New Product Stories Yesterday

Coffee is a growing trend it seems. I just ordered my first bean grinder and french press to start moving away from pre-ground Sam’s Club coffee and K-Cups. One area I’ve never really ventured into before, however, is making espresso at home, let alone on the road.

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We all know the risks associated with excessive drinking at parties, especially around the holidays. What if there was a smart way to know when we’ve had too much to drink and when it’s time to hand over the keys? A new company has taken to Kickstarter with its latest invention, the SmartPourer, which aims at managing alcohol intake to encourage living a healthier and safer life.

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New Product Stories November 16

It seems everyone is switching their cars for a bike these days, but pedaling a bike can sometimes be hard work. You might have hills to climb, or it might be very hot where you are. All of these things can deter people from riding a bike where they need to go, but Swytch is here to change that.

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Smart speakers and the digital assistants that reside in them offer a wide array of features, but are often leveraged for controlling the devices in our smart homes. That’s the basis behind Olie at least, an Alexa-enabled smart lamp launching via Indiegogo. With voice control leading the way, Olie also packs Qi wireless charging and more into its aluminum build.

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New Product Stories November 15

The Nintendo Switch has gotten rave reviews by all who used it, except in one area. People want to play retro games, and Switch sadly doesn’t allow for that. We recently covered how to build your own retro gaming machine using a Raspberry Pi, but that still wasn’t very portable. Sure, there are portable Pi cases with screens, but none that really make it fun.

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BenQ just recently introduced the CineHome W1700 projector that has all the bells and whistles of a true 4K UHD device, but at price the average consumer can afford. The company that’s known for high-quality consumer-ready HD projectors and displays hopes with its affordable 4K technology, people will begin to watch movies in a theater-like experience like no other…the one they create for themselves at home.

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LEGO has been bolstering its line of collectable figures over the past year, with notable characters from Star Wars sharing in the love as of late. Following last month’s release of Finn and Captain Phasma, LEGO is introducing two new characters. Now with the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise just a month away, Rey and Kylo Ren join the BrickHeadz lineup.

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With Amazon’s latest release of devices, the company has more ways than ever to outfit your home with Alexa-enabled speakers. But for those wishing they could chat with their favorite digital assistant on the road, there aren’t as many options. Muse is looking to change that by offering a full range of voice-controlled functionality in an easy to use and cost-effective solution fit for just about any vehicle.

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New Product Stories November 14

There are many premium headphones on the market. Some more budget-friendly, like the Beyerdynamic we covered earlier today, and others not so budget-friendly. It really comes down to what quality you want to get out of your headphones. Higher priced headphones generally give a better experience, in both audio clarity/quality and experience.

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As Americans decide to do more of their shopping online each year, there has been a rise in package thefts. It can happen to just about anyone and there is not much you can do to prevent it. A new Kickstarter funded smart lock called BoxLock can offer 24/7 protection from parcel theft and is the “first internet-connected padlock specifically designed to safeguard your home deliveries.”

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Since the mid-80s, Apogee has been creating award-winning audio-to-digital converters and interfaces for some of the best recording studios on the planet. So when it decided to bring its expertise to the portable production world some years ago, it was an exciting proposition for producers everywhere. Back in 2011 it introduced us to the first of its all-in-one USB microphone/interface hybrids and has steadily made top ten lists ever since. The once current generation Apogee MiC 96k for iOS, Mac, and Windows devices has made our top picks lists for a while now, but it’s time for a new player to enter the fray.

Today, Apogee is announcing the brand new MiC+ for iPad, iPhone, Mac, and PC, along with the official price and release date… expand full story

NextDesk has been a standing desk manufacturer for quite a while. Launched in 2012, they have been a company to provide customized standing desks to suit any need. Currently, NextDesk, which is rebranding to XDesk, offers over 12,000 possible desk combinations of materials, finishes, and accessories.

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New Product Stories November 13

Everyone is trying to come up with something new, be it a new phone or new accessory. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus just launched, along with the iPhone X, and with them, they brought amazing camera experiences. One experience that, until now, has required specialized hardware to capture, is 360-degree photos.

