The Life-Spot Powerful Solution ($55+) is an 8 device charging station. The station is a tower made of 8 slots that contains 8 built-in retractable cords. There are 2 apple 30-pin connectors, 2 Apple lightning connectors, and 4 micro USB connectors for brands like Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, and LG. The Life-Spot can be wall-mounted or placed on your counter or desk. If this device contained two or three shelves for tablets it would've of been perfect, but it's pretty good as is.
"Chambong Industries is a new Seattle, Washington-based start-up, leading the way in new sparkling wine consumption innovations." Their mission statement means they've created the perfect bong made specifically for champagne. They sent me a product sample and to be honest, I don't drink champagne, but I do have plenty of beer on hand. Close enough right. On their website they say the Chambong ($25) holds about 4 ounces of liquid. I was able to get a full can of beer down in two shots. So how does it feel you ask. My frame of reference comes from doing beer bongs out of a funnel with a 6-foot tube in college. I was the knucklehead with beer spraying out fo the side of his mouth. The Chambong is much more refined. Once you pour your beer in and put it in your mouth, you notice slight pressure, but enough to get your pour down in one fell swoop. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience. I could see the Chambong creating a fun party experience. Next time I have guests over, everyone is doing a Chambong. I might even buy some champagne.
In our buying guide, The 10 Best Espresso Machines, we will show you a range of affordable to extreme espresso machines for the espresso connoisseur. To some, it's just some type of strong coffee, to others; it is the nectar of the gods. Whether you fall at either end of the scale, or somewhere in between, you know when you've had an excellent cup of finely prepared espresso. There is no denying the difference between a cup prepared by a skilled barista or a novice.Related: How To Make The Perfect Cup Of CoffeeModern tech has definitely helped to narrow the learning curve, making it so you can have that same experience right in your own home without having to spend hours learning subtle nuances of pressure and temperature control.For those with the skill and patience to make good use of all the potential that can be coaxed out of the manual and semi-automatic machines, it is distinctly possible your eyes will glaze over and you may very well drool in anticipation of being able to grasp these marvels of art and science.The machines in the 10 Best Espresso Machines ($90+) buying guide were evaluated based on their ease of use, potential for greatness, cup clearance, how easy they are to clean or keep clean, how quickly they can reach operating temperatures, brew speed, and style. Since this was intended for home use, I also included machines designed with a small footprint on your countertop. I love my kitchen appliances, but when you can't find the open space to even chop an onion in peace, they can start to lose their appeal.
One of my biggest pet peeves with bluetooth speakers is the limited battery life. They always seem to run dry halfway through the festivities. Enter the Anker Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($45). It features a built-in rechargeable 2100mAh Li-ion battery that gives you an amazing 15-20 hours of battery life. So if you've managed to fully charge it, there's probably no party that it won't outlast. Additional features include great sound via a 4w/2in driver with bass port. auto-connection to the last device, a connection range of up to 33 feet, and a built-in microphone with a 2-feet pickup range to you can use it as a speaker phone. Here's to never running out of juice.
Finally, Apple has released the long awaited counterpart to the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock ($79) allows you to charge your Apple Watch in either a flat position with the band opened or on its side with the band closed. When on its side the watch automatically goes into nightsand mode allowing you to use the watch as an alarm clock. This charging station will work on both watch sizes and uses a USB lightning cable for power.
Have you ever driven to a new spot and really dependent on your nav. You've got a group of exits coming up and the nav screen looks like a plate of spaghetti. So you keep looking up and down between the highway and the screen to make sure you get off at the right spot. Not real safe. To fix this Garmin is coming out with their Garmin Head-up display ($130) to keep your eyes on the road. The Hud system pairs with your smartphone and communicates with either their Navigon or Streetpilot app. The system will display turn arrows, distance to next turn, current speed, graphic lane guidance and much more. The Garm HUD will be available this Summer.