Paul Prudhomme, the New Orleans chef who made blackened redfish a staple of Cajun dining, was grazed by a falling bullet today while he was cooking for the PGA Zurich Classic golf outing. And warn Padma Lakshmi – the cooking is getting tough down here.
It’s going to be hard to beat this in the Top Chef Quickfire Challenge. But if you can’t make it down to the Tennessee Williams Festival, French Quarter Fest or the Jazz and Heritage Festival, at least shake on a little Louisiana Magic Pepper Sauce.
The fact that its chef can take a bullet graze and keep cooking is reason enough to dine at Prudhomme’s K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen. Not to mention our upcoming festival season.
The stray bullet tore his jacket but didn’t pierce his skin, and after getting checked out for a clean bill of health Chef Paul kept right on cooking. According to WDSU, deputies are speculating that the .22 caliber bullet may have come from a hunter, and the range could be over a mile away.
This is a popular spot, and the best spot for maples. Also remember if you are trying to knock two birds out with 1 stone then mix the woodcutting with either fletching or firemaking to save yourself time and effort.
With that being said willows will provide more money so once you do move to willows I suggest either finding somewhere that is not competitive, or try using Draynor Village. I suggest you do trees until you hit level 20. Wait until you pass it a couple levels, and while the reward might be a little better, overall you will have better success, and the levels will go by quicker.
Above level 50
Once you hit level 50 you are from from halfway to 99 xp wise, but level wise you are half way there. While they will yield more money, I think that the oaks chop faster, and will give you much more success overall. while you will have a low success rate, and will take a while to get your logs, your best chance of money making comes from magic logs, so I highly suggest moving to these as quickly as possible. I also suggest using the oak trees right outside of Varrock West bank. I would also wait until 35+ before moving to willows. This is an extremely popular woodcutting spot, and will get you high enough until you can go after yews. Go into the woods away from people with a knife, and every log cut these into arrow shafts. So congrats so far. While you are woodcutting the trees I would suggest using a bronze axe as this is really all you need to cut these trees, and will be effective until level 20 ish. This will give you the most money for you buck and help you make the most money for your effort.
So overall pace yourself for the long haul if your going for 99. Now that you have made it to 50 lets talk trees.
When you are going to move to Yews I suggest waiting until level 65 as said above, and then I would go right for yews. In this area you will be able to cut the logs, and store them in the bank nearby, or fletch them and store the pieces in the bank. I would highly suggest doing this until you can do magics, and then once again moving right along. This location has been extremely busy, and a lot of players are here. So I recommend staying on oaks as long as possible.
So obviously early levels you will need to do trees.
When you are going to move to willows I highly suggest using the best axe that you can. The yews I personally save for my own fletching, but you can also sell them very easily on the forums or on a trading world.
Personally I suggest staying at Willows until about 55, BUT if you want to make the move to Maples then take your path to Seers village. Try to use the best axe you can, and don’t go to the willows at 30, and maples at 45 and so on.. The willow trees I have seen are highly competitive and you will have more success and luck at oaks.. Once you hit around 20 I would suggest moving on to oaks.
Move to magic at your own time, but I personally would move right to magic at 75. This is the easiest way, and there are usually no high level woodcutters here to steal your place and your trees. I suggest staying at oaks until level 40, or until you can use a mithril hatchet before moving to willows. I suggest spending a lot of time here until you want to move to yews, but I suggest doing maples from 55-65 as this will allows you the experience and money that comes from maples, but will not send you to yews right away and will build you skill up.
Once you hit level 20 or higher and you move to oaks I suggest using a steel ace. Maples are 100 XP each, and will yield a decent profit, and will also boost your fletching if that’s what your looking for. This will be more effective on these trees and gives you a higher success rate. These are bringing in good money right now, and will continue to bring in good money for all the fletchers that are out there. If you come back later and get feathers you will make decent profit, and will be able to flip them fairly easily
WE’VE DONE it once, we can do it again. That’s the feeling in a buoyant Wakefield Trinity Wildcats camp ahead of tomorrow’s rematch with Hull.
Wildcats ended four months of hurt when they hit back from 16-0 down to beat Hull 26-16 at Belle Vue three days ago for their first win in 17 First Utility Super League matches.
Three players made their debut on Wednesday night and a fourth recruit – Anthony Walker – could feature tomorrow. Lyne added: “The win on Sunday doesn’t change our league position and one on Sunday won’t, but it’s within the group, what it can do for you.
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Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow (St Helens). “It has been the story of our season really, we’ve given ourselves too much of a hard job – we gave Hull a 16-0 start and that’s what we’ve done most weeks.
sign in. I do believe if you are losing week-in, week-out it does become a bit of a habit. “We are trying to put a bit back into the club and I think that showed. You don’t get the bounce of the ball, but we showed a lot of character and came out in the second half and had a real dig.”
“If we can get our starts right and stop giving teams a piggyback we will be a lot better for it.”
“They are all great additions,” said Lyne.
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.
“The win has lifted a weight off our shoulders. Please try again.
Wildcats travel to Hull for a rematch tomorrow and centre Reece Lyne – who will be rested for the fixture – believes a much-changed side is capable of backing up with another success.
“Obviously, confidence is high,” said Lyne. “They aren’t just here to make the numbers up. Hopefully, we can show the same on Sunday.
Wildcats have struggled to hold on to the ball all year, but completed 19 out of 20 sets in the second half against Hull, when they scored 20 unanswered points.
One gambler placed a bet valued at around US$5 million, initial investigations found.
Police arrested some 22 people from mainland China, Hong Kong and Malaysia in the raid on Thursday. Two of the suspects, from China and Malaysia, were believed to be the ringleaders of the syndicate.
Officers seized cash worth around US$248,000, along with 17 computers, at least 10 cell phones, and betting slips.
A second gambling syndicate was busted in the same hotel hours later, with police arresting four Chinese men early Friday morning. Authorities from the Pearl River Delta region are also cooperating with Interpol and seven other Asian nations to tackle illicit gambling.
More than half of the world’s illegal sports bets are placed in Asia, according to a recent study by the International Center for Sport Security and Paris Sorbonne University.
Since the tournament began, Hong Kong police have arrested a total of 39 suspects over illegal gambling and seized betting slips worth around US$10 million, according to the South China Morning Post.
The city’s legal gambling authority, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, is the second biggest betting operator worldwide.
It’s believed to be the biggest ever raid on an illicit football bookmaking racket in the Asian casino capital, according to police.
The gambling ring used three hotel rooms to take internet and phone bets from around the world, a first coordinator for the Macau Judiciary Police told CNN. According to police, the second betting ring took around US$645,000 in illegal bets on World Cup matches in a single day. Story highlightsPolice bust international betting rings operating from Macau hotelMore than US$600 million in illegal bets placed on World Cup gamesArrests are part of campaign to crack down on illicit bookmakers in Asia during World CupPolice have smashed an illegal betting syndicate in Macau for allegedly taking the equivalent of US$645 million in bets on World Cup matches.
Police have not released the name of the hotel.
READ: The dark side of Asia’s gambling Mecca
The arrests are part of a cross-border campaign to crack down on illegal betting in Macau, Hong Kong and China’s southern Guangdong province around the World Cup. The club said illicit sports betting in Hong Kong generated an estimated HK$500 billion (US$64.5 billion) last year — almost four times the amount the Jockey Club turned over in the same period.
In Singapore, 15 people have been arrested for allegedly receiving illegal football bets equivalent to US$640,000 in the past two weeks, police said Monday.
Police in Malaysia have also arrested dozens of suspected illegal bookmakers since the World Cup began.
BLOK case costs $69.99 and is only available for the iPad Air 2.
