Hardgraft’s clever leather case turns into a 3D stand for your headphones!

The difference between a regular headphone case and Hardgraft’s ingenious case/stand is quite simply just a fold-line! The flat leather case transforms right into a 3D docking platform for your headphones just by simply creating a crease in the base.

The case is entirely made from leather, and features a wool-felt inner layer to protect your headphones. A zip lets you secure your precious B&O Play headphones within the case, while a clever diamond-shaped base turns the flat case into a three dimensional one, allowing you to perfectly rest your headphones on it in a way that’s equal parts aesthetic, functional, and sheer genius! Just like all of Hardgraft’s fine products, the Peak Headphone Case/Stand is made out of high-end top-grain leather from Tuscany and 100% wool-felt from Germany.

Designer: Hardgraft for Bang & Olufsen

A designer’s sensible take on the AirPods redesign

All it took was a chamfer to make the AirPods sensible. Designer Xhakomo Doda reworked the world’s favorite wireless earbuds, giving them a slight facelift to make them better. Better how, you ask? Well, these redesigned AirPods don’t need an ugly Dental-Floss case, and they can snap to the sides of your iPad Pro to charge too. That’s better, isn’t it?

Xhakomo’s AirPods look virtually the same, barring a slight chamfer on one side that allows you to magnetically dock it in places. The two AirPods can either be docked to their wireless-charging baseplate (which acts as a replacement for the AirPods case), or can be docked to each other, securing them in a way that makes it easier to prevent one of them from getting lost. The flat surface even goes the distance, allowing you to snap the AirPods to the side of an iPad Pro the way you would an Apple Pencil, allowing you to charge them in a way that uses Apple’s ecosystem pretty efficiently… not to mention that flat surface can actually do a better job of guiding your fingertips and giving you a better surface to tap, double-tap, and slide against.

Designer: Xhakomo Doda

This luxurious turntable was made for music lovers of all generations!

The all-American luxury brand, Shinola, has created its first audio product and it is a beautiful turntable! Right now as we all practice social distancing, it reminds us of the things we did a decade ago when we had free time – reading, dancing to music (or jazzercise?), experimenting in the kitchen and even starting blogs just to express. Having a vinyl turntable reminds me of simpler times and classic products that one must have at some point in their life. Turntables appeal to staunch audiophiles and also to music enthusiasts of all generations. Just as having a Nintendo Gameboy is to a video game lover, vinyl players are to music lovers – it is almost like a rite of passage for your interests and we can all agree having a turntable makes us look like we have our life together with a background score.

Designers: Brett Lovelady, Shinola, Astro Studios, and VPI.

For this Runwell Turntable, Shinola teamed up with Astro and VPI to design a luxurious turntable fit for the revival of the vinyl era. An official press release describes Shinola’s turntable as a “two-speed, belt-driven turntable with an integrated phono preamplifier and will be equipped with an Ortofon 2M blue phono cartridge.” The belt-driven pulley has speeds of 33 1/3 rpm and 45rpm. The turntable also features heavyweight platter and aluminum tonearm that are custom variations of VPI staples that are universally loved.

The Runwell Turntable is crafted to elevate your interiors while upgrading your music collection from just a folder of audio apps on your phone. The turntable is priced at USD 2,500 and will be available at select brick and mortar locations as well as online. Personally, I love the experience of going to an actual store if I can and experience the product myself as we do in Apple stores.

Runwell turntable’s sleek build has all the classics that make for an eternal statement home accessory – aluminum, white oak, and natural leather. Each element and material used is known for its sonic capabilities which are a priority over aesthetics. It looks simple yet polished and fits in almost any decor style. The oak and leather have a warm essence, which adds to the emotion that classic record albums bring much unlike the visuals of steely, robotic products of today.

What makes it a perfect blend of classic and modern is that it can be plugged in and played, this let’s many more enjoy having a turntable without doing a deep-dive into its complexities and hoarding records. Sometimes all you want is a beautiful turntable and play your favorite album without the worry of technicalities and maintenance. The Runwell turntable is made for everyone who enjoys music without forcing them to adapt to old methods. Even the VTF (vertical tracking force) is pre-set so just plug and play!

