There seems to be a trend among phone manufacturers of going back to the simple cellphones of the late 1990s/early 2000s. Nokia - one of the leading names in 'dumb phone' tech of yesteryear - is bringing back one of their iconic models, the 8810. Best known as being the phone that Neo uses in the 1999 hit The Matrix, the 'banana phone' is aimed at people looking to ditch the endless clutters and distractions of modern apps for a simple phone that can just call and text. The 8810 will have a battery that can last 25 days, work on 4G networks and even include the classic hit Snake for when you need to look busy out in public. They plan to start shipping later this year.
Hexa 6-Legged Programmable Robot
Robots are cool and the next big platform. Robotics company Vincross is looking to bring the world of hardware and software programmable robots into your home with Haxa, a 6-legged robot that is highly agile and adaptable. The robot comes with a 720P camera complete with night vision, a 3-axis accelerometer and several sensors including ones to measure distance and proximity to objects. Hexa also includes a full software stack built on the Linux Kernel called MIND, that allows you to create movements and applications that can bring your robotics to life. It connects via an integrated wi-fi adapter and a 4-hour battery life. Hexa is perfect for the first time enthusiasts that don't need to know underlying hardware and complex mechanics to learn and create interesting robotics functionality.
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.