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.
With up to 16 hours of operation per charge (by way of a USB port), Artemide’s newest version of the Come Together Table lamp is lightweight, portable and efficient. Designed by Italian architect and entrepreneur Carlotta de Bevilacqua, the cylindrical, geometric device features a gradient pattern that functions to distribute the bright LED light. It comes in three colorways: white, aluminum or copper.
Equipped with Google’s Voice Assistant and Active Noise-Cancelling tech, Master & Dynamic’s new MW65 headphones are available now—and look, feel and sound fantastic. The MW65 melds this ANC technology with their established line without compromising the sound quality they’ve come to be known for. In spite of all the features, they’re easy to set up and manage. Additionally, they come with a 3.5mm cord in case the battery dies and a pouch to stow accessories.
Made in collaboration with Kvadrat and Raf Simons, B&O’s new headphone case is made from Ria 0281 fabric—new worsted-spun wool with just a little nylon and viscose. The organic-looking pattern reflects the sustainable nature of the material, and the fabric-covered inner helps to protect your headphones. With a simple zip closure, this case is a super-practical but sophisticated accessory.
Riffing off the traditional piggy-bank, Pigzbe is a virtual wallet for cryptocurrency. Through the tangible toy and the adjacent app, kids can receive, save and spend money that they earn—all while practicing financial responsibility. The device is tech designed for education, and though the concept is old, the execution is new and inventive.
The legendary Marshall Stanmore II speaker gets a 21st-century addition: Amazon Alexa-controlled operations. This incredibly versatile speaker, from the brand’s classic roster, is renowned for crisp audio—thanks to its two 15 Watt class D amplifiers—and its heritage-inspired look (fit with an “EST. 1962” etched into its front). Listeners can now ask Alexa to change the song, adjust the volume or even provide information for upcoming shows from the track’s maker—all from across the room.
Forged from aluminum, with a glass-topped charging spot, this Tom Dixon and Native Union wireless charger is a luxe home base for all of your Qi-compatible devices. Every detail, as evident firsthand, was considered in this collaboration. From the station’s well-proportioned weight to its durable stainless steel cable, this will become an anchor of your daily routine.
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.