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iBoy Retro Toy Figure From Classicbot

Check out the all new Classicbot iBoy Retro Toy, a transformable cute little figure. An homage to the most iconic mp3 player in history, this guy comes with magnetic arms, legs, and earbuds for ears. When you detach the limbs and attach the wire to the earbuds, he turns into a friendly MP3 player. (He does not play music, or have any functions except looking cool!)

The figure features magnetic joints for his arms and legs which will allow you to put it in a number of different poses.  All the buttons are clickable. iBoy is a great toy for display and play with it’s beautiful paint job and a nice mirror-like chrome rear finish. iBoy Stands around 4″ tall.

iBoy will be launching on Kickstarter on March 17, 2020. 

Pre-order on Kickstarter for $37 (US).

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Apple Unveils New iPad Pro With Breakthrough LiDAR Scanner & Brings Trackpad Support To iPadOS

Apple today announced its most advanced iPad Pro. Now with the A12Z Bionic chip, iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than most Windows PC laptops. The new iPad Pro adds an Ultra Wide camera, studio-quality mics and a breakthrough LiDAR Scanner that delivers cutting-edge depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more pro workflows and supporting pro photo and video apps. The LiDAR Scanner, along with pro cameras, motion sensors, pro performance, pro audio, the stunning Liquid Retina display and powerful apps, extends the lead of iPad Pro as the world’s best device for augmented reality (AR). The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today on apple.com.

Apple today also introduced the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. With a floating design with smooth angle adjustment, a backlit keyboard and trackpad, the Magic Keyboard delivers the best typing experience ever on iPad. The Magic Keyboard will be available for purchase in May.

Finally in the iPadOS 13.4 update, trackpad support for the iPad will be introduced for the first time for a more natural typing experience and added precision for tasks such as writing and selecting text, working with spreadsheets and pro workflows. Designed specifically for the touch-first experience on iPad, the cursor appears as a circle that highlights user interface elements, text fields and apps on the Home screen and Dock, giving a clear indication of what users can click on. Fluid gestures on the trackpad make it easy to switch between apps, access the app switcher and activate the Dock, Control Center and apps in Slide Over.

Pricing and Availability

The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today on apple.com and in the Apple Store app. iPad Pro will be available in stores starting next week.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes. A starting configuration of 128GB offers pro customers more room for their apps and content, along with 256GB, 512GB and 1TB configurations.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $949 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $1,149 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model from apple.com.

iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support will be available on March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later. 

Trackpad support will be available on any iPad running iPadOS 13.4, and work with Apple’s Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. Third-party mice connected over Bluetooth or USB are also supported.

The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available for purchase in May for $299 (US) for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

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Rotary Cellphone Concept

Space engineer Justine Haupt took a rotary mechanism from an old Trimline telephone and combined it with a microcontroller and a cellular transceiver.  She housed it all in a 3D-printed casing and created a one-of-a-kind cell phone. Curved ePaper was later added on the back for relevant messages like the most recent missed call. 

Haupt says the point isn’t to be anachronistic, but rather to show it’s possible to have a usable, functional phone without anything even closely resembling a touch screen.

Read more HERE.

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Meet The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung Electronics has introduced its second foldable device, the Galaxy Z Flip.

Compact and portable when folded, the Galaxy Z Flip features an innovative freestop folding system that enables the device to stay open at a range of angles, giving you a never-before-seen mobile experience. From expressive video calls to dynamic selfies and videos, you can capture, connect, and share more with your phone, all hands-free. When fully opened, the Galaxy Z Flip’s Infinity Flex Display, which features Samsung Ultra Thin Glass (UTG), transforms seamlessly into an immersive multimedia hub so you can enjoy all the content you love with more space.

When folded, the Galaxy Z Flip is a stylish and compact palm-sized device. When unfolded, it’s a full-sized phone whose stunning, 6.7-inch Infinity Flex Display –Samsung’s first to feature a 21.9:9 aspect ratio – offers users truly seamless multitasking.

Availability

The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in limited quantities for $1,400 in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black on February 14, 2020, followed by Mirror Gold in select countries. 

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Dyson Lightcycle Morph Light

Fueled by a frustration with things that don’t work properly and a relentless obsession with making them perform better, Jake Dyson has unveiled Dyson’s newest addition to its technology portfolio, the Dyson Lightcycle Morph light.   

