Smart Tools for Work and Play
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Check out this outdoor wireless speaker! It packs a real audio punch and also offers four drink holders so you’ll always have somewhere to rest your beer. Its splash-proof construction and rubber seals mean you don’t have to worry about spills, and there is a builtin USB charger for your phone. Thanks to 13 hours of battery life, you’ll be able to keep the party going all night, too. $250.
LENOVO THINKPAD X1 YOGA
The fourth generation of this great laptop was recently unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show. Its super-slim bezels and fully aluminum chassis earned a rapturous reception from attendees, and it only weighs three pounds to boot. With a four-speaker sound system and a premium finish, this laptop is a great Windows machine for a wide range of needs. $1,930.
OVIS BY FORWARDX
A smart suitcase capable of following you around on its own, the Ovis sounds like something from science fiction. From the outside it looks like a standard hard-shell case, but the Ovis includes artificial intelligence that allows it to “see” where it’s going. Simply walk along and it will follow you, even in crowded areas. It’s TSA-approved, and the 34-liter capacity makes it the perfect carry-on bag for short trips. It might take some getting used to at first, but soon enough we might all have robot suitcases following us around. $799.
LOGITECH HARMONY ELITE
This universal control supports more than 270,000 devices, meaning you can get rid of your other controls. It even comes with a free app that can turn your phone into a remote control, so you’ll never have to worry about losing it down the back of the couch. If you’ve got Amazon Echo or another smart speaker, you can also control it with your voice. $349.99.