Our list below features some of the most innovative and interesting technology and cutting edge gadgets from across the web. Everything from a home security system that teaches itself via machine vision and AI, to the world’s first 3-D printing pen can be found here. Scroll down and browse. You’ll discover some new and unique technology that can provide entertainment and also improve your life.
Latch C Iphone smart lock is introducing a new smart door lock today that can be controlled with an iPhone. It’s called the Latch C, and in addition to iPhone control through Apple’s HomeKit platform, it has all the same smart features as the original Latch door lock: a built-in camera to see who’s at your door, the ability to use passcodes and cards instead of a key, and a recorded log of who’s come through.
The Latch C is much smaller than the original Latch lock, called the Latch M, because it’s designed for a different type of doorlock. Where the Latch M was built for tall mortise locks, the Latch C is meant for simpler cylindrical deadbolts, which aren’t attached to the knob. That allows the unit be a lot smaller while still offering the same features — though it also means that, like the M, it can only fit on certain types of doors.
Unfortunately, whether your door is compatible with a Latch lock doesn’t really matter, because you still can’t actually buy one. Rather than sell directly to consumers, Latch has built its business around selling locks to the real estate companies that build and operate apartment buildings. It’s hoping new and existing apartments will outfit residents’ doors with Latch locks, giving the units a high-tech perk.
Latch offers conveniences to real estate companies, too. Those companies want locks that log comings and goings for security reasons, and Latch provides a website for building owners to manage all of their installed locks and the ability to audit who’s come through them. Locks cost $399 each (it also sells an electronic model called the Latch R), and they require an ongoing subscription to Latch’s management service.
Latch isn’t sharing how many doors its locks are installed on yet, nor will it say when it plans to start selling directly to consumers, which its website suggests will happen eventually. “It is less typical for individuals to own their own units in [modern apartment buildings] and so we’ve focused on selling to large building owners directly,” Latch CEO Luke Schoenfelder wrote in an email to The Verge.
As for other smart platforms, like Google Assistant and Alexa, Schoenfelder said that Latch sees “a variety of interesting opportunities” but said that Apple has “done a phenomenal job” addressing security concerns. It should also be possible for the Latch M to eventually be updated with HomeKit support, though Schoenfelder only said that additional details of Latch’s HomeKit implementation would be announced in the future.
Small drones are not new. Toy-sized quadcopters have been on the market for years helping kids (and dads) start flying for a relatively reasonable price and not much expertise. Yet small drones that can do almost anything a big drone can do? That’s new. And that’s what makes the DJI Spark so exciting.
The first and, ultimately, most important thing you’ll notice about the Spark is its size. It is tiny. It’s so tiny, it makes the very small Mavic Pro look like an obese giant. If the Mavic Pro is the size of Italian sandwich, the Spark is the size of a hearty cannoli. At 300 grams, it weighs about as much as a cannoli, too. Since a recent court ruling found that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cannot require hobbyists to register their drones, you can just take the Spark out of the box and start flying for fun. If you’re using it for commercial purposes, those rules still apply.
That’s part of why it took two people to review this bite-sized little quadcopter. Michael is a licensed commercial drone pilot, so he manned the controls. Adam is a recreational pilot, so he worked as the spotter (and photographer). And to be a real dad about it, you should always do your drone flights with a friend. At the very least, two sets of eyes come in handy, when you’re trying to keep your eye on the aircraft. Since the Spark is so small, you’ll need all the help you can get.
What kind of tiny drone is this?
Broadly speaking, the Spark boasts all of the same features as the larger, folding Mavic Pro, but everything is dialed down. With a maximum speed of 31 mph, the Spark is not as fast as the Mavic Pro’s 40 mph. With a maximum transmission distance of 1.2 miles, the Spark can’t fly as far as the Mavic Pro which has a range of 4.3 miles. With a battery half the size of the Mavic Pro’s, the Spark can’t fly as long. You’ll get 16 minutes of flight on a single Spark charge. The Mavic Pro’s battery lasts 27 minutes. The 1080p camera and two-axis gimbal on the Spark is not nearly as good as the 4K camera and three-axis gimbal on the Mavic Pro.
Yet like the Mavic Pro and the Phantom 4, the DJI Spark features obstacle avoidance technology and extra sensors that enable intelligent flight modes, like Tap Fly, Active Track, and Gestures. That last one is where the Spark really stands out. Thanks to an infrared sensor on the front of the aircraft, you can actually control the Spark with your palm. A lot of people are calling this “Jedi Mode,” and it’s pretty cool, when it works.
