THE BEST Gadgets

Rollova 2.0 Rolling Ruler

Rollova 2.0 Rolling Ruler

This digital measuring gadget calculates distances as you roll it across a surface. It can measure straight lines and curves with precision, and displays its measurements in inches (decimal or fraction), or centimeters on its bright blue OLED display. Available in stainless steel or a black and gold designer edition.

Gadgets Deconstructed

Gadgets Deconstructed

Dina A. Amin loves to disassemble everyday items, and neatly arrange their components. In this clip, she turned this process into a stop-motion animation, deconstructing a Walkman, a phone, a hairdryer, and a camera. She also likes to play a game where you guess how many parts are inside before it’s disassembled.

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Wireless Solar Backup Camera

This gadget lets you add a backup camera to older vehicles with ease. The FenSens wireless backup camera mounts around your license plate, and adds a fully-wireless HD camera that can stream 1080p video to your smartphone’s screen via Wi-Fi. It recharges automatically using solar power, and installs in just minutes.

Elgato Stream Deck XL

Elgato Stream Deck XL

A jumbo-sized version of Elgato’s sweet programmable key controller. Packing 32 keys, each one can be customized with an icon and function of your choice with an easy-to-use software that runs on Windows 10+ or MacOS X 10.13 or later. It can be laid flat like a keyboard, or angled using the included magnetic stand.

The Evolution of Console Controllers

The Evolution of Console Controllers

Cheddar shares the origins of the controllers of the N64, and the Xbox and PlayStation series to point out how their designs were not based on ergonomics alone. Sometimes, management or technological constraints led to these familiar forms.

PhiGolf Golf Simulator

Improve your golf swing in the comfort of your own office or living room. The PhiGolf system uses a special swing sensor works with your clubs or the included swing stick to track your every move. When used with the WGT Golf app mirrored from your smartphone to your TV, you can even see where the ball went.

ONE Mini Pocket Translator

This Bluetooth gadget works with your phone to record and transcribe speech to text, and can translate between 12 different languages. It uses AI tech for basic translations, and provides access to a paid interpreter service for more complex conversations. Save an extra 20% with code 20SAVE20. (Expires 1/2/20 @ 12:30pm PST)

Jamstik 7 Guitar Trainer

This high-tech training tool helps anyone learn to play guitar. The digital instrument features real guitar strings, and works with a companion app to play sounds and provide feedback on your performance. Available in righty and lefty versions. Save an extra 15% with code HAPPYHOLIDAYS (exp. 12/25/19 at 11:59pm PST)

Shure MV88 iOS Microphone

Up your mobile audio game with Shure’s MFi-certified stereo mic for iOS devices. It augments your iPad or iPhone with pro recording abilities. Includes Shure’s MOTIV app which captures uncompressed 24-bit/48 khz audio, controls the mic’s five DSP modes, and more. Save an extra 15% with code MerrySave15. (Exp. 12/25/19)

Sony Xperia 1 Smartphone

Sony Xperia 1 Smartphone

Sony’s flagship phone has a 6.5″, ultrawide 21:9 OLED display with 3840×1644 resolution. It packs an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, and captures brilliant images with its 12.0MP triple lens camera that can shoot 4K HDR and 960fps slow motion. Save $200 on the Sony Xperia 1 (Available Dec 9-22, 2019) at Best Buy.

SideTrak Laptop Display

SideTrak Laptop Display

The SideTrak adds a second screen to your laptop, without the need for extra desktop space. After you attach the magnetic metal frame to your laptop, the display slides out, and can be angled both towards you or away for presentations. The 12.5″ display has a 1920×1080 (HD) resolution IPS panel, and connects via USB-A or USB-C.

Best Travel Tech 2019

Best Travel Tech 2019

Whether you travel for work or play, you want the right equipment for your journey. The folks at Everyday Carry picked some of their favorite gadgets for keeping you connected, powered up, on time, and for capturing memories of your travels this year and into the next.