Logitech recently announced a new branding and marketing strategy and its BLOK family of iPad cases are the first products released under the company’s new Logi brand. The two different case options are incredibly similar to each other. All have square corners, designed to protect the precious rounded corners on your iPad. Unlike some other ultra-protective cases, Logitech promises that these aren’t bulky or heavy.. From the images, it seems the BLOK Case is the same as the BLOK Shell, except with the addition of a cover and a kickstand similar to that on the keyboard case. Additionally, the Logi BLOK family reflects the colorful and bold new Logitech look, so you’ll see a sleek design and bright colors on each case.
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Leave a Reply Cancel reply4 Responses to “Turn your iPad into a Surface with Logi’s new BLOK keyboard case”PhilBoogie says:July 15, 2015 at 4:32 am
But the iPad doesn’t need any support. It adds a versatile and adjustable kickstand to the back and a magnetic detachable keyboard to the front. BLOK Shell ships with a screen protector and is available for iPad Air 2 and 2nd/3rd gen iPad mini in blue or black mini for $39.99. You can take a look at the new keyboard accessory in the promo video:
The Logi BLOK family is made up of the Logi BLOK Protective Shell, the BLOK Protective Case and the BLOK Protective Keyboard case. The Logi Blok are highly protective, colorful, square cases and keyboard covers for your iPad.
All three BLOK products are available to order from today at Logitech.com.
The BLOK Protective Keyboard looks to transform your iPad Air 2 in to a Microsoft Surface. Like most iPad keyboards, it connects via Bluetooth, ensuring you can continue to type even if you don’t have it physically attached to the case.
Turn your iPad into a Surface with Logi’s new BLOK keyboard case | 9to5Mac
With Logi BLOK, you get drop protection without the bulk and weight that is often associated with ultra-protective cases. As for the Surface….
Replyc1ce091b says:July 15, 2015 at 4:43 am
Last thing I want is my Apple products to emulate an MS product.
ReplyJustin Carstens says:July 15, 2015 at 6:10 am
Without the active pen and Windows, an iPad still can’t do the things I need it to do.
ReplyTLFdex (@TLFDex) says:July 15, 2015 at 6:49 am
Looks like a Nokia N9/Lumia 800/Lumia 900 to me
It’s available in black, teal/blue and red/violet color combinations and will set you back $129.99. What’s more, they have been tested to ensure you can drop your iPad from “up to six feet high”, on to surfaces as hard as concrete, without killing your tablet
The company claims that “the only thing about it that’s retro is its looks”, and we tend to agree. Pair it with the Multimode Table for the ability to use like, you know, an actual PC.
Google Glass ($1,500, Explorer Program)
You know movies and futurists have for years been promising true “virtual reality”? Well, the Oculus Rift Gaming Headset ($300) can get you tantalizingly close. Thanks to all that tech, you can monitor your ride’s location using a phone or computer, digitally “lock” your bike and get a push notification if it’s moved/tampered with, automatically alert contacts in the event of a collision, and monitor stats like distance, speed, and favorite courses. And how are you going to get all this audio out? Via the audiophile-quality dual HD amplifiers, or via Wi-Fi Miracast. So we’ve compiled this collection of 100 more must-have gadgets. It uses Game Center, so it’s easy to find and play against your friends, and it’s free to try — you only need to pony up the buck if you want to play more than two games at once, see previously played words, access additional themes.
Why go green with your lightbulbs when you can go orange, yellow, red, or blue? Philips Hue ($200) is a new series of LED-based lighting solutions that screw right in to normal light sockets. It features a small solid brass body wrapped in soft-touch rubber, a smooth rubber nib, and a built-in tether that attaches to your device’s headphone jack. This keychain-friendly device plugs into the headphone port of your iPhone or Android device, and interacts with an app to give you an accurate measurement of your BAC. This Yves Behar-designed set includes a device that you clip to your waist that offers GPS, NFC, compass, accelerometer, and a gyrometer, and a set of club tags, one for each club in your bag. The app lets you program your lights to turn or off on a schedule, or at sunrise and sunset. It’s also crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum and sports a built-in clip, which makes you wonder if it isn’t a secret Apple skunkworks project gone rogue.
LG 84-Inch 4K 3D TV ($20,000)
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LG Curved OLED TV ($15,000)
One of the biggest problems amateur golfers have when trying to improve is a lack of accurate performance data. This ingenious little app runs on iOS and lets you replace your standard deck of cards with an iPad and a bunch of iPhones or iPod touches. Even better, it will link up with Odemax.com, letting you access feature films right from home.
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Harry Winston Opus XIII Watch (price by appointment)
iPad mini ($330-$660)
Flash drives can be amazingly handy, but their small size can also make them a huge pain in the ass to find. An internal battery offers up to 8 hours of connectivity, and recharges wirelessly via Qi technology, while a dedicated app keeps track of workout and competition history for up to 4 players, and also offers built-in workouts, QuickTrain shot and ball-handling analyzers, and 50 different competition modes. So set your nerdgasm levels for stun and pre-order this set before it’s gone.
Ever try holding your iPad at one end so you could aim the sound back at you? Us too. It comes in seven attractive colors so as to make it more enticing to use, but at less than 1.5″ square, it’s just as easy to toss in a bag or pocket to keep track of… Estimated launch: July 2013.
We’ve seen add-ons for locks to try and make them smarter, but it’s about time the locks themselves gained some intelligence. Three processing modes — one optimized for rich vocals, another for detailed instrumentation, and a third for raw audio (in case you want to manually edit post production) — let you work the way you want to. Sporting a 27-inch display, it’s designed to lie flat on nearly any surface, letting two or more people use the screen at the same time. In addition, all three models come with a waterproof housing and offer built-in Wi-Fi and compatibility with the GoPro App — but only the Black Edition includes a dedicated Wi-Fi remote.
It’d been awhile since Apple had rolled out a new iMac design — and now we know why. Boasting 20 watts of power, this diminutive speaker plugs right into an outlet, leaving your tables and countertops empty. The 94Fifty Bluetooth Basketball ($200) is designed to fill that void, giving you instant feedback on every dribble and shot while keeping its size, weight, and spin within regulations. You’re really only limited by your imagination — and your drawing skills.
94Fifty Bluetooth Basketball ($200)
Belkin WeMo Baby ($90)
Have an unused speaker laying around? Put it back to good use with The Vamp (£35; roughly $55). Built specifically with 4K video in mind, this beastly digital content player packs a 1TB hard drive for storing video, USB ports and an SD card reader for manually transferring over files, Ethernet ports for Internet connectivity, and a bevy of HDMI outputs that support simultaneous playback of different content across two 4K screens or four 1080 screens. Of course, it’s louder, too, but you might not even notice when you’re getting blown away by audio from apps you used to consider “tinny.”
Well, we all knew it was coming. A ring around the lock lights up blue when it senses your presense, and turns to green once you’ve unlocked your door. These removable vinyl labels are designed to cover your iDevice power adapters and USB cables with fun designs that make it easy to tell which ones are yours.
iPads and the like can be incredibly handy … Personalize yours with Whooz ($10). Keep yours handy by making it a SanDisk Cruzer Orbit. Couple that with a curved design that delivers an I-Max-like experience, 3D tech, and smart TV functionality, and you’ve got one hell of an addition to your living room.
Ora iPad Sound System (cancelled)
Why should you have to wear your activity tracker on your wrist? The Misfit Shine ($80) is a quarter-sized sensor that hooks up to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device via magic. Available in black, red, or silver.
