gears & gadgets
SONY SRS-X9 SPEAKER Weighing in at over 10 pounds, it features four tweeters, two midrange speakers, & a subwoofer with dual passive radiators, a powerful amp cranking out over 150 watts of power, support for high-resolution audio, and the ability to stream music over Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, or USB. One-touch listening with NFC-compatible phones, the ability to charge your phone or tablet over USB when attached, and a sleek black body that will look good in any environment, round out the offering.
Sony SRS-X9 Speaker
If you own an iPad, you also own a fully-functioning 3D scanner — provided you buy yourself a Structure Sensor ($380). Using the sensor and your iPad, you can measure the three-dimensional space in any room, automatically capture three-dimensional models of everyday objects, and even simulate physics on top of the real world.
Bose SoundTouch Fortunately for the masses of music lovers out there who don't know a tweeter from a hole in the wall, it's easier than ever to set up a wireless speaker system in your place without audiophile expertise or dropping a month's pay. Case in point, the Bose SoundTouch ($400-$700) line of wireless speakers. Choose from three available options in the line: the SoundTouch 30, great for large spaces; the SoundTouch 20, perfect for bedrooms or kitchens; and the SoundTouch Portable, with a rechargeable battery for when you're on the move. All three are easy to set up on your existing WiFi, have preset buttons for a range of audio sources, and come with an iOS app that cues up any music source instantly.
Canon VIXIA Mini Camcorder Just because you like to travel light doesn't mean you have to keep shooting grainy, low resolution videos on your smartphone — with the Canon VIXIA Mini Camcorder ($300) you can shoot HD video on the go and still share on all your social networks. Designed to slip conveniently into a pocket, or a small pouch in your bag, you'll barely notice its less than a half a pound weight. The flip-up 2.7-inch LCD screen lets you record from a range of angles, and even view yourself while you record. Wi-Fi connectivity lets you upload video directly to the web, and an available iOS app lets you share content to your phone, or control the camera remotely.
Nokia Lumia 1020 The Nokia Lumia 1020 ($300) will likely become the new benchmark for smartphone cameras. It boasts a 41 megapixel camera, with optical image stabilization, a xenon flash, and Nokia Pro Camera software for expert image editing. That huge sensor captures images at 7712 x 5360 resolution, so no matter how far you are from your subject, you'll be able to crop and zoom to create an image like you were right there.
Garmin Head-Up Display Safely navigate in your car without taking your eyes off the road using the Garmin Head-Up Display ($130). This portable projector beams navigation information from your bluetooth-equipped smartphone onto a reflective film on your windshield, allowing you to see turn-by-turn directions, time of arrival, distance to the next turn, your speed, the speed limit, traffic information, and more.
LotusGrill We love to grill out, that much is obvious. But some living situations make it completely impossible to safely get the experience and flavor of meat cooked on the grill (read: small apartments in the city with little-to-no yard or porch to speak of). The LotusGrill ($300) is a smokeless charcoal grill that uses a battery-powered fan, allowing it to cook faster, and more efficiently. Available in red, black, orange, green, and purple.
Sony Cyber-shot HX50 Camera The Sony Cyber-shot HX50 Camera ($450) packs an impressive 30x optical zoom into a body that's just 4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2" and weighs under 10 oz, making it the smallest and lightest 30x zoom on the market. Other features include enhanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, a 20.4 megapixel sensor, a Bionz image processor, built-in Wi-Fi, dedicated exposure compensation and P/A/S/M mode dials, and the ability to capture Full HD movies at 60p.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Platinum Watch ($TBA) This new Daytona was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original. Crafted entirely from 950 platinum, it features a Cerachrom brown ceramic bezel, an ice blue dial, and a 4130 self-winding movement. Just move fast if you want to pick one up — it'll be extremely limited, and sold only at select retailers.
GIBSON MIN-ETUNE Make tuning your guitar a thing of the past by picking up a new model with Gibson Min-ETune. This clever, battery-powered robot tuner can tune all six strings in just seconds, and delivers over 75 tunings per charge. To do so, it tunes your physical strings — as opposed to digitally, which can result in degraded tone — and gives you access to 12 common alternative tunings, including six that you can program yourself. Available on a wide range of Gibson SG and Les Paul guitars.
The Redray 4K Cinema Player ($1,450). 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. Even better, it will link up with Odemax.com, letting you access feature films right from home.
Built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a Heuer watch's first trip into space — aboard the wrist of John Glenn — the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 SpaceX Watch ($5,800) pays tribute while looking to the future. It's based on the stanard 1887 Carrera, and features an in-house caliber 1887 movement, a white dial with custom anthracite hands and hour markings, and a smoked-sapphire case back with the SpaceX logo and an illustration of the company's Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft.
SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-RX1 CAMERA Up until now, full-frame sensors have been the province of professional DSLRs — heavy, expensive, and bulky, but capable of capturing the best images possible. The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1 Camera ($2,800) is out to change all that. While it might cost as much as a DSLR, it packs a 24.3 megapixel, 35mm full-frame sensor into a highly portable body that weighs just over a pound and is roughly the size of a deck of cards. Other features include a fixed 35mm f/2.0
IMPOSSIBLE INSTANT LAB Forget AirPrint — if you're looking for a way to get your photos out of your iPhone and onto some paper, the Impossible Instant Lab ($230) can get the job done. This crazy contraption uses nothing more than your phone's screen to expose Polaroid-style instant film. A collapsable design ensures that you'll have it with you when you need it, the built-in battery can handle 150 pics on one charge, and it's compatible with film for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 cameras.
MARSHALL HANWELL SPEAKER When most companies celebrate their 50th anniversary, they revisit one of their iconic designs not enter a whole new market. The Marshall Hanwell Speaker is the company's first loudspeaker designed for home use. It packs dual long-throw woofers and hi-fi tweeters to deliver the company's signature sound, as well as a handsome wood and vinyl cabinet that recalls the company's amps, an analog power switch, volume, bass, and treble controls, and a single 3.5mm input.
The Marinekart ($TBA) — weighing in at roughly 120 pounds, it's easy to transport, and thanks to a 6 hp outboard engine that attaches quickly to the body, it can reach speeds over 20 mph while offering extreme maneuverability. Add in comfortable seating for up to four people, a removable waterproof bag, and an "unsinkable" sandwich build, and it's pretty much the perfect weekend getaway watercraft. [Scouted by Shane]
NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HAIL-FIRE BLASTER Take your lunch break warfare to a whole new level with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster ($40). Packing eight quick reload clips that rest in a rotating ammo rack, this Elite Dart-firing monster holds up to 144 rounds, and offers the ability to hit targets up to 75 feet away, two tactical rails for accessorizing, and a special acceleration trigger that activates a motor for semi-automatic firing. Ready your cubicle accordingly. uncrate.com/...
PAPARAZZO IPHONE LIGHT There no doubt that the iPhone can be an amazing photographic tool. What's not so amazing? The built-in flash. The Paparazzo iPhone Light ($50) is designed to give your photos a boost by replacing it with a 300 lumen LED light that connects to your iPhone's dock connector, adding a dedicated shutter button and handy grip in the process. Want to shoot video instead of a still? Simply flip the switch to video mode, hit the trigger, and watch as your previously grainy scene becomes something that's actually worth looking at. uncrate.com/...