• TECH

    Introducing the technology edit for our 2020 Gift Guide. What you'll find inside is an editorially curated mix of various tech objects that have made our lives easier, from LARQ's self-cleaning water bottle that features a UV water purifier to a souped-up smart baby crib with motorized swaddle settings—an innovation by the MIT Media Lab and Yves Behar. For the wellness-oriented, the latest Apple Watch comes equipped with a bevy of health-focused features, from measuring blood oxygen levels and the soon-to-launch Apple Fitness+ integration. If your nightstand needs a dose of zen, Muji's calming Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser disperses a fragrant mist around your room and emits a gentle glow, doubling as a bedside lamp. Forget the surveillance state—when done right, sometimes tech really can improve the human condition. We’re confident you’ll find something enticing on this list.

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  • Photos courtesy of Dyson
    DYSON
    Pure Hot + Cool Air Purifier, Space Heater & Fan
    $499.99
    Let’s face it: City air is chock-full of pollutants, allergens, and bacteria. Thankfully, Dyson’s range of sleek indoor air purifiers are scientifically proven to capture 99 percent of these harmful particles in real time and deliver 77 gallons per second of smooth, powerful air flow, all while doubling as a statement piece and space heater.
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    OB-4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
    $599
    This is not just another Bluetooth speaker. While it is fully equipped with wireless audio, along with a line-in jack and FM receiver, the OB-4 is so much more: introducing the world’s smallest turntable. Tunable to hi-fi and lo-fi frequencies, the motorized tape dial controls DJ-esque effects like loop length and beat repeat. Or turn it to one of the three settings on Disc Mode—ambient, karma, metronome—for a moment of mindfulness. You can also throw it over your shoulder and hit the streets just like your groovy high school days.    

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    Oblio Wireless Charging Station & UV Sanitizer
    $80
    This might be unequivocally the most timely–and useful–gift to give this year. Resembling a sleek vase or minimalist design object, the Oblio incorporates 2-in-1 technology to wirelessly charge your smartphone, while simultaneously sanitizing it using embedded UV LED lights. Add it to the list of pandemic-inspired essentials, but we wouldn’t be mad about making this a coffee table mainstay.
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    SAMSUNG
    The Serif QLED TV
    $999
    Blurring the lines between furniture and technology, the Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec–designed Serif features a distinctive “I” shape and a harmonious 360° form that looks good from any angle. Eschewing the static nature of traditional TV’s, this one bolster’s the aesthetic of the room. It can be positioned almost anywhere: a counter, a bookshelf, or as a decoration in its own right. The brothers also designed Samsung’s Ambient Mode, which they describe as “a bit of wind in the room,” or a way to camouflage the screen with ambient colors and digital art. It even has a suave easel stand that would make Bob Ross smile. 
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    ODA System by Anna Karlin
    $399
    The future of live music remains unclear in the age of coronavirus—a prospect that’s leaving holes in the hearts of audiophiles everywhere. Fortunately, the startup ODA recently dropped a speaker system that may have radically reinvented how we experience live music. Sporting a pared-down wooden design by Anna Karlin, the smart speaker system uses a direct feed from artists’ studios (Bradford Cox, KeiyaA, and Arca have all signed on) to bring live music into your home on a nightly basis. For selective listeners, it features a “do not disturb” option and also connects to personal devices via Bluetooth to play your own music. 
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    Apple Watch Series 6
    $349.99
    In a year where wellness feels more important than ever, we’re not surprised the latest Apple Watch has so many health-focused features. From measuring blood oxygen levels and generating ECGs in real-time, to improved activity rings, sleep tracking, and the soon-to-launch Apple Fitness+, there hasn’t been a better time to get your hands on one. (Or wrists, that is.) It looks good, too. With a variety of new faces and just-launched solo loop bands to choose from, and Gold Stainless Steel joining the colorway lineup alongside Space Black Titanium and Silver Aluminum, we love how the Series 6 can be customized to meet anyone’s style needs.
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    BALMUDA
    The Toaster
    $329
    Who knew toaster ovens could be so chic? We love Balmuda’s polished take on the everyday appliance. With its innovative steam technology, precise temperature controls, and five enlightened modes–sandwich, artisan bread, pizza, pastry, oven–The Toaster is no less functional than it is beautiful. And given all the extra use our kitchen appliances have been getting this year, it’s also a great excuse to ditch your old one.
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    Insulated Self-Cleaning Water Bottle With UV Water Purifier
    From $95
    A self-cleaning thermos? Now we’ve seen everything. At the touch of a button, LARQ’s new stainless steel water bottle uses innovative UV-C LED technology to purify water and clean its own inner surfaces by eliminating odor-causing bacteria and viruses. Not only does the bottle intelligently activate every two hours to keep itself fresh, but it also sports a double-wall vacuum insulated layer to keep water cold for 24 hours.
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    Happiest Baby
    SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet
    $1,395 or rent it for $129 per month
    We’ve come a long way since hay-lined mangers. SNOO’s souped-up smart crib is a baby’s—or is it a parent’s?—dream. Motorized swaddle settings and calming white noise from built-in speakers coalesce to create spa-like womb rhythms, microphones detect sounds and movements, and the app even tracks sleeping patterns. The brainchild of Dr. Harvey Karp, who collaborated with MIT Media Lab and designer Yves Béhar, the bassinet is akin to what Karp calls the “fourth trimester.” Sounds pretty cushy to us.
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    Bang & Olufsen
    Beogram 4000c Recreated Limited Edition
    $11,000
    No one is more responsible for Bang & Olufsen’s timeless design ethos, rooted in the Bauhaus, than Jacob Jensen, who conceived the look and feel of the brand’s products for 27 years before retiring in 1989. In celebration of B&O’s 95th anniversary, it’s bringing back one of Jensen’s masterpieces: the Beogram 4000 series turntables. Each one has been meticulously restored by a team of craftspeople at the headquarters in Struer, Denmark, including its original tonearm which is still hailed as one of the most innovative technologies of its time.
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    MUJI
    Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser
    $69.50
    Unobtrusive and characteristically minimalist, Muji’s pared-down aroma diffusers embody the finest qualities of Japanese design. It uses ultrasonic waves to effectively diffuse and disperse a fragrant mist around the room and emits a gentle glow, making it a great alternative for a bedside reading lamp.
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    FORME LIFE
    Personal Training Studio
    $2,495
    Wherever there is innovation, Yves Behar is usually near. That’s certainly the case with Forme Life, an A.I.–driven oversized fitness mirror equipped with resistance training equipment and a touch-screen experience that accesses a library of workouts for the body and mind. Compact, stylish, and tech-forward, Behar has done nothing short of revolutionize the home gym.

