I like the design on Brookstone’s Big Blue Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. While available for less than a hundred bucks you get two front-facing full-range speaker drivers, a down-firing subwoofer and a passive radiator, touch sensitive volume controls on top and bass/treble controls on the back. The whole thing weighs in at 6.6 lbs (almost 3 kg) and got a Bluetooth range of 33 feet.
Buy @ Brookstone ($149.00)
Buy @ Amazon ($99.00)
The Qlocktwo W watch by Biegert & Funk tells the time with words that light up when you push a button on the face instead of numbers or hands. Who needs extremely exact time telling anyway?
The Qlocktwo W is available in English, German and French as well as in black, brushed and polished stainless steel – all sporting the black leather strap.
Can’t seem to find info on availability or price on the W, but the larger Qlocktwo wall clock ($1,100.00) and Qlocktwo table alarm clock ($590.00) is available.
Here’s the Party In A Box dock / speaker system by Soul Electronics (rapper Ludacris’ line of audio products). This system is big enough to dock an iPad comfortably, but comes with both AirPlay and Bluetooth connectivity and a 5.8GHz transciever able to stream uncompressed CD audio or hook up with wireless speakers – but who cares, it sports analog VU-meters!
Speaker-wise there’s dual 6.5" subwoofers, two 3" midrange speakers and four 1" tweeters. Power-wise you can run it on a 110/240V power supply, a 12V cigarette lighter adapter or just regular batteries if you want to take it with you.
From the product page:
“The PIAB P910 is the ultimate wireless, high performance entertainment system. Unmatched in its class, this innovative system generates the dynamic sound of a full home theater system in the form of a portable and stylish box. A powerful 8-speaker omnidirectional hybrid system fills the room with unparalleled deep bass, and crystal clear mids and highs, while wireless technology allows streaming of music through Bluetooth.”
(…oh, and there’s HDMI as well, allowing you to hook it up to your TV).
Product page: Soul Electronics
Buy @ Amazon.com ($999)
Say hi to Bowers & Wilkins A7, a stylish, wireless music system with AirPlay support, meaning you can hook up your iPhone, iPad, iPhone Touch or Mac (if you’ve got Mac OS X Mountain Lion) and stream music easy as pie. Hell, you can add another A7 and it forms a really good looking – albeit expensive – multiroom system.
Beneath the brushed aluminum surface you’ll find a 6″ Kevlar subwoofer, four high quality stereo drivers along with five dedicated Class D amplifiers for a “natural and widely spread sound” with a rich and deep bass. Remember these are the ones that did the odd-looking (but well-sounding) Zeppelin Air.
“Wireless audio is upsampled through A7′s audiophile-quality 96kHz/24bit Digital-to-Analogue Convertor (DAC), reducing noise and increasing dynamic range, for a more detailed, natural sound from the high-quality drive units. Not all sound is good sound. A7 features tube-loaded tweeters first seen on our flagship Nautilus™ speaker. Rear reflections in the cabinet are absorbed by the design, to ensure pure high frequencies”
Product page: Bowers-wilkins.com: A7 ($799)
Had to mention another Kickstarter project: Supr Slim by Supr Good Co. A really, really thin wallet or as Supr describes it: “a super-thin, card-carrying over-achiever. Designed for minimalists.”.
The two guys behind Supr got fed up with regular thin wallets made out of conventional materials like leather that got out of shape after a while (or was designed for a specific number of cards) so they created the 3 mm thin Supr Slim wallet out of a durable and very elastic material that wraps tightly around your cards. So, cram one, two or ten cards in there and they’ll fit snugly without stretching it out. Also, it’s available in six colors and the material is RFID friendly.
Kickstarter.com: Supr Slim Wallet (about $25)
Want to make better use of your and your friends’ Instagrams? Say hi to Instacube, a stand-alone, wireless display that’ll bring those precious feeds to the living room or office at 3x the size.
Using the 600×600 LCD touch screen you’ll be to select which streams to show (friends, hashtags, you name it) and it sports three tactile buttons on top: one for power, one for feed toggling and one for Liking photos right away.
Kickstarter.com: Instacube ($150)
Here’s California based Lit Motors’ C-1, an electric two-wheel urban vehicle which is gyroscopically stabilized to stay upright (even after a collision) of which a prototype was shown at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2012.
Besides having two seats, a top speed of 120 mph (that’s 193 km/h!) and a battery pack providing a range of 150 to 220 miles (241 to 354 km) it’s designed to connect nicely to your smartphone for instant traffic messages, weather conditions, maps and directions.
A production model is expected to launch late 2014 and set you back about 12,000 to 16,000 USD.
Looking for an elegant, retro-looking bike with modern components to cruise around on this summer? Here’s Budnitz Bicycles’ No.3 Honey Edition, sporting a frame resembling vintage Dutch bikes.
So, the Honey Edition comes with a No.3 Cro-Moly steel cantilever frame with gloss black-finish, 29" wheels with cream-colored German-made Schwalbe tires, a honey-leather Brooks titanium saddle with matching leather grips, lightweight titanium handlebars, Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes and cables with Yokozuna housings.
The bike is available in four sizes (S, M, L and XL) as well as in single- and 11-speed models.
Buy @ Budnitz Bicycles (From $3100)
Here’s Pebble, a really cool Kickstarter project which managed to raise a whopping million bucks in just 28 hours. This E-paper watch can connect to your iPhone or Android phone using Bluetooth, letting you customize it in all kinds of ways with new watchfaces, notifications from your phone or apps. Available in jet black, arctic white and cherry red.
Getpebble.com (From $115)
Looking for a stylish watch for outdoor life? The Suunto Core Alu comes packed with an altimeter, barometer (with storm alarm), compass, depth meter, dual time/date/alarm, countdown timer/stop watch, sunrise/sunset times and thermometer in a stylish aluminum case with a backlit display.
It’s available in a range of minimalistic styles, from all black to black/metal, black/green (alpine edition), deep black, pure white and blue crush.
Buy at: Amazon: Suunto Core (from $205)