Gadgets

Aecraft Peak Laptop Cover

Here’s a case with a leather cover that integrates a small stand for your laptop. So what? Well, pivoting your screen at an angle helps your wrists be more comfortable and just might improve your posture (sit up straight!). Oh, and, of course, it looks pretty sleek with its “100% imported natural South African Merino wool felt and premium Norwegian vegetable-tanned leather” as well, and has an easy snap-shut closure to keep your device secure.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $205.00
Available from: Leibal

Impossible Instant Lab

Just one more thing today from the Kickstarter at MoMA collection, I promise. The Impossible Instant Lab is now available, and you’ve got better self restraint than most of us if you can resist the temptation of having your own photo lab at your fingertips. Here’s how it works: select a picture from your device using the Instant Lab iOS App, place it on the Instant Lab, and wait a few moments. You’ll see an analog photo appear and develop, just like the Polaroids from way back when. High five to the Impossible Lab for making this project a reality.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Gigs 2 Go USB Flash Drive

MoMA Store + Kickstarter = empty wallet. MoMA is showcasing a few select projects, one of which is the Gigs 2 Go USB Flash Drive. The palm-sized collection is comprised of four tear-away thumb drives (8 gigabytes each) made from recycled paper pulp. So, when you need to transfer files quick and easy, and don’t want to mess with cloud storage, you’ll have a flash drive on hand. Write a quick note of contents, then pass along to your friends, family, or coworkers.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Maple iPad Sleeve by Grovemade

Geometric wood veneer and premium German wool lining sounds like the right ingredients for a cool iPad sleeve, don’t they? Add in a leather and brass pull strap (no grabbing/tugging required) and you’ve got our attention. Choose between Eastern hardrock maple or Oregon black walnut. Will they have the right size for your precious device? If you have an iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display, and/or 13″ MacBook Air, the answer is yes.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00 - 89.00
Available from: Grovemade

Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio

What in the world is this thing, you ask? Well, put on a decorator’s/designer’s hat and admit that some speakers are not very pleasing to the eye, and, in fact, a bit of an eyesore at times. If you’d rather a speaker blend in amongst your other items in a bookcase or tabletop milieu, then take a look at the Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio. Maybe it’s not perfect for your interior- or maybe it is- but I think we can all agree we like the idea of improving technology so that it may blend into a room when desired instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
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Snappgrip

Nice! Now your iPhone can have real shooting controls thanks to Snappgrip. It mounts to a protective phone case so you can use it when you want (and detach it when you don’t). The Snappgrip has a Shooting Mode, Portrait, Landscape, Flash, Video, Zoom In, and Zoom Out functions, plus a standard tripod mount on the underside and a standby power switch. How’s that for bridging the gap between smartphone photography and more expensive cameras?

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Purchase Information:

Price: $69.99
Available from: BiteMyApple.co

Grain Audio PWS Wireless Speaker

Another wireless speaker, yawn… but wait, the very fact that it’s not neon orange or some other outrageous color makes it seem more grown up and mature, and that certainly won’t hurt your image, am I right? Solid walnut wood helps deliver a warmer sound than other plastic speakers, and, with the addition of neutral graphite speaker grills and buttons, you have an altogether pleasing package. The Grain Audio PWS measures in at 7″ long, 2.345″ wide, and 3.125″ high, so it’s the perfect portable size.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Grovemade’s Walnut iPad Case

If your iPad needs a nicer case, take a look at Grovemade’s Walnut Case. It’s made from Oregon Walnut and domestic maple and features 3 flexible standing positions. A soft ultra-suede material lines the case to keep your screen protected. For iPad Air and iPad Mini 1 & 2.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: GROVEMADE

Smart Warmer 3 in 1

Don’t assume this is just a flashlight, because it has two bonus functions. It’s a hand warmer as well, and you can carry it around with you to keep your fingers comfortably warm for up to three hours. That might not sound like a big deal when you’re nice and warm in your home or office, but tell me if you feel differently when your little fingers are like icicles on your next commute. The Smart Warmer is rechargeable, and (the other bonus function) it can also charge your iPhone.
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Price: $34.99
Available from: Canoe

