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POWERUP 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane
Everyone has their own perfect paper airplane design, but now you can power those up with the POWERUP 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane engine. It can attach to almost any paper airplane design, and it’s controlled from your smartphone. Conceptually it’s clearly pretty simple, but the crash proof design and reliable Bluetooth capabilities, alone with the designs and extras included in the kit, makes this a fun gadget worth picking up. It’s fun for all ages. The product does rely on relatively straightforward aerodynamics. There are no stabilizers or horizontal props that we’re used to seeing in drones these days, so if your paper airplane folding skills aren’t the best, or if the weather isn’t cooperating, it might throw a wrench into the works, but when conditions are great it’s tons of fun. And right now you can get a good deal for it on amazon for under $50.
Buy From Amazon / $50
SD to Lightning Adapter
One of the best pieces of travel gear for any photographer out there is a device which lets you import photos and videos from any SD card directly onto your phone. Although the concept is simple, many don’t think about how convenient it is to own. While some cameras these days do have the ability to wirelessly import photos to your mobile devices, most don’t, and even when they do the process can be a little counterintuitive, and doesn’t compare to the peace of mind and quality of image that comes with importing the file directly to your phone. The plug and play nature of the process is straightforward and easy. Simply plug in the adapter to your iPhone and an import screen will automatically pop up. It’s that easy. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to have the highest quality images of a DSLR combined with the shareability of a mobile device, and it’s great for travel when you might not have a full computer with you to import the files. Although even for everyday use sometimes it’s just better to cut out the middle man. You can get it directly from Apple for around $30, but we recommend getting a third party adapter. They’re the same hardware, but for sometimes only a third of the price, like the one from Walmart available now for just under $10.
Buy From Walmart / $10
Solar Scroll Flexible Solar Panel
This fully funded Kickstarter campaign allows you to provide instant power to your devices wherever the sun is shining. It's compact, 5W and consists of a 5200mAh backup battery that is able to charge most modern USB devices. Charging via the solar panel takes about 5 hours and there is an additional wall charger that provides a full charge in as little as two hours. The solar panel itself is made of a flexible, rollable military grade material that can endure the elements and weather alike. A perfect accessory to travelers, campers and digital nomads. Pre-order now from Soul Inventions.
Buy From Soul Inventions / $115
Lumen Metabolism Tracker
Athletes have long been tracking and using the ratio of carbon dioxide to oxygen to modify their diets and achieve optimal performance, however, its been a costly process thats required expensive tools and use of a medical center. The Lumen Metabolism Tracker, which is now funding on Indiegogo, aims to bring this cutting edge tech into consumers' hands for real-time and on the go tracking. Using your breath as the measure, the device can tell you whether you are currently burning carbs or fat and ways to adjust your diet accordingly. This will make sure that you are always performing optimally and have enough energy for later workouts and expenditures. It can also give you insights on how the food you eat affects your performance as well as the right mixture of macro and micro nutrients. The device needs to be charged only once every few weeks and comes with a soft travel case so you can bring it with you everywhere.
Buy From Lumen / $199
Mophie Powerstation AC - 22,000 mAh
Packing a 22,000 mAh cell, the Powerstation AC from Mophie can charge all of your devices: from your Macbook Pro to your Android phone to non-'smart' devices requiring a traditional AC (the kind in your wall) plug. The charger can regulate the power output and provide 110V and 100W AC outlets, perfect for your laptop or camera as well as a USB A port with a capacity of 2.4A and USB C at 22,000 mAh. Built in safety features make sure the right output pairs with each device so you won't have to worry about any compatibility issues. The power brick is small and portable, weighing almost 1.7 lbs and slips conveniently into a standard backpack or laptop case.
Buy From Mophie / $199
Belkin MFI-Approved Power Bank
Apple is very well known for keeping the lid on the specs for their proprietary charging ports. So much so, that this is the first ever MFI-approved product that has been created by a non-Apple company EVER. A portable power bank for your iPhone and iPad, the BoostCharge Power Bank Lightning 10K is a 10,000mAH battery with two USB Type A Ports and an additional Lightning port. We love the sleek design, black or white finishing and minimalist aesthetic to pair nicely with Apples sleek line of portable devices. Available for pre-order now from Belkin.
Buy From Belkin / $59
Varjo Mixed Reality Headset
While VR may not have lived up to the hype that the early 2000s gave it, that doesn't stop companies like Varjo from trying to push the envelope. The Mixed Reality Headset aims to mimic the the human eye and provides a set of 0.7-inch, Full HD Sony-sourced MicroOLED displays, both of which can offer 3,000 pixel-per-inch density and are magnified to fill up roughly a 20-degree field of view. It features eye tracking and a set of mirrors that move the projected images in front of whereever your eyes are looking. Kits are expected to ship out in early 2019. We'll follow to see if this one lives up to the hype.
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Titan Underwater Diving Drone
Drones are all the rage these days and finally were starting to see some that can navigate the waters like their aerial counterparts. Able to dive down to depths of 500 feet, the Titan is a perfect tool for the photographer that lives to capture underwater treasures. Six thrusters propel the drone and proprietary software allows you to get steady and smooth footage and sharp imaging even with unpredictable ocean conditions. There is a 4k sensor and a 160 degree wide angle lens that capture 8-megapixel stills and 1080p live streamed footage. You control the drone as you would a typical video game controller and the 3000-lumen LED lights allow you light up darker environments. Also includes a hardshell carrying case and a battery with up to four hours of run time. This Kickstarter is fully funded so you can preorder now.
Buy From Titan / $1,399
TUG MagSafe Connectors
Drawing inspiration from Apple's now defunct MagSafe connectors, the TUG is a simple magnetic plug that turns any power cord into a safe, break-away connector. Never again worry about tripping over your power cables or sending your laptop flying. Why did Apple get rid of these again?
Buy From TUG / $20