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Garmin Astro Dog Tracking System ($350)
McIntosh McAire ($3,000)
Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner ($50)
Google Nexus 10 ($400)
The new Wii’s already in stores, and a new Xbox and Playstation can’t be far behind — but if you think those are your only TV gaming options, you’re missing out. Designed by a team that has created products for the likes of TDK, Vizio and Nike, the aluminum case/stand packs eight front-spacing speakers into the space surrounding the screen, giving you a far more immersive sound experience than you’re used to from your tablet. Inside the classy, compact silver, white, or black metal body of the Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera lies an advanced 16 megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor that pairs with Micro Four Thirds lenses to become a formidable shooter. The new GoPro Hero 3 ($200-$400) continues the legendary line with three new models. The whole thing is powered by a rechargeable battery that lasts for over ten hours, and can connect with speakers that boast on-board terminals or a plain ol’ wire coming out the back. They come with built-in arcade-style controllers, and come packed with classic arcade games. The remote communicates with the box via Bluetooth 4, and features a magnet on the back so you can stick it anywhere you find handy. Bark detection lets you know when your dog has spotted something, even if he’s out of range. It’s really that simple. It can even vibrate to wake you up gently. Wirelessly, even, if you’d like. This small accessory attaches to your bike via a custom water bottle holder, and packs a GPS chipset, cellular antenna, and accelerometer into its small black body. Feel like customizing your own? You can buy the electronics by themselves for $100.
Want a photo record of your life, but want to actually enjoy your life instead of taking pictures? Meet the Memoto Lifelogging Camera ($250). This diminutive device connects to the bottom of your iPhone* and has you place your thumb on its sensing platform, where it detects changes in skin blood volume to give you a real-time look at heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen saturation. Sporting an aluminum body that’s just 7.2mm thin and weighs just 0.68 pounds, it still manages to pack in a 7.9-inch display, an A5 processor, a 5MP iSight camera, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera, and Apple’s new Lightning connector. This powerful synthesizer is designed to sound, look, and feel like a vintage arcade game, offering a 128-note range, 5-pin and USB MIDI connectors, and either one or two octaves worth of buttons. Other features include an OLED touchscreen display, a rear-mounted heart rate sensor, a two-week battery life, micro USB port for charging, and Bluetooth 4.0 for low-power wireless syncing to the Withings Health Mate App. Or actually, some sort of new sync paradigm where all you need to do is set it on your device. Based on the idea of the classic world receiver, the WorldRadio features a digital color display with touch controls, a digital FM tuner with RDS and auto-search, a digital clock, a 3-inch full-range driver for full sound, Bluetooth 2.1 for connecting to a smartphone or tablet, and a 3.5 mm line-in for other audio sources. Arriving Q1 2013.
Take away the house advantage at your weekly poker game with Bold Poker ($2). Sporting a completely redesigned body, the V2 features a 14.2-megapixel sensor, an ergonomic grip, a new Command Mode Dial, a built-in flash, up to 15 fps still shooting thanks to the new Expeed 3A image processing engine, and 1080p video recording. What are you waiting for? Just download it already.
Almond+ Touchscreen WiFi Router ($100)
Withings WS-30 Wireless Scale ($130)
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Adobe Mighty and Napoleon Projects ($TBA)
Less than 2 inches tall and around 7.5 inches long, the Beats Pill ($200) promises sound bigger than you’d expect given its minuscule size. Shipping in June in white, red, or black.
Still wary of uploading your precious media and memories to a cloud service? Create one of your own with the LaCie CloudBox ($120-$180). In other words, it’s for artsy shots, not for trying to shoot your next cover photo.
Misfit Shine ($80)
Merge your real-life note taking and online workflow with the Livescribe Sky Smartpen ($170-$200). Obviously, it comes running Windows 8, and comes pre-loaded apps and games like Monopoly, FilmOn TV, Stagelight, and more. And what does it do with all the energy it collects? It charges an internal battery that you can then use to charge your phone or tablet. But for those who love gadgets as much as we do, too much is never enough. It features Bluetooth 4.0 for direct connection to your smartphones and tablets, fast Wi-Fi for UPnP streaming, built-in access to Spotify and Pandora, and an optional internal 1TB drive for local storage. The Boxee TV ($100) features two tuners so you can watch one show while recording another, and works with both digital antennas and unencrypted cable. The package includes a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset, a Pryamid that serves as a home base and remote control, and the Orbit helicopter/orb itself. There’s also an expansion port for adding new features and mounting holes for accessories, although how many of those are available will likely depend directly on if the little gadget catches on.
Upset that you missed a chance to buy one of Microsoft’s Big Tables? You can come close with the new Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC ($1,700). Powered by a rechargeable battery good for 8 hours of continuous play, the Solemate pairs with your devices via Bluetooth 3.0, and features built-in DSP for optimal sound, three front-facing speakers, a 3.5mm input for non-wireless (dumb) devices, and an included sound bag for added protection when jamming outdoors.
Withings Smart Activity Tracker ($TBA)
Keep track of the conditions both inside and outdoors with the Netatmo Weather Station ($180). Kevo is the first we’ve seen. Developed in collaboration Ludovic Ballouard, it also features a 44.25 mm case in 18K white gold, a sapphire-crystal display back, a 35-hour power reserve, water resistance down to 30 meters, and a hand-sewn black alligator leather strap. In addition, it also connects to your iPhone or iPad, so you can track your activities throughout the day and get a more well-rounded picture of of how you — and your back — are doing.
It’s got a deadly-sounding name, and for airborne nastiness, it’s certainly lethal. It may handle betting, but at least it can’t be accused of stacking the deck.
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We’ve been more than happy with Joey Roth’s Ceramic Speakers, but if you’re looking for a bit more oomph than what they can provide, pair them with his new Ceramic Subwoofer ($700). It’s as close as you’re going to get to having a personal holodeck for the foreseeable future.
Let’s face it: the iPhone’s built-in Weather app isn’t the most useful thing in the world. Coming later this month by itself, or in a kit with a 17mm f/1.8 lens and electronic viewfinder.
Forget camera-based gesture controls — if you want complete control wherever you are, you need something like the Myo Gesture Control Armband ($150). After each weigh-in, it automatically uploads and syncs your weight data, but that’s not its only trick — it also automatically calibrates itself while you’re away, helps keep you in the same position for accurate measurements, and gets to know your weight, so it knows if it’s you on the scale or your roommate/spouse/overly curious dog.
3D printing is an undeniably exciting technology — but unfortunately, you need a pretty good understanding of the related software to maximize its potential. Want to look around in the game? Just move your head. That ends with the Nikon 1 V2 Camera ($900). Thanks to the unusual design, it can be leaned against a wall, stood up, or hung on the wall, but still offers features like integrated Wi-Fi, a Full HD LED panel, 3D Max, Ambilight on three sides, and SimplyShare to easily send photos and videos from iPad and iPhone to the TV. For all of you who long for a more vibrant iPhone 5 than Apple’s stock black and white versions, the Colorware iPhone 5 ($1,700) is now available. As you’d expect from any highly-portable speaker, it boasts a rechargeable battery good for all-day listening, but you might not expect the carabiner on the included carrying case, which makes it easy to clip onto a bag and go.
BikeSpike ($150 and up)
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Nessie Microphone ($100)
Philips Hue ($200)
With fifty-nine pivoting minute hands, eleven rotating triangles to mark the hours, and a sliding trap door, the Harry Winston Opus XIII Watch isn’t the craziest watch we’ve seen — but it’s close. Boasting a mammoth 84-inch, 3840 x 2160 4K — oh, sorry, it’s “Ultra High Definition” now — panel, it also offers 3D technology, a new Magic Remote, Smart TV capabilities with access to over 1,400 apps, a 2.2 speaker system, and Dual Play, a new feature that lets gamers play head-to-head, full screen on the same screen.
Bad Habits Made-To-Order DJ Console (£750; roughly $1,200)
Yes, you read that correctly. Fix this oversight by protecting it in a CalypsoCase with CalypsoKey ($120-$130). Three lights and the wireless box are included in the starter pack; it’s available exclusively through Apple.
You knew it was just a matter of time. The included Form Software lets you start with .stl files and finalize your design, ensuring that every detail is there, just the way you designed it.
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As if we needed yet another iOS time-waster. The Bad Habits Made-To-Order DJ Console (£750; roughly $1,200) boasts such a look, with a simple base that harkens back to classic setups from clubs like Studio 54, plenty of racking for mixers and other components, and your choice of finishes, materials, and either two or three turntable slots.
