Synthesizers used to be big. Very big. The Teenage Engineering x Cheap Monday Pocket Operator is a synthesizer, but it isn't big. In fact, it's small enough to fit in your pocket, yet still offers a host of analog controls, high-quality components like a Silabs EFM 32 gecko CPU, Cirrus logic DAC, and Knowles speaker, and features like an LCD with animated graphics, real synthesizer engines, punch-in effects, 3.5mm input and output, and a folding wire stand. Available in three models: Rhythm, a drum machine, Sub, a bass line maker, and Factory, a melody synthesizer.
Our iPhones are smart. Just not when it comes to helping us find them. Now you can locate your iPhone using nothing but the sound of your voice thanks to Marco Polo. This app listens for you to shout "Marco" — or any other input phrase you like — and responds with either "Polo" or another message of your choosing, in one of 30 unique character voices. It works in silent mode, will pop up a notification to let you find your phone in the dark, and can even boost the volume if you've got it set too low to hear. At last, no more tearing apart the couch/bed/house just to check Twitter.
We know: Microsoft's Surface brand doesn't have the best reputation. Fortunately for them (and you), the Microsoft Surface Hub is far from another Big Ass Table. Designed for use in the conference room, the Hub is a wall-mounted computer, with an 84-inch 4K display that accepts both pen and touch input, fourth-generation Intel i5 and i7 processors for speedy apps and smooth video, 1080p cameras on either side for full-view video conferencing, and a built-in mic array with Kinect technology to detect and follow voices while eliminating background noise. It's a computer, conferencing system, and projector rolled up into a thankfully space-conscious package.