Presenting our annual Tech Special, starring smart TVs, cutting-edge audio and robots, robots, robots!
Author Adam K. Raymond
These days phones are smart, TVs are smart, even actors are smart (James Franco, anyone?). It’s time for the humble wristwatch to join the fun. Pebble is aiming to do that with a line of watches that sync with iPhones and Android devices and transfer much of that functionality to the wrist—meaning you can read texts and emails, screen incoming calls and check social media sites from the watch. The Pebble watch is also highly customizable, with apps that can control your smartphone’s music player or access its GPS to track your speed and distance while running. And yes, it tells time. $150 / www.getpebble.com
French electronics firm Parrot made its name with iPhone-controlled helicopters and wireless car headsets. Now it’s getting into the horticulture game. The Flower Power is a wireless plant sensor and dedicated app that monitors your flowerbed, garden or indoor pot. Calling on a vast database, it can recognize 6,000 plants and tell you how to keep each one alive. Plus, the sensor keeps track of sunlight, moisture, temperature and fertilizer. Not yet priced / www.parrot.com