It looks like an orb from the future. And in some ways, it is. Built to capture virtual reality-ready video, the Nokia Ozo isn't actually round — it has a handle around back so you can hold it or set it on a tripod. But you wouldn't know it from the video it captures. Using eight synchronized global shutter image sensors and eight integrated microphones, it shoots stereoscopic 3D video, with software for real-time viewing and playback without the need to pre-assemble the image. It's your Oculus Rift's new best friend.
No apps. No camera. No nonsense. Designed by Jasper Morrison, the Punkt MP 01 Phone is meant to put the spotlight back where it belongs: on calls and messages. The 2-inch LCD display — protected by Gorilla Glass — is ideal for dealing with SMS messages, and the built-in noise cancellation ensures that your conversations sound great. It does have Bluetooth, since handsfree systems are handy, but without the need for a bevy of other radios, battery life is fantastic, and the soft-touch paint finish and angled back plate make it a pleasure to hold.
You never know when your power's going to go out. But with the new Candle Charger, you're sure to stay charged and connected to what matters - family, friends - after the grid goes down. As the name suggests, this portable, indoor-friendly power plant uses a candle and water to generate power for USB-charging devices - an essential addition to any home preparedness kit. Conveniently, the water is also boiled and sterilized during the process, so whether you're worried about the quality of your tap water or just want to make some tea or coffee the Candle Charger will get you there, no grid required.
Get flagship-level features without a massive contract with the OnePlus 2 Phone. The followup to the OnePlus One, it's powered by a 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, paired with an Adreno GPU, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of storage. The 13 megapixel camera has large 1.3µm pixels and optical image stabilization for better low-light performance, a laser focusing system, a fixed aperture of f/2.0, and dual LED flash. Finally, the 1080p screen measures 5.5 inches across and is protected by a layer of rugged Gorilla Glass, and of course, it arrives completely unlocked, with dual Nano SIM slots for easy network hopping.
It's about time the flash drive was re-imagined, and SanDisk is probably as good a candidate as anyone to take on that challenge. With their SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, they've added Wi-Fi to the flash drive, allowing you to transfer files, videos, and music easily from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Just install the app on your mobile device and wirelessly save and access your photos, videos, and files — or share with multiple devices at once, even if the stick isn't in the same room.
Modern apps and powerful smartphones have made editing photos easy. But when it comes to editing videos — especially videos set to music — it's still pretty difficult to come away with an acceptable result. Triller aims to change this by starting with the song instead of the video. To use it, you open the app, select a song either from your library or from the app's featured tunes, choose the portion of the song you want to use, and shoot multiple takes that last the whole duration. From there, you can add filters to the video before the app's intelligent algorithms take over, automatically stitching together smaller clips from each take to create a video that should mimic the output of a professional editor. Note that we said editor, not film crew, so the quality of the clips is still very much in your hands.
Hotels. Coffee shops. McDonalds. Free Wi-Fi is available seemingly everywhere. Protect yourself while taking advantage with the Keezel Online Freedom Device. This pocketable gadget sits between your devices and the Internet, creating encrypted connections via network of different VPN providers and ensuring that you can browse both securely and privately. In addition, you can choose the country to which the Keezel connects, so if you're in a place where certain sites or services are blocked, it's an easy workaround.
Odds are your turntable came with a standard felt slipmat. If so, you can give it an instant boost by upgrading to this Tanner Goods Turntable Slipmat. Cut by hand from a single piece of English Bridle leather, it provides superior sound dampening properties, and holds less dust and static than the pack-in it replaces, meaning it will not only help your vinyl stay in better condition, but sound better, as well. Stamped with a geoglyph pattern, it fits all 12" turntables.
Owners of MacBooks know how convenient it is to have magnets handling the connection to your charger. Znaps Magnetic Charging Adapter aims to bring this same level of convenience to your mobile device. Available in Micro-USB or Lightning varieties, this tiny, clever gadget consists of a connector that sits inside your charging port, and an adapter that sits on the end of your cable and uses magnets to smoothly hook to the connector when it's time to charge. You can also order the adapters by themselves, because no one only uses a single charger.
