After looking at new low-tech objects that caught our eye this year, we'd be remiss not to cover the new hi-tech-laden objects that continue to define our modern world. Within these, it's not difficult to spot current trends in the behavior of both consumers and businesses--and not all of it is necessarily positive.
As independent, non-studio-bound content producers continue to grow, traditional microphone manufacturers haven't kept up. German design firm SMAL's Jester Microphone has features designed for podcasters, YouTubers and musicians that don't have a sound engineer handy, but still want professional results.
Another sign of the times, perhaps literally, is Timex bringing back their 1980s-style T80 digital watch. The way that they mean "digital" is almost quaint. I think a good chunk of people are getting sick of today's technology, and it's no wonder that we're looking to the '80s for cues.