Gadgets and tech devices for your design-driven wishlist

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An alluring new technology that makes a bold visual statement

The tech and design-driven gadgets on our wishlist include these visual triumphs, from a signature portable speaker to a compelling camera.

From cutting-edge coffee machines to bold TV statements, from audio glasses to camera phones, here’s a seasonal look at the state of design in contemporary consumer tech and gadgets.

Design-Driven Technology: Gadgets For Your Wish List

Bang & Olufsen x Clot collaboration

This limited edition version of the Beosound A1 compact portable speaker from Bang & Olufsen (above) was developed in collaboration with Clot, the streetwear brand founded by Edison Chen in Hong Kong in 2003. B&O describes the partnership as a celebration of “the vitality of Chinese life, music and culture”. The circular speaker is finished in shiny metallic red, a deliberate attempt to evoke a blood cell. The aluminum grille bears the clot logo and the black leather strap features an aluminum Clot brand tag, transforming this compact speaker into a portable audio design light spot.

Bruvi coffee maker

The American start-up Bruvi is another entrant in the market for individual coffee makers, a world dominated by Nespresso. The company, co-founded by Mel Elias and Sung Oh, emphasizes sustainability from the start, with recyclable pods that are also designed to decompose in landfills if the right facilities aren’t available. The company calls it “Guilt Free Toss”. The device itself has low-key functionality, with a perfectly designed control panel and the promise of many different beers and blends from well-known roasters. The machine will make filter coffee, espresso, Americanos, even tea and cold brew (a first from an individual capsule system). You can also upgrade to a full ‘Internet of Things’ and trigger the Bruvi from an app, as well as buy more pods.

Samsung frame frame

Samsung’s Frame Bezel is probably the first TV to truly deliver on the futuristic promise of turning a screen into an understated work of art when not in use. The Bezel system offers up to 40 colors for the company’s current Frame TV series, ranging from 32 inches to 65 inches. The frames can be swapped out, with a magnetic clip system, and there is a beveled edge design to really emphasize the TV’s built-in Art Mode, a 4K QLED display that can display all the images you like, as well as tapping into an Art Store subscription for a smart choice.

Wildlife Glasses

Aether isn’t the only company in the audio eyewear category. Just as the rest of the world returns to wired headphones as a style statement, several other players are fitting speakers into stylish sunglasses and eyeglass frames. Fauna offers four models – ‘Levia’ in black is shown here – with Carl Zeiss Vision lenses that can meet any prescription, or just plain tinted lenses. The carrying case doubles as a charger, and the glasses stream podcasts or music for up to four hours between charges, allowing you to take and make calls.

Soundcore Frames by Anker

Accessories specialist Anker presents Soundcore Frames, his take on the audio eyewear genre. Unlike their rivals, these sunglasses come in slender aviator-style frames, although the temples remain relatively bulky to accommodate the battery, four speakers, and microphones for calling. In addition, the front frame can be replaced with another style, giving these glasses an edge over their rivals. The five-and-a-half-hour playtime is also useful, but the downside is that they require a dedicated charging cable, and they also can’t be fitted with prescription lenses.

Nest Camera

Google’s line of Nest home tech has always been a pleasure to look at. The latest version of the Nest Camera is no different. This neat little device may seem unpretentious – it has cute baked Pixar levels – but appearances hide a powerful security system that can tell the difference between a pet and a non-grata persona, with customizable face detection letting you go. to control who is seen. Video is stored securely through your Google Account and the plastic casing is made from 45% post-consumer recycled material. A battery powered model is also available for outdoor mounting.

Us by Loewe

We by Loewe is a new sub-brand launched by German manufacturer Loewe, a company whose origins date back to 1923. As the parent company specializes in increasingly high-end products, the We range is aimed at a younger and more fashion-conscious clientele. consumer. It includes We.See TVs, available in four different sizes, and the We.Hear Bluetooth speaker system, available in two different sizes. These are powerful, weatherproof and offer 14 and 17 hours of playtime, depending on size. The speakers are joined by We.See TVs, which combine compatibility with existing streaming services with Bluetooth connectivity for external devices and headphones.

Honor 50 Smartphone

Honor is a Chinese smartphone maker that has profited from rival Huawei’s sanctions battle. With Huawei banned from using Google’s services (but not the open source Android operating system), Honor is free to make the most of its “official” status. Ironically, Honor, founded in 2013, was once a sub-brand of Huawei. Now he has gone out on his own, hoping to combine the low prices associated with the country’s electronics industry with sleek, well-presented hardware and software. Honor 50 is the company’s new flagship. With the option of an emerald green casing, the 50 can certainly stand out from the crowd, but the camera and software fall short of the sleek form factor, let alone flagships from other manufacturers. . That said, it’s still a seriously fancy device for the price.

Sony Experia Pro-I

Think of the Sony Xperia Pro-I as a great camera that just makes phone calls, rather than the other way around. Sony’s digital cameras rank among the best of professionals, but bundling these capabilities into a smartphone-sized body has been a major challenge. The Pro-I has a large image sensor, a Zeiss glass lens, as well as a dedicated shutter release button, with progressive movement to operate the autofocus. The Pro-I can shoot in 12-bit RAW format and the processor lets you record in 4K at a high frame rate of 120 fps. There’s even a mount for a camera strap, as well as a fully functional and powerful Android device. They say the best camera for the job is the one you’re holding; now professional quality is always at your fingertips.

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