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Yesojo’s Nintendo Switch projector dock is a dream accessory

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The Yesojo Nintendo Switch projector dock got a lot of attention when we covered the launch of its crowdfunding campaign last year, but at CES, it was on display and working, with the company ready to ship to its early backers. We got to spend some time with the portable projector, which gives your Switch a high-resolution screen you can take with you anywhere – and we came away very impressed.

The Yesojo is barely larger than the official Nintendo Switch dock itself, and very similar in terms of how the actual dock component works, so there’s no learning curve. It has a 200 lumen digital projector built-in, which is roughly equivalent to around 2,000 lumen with a lamp-powered home unit in terms of brightness. Even in the CES hall lights, it was perfectly playable, and you can imagine how good it would look in dark lighting conditions.

Built-in to the projector is a battery with enough capacity to give you around four hours of play time – and the battery is actually charging up the Switch the whole time it’s in operation, so even when it runs out you can undock the Switch and play for hours more that way.

The Yesojo also features a built-in speaker that’s surprisingly powerful and clear in terms of output, and really fills a room – again, even when competing with ambient conference hall sound.

Finally, the Yesojo also has input for other HDMI devices so that you can use it with things beyond the Switch, making it an extremely versatile travel accessory both for work and play.

As mentioned, the Yesojo is going to begin shipping soon, and it retails for $369. It’s a great accessory for the Switch, and a good deal for a portable projector that works with all your devices, and that also ships with a USB-C adapter in the box. The dock itself can charge easily using the original Switch adapter, too, so you only need one cable.

It sounded like it was potentially too good to be true when the project was first announced, but now that we’ve had some time with it, it lives up to its potential – and more. We’re going to be putting it through its paces for a full, extended review soon, but based on what we saw at CES, this will be a very in-demand add-on for Switch fans.

Samsung Galaxy S9 to be announced in February


The next version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is to be announced next month at Mobile World Congress. The word comes from DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business, speaking at a CES 2018 event.

Samsung has used MWC to launch several Galaxy phones including the Samsung S7 Edge in 2016. The massive show takes place yearly in Barcelona and is traditionally a stage for Motorola, LG, Xiaomi and Huawei to launch their global flagship handsets.

No other details have been officially released about the upcoming handset, though there’s speculation that Samsung moved up the S9’s launch in response to the iPhone X.

Like every year, TechCrunch will be on the ground at MWC, ready to report about the launch of this device and others. The show starts on February 26 though phone launches generally happen in the days before the official start.

This weed company just made a smart bong and it’s awesome

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When technical advancements combine with legal cannabis, you get a smart bong.

Cannabis company Puffco announced a new product on Monday that takes your standard, everyday run-of-the-mill bong, and brings it right into 2018. The Puffco Peak is a battery-operated desktop concentrate vape, but the best part is that it incorporates water filtration — it’s a smart bong, dude. 

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Dubbed the “first-ever smart rig for concentrate consumers,” the Peak heats up in just 20 seconds and operates completely wirelessly, making handoffs a breeze. The rig has four pre-programmed heat settings, as well as a “boost mode” to clear out any leftover concentrates so nothing goes to waste.  

Dab rigs have been a huge trend in the cannabis world since Colorado voted to legalize recreational cannabis in 2012. The concept is pretty simple, though it can be a bit intimidating for a beginner. Instead of using cannabis flower, a dab rig takes use of cannabis concentrates, which often come in wax form. The wax is heated using a heated coil, instead of a flame, which delivers a cleaner and more pure form of extracting THC. 

It also gets you stoned out of your mind. 

Dab rigs can be hooked up to most bongs with little modification, but they’re big, bulky, and require a power source. It basically looks like a science experiment.

But the Peak is small enough to hold in your hand, and you’re not bound to an outlet while using it.

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One of the more impressive features on the Peak is the Intelligent Temperature Calibration. According to a Puffco, the feature “allows the device to maintain a consistent experience when sharing with friends. If the device was just used, it pivots its heat setting to account for the change in temperature, and delivers an adjusted heat cycle for the next person, guaranteeing quality flavor and vapor each time.”

Of course with anything battery-powered, you’ll have to recharge it. Puffco says the Peak charges to full power in just two hours, which is good for 30 or more cycles. Heat cycles and battery level are indicated using and LED light band, and changes for settings are indicated with haptic feedback. 

The Puffco Peak will be available for preorder on Jan. 15. Info on pricing was not immediately available. 

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