Launched by Fon, which sells Fonera hotspots, the $61 Gramofon has no speakers, but offers a WiFi hotspot and streams Spotify, Rhapsody, Napster, and WahWah music. It can also stream any music you or your friends have on your mobile devices.
More than just a Raspberry Pi in a case, Kano's $150 kit teaches kids to program using its Debian-based Kano OS. The popular Kano Kit offers an 8GB SD card loaded with Scratch-based visual tools that let kids modify legacy games.
Amazon's latest is the best e-reader ever built, and at $199, it better be. The 300ppi Paperwhite display with adaptive lighting is stunning, the battery goes for weeks, and the sleek, thin design offers easier page turning.
Externally, Belkin's open source, $250 Linksys WRT1900AC router mimics the hacker classic WRT54G, but it's all gussied up with a dual-core CPU, a mobile app, high-end security, and pro-quality 802.11ac for up to 1.3Gbps downloads.
Parrot's $100 Rolling Spider mini-drone is more toy than UAV. But what a toy! The WiFi- and mobile app controlled quadcopter has a video camera, and can roll around like a ground bot, perform flips, climb walls, and fly around for up to eight minutes.
Cloudsto's $149 Picuntu version of Rikomagic's Android-based MK902 media player mini-PC gives you four 1.6GHz Rockchip Cortex-A9 cores, 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, MicroSD, WiFi, Ethernet, HDMI, and four USB ports.
Icontrol's stylish, $200 surveillance device for apartment dwellers offers a 180-degree HD camera, mic, and speakers, plus basic home automation features. A $329 Piper model adds more Z-Wave automation.
Roku's entirely revamped, $50 Streaming Stick can now hook into any (not just MHL) TV HDMI ports. You also get the extensive Roku TV service lineup, a polished UI, 2W consumption, and arguably the best TV remote around.
Toshiba's second-gen Chromebook has won glowing reviews. The $329 Chromebook 2 is lighter (2.95 lbs), thinner (0.76 in.) and longer lasting (8 hours), and offers a 2.58GHz Intel Celeron CPU, awesome speakers, and a superb 13-inch IPS HD display.
If you're new to Belkin's WeMo automation platform, you'll want to start with the $130 LED Lighting Starter Set and maybe other WeMo devices. You can then add the $80 Maker Kit, which lets you WeMo-ize any DC-switch controlled device.