It looks like the new Galaxy Gear Smartwatch ($299) will hit the market this year, beating Apple to the punch. The new Galaxy Gear will have a 1.63 inch screen and allow you to receive emails, take and share pictures, and download additional apps to provide more functionality. Technical specs include 512 megs of RAM and 4 gigs of memory. There are a couple of things you need to be aware of, the Gear only works with Samsung tablets or smartphones and battery life is limited to about 25 hours. The Galaxy Gear will be available in six colors when it hits stores.
If you need an opener that opens more than just bottles, then you need to take a look at the Bob Multi-Opener ($25). Bob is made from hardened aluminum and measure 6" long. Along with bottles it can also open pull-tabs, crown caps, twist caps, and vacuum lids. Bob is a perfect addition to any bar or kitchen.
The Cobalt Valkyrie-X Private Plane ($600K) is the fastest single piston private plane available. Capable of over 260 knots and with a cruising range of 1050 nautical miles, it'll get you to your destination quickly and in style. And if you're squeamish when it comes to flying you have a little less to worry about with the Valkyrie, because it comes with a parachute to soften those crash landings and a forewing to prevent the plane from stalling in the air. Additional features include enough space for 5, including the pilot and a Turbocharged 350HP engine. A rear engine pusher configuration that provides lower cabin noise, smoother and safer take-offs and landings, and unobstructed 320-degrees of visibility. If you have the scratch, private flight is a great way to travel.
The long wait is almost over. Back in 2013, the original Kickstarter campaign raised $2.5 million and ever since we've been waiting for the consumer version. Well, now the Oculus Rift Is Available For Preorder ($599). It was initially expected to start shipping in March, but due to the high demand, it looks like June is a better bet at the moment. Initially, the headset will ship to 20 countries, and there will also be a small set of retailers who will have demo units starting in April.Before preordering you'll want to make sure you PC is "Oculus Ready". You'll need at least an NVIDIA GTX 970 or equivalent video card, an Intel i5-4590 or better processor, 8gm of RAM, an HDMI 1.3 video output, 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 PORT, and OS Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer. If you don't have the right gear, they're offering PC's for sale from other companies and in February, they'll be offering a Rift/PC bundle starting at $1499.Not everything is so rosie. The touch controller that enables users to interact with objects in VR won't be shipping with the headset. They don't expect it to be ready until the second half of this year. Instead, the rift will ship with a Xbox controller and two games.
I'm always keeping my eye open for the perfect beanie and it looks like I might of found one worth consideration. The Flatspot AIC Wool Watchap ($49) is a 100% wool cap that can handle any winter day with style. Each cap features a Horween leather label and comes in multitude of colors.
Google has just released its first in-housed designed laptop, the Google Chromebook Pixel ($1300+). The laptop has a Gorilla Glass 12.85-inch, 2,560x1,700-pixel touchscreen. This is a step up from Apples Retina display. The Pixel also comes with a 1.8GHz Intel i5 core processor. Additional features include 4GB of memory and 32GB SSD flash storage. If you're looking to use this laptop to run such apps as Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop look elsewhere. The Pixel is meant to be cloud based only, which may be a deal breaker.