This portable home speaker is a sculptural design that rocks a very Dyson-like aesthetic!

Reminiscent of a Dyson fan, Stelae is a portable home speaker designed to deliver quality audio through a technical build that could be mistaken for a piece of sculptural artwork on your coffee table.

Home speakers have a reputation for looking too high-tech to fit into modern living rooms. When placed beside gleaming photo frames and metallic light fixtures, the wires and bulky build of speakers take away from an otherwise clean, minimal interior design. Merging an abstract sculptural look with a metallic chrome finish, Stalae is a portable home speaker designed by Lucis Ceng to bring the subtle taste of sculptural work to electronic design.

While Stelae’s physical build is reminiscent of a Dyson fan’s, the inspiration for Stelae’s distinct form stems from sculpture work. Standing out from other home entertainment systems, Stelae’s speaker plumes from its circular base into the shape of a feather for a slim design that doesn’t take up too much room on the coffee table. The long tube-like portion of Stelae is also lined with four woofers.

Portable by design, Stelae comes with a wire for at-home charging but can also be run on its charged battery for wireless listening. The vertical control panel of Stelae is located at the top of the speaker, equipped with volume and play buttons, users can also connect to Bluetooth and turn the speaker on and off from the control panel. Along the outer edges of Stelae’s circular base, users can find the speaker’s USB type-c ports to connect their own smartphones and control the music from there.

While speakers are generally seen as bulky electronic hardware, Stelae looks to sculpture work to solidify itself as a statement interior design product, seamlessly blending in with other artwork around the house. Since Stelae is also portable, the artful design can be taken anywhere – from the beach to the streets.

Designer: Lucis Ceng

Inspired by sculptural artwork, Stelae has an appealing and distinct design.

The transparent tube-like portion of Stelae houses the speaker’s woofers.

Finished in chrome, Stelae merges sculptural artwork with electronic tech design. 

Marshall’s new ANC earphones are straight-up designed for absolute audiophiles

The renowned amp and audio gear-making company unveiled two new TWS models – the Marshall Minor III and Marshall Motif A.N.C. sporting a uniquely recognizable aesthetic that all audiophiles will absolutely love!

Both models (shown below) come in the unmistakable black finish, and come in a faux-leather finish case that’s complete with Marshall’s branding. The cases (which really looks like a mini amplifier at this point) open up to reveal the earphones inside, which are branded with the Marshall monogram too. Another pretty neat design detail is the diamond knurled patterns on the stems of both the earphones, reminiscent of the texture seen on high-end audio cables and jacks. The Minor III earbuds even come with a gold-tipped base, tying in with the gold-plating found on premium audio jacks.

Both earphones offer a commendable 20-25 hours of playback (along with the charging case), and sport intuitive touch controls.

The Minor III is Marshall’s most entry-level TWS earphone, at just $129. It features an AirPod-inspired open-fit design, is intuitive to use, and is easy to set up.

The Motif A.N.C. on the other hand is Marshall’s flagship TWS offering. Priced at $199, it features a sealed-fit design (thanks to silicone ear-tips) and sports active noise cancellation (which can be toggled using the button on the charging case). Being the higher-end of the two earphones, the Motif A.N.C. even comes with support for Marshall’s own Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app, which lets you access a bunch of other features, including a customizable EQ.

The Minor III will be available for $129 starting today (September 15th), while the Motif A.N.C. will be available for pre-orders at $199, with shipping starting September 30th.

Designer: Marshall

Elago’s new Airpods Pro case is shaped like a camera and holds an Apple AirTag inside its ‘camera lens’

Elago Snapshot Apple AirPods Case with AirTag

While all AirPods come with the Find My feature, Elago’s Snapshot for the Apple AirPods Pro case gives it another layer of security, letting you efficiently track it using the AirTag’s UWB chip and even locate it when your AirPods Pro is completely discharged.

It isn’t uncommon for most people to put protective covers on their AirPods cases. With their glossy plastic exterior, those cases are prone to scuffing and scratching, and the fact that they’re all-white just makes them easy to get dirty. The guys at elago figured that if you’re going to put a cover on your AirPods Pro case, you might as well add a few more features to it. The Snapshot case for the AirPods Pro comes with a camera-shaped design that neatly houses an AirTag inside the faux camera lens. Aside from looking like a tiny little point-and-shoot, the Snapshot protects your AirPods Pro from physical damage as well as theft. The all-silicone design helps absorb shock, while still enabling wireless charging… and the fact that you’ve now got an AirTag strapped to your AirPods Pro makes it really easy to use the Find My feature to track the exact location of your earphones.

