Considering Alexa has made its way into just about every Internet-connected product, it was only a matter of time before the digital butler arrived in smart glasses. The Vuzix Blade augmented reality glasses will support Alexa so that wearers can ask for things like the weather and directions. The Vuzix Blade’s display also sits more prominently in the wearer’s field of view than Google Glass and looks much more crisp and colorful. If developers create compelling apps that blend Alexa’s capabilities and augmented reality, the Blade AR glasses could have some promising potential.
Sony has come up with that it deems to be the world’s first truly wireless noise cancelling sports headphones, in the form of the WF-SP700N, and the WI-SP600N and WI-SP500 in-ear sports headphones. All three of them will boast of splash-proof designs in order to let the wearer enjoy sound while th…
The Verizon MiFi Jetpack LTE AC791L mobile hotspot is available for $49.99 from Verizon of about with a two year contract or $200 from other retailers without a contract. Of course, you’ll also have to pay a monthly service fee. If you use Verizon as your provider, you’ll end up paying about $50 a month for 4GB of data.
It’s niche, but the Sprout G2, with its integrated 3D and 2D scanners, is perfect for product designers, CGI creators and other folks who can benefit from incorporating 3D models into their workflow. It’s also got a stylus-enabled touch mat that acts as a second screen.
One of TechRepublic’s favorite mechanical keyboards, the $169, aluminum-panel-topped, nearly 3-pound Das Keyboard 4 is a serious piece of home-office equipment. Buy it direct from Das Keyboard. Available with Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown switches, for clicky or soft keystrokes, respectively.
Hailed by Time as one of the best inventions of 2017, the Ember is an app-controlled, 10-ounce ceramic mug that’ll keep your morning coffee the perfect, preferred temperature even if, owing to deadlines, you don’t finish it ’til the evening. The list price is $79.95; get it directly from Ember, or look for one, as they say, at a Starbucks near you.
We love to hang art on our walls, but every now and again we feel the need to move things around. We don’t want to redo the entire house, but a change of scenery is never a bad idea. It would be much easier if what was on your walls could change itself, or be changed whenever you’re tired of the same ole images cropping up.
Microsoft’s first crack at a real laptop (not a tablet-notebook hybrid) is a real winner. Between its light and elegant design, sharp screen, and long-lasting battery, the Surface Laptop is solid choice for anyone seeking a new Windows computer. Microsoft is positioning the Surface Laptop as a showpiece for Windows 10 S, the newer version of Windows that can only run programs from Microsoft’s app store. With Windows 10 S, Microsoft is essentially hoping to bring to Windows machines what Google has done for Chromebooks: making the software simpler to allow for faster performance, more battery life, and better security. But those who find Windows 10 S too restrictive can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro on the Surface Laptop for free for a limited time. The software upgrade will cost $50 after the promotional period ends.
Debussy’s Nathaniel headphones are 4G-enabled, so you don’t need to connect it to a phone or computer to play music. Instead, you control it through these LCD screens. They’re only in prototype phase at the moment, but that velvet sure is real.
The makers claim that readings are accurate to within +/- 0.02 per cent of your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content). Does it work? Well, I used it repeatedly during an afternoon session and the device returned steadily increased readings as I got more tired and emotional. A friend who works for Greater Manchester Police let me try it against a standard plod roadside breath tester and both devices returned pretty much the same readings. So I guess the answer is yes.