The votes are in! A WiFi enhancer, an astronomy camera, and a children’s watch are among our favorite projects this week.
Portal is a turbocharged WiFi router that enables 300x faster WiFi than a typical router. The secret is in its ingenious use of radar sensors, which allow it to circumvent FCC regulations against using the spectra of WiFi usually reserved for radar systems. HD media streaming is here to stay, and Portal is leading the way to a new phase of instant gratification.
Tiny1 is the world’s first astronomy camera made to be smart, small, and social. Designed to make astrophotography a point-and-shoot experience, Tiny1 lets you take photos of the stars without expensive equipment and expert knowledge. An interactive star map helps you plan your images, and any lens on the market can attach to Tiny1 with ease. With social capabilities to share your pictures instantly, Tiny1 lets you capture the wonders of space from your backyard.
Octopus is the first icon-based watch designed to help your kids understand the concept of time and to establish good habits. Octopus acts as a scheduler as well as an assistant for parents and guardians. You can send your child a quick reminder to feed the fish before getting ready for bed, or to pack their lunch for tomorrow. By showing specific graphics to corresponding times, such as a knife and fork for lunchtime, children will begin to correspond events with specific times. Octopus even grows with your child by teaching them how to read digital and analog clocks!
Escape from the world and create your own personal zone with Muzo, an adjustable acoustic device with noise blocking technology. Muzo features three different modes: Serenity, Sleep, and Secret. Serenity creates a zone of silence, Sleep mode uses scene creation to promote restfulness, and Secret mode protects speech privacy through sound masking. Turn on Muzo and enjoy the sweet sounds of silence.
The Dato DUO is a groovy toy synthesizer for two. The music it makes sounds like two robots dancing in a 1980’s vision of the future, and it’s bound to delight toddlers and adults alike. It’s super simple to use and is designed with an analogue experience in mind, with only dials, knobs and buttons, so there’s no barrier to jamming out.
With no game master to guide you, explore and defeat forces of evil in Massive Darkness, a dungeon crawling board game! Level up your heroes and watch them gain powerful new spells and launch their ultimate Signature move. With gargantuan Roaming Monsters to watch for, Massive Darkness is a game that requires teamwork to reach the light at the end of the dungeon.
iSCOUT is a patent-pending HUD that aims to make driving a better experience and help you redefine your ride. By syncing with your smartphone, ISCOUT displays incoming calls, texts, and social media content, along with a blind-spot camera, navigation control, and voice controls. Get ready to drive safer and smarter with iSCOUT.
Never check your bag again with the Aer Travel Pack, the ultimate carry-on backpack for those on the go. Designed to fit the carry-on limits for domestic and international airlines, the Travel Pack features a unique clamshell to allow for easy, full-access packing. With compression straps, easy access document pockets, and adjustable padded straps, Travel Pack is the only bag you’ll reach for when it is time to board.
Calla is an indoor garden that allows herbs to grow and thrive in the comfort of your own home. Just fill the water tank and add your herbs and nutrients, plug it in, and let Calla take care of the rest! By mimicking natural light with horticultural LED technology, Calla helps your plants thrive as well indoors as they would in nature.
The Duchess is the ultimate table designed to enhance your board game playing experience. Featuring an inset playing surface to prevent dice from going on their own adventure, and a padded neoprene surface for easy card pickup, The Duchess even has easy-access cup holders for quenching your thirst mid-game. With an optional table topper to convert The Duchess into a regular dining table, isn’t it time to step your game up?
Today is a 24-hour clock with a single hand that will redesign the way you see your day. Its face is beautifully designed with color gradients that represent the different portions of the day, replacing the traditional numbers you’re used to with hues that make a whole lot more sense intuitively. If your wall decor can also reduce your anxiety about time, it’s fair to say that pledging for “Today” will be time well spent.
The Buoy is a truly waterproof speaker designed to fill the room with music without weighing down your bag or breaking the bank. It boasts a staggering 24-hour battery life and a passive subwoofer for great bass response, and it’s two speaker drivers deliver a whopping 10 watts of power in an ultra-portable package. Bring the party with you wherever you go, by land or by sea!