Meteor Mic: plug & record glory


As a musician in New York City, with few funds to pay for a rehearsal space, and a small living space as it is, recording song ideas and tunes is a process of writing things down on paper and hoping I remember how to play them later. For a long time, I was recording songs using my smartphone’s microphone, saving them, plugging the smartphone into my computer, and then uploading the audio files which sounded terrible.

The Meteor Mic from Samson is exactly the thing I need to fulfill my home recording wishes. A condenser microphone with USB connection, the Meteor Mic is perfect for the space-constrained musician or aspiring podcaster. Continue reading


Bluelounge CableBin: For those with a phobia of clutter


There are few things in this modern life than the accumulation of tangled cables in piles on the floor. Yes, they power our ever-important devices, our many, many devices, but I’m sure everyone has experienced the instantaneous rage from getting caught up in a bundle of computer cords. Until there’s some source of completely wireless power, it’s up to designers to create a useful anti-clutter tool. CableBin from Bluelounge is any tangled-agitated individual’s dream. Continue reading


NeatConnect Cloud Scanner: Freedom from Clutter


Most of our work is done on the so-called “Cloud” these days. We write documents using Google Drive, and we manage contacts with a variety of social networks. But certain industries haven’t kept pace with technology. So our accumulation of papers, either academic, legal, or financial, hasn’t really stopped. And if you’re someone like me who fears a pile of documents on your desk, the NeatConnect Cloud Scanner will inspire some ease. Continue reading


Pencil by Fifty Three: Create


Inspired by the traditional carpenter pencil, Pencil was designed for the precise digital artist. Designed for use with Paper, Fifty Three’s creative art iPad app, the Pencil is much more than a stylus for digital displays. Continue reading


Blackmagic Production Camera 4K: From Super 8 to 4K


The Super 8 camera was responsible for a generation of original and inexpensive independent film making. Now, many films are recorded with digital cameras, and while the technology had a rarefied price range for a long time, the cost of high-resolution cameras is shrinking as the technology is getting even better. Now, the frontier is 4K, or a resolution ratio of 3840×2160 pixels, and the Production Camera 4K from Blackmagic is a real beauty. Continue reading


Sonos Play:1: Any song in any room


With so much of our media stored in the cloud, it would make sense for the devices that play the media to be untethered, too. The Play:1 is part of Sonos’ series of speakers that play your music via wireless connections. Using Sonos’ own Hi-Fi wireless audio streaming system, not Bluetooth or Apple’s Airplay, the Play:1 can playback the same or different songs at a range of 30 feet and with no interruption from phone calls or Twitter notifications. Continue reading


No Place Like Home, GPS shoes


I am very serious; there exists a pair of shoes that were custom made with a functional GPS inside. These shoes are not some strange model of futuristic materials. To anyone glancing at them, the shoes look like familiar, leather Oxfords with laces and everything. Continue reading


Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: A Camera? No. A Phone? Not quite.


As with everything, cameras are getting smarter. I think film cameras still exist, but I imagine the remaining models in some forgotten warehouse or in photography aficionados memorabilia corner. And even the straightforward digital cameras that just took pictures with minimal modification are getting left behind fast. With the namesake of its popular smartphone series, the Galaxy S4 Zoom from Samsung is a mix-used marvel that defies categorization as much as the first smartphones did. Continue reading


Beoplay A8: Bug-Eyed Sound


The bug-eyed look of the Beoplay A8 speaker from Bang and Olufsen is fantastically funny but still very serious and functional. I understand that you might get absorbed by the bizarre appearance of the two disc-shaped speakers at the edge of the A8, but beyond the exterior design, there are great electronics at work. Continue reading


The MediaFlair: Returning to the Family Road Trip


Before the recent boom in mobile electronics, whenever my family went on a road trip, we’d either bring a portable CD player in the car to listen to audiobooks, or we’d watch DVDs on my father’s laptop. This required a certain consistent family diplomacy, considering the fact that we all had to agree on what book we’d listen to or what movie we’d watch. There were no smartphones with Netflix and Audible apps at this point; if I didn’t like a movie and everyone else did, I had to watch it. But, for all the grumpiness that was the result of having your choice of movie voted out, there was always a certain family bonding on those trips that was important. Continue reading