Polly Allcock (Tech Writer)
I've been interested in technology for as long as I can remember. From a young age, I have loved gadgets and understanding how things work. Since graduating, I have worked for several technology companies across FinTech, AdTech and Robotics.
Hyundai’s Genesis GV60 EV with face unlock is now available to order with free charging sessions
The Genesis GV60 is now available to order in the US. You can unlock the car with facial recognition and fingerprint scanning technologies. Plus, the car is compatible with Genesis Digital Key 2. The all-wheel-drive EV has a range up to 248 miles (~399 km), and Electrify America is offering complimentary charging for customers.
TCL Q10G Mini LED TV unveiled with support for Dolby Vision IQ
TCL has unveiled the Q10G Mini LED TV in China, with the device now available to pre-order. The gadget has a 4K display and peak brightness at 1,000 nits. Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ formats are supported, and you can control the device with voice commands. Plus, five built-in speakers provide 3D surround sound.
Bang & Olufsen Beovision Harmony OLED Smart 83-in TV model launches
A new 83-in (~211 cm) model of the Bang & Olufsen Beovision Harmony TV has been revealed. The device has the same features as the existing range, including the distinctive gliding door design. The OLED display has 8K resolution and can upscale content to almost match this. Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast are supported alongside other services.
Lenovo YOGA 7000 projector revealed with 8K decoder and sensorless autofocus
Lenovo has unveiled the YOGA 7000 smart projector in China. The gadget has LED light technology and an 8K decoder. Features of the device include sensorless autofocus and smart obstacle avoidance. The product will be officially launched later this month when it is also reported to go on sale.
Astell&Kern reveals KANN Max portable music player with Quad-DAC
Astell&Kern has unveiled the KANN Max portable music player, the most compact model in the KANN series. The player has a Quad-DAC module and a variety of sound optimization features. LDAC and aptX HD are supported for high-quality wireless playback. Plus, you can wirelessly transfer files to the device, which has a 13-hour lifetime.
ONVY app merges health data from over 300 services including Apple Watch, Fitbit, Garmin and Oura
ONVY is beta-testing an iOS app that can provide insights from data collated from your wearables. The platform can merge metrics from over 300 services, including Apple and Fitbit. Based on the data from your various wearables, the app will give you an overall Balance Score, with AI recommendations to improve your health.
EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner launches with 12-hour runtime
The EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner is now available to pre-order in the US. The gadget can deliver up to 4,000 BTU of cooling power and is suitable for small rooms or tents. The Wave can last for up to 12 hours with an optional battery extender. When connected to a wall outlet, the gadget can gain a 600 W charge in two hours.
Mango Power launches M Series solar energy storage system and E portable battery
The Mango Power M Series all-in-one home energy storage system can be used as backup power for your home. The device can also be used as a solar energy system or to charge an EV. The Mango Power E is a portable battery with 16 output ports. You can charge the gadget via solar panels or the M Series’ EV charger.
Meta Quest v40 update released with end-to-end encrypted Messenger calling
The Meta Quest v40 update is now available. The latest software has various features for improved security and privacy, such as in-headset 3D secure payment abilities. Meta Quest is also testing optional end-to-end encrypted Messenger calling. Plus, the range of compatible Bluetooth keyboards has been expanded to include more Apple and Logitech models.
KEF LS60 Wireless all-in-one speaker system revealed with 1,400 W power
The KEF LS60 Wireless is an all-in-one speaker system celebrating the brand’s 60th anniversary. The dual speakers have a total output of 1,400 W with various technologies to enhance the sound. Plus, an HDMI eARC port enables a high-quality connection to your TV. You can now join a waitlist for the product, which is expected to launch this autumn.
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance revealed as all-electric Mission R test vehicle
Porsche has announced that the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance is a test vehicle for its Mission R all-electric concept car. The 718 has a peak output of 800 kW (1,088 hp), and its battery can charge from 5 to 80% in 15 minutes. Porsche will demonstrate the vehicle at various events across the summer.
Sonos Sub Mini cheaper subwoofer for Arc and Ray soundbars confirmed
Rumors about the Sonos Sub Mini have been corroborated by The Verge. Reports of a more affordable subwoofer from the brand began following an app update last year. The gadget will pair wirelessly with Sonos soundbars like the newly released Ray. It is still unclear when the device will launch and at what price.
KAT Walk C2 VR treadmill from KATVR is now available via Kickstarter
KATVR has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the KAT Walk C2 VR treadmill. The gadget has a waist harness but otherwise allows you to move freely in 360°. Improvements on the first generation device include improved stability and more effortless movement. The KAT Walk C2+ has integrated haptic feedback and a module that allows you to sit.
Mycle Cargo and Compact Plus e-bikes launch in the UK
Mycle has released the Cargo and Compact Plus e-bikes in the UK. Cargo is a cheaper load-bearing bike with up to 60 km (~37 miles) of range and a support for up to 210 kg (~463 lbs). The Compact Plus can fold down in 10 seconds. The bike has a shorter 50 km (~31 miles) range, with a small built-in pannier and rack to carry your bags.
Centurion Vario R960i cargo e-bike has a 180 kg maximum load
Centurion will launch the Vario R960i e-bike later this year. The cargo bike can handle loads up to 180 kg (~397 lbs) and comes with a 70 L storage bag at the back and a 15 L container at the front. A 625 Wh Bosch PowerTube battery is fitted to the bike, with the option to mount a second power pack to extend the range or carrying capabilities.
Roomba i5 and i5+ robot vacuums with self-emptying dustbin option launch in Europe
iRobot has launched the Roomba i5 and i5+ robot vacuum cleaners in Europe. The gadgets are ten times more powerful than the Roomba 600 series and can be synced up with a Braava mop for coordinated cleaning. The i5+ comes with a self-emptying dustbin that can provide up to 60 days of hand-free cleaning.
Ecovacs Winbot W1 Pro window cleaning robot launches
Ecovacs has launched the Winbot W1 Pro window cleaning robot in Europe. The device clings to the surface of the window using 2,800 Pa of suction, with an optional safety rope for outdoor use. The gadget can clean an area up to 20 m² (~215 ft²) with 30 minutes of battery life, and the robot will alert you when the water tank needs refilling.
OPIUM e-bikes can travel up to 340 km on single charge with regenerative braking technology
OPIUM will launch two new e-bikes this summer, the 6.0 and the 4.0. Both models will be capable of travelling up to 340 km (~211 miles) on a single charge, the equivalent of riding from Zurich to Geneva. The e-bikes have regenerative braking technology and an optional second battery to achieve this extended range.
Navimow robot lawn mower from Segway launches in Europe this month with gift for first customers
Segway has announced that its Navimow robot lawn mower will be available in 12 European countries from the end of May. The countries on the list include the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Italy. The Navimow comes in three models, with the largest able to mow an area up to 3,000 m² (32,392 ft²) between charges. Plus, the first 1,000 customers will receive a gift.
Oura has sued rival smart ring company Circular for patent infringement
Smart ring company Oura has sued its competitor, Circular. Both companies offer wearables that can track your health, measuring your breathing rate and body temperature, among other metrics. A document explains that Oura believes Circular has infringed on two of its patents relating to the gadget's design and technology.
Fluid Mosquito lightweight e-scooter launches with a 28 mph top speed
The fluid Mosquito portable e-scooter is now available to pre-order in the US. The gadget weighs 29 lbs (15 kg) and can neatly fold away to a compact size, making it easier to carry. The scooter has a 20 miles (~32 km) range, and a regenerative braking system helps boost your battery mid-ride.
Vwar Stratos 2 explorer smartwatch has GPS tracking and an AMOLED HD display
The Vwar Stratos 2 is a new smartwatch with GPS tracking and health-related features, such as blood oxygen level monitoring. The gadget has a 1.3-in AMOLED HD display and is 5 ATM water-resistant. With typical usage, the wearable can last for up to 15 days between charges, with battery-saving mode extending this to 25 days.
NORM 1 smartwatch launches with hidden OLED screen and sleep tracking features
The NORM 1 smartwatch is now available to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign. The watch has a minimalist design thanks to its hidden OLED display. The device is set to rival the Withings Steel HR wearable, with many similar health features such as heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking.
Yeedi vac 2 and vac 2 pro robot vacuums launch with Amazon discount
Yeedi has unveiled two new robot vacuums, the vac 2 and the vac 2 pro. The devices can vacuum with 3,000 Pa suction power, and they can mop. The robots have 3D obstacle avoidance technology, and the pro model can detect carpets. Both gadgets are compatible with a self-emptying station for up to 30 days of hand-free cleaning.
Sony Bravia W830K is a cheaper 32-in HDR smart TV with Dolby Audio support
Sony has launched the Bravia W830K smart TV in India. The gadget is HD ready with a 32-in LCD display and a 50 Hz refresh rate. Several technologies are used in the device, including X-Reality PRO upscaling and MotionFlow XR200. The TV has open baffle speakers and supports Dolby Audio. Plus, the W830K has built-in Google TV.
Samsung The Wall 2022 modular smart TV revealed with up to 8K resolution
Samsung has unveiled its 2022 lineup of The Wall display modular panels that can be used as a smart TV. The bezel-less gadgets have Samsung’s slimmest pixel pitch at P0.63 and up to 8K resolution. A new device, The Wall All-in-One, is a cheaper model with a 16:9 form factor and a ‘Pre-Assembled Frame Kit’.
Sonos Ray launches as a cheaper soundbar from the company at US$279
The Sonos Ray home cinema soundbar is now available to pre-order. The gadget has many features, such as Speech Enhancement for clear dialogue. You can connect the device to your TV via an optical audio cable, and the soundbar is compatible with Stereo PCM, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Digital Surround formats.
Sonos Roam portable speaker is compatible with Sonos voice assistant and available in three new colors
The Sonos Roam portable speaker has been released in three new colorways: Sunset (orange), Wave (blue) and Olive (green). The speaker has many features, including Trueplay tuning technology, to adapt the sound based on your surroundings and the content. The device is voice-enabled, making it compatible with the new Sonos Voice Control tool, out on June 1st.
2022 Kumi KU5 Pro smartwatch launches globally with blood pressure monitoring feature and introductory offer
Kumi has released the 2022 Kumi KU5 Pro globally. The smartwatch has many health tools, such as heart rate and blood oxygen level monitoring. The gadget can also measure your blood pressure using soft silicone airbag technology built into the watch strap. A 200 mAH battery gives the device a seven day lifetime.
Volkswagen announces Scout electric pickup and rugged SUV models
Volkswagen has revealed plans to revive the Scout brand with two new EVs. The manufacturer will produce pickup and rugged SUV models in 2026, with prototypes due next year. Rumors suggest that the SUV could rival the Rivian R1S, with prices starting at around US$40,000.
Renault announces Zoe E-Tech battery stats as Megane E-Tech 100% Electric UK priority list opens
Renault has revealed that over 99% of batteries in the Zoe E-tech vehicles sold since 2013 are still fully functional. The company claims its success is due to the lithium-ion batteries and intelligent battery management technology used in the EVs. Plus, a priority list was opened in the UK for the Megane E-Tech 100%, an EV with a 450 km (280 miles) range.
Anker Eufy robot vacuums are on sale at Amazon with up to 43% off
Some Anker Eufy robot vacuum models are currently on sale at Amazon in the US, UK and Australia. Similar deals are also offered at the Eufy store. The Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S Slim, 30C and 15C Max models are included in the sale. The latter has 2,000 Pa suction and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Nubert nuBoxx AS-225 max soundbar released with voice focus and Dolby decoder features
Nubert has released a new soundbar, the nuBoxx AS-225 max. The speaker has many features, like voice focus and Dolby decoder, to optimize the soundtrack for the content playing on your connected TV. You can connect to the soundbar in various ways, including via HMDI eARC and Bluetooth 5.0.
Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is now available to pre-order with discount
The Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus can now be pre-ordered with a US$38 discount. The portable speaker has up to 20 hours of playback time and a PowerIQ feature that enables you to charge other devices from the gadget. Plus, PartyCast 2.0 allows you to connect up to 100 compatible speakers for a louder sound.
Steereon launches C20 and C30 hybrid e-bike and e-scooter vehicles
Steereon has released two new e-scooter and e-bike hybrid vehicles. The 2022 C20 and C30 models each have a range of 40 km (~25 miles) with features including LED headlights and an LED display. The C20 has a maximum speed of 20 kph (~12 mph), while the C30 can deliver speeds up to 32 kph (~20 mph).
Mercedes-Benz offers Drive Pilot in EQS and S-Class models as Europe's first approved self-driving cars
Drive Pilot conditional self-driving technology from Mercedes-Benz will be available in Germany from May 17th. Owners of the S-Class and EQS models will have the option to buy the technology, making these the first vehicles in Europe to have approved autonomous abilities. The technology enables you to hand over driving to the car in certain situations such as heavy traffic.
Xiaomi Mijia self-cleaning robot vacuum is now available in the US, and it's on offer
The Xiaomi Mijia All-in-One Sweeping and Mopping Robot Vacuum is now available in countries other than China via AliExpress. The gadget can be shipped to countries including the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, with one store offering free shipping and a 39% discount. The vacuum has 4,000 Pa of suction and comes with a self-cleaning docking station.
Roborock T8 Plus with auto-emptying docking station launches
The Roborock T8 Plus is now available in China. There is an optional auto-emptying docking station which Roborock claims gives you 60 days of hands-free cleaning. The gadget has 5,100 Pa of suction power and can mop at 3,000 rotations per minute.
Xiaomi Mijia Cross Four-Door Refrigerator 496 L with voice control launches
The Xiaomi Mijia Cross Four-Door Refrigerator 496 L is now available in China. The fridge has a large amount of storage space, including am 18 L drawer that you can control separately from the rest of the device. The gadget has a slim design, measuring 660 mm in depth (~26-in), and can be controlled via the Mijia app or Xiao AI voice commands.
Marshall unveils Willen and Emberton II speakers with Stack Mode feature
Marshall has revealed two new portable Bluetooth speakers, Willen and Emberton II. The latest gadgets are compatible with Stack Mode, which allows you to connect multiple speakers for amplified sound, and you can control the devices via an app. Willen is the smaller of the two gadgets, while Emberton II has True Stereophonic sound.
Porsche Design Soundbar PDB90 with integrated subwoofer has been unveiled
Porsche Design has revealed the Soundbar PDB90, which will be available to pre-order from June 1st. The surround sound speaker has Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies for an immersive 3D experience. The device has 16 drivers, including a built-in subwoofer, with preset modes to optimize the gadget’s output based on the content you are listening to or watching.
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra with a fully automated docking station is now available
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is now available in the US, France and Germany, and the device is expected to be offered in other countries soon. The Ultra has the same 5,100 Pa suction power as the other vacuums in the S7 MaxV series. The core difference is the automated Empty Wash and Fill Dock that can clean the mop and empty and refill water tanks on the device.
Philips GoPix 1 pocket-sized projector wins two awards
The Philips GoPix 1, a portable projector, has won iF Design and Red Dot awards. The pocket-sized device can produce images up to 75-in wide diagonally and comes with a built-in speaker. You can connect to the gadget via mini HDMI and USB-C, and its battery can last for up to 2 hours between charges.
Samsung’s 2022 Frame TVs are on sale at Amazon and Best Buy
Retailers including Amazon and Best Buy currently offer discounts on the 2022 Samsung Frame TV range in the US and the UK. In the US, customers can get up to US$200 off the retail price, with UK customers offered up to £300 of cashback. The new Frame TVs, unveiled at CES 2022, have 4K panels and Quantum Dot technology.
Xiaomi unveils 8H Feel Leather Smart Electric Bed X Pro that can measure sleep quality
The Xiaomi 8H Feel Leather Smart Electric Bed X Pro will be available to pre-order in China from May 7th. The bed has two motors allowing you to adjust the angles of your back and legs. The device can measure your sleep quality and automatically raise the head of the bed if it detects snoring to relieve the issue.
Elecrow's GrowCube is a smart plant watering kit with soil moisture sensors
The GrowCube is a smart plant watering kit currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The device can automatically water your plants, choosing the optimal time and volume of water to deliver based on the species. Soil moisture sensors provide real-time data to the gadget, which you can control via an app.
UGREEN Nexode 200 W USB-C Charger released in some European countries
The UGREEN Nexode 200 W Charger has been launched in several European countries, including France, Italy and Germany. The gadget can charge up to six devices at once, including the MacBook Pro and iPhone 13. You can use two USB-C ports to charge two laptops at 100 W simultaneously.
New Leviton Decora Smart light switches, dimmers and outlets are launched
Leviton has launched five new products in its Decora Smart home range in the US. The latest gadgets include the No-Neutral Switch and Dimmer, designed for older homes, and the accompanying Smart Wi-Fi Bridge. Leviton has also released the Wi-Fi 2nd Gen Motion Sensing Dimmer that can adapt your lighting based on the motion or natural light that it detects.
Arlo Go 2 outdoor security camera will launch in Europe this summer
In June, the recently unveiled Arlo Go 2 outdoor security camera will be available in Europe. The smart camera can use cellular data and Wi-Fi so that you can install it in more remote locations like a holiday home or a construction site. The device is wireless with many features, including a built-in siren and two-way conversation system.
Anker releases a 10,000 mAh portable magnetic battery with wireless and fast charging abilities
The Anker 10,000 mAh Magnetic Battery (MagGo) is now available. The portable charger can charge iPhone 12 and 13 devices wirelessly at 7.5 W; magnets hold your device in place. Alternatively, you can charge your smartphone three times faster via a 20 W USB-C port. The battery has enough power to charge an iPhone 12 twice.
Lilygo T-Zigbee board is compatible with Zigbee 3.0, HomeKit and Thread protocols
A new development board is available from Lilygo, the T-Zigbee. The motherboard is compatible with a wide range of smart home standards, including Zigbee 3.0, Apple HomeKit and Thread. The T-Zigbee has dual MCUs, a TLSR8258 ultra-low-power chip and an ESP32-C3 chip, alongside programmable buttons and LEDs.
Paper-thin loudspeaker developed at MIT could be used as wallpaper
A team of researchers at MIT has developed a loudspeaker as thin as paper. The ultra-thin film can turn any surface into a loudspeaker, requiring little power to produce a high-quality sound. The researchers suggest many applications for the material, including wallpaper and smart devices with limited battery life.
Willow X robot lawnmower has arms to pull up weeds and harvest vegetables
EEVE is now accepting pre-orders for Willow X, an outdoor robot that can carry out chores such as mowing the lawn, weeding and collecting fruit and vegetables. The device is still in development and is expected to ship in 2024. Two arms and a 4K camera on the machine help it carry out a wide variety of tasks.
Sony Bravia XR 2022 TV prices and availability announced for North America
The retail prices and release dates of the 2022 Sony Bravia XR TVs for North America have been revealed. The XR X95K TVs are already available to purchase, with other models due to be released in the coming months. The devices are powered by the Cognitive Processor XR and are compatible with Google Assistant and Apple AirPlay 2.
Wyze Garage Door Controller can detect and close an open door
The Garage Door Controller is a new smart home device from Wyze in the US. Paired with the Wyze Cam v3 and a QR code, the gadget can check if you have left your garage door open. You can close the door remotely and trigger the door to close at a particular time or based on your location. The adapter is compatible with a range of garage doors from brands like Chamberlin.
The production of the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup is underway
At a launch event, Ford announced that it had started to produce its electric F-150 Lightning pickup trucks. The vehicles are being built at a new facility in Michigan, with customers expected to receive their pre-ordered trucks in the “coming days”. The 2022 production volume for the model is currently unknown.
The Nreal Air AR glasses are coming to the UK this spring
EE has announced an exclusive partnership to bring Nreal Air AR glasses to its UK customers. The AR wearable will launch in the UK later this spring, with pricing and a list of compatible devices yet to be confirmed. The lightweight sunglasses-style gadget features an expanded Full HD virtual display up to 201-inch (~511 cm) in size.
The Xiaomi Smart TV 5A series has launched with Dolby Audio and DTS:X technology
The Xiaomi Smart TV 5A has been revealed in three sizes, from 32 to 43-in. The devices will go on sale in India on April 30th. The larger TVs in the range have Dolby Audio and DTS:X technologies for immersive surround sound. The gadgets come with Android TV 11, a Full HD display and ports including HDMI 2.0.
The SwitchBot Pan/Tilt indoor security camera has a physical shutter for improved privacy
The SwitchBot Pan/Tilt Cam is now available in the US. The camera can rotate up to 360° horizontally and up to 115° vertically, guaranteeing that it will capture moving people or pets when motion is detected. The gadget has many features, including a physical Privacy Mask that hides the camera, ensuring it cannot record you against your wish.
Netgear’s Nighthawk M6 Pro mobile hotspot has Wi-Fi 6E capabilities
Netgear has released two new mobile routers, the Nighthawk M6 and the M6 Pro. The devices are currently available to AT&T customers in the US. Netgear claims that the Nighthawk M6 Pro is the first mobile router to have Wi-Fi 6E capabilities; the gadget can support a maximum speed of 8 Gbps.
Xiaomi launches the Smart Door Lock Pro, compatible with Apple HomeKit
Xiaomi has launched the Smart Door Lock Pro, now available to pre-order in China. The smart device is compatible with Apple HomeKit, enabling you to use this as a method to unlock your door and use Siri voice commands to control the product. There are seven methods to open your door, including via password, fingerprint and NFC.
Chevrolet announces hybrid and all-electric Corvette vehicles
In an announcement via social media channels, Chevrolet has revealed that it is working on electrified and all-electric Corvette vehicles. The hybrid car could be released as early as next year, with no timeline given for the BEV. The fully electric vehicle will feature GM's Ultium battery platform with range-extending energy-recovery technology.
Xiaomi launches the 2022 Redmi Smart TV A58
Xiaomi has launched the 2022 Redmi Smart TV A58, now available to pre-order in China. The device has a 4K display to deliver over 1 billion colors, and an ultra-thin bezel allows a 95.4% screen ratio. The gadget comes with MIUI TV, enabling you to use the TV to control other smart home devices.
Meta’s first physical store will open next month with a range of interactive demos
Meta is opening a dedicated physical retail space in California on May 9th. Customers will be able to participate in interactive demonstrations of a range of Meta’s products, including Quest VR headsets, Portal and Rayban Stories. You will also be able to buy some of the company’s hardware onsite.
Xiaomi launches the Mijia Smart Bladeless Purification Fan
Xiaomi has revealed the Mijia Smart Bladeless Purification Fan, now available to pre-order in China. The bladeless tower fan can deliver wind speeds up to 15.5 m/s (~51 ft/s) with a 10 m (~33 ft) range. The fan has built-in sensors to automatically adjust its settings based on air quality, humidity, or temperature changes.
The award-winning Anker Nano II 100 W charger has been released
Anker has released a new gadget in its Nano II range, the 100 W Anker 736 charger. The device has three ports, including USB-C and USB-A, with a compact design. At the CES 2022 Innovation Awards, the Anker 736 was an honoree. The gadget quickly sold out, with Amazon suggesting the device will not be available again in the US until June.
Roborock launches cost-saving Off-Peak Charging feature
Roborock has released a new feature to celebrate World Earth Day, Off-Peak Charging. The tool lets you set your vacuum to only charge during off-peak hours, however those may be defined by your energy provider. Roborock suggests that this feature can save you money on your energy bills and reduce your CO2 impact.