What’s it like?
This is all especially exciting since the DJI Spark only costs $500. That makes it not only the smallest drone DJI’s ever made but also the cheapest. But there’s a catch, that $500 price tag does not include the cost of a controller, and you’ll definitely want to fly the Spark with a controller.
To get a controller, you have to buy the Spark Fly More Combo for $700. The combo comes with a lot of other stuff that you’ll definitely want, like propeller guards, extra propellers, and an extra battery. However—and that’s a capital “H” however—let us remind you that you don’t need the controller to fly the Spark. You can fly it with your hands, or you can use a smartphone or tablet. It’s great for beginners who don’t need another joy stick in their lives, but that experience might not be ideal for seasoned drone pilots, who love the tactile feel of a controller.
How does this tiny drone do in the sky?
Think of the Spark as a personal drone. Everything about it is designed to make you feel safe and in control—especially if you spring for those propellor guards. You can technically fly the DJI Spark with your hands and take selfies by making a picture frame with your fingers. Toss the DJI Spark in a backpack and go on vacation to California. It can take off from your palm, track you and your pal as you pose next to a redwood, take a photo, and then land on your palm. Except for the whole California vacation thing, we did this. It worked.
But the gesture control is far from perfect. You really do have to learn the different gestures and train yourself a little to do them exactly right. Even then, you’re very limited to what you can do it. Basically, the DJI Spark will take a photo of you and fly within a few feet of your palm. It’s a parlor trick at best. And don’t even think about trying it in the wind. The Spark bounces around in a breeze, and that seems to confuse the infrared sensor to no end.
But the technology still feels like the first generation of a thrilling new wave of drones that work with minimal effort and require nothing more than a trained human to make them fly. Or maybe, in the future, these drones will be sentient and take over the world. We don’t know yet, and that’s what makes it so exciting!
What does it do besides taking selfies?
Thing is, you don’t need the gesture control at all. It’s a fun bonus for a drone that’s already awesome. It’s like the Mazda Miata of drones. Sure, it’s not the biggest or most powerful thing you can buy. But it’s fun as hell.
We could really see the Spark being extra fun for wannabe drone racers. While 31 mph isn’t the fastest speed for a DJI drone, it feels fast when you’re flying the Spark in sport mode. And because the Spark is roughly the same size as the racing drones you see people flying in the Drone Racing League on ESPN, you’ll start to feel like you could get the hang of this hobby. The big bummer is that the Spark currently doesn’t work with DJI Goggles, the company’s first-person view (FPV) headset.
Meanwhile, the camera is exceedingly decent for simple stuff like taking a selfie or shooting an aerial view of the city skyline. However one thing that the DJI Spark camera really doesn’t do well is tilt the camera lens up or down. The barebones two-axis gimbal doesn’t move smoothly; it essentially jumps from one position to the next, which will keep the Spark from being useful for budding cinematographers who want smooth pans.
If you find yourself disappointed by little shortcomings like a jerky gimbal or lack of FPV goggles, the Spark might not be for you. You’re probably someone who already owns a Phantom or a Mavic Pro or, who knows, a freaking $3300 Inspire. You might consider buying a Spark for your kids, though. Heck, get one for your fun-loving mom or that close friend you’ve been convincing to take up the hobby. It’s an expensive way to get started with drones, but it’s worth it for the right person.
Should you buy the Spark?
But before you spend any money, consider your mission. Are you a beginner, looking to get a first drone that works dependably well for most purposes? The Spark’s a great choice. Are you a long-time Phantom owner, looking for something more portable? The Spark is a good choice, but for $300 more the Mavic Pro is better. Are you an aerial cinematographer hoping to get some of your footage in a Hollywood movie? You shouldn’t even be reading this right now, because you should be saving up for the $5,000 DJI Matrice.
This is another way of saying that, with the addition of the Spark, DJI really does sell a drone for every level of expertise. And quite impressively, the $500 Spark is just enough drone for most people. No matter how advanced you are as a pilot, the Spark is genuinely fun to fly.
It could get even better with age, too, thanks to potential firmware updates and improvements to the gesture control. Otherwise, it’s a magical glimpse into an exciting future of drones, aircraft that are smaller than we thought possible and that can do more than ever before.
Update 7/26/2017 – This story has been updated to include new details about FAA drone rules, namely the fact that small drones no long need to be registered if they’re being flown for recreational purposes.
Here’s a quick report on my short time with the highly anticipated electric car.
