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Airthings View series expands with standalone pollution and radon monitors

Airthings View series expands with standalone pollution and radon monitors

Residential indoor air quality monitoring company Airthings has announced two new products in its "View" series, the View Radon and View Pollution. These two new models join the View Plus launched back in March 2021, offering consumers new ways to keep tabs on their home's air quality levels, as well as monitoring for the invisible, scent-free gas known as radon.

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Kokoon Nightbuds now use AI to help manage your sound sleep better

Kokoon Nightbuds now use AI to help manage your sound sleep better

There is a huge market for tech dedicated to helping you sleep better. There is no dearth of products like smart beds (like Sleep Number) or smart mattresses (like the 3D Matrix from Ghost SmartBed), but audio is undoubtedly one of the hottest areas for products to help you sleep better. While many major audio brands including Bose offer devices that aid to better sleep, certain others are wholeheartedly dedicating themselves to ensuring good nights.

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Timberline solar roof gives Tesla’s tiles some competition

Timberline solar roof gives Tesla’s tiles some competition

Roofing company GAF Energy has announced Timberline Solar, a new solar roof option for consumers who want to decrease their dependence on the electrical grid and their home's carbon footprint. Timberline Solar is a new product poised to take on Tesla's Solar Roof in a big way, not the least of which is due to GAF Energy's massive presence in the roofing industry.

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NexMonitor and NexPad have a trick to turn your phone into a workhorse

NexMonitor and NexPad have a trick to turn your phone into a workhorse

Smartphones today, at least the high-end ones, are powerful enough to be our desktops. Some manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei have even taken that literally with their own systems for turning their smartphones into desktops. Strangely enough, these companies didn't try building a hardware and software ecosystem around these features, which could have made it easier for users to actually embrace the hybrid lifestyle and workflow. Fortunately, that also leaves the market open for other players like Nex Computer, which is announcing two new ways to be productive with your phone.

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Trifo Ironpie robotic home vacuum combines cleaning and surveillance

Trifo Ironpie robotic home vacuum combines cleaning and surveillance

Home robotics company Trifo has launched its first smart vacuum, the Ironepie. The robotic vacuum takes on Roomba and other competing models via an array of AI-enabled capabilities, including multi-sensor obstacle detection, zig-zag floor cleaning routes, surveillance tools for home monitoring, and more. Trifo undercuts is competitors by around $200, according to the company.

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Mikme wireless mic hands-on: recording studio in your pocket

Mikme wireless mic hands-on: recording studio in your pocket

There is a lot of attention being paid these days to the recording and display of high-quality video on mobile devices, but when it comes to audio, it’s still a lopsided game. Smartphones put a heavy emphasis on audio playback quality but, save for a few like LG, don’t pay enough attention to the creation of quality audio. Fortunately, there’s Mikme, a successfully crowdfunded wireless microphone that delivers studio-grade audio recording capabilities in a box not that much bigger than your iPhone.

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Aventho Wireless headphones hands-on: personalized to your hearing

Aventho Wireless headphones hands-on: personalized to your hearing

Wireless Bluetooth headphones have become more abundant lately thanks to the premature death of the headphone jack but not all of them can be said to offer the best sound quality. And even those that do can’t claim to offer a listening experience that is customized and personalized to each person’s unique hearing capabilities. That is the proposition that beyerdynamics is making with the Aventho wireless headphones. More than just your premium, high-quality headset, the Aventho features technologies that adjust the settings not just to your tastes but to your personal hearing capacity.

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Electra Meccanica SOLO single-seater EV makes unexpected sense

Electra Meccanica SOLO single-seater EV makes unexpected sense

If most car journeys are made with just a single person onboard, why not make a car that's focused on just that one person? That's Electra Meccanica's argument with the SOLO, a single-seater electric car that's targeted at commuters and urbanites who don't need to haul around empty seats every time.

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This one big deal might make TrackR the tracking device to have

This one big deal might make TrackR the tracking device to have

TrackR has a pair of new Bluetooth device trackers for CES this year, the Pixel and Wallet 2.0, but it's a deal to dramatically extend its crowd-based location service that's most interesting. The company, known for its keychain and wallet tracking dongles that communicate via Bluetooth with your smartphone, has cut a deal with Brocade to enhance indoor and outdoor location services. It could mean significantly more chance of finding your lost keys, cellphone, or cat.

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HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

The HTC VIVE Tracker is far smaller than any other accessory currently made by the company for the VR headset. It's tiny compared to the other smallest device in the collection - that being the basic HTC Vive Wireless controller - or the Lighthouse box. The tracker is made to take the place of the controller for situations when the trackers in the controller don't necessarily need a handle attached.

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Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Small form-factor PCs aren't new, but Ockel is pushing the envelope with the Sirius A, a full touchscreen Windows 10 computer compact enough to fit your hand. At the opposite extreme to vast touch-enabled All-in-Ones like Microsoft's Surface Studio, the Sirius A instead aims for the ultra-compact end of the spectrum. That opens up some really interesting possibilities.

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Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

The Yuneec Breeze isn't something we necessarily expected to see flying around Berlin this week at IFA 2016. But here it is, a drone made for taking photos of and video recording us out and about, the photos ringing in at 13-megapixels large and the video able to be recorded at 4K. The drone itself doesn't look like the safest for us to, for example, get our fingers jammed up into - but the Yuneec representatives here assure us that their "Safe Flying" measures will keep flight safer than most.

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