Saturday, October 24

Give In To Your Vices

TERRA KAFFE TK-01 ESPRESSO MACHINE

With its automatic bean-to-cup process, the Terra Kaffe TK-01 Espresso Machine is the closest thing to having a live-in barista.

The machine offers a whole menu of drink options on its LED touchscreen and is even equipped to fill the most specific orders with its highly-customizable settings. Rather than pods, the TK-01 cuts back on the waste by using whole beans.

The integrated hopper holds up to a 12-ounce bag and grinds the beans fresh before each cup. There’s also a milk frother for those who prefer lattes and cappuccinos. At the end of the day, a self-cleaning cycle rinses the milk and coffee systems before shutting down.

NOMAD BASE STATION PRO WIRELESS CHARGER  /  $230

Combining advanced hardware with proprietary algorithms, Nomad’s Base Station Pro can wirelessly charge up to three devices at once.

Dubbed FreePower, the technology uses a matrix of 18 coils that locate devices and work together to form an electromagnetic coupling with the power receivers.

As a result, devices charge anywhere on the padded leather surface, while no-slip rubber feet hold the machined aluminum frame in place. It supports charging speeds up to 7.5W, gets its power from a 30W USB-C PD power supply, and can be updated via that same USB-C port for improved performance.

YESTERDAY VISION CLASSIC CONSOLE TV

Televisions have slowly evolved from handcrafted pieces of furniture into the giant black screens of the current age.

Inspired by the wood consoles from the 1960s, this Classic Console is handmade from Mahogany with a large volume Mahogany dial. The retro piece houses a 19″ 4:3 monitor with full-range loudspeakers and a built-in Raspberry Pi computer.

The computer runs all the best video game emulators — from SNES to Atari 2600, and the 1280 x 1024 screen has HDMI inputs on the back to give games and streaming video a visual upgrade. The screen even uses a custom barrel-distortion effect to mimic the curve of a retro monitor.

SONY 16K CRYSTAL LED SCREEN

Debuted earlier this year as a commercial product, Sony’s module Crystal LED system is now available for residential use. Using ultra-fine, micro-LEDs measuring half the width of a human hair, it seamlessly scales from Full HD at 110″ up to a mind-boggling 16K — or 64 times the pixels — at 790″.

As a result it’s well-suited to a wide variety of applications and spaces, wowing with precise HDR color reproduction, an extremely wide viewing angle, and high frame rates.

PHILIPS HUE PLAY SYNC BOX

Ambient lighting, when synced to the content on a TV, can add to the immersion of a great TV show or film. The Hue Play Sync Box promises to make Philips’ smart lights change color in sync with whatever’s on the screen.

It sits in between the TV and video sources like streaming boxes and consoles, analyzing the color data in the HDMI signal before passing it along. For obvious reasons, an existing Hue system is required, and it will be available starting October 15th.

RED CARPET HOME CINEMA

It’s the dream of everyone with a home theater: the ability to watch the same movies that are currently showing at the multiplex but from their own home.

Red Carpet Home Cinema can make the dream real. Interested individuals need to submit an application, and once approved (and their $50,000+ credit card limit confirmed), they can rent current-run movies right from the white-glove delivered and installed media server for $1,500-$3,000 a pop.

The service has signed up several notable studios thus far, including Paramount, Warner Bros, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, and MGM, and given the founder’s backgrounds leading Ticketmaster and Warner’s distribution arm, it’s likely that many more will join in the near future.

HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. TRAVEL AMENITY KIT  /  $32

You should still feel like you’re in first class even if you’re flying coach. To ensure your journey is comfortable no matter where you are in the cabin, there’s the Herschel Supply Co. Travel Amenity Kit.

The set includes a sleeping mask, synthetic suede slippers, an inflatable neck pillow, and foam ear plugs to block out any noisy passengers and provide the ultimate in-flight experience. It also comes with a drawstring pouch to hold all the goodies while you’re still navigating the terminal.

PANASONIC HDR UHD VR GLASSES

Given a circular silhouette to appear and feel more like traditional eyewear, Panasonic’s latest VR glasses are even more notable for what’s on the inside. Anticipating the greater bandwidth of 5G networks, they’re capable of reproducing 4K ultra-high-definition images in HDR.

To do this, they leverage a Kopin-developed optical module, paired with in-ear audio tuned by the Technics team so the sound matches the visuals. They’re on display at the 2020 CES and will be further developed with an eye on an eventual commercial release.

NEBULA MARS II PRO PORTABLE PROJECTOR

Nearly twice as bright as the Mars II, the Nebula Mars II Pro model keeps all the other things that make the original great.

Those include auto-focus technology that delivers a sharp 720p image in as little as one second, making setup a breeze, three hours of battery life, and Android 7.1, letting it support the built-in streaming apps.

It also packs in dual 10W speakers and HDMI and USB inputs into a compact design with a built-in handle that makes it easy to take to the campsite, the backyard, or just the next room.

SAMSUNG THE PREMIERE UST LASER PROJECTOR

The latest entry in Samsung’s line of lifestyle displays, The Premiere is the world’s first HDR10+ triple-laser projector.

Its ultra-short-throw design allows for the display of images up to 130″ from directly in front of a wall or screen. Its 4K resolution is accentuated by a peak brightness of 2,800 lumens, outstanding contrast, and integrated streaming apps.

A filmmaker mode ensures a view experience akin to the director’s intentions, and built-in woofers and Acoustic Beam surround technology completes the all-in-one design.

Expect The Premiere to begin rolling out later this year.