The first few vehicles produced by Tesla are being delivered to executives and employees and a few of them were nice enough to allow reporters to drive them around the Fremont factory earlier today. Unfortunately, we were not allow to take pictures or film the test drive.
Nonetheless, I got to drive a brand new Midnight Silver Model 3 with 19″ ‘Sport’ wheels (the non-aero ones).
The first thing that comes to mind when seeing the vehicle in person is that it is indeed a Tesla. It might be half the price of the Model S, but it does look and feel like a ~20% smaller Model S with a design refresh. Of course, that’s just how it looks, but it also features several updated systems, including a new architecture.
A walk around shows nothing new that we haven’t seen in the countless recent sightings, but the glass roof is definitely a standout feature – it looks great in person, especially from the back:
Now you have to actually get in the car. Tesla is parting ways with its concept of using a key fob that looks like the car and instead, it will rely primarily on the owner’s phone.
Tesla’s app will take an increasingly more important role and the Model 3 will be Bluetooth connected to your phone in order to automatically unlock the doors as you approach.
If your phone is dead or you don’t have it on you for whatever reason, Tesla provides a keycard with a NFC chip. You just have to swipe on the B pillar and it will unlock the doors:
Now once you are inside, you can admire the minimalist interior of the Model 3.
While the center 15″ touchscreen almost jumps in your face, the long straight dash almost steals the show:
I didn’t have a lot of time to play with the user interface of the screen, but it almost looks exactly like each of Tesla’s current apps but in different formats to fit on the horizontal display:
The left side is definitely more animated when in drive. The renders of the Model 3 and surrounding vehicles appear on the screen like they do on the instrument cluster of current Model S and Model X vehicles with Autopilot.
The area which shows charging information above changes when the car is in drive to display gears and speed of the car. There’s also a very small animation of the power consumption.
I wasn’t comfortable with looking at it too much while driving, but I have to assume that drivers could get used to it after an extended period.
The car was so new that it was still calibrating its Autopilot sensors when I drove it, which means that I couldn’t activate Autopilot.
You need to tap down twice in order to activate the features where it is available.
As for the driving experience itself, it felt a lot like a Model S 60 with a 0-60 acceleration of 5.1 seconds.
Despite being about 1,000 pounds lighter than the Model S, it felt very solid with sharp handling, especially in “sport” steering mode. It benefits from the same architecture as its predecessors with the battery pack laying flat close to the ground between the axles.
I honestly didn’t have enough time with the car to form a valuable opinion on the driving experience, but my first impression is that it feels solid for a vehicle of its size and again, very comparable to the base Model S in term of driving.
I did notice that the regenerative braking is significantly weaker than I anticipated, but I am now used to the regen of my Model S P85, which is quite strong. It is possible that regen strength could get stronger on future dual-motor versions of the Model 3, or a performance version if it ever comes.
This one part of a series of posts from the Model 3 unveiling. You can read the other parts here:
The new Nokia 3310 takes the iconic silhouette of the original and reimagines it for 2017. The custom designed user interface brings a fresh look to a classic, whilst the 2.4” polarized and curved screen window makes for better readability in sunlight.
Amazon Echo voice-activated smart home speaker is undeniably futuristic, but it’s also practical and accessible. With a rapidly growing slate of features and integrations, it’s easy to get excited about the Echo’s potential.
Since introducing the original Amazon Echo in November 2014, Amazon has continued to refresh and expand its lineup of hands-free, voice-enabled speakers. In April, the company introduced the Echo Dot, a smaller version of the Echo, and in September returned with an updated version of the Dot, simultaneously cutting its price almost in half to $50 (or £50).
This new Echo Dot, available in black or white, has a slightly sleeker design than the original, though it comes equipped with the same array of seven microphones and advanced noise-cancelling technology. Amazon says that the new Dot features a more powerful speech processor, which delivers improved far-field speech recognition accuracy. It’s currently available for preorder and scheduled to ship in October. (Read the full preview.)
The original, more expensive Echo can fill a room with sound. The Dot features much of the same functionality as the Echo, just with a less powerful speaker and a line-out plug on the back. In April, also Amazon introduced the $130 Echo Tap. Because it runs on a battery, you need to hit a button to initiate interactions; it’s less convenient than the always-listening Echo and Dot, but it’s also portable. And once you do push the button, you can issue voice commands to Alexa, play music from your phone or stream it over Wi-Fi, check the weather or news, and issue commands to control your smart home.
