Astell & Kern, purveyors of the most powerful portable music players on the planet, has announced the MKII version of its award-winning AK70. Exquisitely crafted from a single block of aluminium, the two-tone black player’s sweeping angular accents provide class-leading styling to match its performance. With a dual-DAC design, enhanced amplification, wi-fi connectivity, expandable storage capacity and the ability to be used as a USB DAC as well as a portable player, the AK70 MKII is by far the most sophisticated, highest-performance player under £600.
If your beloved gadget geek also happens to be a lady, you’ve stumbled across the right buying guide. We’ve put together all the very best tech gifts for women from smart jewelry and hybrid watches to touchscreen gloves and smartphone accessories.
The first 8K (7,680×4,320-pixel) display, this 32-inch monitor crams in enough resolution to retouch the hairs off a model’s face and nudge your pixels precisely in Adobe Illustrator. It doesn’t match that by covering the entire Rec 2020 color space — it’s only 10-bit color, not 12-bit — and it’s not clear whether it stores the color profiles in hardware or not, but you can’t expect everything at once. For $5,000, though, Dell should throw in the calibrator for free.
You may not be able to upgrade your car to become a Google self-driving vehicle just yet, or probably ever, but you might be able to make it so you feel a bit like Knightrider. The gadgets here can at least spruce up its capabilities. All are affordable, and definitely cheaper than trading in for a brand-new car. So read on for some tempting auto augmentations.
The TruSense ($200, plus $50 monthly) tracks room temps, visitors and other data. The Alarm.com Wellness (not pictured, $100-$200, plus $40-$60 monthly; includes security system) alerts http://www.kctv5.com/story/37622080/news to inconsistencies, such as a lack of movement.
If it isn’t abundantly clear by now, the Internet of Things is no longer a novelty and everyone is looking to stay digitally connected to just about every part of their daily life. An area of significant digital growth over the past year or so has been the automobile. If you are like me, you spend a solid chunk of your day hanging out in your car going to and from work. Thankfully, some really creative gadget-makers have made that time a bit more entertaining and productive.
Buddy may need hours of therapy. Music therapy. New music players — mini speakers that play preloaded music (iCalmDog: $90) — provide “psychoacoustically designed” sounds for dogs. The music, Through a Dog’s Ear, offers classical piano in versions that are slower, simplified and in a lower key, which helps to soothe the sensitive canine. Of course, felines get their music, too: Through a Cat’s Ear (iCalmCat: $70). Another option (not pictured): Canine Lullabies (CDs, starting at $16) feature vocals set against the rhythmic beat of the human heart.
If you ask your dad what his favorite game was as a kid, he might recall a dazzling memory game with bright colors. This game would light up in varying sequences requiring you to use your memory to replicate the sequence. It was called Simon Electronic Memory Game, and it’s back. This year, you can surprise the man in your life with a classic game that appeals to all ages. This game includes a tracking platform that not only tracks use but can compare it to your other players, as well. Simon is an enjoyable game that will bring hours of light-hearted entertainment.
If you’re constantly losing things, the Trackr Stickr is for you. This bit of new technology is a small gadget that attaches to whatever you typically use (like your wallet or your keys) and connects via Bluetooth to an app on your smartphone, allowing you to locate the item with the simple press of a button. When you’re in the app, all you have to do is tap the “Sound Alarm” button, and the Trackr Stickr will beep, allowing you to find it quickly. You’re also able to locate the item on a map if you’re not close enough to it to actually hear it. I threw one on my TV remote control because my children are always running off with it and putting it in a toy box or cabinet somewhere. Not only can I track the remote, but I can also press the Trackr Stickr button on my remote to find my cell phone if I lose that, even if it is on silent!
Microwaves were a revolution in convenience for people looking to heat up their food in a hurry, but what about when you need something frozen quickly? There hasn’t really been an answer to that question until now. In comes Frigondas, the most amazing home kitchen technology to be released in decades. It can cool and freeze food and drinks in mere minutes, and it even doubles as a traditional microwave. While there is no set release date, it is believed that the device will be available in the US in the near future.
For the person in your life with FOMO, the multi-award-winning FVP-5000T includes the new Freeview Play service, which allows you to record four programmes while you watch a fifth. A new smart search feature pulls in content from diverse sources such as YouTube, plus there are quick-access buttons for recorded shows, Netflix and On Demand. But the best bit? It’s all streamed over Wi-Fi so you can do away with those pesky ethernet cables. What’s not to love?