Designe: elago

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Elago Snapshot Apple AirPods Case with AirTag

The Snapshot’s overall design pays a hat-tip to Leica’s cameras (for their clean design and their repeated collaborations with ex-Apple CDO Jony Ive). Available in Black, White, and a Sand Pink, the cases sport a red-colored faux shutter button on the top, and space for an AirTag on the front. The AirTag can be fitted forwards as well as backwards, letting you either have the Apple logo facing forwards, or flip it over to reveal the custom emoji or initials Apple allows you to etch on your AirTag. The Snapshot comes with a carabiner clip too, letting you carry your tiny little faux camera with you on your belt loop or attached to your backpack!

Elago Snapshot Apple AirPods Case with AirTag

Elago Snapshot Apple AirPods Case with AirTag

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Love Hultén’s latest modular synthesizer folds up and fits inside a slim wooden suitcase




Known for his quirky gadgets and oddly pleasing visual style, independent tinkerer and creator Love Hultén is back with his latest creation – a custom modular synth that fits entirely inside a wooden suitcase… legs, cables, and all.

Titled the EC1, the synth was commissioned by songwriter and producer Eren Cannata, and is a rather aesthetic mashup of a Roland JU-06A synth, the Cyclone Analogic TT-78 Beat Bot drum machine, the T-Rex Replicator tape delay, and the Boss Waza Dimension-C chorus pedal. Combined together like a sort of funky Frankenstein’s monster, the modules fit perfectly into the wooden housing designed by Hultén. With a two-part design, the EC1 opens apart into the keys at the bottom and the modules on top. It even comes with the steel legs tucked away inside the synth that let you set it up so you’re ready to jam in mere minutes. If you want to watch the EC1 in action, Hultén even takes it out for a spin in the video above!

Love Hultén EC1 Modular Synth

Love Hultén EC1 Modular Synth

Another one of Hultén’s oddly pleasing creations, the EC1 comes with an earthy color palette of an olive green panel and keys along with wooden knobs encased in a wooden cabinet that has the ability to fold down into a flat-pack case. The flat-pack synth is about as easy to assemble as a moderately challenging IKEA piece and comes with everything you’d need from legs to supports, and even the bolts you need to hold everything in place.

Love Hultén EC1 Modular Synth

Love Hultén EC1 Modular Synth

Love Hultén EC1 Modular Synth

Once assembled, the EC1 comes to life after you’ve plugged the decidedly retro coiled cables into the modules. The synth has its own set of stereo speakers built-in, and what looks like a strange glowing gemstone encased behind a glass window that definitely gives the synth a wonderfully steampunk aesthetic! Click here to check out more of Hultén’s work!

Designer: Love Hultén

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Maybe a circular Apple iPod isn’t such a crazy idea after all…

Apple has had its fair share of product successes, but none have been as impactful as the iPod. The iPod truly made Apple a consumer tech company, taking it out of its little box of being a niche computer manufacturer. It practically changed the music industry overnight, ostensibly killing the CD and the Walkman while simultaneously pushing a generation towards digital downloads. It also singlehandedly forced the entire music industry to pivot from selling entire albums to selling singles. As the iPod rapidly became a household device, it also spawned an entire industry of tech-accessory manufacturers who made speakers and docks specifically for the iPod… but most importantly, it allowed tech and fashion to collide in a way that nobody had ever experienced before… fundamentally changing how Apple would make products in the future. Andrea Copellino’s iPod Nano concept captures that very spirit of the iPod in a fresh new design that breaks the mold all over again.

Nostalgia can be an incredibly powerful emotion (case in point, the 2019 Moto RAZR), although Copellino’s redesign doesn’t capitalize on the old iPod’s iconic design. Instead, it challenges it with a fresh relook at what a music player from Apple could look like – and I’ll be honest. I like it for a bunch of reasons.

Apple iPod Nano Circular Concept by Andrea Copellino

As Apple gradually began phasing out the iPod, it increasingly began looking like the iPhone (in fact the iPod Touch was almost indistinguishable from earlier models of the iPhone). Copellino sidesteps this problem by giving the iPod a complete refresh and making it circular. The new iPod Nano paves its own path forward with a fresh new design that’s instantly distinguishable from the iPhone. It sports a circular UI that Copellino designed from scratch too, borrowing elements from the Apple Watch. It also comes with a circular display that looks just marginally smaller than the one used on the HomePod Mini.

