The ZANAO Drone ($219) is small, autonomous, and developable. Zano may be the most sophisticated nano drone. It allows you to capture aerial photography and HD video all on a platform small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and smart enough to fly all by itself."A number of sensors work seamlessly together to allow the ZANO to avoid obstacles, hold its position and know where it is in conjunction with your smart device, at all times."Basically, this means that wherever you and your smartphone go, the ZANO is sure to follow. It also means that on its way it will maintain its altitude and avoid objects without user input. It also comes with a "Free Flight" mode which allows you to flight it using an on-screen joystick. The Kickstarter campaign for the ZANO is currently going on now.
A building doesn't have to be large to perfectly meet its requirements. The FLOAT Watershed Writing Studio ($TBD) is just 100sf but does its job perfectly. The Watershed was commissioned by a philosophy professor and well-known nature writer, as a retreat for herself and visiting writer friends. It was made to engage with the environment without disrupting it. Some features include small tunnels that run under the studio to allow for local reptiles and amphibians and a water collection basin that doubles as the front step the draws birds and deer.The structure features a steel frame and cedar planks. The steel frame and wood enclosure allow for updating or recycling piece-by-piece as necessary.
The Minuteman One-Handed Watch ($164) is a cool take on the standard military watch. The watch takes a simple approach to telling time and although it may be a little imprecise, it is still a quick and easy way to tell the time within 5 minutes in just a single glance. It has twelve main marks that denote hours and smaller marks that denote 15 and 5 minute intervals. The single hand makes two full rotations each day. This watch is inexpensive and would make a great daily wear watch as well as a great conversation piece.
Fanhattan is about to release their set-top box that combines the features found in your standard cable box with your streaming services like Netflix. Fanhattan's Fan TV Set-Top Box ($TBA) will give you access to TV, DVR, VOD, and streaming movies from a single interface. Fan-TV's discovery service will allow you to find your favorite shows across various streaming services while letting you watch titles from your local cable or satellite providers. The big selling point here is that you don't have to switch back and forth between your cable box and your streaming device, i.e. Apple TV, Roku. You can find everything you need from a single interface. Fan-TV will not be sold directly to customers. They will be partnering with Pay TV companies to make the box available to their customers. If they also let you read movie files from an external drive I might be sold.
The HiFiMAN HE-400s Planar Headphones ($300) may be the best sounding headphones you'll ever buy. The planar drivers and open back of these headphones deliver the clarity, detail, and sound staging of much more expensive speakers. The HE-400s feature 98 dB sensitivity which basically means they can be driven by almost any device, including your favorite smartphone. They weight just 350g or 12.3oz allowing you to wear them for extended periods without fatigue. One thing to keep in mind is that because these have an open back they will not be your best bet for listening on airplanes as you will experience some sound leakage.
If you need an opener that opens more than just bottles, then you need to take a look at the Bob Multi-Opener ($25). Bob is made from hardened aluminum and measure 6" long. Along with bottles it can also open pull-tabs, crown caps, twist caps, and vacuum lids. Bob is a perfect addition to any bar or kitchen.