In August, Sonos announced that it will add support for Amazon’s Alexa voice control (and Spotify Connect) in 2017. Sonos did not mention new hardware; rather, the initial integration (a free software upgrade) will require Sonos wireless speakers and an Alexa-compatible Amazon device, such as theEcho or Echo Dot. The company has scheduled a private beta to begin later this year, with a public release slated for early 2017.
Potential buyers should also note that Google’s big entry into the “smart speaker” space, Google Home, is expected to be revealed at the company’s event on October 4.
Motion without blur. Action shots without shake. Perfect video even when you move. Thanks to advanced technologies specifically designed to keep the camera flat no matter how you move it, the DJI Osmo helps you record videos and take photos like never before. It is much more than just a camera. It helps you create with more freedom than ever.
I own the DJI Osmo Camera And I can Tell you that I use it all the time. I use it professionally for video shoots on all kinds of project, and I use it for running around with my kids. It is very versatile and produces steady shots in any condition. It even shoots up to 4k at 30fps.
The DJI Osmo also can be incorporated into DJI Inspire Drone, It is interchangeable!
They also have an attachment for a mobile phone. With the development of smartphone camera this is a perfect solution for getting great results
Best Drones 2017 We put together a comprehensive list of all the best. For different user’s, price points, and needs. You will find what you need here.
Top Camera Drones- If your looking for a drone for Arial Video, here are the best from quality
DJI Phantom – $799
With options ranging from the 4k enabled Phantom 3 to the new Phantom 4 Pro version which is $1,800, There is a drone for everyone and they all produce amazing footage. The newest is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps.The adoption of titanium alloy and magnesium alloy construction increases the rigidity of the airframe and reduces weight, making thePhantom 4 Pro similar in weight to the Phantom 4. The FlightAutonomy system adds dual rear vision sensors and infraredsensing systems for a total of 5-direction of obstacle sensing and 4-direction of obstacle avoidance.
Yuneec Q500 4k- $899
Simply the best value 4K system available, an included Android touchscreen controller means faster setup and no need to add your own mobile device to capture impressive 4K video. Typhoon 4K also captures 1080p/120fps slow motion video with a full complement of manual camera settings for total creative control. Perfect ground shots are also available with the included Handheld SteadyGrip™.
Top Racing Drones- These are small, Agile FPV driven crafts that can do some crazy things and are a ton of fun.
TBS VENDETTA- $499
Full carbon fiber monocoque, quick swap arms, solder-free repairs, ready to fly as 240 size fpv racer, for 5″ props. But it doesn’t stop there! Sporting the brand new TBS Triumph Antenna in combination with the TBS CORE Pro OSD and TBS Unify Pro VTX, the TBS Vendetta allows you to configure every parameter of your FPV racer via R/C stick commands! Each drone comes tuned and test-flown by our professional tuning expert, Magnus. Install a receiver, strap on a 4S battery and the TBS VENDETTA will tear a hole into the sky, and you’re coming along for the ride!
2. EACHINE RACER 250- $380
First of all Eachine Racer 250 is one of the most affordable RTF (ready-to-fly) racing drones out there in the market. If you want to try FPV racing but are not confident or able to invest on a higher-budget product, worry not. This drone is powerful enough to ensure you will keep up with the most powerful racers in the community, even beat them! Resistant and lightweight frame, durable brushless motors and batteries, Racer 250 durability and life time will not disappoint you. Fast and highly maneuverable, very responsive racer, great live image quality with no lag. Very beginner friendly, even the software to configure CC3D flight controller is.
Top Toy Drones
HUBSAN X4- $37
The Hubsan X4 H107L is micro quadcopter very suitable for all age groups and experience levels. It offers a maximum flight time of about 9 minutes, and a remote distance of about 30 meters. One reason why it’s recommended for beginner flyers is because it’s very stable in the air, especially indoors. The drone has the potential to fly fast & aggressively, but can also be flown conservatively if you choose. It’s this kind of versatility that makes the Hubsan X4 H107L an excellent beginner quadcopter.
2. BLADE NANO QX- $59
The tiny Nano QX is RC flying fun you can take with you everywhere. The Nano QX weighs little more than half an ounce and is small enough to fly in spaces no bigger than an office cubicle. Never flown a quad-copter before? No problem. The Nano QX uses the SAFE™ technology system with sophisticated flight control software to keep itself stable in a hover while in stability mode. If you get in trouble, just let go of the sticks. The SAFE technology system will bring the Nano QX back to a hover all by itself. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can switch the SAFE system to agility mode for faster flying speeds and more maneuverability.
