Using your tablet in bed or on the couch is less than ideal for viewing—not to mention uncomfortable. But we all try to do it anyway.
Tablift holds your tablet for you, safely mounting it on top of bendy legs that stay stable on uneven surfaces. Your tablet fits in the tray and is secured by a bungeed clip. Adjust the legs to whatever height is ideal. It’s that easy—your tablet is elevated to eye level, and you’re ready to relax...
Have you ever wanted to sneak a taste—and just a taste—of that 1998 Opus cabernet in your cellar? Opening the bottle would require a special occassion, since you’d be committing to drinking the whole thing. But with the Coravin, you can just drink a glass today and preserve the rest of the bottle for later.
The Coravin lets you open a bottle of wine without actually opening it. The Coravin Model Two uses a hollow needle that pokes through the...
Samsung recently announced that it will start mass producing bendable displays in 2015. By the end of the year, it also expects to ship its first phone with a bendable display.
Virtual reality has been talked about for years, but it’s finally here—and accessible for anyone with a smartphone. The VR Kix headset lets you access the many virtual reality games and apps on Google's rapidly growing public platform, Cardboard.
Place your phone inside the virtual reality goggles and it turns the screen into an immersive, 360-degree experience. Move your head to explore the amazing new surroundings—fight off alien...
Smartwatch. Drone. Selfie. No product could include more buzzwords from this year. Nixie's flying, wearable camera is almost too “2014” to be true – there’s no release date for the product yet. However, its creators recently won a $500,000 prize from Intel.
Wearable technology gets a bad rap for being clunky and unfashionable. Ringly is a cool-looking a “smart ring” that vibrates to send you custom notifications, like, five minutes before a meeting or if your significant other texts you. It saves you from pulling out your phone over and over for unimportant notifications. The rings are only available via pre-order, scheduled to ship early next year.
Get this through your skull: Ditch the earbuds. That’s more or less the message from a startup called Buhel, which is aiming to radically change the way you take calls -- from inside your head.
Sound a little crazy? Let me explain.
The company has concocted a pair of Bluetooth 4.0 sunglasses -- aptly named SoundGlasses SGO5 -- that pump the sound of music and calls into your inner ear through your cranium. It’s kind of a head trip.
Music and technology have been comfortable bedfellows since before someone strummed the first electric guitar. But creating your own instruments -- electronic or otherwise -- can be a difficult proposition, and not one easily undertaken by someone without training.
That is exactly the problem British creative agency Dentaku decided to tackle when it created the Ototo, a pocket-sized circuit board designed to be a "musical invention kit." Translation: this...
Let's face it, whether you're a Star Wars fan or not, this moving, life-size R2-D2 fridge is something you'll want. Created by Haier Asia's AQUA, the droid can deliever you drinks, but it comes with a hefty price tag. This bucket of bolts will go for almost $9,000.
More bad news: it's only available in Japan. But you could fly to Japan, or you could get someone to mail it to you. Come on, it'd be worth it. Maybe.
Operated by remote control, this...
09Business travel is fraught with irritating noises – the insistent whooshing of a plane engine, crying kids, chatty neighbors.
If you're a frequent road warrior (or even just on your daily commute), you likely always keep a pair of earbuds on hand. But what if you could just simply turn down the volume of the world around you? Two-year-old wearable tech company Doppler Labs wants to give users that experience with its latest product, the Here Active Listening...
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Smartphone addicts will want to pay close attention to this.
Say, for example, you're taking a shower or relaxing in a hot bath. Your smartphone is nowhere near your wet, soapy hands. Just then an important email comes in. You either have to ignore the message until you're done or prematurely have to jump out and dry off. Not fun. Not convenient.
The inventors of something called Cicret (pronounced “secret”)...
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Aunt Flo is a stress case. When a woman has her period, she’s often preoccupied, worried that she might have an embarrassing accident at any moment. If she’s not careful, things could get messy quick. It’s hard to know when a tampon or a pad has reached its limit. Not so with Looncup, a “smart” menstrual cup that just zipped past its goal on Kickstarter, with 20 days to go.
