New High-Tech Tools For Spring

Apr 1, 2012
2012 / April 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note

Bigger than a smartphone, smaller than a tablet … it’s the latest showstopper from tech titan Samsung. The Galaxy Note is equipped with a 5.3-inch display with HD Super AMOLED technology, a high-resolution screen for bright, colorful viewing. The S Pen tool delivers fast, responsive and precise control to create fine lines and detail on the device display, much like an ink pen and paper; and S Memo, a multimedia application, captures content created by the S Pen. Combine pictures, voice recordings, typed text, handwritten notes and drawings via a single application, and then convert it all to a memo and share. An easy screen-capture function lets you save any screen, which you can personalize with the S Pen. A zippy 1.5GHz dual-core processor makes the Galaxy Note faster than a speeding bullet, while lightning-fast network speeds on AT&T’s 4G LTE ensure quick and seamless browsing. Available in carbon blue or ceramic white, exclusively through AT&T. $299.99 with two-year AT&T contracts.

flipCHARGE Rogue © Schosche

flipCHARGE Rogue © Schosche

flipCHARGE Rogue

This new backup battery and charger from Scosche Industries provides iPhones and iPods with instant power on the go. It boasts a powerful 1800mAh lithium polymer battery capable of fully charging a dead device — everyone’s worst nightmare on the road. It features a flush folding USB cable for synching and a blue LED battery level indicator, and can be recharged by plugging into any computer, wall or car charger. $59.99.

Mobileye 5-Series Driver Assistance System © Mobileye

Mobileye 5-Series Driver Assistance System © Mobileye

Mobileye 5-Series Driver Assistance System

This cutting-edge road safety tool sends critical real-time warnings about potential road dangers to your smartphone, subverting that crucial moment when you might take your eyes off the road: Acting as a third eye, the system’s smart camera, proprietary algorithms and microprocessor detect and alert you to unintended lane departures, imminent collisions (up to 2.7 seconds before they happen), pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists on the road. It can even read speed limit signs, control high beams and warn you of rear-end collisions. Compatible with most new and existing passenger cars, trucks, buses and RVs. $749–849.

DBEST PS4001BT Solo Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker © DBEST

DBEST PS4001BT Solo Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker © DBEST

DBEST PS4001BT Solo Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker

This pocket-sized speaker is all you need to fill a room with your favorite tunes at surprisingly loud and crisp sound levels, thanks to its powerful built-in amplifier. Roam freely while streaming music wirelessly from your computer, phone, iPod or other audio device at a range of up to 45 feet. The built-in high-capacity lithium battery provides unrivaled continuous playback for up to 20 hours on a single charge. It pairs instantly with your device right out of the box, and has line input for audio sources without Bluetooth connectivity. Available in rubberized red and black finishes. $59.99.


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