Roborock reveals the Q-series robot vacuums with a launch offer
Roborock has revealed the Q-series, a new range of robot vacuum cleaners. The model Q5+ has already launched, with a US$100 discount until April 28th. Five other robots are due to be available to purchase in May. All of the vacuums have a 5,200 mAh battery for longer cleaning times.
Details about the new bezel-less Realme Smart TV X Full HD revealed ahead of launch
Information about the new Realme Smart TV X Full HD series has been unveiled ahead of the scheduled April 29th launch in India. The almost bezel-less HD TV will come with 43-in and 40-in options. The gadget will have Dolby Audio and Realme Chroma Boost technologies, with Android OS enabling Chromecast and Google Assistant.
Engineer designs the Mowerino, an Arduino-based DIY robotic lawn mower
An electronic engineer, salmec, has designed an autonomous robotic lawn mower named Mowerino. The DIY gadget uses an Arduino Mega 2560 board alongside 3D printed parts, with all instructions published by salmec on Hackster. The device has many innovative features, including an anti-tipping sensor and ultrasonic obstacle detection.
Signify could be about to increase the prices of its Philips Hue smart home products
Reportedly, Signify could be about to increase the prices of over 250 Philips Hue smart home products. The rumored recommended retail price rise is around 17% and will be seen across several countries. This news follows price increases in North America and Europe across mostly outdoor Philips Hue products in December and January.
Bigtreetech launches the Raspberry Pad 5, which can be used for 3D printing
Bigtreetech has revealed the Raspberry Pad 5, a capacitive touch screen display. The gadget supports multi-point touch and has a resolution of 800 x 480 px. Bigtreetech suggests a variety of uses for the device, including a smart speaker, a microcomputer and a 3D printer. The display has multiple interfaces, including an HDMI port that supports 2K resolution.
IP filings suggest a new Samsung Galaxy XR device is on the way
A couple of trademark filings made by Samsung Electronics to the WIPO indicate that the company is working on a new XR device. The gadget was also hinted at by CEO Han Jong-Hee at MWC earlier this year. Any new XR device from Samsung would likely join its Galaxy lineup and focus on multi-product connectivity.
Cardio Health’s Metabike blends workouts with VR and crypto assets
Cardio Health has revealed the Metabike, a home exercise bike that allows you to play games as you workout. Smart pedals on the fitness device monitor your output and use this to power an avatar in a game, plus there are controllers built-in to the bike's handlebars. As you play and workout, you can earn Cardio Points that can be converted into Cardiocoin crypto assets.
Ecobee could be working on a new smart thermostat that can monitor air quality
Rumors that Ecobee could release a successor to the SmartThermostat have begun after the discovery of hidden images and descriptions in a recent app update. The reported new gadget could have similar features to the current smart thermostat, with the additional ability to trigger air purifiers or fans when poor air quality is detected.
Xiaomi launches the Smart Home Screen 10 with a built-in camera and microphone
Xiaomi has unveiled the Smart Home Screen 10, which you can now pre-order in China. The smart home hub is similar to the Amazon Echo Show, with a touchscreen display that you can use to control your smart home devices or to stream content such as TikTok videos. The gadget has a built-in microphone and camera, so you can also use it to make video calls.
The BigBlue Cellpowa 2500 fast-charging power station is now available on Kickstarter
BigBlue is currently crowdfunding its Cellpowa 2500 fast-charging power station on Kickstarter. The compact gadget has a LiFePO4 battery with a 5,000 W max output so that you can use it with larger devices such as coffee machines or TVs. The power source has 14 outlets and has pass-through charging capabilities.
Tesla announces plan for robotaxi with no steering wheel or pedal by 2024
Elon Musk has announced that Tesla plans to be mass-producing robotaxis by 2024. The self-driving vehicles are expected not to have steering wheels or pedals. The cars are being optimized for cost efficiency, with Musk claiming that a robotaxi ride would be cheaper than a subsidized bus or subway ticket.
Oppo launches the cheaper K9x Smart TV with 4K resolution
Oppo has launched the K9x Smart TV in China with 4K resolution. The K9x is a cheaper alternative to the recently released K9 Smart TV. The new gadget has many features, including eye-protecting blue-light reducing technology, an image optimization algorithm and Dolby Atmos.
Aqara launches the E1 smart curtain adapter that supports Apple HomeKit
The Aqara Smart Curtain Companion E1 is available to pre-order in China. The device is compatible with Apple HomeKit, plus it supports Zigbee 3.0. You can use the smart adapter to open or close your curtains remotely, at a specific time or based on the intensity of light that the E1 detects.
Bang & Olufsen launches the Beoplay EX earbuds with 9.2 mm drivers
The latest wireless headphones from Bang & Olufsen, the Beoplay EX earbuds, will go on sale next month. Each headphone features a large 9.2 mm driver and adaptive active noise-cancelling technology. The gadget has six microphones built into the stick of the earbud for improved call quality.
TCL's latest Android TVs will be the first in Europe to support Apple AirPlay and HomeKit
Several of the new European TV models from TCL will be compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. This will make them the first Google TVs in the region with these features. As with other devices, AirPlay will enable you to cast content from your iOS or Mac device to your TCL TV. The HomeKit tools will allow you to control your TV using voice commands, such as switching the gadget on or off.
The Huawei Smart Door Lock is now available to pre-order in China
The Huawei Smart Door Lock and Smart Door Lock Pro are now available to pre-order in China. The prices for the devices have also been announced, starting at 2,199 yuan (~US$345) during the pre-sale period. The two devices are similar, with the Pro version having additional 3D facial recognition technology that can unlock your door in under two seconds.
The Harman Kardon Citation MultiBeam 1100 Soundbar is now available to pre-order in Europe
While Harman Kardon has not officially released it, the Citation MultiBeam 1100 Soundbar is now available to pre-order in Europe. The device is designed for streaming and is the first in the Citation range to have Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies for immersive 3D surround sound.
Ikea reportedly confirms the DIRIGERA second generation smart home gateway
Ikea has seemingly confirmed that a recently rumored second-generation smart home gateway is coming. The new product, named DIRIGERA, will have similar functionality to the TRADFRI smart home gateway. It is unclear exactly when Ikea could release this device and whether or not Ikea will continue to sell TRADFRI if the new product is launched.
Anker launches the 521 PowerHouse portable charging bank with 256 W capacity
Anker has released the 521 PowerHouse portable charging bank. The device has a 256 W capacity and can charge the equivalent of 20 phones or four laptops via its various ports. The gadget has useful features such as an energy-saving mode, an LED display to indicate the product's charge level, and a built-in LED light.
The 2023 Kia Niro EV will have a longer range than its predecessor
The 2023 Kia Niro has been showcased at the 2022 New York Auto Show. The company confirmed that hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric versions of the car would go on sale in North America this summer. All of the vehicles have performance improvements based on their 2022 equivalents.
New Ikea GUNNARP, FLOALT and SYMFONISK smart home products could be on the way
Ikea could be developing new smart home products. A recent update to several smart LED light listings suggests that new or updated devices could be on the way for this range. Plus, FCC and WPC entries indicate that a new smart charging shelf could also be in the works. Ikea has not officially announced any of these gadgets.
Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX electric concept car sets record, travelling over 1,000 km on one battery charge
The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX electric concept vehicle has travelled over 1,000km on a single battery charge. The recent test from Germany to France saw the car travel on regular roads with traffic and some poor weather conditions. During the trial, the average consumption for the vehicle was 8.8 kWh per 100 km (~62 miles), a record low.
Anker releases the 551 8-in-1 USB-C Hub and tablet stand with pass-through charging
Anker has unveiled a new product, the 551 tablet stand and 8-in-1 USB-C hub. The gadget has many ports, including a 4K HDMI port and microSD and SD card slots. The device has pass-through charging and is compatible with many tablets, including recent models of the iPad Pro and the iPad Air 4.
Kia announces the arrival window of the EV9 in the US
Kia has revealed that a production version of its EV9 SUV concept will be available in the US in the second half of 2023. This means that the electric vehicle will arrive in both the US and Europe in the same year. No further details about the car were revealed, meaning that the pricing remains a mystery.
Xiaomi unveils the Xiaobai Blade Star smart front door with 3D facial recognition
Xiaomi has launched a crowdfunding campaign in China for a smart front door. The Xiaobai Blade Star has 3D facial recognition technology, plus six alternative ways to unlock the door, including a fingerprint scanner and an NFC reader. Like some smart locks, the door comes with a camera to show you who is calling.
The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance 75W Smart LED Bulb is currently discounted at Amazon
Amazon is currently offering discounts in the US, UK, Netherlands and France for the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance 75W Smart LED Bulb. The offers vary in each country, with up to 22% off the retail price in the US. The smart bulb has up to 1,100 lm of brightness and is compatible with several smart home systems, including Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit.
Samsung expands its Digital Key support to include more BMW and Kia vehicles
Samsung has increased the range of compatible cars for its Digital Key functionality. The Digital Key tool, which is currently only available in South Korea, allows you to lock or unlock your vehicle using your smartphone. The list of supported vehicles includes the Kia Niro and the BMW series 1 to 8.
A ‘Look and Talk’ feature could be coming to the Google Nest Hub Max
A potential ‘Look and Talk’ feature has been found by 9to5Google in the latest Google app beta APK files. The reported tool would enable the Nest Hub Max to use its camera to determine if you were looking at the screen and trigger the Google Assistant from up to 5 ft (~1.5 m) away.
Xiaomi launches the Mijia Smart DC Variable Frequency Standing Fan with a 16 m range
Xiaomi is crowdfunding a new smart home product, the Mijia Smart DC Variable Frequency Standing Fan. The gadget has a 16 m (~52 ft) range and can blow air at 6.5 m/s (~21 ft/s). The fan has a night mode which reduces the noise to around 32.75 dBA. You can control the gadget using the Mijia app or Xiao AI voice commands.
The 2023 Toyota bZ4x will be available in the US this Spring with a gift for customers
Toyota has announced that the 2023 Toyota bZ4X will be available in the US this Spring. The company also revealed that customers who leased or purchased the vehicle would be eligible for twelve months of complimentary charging at EVgo-owned and operated charging points across the country.
The new Honor Choice P10 electric scooter has a range of up to 35 km
A new e-scooter from Honor, the Choice P10, is now available to pre-order in China. The gadget can travel at up to 25 kph (~16 mph) thanks to a 350 W rated motor. The scooter’s 36 V battery lets it travel for up to 35 km (~22 miles) between charges. The device is foldable for portability and weighs 15.7 kg (~35 lbs).
Lectric reveals the XP Lite, a cheaper, portable e-bike
A new portable e-bike has been released by Lectric, the XP Lite. The bicycle weighs 46 lbs (~21 kg) and folds to the compact size of 36 x 16 x 26 in (~91 x 41 x 66 cm). The e-bike is powered by a 300 W motor enabling the bike to reach speeds up to 20 mph (~32 kph), and is currently only available in the US and Canada.
Lucid has revealed the Air Grand Touring Performance EV with 1,050 hp
A new variant of the Lucid Air Grand Touring EV has been announced, the Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance. The car has many of the same features as the standard model, but it has greater acceleration with a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.6 s. The Performance car also has a slightly lower range at 446 miles (~718 km).
Meta Quest announces v39 update bringing Share to Headset to iOS devices
The next update for Meta Quest devices, v39, has been announced. The update, which will roll out in the next few weeks, includes a new Home environment named Mountain Study. Other improvements include multitasking features which have moved from being experimental to general settings, and the ability for iOS phones to share VR content directly to a headset.