The unusual internal wearable,...
The future of ocean exploration is here and it’s bobbing up the charts on Kickstarter. Meet OpenROV Trident, the remote control underwater drone of your swashbuckling submarine dreams.
It’s a small, camera-equipped aquabot that anyone can easily steer. And it’s relatively low-cost, as in about 1,000 times cheaper than the swimming robots filmmaker James Cameron used to plumb the Titanic.
Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling high-definition holograms to integrate with your world. Unlock all-new ways to connect, create, collaborate, and explore.
029The reams of office paper your business uses to print contracts and other official documents do more than take up cabinet space--putting ink on those bad boys costs serious money. San Francisco-based DocuSign is an extremely effective online tool for inking deals with contractors, vendors and clients. The cloud-based service lets you upload critical documents and share them securely with anyone. Accounts start at $15 per month with an annual plan. Your clients are...
023Talk to the Plant
Having healthy, thriving plants is rewarding, but caring for them can be tricky. If your plants could speak up when they needed water, that would be ideal. With PlantLink, now your plants have a voice.
Using “links” that you place in the soil, this system monitors the precise moisture and can tell you exactly when to water. Simply choose the kind of plant and the soil, and now your plant has a bona fide personality. It will alert...
IT, Phone, Home
Oco is a WiFi video camera that provides live streaming footage of your home or office to your smart phone or tablet. Set up is a breeze, and once it’s running, Oco delivers high-quality HD footage. At 720p, it has enough definition to clearly show quick motion.
Oco has smart sensors that work 24/7 to detect sound and motion. Once triggered, the camera records and sends you an alert. Tune in to watch the live feed. Or watch the recorded...
The Tuck Device Rack is a modern solution for a modern-day quandry: how to store our laptops, tablets and phones neatly and safely. The innovative silicone pouch is designed just for devices--it won’t scratch, it’s got some grip and the heat from batteries won’t harm the surface.
Slip charging cords right through the perforated pattern, and power up while keeping your countertops and nightstands free. Wind up longer cords on the...
When you exercise, the goal is to increase muscle and decrease fat. Sometimes you're doing just that, but the scale or the mirror doesn't show it. That's where Skulpt Aim comes in. This fitness tracker doesn't count steps or calories burned. It measures results.
Hold the Skulpt Aim next to a target muscle group, and the device uses a weak, pain-free pulse to measure muscle (and fat) density. Skulpt Aim then displays your ”standing for muscle...
TAO Clean’s ultrasonic toothbrush, the Aura Cleaning System, gives you 40,000 strokes/minute of cleaning power. When you’re all done, store it in the docking station to recharge while a halo of ultraviolet sanitizes the brush…and dries it.
That last part is what makes the Aura Cleaning System unique, and, in fact, is was what inspired founders Ryan Mongan and Simon Ghahary to create TAO. Other similar systems may sanitize your toothbrush, but...
017Lock & Roll
Is there anyone who hasn’t forgotten a combination lock code? Luckily, Quicklock has come to the rescue.
This innovative padlock opens with your smartphone (via Bluetooth), a fob, or a key card. Use Quicklock on a shed or a fence or to lock up your bike or to use as a locker at school or the gym.
Made with die-cast zinc alloy, it’s durable and weather-resistant.The rechargeable battery lasts for up to two years, too (depending on how often...
Good sneakers are designed to go the distance, but even the best ones start to deteriorate around the 400 mile mark. Keep track of the wear and tear with mino (pronounced minnow), a shoe insert that counts foot compressions, so you know when to replace your runners.
Maker Aaron Burke was training for a half marathon when a foot fracture caused by worn out sneakers, sidelined him. A medical device professional, he set out to help other runners...
We usually don’t notice how many household items are tough to fix . . . until one breaks. A broken part, even if it’s small, can render an entire device unusable. That makes too much of what we own, essentially, disposable.
