Another day, another slew of accessories for the best phone in the world. THERE, I said it. You hate me now? They’re just electronic gigety-gadgets. No need for fanboism. Hug it out. With that said, the best phone in the world got a little better with the addition of the AluFrame and Gum++ both from Just Mobile. Y’all know I’m honest so hit the jump for my review.
Designer: Just Mobile
The ‘12 Inspirational and Exclusive Interviews’ series is back with a brand new episode, one that focuses on the importance of honesty and staying true to your beliefs. I kick-started the season with Robert Brunner, who is in the news for all the Apple reasons – yes, would have loved to see him stay with Beats – and now, I continue the thread with Vivian Wai Kwan Cheng, one of the most effervescent designers that I have met.
Winning a 2014 iF product design award is no small feat. These headphones, like all of Phiaton’s headphones, are sleek and ooze with style. In lieu of flashy, colorful polycarbonate bodies, the MS 500 is made of metal wrapped in soft Italian leather. If Beats by Dre are for the hipster urbanites, the MS 500 must be for the kids that graduated that class a few years ago and are looking forward to something a little more sophisticated. My only gripe is they can get a tad uncomfortable after extended use. Hit the jump for my video review!
Acoustic bliss in an orgasmic sense. That’s the best way I can describe a speaker to you since you can’t hear it. Audio is totally subjective. My review is based on three basic points – how it looks, how it sounds, and how it compares. The Libratone Loop has already won almost every major design award in our industry so it stands to reason the accolades along with the $499 price tag means a really good speaker. Hit the jump for my review!
What started as a successful Kickstarter campaign is finally shipping and I got my hands on one. In this episode I set up the Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden and discover it really is easy for anyone to grow their own herbs at home. Each Smart Herb Garden comes with cartridges for basil, thyme and lemon balm. Future cartridges will be available for chili pepper, mini tomato and I’m crossing my fingers for berries! Oh I also participate in #whaling. You won’t believe it!
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If we reflect upon the trends predicted for 2013, then some of the prophecies have come true. For example, Contextual Design is no longer a buzzword and neither is it just restricted to user application. With research tools at their easy disposal, a consumer is no longer taken in by marketing ploys. Authenticity in the design, value, emotional context and above all simplicity; designs that reflect these core ethics have made their place in the free market.
It is rocket science and it is earthshattering and YES it is innovative engineering. Ha! I have always wanted to say these lines to the skeptics out there who tend to crush form and function kinda ideas. For the Dash7 Pocket-sized Portable Wireless Soundbar by Soundmatters it took the creative genius of nuclear physics, astronomy, physical chemistry graduate and NASA Project Manager – Dr. Godehard Guenther! Bottomline: with the Dash7 Soundbar, you are assured superior sound quality teamed with Good Design.
One of the reasons why I love what I do is reporting on stories that start from humble roots and grow on to immense fame. One such story is that of Romanian designer of Antonio Meze. The idea of designing classy earphones aside, his vision of creating a meaningful product that can be passed down to generations, has completely resonated with me. With launch of his brand’s new Meze 11 DECO Earbuds around the bend (8th December), I managed to get us a sneak peek, and of course chatted him up for some interesting bytes.
Designer: Antonio Meze [ Buy it Here ]
“The meaning of life is that it has to be lived.” How true! And full marks for guessing the author of this quote – Bruce Lee. Known as the most influential martial-arts artists of all time, Lee was single-handedly responsible for breaking the stereotype of Asians in Hollywood movies. Commemorating his 73rd birthday today, the visionaries in the art of magic and cardistry, Dan and Dave, are out with a dedicated Bruce Lee Playing Cards Deck. All the cards feature an inspiring Bruce Lee quote, except for the Aces.
We’re a big fan of Distil Union’s products and the Wally Case is no exception. Though it’s a Kickstarter project, I have no doubt they’ll reach their funding goals because this case is gorgeous. Made from premium leather attached to a thin plastic case for that shiny new iPhone 5s. The idea is to simplify your wallet. Slim that bad boy down to just three cards – your I.D., a debit card, and a public transit card. There’s enough tension to prevent your goodies from slipping out. There’s an integrated pull-tab to release the cards from their pocket. DO WANT!
Is this the best bluetooth speaker for under $70? I’ve tried many portable speakers and man, they’ve come a long away. They’re loud, bassy, and generally distortion free. The good ones all cost $100+ so when Soundfreaq sent me the Sound Spot to try out, I was a little skeptical. However, I am familiar with the company as I’ve tried their original Sound Platform speaker before and came away quite impressed. So what do I look for in small, compact bluetooth speaker? It has to look good, sound good, and painless to pair. Hit the jump for my review.
Some months ago I was sent a 321 Water bottle with a note from one of YD’s staff – “this was in the Hunger Games movie!” And it’s true. The bottle was featured in the control room scene of said movie so I thought hey, if it’s good enough for those dystopian dictators with amazing fashion sense, then it’s good enough for me. Hit the jump for the review.
Designer: Gretha Oost, Buy it here