Notes: The Three Camera Kit
I started taking pictures with my father’s Nikon F when I was eight years old and not long after began developing film and making prints in the darkroom. Back then watching a photo come to life in a tray of developer was instantly gratifying—granted...
Facebook Updates Its News Feed Algorithm (Again)
Facebook's News Feed algorithm is an ever-evolving beast, being tirelessly tweaked to keep users on the site as long as possible. The personalized stream of content eschews chronological order to essentially bring the most interesting, relevant...
Blubel: A Bicycle Bell That Navigates
The charming chime of a bike bell has long provided one use: to alert those around that a cyclist is coming. Blubel, funding on Kickstart now, offers far more. Through LED gestures on the bell's facade, it actually guides bike riders utilizing...
MADE IN FRANCE
Devialet Phantom Speaker Turns (Rose) Gold
Despite its innocuous, small egg shape, the powerful all-in-one Phantom speaker from French audiophiles Devialet is an incredible engineering feat to be proud of (they hold 102 patents as proof). During our in-person demo of the product, the Phantom...
HERE ACTIVE LISTENING
NOISE CANCELING HEADPHONES
Doppler Labs' Here One Listening System
Only a year ago, SF-based Doppler Labs (whose mission is to put a computer in every person's ear) raised $635,189 on Kickstarter for their debut product Here Active Listening, a set of earbuds that allows wearers to alter sounds in the real world...
Symposium Stockholm 2016: Eugenia Kuyda
When Eugenia Kuyda’s best friend Roman passed away last year, it was the first time the CEO of Luka lost someone so close—and she was unaccustomed to experiencing such grief. Luka, which Kuyda founded, is an artificial intelligence company that...
Pakpod: a Versatile Tripod
There is a plentitude of desirable features at play within the new Pakpod tripod. Enough, in fact, that we feel comfortable calling it one of the most clever on the market for lightweight cameras, GoPros and smartphones. It's durable—made from...
Wearable Tech Gets Emotional
London-based tech design studio and lab Vinaya wants wearables to make us feel more human and less hamster. For its debut line Altruis, they developed luxe—albeit still bulky—jewelry in iPhone-evoking colors that vibrates different patterns under...
Nikon's D500 Satiates the Need for Speed
Nikon released the D5 and D500 last month to great fanfare—and the latter especially appeals to photography lovers whose professions don't warrant paying $6500 for the new flagship DSLR. The D500 is a true replacement camera for the D300 series (which...
MOLECULAR AIR PURIFIERS
Molekule's Hyper-Advanced Molecular Air Purification System
For decades now, there has been very little innovation in the air purification game—when it comes to the way pollutants are trapped and the filters store it all. After 20 years of research and development, and funding from the US Environmental...
Notes: Prime, Fast and Wide
Prime and fast. As a photographer, these are the two most important words that describe the lenses I use. Prime, meaning one focal length—not a zoom lens. Fast, meaning a wide aperture to let in lots of light. Prime lenses not only deliver sharper...
Nura Headphones Adapt to Your Eardrums
Whether or not you think about it with regularity, the fact remains that no two people hear things exactly the same way. From genetics to our unique ear canals and even the way we develop over time, sound hits our eardrums in different ways. And...
Sean Parker's Rebooted Airtime App
It's been easy to take part in group video chats on web browsers thanks to Google Hangouts, Skype or Oovoo. On the go, however, FaceTime (for example) sticks strictly to a one-on-one format—and Snapchat only allows for two-way conversations. So...
BioLite's Portable BaseLantern
Portable energy brand BioLite (perhaps best known for their CampStove and its continued developments) is no stranger to Kickstarter. Two years ago, they successfully funded and delivered upon a campaign that raised over a million dollars for their...
Mushroom Lamp and iPhone Dock
While there's no shortage of iPhone chargers and docks in the world, not many combine extra uses, portability and a cute design. The Mushroom Lamp—currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter—promises to charge your phone and provide ambient lighting...
Nextbit + AIAIAI TMA-2 Headphones
Android smartphone-makers Nextbit have partnered with Copenhagen's AIAIAI for a special edition pair of headphones to befit its exceptional "cloud-first" phone, Robin. The recently released Nextbit + AIAIAI TMA-2 headphones boast a neodymium speaker...
PIONEER WORKS VILLAGE FETE
Hands-On With Google Tilt Brush At Pioneer Works
One doesn't need to be a painter (or even have that much hand-eye coordination) to enjoy the wonders of Google's new Tilt Brush virtual reality app. Working in conjunction with the HTC Vive VR set (powered by the Steam VR platform), Tilt Brush...
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...