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Jawbone UP 24 Data Visualization
As noted before, not only is information useful, it's also beautiful. Recognizing this, the recently appointed VP of Data at sleep and health data tracking device Jawbone, Monica Rogati, has partnered with artist Shantell Martin to utilize all the...
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Waterproof Phones and Accessories
There's no denying it, our smartphones have essentially become an extension of our bodies. Thankfully, in recent years, a handful of companies have broken ground in waterproofing these fragile pieces of technology that we depend on so much. Whether...
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Drobo Mini
A valuable solution for the traveling photo or video nerd, Drobo's brand new Drobo Mini is the world’s smallest full-featured storage array that operates off combined disk and solid-state technologies, making it also one of the fastest. Like...
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Nike FuelBand
Data analysis is no longer just a practice for economists or statistics-hungry infographic designers. Thanks to technology at large, anyone can easily track every aspect of their existence to create a personalized numerical evaluation—a quantified...
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SWYP
In terms of form and function the printer has not made any great strides in the last decade. What in reality is a cumbersome necessity, most printer experiences leave much to be desired between clunky design, awkward parts and a near total lack of...
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Olympus E-P3
As a long-time fan of Olympus' PEN series of micro-four-thirds cameras, I was ecstatic to have a chance to spend the last week testing their brand new E-P3. The new shooter, at the top of the line of their just-expanded family of cameras, is loaded...
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Critter and Guitari Pocket Pianos
Critter and Guitari, the same experimental audiophiles that came up with a Kaleidescope-inspired music device, recently added a new creation to their line-up of avant-tools. Ultra-portable, simple and versatile, don't let the clean lines of the Pocket...
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Belkin's Conserve Valet
Belkin's new Conserve Valet power station presents a simple, energy-efficient way to charge electronic devices. A single platform charges up to four mobile devices at once reducing energy consumption by 75% overall, and the station itself draws zero...
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Funny USB Memory Stick #6
Designer Mac Funamizu's clever prototype, the Funny USB Memory Stick #6, allows users to physically see the digital contents contained on a mini flash drive. The clear glass device uses lights to indicate the amount and type of data stored. A fully...
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Ford Sync AppLink
Following the announcement of their MyTouch in-car interface (based on Microsoft Sync software) earlier this year, today Ford announced the next component of that technology called AppLink. The new addition to the system allows drivers to navigate...
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Cool Hunting iPad App
The most exciting new hardware launched by Apple since the iPhone, the iPad presents a brand new platform for consuming online content. To perfectly tailor our publication to the touch-screen medium, we developed the Cool Hunting application—...
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Smart Design's Proto-iPad
Always ahead of the curve, even 20 years ago Apple envisioned computers as a source of personal entertainment—a mobile device that could capture images, play music, and serve as a platform for viewing catalogs and magazines. In a recent Fast...
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Belkin Play Max
After checking out the new collection of user-friendly routers from Belkin this morning, the model most after our own hearts is the top-of-the-line Play Max, a dual-band device that makes both experiencing and downloading large media files easier...
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Tkaro
Tkaro's cylindrical glass design not only eliminates the expendable plastic bottle (and the leached taste and BPAs that go with it), but doubles as a cup for a civilized way to stay hydrated on-the-go. The durable glass construction may weigh a little...
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Swinxs Game Console
The first device for playing outdoors as well as inside, Swinxs provides hours of recreational use with lights and a built-in voice that explains games, recognizes players and serves as a referee. Announced in 2008, launched in Europe last year...
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HTC Legend and Desire
Unveiled in Barcelona this morning, the HTC Legend and Desire are the latest and—as the names imply—greatest Android phones to enter the market. Both devices feature the company's Sense user interface which improves many facets of the...
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Nikon Coolpix S8000
Released today as part of Nikon's new Style Series line, the S8000 continues the trend of narrowing the gap between high end, image-focused SLRs and conveniently pocket-sized point-and-shoots. The diminutive camera, at 14.2 megapixels with full 10x...
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Sitting Down with the Apple iPad
As you undoubtedly already know, Apple unveiled its wildly-anticipated iPad yesterday in San Francisco. I attended the event and had plenty of time to play with and talk about the device afterward. For his keynote presentation, Steve Jobs shared...
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Stoppy Ultimate Door and Window Stop
A flexible and handy little device, wedging a comma-shaped Stoppy under or between any door or window keeps them in place. Made of weatherproof materials, the stopper works indoors or out and grips almost every type of surface. Available in a variety...
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Olympus EP-1 "PEN" Camera: Hands-On Review
Addressing the growing market for a smaller camera with professional features, Olympus recently introduced the compact, lightweight Micro Four Thirds EP-1 a.k.a. "PEN" digital camera. I never go anywhere without a camera, but schlepping...
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Sonos CR200 Touchscreen Controller
Putting control of multi-room music playback into a smaller, easier to navigate device, Sonos' new remote makes their already winning system even better. Over the past several years using Sonos' Multi-Room Music System, we've been loving the balance...
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Square iPhone Payment System
A project codenamed "Square" is the brand new iPhone-based payment processing system that's currently being alpha tested at the also brand new Self Edge NYC. In addition to keeping the process paperless, Square makes check-out clean...
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Sigma DP2 Digital Camera
For those who want the quality of a DSLR in the size of a point-and-shoot, the Sigma DP2 recently emerged as a powerful new competitor on the scene. While small digital cameras have made it easier to perfectly capture moments through rapid fire shooting...
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Plastic Logic Reader
Still one year out of consumer reach, the Plastic Logic reader is already being touted by some sources as the Kindle killer. At this week's Tools of Change for Publishing Conference in New York, I had a chance to see the reader prototype in action...
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