It arrives in a protective heavyweight box with simplified instructions, so all you need to do is remove the stylus guard, attach the flat drive belt, plug your RCA cables into a line input on your amplifier, plug in the power, and play. You can choose between a rose gold model or the silver and black model, both will be a great addition to your space. Be right back, making a Pinterest board of vinyl turntables right now.

An inclusive speaker design that lets the blind see through music

Sometimes we can take the gift of sight for granted – we are fortunate to be reading this right now but we forget that vision is used beyond just reading too. Think about it, to listen to music we use an app to select a genre or skip a song, to cook we use a recipe book or Google it quickly which shows that we are dependent on our sight even to make the most of our other sensory experiences! Stephen Ow and Kah Kiat wanted this feeling to be accessible to all so they created ‘Note’ – a book that is a mixtape for the visually impaired or the blind. I love the name Note, it strikes the right ‘chord’ with the music and book lovers!

Note is basically a smart speaker but in the shape of a book. Why shaped like a book? Because it is one of the first things that the visually impaired/blind demographic would be likely to pick up for education or entertainment thanks to Braille’s global use. Hence, Note combines the inherent behavior (gestures one makes when reading a book) with the language they know to give them the ability to listen to music without having the need to “see” the screen of an app. You may wonder why not use a voice-controlled smart speaker? The designers wanted to make a device with a personal touch rather than relying on the gift of speech that the user may or may not have, so to make this accessible to every kind of blind person, Note was given its unique form and function.

The book inspired jukebox is created on the pillars of inclusive design that optimizes the users’ existing skillset and especially focusing on “touch” which is crucial for the visually impaired. Books are easier to operate than speakers because they don’t require any set-up. The user can flip a page for a new genre or flip back to play another song. A cool feature is how the volume control works – it is adjusted on how wide the book is opened. The pages are double-hinged which allows for a small electrical box to be placed in the device for sensors and switches inspired by how we open musical greeting cards. Each page has the details in Braille so the user can enjoy their music independently and that itself is a moment they must treasure given that almost every other activity involves assistance.

It is truly the little things that give joy in life, like seeing music and reading through speakers!

Designers: Stephen Ow and Kah Kiat

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These chic retro-glasses are actually a pair of smart gaming headphones!

The Mutrics GB-30 are a pretty great combination of fashion and function… and that’s always what you want with consumer electronics. Take the AirPods for instance. They’re a style statement, and people who use them would argue they’re some of the best wireless earbuds on the market. Following that design mantra are the Mutrics GB-30, a pair of retro-chic glasses with bone-conduction earphones built into them, inspired heavily (and even named after) the GameBoy – a design theme chosen specifically for the GB-30’s core demographic. Gamers.

Outwardly, the Mutrics GB-30 are a pair of really cool, chunky, vintage-gaming-inspired glasses. On the inside, however, the sleek glasses are fitted with open-ear audio drivers, or bone-conducting earphones that provide a private audio-listening experience, especially for gamers, without the need for a cumbersome pair of gaming headphones. The GB-30’s open-ear audio drivers are arguably perfect for gaming. Whether you’re on Twitch, streaming your kill-streak or on the subway with your Nintendo Switch, the GB-30 are a pretty voguish way to listen to gameplay audio, while the open-ear technology means you can hear stuff around you too. The drivers are calibrated to deliver rich, directional sound so you can listen to and identify where a gunshot is coming from, or dialogues from a non-playable character. The smart-wearable’s gamer-friendly design extends to the glasses too, by equipping you with blue-light blocking lenses that allow you to game for longer without the visual strain.

By far one of the GB-30’s most eye-catching design details is the presence of the GameBoy-inspired control panel on its right-temple-stem. Designed to work in tandem with your phone or Bluetooth device, the buttons can help you increase or decrease volume, play-pause audio, accept or reject calls, and even summon your phone/tablet’s voice assistant on command. Designed much like the kind of sunglasses you’d see from brands like Zungle, the GB-30 works equally well with your phone, providing a great music/podcast listening experience, as well as with your gaming device, delivering rich gameplay audio, while protecting your eyes as you play away. The GB-30 is certified IP55 water and dust-proof, and comes with 4 hours of play-time on a full charge – features that avid gamers will appreciate along with the GB-30’s undeniably retro-hipster design that is sure to put it on every gamer’s wish list!

