So many toys, so little time.
It’s another week, which means another batch of excellent connected home devices, wearables, and other gadgetry that works with your Android phone. We’re rounding up the best new releases we’ve found right here. The ZenWatch 2 refines an already-excellent form factor for Android Wear, and the Roku gets an update for 4K streams. Want more? Keep scrolling!
Logitech is aiming to get in on the connected home camera game with the Circle. Though Dropcam may be a natural choice if you’re erring on whatever Google’s working on, the Circle is particularly interesting because of its mobile charging base. The Logi Circle camera can rest there and enjoy 12 hours of recording without needing to be plugged in. It’s magnetic and wall-mountable, so you can pop a couple of them around the house. Currently, having to keep your camera plugged into the wall is the biggest hurdle for connected security systems, and this is a neat way of getting around that. The usual mobile features are there, including live streaming with two-way audio, historical playback, and cloud-stored videos.
$199.99 from Best Buy
The much-beloved smart TV set-top box Roku has been updated with 60 FPS 4K streaming capabilities. Since content at that crisp of a resolution can be a little tricky to find, a new featured section helps you find great 4K shows. The Android app has enjoyed an overhaul alongside the launch of the new Roku 4 box. This baby starts shipping on October 21.
$129.99 from Amazon
ASUS ZenWatch 2
ASUS released a modest update to their admittedly solid Android Wear watch. The ZenWatch 2 adds a hardware button on the side to wake and sleep the device, but physically you’ll find few changes. There are models that support 22 mm bands and 18 mm bands, silver, gold, and gunmetal finishes on the face itself, not to mention a wide variety of bands. It’s not the flashiest smartwatch out there, but if Phil’s review is to be trusted (it is), you’re getting good bang for buck.
$149.99 from Best Buy
I know we’re mostly guys here, but it’s important to have a good attitude towards menstruation. The lady in your life may be interested in hearing about LoonCup. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled reusable feminine hygiene product that, via Android Wear and phone apps, communicates current flow levels, color, and dates. The whole thing is made of medical-grade silicone, so no worries there. The Kickstarter for LoonCup just launched this week with a few early bird tiers still available. Shipping is expected to start in January.
$40 on Kickstarter
Fugoo Tough XL
The Fugoo Tough XL just hit stores recently, and it is one behemoth of a Bluetooth speaker. Besides offering big, bassy, 360 degree sound, the Tough version of the XL layers on extreme impact protection and a wealth of mounting options on top of the core speaker’s own waterproof capabilities. If you don’t need all that extra bulk, the speaker itself can be removed from the enclosure. The 38 hours of playback ain’t nothing to sneeze at, either.
$329.99 from Best Buy
Your favorite new Android gadgets?
Have you found a sweet new piece of gear that just came out this week? Drop a link in the comments, son!