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+
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)
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!
Pintofeed is an automated pet feeder. Unlike most automatic feeders on the market, Pintofeed uses wifi to allow you to feed your pets from anywhere in the world. The device can learn your pet’s typical feeding times and will create a feeding schedule based on this. When your pet is fed you will receive a notification instantly on your phone. The app allows you to control multiple feeders, access for multiple users, and lets you monitor your pet’s intake against national averages. Pintofeed works with food sized from 1/4″ to 7/8″ pebbles and the 5 or 10 pound repository seals in freshness to keep food from going stale. Video after the jump. Preorder ($179) Continue reading Pintofeed
The iOauto Pro by ProClip USA is a simple yet innovative way to mount your phone or other device safely in your car. The iOmounts system starts with the iOadapt, a super thin magnetic ring that adheres to the back of your device. The iOmounts core attaches to your dash with a car specific clip that doesn’t require any modification to your vehicle. The half-sphere design lets you optimize your viewing angle. You can orient your phone in landscape, portrait and anything in between. Removing is easy, all you need is a firm tug. Buy ($80)
Amazon has just introduced its newest generation of tablets with the Kindle Fire HDX. The completely re-engineered tablet comes in both 7″ and 8.9″ variants, and now has a stunning 2560×1600 (8.9″) HD display with perfect color accuracy, reduced glare and vastly improved brightness. Utilizing a quad core Snapdragon 800 Processor clocking in at 2.2GHz, the HDX is 3x as fast as its predecessor. The 11 hour battery life (17 if just reading) is quite robust. Optional 4G keeps you connected wherever you go. With the HDX, Amazon is introducing the ‘Mayday’ button; a 24 hour 365 days a year support center built right into the tablet. The HDX runs on a new OS, Fire 3.0 ‘Mojito’ which has hundreds of great new features. Buy ($229-$579)
Eastern Collective has re-imagined the USB charging cable. Utilizing a fabric casing, these cables are not only much brighter than your standard black or white cable, they are also much more durable. The unique casing protects the cable from tangles and breaks, as the braided fabric is stronger than other cables’ casings. They come in a variety of sizes, from as small as ten inches through to six feet in length. The cables are available in a variety of colorways and fit 30pin Apple, Lightning, micro and mini USB, and Aux 3.5mm. Buy ($9.95-$26.95) Continue reading Eastern Collective Cables
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
This Tuesday, September 24th Warner Brothers is releasing the Blu-Ray combo pack everyone has been waiting for: The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition. This incredible collection includes not only the three best Batman films ever produced, but a slew of other awesome extras and features. The extras include Mattel Hot Wheels models of the Bat, Batmobile, and Batpod. Continue reading The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition
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.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the people at Google and ASUS have done it again! The two technology companies have worked together to create a beautiful synergy sharing research and development opportunities and mountains of meta data trying to come up with not only a developer friendly tablet for the android ecosystem, but one that was also universally easy to navigate and true competitor in the tablet market. Last year’s Nexus 7 concept blew me away. of course I pre-ordered it, waited anxiously, and cherished the day it arrived. The sleek back, the perfect palm size, the sharp screen – oh boy, oh boy!
Have you ever had one of those friends that overly impulsively buys as many electronics and cool gadgets as they can, even if it burns holes in their pockets and makes their credit card companies super angry? Well, if you haven’t had that friend, allow me to introduce myself, and let’s be friends going forward.
I’m Pat – a twenty something semi-educated male working in a technology and communications related job, and as previously stated: I have a problem. I love electronics and gadgets. The second I hear of something making its way through the FCC my blood starts boiling and I immediately need all of these things that I probably already have or the older versions that still work equally as well. I find myself indulging in what I believe is either the “latest” or the “greatest” smart phone probably about every six months. I can claim that it’s for my job, but I assure you, I have an addiction.
How does this make me an effective member of the GearPlug team? Understandably, I’m constantly demoing phones for my job, and to be honest, some of my co-workers have come to expect that I go to other stores and demo some of our devices right up against other carriers and challenge their sales employees on the floor, and it’s honestly because I am constantly seeking what is the best phone or best device out there. Between my query for the truth in the best device and my need to constantly fill the loneliness in my life with electronics, trust me; you’re going to get a great perspective on some cool gear. I promise.
Welcome Pat, we look forward to your irreverent posts! – GearPlug team