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Upright Go Posture Trainer

Positive thinking is unlikely to do much for fixing your horrendous posture, most notably that screen slouch you’ve been unable to shed for probably decades. A bit of consistent and controlled nagging, on the other hand, just might. The Upright Go Posture Trainer ($69) tracks and aids you in correcting it by sticking to your upper back using reusable double-sided soft stickers, each good for about two or three weeks of regular use, and not only tracks your upper back/neck posture but also vibrates to let you know how you’re doing in real time. The idea is that over a few weeks, and with many nudges to correct your posture, your back muscles will get stronger and hold you straight without much conscious effort. It also of course also continues working while standing, resists sweat and water, lasts for about two days worth of use on a charge, and switches from training mode to tracking only mode — which won’t vibrate, but still keeps tabs on your posture in the app — with just a tap. It’s worth mentioning that we’re been toying with the Go’s predecessor, the Upright Pro, so more on that shortly.

Find it at Kickstarter – $69

GET IT: $69

Gear
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Current Bag Co Charging Backpack

If it weren’t for the lightning bolt motifs on its zipper holds or, perhaps, its name, you’d never guess the Current Bag Co Charging Backpack had electrified ambitions. The backpack comes in the retro-styled Classic that’s made of blended nylon and accented with leather and steel zippers as well as a sleek, modern Move variant built with weathered polyester for more physically active wear. Both are durable, water-resistant, feature a quick-access front pocket for stashing stuff that you’ll want to keep in close reach, and boast a multitude of other pockets and compartments to obsessively organize everything from your sunglasses to your laptop. And of course both also include either a 5,000mAh (in the Move) or 10,000mAh (in the Classic) charging station that packs enough juice to charge your tablet or smartphone several times over.

Hit up Kickstarter to learn more – $70+

Presented by Current Bag Co.

GET IT: $70+

Tech

LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3

Just calling it an external drive would be reductive. The LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 complements modern port-sparse USB-C-equipped computers like Apple’s MacBook & MacBook Pro with not only large storage capacities but also a myriad of ports to serve as a dock and USB hub all at once. We’ll start with storage: it includes two Seagate IronWolf Pro drives in RAID that’ll hold a total of between 12 and 20 terabytes of data and serve it to and from your computer very quickly, with transfer speeds of up to 440MB/s thanks to the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3. On the front it’s got both CF and SD card slots as well as one USB 3.0 port, and on the back you’ll find three USB-C ports — two being Thunderbolt 3-enabled and powered so they can charge your laptop — plus a DisplayPort out to plug to your high-resolution 4K display. And all this is accomplished with a single plug running to your computer.

Learn more at LaCie – $TBA

GET IT: $TBA

Tech

Asus Tinker Board

If it reminds you of a Raspberry Pi you’re definitely onto something. After decades of making solid motherboards and miscellaneous hardware (not to mention computers), the Asus Tinker Board is the hardware giant’s first take on a miniature, affordable single board computer made for DIYers and tinkerers. The compact credit card-shaped device boasts a surprisingly large amount of functionality that includes a quad-core ARM Rockchip RK3288 processor, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a dedicated ARM-based GPU good for playing 4K video, and a ton of inputs and outputs (think full-sized HDMI, 3.5mm audio, LAN, two USB 2.0 ports, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card reader, and more). It runs on Debian-based TinkerOS and though it costs a little more than the highest end Raspberry Pi, for projects where more robust specs and feature sets are necessary the Thinker Board should make a name for itself.

Learn more at Asus or grab one at Amazon – $60

GET IT: $60

Photography

Sony A9 Camera

Sony’s been holding it’s own and even outdoing, on several occasions, both of its main rivals in the camera world: Canon & Nikon. And the Sony A9 Camera charges on with features that’ll make Canon’s already fast 1D fluster. The A9 boasts a 24.2 megapixel full-frame stacked CMOS sensor behind both a traditional mechanical shutter as well as an electronic one. Using the latter means no blackouts on the viewfinder, silent operation devoid of vibrations (imagine a future of televised golf devoid of clicking), and of course very high speeds, shooting at up to 20fps with a max shutter speed of 1/32,000 of a second while never losing sight of your subject. Sony’s 4D Focus system is also worth noting, which is fast, operates uninterrupted even with the shutter released, and uses 693 phase-detection AF points that cover nearly the entirety of the image. And with a huge battery, dual memory card slots, and likely the best viewfinder ever fitted on a camera at Quad-VGA, the A9 isn’t lacking when it comes to important details that make or break your shooting, either.

Learn more at Sony – $4,500

GET IT: $4,500

Tech

Roadie 2 Automatic Guitar Tuner

The Roadie 2 Automatic Guitar Tuner won’t just tell you if your string is tuned — it’ll literally tune it for you at the push of a button. To use this device, turn the scroll wheel to select the type of guitar (or bass) you’re tuning, be it acoustic, electric, a ukulele, a banjo, or whatever. Then place it the peg of an untuned string and pluck the latter and Roadie 2 gets to work, tightening or loosening the string automatically to get it just right. Because it comes preprogrammed with most standard tunings it’ll get your guitar in tune quick and switched between two keys almost as fast. If standard won’t cut it you can also use the app to create your own alternate tunings to your taste,. Vibration detection means it’ll still tune accurately in noisy settings, and a distinct Roadie Bass comes with a stronger motor and larger battery, both helpful if not necessary for tuning bass guitars.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $90

GET IT: $90

Audio

Master & Dynamic MA770 Concrete Speaker

Concrete’s not the first material we’d think to go to in high-end audio equipment, but the Master & Dynamic MA770 Concrete Speaker — designed by Sir David Adjaye, the architect behind the new Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. — shows that the material’s acoustic properties are more solid (sorry) than you’d imagine. The proprietary concrete composite adds both heft and ample dampening, the latter to the tune of five times superior than wood. In terms of components the MA770 features two 4-inch woven Kevlar long-throw woofers and a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter, all driven by a 100 watt Class D amplifier. Each also comes with a removable magnetic grille to protect the speakers and features WiFi, Chromecast, and Bluetooth 4.1 on top of a wired input so you can stream to it however you’d like.