In 2012, we brought you 100 of the greatest gizmos. pretty much any athletic endeavor, you could hire a filming crew, or you could pick up a Soloshot ($480). At $15 a month, it’s a great deal, but unfortunately it’ll only be available in NYC, LA, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philly, and DC to start.
Olive One ($400-$500)
GoPro Hero 3 ($200-$400)
No matter where your travels take you, the Geneva WorldRadio ($300) should be able to find some music to play. Your move, Apple.
We don’t know where you’re going to find content to watch on it, but if you like to be as future-proof as possible with your purchases, it might be time to consider this LG 84-Inch 4K 3D TV ($20,000). Based on actual studio blueprints, this incredibly detailed, hand-assembled replica features a custom-ground fish-eye lens with a sticker to replicate the writing on the original Nikkor lens, a red LED eye, the ability to speak one of 15 movie quotes, the ability to respond to voices, the ability to respond to IR commands, and aircraft-grade aluminum construction.
Not feeling the watch-based movement and health trackers? Check out the Withings Smart Activity Tracker ($TBA). The HTC One ($TBA) is the result, blending features of both the iPhone and the Galaxy series into a single, interesting handset. The set also includes a wireless keyfob that offers the same functionality, and should you need to resort to old-school ways, it’ll still open with a standard key, as well. The latest title from the creator of the app Tweetie — later known as Twitter — Loren Brichter, it’s a fun new word have that has you and your opponent take turns making words from a 5×5 board of letter tiles, turning the tile to their color. The handsome Neil Poulton design is just icing on the cake.
Sure, you can get some cool footage from remote-controlled planes and helicopters — but you have to know how to fly the damn things first. The all-new Apple iMac 2012 ($1,300-$2,000) features an updated design that’s just 5mm thin at the corners and is 40% smaller by volume than its predecessors. Thanks to an intelligent app, they can send you alerts letting you know when it’s time to turn on the lights, aerate, humidify, crank the A/C, and more. Too bad it never left the concept stage.
It can be great to have a stylus around when using your tablet or smartphone, but finding space for one in your pocket — or trying to find one in a bag — can be more hassle than it’s worth. This small, squarish camera features a solar panel on the top to charge the battery in sunlight, a hand crank on the side to charge manually, and a USB port for more traditional energy restoration. It’ll even automatically notify 911 with your location in a crash, making it not just a potential money-saver, but a potential life-saver.
We knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make it any less of a small big deal. It’s also notable for what it’s missing: namely GameCube compatibility and Internet capabilities. On the technical side, it sports a paltry 3-megapixel CMOS sensor that’s made interesting by the inclusion of 15 built-in filters, three shooting models, high-power LED lights for nighttime shooting, and a built-in mic for video recording. The desired specifcations are sent over Wi-Fi to the machine, which uses peristaltic pumps to precisely dispense the ingredients that are then mixed and dropped into your glass. Touted as a to-do list “with a personality”, this moody little app will reward you when you’re being productive, while greeting you with a clean, white/black/blue interface. It’s also FDA approved, and gets rid of all mold, fungi, viruses, and bacteria that enters its cleaning chamber. This diminutive cube-shaped box gives your aging gear new life by providing a Bluetooth link to your phone or tablet and a 4 Watt single-channel amplifier that can drive even large speakers with surprising gusto. These arcade and entertainment systems come installed inside hand-built tables, with wood veneer available in a number of finishes, and a discreet, darkened glass cover. This wireless Bluetooth sensor is worn on your lower back, and gives you vibration feedback when you’re slouching. This Wi-Fi-enabled light switch replaces any standard light switch in your house or apartment, letting you turn lights on and off from your Android or iOS device. That’s why one company planned the Ora iPad Sound System — which was ultimately cancelled. Start slacking, however, and you’ll be greeted by an angry app, complete with a black/white/red interface and not-so-subtle hints that you need to stop being so lazy. While the base White Edition — 5MP still capture with 3 fps burst, 30fps 1080p video — and mid-range Silver — 11MP stills with 10 fps burst — are nice, the really exciting one is the Black Edition. Of course, software plays a part too, with new features like Smart Scroll and Smart Pause that use eye-tracking and the accelerometer to scroll pages and pause videos automatically. Just consider putting a passcode on your phone if you download it — a list of the things you hate *cough* mustard *cough* could be dangerous if it fell into the wrong hands.
Form 1 High-Res 3D Printer
Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater ($200)
Never worry about battery life again with the Sun Cloud Camera ($200). Don’t feel like getting up to interact with your lights, outlets, and other sensors? An app for both iPhone and Android is planned to let you control the action right from your phone or tablet. This networked digital music player arrives in a decor-friendly glass and aluminum enclosure, and promises to consolidate your media in one place. The plan is to use Adobe’s cloud to share drawings and assets between devices, but as this is all in the experimental stage, it’s hard telling what all might be included by the time they’re ready for you to buy.
Should you know the pleasure of owning a 4K-capable TV or projector, you’re most likely also familiar with the first-world problem of trying to find content for it. May be combined with a smartphone, Google Glass, and a jetpack to build a “Superhero Starter Pack”.
Used to be scanning in film required either a flatbed scanner with a special compartment inside or a standalone scanner — neither of which were particularly cheap. To change wheels, simply pull out the current batch, slide in the next, and relish the quiet groans that haven’t been heard since the traditional family photo slideshow fell by the wayside.
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Star Trek Into Darkness Starfleet Phaser Set ($80)
Apple iMac 2012 ($1,300-$2,000)
Facebook finally took the wraps off its long-rumored Android project, and the result is… With a diminutive size and included tether, the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Mini should alleviate both problems. The Wi-Fi-enabled, AirPlay-compatible version can link with up to three other units for true whole-home audio, while the Bluetooth model will let you wirelessly jam in any room you stick it.
Redray 4K Cinema Player ($1,450)
LaCie CloudBox ($120-$180)
Nope, it’s not a new low-calorie menu item from McDonalds — although they could probably stand to introduce such a thing. This gives it the truest blacks and most vibrant colors of any display, while maintaining a 4.3-mm thickness and 38 pound weight (unheard-of for a 55-inch screen). This 3D printing pen uses the same ABS plastic as many printers, but allows you to draw anything you like, in the air or on a surface. Based on the original Carlsson OD-11 from 1974, this deceptively simple, roughly 10 inch cube features built-in Wi-Fi, an integrated 100W amplifier, a single woofer, and a single tweeter, all of which combine for terrific sound in nearly any room. While the Monster connects via Bluetooth, the Racer comes with a RF transmitter — but either way, they’re both compatible with most newer iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.
Tired of using various devices to access your music that’s undoubtedly spread across multiple services and drives? Olive One ($400-$500) is looking to help you out. The McIntosh McAire ($3,000) is a standalone speaker system designed to let you enjoy your media wirelessly via AirPlay. Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, it automatically sends notes and audio to Evernote, and can also share notes directly to other services. The Star Trek Into Darkness Starfleet Phaser Set includes a 3D Combo Blu-Ray of the twelfth installment in the film franchise, and also loads you up with a 1:1 scale replica of a Starfleet phaser, a brass plaque and a gloss black display stand. This add-on for the stylish CalypsoCase Loop and CalypsoCase Ring adds a dual-band RFID antenna with 1k memory to the luxury leather cases, letting you keep all your RFID-enabled identification cards with you, virtually, without having to load up your wallet.
OD-11 Cloud Speaker ($TBA)
Retron 5 Console ($100)
The name is a little confusing — it has absolutely nothing to do with Wikipedia, Wikilinks, or any other traditional Wiki, as far as we can tell — but that doesn’t mean the Wikipad ($250) isn’t worth a look. *Sorry iPhone 5 users, looks like you’ll be ponying up for an adapter.
