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
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.
FUBi Bike is one of the most compact folding bikes on the market. The frame itself folds down to fit into a tennis racket bag. The greatest part is that when the bike is unfolded, it looks like a normal bike and not a compact oddity with tiny wheels. It can be folded with the wheels connected or detached for an even smaller footprint. FUBi is also configurable with three different wheel sizes; the narrow road rim, the city/gravel rim, and the mountain rim. This allows the bike to function in a number of environments. FUBi comes in three sizes: 25″, 26″ and 28″. FUBi ships in May for £1,499, but you can order one through their Kickstarter campaign HERE for £989, shipping April 2014. Continue reading FUBi Folding Bike
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)
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
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)
Foldylock is an incredibly sturdy bike lock that folds to fit into a compact case that you can mount on your bike or toss in a backpack. Constructed of six hardened steel links sheathed in plastic to protect your bikes frame from scratches. The Foldylock unfolds to a total length of 90cm (just under 3′) and weighs in at 1.5kg (3.3lbs). The lock is rust free, and the manufacturer claims it has been subjected to rigorous salt bath testing with incredible results. Foldylock features anti-drilling rivets and cylinder secured in a hardened steel housing, its a tough lock to crack. Buy ($80 Kickstarter) Continue reading Foldylock
With snowboard season just around the corner, it’s time to throw away your worn out 5 year old boots and pick up a set that will last you just as long. The Burton Ion Red Wing Collaboration boot combines the superior tech of Burton’s best boot with the timeless look of Red Wing Shoe leather. With Speed Zone lacing you’ll be on the hill in no time. EVA cushioning and snow-proof lining will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable all day long. Shrinkage footprint technology allows for the boot’s footprint to be effectively one size smaller, to keep toe drag to a minimum while making the boot lighter and more responsive. Buy ($479.95)
The Easy-Macro, not to be confused with Kraft’s delicious Easy-Mac, is a great way to take very detailed close up photos on your smartphone. Simply wrap the band around your phone or table, line up the 4x magnification lens to your camera and you’ll be taking crisp macro photos in no time. The innovative design of basically a rubber band with a lens attached to it allows the Easy-Macro to fit almost any device while remaining small and easy to throw into a pocket or even a wallet when not in use. Check out some sample shots after the jump. Buy ($15) Continue reading Easy-Macro
We live in a society of being constantly connected and attached to our electronic devices. One downside of this, especially with our mobile phones is that the battery life can’t keep up with our needs. The SOOT Electropack is a bag system that meets your everyday needs with three different configurations: a small DSLR friendly messenger bag ($139 on Kickstarter with battery, $159 at launch); a larger, commuter focused backpack with a laptop sleeve ($159/$179); and when the two aforementioned bags are zipped together, a larger volume carry on perfect for carrying all your gear ($239/$299). It doesn’t end there. Each component of the Electropack is available with a 10,000mAh battery with dual USB charging ports. The marine vinyl construction is durable and weather resistant. The pack allows you to keep your devices charged and remain off the grid for up to two weeks! You can make this bag a reality by supporting their Kickstarter Campaign today! Continue reading SOOT Electropack
The 2014 Honda Grom has just hit the streets. This no frills street sport bike may lack the power of a super bike, but it retains all the fun and Honda engineering standards through and through. Powered by a 125cc fuel-injected engine, this lightweight machine will be a blast on Main Street or mountain roads. It’s a small bike with big features. Hydraulic disc brakes and a 4 speed transmission get the job done quick, whether you’re stopping or going. The low seat height of 29.7 inches allows for easy flat-foot stops and a comfortable ride. The Grom is a 2-up capable ride, so be sure to bring a friend. Starting at just $2,999, this is a great first or even second bike. Visit your local Honda dealer today! Check out Honda’s hype video after the jump. Continue reading 2014 Honda Grom
