Last week we saw Tag Heuer’s latest take on the smartwatch. This week we meet Montblanc’s first. The Montblanc Summit Smartwatch pairs the brand’s classic design with a 400 by 400 pixel AMOLED display (that’s shielded by a domed sapphire crystal lens) and tech-heavy features that let it do a lot more than just time telling. A suite of features streamline use and include Google Assistant, Global translator, voice-to-text messaging, and Google Maps for navigation — perhaps no surprise considering the Summit runs the latest version of Android Wear. The 46mm diameter watch also tracks activity levels and boasts a surprising amount of sensors including a heart rate monitor, e-compass, and barometer. Each also comes with various analog-looking Montblanc faces to adapt to any occasion — or any outfit.
Learn more at Montblanc – $890
It’s not written by hand, nor is it a static print. The Joto Drawing Robot is instead a sort of whiteboard that you’ll never need to update by hand since an integrated two-axis mechanical arm is glad to handle that for you. Telling it what to draw is accomplished with a computer or mobile device, which lets you type it out, trace it by hand with your finger or a stylus, or put up illustrations, either your own or others’. Then Joto gets busy, cleaning the board with its replaceable eraser and drawing again with its flush-fitting custom dry-erase pen. It’s also got a variety of practical uses only limited by your imagination including functioning as a to-do list or for reminders, doubling as a calendar, or as a sign in your small business.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $200
It’s about time they got a wireless speaker on their books, but the V-Moda Remix Bluetooth Speaker is unique in that it’ll double as a headphone amplifier when you’re not using it to openly blast beats. The speaker features glass fiber dual-drivers and a passive bass reflector that together produce an immersive three-dimensional soundstage consistent with the brand’s on-ear offerings. Or plug in your full-sized high-end headphones, V-Moda or not, to drive them with added power — 83mW per side to be exact — sparing the need to purchase a separate dedicated headphone amp. It also comes in silver aluminum (shown) or black leather, works with Amazon’s Alexa, wirelessly daisy chains with other Remix speakers for even bigger sound, and in typical V-Moda style can be decked out with a variety of 3D-printed custom accessories including bespoke ones made of platinum or gold that cost a pretty penny.
Learn more at V-Moda – $300
Samsung’s Serif is one unconventional TV design that stood out from the spartan slim-framed black rectangles we’re used to. Now the Samsung The Frame television is another. While most sets strive for thin or nigh-nonexistent bezels, The Frame embraces its, well, frame, to look more like a work of art, and adds to this with an “Art Mode” that displays custom-designed art to liven up your living room. It also boasts Samsung’s Invisible Connection (a thin, partially transparent cable that separates the TV and its inputs/power) and No Gap Wall mount so you can hang it nearly flush with the wall just about anywhere without cables mussing up the view.
Coming sometime in spring. Read more of Samsung’s press release here – $TBA
Smartwatches all run more or less the same operating systems, be it watchOS on the Apple side and Android Wear for just about all others. And the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch is no different in this respect, running the latter. Where it sets itself apart is modularity, since this latest gen model lets you swap out parts — and not just straps, either, but the buckle, lugs, bezel, or even the watch’s core module itself, when warranted. The module that’s included now though is already amongst the best in the market, boasting a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, an Intel Atom processor, 4GB of onboard storage, and a battery of sensors and wireless radios that notably include GPS, NFC, a mic, and even WiFi alongside Bluetooth 4.1. And like any good Swiss timepiece it’s also water resistant to 50 meters despite its far techier inner workings.
Learn more at Tag Heuer – $1,650+
Any smartwatch-owning watch lover faces a dilemma that repeats itself on a near-daily basis: wear a classic timepiece or slap on a [comparatively dinky-looking] smartwatch? Fortunately, you soon won’t need to choose with the MMT E-Strap. The device’s brains are contained in a tiny buckle extension that’s nearly completely hidden by the strap itself, monitoring activity, sleep, delivering alerts and notifications, and doubling as a discreet vibrating smart alarm. Android and iOS apps provide an interface and the E-Strap’s battery lasts for a week per charge — far better than your tech-laden smartwatch — and it’s water resistant to 3ATM to boot. Several leather and finish options also match the straps to your favorite timepiece.
Available in April. Learn more at MMT – $TBA
Like a ref that takes subjectivity out of shot calling, the In/Out Tennis Line Call Device is likely to save a few friendships of ultra-competitive but casual tennis players. It takes about a minute to install the GoPro-sized device to a net post before it starts calling the shots, auto-calibrating to the court in question and analyzing every ball with 99% accuracy. The impact of each ball with the ground is recorded and analyzed by the device in real time to be later viewed on any Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, and closer calls can be re-examined as it records them in HD. And since it lights up green or red at every shot that’s in or out, respectively, with a sound to signal those out of bounds, it eliminates a lot of ambiguity and assumptions from the game.
Find it at In/Out – $200
Near-term, maybe, but the future of FM radio, as it stands, is anything but guaranteed. Though it won’t matter much with the Tivoli Model One Digital, a future-proofed version of its classic Model One radio that adds WiFi and Bluetooth streaming alongside the auxiliary input and FM options of the latter to conveniently stream from your own music collection or your Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, and other cloud music playlist. The radio boasts a furniture-grade wood cabinet in white, black, ash, and walnut, with a Gabriel fabric speaker grill that altogether make it look a cut above the ocean of plasticky Bluetooth speakers you’ll find elsewhere. It pairs nicely with Tivoli’s Cube (and other speakers) for making a stereo pair and controls via either their app or a single brushed aluminum dial that turns the unit on by pushing and holding, increases volume by turning, and switches between sources with short clicks.
Learn more at Tivoli – $300