Scents play a huge role in our daily lives. They can relax us, wake us up, or remind us of a special occasion. The Cyrano Scent Machine is a scent speaker that "plays" scents in the same way you'd queue up a playlist of music. It's all controlled through a smartphone app, and makes for a nice companion on your commute to work, at your desk, or even bedside. You can even combine different scents playlist-style to move through a mood melody the next time you come down with a case of the Mondays.
Inspired by furniture designs from the 1950's and 60's, the folks at Department Chicago recently unveiled this beautiful throwback Hi-Fi Console. It's made from select Maple and Walnut hardwood solids for the best sound possible and comes with an adjustable shelf, removable record holders, connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or a audio-in connection. You even have the option to personalize your console by picking the best finish and color combo for your space. A classic hi-fi look with modern amenities make this the perfect excuse to finally dive headfirst into the world of vinyl.
We've all made a quick trip to Giphy to select just the right GIF to drop in a thread. With Giphy Keys, you don't even need to leave the app you're in. This alternative keyboard puts the service's entire library at your fingertips, starting with currently trending GIFs, and continuing with the ability to filter by mood, memes, or movies, or just search directly. You can also use hashtag commands to have it select an animation for you — #echo transforms your words into a GIF, for example — and with millions to choose from, there's no doubt it'll find one that's right for the moment.
We keep close tabs on the food we eat, the amount of water we drink, and how active we are. Yet the most essential component of day-to-day life — the air we breathe — hardly gets more thought than a glance at the thermostat or weather app. The Jacob Jensen Air Quality Monitor is out to change that. It measures levels of pollutants like VOCs, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide, distilling them down to an Air Quality Index number that it displays on its screen, alongside the temperature and humidity. It has a built-in battery that lets you take it wherever you are, a light on the bottom that gives you an at-a-glance look at the air quality (green is good, orange so-so, red is bad) and is made from durable ABS and polycarbonate so it can accompany you on long trips with ease.
It's widely accepted at this point that sugar is bad for you — especially the processed sugar that gets added to foods in an effort to make them more addictive/taste better. Sugar Rush lets you know just how much sugar has been added to anything you're thinking of eating just by scanning the UPC code. It shows you how many teaspoons (or, scarily, tablespoons) have been added, as well as the ratio of naturally occurring sugars to unnecessary additives. And since it works from anywhere you can get Internet, you can make the smart, healthy decision before you throw the stuff in your cart.
We're getting closer and closer to real hoverboards — and unlike the one BTTF, this one most certainly can run over water. The Flyboard Air is still a prototype, but it just carried its company's founder well over a mile up the coast of France, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. It's propelled by a jet unit that can run for up to 10 minutes, hit speeds of over 90 mph, and fly up to 10,000 feet in the air (not that it's recommended). The result of four years development, it's sadly going to need at least one more before it comes to market.
Forget complicated controllers and dangerous exposed blades — the Hover Camera makes aerial photography as simple as a point-and-shoot. An embedded AI running on a quad-core Snapdragon processor takes the guess work out of shooting — just turn it on, unfold the wings, and it will hover where you release it, following you automatically while snapping 13 megapixel stills and 4K video on command. It has electronic image stabilization for smooth footage, folds up to roughly the size of a book, so it's easy to pack with you, and is made from durable, lightweight carbon fiber that helps protect both the camera itself and those around it.
Between missed calls, messages, emails, and updates, most of our reminders get lost in a sea of red bubbles. The SeeNote ePaper Sticky Note is bridging the gap between your standard post-it note and savvy smartphone so your daily duties don't continue to slip through the cracks. This digital sticky note sports an always legible ePaper Touchscreen and connects to Wifi, allowing you to pull notifications from your gadget's calendar, receive messages via email, and weather and traffic updates. Instead of an irritating alarm, the KnowGlow gets your attention with a subtle LED strip. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-Ion battery, the SeeNote can run for up to a month on a single charge. An integrated 3M Command strip provides damage-free mounting wherever you need it, so you'll never miss garbage day again.
With dual amps and DAC converters, the Onkyo DP-X1 Music Player is ready to make the most of any music you throw its way. To get the best sound, you can use the balanced 2.5mm 4-pole output with support for BTL and ACG drives, hook it up via the micro USB digital output, or just plug in your normal cans via the 3.5mm jack. It supports a wide range of audio formats, including 11.2MHz DSD, WAV, FLAC, and ALAC, and since it's based on Android, you also have access to apps like Tidal, Spotify, and Apple Music. It has 32GB of built-in storage with dual micro SDXC slots for up to 432GB total, can play up to 16 hours per charge, and has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with aptX for wireless streaming.
