While you might have been fanboying out like an idiot to this week's news of a forthcoming gold iPhone, there was a lot of other great stuff making a splash. Want to see what? Keep scrolling.
This Smartphone Drone Case Lets You Take Photos & Videos From New Heights
Garmin VIRB Elite — $400 The newest GoPro competitor to hit the market, Garmin's VIRB takes capturing solid action footage a couple steps further. For one, it's equipped with an accelerometer, altimeter, and high-sensitivity GPS to not only include data you might want to glean from certain shots, but can also set it to "ski mode", which will automatically film your run (recognizing your altitude/movement), and skip capturing the boring lift line. Also, unlike GoPros, it has a built-in Chroma display to preview epic fails footage, and sports an easier-to-operate-on-the-move sliding on/off switch.
iDoorCam — $65 Peepholes are so 2012. 2013 is the year of the virtual doorman, and this one let's you greet (or deny) whoever's at your front door from the comfort of your phone. [We looked at a few others, too...]
Bulbul Pebble 01 — $440 The inaugural timepiece from an upstart Danish brand, the Pebble's the perfect antidote for anyone with an aversion to ostentatious wrist-bling, featuring an uber-minimal, slightly asymmetrical steel case, blank dial, and double-sided Italian leather straps in a trio of colorways. And it's not just a pretty face; inside it's equipped with a Ronda movement that'll keep it ticking for 10 years on one battery.
iwaku — ~$300 It's true, waking up is the worst. But it could be easier, thanks to this nifty little lamp. [more...]
theQ Camera — $199 You're probably wondering "if my smartphone takes great pics, and my DSLR takes even better ones why the hell would I want a new point & shoot novelty camera?". Well, theQ is special. Not only does it look awesome — and come in nine colors! — but it's got 3G for uploading the 5megapixel shots straight to the web (and organizing/filtering via a dedicated app), and is fully waterproof up to three feet for half and hour. Not convinced? Did we mention the built-in ring flash? Which allows you to snap fashion-shoot esque close-ups without them getting washed out, and also serves as a visual countdown timer for the copious selfies you regretfully take.
JetSurf — $1400 Who needs waves when your gas-powered surfboard can hit 35mph on its own? [more...]
HelmMate — ~$330 This ingenious Danish device solves two big biker problems at once. It serves as both secure helmet storage (it zips close over your helmet on the saddle, and locks via padlock to the bike's frame), and also a waterproof cover for the seat, so you can leave it out in a downpour without risk of a carnival of mildew and/or nasty stench.
Counchbunker — $7000 It's a couch AND a gun safe. 'Nuff said. [more...]