Music Box If cloud speakers are the way of the future, this one sets the bar sky-high.
Listen up, audiophiles: Wireless, cloud-connected hi-fi has arrived, and it comes in a 10-inch cube. The small but mighty OD-11—designed to release sound from the top so that it bounces off walls, ceilings, and other objects to single-handedly fill a room—is a reimagination of Stig Carlsson’s 1974 classic of the same name. This new-and-improved speaker is making a sonic boom thanks to its 100-watt amplifier, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4 LE technology, and ability to stream tunes from the cloud via Spotify Connect or AirPlay. You control the listening experience down to the bass and treble with the free companion iOS app or browser-based equivalent. Hear, hear! $900
Five Degrees Why pen introductory emails when you can send a short video that accomplishes the same thing? That’s the thinking behind this networking tool. Simply select two contacts from your address book and tap record to break the ice. When you’re finished, Five Degrees will email the clip and respective contact info to both parties as well as cc you. Free; iOS (Android coming soon)