Ideally, we’d love to move away from bringing in too much plastic into our homes. Although wood isn’t traditionally considered a material for tech, it’s showing up in a variety of boutique tech accessories. Not only does a wood finish provides a warm tactile, organic feel, but by using different species it also offers a variety of unique colors and finishes that plastic can’t compete with…
MoMA I Dear Wooden Cube Speaker This tiny cube speaker is made of real wood but regardless of the”mini-me” size, it produces tiny rich sound and even includes a USB connector for charging and a standard jack for line out, so you can connect it to any audio source.
Jonas Damon Alarm Clock For iPhone This beautiful iPhone Dock is made of sustainably harvested new growth beech wood. Kind of mimicking the old GE flip phones from the 60′s and 70′s. Just place your iPhone or iPod Touch running your favorite flip clock app and you are ready to go. Allows your device to be charged while docked and it’s pretty cheap too.
MJOLK Business Card Case We know that these are not gadgets per se, but these wood card holders are made out of Oak and precision made in Japan. A total minimalistic approach that we think it will make a great gift for the “green” friend or family member. Now, you can make a positive impression while pulling out your business cards at the next CES.
Areaware Torch A very simple and eco friendly design. Made of Beech Wood, uses energy efficient LED bulbs for long lasting performance. The tail cap unscrews for battery replacement and also acts as an on/off switch. One thing for sure, you won’t be hiding this flashlight in the bottom of your tool’s drawer. Requires easy to find AA batteries. For $32, you can’t go wrong with this gem. While the light output is not “tactical grade”, it’s enough to get you out of a dark situation.
By Joel Pirela.
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