Aqara launches the Motion Sensor P1 with a five-year battery life
The Motion Sensor P1 is a new smart home product from Aqara. The motion detector has up to five years of battery life and can detect movement up to seven meters away. A built-in light sensor enables you to trigger smart home lights with greater precision. You can use the Motion Sensor P1 with Zigbee, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit.
Xiaomi unveils the Mijia Water Purifier 1000G, including a faucet with a smart screen
A new Xiaomi smart home product is now available to pre-order in China, the Mijia Water Purifier 1000G. The gadget can filter water at up to 2.65 L (~90 fl. oz) per minute. The device has a six-layer filter to remove impurities such as sediment and chlorine. You can view the water quality on the faucet’s smart screen or via the Mijia app.
The TP-Link Wi-Fi 6E capable Deco XE75 mesh router is now available
TP-Link has released a tri-band mesh Wi-Fi 6E system, the Deco XE75. The two devices can deliver speeds up to 5,400 Mbps, cover an area of 5,500 ft² (~511 m²) and support up to 200 devices. The gadget has three Ethernet LAN ports and comes with the basic TP-Link HomeShield security plan.
Apple Watch users can now reply to WhatsApp messages on the device thanks to WristChat
A new app, WristChat, enables Apple Watch users to respond to messages from the device. You can reply to a message using Scribble, Voice Dictation, or the custom-built WristBoard, a keyboard designed for the smaller screen with swipe typing and autocorrect. There are many other customizable features such as haptic feedback and chat bubble colors.
The Dreame Bot W10 Pro robot vacuum could be coming to Europe
The Dreame Bot W10 Pro robot vacuum could soon be coming to Europe, according to Caschy’s Blog. Recently launched in China, the gadget has 4000 Pa of suction and a mop that can be automatically washed and dried at the dock. The device also has an HD camera and AI obstacle avoidance technology.
Xiaomi launches the smart Air Purifier 4 Series with Alexa voice controls
Xiaomi has released the Xiaomi Air Purifier 4 Series in some European countries, including Germany, Italy and the UK. The devices are designed to help people who suffer from allergies by removing particles from the air such as pollen, dust and pet dander. There are three products in the range, to suit different spaces.
The Roborock S7 MaxV and S7 MaxV Plus are now available in the US with introductory offers
Roborock has launched the S7 MaxV series in the US. The S7 MaxV and the S7 MaxV Plus are now available from several retailers, having been unveiled at CES 2022 and launched in Europe last month. It is unclear when the third vacuum in the series, the S7 MaxV Ultra, will be available. Both Roborock and Walmart are currently offering discounts on the new products.
Hyundai is currently testing Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology in some Ioniq 5 cars
Hyundai is developing Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology to transfer power from an electric car's battery to a local grid, reducing load at peak times and decreasing our use of fossil fuels. Currently, the company is testing this technology in some Ioniq 5 vehicles in Germany and the Netherlands.
Marotronics Alfred robotic lawn mower works without a boundary wire
Alfred is a new robot lawnmower from Marotronics, powered by ArduMower. The gadget has a GPS RTK system, removing the need for a perimeter wire to guide the device. You can adjust the cutting height of the robot and remotely control it with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The device comes with an enclosed docking station.
The OpenMower is a Raspberry Pi and ArduSimple based robotic lawn mower that you can build yourself
YouTuber Clemens Elflein has shared an open-source robot lawnmower project, OpenMower. The smart mower can localize and navigate using GPS rather than a perimeter wire. The gadget uses an off-the-shelf robot lawnmower, replacing the electronics with a Raspberry Pi 4, ArduSimple RTK GPS board and a Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller.
The Elops R500E cargo e-bike is now available from Decathlon
Decathlon is now selling the Elops R500E cargo e-bike in Europe. The bicycle has up to 90 km (~56 miles) range from a 672 Wh Samsung lithium-ion battery. The cargo bike can bear loads up to 170 kg (~75 lbs) and reach speeds up to 25 kph (~16 mph).
Ikea launches the NYMANE smart LED pendant lamp
Ikea has added a new smart light to its range, the NYMANE LED pendant lamp. The device's design is based on the KLANG light from the 1960s. Ikea claims that the product lasts up to 20 times longer than an incandescent bulb. You can control the gadget with the Ikea Home smart app and sync it with other smart Ikea products.
eBay user claims that they are selling an unreleased Essential smart home hub
An apparent prototype of the Essential Home smart speaker that was never officially released is now available via eBay. Essential Products closed in 2020 before it could launch the device. The gadget is running Android OS, though it is unclear if the prototype is capable of anything beyond booting up.
Xiaomi launches the Mijia all-round sweeping robot vacuum
Xiaomi has revealed a new smart home device, the Mijia all-round sweeping robot. Customers in China can join the crowdfunding campaign for the gadget. The mopping and vacuuming robot has up to 4000 Pa of suction and mops at 180 rotations per minute. You can control the device using the Mijia app or Xiao AI voice commands.
Bauhutte reveals an electric Gaming Bed that can transform into a chair
Japanese gaming furniture brand Bauhutte has revealed a new product, the BGB-100FA electric Gaming Bed. You can use a remote control to adapt the piece of furniture into a chair, with a 60° angle for your upper body and a 35° angle for your lower legs. The company said it had designed the gaming bed to save space in a smaller room or apartment.
Volvo promises over-the-air updates for all of its electric vehicles
Volvo has announced that all new hybrid and fully electric cars will have over-the-air update abilities. This feature was already available on the battery EVs, with the XC90, S60 and V60 models now receiving this tool. Volvo's eighth update is rolling out this week, including Android 11.
Polestar 2 vehicles will receive an update this month, including Android 11
Android 11 and other feature improvements are being rolled out via an over-the-air update to Polestar 2 vehicles this month. The new OS will bring additional Google Play store app categories to the car. Other improvements include a real-time charging status in the Polestar app.
Homee modular smart home control panel receives update including new Watchdog feature
A new homee update, 2.36.0, has brought a new Watchdog feature to the smart home hub. The tool improves the device's ability to switch on or off connected gadgets. The update also broadens the range of products that the homee panel is compatible with, including many Gledopto smart lights.
Sony BRAVIA 2022 X80K 4K HDR TVs are now available in Europe
Sony has announced that its 2022 range of X80K 4K HDR TVs is now available in Europe. The gadgets have 4K X-Reality PRO technology that can upscale 2K or HDR content to nearly 4K. You can control the devices using Google Assistant voice commands, and the TV comes with Google TV.
Mercedes-Benz announces simplified Mercedes me Charge tariff system, with a gift for new customers
Mercedes-Benz has revealed that the cost system for its Mercedes me Charge scheme will change in Europe from June 2022. The updated tariff system will have three rungs to choose from based on how far and frequently you travel in your electric vehicle. The scheme will also standardize costs across the network of over 300,000 charging points.
VanMoof unveils two new e-bikes, the S5 and A5, with built-in anti-theft technology
Two new e-bikes have been launched by VanMoof, the S5 and the A5. Both bikes have built-in anti-theft features such as a lock and alarm system. The Halo Ring Interface on the vehicle can tell you your speed without looking away from the road. The S5 is designed for cruising, whereas the A5 is suited for agility.
Xiaomi announces the Redmi Router AX6000, capable of speeds up to 5.95 Gbps
Xiaomi has released a new Wi-Fi 6 capable mesh router, the Redmi Router AX6000. The device can deliver wireless speeds up to 5.95 Gbps, and it can support up to 248 gadgets simultaneously. You can set up and control the router using the Mijia app, with intelligent features including one-key password-free network distribution.
TP-Link adds two new products to its Kasa range, a video doorbell and a 2K security camera
The TP-Link Kasa Smart Doorbell and the Kasa Cam Outdoor are now available in the US. Both devices have two-way conversation functionality and are compatible with smart assistants like Amazon Alexa. The smart doorbell has a 3 MP HD camera, while the outdoor security camera is capable of 2K images and videos.
Comcast announces the roll-out of its Supersonic internet and Wi-Fi 6E xFi Advanced Gateway
The roll-out of Comcast’s Supersonic Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi 6E xFi Advanced Gateway device is underway. The router provides internet speeds over 1 Gbps. Notably, the gadget is available for US$14 to US Comcast customers with the Xfinity Internet Gigabit or Ultrafast packages. The router is Zigbee and Matter compatible to connect to your other smart home devices.
The AnkerMake M5 is Anker's first 3D printer, designed for faster printing
AnkerMake, a new Anker brand, has released its first 3D printer. The AnkerMake M5 can print at speeds up to 2,500 mm/s². The printer comes with an app that you can use to get notifications about your print jobs and view automatically captured timelapse videos.
Eufy announces the 4G Starlight Camera with an optional solar panel
A new smart security camera has been unveiled by Eufy, the 4G Starlight Camera. The device will be available to customers in the US for US$249. The gadget has an optional solar panel for US$20 that, with a few hours of sunlight each day, can ensure your camera is always running.
iRobot launches the Create 3 educational robot, based on the Roomba i3 series
iRobot has released the Create 3, an educational robotics kit based on the Roomba i3 series robot vacuum. The product has been designed to provide advanced makers with a lower cost, out-of-the-box kit to further their skills. The robot has intelligent features such as an optical floor tracking sensor.
DeLorean will unveil its concept EV on August 18 at Monterey Car Week
DeLorean Motor Company has announced that it will reveal the name and design of its electric concept vehicle on August 18. The unveiling will be part of a series of events celebrating the history of DeLorean at Monterey Car Week. The company also shared a teaser image of the vehicle.
Renpho unveils its first smart treadmill with a limited time offer
Health and wellness company Renpho has released its first smart treadmill in the US. The device comes with a wireless Bluetooth speaker and an app that you can use to control the machine. The Renpho Smart Treadmill can fold, making it ideal for small spaces or offices. Amazon is currently offering a coupon worth US$100 for the device.
Xiaomi unveils the Xiaoji A2000 10kg washing machine dryer
The Xiaoji A2000 10kg washing machine dryer is a new product from Xiaomi. The device has a touchscreen that uses two colors to denote whether you are using the washing or drying mode. There are 36 different programs on the gadget and several intelligent features, such as automatic detergent dosing to suit your washing load.
The lightweight Urtopia Carbon E-Bike with voice command abilities is now available
Customers in Germany can now pre-order the Urtopia Carbon E-Bike. The bicycle has a lightweight carbon fiber body and weighs 30 lbs. Many smart features are available on the vehicle, such as AI voice control and haptic interaction. Plus, the bike has up to 80 miles of range.
Toyota confirms a longer range for the bZ4X electric SUV
The Toyota bZ4X has a greater than expected range, as confirmed in an official statement by the manufacturer. The entry-level trim of the SUV will be capable of up to 516 km (~321 miles) on a single charge. Customers in Europe can now pre-order the electric vehicle, with prices starting at £41,950.
LG confirms that some C2 Smart TVs will not have an OLED EX panel as advertised
A reviewer from HDTVtest has discovered that not all 42-in LG C2 TVs currently available in stores contain the latest OLED EX technology. LG explained that, due to a supply chain issue, it was shipping some of these smaller TVs with the older WBC OLED panels and that it would resolve the matter later this year.
A path traced mod of Doom has been released
Modder Sultim-t has released a path traced mod of the 1993 video game Doom. Available via GitHub, the mod allows you to play the first three episodes of Doom with real-time path tracing. Currently, the mod only works with Nvidia GPUs, plus you’ll need to have the original Doom.wad file.
Toyota announces that it has sold over 20 million electrified vehicles worldwide
Toyota has announced that it has sold over 20 million electrified vehicles, including hybrid and battery electric cars. Included in the figure are subsidiary brands Daihatsu and Hino. Other record figures in the February 2022 statement include the greatest number of Toyota vehicles produced and sold outside of Japan in a month.
