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B&W: Concert For One

Concert for one

Been loving my B&W P3′s, or as they call them ‘A Concert for one…’

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Fantastic design and form factor, and works great with all my iOS devices for entertainment and calls.  They come with a great hard case to keep them save in your hand luggage when you’re on the go. If you’re shopping, these are worthy for consideration.

POP Charger

My friend James Simonoff is at it again. Go support his Kickstarter. Go James go!

The batteries in our mobile devices have not been able to keep up with the increased usage. As a result, we often find ourselves looking for places to charge. But many times, convenience and charging do not go hand in hand. At the Edison Junior Design Laboratory, we developed the perfect solution to this problem. POP, aka “Portable Power”, is a rechargeable portable battery with retractable cord reels for simultaneously charging multiple devices. Don’t be restricted by outlets or ugly chargers; with POP you are free to explore the vast world we live in, while remaining connected to it.

Teenage Engineering Updates

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Stockholm-based Teenage Engineering are at it again with a new OS Update and a new product.  Can’t wait to try it all out on my OP-1.

The OS update delivers new drum and sequencer modes and badly-needed MIDI sync, plus cool MIDI modulation. Combined, it seems the OP-1 has really matured – sync alone removes a major obstacle for some adopters.

The new hardware is Opbox, a combination USB host / MIDI / CV box with analog sensors – and it has pretty plug-in modules and even custom-made shoes to match (below). The shoes may not be terribly practical, but the Oplab fits a unique niche in hardware I/O and DIY projects – provided it’s a niche that people actually want.

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Amazing.  Musical shoes.  More exclusive pictures and info over at Create Digital Music. Thanks Anthony!

Biome by Samuel Wilkinson

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Okay, this is amazing. I want one.

London based designer Samuel Wilkinson has designed a flora terrarium that links to your iPad.

Biome is a flora terrarium that’s works a little like a live tamagotchi – with a smartphone or iPad as its key to controlling its climate, water level and nutrients.

The idea promotes ‘digital downtime’ by finding an alternative use for smartphones and encouraging their owners to consider a slower life. The control and nurturing of a real mini eco-system takes patience and care, contrasting with the immediacy of messaging or tweeting that is so characteristic of the smartphone generation.

This smart garden has low energy lighting that can replicate sunlight and contains sensors that link back to the device when connected. It is designed to incorporate different types of environment – tropical, desert, even herb garden – and can be easily controlled by even the least green-fingered of users.

The design was developed for an exhibition titled ‘Slow Tech – Designs for Digital Downtime’ at trend agency Protein’s exhibition space last month. The exhibition was curated by Henrietta Thompson of Wallpaper fame.

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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones

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Bowers & Wilkins has long been one of my favorite audio brands. If it’s good enough for Abbey Road Studios (hello, Beatles), it’s good enough for me.

I’ve had a lot of experience with previous B&W products– and the Zeppelin Air truly redefined what was possible with beauty and elegance around the design of audio products and iPhone accessories. Not to mention the incredible AirPlay technology built in.

Next up, a few hours with the P5 Headphones and they have not disappointed my tastes. They’re comfortable as ever with virtually no plastic parts. They’re built entirely out of stainless steel, aluminum and New Zealand Sheeps leather. Completely luxurious on the inside and out.

Clearly built with the iPhone in mine, the P5′s have everything you need to easily switch between your iPhone or iPod tracks built right into the wire.P5 Black ON

The sound isn’t artificially created with ‘Enhanced’ this or ‘Deep’ that nonsense. They actually engineer for natural sound, and true sound– something which makes you reconsider playing ripped (or streamed) tracks off the web. Play high quality, high bit-rate songs and you’ll see the difference.  They sound full, clear, crisp and they’re not trying to ahem, hide anything, like most headphone brands attempt to do. Shame on them.

Nest Learning Thermostat

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What if a few Apple designers went off to fix other parts of the home? Well, they just did (sort of).

This is the beautiful Nest Learning Thermosat. All the bells, whistles, and slick design you would expect from the founding team.

A thermostat that learns from user behavior to create a custom heating and cooling schedule. Company founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers—who spearheaded the design and engineering of the iPod, respectively—found it “unacceptable… that the device that controls 10 percent of all energy consumed in the U.S. hadn’t kept up with advancements in technology and design.”

More pictures, video, and info over at Core77.  I’m ready to buy mine.

iPhone SLR Mount

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My friends at Photojojo have done it again. This iPhone SLR Mount is sure to be a massive hit worldwide.

Ever since the iPhone camera was invented, it’s aspired to be what it simply never quite could be: a DSLR. Sure, apps have helped your camera phone inch forward with simulated focusing and faux filters. Faux no more. The iPhone SLR Mount gives you the real thing.

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This case-adapter combo lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4 giving your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus– for $249.

Incase Audio

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Great addition to the Incase product line– Incase Audio makes total sense. I hope they sound as good as they look!

They will soon be available in the four styles shown above. Coming September 2011.

A complementary extension of our product offering, the new headphones will reflect our expertise in designing and developing products that provide enhanced mobility and user experience. Employing an integrated development approach we call Incase Soundesign, the audio collection reflects a synthesis of precision sound engineering and minimal design.

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