Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Level

Bang & Olufsen has been working on a minimalist, WiFi, modular speaker that has adaptable acoustics and a minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired design.

It has a powerful five-driver set up that delivers immersive, full-range sound that adapts based on the speaker’s orientation. Laid down, standing up or hanging on the wall, speaker automatically expands the width of the sound to reach everyone, everywhere in the room.

The frame is crafted from premium aluminium in Denmark and thanks to its modular design allows for replacement batteries, changeable fabric and wood covers, and more. The soft-touch buttons are seamlessly integrated into the frame and there is an integrated proximity sensor allowing for the buttons to appear when needed and ensuring that they are the right brightness at all times.

A smoothly integrated handle ensures easy pick up while IP54 dust and splash resistance means you can place it anywhere with confidence. With up to 16 hours of battery life, this elegant speaker is designed to enhance whichever room it’s moved to.

At the back of the device, there is a seamless circular plug that magnetically clicks into a depression at the rear similar to MagSafe on the new iPhones.

The Beosound Level with Google Assistant/ AirPlay and ChromeCast allows you to play your favorite music, control volume and find information about the song that you are listening to, hands-free. If you want discretion, simply slide the button on the top surface of Beosound Level to turn off Voice control completely.

It is available in two colours – Gold tone with light oak or Natural with dark grey and costs £1,099 for the natural and £1,299 for Gold.

Tesla reveals Model S Plaid and Plaid +

Tesla has recently announced its latest update to the Model S – now with triple motors, some mind-blowing specs and a whole a new interior. The current range is now filled with the Long Range edition with dual motors and all-wheel drive which has a 412 mile range and now the triple motor Plaid and Plaid + with 390 and over 520 miles respectively.

The new Plaid and Plaid + versions come with a new top speed of 200mph, acceleration to 60mph in 1.99 seconds with a peak power output of 1,020hp and 1,100+hp. Tesla has always had some insane numbers and it keeps pushing for mainstream manufacturers to catch up.

It has recently updated its interior too, swapping a normal round steering wheel to a yoke style steering wheel and removing all stalks including the gear stalks. The Model S will now use Ai to determine which gear you need. The indicators, horn and lights are now buttons on the steering wheel.

Another major change to the interior is the central screen. It has been changed from a vertical orientation to a 17-inch horizontal one, as well as a 12-inch driver display. The ventilation buttons have also been moved to the screen, meaning there are barely any physical buttons. There is also a new 22-speaker, 960-watt audio system with active noise canceling that offers the best listening experience at home or on the road.

The car now has Multi-device Bluetooth, wireless and USB-C fast charging for every passenger with enough power for your laptop provide even more connectivity and convenience. At the back, there is a secondary screen to allow gaming from any seat.

The battery pack now has a new module and pack thermal architecture allows faster charging and gives you more power and endurance in all conditions. And as per most Teslas, the cars all have Auto Pilot, Auto Lane change, Autopark and Summon.

Prices start at £83,980 for the Long Range, whilst the Plaid and Plaid + start at £110,980 and £130,980 with deliveries due to start in 2022.

Boeing Defiant X – USA’s new Black Hawk

The UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter is being replaced. Boeing is due to introduce the Defiant X, its revolutionary new helicopter for the US Army.

The new aircraft is an advanced utility helicopter and air assault weapon system that can fly low and fast, land quickly, deliver soldiers to the objective area (known as the “X”) and get out — all while evading the enemy in complex terrain.

When comparing it to the old Black Hawk, the Defiant X can fly twice as fast and twice as far and considered to be  most maneuverable and most survivable military helicopter in history.

It has a coaxial rotor system and a pusher propellor allowing the Defiant X to operate at high speed yet maintain its low-speed handling, perfect for surviving high-threat air defence environments. This is also aided by the retractable landing gear, reducing overall drag on the helicopter. the Defiant X has also been future proofed by incorporating fly by wire flight controls, potentially allowing it to be flown autonomously.

DEFIANT X has been purposefully designed for the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Air Assault competition, a top modernization priority, and will revolutionize the way the Army meets threats in 2035 and beyond.

