Month: Dec 2016

TAG Heuer Connected

The TAG Heuer Connected made our list as the first smartwatch that comes from a proper Swiss luxury watchmaker. Developed in collaboration with Intel and Google, the device delivers all the functionality you’d expect from an Android Wear smartwatch, wrapped into a luxury watch package with a titanium case and sapphire crystal. Pricey, but worth it for well-heeled techies. Also, TAG Heuer will let you swap the connected for a real mechanical watch after two years, so long as you are willing to part with another $1,500.

Raspberry Pi Zero

No, this is not a typo. The Raspberry Pi Zero really is a computer that costs only $5, or less than your average pumpkin spice latte. The chip is also smaller than a dollar bill! Yes, you need a few additional accessories to get the Pi Zero completely going, but still, one can’t help but marvel at the long way the industry has traveled since the days when computers could only fit in university auditoriums and cost more than the annual budget of a small country.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV camera can shoot 4K video and capture images whose quality rivals that of a pro-grade DSLR on many occasions, yet it easily fits in a jacket pocket. The best compact camera by quite a margin, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is equally easy to use and to fall in love with for everyone — from photography newbies to seasoned pros.

WowWee MiP

Eight-inch-tall humanoid robot with LED eyes that balances Segway-like on two wheels and makes sounds that indicate whether it is “happy” or “sad.” MiP can be controlled by hand motions thanks to IR sensors in the bot or by a mobile app, which allows for better control and additional capabilities. Besides its remote control feature, MiP has six programmed modes: Tricks, Roam, Track, Dance, Cage, and Stack. Roam, for example, allows the toy to navigate a room by itself and avoid detected obstacles. MiP is powered by four AAA batteries.

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