Housed inside a Wimbledon 2022 championship tennis ball (with US Open and Roland-Garros options, as well), audio company hearO’s third-generation portable speaker features Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity technology (that also allows two hearOs to pair for stereo sound). hearO’s speakers are designed and assembled in London. Further, the brand offsets its CO2 emissions through involvement with ClimatePartner and The European Nature Trust.
Glowing with a precise photosynthetic spectrum that’s beneficial to plants, Soltech Solutions’ Hanging Grow Light supports indoor gardening in areas with lower sunlight. The smaller iteration of this luminous system (which includes a guidebook, the LED bulb, one 15-foot fabric cord, an outlet timer, a three-pack of ceiling hooks, two wall fairleads and one swag hook) is ideal for small- to medium-sized houseplants. (A larger version supports bigger plants.) Remarkably, the LED lasts for 15 years, even if used for an average of 16 hours every day.
The Apple Watch Ultra is a rugged yet lightweight sports watch that boasts a bevy of optimizations. Featuring a corrosion-resistant, aerospace-grade titanium case, the biggest and brightest Apple Watch display yet, night mode for better viewing in lowlight, 36 hours of battery life and a new precision dual-frequency GPS system, the water-resistant and dust-resistant watch was thoughtfully engineered for training. Its new Alpine loop strap is made from two textile layers woven together to form a continuous piece without stitching and comes in three colors, including this striking orange.
Designed by Luca Nichetto for lighting and furniture brand Hem, the slender, angled Alphabeta Floor Lamp is offered in eight different shade shapes as well as an array of powder-coated colors—amounting to 1024 possible variations. The lamp delivers bidirectional rays, with an ambient half paired with a spotlight on the other side. The light’s modular turned-steel shade is produced in Italy.
Teenage Engineering’s sleek, portable high-fidelity OB-4 enhances traditional radio and speaker capabilities while delivering new music listening experiences. Compatible with line input, Bluetooth, FM radio and disk, the OB-4 produces powerful sound through four tailor-engineered speaker elements and two four-inch bass drivers, lasting 40 hours on a single charge. The true magic of the speaker, however, is its ability to memorize everything it plays on an endless looping tape so users can rewind the radio and remix music, opening doors to endless creativity. The innovative device comes in red or black colorways.
Moog Music recently updated their Theremin while paying homage to Bob Moog’s iconic 1996 design. Featuring improved portability and bass response, the Etherwave Theremin provides an accurate five-pitch octave range, an adjustable antennae to adapt to any environment and direct connection to (and control of) other modular, semi-modular and Eurorack synthesizer systems via CV inputs. Retro yet refined, the Etherwave is a modern upgrade for Moog enthusiasts and music makers.
A sustainable alternative to disposable batteries, Better Battery is the world’s first and only certified carbon neutral option that comes with its own recycling service. One pack includes 22 AA batteries, 22 AAA batteries and two 9v batteries, all of which are alkaline, made from scratch and shipped in recycled packaging. A poly mailer is also included so that used batteries can be shipped back for recycling, a process wherein they’re converted into Zinc manganese concentrate to make fertilizer, Zinc oxide to make sunscreen and steel components for future batteries. The entire process minimizes greenhouse emissions and offsets carbon.
The Freestyle is a super-compact, light (830 grams) and portable projector that can create a 100-inch screen on just about any surface. With the ability to rotate 180 degrees, the cylindrical head houses a light source that can also create ambient lighting and star shows. Powered by a USB-C, it supports HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG standards and features WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.2 as well as a 5W loudspeaker that creates immersive sound. Between the large projection and the 360-degree sound, it delivers a cinematic experience at home.
Historic clock manufacturer L’Épée 1839 has once again collaborated with experimental time-telling brand MB&F to create the Orb, a transformative, futuristic clock that resembles a high-tech eye. Comprised of four segments that surround the dial, the Orb can be positioned fully closed, fully open or somewhere in between for swivel, hanging or balanced structuring. Behind this cutting-edge design, a L’Épée 1839 hour-striking clock with an eight-day power reserve—inspired by the brand’s classic carriage clocks—displays the hours and minutes with an option to chime the passage of the hour. The Orb is limited to 50 pieces in white and black each. Price is in Swiss Franc.
Ideal for professionals and rookies alike, the Moog Sound Studio provides an all-encompassing approach to exploring modulated sounds. Upgraded from their first iteration, this package offers a richer experience to build complex and complete songs, featuring three 60HP analog synthesizers: Mother-32, DFAM and Subharmonicon. The curated set also comes with a custom duvet cover, audio mixer, power distribution hub, audio and patch cables, synth exploration card game and artwork—essentially, everything needed to start composing.
Wrensilva’s new Club Series features a gorgeous ash-colored exterior, mother of pearl inlays, tweed details and more. Matching mid-century elements with future-forward materials and tech, the luxury hifi object offers various listening options (Sonos, Bluetooth, mobile and aux) but the belt-driven turntable is the jewel. Of course the speakers provide clear, rich sound. Measuring 59 inches in length, this new console celebrates vinyl, classic design and modern technology.
Flower-shaped and splash-proof, this daisy-shaped Bluetooth speaker livens up shower or bath time with music or podcasts. The speaker, made from 50% plastic and metal, is rechargeable thanks to a lithium-ion battery and cleans easily with a wipe. The suction-cup backing enables the three by two-inch frame to stick to a wall, fitting seamlessly into a bathroom.
Digital frames aren’t a new phenomenon, but the Aura is the best we’ve seen. Most importantly, the screen brightness and texture have a more natural feel than the types of screens we’re used to looking at every day. A great gift for those less adept at using photo-sharing apps or social media, this frame makes it really easy to add content and choose how it rotates. Plus, the Carver Luxe physical frame—available in three colorways—also acts as the base, so it sits neatly on any surface in portrait or landscape orientation.
Storing AirPods in the Kai Mushroom will charm kids and adults alike. The case, compatible with first- and second-generation AirPods, features functionally informed designs in addition to its heart-warming ones. For instance, space for a cord is included at the base of the mushroom for easy charging, a silicone mold offers added protection for the earbuds and a keyring loop offers extra portability. Tucked inside the restful-looking character, AirPods get a whimsical and practical upgrade.
For camping or just as a back-up power source in emergency situations, Raptic’s Titan 225 has a big 225Wh capacity—which results in charging a smartphone 20 times, a laptop five times, or GoPros and cameras 35 times. It’s super-versatile, with several different outlets: 12V car port, a USB-C port, three USB-A ports and an AC outlet. Plus, the add-on solar chargers are a nice touch for camping and other outdoor adventures.
In 1938, when esteemed architect and designer Franco Albini reconstructed a radio between two pieces of tempered glass, he created one of his most renowned works—a feat of technology as aesthetic praxis, a revolutionary blend between minimalism and modernity. In 2021, Albini’s radio continues to uphold the standard for innovation. Cassina’s Radio in Cristallo LE brings the original into the contemporary age with Bluetooth technology and an optional subwoofer that connects to WiFi for a truly immersive sound. The elegant piece features satin knobs and a matte black chassis. Limited to only five pieces, each Radio in Cristallo LE has a numbered metal plate and hand-soldered circuits.