Amazon’s Echo Look fashion camera will stop working on July 24th

We hope you wren’t leaning on Amazon’s Echo Look for fashion advice — you’ll have to find an alternative soon. Amazon has confirmed to (via TechCrunch) that that it’s shutting down Echo Look functionality on July 24th. Simply put, the com...

Google offers a free Nest Mini to YouTube Premium subscribers

Google is bringing back its smart speaker giveaway from last year (via Android Police). However, this time around, the company's offer is available to a greater number of people, with a simpler sign-up process in place as well. To find out if you're...

The original Google Home is ‘no longer available’ in the company’s US store

Don’t expect to buy Google’s original Home speaker straight from the source. Android Police has noticed that the Google Store in the US lists the Home as “no longer available.” That’s also the case in Japan, while Canada’s store asks you to “join wai...

Two of Apple’s former HomePod masterminds prep a ‘revolutionary’ speaker

Many tech startups like to brag about having former employees of Silicon Valley giants among their ranks, but this is one that may have more of an impact than most. Financial Times sources say that ex-Apple design legend Christopher Stringer and engi...

This award-winning speaker is the kind of overachiever we love

Speakers for designers are like pizza toppings for regular people, you can never stop with the combinations and you have to keep innovating to find THE one. And on that note I’ll say the Seda speaker is climbing the top speaker charts very rapidly, I mean it has already won the Silver A’Design Award Winner 2020 while being a finalist in the Azerbaijan Design Award 2020 and getting an honorable mention in Design that Educates Awards 2019. Overachiever but we love that in design!

Portable speakers don’t usually have intriguing aesthetics, so Seda was created with the intention of blending both visuals and technology to make it stand out. Its physical form radiates a zen feeling while also having a multifunctional appeal. Seda isn’t just smart, it was made to be intelligent. Seda has a pen holder in the center which also acts as a small space organizer. It features an embedded light bar in its external body which works as a desk light and it also has a dim ambient light – to be honest, this speaker is more lit than the playlist I made for it. It almost looks like an accent interior piece for your home than a portable speaker.

It can be connected via the USB port and Bluetooth, so you can leave it out instead of putting it away in a drawer with a bag of chords (never know which one of those belongs to the speaker!). The media player control panel embedded in Seda’s body makes it compatible with multiple devices so you can connect more than just your phone via Bluetooth. If holiday season isn’t canceled this year, I am putting Seda on my wishlist!

Designer: Arvin Maleki

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Apple’s HomePod falls to $200 again at Best Buy

Don’t worry if you missed out on the last time the HomePod was on sale — the deal is back. Best Buy is once again selling Apple’s smart speaker for $200, or a full $100 off the usual price. At that cost, it could easily make sense if you’re in an App...

Grab two Echo Show 5 smart displays for $90 at Amazon and Best Buy

If you’re just starting out with smart speakers or want multiple tech-savvy clocks around the house, this might be the deal you’re looking for. You can buy two Echo Show 5 smart displays for the price of one at Amazon for $90 if you enter the code SH...

The Yandex Smart Speaker feels friendly and human-like, because it sort of looks like one

There’s a slight sense of dissonance when you’re talking to a cylinder with LEDs around it, and it talks back. The Echo, the Nest Home, the Apple Homepod, all have a slightly homogenous shape that looks like a gadget, but behaves like a human. The Yandex Station hopes to make a slight alteration to that dissonance. Shaped to look like a Matryoshka doll (you know those Russian nesting dolls), the Yandex Station looks like a speaker, but bridges the gap by anthropomorphized it and ‘feeling’ almost like a human.

Designed by Belarus-based Kiryl Miahkou, the smart speaker for Yandex has an instantly friendly demeanor to it, with not so much as a sharp edge to be seen anywhere. The rounded forms, almost human proportions, and the presence of a touchscreen interface exactly where you’d expect the face to be, everything contributes to the Yandex Station’s ability to appear affable. The speaker comes with a wraparound fabric clad, like most speakers, sporting classic decor-friendly hues, while a touchscreen interface on the top lets you navigate through the speaker’s features… or you could just talk to Yandex’s voice AI, knowing that you ARE speaking to an artificial human, but at least the speaker’s design is trying to bridge that gap and humanize the speaker instead of blindly opting for a sleek tech-y exterior.

Designer: Kiryl Miahkou

This wearable speaker combines the best features of earphones and portable speakers

Sure we’ve seen portable speakers but have you seen a wearable speaker? No, not a concept, this Tech-Life BoomBand is a wearable speaker you can actually own if you want to expand your audio and tech collection with the coolest gadgets. Why do we need a wearable speaker, we can just use earphones or use our portable speakers, right? Not quite, let me tell you why.

One of the most common reasons for accidents on the road is people wearing headphones or earphones while they walk, ride bikes or drive. Earphones and headphones cut out a lot of ambient noise and we often get lost in the sound which can be unsafe. Portable speakers are not something you can slip into your pocket or carry around in your hand – it is simply inconvenient. That’s when a sleek, unobtrusive, wearable speaker like the BoomBand comes into the picture to give you the best of both worlds – you don’t have to ‘carry’ it and you will still be able to hear important announcements while having your music within your reach.

It has six hours of battery life (more than any wireless audio earphones or headphones can claim) so you can actually get away with forgetting your portable Bluetooth speaker at a picnic if you have the BoomBand! Tech Life has designed this personal gadget to release crisp and clear sound while keeping the form as compact as a wristwatch, you can tune it to your desired volume or raise it if you’re the DJ in your social circle. This nifty device is lightweight, comfortable, and blends with your wardrobe seamlessly.

Designer: Tech-Life

Amazon discounts its Echo Show speakers to as low as $50

Now might be a prime opportunity to shop if you’re looking for a connected alarm clock or a video viewer for the kitchen. Amazon is offering substantial discounts on its Echo Show smart displays, with the Echo Show 5 on sale for $50 ($40 off) and the...