Certainly one of the better takes on the concept, the Joy smart photo album is a minimal, sleek piece that doesn’t look out of place next to traditional photo frames. Impressively, this 13.3-inch screen supports images and movies of all kinds: jpg, png, mov, mp4, HD videos, raw files, panoramas. With a full HD touchscreen, stereo speakers and a wireless charging port, the JOY smart photo album is a forward-thinking storytelling product.
The smallest portable speaker yet by Danish brand Vifa takes its design cues (and name) from Iceland. With three drivers packed into a pebbly shape that enhances 360-degree sound, the Reykjavik comes either covered in Kvadrat woolen fabric or in a fully anodized aluminum version that’s as tough as it looks.
A true upgrade to smart-home assistance, the Amazon Echo Show offers innumerable functionality. With eight microphones, the Echo Show can hear requests through Spotify streams and background noise. Users can play Amazon video content, get visual news updates, weather forecasts and more on the crisp screen. For those who want to reduce their interaction with Alexa, it’s as easy as turning off the mic and camera with one button. As the system gets forever smarter, the Echo Show can do more than book reservations at restaurants and allow you to respond to texts and make calls. The device can be synced to lights and TVs, thermostats and cameras, and more—truly uniting the home.
The benefit of six rotors on a drone happens to be flight stabilization if one of the six fails. It’s a nice touch to the incredibly versatile Typhoon H Hexacopter, which features a CGO3+ 4K camera affixed to a 360-degree gimbal mount. There are a bunch of flight modes here, and a powerful transmitter so that none of the experience is lost during the 25-minute flights.
Designed with kids in mind, the BOSEbuild speaker cube kit is entertaining and educational. The set comes with everything needed to assemble a speaker cube—from panels to coils and more. For children aged eight or older, it’s an experience on how music makes its way through wires and out to our ears (and it’s ultimately delivered through a speaker with Bose-quality sound).
As just about everyone knows, Apple TV helped reinvent the way people consume serialized content, letting go of traditional TV programming and allowing them to opt in to Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu… and now Amazon Prime. With the Apple TV 4K it can now deliver HD and 4K HDR streaming. It’s also much faster thanks to an A10X Fusion chip. Now is definitely a good time to upgrade, or introduce others to the wonders of an Apple TV.
Tracking your heart rate, breathing, movement and more, Tomorrow Sleep’s Sleeptracker helps users make sense of their sleeping patterns. From there, it also offers personalized suggestions for better rest. The iOS/Android app can be synched with Alexa, and can track one or two people at a time. Unlike many sleep-tracking devices, this one sits under your mattress so you won’t even know it’s there.
With slow cooking and sous-vide cropping up just about everywhere, an at-home appliance like Mellow brings the method home in a safe and easy way. WiFi-enabled and smartphone-controlled, Mellow is intuitive and quick to initiate. It can produce up to six portions at a time, in food-safe HDPE bags. And because the process with Mellow is really so hands-off, it frees up users to enjoy their time or start prepping something else.
Water- and drop-proof, this Catalyst Case can keep AirPods safe across numerous types of outdoor adventure. Made from soft silicone, the case also offers easy access to the Lightning port, and even has a detachable carabiner so users can hook it up to their belt or backpack. Tested at up to one meter (3.3ft) of water, and meeting MIL-STD 810G for drops, this little case is tough.
Measuring between 47 to 51 inches, Hardgraft’s elegant coal hang camera strap seamlessly binds grey felted wool and rich, vegetable-tanned leather. It’s produced in Italy from locally sourced materials. Also included, metal split rings that allow the strap to work with most cameras.
A collaborative design between powerhouse musician St Vincent and the engineering team of Ernie Ball Music Man, this electric guitar looks and sounds like no other. From the hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard to St Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners and a five-way pick-up selector, the custom configurations make it quite the sonic force. When the guitar first launched it was available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie Clark, but it has now expanded to Polaris White, Heritage Red, Tobacco Burst, and Stealth Black as well.
Brooklyn’s brandnewnoise handmakes the Loopy Lou, a petite but powerful recording device that offers both single playback and continous playback with a looping switch. It’s a straightforward, handy device that even offers pitch control. Ideal for an at-home studio, and for anybody interested in exploring looping in recording or for performance.
Named for the Greek goddess Theia (mother of the sun, moon and the dawn), the Theia M Table lamp is subtle yet striking at the same time. Designed by Mathias Hahn in 2016, it has several faces, thanks to its central axis which can be swiveled to alter the mood and brightness. No matter the position, though, the lamp emits warm light that will create a rich atmosphere in any room. Crafted from lacquered iron, aluminum, spun metal and thermoformed methacrylate, it’s made in Spain by Marset.
With dual wide-angle lenses, the Rylo captures fully immersive 360° spherical video. The tiny device comes with an internal 16GB microSD card but can transmit directly to smartphones with an accompanying app. Crafted from aluminum, it’s quite durable when outside of its protective pouch. As for shooting, it’s all quite intuitive.
Polaroid OneStep 2 (which shares its name with the Polaroid OneStep that released 40 years ago) boasts the same point-and-shoot functionality as the original, but offers so much more. This new generation has USB charging, a self-timer, a powerful (built-in) flash, a 60-day battery life and more. This kit includes the camera, two sets of Polaroid Originals Color i-Type film, and one set of Polaroid Originals Black + White i-Type film.
The beloved Leica CL has been a favorite among photographers for a long time. Now, the classic has been reinvented as a digital camera. With a Sony 24MP sensor, eye-level EVF, and interchangeable lenses, the camera still remains almost the same size as the original. WiFi-enabled, it’s an incredibly responsive camera that will impress users with the quality of images it produces.