Studio 5 Sound Dock

There’s a ton of choices for Bluetooth speakers nowadays, so how do you choose one right for you? Well, first off, what size do you need? If you need one that will be at home on a desk or countertop, or your bedside table, be sure to consider the Studio 5 Sound Dock, which offers Lightning compatibility, dual-pairing Bluetooth, auxiliary input, and bass control. Dual Bluetooth will be especially handy, as you and your friend’s/roomate’s/lover’s/partner’s music libraries can be paired to the speaker simultaneously, thus eliminating going back and forth pairing each device as needed.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: Grand St.

Cargito: Charging iPad Case

If your iPad is glued to your hands no matter where you go, chances are you need a good case to protect it, and maybe even a battery boost now and then. This is Ground (the makers of the Cord Taco and the Cordito) has launched a new iPad charging case made from 100% napa leather that incorporates an enclosed battery, a spot for your stylus or pen, and a pocket for cards.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00 - 135.00
Available from: This is Ground

The Dash: Wireless Smart Headphones

Wow. That’s one word to wrap up my impression of these in-ear headphones. Let’s cover the basics: The Dash is a pair of completely wireless stereo earphones. You can play music through a Bluetooth connection or use the embedded 4GB/1000 song music player. They can also keep track of distance traveled, steps taken, cadence, heart rate, oxygen saturation, etc. Want to talk on your phone through the headphones? Sure, they do that with an ear bone microphone. And, if you feel safer with a little ambient sound while you’re out running, you can choose to reduce the noise isolation with a quick swipe on capacitive touch surface.

There’s a little bit of the future as imagined in the movie Her, but I’d say in this case, that’s a good thing. Learn more over at Bragi’s website or their Kickstarter page.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Kickstarter

FiLIP Smart Locator

You might have seen this on the last Friday Links, but, if not, here’s a better picture of what it is and does. The FiLIP is a smart locator and phone, primarily for children aged between 5 and 11, that can be worn on the wrist. Phone calls can be made to and from up to five trusted people and you’ll be able to see the location of your child indoors and out. There’s also an Intelligent Emergency feature so that kids may get in touch when a situation gets serious. An app on your smartphone controls everything- contacts, location data, etc. It’s a great alternative to getting a young child their own cell phone, don’t you think? Learn more over at FiLIP.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00 + 10.00/m
Available from: FiLIP

Rhino Shield Screen Protector

As someone who has dropped an iPhone while walking in San Francisco experienced a shattered phone screen, this screen protector looks like it could be worth the price. After all, the guy in the video is using a hammer to show off the impact protection. You can’t really argue with a hammer, can you? And, speaking from experience, $25 isn’t a bad price for insurance against a screen or phone replacement, as those usually involve waiting, sometimes in a line in a busy store, for waaaay too much time. Rhino Shield screen protector is available for various phones as well as tablets.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.99
Available from: Rhinoshield

Misfit Shine

If you’re the type that enjoys tracking your movement and activities, you’ll want to know about the Misfit Shine. There’s a lot of fitness trackers to choose from nowadays, and the Shine stands apart for its size (slightly larger than a quarter), ease of use, no charging needed (it has a battery), and overall pleasing visage. It’s also water-resistant up to 50 meters- perfect for those swimmers among us.

The magnetic clip-on ring allows you to easily wear it in multiple places- on your shirt, pocket, sock, etc.- or you can wear it on a wrist band or necklace. I wore one for a few days to try it out and, thankfully, it doesn’t look like an obvious fitness tracker. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket or clip on to your clothing without being too bulky. It won’t show you your exact steps in numbers, which I rather miss as I’m used to a Fitbit, but you do see your progress via a halo of LED lights. It’s an elegant, minimal solution for a tracker, and, of course, the corresponding Shine app on your smartphone will store your overall progress per day/week. See the video below, or visit Misfit Wearables for more info.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.95
Availability: Buy Misfit Shine here