Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Bluetooth Speaker

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The Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Bluetooth Speaker is not only a mouthful, it’s a thing of beauty.  The A2 is a stylish and minimalist Bluetooth speaker that packs a punch.  Continue reading Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2 Bluetooth Speaker

Burton Sleeper Hoodie

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The Burton Sleeper Full-Zip Hoodie is essential for travelers who want to catch some rest between point A and point B.  This is not your typical sweatshirt.  The Sleeper features a removable, inflatable neck pillow for optimum comfort at 30,000 feet. A contoured light shield keeps out unwanted light, allowing you to snooze anywhere.  Your passport and tickets are safely contained in internal zippered pockets.  The hoodie is comfortable in any cabin temperature, with zippered pit vents and a mesh lining.  Thumb holes at the cuff add the extra warmth your hands are looking for. The hoodie is great for travel and everything else. Buy ($100)

Ring Clock

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We’re huge fans of watches here at gearplug. We believe that having to pull your phone out of your pocket just to check the time is a bit of a hassle.  But some people just don’t like to wear watches. Ring Clock is a watch you wear, well, like a ring.  It features a clock aspect around the band of the ring that uses super low energy LEDs to illuminate the current time.  When you rotate the ring the time is displayed on the simple and masterfully designed band. Constructed from 316L stainless, Ring Clock is allergy free and will not oxidize or turn black. It uses Qi wireless charging with the included base, and is water resistant to 30M. Pre-Order ($235)  Continue reading Ring Clock

Bublcam

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Bublcam is a 360° HD video camera.  It has 4 embedded camera lenses that surround the spherical device, which is slightly larger than a baseball. Four solid aluminum die-cast structural rings ensure that this camera is as rugged as can be. Capable of recording 1080p video on all four lenses, which can then be stitched together using proprietary software, or converted into equirectangular video. Bublcam can also capture stunning panoramic photos. The unit has built in Wi-Fi so you can live stream video directly to your PC or mobile device. Pre-Order ($499+CAD)

KeySmart

At gearplug, we seem to have an unhealthy fixation on key and lock related products as evidenced here, here, here, and here. A new addition to our key obsession is KeySmart, a veritable Swiss Army key fob. The standard KeySmart holds up to 4 keys in a sleek and compact frame, and is expandable to hold up to 50 keys. Available in standard 53mm and +EXT 73mm frames, the KeySmart is the perfect way to reduce key bulk in your pocket and keep all your keys organized.  Options include a wide range of colors and also a KeySmart with an integrated 16gb USB.  Also available are lightweight key blanks in a variety of colors. Buy ($20+)

Snowball Blaster

If you’re like us, you believe that growing up is overrated.  There’s no escaping adulthood, it’s a physiological certainty, but there is nothing wrong with letting your inner child shine through every once and a while. The Snowball Blaster from Wham-O is one of the best ways to do this.  It makes and launches softball sized snowballs up to 80 feet. The easy to pull mechanism ensures rapid firing and pinpoint accuracy. The three-ball snowball press on top of the blaster is removable, for added mobility. The Snowball Blaster comes with a bonus shield and vinyl targets, and it’s cheap enough to buy an entire arsenal. Buy ($19.99)

ThingCHARGER

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There comes a time when two outlets just aren’t enough, and a power strip is too unsightly.  ThingCHARGER is an elegant new way to free up those outlets while still being able to charge all your devices.  The system uses swap-able charging tips that are inserted into the top of the device and allow charging of virtually any gadget or accessory. The different tips are stored in the back of the ThingCHARGER when not in use. The best part about ThingCHARGER is that it is stack-able. You can connect multiple chargers to one another and charge several devices at once. Each unit also has two hidden USB ports underneath. Buy ($29+) Continue reading ThingCHARGER

Clockee Talkee

Clockee Talkee is unlike anything we’ve seen.  It does have the familiar elements we love: simple design, compact, modern, wood-grain; but its function is refreshingly new and novel. At first glance it is simply an alarm clock, but once you dive in to its features, you’ll find it is more than just a box with a snooze button.  The Clockee Talkie is also an intercom communication system for your home or office. You can talk to any room in your house between up to 8 Clockee Talkies at once. This is great for calling the family down to dinner or quickly speaking to a coworker. The clock also displays temperature and time when you clap your hands.  The clock will be available in six different colors, with different choices for LED colors as well. Clocky Talkee is currently a project on crowdfunding site indiegogo.  If you want one show your support and you can get your hands on a pair of Clockee Talkees for as little as $59, and shipping in March 2014. Support/Buy ($59+) Continue reading Clockee Talkee

iPad Air

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Today Apple announced the newest version of the iPad, the iPad Air.  With more than 170 million sold, the iPad has been the best performing tablet on the market, period.  The new iPad Air is thinner, lighter and more powerful.  It comes with a 9.7 inch Retina Display and is 20% thinner than the last generation, with a 43% thinner bezel. It weighs in at only one pound, two-thirds the weight of the current iPad.  The Air borrows the A7 and M7 processors from the iPhone 5S. The new iPad will get up to 10 hours of battery life and gets an updated 1080P video camera as well. Starts at $499 and ships November 1st. Apple also announced a Retina display iPad mini, starting at $399, available in late November.

