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The PERI Duo Battery Case Does Double Duty As A Wi-Fi Speaker

The PERI Duo is an iPhone battery case for the frequent entertainer — those who go out with friends and find that they’re the one stuck hooking their phone up to a speaker and doing some impromptu DJing.<p>Slightly bulkier than a Mophie, the Duo packs two powerful (for their size) speakers that can …

Belkin Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker review: Can WiFi make cooking easier?

Frying, baking, grilling, searing, boiling, roasting -- whatever the method, I love to cook. It's not always easy, and sometimes it's just plain hard work, but at least it's the kind of work I enjoy. Even so, I've never used a slow cooker, and have always been a little jealous of my friends who …

Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

New, first-time parents are terrified that they’re going to somehow accidentally hurt their baby – they will drop the child, or hit that weird soft spot on the baby’s head. Or maybe they’ll forget to put the baby on their back to sleep, and they will die of SIDS. A new breed of startups and “baby …

Ninja Sphere promises to turn your house into a smart home for $329

Back in January, a smart home device called Ninja Sphere made over $650,000 on Kickstarter. Now, its creators (Ninjablocks) has started accepting its first pre-orders outside the crowdfunding website for $329 per unit. But, what can a Ninja Sphere do in the first place? Well, this …

Garmin vívofit

Garmin, the reliable producer of high quality standalone and wearable GPS devices, has something new for you. Debuting at CES 2014 this week, …

CES

NomadPlus Transforms Your iPhone Wall Plug Into A Portable Charger

The folks at Nomad have some interesting products under their name. We’ve already done a detailed review of their pocket-friendly ChargeKey and …

Wellograph - Activity Tracker

This ain’t no watch – it’s a ‘Wellograph’, showcased at CES 2014 this activity tracker combines technology and style. The chic Wellograph features an …

CES

E-COMMERCE AND THE FUTURE OF RETAIL: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

We've created a slideshow highlighting the retail categories where e-commerce is having the most impact, and where there is still opportunity for disruption. The shift away from physical retail toward digital retail is happening faster than many observers expected.<p><i>BI Intelligence is a research and</i> …

eCommerce

Android Wear review: Taking smartwatches in the right direction

When I was a tiny tot, I watched <i>Knight Rider</i> and pretended I was Michael Knight, talking to KITT on my watch. Yet now that there are real-life watches that can do even more things, I don't find myself quite as excited as my 5-year-old self was. Smartwatches have been around for over a decade …

Pavlok is a habit-forming wearable that will shock you

"Wake up sleepy head... it's time to go to the gym." "Put down those chips!" "Stop wasting time on Facebook." If any of the above statements resonate with you, then you're not alone. Maneesh Sethi, author and Stanford alumnus has said all of the above to himself at one point, and wanted to know …

IRL: Living with the Cocoon Slim, a backpack made for gadget hoarders

When you run around town with a lot of technology, a good bag isn't just nice to have -- it's a necessity. In any one given day at Engadget, we might be attending a product launch, interviewing people or taking all those lovely sample shots you see around the site. A regular courier bag or rucksack …

Key fob phone alerts friends that you need help with the press of a button

You know how establishments have hidden emergency buttons to call the police? There's a new device called the ECHO Urgent Messenger that's something like that, except it's a tiny one-button emergency phone that you can attach to a keychain, so you can call for help whenever needed. According to the …

Hicon Social Bangle is a wearable fashion bungle

If you waste too much time checking notifications on your phone, don't sweat it -- yet another wearable promises to help you save those countless minutes throughout the day. But if you're already leery of wrist-worn devices, the Hicon Social Bangle, which is undergoing an Indiegogo campaign, won't …

LG's new wearable is a child tracker that lets parents listen in

Apparently, LG's been working on a wearable other than the G Watch specifically for helicopter good, protective parents. It's called the KiZON wristband, and it comes in a couple of cute designs aiming to entice kids to keep them on the whole day. After all, if it doesn't stay on, moms and dads …

Super cheap Smart Home kit brings automation to the masses

If you're wondering when home automation might tip into the Walmart-level mainstream, here's a sign: Archos' Smart Home starter kit is now on sale. Along with two cameras, two movement tags and two weather tags, they're throwing in a controlling tablet, all for $250 -- or $25 each for the cameras …

These Solar-Powered Bike Lights Might Be The Only Ones You'll Ever Need

I'm still pretty smitten since trying out this pair of bike lights that mount permanently to the headset and seatpost—but I still gotta remember to …

LeapBand Is the First Activity Tracker for Kids

Kids love to get their hands on the tech their parents have — tablets, smartphones, cameras, cars — so it's only natural they'd want what every adult …

Oral-B's app-connected toothbrush now rescuing British teeth for £230

Oral-B's electric toothbrushes spin, vibrate and get into places your standard scrubber can only imagine, but none are more extravagant than the new "Smart Series" launched today. The Bluetooth-endowed brushes -- yes, they're a <i>thing</i> now -- pair with iOS devices (an Android app's due in August) and …

Lix, A More Precise 3D-Printing Pen, Passes Its Kickstarter Goal In 2-Hours

The 3Doodler 3D-printing pen, as my TC colleague John Biggs recently pointed out, is a fun toy but a silly tool. It’s big and its output is frustratingly wonky. But then it was created by a pair of veteran toy makers so focusing on the fun was clearly the primary intention.<p>Now a U.K. startup is …

Tinitell Is A Wearable Phone And GPS Tracker For Kids

Wearables continue to be an area of focus for device makers, large and small. Here’s another would-be entrant to the space: Tinitell is a wearable phone and GPS tracker for kids, with electronics small enough for the whole device to be strapped to a toddler’s wrist.<p>It’s the work of a Swedish …

The Lumafit Wearable Activity Tracker Will Make You Drop Down And Give It 20

If you’re like me, your exercise goals primarily consist of not looking like Jabba. That said, what if you could put on a wearable that would coach you through workouts, commenting on form and intensity and heart rate as you go. That’s what Lumafit is all about.<p>The $99 device ($79 for early birds) …

Atlas Wearables Takes On Jawbone And Nike With A Smarter Exercise Tracker

If there’s one lesson to be learned at this year’s CES, it’s that everybody and their mothers are going nuts for wearables. More than a few of these peculiar gadgets are meant to make sure you’re getting enough exercise, but a new fitness tracking hardware startup thinks they’ve got an edge on all …

Sound Check - Harmon Kardon Esquire Speaker

We’ve tried out a lot of different portable speakers at Man of Many, but the Harman Kardon Esquire is one of the best we’ve seen. Whenever we hear …

Consumer Tech

Belkin WeMo Smart LED Bulbs

There’s a yet another addition to our interconnected smartphone-controlled world in the form of smart light bulbs presented recently at CES 2014. …

Home Automation

Fund This: SITU Smart Food Nutrition Scale

The SITU scale weighs your food to help give you an accurate idea of calories, salt, sugar, vitamins and minerals in the foods you eat, using an app …