Quirky couple and design dynamic duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz know what other tech manufacturers still don’t— that speaker docks don’t have to be black and boring. In fact, they can be whimsical and downright fashionable, as is this Flower Freaq from the Novogratz collection at Soundfreaq. This device is an equal-opportunity connector, charging/docking up to two iOS or Android devices, or letting passers-by stream audio via Bluetooth… no docking necessary. Use the AC adapter, or the rechargable battery if you’re away from walls, and with beautifully clear stereo sound, this speaker is pretty bloomin’ fabulous.
Summertime is in full swing, and there’s a long list of gadgets I consider a must-have for enjoying the season. Here’s a Today Show clip from last year— still love all each one of these ideas for summer at the beach or having a killer backyard BBQ.
There are those gadgets that catch your eye and inspire Ooohs, Aaahs, and shortness of breath (4K TVs, I’m talking to you). And then there are those gadgets that, without fanfare, become absolutely invaluable, and you wonder how you ever got along without them.
From the Shop
Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband
Native Union SMART Charger
Breville Smart Oven Air
I’m a digital lifestyle expert. That means I spend a lot of time making tech simple for people looking for simpler, more connected lives. In all aspects of my work, I answer all kinds of technical questions for families on the run. Recently, I was chatting with an busy executive who emailed me about personal scanners. As we went back and forth about the pros and cons of each model she was considering, she suddenly blurted, “I don’t know, Carley — this tech stuff is exhausting sometimes. Is any of it going to make me happier?”
You’re an indoor cycling maniac, thanks to mild obsession with SoulCycle. But every now and then it would be nice to emerge from that dark room and cycle in nature— a sidewalk vista totally beats staring at some dude’s sweat drenched back for an hour. The Linus Dutchi bike, AKA Your Chariot, awaits. With a hi-tensile steel frame and genuine leather grips, its nostalgic style and easy-to-use gears are a match for designophiles and reticent city bikers (I’m both). Worried all that nature will rob you of important workout stats? Strap a Timex Cycle Trainer to your handlebars, and you can measure speed, distance, time, altitude, power, calories burned, and pulse via an included wireless armband. GPS on board lets you map out trails or download them from the web. Strap on your helmet and you are good to go.
Is it hot in here? This summer trend will help you stand out in a crowd, whether you’re listing to tunes or toting your tablet.