Having used Apple’s AirPort routers exclusively since they arrived on the scene over a decade ago, it’ll take a serious contender for us to replace the white boxes next to our modems. This roughly inch and a half square box clips onto your clothes using a sturdy stainless steel clip, and shoots one 5 megapixel, geotagged photo every 30 seconds, storing it on built-in memory that holds up to 4,000 pictures. Simply select a flight path, slide on the headset, and focus — the software in the Pyramid will interpret your levels of concentration and relaxation and move the helicopter appropriately. Available in models with 3, 7, or 15 dispensers, this Raspberry Pi-powered gadget lets you hook the dispensers to various juices and liquors, then choose a drink you’d like to make out of them from your tablet or smartphone. Prefer to keep things simple? $300 will buy you the same tech in a single Shotbot.
Optimize your living or working quarters by installing some CubeSensors ($250-$350). Arriving in June.
HAL 9000 ($500)
Anyone who hunts with dogs knows how helpful they can be — and what a pain it can be to keep track of them. whatever or whoever it is you want to track.
Samsung Galaxy S4 ($TBA)
Geneva WorldRadio ($300)
Jabra Solemate Speaker ($160). Not so with the 3Doodler ($75 and up). As far as specs go, you’ll find 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and 802.11n Wi-Fi for downloading new content. Crafted from grade 1 titanium and high quality plastic resin, the mouse features a seamless titanium exterior shell, a neodymium magnet scroll wheel, Bluetooth, and precise laser tracking.
You know you should sit with proper posture, but how do you know if you’re actually doing so? By strapping on a Lumoback ($150), that’s how. Best of all, you can access your notes from nearly anywhere, including on a PC, Mac, iOS or Android device, or pretty much anything with a browser.
You can already pick up a pair of sneakers to help you monitor your performance on the court, but if you want a full picture of your game, you need feedback from your ball, as well. It also features built-in support for the ZigBee and Z-Wave home automation standards, removing the need for a separate hub, and thanks to the built-in touchscreen, you don’t need a separate controller, either. The Garmin Astro Dog Tracking System lets you track up to ten sporting dogs at once, with the convenience of a customizable GPS device. Thanks to a 72-core GPU, it’s capable of producing stunning graphics to display on the integrated 5-inch, 720p touchscreen display, and it’s also got a real gaming controller attached, with a custom tuned port audio system. If you’re the type of person that likes a little more information about what’s going on, you should love Check The Weather ($2). Thanks to the Breathometer ($20 and up), now you can. Just think of it as a combination Find My iPhone/Nike+ for your bike.
If you still haven’t picked up a Nike+ Fuelband or Jawbone Up, you ought to add the Fitbit Flex ($100) to your list of fitness trackers to check out. Arriving Q2 2013.
Anyone who’s ever “enjoyed” listening to an entire night’s worth of radio buzz from a traditional baby monitor can appreciate the Belkin WeMo Baby ($90). when you’re around things like Wi-Fi, cellular towers, and electricity. [via]
DirecTV Genie ($TBA)
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Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet ($250)
Trying a different tack than other internet-connected TV peripherals, the Chromecast from Google lets you wirelessly stream content from your device — a Chrome browser-equipped laptop, iOS or Android smartphone, or tablet — to your HDTV. It features an aluminum unibody design with chamfered edges — sound familiar? — a 4.7″ 1080p screen, a 4-megapixel rear-facing camera, dubbed Zoe, that promises larger individual pixels and therefore better low-light performance, dual front-facing speakers, LTE networking, a totally re-imagined Sense skin atop Android Jelly Bean, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, NFC, 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, and 32 or 64GB of onboard storage. While it’s not actually black, it does offer the ability to record 4K footage — albeit at a paltry 15 fps — 60 fps 1080p recording, 120 fps at 720p quality, 12MP stills with 30 fps burst, and pro-level low-light performance. The Lehmann LA100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (EUR990; roughly $1,330) removes that piece of the equation by autonomously flying around at heights of up to 300 feet for 5 minutes before returning back to you. A rescue mode helps preserve battery for a longer period of time, in case you and your dog get separated.
You can get extra power from a big battery that straps to the back of your phone — but if you prefer to use your phone “naked”, the Fuel Micro Charger ($20) is a good thing to keep around. Using an online tool, you can choose a custom color for the 64GB, SIM unlocked phone’s body, top rear glass, bottom rear glass, Home button, and SIM tray. *Hip electronic soundtrack for the resulting YouTube videos not included.
Need a little extra motivation to help you tackle your to-do list? Carrot ($1) should do nicely. We just didn’t expect it to be these guys. Arriving this Spring in a variety of stylish colors.
Liven up your next gathering by letting Bartendro ($500-$2,500) take care of your drinks. Made in Scandinavia, It features a silver and gold metal, 2GB thumb drive that serves as the clasp for a 4mm real braided leather cord. Take the Electree. A perfect gift for the sci-fi geek on your list.
If you want footage of yourself doing… From Frisbees to fridges, smartphones to headphones, here’s the best of the best. And for tons of great gear, check out Uncrate.com.
No longer do you have to choose between a Chromebook and a high-resolution screen, thanks to the Google Chromebook Pixel ($1,300-$1,450). The JBL SoundFly ($180-$200) is here to change all of that. Thanks to the free app, it also tracks these measurements over time to give you a larger picture of changes in your fitness score and stress levels. The top-mounted GPS/GLONASS receiver gives it excellent location performance. The unit includes both Wi-Fi and Ethernet hookups, as well as a USB port for charging and an RCA input for non-AirPlay devices, but its the dual 4-inch woofers, 2-inch midranges, and .75-inch tweeters that are the star of the show, along with the unit’s classic, premium looks.
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Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera ($1,000-$1,450)
Don’t worry if your car didn’t come with a fancy on-board computer — just plug in Automatic ($70) and go. Of course, it’s not just a rehash of what you used to have, either, as it sports an all-new, improved interface, 2D and 3D views, and the holy grail of Maps, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation. Thanks to a built-in GPS and GSM radio, this I’m Here can find its location either on demand — when you request it from the smartphone app — or at automatic intervals which are then reported back to the I’m Cloud service. So far, your smartphone has been able to do pretty much anything you ask of it — except tell you when you’ve had one too many to get behind the wheel. These small cordless boxes continuously measure temperature humidity, noise, light, air quality, and barometric pressure and send all that data to the cloud so you can access it anywhere. This crazy box can record up to five shows in full HD simultaneously, lets you pause, rewind, record, and delete shows from any room, recommends new shows based on the ones you already watch, and offers 200 hours of HD storage — so you don’t need to worry about running out of room due to a Honey Boo Boo marathon.
Finally, someone’s combined the Internet set-top box with a DVR. Available in a starter pack with a base station and either two or four included sensors.
Sick of Apple’s less-than-perfect Maps in iOS 6? Your unlikely hero has arrived. It can rotate at speeds of up to 40º per second all the way around, and can track subjects up to 2000 feet away moving at speeds up to 140 mph. This keychain-friendly device looks like a rusted fuel can — literally — and rocks a micro-USB port that you can use to access and/or charge the 220 milliAmp battery, which is good for about 20-30 minutes of extra juice. It features a zero-latency headphone output and USB plug-and-play compatibility with Mac and PC.
Although the name might be slightly confusing — if you’re really designing intelligently, you’re probably not using a mouse at all — but the Intelligent Design Titanium Mouse (EUR400; roughly $520) is sexy nonetheless. And it’s hard to buy anything world-class with just two bucks.
HTC One ($TBA)
Facebook Home ($100)
Is it jewelry? Or a computer peripheral? Actually, the USB Bracelet (EUR30; roughly $40) is a little of both. It gives you quick access to current conditions, hourly temperature and precipitation forecasts, an extended 16-day outlook, astronomical data, hazardous weather alerts from the NWS, and Doppler Radar precipitation maps, all within a gorgeous interface with clean design and world-class fonts and icons. This new system connects to your home network via Wi-Fi, letting you check in on the little one using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Soon you’ll be able to do it with nothing but your phone and the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner ($50). While the free app offers clear digital sound and easy-to-see graphics, you can upgrade to Evoz service for an extra fee and access advanced monitoring, cry notifications, history, and analysis of your baby’s sleep patterns.