Designer: Mutrics

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Here’s what Dyson’s ‘air-purifying’ headphones could (possibly) look like…

Is it just great timing or what? Just earlier this month, Dyson filed for a patent that brings its air-purifying technology to a smaller, more portable scale. The company famous for making some of the most powerful vacuums, fans, and hair-dryers in the world just disclosed in a patent that they may be working on a portable, wireless pair of headphones with air-purifiers built right into them. Based on those patent files, here’s a concept that brings those visuals and Dyson’s form language together into something that isn’t just a bunch of line-drawings. It’s important to point out that this is just a concept created to help people visualize the product, and isn’t connected to the Dyson brand.

Say hello to the Air-Purifying Headphones. Armed with around-ear cups on both sides, and a dual-headband design on the top, the Air-Purifying Headphones have a unique way of combining air-filtering with audio-playback. The upper headband swivels forward to cover the face, and features the iconic bladeless-fan-style form that helps route air directly to the nose and mouth. The headphones house a powerful motor and filter located within the left and right cups, drawing air from the grilles on the outside and channeling them through and out of the headband’s air-outlets. According to the patent, the purifying headphones would feature propellers that spin at 12,000 rpm and draw in 1.4 liters of air per second each to filter particles like dust and bacteria. A key requirement of the motors would be to function quietly, allowing the headphones to offer great audio playback too.

Apparently, Dyson’s been working on wearable purifier tech for a while now. The company’s seen great growth in its purifier department in countries like Asia, where less-than-desirable air-quality has made owning home-air-purifiers rather commonplace. Shanghai was the top-selling city for Dyson’s purifiers in 2017. With its wearable purifiers, the company hopes to work on a personal level, rather than a spatial one. Headphones and face-masks are perhaps two of the most commonly worn face-accessories outdoors, so combining the two into a singular product could actually be a pretty good idea. Besides, the swiveling headband and its hollow design may just help people unlock their phones with their faces while breathing clean air… a feature that isn’t possible with traditional face-masks.

Given that this concept was developed off patent-drawings, it’s difficult to say if Dyson’s headphones would even remotely resemble these renders… that’s if they do plan on releasing them. Details on the headphones, its functions, and its price aren’t available either, but the fact that the company’s invested in shrinking its air-purifying technology to fight pollution on a more dedicated, personal level – that’s definitely something worth lobbying behind!

Designer/Visualizer: Sarang Sheth

Disclaimer: The Dyson Air-Purifying Headphones are a conceptual render aimed at visualizing public-domain patent files. These renders aren’t affiliated with or connected to the Dyson brand in any way.

Patent Files via United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office

The world’s thinnest truly-wireless earphones don’t feel like a floss-box in your pocket

In the interest of consumer-friendliness, someone designed what is arguably the most satisfying pair of truly wireless earphones. The CARD20, as they’re called, come with a coveted iF 2020 Design Award for being incredibly slim, pocket-friendly, yet as robust and long-lasting as other truly wireless earphones on the market. They feature a capsule-shaped design that measures a stunning half-inch in thickness, allowing them to slide right into your pocket without creating that unsightly bulge. To keep the CARD20 thin and lightweight, the case even comes with a windowed lid that allows you to see the headphones inside them, giving you the added advantage of knowing if you’re ever missing an earbud by simply looking at the case.

The case’s razor-thin and lightweight build comes thanks to opting for an aluminum construction over a plastic one. The individual earbuds (which weigh 0.1 ounces each) feel practically weightless, while their design profile ensures a proper, lasting fit, brought about by testing the earbud’s design on as many as 6000 ears. The CARD20 comes equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 for a strong, low-latency connection, and the earphones provide 4 hours of music playback, while the case can juice them for an additional 16 hours.