But now you can repair that clip or bracket—and almost anything else—with Bondic, a liquid plastic welder.
Bondic isn’t a glue; it’s much better. First, Bondic dries by using the attached UV light, which hardens the substance...
Reach & See
Rummaging around blindly for something in your bag or backpack is a thing of the past. Say hello to SOI.
SOI is the world’s first automatic bag light. Put it in your purse, briefcase, or backpack and, when you reach in to grab something, SOI instantly lights up. This little disc has detection technology that recognizes when a hand is nearby and turns on. Then it automatically shuts off a few moments after you remove your hand.
Inventor Stephen Crane has spent 15 years on a mission: to make a better tape measure. eTape16 is his third iteration—an easy-to-use physical measuring tape with digital readouts and functions.
As you lengthen the measuring tape, the measurement displays on screen. Tap a button to save. Or convert measurements quickly (from fractions to decimals, or inches to centimeters, for example) and calculate midpoints (great for helping to hang a...
Think Geek lists the MiLi iPhone Projector as a "movie theater in your pocket." It's an unfold-able, flip open pico projector that is designed for the iPhone and also connects to a laptop via VGA or any other composite video source and projects up to 70 inches wide. Why exactly is this cool? Much hoopla has been made about the iPhone, and the idea of having a mini projector to take on the go for meetings and presentations sounds like a winner, so the combining of...
The PayPal Here app turns a smartphone into a complete payments solution, allowing businesses to capture every sale, regardless of the payment method, and coupled with the new PayPal Here Tap and Go card reader will allow businesses to accept card payments faster than ever.
The new card reader will enable businesses to accept contactless card payments from debit and credit cards and continue to support chip and PIN payments. Using PayPal Here, businesses can...
When Michael Dell took his company private in 2013, some speculated that it signaled Dell’s exit from the PC business in favor of higher-margin, faster-growing enterprise and cloud markets. But two weeks ago at the Consumer Electronics Show, Dell showed a new swagger, unveiling exciting Android tablets and Windows laptops, including an ultrabook—the XPS 13—that makes Apple’s industry-defining MacBook Air look positively past its prime.
The XPS 13’s...
HP is on a roll lately with innovative new products. First it announced the HP Sprout, which has a secondary display used for scanning objects.The HP Zvr shows a 3D holographic image and knows the position of your head so you can interact with virtual objects.
Protecting your data just got a little safer. This storage device will keep operating even in extreme temps (up to 1,550 degrees for 30 minutes) and flood (up to 10 feet for three days). It also handles massive amounts of data--as much as 90TB if you add expansion bays. The base price does not come preloaded with any disk drives.
Call it information overload. Despite a massive array of must-see high-tech product launches in virtually every category from smartphones to eReaders and laptops, let's be honest. In an age where "newer," "faster" and "shinier" are less simple adjectives than cultural imperatives, it's enough to make even the most gadget-savvy business owner's head short circuit.
Thankfully for your organization though, many of today's increasingly portable, online-connected...
030As a team chock-full of Kickstarter enthusiasts, techies, and early adopters, you could say Leafers know a thing or two about gadgets. And, as a company focused on providing services to small business owners, you could say we are more than familiar with their pain points.
That said, there are two different kinds of gadgets: gadgets that are cool and gadgets that are vital. Here at Leaf, we're fans of both, so we asked around the office and came up with a...
047Add some fascination to your home office or work desk with this interesting desktop aquarium. It holds (small) fish, has an adjustable LED lamp, and a caddy for holding pens or other office essentials.
It also includes a clock with day, date, and temperature readouts, and even 6 different nature sounds to relax you. Plus an alarm clock for when it sends you to sleep.
Surveillance gadgets, such as cameras, alarms, and monitoring systems, provide a means for business owners to see what is going on at their businesses without having to maintain a physical presence around the clock. There are numerous reasons business owners decided to purchase and install surveillance equipment at their businesses. From the added sense of security to the ability to monitor employees’ activities, many of the reasons businesses invest in...
