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Flexible Powerstrip

I think this power strip is almost identical to the JolyJoy Flexible Power Strip on Amazon, except for this version looks like it has one less regular outlet and one more USB port. The flexible joints allow all your bulky power adapters to fit alongside each other on one strip; simply bend it back and forth to accommodate your needs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Surface Speaker

How cool is this Surface Speaker by Room One? Chances are some visitors will mistake it for an art sculpture, which isn’t a bad thing, considering the world of speakers. The state-of-the-art technology of transducers creates sound using the entire surface; the frequencies resonate through the engineered wood disk. It’s wall-mounted and wireless, so it’ll fit right in with your minimalist/modern decor.
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Price: £895.00
Available from: Room One

Kupu Photoelectric Smoke Alarm

So, it turns out there are other smoke alarms (other than the Nest) that aren’t visually offensive. Case in point, the Kapu*: it’s a photoelectric smoke alarm. The casing of the Kapu acts a press switch, so you can test it and silence false alarms without any tiny push buttons. It installs via 3M tape, too, no tools required.
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Price: $29.85
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Benjamin Brush

Do you have trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth? Or do you not brush your teeth long enough? The Benjamin Brush might fix that little problem, as it’s the first electric toothbrush with an integrated speaker and music store. Choose a song, and it’ll play for two minutes- the recommended amount of time to get those teeth clean. The Benjamin also features Sonic Vibe Technology and fun silicone bristles that won’t damage your gums or tooth enamel.
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Price: $59.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Anker 15W Dual USB Solar Charger

With all the news coverage of the flooding in Houston, it’d be silly not to assess your disaster preparedness plan. Do you have one? Do you have the necessary food, water, and gear, just in case your city is hit with a natural (or man-made) disaster? And, considering most of us rely on our mobile phones, do you have a solar and/or hand crank charger? If not, now’s the time to get one, so you can at least be certain you can power up your device if the electrical grid fails you.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Amazon

The Frame TV

Who loves that the TV is being reconsidered as art? I sure do. There’s the Serif TV, an excellent option by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and now there’s this one, The Frame. It transforms into a piece of art when you’re not watching a show or movie, making it blend into your home’s decor. A TV that doesn’t look like a TV? Sign me up.
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Price: $1,999.00
Available from: Samsung

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

We can all agree that $400 is a lot of money to spend on a hair dryer. Not everyone is going to plonk down four big ones just for shinier, smoother hair that dries in half the time. Actually, if you have short hair, there’s really no reason to read any further. However, if you’ve got longer hair, well, here’s a personal review.
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Price: $399.00
Available from: Sephora

Next Cardboard Cactus Air Purifier

Huh? This cardboard cactus is an air purifier? Apparently so, and, according to the description, it breaks down “bacteria, fine dust and pollutants” with filters and a fan inside the cardboard structure. A particular surface treatment plus the use of chitosan and titanium dioxide (with an ultraviolet LED) all combine to make the surrounding air a little cleaner. Anyone interested in testing the efficacy of such technologies?
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Price: $190.00
Available from: designboom

Bottle Humidifier Mini

You may be needing a humidifier to combat the dry winter air or to provide some relief from seasonal allergies. This little mini 11+ Bottle Humidifier promises to supply enough humidity for any personal space, all powered via USB. Skeptical? That’s understandable, due to its compact size, but it is powerful enough to use in a bedroom, office, or living room. There’s also the regular sized Bottle Humidifier ($69), if you prefer a bigger size.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Leibal

Mobilhome Phone Storage Unit

Let’s be clear, some of us need a phone storage unit like this, and others of us don’t. However, all of us would most likely benefit from the idea behind this particular wool felt pocket thingamajig.
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Price: $125.00
Available from: mobilhome

Niko Hex Extension Cord

An extension outlet that you’d want to leave exposed? Really? Meet Niko, a hex-shaped power outlet made of solid white ash and a knitted mesh cord. It’s designed to be left out amongst your furniture, with its warm wood housing and tactile cord doing their best to make friends with their surroundings. Hang it on the wall with the included hook or prop it on one of its six sides to get power right where you need it.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Most Modest

Sony Glass Sound Speaker

You’d be forgiven for thinking this glass cylinder is some sort of lantern, for it certainly looks like a sleek little light. However, it packs a punch in sound quality. Crystal-clear sound is reverberated through the glass cylinder, the vibration giving a unique “lifelike sound experience.” Lightweight and portable, the Glass Sound Speaker is ideal for use both indoors and out. And, yes, of course, it connects to your device via Bluetooth.
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Price: $799.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Samsung Serif TV

It’s here. The Samsung Serif TV by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is available to purchase. Are you going to put your name on the waitlist? I’m sure some of us are tempted, for the Bouroullec brothers have chosen to increase the depth of their flatscreen by adding a bottom and top shelf, thus creating more of an object at home amongst our things than a boring, thin, run-of-the-mill black box.
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Price: $1,499.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Awair Air Quality Monitor

It’s a little sad when an air quality monitor is considered a useful tool to have in the home. However, for those of us that live urban areas or have annoying allergies, we can’t ignore the fact that air quality directly affects our health. So, meet the Awair Air Quality Monitor. It reads five data points in the air: temperature, humidity, CO2, VOCs, and dust. After analyzing aggregate levels, the air quality is determined and an Awair Score (0 to 100 color-coded scale) is assigned. Tell it what concerns you the most (allergies, sleep, etc.) and it will give you recommendations (via the app) on certain changes you might make based on daily air quality levels in specific rooms.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Dwell Store

UMA Sound Lantern

We all know you’ll be making the most of the warm weather evenings (once they arrive), so let’s prepare and consider the UMA Sound Lantern. It’s both speaker and lantern, made for portable use.

There’s a touch sensitive volume control and full-range light control dial, so it’s easy to operate, and it connects to your device via Bluetooth. A durable (impact resistant) polycarbonate shade will withstand a few bumps and bruises and a couple of interchangeable handles will make it a breeze to carry around wherever you go. Set one or two on the table (or next to a sitting area) for a warm glow and just enough music for a conversational atmosphere. You’ll be all set for a enjoyable evening.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $431.10 - 479.00
Available from: MoMA Store