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Michael J. 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 @MarquisCopy
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Cubroid Smart Coding Blocks

The era of the Lincoln Log set is officially over. Smart toy manufacturers have stepped it up for our children and it’s pretty exciting. Introducing Cubroid – an innovative collection of coding blocks that are not only compatible with LEGO’s; but more importantly, teach children the basics of programming through MIT Media Labs’ Scratch application. Classrooms have already begun integrating S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lesson plans across the U.S.

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The Effie Ironing Machine

Using the perfect combination of both heat and steam, the all-new Effie machine is capable of drying and ironing up to 12 articles of clothing. With just a press of a button, Effie spits out perfectly pressed garments whether it’s your shirts, trousers, t-shirts, blouses, short dresses, bedsheets, towels, pillowcases, etc. If you like your socks and underwear toasty before tackling the day, just toss them in Effie and let the machine work its magic.

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$159
Google Pixel Buds

Capable of translating 40 languages courtesy of Google Translate paired with a Pixel/Android-compatible smartphone, the all-new Pixel Buds are breaking down the language barrier whether you’re a frequent world traveler, a multinational businessperson, or an ESL educator. Google set out to make a pair of earbuds more helpful and they have certainly accomplished their mission.

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$299
Embr Wave Thermal Wristband

With a mission to “harness the power of temperature to improve personal comfort,” Embr Wave has created its very own body thermostat. The cutting-edge wearable is co-founded by three MIT scientists, is backed by Bose Ventures and Intel Capital, and has already raised close to $500,000 on its Kickstarter campaign.

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$349
Everybot RS700

Coined “the ultimate robot mop cleaner,” the Everybot RS700 comes with dual spinning mops backed by two powerful 5700 RPM motors and the company’s patented RoboSpin Technology. The end result: a thorough cleaning process that integrates the RS700’s microfiber mop pad with a variety of optimized modes that adjusts depending on the cleaning project. With the added bonus of built-in directional and multi-axis sensors, you won’t come home to find your cleaning robot pinned in a corner with the rest of your floors dirty.

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$499.99
GoPro HERO6 Black

The official launch of the all-new HERO6 Black action camera by GoPro, Inc. has come and gone. And as you might have expected, it’s the most powerful GoPro yet. Backed by GoPro’s proprietary GP1 processor, the newest HERO6 model comes with twice the video frame rates, improved image quality, dynamic range, low-light performance and exponentially better video stabilization. In other words, this is a must-have action cam if you have yet to take the GoPro challenge.

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$99
Mabot Modular Robot Kit

The LEGO-compatible Mabot robot building kit is an action-packed set of components that allow kids free-range of creativity. Equipped with two iOS/Android compatible apps that guide children through every step of the building process, the Mabot Robot Kit strikes the perfect balance of logical reasoning and entertainment. To see a first-graders reaction to seeing their robot creation scurry across the floor is priceless. The sense of accomplishment of building something from scratch extends beyond the home and into the classroom.

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eZone Electric Bike Saddle

With a mission focused on improving e-bike safety, comfort, and riding performance, Selle Royal is releasing its innovative e-bike saddle to market this October (2017). Without too much in the way of competition, Selle Royal and Dreamworks are penetrating a wide open market with a host of electric bike manufacturers eager to integrate the eZone Saddle onto their ride. Their timing could not have gotten any better – especially since BMW just finished engineering their all-new BMW Active Hybrid e-bike.

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$249.95
Bose SoundSport Free Earbuds

Equipped with Bose’s proprietary StayHear+ Sport tips for a snug fit inside your ears, the SoundSport Free Earbuds are a next-gen set of wireless headphones “designed-for-exercise.” With an estimated ship date scheduled for early October (2017), wearers will be able to experience high-quality acoustics packed in an earbud that weighs only 0.35 ounces (10g).