Sherpa 50 Solar Recharging Kit $350
An ultra-portable and environmentally conscious power supply that charges via the sun even on cloudy days, the Sherpa 50 weighs less than a bottle of water, and can add 15 hours of power to a tablet or one to two hours on a laptop.
Mr. Orange Cuckoo Clock $526
For fans of classic decor without the outmoded clunkiness, look no further than Mr. Orange. Alberto Sala's cuckoo clock design is simplified to resemble a modern cottage but fully embraces the old fashioned, hourly cuckoo. With a sleek walnut structure and a selection of simple patterns, all eyes turn to the essential orange details, and on the lovable bird who appears on the hour.
Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments
200e System 7 $29,999
Donald Buchla is undeniably a pioneer of electronic music. A contemporary of Robert Moog, he built his first voltage-controlled synthesizer in the '60s, which would provide nearly infinite possibilities of sounds to artists, and not limit them to musical notes in the equal temperament scale. Today, his modular systems are used by artists from Trent Reznick to Deadmau5 to create unpredictable sounds. The Buchla 200e series first launched in 2005, and System 7 is the one containing the full works, from six waveform generators to a duo phonic pitch class generator. The symphonies of the future lie within these modules.
Firefly Vaporizer $270
Enjoy the benefits of a solid toke without inhaling gnarly smoke with the Firefly vaporizer. Running on a rechargeable battery, this slick, portable device will heat up your plant of choice for a healthier draw, keeping you lit wherever you roam.
Ceramic Speakers + Subwoofer $1,100
Joey Roth's elegant speaker and subwoofer combo offers balanced, bass-heavy sound in gorgeously designed vessels. All built from porcelain and Baltic birch, the set looks as terrific as it sounds.
MT-5 Turntable $6,500
Called "the turntable of the gods" by Rolling Stone magazine, this beauty from hi-fi audio manufacturers McIntosh uses state-of-the-art technology to reduce any possibility of audio distortion, noise or coloration—so you only hear what is on the vinyl recording. It's a turntable worthy of playing your most prized LPs as they spin over a glowing green, magnetically suspended platter.
Long Range Bluetooth Speaker Adaptor $70
Wirelessly stream music to any old speaker via your Bluetooth-enabled device with the BTSA1. The simple adaptor turns older stereos or docks into Bluetooth-ready systems, removing the need to physically tether. With an impressive range that's double that of traditional adapters, the BSTA1 allows you to roam your home without losing your connection.
Leather Extension Cord $39
The hand-braided cotton extension cord from Sea Cliff, NY-based Allied Maker is one to show off rather than hide. With a subtle, vegetable-tanned leather wrap detail topping off the 100% cotton herringbone woven thread, this handsome cord adds an elegant accent to any lamp in your home or office.
Inventor's Kit $100
Great for both the beginner and experienced user, the SparkFun Inventor's Kit provides the necessary building blocks to get started in the wondrous world of embedded electronics. Included are all the tools for create circuits, as well as a full-color guidebook, in a handy carrying case.
Impossible Instant Lab $299
For those who yearn for the bygone era of photo albums, or who pine for Polaroids and the instant gratification that comes along with them, the Impossible Instant Lab is ideal. Transform your photo stream into a tangible treasure for years to come. This analog printer uses light sensitive emulsion to attain the results of a Polaroid snapshot with the ease of your trusty iPhone, for a printing technique that is both a nod to the past and a must for the future.
Fury Cases $690+
Fans of "Clueless'" fashionable leading ladies will go gaga for CalypsoCrystal's Fury collection, which features three bold cases with an ultra-fuzzy aesthetic. Titled London, Paris and Milan, these tactile electronics accessories merge early '90s kitsch with today's technology. We're sure Cher would have owned all three.
Gloves for Gadgets $18-80
Featuring fold-back thumb and index finger tips these smartphone friendly gloves allow the wearer easy access to their touch screen devices and fingerprint sensors. Photographers also love Freehands for cold-weather outdoor shoots. Styles available for both men and women in leather, wool, cashmere and fleece.
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.
Double Charging iPhone Tray $129
Hide those unsightly cords with Restoration Hardware's Double Charging iPhone tray. Whether you're coupled up or just have two devices to charge, this streamlined wooden dock will keep you charged. Constructed from a solid block of walnut, which neatly hides that mess of tangled cords on the bedside table, this elegant docking station is so beguiling, we doubt you will ever again forget to charge your phone.
Bang & Olufsen
BeoPlay V1-40 $3,999
From Bang & Olufsen comes the BeoPlay V1-40, a cutting-edge television that is as user-friendly as it is stunning. Conceived by Danish furniture designer Anders Hermansen, and crafted from a single piece of steel, the TV's modern design can be adapted to suit a range of interiors. It promises intuitive light adaptation and volume, coupled with the incomparable picture and sound quality that Bang & Olufsen are well known for.
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.