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There are headphone amplifiers, and then there’s Fiskar’s 88. Designer Edouard Urcadez took the liberty of utilizing the Fiskar brand on this here concoction, which features an unorthodox form factor, larger-than-life volume / tone knobs, an array of rear outputs and a Made in Finland badge. There’s no theoretical specifications to simmer on, but the inclusion of speaker outputs leads us to believe that we’re looking at a dual-stage amp or one with far more power than most headphone pushers. We’ve never actually seen an inanimate object cry for production, but we’re going to stare at the image above a bit longer just in case. There’s a first time for everything, right?
We love a Lensbaby lens as much as the next hipster, but if there’s one thing the Optic Swap system isn’t, it’s fast. Switching out aperture plates is a royal pain, and for those looking to simply capture moments as they happen, it’s a system that simply doesn’t work. The company’s apparently aiming to fix that with the introduction of its first 35mm optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture. The Sweet 35 select focus optic requires but a twist to change the aperture, and in turn, the “sweet spot.” ‘Course, you’ll still need to find yourself adequate light (or boost your ISO / slow your shutter) before stepping that aperture value up too high, but at least now it’s easier than using a magnetic tool to fish one plate out and drop another in. The lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.5 and steps all the way down to f/22, and it’ll focus down to 7.5 inches from the front of the lens. The downside is that this particular optic isn’t compatible with current 37mm Lensbaby accessories, nor will it function with the Composer with Tilt Transformer for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras. Still, for $180 it’s easily the most practical thing the company has ever delivered, and we definitely hope this is just the beginning of a trend it intends to push.
Alain Mikli, for those of you (and us) who didn’t know, is a highly regarded designer of eyeglasses. LG, as we’re all aware, is a 3D-peddling purveyor of HDTVs. Marry the two together and the offspring is a rather fetching set of 3D goggles, built out of “select metals,” and featuring a co-patented nose bridge and perfect weight balancing for the utmost in user comfort. LG promises to let us play around with the new eyewear at CES next month, which we’ll be more than happy to do — telling you about the eventual price tag, on the other hand, probably won’t be such a pleasant experience. More imagery of the specs and the full press release follow after the break.