A 13-inch ultrabook weighing just 3 pounds, Lenova’s Yoga 2 Pro has a touchscreen display with a dual-hinge design that folds back 360 degrees. Smart-aware technologies like voice and motion control add to the coolness factor, and its unique software detects the switch between tent, stand, tablet or laptop modes, and recommends the best apps for each. $1,199.99. Best Buy.
Released in November, Adidas miCoach Smart Run Watch is an all-in-one sports timepiece, offering a strapless heart monitor, GPS tracking, Bluetooth access to your music and a single-button interface with essential statistics like distance, pace and stride. $400. www.adidas.com.
A Kickstarter success, the newly invented Monsieur For Home robotic bartender gets the party started with 300 preloaded drink recipes, while its smart butler and home automation functions detect low ingredient levels and email shopping lists when replenishments are needed. (A mobile app also offers responsibility checks, guessing at blood-alcohol levels and predicting when you might have had one too many.) $1,499. bitly.com/getMonsieur.
Keep an eye on things at home from anywhere in the world with the Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi camera. Footage is stored in the cloud for anytime access, and rich features such as two-way talk, stream sharing, night vision and an 8x zoom make it a gift that keeps on giving. $199. Best Buy.
The ingenious Bluetooth Barbecue Thermometer allows you to join your guests while monitoring grilling, cooking and smoking temps from your iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or smartphone. Download the free iGrill app from the App Store or Google Play Store to enable the dual temperature probe to monitor two different meats at once from up to 200 feet away. $89.99. www.sharperimage.com.
Happy Plugs AB in Sweden pumps up the volume in the luxury earphone market with its 18k gold Earbud Gold. Launched in Europe in August and hitting the U.S. in January, this decadent item adds an extra level of pleasure to the play list and gives your favorite music lover something stylish to dance about. $14,500. www.happyplugs.com.
Topping the new lineup of wireless speakers from Danish sound engineering trendsetter Bang & Olufsen, BeoLab 18 is the latest-greatest development in the evolution of speaker design. Mirroring the sculptural good looks of its predecessor, BeoLab 8000, it’s winning all the product review wars with a re-engineered digital sound engine and multiple acoustic updates that include a room position switch for great sound regardless of placement. $6,590. www.bang-olufsen.com.
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