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Anyone who hunts with dogs knows how helpful they can be and what a pain it can be to keep track of them.
The Garmin Astro Dog Tracking System lets you track up to ten sporting dogs at once, with the convenience of a customizable GPS device. It has a range of up to 9 miles, thanks to a steel VHF antenna. The top mounted GPS/GLONASS receiver gives it excellent location performance. Bark detection lets you know when your dog has spotted something, even if he's out of range. A rescue mode helps preserve battery for a longer period of time, in case you and your dog get separated.
Star Trek Into Darkness Starfleet Phaser Set ($80) no secret that Trekkies are some of the most intense sci fi fans around. So don't be surprised if you find this gift set on their, or your own, wish list. 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. The first organic LED screen to hit the United States market, it passes electrical current through a biological substance that glows without a backlight. 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). 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.
Whether you're a musician, vocalist, or podcaster, you can take the stress out of home audio recording with the Nessie Microphone. It adapts to whatever audio you're recording, automatically processing sound so you can just focus on your work. 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. A built in pop filter and an internal shock mount keep your audio sounding clear, without the need for additional gadgets. It features a zero latency headphone output and USB plug and play compatibility with Mac and PC.
Control the lights in your home from any room, or anywhere in the world, with the WeMo Light Switch. 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. 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 app lets you program your lights to turn or off on a schedule, or at sunrise and sunset. A subtle backlight makes the light switch easy to locate, and IFTTT support connects it to a number of apps.
Trying a different tack than where to buy pandora rings 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. 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. It's easy to set up, small, and capable of streaming content pandora bracelet gold in full 1080p HD, with 5.1 surround sound.
Ditch that boring coffee table in your living room and replace it with one of the Surface Tension Arcade Tables. 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. They come with built in arcade style controllers, and come packed with classic arcade games. 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.
The company claims that "the only thing about it that's retro is its looks", and we tend to agree. 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. 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. Coming later this month by itself, or in a kit with a 17mm f/1.8 lens and electronic viewfinder.
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. The Adobe Mighty Napoleon Projects seek to change all that. 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. It's joined by Napoleon, a digital ruler that can create a digitally projected edge used to draw shapes and lines. 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.
iPads and the like can be incredibly handy. when you're around things like Wi Fi, cellular towers, and electricity. For those times when you're not, there's the Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
With all the power our smartphones possesses, there's little reason they can't become the brains behind a full blown robot. 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. With a diminutive size and included tether, the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Mini should alleviate both problems. 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. All you have to figure out is which of the six colors you like best.
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. These can do so with aplomb. 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. Kevo is the first we've seen. This smart deadbolt uses Bluetooth 4.0, your iPhone, and a companion app to let you open your door using nothing but your finger. A ring around the lock lights up blue when it senses your presense, and turns to green once you've unlocked your door. 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. Coming this summer.
Facebook finally took the wraps off its long rumored Android project, and the result is. an app? Kinda. 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. 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. 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. Like we said, it's a Facebook Phone, only it isn't.
Never worry about battery life again with the Sun Cloud Camera ($200). 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. 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. In other words, it's for artsy shots, not for trying to shoot your next cover photo.
It's got a deadly sounding name, and for airborne nastiness, it's certainly lethal. 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. It's also FDA approved, and gets rid of all mold, fungi, viruses, and bacteria that enters its cleaning chamber. 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.
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). 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. 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. Just think of it as a combination Find My iPhone/Nike+ for your bike.
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. 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. 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 a pandora charm of a jam.
One of the biggest problems amateur golfers have when trying to improve is a lack of accurate performance data. Game Golf ($190) aims to fix that. 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. When you hit the course, simply tap the club tag against the device and go the system will do charm necklace pandora 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.
Clean up your entertainment center by retiring your current collection of classic gaming machines for the Retron 5 Console ($100). 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. 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. With any luck, it'll be hitting virtual shelves in July. [via]
Have an unused speaker laying around? Put it back to good use with The Vamp (35; roughly $55). 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. Shipping in June in white, red, or black.
Keep track of the conditions both inside and outdoors with the Netatmo Weather Station ($180). 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. It's like having your own personal Weather Channel, only without the dorky hosts and elevator music.
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