Next-Generation Gadgets

Apr 1, 2013
2013 / April 2013

Mauz

The ingenious Mauz (Macworld 2013’s Best of Show) is the only “appcessory” to turn the iPhone into a motion- and visual gesture-controlled wireless optical mouse, à la Tom Cruise in Minority Report. Plug it into any iPhone 4/4s/5, download the free app and desktop software the first time, and control your computer or media player via WiFi with customizable touch-screen motion gestures, Z axis/3D gestures (tilting the iPhone), visual gestures (hand and finger motions) and six shortkeys. Developed to replace the wireless computer mouse, it’s the first commercially available smartphone-enabled Human Interface Device. Preconfigured for Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer browsers and Microsoft Office Suite. Available in June. Price TBD.
mauzup.com

Native Union SWITCH © Native Union

Native Union SWITCH © Native Union

Native Union SWITCH

This powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker and conference call unit goes wherever you go. A CES 2013 standout, the SWITCH is powered by three high-performance drivers, including an active sub-woofer, and was designed by sound engineers to ensure exceptional natural sound and optimal clarity throughout the frequency range. An intuitive volume control wheel lets you easily alternate between music and calls for up to 14 hours; SWITCH’s battery also powers any USB mobile device. Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices and available in rubberized or gloss finishes in five fun colors. $149.99.
nativeunion.com

Morphie Juice Pack Helium © Mophie

Morphie Juice Pack Helium © Mophie

Mophie Juice Pack Helium

The first and only certified battery case for the iPhone 5, the Helium is mophie’s thinnest, lightest juice pack ever, packing 80 percent more battery life into an ultra-thin profile. Engineered with a 1500 mAh battery for on-demand power and a soft interior cushion for full device protection, it provides an additional six hours of talk time, 30 hours of audio playback, seven hours of video playback or seven hours of WiFi Internet use (six with 3G and LTE). Comes in a sleek, gunmetal finish. $79.95.
mophie.com

Seagate Wireless Plus © Seagate

Seagate Wireless Plus © Seagate

Seagate Wireless Plus

Providing mobile storage without wires or Web, this Best of CES 2013 winner lets you stream your content to tablets, smartphones, Macs and PCs without an Internet connection. With 1TB of storage capacity and up to 10 hours of battery life, it carries more than 500 movies or thousands of songs, photos and documents; streams up to three HD movies to three devices at once; or shoots photos, songs and documents to as many as eight devices. Use the Free Seagate Media app for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android to stream your media library wherever you are. $199.99.
seagate.com

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