Five rad and random things I found this week

The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 53.

My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful, fun, or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, the ultimate guide to making cafe-style coffee in your own home or the best vacuums for any kind of mess. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome gear that doesn't really fit into a list. So I made a list for those.

H-AA Slow Juicer

Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer

I love juicing. Not because of the dubious health benefits, but because juice is delicious. A few years back, my clunky juicer broke and I haven't pulled the trigger on purchasing a new one. The other day, I was able to test out the Hurom H-AA slow juicer, which turns out is is quieter, sturdier, and sleeker than my previous device.

The juicer comes with three strainers: one finer one for nut milks, a coarser one for soups, and an ice cream strainer. It works on every type of fruit or vegetable I tossed in there, and has a valve—which my last juicer didn't have—that lets you shut off the juice from flowing once you're done. This helps prevent a huge mess on the counter. The juicer comes with a 10-year motor warranty, and is BPA-free. $380.

ZVOX soundbar

AccuVoice TV sound bar

The ZVOX sound bar is perfect for people that ask "what did they say" while watching TV shows or movies. It enhances the dialogue by using digital algorithms to manipulate the audio signal and boosts just the voices. In plainer terms, the background noise goes down and the speaking goes up. There are six levels of this AccuVoice function to choose from; if you don't have a problem hearing what actors are saying it's also just a great speaker. The ZVOX comes in five colors, and can be programmed to be controlled by your TVs remote. Or you could plug it in via an optical audio input or a 3.5mm headphone jack. $270.


My Audio Pet UniChord
My Audio PetAmazon

My Audio Pets might look like a cutesy, throw-away desk speaker, but that's not the case. I mean it is cute, but the little 3-watt Bluetooth speaker—it can fit in a child's palm—produces impressive sound. It can also be paired with a second pet for stereo sound. This UniChord is pretty rad, holds 5 or 6 hours of charge, and can be used alongside the interactive smart phone app. $30.



While our laptops are losing their beloved ports—think Ethernet, HDMI connections, or SD card readers—all hope is not lost. The VAVA USB-C hub is an eight-in-one solution to the problem. The adapter includes inputs for your an Ethernet cable, a microSD card, a SD Card, three USB 3.0 ports, a 4K HDMI port so you can connect an external monitor, and a 100-watt USB-C port. $60.

Grow-your-own Groot

Grow your own Groot Chia Pet
Chia PetAmazon

This baby Groot Chia Pet comes with everything you need—planter, seeds, and drip tray—to grow in under two weeks. $16. Alternatively, there's this create-your-own Emoji Chia Pet, which comes with swappable facial features. $17.

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