Writers know the value of being connected to the internet for research, fact-checking and so much more. And yet, connectivity consistently poses problems—from interruption to procrastination. Astrohaus’ Freewrite Smart Typewriter, now in its improved second generation, offers an alternative. There’s a satisfying, high-end mechanical keyboard, weeks of battery life and an e INK screen that looks like ink on paper. Of course, work typed here backs up to the Cloud.
Native Instruments’ Maschine Mikro is a compact, travel-friendly beat-making station. You can use it to create melodies, “jot down” ideas, or build beats from the base up—all for an incredibly reasonable price. The Mikro can stand on its own as a production tool but it’s also compatible as a plug-in for a number of other audio production programs (like Ableton Live, Logic Pro or FL Studio).
Recommended for ages 14+, this kit, designed by Little Bits and KORG, lets young music-lovers build their own modular synth. Featuring a delay, filter, micro-sequencer, oscillator, synth speaker and much more, the builder has limitless options as far as sound and execution go. Learning how to build a synth is only the first step; playing it is second—and both are equally educational and enjoyable.
Unlike a drone, the Hover Camera Deluxe—a flying camera with facial-recognition technology—doesn’t require FAA registration. The device’s built-in camera can take 13 MP photos and 4K video and do so with gesture commands. The propellers are housed inside carbon-filter cases, so users can grab it out of mid-air. It also folds down to the size of a novel.
Compatible with any of Moment’s photo or battery cases, this 58mm lens is a high quality telephoto attachment that improves your phone’s camera capabilities. This means users can capture 2x or 4x on a dual-lens phone (with the help of their nifty app). Whether it be on an iPhone, Pixel or Galaxy, the lens’ focal length allows for compelling portraits and sharp images—even from a distance.
This Gamer Kit from Tech Will Save Us lets kids become their own game inventor. Starting by building their own console, they can then code their own game—choosing from 15+ retro games or or custom-building their own. Best of all, not much at all is needed to play: the kit, a nine-volt battery and a laptop or desktop computer to code on. The brand’s online platform offers lots of free projects, but the possibilities for creation are almost endless.
A super-fun audio-recording device, Player One boasts a looping feature, playback button and pitch-shifter. Handmade in Dallas, it’s easy to use, with two arcade-style buttons on top—pink for record and yellow for play. Playful, user-friendly and heavy on DIY spirit, this is a sweet gift for children (aged four and up) and kids at heart.
Traeger Grills (which technically aren’t grills at all) work similarly to convection ovens, but this one is electric-powered and incredibly accurate. In fact, it’s accurate to the point that you’re able to step away, connect via iOS and step back outside when your meat (or vegetables or bread, or whatever) is done. With an easy-to-use panel and a smoky flavor that’s otherwise unmatched, the Timerbline 850 is the premier option for home cooks of all levels.
This sophisticated case from hardgraft protects your iPad Pro in 100% hand-stained, vegetable-tanned Italian leather. Inside, your device is kept safe in a grey microsuede lining, and there’s also a handy Apple Pencil loop that doubles as a latch.
This luxurious French press, designed by Norman Foster and manufactured by Stelton, is made from stainless steel and has a one liter capacity—enough for three cups of coffee. Made with longevity in mind, this piece is sculpturally elegant and functionally simple. This is a stylish way to start your morning—especially if you’re hosting a couple friends or family members.
Using your smartphone while riding a bicycle is difficult and dangerous, but SmartHalo is a bike accessory that allows for smartphone-level navigation, fitness-tracking and messaging—with added anti-theft features and an LED light for nighttime riding. The system is small enough to attach to the center of a bike’s handlebars, and it comes with a unique key so riders can leave it attached without worrying about it going anywhere—and it can stay there for three weeks on a full charge.
Master & Dynamic has released the MW07—their iteration of compact, case-carry bluetooth earphones. The brand has made—and perfected—over-ear and standalone headphones, but this is their foray into the growing wireless earbud market. The technical specs in these tiny devices are inexplicably good—making them some of the best sounding in-ear speakers out there. 10mm Beryllium drivers deliver rich, deep sound to listeners and the handcrafted acetate looks great. They’re packed away, when not in use, in a stainless steel case that also acts as its charger. And no worries about either of them falling out of the ear—the wide range of bulbs and “fit wings” lets you customize the size to your liking.
Youcan Robot’s BW-Space is a the ideal accessory for any level underwater explorer. The drone is outfitted with a 4K camera, autonomous and piloted control features, and LED light settings. The drone does not come with the Control Remote, but the unit features an autopilot mode and auto-tracking for subjects the 4K, UHD camera recognizes as the focal point.
The latest from Dyson does more than circulate air through an entire room—it also purifies it in the process. With an LCD screen to report pollutants and react, and an app for users to monitor the process even when away from home, it’s the smartest of its kind. Altogether it captures 99.97% of microscopic allergens and pollutants in a room. As expected, the fan is quite powerful too; shuffling more than 77 gallons or air per second.
Made for keeping your pre-rolled joints fresh and tidy (as well as discreet) this unassuming silver keychain is essentially a lidded, hollow tube. With a gold tip, and measuring just over three inches long, it’s a sophisticated accessory for on-the-move tokers and subtle enough to keep prying eyes to a minimum.
’90s nostalgia continues, this time with Polaroid’s new (but old) 96 Cam—an original Polaroid 600 camera from 1996 but updated in two new colorways. With a close-up lens, lighten/darken slider and automatic flash (with override), it has all the features of the ’96 version.