The SOUNDBOKS Go is a new portable speaker that can deliver up to 121 dB of sound
The SOUNDBOKS Go portable Bluetooth speaker is now available to pre-order. The device has two drivers and can deliver up to 121 dB of sound. The gadget has a 7.8 Ah battery providing up to 40 hours of playback time. You can connect the smart speaker to other devices to create an immersive experience.
The Humax Wi-Fi Smart Plug can help you monitor your energy usage
Set-top box company Humax has released its first smart home product in the UK, the Wi-Fi Smart Plug. You can use the device to control smart devices remotely and monitor your energy usage; in the Humax Smart Living app, you can access historical data such as current, power, voltage and total kWh.
Xiaomi announces the Redmi Router AX5400, which can connect to up to 248 devices
A new mesh Wi-Fi router is now available from Xiaomi, the Redmi Router AX5400. The Wi-Fi 6 capable gadget can deliver speeds up to 5.4 GB, and it can connect to up to 248 devices. You can set up and control the smart router using the Mijia app. Update: The device is available to purchase in China via Xiaomi's Youpin or globally on AliExpress.
TECHPLUS launches the TP600SG smart trampoline with gamified workout features
A new smart fitness device is now available to pre-order in China, the TECHPLUS TP600SG trampoline. The gadget comes with an accompanying app and a belt to wear to track your workout. The app encourages you to exercise with friends to unlock points and earn prizes.
The Schlage Encode Plus Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt lock, with the Apple Home Key feature, is now available
Customers in the US can now buy the Apple Home Key compatible Schlage Encode Plus Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt lock. There are many other ways to control the device, including the Schlage Home App and voice assistants. The door lock has several smart features, such as timed delayed auto-locking.
BioIntelliSense launches BioButton Rechargeable wearable that can measure over 20 vital signs
Health wearables company BioIntelliSense has launched a new device, the BioButton Rechargeable. You can stick the gadget on your chest to measure over 20 vital signs. Algorithms then process the collected data to look for early signs of illnesses or other changes in your health.
Alexa can now notify Amazon customers of deals up to 24 hours in advance
You can now set Alexa to alert you when eligible products on your Amazon wish list or in your basket are about to be on offer. The tool, which is currently only available to customers in the US, can trigger pop-up or ring light notifications up to 24 hours in advance of the deal going live.
Xiaomi could be about to launch a 10-in smart display
A listing on the Bluetooth SIG certification database suggests that Xiaomi could be working on a new 10-in smart display. The listing, found by MySmartPrice, states that the device will have Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, but Xiaomi did not give away many other details.
Xiaomi launches the Xiaoji mini smart washing machine for up to 2.5 kg of laundry
Xiaomi has announced the Xiaoji mini smart washing machine, which can clean up to 2.5 kg of clothes. The device is optimized for delicate washing while ensuring a 99.99% sterilization rate. You can control the washing machine via the Xiaoji app, letting you remotely start the device or view the progress of a wash.
Govee releases Glide Hexa Light Panels with RGBIC technology
Govee has launched the Glide Hexa Light Panels. The smart lights have RGBIC technology, meaning that each panel can display multiple colors at once. You can design your lighting scene by connecting the panels in various ways and choosing from multiple colors and effects.
Xiaomi releases a new video doorbell, the Smart Cat Eye 1S, with facial recognition
Xiaomi has launched the Smart Cat Eye 1S, a dual functionality gadget acting as a video doorbell and door viewing device. The gadget has several intelligent features, including AI human detection and facial recognition, plus a voice changing tool when you answer the intercom.
Xiaomi launches the Mijia fresh air air conditioner vertical 3 hp
The Xiaomi Mijia fresh air air conditioner vertical 3 hp is now available to pre-order in China. The gadget can displace air at up to 215 m³/h (~7,600 ft³/h) and has a 94.22% CO2 removal rate. You can control this smart home device through the Mijia app or Xiao AI voice commands.
Xiaomi launches the Mijia Electric Scooter 3 Youth Edition
A new electric scooter is now available to pre-order in China from Xiaomi, the Mijia Electric Scooter 3 Youth Edition, also known as Mijia Electric Scooter 3 Lite. The vehicle has been designed to be lightweight and easy to carry, weighing about 29 lbs (13 kg), with a battery that enables you to travel up to ~12 miles (20 km) between charges.
Nest Hub update refreshes UI design, including a new swipe down shortcuts menu
Users of Google Nest Hub devices have spotted a new update bringing a refreshed UI to the device. Improvements to the interface include a full-screen app launcher when you swipe up. The update has caused some customers’ devices to bootloop, though it appears this is easy to fix.
A new Ikea TRADFRI smart home gateway could be on the way
Ikea may soon release a new TRADFRI smart home gateway. The rumor began after SmartApfel.de noticed that the device had been listed on Ikea.de as “Last chance! Only available for a short time.” If you use Ikea smart home products, you must also buy the TRADFRI to integrate your gadgets, so a replacement smart hub is likely in the works.
Kia announces EV9 SUV will launch in Europe in 2023 and confirms more specs
Kia has released a statement confirming that a production version of the concept EV9 SUV will be released in Europe next year. The company also gave the exterior measurements of the new vehicle and affirmed the use of a solar panel to provide additional charge to the car’s battery.
Xiaomi launches the Roborock G10S series with 5100 Pa suction
Xiaomi has released the G10S series of robot vacuums for pre-order in China. The cleaning gadgets have been designed by Pininfarina and have 5100 Pa suction. Also included are many intelligent features such as self-cleaning and a live video call tool.
The new Devialet Dione soundbar has eight built-in subwoofers
The Devialet Dione soundbar is now available to pre-order for US$2,400. The speaker system has 17 drivers, including eight subwoofers. The device creates an immersive 3D sound experience thanks to Dolby Atmos 5.1.2, and it can upscale mono or stereo sound to mimic this quality.
Xiaomi announces the Full Color Laser Cinema projector with RGB LED technology
The Full Color Laser Cinema is a new short-throw projector from Xiaomi. Currently only available in China, the device has RGB LED and liquid crystal-on-silicon technology. The projected image from the device can measure from 60 to 150-in.
Garmin introduces the premium D2 Mach 1 smartwatch for pilots
The high-end D2 Mach 1 is the latest aviation smartwatch from Garmin. The wearable has an expensive finish with a titanium bezel and a sapphire lens. The device has many features designed for pilots, including maps, weather reports and information about your destination airport.
Xiaomi reveals the Mijia Desktop Drinking Machine Hot and Cold Version
Xiaomi has launched the Mijia Desktop Drinking Machine Hot and Cold Version, a three-in-one device that can filter, chill and warm water. The gadget has many modes and settings which you can control via the Mijia app.
Fitbit's passive heart rate monitoring tech has been submitted for FDA approval
Google has requested FDA approval for Fitbit's passive heart rate monitoring algorithm. The technology was found to detect cases of atrial fibrillation with 98% accuracy in a recent study of Fitbit users. The data was collected using PPG technology built into Fitbit devices.
The Enabot EBO Air smart family companion robot is now available
Enabot has released the EBO Air, an intelligent companion for your household. You can use the robot to communicate with family members and pets when you're away from the house. Also, the device has surveillance features, alerting you of any suspicious activity it detects.
Xiaomi launches the Mijia Smart Dehumidifier 22L with sleep and clothes drying modes
Xiaomi has added a new smart home product to its Mijia line-up, a 22 L dehumidifier. The device comes with a 4.5 L water tank or can be connected to an external drain for longer-term use. Xiaomi suggests using the gadget for various tasks, including drying clothes and improving sleep quality.
Possible new Fitbit wearables found in code, including suspected Versa 4 and Sense 2 models
APK files from the Fitbit app suggests that three new smartwatches could be released by the Google-owned company, with none of them featuring WearOS. The rumored devices could include the Versa 4, Sense 2 and Luxe 2 models, based on evidence such as display resolutions.
Huawei Watch GT 2e update improves the sleep monitoring feature and more
Update version 18.104.22.168 for the Huawei Watch GT 2e smartwatch is rolling out to customers in China. The new firmware includes the preinstalled AutoNavi maps app and improvements to the device's sleep monitoring. It is anticipated that the update will be released in waves, becoming available to global customers later.
Xiaomi launches new e-scooter, NAVEE N65, with up to 65 km of range
A new electric scooter, the NAVEE N65, is now available to purchase from Geekbuying. Thanks to its larger battery and energy-saving technology, the vehicle has a 65 km (~40 miles) range. The Xiaomi company suggests that this gadget is excellent for commuters, with handy folding features.
Amazon's eero announces new Pro 6E and 6+ mesh Wi-Fi routers
Two new mesh Wi-Fi routers are now available from Amazon's eero. The eero Pro 6E is billed as the company's fastest router yet, with speeds up to 2.3 Gbps. The 6+ is the cheaper option and has two 1.0 Gb Ethernet ports.
Rumor suggests that Google could be working on a new Nest Hub with a detachable tablet
As reported by 9to5Google, Google could be working on a new Nest Hub device with a removable display. The company suggests that its source is "proven familiar with Google's plan" and that the gadget could launch as early as this year.
The 2022 Samsung Frame TV range is now available to pre-order
First seen at CES earlier this year, the 2022 Samsung Frame TV is now available to pre-order. The device is available in multiple sizes, starting at 43-in (~109 cm) for US$999.99. The TV has 4k HDR panels and a Matte Display to reduce glare caused by indoor lighting or sunshine.
Xiaomi launches the Mijia Refrigerator 630L with 360° cooling
Xiaomi has unveiled the Mijia Refrigerator 630L. The smart gadget can be controlled using the Mijia app or Xiao AI voice commands. There are many settings on the device, including multiple modes and humidity controls for the storage drawers, so you can personalize the gadget based on what food you are storing.
Ikea launches Bluetooth speaker lamp VAPPEBY with Spotify Tap
Ikea has unveiled VAPPEBY, a Bluetooth speaker lamp designed for outdoor use. The company claims that this is the first device on the market with Spotify Tap, a feature that enables you to resume Spotify streaming at the click of a button. This is the first collaboration between the two Swedish brands.
Withings ScanWatch receives an update with health-related features, including an activity reminder
Withings has released an update for its ScanWatch. Version 2421 includes several new features, such as a workout mode and an activity reminder. Withings is also rolling out more widely its 10:10 hands feature, which makes it easier for you to see the digital screen on the watch.
Oura Ring fitness tracker hits one million user milestone and announces upcoming features
Oura has announced that there are now one million users of its ring fitness tracker. The Oura Ring Generation 3 was released late last year with heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking features. In the same statement, the company said it was working on several new features to release this year, such as Workout Heart Rate.
SelectBlinds.com launches new Apple HomeKit compatible smart shades powered by Eve MotionBlinds
Two new smart roller shades are now available from SelectBlinds.com. The blinds feature an Eve MotionBlinds motor and are compatible with Apple HomeKit, enabling you to control the blinds with your iOS device or Siri voice commands. The smart home integration will also allow you to sync the shades with other smart devices such as light bulbs.
NFTs worth US$1.7 million have been stolen from DeFiance Capital founder
Arthur Cheong, the founder of DeFiance Capital, has been hacked. NFTs and other tokens worth an estimated US$1.7 million have been stolen from one of their hot wallets. At the time of writing, several stolen NFTs have already been sold using marketplaces like OpenSea.
Xiaomi launches a cheaper robot vacuum, the Mijia Robot Vacuum Cleaner 3C
Xiaomi has released a new smart home device, the Mijia Robot Vacuum Cleaner 3C. The device has four suction speed settings up to 4,000 Pa. The smart vacuum can be controlled using the Mijia app or Xiao AI voice commands. The gadget also has intelligent mopping capabilities.
