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Last night I attended Wine Dine & Demo, a consumer tech showcase. Also a place for tech media to get drunk and eat a lot of food – that’s the “Wine” and “Dine” part. Between the Eggplant Parmesan, cannoli, and Diet Cokes, I managed to see quite a few interesting products that are available for purchase now.
But first, the product that isn’t available yet.
I tried out a developer version of Oculus, a virtual reality gaming headset that puts you, virtually, in the middle of the action. With this headset on I was able to look up, down, and turn in a 360-degree circle, and I could see everything around me, just like in real life. And while it was a little disconcerting to look down and not see my feet, it was an amazing experience nonetheless.
Powered by NVIDIA’s GeForce graphics processor, Oculus will be available some time next year. The final headset won’t be as bulky as the one I tried out.
Brookstone’s Virtual Keyboard
I tried this thing out, and it really works! Small enough to fit on a key ring, this virtual keyboard is projected onto a table, and connects via Bluetooth to your phone or tablet.
Altec Lansing Bluetooth Shower Speakers
Cute but rugged, the speaker on the left has seven hours of playback time, and the one on the right has five hours. Made to hang over your shower head, the speaker is perfectly positioned for whatever you like to listen to while you shower (in my case, West Wing reruns on Netflix).
iXpand Flash Drive
It seems like every day someone I know with an iPhone is complaining that they don’t have enough space to take any more pictures or videos. I have no idea why those people haven’t set up some kind of cloud storage, but I think this product was made for them. The iXpand works like a regular flash drive, but also has a lightning connector for some Apple products. You can either move things to the drive manually, or set it up so that any time the drive is connected it automatically copies all new photos. Available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes.
This brand new Aerogarden model is perfect for someone with limited space, and costs only $49.95. Narrow and sleek, it would fit into a small space on your counter. Using hydroponic technology to grow plants five times faster than soil-based systems, you can have herbs, lettuce, and much more all year round. Comes in white and black.
Peri Duo Speakers and Charging Case
The gorgeous Peri Duo actually does triple duty as an iPhone case, portable charger, and stereo speakers. Can also be used as Bluetooth speakers when detached from the phone. Available for the iPhone 5, 5S, and 6. Secure an early-bird price now and save $50 off of the retail price.
Intel Core M Processor
Intel’s newest processor, the Core M, is designed especially for fan-less, low-power devices, allowing new tablets and convertibles to be super thin while still retaining fast processing power. Lenovo, Dell, Asus, and HP all have devices coming out with the new processor. The Core M is a conflict-free processor.
Nextbook Tablet with Keyboard
This is an Intel-powered Windows 8.1 tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard. Now, the Nextbook isn’t the most powerful tablet in the world, but for only $179 it’s not supposed to be. It only has 32GB of internal memory, but that’s expandable to up to 96GB. It also comes with a one year subscription to Office 365 Personal, a $70 value, which includes 1 terabyte of cloud memory.
Link Bulbs with Wink Hub
Wink is a hub and app that can power many smarthome devices that you already have, with no monthly fee. The Link bulbs are lightbulbs that can be controlled with the Wink app, and supposedly last for more than 20 years. Home Depot is running a special right now where if you buy the Wink Hub for $50, you get two of the bulbs for free, a $30 value.
leeo Smart Alert Nightlight
If your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm went off when you weren’t home, how would you know there was trouble? The leeo connects to the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms you already own and sends an alert to your phone. If you don’t answer, it contacts someone on a predetermined list.
Dubs Acoustic Filters
Sometimes when you’re in a loud place you want to make everything softer and protect your hearing without muffling the sound. Dubs Acoustic Filters look like earplugs, but they’re actually high-tech filters that reduce the overall volume while still preserving the sound’s fidelity.
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