You already do basically everything with your phone — pay your bills, keep in touch with friends and family, do your shopping, set your fantasy lineup — you might as well use it to take care of your pets. With Pintofeed ($180), all you need is a smartphone to make sure Sparky or Pookie never miss a meal, whether you're working late, on vacation, or just too lazy to feed the animal that loves you unconditionally and relies on you for literally everything. This smart feeder can hold up to ten pounds of food (kept fresh thanks to airtight seals), and dispenses it according to your wireless command or an intelligent schedule that learns your pet's routine. It accommodates food of various sizes, and can be programmed to dole out any amount. The only thing easier would be not owning a pet at all.
If you're in the habit of treating your camera like crap — or you just find yourself in situations that inevitably lead to it getting wet or dirty — it might be time to think about a Nikon 1 AW1 Camera ($800). As the world's first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera, it'll survive even the least-kind owner (it keeps water out down to a depth of almost 50 feet, and can withstand a six-foot fall). It comes standard with an 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and a wide angle 10mm f/2.8 lens is also available, both waterproof. It features a 14 megapixel sensor and HD video capability, as well as some features for adventurers like an altimeter, depth gauge, GPS, and a compass.
Because you forget so much of what you dream almost instantly, at some point in your life you've probably thought it would be a worthwhile pursuit to maintain a journal full of your crazy shut-eye antics. Shadow ($8) takes the idea of a dream journal, and expands on it, making it into a smartphone app. It's part alarm clock, part dream journal, and part cloud-connected application, letting you record your dreams as you wake up, either by voice or text. But, Shadow has loftier ambitions than being just another dream journal. After you record your dreams, certain keywords and data about your dreams are added anonymously to a database, collecting information from a yet-untapped datasource: our collective subconscious.
If you're looking for a low-cost entry into the realm of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the Fujifilm X-A1 Camera ($600) may be your best bet. Even at that relatively low price, you still get a compact, lightweight body and a 16-50mm F/3.5-5.6 lens — everything you need to get started shooting. The camera comes in an attractive retro design, available in three colors, black, blue and red. It also boasts the sort of feature set you'd expect from more expensive cameras: a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a three-inch tiltable LCD, full HD video, and built-in WiFi.
If you're getting tired of the all-brushed-aluminum motif you have going on your desk, it might be time to consider a replacement for your trackpad. The Oree Touch Slab ($200) is made from a single piece of premium walnut or maple wood, but still works as a fully-functioning trackpad. The trackpad also doubles as a numerical keypad, in case you're in need of one. It works with all versions of Mac OS, as well as Windows 7 or 8, and, while currently available for pre-order, will ship in late October.
Some consumer products leave a lasting mark on the design world, inspiring others to innovate (and in many cases imitate) for generations — a disproportionate number of those things came from Braun, and in particular, industrial designer Dieter Rams. The Braun ET66 Calculator ($50), though an incredibly simple device, is an often-copied piece of industrial design. Go ahead, grab your iPhone and open up the calculator app — it ought to look pretty familiar. While there are plenty of calculators (and apps) out there with more robust functionality, there are none as iconic.
Keep all the excess cable that comes along with your headphones under wraps, while protecting your iPhone, with the Cordli Case ($15-$25). This iPhone case (designed to accommodate an iPhone 4 or 4s) has grooves and clips that weave across its back, letting you stow away 10 to 20 inches of headphone cable. It's perfect for storing shorter headphones while they're not in use, or for taking out some of the slack in a longer cable, avoiding bulk in your pocket. While not yet available, an iPhone 5 case is in the works, and should be ready soon. Available in blue, black, or white.
If you grew up with side-scrolling run-and-jump video games like Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog, you probably spent a little bit of time imagining what it would be like to make your own. With Pixel Press ($10), you too can create your own video game (without ever writing one line of code). Start with their downloadable grid paper by drawing your own paths, obstacles, moving platforms, spikes, and more. Then scan it into the app using your iOS or Android device — the app takes it from there, letting you test, design, and even play your creation. Once you're satisfied with the game, share it with the world and give others the opportunity to beat your high score.
Make dead devices a thing of the past with the Dark Energy Reservoir ($129). You've all been in situations where your smartphone, tablet, or camera needed some extra juice — whether you're traveling on a plane, train, or bus, you're in an emergency scenario, or you're outdoors miles from an outlet. This slim, portable charger holds enough power to charge the average smartphone for an entire week, and it does it as fast as a wall outlet. With the ability to charge two devices at once, and compatibility with any USB charging device, you'll never have to worry about charging again.
If you're looking for pro-level construction, DLSR-quality images, and the kind of compactness and portability you can only get with mirrorless, you need the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera ($1,400). With a body made completely from magnesium alloy, this camera is dust-proof, water-resistant, freeze-proof, and very durable, so you can put it through a lot out in the field. Its 16 megapixel live MOS sensor shoots stunning photos — combine that with image stabilization, accurate autofocus, built-in WiFi, as well as a range of excellent lenses, and you get great photos every time in an easily-managed package. Its micro four-thirds design means this camera is small, light, and portable, so you can pack along more gear on your next photo trip.
Writers, artists, designers, musicians, and other creative sorts know the importance of a great notebook (and no we aren't talking about your laptop) as a place to catalog your ideas and inspirations. But, it can be really tough to find one that suits you perfectly — until the Baron Fig Notebook ($20). Designed with creativity in mind, these notebooks open flat and are available with blank, lined, and grid pages depending on your preferred style. They're also thick, with nearly 200 pages, so you can write as much as you like. Perforated pages in the back of these notebooks let you pull out a sheet without ruining the binding, and their small size means you can easily take them with you.
Things just got a lot more colorful in Cupertino with the iPhone 5c ($100-$200), Apple's first iPhone made for the entry-level market. Available in either 16GB or 32GB models, the new colorful plastic phones will come in green, white, blue, red, and yellow, with custom Apple-made perforated cases available to show off their colorful shells. While most of the insides are the same as the previous model, its polycarbonate construction features steel reinforcement that also acts as an antenna. Expect a somewhat-faster A6 chip, and an improved front-facing camera. Pre-orders start September 13.