Xiaomi announces the Mijia Drum Washing Machine 10kg with smart home integration
Xiaomi has launched a new smart home device, the Mijia Drum Washing Machine 10kg. The gadget has 23 settings and can be controlled via the Mijia app. The washing machine can even be connected to a XiaoAI speaker that will inform the user when the laundry is done.
The release of the Matter standard is delayed, but it will be compatible with more devices
The CSA has announced that the Matter smart home interoperability standard has been delayed until Fall 2022. The setback is due to further development work needed on the SDK before release.
LG announces US prices and release dates for 2022 OLED TV line-up
LG has revealed the prices and release dates for its 2022 range of OLED TVs. This is the most comprehensive line-up LG has offered yet, including a 97-inch OLED TV. The devices have new features, including HDMI 2.1 support.
Microsoft launches the Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera
Microsoft has released the AI-enabled Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera. The device has automatic framing and tilt compensation to ensure an accurate image despite meeting participants' positions.
Xiaomi launches Mijia Inkjet All-In-One Printer with auto-cleaning capabilities
Xiaomi has launched a new printer, the Mijia Inkjet All-In-One. The multi-functional device is capable of high precision photo printing, and a self-cleaning feature helps reduce the chance of the inkjets clogging.
Withings adds Sleep Diary feature to its Sleep Tracking Mat
Withings has brought a new Sleep Diary feature to its Sleep Tracking Mat. The tool will help users understand their sleep in more detail by asking them a series of questions then collating this information with the biometric data that the mat collects.
The HomeKit compatible Aqara Smart Thermostat S3 will soon be available
Aqara has listed the Smart Thermostat S3 on its website. The device supports Apple HomeKit, which means you can control the gadget with Siri voice commands. You can use the thermostat to control heating, air conditioning, and water heating.
iRobot update brings new features to Roomba and Braava devices, doubling the intelligence of some models
A Genius 4.0 Home Intelligence software update is available to Wi-Fi connected Roomba and Braava devices. The update includes several new features, such as a do not disturb mode and room-specific cleaning settings.
The Roborock T8 launches with 4,200 Pa of suction
The Roborock T8 is a new robot vacuum and mop with 4,200 Pa suction. The device can empty itself into the accompanying 16 fl oz (470 ml) bin, and you can schedule the gadget to clean the rooms of your choice at a given time.
Samsung releases the Ultra Slim Soundbar with Wireless True Dolby Atmos and Q-Symphony technology
The Samsung Ultra Slim Soundbar is now available to purchase in Australia and will launch in Germany later this month. The speaker has Wireless True Dolby Atmos and improvements to Samsung's Q-Symphony technology.
Huawei launches the Smart Door Lock Pro powered by HarmonyOS
Huawei has unveiled the Smart Door Lock Pro with 3D facial recognition. The device is powered by HarmonyOS for additional security and integration with your other smart home gadgets.
An update for the Huawei GT 2 Pro improves sleep tracking and adds self-diagnosis feature
Huawei has released an update for its GT 2 Pro smartwatch. The latest firmware brings two new features to the device, including a self-diagnosis tool to detect and suggest solutions for hardware issues.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE is now available to buy in Europe
Customers in Europe can now purchase the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE, which will start shipping next month. The sedan has a fast-charging 170 kW battery and 410 miles of range.
Two new smart blinds are now available at IKEA, PRAKTLYSING and TREDANSEN
IKEA has launched two new smart blinds, PRAKTLYSING and TREDANSEN. The company has updated its Home Smart app alongside the launch to integrate the devices with its wider smart home system.
Mercedes showcases the interior of the 2023 EQS SUV
Mercedes has shared a first look at the interior of the 2023 EQS SUV. The images show a 56-inch hyper screen nearly as wide as the car, including the instrument cluster and a passenger display.
The Lightbee Zigbee Switch is a new smart light switch for Philips Hue
Light Solutions has released a new smart light switch. The Lightbee Zigbee Switch is compatible with Philips Hue products and other smart devices through the Zigbee standard. You can customize the buttons on the compact gadget to suit your needs.
Polk releases the MagniFi Mini AX to provide Dolby Atmos in a 15-inch soundbar
Polk has launched a new sound bar, the MagniFi Mini AX. The system has 5-speakers and a subwoofer to create a 3D soundstage for a rich audio experience. The device has a wide range of technologies for enhanced sound placement accuracy and greater clarity.
The next Subaru WRX STI could be electric
In a press release, Subaru has announced that it is exploring the electrification of its WRX STI vehicle. The company said it would not build the next generation of the car on the new WRX platform, to meet climate change-related targets.
Former top Nintendo exec thinks that Meta's plan for the metaverse won't succeed
The former COO of Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aime, has said that he does not believe Meta's vision for the metaverse will be successful. In an interview with Bloomberg, they suggested that small businesses would drive the metaverse's future instead.
More details on the Samsung QS95B QD OLED TV have been leaked
A US retailer has leaked some Samsung QS95B QD OLED TV specifications by publishing an early listing for the device. Samsung has released little information about the device so far, and a release date is still to be confirmed.
BMW vehicles will have level 3 autonomous driving tech by 2025
BMW has announced that it will bring level 3 autonomous driving technology to some vehicles in the second half of 2025. The company is developing its Automated Driving technology with Qualcomm and Arriver.
The Garmin Venu 2 Plus could soon have an ECG function
DC Rainmaker has found a hidden ECG function in a Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch. Garmin has not acknowledged the tool's existence, and it removed the feature in a recent update.
Xiaomi launches Smartmi Pioneer A1 robot mop vacuum cleaner
A new smart mop vacuum, the Smartmi Pioneer A1, is now available to pre-order. The device has a unique design for enhanced performance and self-cleaning abilities.
Xiaomi could be working on a 100-inch smart TV
A report from mysmartprice suggests that Xiaomi may soon release a 100-inch TV. The website spotted information about the 'giant tv' on multiple certification websites, but limited product specifications have been revealed so far.
Oculus’ fitness tracker is coming to Apple Health
Oculus has revealed a new feature that will allow users to sync their Oculus Move fitness data with Android and iOS devices, including the Apple Watch. The tool will enable you to view your VR and real-world workout statistics in the same place.
Huawei GT 2 and GT 2e get a software update including new health features
A software update is being rolled out for Huawei's GT 2 and GT 2e smartwatches. The update includes several new features for the gadgets, including tools to monitor your health and to help you to optimize your workouts.
Xiaomi launches the Mijia Curtain Companion smart adapter
Mijia, Xiaomi’s smart home brand, has unveiled the Curtain Companion, a smart adapter for your soft furnishings. The device has timed modes and can use a light sensor to adjust the amount of natural light in your room automatically.
Yamaha launches the NEO's, a 50cc equivalent electric scooter
Yamaha has unveiled the NEO's, the company's first electric scooter to launch in Europe. The vehicle has a 2.3 kW motor and can travel up to 24 miles (38.5 km) between charges.
HBO faces class-action lawsuit over allegations that it shared customer data with Facebook without permission
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against HBO, claiming that it shared customers' data with Facebook without their consent. According to the law firm, viewing history information has been shared with the social network, violating federal law.
Ducati reveals the Futa, a new electric road bike with Garmin technology
Ducati has unveiled the Futa, its first pedal-assisted electric road bike. The bicycle comes with a 250 W motor with five power assistance levels. A limited-edition version is also available, which comes with a Garmin Edge Explore GPS bicycle computer.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 may have a temperature sensor
Rumors reported by ETNews suggest that the Galaxy Watch5 will have a built-in thermometer. The company claims that Samsung has developed new technology to resolve issues with existing temperature sensing tools.
8BitDo reveals an Xbox-style controller with pro back paddle buttons
8BitDo has launched a new Xbox-style controller. The controller is available in black and white, with pro paddle buttons on the back. The device comes with software that enables you to customize parts of the controller, such as the sensitivity of the trigger buttons.
Inflection AI wants to make it easier for humans to talk to computers
A new AI-focused software company, Inflection, has been co-founded by Mustafa Suleyman, Reid Hoffman and Karén Simonyan. The company aims to use AI to make human commands to devices more conversational.
Dance is expanding its e-bike subscription service to more cities
The Dance electric bike subscription service is coming to new cities across Europe, including Vienna and Paris. Dance has also announced a new electric moped available to riders in Germany.
Tern launches the Quick Haul, a cheaper electric cargo bike
Tern has revealed the Quick Haul electric bike series. The new cargo bikes have a lower price point than their predecessors and are accompanied by a range of modular accessories.
Gogoro has revealed a swappable solid-state battery for EVs
E-scooter brand Gogoro has unveiled new solid-state battery technology for two-wheeled EVs. The lithium ceramic battery prototype was developed with ProLogium and will be reverse compatible with existing vehicles that are Gogoro-powered.
Zeblaze Stratos 2 launches with SpO2 and heart rate monitors
Zeblaze has unveiled the Stratos 2 smartwatch, which features an AMOLED display and a SpO2 monitor. The device also comes with integrated GPS that you can use for up to 40 hours between charges.
Samsung confirms hack while alleged bad actors leak 190GB of data from the breach
Samsung has admitted that a recent security breach has led to the theft of source code used for its Galaxy devices. The company confirmed that the hackers did not steal any customer or employee personal information.
Google may use skin interface technology in future Pixel Buds and Pixel Watches
Google has received approval for a patent for skin interface technology. The filing suggests that Google might use this tool to control earbuds and smartwatches through tap and swipe gestures on the skin near the gadgets.
Volocopter raises US$170 million to help launch its air taxi
Volocopter has raised US$170 million to help it launch its electric air taxi service. The company will use the funds for due diligence required before it can share its service with customers. Volocopter hopes to offer commercial flights by 2024.
Cana One ‘molecular drinks printer’ can print iced coffee at home
A 'molecular beverages printer', the Cana One, is now available to pre-order from Cana. You can use the gadget to print drinks on demand, from thousands of flavors, with the ability to personalize the beverage to your taste.
Segway-Ninebot announces the KickScooter D Series with a free gift
Segway has unveiled the Ninebot KickScooter D series. Three electric scooters are in the range, travelling up to 24 miles (38 km) between charges.
Sony and Honda are planning to develop an electric vehicle together
Honda and Sony are exploring a joint venture to manufacture electric vehicles. The deal is not yet finalised, with a plan to have the first model ready to sell in 2025.
Kia announces autonomous driving technology that it will use in the EV9 SUV
Autonomous driving technology, AutoMode, has been unveiled by Kia. The company plans to launch this software in the EV9 SUV, which will launch in 2023, with a planned roll out to other vehicles later.
The Polestar O2 is a new concept sports car with an integrated drone
Polestar has revealed a new electric concept car, the O2. The hardtop convertible has unusual features, such as an integrated drone, and has been designed with sustainability as a priority.
A new solar panel can use waste heat to turn air into water
A research team from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia has designed a solar panel that simultaneously generates electricity and collects water to grow crops.
Eufy launches a new doorbell that doubles as a smart lock with a fingerprint sensor
Eufy has announced the Video Smart Lock 3-in-1 gadget with a fingerprint scanner plus video doorbell and security camera capabilities. The company is currently accepting pre-orders via Kickstarter.
Google is working on new technology for devices to read human body language
In a recent video, Google has shared information on its Soli radar sensing technology that it hopes will make devices less interruptive by reading subtle human signals. The same technology is already used in the Pixel 4's Motion Sense feature.
The first all-electric Jeep SUV is coming in 2023
Stellantis has revealed the design of the first all-electric Jeep at a recent presentation. The vehicle is due to launch next year and is expected to be smaller than the Jeep Renegade.
The Amazon Luna game streaming service is now available
You can now stream games via Amazon Luna if you live in the US. Prime members can play some games for free, with a Luna+ subscription priced at US$9.99 (~€9.01) per month.
