The Harmon Kardon Aura
For all their engineering, speakers are mostly just formless boxes—eyesores that we shove into corners and forget about. The Harmon Kardon Aura is one that even the most design-conscious can proudly plop in the middle of their living rooms. Engineers molded the six-driver Bluetooth speaker into a retro-futuristic dome that evenly distributes audio 360 degrees. A 30-watt subwoofer fires up into the dome, which radiates the bassline up, out, and into the room—instead of into the floor. Interior LEDs sync with the music to draw a little extra attention.
I FIND YOU VERY ATTRACTIVE HA HA
This is what happens when you put Siri's brains inside an adorable teddy bear. WikiBear can carry out a real converation with you thanks to a Bluetooth connection to an AI engine running on a smartphone. "Wiki," as it's known, pays attention to you, learns your likes and dislikes, and can even tell you jokes. It's cute, amazing, and creepy all in one magical (and soft) little package. We saw an early prototype of the bear, and we're promised its voice and responsiveness will sound less, uh, terrifying when the final product comes out later this year.
Sipping ice cold Coke from a bottle may become a thing of the past.
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Keurig machines boldly accelerated the path to a caffeine fix, getting rid of the measuring and the whole-pot wait. With the simple drop of a pod into a machine, a single-serving of coffee-flavored drink is made within seconds. But what if instead of having a mug full of steaming hazelnut brew dispensed, you got a cold bubbly beverage? Well, it's happening – Coca-Cola will be working exclusively with the makers of Keurig to produce Coke-branded single-serve, pod-encased cold drinks.