Masters of the unusual, Hendrick’s Gin has released a handmade cocktail garnisher. The metal piece slices two cucumbers simultaneously into the ideal 1/8 wheel—all with the turn of a crank. While far from being a necessary home bar accessory, the item demonstrates a need to think outside of the box when crafting a cocktail and it mirrors the world’s largest cocktail garnisher which (Hendrick’s invented) is driving around the country at present. This is for the true cocktail enthusiast.
The latest Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pros removed several ports and adapters in favor of simple USB-C ports. Much to the chagrin of many users, this meant a need for many new dongles and adapters. Now finally available, this single device allows for charging and file transfers at 40Gbps through a USB-C PD port and includes 1 additional USB-C port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, a 4k HDMI port and SD/Micro card readers. Available in space gray or silver, it’s designed to match both MacBooks’ coloration and style.
Featuring an LCD screen in lieu of a traditional viewfinder, Fujifilm’s hybrid Instax Square SQ10 offers instant prints, along with the control and quality of a digital camera. In addition to a digital image sensor, that functions quite well in low light, there are a series of functions affixed to three buttons: 10 different filters, brightness adjustment and vignette control.
Two factors come into play when considering a drone purchase: size and capability. With the brand new Spark, tech firm DJI has struck an ideal balance—a palm-sized quadcopter that carries some of the best features available. As expected, there’s a stabilized camera that snags 1080 video and 12mp images in various shooting modes. It’s DJI’s other developments that truly impress though, from the drone’s range (1.2 miles) to intuitive functions like FaceAware (where the drone quick-launches from your hand because it recognizes your face) and Simple Control (which allows for direction changes without a remote, using only arm gestures). The Spark is top of its class and can fly for up to 16 minutes uninterrupted at speeds of 50 km/h. It also comes complete with a free 16-GB microSD card. Shipping for the Spark is slated for 15 June.
Health-focused start-up Goby has just announced their all-black electric toothbrush, and while it might be an unexpected hue for a toothbrush, there’s no colorway more chic. In their set-up kit, buyers will receive a Goby brush, brush head, a hygienic stand, USB charging shell, USB converter and a brush head cover. When signing up for the subscription option, customers get a new brush-head every one, two or three months—free of shipping costs.
With everything needed to grow at home, the Gro.io Three Plant System comes with buckets, lights (180 watts with spectrum control) and more. The SmartHub controls light, hydration and nutrient dosage and pairs with a free app to control settings and get notifications. Depending on your strain and the desired light cycle, you could grow plants to maturity in as little as eight weeks.
Get extra creative in the kitchen with small-batch infused oils and butters made through this nifty appliance. Able to add flavor and impart nutrients, users can infuse with herbs, fruits and other ingredients. With precise time and temperature controls, the infuser’s reservoir is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Plus, there’s a child-lock option.
Designers Claire Norcross and Marie-Laure Giroux have returned with their third iteration of Plumen, an exquisite low energy LED bulb in hybrid lamp form. At the core of the bulb, a faceted gold element yields warm, omnidirectional light. At its center, pointing downward, a central spotlight shines with the equivalent of 60 watts (though using only 6.5). A second, atmospheric tone extends everywhere else, delivering true light texture. With 10,000 guaranteed glowing hours, it’s a functional design delight.
Made from high-quality North American Walnut, Wrensilva’s new Loft console is a beautiful and useful piece. Capable of playing music via vinyl, Sonos, mobile (3.5mm jack) or auxiliary (RCA), it’s a music machine that will complement almost any room in the home. Additionally, there’s storage for 120 records, making the Loft the pinnacle of form meeting function.
Taking photography back to the basics, the CROZ DIY Digital Camera only features two buttons: the on/off also acts as the shutter clicker and then one other switch selects photo effects. The design might sound simple—and it is, in a way. The clear acrylic case, however, means that the camera’s insides are visible. Two extra lenses (fish-eye and wide-angle) are also included with this purchase.
So much more than a bodega-bought lighter, Tsubota Pearl’s stick lighters come in an array of vibrant colors. Our favorites are the high-gloss iterations, each with a contrasting cap. Made in Japan, each colorway is as appealing as the next: pink and dark green, light green and purple, orange and turquoise, and yellow and turquoise. Measuring 3.375 inches and utilizing a cotton wick, these lighters are functional design pieces.
With education as its primary function, STEMI’s hexapod kit teaches users how to build a six-legged robot and then program its movements. Of the many brain-expanding elements, a better understanding of 3D models and electronics’ technologies are applicable beyond the exciting toy. All tutorials are housed online and everything users need comes in the box. Smartphone controlled, the Hexapod itself is an educational toy unlike any other.
Joining forces for the second time, Beats by Dre and Alexander Wang have released a pair of super-functional, wireless headphones. These limited edition, over-ear headphones are foldable for easy transporting, and have chic, crocodile-embossed leather ear-pads. Also coming with a matching gray leather case, these headphones combine Wang’s sleek style and Beats’ impressive sound for a solid collaboration.
Beyond the 18-frames-per-second sequential shooting capabilities, everything else in Olympus’ recently released professional camera—the OM-D E-M1 Mark II—stands for precision. Housed in a lightweight weatherproof magnesium alloy body, features likes 121 Cross-Type On-Chip Phase Detection AF points and up to 5.5 shutter speed guarantee clean captures. This is a powerhouse of a tool, with built in WiFi and 4K video capturing as further evidence. (Lens pictured not included.)
Offering a 100 foot bluetooth range, Alpine Labs’ Pulse Camera Remote plugs directly into one’s camera by way of the USB port, and pairs with a dedicated smartphone app. More than just letting a user snag a photo, the remote delivers wireless control of ISO, shutter speed and aperture. It’s all intuitive to use, but the freedom (and reliability) it grants when setting up an ideal photo marks the true value.
Designed to offer adjustable brightness for all GoPro and smartphone camera photos and videos, each Lume Cube delivers up to 1,500 lumens when capturing a shot or take. Connected via Bluetooth and paired with a dedicated app (that can control up to five Lume Cubes at once), this is an intuitive system with tangible impact. And as it’s been constructed to light scenes up on the fly, the Lume Cube is entirely waterproof for those potentially tricky scenarios.