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Geared Up

Presenting our annual Tech Special, starring smart TVs, cutting-edge audio and robots, robots, robots!

Author Adam K. Raymond


In an attempt to prove that digital cameras aren’t dodos, Canon has released the PowerShot N, an evolved point-and-shoot that wirelessly sends photos to computers, tablets and phones. If the intended destination of your images is somewhere they can be admired by strangers, the PowerShot N uploads directly to social media websites. An adjustable touchscreen display allows for easy viewing when using the camera at awkward angles, and the “creative shot” mode crops images and applies artistic filters. They’re gonna love you on Instagram. $300 / www.usa.canon.com



Remember the thrill of checking a battery’s charge with your fingertips? The Copper Top tester strip’s got nothing on Tethercell, a device that allows you to monitor and control disposable batteries in ways never before possible. Just swap out a regular AA battery for a Tethercell, whose case holds a smaller AAA battery and uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. The accompanying app can monitor the battery charge, set a timer to supply power only when wanted and turn off the batteries in devices you want to disable, whether it’s a noisy toy during nap time or the TV remote when “Hot in Cleveland” is on. $35 / www.indiegogo.com/tethercell

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