Like all truly wireless smart earbuds, the CARD20 lets you use intuitive gesture-based controls to play or pause music, increase or decrease volume, answer and reject calls, and even summon your phone’s voice assistant… and to top it off, they’re IPx4 waterproof too, making them slimmer, lighter, classier (that anodized aluminum finish, though) than other truly wireless earphones, while being just as functional… and THAT’s how you design award-winning consumer-friendly tech. Oh, and they’re just $79!

Designer: YOBYBO

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Modular headphones that mix your sound to match your space

Imagine having a sound system so versatile that you can actually play Lego with it! DE-MO, which stands for Detachable and Modular, is exactly that – an ecosystem of replaceable speakers, cables and headband accessories that you can use to create an audio experience based on your needs. It has a minimal aesthetic and a sleek build so you’ll never look like Tarzan with the cords – DE-MO is built for the minimal millennial.

DE-MO adapts to your needs so instead of having to keep a track of different headphones and cables for different situations, it offers a single set that can be expanded over time. It even gives you the option of adding a microphone and volume control clip – now you can finally go on that run and not be compelled to answer any phone calls!

This modular audio system was made keeping YOU in mind – there is something for everyone who uses DE-MO. If you are working out and want your headphones to be lighter, just strip away some accessories and you’re good to go. If you’re at the office and want to focus, but make sure you hear your boss call out to you – there is a set up for that too. By the riverside and enjoying a quiet moment for yourself? You can have a completely immersive experience with your favorite songs and savor that me-time with DE-MO. Now you have a playlist for every mood and a headset for every playlist!

Designer: Hans van Sinderen

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Kohler’s new Alexa-enabled bath-fitting showers you with water as well as music

Kohler seems to have taken a massive liking to bathroom-singers with its new showerhead. With a halo-shaped design, the Kohler Moxie Showerhead allows you to fit in a wireless speaker into its negative cavity, giving you a luxurious Kohler-worthy shower with handpicked (or rather voice-picked) tunes to accompany you as you bathe.

Now the Moxie isn’t a new product. Kohler released the quirky showerhead+speaker combination in as early as 2012, but the new update (to be showcased at CES2020 next week) allows Moxie to communicate with Amazon’s Alexa voice AI, allowing you to ask it to play songs (or karaokes), brief you on the news, or order you some more shampoo. The Moxie speaker is detachable and docks right into the torus-shaped showerhead using magnetic action. The Moxie speaker is also completely waterproof, with an IPX67 ingress rating, and is tuned specifically to work seamlessly over the sound of gushing shower-water. The speaker comes with a playback time of 6-7 hours (enough to cover a week’s worth of long-baths), and along with the showerhead, should be available at the end of this year, and could cost anywhere from $99 to $229 depending on the options.

Designer: Kohler

This retro yet modern minimal radio is designed for the love of all things nostalgic!

Everyone loves a good old quintessential radio stereo. However, Ruark Audio’s latest release the R1 Deluxe Bluetooth Radio promises to perform just like your trusty radio but with a few upgrades! Featuring an adorable square shape, the R1 Deluxe Bluetooth Radio carries a very retro-esque charm, however, its functionality is deeply rooted in the present.

Equipped with the latest OLED display, the display showcases the song you’re listening to, the time and any alarm details you may have set. No matter which angle you may view it from, the display is always legible, retaining its readability from every position. The brightness can be adjusted according to your needs. What makes the stereo even more interesting is it’s RotoDial controller! Radios usually tend to be accompanied by a bunch of dials and knobs, however, Ruark Audio’s trademark RotoDial eliminates the need for multiple buttons, allowing easy access and control of the radio.

With top-notch FM, DAB and DAB+ performance, the radio has also been power-packed with a premium Bluetooth receiver, allowing you to connect your smartphones and tablets, and letting you stream music from your favorite platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, etc.

Pop the stereo onto your bedside table, and you can use it as an alarm clock! Equipped with a headphone output and a switchable input, it is compatible with other audio devices as well. A USB charging port helps you charge your smartphone and other devices. A radio stereo that functions as a handy bedside alarm and phone charger? It’s got me hooked! However, the R1 Deluxe Bluetooth Radio’s classical mid-century aesthetic seals the deal for me. Modern and innovative in its functionality, the radio successfully maintains the old school charm which made the stereo so popular in the past!

Designer: Ruark Audio

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