The Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft left earth in 1977, on a mission to capture fly-by photos of the planets as they made their way to interstellar space. Mounted to each was a golden phonograph record containing a mix of tribal, classical, and (at the time) contemporary music, as well as greetings in 55 human languages, one whale language, a mix of sounds heard on our planet, and over 100 images encoded in analog. The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates this historic event by letting you listen to the records yourself. Housed in a cloth-covered box, the three translucent gold vinyl LPs contain remastered versions of the audio recordings on the originals, accompanied by a lithograph of the Golden Record cover diagram, and a hardbound book filled with images from the original message, photos the spacecrafts returned to earth during their journeys, essays, and other ephemera.
In case you haven't heard, wireless earphones are officially a thing. Keep yours protected and juiced up with the Mophie Power Capsule. This clever black pouch hides a 1,400 mAh battery within its walls, perfect for keeping your smallest gadgets charged and safe, whether they be headphones, a fitness tracker, or even a smartwatch.
The virtual assistants built into our phones are powerful tools. But they still require you to take out your phone to work. The Sony Xperia Ear Assistant gives you access to similar tech while letting you keep your phone in your pocket. The small, comfortable speaker/mic combo reacts to your commands, handing tasks like checking your schedule, searching for information, navigating, and sending messages. It has a number of built-in sensors that let it know when it's in your ear and follow your movements, so you can respond to yes or no questions with a simple nod of your head, and comes with a convenient charging case so you won't run out of juice on the go.
There are smartphones, smart homes, smartwatches, and now with the Glance Clock, we have the first smart clock. Housed in a aluminum frame, the sleek fabric interface will display all of the information from your apps, calendars, and home devices on your wall. Get sound or silent alerts on the weather, your next meeting, and when you're getting a call or message without having to constantly look at your phone. Its clean appearance will be welcome both in your home and office.
Many "desktop" PCs actually end up living underneath your work surface, the better to hide their unimaginative, ugly cases. The HP Pavilion Wave Desktop PC is an exception. Much smaller than a traditional desktop, it has a triangular design that puts the processor, graphics, and SSD on one side, a hard drive on the next, and the thermal system on the third. In the middle is a custom tuned, 360-degree audio system from B&O Play that works with vented top and woven sides to deliver outstanding audio, a perfect complement for the detailed visuals of a fully-supported 4K display.
Your phone can already tell when you're home, at work, etc. But it can't tell whether you're at your desk, sitting on the couch, or hopping in the car. At least, it can't without the Dot Push Notifier. Using Bluetooth, each individual Dot keeps precise track of your phone's location, which lets it automatically pull up relevant apps — maps and music in the car, Netflix and your remote on the couch, and your alarm clock and weather in bed — and control other smart devices like your locks, security system, and lights.