3. PROTO X- $34
Meet the Proto-X, now available in six colors — black, white, red, yellow, green and purple. Not only is it the world’s smallest quadcopter, it’s also one of the world’s lightest multi-rotor helis.
The 50 mm Proto-X is tiny, ideal for indoor flying — and it weighs only 11.5 g, just four-tenths of an ounce. Bright, built-in LEDs make it easy to see the Proto-X in low-light conditions.
The Halo One Wireless Speaker is inspired from the nature of simplicity and unity, Halo One is an original, modern, and breathtaking new designed Bluetooth/NFC speaker from Gingko. The aesthetically and fashionably shaped sound box reveals sexy curves and wood texture and delivers smooth sense of touch and phenomenal audio quality
After a simple one-tap setup, AirPods are automatically on and always connected.1 Using them is just as easy. They can sense when they’re in your ears and pause when you take them out. And the AirPods experience is just as amazing whether you’re listening to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac.
Built-in GPS. Water resistance to 50 meters.1 A new lightning-fast dual-core processor. And a display that’s two times brighter than before. Full of features that help you stay active, motivated, and connected, Apple Watch Series 2 is designed for all the ways you move.
A dad hat is a baseball cap that’s canvas or cotton and has a slightly curved brim (not too curved, though) and is probably a little oversized on the wearer. Unless, of course, you’re actually a dad—then it probably fits you perfectly.
The GoPro Hero 5 is the latest addition to the gopro lineup and probably makes the biggest jump out of any so far. It is waterproof out of the box without any case. It has a touch screen on the rear and is also voice activated.
The skateboard of the future is here! Swagboard NG-1 NextGen boosted electric skateboard takes the fun of a typical longboard to the next level. This futuristic motorized skateboard is built with a 7-ply Canadian maple wood deck, durable polyurethane wheels, and solid grip tape for a more comfortable and secure ride. This boosted board can hold weights of up to 176 pounds and can travel up to 11 mph!
REMEMBER THE GO-KART you never got as a child? The one your mom called “too dangerous—end of story”? With the all-electric Arrow Smart-Kart on sale this week, you can right the wrongs of the past, for the next generation at least, and do so without putting your children at risk of head trauma.
The Arrow is sized for children age 5 to 9, but a determined adult can squeeze behind the wheel. Yes, we drove it. Yes, we were grinning like imbeciles the whole time.
The younger set will be thrilled by the Arrow’s surprisingly brisk 12-mph top speed. Even more exciting, the Arrow will “drift,” or skid, through tight turns. (To facilitate this on rougher roads, slap optional friction-reducing drift rings over the tires.)
If putting fledgling drivers behind the wheel of a vehicle with dual 250W electric motors gives you pause, rest assured that safety features abound. Once the Arrow is tethered to an app over direct Wi-Fi (no need to scour your cul-de-sac for a network), parents can set speed limits, change gears and, thankfully, tap an emergency brake if the child is headed for trouble. The geo-fencing feature shuts down the vehicle should it stray beyond boundaries you’ve traced on a map. And the kart won’t even start without the parents’ app activated (though there’s an unsupervised mode for children with better driving records).
The hallmark safety feature, however, is the anti-collision system. Like premium cars, the Arrow has a front sensor that detects obstacles and triggers the brakes.
Driving is only the beginning, though. During our test run, Actev Motors CEO and co-founder Dave Bell pointed out a front-mounted red laser, which could one day (via a software upgrade and some accessories) allow multiple Arrows to play dogfighting games. “Like laser tag,” he said, but on wheels.
Sammy Screamer -Bluetooth Motion Alarm Sammy bleeps when she’s moved and sends a notification to your smartphone. Keep an eye on your stuff Stick Sammy on the things you want to keep an eye on and she’ll let you know if they move. Baby’s buggies and strollers, doors, windows and cupboards, handbags and rucksacks, laptops or even the cookie jar! Control Sammy from your smartphone Sleep and wake Sammy using the BleepBleeps app. When Sammy is awake she’ll bleep if she gets moved and send a notification to your phone. When you don’t need her, use the BleepBleeps app to send her to sleep.
Keep an eye on your stuff
Stick Sammy on the things you want to keep an eye on and she’ll let you know if they move.
Control Sammy Bluetooth Motion Alarm from your smartphone
Sleep and wake Sammy using the BleepBleeps app. When Sammy is awake she’ll bleep if she gets moved and send a notification to your phone. When you don’t need her, use the BleepBleeps app to send her to sleep.