Find it at Master & Dynamic – $1,800

GET IT: $1,800

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Teodoor Smart Lock

There’s no keypad, nor a dizzying amount of buttons on the Teodoor Smart Lock, which installs on the inside of your door rather than outside (the reason for this in a minute). Instead, interacting with it physically is as simple as twisting its circular handle, though of course the accompanying Bluetooth-connected app can handle this for you with a click. This system is easier to install than most smart locks since it sits over your existing cylinder deadbolt mechanism, replacing the cylinder itself in a couple of minutes and with just a screwdriver. The outer lock can still be accessed as usual using the same old key you’ve always used, and a set of CR123A batteries powers the thing for a year (though of course it’ll warn you through the app when charge is low). Otherwise the app lets you grant permission to others to access your home — like a friend to water your plants while you’re away, etc — and an optional WiFi adapter also adds on extra functionality like door movement sensing to warn you of suspicious activity.

Find it at Kickstarter – $100

GET IT: $100

Audio

Bose SoundLink Revolve

Dubbed their best sounding wireless speaker ever — and you know they’ve made some great sounding stuff already — the Bose SoundLink Revolve and higher-end, handle-equipped Revolve+ are worth a listen. The speaker’s name and rounded shape point towards omnidirectional sound, and indeed both feature two opposing passive radiators, a downward-facing transducer, and an acoustic deflector, all ensuring that its sound is as clear (and loud) regardless of your position. The speaker’s aluminum shell is also sealed for water-resistance and the top and bottom are actually made of rubber to absorb shocks and bumps — and to ensure the speaker survives falls and a bit of roughhousing. Both also boast a universal threaded mount for attaching to a tripod or GorillaPod (or other accessory), 12 to 16 hours of battery life (for the Revolve and Revolve+, respectively), and work with the Bose Connect app for pairing multiple devices to make stereo setups or extend the music across larger areas with multiple other Bose speakers in Party Mode.

Find the Revolve ($200) and Revolve+ ($300) at Amazon.

GET IT: $200+

Sports & Outdoors

Misfit Flare Fitness Tracker

Activity trackers often come with a myriad of extra features that you invariable pay for whether you need them or not. Not the Misfit Flare Fitness Tracker. This slim, spartan device does what it promises and not much more, keeping tabs on your steps taken, your sleep, calories burned, and even tracks specific activities like swimming, soccer, and yoga. It’s without a display but features a single LED beneath a capacitive crystal face that you can touch to play music while you work out, skip through presentation slides, and that can also be used as a remote shutter for snapping group photos. The rest — like consulting gathered activity data and such — is done using an app that syncs your phone to the device using Bluetooth 4.1. There aren’t even batteries to charge regularly since a single replaceable coin cell battery powers the compact Flare for about four months.

Learn more at Misfit – $60

GET IT: $60

Tech

Eye Smart Android Case For iPhone

Can’t make the crucial decision of whether to spring for an iPhone or Android device? You won’t really have to choose anymore thanks to the Eye Smart Android Case For iPhone (that’s the back of an iPhone you’re looking at above). It’s basically a fully functional Android device rolled up into a case, adding a second fully functional phone on the back of your iPhone while also doubling the latter’s battery life. Features include a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, an SD card slot to expand storage by up to 256GB, wireless Qi charging, two extra SIM card slots (for running up to 3 phone numbers at once), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an infrared blaster to control your home theatre or AC unit from your phone — besides all the features and advantages that running Android 7.1 Nougat bring to the table. It’s also worth mentioning that it miraculously doesn’t appear thicker than most dedicated battery cases, and since it’s connected to your iPhone via the Lightning port transfer speeds are rather fast.

Find it at none other than Kickstarter – $120+

GET IT: $120+

Tech

Western Digital My Passport SSD

There’s a price premium to the Western Digital My Passport SSD over traditional disk-based portable hard drives, though it’s also smaller, lighter, more durable, and way faster. The drive couples solid state memory that attains speeds of up to 515MB/s to a USB Type-C interface that won’t bottleneck the former in the least. Dropping it from as high as 6.5 feet won’t cause issues (except possibly scuff up its enclosure), and it also includes 256-bit AES hardware encryption plus a USB Type-A (i.e. normal USB) adapter in the box for use with computers devoid of USB-C. Comes in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities.

Learn more at Western Digital – $100 to $400

GET IT: $100+

Tech

Duo AI Mirror

It’s first and foremost a mirror, though the Duo AI Mirror is quick to reveal its high tech inner workings when spoken to or touched. Think of this elegant, inconspicuous computer as an Echo or Google home, just with a visual interface as well in the form of a 27-inch 1080p multitouch display hidden behind a one-way mirror. Duo can play music, videos, display the weather, show you the news, as well as answer your questions and do your bidding (for instance to call you an Uber). Its custom-built HomeOS also features a SDK for developers to create custom apps, so both its functionality and integration with other smart home devices (for controlling lights, locks, blinds, and more) are bound to expand over time.

Preorder at Duo – $400

GET IT: $400