Caterpillar’s Cat S61 is an Android phone that has an air quality sensor, a FLIR infrared temperature sensor and a laser rangefinder for calculating distance and area. It’s dust-, water- and shock-resistant. It runs Android Oreo and has a USB-C port.
This gadget combines an AM/FM/weather radio, a 130-lumen flashlight, and a 2600 mAh battery for charging mobile devices. Its radio and flashlight can be recharged via handcrank or solar energy. It also has an ultrasonic whistle for alerting search and rescue teams.
The S9 and S9+ have a camera that can switch between f/1.5 for low light or f/2.4 for daylight, and can capture 960fps slow-mo video. The S9+ also gets the Note 8’s second wide angle camera. They still have the borderless display, headphone jack and microSD slot.
The Nextorch UL360 weighs just 4oz and is only 3.1″ long. It has a magnetic base, an elastic strap and S-biner. Combine those with its 360º rotation and you have a lamp that can be positioned practically anywhere and at any angle. It’s on Massdrop until 2/24 for just $18.
The guys over at iFixit are the leading experts on tearing down new gadgets, splaying their guts open for all to see. They pay their bills by providing tools and docs for those who want to repair their own gear. Motherboard went behind the scenes to learn about their business.
Portable espresso machines often use pumps or screws to push water through ground coffee. The upcoming Leverpresso uses a simpler lever mechanism that still lets you control your coffee’s taste. It also lets you make up to two shots of espresso in one go.
The Mycroft Mark II is a voice-operated A.I. assistant. Unlike Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, it’s open source, which means any programmer can inspect and improve its software. It also won’t sell your data to advertisers, and by default it does not store your voice prompts.