The latest iteration of Muse’s meditation-assisting technology, the Muse S multi-sensor headband offers real-time feedback on brain activity, body movement, heart rate and breathing as one meditates. Gone are the rubbery cushions of previous versions, replaced by comfortable plush fabric. This redesign takes into account users who’d like to meditate before sleep (or simply listen to soothing sounds), but all of the original value is here in the form of guided meditation and diagnostics on how you were feeling and when.
With a built-in microphone and 40-second sample memory, Teenage Engineering pocket-sized micro-sampler provides hours upon hours of entertainment. Craft your own beats and tunes on this portable device, which offers simple instructions on the back. There are also plenty of helpful tutorials online too.
Meant to stimulate the Vagus nerve (a regulatory bodily component that starts within the ear and runs through nearly every organ) while its user listens to music, this tech-forward set—which includes the Xen device, headphones, interchangeable earbuds, a display stand, and the necessary charging accessories—replaces typical listening devices. It connects via Bluetooth to your mobile device and streaming service and offers a proprietary in-ear treatment that improves sleep, enhances focus, and overall wellbeing. The stimulation is painless—equivalent to how it feels to use your usual earbuds. Best results (our testing coaxed on calmer sleep after listening just before bed) are achieved with consistent use.
As Bluetooth earbuds and headphones become more prevalent, many users are now accustomed to frustration when confronted by entertainment systems on airplanes, in gyms or rental cars. Allowing you to connect your wireless headphones to these screens is the AirFly Pro: a dongle that plugs into a standard jack. This little gadget can wirelessly connect to two sets of headphones and has a 16+ hour battery, so your next long-haul flight or gym session can be as entertaining as ever.
A camera accessory for those who shoot on the move, Tamron’s 18-400mm ultra-telephoto 22.2X all-in-one zoom lens offers an undeniable sharpness at all focal lengths. Whether shooting expansive cityscapes or close-up details, it’s up to the challenge. Moisture-resistant, weighing under 25 ounces, and available for Nikon and Canon APS-C camera bodies, it’s practical, useful and easy to use in almost any circumstance. Right now through 5 January 2020, Tamron is offering $100 off their 18-400mm Di II VC HLD lens, via the link below.
From the Saeco Xelsis touchscreen, users can easily select one of 15 different coffee or espresso drinks—and then further customize strength, temperature, portion and milk foam. Features like durable ceramic grinders, an AquaClean water filter system and an automatic HygieSteam self-cleaning process set the machine apart from competitors—including other Italian manufacturers. Saeco’s won numerous design awards and the Xelsis represents the best of its offerings, but most importantly it makes delicious drinks quickly and with undeniable ease.
Referencing the classic 1970s Leica R3 in its design, the German camera-maker’s SL2 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that’s undeniably versatile. Its a magnesium alloy body is covered in leatherette and black anodized paint, making it lightweight, but weatherproof. Additionally, it’s ergonomic, quick-moving, and naturally stabilizing. With a 47.3-megapixel sensor and a Maestro III processor, this camera really delivers and begs to be taken out on all your adventures.
With 800 by 600 pixels and 318 dpi in each print, the new Fujilink printer creates real-life photos from your smartphone, all while being incredibly portable. With a print-from-video option, there are plenty of edits to be made, and it easily pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Available in pink, white or navy, the printer uses Instax Mini film to turn your digital camera roll into crisp, real photographs.
Conceptualized by the team behind Y7, WAVE aims to make meditation more accessible. The WAVE Kit comes with a bolster (essentially a body pillow), headphones, a stand and a 30-day free trial of their streaming service—it’s $9.99 a month after the trial period ends. Original songs, voiceover tracks and ambient noise comprise the library and each lasts no longer than 15 minutes. Simply queue up a track, rest your body on the pillow, and listen along as an instructor dictates your breathing and vibrations (coming from the bolster) ease the body and emphasize moments of silence. WAVE demands your full attention and retains it long enough to pull you away from IRL demands.
Contemporary Designers de Mexico’s “Bandido” lamp is comprised of enamel on top of a spun steel and an oak base. Available in four color combinations, the handmade item stands 16 inches tall and employs sustainable materials. Its listing on Made Trade means that production had to adhere to rigorous sourcing standards and the complete product must be sustainable, fair trade, heritage or vegan.
Merely by dribbling this tennis ball-sized device, you unlock the capabilities of some of the grandest beat pads. Whether you toss it as hard as you can or just flick its exterior, different sounds are produced based on the pressure applied. In fact, its customizability lends endless outcomes. From the ball’s partner app you can share, collaborate and even connect multiple Oddballs. Price is Pounds.
A drum kit sized to fit your fingertips, Sphero’s Specdrums 2 Rings are designed to detect colors and play an assigned musical note for each. Simply wear it with the screen facing down and tap everyday objects to make a beat. Whether using the device’s preset library of instrumental sets or recording your own samples, you can make songs during a commute, at your desk or even on your own clothing. Each box comes with two rings, instructions on how to pair them with Specdrums MIX app, and a multi-colored playing pad.
With no hub necessary, each Gosund smart wall socket connects through WiFi to its dedicated app, offering control from (one or multiple) smartphones. Whether used to turn electronics on or off remotely, or to pair them with Alexa or Google Home, the multifunctional plug is simple, straight-forward and potentially energy-saving. Further, each plug can be preset to an automated schedule through the app. This is the US version but the international brand offers many other options.
For those interested in understanding the inner-workings of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon, Phil Dollings and Christoper Riley’s Owners’ Manual affords insight previously seen by those working on the mission. From diagrams of rockets and command modules to details of suits worn by the crew and instructions on how to fly Apollo 11, there’s a bounty of information to peruse.
A clever device that’s ideal for travelers, Mophie’s new Powerstation Hub is a super-portable charging dock that’s been designed with simplicity (and speed) in mind. With a built-in 6,000mAh battery as well as retractable AC power prongs, it can be used on-the-go or with a power outlet and offers several charging options: Qi-enabled wireless, two USB-A ports, and one USB-C PD port. At just nine ounces, the slim accessory is also small and light enough to carry for day to day use.
The next generation of Ultimate Ears’ Wonderboom is the Wonderboom 2: while still portable, Bluetooth-capable, long-lasting and loud, this new iteration has some unbeatable features. New to this iteration is stereo-pairing with another Wonderboom 2, some 13 hours of playback, and a new fabric exterior. We especially enjoy its “outdoor mode,” which equalizes the speaker’s output and ultimately improves its ability to cut through noise (like chatter, cars or other nearby speakers) and is activated with a button on the speaker’s bottom panel. Available for pre-order now, the Wonderboom 2 is available in four colorways and is water- and dust-proof.