REX Cultural Recommendation App
When it comes to figuring out how to spend our time—what to watch, where to eat and more—there's no shortage of recommendation tools powered by algorithms that can do basic pattern-matching, but never really get to know you. The best recommendations...
BeoPlay A1, the Perfect Pool Party Speaker
It's hard to top a set of loudspeakers revolutionizing the world of home audio systems. Of course, the $39,000 price tag (that's per unit) on Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab 90 means only a few can experience it in their personal living rooms, but the Danish...
CoWatch by iMCO
Chinese company iMCO's new CoWatch has everything a smartwatch these days needs to offer: activity-tracking sensors (including heart rate), smart-home integration, compatible with iOS and Android, 1GB memory and 8GB storage, and an impressive...
BioLite PowerLight Mini
BioLite became leaders in the cooking and charging market thanks to their nifty wood burning CampStove (with portable grill) that generates electricity. For 2016, they now offer a lighter, battery-powered version called the CookStove for those...
SMART WRITING SETS
ANALOG TO DIGITAL
Moleskine's Comprehensive Smart Writing Set
At a conference on productivity—which touched on everything from the importance of tech-free alone time to the educational and emotional benefits of writing by hand (as outlined in a series of studies on the subject)—Moleskine unveiled their latest...
A Beautiful Speedometer for Bikes
Shout-out to designers who are also obsessed with cycling because their work frequently results in something new and clever, like the arresting Omata One. Mounted onto a bike, the speedometer's unique analog face informs of the four most relevant...
Atmo Sfera Platterless Turntable Spins Vinyl in the Air
Chicago's Gramovox already defied gravity with their vertical Floating Record Player, and now Italian start-up Audio Deva offers their own "upside-down" take on a turntable. It eschews the basic design that has "remained the same for about a century...
Evo Xplorer iPhone Case
London-headquartered protective device case-makers Tech21 release their most robust design yet: the Evo Xplorer, a waterproof (max 9.9 feet for up to an hour) Apple iPhone 6 and 6s case, further sealed off from other elements like dust and dirt...
TALKING TO PLANTS
Project Florence Finds a Way to Communicate with Plants
"Welcome to my garden... Good morning... The sun will shine into our yard too." These words haven't been uttered by the owner of a meditation retreat, but a leafy, green plant. It's been proven plants can communicate with each other, and Redmond...
HEAVY DUTY BAGS
Tepui Tents' Gear Bags
With their line of rooftop tents, Santa Cruz-based company Tepui have made it easy to fulfill childhood dreams of sleeping in a treehouse-like setting—casual car campers can even directly rent one of their rugged models for a memorable weekend...
Make Your Phone a Virtual Reality Viewer With Dodocase's SMARTvr
Now crowdfunding on Indigogo, Dodocase's SMARTvr is an affordable way to turn your smartphone into a virtual reality viewer. Working with virtual reality mobile apps available from Google Play (this device is Google certified) or the Apple Store...
HTC + Under Armour's HealthBox Fitness Tracking Set
In the age of quantifiable self, there are many devices offering an array of useful functionality. Fortunately, the UA HealthBox—developed by HTC and Under Armour—delivers one of the most comprehensive packages and, thus, plenty of data. The three...
Test Drive: 2016 BMW M2
The sad mediocrity of companies creating products that try to be all things to all people all of the time is a conversation commonly overhead at CH HQ. Heroically, the new 2016 BMW M2 is just the opposite—an almost flawlessly executed small performance...
New Toronto-based venture Pishon Labs offers two different padlocks that open with your fingerprint. Built upon a compact Fingerprints Cards AB FPC1020 sensor, the one-touch lock is certainly more convenient, if not faster, than traditional ones...
eero: No More Internet Dead Zones
Nearly all homes have a WiFi dead zone: you never get messages in the kitchen, you can't watch Netflix in the bedroom, you can't FaceTime in the backyard. This is simply because most of us have one WiFi router for our entire home, and that just...
PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYERS
Mighty Audio's Portable Player
There's now a tech solution for those who are tired of having their phone tag along on fitness activities but don't want to give up their perfectly tailored Spotify playlists. Allowing runners, bikers and others to detach from the physical (and...
Mu-so Qb by Naim Audio
English hi-fi audio manufacturer Naim (you've experienced their expertise if you've ever driven a Bentley after 2008) revealed the newest addition to their line-up last month at CES. The Mu-so Qb is a compact version of Naim's rectangular Mu-so, which...
MIT MEDIA LAB
INTERNET OF THINGS
From Click & Grow to Urban Cultivator, technology is increasingly being used to bring the backyard garden closer than previously imaginable—to the heart of the kitchen. Another contender, Cambridge, MA-based SproutsIO, is coming close to launching...
Denon Envaya Bluetooth Speaker
Though first released in April 2014, Denon's Envaya speaker still meets all of our mobile needs today. The fairly large, three-pound unit pumps music loud and clear facing up, or outwards if you use the nifty built-in kickstand. There's...
Teenage Engineering's New Pocket Operators
Miniature, inexpensive and incredibly addictive: the Pocket Operator series has electronic music producers and fans furiously making music on the go with dexterous thumbs. The Swedish collaboration between audio tech nerds Teenage Engineering and...
CAKEWALK Fitness App
No matter how intuitive, well-designed or smart your favorite fitness app might be, it’s useless if you don’t actually get out of bed and into the gym. A humorous new app, called CAKEWALK, has found a way to bypass this problem by nagging and shaming...
BLOC AND ROC
HAND BUILT HEADPHONES
MADE IN UK
Bloc & Roc's Galvanize S2 Black 18k Rose Gold Headphones
There are at least two factors necessary for garnering attention in the ever-crowded headphone market, with superior sound quality and thoughtful design at the top of the list. Bloc & Roc's Galvanize S2 offers both. As for design, it's more than...
Sevenhugs' Smart Remote
Looking to simplify the endless number of apps and interfaces used to control smart-home products, French start-up Sevenhugs has introduced the first “contextually aware” universal Smart Remote. In other words, it’s the first remote to understand...
The Roost 2.0 Laptop Stand
After constant hunching and slouching in front of a laptop forced James Olander to visit the doctor, the former engineer decided to build his own laptop stand. But instead of quickly hacking together a rough makeshift, he spent months over-engineering...
SUPER 8 CAMERAS
Designing the New Kodak Super 8 with fuseproject + Yves Behar
It's safe to say that many filmmakers got their start on Super 8 cameras—grainy, film-shooting creative tools that were easy to use and fun to tinker with. While the category never died and old cameras are still highly in demand, they provide challenges...