The PlayStation VR2 headset could be delayed until 2023
A YouTube leaker has suggested that the launch date of the PS VR2 headset could be pushed back to 2023. They cite the lack of PS5 consoles, which will power the VR experience, as the reason for the delay.
Honor reveals the Earbuds 3 Pro with temperature monitoring features
The Earbuds 3 Pro have been unveiled by Honor at MWC. The new headphones will feature a dual-driver design and a temperature sensor to help you monitor your health.
AVM launches new smart radiator controller, the FRITZ!DECT 302
At MWC, AVM has announced the FRITZ!DECT 302, a smart radiator controller. The device can be installed on most radiator valves and has many energy-saving features.
Teladoc virtual healthcare is now available on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices
A new healthcare technology, Teladoc, is available on Alexa-enabled devices. You can use Teladoc for virtual consultations with medical professionals via your smart gadget.
Apple Health data is being used for a PCOS study with Harvard University
Research being conducted by Apple and Harvard University is investigating menstrual health. The latest report from the study contains insights gathered from participants around polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
A VR mod for Cyberpunk 2077 is now available
Luke Ross has released a VR mod for Cyberpunk 2077, available via Patreon. The mod lets you experience driving and photo modes with head-tracking, 3D effects and more.
Toyota is developing artificial muscles for robots so they can mimic human movements
A patent has been submitted to the USPTO by Toyota for an innovative robotic muscle technology. These artificial muscles would allow robots to mimic human movements and carry out dangerous tasks.
The Toyota bZ4X is coming this year with a longer-lasting battery and free charging for 12 months
Toyota has recently revealed that the batteries it has built through a joint venture with Panasonic retain over 90% of its capacity after ten years. The company has also announced a free charging deal for US customers in partnership with EVGo.
Philips unveils ultra-short-throw projector, the Screeneo U4
The Screeneo U4 is a new ultra-short-throw projector from Philips. The gadget has AI technology that enables features such as autofocus and automatic four corner correction. At 12-in from the projection surface, the device can display an 80-in image.
Mobvoi announces TicWatch x Arty smartwatch for advanced heart health insights
A new TicWatch has been teased by Mobvoi on Twitter, suggesting it will have new cardiovascular health monitoring technology. Previous leaks from XDA Developers provide information on precisely what functionality might be included in the gadget.
HTC Vive and holoride team up to build an in-car VR experience
VR company holoride will use HTC Vive Flow glasses when it launches its in-car experience technology later this year. The entertainment merges XR with the vehicle's movements for an immersive experience without inducing motion sickness.
Garmin is working on a solar-powered smartwatch with an OLED display
Garmin has filed a patent for a new solar charging OLED display in the US. This technology could mean that consumers no longer need to choose between the high-quality display and ‘never ending’ battery life available through solar energy.
Crestron LED lights can sync smart home lighting with circadian rhythms
Crestron, a brand specialising in smart home technology, is launching LED smart lights. You can set the bulbs to brighten and dim to match your circadian rhythm, or you can use the company's SolarSync technology to adapt your lighting to fit the color temperature outdoors automatically.
Google Pixel 7 Pro renders revealed, with many similarities to the Pixel 6 Pro's design
Leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer has shared renders of the Google Pixel 7 Pro via Smartprix. The images show a very similar design to the Pixel 6 Pro, with the same two-tone style on the back of the device.
Samsung announces launch date for 2022 Neo QLED Mini LED TVs
Samsung has revealed its lineup of Neo QLED TVs, which will be available for pre-order across Europe in March this year. The new range features upgrades to the image detailing and surround sound, plus features aimed at gamers.
Google reveals that Nest doorbells can't charge in cold weather
In a recent support article, Google has detailed an issue that prevents batteries in its Nest Cam and Nest Doorbell devices from charging at cold temperatures. This problem is not exclusive to Google devices, with other outdoor smart home gadgets also impacted.
NFTs valued at over US$1.7 million have been stolen from OpenSea users
A phishing attack on users of OpenSea has resulted in the theft of NFTs worth millions of dollars. The source of the attack remains unclear, with 17 affected users identified.
The Extreme H hydrogen car racing championship has been announced for 2024
An off-road hydrogen car racing series, Extreme H, has been announced. The event will accompany the existing Extreme E electric car racing championship from 2024, with a prototype of the racing vehicle expected early next year.
Amazon's Echo Show 15 smart home display is now available
The Amazon Echo Show 15 smart display is now available to purchase. The device is aimed at families, with widgets that display calendars and to-do lists. The gadget can recognize different household members and personalize the display for them.
Videos of Tesla 'Full Self-Driving' mode raise concerns for experts
A recent study of footage of Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' software, captured by Tesla owners, has left some experts with concerns for its safety. However, many vehicle owners taking part in the autonomous driving Beta defended the testing, arguing that it was vital for development.
Eufy launches Video Doorbell Dual with an early bird bonus
Eufy has released its Video Doorbell Dual for pre-order, with gifts for customers who purchase early. The doorbell features two cameras for an improved view of your doorstep and added protection. The device also has dual motion detectors to sense people and packages.
The Garmin D2 Air X10 Smartwatch has launched with SpO2 sensor, plus a host of aviation and fitness features
Garmin has released the D2 Air X10 smartwatch, aimed primarily at pilots, with blood oxygen level monitoring to tell you how your body adapts to high altitudes. You can also make and receive calls on the device, which has a battery life of up to 7 days.
Tesla recalls vehicles after self-driving mode issue uncovered
A problem with Tesla’s “rolling stop” feature has been found, which has led to the company recalling nearly 54,000 cars. The feature, part of the Full Self Driving software, could mean that your vehicle does not come to a halt at a stop sign, which is illegal.
Tesla releases microphone for in-car karaoke alongside Chinese New Year update
Tesla has released a new gadget, the TeslaMic, with its Chinese New Year software update. The device can be used to play karaoke in your car, with the Leishi KTV app included in the update.
Tesla confirms Cybertruck delay and reveals that a car is not its most important focus this year
In a recent press conference, Tesla confirmed that it would not be releasing any new vehicles this year. Musk confirmed rumours that Cybertruck production would be delayed until 2023 at the earliest.
Meta-backed cryptocurrency company Diem looks to sell off assets, according to rumours
According to recent rumours, Diem, the stablecoin project backed by Meta, is looking to sell off assets such as its intellectual property. The company has faced many setbacks, including warnings from the U.S. Federal Reserve last year.
Security researcher reveals how they hacked Tesla vehicles
Flaws in a third-party software have enabled a security researcher to hack multiple Tesla vehicles. In a recent blog post, David Columbo explains how they accessed the cars and states that the bug has now been fixed.
Meta announces the "world's fastest" AI supercomputer with Nvidia hardware
Meta is building an AI supercomputer using Nvidia technologies. The build is underway, with 760 Nvidia DGX A100 GPUs already in use. When the supercomputer is finished later this year, Meta claims that it will be the fastest AI supercomputer globally.
German Bionic's Cray X smart exosuit helps workers to carry up to 66 lbs
Robotics company German Bionic has designed a smart exosuit that improves worker health and safety. The device collects data in real-time to detect poor posture and tiredness in employees and recommend remedies such as stretches and breaks.
Oculus launches v37 update, including Apple Magic Keyboard support
The latest software update, v37, has been released by Oculus. The update includes multiple productivity features and aims to ease the navigation of the environment.
Weber reveals new smart grills which can notify you when your food is cooked
Weber has unveiled the new Genesis smart grills, which assist you when cooking. The Weber Connect technology links up with an app to notify you when your grill is up to temperature, amongst other features.
Subaru reveals race car with 1,073 hp at Tokyo Auto Salon
Subaru Tecnica International, the motorsports focused arm of Subaru, has revealed a new concept car. The all-electric STI E-RA has four motors which can deliver up to 1,073 hp.
SportsArt launches a rowing machine that can charge your phone
A new eco-rower from SportsArt lets you generate electricity as you workout. This energy can immediately be plugged back into the machine or used to power other devices.
Google TV is looking to expand into smart home and fitness
Google TV’s Director of Product Management, Rob Caruso, has suggested that the company plans to bring new features to its product this year. According to Caruso, Google TV is looking to expand its tools and integrate with more smart home and fitness devices.
Researchers build novel malware detection system for Raspberry Pi
A research team has built a malware detection system using an oscilloscope to scan the electromagnetic field of a Raspberry Pi device. The technique allows you to identify the threat while likely remaining undetected by the hacker.
Virtual reality concert platform AmazeVR raises funds ahead of its first release
AmazeVR, a virtual reality concert platform, has recently raised US$15 million in funding. The company’s first VR show with Megan Thee Stallion will be available in theaters in the US this year.
New NordicTrack iSelect Adjustable Dumbbells can be controlled using Amazon's Alexa
NordicTrack has launched the iSelect Adjustable Dumbbells, which you can control with voice commands via Alexa. The weights can adapt to loads from 5 to 50 lbs (~2.3 to 22.7 kg).
Sleep Number's new smart bed adapts to your needs and can adjust to prevent snoring
Sleep Number has revealed its latest smart bed, the New Sleep Number 360. The device has features including temperature regulation and snore detection.
Ring Alarm now has a glass break sensor, to detect if your windows are smashed
Ring has announced the Glass Break Sensor, which you can connect to its alarm system. The new sensor can detect if your windows are cracked or smashed from up to 25 ft away.
BMW showcases color-changing car at CES 2022
The BMW iX Flow concept car has been demonstrated at CES 2022. The vehicle can change color thanks to a coat of paint which includes E Ink, the same technology used in e-readers.
Smart contact lens company Mojo Vision announces new investment as it teams up with Adidas
Mojo Vision has made two announcements at CES 2022; that it has received a further US$45 million of investment and that it plans to partner with several fitness companies, including Adidas Running. The company is working on a smart contact lens, which will overlay data onto the real world.
Hyundai builds air purifier from Ioniq 5 electric car parts
In a recent YouTube video, Hyundai engineers demonstrate a unique way to repurpose car parts by taking apart a redundant test vehicle and using the components to build an air purifying device.
VR mods for Resident Evil 2 and 3 are now available on GitHub
Software developer praydog has released VR mods for Resident Evil 2 and 3 on GitHub. The mods allow you to play the games in first-person VR, with lifelike weapon action such as physical knife damage.
Robinhood announces the beta launch of its cryptocurrency wallets
Robinhood, the trading platform known for commission-free trading, has announced the beta program for its crypto wallets. The program will launch in mid-January, with over 1.6 million customers already on the waitlist.
bHaptics reveals TactGlove for VR, which it will showcase at CES 2022
bHaptics has announced the TactGlove, a haptic glove to allow you to touch things in VR. The company will demonstrate the gadget at CES 2022 in collaboration with Hand Physics Lab and Unplugged VR.
Tesla is recalling almost half a million cars due to safety concerns
Around 475,000 Tesla Model 3 and Model S vehicles are being recalled due to multiple issues that have been uncovered. The NHTSA has stated that these issues relate to the Model 3’s rear view camera and the front hood latch in the Model S.
Waymo reveals that it will expand its self-driving taxi fleet with Geely all-electric vehicles
Waymo has announced that it will add all-electric vehicles designed by Geely to its autonomous ride-hailing service. Waymo will modify the car with Waymo Driver so it can operate autonomously.
Samsung reveals new C-Lab projects, including a smart electric guitar
Samsung has announced its lineup of 13 projects supported by its C-Lab programme. The company will showcase these concepts at CES 2022. The startups include a smart electric guitar and online jamming platform, plus an AI app to help kids develop good habits for device use.
Samsung Electronics announces that it will establish smart homes in pilot smart city
Samsung Electronics has revealed that it will supply smart homes in a new smart city with several appliances. Eco Delta Smart City will be built in Korea, with an initial demonstration zone due to be finished in 2023.