Apple iPod Nano Circular Concept by Andrea Copellino

What I really enjoy about the new iPod Nano is that it looks different but feels the same. Classic iPods came with round jog-wheels that established a circular interaction, and the new iPod Nano’s circular display just carries that forward. Its puck-like design is comfortable to hold and comes with a clip on the back that makes it easy to secure your music player around your pocket.

Apple iPod Nano Circular Concept by Andrea Copellino

Apple iPod Nano Circular Concept by Andrea Copellino

The iPod Nano concept has a bunch in common with the iPhone (although its drastic design change really sets it apart)- it runs Apple Music, Podcasts, Siri, among a bunch of other apps. It’s entirely portless too, working seamlessly with the AirPods, Pro, and Max, and charges wirelessly. Ingeniously enough, the iPod Nano is exactly the same width as Apple’s MagSafe charger, allowing it to line up perfectly while charging. Magnets on the back of the iPod let it snap to the charger perfectly, ensuring alignment every time.

Apple iPod Nano Circular Concept by Andrea Copellino

Apple iPod Nano Circular Concept by Andrea Copellino

Is Apple going to relaunch the iPod? Probably not, although Copellino’s earlier concept looks a lot like something Apple WOULD launch. This circular iPod Nano is more of a design exercise or a fan-concept, although there’s definitely a dramatic appeal to it. I could totally imagine an alternate universe with colorful billboards of human silhouettes holding circular touch-sensitive iPod Nanos, and people lining up outside Apple stores to buy them!

Designer: Andrea Copellino

Apple iPod Nano Circular Concept by Andrea Copellino

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This DIY Bluetooth Radio comes with every part you’ll need to build your very own speaker–from the bass up!

The R3 DIY Bluetooth Radio from Celia & Perah audio engineering company allows users to build their own speakers and learn about the magic behind its superb sound quality.

Choosing the right Bluetooth speaker often boils down to the technical details. Once we find a couple of speakers we like, technical details like sound quality, acoustics, and pressure become the ultimate deciding factors. However, knowing which technical details to look out for takes a lot of research. As much as we enjoy listening to music, understanding the technology behind it sometimes gets lost. That’s why Celia & Perah, a quality audio engineering company, launched R3, a Bluetooth speaker that users can build themselves to learn more about the ins and outs of audio engineering.

For Celia & Perah, weaving in the DIY aspect of R3 provided the speaker with a bit more meaning. When someone buys an R3 Bluetooth Speaker, they’re also buying the experience of building their own music-making device and learning more about “the acoustic magic behind the [speaker’s] superb sound quality,” as Celia & Perah put it. R3 is a DIY Bluetooth speaker that can be built within an hour and customized to fit your taste. Users can even spraypaint it a certain color to match the tone of any given room.

Equipped with a 3.5mm Aux jack and USB drive, the R3 DIY Bluetooth Speaker allows users to play music via Bluetooth, the radio, or an aux connection. Offering surround sound that rivals that of a concert, Celia & Perah took two years to fine-tune R3’s sound quality to cut out any potential feedback or distortion. Utilizing the energy-efficient 30W Class-D Amplifier for optimal audio quality, its lower power dissipation produces less heat and saves up space on the circuit board.

When users buy the R3 Speaker, they’ll receive a pack of wooden boards, two two-inch 48mm 8W full-range drivers, a 16W RMS amplifier, an FM/volume knob, a function knob, a PCBA, and accessory essentials like connecting cables and wool felt covering. Along with the packaged items, users will receive assembly instructions that bring them through the entire building process. Each speaker comes with a speaker range of 68~20,000 Hz and 8 hours of battery life to ensure quality sound day-in, day-out. The 4.0 EDR+ Bluetooth has a transmit range of ten meters, so you can bring R3 to the beach or to a party and not worry about stopping the music or the party.

Designer: Celia & Perah

In the age of DIY, the R3 Bluetooth Radio is right at home. 

The wooden panels of the R3 DIY Bluetooth Radio can be spraypainted to meet the taste of any room.

The R3 DIY Bluetooth Radio can be customized in black for a more refined look. 

Users build every part of their R3 DIY Bluetooth Radio, from the bass up.

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The Navy Invented a Device That Stops People from Speaking

When I was a kid, the best way to get my brothers to stop talking was to repeat what they said right after they said it. Now, the U.S. Navy has taken that simple concept and expanded upon it to disrupt people from speaking at a distance. Their invention, known as the handheld acoustic hailing and disruption (AHAD) system, captures speech using a long-range microphone, then plays it back after a brief delay. Not only is the result annoying to its target, but there is also scientific evidence that playing back one’s speech immediately after speaking can quickly disrupt our ability to speak coherently.