Engineered for versatility and inspired by natural light, the Dyson Lightcycle Morph has unique local daylight tracking and delivers light throughout a room in four different formats – as an indirect, task, feature or ambient light. 

Personalized via the Dyson Link App, the Dyson Lightcycle Morph intelligently adjusts the light it emits depending on the user’s task, age, mood and local daylight.  

360° maneuverability provides customized light when and where it matters. All this, and with light quality that lasts decades, made possible by Dyson’s pioneering Heat Pipe technology.

Available in desk and floor models starting at $650. More info HERE.

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Meet Samsung Ballie, A Personalized Rolling Assistant

At CES 2020, Samsung showed off Ballie, a personalized companion that understands and supports you.

Ballie acts as a rolling personal assistant. It has AI learning capabilities that help to keep track of fitness goals. Ballie also connects with smart household appliances, patrols the ground for intruders and even keeps an eye on the family pet.

Ballie is a concept and there’s no word when — or even if — the cute device might come to market.

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The Segway S-Pod Motorized Chair

The Segway S-Pod is a first-class smart transporting pod for enclosed campuses such as airports, theme parks and malls. It is a safe, self-balancing vehicle that is operated by an intuitive assistive navigation panel. 

With an adaptive center-of-gravity automatic control system, passengers can easily adjust the speed – up to 24 mph – by handling the knob to change the center of gravity in the pod. The S-Pod spins and rotates by the center smoothly for directional changes. The rider does not need to physically lean forward and back to accelerate or slow down. Also, since the “brake” is placed by the shift of the center of gravity, it eliminates the possibility of the S-Pod tipping over in any situation. 

The seating of the S-Pod offers wide angle views that provides an expansive viewing field of passengers. The S-Pod is also the first step in Segway working towards their goal of bringing new transportation options to cities. Segway S-Pod is equipped with remote control system through the detachable built-in pad. Another interesting tidbit—the Jurassic World Gyrosphere serves as the inspiration for this product. 

The S-Pod should be available for purchase in 2021.

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Kohler’s Moxie Showerhead Features A Removable Alexa-Enabled Smart Speaker

The new Moxie showerhead and wireless smart speaker blends the sophistication and design excellence of Kohler Performance Showering with a powerful range of impactful sound designed by Harman Kardon. 

The showerhead features a full coverage spray and delivers the benefits of connected bathroom technology with its portable smart speaker and built-in voice assistant. The portable in-shower smart speaker and voice assistant delivers outstanding natural sound balance with remarkable detail and provides hands-free control that performs seamlessly in the shower, in the home or on the go.  

The speaker assembly attaches to the showerhead magnetically. For $159, you get the version with full Alexa integration; for $99 you just get a Bluetooth-enabled speaker. Both detach to charge, and last about five to seven hours of play time.

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JBL REFLECT Eternal Self-Charging Headphones

Through a new strategic approach, JBL is exploring a sustainable, solar-powered headphone: the JBL REFLECT Eternal. A first for the brand, JBL is using Indiegogo to crowdsource interest for a solar-powered headphone with unlimited playtime. This concept marries Exeger’s revolutionary light converting material into a stylish form-factor for everyday use, paired with JBL’s legendary Pro Sound credentials. By collaborating directly with customers, JBL hopes to gain insights and feedback from consumers on self-charging, eco-friendly technology to ensure they meet the needs of the JBL user.

Consumers are able to participate in the Indiegogo campaign and provide early response to the concept. The initiative is live at https://igg.me/at/jbl through January 14th. 

Unlike traditional solar cells, which require a large surface area and are optimized only for outdoor use, Exeger’s unique Powerfoyle material is specifically engineered to generate power with indoor light and indirect sunlight. This makes the REFLECT Eternal perfect for active lifestyles, allowing the headphone to continuously charge whether in the office for the 9 to 5 or meeting up with friends from 5 to 9. Exeger’s compact and efficient solar cells bring uncompromised aesthetics with virtually unlimited battery life. JBL’s popular noise management technologies, Ambient Aware and TalkThru, will also be built-in to further complement the performance.

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AirFly Pro

AirFly Pro is a wireless headphone adapter that lets you use your favorite wireless headphones or earbuds in places that only have a headphone jack – like airplanes and treadmills. Plug this tiny transmitter into a headphone jack to listen to in-flight movies or the TVs at the gym. AirFly Pro lets two people listen to the same soundtrack, podcast or music with their favorite noise-cancelling headphones or AirPods.

Order HERE for $54.99.

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