Gadgets

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone

Gramophones made in the 1920s did a couple of things really well; they distributed sound and made a big visual impact with their curvy, horn speakers. Considering we are all about streaming music from our devices nowadays, it’s good to see that Gramovox has married the old Gramophone design with bluetooth technology, giving us the Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone, a sort of nostalgic filter in which to play our tunes.

The solid walnut base houses the brains, putting the rest of our focus on the larger steel horn. No cords means less clutter, but it also means batteries, though 15+ hours is a good span of play time, and no big deal when you rely on rechargeables. It’s Android™/IOS® compatible, of course, and has a micro USB & stereo input. It’s not the first modernization of the iconic gramophone shape, but this version certainly has an authentic and minimal edge over any competition.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.99
Available from: Gramovox

Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier

I know, I know, a block of wood with some strange carvings won’t make much sense until you pair the title with the picture. It’s the Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier, and it does just what it says- it passively amplifies sound on your iPhone. Two channels allow you to set your phone in either landscape or portrait mode, and you can customize the face. However, fair warning, this is more for a woodworker or DIY-er- you have to glue on the faceplate, cut to size and shape you prefer, sand, and then finish. Could be fun project (or gift), right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Available from: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Proper Audio 2

Remember the PA1 Bluetooth Speaker? Well, Studio Proper had decided to make some small changes to make it better, and now there’s the Proper Audio 2, ready for your pledge. The PA2 is a wall mount and portable speaker, giving you some much-needed flexibility when it comes to listening to your music. A quick turn releases or mounts the Proper Audio 2, so there’s little fuss when moving it from room to room, or from home to office or outside.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Mod Laptop, Craft Edition

It’ll be very hard not to be organized with the Mod Laptop, Craft Edition from This is Ground. First off, the toffee primo leather is a nice, neutral color that will withstand all manner of bumps and bruises, and it will age well according to how you use it. Second, take a look at the interior pockets and slots- there’s a place for everything. So, stow away your cords, writing implements, cards, notebooks, your iPad/tablet, and your laptop (15″ MacBook Pro, 13″ MacBook Air, or the 11″ MacBook Air) and know that you can grab whatever you need quickly and easily; you’ll at least look like you’ve got it all figured out.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $575.00
Available from: This is Ground

Smartphone Projector

Cool! It’s a $40 cardboard projector, and it’s just the thing for getting those movies from your smartphone onto the wall. Photos and videos being shown to the office or at a family gathering just got a whole lot easier, though, do be realistic with your expectations- it is made from cardboard, after all. It’ll be easy to move around, as it’s light, compact and portable, and fits phones up to a maximum size of 3.2 x 5.7 inches.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.99
Available from: Animi Causa Boutique

Jump Charging Cable

A cable plus charger in a smaller, less bulky size? Yes, please. The Jump will charge your phone as well as packing a power boost whenever/wherever you need it. It automatically charges itself whenever it’s plugged in and packs 800mAh into a compact form that weighs less than two AA batteries. 800mAh means roughly 3 hours of additional talk-time, which will definitely save the day if you’re caught with the dreaded red dead battery sign. Stuff it in a bag or keep it in your pocket and rest assured you’ll have a charge or a boost whenever needed.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Available from: BiteMyApple.co

The Convertible Roadtrip Tripod

What will make your photos better? A tripod, of course. No more shaky pics or blurriness, hooray. The Convertible Roadtrip Tripod will show off its features the more you use it. Lightweight aluminum means it’s easy to carry along and, with a few quick twists, you can convert it into a monopod for quick shots. Oh, and for those of you that care, there’s also a bubble level, a bullhead, a center column hook for stabilizing weights, and a carrying case.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00
Available from: Photojojo Store

Soba Cable Director from Bluelounge

Most of us would like to ignore the unfortunate mess of cords lurking underneath and around our desks. It’s understandable, as organizing it all seems like such a pain. However, once you take a look at the Soba from Bluelounge, you might actually look forward to organizing those cords. Skeptical? Don’t be. The flexible tube portion has a ‘Vortex zipper’ that allows you to easily open and route cables through from one end to the other. Bundle up to three cords in the tubing and use the mounting clips to keep it all in place. Easy, right? Take a look at the video below for visuals.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Cone

The Cone portable speaker learns what music you like, and how and when you want to listen. Use voice commands to find music, podcasts, and radio stations, or just turn the dial to play or skip to another song. It has a 3″ woofer on board, dual tweeters, and a 20w amplifier to keep your audio experience pristine. And did I mention that it looks appropriately sleek? It’s easy on the eyes, that’s for sure.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Aether

Walnut & Leather iPhone Case

For your new iPhone 6, you should have a new case, and may I recommend this walnut and leather option from Grovemade? It’s very sleek, yet the materials give a tactile warmth to our cold, cold technology. The case also doubles as a stand, which is essential for all those videos and brilliant photographs you’ll want to look at and show off.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00 - 139.00
Available from: Grovemade

Bigshot Camera

Build a fully functional digital camera! While the Bigshot Camera would be enormously effective in any learning environment, you might also benefit from understanding how science makes capturing images possible. There’s three different lens settings, three fields of view, a flash, a lithium polymer (rechargable) battery, and a hand crank for back up power. Just follow the instructions and in no time you’ll be clicking away. If you do buy one for yourself, also consider buying one for someone else (kid or adult) that would enjoy assembling and using the camera, as $89 is a small price to pay for this sort of knowledge.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: Bigshot

Lytro Light Field Camera

Remember the Lytro? This little camera is pretty special; you can focus each picture after you take it. The Lytro Light Field Camera (a.k.a. the first generation) captures the entire light field, allowing you to pick foreground/middle/background, whichever you prefer, by simply clicking on the area you want to focus on. Take a look at their living pictures to get the idea. Now priced at $199-$249. (Also, if you’re more serious about your photography, you’ll want to take a look at the Lytro Illum).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00 - 249.00
Available from: Lytro

The Polaroid Cube

This small little camera cube wants to be in your hands, on your helmet, or attached to any moving thing to record the action around you. At less than 1.5 inches cubed, the Polaroid Cube is water resistant and shockproof, so you’ll find it easy to take photos or record videos in all sorts of situations. A magnet on the bottom helps it stay put; plus, there’s a variety of mounts available as well to suit your activity.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Photojojo Store

Projecteo

It’s a very tiny projector for your Instagram photos. If you can’t quite talk yet because you’re thinking of all the possibilities for perfect gifts and future special moments to be captured, it’s understandable. Let’s just admit that the Projecteo is adorable and amazing and, if you use Instagram, you’ve pretty much got no choice but to try it out. $34.98 with free worldwide shipping.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.98
Available from: Projecteo

The Autographer

Hmm, if you’re the type of person who likes looking through loads of photographs, then this little gadget will be your best friend. The Autographer is a wearable camera that automatically takes pictures as you go about your day. A GPS, a compass, accelerometer, thermometer, color sensor and infrared motion detector are all utilized in order to figure out the best time to snap a shot. You can set the capture rate, and it will grab 50 to 100 photos an hour, leaving you to enjoy your hike/bike ride/vacation/adventure. All the photos upload via bluetooth to your iPhone (or USB for Android) for later viewing.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00
Available from: Photojojo