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    Mapuguaquen
    ‘The Sound of the Earth’ Hand-thrown Clay Speakers
    $790
    Mapuguaquen’s speakers might be the first to ever pair state-of-the-art technology with age-old pottery craft. Fired in a kiln at 1000 degrees celsius and then molded into a spherical vessel, each hand-spun speaker, created by Pablo Ocqueteau & Philine von Düszeln of Documentary Design, is a one-of-a-kind décor object that just so happens to be fully optimized with modern audio technology. Aesthetically and acoustically, it’s one of the most organic offerings in all of consumer electronics.
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    TK-01
    $775
    Terra Kaffe's TK-01 is the coffee maker for the post-iPhone world. The sleek bean-to-cup espresso machine, designed between Brooklyn and Berlin, has an iOS-like interface that allows users to customize with exacting precision: brewing temperature, coffee dosage, espresso extraction volume, milk frothing duration, hot water volume, and brewing pressure. The best part? The built-in grinder means you can say goodbye to those pesky pods forever.
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    Sennheiser
    HD 800 S Anniversary Edition Headphones
    $1,700
    Celebrating 75 years since its founding, the German audio specialist has dropped a limited series of Anniversary Edition Headphones, each with its own serial number. This model has stood the test of time, remaining in Sennheiser’s portfolio for years, simply because it's impossible to make them better. The HD 800 makes music sound like pouring liquid velvet into your ears.
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    Wolfgang + Hite
    Hudson Yards "The Vessel" Novelty Butt Plug
    $75
    New York-based architecture and exhibition design practice, Wolfgang+Hite, has outdone themselves with a limited-edition run of butt plugs modeled after Thomas Heatherwick’s monumental—and widely panned—sculpture in Hudson Yards. “Made of medical-grade silicone, this simulacrum of the original Vessel will take you to dizzying heights,” reads Wolfgang & Hite’s product description. Given the heavy criticism of The Vessel, we see the holistic connection to butt stuff. And, after all, self-flagellation is a great metaphor for the latest development boom in New York City.
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