The Movano Ring will be showcased at CES 2022, with upcoming features including blood pressure and glucose level monitoring
The Movano Ring, a health and fitness tracking wearable device, will be showcased at CES 2022. The gadget currently features many standard fitness tracking tools covering your activity and sleep. Movano aims to add blood pressure and glucose level monitoring in the future.
DuckDuckGo is working on a standalone desktop browser for increased user privacy
DuckDuckGo has revealed that it is building a desktop app similar to its mobile app. The desktop app aims to provide increased privacy for users, with features such as the Fire Button, to clear all tabs, browsing history and data at the click of a button.
Amazon brings Zoom to Fire TV Omni Series in time for the holidays
You can now start and join Zoom meetings on the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series. The Zoom app is currently available to users in the US and Canada, and it aims to make calls to loved ones over the festive season and beyond more straightforward.
Researcher reveals that some at-home COVID-19 tests could be hacked using Bluetooth
It has been discovered that you can hack some at-home COVID-19 lateral flow tests via Bluetooth. This flaw would allow you to modify your test result. However, the problem has now been resolved, ensuring that you cannot alter the outcome of your test.
Tesla holiday update automates blind spot cameras and adds Sonic the Hedgehog to the infotainment system
The annual Tesla holiday update has begun rolling out, with features including auto-activation of your car's blind spot camera. The software update also has improvements to the infotainment system, such as a streamlined appearance and new games added to the arcade.
Ford reveals EV battery with up to 131 kWh capacity for 2022 F-150 Lightning
It has been revealed that the Ford F-150 Lightning all-electric truck will be available with two battery sizes. The larger of these batteries will have a capacity of 131 kWh, with the smaller battery providing 98 kWh of capacity.
Meta calls out private surveillance companies for attempting to hack around 50,000 accounts
A report released by Meta reveals that several spy firms have targeted approximately 50,000 Facebook users to gain personal information, potentially for use in later phishing attacks. A total of seven surveillance companies were named in the report, including Black Cube.
Tesla launches road noise reduction feature for Model S and Model X electric vehicles
Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles are receiving a new noise reduction tool in an over-the-air update. The feature reduces low-frequency road noise in the cabin to provide a more comfortable journey for the driver and passengers in the front of the car.
Deal | HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite and other VR devices are on sale
VR headsets and accessories are discounted in time for the holidays at HTC VIVE. The sale includes the Cosmos Elite, Pro and Pro Eye devices, alongside accessories such as the Deluxe Audio Strap, with discounts of up to US$300 (~€266).
The first all-electric Rolls-Royce production car is about to start on-road testing
Rolls-Royce will soon start road-testing its Spectre coupe, the first electric vehicle from the company to go on sale. The Spectre is expected to be released late next year, following a couple of electric vehicle prototypes shown by the company over the last decade.
The Matter connectivity standard for TVs could give you more ways to control your smart device
The new Matter connectivity protocol could improve the interconnectivity between smart devices from different manufacturers. One element of this standard relates to TVs and streaming devices, which would mean that you could control your Amazon TV using a Google Nest hub.
Oculus launches v35 update for users and developers, including voice recognition feature
Oculus has released another set of features, including a tool allowing voice recognition in VR apps. Other tools launched in this v35 update include a spatial anchor feature for locking content in place between sessions and the ability to record yourself while you are playing in VR.
Clearview is one step closer to getting a US patent for its facial recognition software
A patent filed by Clearview AI for part of its facial recognition technology is set to be granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Clearview's software is already being used by several bodies in the US, including the FBI.
Over US$120 million has been stolen from multiple cryptocurrency wallets connected to BadgerDAO
BadgerDAO has warned customers that it recently suffered a hack, affecting multiple cryptocurrency wallets linked to the company. In total, it is estimated that US$120 million (~€106 million) worth of cryptocurrency, including bitcoin and ethereum, has been stolen by the bad actor.
Masterpiece Studio VR creative software is now available for free
Masterpiece Studio software is now available for free, but only for non-commercial use. The programme enables you to model in 3D and animate through virtual reality, with tools to let you texturize, rig and skin your models and more.
Researchers create living 3D printing ink, with applications including a cancer treatment
A living 'microbial ink' has been developed by a research team at Harvard University and Harvard Medical school, which can be 3D printed. One of the living materials generated from the ink has been designed to release an anti-cancer drug on demand.
Dyson launches VR store allowing you to try out its latest products at home
Dyson has released an Oculus app to allow customers to experience its products in virtual reality. The VR experience gives you the chance to understand how the products work and try them out in a virtual environment. Dyson's virtual store currently contains beauty tools such as the Supersonic hairdryer and the Airwrap, plus the Dyson cordless V15 Detect vacuum cleaner.
Deal | Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones are on offer at Best Buy and Amazon
The Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones are selling at a reduced price this Black Friday at two US retailers: Amazon and Best Buy. The device offers speak to chat and active noise cancellation features.
Deliveries of the new Hummer electric truck will begin in December, with lower than expected range
Deliveries of the Hummer Edition 1 will begin next month, 14 months after it was announced. The truck will use GM’s Ultium battery, giving it up to 329 miles (~529 km) of range. The Edition 1 will be the first all-electric vehicle released by Hummer.
Niantic and Fold develop an AR game where you can earn bitcoin
Software developer Niantic and bank card company Fold have built an AR experience that allows you to find and win bitcoin. The game is currently being rolled out in a limited beta, with more features, such as bitcoin trading, to be released in the coming months.
El Salvador's president announces “Bitcoin City”
Plans for “Bitcoin City” have been unveiled by El Salvador's president, Nayib Bukele. The build would be financed by bitcoin-backed funds, covering public infrastructure, like an airport and local services.
HTC announces VIVE Focus 3 update, including larger play areas
HTC VIVE has unveiled an update for Focus 3 headsets, which were released earlier this year. The improved features include increased play area and map sharing abilities.
The Amazon Prime Video app is now available for Mac
Amazon has released the Prime Video app for Mac devices. The app includes a mix of Apple and Amazon features, such as Picture-in-Picture and X-Ray. You can also download content to your device, allowing you to watch TV and movies offline.
The FBI's email system has been hacked, with thousands of fake messages sent
One of the FBI's email systems has been compromised, allowing bad actors to send thousands of messages falsely warning of a possible cybersecurity attack. The FBI has confirmed that it has now patched the software vulnerability which allowed the hack and that the attackers accessed no data.
Microsoft reveals a limited-edition Xbox Series X with laser-cut Gucci branding
Gucci and Microsoft have collaborated on a limited-edition Xbox Series X console. The device celebrates the 100th anniversary of Gucci and the 20th anniversary of Microsoft.
Amazon Echo devices get motion detection feature using ultrasound
A new motion-sensing feature is available for fourth-generation Amazon Echo Dot devices. The tool uses ultrasound to detect motion in the room, activating other connected devices, such as turning on your smart lights.
Netflix enables higher-quality streaming via the AV1 codec for some TVs and the PS4 Pro
Netflix has launched better quality streaming through AV1 for selected TVs and the PlayStation 4 Pro. Benefits for Netflix subscribers include using less bandwidth at higher resolutions and fewer noticeable drops in streaming quality.
Nvidia launches Omniverse Avatar platform that uses 3D animation and AI
Graphics card company NVIDIA has revealed Omniverse Avatar, a tool that allows you to build AI assistants that can hold conversations in real-time. NVIDIA has demonstrated uses of the platform, such as taking orders in a restaurant and improving video conferencing calls during its annual GPU Technology Conference.
Nintendo hints at a new console and promises to improve Switch Online
Nintendo has briefed investors that it is already planning its next console, though it is focusing on 'value-added services' as well. The company also confirmed that it would continue to work on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which has recently faced consumer criticism.
Meta could be planning physical stores to showcase VR devices
The New York Times reports that Meta may be planning retail stores to showcase its devices, including Oculus VR headsets. According to sources close to The Times, plans for these stores began last year, with Meta expected to open its flagship store in California.
The 2022 SR from Zero Motorcycles comes with in-app purchases
The new Zero 2022 SR electric motorcycle has an operating system that allows you to purchase upgrades on the fly for your bike. Upgrades include increased battery capacity, which can be boosted from the standard 14.4 kWh to 20.9 kWh, and improved torque levels.
Amazon launches a Smart Air Quality Monitor, with claims that it can improve your sleep
Amazon has announced its Smart Air Quality Monitor that alerts people when it detects harmful particles, such as carbon monoxide and dust. The device is compatible with Alexa Routines, which allow the monitor to trigger other smart devices that can improve your air quality.
Oculus Quest v34 update brings expanded capabilities, including Space Sense
The v34 Oculus Quest update from Meta has been announced. The update will be rolled out for Quest and Quest 2 devices. It includes improvements to features such as Voice Commands, plus a new tool called Space Sense, though this is only available on Quest 2 headsets.
Project Dyana team creates 3D printed cat-like robot
A team of students from Swiss universities has developed a feline robot. The Dyana project has combined animatronics and 3D printing to create a cat-like character that moves in a feline way.
Leaked Facebook promo videos hint at a new Oculus Quest headset
Several leaked videos suggest that Facebook could unveil an upgraded Oculus Quest headset at its annual Connect event later this week. The videos show several new design features, including a sleeker front panel and revised controllers with cameras instead of tracking rings.
450 million cyberattacks were attempted on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games infrastructure
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games suffered almost half a billion cyberattacks from multiple state-sponsored hackers. NTT, who provided the Games with various telecommunication and cybersecurity services, successfully blocked the attempts, so no impact was felt during the competition.
Hubsan launches the Zino Mini, a lightweight and compact drone for US$459
The Zino Mini is a mid-range drone, the third Zino gadget to be released by Hubsan this year. The device is lightweight, can film in 4K and retails for US$459.
Apple's VR headset could be delayed until early 2023
New rumors suggest that Apple may not release its first VR headset until late 2022 at the earliest. It has been predicted that the delay has been caused by Apple's complex design for the headset.
Two cryptocurrency lending platforms have been asked to cease activity in New York
Two crypto lending platforms have been ordered to stop trading in New York. The state's Attorney General, Letitia James, took this action as these companies have allegedly failed to register with the Attorney General's Office, a legal requirement in the state.
Nanoleaf Lines let you create your own smart home lighting design
Nanoleaf has released Lines, light strips from which users can create unique designs for their living space. These lights have many features, including lighting synced with your music, movie or game.
Divergent Technologies doubles its 3D car printing capabilities
3D printing start-up Divergent has purchased three NXG XII 600 metal printers, doubling its production capacity. These new printers will allow Divergent to get vehicles on the road within the next two years.
AIRROBO launches the Robot Vacuum T10+ with a 45-day hands-free cleaning ability
Hong Kong-based AIRROBO has released a new robot vacuum, the T10+. This mid-range vacuum cleaner is auto emptying, meaning it can clean your home for up to 45 days without intervention.
Robots can now skateboard, thanks to researchers from Caltech
A research team at The California Institute of Technology has built a robot with hybrid walking and flying movement. The robot can carry out manoeuvres such as flying to avoid stairs and skateboarding.
Squid Game's Red Light, Green Light is now playable in VR
The game Red Light, Green Light, as seen in the Netflix horror show Squid Game, is now playable in VR. This simple game lets players experience the game shown in the first episode of the TV series on Facebook Quest headsets.
Google announces cleaner energy features for its thermostats with Nest Renew
Google Nest has revealed a new service for its thermostat range. The company hopes that Nest Renew will optimize thermostats for greener energy use through several smart features, including Energy Shift. Nest Renew will be available in the US only for the time being.
Ring releases new Halloween Quick Replies and other spooky settings
Ring has released several new Halloween settings allowing users to customize their doorbells to mark the holiday. These include new Halloween-themed Quick Replies, a feature released earlier this year.