15 Great Gadgets and Apps
Here are fifteen of the coolest, most useful, or just really interesting gadgets and apps we've seen lately. You can get your hands on all of these now or in just a few months.
The tech was shown Thursday at Pepcom's Digital Experience for New York's CE Week, which starts June 25.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
Asus showed off its Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T tablet--the highest resolution Android tablet to date, with a 1920-pixel by 1200-pixel resolution.
An update from the original Asus Transformer Pad TF300, the TF700T now enables full 1080p HD video recording with its 2MP camera. Other specs include an NVidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0, 1GB of memory, micro HDMI and micro SD ports, and up to 9.5 hours of battery life (14 hours with the dock).
The Transformer Pad Infinity should be released later this month at around $600 for 32GB or $700 for 64GB. Budget in an extra $150 for the aluminum keyboard dock.
Escort Live App
Wouldn’t it be nice to know ahead of time if there’s a traffic cop or traffic light camera ahead of you? The Escort Live System tells you on your iPhone or Android device when and where traffic lasers are projected, thanks to tracking the laser detections on other users’ Escort systems (about one to two million users, according to Escort).
New app-only solutions ($4.99 a month or $49.99 a year) for your smartphone mean you can ditch the hardware requirement and still avoid all those traffic tickets and drive more safely.
Toshiba Satellite U845 and U845W Ultrabooks
Both the U845 and U845W, part of the Toshiba Satellite U840 series of Ultrabooks, feature Intel Ivy Bridge processors, weigh four pounds or less, and come with a hybrid 500GB HDD/16GB SSD drive.
They’re among the most affordable Ultrabooks coming out now, starting at $749 with a release date of July 22.
G-Connect Portable Drives and Wireless Hotspots
The G-Connect solves two problems at once: Not only does this portable device act as a wireless external hard drive to save room on your iPad or other mobile device, but you can also use the G-Connect as a wireless router for other devices to get online when there’s only one internet connection via Ethernet (handy for travelers). 500GB drives currently cost $199.
Roku Streaming Stick with Wi-Fi
The Roku Streaming Stick is still unofficially announced but Best Buy said it will come out this fall. The Stick will enable streaming TV in an even-more-compact form than the current Roku boxes.
Plug in this little stick to your TV's MHL port for instant access to your media subscriptions (e.g., Netflix) over Wi-Fi. Pricing is still to be announced butthe little media streamer should be in line with the pricing on other Roku products right now (under $100).
Note: Item was corrected June 29, 2012, regarding the port used.
Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 ac Router
These routers should offer three to four times the network speed of wireless-N routers and also allow more devices to connect at the same time without any slowdown on the network.
The Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 is available now at major retailers for $179.99.
Sol Republic Tracks Headphones
SOL Republic’s Tracks and Tracks HD Headphones are the world’s first modular headphones.
Choose a colored, virtually indestructible headband, either the V8 or upgraded V10 speakerpads/sound engine, and a colored wire to customize your headphones. More than a handful of color options are available for the headbands and wires. Prices start at $99.99 and you can start customizing these interchangeable headphones now.