Tech & Gadgets
As it marks its centennial, Germany’s iconic Braun brand has created a unique collab with global design influencer Virgil Abloh. From deep in the Braun archive, Virgil unearthed and updated the 1965 Wandanlage hi-fi audio wall unit; a stunning & fully functional Dieter Rams-designed sound system with a fresh chrome finish.
Clip Garmin’s Approach G12 to your pocket or golf bag & this thin GPS range finder displays distances to the green at a glance on more than 42,000 courses worldwide. On top of robust course data, the G12 pairs with the brand’s Approach CT10 club trackers, for amazingly accurate shot tracking as well as with Garmin’s Golf App. Big Numbers Mode makes is easier to read & IPX7 rating insures all-weather performance. Battery life is 30 hours.
Google’s 2nd-Gen Nest Hub is a home assistant & smart display made for your nightstand. In addition to its AI-driven capabilities in running your connected home, it now offers sleep sensing to track your rest. To do this it uses a Soli radar chip which is hidden in the display. It tracks both macro & micro movements which are sent to Google for your review. Gesture controls for the alarm clock are a handy feature as well as an improved speaker that delivers 50% more bass for cranking up those morning jams.
The MacBook Air is 2.8-pounds, so a laptop that weighs in at a mere 2.45 is impressive. Especially if it’s got an OLED display. That’s the deal with the new ZenBook 13 OLED from ASUS. Its full HD 13.3-inch OLED display delivers 400 nits of brightness and supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut—for flawless cinematic visuals. Wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 and all the ports: one HDMI 2.0, 2X Thunderbolt, 4X USB-C, 1X USB-A and a MicroSD card slot. Sound by Harmon Kardon.
Powerful enough for room-filling sound at home while small enough for all-around portability, the Roam speaker from SONOS is a versatile little noisemaker. It’s the audio brand’s smallest and most affordable speaker yet but the feature set is impressive. SONOS is known for premium quality sound & fit the Roam with dual Class H amps and an arcing “racetrack” mid-woofer. The battery delivers over 10 hours of playback & the IP67 rating keeps it weather-protected in the great outdoors.
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From the creators of the Duo & Trio portable laptop screens, comes a pair of larger and much-improved add-on 1080p display screens. The slim new DUEX Lite is a 12.5” display that mounts magnetically to your laptop & deploys on a 180º rotatable slide-out track. The DUEX Plus is a 13.3” display compatible with all laptops as well as Nintendo Switch & some Android devices. Its display offers auto-rotation and an additional USB port for additional connection & charging. A funded Kickstarter.
The Storm 2 power bank is a compact, portable fast-charging power bank designed to reliably power up all your devices fast & travel light. To do that, it boasts 100W PD In/Out fast-charging, 27600mAh/99.36Wh of power for airline safe travel, pass through charging, and all the ports you need: 2X USB-C, 1X USB-A, & 1X DC output. Recharges in 1.5 hours.
Designed for compact portability, Roli’s LUMI Keys keyboard measures just 11-inches but gives you the freedom to play plenty. Learn piano basics, sharpen your skills, or simply get creative & jam whenever/wherever you want. A sophisticated companion app offers lessons, tips, challenges, and tutorials to get you tickling those illuminated “ivories” in no time.
The HyperCube is a sound-reactive, app-enabled, hyper-chromatic electronic art piece. Think of a lava lamp infused with a disco ball inside a seizure-inducing mini escape room. With 95 different lighting patterns, 30 sound patterns & 3 modes, it delivers a kaleidoscopic & kinetic light show bright enough to illuminate an entire room. The dedicated Hyperspace Lighting app lets you control every element of your cube for the ultimate custom experience. Available for pre-order now. A funded Kickstarter.
Samsung’s The Frame designer flatscreen TV will blend stylishly into your space with this new mounting accessory called My Shelf. As its name makes clear, it is a wall-mounted shelf for your TV that allows you to create a custom look in your home or office. Compatible with the 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch models, it will compliment your decor in your choice of beige, white, brown, and black.
The adjustable HoverBar Duo holds your iPad and iPhone in the perfect position while you work, play, write, or read. It can stand alone on its weighted stand or clamp-mount to a shelf to always be right where you need it. Adjustable arms make it compatible with every model iPhone & iPad & hold the device securely with a soft, silicone grip.
Marshall’s first entry into the realm of true wireless earbuds is called the Mode II. These loud little earphones feature 6mm dynamic drivers, Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity and IXP4 water resistance. The buds offer just over 7-hours of playback while the charging case provides 4 full charges for up to 25-hours of continuous play. Adjustable EQ, touch controls & voice assistant make them equally adept for work and play. Available for pre-order now.
DJI’s latest drone-camera combo is the FPV, a compact quadcopter designed for use with the brand’s FPV (first person view) goggles, to give users a bird’s eye view. Made for beginners and intermediate “flyers” it works easily, right out of the box. DJI claims “It can fly like a racer, hover like a traditional drone, accelerate like a homebuilt project and stop faster than any of them.” The brand’s best safety & autonomous technologies help keep it in once piece as you learn.
For the latest in sports-focused wearables, Gatorade is an unexpected entry but their new Gx Sweat Patch delivers important bio-data that will help you stay properly hydrated & recover faster after workouts. Apply the patch before a workout and it absorbs your sweat, displaying your hydration level on a color-changing zone on the patch. Scan the Gx patch with the dedicated app and get detailed info on fluid loss and sodium levels. The patches are sold in pairs.
You’ll have to renovate your home—maybe blow out the whole floor—but it could all be worth it. C-Seed’s M1 is a world first. A foldable 165-inch MicroLED TV designed to gently accordion up & retract flush back into the floor of your batcave. Along with the dense blacks and prickling color delivered by the M1’s microLED technology this new flat panel display also offers better contrast, response times, and energy efficiency. At 165” it offers dramatic & cinematic viewing with the press of a button.
So, Amazon is now crowdfunding products. Who knows why but the first Day One Editions product is the Smart Sticky Note Printer, a compact printer that works with Alexa & lets you dictate notes to be printed out. As a thermal printer, it doesn’t require an ink or toner cartridge but it does require connection to a compatible Echo device. Available now for pre-order.
With the launch of the FX3, Sony has created a pro-grade 4K cinema camera that is not just powerful but smaller and definitely more affordable than others in its class. They call it a “compact cinematography” camera but it’s essentially an A7S outfitted for filmmaking. It captures 4K video at 120 fps and 1080p video up to 240fps. A 10.5MP sensor and 15 stops of dynamic make it a very capable low-light rig while in-body image stabilization keeps shots steady.
The Veho Discovery DX-1 is a 2MP digital USB microscope designed for your scientific studies and observations at home, school, or doing field observations, including capturing data from biological specimens, electronic devices, and precious materials and stones. Its digital magnification ranges from a low of 10x to a high of 200x & the 2MP CMOS sensor produces still image JPEGs and AVI video at resolutions of up to 1920×1080.
Razer’s Kiyo Pro is a 2.1-megapixel webcam that will make your remote meetings look a lot better, even in low light. Offering clear, crisp 1080p HD capture at 60 fps, it uses Razer’s Synapse software that enables you to adjust the field of view between 103º, 90º and 80º to show more or less of your background. The lens features Corning Gorilla Glass with an included privacy cover.
Your iPhone 12 offers the convenience of MagSafe charging & Anker’s PowerCore Magnetic 5K Wireless Power Bank makes it even easier—and keeps it out of a case. This compact induction charging bank connects to all 12 series iPhones with magnets to bring your device back to life. Charging at speeds up to 7.5 watts it delivers up to 95% recharge for your device and when you’re topped back up, just pop it off.