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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Outdoor Research Sensor Gloves
Unlike other touchscreen gloves that limit sensitivity to well-placed dots on the fingertips, the Sensor Gloves are universal. Every part of the leather that lines the fingers and palms is treated with nanoparticles that interact with capacitive screens the same way skin does.
Outdoor Research Sensor Gloves From $65
Perched on top of a radiator, the BOOster helps to heat a room more effectively than with a radiator alone. When an onboard thermometer senses that the radiator is hotter than 86°F, it activates a two-inch fan that sucks up heat between the radiator and the wall and pushes it into the room.
Radiator BOOster $40
LG Hom-Bot Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The LG Hom-Bot autonomous vacuum maps ceiling edges with an upward-facing camera to determine a room’s shape, while its ultrasonic sensor locates obstacles with reflected sound. As the vac rolls, a second camera underneath scans for dirt 2,000 times a second; suction turns on only where there’s a mess to clean.
LG Hom-Bot Robot Vacuum Cleaner $800
Samsung Galaxy Note
The 5.3-inch screen on the
Galaxy Note phone can serve as a sketchpad to save notes and doodles. When users touch the OLED screen with the included stylus, it activates a pressure-sensitive layer, enabling an artist’s lines to vary in thickness. Samsung Galaxy Note Price not set
Swivl by Satarii
The Swivl motorized camera stand, which fits any phone or digicam less than 11 millimeters thick, follows a user’s movements. Guided by an infrared marker on a wearable Bluetooth mic (included), the stand can spin a full 360 degrees and tilt 30 degrees up or down, saving video shoots or FaceTime chats from awkward pans and crops.
Swivl by Satarii $159
Timex SL Series Fly-Back Chronograph
Every time you reset your watch, you lose several seconds of time in the process. The Fly-Back Chronograph has a microprocessor that tracks how long the second hand has stopped during resetting and moves it to the proper position once the owner has snapped the pin back in place.
Timex SL Series Fly-Back Chronograph $210
Interactive Toy Concepts Wi-Spi Helicopter
Controlled by a smartphone app, the Wi-Spi remote helicopter beams live video from a VGA camera in its belly to a user’s phone over Wi-Fi. It also has an LED headlight for nighttime flights. Interactive Toy Concepts Wi-Spi Helicopter
RCA USB Wall Plate
The RCA USB Wall Plate turns any standard outlet into a USB charging station, allowing users to juice smartphones and tablets without an A/C adapter. The plate snaps into any existing three-prong outlet, so there’s no electrical wiring required.
RCA USB Wall Plate $20
Fujifilm’s X-S1 is a consumer-grade camera with a pro-quality zoom. The O-ring at the nape of its 26x lens is greased similarly to those in professional camcorders, so zooming during takes is smooth. The camera’s 17 glass lens elements maintain color, sharpness and contrast even when zooming is maxed.
Fujifilm X-S1 $800
Blue Microphones Tiki
Blue’s USB VoIP microphone has twin mics—one facing forward and one back—so it will home in on a caller’s voice no matter which side of a computer he plugs the device into. The three-inch mic’s signal processor amplifies vocals and filters out ambient noise, such as keyboard clicks and fans.
Blue Microphones Tiki $59
Typical speaker docks recharge only iPhones or iPods. iHome’s iC16 is the first dock that uses a USB port to link with and charge Android handsets as well. Listeners can also sync the speaker with an app that they can use to program music to play at set times, such as before bed or as an alarm in the morning.
iHome iC16 $50
Samsung’s candy-bar-size camera upgrades any HDTV into a Web-connected video phone. A one-gigahertz processor provides enough power to stream 720p video calls through Skype accounts over Wi-Fi. And because the device runs on Android software and has a full Qwerty remote, users can also browse the Web, surf YouTube, and check Google News. Samsung InTouch