Gadgets

Timbre Amplifier

Chances are you’d prefer no additional cords or wires on your desk, and hey, wouldn’t it be nice to have a small, passive amplifier for your iPhone? I know you were just thinking that exact same thought, and that’s why you’d do well to pay attention to this little guy. The Timbre is a wooden amplifier that boosts the sound of your phone by up to 20 decibels. No cords, no battery, and it’s small enough to throw in your bag if you’re on the go. (Father’s Day gift, anyone?)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: ideacious

Q Knot Reusable Zip Ties

These sound handy enough, don’t they? Reusable zip ties could be used to manage unruly cords, seal up snack bags, and all those other things your imagination can think of. Made of rubber, they’re easy to release for reuse. Get a pack of 12 ties for $6, 4 of each size/color.
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Price: $6.00
Available from: IPPINKA

Ondu Pinhole cameras

Gah! Pinhole cameras handmade from wood! On Kickstarter! Cue the various photography buffs plonking down $50 or more for their very own. I did, and I’m congratulating myself right this very second. Elvis Halilović of ONDU has designed these small, simple to use, and affordable pinhole cameras. There are 6 different sizes to fit your favorite film size (from the Leica 135 format to the 4˝ x 5˝ film holder camera) and you can currently back his project on Kickstarter. See video below. (Also, bookmark this for future gift idea for a friend/family member who likes photography.)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Kickstarter

MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer

Well, the time has come*. A desktop 3D printer is now available for sale for just over $2 grand from MoMA Store**. By all accounts, we should be prepared for a global meltdown in the retail sector in the next several years as 3D printers find their way into our homes, as we’ll be able to print out anything we want with just a simple CAD file. So, will you be one of the first to own a Replicator®? Details below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,199.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Thunderbolt™ Express Dock

This thin, silvery box and accompanying cable might as well come with a top hat and wand for what it promises. An HD film downloaded in 30 seconds? A year’s worth of music synced in 10 minutes? Huh? Oh yes, it’s all the magic of Thunderbolt™ technology. Thunderbolt™ moves data on two bidirectional 10Gbps channels, which means that it’s 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The Thunderbolt™ Cable ($39) does the actual magic, and this dock allows for you to use “a single connection to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt™ devices.”
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00 - 299.00
Available from: Belkin

The Great ReFleece

Remember ReFleece, the company making cases from recycled fleece? Well, as luck would have it, they now have a Kickstarter campaign with a few new offerings, and you can send in your old fleece for a personalized version. Did you read that properly? Your favorite old fleece can now be immortalized and protect your device all at the same time.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00 and up
Available from: Kickstarter

Une Bobine

A super-bendable charging cable that doubles as a tripod? Uh, yes, please. The Une Bobine is a two-foot-long cable that can charge your device (available in iPhone or micro USB versions) and act as stand or tripod- feel free to flex it or loop it around to suit your needs. No need to worry about your phone’s battery if it’s plugged in, so it would be perfect for longer video chats or time-lapse photos.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Photojojo

Cordito Cord Wrap

Here’s a very simple solution to keep your cords in order: a leather wrap with slots for your plugs and wrapped cords. I’d be tempted to make my own (I’ve several leather remnants from abandoned zip pouch projects), but if you’re not the crafty I-can-cut-leather sort, you can purchase directly from thisisground’s etsy shop.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.99
Available from: thisisground's etsy shop

Sun and Cloud Self-Generating Digital Camera

A self-generating digital camera? That means it’s capable of self-generated power by its own solar panel or charged manually with a hand crank. Don’t worry though, you can manually charge it via USB if you’re lazy and there’s no sun. It can take still shots and video with sounds and has many modern functions with a retro look. Pretty intriguing, to say the least, and some might even say necessary for documenting whatever the future might bring.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: AC Gears

LSTN Headphones

If guitars, drums, violins, and many other instruments are made of wood, why aren’t most headphones? Wood offers more resonance than plastic or metal, so it makes sense to incorporate them into a listening device so near and dear to our ears. And, with every pair you purchase, LSTN sends the proceeds to charity partners for the deaf, so that one child gets medical attention and a custom fit hearing aid on your behalf. A win/win situation, I believe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00 - 99.99
Available from: LSTN

Automatic

Just when you thought your smartphone had enough wizardry, it goes and upgrades your car’s capabilities. The Automatic Link uses your smartphone to ‘talk’ to your car’s onboard computer, learning your driving style and scoring you on gas efficiency. What else? It can detect crashes (and immediately report it to 911 and text your loved ones), help you understand what the ‘check engine’ light means, and will always remember where you parked. That, in itself, might be worth the cost alone for some of us.
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Price: $69.95
Available from: Automatic

Facet Pyramid

Just in case you need another stand for your iPod/tablet, the Facet Pyramid offers three different viewing angles- 35°, 55° and 75°. Magnets embedded within the Facet grip to your device, which makes for minimal fuss, and the surface area gives stability on a variety of surfaces.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: iLoveHandles

Balance Pen and Stylus

I now feel as if it is my personal mission to appraise you of any and all decent styli that hit the market, if only to arm you with information should friends/colleagues discuss the lack of acceptable options. The Balance Pen and Stylus is just that- both pen and stylus- so you need not fumble between two implements when you switch from digital device to paper.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Wallet TrackR

Say sayonara to leaving your wallet behind with another handy tracking device. The Wallet TrackR is about the size of a credit card, and when used with the app, it’ll keep you from losing your wallet. When it’s separated from your iPhone or iPad, the app will alert you, simple as that. If for some reason you don’t hear the alert, the app also takes a GPS snapshot of where you left your wallet behind.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Indiegogo

11+ Felt Case

Minimalists, do not despair, for your iPad/Macbook Air 11″/Galaxy Tablet need not go without protection in your bag or desk drawer. There’s a super simple felt case for your precious device, and don’t worry, it’s not too terribly expensive. Various pockets keep your smaller items organized and one inside pocket even serves as a mousepad if you need it. Designed by Cloud&Co for 11+.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: Leibal