Starting today I’ll be posting the coolest new technology products announced during the week each Friday. It’ll be a highly curated list of the best new apps, gadgets and tech startup launches. Why? I want to make it easy for you to catch up on the latest tech news in just a minute or two. I’ll be putting these posts together as the week goes on so it will be a very organic process. When I come across a new product I think is truly great or interesting I add it to a notebook in Evernote. When Friday rolls around I comb through the items I stashed there and pull out on the very very best to include in this list. Hope you like it! Subscribe so you don’t miss next week’s coolest new tech news.
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Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch
This is the first non-Apple smartwatch that makes me think, “Wow.” With a variety of useful apps ready to go, new watch face designs and some interesting bands/bezels, the Gear S2 might be the first real Android-powered Apple Watch alternative worth a serious look. Learn more.
Next Keyboard for iPhone
If you’ve been disappointed by the software keyboards available for iOS so far, the new Next keyboard might be worth a try. It has super-quick editing (spacebar navigation) plus tons of emojis, stickers and themes. Learn more.
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
Get the best of both worlds with the Polaroid Snap instant digital camera. Available later this year for $99, you’ll be able to print pictures right after you take them while also saving them for sharing with friends and family via social media. Learn more.
Recently – Your Photos as a Monthly Magazine
What if you could get your phone’s camera roll delivered to you each month as a real paper magazine? Now you can thanks to recently. And it’s almost no work. The app will automatically curate the best 100 photos you’ve taken and turn them into a printed magazine. Learn more.
New Nest Smart Thermostat (Nest v3)
There’s a new Nest thermostat and it’s slightly thinner and features a bigger, higher-resolution display. The new Farsight feature knows when you walk in a room and makes itself visible — from across the room. Buy for $249 on Amazon.
BB-8 Star Wars Droid from Sphero
BB-8 is the R2D2 for a new generation of Star Wars fans. And now the droid comes to life in the form of a specially outfitted Sphero. Buy on Amazon for $245.
Nomad Roadtrip Car Charger + Portable Battery
The Roadtrip is the first long-lasting battery pack designed for your car. It’s got two high-speed outlets (a normal USB Type-A port like most of your gadgets still probably use and a new USB-C port for the latest gadgets). The cool thing is it charges whenever you turn your car on so it’s always ready to go. Learn more.
The next generation of the Hopper app aims to help you find and buy the lowest plane tickets possible. Learn more.
Level Goal App
Level is an app that wants you to accomplish that one goal you really want to achieve. It does so by reminding you twice during a given day. It also lets you track your progress over time. Learn more.
Samsung Sleepsense Sleep Monitoring Device
Samsung’s new Sleepsense monitor fits under your mattress and monitors your sleep in order to help you get more rest. Somehow it’s able to analyze heart and respiratory rates on top of monitoring your movement while you sleep. Learn more.