More and more devices can be controlled via the app. We present the coolest technical gadgets of recent times.
Devices that can be controlled via an app should simplify our everyday life. They increase the quality of life and security and are intended to make life easier overall.
Beoplay E8 Sport – TWS in-ear headphones
If you also want to listen to music at the highest level during sports, you should take a look at the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport. However, he should also be willing to spend a lot on the True Wireless earphones.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport consists of 5.7 millimeter drivers and is connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth 5.1. You operate the earphones via their touch surface. One battery charge should run the handset for up to seven hours. The charging cradle provides a further 3.5 charges, i.e. around 24 hours. It is also compatible with the Qi standard, so it can be charged wirelessly. According to the manufacturer, you only have to hold the IP57-certified earpieces under running water for cleaning. The certification states that the devices can withstand 30 minutes in one meter deep water. The in-ear headphones are available in black or light blue. The scope of delivery includes a USB-C charging cable, four pairs of silicone adapters, a pair of Comply adapters and three pairs of ear fins for a better fit. The sound can be adjusted via the B&O app.
Bang & Olufsen
■ Price: 350 euros
Thomson WS06IPB – Bluetooth speaker with charging function
With the WS6IBP, Thomson is bringing a compact Bluetooth speaker that can also be used as a power bank. The prerequisite for this is that the device to be charged supports the Qi standard.
Simply place your mobile device on the Bluetooth speaker for inductive charging. Alternatively, a connection via USBA cable is also possible. The built-in battery has a capacity of 4400 mAh, which should be sufficient for six hours of play. The manufacturer specifies the output power of the speaker as 30 watts. The device measures 204 x 79 x 109 millimeters. On the back are the USB-A connector, the on-off switch, an aux input and a socket for the power supply. In addition to music playback and the charging function, the speaker can also accept calls.
■ Price: 89.99 euros
Green Cell GC Powerplay 20 – high capacity power bank
Green Cell’s GC Powerplay 20 has a capacity of 20,000 mAh and is designed to charge up to three power-hungry devices at the same time.
The power bank is equipped with two USB-C ports with power delivery and two USB-A sockets for fast charging. One of the USB-C sockets is used to charge the power bank itself, the other transfers up to 18 watts to another device. The two USB-A ports charge conventional smartphones and support various quick charging technologies, including Quick Charge 3.0, Samsung AFC, Huawei FCP, Apple 2.4A and Mediatek Pump Express 1.1 / 2.0. The power bank measures 140 x 72.8 x 24.6 millimeters, weighs almost 350 grams and has overload protection on board. Green LEDs indicate the charge level, a button is used to switch on and off.
■ Price: 39.95 euros
Inline BT-Pocket – mini keyboard to fold up
If you have to write a lot on your smartphone or tablet, you can make working with the Inline BT-Pocket much easier. Because the foldable Bluetooth keyboard offers a complete layout with very compact dimensions.
The only thing missing from the Inline BT-Pocket is a separate number pad. To do this, the number keys sit on the top row of the keypad and perform additional functions there using the shift key or the Fn key. These differ depending on whether you use the keyboard on Android, iOS or Windows. As a special feature, the Inline BT-Pocket has a touchpad so that you can also use it to control the mouse. The connection to the smartphone or tablet is established via Bluetooth, whereby you can connect up to three devices to the keyboard at the same time, which it also remembers independently. The battery life should be 35 hours; a USB-C port is available for charging. When folded, the BT-Pocket measures only 165 x 83 x 12 millimeters.
■ Price: 49.90 euros
Honor Choice True Wireless Earbuds – Affordable TWS in-ear headphones
Huawei subsidiary Honor launches its first completely wireless earbuds under the new “Honor Choice” brand, which will primarily include smart products for young people in the future.
Inside the Honor Choice True Wireless Earbuds are 7-millimeter drivers, which should deliver the sound from the music source to both ears at the same time without delay. You establish the connection via Bluetooth 5.0. Two microphones are designed to ensure trouble-free communication without background noise during calls. To control music and calls, the earpieces are equipped with touch surfaces that can also be used by voice assistants. According to the manufacturer, one battery charge is sufficient for six hours of music playback. The charging cradle delivers three full charges for a total of another 18 hours of running time. The earpieces are IP54 certified, so they are protected from dust and splash water.
■ Price: 38.99 euros
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera – Battery powered floodlight camera
The Arlo Pro 3 floodlight camera is equipped with a light sign that provides a brightness of up to 3000 lumens. Also on board are a siren and a night vision mode in color.
