Gear this week: A ring fitness tracker, Apple’s smart speaker, and more
The Oura Ring is a fitness tracker that you wear, not on your wrist like most trackers, but on your finger. The team behind Oura claims that your finger’s arteries provide more accurate tracking than your wrist’s veins, and that lets the Ring track not just your activities but also your sleep cycles. The best part about the Oura might be its app, it doesn’t just report on what you’ve done but gives you actionable insights on your well-being and what you can do to improve it.
At just under seven inches tall, Apple’s 3D mesh-wrapped HomePod speakers boast an array of seven tweeters, precision acoustic horns, and a four-inch upward-facing subwoofer to sound really good. And thanks to six directional microphones that let you talk to Siri, you can do everything from play an Apple Music playlist to set a location-based reminder using nothing more than your voice.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony’s latest premium flagship device comes with a much-coveted Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and its display is capable of 4K (at 2,160 x 3,840 pixels resolution) with HDR support. The rear camera also received significant upgrades through its new memory-stacked Exmor RS sensor. Videos are now supported Motion Eye, shooting at 960fps for six seconds of slow motion.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED
Nikon’s new prime, the 28mm f/1.4E ED, fills in the gap the old 28mm f/1.4 AF-D left when it ceased production in ‘06. The lens, designed for full-frame DSLRs, has a nine-bladed rounded aperture, with a minimum focusing distance of 28cm. The lens is weather-resistant, with three aspherical and four ED elements, plus Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings.
The Aftershock Impulse is a zero-compromises machine for the space-constrained gamer. It is one of the few small form factor PCs to accommodate a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and you can outfit it with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and the blazing fast Samsung 960 Pro PCIe SSD. Full aluminum and tempered glass designs are available, as are automotive paint options Aftershock calls candy paint.
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