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Michael Marquis
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Michael Marquis is a Portland, Maine-based consumer technology writer who covers AR/VR, Smart Home, Drones, and Wearables. When he's not exploring interesting parts of the world, you can find him at either Gillette Stadium watching his beloved New England Patriots or at a local Portland coffee shop working on his next copywriting assignment. Feel free to find Mike on Twitter @MarquisInteract.
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PolarSeal Heated Tops

With already close to $2 million raised from its Kickstarter campaign, POLAR SEAL has created a revolutionary smart shirt that heats up with a press of a button. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes alike, the super lightweight PolarSeal top gives both women and men up to eight hours of continuous heat throughout the day.

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$550
Autonomous Cultivation Controller by IoT Gardens

Scheduled to ship March (2018), the Autonomous Cultivation Controller gives complete control of the entire growing process to the gardener. With strategically placed Wi-Fi-enabled nutrient and pH dosers that integrate with the Track Your Tree app, gardeners can watch every step of the cultivation process from seedling to harvesting time. Whether it’s monitoring grow room temperatures, reservoir pH levels, or the light intensity, you can set ideal growing conditions and get SMS alerts, emails, or Twitter notifications if the growing environment is compromised.

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$149
BIRD by MUV Interactive

After five years in development, Israeli-based start-up MUV Interactive created Bird for one reason: to make our lives easier. If you’ve accepted the connected lifestyle and want to sync all of your devices under one roof, Bird is a no-brainer purchase. Designed to “turn any space/technology into an interactive experience,” MUV’s revolutionary wearable detects user’s movements, location, orientation, force, and proximity to your connected technology.

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$79
Nix Mini Color Sensor

Nix Sensor Ltd, the Canadian technology company who develops the world’s leading tools for color measurement, has created a ping pong sized scanning device that instantly matches to 10,000+ paint brands. Users simply scan the color from any surface, save it to their smartphone, and the Nix Paint app matches it to the library of paint colors. It’s as easy as that.

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$5,600
EBS 260 Handjet Portable Printer

Capable of printing large stenciling characters up to 2.2 inches in height, the handheld Inkjet printer is a highly-versatile device designed to label industrial products. Equipped with a built-in touchscreen and Inkjet’s proprietary software, users are able to mark products such as concrete, metal pipes, poly woven bags, wood and other materials. With the optional barcode scan-and-print upgrade, manufacturers and retailers have an intuitive handheld printer that keeps track of inventory with the latest data-driven technology.

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$20
Rollbe Measuring Tool

Available in super compact 4 and 8-inch versions, the Rollbe measuring instrument is a coin-sized tool designed to measure straight lines and curved surfaces. Whether it’s a sectional sofa, a door frame, a piece of wall art, or the inseam of a pant, the Rollbe is a modern-day measuring tape without needing the support of a companion app. The highly versatile device is both metric and imperial compatible and can easily fit into your pocket.

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$99
KI Ecobe

Korean-based startup KI has developed the first self-assembled modular smart shoe that uses no toxic adhesives. The winner of eight international design awards, the KI Ecobe is a fully customizable shoe with over 10,125 possible combinations. Wearers just need to download the intuitive KI app and choose between 15 KI strap colors, 15 KI in-boot colors, 15 shoelaces colors, and 3 outsole colors. The end result: form fitting footwear that changes into a slipper, shoe or sandal in an instant.

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HAIYU Smart Translator

Let’s face it – when you’re traveling overseas whether it’s for business or pleasure – the biggest obstacle you can face is the language barrier. It’s extraordinarily difficult to communicate with foreigners outside of the basics and it’s frustrating for both parties if both people are relying on a smartphone to do the translating. Thankfully, technology – in the form of wearable devices – has come a long way since Google Translate launched its groundbreaking software. Introducing HAIYU – the smart translator device that hangs around your neck and makes the flow between two languages a seamless experience.

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$129
ZEROi

Equipped with four built-in bone conduction speakers, the ZEROi is the “hat of the future” giving its wearers an incredible hands-free listening experience. Normally housed in a hard shell, ZEROi’s bone conduction technology is woven right into the hat’s soft cloth material – allowing the sound to freely vibrate the bones of the inner ear without eliminating the outside world. This makes for a powerful acoustic system that keeps you engaged with your surroundings while biking, jogging, hiking or during your morning commute.

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