If you're more worried about the sound of your music than features, leave your iPod — or god forbid Zune — at home and hit the road with the HifiMan HM-700 Portable Music Player. Designed with maximum fidelity in find, it features a headphone jack with balanced connectors, which minimize interference and crosstalk while raising the maximum output — without adding distortion. It packs 32GB of storage, a battery good for 15 hours of play time, and an included set of RE-400 balanced in-ear monitors — so you can enjoy the benefits of the balanced connection even if you don't already own a set of balanced cans.
One of the biggest strikes against Google Glass — if not the biggest, really — is the extremely odd looking hardware. While it still features the rather huge box, camera, and floating screen, Google Glass Titanium Eyewear does look quite a bit more normal than its predecessor. This new collection includes four frame shapes that can accommodate prescription lenses, as well as three sunglass options that were designed in collaboration with Maui Jim. The downside? Those prices are for the frames only, not for the hardware, so if you're thinking of making the leap, you'd better have an extra grand and a half on hand.
Not everyone can get by with only 16GB of iPad storage. Or 32, 64, or even 128GB, for that matter. For those people, there's Lacie Fuel. This highly portable, battery-powered media storage vessel offers a full terabyte (1TB) of storage, giving you room for up to 500 movies, 160,000 songs, or 190,000 photos, all of which are accessible directly from your iPad thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi connection and companion app. You can manage what's on the Fuel by plugging it into a USB 3.0 port on your computer, or if you're lazy like us, just use the Dropbox integration to sync everything over automatically.
Alarms are great if you're looking to be among the first to hit the slopes in the morning — but there's something disappointing about waking with the sun only to find out that last night's fresh snow has already been befouled. Keep that from happening with First Tracks. This app from cold weather outfitter Helly Hansen uses your location and local weather information to wake you up at your designated time if nothing's changed, but earlier than expected if there's fresh powder to be had. It's as close as you can come to having a snow sensor in your pocket.
Somewhere between traditional blogging and boring your friends with printouts from Word or Pages lies a happy medium that allows you to share your photos and videos while adding more context than you're going to find on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Storehouse seeks to fill that gap. This slick app lets you combine photos and videos from your Camera Roll, Dropbox, Flickr, and Instagram with text that you write up yourself. Editing the layout and cropping images is a simple as tapping and dragging, and once you're done, your stories are uploaded for sharing — both to fellow Storehouse users and to anyone with a web browser. Best of all? It's totally free.
Is it a TV stand? Or a speaker system? In fact, the Geneva XXL Sound System is both. In development for several years, this beastly system is designed to hold TVs up to 65 inches in size, while providing plenty of audio oomph via seven speakers — including an 8-inch sub — with matching Class D amplifiers. There's room inside for a set top box or two, complete with an IR repeater so they can remain hidden, and getting audio into it is no problem, either, thanks to both AirPlay and Bluetooth support. And unlike most systems, its sleek body and piano-lacquered finish will blend well with even the most modern of decor.
As proud owners of Apple TVs, we can attest to the fact that should you not pay attention to where you set it, the sleek little aluminum remote is one of the most easily lost pieces of technology we've ever seen. The Apple TV Tray aims to keep the remote handy by holding both the unit and the remote snugly in a piece of sustainably sourced American Walnut or Maple. Apart from looking great, the tray also protects your remote by lining its slot with 100% Merino wool. Is it necessary? Certainly not. But it looks great, is made in the USA, and, most importantly, will keep you from hunting for the remote.
Between Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and the other big-name music services, you could make the argument that world doesn't need another one. But Beats Music is here anyway. And while it does offer the standard features we've come to expect from its competitors — things like playlist building, sharing, and offline playback — it also adds some totally novel music discovery features, including an advanced recommendation service and a feature that lets you tell the app where you are, how you're feeling, and who you're with, and it will create a custom playlist on the fly that's perfect for that moment. It's like having a tiny Dr. Dre inside your phone, or something.
No, it's not some sort of science-experiment charger that runs off Dial — instead, the PhoneSoap Charger is designed to clean your phone itself. Inside its clamshell-style body, it features a standard 5V USB port that allows it to work with pretty much any phone that can fit, as well as a pair of UV-C lamps that can completely sanitize your phone in just 4 minutes. It also boasts acoustic outlets built into the design, so if you're the type that charges at night and uses your phone for an alarm, you'll still be able to wake up to whatever tone you've chosen — only this time with a freshly sanitized device.
Known for their high-end, consistently excellent noise-canceling cans, Audio-Technica is now putting its in-line engineering to use in another way. The Audio-Technica ATH-OX7AMP SonicFuel Headphones with Built-in Amplifier are powered by the same single AAA battery as the company's noise-killers, but instead use the power to amplify your music, increasing detail and clarity while giving the large 40mm drivers plenty of power to work with. Included in the set are two flat, tangle-free cords — one with an inline remote and mic, and one without — and a sturdy carrying pouch.
We love our smartphone cameras. And while we sometimes wish they were a little more versatile, there's nearly always been some issue with the available add-on lenses — either requiring a bulky case, or requiring no case at all, or otherwise using some shady adhesive that we wouldn't trust on the outside of a lunch pail. Moment Lenses are different. Designed for iPhones 4 and up and Galaxy S2s and up, they use a thin, case-friendly adhesive metal strip for an attachment point, a bayonet-style mount, and quality optics to give your device both wide-angle and telephoto powers.
If the idea of sentient robots one day invading our homes sends luddite chills down your spine, do not read further — because that day is one step closer. Keecker is an Android-powered robot that follows you around your home, projecting content from your smartphone, or directly from the device itself onto your walls. You can use it to play games with your phone as the controller, watch video projected onto the walls, listen to 360-degree immersive sound controlled by an app on your smartphone, Skype with friends while walking around your house, or use it as a nanny-cam by telling it where to go in your place. In addition to entertainment, you can also use it as a home security robot — and though it won't shoot lasers at intruders — it can monitor air quality and let you check in on your home remotely. Since it is completely wireless, has a built-in battery that lasts up to a week, and can run any Android app out there, the possibilities are pretty much endless.