MM03i Handset Base/Dock $100
French designer David Turpin has developed this stylish phone-on-cradle dock for iPhones and personal computers. Link up via Bluetooth or USB (sold separately) and use your iPhone or Mac/PC to call via Skype with an ergonomic 30" handset that offers the comfort of a traditional landline telephone.
For those without the luxury of a permanent house sitter, try Spotter. The puck-sized sensor serves as a pair of eyes and ears that track your home environment while you're away, communicating temperature, light, sound, humidity and motion directly to your smartphone. Spotter can be programmed for simple yet essential tasks, from turning on your lights when there is a knock at the door to alerting you when the laundry load is finished. This handy gadget presents a wealth of possibilities for monitoring your home when you can't.
Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Camera $200
For picture takers of all kinds, from city adventurers to party-goers, looking at your photos instantly is great. But what's better than a tangible print? Fujifilm Instax makes it happen, in a wonderfully easy size. The Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Camera's photos are as fun to hang up as mnemonic art as they are to give away instantly.
Dandelight is a charming little night light covered with real Dandelion seeds. The battery-powered lamp fuses nature with technology—each seed is attached to an individual LED creating a light-emanating dandelion growing out of its own energy source, right before your eyes. Each is handmade by Lonneke Gordijn of Netherlands-based Studio Drift.
M500 Hi-Fi On-Ear Headphones $300
The REF M500 Hi-Fi headphones offer one of the best on-ear fits on the market, all thanks to integrated "smart hinges" which keep you from having to do any of the adjusting. They fold flat for portability and feature a flat, tangle-free and detachable cord.
TiVo Roamio $200
TiVo Roamio, available in regular, plus and pro, will keep your roommates and relatives at ease and record up to six shows at once, no matter their current TV obsession. With all that power and over 450 hours of HD recording capability, you can ditch the multi-box household layout for a single, easy-to-use device. TiVo even lets you record season finales and big games while you stream shows, movies and music from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more.
TLC200 Pro HDR Time Lapse Video Camera $255
This professional grade camera simplifies HDR timelapse photography and video production, packing loads of pro quality power into an affordable, easy to use package. With a monster-sized image sensor and 97 other sweet features, the Brinno TLC200 captures ultra-high dynamic range—115db, for crisp videos even in low-light or back-lit conditions.
Anki Drive Starter Kit $200
Anki Drive takes slot car racing to an entirely new level—and it's certainly not a kids-only toy. Using iPhones as controllers, kids and adults alike can race their friends, or better yet, their artificial intelligence-enabled opponents, who totally own the race track. The more you play against them, the better they'll get at beating your tactics. Just charge the cars and unroll the track for racing anytime, anywhere.
Geneva Sound System Model XS $200
Small space. Big sound. The Geneva Sound System Model XS is the perfect travel companion for the music-loving design enthusiast on the go. Made by Swiss masters of modern electronics, this highly portable and transformative speaker was inspired by the classic travel clock, designed to easily fold into a sleek leather-like case. The system's packability and high-quality audio, Bluetooth-capability, and built-in alarm clock make it a convenient audio essential you will never leave home without.
Goodnight iPad $27
Although research suggests that viewing screens before bedtime may tinker with chemicals in the brain that promote a good night's rest, studies also show we all regularly do this pre-slumber activity. Based on the classic, "Good Night Moon," the humorous parody "Goodnight iPad" reminds us that even if we might not live in the little farm-house utopia depicted in the original, we can still ceremoniously say goodnight to screens, the buzzes and the beeps—and go to sleep.
Nimbus Smart Dashboard $130
For those friends who are constantly glued to their phones to stay on top of the info that matters most to them, Nimbus Smart Dashboard comes to the rescue. The digital dashboard tracks and displays up to four quantifiable categories in real-time, providing an easy analysis of your email volume, your commute time, the weather and total recent Instagram likes—all easily viewed with just one glance. As good-looking as it is efficient, the Nimbus promises convenience and liberation.
Ultimate Ears Boom $200
Ultimate Ears Boom brings a blast of 360˚sound wherever you may go—even the shower. The portable, Bluetooth-enabled speaker allows two devices to connect at the same time, letting music hogs take turns controlling the groove without interrupting the vibe. Available in a range of colors, the small speaker packs 15 hours of battery life, wireless use from up to 50 feet away and the ability to sync with your smartphone’s morning alarm.
Bang & Olufsen
BeoPlay A9 $2,699
The simple geometry of this gorgeous all-in-one stereo system is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the eardrums. A striking circular white grill cover sits atop a triangle of wooden legs, and forms a handsome loudspeaker that will hold its own next any piece of furniture in your living room. The powerful speaker connects digitally to your devices, for an electronic experience that is as streamlined as the object itself.
iPhone Zoom Lens & Tripod $49
Your likes on Instagram are sure to go through the roof with just a moderate investment in these lightweight, easy-to-use lenses and tripod from Restoration Hardware. Polarized macro and fisheye lenses lend extreme zoom and wide-angle capability, and the foldable tripod is maximally effective when stability is necessary. Finally, your iPhone camera's capability matches its quality.
Paper + Moleskine Book $40
Apple's 2012 app of the year, Paper, from FiftyThree design studio, unleashes your iPad's sketchbook potential. The streamlined drawing app turns creative brushstrokes into portable portfolios. Combine this illustration capability with the power to publish your digital sketches into the most elegant of physical notebooks, the Moleskine, and you have custom bookmaking at its best, a groundbreaking combination of technology and tangible creation with endless possibilities.
Monograms and More
Personalized iPhone Decals $6
Ahhhh, the dreaded iPhone charger cord mix-up, a common occurrence in offices, share houses and even couple's living rooms. Keep track of which cord is yours with these classy decals from Monograms and More, which incorporate stylish lettering and classic designs into a supremely fashionable customization of the most easily mistaken electronic accessories.