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Design-notes

Art deco lends timeless flair to the digital age

Author JACQUELINE DETWILER Photography Ted Morrison

IMPROVE EVERYWHERE
The latest generation of electronics makes everything easier

1 Don’t make the mistake of dismissing Parrot’s new Zik headphones as merely another comely electronics accessory designed by the omnipresent Philippe Starck. Wireless connectivity and a touch-sensitive control panel on the right-hand earpiece make these much more than just a pretty face.
$399 / www.parrot.com

2 Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay A3 is, yes, another dock meant to amp up Apple’s sound, this time for watching movies on the iPad. The difference is that the BeoPlay A3 can change its sound orientation to complement either vertical or horizontal playback. And, well, it was designed by Bang & Olufsen.
$549 / store.beoplay.com

3 Pocket-sized DSLR equivalents have been all the rage for several years now. In the NEX-5N, Sony’s particular improvements include a large low-light Exmor sensor and a surprisingly useful and intuitive tiltable touchscreen.
$700 (with lens) / store.sony.com

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