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MiP The Balancing Robot

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Meet MiP, the balancing robot from WowWee ($100). Perched atop unique dual wheels, this multifunctional and autonomous robot is more than just a toy. Powered by an iOS or Android smartphone, your eyes will light up at what MiP can do.

MiP responds to motions, be it your hand or an object. Your new buddy likes to have fun, and invites you to join. Show some praise, and MiP will be your new best friend, but push it down, and you’re in for an angry robot!

Not only does MiP offer tons of gameplay fun, but there’s also an app that enables you to drive, dance, battle, balance, and so much more.

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Features:

- MiP has an inquisitive and responsive personality communicated through motion, sounds, and RGB LED eyes

- With his unique dual wheel balancing, MiP is able to navigate his surroundings, follow hand gestures, and even follow objects around

- Watch MiP balance multiple objects while moving or standing still! Multiple robotic modes including Roam, Stacking, Dance, and Programming

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JBL Horizon Clock Radio

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The JBL Horizon clock radio ($100) offers two alarms, FM radio, Bluetooth music streaming, JBL sound, ambient light and dual USB ports charge all your devices – all in a compact design.

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The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

Welcome to TIME’s annual round-up of the best inventions making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. Check out the list HERE.

The Real-Life Hoverboard

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The Hendo Hoverboard ($10,000)—a type of skateboard that levitates like a magic carpet—had been a pipe dream since its fictional debut in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II. Now California-based tech firm Hendo has built the real thing.

Granted, there are caveats. Hendo’s hoverboard can float only an inch or so above the ground, and even then only over conductive material like copper or aluminum. Just 10 are being made to order (so far). And battery life is 15 minutes—barely enough time to zoom past your enemies à la Marty McFly.

But the technology that powers it could be revolutionary. Using the $450,000-plus it raised on Kickstarter, Hendo founders Jill and Greg Henderson plan to develop magnetic “hovering” tech to stabilize buildings during earthquakes, protect valuable works of art and more. “The hoverboard is the first step to bringing this technology to the world,” says Greg.

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Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker

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The Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker ($129) is available in five distinct colors and offers lifelike sound from a unit that weighs just over a pound.

This compact, rugged speaker boasts features like a rechargeable battery good for up to eight hours of playback, voice prompts that make pairing a breeze and intelligent Bluetooth that remembers up to eight paired devices, so reconnecting is as simple as a swipe and a tap.

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Onyx Communicator

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Introducing Onyx, ($100) the first product from wearable tech startup OnBeep. Onyx gives groups a new way to stay connected and engaged in the moment, without the distraction of looking down at a phone.

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The lightweight device can be clipped to a shirt, jacket or bag strap so users can communicate hands-free and remain heads up across various group experiences – from traveling to a music festival, coordinating an event or volunteering at a charity run.

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Beats Introduces Solo2 Wireless Headphones

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Beats by Dr. Dre has announced the first new product in its lineup since the company was acquired by Apple last spring. The Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones ($300) add wireless Bluetooth capabilities to the popular Solo2 headphones. It’s noted that the new Wireless headphones offer the same sound and design as the original Solo2.

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Users can take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the “b” button and volume buttons on the side. The built-in rechargeable battery allows up to 12 hours of wireless playback, with a fallback to a wired connection if the batteries aren’t charged. Solo2 Wireless will be available later this month at Apple and other select retailers, with a Red version also being sold exclusively by Verizon Wireless.

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Amazon Echo

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Amazon has announced Echo, a voice-activated digital assistant device. Echo offers always-on listening capability to answer questions with a pleasant robotic voice or search the Internet for information. It can also set alarms or play music as a Bluetooth speaker.

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There is a companion smartphone app that will be available for Amazon’s Fire OS and Android that allows users to take advantage of Echo’s capabilities from their phone, as well as an in-browser version.

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Amazon is currently offering invite-only sales of Echo at the price of $199. Amazon Prime users can buy one for $99, but will also have to request an invitation.

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Interested parties can request an invitation to buy Echo through Amazon’s announcement page.

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Furniture Made From Apple Power Mac G5 Cases, Wood & Glass

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In an effort to extend the useful life of the iconic aluminum-bodied Apple Power Mac G5 (2003-2006), designer Klaus Geiger has created BENCHMA[®]C, a line of furniture made out of Power Mac G5 cases. To convert the computers into furniture, Geiger first removes the internals. He then adds drawers to the cases, and pairs the Power Macs with wood planks and glass to form benches, tables and other furniture.

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Amazon Fire Stick

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39) connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you’re a Prime member or not, you can enjoy a huge selection of movies and TV episodes.

Fire TV Stick is an easy way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games and more.

Despite its tiny size and low cost, the device packs a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, voice search and support for Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. Just plug it in, connect it to Wi-Fi and go.

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Apple Introduces iPad Air 2

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Apple today introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. Now just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in gold, silver and space gray, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID so users can unlock their iPad with just the touch of a finger and make purchases easily and securely within apps using Apple Pay.

Pricing & Availability

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come in three gorgeous metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray, and customers in 29 countries and territories can order online beginning Friday, October 17. Both iPads will be available starting later next week in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Availability in Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere around the world, will continue through the end of October with additional global availability in the coming months. iPads are sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 64GB model and $599 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 64GB model and $729 (US) for the 128GB model.

iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are offered at now more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at $399 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, iPad mini 2 starts at $299 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, and iPad mini starts at $249 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model.

To complement the new iPads, a colorful range of cases and covers offer both protection and customization with iPad Air and iPad mini Smart Covers available in seven bright colors and Smart Cases for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini offered in five new elegant shades. Custom-designed polyurethane Smart Covers for iPad Air and iPad mini will be available for a suggested retail price of $39 (US) in black, white, blue, green, pink, yellow and (RED). iPad Air 2 Smart Cases are available in beautiful aniline-dyed leather in midnight blue, olive brown, black, soft pink and (RED) for a suggested retail price of $79 (US) with Smart Cases for iPad mini available in those same colors at a suggested retail price of $69 (US). Smart Covers and Smart Cases are available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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