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.
If pressed, my philosophy when it comes to interior design is one of minimalism with industrial and rustic accents. So I love it when a company makes pieces that fit into all of those categories. Urban Wood Goods is a Chicago based company that uses reclaimed wood from old buildings and barns to create masterpieces. Their Urban Wood Goods Stool ($135) is a modern industrial stool that is built with salvaged Douglas Fir floor boards that are sanded smooth for comfort. The base is made from steel and the feet are adjustable, so you never have to worry about wobble. Check out their site for more great finds.
Okay, now you will be forgiven for thinking the last thing the world needs is yet another flavored vodka, and you are about to be proved right by reading Boozehound ($15). The well known raconteur and spirits writer Jason Wilson brings together a unique mix of the history of spirits, a recipe collection and a travelogue in this awesome book. Boozehound also digs deeper to discover the origins of our favorite drinks as well the, often surprising, reasons behind the choices we make. In reference to today's colorless, odorless and it has to be said tasteless spirits, Jason champions the Old World liquor with unique, hard to define flavors. A great book for anyone bored with what is on offer in their local bar.
If you make music, then you'll want to consider adding the Korg Minilogue ($500) to your arsenal. The Minilogue is the first polyphonic analog synthesizer with presets at its price point. Polyphonic instruments can play multiple notes at the same time, usually making them much more expensive. The Minilogue features a 16-step poly note and motion sequencer, voice allocation mode with eight modes, delay effect, 200 editable preset locations with 100 preloaded, and an OLED screen with an oscilloscope. With such a great set of features, you also need a beautiful hardware. With this kit your get metal shaft chassis-mounted posts, rubber-coated knobs, a curved aluminum panel, and a Pyinkado wood rear panel.
I just want to start by saying I lose my keys all the time. I usually end up finding them, but it is usually only after a long tortuous search. And then comes along the hipKey ($90). The answer to my prayers. The hipKey works with your iPhone and has five useful modes. It will tell you when the hipKey or your iPhone are too far away from each other. You can set it to alarm when moved. You can use it to find your iPhone or visa versa. You can turn the alarm off and you can put the hipKey in your child's pocket and it will tell you when they've traveled too far. The hipKey is available from the Apple Store.
The Logitech [+] Case ($199) may be the last case you need for your phone. The magnetic case can be used alone to protect your phone, to mount it on metal surfaces or with one of the four additional accessories. Along with the case you get, the [+] Tilt which is a leather kickstand, mount, and earbud wrap, the [+] Drive car mount, [+] Wallet to hold cash and your credit cards, and [+] Energy which is an external battery that provides you 2300 mAh of additional power for your phone. Right now Logitech is only offering the full kit, which costs quite a bit. Hopefully after the initial launch they'll provide users with an a la carte option.