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”
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.
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.
I’m not a big fan of headsets, but the Nokia J Bluetooth Headset sure looks good. Besides the shiny, curved, stainless steel housing it sports a clip to carry it in (yeah, wearing a headset all the time just to look like you’re expecting important calls isn’t impressing anyone) which automatically turns the headset on/off when used to preserve battery time. Also, you get DSP noise reduction, automatic echo cancellation (AEC), automatic volume control that adjusts to your surroundings and two sets of small, medium and large earpieces. As for the battery you get up to 3 months of standby time and 5 hours of talk time.
The Nokia J is compatible with any phone supporting Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Headset Profile 1.1 and Handsfree Profile (HFP) 1.5.
Amazon sure made a buzz today when they launched the new line of Kindles. The more basic ones (with really impressive price tags) are All-new Kindle (price-dropped to $79), the Kindle Touch ($99, wi-fi + 6" e-ink display), Kindle Touch 3G ($149, 3G + Wi-fi + 6" e-ink display) but the one everybody’s talking about now is the Kindle Fire ($199).
The Kindle Fire sports a dual-core processor, a 7" color touchscreen protected with Gorilla glass (chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic) with a rubberized backside as well as free storage in the Amazon Cloud and a new web browser (Amazon Silk) which utilizes the cloud to speed up the browsing experience. According to Gizmodo the performance is amazing as well. Although it hasn’t right now, it’ll have a native e-mail client soon, as well as the ability to read Office documents.
There’s no shortage of content for it either, there’s 100,000 movies and TV shows available from Amazon Instant Video, 1,000,000 Kindle books and over 17,000,000 songs at Amazon MP3. Add compatibility with Android apps and games and you’re set (yup, you’ll get your Angry Birds).
So, this serious iPad competitor is yours for a mere $199 and will start shipping November 15th. I bet someone’s uneasy over in Cupertino all of a sudden.
Belkin’s Chef Stand + Stylus is designed to make cooking while using your iPad / tablet a whole lot easier (or, less messy at least). The case-compatible stand sports a non-slip rubber base and the magnetic tip on the wand works with any touchscreen.
This is the Ozaki iSuppli Gramo iPhone Charger / Speaker, equipped with a working, old-school gramophone style speaker for music or Facetime sessions even your grandparents would approve of. Available in white, black and red.
Time for some nostalgia; this Sunday it’ll be 10 years since Apple cancelled one of their oddest computers, the Power Mac G4 Cube. I haven’t thought about this one for quite a while, but it’s still a beautiful machine and it really pushed the boundaries for how a computer could look like back then. Hell, if you’d just re-design the grill on top it’d still look good on a desktop today.
The G4 Cube didn’t become the success Apple had hoped for so it lived a relatively short life. The cubic 8" computer was suspended in a 10" clear housing and there was no visible buttons. Also, to live up to the ads proclaiming it as “a super fast, super quiet super computer – in an 8 inch cube” it ran without a fan, using a convection system to suck up air through the housing instead.
This is The Bridge IIIP by Harman Kardon, besides acting like a really stylish docking station that’ll keep your iPod or iPhone recharged it’ll play their contents (both music and HD video) through any Bridge-ready A/V Harman Kardon receiver and hook up with it seamlessly. So, if you own a Harman Kardon system today this might just be worth taking a look at.
Here’s FRAMED*, a “platform for new art forms” conceptualized by Tokyo based interface designer Yugo Nakamura of tha ltd. Did I hear you ask “Well, isn’t it just a flat screen TV?”. No, it’s more than that. It’s a display acting as a frame for visual art, which you can then just either let animate on its own or interact with using, say, your iPhone. Since there’s a microphone, camera and stereo speakers (+ wireless audio transmitter) built into it as well I’ll just assume there’ll be some highly interactive things created for it, art reacting to its surroundings.
It’s 37.4 x 22 inches big and 1.3 inches deep, containing a 40" Samsung LED Full HD display. Underneath the hood you’ll find an Intel Core i5 based machine running Windows 7 supporting Adobe Flash, Processing, openFrameworks and Cinder. Add WiFi, Bluetooth and a USB connectivity to that and you’ve got something that might just be able to create something more interesting than a regular poster.
FRAMED* is not available for purchase just yet, but follow them on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated.
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