Productivity

Tech

Duo AI Mirror

It’s first and foremost a mirror, though the Duo AI Mirror is quick to reveal its high tech inner workings when spoken to or touched. Think of this elegant, inconspicuous computer as an Echo or Google home, just with a visual interface as well in the form of a 27-inch 1080p multitouch display hidden behind a one-way mirror. Duo can play music, videos, display the weather, show you the news, as well as answer your questions and do your bidding (for instance to call you an Uber). Its custom-built HomeOS also features a SDK for developers to create custom apps, so both its functionality and integration with other smart home devices (for controlling lights, locks, blinds, and more) are bound to expand over time.

Preorder at Duo – $400

GET IT: $400

Misc

Rocketbook Everlast Notebook

Could one notebook last you the rest of your life? If it had ten or twenty thousand pages, maybe. More practical though is Rocketbook’s Everlast Notebook. Couple the notebook with Pilot’s Frixion pens and you can write normally like on regular old paper. But grab a moist tissue or towel and the pages wipe completely clean, a bit like erasing a whiteboard. While the pages are made of a synthetic polyester blend they’re not glossy and feel completely natural to write on despite their near infinite reusability, though note that if ink is left on the pages for several months and then erased it may leave some very subtle ghosting behind. Rocketbook’s accompanying mobile app makes capturing and archiving your otherwise ephemeral notes as easy as snapping them with your smartphone’s camera, with instant image processing that crops and enhances the image and magic buttons at the base of each page that send it straight to the service of your choice, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Slack, and more.

Pledge for one at Kickstarter – $34

GET IT: $34

Tech

Mangoslab Nemonic Sticky Notes Printer

If you rely on sticky notes as heavily as we do you’ll be just as intrigued about the Mangoslab Nemonic Sticky Notes Printer. Developed as part of Samsung’s C-Lab venture program and spun off as its own startup, Mangoslab’s compact, cubic printer fires off printed sticky notes in seconds from a computer or wireless connected mobile device, quicker and more cleanly than can be done by hand. It comes in a wide range of colors like the sticky notes themselves. Though other details are sparse ahead of its upcoming CES announcement, so stay tuned.

Stay updated at Mangoslab – $TBA

GET IT: $TBA

Productivity

Herman Miller Aeron

Originally launched in 1994, the Herman Miller Aeron was revolutionary for its substitution of cushions for elastomeric fabric that eliminated pressure points, greatly increased breathability, and eradicated discomfort. The new Aeron is instead evolutionary. It improves upon the original’s performance thanks to a redesigned, smoother tilt mechanism with an optimized balance point between tilted and upright, PostureFit SL spinal support that now boasts two adjustable pads to cradle the natural curvature of the spine, and 8Z Pellicle fabric that varies in tension throughout eight zones for optimized support. It comes in three frame colors with a variety of customizable options you’ll likely want to add on, including a tilt limiter and height-adjustable arms. And users of the original will be happy to know that adjusting tilt resistance no longer requires endlessly turning the tilt mechanism: just a few twists of the new mechanism’s handle will suffice.

Learn more at Herman Miller – $780

GET IT: $780

Productivity

Zei Time Tracker

Tracking the time you spend on various activities is tremendously difficult, in part because the monitoring process takes so much time itself. The Zei Time Tracker does this effortlessly and intuitively. This white polygon boasts eight blank sides that can be written or annotated on and that are simultaneously assigned to the same task digitally. Every time you switch activity just flip it to the corresponding side and the device starts counting seconds, later transmitting collected time data to your computer or smartphone to compile handy reports. Despite the fact that you’ll need to have it on you to use it — though its accompanying app will let you time track in a pinch — Zei seems like a sleek way to better budget your most valuable resource (and find out what you’re really wasting it on).

Find it at Kickstarter – roughy $77

GET IT: ~$77

Gadgets

HMM TapeDispenser

If less design is better, then the HMM TapeDispenser, made of precisely machined aluminum, is best. This naturally weighted tape dispenser is a cube-shaped, pruned down version of typically large models, slicing off about two-thirds of the body size while still remaining fully functional for one-handed use. The tape holder attaches to its base magnetically and a square toothed cutter block made of hard-anodized aluminum cuts tape efficiently and more cleanly without posing any sort of cutting risk. Available in two versions: HMM 65 and HMM 50, the former compatible with 3-inch core tape of various widths and the latter for the standard 1-inch core tapes normally found in handheld dispensers.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $46+

