Paper airplane crashes are funny, but they also can hurt–on the inside. When you see your aircraft nosedive into the carpet, it’s a harsh reminder that you mastered neither real physics nor the fun goof-off kind of physics in college. But the PowerUp 3.0 ($40) aims to make any chump a champ as it’s the world’s first smartphone-controlled paper airplane. All you have to do is fold a piece of paper into a plane, attach the PowerUp 3.0 (there’s a propeller/rudder in the back and the Bluetooth tech and rechargeable battery are in the front), and let ‘er rip. It’s built tough and said to be crash-proof, so even when — at its max speed of 10 mph — it hits the pavement, you’ll feel good about giving it the old college try again.
Tech By on Nov 22, 2013
Need a Fluffy fix at work? Wanna fire off a treat to Fido? This is all now possible with PetChatz ($350). Just mount it over any electrical outlet in your home, connect it to your Wi-Fi network, then shirk work all afternoon as you see and talk to your little critter from your computer or smartphone. You can remotely trigger an all-natural goodie to drop from the dispenser, and even release your pet’s favorite scents from the device. Better double up on the Dog Ass capsules.
Tech By on Nov 20, 2013
Now that we’re not 7-years-old anymore, most of us have stopped getting our bikes stolen from us in-person. I say ‘most of us’ because I must admit, Butch, the neighborhood bully, actually did swipe my Huffy the other day. But this story isn’t about me, nor the ethically-challenged Butch; it’s about those other crafty thieves that prefer to do their dirt while we’re not watching. Lock8 is the world’s first GPS-tracked, siren-alarmed, sensor-enabled bicycle lock. This thing is bad news for those guys. There’s no key involved here, just use your smartphone to lock and unlock the device on your bike. And if your bike still does get stolen, the GPS will tell you exactly where it is. (Probably at Butch’s treehouse, FYI.)
Tech By on Nov 20, 2013
What do you do when you create a popular iPad app called Paper? Well, it’d be foolish to not deliver a pencil. And that’s just what 53 has done, creating Pencil ($50), a cool new stylus that works in concert with Paper. Made from harvested wood, Pencil promises a new way to sketch without being sketchy. The ‘adaptive palm rejection’ feature means Pencil won’t think you’re trying to draw with your hand, even if it’s smooshed up against your tablet.
Tech By on Nov 18, 2013
Wearing a Nike+ FuelBand shows you care about your fitness; your health; the betterment of your body. But what it previously didn’t show was an ability to rock gold. Well, cross that off the list. Nike’s new special edition Metaluxe collection is being kicked off with this Rose Gold Nike+ FuelBand SE ($169). Its clasp, bezel and screws are manufactured from 316 series stainless steel. The metal components are also hand-polished. Is this treatment too good for your sweaty wrist? Perhaps. But for all the things you put your wrist through — especially during your teenage years — it deserves a little pampering.
Tech By on Nov 18, 2013
Modern day life has brought with it some amazing technological advances (that’s kinda what this site is all about), but also a few headaches. Maybe the biggest of them all? Battery life. The Bolt portable charger ($60) aims to ease your going-juiceless concerns with what they say is the world’s smallest combination wall charger/battery backup. Even though it’s tiny, the makers say it will still fully power-up most smartphones two times before needing a breather, and the lithium-ion battery inside Bolt promises to withstand a minimum of 500 full cycles.
Tech By on Nov 15, 2013
It’s easy to run out of real estate in your wallet when you load it up with credit cards, debit cards, gift cards, and — for some strange reason — 1981 Donruss baseball cards. But Coin ($50 to pre-order) lets you streamline your cash-carrier by digitally storing up to 8 credit, debit, gift, or membership cards all on one little black sliver. Switch between the stored cards via a button on Coin’s surface and then just run it through. Coin needs a smartphone for setup, and that phone also beeps if you’ve left the card behind.
Tech By on Nov 14, 2013
“Is that bedroom wall magenta or mauve?” Frankly, this is the type of question many straight men have difficulty answering. But the SwatchMate Cube promises to answer it for you. Place the Cube onto a surface and it instantly captures and identifies the color in question, displaying it on your paired smartphone–no calibration needed. And that certainly beats, like, calling up Tim Gunn every time you need to know a color.