayaks that are taller. Hypar is slated to launch its new product on April 11th on Indiegogo with a price of $750.

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New Product Stories March 22

Lego just announced that it will be giving the Ultimate Collector Series treatment to the fan-favorite Star Wars T-47 Snowspeeder (75144). Featuring over 1,700 pieces, the Snowspeeder measures over four-inches high, 15-inches long and 11-inches wide. The set includes two minifigures, a Rebel pilot and a Rebel gunner, and a stand that adds a display plaque to showcase information about the iconic Star Wars spaceship.

The UCS Snowspeeder launches later this year on May 4th and will retail for $199. If you’re like us and can’t wait to build it, there’s plenty of other UCS Star Wars sets you can add to your collection.

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Mercane’s latest product offers something we’re not used to seeing here at Toys, an electric vehicle with more than two wheels. Standing out from others on the market, Transboard’s three-wheeled design aims to provide a more balanced and comfortable ride.

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Lexar is expanding its lineup of USB flash drives today with the release of the new JumpDrive Tough. Available in 32, 64 and 128GB configurations, the USB 3.1 drives are designed with speed and protection in mind. As the name suggests, these drives are made to be resistant to impacts or pressure, harsh weather conditions (-13°F to 300°F) and even water at up to 98 feet. More details below: expand full story

Portable grilling is hardly a new phenomenon, but while there are plenty of options on the market, few are able to blend good looks and functionality in this manner. The Lotusgrill out of Germany looks to bridge the gap with its “easy-to-use” lighter gel system. It is operated by four AA batteries that help ignite the heat source that can produce temperatures up to 660-degrees Fahrenheit. The fire itself is contained within a steel double-walled bowl that also houses a charcoal container and the cooking surface.

Smokeless grills are particularly enticing for apartment dwellers looking for a way to capture the BBQ experience without the mess. Lotusgrill promises all of that with a clean design that can get up to temperature in as little as three minutes. Because the outer shell doesn’t get hot, you can put it on just about any surface. It weighs in at around 8-lbs. and is 14-inches in diameter. The Lotusgrill is available for purchase today at Sur La Table for $200, which is a 33% discount off the regular price.

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New Product Stories March 21

The recently launched Hexagon aims to make your existing bike just a little smarter by adding a camera, turn-signals and plenty of sensors. Hexagon attaches to the back of your bicycle and serves as not only a rearview mirror, but also a ‘fitness tracker for your bike’.

By pairing the device with an iPhone and Android app, riders can peak at their devices to get a glance at what’s behind them. Live streaming is also supported, so you can broadcast your commute to all your pals. Rider’s activity is tracked by Hexagon, which syncs current speed, burned calories and distance to the app. A wireless handlebar remote is included to quickly snap a photo, record or activate your turn signal. The camera is available in two models, one that comes equipped with all the bells and whistles, and a lite version that forgoes the turn signals.

Hexagon can currently be backed on Indiegogo for the early bird price of $99, or $75 for the lite version. Regardless of which model you choose, Hexagon hopes to ship later this year in September assuming it reaches its funding goal.

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Lomography recently took the wraps off its new Automat Glass Magellan Instant Camera, a wide-frame device that has an impressive focal length and aperture. It uses a massive 38mm wide-angle lens that puts most instant cameras to shame. This allows the Magellan to capture an image from just one foot away, which is remarkably close for this type of device. It is a fully automatic camera that sets itself to f/4.5 or f/22, depending on the circumstances. One of my favorite features is the shutter release system that is built-in to the lens cap, which can be used from up to 15-feet away.

The new camera will be compatible with Fujimax Instax Mini film, which is widely available online. Lomography will also be including colored gel filters, exposure attachments, and a macro lens. Expected to ship in mid-April, the Lomo Instant Automat Glass Magellan will retail for $189. Film and batteries are not included with the bundle.

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New Product Stories March 20

Anker makes some of our favorite iPhone and Android accessories on the market. Atop that list is its PowerLine Lightning cables, which are known for an extra strong design and materials. Anker has now unveiled the second generation, dubbed the PowerLine II Dura that includes a lifetime warranty…

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Here at Toys, we’re used to covering different gear to outfit your living space, from massive 4K TVssound systems and more. Furniture has been quite scarce though, which is where the recently launched Sobro coffee table mixes it up.

Sobro offers a variety of features that set it apart from your standard coffee table. Most notably, the design centers around a variable-temperature refrigerator drawer. Multicolor LED accent lighting paired with a stereo Bluetooth speaker help set the mood whether you’re enjoying the latest blockbuster or throwing a party. Featuring a tempered glass top with integrated touch controls, you can fine-tune drawer temperature, lighting preferences and audio playback volume. It also offers two USB ports and two outlets for keeping your devices charged.

Sobro can currently be backed on Indiegogo for the early bird price of $499. While it has already met its funding goal, there are still two months to go before the campaign ends. If all goes well, Sobro is estimated to ship later this year in September.

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The Stealth P-7 Electric Commuter Bike is notable for one particular reason, it has an incredible 90+ mile range. While there are a number of other features worth noting, the ability to go multiple days at a time without charging is what brought it to our attention. Many of the eBikes that we feature here on 9to5Toys top out at around 30 miles or so. What we love about the Stealth P-7 is that it manages to add significant range without bulking up the frame too much. It’s certainly not as sleek as the Urban X, but the potential for three times the range is a worthwhile trade-off for me.

Coming in at 64-pounds, the P-7 is powered by a 950Wh battery that can offer varying degrees of pedal-assist for riders. A hardware upgrade is required to achieve the 90-mile range referenced above. A basic P-7 unit can provide around 60-miles. Both are currently available at Kickstarter for backing, starting at $4,000. Aside from the impressive range, Stealth has included an on-board computer that provides key data points like battery power remaining, distance traveled and more. If all goes to plan, Stealth is planning on shipping units in June.