OlloClip 4-in-1 iPhone Lens

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Olloclip has just come out with their new 4-in-1 lens system for the iPhone.  This kit vastly improves your phone’s shooting abilities with the addition of 4 versatile lenses.  The Fisheye Lens is great for shots where you need to capture 180° field-of-view.  The Wide-Angle Lens allows you to get double the field-of-view of the standard iPhone camera.  The 10x Macro Lens is for closeups. With an 18mm focus distance you can take crisp, detailed pictures of things up close. The 15x Macro Lens is for extreme closeups, and has a 12mm focus distance.  The system uses precision ground glass multi-element optics for unparalleled image quality and lasting durability. Buy ($69.99)

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SkyBell WiFi Doorbell

The SkyBell is the best of both worlds when it comes to doorbells and peepholes.  SkyBell is WiFi enabled and allows you to see, speak to, and hear the person at your door, wherever you are.  Even if they don’t ring the bell, SkyBell has a motion sensor that will detect their presence and send you a notification that someone was at your door.  It is designed to work in all climates, and the video feed can be enabled from anywhere.  Know that your home is safe and secure when you’re away. Setup is easy, as SkyBell uses your existing doorbell wiring. The camera also has a night vision sensor and the unit is constructed from UV plastics, which prevent rust and don’t block WiFi signal.  Buy ($169.95)

Fitbit Force

simple.b-dis-jpg.h8417ccdb9576e398e8d318c3ac2e4653Fitbit has updated their fitness tracking wristband with the new Fitbit Force.  The Force allows you to keep real time fitness stats right on your wrist. Force tracks steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed, calories burned, and active minutes during the day.  At night, the Fitbit can track quality of sleep, hours slept, and has a silent wake up alarm.  Soon the Force will also show call notifications.  The wristband uses Bluetooth 4.0 to automatically update and sync to your computer or smartphone. Its water-resistant design allows you to do all your normal activities without worry of damaging the device. All of your fitness trends are tracked on your personal dashboard within the fitbit app or on your computer. Buy (129.95)

Leap Motion

With just a wave of your hand, you can do magical things with the Leap Motion.  This innovative device seeks to let you use your hands and fingers to control your computer using gestures. You can reach, wave, point, grab, and even pick up objects on your screen. The controller tracks all 10 fingers with up to 1/100th of a millimeter. This allows for the most precise gesture controls.  The Leap Motion is a compliment to your current computer setup, and adds a whole new level of functionality to your computing experience. The future is now.  (Buy $79.99)

MeterPlug

MeterPlug is an easy way to find out where all your money is spent on electricity. The device plugs directly into your wall outlet and transmits usage information via bluetooth to your smartphone.  MeterPlug can power on or off any device that is plugged into it. The included app will display how much money the electronics plugged into it are using. It can even calculate the cost of electricity at peak and off peak times in some areas. MeterPlug can be automatically programmed to shut off devices on standby, gaming consoles can cost over $200 per year on standby alone! It can also be programmed to turn off a device when you walk away and turn it back on when you return, as well as allowing you to manually turn electronics on and off when within range.  The only thing missing is a Wi-Fi link, so that devices can be turned off outside of the range of Bluetooth/remotely when away, which we hope gets added to later versions. Buy ($49.99)

 

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August Smart Lock

It’s like something out of science fiction.  You walk up to your door, it recognizes who you are and unlocks it for you. We love smart locking systems, see our review of Lockitron. This new system, called August, will automatically unlock your door, and you can assign and revoke access to whoever you want.  The elegant and minimalist design draws your eye to the device, even though you don’t have to ever look at it.  As soon as you close your door, August knows to lock it behind you. August uses standard batteries, and lets you know when they need to be replaced. Buy ($199). Video after the jump. Continue reading August Smart Lock

Cubify CubeX 3D Printer

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3D printing is finally becoming a somewhat affordable way to create awesome things out of plastic.  The CubeX from Cubify is one of the more advanced 3D printers on the market today.  It has the capability to print in multiple colors at once, up to 18 colors of ABS or PLA plastics. The CubeX can print thousands of designs, available free with the device, or anything you can dream up and design with the 3D modeling software.  Print designs as big as 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5″.  That’s larger than a basketball! Buy ($2,499)

GoPro Hero3+

We’ve always been fans of GoPro’s line of action cameras, in fact we’ve written a few other posts on their cameras and accessories that utilize them, here, here, and here. This week they introduced the latest iteration of their camera line, the Hero3+ Black Edition.  The is smaller, lighter, and faster than the already amazing Hero3 Black. You still get the same awesome features; 12MP photos, burst mode, up to 4K resolution.  The 3+ also gives you 30% longer battery life, 4X faster WiFi connectivity, 20% smaller and lighter than previous models, a sharper lens, and vastly improved low light performance.  All this in a camera that’s about the size of a box of matches. SuperView™ ‘captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective’. This is THE action sports camera. Buy ($399.99) Check out some footage after the jump. Continue reading GoPro Hero3+

Juicies+ Premium Charging Cables

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It seems that we’ve been posting a lot of cables lately.  Charging your device is almost as essential as breathing, and a simple cable is the best solution to charging your device.  Juices+ Cables, like the Eastern Collective Cables use a woven cable for a durable, tangle free design.  The cables come in Gold, Silver, and Black. Where they differ in their design, the Juices+ use anodized aluminum connectors instead of plastic.  For some phone users (iPhone 5, 5S, HTC One, Nokia models) this is very attractive, as it matches the material their phone is constructed with. These cables are licensed by Apple for use, so you will never have any compatibility issues. This project has already surpassed its Kickstarter goal by over 400%, but you can still get in the game and grab yourself one of these cables for just $18. Get one today!

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