The need for dozens of outlets on power strips peaked in the mid 2000s; now, plug in your laptop and you’re golden. But on-the-go power is more indispensable than ever, and so Quirky came up with Pickup Power. This three AC outlet power strip protector offers 1080 joules of surge protection and, brilliantly, boasts a removable power pack with 4,000 or 6,000 mAh of battery capacity. When your devices are low on juice and you’ve gotta hit the road, just pop out the pack and go, then drop it back in for a top up when you’re back home.
Everyone is stressed, except perhaps politicians who don’t seem to be concerned with much of anything. For the rest of us, de-stressing can be hard to achieve. Muse has successfully tackled the problem in ways that candles and mood-lighting never could. In just three minutes a day, Muse helps melt away anxiety and stress using sensors that measure brain signals non-invasively using electroencephalography . With guided training sessions and auditory cues, Muse helps focus attention to abate stress, easily accomplished through the use of your smart phone or tablet alongside the headband. It works by encouraging the user to “shut off” racing thoughts so that a meditative state of relaxation may be reached. Real time feedback provides second to second insight into your state of mind, while long-term tracking allows you to chart stress reduction progress over time.
Find it on Amazon – $300
Our Retina MacBook Pro spoiled us. It’s one reason why we built in Retina capabilities into this very site just a few weeks ago. It’s also why we obviously can’t ever go back to using computers with standard resolution displays. That said, with its 27-inch 5K display — that’s 5120 x 2880 pixels, by the way — and the power to drive it thanks to Intel’s 3.5GHz quad-core i5, Apple’s long awaited iMac with 5K Retina will please even the most detail-oriented users. And while its resolution is impressive, it’s not just about numbers since each display is submitted to exacting calibration processes to meet recognized color standards around the world. It also runs OS X Yosemite, sports a 1 to 3TB fusion drive that couples a speedy SSD to a large capacity spinning disk, and features two Thunderbolt 2 ports which boast double the bandwidth of its predecessor and eight times that of USB 3.0.
Read more at Apple – $2,500
With dimensions bordering on the ludicrous, Apple’s iPad Air 2 pulls away further from the competition in thinness at just 6.1mm. But this tablet, like before, is more than just thin and light. Features include an antireflective display that puts out sharper image, better color and improved contrast, a new 64-bit A8X processor and M8 coprocessor that, together, eclipse past performance, a Touch ID home button for quick unlocking, an 8 megapixel rear camera that shoots 1080p video plus 120fps slo-mo, and improved connectivity, including LTE, 866 Mbps Wi-Fi. All this with 10 hour battery life to boot. Just hope it doesn’t bend.
Learn more at Apple – $500+
Sleeker, faster, better. That’s the way things go in the tech world, and Google’s Nexus 9 is no exception. This iPad Air competitor boasts a design that’s a hair thinner than 8mm, a 2048 x 1536 9-inch screen plated with Gorilla Glass 3, and a soft-touch construction complemented by brushed metal sides that’s overall suited for a more expensive device. Hardware-wise it holds its own as well with a 6,700 mAh battery good for nearly 10 hours of intensive use, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of memory, front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers, and optional LTE connectivity. Try coupling it to Google’s magnetically attached physical keyboard cover for no-compromise on-the-go productivity.
Preorder tomorrow. Learn more at Google – $400
Modern backup batteries often pack enough juice to top up your smartphone two to ten times over. Problem is they still take an eternity to charge up to full capacity. Power practical’s Pronto Fast-Charge Battery is designed specifically to remedy the long wait, instead storing enough power to fully charge an iPhone 5 (1,450 mAh) in five minutes flat, or charging to 100% capacity in one hour. It also comes in two sizes — the sleek Pronto 5 with 4,500 mAh capacity and the Pronto 12 with two USB outputs and 13,500 mAh capacity, i.e. enough to recharge an iPhone 5 nine times — refuels devices at USB’s maximum allowed rate, and boasts a hard-anodized aluminum case with two dials that display battery capacity and recharge rate. Plus, the Pronto 12 includes a 12V adapter output, letting you charge larger devices like laptops, camera batteries, and more.
Grab one on Kickstarter – $80
Building a website from scratch has always been a daunting task, especially for non-coders looking to set up a minimal yet beautiful web presence. We understand that you’d rather focus on your passion than learn HTML, and so does Squarespace. With countless template options suited for everybody from bloggers to photographers, intuitive drag and drop customization, and fully integrated online store functionality, Squarespace lets you craft a gorgeous site and have it up and running in hours, not weeks. Once it’s set up, their mobile apps allow for creating content and tracking metrics on the go, right from a smartphone or tablet. They also handle various time-consuming details so you don’t have to, like search engine optimization, custom domain renewal, hosting, and responsive design (to accommodate both mobile and retina display-equipped devices), all included for one low monthly cost.
Visit Squarespace for a free 14-day trial (or use code GEARHUNGRY for 10% off a new site) – $8+
Sharp’s latest smartphone adheres to a simple design philosophy: jam a massive screen into a phone that’s as small as possible. They succeeded, and most of the AQUOS Crystal is without a bezel bordering its massive 5-inch 1280 x 720 LCD display, slipping away easily into pockets thanks to its resulting narrow body. It also aspires to be a media machine, boasting an 8 megapixel camera that shoots 1080p video at 30fps, Harman/Kardon LiveStage and Clari-Fi technologies to improve digital audio output through headphones, plus up to 128GB of microSD capacity to store it all.
Learn more at Sharp USA – $150
Carrying every charge cable for the job just got easier with Brunton’s Power knife. This Swiss Army Knife lookalike boasts an easy, intuitive form factor and packs a micro USB alongside Apple’s Lightning and 30-pin adapters, plus of course a USB plug with which to plug it to a computer or charge pack. Else, it weighs in at 8.7 ounces, is obviously TSA friendly, and ensures messy cable tangles are a thing of the past.
Pick one up on Amazon – $22
Sure, you’ve got a backup battery to recharge your smartphone, but what charges your backup battery? If you’re backpacking, hiking, or are simply on the go far too often, the chance at plugging a backup battery to a wall outlet is nonexistent. Ampy instead harvests motion and vibration, leveraging kinetic energy to recharge its 1000 mAh internal battery which can, in turn, be used to refuel your gear. Sure, this small, lightweight gadget’s capacity isn’t massive, and you’ll need to move around quite a bit if you plan on generating enough power to churn out hours of Infinity Blade III, but Ampy can keep your devices running in places you’d never dreamed they’d go.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $85