It’s easier to improve your game when you’ve got some objective numbers on what needs fixing. Arccos is the first golf stat tracking system that’s entirely invisible, seamlessly capturing data through each round without disrupting your game in the least. The secret is in its 14 lightweight sensors that attach to the end of each club and monitor every swing, coupling these analytics to GPS data from your smartphone for judging distances as well. And since 100% of U.S. courses are already mapped, you can review your performance — including stats for each individual club, strokes per hole, and more — right there in real-time on their smartphone app, or skip it and check it out at home after the fact if you’d rather focus on your game.
Learn more at Arccos – $400
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s a box. Okay, so an interactive box for your TV is not necessarily breaking news. But the Nexus player might just breathe some fresh air into a category seemingly bereft of new ideas. This all-in-one entertainment package is powered by a hefty 1.8GHZ Quad Core Intel Atom processor and boasts 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space, and runs a multitude of apps, games and more in one sleek, streamlined console. A voice activated remote offers hands-free search for your favorite shows at the push of a button and doubles as input for casual or multiplayer games. If you happen to take your gaming seriously, the Nexus Player also supports a gamepad that’s engineered for finer control of all your favorite Android games. Remember TiVo? Well this is the great-great-grandbaby, allowing you to choose from personalized recommendations on your home screen. Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Chromebook devices can all stream media to your TV via the Player, though Android devices also support content syncing so that your movie can follow you from bathroom to kitchen to your tablet in bed.
Read more at Google – $109
3D printing has opened up a world of possibilities by letting you create objects while sitting at your desk, but what about making stuff out of materials other than plastic? That’s where Carvey steps in. This tabletop device takes input from your computer using Easel (included) or most any CAD software, milling a variety of materials up to 2.75″ in height — including hardwoods, cork, plywood, soft metals (aluminum, copper, brass), plastics, linoleum, and many more — into just about anything you can come up with. It also runs quiet thanks to an acoustically sealed case, contains all dust for quick cleaning, and employs a color-coded bit system to simplify multi-cut jobs.
Read more at Kickstarter – $2,000
The sheer amount of selection when it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers has left us rather critical, but any entry from Bowers & Wilkins has earned our attention. The T7 is B&W’s smallest wireless system yet, sized to quickly slip away into a bag or backpack. Its distinctive Micro Matrix honeycomb structure braces the speaker cabinet and reduce vibrations to let the system’s dual 50mm drivers and twin bass radiators do their work in packing a serious punch. It also boasts Bluetooth aptX for quality streaming, a Hi-Fi DAC, and 18 hours of battery life, more than enough for just about any event.
Learn more at Bowers & Wilkins – $350
Bring your old school devices to the 21st century with Tethercell. This gadget holds one AAA battery and seamlessly replaces a single AA battery in your device, be it a remote control, lights, or even your kid’s toys. Then, connect via Bluetooth with your smartphone and their app to power said device on or off remotely — a boon for parents with rebellious children — set schedules, timers, receive alerts when batteries are running low, and even locate misplaced objects.
Check it out at Amazon – $40
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.
Find it at Quirky or Amazon – $80+
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