Turn you iPad into a mini movieplex with the Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater ($200). Powered by an Jelly Bean, this unique system consists of a dongle that draws all its power over HDMI and a sleek Bluetooth 4.0 controller with dual analog sticks. Add a bit of natural warmth back with Lazerwood Keys ($40-$45). Available in black or white, and arriving November 2.
Oculus Rift Gaming Headset ($300)
As it turns out, Apple isn’t the only company looking to score big with a pint-sized product this holiday. When you hit the course, simply tap the club tag against the device and go — the system will do the rest, recording every club used, swing made, yard covered, scoring, number of putts, greens in regulation, driving accuracy, and more, all of which gets loaded onto your smartphone or computer and into a social app that lets you analyze your own performance and compare it against both your friends and some of the best golfers in the world.
Sun Cloud Camera ($200)
Well, it doesn’t come with the Discovery One, but this HAL 9000 ($500) is the closest you’ll come to that ship’s charismatic AI controller. As you doodle, the pen extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into an actual thing that you can hold and touch. Available in black, brown, and beige, it sure beats that gold microprocessor necklace you bought last year.
Puzzlebox Brain-Controlled Helicopter ($250)
Attempting to stay fit — especially over the holidays — can be a tough task. Combined with the robust GPS hardware, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.1, it’s a uniquely qualified piece of kit that could quickly become indispensable on your next outdoor adventure.
Ceramic Subwoofer ($700)
Ever wish there was a “Hate” equivalent to the “Like” button on Facebook? Now there is one. Features include fast Super Spot AF, a 5-axis image stabilization system, dual control dials, built-in Wi-Fi, a mechanical shutter capable of 1/8000th of a second shooting, 1080/30p video recording, and a sharp, tilting 3-inch touchscreen monitor. The Nintendo Wii Mini ($100) is barely bigger than the game discs it takes, and features an all-new design with a manual release, top-loading disc tray, a red and black color scheme, and a matching red controller. Coming soon to a carrier near you.
Netatmo Weather Station ($180)
I’m Here GPS Tracker ($170)
Keep your electronics going through the next power outage with the Eton Boost Turbine ($60). The Google Maps App ($Free) is here to restore the big G maps you’ve been missing to your iPhone or iPod touch. What you do with it is totally up to you.
Clean up your entertainment center by retiring your current collection of classic gaming machines for the Retron 5 Console ($100). Airocide ($800) uses NASA-developed photo-catalytic process to destroy Volatile Organic Compounds — harmful gasses emitted by products like paint, cleaning supplies, and even dry-cleaned clothing — that other cleaners miss. This pint-sized projector uses an internal LED to project your photos, which have been printed onto 35mm film and cut into wheels, onto any wall you can find. Other features include a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 32 or 64GB of onboard memory, 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage, an HD webcam, Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, optional built-in LTE networking, and a sleek machined aluminum body.
The Vamp (£35; roughly $55)
Control the lights in your home from any room, or anywhere in the world, with the WeMo Light Switch. It adapts to whatever audio you’re recording, automatically processing sound so you can just focus on your work. Available for Apple’s desktop and laptop keyboards, these precision-etched key add-ons are just the thing to humanize your otherwise perfectly sterile computing device. The result is the DirecTV Genie ($TBA), a whole home solution for TV viewing. With any luck, it’ll be hitting virtual shelves in July. With this tiny dongle, you’ll be able to watch video from services like Netflix, YouTube, Google Chrome, and (with a forthcoming update) Devour on a full-size display. Choose between cherry or walnut.
How do build the followup to the most successful smartphone in your company’s history? You start by leaving a lot the same. A quick project for the average DIYer — it’s easy to install and features a clip-on faceplate that fits flush against your wall. The Almond+ Touchscreen WiFi Router ($100) might just be it. Designed exclusively for use with smartphones and tablets, this system includes sleek, separate cylindrical aluminum and white modules for outside and inside, which work together to measure the temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and CO2 concentration, and communicate with a dedicated app over Wi-Fi. A subtle backlight makes the light switch easy to locate, and IFTTT support connects it to a number of apps.
Nikon 1 V2 Camera ($900)
Fitbit Flex ($100)
Drawing on a tablet or smartphone is nearly as easy as drawing on paper — but most styluses lack the intelligence to really streamline the process. Using high-end stereolithography technology, the Form 1 can construct details as small as 300 microns, and can print objects up to 4.9″ x 4.9″ x 6.5″ in size. Each Hold’em player views their cards on a separate device, while an iPad in the middle keeps track of the board cards and automatically re-deals when you move the dealer button. With 3.5mm and optical inputs for other audio sources and the ability to be used in pairs for left/right separation, it’s a great choice for minimalist interiors.
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Sony DEV-50V DVR Binoculars ($2,000)
3Doodler ($75 and up)
Ditch that boring coffee table in your living room and replace it with one of the Surface Tension Arcade Tables. The icing on the cake? The ability to stream games from a PC powered by a GeForce GTX GPU.
Beats Pill ($200)
Combine the joy of making music with the nostalgia of a classic arcade machine with Pianocade ($250-$325). Limited to just 130 units, or the total number of people that can actually figure out what time it is by looking at the face.
Wireless, full-home audio has been getting more realistic for a while now, but until recently, if you wanted that convenience you were also filling your home with fairly large speaker systems. Thanks to its UPnP capabilities, it can stream music, movies, and photos to devices like the Xbox 360 and iPad wirelessly, and can also provide streaming service over the Internet with its MyNAS feature. Designed specifically for use in the wilderness, it offers features like a 1024 x 768 6″ flexible E-Ink screen with the ability to double as an emergency lantern, a built-in AM/FM/SW/LW radio tuner, an IP67 rated water/dust/shock/mud-proof design, an integrated solar panel, internal weather sensors, a FRS, GMRS and MURS transceiver for use as a two-way radio, and a glove-friendly infrared touchscreen. Able to slim into a pocket or into the included belt clip or arm band, it tracks heart rate, steps taken, strides run, distances covered, calories burned, and quality of sleep, all in a tiny 8 gram form factor. This smart gadget plugs into the same port that mechanics use to service your car, then links with your smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0 to provide data to a dedicated app. Each kit comes complete with everything — or at least nearly everything — you need to build a simple electronics project, from a sensor that tells you when your plant needs water to a basic synthesizer. Forget the fact that it offers dual-band 802.11ac + 802.11n Wi-Fi for blazing fast speeds — something no Apple router can currently claim. This unique gadget works as a base for any camera or camcorder with a tripod mount, following your movements wirelessly thanks to a small waterproof transmitter that you wear as an armband. Designed to connect directly to the iPad using either the 30-pin or Lightning connector, this form-fitting accessory is powered by Audifi and features high-efficiency front-facing speakers that offer surprisingly rich sound, thanks to ported enclosures that increase bass response. Choose a higher-end model if you want yours to also come with a Windows 7 Home-powered PC, Sonos Connect, and the ability to connect to your HDTV.
Google Maps App ($Free)
Check The Weather ($2)
Lazerwood Keys ($40-$45)
How to share your Instagram photos with friends without passing around your phone or tablet seems to be one of the hottest questions of the year. *Really guys? Let’s just round that down to 10 and call it a day.
If you’re in a situation where you need to use binoculars, you might as well give yourself the option of taking some pictures or video while you’re at it. Hater (Free) is a new service that lets you share your hate with the world. With over 300 rewards and two full “chapters” to unlock, it’s like a game inside a productivity app.
After a thorough drubbing at the hands of Apple and Samsung last year, HTC’s back with its latest take on a flagship smartphone. It relies on Bluetooth, so you’ll be able to change tracks directly from your phone or iPod without needing to visit a dock, and you’ll be able to take calls easily using the built-in microphone. Available on its own or paired with the speakers for an extra $400.
