Gadgets

ONDU Pinhole Cameras MK II

Do you remember the ONDU Pinhole Camera we posted back in 2013? If you were even a tiny bit interested, you might be happy to know that ONDU has expanded their offerings, and this time there are new features and many different sizes. Pretty exciting for anyone who’s remotely interested in photography, right? Each camera is made from locally harvested and FSC certified walnut and maple wood with several fine details that improve the pinhole photography process. Take a look at their video below or on Kickstarter.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Pixi Tie by Bluelounge

What’s that red tie around that stack of notebooks? It’s the Pixi Tie, and it’ll do all sorts of securing for big and small jobs around the house. Simply pull the cord tight and through the button’s locking channel to keep it in place; pull up and outwards to release. Use the small size for cables or bread bags, the medium for organizing laptop cords and wire management, and the large for bigger items like camping gear or yoga mats.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Baxter iPhone 6 Dock & Storage

I know, I know, you probably already have a place to put your iPhone for charging, but this little dock has a small storage pocket for all those other little things that need a home. Pocket change or smaller jewelry pieces won’t get lost when they have a snug cork/rubber lid to keep them safe. Use the the lid as a soft resting spot for larger items that you’d like to keep in view.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Most Modest

Portiko Extension Cord

You know the problem. All those charging cords and not enough outlets. It leads to a genuine mess, if not full-on fighting over who gets to power their device first. That’s where the Portiko comes in, and it’ll at least help a little if it doesn’t solve the whole issue outright. It’s a 6-foot extension cord with two outlets and two USB ports, so you can pretty much think of it as a magic wand (with power). Sit back, browse through your favorite sites, and know you’ll not need to choose between which device gets topped up first.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Available from: Blue Lounge

Tube Audio

What can I say? It’s a speaker that connects to your device via Bluetooth, USB or auxiliary input cable. That and the fact that it’s 2 inches in diameter might make it perfect for providing high-quality audio while blending in easily amongst your other nice things. A rechargeable battery will keep music going for up to 8 hours. Oh, and if you could use a clock, pair it with its older sibling, the Tube Clock. Both are collaborations between Amsterdam-based Leff and designer Piet Hein Eek.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00
Available from: A+R Store

Sammy Screamer Motion Alarm

Here’s another sort of motion alarm, but this time it will bleep loudly if it’s moved. Stick the Sammy Screamer Motion Alarm on something you don’t want moved or touched, and as soon as someone puts their filthy paws on it, it will bleep and send a notification to your phone (via the free app). The Sammy measures around 2″x2″x1″, so it’s small enough to fit in or on the many things that should stay put just as you left them (handbag, bike, liquor cabinet, etc.).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Beoplay A2 Bluetooth Speaker

Take a look at the size of the BeoPlay A2 Speaker. Compared to other bluetooth speakers, that’s a reassuring thing because, as some experts will cry from the rooftops, it’s just not easy to pack a great sound into a very small box. The look of it doesn’t hurt either, as green, black, and grey are right up our sartorial alleyways. The leather strap makes it easy to carry or hang anywhere, and a 24 hour battery life will ensure a non-stop playlist for a very long listening session.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: B&O Play

Blok Marble Tablet Stand

Oh, not just any stand will do for your tablet? Okay, well, how about a hefty marble block? The Blok Marble Tablet Stand is made from Portuguese ​Acquatico marble​, which has a matte white finish with distinct grey veining. I think I can hear it whispering ‘I’m heavy and expensive.’ It will most likely fit in easily amongst your other postmodern paraphernalia. Designed by Dutch Studio Macura.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire

Ortho Remote

This blue hockey-puck-looking-thing is a wireless remote for your sound system. How does it work, you ask? Click it once to start playing music, twist it to turn the volume up or down, tap to pause… you get the idea. It was originally designed for Teenage Engineering’s OD-11 Cloud Speaker, yet it follows universal Bluetooth standard for HID so you can use it with any music player on mac OS X, iOS, or Android. A magnetic back gives you the option to stick it on any metal surface, or make use of the non-slip bottom to keep it in place on your table, desk, or countertop.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1

Whoa. The Artiphon Instrument 1 lets you play any instrument you want with a single device. Huh? You’d best watch their Kickstarter video, as that’s the quickest way to understand the full scope of what the Artiphon offers. The digital interface works with any MIDI-compatible software and the ergonomic design allows you to hold it in various positions- guitar, violin, piano, bass, drum machine, etc.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Moment Case

Mobile photography is only getting better as more and more people rely on their smartphones, and, thankfully, the people of Moment aren’t resting on their laurels. They’ve entered the iPhone 6 case market, with a shell that turns your phone into a better camera. The shutter button has half press and full press features, the Moment Lenses can easily be attached/detached, and there’s a strap attachment at the bottom to keep your phone from falling through your fingers right after you’ve taken a great shot. See the video below for more, or visit their Kickstarter page to back the project.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00 +
Available from: Kickstarter

Endless Rain Record

Kris originally posted this record forever ago, but now that it’s shown up for sale at a new retailer, it’s worth another mention. Created by Japanese artist Kouichi Okamoto (a.k.a. Bekkou), the vinyl phonograph record has two sides: one side has raindrop sounds that loop endlessly, the other has a 10 minute track of the “soothing sounds of a summer rainfall.”
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Ode to Things

MH40 Over Ear Headphones

It is all but de rigueur to have a proper pair of headphones on your head, whether at work or at home. And, let’s clarify, by ‘proper’ I mean premium leather, perhaps some steel components, an aluminum body, and maybe some 45mm neodymium drivers for high performance. Memory foam lambskin ear pads might also be nice, right? The MH40 has all that and more- take a look at Master & Dynamic for more specs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Master & Dynamic

DIY Konstructor Camera

How do you keep someone busy? Give them a DIY Konstructor Camera. It’s a 35mm SLR camera, and you put it together yourself, thereby learning the mechanics of analog photography. There’s a top-down viewfinder, a multiple exposure function, a “bulb” function for long exposures, and a detachable 50mm f/10 lens. It’s appropriate for ages 12 and up, so consider it as a gift for a niece/nephew or a curios co-worker.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Libratone Zipp Speaker

There’s a pretty significant savings on the Libratone Zipp Speaker– it’s $279.95 down from $449.95. If you’re not familiar, the Libratone Zipp is super portable thanks to its leather handle and compact size, and it streams music wirelessly from whatever device you prefer using Apple’s AirPlay technology. You’ll get 360-degree sound thanks to Libratone’s patent-pending FullRoom™ technology, and, if you’re concerned about color, don’t worry, it comes with three sleeves so you can switch them out as you wish.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $279.95
Available from: DWR