Today's digital cameras offer tons of features. So many, in fact, that they can distract from what's most important: your photos. The Leica M-D Camera packs high-tech components in a no-nonsense throwback body that eschews menus for manual control. It's so spartan, in fact, that the entire back screen and menu system has been replaced by a single control — an ISO ring — that joins the shutter speed dial and on-lens aperture and focus controls for a pure photographic experience. It has a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor, and lets you make the most of it with a subdued, red dot logo-less black body and a nearly silent shutter for discrete snapping.
For those looking for an advantage on the paintball course, look no further than the Goblin Deuce Double-Barrel Paintball Pistol. It's the world's first double-barrel air cartridge paintball pistol. Each set comes with two air cartridges, a four barrel sizer kit, a fitting tactical holster, air adapter, and 2 O-Ring kits. Or grab the conversion kit and add it to the Goblin Solo for the same double barrel effect. The double barrel gives you the ability to fire your ammo simultaneously, or release each round separately. It's the perfect covert edge you'll need during your next paintball war.
DeWalt already makes rugged tools. Now they're making a rugged version of the most important one: the smartphone. Powered by Android, the DeWalt Smartphone is as ready for the jobsite as any of their other tools, with IP68 dust- and waterproofing, military-grade protection against drops, bangs, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and pressure, and dual SIM slots for easily switching between work and home. It also has a 5-inch screen, LTE networking, wireless charging, and all the other features you'd expect in a phone, even one that's more suited to the boardroom than the boiler room.
Given the number of message screenshots we see a day, it's obvious there are a lot of people who don't mind their conversations being public. Talkshow lets others follow your conversations in real time. To use it, simply start a "show", give it a name, invite your co-hosts from Facebook, Twitter, or your contacts, and start talking. Each show gets its own easily-sharable URL, and editors will be on the lookout for the best shows, boosting them to the front page of the app. You can also follow other shows, like individual messages, and even send reactions. No screenshots necessary.
For many of us, it's easier to reach for some simple earbuds while we work rather than grabbing that pair of audiophile headphones. For those situations, Boomstick Headphone Enhancer should come in handy. It's compatible with any set of headphones and adds that extra layer of sound quality you miss out on when you use the basics. Most digital audio is terrible, and Boomstick will open your ears up to more detail from each and every song.
With multiple lithium ion cells giving it a capacity of 434 watt-hours, the Anker PowerHouse is a smart alternative to portable generators. It has four USB ports for charging gadgets, a 12V socket for powering car accessories, and an AC outlet that can power anything from a laptop to a mini-fridge. Battery life obviously vaires depending on how you use it, but you can expect to get 40 phone recharges, 15 laptop charges, or over seven hours of mini-fridge operation before it's time to plug it back in.
Every year, the camera in your iPhone gets better. Every year, the controls stay the same. Take full advantage of your most used camera with the Pictar iPhone Camera Grip. It gives you a dual-stage shutter release that lets you lock focus and exposure like an SLR, as well as wheels for taking control of exposure compensation, zoom, ISO, and/or shutter speed, a toggle for the selfie camera, a strap for preventing drops, a cold shoe for external mics/flashes, and a standard tripod mount. And since it uses high-frequency sound waves of 18500-20000 kHz to operate, its battery life ranges in the months, not hours or days.
We all know how irritating it is to wake up to an alarm, whether it beeps, buzzes, or rings. The Shock Clock is designed to ensure you never need to hear that sound again. It does so by training your body to wake up earlier, using a wrist-mounted gadget to gently vibrate when it's time to wake up. If that doesn't work (and it will in just a few days), you'll keep a loud, annoying beep, and if that doesn't work, it actually zaps you awake. Since your body soon realises that the zap follows the vibration, that's all you'll need to wake up, and a handsome companion app makes it easy to adjust your schedule.
You want to take your music everywhere, but most bluetooth speakers either look like garbage or don't sound any better than streaming directly from your phone. Addressing both of those common problems is the Beoplay A1 Speaker from Bang & Olufsen. B&O always take design seriously, and the A1 is no exception. It's built to last with a beautiful rounded aluminum grill and double-molded polymer base. It also packs great sound dispersion wherever you take it and is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand. It has a battery life that lasts up to 24 hours, and even has a built-in microphone for making calls, giving you the freedom to pull off a conference call poolside.
Bluetooth speakers tend to find themselves in the midst of our lives — on dinner tables, kitchen counters, the edge of a bathtub. So it's important that they both sound and look good. The Pavilion Speaker hits both marks. It uses built-in aptX and AAC support to improve the sound of your music, then transfers it out into the room via a 20W Peerless speakers. The spiraled copper pipe isn't just for show, as it boosts bass frequencies via acoustic resonance, the oak top serves as a capacitive touch control, and the high-density concrete bottom helps eliminate rattles. Use it wirelessly by itself thanks to the rechargeable battery, or pair it with a second unit for true stereo sound. Available in white or black.
