For a flagship phone, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 had a decidedly plastic feel. The S6 and S6 Edge do away with the latter, instead replacing it with a metal bezel that’s far more fitting and that meets a pixel-dense, 577 ppi 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED as it curves around the frame on either side. It also boasts a lightning fast 64-bit Octa-core processor, 16MP rear camera with real-time HDR & 4K video capabilities, and a 5MP wide-angle Selfie camera. Not to mention features that constantly remind you that this isn’t an iPhone despite its looks, like built-in wireless charging, 50% fast charge in 10 minutes, and Multi Window multitasking.
Read more at Samsung – $TBA
Travelling entails keeping track of numerous cumbersome socket adapters. Oneadaptr’s Twist & Twist Plus eliminate the need for these altogether, instead simply twisting to reveal pop-out plugs that are compatible with wall sockets in 150 countries around the world. The Twist boasts four USB ports for charging your array of power-hungry devices, while an optional adapter on the Twist Plus plugs directly to your Mac’s MagSafe power brick, effectively consolidating most, if not all, or your travel power needs.
Find it at BiteMyApple – $45
Audiophile-quality equipment is often accompanied by, at the minimum, decent looks, but the Beam Tower Speakers are on a whole other level. Each Beam Tower is housed in a stunning, 43-inch tall reclaimed heart pine timber cabinet and boasts a versatile 8″ Scan-Speak driver that’s solid across the bass and mid-range coupled seamlessly to a 1″ Seas aluminum dome tweeter. Driver selection, in addition to impedance correction circuits, QB3 vented alignment, and accuracy across the range, results in an acoustic experience that still manages to best the speakers’ aesthetics.
Learn more at Fern & Roby – $4,500
Tiny charge cables are all the rage, but Symlis’ Sparrow is still one step ahead. The Sparrow merges a keychain-friendly micro USB or Lightning charge cable with a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive that can transfer data to and from both your computer and your device (but only Android-running, OTG-compatible devices — sorry, iPhone users). It also boasts a flexible cable to avoid awkward positioning set by rigid cables and transfers fast enough to stream movies or other media on the fly.
Find it at Indiegogo – $35+
Most projectors are large, cumbersome machines that require complex wiring and mounting. Not Beam Lab’s Beam Smart Projector, which instead screws into standard light sockets (or using the included wired adaptor) and works wirelessly with your Bluetooth and WiFi enabled devices. Beam runs off of an LED 854 x 480 pico projector and boasts a 1.3GHz dual core processor, 8GB of storage space, and Android OS. It’s compatible with Airplay, Miracast, and runs native Android apps as well such as Netflix, VLC, and numerous games, all controlled via your iOS or Android smartphone. Plus, intuitively, it also functions as a normal lamp when needed, with 12 LED lights outputting a bright 100 lumens.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $400
The smartwatch that started it all is back for round 2 on Kickstarter and has, as of this writing, smashed its target goal of half a million eight fold. Pebble Time improves upon its predecessor with a brand new, efficient color e-paper display, a built-in microphone to send voice replies or create memos, a re-imagined operating system with an intuitive timeline interface, and compatibility with all existing Pebble apps. Most appreciated of all is its 7 day battery life, which downright embarrasses most other OLED or LED-equipped smartwatches. And, like any good timepiece, it’s durable, water-resistant, lightweight, and measures in at a wrist-hugging 9.5mm thin.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $180+
End the perpetual hunt for power outlets with the AMPL SmartBackpack. Integrated within the fabric of this backpack lies an advanced portable charging system complete with an internal battery and three docking bays for connecting additional AMPL SmartBatteries. To best make use of this power, USB outlets are available in literally every compartment, and an optional LaptopBoost + SmartInverter can charge your laptop or other outlet-dependent device. Other niceties include Bluetooth that warns you if your bag is left behind or being stolen, an OLED touchscreen display that keep you updated on battery status and temperature inside the pack, and the ability to set charging priorities right from their app on your smartphone. And since tech doesn’t typically play nice with water or enjoy being banged around, the SmartBackpack boasts both integrated shock-absorbers to mitigate drops and a water-repellant outer coating to keep out rain.
Check it out at Indiegogo – $250+
Forget pricy, dedicated graphics tablets. Instead, Astropad takes your existing iPad and turns it into a professional creative tool using nothing but well-designed software. Powered by Liquid, Astropad delivers immaculate, color-corrected images to your iPad either wirelessly or via USB without the slightest bit of lag. Best of all, considering your iPad’s hardware and Retina display, Astropad delivers a graphics tablet experience that would normally cost you upwards of a grand.
Read more at Astropad – $50
Tablets are practical, there’s no question about that, but we do often find ourselves wondering how best to hold ours or prop it up. The universal SpinPadGrip improves your tablet’s ergonomics while remaining compatible with just about any tablet or e-reader thanks to its secure, locking suction cup attachment. Once affixed to your device, its stand pulls out and adjusts to prop up your device at virtually any angle, from near vertical for watching movies or slightly tilted for typing and getting work done. The stand also rotates 360° for changing orientation, doubles as a handle for carrying, and offers a better, no-slip grip to hold onto when using it while standing.
Grab one at BiteMyApple – $50
By definition clocks are objects of function, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful to look at when they’re not telling the time. The aluminum and bamboo Blub Uno Nixie Tube Clock is a gorgeous as they come, displaying time on a single Nixie tube with sequential digits — for instance, 11:00AM displaying as 1—1—0—0. It also comes packed with a surprising number of functions, including the date, temperature, an alarm, and even a multicolored backlight underneath the tube, all controlled using the included remote. And if the bulb burns after a few years of use, changing it is as simple as pulling it out and pushing in a new one.
Find it at Kickstarter – $300 [via]