November 27, 2018
Tech + Gadgets: Metropolis Holiday Gift Guide 2018
This week, Metropolis’s editors are revealing our picks for the best design-minded gifts.
No holiday gift guide would be complete without a technology selection. From cutting-edge 360-degree cameras to beautifully-designed travel power adapters, we’ve striven to select gift candidates for the reluctant Luddite and gadget enthusiast alike
With a retro-futuristic design, this new Polaroid camera can satisfy the deepest cravings for arty nostalgia. It’s lightweight (14.4 oz) and comes with a rechargeable battery, but be warned—film is sold separately.
Hay for Sonos, $229
Danish furniture and housewares company Hay is bringing its minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic to consumer electronics company Sonos. The results speak for themselves: This limited edition speaker comes in five chic colorways and supports Amazon Alexa voice control.
Google Home Hub, $99
Morning weather forecasts, calendar reminders, thermostat and light controls, Google’s omniscient web search, Youtube—these are just a few features available through the Google Home Hub. The device, which naturally includes a built-in speaker, uses the voice-activated Google Assistant feature to manage all its apps and features.
Insta360 ONE X, $399.95
Now that everyone has a digital camera embedded in their smartphone, what’s the next frontier in amateur photography? It very well may be Insta360: A tiny camera that easily takes 360-degree images and video in high resolution. The newly-released Insta360 ONE X can capture 100 frames-per-second and includes its own video editing app to boot.
Architects and designers are often flying the friendly skies, though they’re usually forced to carry a haphazard collection of dull gray power adapters. Not so with this colorful set from the MoMA Design store—it works in over 150 countries and includes two handy USB ports.
This turntable celebrates The Beatles’ White Album with a stark white design—perfect for any audiophile with minimalist tendencies. Though be warned, this item is currently available for pre-order and will ship mid-December.
Grace La on Eileen Gray’s E-1027 Table