Electronics

Chimney Humidifier

If the dry air is getting on your nerves, get yourself a humidifier. And, as we’re in the business of selecting well made items that have a pleasing appearance, you should probably take my advice and buy the Chimney Humidifier designed by Takeshi Ishiguro. The slim profile and tall chimney blend in with a room’s furnishings easier than other large humidifiers, and, using a silent, ultra-sonic system, the mist is emitted at a height that humidifies the whole room instead of one particular area. (Last fall I ended up buying one, and so far I’m pleased with its performance.)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: Leibal

Tinsel & Timber Docking Station

Your precious device deserves a nice landing pad, especially as it delivers so much news and information to you each and every day, right? The Tinsel & Timber iPhone Docking Station is handcrafted from solid (sustainably sourced) American walnut and features a sculpted bowl that will catch all manner of odds and ends that you need close at hand. Wool felt lines the phone’s spot, ensuring a soft landing each and every time.
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Price: $67.99
Available from: BiteMyApple.co

All Dock

You’ll be happy to see this charging station, trust me. Yes, it is streamlined and altogether unoffensive to the eyes, which is a definite plus, but a handsome face only goes so far, right? Well, the All Dock has 2400mA per USB exit, and in terms all of us can understand, that means it is SUPER fast. Your phone can be recharged nearly 80% in less than 1 hour, and it’s compatible with nearly all devices. Charge, dock, and store any and all your devices in one spot. There’s several sizes and finishes available, and keep in mind that there’s a mere 15 days to go for funding if you want to get on board now and receive one at a discounted price.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00 - 149.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Mezzo Radio

Who’s this little guy? Designed by Ionna Vautrin for Lexon, this Mezzo Radio is a modern take on vintage radios. Measuring in at 5.5″ long, 3″ wide and 1.5″ deep, it’s a friendly size to tote around, so you’ll have your radio or playlist to keep you company whether you’re working in your kitchen or hanging out at a campsite. A silicone rubber case ensures durability and there’s an output for MP3 players, of course.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Sanctuary4 Charging Station

There’s absolutely no reason for fishing around for your charging cord like an idiot. Come on, give in to 2013 and get a charging station. Bluelounge recently released Sanctuary4, a new station that has loads more power (a 4-amp charger) which allows four devices to quickly charge all at once. There’s four USB ports, so simply unplug and replace the cables when you have a new device.
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Price: $99.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Saidoka Charging Dock

Your poor iPhone, it just clatters around on your desk without a real home. Sure, you plug it in to charge, but every time you pick it up to check the time/messages/email/news/calculation, you set it back down with an unfriendly thud. No wonder it wants to join the circus. Save it from that particular fate with this little companion called the Saidoka. Think of it as a sidecar kind of dock, with a comfortable viewing angle to make your screen easy to read while your phone rests safely (and happily) charging.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Bluelounge

Nest Protect

Smoke alarms are a far from exciting, and really, most of us forget about them completely until they start chirping because a battery needs to be changed. Well, just as Nest improved the thermostat, they now aim to improve the smoke alarm, with a carbon monoxide alarm thrown in as well.

The Nest Protect will give you an early warning telling you where the danger might be, and, if it’s a case of burning toast or some other cooking fiasco, you can simply wave your hand to silence the alarm. It can also send a message to your phone if the alarm goes off or if the batteries need replacing. It’s not for sale just yet, but you can reserve one now if you’d like to try it out once it ships at the end of the year.
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Price: $129.00
Available from: Nest

Piper Home Security

Well, surprise, surprise, it seems like the home security market is coming up with a few more options for renters and homeowners. Piper is a complete home security system with high definition panoramic video, motion detector, two-way audio, piercing siren, and 3 customizable security modes, all housed in a relatively compact device.

Easy to setup and use, you can control Piper with its mobile app (all user access is authenticated), and, for extra peace of mind, know that all security and automation rules are active without reliance on your internet being active- that means your settings will work (like the siren going off when motion is detected) whether the internet is connected or not. More below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $209.00 and up
Available from: indiegogo

Casamista Portable Humidifier

If you travel often to dry climates, you might be familiar with some of the portable humidifiers out there in the marketplace, but have you ever seen a house shaped humidifier that works with any water bottle or glass? No? Well, set your eyes upon this little house with its purifying filter. It’s around 3 inches square- making it a pretty compact choice for your travel needs.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Umbra

Source: NYTimes.com

65 hours left: Canary Security Device

The Canary device just became the most successful Indiegogo campaign in history, surpassing it’s original goal of $100,000 almost 17 times to $1.67 million dollars. There are still 65 hours left on the campaign, so if you want to get it at a discount, now’s your chance!

