similar to the nest device, but more minimal (or less, depending on your opinion), the simple interface includes an e-ink screen in the centre of the case, which shows the temperature and other information either vertically or horizontally depending on which way up it’s facing. the netatmo thermostat is available for €179.
the pogo connector concept by jon patterson splits in two when pulled apart to prevent damage to your devices when the cables get snagged. the two parts are joined by magnets – one with a jack that fits into the headphone socket on the device, and a second longer piece that accommodates the jack from the headphones. the signal is transferred between the two parts via four pins, but once the cord is yanked away they disconnect and the music stops until the sections are reconnected.
according to the video (above), the magnet is strong enough to hold the device but will break only when snagged. the connector can be used as a straight connection or at a 90 degree angle where it can fully rotate. i look forward to seeing whether this gets produced!
while the es01 from punkt may be one of the most aesthetically pleasing extension cords i have seen, the prop power rugged extension cord from quirky might be one of the most useful (in a workshop at least). in a small space trying to run an extension cord that you won’t trip over but is where you need it can be quite a challenge. the flexible neck allows you to wrap it securely around things above floor level, closer to power tools on a tabletop or up a step ladder. with two outlets you can also use a couple of things without plugging and unplugging.
‘the vamp’ is a new product designed by paul cocksedge to transform old speakers into bluetooth enabled ones. watch the video (above) to see how it works. it has already reached it’s target on kickstarter, but you can still pledge until the end of the month.
the switch is a wireless speaker designed by native union. similar to the jambox and the nixon tps, the bluetooth controlled device is very minimal with only one button to turn it on and off. a unique feature compared to it’s rivals is the 14 hour battery that also acts as a ‘power bank’, allowing you to charge your other usb devices while travelling. the switch is available in black, white, red, grey and blue, for £119.99.
muji have released a wall mounted speaker based on the popular wall-mounted cd player designed by naoto fukasawa in 2000. powered by two 2w speakers, the system features an am/fm radio as well as bluetooth 3.0 for wireless streaming from a smartphone. the speaker is the same rounded square shape as the cd player and features the same pull switch to turn it off and on. no sign of them in shops outside of japan yet, but hopefully they will be soon!
the od-11 is a speaker based on a 1974 design by stig carlsson. this updated version, by stockholm based teenage engineering, features fully integrated cloud connectivity. this means any music you own or have access to over the cloud can be played through it. the system is controlled through the ‘ortho volume remote’ (below) which works via bluetooth. the interior of the unit can be seen in the bottom image. it’s a very minimal thing, i’d love to hear how it sounds.
i like these speakers, designed by my old tutor hector serrano for lexon. designed to look like a computer sound icon, it is switched off simply by turning it face down. it connects with a 3.5mm stereo jack and is available in grey or white. like many of the speakers i’ve reviewed recently they will not rival your hifi system, but for a desktop speaker to attach your mp3 player or phone to they look great!