Even in our own homes, it’s amazing how many toxins and chemicals (and dust, of course) can be found in the air around us. It’s actually terrifying, so I recommend you don’t Google any of the statistics. With that being said, one of the cool gadgets for men (and women) that we love is this Awair Smart Air Quality Monitor. It analyzes the air quality around you, monitoring things like carbon dioxide, toxic chemicals, and dust, as well as temperature and humidity (although, admittedly, you don’t really need the two latter since those are things you can typically just feel). Still, it hooks up to an app on your smartphone, and will send you alerts when the quality of air changes. It’s like a high-tech carbon dioxide monitor that also does a ton of other monitoring for you. And, it has an LED on the front for a quick snapshot of the air quality around you. Want to impress your friends with a futuristic-looking gadget? The Awair monitor is a great choice.
If you’re into capturing drone photography, but you’re not interested in actually learning how to fly your own camera drones, the AirDog Auto-Follow Drone is the perfect quadcopter for you. If you simply want something to capture footage of you being awesome and doing awesome things — whether it be snowboarding, cycling, skateboarding, or anything outdoors — the AirDog is the best choice. It has built-in autonomous flight modes so that you can set it and forget it, and it has the ability to follow a certain target. It’s also foldable, so you don’t have to lug around a big suitcase. It’s innovative, and you can control it right from your wrist, which is why we included it in our list of the best drone kits for sale.
Meet Olly, a fusion between smart home hubs, such as the Amazon Echo, and smart home robots. It can respond to your questions by looking up information for you, and can control all of your smart devices and internet-connected products. But, like a robot, Olly has deep-learning capabilities that mean it gets to know you and your daily routines over time, and will evolve to become more like you and respond to the patterns of your life.
It is the gadget for you if you’re someone who’s always running out of phone battery when out and about. The Nomad Key is a lightning charger that fits onto your keyring, poised to charge your phone the moment your battery runs low.
Denon’s Design Series was conceived with the sole aim of providing a high-performance hi-fi in a beautiful package, meaning you never need to compromise between form and function. Building on the success of the initial line, the firm has expanded the range with the addition of three new models. The PMA-60 amplifier builds on the success of the PMA-50, which it replaces, while the PMA-30 offers an even more affordable entry point for the range, and the DCD-100 CD player is designed to match the DRA-100 network audio receiver.
This is quite an intriguing toy that is designed and manufactured to work with modern day wireless technology and A.I. protocols. It is also a portable robot that can react to gestures and changes in its environment while at the same time providing hours and hours of and entertainment. It relies on sensors to detect changes around it and responds to gestures, as well as simple interactions. Using wireless connectivity, it can connect and sync up to wireless and portable devices around the house. Plus, you can use its free app to control it from any phone, tablet, or computer.
The Action: For the adventuresome type, the GoPro Hero5 is a tried-and-true action camera that will keep up with you at every step. It’s small enough to come along whether you’re jumping from a plane or scaling a mountain and it still captures 4k video and 12 megapixel photos. It’s also waterproof to 33 feet without additional housing.
Just about everyone has a smartphone these days, where it is not only our primary communications device, it also doubles up as a very useful and convenient digital camera as well as music playback device and note taking (audio or written) capabilities. Well, why not make sure the rest of your portable ensemble is smart as well? If you happen to wear a pair of glasses, it is about time things change to usher in the future. VSP Global decided to add in some “smarts” into a pair of glasses, calling it the Level smart glasses.
If there’s one high-tech weapon we’ve always wanted, it’s a laser. They’re always burning through doors or threatening to cut people in half as part of complicated deathtraps, and they just look so damn cool. Amazingly, laser weaponry has advanced to a point where it’s being used for law enforcement, and even though you’re not likely to cleanly sever an assailant’s arm with one, you can still employ it for self-defense.
It has a sophisticated 153-point AF system and 9fps bust shooting speed. The D850 is just as home shooting wildlife, landscape, and portraits. He thinks it could perhaps be the most well-rounded camera he’s ever seen.
Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more and more electronics that can by synced to smart home devices, like the Amazon Echo. The fact is, it’s just easier to connect all your gear to a single hub. With the Echo, you can do everything from turning your lights on and off to ordering pizza or ride sharing services, like Uber. In fact, it can even report the news to you in real time.
This product is the must-have of the season. Whether your son or boyfriend is a snowboarder or walks to school, this will keep his music in tune while he eats, sleeps or plays. With the earphone built directly into the beanie cap, there is no worry about being in the field or on the ice and earbuds falling out. This hat keeps his head warm and has over two full days of battery life. Now, all you need to do is create the playlist that will ensure you’re always on his mind.
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Yesterday was press day at CES, but now the show floor is open and the gadgets are spilling out all over the place. Here’s a rundown of some of the coolest new stuff to debut. Click here to see yesterday’s roundup!
We live in a time of input overload. The Sky box, your Blu-ray player, the new Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, streaming off your laptop or Chromecast from your mobile. Caavo fixes the confusion, configuring your eight most-used devices in one universal hub. It streamlines navigation, already works with Alexa (Siri and Google are coming) and doesn’t try to compete for your attention.
This streaming device allows you to stream thousands of channels in up to 4K — four times the resolution of Full HD. You can search using voice commands and at night, if you don’t want to wake your significant other, take advantage of the headphone jack on the remote control for movie nights. Did we mention it supports Netflix as well? Well, that’s a given at this point.
Debussy’s Nathaniel headphones are 4G-enabled, so you don’t need to connect it to a phone or computer to play music. Instead, you control it through these LCD screens. They’re only in prototype phase at the moment, but that velvet sure is real.