While you won’t find all of these products in America, and many of them are made to order, there are some unusual, and in some instances, downright awesome, electronics to be found on the WWW. Here are some of the more interesting products we’ve stumbled upon using the Houzz app. Whether you laugh, cry, or get out your wallet, we hope you enjoy these bizarre finds.
Yesterday was the Luxury Technology Show in New York, and there were a lot of high-end, not to mention high-ticket, items on display. Here are some of the coolest products from a few of the manufacturers on display for you to buy or covet, depending on your budget.
Intelligent homes are nothing new. Manufacturers like Crestron, AMX, Control4, Elan, Savant, and others have been playing the home automation game for years, decades even. These OG home automation systems require a custom integrator to install, usually have some hard-wired element, and are intuitive, sophisticated, feature-rich, and highly functional.
I’m from Texas, graduated UT, and have a couple of awesome sisters that still live in Austin. And although I’m an Socal transplant, I’ve lived vicariously through their SXSW experiences for years. I’ve also been a technology writer for nearly 15 years. So I consider it nearly impossible that I have never heard of SXSW Interactive, which launched in 1994, until this year.
Today, Savant announced a sub-$1000 home automation system, the Smart Series, designed to do just that. Smart Series products bring the Savant experience to a broader audience, with complete packages starting at $1,599, including the new Smart Host remote and controller ($799).
We just love Kickstarter and all the crowd-funding sites out there for their ability to level the playing field even a little bit to allow the average Joe or Jill a shot at inventing something. We also love crowdfunding because it breeds innovation. We scoured Kickstarter and were delighted to find these five high-tech projects worth peeping–from sensor-based parenting to making musical instruments out of everyday objects.
Seems like everyone is keen to make your digital music files sound better via a USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) these days. We’re in the process of reviewing Meridian’s Explorer, and Audioquest’s Dragonfly is rumored to make computer music sound amazing. Denon is joining the fray, as well, announcing today its DA-300USB High-Definition USB Digital Audio Converter and Headphone Amplifier ($499)
It’s hard to think that spring is just around the corner, what with the groundhog seeing his shadow earlier this month, not to mention the horrible weather that’s been plaguing the east coast. But it is! And if you’re looking forward to enjoying some outdoor AV on your patio, rooftop, or backyard, now is a good time to start budgeting and getting it all ready in time for fairer weather.
Crowdfunding has been a boon for connected home technology gadgets. Canary was quite the hit on IndieGoGo, raising $100,000 in short order to fund its development. Now, the $199 box is almost ready to start protecting homes around the world. Canary is a sensor you can place anywhere in the room that combines video, heat, humidity, and motion-sensing capabilities into one box that’s connected to your home network. An app on your smartphone or tablet alerts you to changes in your home.
Passwords are annoying. Resetting a password is even more annoying. Many companies are trying to do away with passwords altogether. The Nymi bracelet, for example, uses your own heartbeat as a password. Over the weekend, SlickLogin, a company dedicated to doing away with typed passwords, was purchased by Google.
Last month, MakerBot announced its Digital Store, which lets you buy digital content for the 5th generation of ($2,899). Today, the company is showing the Digital Store’s capabilities at the New York City Toy Fair, making every kids’ dream of creating their own toys a reality. It’s really the ultimate home-tech toy, allowing you and your family to more »
Qualcomm’s 4k chip, the Snapdragon 802, which the company announced only last month at the Consumer Electronics Show, died with not so much as a whimper as the company quietly announced it’s untimely passing yesterday in a shrug of an announcement on the OnQ blog entitled “Snapdragon 802 Processor Update.” It’s no mistake the announcement was released on Friday, and Valentine’s day no less.