IN THE FRENZIED RACE TO CREATE AND MARKET THE WORLD’S NEXT GREAT GADGET, WILL.I.AM HAS SEVERAL HORSES ON THE FAST TRACK.
EKOCYCLE 3D PRINTER
Will collaborated with Dean Kamen and Coca-Cola to create the Ekocycle Cube 3D printer. The desktop consumer model not only allows users to create high-resolution objects but also prints with partially recycled materials. Every cartridge the printer uses is the equivalent of three recycled soda bottles. $1,199; cubify.com
Unlike many similar smartwatches, the Puls operates on its own built-in 3G connection without the help of a smartphone. The open-source touchscreen smartwatch, in addition to letting you take calls and surf the Web, receives e-mails, news, and other notifications, and features its own Siri-like digital assistant. From $399 plus service contract; iamplus.com
Will is constantly working on the next big thing. At his Los Angeles shop, he has prototypes of—and hopes to soon release— a triangular backpack that doubles as a wearable boom box, as well as a battery-powered jacket that charges the Puls for four days when it touches the sleeve’s cuff. They’re expected to be released in the near future.