Tech

Audio

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Bang & Olufsen’s latest toy, the Beoplay H9 Noise Cancelling Headphones, feature active noise cancellation like their H8, only now with an over-ear fit that’s conducive to both better passive sound insulation and improved comfort thanks to large, soft lambskin-covered memory foam ear cushions. Switch noise cancellation on or off; either way the H9’s precise audio capabilities are in line with what you’d expect from Bang & Olufsen. They otherwise feature touch controls that let you control the headphones via intuitive gestures, include the latest low latency Bluetooth 4.2 hardware with aptX for full quality wireless streaming, and last for up to 14 hours with both noise cancelling and Bluetooth on.

Get them in Argilla Grey or Black at Amazon – $500

GET IT: $500

Audio

Lamborghini Ixoost Esavox Speaker System

So maybe you could buy a car for the same price. But definitely not the car that the Lamborghini Ixoost Esavox Speaker System is designed to evoke. The 117-pound speaker features a multitude of supercar-like characteristics including a polymerized carbon fiber monocoque, a variable valve opening exhaust system that controls subwoofer pressure, passive shock absorbers to dampen vibrations, and adjustable ceramic supports. At its core lies a 15-inch down firing subwoofer that’s accompanied by two 6.5-inch full range drivers, two 8-inch woofers, and two 1-inch Mylar tweeters to cover the full range of frequencies (and likely a large range of volumes, too). Twin amplifiers, one of 600W and one of 200W just dedicated to the sub, drive the speakers, and two 24-bit DSPs handle filtering. Connectivity includes a traditional auxiliary jack, RCA, and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, so you’ve got options. Comes in black, red, orange, or yellow.

Learn more at the Lamborgini Store – $24,000

GET IT: $24,000

Gaming

8Bitdo NES Classic Retro Receiver

The NES Classic is the hottest gamer gift this holiday season. Problem is Nintendo cursed its controllers with cables one-third the length of the original’s, which unsurprisingly complicates gaming on the device. 8Bitdo’s NES Classic Retro Receiver addresses the issue by cutting the cord entirely and letting you use one of a myriad of wireless controllers, with one NES30 controller included. Setup is as simple as plugging it in and pairing a controller to it. It’ll game lag-free, though for multiplayer you’ll need several Retro Receivers since the console itself can’t receive two controller inputs through one controller port.

Pick one up at Amazon – $40

GET IT: $40

Sports & Outdoors

+Winter Heated Insoles

Winter sports are a lot more enjoyable when you’re not worrying about your fingers and toes falling off. And while they won’t do much for the former, +t’s +Winter Heated Insoles can help keep the latter nice and warm for four hours at a time. Pop these lightweight insoles into into your ski or snowboard boots — or even your everyday footwear — and link them to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Their temperature output is controllable using +t’s app, and once set you won’t need your phone to turn them on since integrated accelerometers fire up the insoles at the last set setting whenever they’re worn. Perhaps the most reassuring part is that they’re not really thicker than traditional insoles and are made in northern Italy, not China.

Check them out at Kickstarter – roughly $100

GET IT: ~$100

Tech
Featured

Sevenhugs Smart Remote

Your plethora of devices — growing every day — needs a more practical way of being controlled that doesn’t involve using a different remote or app for everything. The Sevenhugs Smart Remote offers contextual remote functionality that recognizes what it’s being pointed at and automatically displays controls for each device on its 3.4-inch HD touchscreen. It’s compatible with over 25,000 devices (via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or infrared) including Samsung Smart TVs, Philips Hue LED light blubs, Sonos speakers, Nest Thermostat, and your TV box (Apple TV, Roku, etc.) to name a few on its ever-growing list. It can even call you an Uber by pointing at your front door.

Preorder now at Kickstarter – $149+

GET IT: $149+

Tech

Aura Smart Picture Frame

Cameras are attached to everything and just about everybody is snap-happy. This results in a deluge of digital photos, the most of which you’ll likely never print and nor revisit. And that’s exactly what the Aura Smart Picture Frame addresses. You won’t ever need to physically load it with photos: Aura instead pulls them from a photo album that you’ve synced with its app, updating automatically and curating photos by filtering out duplicates and the like to show your best work (it needs to be said that nudity detection blocks potentially embarrassing photos from ever being displayed). It’s otherwise got an ultra-high density 2048×1536 display, auto-dimming, and no buttons to speak of — skipping to the next photo takes just a wave of your hand.

