Power cables are abundant and cluttering. The number of our devices grows, and meters of wire accumulate. Laptop speakers are too weak, and really clear, durable speakers are too big. Desks tend to take up too much space, and their size seems disproportionate to their function. Either they were just excited to experiment with the idea, or La Boite Concept was thinking of all these impediments to the modern workspace when they designed the LD120, a laptop desk and speaker system combination. Continue reading
Bose is well known for obsessive, scientific attention to sound quality. Their various products, speakers, stereos, headphones, and home theater systems all tend to trump whomever is the competitor. And as important as sound is to personal enjoyment, Bose moves into the sonic arena of the outdoor backyard barbecue arena. Continue reading
When I caught a glimpse of the new ZTONE earphones from i-mego, I had to take a second look. Their unique award-winning design features custom-molded ear gel that form-fits and locks in your ear, delivering the perfect fit, sound quality, and style. You have to listen to it to believe it. Continue reading
These days, interaction with computers seems to be based on swipes and pinches. Less and less we hear the plunky typing associated with standard keyboards. If we’re typing anything, it tends to be silent, our fingers rapping on a tablet screen. A little late to the tablet and touchscreen tech world, but nevertheless transforming their business to fit the new technology, Microsoft designed the Wedge, a mouse with an exceptionally minimalist form made for Windows 8′s touch technology. Continue reading
If most design trends didn’t already make it clear, our future is flat. Not boring, that is, but flush, full of industrially designed products admiring the sharp square and smoothness of the untouched surface of a lake.
The new DesignLine TV from Philips is a companion to this flatly designed future. Consisting of a single sheet of glass, when turned off, the DesignLine looks more like a spotless window than a television. Because of its sleek form, the DesignLine can be arranged just about anywhere in a room and look attractive. Continue reading
A lot of modern life seems to have to do with controlling your environment. Either for your bedroom or your office, the options are all over for you to adjust temperature, humidity, noise levels, and especially lighting. The best of these options are the most beautifully designed.
The Hue Bulb series from appliance standard-bearers Philips paired with Apple to create a completely personalized lighting experience. Continue reading
Never do we listen to the radios in our hotel rooms looking for impressive sound. The industrially produced clock radios function just for alarms, really. The Model XS by Geneva Sound System is a tiny portable audio system that might motivate you to toss the standard clock radio out of a window. Continue reading
I don’t know if it’s my life-long love for the James Bond franchise, or my general attraction to tiny gadgets, but the Nikon Coolpix S100 satisfies so much of my design pallet. It looks like it’s the size of a credit card, its squared shape with slight rounded edges simplifies the camera to the point where taking a photo seems like a very gentle action – there’s no furious and frantic adjusting of lenses with this camera. Continue reading
As our televisions seem to be turning into huge computers, or our computers are magnifying to become all-connected televisions, it’s difficult to find an affordable middle ground. It seems like that’s why the Roku box was designed, to give us an affordable, functional streaming media device. Continue reading
Internal tablet speakers fall more than short of an impressive sonic experience. Out of an iPad, Netflix film audio tends to sound like it’s struggling to even present character dialog let alone translate impressive explosions or emotive soundtracks. Inevitably, you end up jabbing the volume-up button as if you were scaring the device into pushing out louder, more definitive sound.
To sooth this impatient tendency, and to transform the tablet into a professional audio-visual device, Belkin created the Thunderstorm, a so-called home theater system that fits around your iPad, delivering the much-needed sonic boost. Continue reading