GET IT: $46+

Productivity

Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser

Finding the end of the tape on a roll often takes an eternity. Cleverly, the Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser eliminates this problem like a normal tape dispenser might but without the actual dispenser — and with a cutting edge far more efficient than plastic. Zyp-Zyp is manufactured in Germany by centrifugal casting of Nicaflor, a copper, nickel and tin alloy, and installs on standard tape rolls 12mm in width and of any diameter. The way it works isn’t what you’d expect and is hard to describe, so we recommend checking out their video at the link below. But we’ll still try: press down on the end with the cutting edge to unstick the tape that’s been passed through the hole from the roll, then pull and cut at desired length before sticking it back down.

Find it at Zyp-Zyp – roughly $27 [via]

Productivity

Best Made Field Desk

Ok, so you’ll need some sort of surface set it up on. From there on, the Best Made Field Desk will take care of the rest. Designed in collaboration with Gerstner case makers and illustrator/artist Ross MacDonald, this briefcase is made of kiln-dried American cherry that’s fitted with brass hardware and a leather carry handle. Open it up to reveal a red aniline-dryed leather writing surface that lifts up on both sides to reveal recessed storage compartments for notebooks and the like. It’s built for a time without tablets and laptop computers, or for when you’d rather not resort to digital means.

Learn more at Best Made Co – $1,850

Home

Opløft Sit Stand Desk

Many standing desks are big, lumbering contraptions that we wouldn’t describe as minimal in any way. Conversely, we would the Opløft Sit Stand Desk. Opløft can be raised from essentially completely flat to almost 16 inches and literally anywhere in between, adjusted thanks to a handle and a stepless locking system. As it’s raised the desk platform moves forward to make more room for your legs (since you’d naturally not want them to touch the desk Opløft is perched upon), and its concealed springs and pneumatic lifting system compensate for weight on the desk to make the process basically effortless. Plus, with a weight limit of almost 90 pounds, even multi-screen desktop computer setups are supported.

Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $340

Tech

Moleskine Smart Writing Set

Compared to typing on a slick glass screen, writing on paper is pure pleasure. Too bad, then, that it’s not as practical when it comes to archiving, duplicating content, editing, and so on. The Moleskine Smart Writing Set fuses digital convenience and analog methodology, taking everything you write with the Moleskine Pen+ on a Moleskine Paper Tablet and replicating it on their iOS/Android Notes App in real time. It can convert your scribbling into images, vectors, PDFs, or even digital text notes for quick searching and editing, not to mention with the added benefit of making them more legible.

Learn more at Moleskine – $200

Desk

Edge Desk

Chances are high that your chair and desk combo wears you out after a few hours, making working or studying even more of a chore than it already was. The Edge Desk aims to help you find a better, more ergonomic bodily position that’ll stave off back strain and pain — and therefore increase productivity — by fusing a desk with a kneeling chair. Two thick, padded knee rests and a seat spread out your weight while the desk’s uncluttered white surface sits at the end of an arm with 5 length settings and various tilt options to find just the right position and angle. One size fits just about everyone and accommodates laptops, tablets, notebooks, large drawing surfaces, and more.

Find it at Kickstarter – $300

Gear

Pacific & West Walnut & Brass Notebooks

Creativity is fuelled by surrounding inspiration. And if you’re looking for a handsome notebook to write in it’s hard to beat Pacific & West Walnut & Brass Notebooks. Each boasts two 0.08-inch thin five ply genuine walnut covers — both on the front and back — that are bound together using a brass double coil and sandwiched over 100% post consumer recycled paper that comes in plain, ruled, or dot grid. And if you’re wondering about the gorgeous, minimal pen in the picture, that’s CW&T’s Pen Type-A.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $25+

GearProductivity

Mikol Marble Notebooks

Marble long exemplified luxury. Thing is the stuff is always either too heavy or too fragile (when cut thin), and thus classically confined to use in property. Mikol’s line of Marble Notebooks manages to integrate the stunning-but-delicate material thanks to refined methods for cutting and manipulating it, affixing real marble into both front and back covers. Laminated webbing and recycled corrugate between the marble grains let the covers flex, not shatter, and a lay-flat design allows the book to spread perfectly level for easy writing or drawing. The books come in both Carrara white and a darker Nero Marquina, feature 180 pages of archival grade 5″ by 8″ paper, and weigh a reasonable 0.81 lbs per journal.

Learn more at Mikol – $85