Using what little extra money we had saved up from the holidays, we began looking almost immediately for ways to spend it on things we definitely don't need. But holy god do we want them. Once we devoted a healthy portion of our disposable income to our favorite shirts and jackets, we moved beyond the world of menswear and into the ephemeral world of gadgets.
Aedle VK-1 Headphones
We first came across these VK-1 headphones from French brand Aedle on Selectism, our refined sister site. With the VK-1, premium materials come together with high-performance titanium transducers for a pair of headphones that blow any other stylish pair out of the water. The first batch ships this month but is unfortunately already sold out. In any case, head to their site to sign up for the next limited shipment.
For a true bird's-eye view of the world look no further than the LA100 from Lehmann Aviation. The unmanned aircraft soars up to 300 feet in the air to take pictures of the ground below. All that's required for operation is plugging the battery in and launching it. Unfortunately the GoPro is not included but you can head over to Lehmann's site to buy your own unmanned craft.
Logitech Ultrathin iPad Mini Case
Our office's iPad Mini has been keeping us busy and distracted the past few weeks and has indirectly led to at least 3 physical fights here at Highsnobiety HQ. That said, a solid case could come in handy right about now. We recently came across Logitech's latest offering which combines a protective magnetic case with a keyboard. Sounds perfect for our needs.
Yeah this one isn't technically a gadget but it's so cool and so close to being a gadget that we had to include it. Photographer Chris McVeigh came through on this one and promised to upload building instructions shortly. Fingers crossed he sticks to his word as this LEGO model seems even cooler than the original.
UPDATE: You can order Chris' designs, including the above Mac, here.
Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer
The creative team at Teenage Engineering released their much anticipated OP-1 Portable Synthesizer to critical acclaim. Sure there are plenty other portable synths on the market but few are able to match the OP-1's clean, simple design with a built-in 4 track tape recorder, 4 track mixer, and all the other cool features the device comes with. Pick up yours here.
OYO Speaker Ball
If you can't tell by now, we're pretty in to sound and things related to sound. Portability is cool, too. That's why we've included the Ballo Portable Speaker by OYO. The spherical speaker was designed by the Swiss studio Bernhard Burkard and projects sound in every degree - all 360 of them. For a hair above $30, you can't go wrong. Grab yours here.
iPhone 5 Mophie Juice Pack Case
Like Diane Keaton's character in Annie Hall the Juice Pack Case from Mophie is neat. Slimmer than previous battery packs, the latest release adds 80% more battery life to your battery-sucking device. The included micro USB cable allows you to charge both your iPhone and the case at the same time. In a word, Mophie's Juice Pack Case is the best of its kind out right now. Pick up yours straight from the source.
Nike FlyKnit Lunar1+
More technology than gadget, the construction process involved in Nike's premier trainer was advanced enough to earn them a place on Time's Best Inventions of 2012. After a brief delay, the sneakers have officially been released and can be picked up straight from Nike's online shop.
Are you tired of losing your car keys? How about losing your phone? Both of those things will most likely continue to happen until the end of time but the hipKey will certainly help decrease those chances. Hook the hipKey up to your keys and track their location with your iPhone or find your iPhone using the hipKey. Until you can ask Google where your idiot self placed something, the hipKey is your best bet.
Cube 3D Printer
Even though 3D printers have been all the rage the past few months, it seems like no one actually has one or has even seen one in person. They're like the Big Foot of technology. Perhaps that's a testament to the type of people we hang out with more than anything else, but in any case a few 3d printers have allegedly come to the market and at reasonable prices to boot. The Cube 3D Home Printer is one of these and the contemporary design in combination with the plug-and-play connectivity makes it a front runner in the home 3D printer market. Pick up yours here.