Mazi can be your little digital diary and companion

Mazi Diary Companion Specs

Journaling is not a lost art yet, and we believe more people would want to dabble in this hobby if only they had more time. Writing down your thoughts and feelings in a diary can be time-consuming, but it offers several benefits. Journaling lets you improve your writing, self-reflect, and stay organized.

Writing in a diary also helps reduce stress because you can express your feelings and frustrations. However, writing takes time, so we only know a few people who write in their journals. If you can’t write in your notebook, you can try blogging. But if you still don’t have enough time, you can try the Mazi.

Designers: Pelin Özbalcı, Sergen Çağlayan (Nest Studio)

Mazi Diary Companion Release

Mazi is a digital journal that allows you to record what you’re doing. There is no need to write down your thoughts on a diary or a blog because you can keep one by simply “talking” to the Mazi. It comes with a compatible app that records what you say. You can easily remember your thoughts and what you’re doing with the product-app duo. The Mazi takes writing to a new level by recording your notes and “writing” them on an app. In a way, it’s like having a friend to talk to.

Mazi Diary Companion Features

Mazi Diary Companion

With the pandemic still in, people are still trying to beat loneliness. Social isolation has been a problem, and even if we’re already at the tail-in of the covid situation, people are still trying to beat their anxieties. We say you can still do everything you want to do to reduce stress as long as you’re not hurting anyone.

We suggest journaling because it allows you to express whatever is inside you. It may be good to verbalize or write down your thoughts. Don’t keep things bottled up inside because you might break down. Mazi can help you in little ways as it can help you ease distress, especially when struggling.

Mazi Diary Companion Sample

Mazi Diary Companion App

Studies have shown people who journal show reduced depression and anxiety symptoms. Mazi can be a friend to you, especially if you’re feeling lonely. No, it won’t talk back to you, but sometimes, all you need is a listening ear. This “ear” will record things you say and keep things for you.

The Mazi simply works like a small recorder—the kind that reporters use before smartphones. You press a button to record, rewind, and hear where you left off. You can also delete or highlight a part. No need to edit on the mobile app as you can edit right on the Mazi with the three touch controls.

Mazi Diary Companion Features

Mazi is a little companion about the size of a palm. It works with an app, so we’re assuming it works over Bluetooth or WiFi. It will just update the app whenever it’s paired with another device. It’s easy to use: simply press a button on the corner to turn it on or start giving commands.

Mazi can be your friend just when your loved ones are nowhere to be found because they are busy. It can keep your secrets like no friend or diary ever can. Every important moment in your life must be recorded. Even if you don’t have a phone with you, you can record things on the Mazi. There’s no forgetting what you have done or what you need to do because of Mazi.

Mazi Diary Companion Concept

Wear the Mazi around your neck with a strap. You can also clip it on a surface or on your shirt to record your thoughts hands-free. Design-wise, the Mazu is made of coral soft-touch plastic, recycled plastic, and white hard plastic. It boasts a white, simple packaging that is very minimalist. The box is secretive—just like the Mazi.

Mazi Diary Companion Journal

Mazi Diary Companion Journal Design

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Hover audio recorder concept makes everything seamless for you

Audio recorders used to be highly valued by many people. The older portable ones were used by journalists but as time passed by, they slowly switched to digital versions.

As people adapt to the times, audio technology also needs to improve. Sometimes, the demands and requirements in the world of media and the audience, are just too much.  The Hover audio recorder concept tries to solve such problems as a modern redesign of an old device that is rapidly being replaced by smartphones and other digital devices.

Designer: Sam Beaney

Hover Concept Audio Recorder Design

Hover Concept Audio Recorder Render

There are creatives who still depend on audio records but it can be a challenge to find the right one tool. Audio recorders are now being used not just by journalists but almost anyone who likes to capture every moment and share their thoughts and experiences with the world.

Those who are into podcasts or vlogging are the main target of the Hover. It’s not just another sound recorder. It’s one that offers computational audio. Simply put, the device combines computer science with digital audio analysis. There’s a system inside that processes audio to come out better for any audience so you don’t have to do a lot of editing.


