The GrillBot is here to make sure your next dinner finishes on a high note. Just pop the Bot onto your barbeque, shut the lid and let the Bot’s brushes do their job. You’ll still have to clean under the grill, but the tedious job of scrubbing fat from between the metal rods is a thing of the past.
What that means is that sometimes (and right now is one of those times) the list doesn’t change for a long time. So quite a few of the items you’ll see below have been there for months, and have even endured major releases (we’re looking at you iPhone X) in their field.
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.
Does your toilet feel excluded from your smart home setup? Kohler’s new top-of-the-line model delivers hands-free flushing, bidet cleansing, feet warming, air drying, odor control, music, a night light and automatic seat temperature management. Plus, you can ask Alexa to flush.
This box is the most novel gift you can buy for any man this year. Each time you use it, it turns itself off. Turn the switch on; it turns itself off again. There really is no end to what you can do with this box, and it can even glow in red. The Useless Box Gift comes with clear instructions and provides endless trickery and enjoyment.
You might have seen this puppy being demonstrated on some hapless watermelons (above). How it works is simple: the handle contains a cartridge of pressurized carbon dioxide, and a special trigger vents it through a channel in the blade. When you stab something with it—like, say, a shark —and release the gas, it causes an internal explosion, massively damaging the target. Needless to say, this is gross but impressive.
Skully Technologies launched an ill-fated Indiegogo campaign in 2016, raising nearly $2.5 million in preorders for a motorcycle helmet with AR features, and then folding. Backers of that campaign will soon receive the Fenix AR — a helmet with a rear-view camera that displays a 180-degree view on a transparent display. It supports turn-by-turn navigation and (when connected to a phone via Bluetooth) voice commands, making phone calls and playing music.
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These wireless cans make listening to your favorite jams a whole lot more fun — without getting wires caught on every door knob. They are super lightweight, and the sturdy, reinforced headband is adjustable for any sized head. The battery is big enough for up to eight hours of music and up to 12 days on standby.
The Incognito: One of the problems with the Apple watch is that it looks like an Apple watch. Samsung’s, on the other hand, offers much of the same kind of functionality – the ability to make calls or send texts, fitness tracking, app compatibility – but looks like a classic watch. And that, for us, bodes much better as an everyday accessory.
Not everyone has pets to lie on their feet and keep them toasty. So Sleep Number made a bed that knows when you’ve got cold feet and turns heat on at the bottom of the bed. In theory, the mattress changes its Sleep Number settings to compensate for changes in position and while it can’t stop someone snoring, if it senses you are, it raises your head to reduce your volume.
The Wireless: While wireless headphone tech isn’t quite as faithful as classic plug-ins, it’s still advanced far beyond the early days. These ones offer incredibly high-definition sound, can stream for up to 24 hours on a single charge, and feature active noise canceling so you can enjoy your music without any ambient noise drifting in.
You want an ice cream? Yes. Do you want vanilla? Chocolate? Pistachio, hazelnut, strawberry, peach sorbet, rum raisin, mint choc chip, chunky monkey? Suddenly, the idea of an ice cream doesn’t seem so appealing.
Like a more compact Range Rover Sport, the new SV Coupe is a 2-door, hence the name, for what is obviously an SUV. Unlike all the luxury hybrids and electrics rolling out in Geneva this week, the SV Coupe is powered by a 5-liter turbocharged V8 and for those select few who might actually dare to venture off the pavement, it features Rover’s Terrain Response 2 multi-mode drive system.
The SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II is Bose’s take on what a portable wireless speaker should be. It’s designed for ease of connectivity, allowing Bluetooth devices to pair up with the speaker even though they are up to 30 feet apart. Bluetooth connection doesn’t even require any pressing of buttons as the whole system can be connected via voice prompts. The SoundLink is powered by lithium ion batteries that can give you exceptional playtime of up to 10 hours. This should be great for providing music at a beach party. Like all Bose products, the SoundLink delivers great quality sounds all the time.