Zeiss VR One
After Oculus teamed up with Samsung to create the Gear VR, the budget option Rift powered by your Galaxy Note 4, there were undoubtedly quite a few pouty faces unhappy that they couldn’t use it with their phone. Fortunately, the Zeiss VR One is designed to be a manufacturer agnostic virtual reality headset. The catch? Phones are held in place with custom trays designed to fit the handset and currently it only supports the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 6. More are on the way but it may be a while before your handset is one of those supported.
Mondaine Helvetica No1
Unsure what to buy your typography-obsessed partner? How about a watch inspired by one of the most popular fonts of the last 50 years? This gorgeous timepiece from Swiss manufacturer Mondaine translates the neutralism embodied by the classic sans-serif typeface into its clear and uncluttered design. Mimicking three of the font’s four original weights, the Mondaine Helvetica comes in light, regular and bold and contains some nice hidden nods to its inspiration, such as lugs inspired by Helvetica’s distinctive number one.
For any start-up with physical merchandise to sell, taking product shots is a necessary evil. However, obtaining professional results without spending a fortune is tricky to achieve. Foldio solved that problem, offering a foldable, portable studio that allows start-ups to capture excellent product shots with minimal hassle. Now in its second generation, Foldio 2 is twice as big as its predecessor, has brighter LED lighting and comes with a dedicated app helping to tweak shots after they’re captured.
With the internet of things marching ever closer, finding ways to pimp your home has never been more important. Flic is a smart button that can be set a multitude of different functions, coming with three assignable clicks. Want to pause your music and ring your beau? Dim your lights and set a movie playing? Send a distress message if you fall in the shower? Flic can do it all and, as its developers are working with other apps and services to expand its reach, soon you’ll be controlling all your services with a single click.
Dubbed ‘the world’s first OLED light’, aerelight is a razor-thin lamp that also comes with the benefit of being energy efficient whilst kicking out 1,000lx of super bright light – about twice the brightness of the average office. But its tricks don’t stop there; its frame is also touch capacitive, meaning it can be dimmed or flicked off with a single tap, whilst its base acts as a wireless charging pad for compatible devices. But one slight caveat is that aerelight don’t come cheap; at $239 (£152) this skinny lamp isn’t the choice for those with similarly skinny wallets.