The AHAD system was invented by Christopher A Brown of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, and the Patent abstract below explains how it works:

“The present invention relates to a communication disruption system. In a first audio path, a microphone receives input sound, an amplifier system amplifies the sound, and a sound system transmits a first output sound. In a second audio path, the microphone receives input sound, a delay circuit delays the sound, the amplifier system amplifies the sound, and the sound system transmits a second output sound. A target speaker will hear the first and second output sounds, with the first output sound being a reproduction of their speech heard nearly simultaneously with the original speech, and the second output sound being a reproduction of their speech heard slightly after the original speech. Due to the delayed auditory feedback effect, the target speaker’s concentration will be disrupted, making it difficult for them to continue speaking.”

While the Navy could use such a device to prevent terrorists from communicating or disrupting military activity, I could also see this tech being used for nefarious purposes, like preventing free speech at protests. On the other hand, I’d love a personal version of this that I could use during boring PowerPoint presentations.

[via Popular Mechanics]

This Mini Wiener Dog Speaker Cranks Out Dachsounds

The driver in a speaker cabinet that puts out the low frequencies is called a “woofer” or a “subwoofer,” but I’m guessing this 3″ long wiener dog speaker is more about his charm and cute looks than his abilities to produce deep bass. The little red dachshund connects via Bluetooth and requires no walks, dog treats, or rabies shots. And the next time someone asks “Does your dog bite?” you can answer with a very confident “No.”

If your landlord won’t let you have a real dog but will let you play music as loud as a 3″ Bluetooth speaker can play, this should be a great purchase. You can adopt your own wiener dog speaker from Firebox for $14.

 

 

This wall-mounted record player syncs to your phone for mobile control, is an instant conversation starter

This tremendous idea of amalgamating analog and digital is the brainchild of Oscar Olsson, and on the wall, it looks darn cool and futuristic. The vinyl here looks like it’s floating in the air, but it would spin ever so smoothly beneath the needle producing the classic vinyl sound that we are accustomed to.

Who doesn’t like the sound of the classic vinyl? Considering the impression that this charismatic audio creates, the sales of vinyl players have scaled up tremendously over the past few years. Reportedly, it’s for the first time since the 1980s that vinyl records have surpassed the sale of CDs in America. The revival of this audio technology has given birth to many record players – retro-modern, vertically oriented – and now a designer has taken the concept right off the table and mounted it on the wall along with some mobile connectivity to go with it.

The record players have evolved with time and with the increasing demand of late. However, according to Olsson, not much has happened in the area of record player’s space utilization and use of technology, even though “technology has taken huge leaps.” This is why the TT–90 System (turntable that’s flipped 90-degrees) has been conceived, which is a result of thought, research and the designer’s design ability and 3D modeling skills.

The TT-90 System designed in three colors: black, orange and white – basically solves two major issues with the conventional record player. One, it takes the bulky, cabinet-type appearance and replaces it with an eye-pleasing wall-mountable, sleek form factor. Second, the otherwise rudimentary player can now be either controlled through onboard controls or the vinyl player can sync to a smartphone for mobile control.

The idea of putting the record player on the wall is fantastic – it looks playful, blends well with the surrounding, and sparks interesting discussions – but it frankly poses problems of stability and convenience. Olsson has addressed this with the use of rubber packs against the wall to minimize vibration and has used a threaded knob to hold the vinyl disk tightly while spinning vertically. From how it appears we are impressed with the idea and would want the TT-90 System to be fine-tuned and ready to cater to our vinyl listening experience soon.

Designer: Oscar Olsson

Marvel Sound Effects Machine: Hulk Smash!

Just like Star Wars merchandise, there’s a market for every single sort of Marvel product you can think of. And to prove that point, this is the Marvel Sound Effects Machine. With the push of a button, you can play one of eight sound effects from Marvel superhero movies, and I’m pretty sure I just found the new soundtrack to my life.

The small, 3″ tall sound machine is powered by two AAA batteries and sound effects include Hulk’s “HULK SMASH!”, Iron Man’s suit launch, Captain America’s shield toss, Spider Man’s web shooters, Falcon’s wing darts, Groot’s “I am Groot”, Hawkeye’s arrow shot, and Thor’s Hammer Blow. Unfortunately, it does not include Hulk’s “Puny God” or Iron Man’s “I am Iron Man.”

Obviously, I’m going to put one on my desk at work and only respond to coworkers with Marvel Sound Effects. And if I can’t answer a question with a Thor hammer blow or Hulk smash, well, I’m not answering it.