The Roadie 2 Automatic Guitar Tuner won’t just tell you if your string is tuned — it’ll literally tune it for you at the push of a button. To use this device, turn the scroll wheel to select the type of guitar (or bass) you’re tuning, be it acoustic, electric, a ukulele, a banjo, or whatever. Then place it the peg of an untuned string and pluck the latter and Roadie 2 gets to work, tightening or loosening the string automatically to get it just right. Because it comes preprogrammed with most standard tunings it’ll get your guitar in tune quick and switched between two keys almost as fast. If standard won’t cut it you can also use the app to create your own alternate tunings to your taste,. Vibration detection means it’ll still tune accurately in noisy settings, and a distinct Roadie Bass comes with a stronger motor and larger battery, both helpful if not necessary for tuning bass guitars.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $90
Concrete’s not the first material we’d think to go to in high-end audio equipment, but the Master & Dynamic MA770 Concrete Speaker — designed by Sir David Adjaye, the architect behind the new Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. — shows that the material’s acoustic properties are more solid (sorry) than you’d imagine. The proprietary concrete composite adds both heft and ample dampening, the latter to the tune of five times superior than wood. In terms of components the MA770 features two 4-inch woven Kevlar long-throw woofers and a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter, all driven by a 100 watt Class D amplifier. Each also comes with a removable magnetic grille to protect the speakers and features WiFi, Chromecast, and Bluetooth 4.1 on top of a wired input so you can stream to it however you’d like.
Find it at Master & Dynamic – $1,800
There’s no keypad, nor a dizzying amount of buttons on the Teodoor Smart Lock, which installs on the inside of your door rather than outside (the reason for this in a minute). Instead, interacting with it physically is as simple as twisting its circular handle, though of course the accompanying Bluetooth-connected app can handle this for you with a click. This system is easier to install than most smart locks since it sits over your existing cylinder deadbolt mechanism, replacing the cylinder itself in a couple of minutes and with just a screwdriver. The outer lock can still be accessed as usual using the same old key you’ve always used, and a set of CR123A batteries powers the thing for a year (though of course it’ll warn you through the app when charge is low). Otherwise the app lets you grant permission to others to access your home — like a friend to water your plants while you’re away, etc — and an optional WiFi adapter also adds on extra functionality like door movement sensing to warn you of suspicious activity.
Find it at Kickstarter – $100
Dubbed their best sounding wireless speaker ever — and you know they’ve made some great sounding stuff already — the Bose SoundLink Revolve and higher-end, handle-equipped Revolve+ are worth a listen. The speaker’s name and rounded shape point towards omnidirectional sound, and indeed both feature two opposing passive radiators, a downward-facing transducer, and an acoustic deflector, all ensuring that its sound is as clear (and loud) regardless of your position. The speaker’s aluminum shell is also sealed for water-resistance and the top and bottom are actually made of rubber to absorb shocks and bumps — and to ensure the speaker survives falls and a bit of roughhousing. Both also boast a universal threaded mount for attaching to a tripod or GorillaPod (or other accessory), 12 to 16 hours of battery life (for the Revolve and Revolve+, respectively), and work with the Bose Connect app for pairing multiple devices to make stereo setups or extend the music across larger areas with multiple other Bose speakers in Party Mode.
Activity trackers often come with a myriad of extra features that you invariable pay for whether you need them or not. Not the Misfit Flare Fitness Tracker. This slim, spartan device does what it promises and not much more, keeping tabs on your steps taken, your sleep, calories burned, and even tracks specific activities like swimming, soccer, and yoga. It’s without a display but features a single LED beneath a capacitive crystal face that you can touch to play music while you work out, skip through presentation slides, and that can also be used as a remote shutter for snapping group photos. The rest — like consulting gathered activity data and such — is done using an app that syncs your phone to the device using Bluetooth 4.1. There aren’t even batteries to charge regularly since a single replaceable coin cell battery powers the compact Flare for about four months.
Learn more at Misfit – $60
Can’t make the crucial decision of whether to spring for an iPhone or Android device? You won’t really have to choose anymore thanks to the Eye Smart Android Case For iPhone (that’s the back of an iPhone you’re looking at above). It’s basically a fully functional Android device rolled up into a case, adding a second fully functional phone on the back of your iPhone while also doubling the latter’s battery life. Features include a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, an SD card slot to expand storage by up to 256GB, wireless Qi charging, two extra SIM card slots (for running up to 3 phone numbers at once), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an infrared blaster to control your home theatre or AC unit from your phone — besides all the features and advantages that running Android 7.1 Nougat bring to the table. It’s also worth mentioning that it miraculously doesn’t appear thicker than most dedicated battery cases, and since it’s connected to your iPhone via the Lightning port transfer speeds are rather fast.
Find it at none other than Kickstarter – $120+
There’s a price premium to the Western Digital My Passport SSD over traditional disk-based portable hard drives, though it’s also smaller, lighter, more durable, and way faster. The drive couples solid state memory that attains speeds of up to 515MB/s to a USB Type-C interface that won’t bottleneck the former in the least. Dropping it from as high as 6.5 feet won’t cause issues (except possibly scuff up its enclosure), and it also includes 256-bit AES hardware encryption plus a USB Type-A (i.e. normal USB) adapter in the box for use with computers devoid of USB-C. Comes in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities.
Learn more at Western Digital – $100 to $400
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