NVIDIA Shield TV Pro

NVIDIA Shield TV Pro

NVIDIA’s powerful Android TV streaming media player not only supports 4K and HDR, but it has a Plex server built in, support for USB peripherals, and can stream games from NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service. It also features AI-enhanced 4K upscaling for lower-resolution content, and works great as a game emulator.

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12-in-1 Kitchen Multitool

12-in-1 Kitchen Multitool

Gentlemen’s Hardware’s Swiss army style tool packs a cheese grater, zester, garlic crusher, channel knife, small paring knife, serrated knife, peeler, fork, spoon, bottle opener, corkscrew, and can opener in one gadget. It has a wood handle and stainless steel blades.

Tempest Weather Station

Tempest Weather Station

WeatherFlow’s personal weather station can be mounted outside of your home, and has built-in rain, light, wind, pressure, temperature, lightning, and humidity sensors. It provides realtime data, records historical trends, and works with AI technology to deliver personalized forecasts for your specific location.

Orba Musical Instrument

Orba Musical Instrument

Artiphon’s Orba is a unique instrument that is sort of the musical equivalent of a fidget spinner. It combines a synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller all in one, and is small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. It’s great for tinkering around with all kinds of sounds whether you’re bored or working on your next great composition.

Black Friday 2019 Gadget Deals

Drop by The Awesomer Shop for some great holiday season savings on gifts including appliances, game consoles, headphones, speakers, computers, massagers, and other unique gadgets. Save 20% off select items with code BFSAVE20 (Expires 12/3/19).

Wi-Fi Endoscopic Camera

This specialized camera sits at the tip of a 3-meter-long cable, allowing you to grab images in dark and hard to access places, like inside of a wall or even down your drain. Its waterproof, and has an LED light source for illuminating your subject. Connects via Wi-Fi. Save an extra 20% off with code BFSAVE20 (expires 12/3/19)

Mavigadget Foldable 4K Drone

This inexpensive, palm-sized drone has foldable rotor arms, so it’s small enough to take anywhere. It offers smooth flight, and can shoot 4K video or 5mp still images. Keep in mind, it’s no Mavic Mini, and flight times are limited to about 8 minutes and distance of about 250 feet. Save an extra 15% with code BFSAVE15 (expires 12/13/19)

Bushnell Pro XE Laser Range Finder

Bushnell Pro XE Laser Range Finder

PGA masters and side-betting amateurs are guaranteed an equally serious advantage with Bushnell Golf’s advanced rangefinder. The Pro XE assesses distance for uphill and downhill shots with its Slope technology, factors in temperature and barometric pressure, and provides visual and vibration feedback when it locks onto the flag.

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Paper Airplane Machine Gun V2.0

Paper Airplane Machine Gun V2.0

YouTuber Papierfliegerei made a significantly better version of his playful gun. The portable paper plane factory now has a modular construction for easier repair, and is more durable and more powerful. It can make and fire up to 120 paper planes in a minute.

Amazon Fire TV Blaster

Amazon Fire TV Blaster

This little gadget from Amazon fills in a gap in your living room or home theater system. It works in concert with your Fire TV or Echo to enable voice remote control for your infrared-enabled entertainment equipment like TVs, satellite boxes, and audio receivers. Device compatibility explained here. Available 12/11/19.

Sony SRS-WS1 Wearable Speaker

Sony SRS-WS1 Wearable Speaker

Sony’s unique audio device sits around its wearers shoulders and neck, providing an immersive sound field and vibrations you can really feel. It comes with a base station transmitter so you can enjoy TV shows or other audio sources without wires for up to 7 hours per charge. Save $50 on orders placed between 11/18/19 and 12/1/19.

Samsung Space Monitor

Samsung Space Monitor

Samsung’s slimline monitor aims to save space and your neck thanks to its unique design. It clamps on to the edge of a desk and can then be pushed flat against a wall, or extended as far as the surface of the desk. It’s available in 27″ 1440p or 31″ 4K models.

AirFly Pro

AirFly Pro

Twelve South’s handy wireless adapter lets you use wireless Bluetooth headphones with any wired headphone jack, like those on airplanes. The latest model lets you connect two sets of headphones to one audio source at the same time, and lasts up to 16 hours per charge.

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