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Hover Camera

If a selfie stick can’t get you just the right angle, try a Hover Camera instead. This clever drone weighs just 8 ounces (meaning there’s no FAA registration needed) and boasts a compact form factor that’s about the size of a box of granola bars. Unfold its carbon fiber wings and release it to have the drone hover in place or automatically follow along, shooting 4K video and snapping 13 megapixel photos all the while. When you want to pack it back up, just grab it right out of the air thanks to the grid shielding its propellors.

Join the beta at Hover Camera – $TBA

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iBubble Underwater Drone

Drones that takes to the skies are a dime a dozen nowadays. But if you love diving or snorkelling, the iBubble Underwater Drone may be more on-point. Install your GoPro behind this highly visible yellow drone’s bubble visor and set it free. Several near-silent motors spin to life, following and filming you — or the wearer of the included tracker/controller bracelet — at depths of up to 200 feet and at speeds of 1.9 knots. Dual 1,000 lumen lights ensure visibility even when deeper (and darker) and its several filming modes include Follow Me, 360° Selfie, as well as zoom and manual modes, all selected right from the bracelet. One hour of battery life means there’s plenty of time to explore, with warnings that trigger when battery life is low to give you time to hook it to your back and surface. Though if the iBubble were to run out of juice unexpectedly, a backup CO2 cartridge triggers to boost buoyancy and float it up to the surface.

Hit up Indiegogo to learn more – $700

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Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

First they made vacuums. Then hand dryers, bladeless fans, and air purifiers. So in a way the advent of the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer is barely surprising considering the company specializes in moving air powerfully. A 13-blade propeller within the handle is spun at up to 110,000 rpm and sits on a rubber mount, reducing vibrations and producing just one inaudible frequency to make the hairdryer far quieter than all others. Sensors monitor air 20 times per second as it flows upwards to control temperatures and to prevent burn damage to hair. Couple this to Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology and you’ve got a hairdryer that’s smaller, better balanced, and dries hair quickly and safely, all without being deafeningly loud.

Read more at Dyson – $400

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Magic Instruments Guitar

Learning to play guitar takes time most of us don’t have. The Magic Instruments Guitar, on the other hand, is pretty much pick-up-and-play. It’s still got strings but they end before the fretboard, the latter instead equipped with buttons that play whole chords with a single touch as you strum. To make things even easier the fretboard bears fret numbers plus key and scale indicators along its edge, and works alongside Magic Instruments’ mobile app to make playing (and finding lyrics) super simple. The guitar is also equipped with a variety of controls, inputs and outputs including volume of its built-in speaker, instrument sound controls to switch to differently-sounding guitars, a digital effects control, a 1/4-inch output to plug to an amp, a headphone and mic jack to play on headphones or record your singing, plus a USB MIDI out. It’s basically like a real guitar, minus the hundreds of hours of experience needed to sound good.

Read more at Magic Instruments – $300+

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Shock Clock

Successfully waking up on the first ring of your alarm often relies on slowly convincing yourself of the benefits of doing so. With a Shock Clock, on the other hand, you won’t need much convincing. Strap it to your wrist, set it, and the next morning the Shock Clock will try to wake you up gently with simple vibrations. If that doesn’t work, a loud, irritating beep should do the job, but if not, it’ll deliver an uncomfortable shock to your wrist that’s bound to get you up and at ’em. It’s compatible with iOS and Android devices, works in conjunction with the Pavlok app to set the alarm and associated settings (i.e. whether and how you want it to eventually shock you should your groggy self not respond), and lasts between three and five days on a charge.

Learn more at Indiegogo – $100

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DJI Matrice 600 Aerial Platform

It’s target demographic isn’t hobbyists. But if you’re looking for professional-grade aerial photography and videography and are willing to pay a price that’s several times higher than the brand’s other drones, the DJI Matrice 600 Aerial Platform won’t let you down. Six arms with dustproof propulsion systems keep the platform reliably afloat for long periods of time and tow a maximum payload of 6 kilograms, allowing for the use of a variety of cameras systems including the Zenmuse X5, RED Epic, plus many Canon and Nikon cameras as well as others. It’s compatible with DJI’s own Ronin MX gimbal as well as all of Zenmuse’s, flies with six batteries for redundancy in case of failure (and to simplify cross-border transport), and boasts numerous upgradeable features including centimetre-level positioning accuracy and extended video transmission range of up to 5 kilometres. It’ll float and capture footage for up to 36 minutes on a charge with smaller cameras and even boasts retractible landing gear to avoid obstructing the camera.

Read more at DJI – $4,600

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1

It’s small, but that doesn’t stop the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker from packing a serious punch. The round speaker is encased in an aluminum grill over a double-molded polymer base, forming a durable shell that’s surprisingly tough. Two 30W Class D drivers handle tweeter and woofer duties, the latter enhanced by an aluminum core sub-woofer and a powerful magnetic system. It’s also equipped with a built-in microphone for calling, a 2,200 mAh Li-ion battery that offers 24 hours of play time, and a leather string to hang it or secure it to your wrist.

Learn more at Beoplay – $250

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Apple MacBook 2016

Unfortunately, it’s still got but one USB-C port. But Apple’s latest iteration of MacBook still boasts some notable improvements over its predecessor despite bearing the same design (as sleek as it is). Its most important changes include a faster Intel Skylake Core m5 or m7 processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, either a 256GB or 512GB PCIe-based SSD, and a more powerful Intel HD Graphics 515 GPU. It’s still got the same 12-inch 2,304 by 1,440 display and the same other features, which span 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, plus a 480p FaceTime camera, but it does also manage to squeeze out an extra hour of battery life, attaining up to 10 hours per charge.

Hit up Apple for details – $1,300

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LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3

Fill up your hard drives faster than you can buy them? The LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 should have you covered, at least for some time. Designed with an industrial minimalist aesthetic by Neil Poulton, this tower has room for 12 hot-swappable enterprise-class hard disks, holding between 48, 72, and 96 terabytes of stuff. The enclosure is all aluminum to optimally dissipate heat, though four redundant fans ensure it stays cool. It’s also equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB 3.1 port for blazing fast transfer speeds that are particularly appreciated considering the size and number of files likely transferred. And since Thunderbolt 3 supports daisy chaining, you can connect the 12big as well as two 4K displays to your computer while occupying just a single one of its port or, even more impressive, chain up to six 12bigs — equivalent to 576TB of storage.

Arriving this summer. Learn more or stay informed at LaCie – $TBA

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Pancakebot Pancake Printer

Pouring pancakes by hand in the form of circles is downright rudimentary compared to the Pancakebot Pancake Printer. Built with a batter extruder at the center of 2-axis computer-controlled arms, the printer precisely draws batter on its included electric non-stick griddle using designs pulled off an SD card (FYI: not included). Various designs on their site are available for free download, though if you’re feeling inspired the included software lets you import images before tracing them out to let the printer know exactly where to lay batter. And with careful timing and batter pressure adjustment, your designs can even be perfected to even include lighter and darker colors.

Grab one at Amazon – $300

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