You know you should sit with proper posture, but how do you know if you're actually doing so? By strapping on a Lumoback ($150), that's how. This wireless Bluetooth sensor is worn on your lower back, and gives you vibration feedback when you're slouching. In addition, it also connects to your iPhone or iPad, so you can track your activities throughout the day and get a more well-rounded picture of of how you — and your back — are doing.
We're not 100% sure where you'd be traveling that you'd need all the ruggedness of the Alpaca Travel Guitar ($575), but we are sure that if you do need it, you'll be glad to have it. Handcrafted in Vermont from carbon fiber, flax fabric, and bio-derived resins, this waterproof instrument features a headless neck, a soundhole near the forward part of the body, an embedded daisy chain on the back for connecting it directly to any outdoor gear — think backpack or rucksack — and a three-point strap system.
Straddling the line between a hard case and a gig bag, the Bowoo Guitar Case ($320 and up) promises to be the last case you'll need. Handcrafted in Vermont, it features a rugged Cordura exterior, a soft, Velcro-friendly interior lining, an included neck rest block, and suede on the case handles, headstock and soundhole paddings, and shoulder straps. In addition, it also offers reinforced seams, metal hardware, a rigid internal frame with 20mm of interior padding, straps that convert from a single shoulder to backpack-style, and enough room for everything from an electric all the way up to a full dreadnaught, all in a package that's half the weight of a traditional hard case. Shipments begin next month.
Optimize your living or working quarters by installing some CubeSensors ($250-$350). These small cordless boxes continuously measure temperature humidity, noise, light, air quality, and barometric pressure and send all that data to the cloud so you can access it anywhere. Thanks to an intelligent app, they can send you alerts letting you know when it's time to turn on the lights, aerate, humidify, crank the A/C, and more. Available in a starter pack with a base station and either two or four included sensors.
Ever wish your mobile device could give you a more accurate reading of the current temperature than it gets from the weather app du jour? So did the folks behind Thermodo. This itty-bitty sensor plugs into your headphone jack, working with a dedicated app to give you an accurate reading of the surrounding temperature, with not even an Internet connection required. When it's not in use, you can plug it into the included keychain holder, giving you one more thing to add to your janitor-like chain of trinkets.