Find it at Amazon – $400

GET IT: $400

Tech

Peel Walnut Cable Hold

If a pentagon’s not your thing, Peel’s Walnut Cable Hold also comes in various other shapes including a square, a circle, and a triangle. Each one starts with a solid hunk of walnut that’s sliced down to size and finished with Danish oil, all done by hand in New York. A magnet is slipped in just beneath the upper surface so it’ll hold a few of your cables and keep them from sliding off your desk. Plus it’s subtler and blends in better with wooden desks than metal or plastic holds.

Find it at Peel – $35

GET IT: $35

Tech

Shinola Power Supply Cord

We’re not suggesting you change all your surge protectors to Shinola’s Extension and Power Supply cords. Only the ones that show. Created in partnership with GE, these cables and power bars are far better looking than anything you’ll find at a Best Buy what with patterned fabric cables and cases in several colors. They’re produced in the US — specifically, in Rockford, Michigan, by craftsmen at Byrne Electrical Specialists — and come in three varieties: a simple extension cord, a power supply with two sockets and two USB ports, and another with five sockets and two USBs (shown).

Available December 1st. Learn more at Shinola – $65 to $175

GET IT: $65+

Cars

Roav Dashtop Computer

Your car and phone both contain computers. Thing is they usually don’t interface with one another all that well. The Roav Dashtop Computer aims to change that. Created by Anker, the Roav sits above your car’s instrument cluster and in front of your windshield, acting as a heads-up display by way of a transparent projector screen that ensures your eyes stay on the road. Its main functions span navigation, hands-free phone calls, and music controls, though it can also reroute you to avoid traffic if necessary and alert you if you’re inching past the speed limit. It’s otherwise voice controllable thanks to accurate Nuance software and includes an intuitive controller that attaches to your steering wheel for when manual inputs are necessary.

Learn more at Roav – $300+

GET IT: $300+

Coffee

Spinn Coffee Maker

The Spinn Coffee Maker is as convenient as a Keurig machine while resulting in far better coffee. One single machine can make either Espresso, Lungo, Americano, or a carafe full of standard drip coffee with a touch of its capacitive front panel. Its name — Spinn — insinuates what lies within the machine: a centrifugal brewing core varies in speed between 500 and 6,000 rpm depending on the selection of coffee and during the brewing process for optimal extraction. Alongside this is an instant flash heater, a nano water filter, a conical burr grinder with variable grind coarseness, and a reservoir for your whole beans. It’s also connected through Amazon’s Alexa and your smartphone (via an app) to start a brew or schedule one from anywhere with minimal effort, always making just as much java as you need and not one cup more. Higher end options include a larger XL bean reservoir and a milk frother.

Hit up Spinn for details – $300+

GET IT: $300+

DIY

iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit

You don’t need a sprawling stash of screwdrivers and tools to open your gadgets, and here to prove it is the iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit. Inside you’ll find a magnetized driver handle with sixteen precision screwdriver bits, electrostatic discharge safe angled precision tweezers, a spudger, a few opening picks, a very thin jimmy, plus an opening tool and suction handle. It’s enough to handle nearly all broken screen repairs and battery swaps, with the kit’s cover even doubling as a sorting tray. Whether you’ve got the guts to attempt more challenging repairs is another story.

Grab one at iFixit – $20 [via]

GET IT: $20

Tech

Google Earth Live Case

At the core, it’s a slim, protective snap on case for your Google Pixel. Turn it around and it’s not blank, nor is adorned with a silly meme. Instead, each Google Earth Live Case features a stunning image shot by satellites of somewhere on our planet. An accompanying wallpaper accompanies each case to match both sides of your phone and a shortcut button on the back side — which can be customized to open any app — transports you by default to the location of its image on Google Maps. Here’s to hoping clicking the shortcut button on the arctic ice case doesn’t lead to an iceless ocean in just a few years.

Available soon from Google – $50

GET IT: $50

Photography

AirSelfie

Forget selfie sticks. AirSelfie is smaller than your smartphone and captures images from further back than any normal-sized selfie stick could dream of attaining (or close by). To launch, remove it from its cover, launch it using your smartphone, with its app as a controller, and snap away. The miniature drone flies in three modes: selfie, which points to you and moves either further or closer; flying, which lets you position it in the air and then hovers in place; and a motion control mode for more complex maneuvers. All images captured are sent immediately to your smartphone via WiFi for your perusal. It’s otherwise made completely of aluminum and has a decent flight time as well, running for 20 consecutive minutes and recharging in its case, which doubles as a power bank.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $190

GET IT: ~$190