Boxee TV ($100)
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WeMo Light Switch ($50)
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Google Chromecast ($35)
Not satisfied with the killer Android tablets and phones companies were building with its Tegra 3 processor, gaming chip shop Nvidia decided to make their own showcase for their next chip. The strangest part? It’s Canada-only for now.
Whether you’re a musician, vocalist, or podcaster, you can take the stress out of home audio recording with the Nessie Microphone. The muscle sensors are advanced enough that it can detect changes in gestures down to the individual finger, and because your muscles pick up the signal to move before they actually do, you may see it respond to your movements before you even move. Built with gaming in mind, the Wikipad features a 7-inch HD screen, a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with quad-core GPU, a built-in gyroscope, compass, and accelerometer, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage with a MicroSD slot for expansion, GPS, and built-in stereo speakers. The Puzzlebox Brain-Controlled Helicopter ($250) lets you control a floating orb using nothing but your brain power. Oh well, we’re already sucked in to Letterpress (Free-$1). The HTC First with Facebook Home ($100) will be the first handset blessed with Facebook Home, the social network’s new home/lock screen replacement. It’s easy to set up, small, and capable of streaming content in full 1080p HD, with 5.1 surround sound.
Myo Gesture Control Armband ($150)
Whether you’re just getting interested in electronics or want to pass on your knowledge to others, these Technology Will Save Us DIY Kits (£10-£85; roughly $16-$135) are a great place to start. The first organic LED screen to hit the United States market, it passes electrical current through a biological substance that glows without a backlight.
It might not print it big, but the Form 1 High-Res 3D Printer ($3,300) can print nearly anything you can imagine in exquisite detail. While the phone itself isn’t exactly bleeding edge, with a 5 megapixel cam, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch, 720p screen, and LTE networking, it’s the software that counts. This portable power pack features a 2000 mAH lithium-ion battery pack, a durable aluminum body, an LED charge indicator, a Micro-USB DC input for use with standard phone chargers, and your choice of one of four exterior colors. The Redray 4K Cinema Player ($1,450) can help. You can adjust the sound using a free downloadable app, and to finish off the experience it includes a Smart Cover-like stand/cover so you don’t have to hold the damn thing the whole time.
Bold Poker ($2)
Game Golf ($190)
Some new product ideas are cool, and some are downright crazy — too crazy to live, unfortunately. It’s powered by quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, boasts a completely reengineered display that reduces reflections by 75%, can hold up to 32GB of RAM, and can be configured with the new Fusion Drive storage option that combines 128GB of flash memory with a 1TB or 3TB hard drive to offer most of the speed of an SSD with the vast storage of a standard hard drive. It’s like having your own personal Weather Channel, only without the dorky hosts and elevator music.
While we love the stark aluminum look of Apple’s products, the sheer precision can give them a cold feel. Just remember: it’s what the results look like, not the camera that took them.
Technology Will Save Us DIY Kits (£10-£85; roughly $16-$135)
For years we haven’t seen much innovation in TVs beyond growing screen sizes and shrinking costs — but that all changes with the LG Curved OLED TV. The iPad mini ($330-$660) is the long-awaited smaller sibling to Apple’s blockbuster tablet. For those times when you’re not, there’s the Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet. The big deal, however, is the built-in hand turbine power generator, which lets you juice up the battery, no electricity required.
Google Chromebook Pixel ($1,300-$1,450)
Philips DesignLine TV ($TBA)
Bring your iOS playtime off your device and into the real world with these Moto TC RC Cars ($30-$60). Features include a built-in Hater camera, rant-writing capabilities, the ability to share Hates anonymously under an Alter Ego, the ability to instantly share your Hates via Facebook and Twitter, and the ability to browse through the most popular hates. Shipments start this July.
Moto TC RC Cars ($30-$60)
Bringing classic electronics into the modern era isn’t always easy, but the OD-11 Cloud Speaker ($TBA) does so with elegance and class. an app? Kinda. It’s joined by Napoleon, a digital ruler that can create a digitally-projected edge used to draw shapes and lines. The Nvidia Project Shield ($TBA) is a new Android-based portable gaming platform powered by the company’s new quad-core Tegra 4 chip. Available in large Monster truck or smaller Racer varieties, each is controlled via app, letting you use virtual controls — or accelerometer movements — to guide the vehicle. This intelligent drive sports a circular design that makes it a snap to attach to key rings, carabiners, lanyards, and binders, and doubles as a protective mechanism for the USB connector. Shipping in October.
Everything else in your house seems to connect to your smartphone, so why not your scale? The Withings WS-30 Wireless Scale ($130) sports built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to let you keep track of your weight and BMI via the company’s own app or one of the 60 other apps that support it. With the app running, you’ll be able to see an overall score of how you’re driving and how you could save more money, details about how much you drive, where, and your actual MPGs, and notifications when your check engine light comes on — along with a description of what’s actually causing the problem. Want to take the action with you on the road? Just unplug the dongle and slide it into the dedicated slot inside the controller.
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Memoto Lifelogging Camera ($250)
Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and iPods are seemingly everywhere these days — which means there are just as many, if not more, chargers and charging cables hanging around. Presumably designed to compete with Apple’s Retina MacBooks, the Chromebook Pixel features a 12.85″ Gorilla Glass multi-touch screen that boasts a 3:2 format and a resolution of 2560 x 1700, giving it 239 PPI. Of course, this is a Boxee box, so it still offers a fluid, good-looking UI and access to the online services you care about, but its killer feature is No Limits DVR, which uploads all your DVR recording to the cloud, and lets you access them on any device you’d like, no matter where you are. So don’t be surprised if you find this gift set on their, or your own, wish list. The Adobe Mighty Napoleon Projects seek to change all that. If you’re looking to dive in head first, though, you might want to start with the soldering and Arduino kits, which will give you a solid base to build on.
Nintendo Wii Mini ($100)
Of all the features your iPhone 5 offers, there’s one it doesn’t: NFC compatibility. The splash- and dust-resistant digital binoculars offer a huge 0.8x to 25x magnification range, XGA OLED electronic viewfinders, Exmor R CMOS sensors, Bionz image processors, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, the ability to grab 20.4 megapixel still photos and 2D or 3D video, HDMI output, and built-in GPS for geotagging. Built by Samsung, the Google Nexus 10 ($400) is the new tablet resolution king with an insane 2560 x 1600 10.055*-inch screen. A built-in pop filter and an internal shock mount keep your audio sounding clear, without the need for additional gadgets. This crazy box will offer support for the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Famicon, and Game Boy Advanced — and thus likely the original Game Boy and Game Boy color as well. These Sony DEV-50V DVR Binoculars can do so with aplomb. Instead, the Jabra Solemate Speaker ($160) gets its name from its sneaker-like rugged bottom tread. Plug a little box into your router, and you can control the color and intensity of one light bulb or all of them right from your iPhone, and thanks to the LED tech, they draw a max of 8.5W while shining as brightly as a standard 50W bulb, saving you money. Like we said, it’s a Facebook Phone, only it isn’t.
Ever wonder why you need a DVR in every room? So did the people at DirecTV. Like the others, the Flex is designed to be worn on your wrist, and tracks your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes, and quality of sleep, all of which it syncs to your iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth 4.0. Apparently sick of ever-thinning bezels, the designers of the Philips DesignLine TV ($TBA) decided to get rid of it altogether, building it into a frameless sheet of glass. Sporting the same clean white design as the speakers, the sub contains a 6.5-inch driver that’s complemented by a passive radiator and is powered by a 50 watt Class D amplifier that sits in the simple stainless steel base. It will offer two controller ports for each system, although we’re not 100% sure you’ll need them given that it ships with a universal Bluetooth controller, and also outputs upscaled video and improved audio at 720p over HDMI. Other features include long-haul battery life — up to nine hours of video playback and over 500 of standby time — front-facing stereo speakers, Android 4.2, NFC support, a 5 MP rear camera and 1.9 MP webcam, a dual-core A15 processor, 16GB of storage, and all the other extras you’d expect. This portable device uses your smartphone’s built-in camera and an included app to take high-resolution scans of nearly any kind of 35mm film, including color negative, color slide, and black and white films, as well as longer panoramic shots and analog movies.
