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Every month we search far and wide to bring you a dozen of the best new ideas in gear. These gadgets are the first, the best and the latest. Check out the gallery below to get the first look at what consumer technology has brought us this month.
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Sony’s binoculars are the only pair available to double as a 3-D camcorder. Dual 10x zoom lenses feed images to seven-megapixel camcorder sensors, which capture full 1080p in either 2-D or 3-D. The live view comes through a pair of 0.45-inch LCD viewfinders. Sony Digital Recording Binoculars: $1,400-$2,000
These laptop batteries have double the life span of those of major brands, including Lenovo and HP. Each pack can run 800 recharge cycles, or about two years of constant performance. The batteries use a lithium-imide electrode, which helps prevent burnout, even at temps of up to 140 degrees. Dr. Battery Advanced Pro Series: from $88
The Brauler keeps beer fresher than a standard refillable bottle. Its stainless-steel shell holds up to 64 ounces and blocks flavor-killing light, and an extra-deep silicone gasket at the mouth keeps pressure constant so suds won’t go flat. The Brauler: $40-$60 (est.)
Weighing just 1.4 pounds, the single-person Specialist is svelter than an iPad and packs down to a size just larger than a Nalgene bottle. Its asymmetric floor plan mimics the shape of a person lying down and allowed designers to cut down on the amount of fabric necessary. The Specialist Solo: from $429
Canon’s camera is made for action, be it a sprinting wide receiver or a bolting animal. Its image processor is fast enough to encode eight frames per second without reducing the image resolution as was previously necessary, even at its longest zoom (35x). Canon SX40 HS: from $430
Powered by a compact version of the 4.8-volt battery in Black & Decker’s big hand vacs, this grapefruit-size model is made to sit on your desk or workbench, ready to sweep up crumbs or sawdust. Its handle and nozzle flip out at the press of a button and then fold back into the sphere so it can snap into a charging cradle. Black & Decker Orb Vac: from $40
Two 0.7-inch OLED screens inside Sony’s goggles create more-realistic high-def 3-D images. Connected to a Blu-ray player or PlayStation, the screens dominate your entire field of vision, and the fast-refreshing OLED screens produce a bright, ultra-lifelike 3-D image. Sony HMZ-T1 Head-Mounted 3D Display: from $800 (est.)
The Duo Pop iPad game system works with a suite of apps, including a trivia game, to mimic the style of a fast-paced quiz show. Pressing one of the four buzzers sends an infrared signal—rather than a sometimes-laggy Bluetooth wave—to the base station, which beams a soft sound pulse to the iPad’s microphone. Discovery Bay Games Duo Pop: from $40
Many earbuds pop out during workouts, and their tight seal makes your steps echo in your head as you jog. B&W;’s C5 combats both problems; its cord forms a rigid loop that holds the buds in place against the inner curve of your ear, and a web of stainless-steel bulbs lets enough air pass into your ears to prevent thunderous footsteps. Bowers & Wilkins C5: from $180
The GLM 80 is the first distance finder that doesn’t require users to hold it perfectly level to get accurate readings. While its laser rangefinder calculates the distance to a target, a tilt sensor measures the angle at which you’re holding the device and adjusts the final measurement accordingly. Bosch GLM 80: from $250
Stuffitts’s new gym bag can wipe out funk in seconds. The shell is treated with chemicals that prevent stink-making bacteria from multiplying, while a pouch of woods and oils, including cedar, works to neutralize existing odors. Stuffitts The Drier Gear Bag: from $30 (est.)
LG’s LMS-100 is the first mouse that’s also a scanner. As you swipe it across a page, four LEDs illuminate the image for the bottom-mounted sensor. Computer software composes the file onscreen, where you can crop and save it as a JPEG or text file, among others. LG LMS-100 Scanner Mouse: from $130 (est.; import)