Category Archives: Gadgets

The Spontaneous Pop-up Display – SPUD

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SPUD is the only high resolution, 24-inch display with the awesome benefit of ultra-portability. It collapses just like a ruggedized umbrella to the size and weight of a paperback book – making it ideal for anyone on the go.

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When expanded, SPUD uses custom optics combined with the latest DLP technology to produce the sharp, bright image that you need. Either with an HDMI cable or wireless adapter like Chromecast, SPUD can be connected to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop – no matter where you are!

Pre-order via Indiegogo HERE for $418.

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Polaroid Pop Instant Camera

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A true Polaroid reimagined for the digital age, the Polaroid Pop Instant Camera is the spiritual successor to the 600 series.

It has a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, image stabilization, and a dual LED flash for capturing images. It has built-in Wifi and Bluetooth and a big touchscreen, shoots 1080p video, and stores its images to a microSD card. But most importantly, it has a built-in Zink printer that outputs 3×4″ images with the iconic border, resulting in 3.5×4.25″ prints, the same size as their models sold long ago. It can also serve as a wireless printer for your other gear, and its curvy design is as approachable as the classic OneStep SX-70.

Price TBA.

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Belkin Valet Charger Power Pack For Apple Watch + iPhone

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The Belkin Valet Charger ($100) is more than just a powerful 6700 mAh portable battery. A built-in Magnetic Charging Module offers a battery boost for the Apple Watch when on the go, while a USB port connects via Lightning cable (not included) to simultaneously charge your iPhone.

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With 2 Amp total power, this 2-in-1 portable battery delivers 1 Amp to optimally charge the Apple Watch, and 1 Amp to charge your iPhone. The Valet Charger is the perfect partner to keep your devices charged, anywhere.

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BoseBuild Speaker Cube

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More than just a Bluetooth box, the BoseBuild Speaker Cube ($149) is a chance to get your child interesting in electronics. The kit includes everything you need to build the speaker, with rugged components designed with kids in mind and app-based instructions.

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Along the way, your child will learn about concepts ranging from magnets and electromagnets to how sound works, and when finished will end up with a high-quality speaker they can take pride in having built themselves.

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Netflix Now Offering Downloads To Watch On The Go

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Netflix announced this week that members worldwide can now download shows and movies so they can watch them without an internet connection later. And the ability to do so comes in addition to all the usual streaming and at no additional cost.

The new feature is available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS — just make sure to update the Netflix app to the latest version.

“Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode,” Netflix announced via Twitter. “Your favorite stories are now available for download any time.”

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The 25 Best Inventions of 2016

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Every year, TIME selects the best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. In the past, they’ve featured everything from the real-life hoverboard to the desktop DNA lab.

Here’s which ones made this year’s list.

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Walkcar

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Walkcar by Cocoa Motors is a laptop-sized personal transportation vehicle. The Walkcar has a 13-inch carbon body that weighs just 2.8 kg, a top speed of 16 km/h, and a 60 minute run time per charge.

Interested customers can preorder the Walkcar now, and it is expected to begin shipping in September 2017 for $1,280.

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Introducing PhotoScan By Google Photos

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Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future. Get the new PhotoScan app by Google Photos, available now on Android and on iOS.

Capture your favorite printed photos quickly and easily, so you can spend less time editing and more time looking at your bad childhood haircut.

Back up your scans with the free Google Photos app to keep them safe, searchable, and organized. Bring your scans to life with movies, filters, and advanced editing controls. And share them with anyone, just by sending a link.

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Designed By Apple In California Chronicles 20 Years of Apple Design

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Apple announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. “Designed by Apple in California,” which covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation.

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The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs.

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“The idea of genuinely trying to make something great for humanity was Steve’s motivation from the beginning, and it remains both our ideal and our goal as Apple looks to the future,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “This archive is intended to be a gentle gathering of many of the products the team has designed over the years. We hope it brings some understanding to how and why they exist, while serving as a resource for students of all design disciplines.”

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The products in this book are the result of a profoundly close collaboration between many different groups. Shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman in a deliberately spare style, the book’s 450 images illustrate Apple’s design process as well as its finished products.

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In the book’s foreword, Ive explains:

“While this is a design book, it is not about the design team, the creative process, or product development. It is an objective representation of our work that, ironically, describes who we are. It describes how we work, our values, our preoccupations, and our goals. We have always hoped to be defined by what we do rather than by what we say.

We strive, with varying degrees of success, to define objects that appear effortless. Objects that appear so simple, coherent, and inevitable that there could be no rational alternative.”

Designed by Apple in California is available in two sizes and printed on specially milled, custom-dyed paper with gilded matte silver edges, using eight color separations and low-ghost ink. This linen-bound, hardcover volume was developed over an eight-year period. It is published by Apple.

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Designed by Apple in California will be available beginning Wednesday, November 16, in small (10.20” x 12.75”) at $199 (US) and large (13” x 16.25”) at $299 (US) exclusively from Apple.com and select Apple Stores. The book is on display at the Apple Stores where it is sold.

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Loop

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There a tons of ways to access and share your memories in your home, like smartphones, tablets, and TVs. None are quite as simple as the Loop Connected Photo Display.

Resembling an old tube set, it has 10-inch high-resolution screen and a simple interface with two knobs: one for skipping through individual photos and videos, and one for skipping through “channels” of photos from sources like Facebook, Instragram, and Dropbox.

It also supports voice and gesture controls, can read photos straight from SD cards, lets you control the action from a smartphone, and has a rechargeable battery so you can tote it anywhere you want.

Order HERE for $149.

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