Eight vibration massage motors to relax the upper back, mid back, thighs and calves
Choose independent massage zones, 9 pre-programmed random modes and 5 intensity levels
Soothing heat treatment in lumbar area
Features swivel, recline and recline tension adjustment
Luxurious thick, chocolate brown padded microsuede upholstery with a wood base for the utmost comfort
Buy more, save more: Just $17.50 per Tile when you buy a 4-pack
Place or stick Tiles on multiple items (like your keys, cars, luggage, remote control or purse) so you find them when they go missing
When you begin searching for a lost item, your iPhone tracks the Bluetooth signal strength of your Tile. As the signal draws you closer, Tile's distinctive melody can be heard until your lost item is back in your hands.
Revolutionary laser technology projects a virtual keyboard on any flat surface
Virtual keyboard Connects via Bluetooth¨ wireless technology
Easily pair the laser projection Virtual keyboard with your smartphone, laptop or tablet
Rechargeable, lithium ion battery is included with virtual keyboard
Laser Projection Virtual Keyboard
Can you imagine trying to do business without your smart phone, without your computer or even without email? The answer isn’t just “probably not,” but more likely a “definitely not.”
Our ability to master business has become intrinsically connected to the adaptability and convenience offered by our business gadgets. And, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed their evolutionary course. Just settling...
This USB microphone is the first of its type to use advanced DSP (digital signal processing), which mimics the intelligence of human hearing by focusing on desired sounds, minimizing background noise, and knowing when to mute. Tiki is as compact as a standard flash drive, and it plugs directly into your laptop's USB port with driverless installation on both PCs and Macs. The Tiki will be available this spring for $59 at the Blue...
The ESI 250 Smartphone for the Desktop is an enterprise-grade smartphone for small and medium-size businesses. It looks like a regular office phone but has a 7-inch color touchscreen and third-party apps like Evernote. The ESI 250 lets you send text messages and record calls, and it offers such features as reminders, automatic call distribution, and advanced conferencing. The phone uses VoIP running on ESI servers that support 5 to 300...
Invoxia's AudiOffice, which just launched at Mobile World Congress, is for iOS-loving businesspeople. Pair your iPhone or iPad to the unit using Bluetooth, and you can enjoy enhanced sound quality (when using a corded handset) as well as a better microphone and speakers for greatly improved conference calls. AudiOffice uses In Vivo Acoustic technology, which eliminates echoes and background noise and supposedly makes you sound as if you were...
The big news for business travel is that you can now use a key to unlock your computer. This USB key supports the U2F authentication standard that's considered unhackable. You can download the Google Security Key for Chrome, load it onto this USB key, then stop using passwords. On the road, using the Yubico means no one can steal your stuff.
A stylus (a.k.a., tablet pen) is handy if you need to jot notes down on a tablet like the iPad. Yet it's easy to create smudges with your palm or make stray markings. The Equil Smartpen 2 syncs to your tablet and transfers what you write using a ballpoint pen on a real pad. You can see what you write in real-time or record your notes and sync them later.
In the past, it rarely made sense to tow along a portable scanner. They just added bulk and extra complexity. This new model from Epson can connect over Wi-Fi and send scanned documents directly to services like Evernote or Dropbox, so no laptop required. As a bonus, the scanner runs on battery power or USB, so you can use it anywhere.
This vest looks and feels more comfortable and stylish than it might seem from the picture. With 42 compartments, you can stash an iPad Mini, your phone, chargers, and other travel gear without anyone even noticing. The vest has a $1,000 anti-pickpocket guarantee.
This compact but expansive roll-on luggage bag comes complete with wet and dry storage compartments and is perfect for most airline check-in requirements. It's light and durable, and is perfect for short-haul trips.
World travelers often have an assortment of gadgets that can fling around by unruly airport baggage handlers, or simply filter through your clothes in your luggage -- but no longer. Grid-it is a simple organization system made up of dozens of elastic bands that hold devices firmly to the inside case. It's slim and features a rear zippered pocket for more storage.