Above all, the fact that the Arlo Pro 3 works with batteries makes it special. Integrate them into the network via WLAN-n. The 4-megapixel image sensor records videos with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, which corresponds to 2K. However, the device only achieves the full brightness of 3000 lumens if it is connected to a magnetic charging cable for outdoor use. Otherwise it shines with at least 2000 lumens. The lens covers a field of view of 160 degrees, the motion detector 130 degrees. The lighting can be set to be constant or pulsating and there is also a siren. In night vision mode, the floodlight camera uses two LEDs, which should also enable a color image. The digital zoom allows a 12x magnification. To protect against unauthorized access, the video stream can be secured with 128-bit SSL, AES-128, TSL and two-factor authentication. The device is compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.
■ Price: 299 euros
Telekom Smart Speaker – Mini Smart Speaker
With the Smart Speaker Mini, Deutsche Telekom has expanded its range of smart speakers. The compact device is available in black or white from the Telekom shop.
The Smart Speaker Mini supports the Telekom voice assistant Magenta Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. Music can be streamed from the mobile device thanks to Bluetooth 4.1. Additional speakers or headphones can be closed using a jack socket. In conjunction with a Telekom connection, the Smart Speaker Mini accepts calls, and you can also use it to control Magenta TV receivers and lamps with Magenta Smart Home using your voice.
■ Price: 50 euros
Hublot Big Bang e – luxury smartwatch on a budget
The Swiss company Hublot has now presented a luxury smartwatch based on Android Wear.
The 42 mm case is optionally made of black ceramic or titanium. The display has a resolution of 390 × 390 pixels and is protected by sapphire glass. Inside is the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM and a 300 mAh battery for a day’s running time.
■ Price: 5200 euros for the titanium model, 5800 euros for the ceramic version
Livescribe Symphony – Smart scan pen
With the Livescribe Symphony, you can take your handwritten notes into the digital age.
To do this, use the Livescribe Symphony like a conventional pen on special paper. Everything you write with it automatically lands on your mobile device and can be easily processed and searched thanks to integrated font recognition. The Symphony supports more than 27 languages. The scan pen also reads drawings, sketches and other graphics and transfers them as a digital version to the corresponding Livescribe + app. Alternatively, uploading to a cloud directory is also possible – Dropbox, Google Drive, Onenote and Evernote are available here. Other features include converting phone numbers to contacts and adding reminders to shopping lists. The internal memory has space for 1200 pages before you have to start the sync process.
■ Price: 119.99 euros
NASA Pulse Trailer – warns when touched
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA’s research laboratory, has developed a collar called Pulse against the Corona Virus.
Pulse is designed to prevent the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 virus by warning the wearer not to touch the face with their hands. Pulse is worn around the neck, where an infrared sensor detects the approach and triggers a vibration alarm. The closer the hands come to the sensor hanging around the neck, the stronger the alarm. However, you cannot buy Pulse, but have to assemble the small gadget yourself according to an English-language manual from NASA and sometimes even print out the components yourself with a 3D printer. The full parts list can be found at https://bit.ly/3iJal0N. NASA expressly calls for the concept to be further developed and the device to be made more accessible for distribution.
■ Price: free of charge
Roborock S6 MaxV – vacuum-wiping robot with AI support
The Roborock S6 MaxV should navigate significantly better thanks to a combination of lidar, camera and artificial intelligence. With the help of infrared, the vacuum wiping robot can even see in the dark.
The Roborock S6 MaxV AI-controlled obstacles, they are also displayed in the Roborock app. The lidar navigation system allows multi-level mapping and you can add restricted zones. The robot then automatically locates them. The manufacturer specifies the suction power at 2500 pa, the maximum suction area at 240 m2. A nearly 300 ml container is available for wiping for a maximum area of 180 square meters. Wipe plans are possible depending on the room. You carry out the configuration via the app – here you can choose between the in-house Roborock app or the compatible Mi-Home app from Xiaomi. The battery of the device should last up to 180 minutes.
■ Price: 699 euros
Ring alarm and video doorbell 3 – alarm system and video doorbell
The ring belonging to Amazon is now selling its alarm system and a new video doorbell in Germany.
Ring alarm (picture) consists of control unit, motion detector, window / door contacts, manual control unit and signal amplifier. You connect the base station to the router via WLAN or LAN, attach the components and set everything up in the ring app. In the event of an alarm, the user receives notifications on his mobile device.
The battery-operated Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus records four seconds before a movement is detected. You can also set a motion zone, and the WiFi camera offers instant notifications, live video, and an intercom function.
■ Prices: 230 euros each for Ring Alarm and Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus