Tech & Gadgets
Designed for everyone from beginners to professional producers, the OXI ONE is a digital sequencer & MIDI controller that empowers you to make music with nearly unlimited creative control. It’s based around a performing keyboard with incredible connectivity, including, central & peripheral bluetooth wireless. It’s got 4 fully configurable sequencers, 32 track capability, loopers, arpeggiators, harmonizing with 150 different chord variations & so much more, making it a powerful modular component for live or studio use. A funded Indiegogo.
Designed for Apple users, Belkin’s Soundform Connect dongle is a smart little nugget that transforms any powered home speaker into an AirPlay smart speaker that can cast using newer iPhone, iPad, Macs, and Apple TVs running iOS 11.4 or later. Robust controls allow you to customize the experience through multiple speakers and rooms using the app or Siri.
In a range that includes more than 20 different speakers, the latest addition to Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound lineup is the portable Beosound Explore, a waterproof, dust-proof, travel-friendly speaker boasting 27 hours of continuous playback. Its small size, sturdy aluminum-body construction, and an integrated carabiner clip make it a great option for on-the-go audio. Just remember, most other hikers don’t want to hear your Travis Scott playlist.
An updated and slightly upgraded remake of Nokia’s iconic 2720 Flip from 2009. Bringing the classic flip phone back for Verizon, they’ve given it 4G connectivity as well as WhatsApp and Facebook app. It also functions as a wi-fi hot spot & features two screens – the external screen shows who’s calling. Big tactile buttons make for easy messaging and dialing & the battery life is truly legendary, offering up to 28 days on standby.
The Cleanstation from touch-free home innovators Simplehuman is a dedicated sanitation station purpose-built for iPhone. Drop your device in the slot where it’s lowered into the Cleanstation & in just 30-seconds, it is ejected germ-free. It uses UV-C LED lights to clean 99.99% of the surface area of your phone without ever touching it.
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HTC’s latest addition to its high-end Vive lineup is the Pro 2, a pro-grade VR headset boasting 5K resolution with a 120º field of view plus a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. Designed specifically for PC compatibility, they also offer Hi-Res Audio & support for 3D spatial sound.
Designed as a versatile Work From Home machine, HP’s EliteOne 800 G8 is a powerful all-in-one desktop PC featuring a slim anti-glare, low-blue-light display. Behind the sleek design, it’s powered by an 11th-Gen Intel processor & 64GB of DDR4 3200 SDRAM. 2TB of onboard SSD storage, ports aplenty, including USB-C & HDMI, and its 5MP dual-facing camera with AI-tracking & noise reduction, make it a hard worker with a remarkably clean, uncluttered look.
Anker’s PowerConf C300 is an AI-powered laptop & computer cam that delivers crisp 1080p/60FPS quality with true-to-life colors. Features like auto low-light correction ensure you look your best even in poor lighting conditions & AI that will automatically adjust the field of view to fit everyone in the frame, so nobody has to huddle. Super fast auto-focus, USB-C powered, Mac & Windows compatible.
Purpose-built for iPhone 12 and its MagSafe charger, the magnetic Forté dock securely holds your phone while it recharges at a speedy 15 watts. Position your phone vertically or horizontally for effortless hands-free use. The stand tilts up to 70º to give you the perfect viewing angle or charging pedestal for your AirPods.
Designed for use in the wild, the Filmatic mobile projector is the world’s smallest outdoor projector; a wireless, drop-resistant speaker, projector & lantern in one. The pocket-size, all-metal design offers IPX6 water resistance & weighs just 200 grams with Android-powered tech that includes support for 1080p 4K FHD, auto focus, & DLP display. Projection size ranges from 30” to 120”. A funded Kickstarter.
For simple, effective wireless charging, Nomad’s Base Station Mini is a desktop & bedside powerhouse. It delivers up to 15W of wireless power from a single coil, just drop your phone, watch & other rechargeables on its padded, black leather surface & it’s on, charging at speeds similar to plug-in charging. The Station is powered by a USB-C input.
Asus just released its Zen AiO 24 (M5401), an ultra-thin & streamlined all-in-one desktop. It looks like it’s all screen, that’s because the 2.8-mm bezel surrounding the 23.8-inch backlit full HD display, gives it a screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent. An IR camera allows hands-free log-in, a 720p webcam for high-quality online visuals. The display also supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut & can be touchscreen-enabled.
Designed to be either wall-mounted or stand on the floor, Bang & Olufsen’s top-of-the-line Beolab 28 home speaker merges meticulous Danish design with wireless freedom and legendary B&O sound. The speaker delivers rich, room filling audio that’s adapted to the space using the brand’s proprietary Active Room Compensation software. The speaker array includes a downward-facing bass woofer with a 6.5” driver, three 3” full-range drivers & a 1-inch front-mounted tweeter. Available in a range of finishes to suit your environment.
The MOZA Slypod Pro packs a lot of function into a slim, lightweight piece of camera gear. It’s a 3-in-1 electric monopod that also functions as a slider & jib arm for endless creativity and cinematic effects. A dedicated app allows remote control and programmable motion for shots like dramatic time-lapse & panning dolly movements. A funded Kickstarter.
Equipped with advanced sleep tracking powered by Firstbeat Analytics, Garmin’s new 45mm Venu 2 (& 40mm Venu 2S) is a fitness-focused GPS-smartwatch that helps you make sense of your sleep patterns. It gives you REM & body movement data, as well as tracking pulse rate, blood-oxygen saturation, & breathing. Available in 2 sizes and a range of colors, it offers a new feature called “Health Snapshots” that lets you record and share key health stats. Calls, notifications, payments, & audio streaming are also right there on your wrist. Available now.
The creative team at Moment was ready already when Apple unveiled its new AirTag digital trackers this week. Their AirTag accessories collection will help you find what you lost and includes soft & hard-shell adhesive-back mounts, a leather keychain & even a glasses strap.
With ports for all your peripherals & devices, Satechi’s USB-C On-The-Go Multiport Adapter is a 9-in-1 USB hub designed to work seamlessly with MacBook Pro, newer MacBook Air models, iPad Air, & iPad Pro. Its slim, plug & play design delivers USB-C PD charging (up to 100W), HDMI and VGA display outputs, gigabit ethernet, a USB-C data port, 2X USB-A data ports, plus micro/SD card reader slots.
For the debut of their first true wireless earphones, the P17, Bowers & Wilkins created a unique solution to your in-flight audio woes. Because the case of these premium buds doubles as a transmitter, it can connect to in-flight entertainment & retransmit it wirelessly to your ears. They also offer ANC, AptX, IP54 waterproof & dustproof rating, 4.5 hours of continuous playback with 20 more hours stored in the charging case. Available in black & white/rose gold.
Behind the rainbow of cool pastel colors, Apple’s new 24-inch iMacs are equipped with the brand’s high performance M1 chip, which is found in MacBook Pro. 7 & 8-core GPUs are another solid upgrade. Looks-wise, it’s fresh. The case back of the new design is completely flat and the 4.5K Retina display is surrounded by a much slimmer bezel. Available April 20.
With the power to capture 99.97% of airborne allergens and pollutants and look good doing it, the Breeva Air Purifier won a prestigious 2021 Red Dot Design Award. Its breakthrough filtration system uses a pre-filter, H13 HEPA, an Activated Carbon membrane, negative ion charge & UV-C sterilization to remove dust, pollen, pet dander, odors, smoke, & VOCs. It can effectively scrub air spaces up to 246 sq. ft., cycling 5 times per hour. Alexa & Google Assistant connected, silent sleep mode, designed for all environments. A funded Indiegogo.