It takes skill to create a DJ console that looks as good in your house as it would in a club. The GameStick ($80) is the latest independent, Android-based console to hit Kickstarter. Designed specifically for use with the GoPro Hero 2 or 3, you simply strap a camera to the top, bottom, or both, launch it, and wait for its return to view your footage. A wide variety of both solid, metallic, and pearlescent colors are available, but obviously, we prefer the white/orange/black combo.
Breathometer ($20 and up)
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Wacom Bamboo Stylus Mini ($15)
Tinke Wellness Monitor ($120)
When Nikon’s first 1 series cameras launched, they looked nice enough, but there also wasn’t a ton of differentiation between them. It has a range of up to 9 miles, thanks to a steel VHF antenna. Game Golf ($190) aims to fix that. Of course, none of that means a whole lot if you don’t want to put the thing in your house, but luckily it sports a clean design that will blend in with nearly any decor.
No, it’s not a speaker for your shoes. All you have to figure out is which of the six colors you like best.
Kid, car, spouse, whatever — if you need to track something, you can do it simply and easily with the new I’m Here GPS Tracker ($170). Software that transforms your lock screen into a Facebook feed, complete with full-screen pics, status updates, and IMs, and offers deep Facebook integration after you unlock. This innovative new input device communicates with your Mac, PC, phone or tablet over Bluetooth 4.0, and uses proprietary muscle sensors as well as a 6-axis motion sensor to track your movement. A built-in accelerometer keeps it from nabbing shots of your desk or nightstand when you take it off, and when you plug it in all your photos are automatically uploaded and securely stored on Memoto’s cloud servers for easy viewing via app or browser.
Livescribe Sky Smartpen ($170-$200)
Eton Boost Turbine ($60)
With all the power our smartphones possesses, there’s little reason they can’t become the brains behind a full-blown robot. Available in 1TB – 3TB capacities, this dead-simple device plugs into the wall and your router — using Ethernet — and in minutes appears on your Macs and PCs just like a normal connected device. But most importantly, it won’t laugh at you if you totally wipeout while it’s filming.
Bike locks are all well and good, but if you really want to keep your bike protected, you need to outfit it with a BikeSpike ($150 and up). At a glance, the Samsung Galaxy S4 ($TBA) looks much like the S3 — but look closer, and you’ll notice changes like a 5-inch, 1080p Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 3 for added durability, a 1.6GHz Exynos Octa 8-core processor, a larger battery, and a 13 megapixel camera. The Mighty is a pressure sensitive digital drawing tool that uses Bluetooth LE to stay connected to your devices and features a button that can bring up on-screen menus for selecting different tools and colors. Projecteo ($25) thinks it has the answer — or more specifically, is the answer. So no, it’s not going to get you through a full day of bad service — but it might be just enough to get you out of a jam.
Want the best action camera yet? You’re looking at it. Controlled by nothing but your voice, this head-mounted computer has a camera and a screen, and is the closest you can come to a POV camera video game HUD in real life. Currently available for order in developer kit form, the Rift utilizes dual 1280×800 monitors sitting just inches from your eyes to create a realistic, 3D VR gaming experience. This sculpture/gadget is shaped after a bonsai tree, but instead of leaves it sports solar panels on its branches. The Tinke Wellness Monitor ($120) can help. The biggest feature, however, is the detachable game controller that gives you a proper D-pad, dual analog sticks, and Playstation Mobile certification.
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Well, that didn’t take long. Available in 2GB and 4GB models, this multi-function pen sports a built-in mic and speaker for recording and playing back the audio that accompanies your notes — up to 200 or 400 hours of it, respectively. Available in 8, 16, and 32 GB capacities.
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Surface Tension Arcade Tables ($3,000-$6,000)
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SmartBot (roughly $175)
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SanDisk Cruzer Orbit ($30-$50)
Ever lost your way while walking in a straight line down a sidewalk? Wanted to take that photo of your daughter’s first steps, but just too tired to pull out your phone? Ever feel lonely and just wish you had someone, something, to talk to? Those are just some of the things you can fix with Google Glass ($1,500). SmartBot is the first step towards that goal, connecting with your phone via the headphone jack and NFC, and letting apps control its built-in wheels, internal speaker and buzzer, and front lights. This smart deadbolt uses Bluetooth 4.0, your iPhone, and a companion app to let you open your door using nothing but your finger. The 21.5-inch model is coming in November, while those wanting the 27-inch model will be waiting ’til December.
Colorware iPhone 5 ($1,700)
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He accuses her of being unintelligent, for example, although she read heavy books like the History of England by Hume, helped her rather sullen husband to become more diplomatic, and she was a talented musician. This was a purely political marriage. However, it is a good idea to read more sympathetic texts about the Queen, such as Antonia Fraser’s The Journey, to see different points of view.. Marie refused to talk to Madame du Barry, the King’s mistress, at first because she disapproved of her relationship with the King. Bernier isn’t one of them. She also adopted poor children and food was distributed to the poor every day at Versailles.
This is well-worth reading if you are interested in Marie-Antoinette and the French Revolution. Like her mother, he disapproves of her being too influenced by her friends, staying up late, and spending too much money. The people blamed her for the deficit, for example, but most of this was due to France helping the Americans fight the British in the American Revolution.
The young princess found herself faced with many problems when she attempted to become a valued member of the French court. Called ‘the Austrian’ by the French people, Marie was disliked from the start because France and Austria had been enemies for many years. He also doesn’t describe Marie’s charitable activities. The empress secretly got Mercy to spy on Marie and watch her every movement.
Bernier’s Commentary on Marie Antoinette
Many historians are sympathetic with the doomed Queen now. This organization did much for the aged, blind and widows and was founded by Louis XVI, Marie’s husband. Maria Theresa tends to blame her for these problems and gives her advice about pleasing him.
Unfortunately, much of what the French people knew about Marie was propaganda from those with grudges against her, such as the Duke d’Orleans of whom Marie disapproved. Marie had never met Louis.
Secrets of Marie Antoinette: A Collection of Letters, edited by Olivier Bernier
The young Marie turned to designing the grounds and interior of the Petit Trianon, shopping, gambling and generally enjoying herself with her friends as a means of escape from her problems. Used to the informality of the Austrian court where she enjoyed playing with her many brothers and sisters, Marie disliked the strict ritual and etiquette of Versailles. The King and Queen were patrons of the Maison Philanthropique, for example, according to Elena M. This famously annoyed the French people. ISBN 0-88064-004-002, Fromm, 1985, pp.326
Marie Antoinette, the daughter of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, traveled to France when she was only 15 to marry the Dauphin, Louis. Bernier’s commentary repeats the many cliches often used against the doomed French Queen. Maria Theresa, who also disapproved, showed her hypocracy by telling Marie to try to please du Barry to win favour with the French King.
Mercy’s letters to Maria Theresa tell her what he thinks about Marie’s activities and describes his advice to her. He doesn’t make the point that the deficit was mostly caused by the American Revolution. Her mother, of course, disapproved of all this and nagged at her to change her ways.
Marie also writes about her husband, whose impotence and obsession with hunting annoyed her greatly. Vidal, who studies the Queen and blogs about her at Tea at Trianon. Maria Theresa arranged this marriage to further an alliance between Austria and France. Louis’s aunts wrongly influenced her to ignore du Barry. She also had to cope with the impotence of her husband, the nagging of her dominating mother who wrote to her often, and the intrigues of the court.
The Collection of Marie Antoinette’s Letters
These letters detail Marie’s intimate thoughts about many of the people at the court, such as Madame du Barry and the decadent Duke d’Orleans.