Your MacBook Pro (or Air) relies on untraditional solid state memory, making upgrading its storage capacity difficult (or impossible), to say the least. The TarDisk Storage Expansion Card was designed specifically to help with these restrictions. While it simply slides into your computer’s SD card slot, the TarDisk is designed to sit flush with its side for semi-permanent storage expansion that’s still easy to remove using just your finger. It’s also precision cut from solid aluminum to closely match your MacBook’s finish, comes in storage capacities ranging from 64GB to 256GB, and transfers at rates of up to 95 mb/second, i.e. faster than traditional USB 2.0 hard drives.
Check out the lineup at Amazon – $64+
We could talk about the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch by mentioning its 1.2-inch circular sAMOLED display or its sleek stainless steel body, the latter particularly pronounced on the Gear S2 (shown, right) over the Gear S2 Classic. Or even its Tizen OS and ecosystem. More interesting, however, is the availability of a 3G network-connected variant which relies on an e-SIM card — or embedded SIM card — that lets the device work standalone on your mobile network to make phone calls, send messages, and access connected apps without being chained to a smartphone.
Read more at Samsung – $TBA
Squinting to see your smartphone’s relatively small display while driving isn’t particularly safe. Exploride ameliorates access to many of your phone’s features using gesture-recognition and a 6″ heads-up display for turn-by-turn GPS directions, music controls, notifications, and apps, keeping your eyes where they should be — on the road — all the while. It even includes a built-in dash-cam to capture the events of your drive, just in case, and an OBD II adapter for pulling diagnostic data straight from your car’s computer.
Check it out at Indiegogo – $270
Listen to all your outdated media — or as far back as vinyls and cassettes, anyway — with the Ion IT34 Duo Deck USB Turntable & Cassette Deck. Compact and portable, the IT34 plays your cassettes and records using 4 AA batteries (or by plugging into a USB port) and features built-in speakers, a 3.5mm auxiliary output, and the ability to convert the tracks on your tapes and records into MP3s for listening on your more contemporary music players.
Learn more at Amazon – $68
Despite its maker, Razer’s Nabu Smartband isn’t just for gamers — it’s for anyone looking for a good mix of notifications, fitness and sleep tracking, and convenience. Nabu keeps you updated with incoming calls, SMS messages, emails, and more with a small vibration: just twist your wrist to load up the alert on its discreet display. Wearing it seamlessly tracks your steps, distance walked, calories burnt, sleep duration and quality, and more, syncing with your preferred fitness app — or the included one — via Bluetooth for tracking your progress. Uniquely, it’ll also quickly let you exchange contact info with other Nabu wearers seamlessly with nothing but a simple handshake. And if its Razer-typical bright green accents are too much for you, don’t worry: they’re barely visible when the band is worn.
Learn more at Razer – $100 [via]
You could opt to refuel your Apple Watch on a shiny, fancy stand. But bedside charging truly needn’t anything more than the Bluelounge Kosta for Apple Watch. Made of soft silicone, Kosta prevents scuffs and scratches on your device and won’t slide off your night table like the bare watch could. Wire routing and a magnetic center secure the charge cable when not in use, and when it is, your watch is propped up on its side in a position that’s perfect for Nightstand mode.
Find it in three colors at Amazon – $15
Does your phone run out four, maybe five times a day? Unlikely, but the Anker PowerCore 15600 has you covered regardless. This power pack boasts a ridiculous 15,600mAh battery, enough to top up an iPhone 6 five times over, a Galaxy S6 four times, or an iPad Air 1.5 times. Charging is also ultrafast thanks to dual 2.4A USB outputs coupled to PowerIQ, which replicates the charging protocol of each plugged device’s original charger.
Grab one at Amazon (or go for the even higher capacity 20000 instead for an extra $8) – $33
Portable keyboards are all based on the same concepts, folding in half or quarts to shrink in footprint. The LG Rolly Keyboard employs a drastically different tactic, instead rolling into an easy-to-carry stick that hides away in a pack or briefcase. Rolly runs for months on a single AAA and boasts a comfortable 17mm key pitch that nearly matches the size of keys on full-sized keyboards, dual pairing to connect to two Bluetooth devices and switch between them with a key press, plus a fold-out device stand capable of handling 10-inch tablets (or smaller).
Coming in September. Learn more at LG Newsroom – $TBA [via]
While the best time for you to jam out may be in the wee hours of the morning, your neighbors likely don’t agree. And for that Yamaha’s SLG Silent Guitar was designed. Notably devoid of a sound box, the contours of its body are instead determined by two pieces that detach for far greater portability than traditional guitars. The SLG’s sound is recreated using SRT Powered, a system that uses piezo pickups and accurate sound reproduction modelled after the tones of high-end acoustic guitars. So while the sound, which is up to 90% lower volume than ordinary guitars, won’t bother people in the vicinity, just plug in a set of headphones for a full-blown silent practice session.
Learn more at Yahama or grab one at Amazon – $630+ [via]
Battlecade isn’t Love Hulten’s first stab at a retro-inspired gaming system — far from it, actually — but it’s definitely the most unique. Instead of putting competing players side by side where they can peek at each other’s controls and strategies, Battlecade boasts a Battleship-inspired form factor, down to the two folding halves for packing it up to take it on the go. Key difference: it’s gorgeous, and covered in American walnut instead of grey plastic. Each side is also complete with six buttons, an arcade stick, and a 12″ LCD screen.
Learn more at Love Hulten – $TBA