The CST-01 by Central Standard Timing is claimed to be the thinnest watch in the world. Utilizing E Ink technology, its creators were able to set a clock into a 0.5mm pocket etched into a single piece of stainless steel. The product of this mating is an ultra-thin, ultra-flexible, rugged watch with excellent readability and style for days. Make that months. On a single 10 minute charge from the base station, the CST-01 will last a whole month. The watch is water resistant and the time can be set using the base station, which keeps the watch itself simple. The CST-01 is expected to ship around February 2014 for $145, and comes in 4 different colors. Pre-Order
The Sea-Doo Spark is a breath of fresh air for the Personal Watercraft industry. It is a lightweight, fuel-efficient package that offers fun for every type of rider, whether they’re just starting out or are seasoned experts on a ski. The Spark comes in either a two or three seat version and weighs in at just about 400lbs (421lbs for the three seat model). The base engine is a 60hp 899cc Rotax unit, but the Spark really shines with the High Output Engine option, bumping the power up to 90hp. This power, combined with the low weight of the ski makes for an excellently competitive power to weight ratio. Sea-Doo had safety in mind when they designed the Spark. Optional Intelligent Brake and Reverse (IBR) allows the Spark to stop up to 100 feet sooner than other watercraft, with the added bonus of superb maneuverability and easy docking ability. The Spark comes in 5 brilliant colors and is offered with a number of great accessories. It offers a sporty ride for an unheard of price, starting at just $4,999. Video after the jump.
We always seem to find the coolest bike related gadgets on Kickstarter. Check out our post on Revolights. This is no exception. The Rideye is a black box camera for your bike. The camera continuously records and saves the last 2.5 hours of video, so you can instantly have record of any incidents. With one touch of the button, you can stop the recording and instantly save the file. In the event of a crash, the blackbox sensor will automatically save the file. The best part is that you only need to charge the Rideye once a month. The 120° wide angle lens on the HD camera is sure to capture everything you encounter. Crafted from aircraft-grade hard-anodized aluminum, the water resistant camera makes for quite a durable package. The Rideye will be available March 2014 for $149. Preorder now. Check out some Rideye footage after the jump.
The SlimFold Wallet is a waterproof, ultra-strong and ultra thin wallet made of Tyvek; the same material used in postal envelopes. This wallet measures 3-1/2″ x 4-7/8″ and is 6x thinner and 5x lighter than comparable leather wallets. SlimFold features 10 easy-access card slots and a convenient ID window for any situations that may arise where you need to quickly present your credentials. The eco-friendly construction process and fully recyclable design will put your mind at ease. The SlimFold comes in an assortment of colors, and has a simple yet effective design. There are two versions of the SlimFold currently available, each for only $20. Buy.
Limitless LED has come up with a modern solution for your home’s lighting, by adding wifi to the common light bulb. Starting at just $16 per LED smart-light, you won’t find a cheaper lighting automation solution that can perform like Limitless LED. Available in basic white and color LED, you can now control your entire house’s lighting system with your smartphone. Limitless not only allows you to control your lighting’s on/off capabilities, but offers seamless control of up to 4 zones of lighting. The white bulbs go from Warm White to Cool White, feature a nightlight mode and full brightness control. The color bulbs offer the same features of the white bulb, through the full color spectrum. The lights also have dozens of flashing color changing disco modes. The color starter kit comes with two color bulbs, a wifi bridge receiver box, remote, and the free app store LimitlessLED app for just $57. Video after the jump. Continue reading Limitless LED
The Nest has been around for a few years now, but is worth mentioning since recent incentives from utilities such as National Grid have made it more affordable. The nest is a brilliantly designed learning thermostat that programs itself through your normal day to day input. To set it up, all you have to do is answer a few basic questions and it is ready to go. The Nest has built in activity sensors that can tell whether or not you’re home, and adjust the temperature accordingly. When you are away, you can monitor the Nest via a convenient and intuitive smartphone app. Over time the nest will develop efficient habits and help you to save money on heat and electric bills. The Nest is currently priced at $249, but National Grid customers can save $100 instantly in the Nest Store.