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New Product Stories March 17

It seems that recently, practically every company is throwing its hat into the smartwatch ring, from traditional watch companies like Casio and Tag Heuer, to Verizon and ZTE. Montblanc’s recently unveiled Summit features a more luxurious design than your typical smartwatch.

Summit features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 resolution. It runs Android Wear 2.0, features several exclusive Montblanc watchfaces and has Google Assistant integration. Summit charges via a magnetic puck and is equipped with an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitor as well as a barometer and electronic compass. The smartwatch is also rated at IP68 for water resistance. Pricing starts at $890 for the stainless steel models, but increases to $1,020 for the titanium casing. Several bands are also available, so you can choose between multiple colors of leather, rubber, calfskin and if it suits you, even alligator. It will initially go on sale online later this year in May in both the US and UK.

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Earlier this week, we told you about the electric Bajaboard and just yesterday we noted UrbanX that turns any bicycle into an eBike. Moving to today, it’s time to dive into the 121C Arc Aileron, the “world’s first” pure carbon electric skateboard. With its sleek looks, you wouldn’t be hard-pressed to imagine Jony Ive giving a 30-second spiel about its thin frame. An internal 133WH lithium ion battery supplies 11 miles of range at top speeds of 22mph. It’s also water-resistant and can support inclines up to 22%.

What really makes this electric skateboard standout from the competition is its carbon fiber build. Arc states that it’s the first of its kind, but regardless, its gorgeous. While the frame may be light weight, it does raise some questions about durability. Skateboards are known to taking a beating and that would be a potential concern of mine here but you’re probably not grinding down many rails. The choice to go with a carbon fiber frame puts the total weight under 10-pounds, which is around 33% less than comparable models. Much like the Bajaboard, this electric skateboard is also controlled with a handheld wireless remote that looks a lot like a Wii nunchuck. Currently a pledge of around $900 will deliver a unit in June if all goes to plan.

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New Product Stories March 16

Coverage of eBikes isn’t anything new here at Toys, ranging from stylish, rugged and practical designs. The recently launched UrbanX offers a drastically different take by offering a smart wheel which adds eBike capabilities to any existing bicycle. While other eBikes are much more costly and offer limited styles, UrbanX provides a relatively low-cost and lightweight design which compliments practically any style of bicycle.

UrbanX can be added to your bike in roughly 60 seconds, and provides speeds of up to 20 miles per hour within a 30 mile range. You can choose between six different wheel styles, which fit practically any make or model of bicycle. Like other eBikes, UrbanX also allows you to switch between full electric, pedal assist and traditional bike modes. A companion iPhone and Android app allows you to tweak the configuration of how these modes function. UrbanX can now be backed on Kickstarter at the starting price of $299 and has already reached over 100% of its funding goal. If all goes well, the wheel will ship later this year in July.

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Remember the Etch A Sketch? That was a pretty cool toy back in the day but I was always frustrated with my inability to draw precise lines (unlike this guy). Perhaps Kickstarter’s latest darling, the Joto drawing robot was what I needed. After hitting the crowdfunding site a few days ago, this app-powered intelligent whiteboard has raised over $105,000, well on its way to fulfilling its $122,000 goal.

So how does it work? Joto connects to your device, Alexa, Spotify, or Slack to communicate updates, calendar events and news headlines. That’s right, something pertinent happens in your life and Joto will scribble out the message with its floating robotic arm. But back to my Etch-a-sketch woes, you can also draw on your iPhone or Android and it will be recreated with Joto. All-around, a pretty cool toy. Currently a pledge of $199 will deliver a unit at the end of the year.

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Denon has been aggressively playing catch-up with Sonos in all areas of multi-room audio over the last few years. Its latest move is the new HEOS Bar, a home theater add-on that packs impressive features and a big-time price tag. Coming in at $899, the latest creation from Denon sits at $200 more than the Sonos Playbar. But the price difference might be warranted, given that the HEOS Bar sports four HDMI 2.0a inputs that support 4K video. For comparison, the Sonos model sports just a single optical input.

Of course, the HEOS Bar has access to popular services like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music and others plus multi-room compatibility with the rest of Denon’s lineup. A three-channel design is meant to create the illusion of a surround sound setup. Alongside the Bar announcement was the unveiling of Denon’s HEOS Sub, a $600 add-on that brings more bass to the party. It’s powered by a class D amp that pushes dual 5.75-inch drivers. Denon is clearly making a push to dethrone Sonos, the question is, are they too late?

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New Product Stories March 15

The recently launched Siempo smartphone hopes to help combat a huge problem facing many of us, lacking focus and wasting time. Siempo makes it easy to either be fully connected or present by offering a ‘less distracting’ operating system and plenty of features so you can be mindful about your smartphone use.

The phone features a four-inch screen with 8GB of internal storage. Siempo handles everything your typical smartphone does like texting, playing music and weather, and also comes equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and front and rear camera. To start, it will only support GSM phone networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.

Unlike most phones, Siempo lacks a traditional homescreen and instead uses a multi-purpose search box deemed the Intention Field. This is effectively the main portal to interacting with the device and allows you to find contacts, create reminders and even send messages. When you wake up, Siempo’s Mindful Morning feature can also replace your notifications with a series of meditation tasks, so you start the day out on a better note. Hardware-wise, Siempo has a dedicated button that allows you to temporarily disable notifications for a time length of your choice. Starting at $279, Siempo can currently be preordered over on Kickstarter. If all goes well with the campaign, the phone will be shipping later this year in December.

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