The Eames Lounge Chair is a near-perfect place to relax and listen to your favorite records. Unfortunately, most speakers don't match up well with the seat's carefully considered curves. The Davone Ray-S Speakers do. Inspired by the aforementioned chair, these speakers are crafted using curved, laminated pieces of beech wood veneer with a walnut finish, black steel stands, and black leather baffles. And since speakers are about far more than looks, they employ a three-way system, with an 8-inch woofer, dedicated midrange, and 1-inch tweeter for outstanding audio quality.
There are few common frustrations worse than needing to go, yet not knowing where around you might have a toilet that's even acceptable, never mind inviting. Looie aims to solve this problem for you. Launching in Tribeca in the coming days, this new service combines a location-aware app with a physical dongle that's used to gain access to the cleanest restrooms around. The company guarantees cleanliness — the founder is even cleaning them himself, for now — so you can rest assured your monthly membership fee will be well spent.
Most styli are designed upon the idea that a pencil is the ideal shape for writing, and that putting added pressure on the tip is the ideal way to control what you're drawing. The Scriba Stylus assumes that both of these are wrong. It was designed to fit the natural curves of your hand, resulting in an open body that lets you squeeze to control the line weight far more intuitively than with a pressure-based tool. It has up to six months of battery life per charge, offers a full half inch of movement, is crafted from high-quality polymer, so it's durable enough to simply be tossed in a bag when you're done with it.
There are plenty of action cameras that shoot 4K video. There are Micro Four Thirds cameras that do the same. But only the E1 4K Video Camera blends the size and simplicity of an action cam with the ability to use nearly any Micro Four Thirds lens. It can capture cinematic 4096x2160 video at 24 fps or UHD TV-ready 3840x2160 at 30 fps, with 3D noise filters to reduce and/or remove noise, jitter, ghosting, and blurring. It has a robust die-cast magnesium housing that helps dissipate heat, and built-in wireless for controlling and live-streaming content from the camera right on your phone.
You use them on your commute, when you work out, and to listen to music casually, so your everyday earbuds are pretty important. The Amazon Premium Headphones are somewhat simple, but have a few features that set them apart. Designed with magnetic earbuds and a flat cord that keeps everything tangle free, these ergonomically-designed earbuds provide clear, consistent sound and arrive a price that's difficult to beat.
The name's a little redundant — after all, we wouldn't have paper if it weren't from the sun. But Solar Paper isn't referencing the printed word. It's just the lightest, thinnest solar charger in the world. At just 0.15-inch thin, it's able to slide inside a book without a noticeable bump, and it weighs just 4 oz., or less than that notebook you carry around. Lest you think it's performance is compromised by its size, it can charge the power-hungry iPhone 6 in just 2.5 hours, and it's easily expandable thanks to a magnetic hinge design.
Small projectors are nothing new. But most involve compromises, either in the maximum resolution or brightness. The UO Smart Beam Laser Projector offers both 720p resolution and 60 lumes of brightness in a cube that measures just 2.2 inches in each direction. As the name suggests, it uses an advanced laser diode and LCOS tech to project your images up to 150" in size, accepts wireless and HDMI input, and has a battery life of up to two hours, or just long enough to catch a movie in the backyard.
Image stabilization is a key feature for low-light shooters. Some cameras do it inside the lens, some even move their sensors around. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Camera uses both simultaneously to provide wider correction angles than you can get with either alone. It also packs the highest-res sensor (20.3-megapixel) ever packed into a Micro Four Thirds camera and an updated image processor that lends support for 4K video recording and 8 fps boost shooting.
You're not buying it for its camera, although at 8 megapixels, it's more than serviceable. You're not buying it for the quad-core processor, or 4.7-inch, 720p screen. You're buying the Marshall London Smartphone for music. It doesn't disappoint, either, with dual front-facing speakers and headphone ports, a knurled scroll wheel for volume control, a dedicated, one-touch music access button, a Wolfson WM8281 chip and Bluetooth aptX for superior audio quality, and included Marshall Mode in-ear headphones.
Sony might be spinning off everything but its movie, camera, and PlayStation businesses, but that doesn't mean it's run out of ideas. The Sony Huis Remote Control was dreamed up by six Sony engineers in their 20s, and is the first product to launch on the company's new crowdfunding site. Named for "Home User Interfaces", it uses an e-ink screen and learning capabilities to let you create custom button layouts and control pretty much anything in your home that accepts commands over IR, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. Unfortunately for those of us here in the states, they'll only ship to Japanese addresses.