While it might look more like a guitar from a video game, the MI Guitar is the real deal, allowing you to play and even make music, without the work required by traditional methods. With MI Guitar, you can pick it up and being playing a song in minutes, no musical training required. The built-in speaker allows you to jam without an amp while the app guides you through the right buttons to push to make it sing. Easy and intuitive, it's a time saving alternative to years of frustrating lessons.
Getting your hands on the guts of a stereo system is every sound nerd's dream. Italian studio Sinestesìa is making that a reality with the first quality DIY loudspeaker. Delivered with every wire and screw you need, the Giacinto DIY Speakers make you a part of production with an easier-than-Ikea assembly process. The two speakers and custom-made amplifier are housed in skins made of recycled leather that can be unfolded for easy transportation from your home to the office. With a range of 4 different color options, 12 laser-marked designs, and your choice of hardware, your speakers can be as unique as your playlist.
Vizio's 2015 M-series was a favorite pick of many a reviewer. We expect the same for the new Vizio M-Series TV. The 2016 model offers a number of features that are virtually unheard of at this price. For starters, there's the Android-powered, 6-inch tablet remote that uses Google Cast to send shows to the TV over the speedy dual-band 802.11ac wi-fi. Then there's the local-dimming backlight for greater contrast, Dolby Vision support for HDR content, 4K resolution, and a slim, tuner-free design with polished metal legs that recall classic mid-century design. Available in six sizes, ranging from 50 to 80 inches.
The iPad of laptops is back with better specs and a change of clothes. The Apple 12-inch MacBook was already a lust-worthy object, weighing just two pounds and measuring only 13.1mm at its thickest point yet still offering up to 11 hours of battery life, a 12-inch Retina display, and a completely silent, fanless design. It just wasn't that great for actual work. The new model improves the situation, adding sixth-generation, dual-core Intel Core M processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1 GHz, faster graphics, and speedier storage. It still has only one USB-C port, but that's less of a hassle than it was when it first launched, and for the fashion-conscious, it's now available in rose gold, alongside the prior silver, space gray, and gold finishes.
Tattoos are a profound form of personal expression. They're also very permanent. Ink Hunter is a new app that lets you try out different pieces without the need for imagination or multiple removal procedures. It has a large gallery of premade sketches to try out (you can also load your own artwork in) and uses a square smile drawn on your skin to place the tattoo, so you know exactly how it's going on your body before you head to your local shop to get inked for real.
No, Facebook isn't suddenly getting into the electronics business. It's just giving it a boost. The Facebook Surround 360 Camera is an "open" 360-degree, 3D-capable video production system that uses specialized stitching technology to weave the output of its 17 cameras together into one VR-ready stream, letting producers focus on the thing that's most important — the content. Expect to see it on Github later this summer, where anyone can take the plans, build their own, or offer up improvements.
When it first launched, the Kindle was a luxury item. Over time, they've become more and more affordable. The Amazon Kindle Oasis brings things full circle. This flagship e-Reader has a tapered design that places most of the bulk — if you want to call it that; it's 20% lighter and 30% thinner than any other Kindle — near the palm of your hand, much like a folded-over paperback. The design also makes room for the dedicated page turn buttons, the 300 ppi screen with 10 LED backlights, and the connector for the included charging cover that boosts its battery life from mere weeks to months.
Not all air is created equal and neither are all air purifiers. While the majority are wasting time and energy cleaning an entire room, the Sprimo Personal Air Purifier uses high-tech sensors to detect the crappiness of the air around you and then spew out a mountain-fresh breeze right to your nose. The super-quiet fan won't interfere with your productivity or procrastination and can be controlled by your phone via an app. Weighing in at just over seven pounds, crisp air can be available whether you're at your desk, laying in bed, or on the couch binge watching House of Cards.
Take control of all your music across your entire home with the Nativ Music System. At the heart of the system is the Nativ Vita, a standalone music player that can access songs from built-in storage, Apple Music, Spotify, and most other streaming services, or from your local network, and let you browse them easily with its 11.6-inch touchscreen. It delivers bit-perfect audio to connected equipment, supports playback of DSD, DXD, and PCM audio files, lets you stream music videos to your TV over HDMI or Google Cast, and has a dedicated output stage to remove noise and jitter from the signal. It's made by hand from high-grade aluminum, Asahi glass, and solid American Oak or Walnut, and performs even better with the company's matching Wave DAC and Pulse power supply.
You won't be using it to film your kid's next tee-ball game. But if you find yourself working on a film or hit TV show, the Lytro Cinema Camera needs to be on your radar. Using the company's innovative Light Field technology, it captures not just images, but the position of each object in the scene in 3D space. As a result, you can adjust both the focus point and depth of field in post, change shutter angles and frame rates after the fact, and ditch the green screen for good. Of course, it takes a lot of data to make this all possible — up to 400 gigabytes per second — so the camera comes with its own dedicated server and processing unit.