Because the campaign has done so well, the designers have been able to provide additional features, such as an ethernet port and adaptive video quality in the app.

In case you missed it the first time, check it out!

The Canary contains an HD video camera with multiple sensors that track just about everything- motion, temperature, air quality, vibration, sound, and activity.

Maybe there’s a sudden temperature change (could be a fire) or maybe there’s enough sound and movement that indicates a possible burglary… when anything is out of the ordinary, the Canary will send an alert to your iPhone or android device, giving you options to instantly respond and keep your home safe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: indiegogo

Flow Radio and Speaker

What is this odd, clear plastic box that looks like something familiar? Note the round speaker, and the dial on top.. that’s right, it’s a portable FM radio and amplifier, if you can believe it. The transparent casing enhances the minimalist design, with a light to indicate that the unit is turned on (green) or that the power is low (red flashing). Includes four AA batteries, or use an AC adapter (not included).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Berlin Boombox

Remember the boombox? If you don’t, congratulations, you’re young. If you do remember, then you might have a few fuzzy feelings for the old school stereo and speaker style and you’ll want to know more about this cardboard version. That’s right, cardboard.

The black and white graphics by Berlin-based designer & illustrator Axel Pfaender are printed on heavy corrugated cardboard with a strong carrying handle and a one big knob for power and volume. You’ll enjoy listening to your playlist (at the correct volume) via the D-class stereo amplifier.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €65.00
Availability: Buy Berlin Boombox here

Canary Home Security Device

Renters and home owners, rejoice, for there is now an affordable home security device that you can easily take with you when you move. The Canary contains an HD video camera with multiple sensors that track just about everything- motion, temperature, air quality, vibration, sound, and activity.

Maybe there’s a sudden temperature change (could be a fire) or maybe there’s enough sound and movement that indicates a possible burglary… when anything is out of the ordinary, the Canary will send an alert to your iPhone or android device, giving you options to instantly respond and keep your home safe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: indiegogo

Tivoli’s Model One BT

Sure, Tivoli radios are an excellent choice for listening to your favorite stations, but now there’s a new version with Bluetooth® wireless. That means you can listen to all the songs on your iPhone or iPod (or any other device that allows Bluetooth pairing) wirelessly. There’s still the analog AM/FM tuner, so you can switch back and forth from regular radio to your music library on your device as quick your listening preferences require. Also, did you know Tivoli has a radio app?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $259.99
Available from: Tivoli Audio

Geneva WorldRadio

Let me tell you a little story. One of these showed up last week for me to review, and, as I’m not especially excited by radios, it sat in its box for approximately a day until my husband noticed it. Then, being an audiophile, he promptly started opening the box like a kid on Christmas morning, and asked me while doing so if I got to keep it. Nope, I said, I have to return it after I review it.

Next day after work, when it’s fully charged and ready for a test run, he starts messing with the touch controls and setting the time (on the digital color display) and then tuning the radio to various stations (you can stream all available Internet stations too). I’m mildly impressed, mostly because it’s a sleek little box with old-school boom box influences, and I like that sort of thing. The handle folds down nicely, the touch controls are perfect; all in all, it looks good.

That night, we set it in the living room to compare it with the speakers set up with the TV, which we sometimes use for an overall sound system during dinners and such. That’s where we both got hooked- the sound is actually pretty damn good. It fills a room easily with a warm, not-at-all-tinny sound, and the bass certainly feels as if it’s not encased in a small box. We could use this outside on the patio! We could take this on a picnic! I could use this in my office! he said. Etc., etc. And, of course, it has a built-in wireless Bluetooth receiver, so we listened to a bunch of favorite songs on an iPhone, easy as can be.

Now, if I was an audiophile, I would rattle off some more specs, maybe insert ‘awesome’ somewhere as an adjective, but I think it’s more telling to repeat what my husband said: ‘You have to figure out how to keep this thing, by hook or by crook. Can you just not return it?’ To which I replied that I would ask nicely, at least for some kind of discount. So, dear Geneva rep/PR person that sent me this WorldRadio, can I keep it? Or at least get some kind of discount? My husband wants to put it in his office. More specs and info below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.95
Available from: Geneva