KEF reveals Mu3 True Wireless earbuds

KEF in collaboration with Ross Lovegrove, Welsh artist and industrial designer has announced its new noise-cancelling earbuds – the Mu3 Noise Cancelling True Wireless Earphones.

Tuned by the same team that create the award winning Hi-Fi systems, the ear buds feature active noise cancelling with up to 24 hours of use from the charging case with built-in wireless charging. It is capable of getting one hour of listening from a quick five minute charge.

It features a splashproof design and bluetooth 5.0 connectivity allowing the earbuds to connect to multiple devices at the same time. The earbuds will be going for £199 and will be released soon.

Sondors Metacycle

Sondors has cut its teeth on making cool ebikes from folding ones to downhill mountain bikes. The team has now ventured into the electric motorbike segment with its Metacycle. And it follows the same visually appealing style that the rest of the ebikes have.

The Metacycle features the brand’s exclusive cast “exo-frame” with a sleek, narrow profile, beyond anything previously available. The frame gives it a low and light profile weighing in at just a shade over 90kg, with an integrated, ergonomic saddle.

As the phone has now become as important as an appendage, the Metacycle features an integrated compartment with a transparent cover and wireless charging, so you can ride free with the option of staying connected.

It features a 4kW battery linked to a permanent magnet, alternating current hub motor providing a peak of 130 lb ft on to a top speed of 80mph for up to 80 miles on a single charge.

At the moment it is available in three finishes – Supermassive which is a stealthy black, Arctic which has the frame and wheels in a bold white or Naked Silver which is aluminium. It is available for $5,000 and you can reserve your spot for $100 which is refundable. Deliveries are due to start in Q4 2021.

Razer Project Hazel: CES 2021

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for 2021 was a virtual event and a number of the products that were presented were typical – TVs, new chips etc but one brand, Razer brought something to help in this COVID-19 limbo we find ourselves in.

Project Hazel is the world’s smartest face mask. Razer has been proactive in the fight against COVID-19, including the conversion of its manufacturing facilities to produce certified medical masks and the donation of 1 million surgical face masks. The natural progression from building disposable masks was to address the increased emphasis on hygiene and preparedness for unexpected health risks, while enhancing the features of a multi-use personal protective covering.

The mask concept design has a clear casing so people can see current facial cues like smiles or simply to allow people to lip read. If it is dark, interior lights activate to allow the mouth to remain illuminated. It is fitted with N95 medical-grade respirator protection using detachable and rechargeable active ventilators and Smart Pods that regulate airflow for optimal breathability. Its high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) Smart Pods filter at least 95% of airborne particles and have a high fluid resistance.

As with most masks, issues around being heard clearly tends to force people to remove the mask and better annunciate. However, Razer is incorporating VoiceAmp Technology (patent pending) that uses a built-in microphone and amplifier to enhance the user’s speech for clear communication while staying safe in social situations.

The silicon-lined smart mask delivers comfort with active air cooling and regulation, bringing in fresh air and venting out CO2. The result is an air-tight seal from its adjustable ear loops, permitting custom sizes for a secure fit that keeps from obstructing the mouth.It also helps avoid fogging up up glasses.

The mask comes with a wireless charging case with a UV light which kills bacteria and viruses as the mask charges.

Frama T-Lamp: MUST HAVE

Desk lamps tend to be mainly functional objects but every once in a while a design comes along that is functional and beautiful. The Frama T-Lamp is just that. Built by Frama, a multi-disciplinary design brand that creates lifestyle objects that inspire the senses and encourage mindful living, based out of Copenhagen.

The T-Lamp has a simple mechanism that allows the top of the lamp to be tilted allowing for the user to direct light at different angles, making it versatile in different environments, not just the home office.

Crafted from brushed steel or brass, it is available in three finishes – raw brushed steel, powder coated brushed steel in white or brushed brass. It has an integrated dimmer allowing the user to dim down the LED to set the mood or brighten it up when you need to flood something with light.