Samsung Gear Watches
Samsung has recently launched its latest line of watches: the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. They’re thinner (10 millimeters) than the previous versions and use a new operating system from Samsung called Tizen. To put it simply, these watches can interact with up to 18 different models of Samsung phones and tablets, so whatever goes on in these devices is updated and reflected on the watch, and vice versa. The Gear 2 has a metal casing and comes with a camera, while the Gear 2 Neo is cased in plastic and doesn’t have a camera.
Gear 2: US$299.00
Gear 2 Neo: US$199.00
The SkyView Travel Tray Mount has a special clip that latches on to the seat in front of you, or it can be used as a stand on a tray table. Either way, you’ll be able to see your screen comfortably and hands free. It fits devices up to 5.25 inches by 8 inches (13 centimeters by 20 centimeters).
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These headphones carry the latest in noise-canceling technology, so ambient noises don’t interfere with your listening pleasure. SMS Audio, the headphones’ maker, donates a part of the profit from the sale of these products to Feeding America, an organization that helps families in need in the United States.
From the office to the gym without having to change clothes. Seems like a dream, but clothing company Betabrand has found a way to combine formal wear designs with materials that utilize the latest technology to allow both functions, athletic and executive, without compromising either. Betabrand carries a line of women’s and men’s clothing. Sold only online.
The Premium Air Room Madrid Hotel, in the T4 terminal at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport, was recently opened. Its main characteristic is the flexibility of its services, which include booking rooms for a night or a few hours during the day, and an arrival lounge for long-distance travelers who wish to take a shower or grab a bite to eat before continuing their journey. Included with this service is a buffet section, a work area equipped with computers and Internet connection, and a rest area with couches and TV. Travelers also have meeting rooms and Fast Track service at their disposal.
Astronomy lovers know how hard it can be to locate celestial bodies. With the aid of your smartphone or tablet and a special app, the Celestron GT Wi-Fi is able to point the telescope automatically to more than 120,000 points in space. The Cosmos 90GT creates its own wireless connection, so it can link with your device, even in remote places where Wi-Fi and cellphone networks may be absent.
The Houdini line of sports jackets from Patagonia for men and women offers articles of clothing that the active traveler can’t go without. The jacket provides excellent protection against the wind and rain. It’s made with an ultralight nylon that allows the jacket to be folded inside one of its own pockets, transforming itself into a small package that’s roughly the size of the palm of a hand.
Carlos Santana, who was born in Mexico, returns to his roots and releases a new album with a clear nod to the Latin American people. Along with the notes from his guitar are the voices of Juanes, Gloria Estefan, Lila Downs, Samuel Rosa, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Pitbull, Ziggy Marley, ChocQuibTown, Wayne Shorter, Niña Pastori y Soledad, Romeo Santos, Miguel, Diego Torres and even his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, to pay tribute to his Latin heritage, just as the album title states, with all his Corazón (Heart). It features Latin American oldies but goodies like La Flaca, sung by Juanes.
Architecture on Display
The work of the Madrid-based architectural firm Luis Vidal + Arquitectos, better known for its ambitious airport and train station designs, will be the subject of an exhibit presented in Washington, D.C., and New York this spring. Called “Encuentros” (“Encounters”), the exhibit was conceived as an interactive introduction to the work of Vidal and his team, including their design for Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport in London, which opens in June, a project with a $4.2 billion price tag.
District Architecture Center
April 10 to May 3
AIA New York Center for Architecture
May 9 to May 20