This is the week. Anticipation is building. In two days, The Grommet will be hosting the 2014 Product Pitch at Fenway Park, where eight product finalists will pitch to a panel of experts for a chance at the grand prize.
Every week leading up to this one, I’ve been writing and featuring roundups of different Grommet Galleries, which will all be showcased at the Grommet Garage at our exciting community event. This week’s Grommet Gallery of hacks from The Grommet are tech hacks for the geek in you.
These aren’t your typical tech toys. One was made using some really cool technology and it looks great on a desk. One is for you to put together, but the fun doesn’t end there. There’s even one for group play -- or group jams, specifically. They’re all tech hacks, which mean creative solutions -- whether for art, music, or photography. You’ll see.
1. Cut Maps: Stainless Steel Table Maps ($30)
Think laser cutting technology has no place in the art world? Well, check out this tech hack for art. Created by a mechanical engineer using CNC Precision technology, these laser cut maps depict a birds-eye view of your favorite city and its street. They’re a beautiful exploration of the intersection between technology and art.
2. COOKOO: Connected Watch ($129.95)
The day that my smartphone can beam notifications into my head will be the day I can rest easy. Or maybe not. That’s just creepy. Cue the COOKOO watch -- it’s a bluetooth watch that connects with your smartphone to subtly ping you alerts about incoming texts, calls, emails, and social media messages. No more awkward phone checks.
3. Tokyo PowerShovel: The Last Camera ($49.95)
This is a toy camera that actually works. A throwback to the past, this 35mm analog camera actually includes interchangeable lens -- 22mm or 45mm. And it’s DIY, which means you’ll have fun learning the inner workings of an analog camera before you run off to capture the world.
4. Outdoor Technology: Turtle Shell Speaker ($129.95)
For geeks who like to take their music on the road, this dust and shock-proof and water-resistant wireless speaker is bluetooth-enabled with a built-in mic. It fits in the palm of your hand and can stream audio up to 10 hours on a single battery charge. Tunes by a waterfall? No problem.
5. speeCup: Voice-Enabled Bluetooth Speaker ($129.95)
For geeks who take their cars everywhere, tunes are a voice command away. This portable bluetooth speaker fits in any standard size cup holder. Designed for hands-free convenience, it responds to gestures or voice commands that allow you to easily play music or talk on speakerphone in the car, home, or office.
6. POKKETMIXER: DJ Mixer ($99.95)
If you’ve got beat in your blood and find yourself want to DJ at any social setting, you’re in luck. This mobile DJ mixer allows you to mix two music libraries together. Just plug it into two audio devices, connect to a sound system, and you’re ready to mix music -- no batteries required for a makeshift studio.
Looking for the next great products? You may find them at The Grommet’s 2014 Product Pitch. Mark your calendars for the 3/20 Boston.com live stream of this event!
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.