Computational audio mainly does the editing for you with its many features. It can automatically remove background noise. It can apply auto EQ, auto compressor, and auto limiter already. The Hover can also produce RAW audio files if you don’t want the enhanced version of your file. The Hover may enhance parts of the audio not to your liking but you can always go back to the original record. Good old stereo recording can also be captured.

Hover Concept Audio Recorder Image

Designer Sam Beaney is known for “Design with Care”. Surely, the Hover cares about the user. You don’t have to worry about not pressing the record button or committing a mistake like accidentally recording you’re not supposed to be recording. The design of the Hover includes a slide button with a red LED that glows when in use. This way, you can easily see if you’re recording or not.

Concept Audio Recorder Hover

Like many devices today, you can expand the Hover’s system. You can add more useful extensions like higher-quality mics for almost perfect audio. The small but terrible audio recorder is future-proof and powerful. It uses mobile ARM chips and already comes with ultra-fast onboard storage. If 128GB is not enough, go for the 500GB model.


And when not in use, you can use the Hover as a smart assistant. It works with the Google Home voice assistant so it can do many mundane tasks for you like play your favorite song, set an alarm, turn on/off the lights, or remind you of the next item in your calendar or schedule.

Hover Concept Audio Recorder Sketches

Hover Concept Audio Recorder Sample

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Google’s powerful Recorder app now works on older Pixel phones

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Google’s voice recorder app is heading to older Pixel phones

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Pocket-sized Gadget Records Audio and Doubles as a Flash Drive

Despite its unusual brand name this gadget could prove really useful. The Uqique USB Recorder is a travel-friendly recorder that’s perfect for capturing audio on the go. This handy pocket-sized device makes it easy to record lectures in class if you’re a student, or capture an interview if you’re a journalist, and you can enjoy superb audio quality that amplifies voice and minimizes background noise.

It also plays audio files allowing you to have a portable music player with you at all times – without draining the battery on your smartphone. And when you need to bring important files with you to a meeting? It functions as an 8GB flash drive, too.

Get this triple-duty device today in the Technabob Shop for just $21.99.

Share Your Underwater Adventures!


Introducing, Octospot! It’s a compact camera (and much more!) for scuba divers everywhere. The t-rail click mounted system installs in seconds to transform your ordinary dive into one you can remember and track. In addition to images and video, the design features dive log data recording for post-dive review and it’s waterproof up to 200 meters. As for the camera itself, it captures 4k video, 15 second snap recordings, and 12 megapixel stills and uses a pressure controlled auto white balance that adjusts as you move further or closer to the water surface. After a dive, simply link it up with your computer for shareable content and an easy review of your experience!

Designer: Octospot




Share the Noise in Your Life

Tchotchkes, photos & other tangible objects are all effective when it comes to reflecting on our memories, but what if you could hear your memories rather than see them? The Backtrack concept explores this alternative sensory approach to preserving memories. Equipped with GPS, the device detects the user’s location & records audio when specified. Users then define the precise emotion they were feeling at the moment. The device saves each recording with an “emotional tag” that can then be shared on social media to let others in on the sound of your experience!

Designer: Maria Romero Pérez

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Sparkup Book Reader Adds Your Voice to Children’s Books: Once Upon a Time, All of the Time

Reading books with kids can be a fun bonding activity, but you can’t always be there to engage with the little ones. With Sparkup, even if you can’t be with your kids, they’ll still be able to read along with you. The “magical book reader” lets you record your voice as you read a book, so in the future your kids can hear your voice as they read the book.

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Sparkup works with books that have large pictures and are more than 7″ wide. Its camera helps it detect which page is being read so that it can play the appropriate recording. It has 256MB of storage, enough for 250 minutes of audio or about 50 books. You can store multiple recordings for different books, but as of this writing each book must only have one recording associated with it. Sparkup says it will release a software update so that you can load multiple recordings for the same book and let the reader choose which recording to hear.

Because the device doesn’t actually care what you record, you can use it to add sound effects or leave messages instead of reading the text. Here’s a brief demo and instructional guide for Sparkup:

You can order Sparkup from its online store for $60 (USD) each. The store also sells books that already have audio recordings.

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