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Everybody needs more storage space and we all could all use less clutter in our lives, especially in the garage. The company GarageSmart is back on Kickstarter (after its success with the original MyLifter 1.0  over 3 years ago) with its 2nd generation myLIFTER that amazingly stores bikes, kayaks, car roof racks and more on the ceiling of your garage.

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It was about a year ago that we first told you about Devialet’s new AirPlay-enabled speaker that packs over 4500W of power. Fast forward to today, and the unique audio brand is taking it up a notch with the new Elevate speaker. Although claiming 1200W of power, which is less than the aforementioned model, it still brings plenty of boom to the party. The new Phantom Elevate will sell for $1,699 which makes it the lowest priced speaker in the company’s lineup.

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With the holidays quickly approaching it looks like Drones will continue being one of the hottest gifts of the year. While typical RC cars may not be as desired as they once were, the folks at GJS are looking to breath some new life into ground-based remote controlled vehicles. Launching via Kickstarter, the Geio Battle Bot packs first person remote viewing and visual recognition into a rugged futuristic design.

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New Product Stories November 10

Everyone is getting in on the wireless earbud craze, but not many have really hit the mark. Either they don’t have many features, or they are quite expensive. Well, Alien is the newcomer on the scene, and they’re here to save the day.

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Packing all of the necessary tech for a trip can quickly turn to a tangled mess of cords and devices that takes up too much space. A new startup company is offering a sleek package of active noise cancelling earphones, Bluetooth receiver, portable battery, built in chargers, and a speaker that can all magnetically snap into one very portable item. It’s called Polatap and it’s currently being funded on Kickstarter. With more than a month of its campaign left, Polatap has already met its goal.

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Despite the industry’s best efforts, smart home tech can never really seem to blend into traditional home decor. Counter to this notion, the Japanese company Nissha has gone to the extreme and created an interactive display packed into a uniform piece of polished wood. Deemed Mui, the latest in beautifully-designed smart home tech can control lights, display information and more. expand full story

Bang & Olufsen has today taken the wraps off its newest multi-room speaker, the M3. Most notably, this model sports AirPlay, Bluetooth and Chromecast compatibility. With a $299 MSRP, it’s a less-expensive option than the previously-released M5 but still pricey in comparison to alternatives on the market. B&O is known for its exceptional audio and design, but its price points often turn the average consumer away. The M3 hopes to compete with Sonos, which is the industry-standard in this category.

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New Product Stories November 9

The CC Aurora is a wireless projector developed by XGIMI that combines various smart features into a portable device with a long lasting battery. Currently being funded on Indiegogo, the projector has already reached more than 200% of its goal needed for production.

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IK Multimedia has been pushing out loads of next generation audio production gear this year. From the new sub-$100 mic-pre interface and the upcoming iRig Keys I/O MIDI Keyboard to the Syntronik synth suite, IK has just about every aspect of your studio covered with all new gear. A few months back we caught word of the new iRig microphone product that was soon to be ready for prime time. Well, today is the day, and the iRig Mic HD 2 is now available for purchase from all your favorite music shops and online dealers… expand full story

With an influx of home security and monitoring systems on the market, finding the best option for your needs isn’t always easy. While systems like Abode offer a wide array of features, that may be too complex for the level of monitoring desired. That’s where Notion comes in by offering a more simplistic and streamlined way to remotely monitor your home.

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When it comes to electric skateboards, there are certainly a few brands that come to mind first. Boosted, OneWheel and Evolve are known as some of the top-names in the industry but with $1,000+ price tags, most are outside of the impulse purchase range for the average consumer. A new electric skateboard just hit Indiegogo for half the price of some of these bigger names, with many of the same features.

Stark Mobility’s StarkBoard is set to retail for $549 (but is available for under $500 on Indiegogo) and comes with many intriguing features, most notably it doesn’t depend on a handheld remote during use. With iOS/Android connectivity and a IP62 rating, this electric board has the chance to finally break open the low-price market.

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New Product Stories November 8

Panasonic is a name most know when it comes to cameras. Videographers have been drawn to the Lumix series for quite some time, with the GH4 and GH5 cameras being the #1 go-to camera for budget cinematographers and YouTubers alike. Today, Panasonic launched the Lumix G9, similar to the previously announced GH5 camera, but with more of a gear toward photographers.

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