It's taken some time to get here, but 2016 just may be the year that virtual reality finally hits its stride. It feels so long ago that the Oculus Rift first hit Kickstarter, sparking endeavor and imagination from consumers, companies, and developers. If you're completely new to virtual reality, the ultra-affordable Homido Mini glasses provide an extremely convenient – but significantly compromised – sneak peek.
House-sharing, micro-apartments and shape-shifting flats have all been mooted as potential future housing solutions. The Alpod mobile home can now be added to that list. Its aluminum structure is strong and light, making it easy to transport and allowing it to be stacked in a modular fashion.
The street lighting in the US city of Los Angeles is about to get smarter. LA is to become the first city in the world to deploy Philips' SmartPole street lights, which are equipped with fully-integrated 4G LTE wireless telecommunications technology. A total of 100 SmartPoles will be rolled out.
Version 6.0 of Android is rolling out to Nexus devices now, appearing on the brand new Nexus phones very soon, and other recent Android phones over the coming months. Read on for our impressions of Marshmallow – and the difference it's going to make in your mobile experience.
Smartwatch owners with a Viper SmartStart system in their cars are getting some extra utility and convenience in their wrist-mounted wearables. Viper has just introduced its SmartStart 4.0 app for iOS and Android that enables control of various vehicle functions from an Apple Watch or Android Wear device.
If you use a smartphone for work and you don't have access to a dual-SIM handset, this usually means carrying two phones around. A new device aims to provide a simple alternative: Piece is an adapter that allows two phone numbers to be used with one phone.
Smartphones and tablets are convenient ways for consumers to enjoy music
on-the-go, but they have limits for audio reproduction – the internal
hardware is able to accomplish only so much. Portable digital-to-analog
converters (DACs) and AMP products solve this by providing the necessary
power, but most options tend to be bulky, battery-operated, expensive,
or all of the above. The Nexum Aqua aims to deliver an audio experience
without any of those drawbacks.
Plantronics, well known for communication headsets and Bluetooth earpieces, has been showing more of its casual, active lifestyle side over the past year. The Plantronics BackBeat Pro, BackBeat Fit, and BackBeat Go 2 have been targeted at consumers looking for portable audio gear. But with the market so saturated these days, it takes more than Bluetooth wireless to turn heads. We get some quality time with Plantronics’ latest BackBeat Sense headphones to see if the added features truly make a meaningful difference.
Ultimate Ears boasts an impressive record with its line of Bluetooth speakers since the release of the original UE Boom in 2013, which it followed up with the smaller UE Mini Boom and the larger UE Megaboom. All of these speakers pack big sound, loud colors and a portable form factor. Ultimate Ears’ latest and most compact speaker, the UE Roll, launched just in time for the Northern Hemisphere summer and we dive in to see how it hangs, dunks, floats, and sounds.
Despite the rise of touchscreens, for many people the humble mouse remains the primary computing input device, requiring the right amount of comfort and precision for the user. Just as with tools in the garage or utensils in the kitchen, quality makes a big difference on overall experience. We give the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 mouse a spin, click, and scroll to see how it handles.