Electronics

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

Mast Humidifier

If you hadn’t seen the title, would you have known what this was? This guy is probably one of the more elegant humidifiers out there, as it allows water to diffuse into the air through its thinly sliced hinoki (Japanese cypress) ‘mast’, thus accelerating moisture diffusion tenfold. Of course, if you need a beefier, electronic humidifier, do consider the Drop ($49), the Anton Ultrasonic Humidifier ($139), or the Takumi Chimney ($200).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $109.00
Available from: IPPINKA

Scout Security System

Home security systems aren’t all that exciting- long term contracts usually dissuade renters and homeowners alike- but this one offers something new. You install it yourself. There’s no wires or technicians required, and you can take it with you if or when you move. There’s also no required monthly fees. Sounds pretty good, right?

There’s a base station, which works over WIFI and allows you to use the security system on your smartphone or computer, an arm/disarm panel to place on main doors, open/close sensors on any door or window you want monitored, and a motion sensor to cover other areas where open/close sensors might not work (glass breakage, for example). You pick and choose which ones you want, and how many. Read more about the software at Scout.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Available from: Scout

Ceramic Subwoofer by Joey Roth

Joey Roth completes his Ceramic Speaker sound system with the addition of this subwoofer. Made in stainless steel, porcelain and Baltic birch plywood, the Ceramic Subwoofer extends your system’s frequency response down to 40 Hz, adding a balanced yet not overwhelming bass response to your speakers.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $695.00
Available from: Joey Roth

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Hekseskudd Landing Tray

Are you still in need of a central charging station? Perhaps one with a larger tray area for your wallet, glasses, or keys? This option from Vancouver-based Hekseskudd does the job right with walnut wood and a non-skid gel pad. Need a tray with more than one phone dock? There’s the Common Ground Tray and Landing Tray with Drop Spot to fit your needs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: Hekseskudd

WeMo Switch

It’s about time. The WeMo Switch allows you to turn electronics on or off from anywhere. A lamp, a heater, a toaster, whatever, as long as it’s plugged into the WeMo Switch, you can use the WeMo app to control it. You’ll need your iPhone and your home Wi-Fi/mobile internet to make this magic happen, but what magic it would be to put your entire house on a schedule and save time (and maybe even some money). Have the lights on when you come home, or use the motion sensor (+$50) to have a light go on when you pass by. So many options…
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Available from: Belkin

Heritage G2 Internet Radio

Need an internet radio? Access more than 15,000 internet radio stations with the updated Heritage model from Revo. It provides coverage of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), DAB+, FM, and Wi-Fi internet radio, and there’s the docking for iPods and iPhones with the requisite wireless audio streaming as well. Not too shabby in the looks department either. More details below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Geneva XS Sound System

Don’t wet your pants just yet, the Geneva XS Sound System is not the cheapest thing around. However, it is small enough to travel with, and especially suited for such with a clamshell case that flips open. Never mind that, you’re thinking, get to the goods. There’s the digital FM clock radio and Bluetooth® for wireless audio streaming (of course) and then there’s the alarm clock and illuminating touch-sensitive controls. A rechargeable battery will keep you in business for five hours of play time. Okay, now you have permission to wet your pants.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Geneva Lab

HiddenRadio

Maybe you saw this on Kickstarter a while back? Well, it’s now available for pre-order. The HiddenRadio is a wireless speaker and FM radio. Lift the cap to turn it on; the more you lift, the louder it gets. Pay $149.95 now, or $189.95 if you wait until after September 30th. More specs below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.95
Available from: HIDDEN

Solarlink Radio

Can you think of a few situations where you might need one of these? Every time I see a wind up radio I think of 28 Days Later, and then quickly replace the thought with how handy it would be for particularly stormy days or camping.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

dockXtender

It’s a dock extender, simple as that. If your phone case is too big for your docking station or if you just need extra distance, plug in the extender and your troubles are solved, at least one of them anyways. Compatible with all iPad, iPhone and iPod models.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.95
Available from: CableJive

The Butler

Here’s a clever solution for keeping your personal things by the door in an organized fashion. The Butler has three different storage features: a recessed spot at the top for your wallet and keys, a side slot for your phone (specifically, your iPhone) with a concealed space for your charging cord, and a slide out piece that’s perfect for hanging your glasses/hat/scarf/small handbag. It looks like a nice custom piece that does a specific job quite well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $170.00
Available from: micklish etsy shop

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Cloth Extension Cord

Perhaps you’d like a little of the old fashioned feel in your extension cords? If so, Best Made Company has it covered, literally. Their cloth covered extension cords aren’t meant to be hidden, so if you’ve got an unavoidable spot where a cord shows (and it bothers you), this would be a good option. The cords are “woven in Massachusetts using three copper wires, each stranded and covered in PVC insulation.”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Best Made Company

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