Top 10 Technology Posts of 2022
The most popular technology posts for 2022 seem to reflect our readers’ strong interests in keyboards and caffeine. But also in this year’s mix are technological solutions thoughtfully executed to filter the air we breathe, playback vinyl (and also keep our record collections neatly stored away), and even a concept device that might bring back memories of a bygone time when you might have pecked away on a word processor or even a typewriter. Check out all of the most popular technology posts for 2022 below…
If you’re a fan of the terminal-style keyboards in Severance, you might want to check out the thick and wonderfully tactile Keychron Q3, a heavy duty 75% mechanical keyboard layout with screw-in stabilizers, south-facing RGB, ANSI/ISO layout, and hot-swappable design. In short, satisfyingly old school in build and feel.
Italian designer Jody Del Bianco’s concept e-ink input device Flowo offers the antithesis of today’s constant barrage of distractions delivered by notifications, texts, and emails: a keyboard inspired device with a roller-shaped e-ink display attached, a cylindrical screen mimicking the action of typing onto paper as once was the norm.
Coway’s Airmega Icon air purifier designed in partnership with Yves Béhar’s fuseproject exemplifies how even a large home appliance like an air purifier can be thoughtfully designed to not only openly live within a space without detracting from aesthetic sensibilities, but even count a net positive as a design object. And to sweeten the deal, this air purifier adds a very useful, if not unexpected feature: wireless charging.
Sonos has yet to deliver their own seamless wireless solution for vinyl playback, but this sleek and minimalist 2-speed, belt-driven turntable from a revived audio heritage brand makes a compelling argument there’s no need to wait because the solution is already available. The Victrola Stream Carbon may sport an old school moniker, but it comes accredited with Works with Sonos certification, and looks every bit a turntable of today.
The Nuphy Air60 slim, low profile 60% layout design is all about taking up as little space on the desk as one might hope from a mechanical keyboard, while also delivering a satisfying combination of touch and sound via three key switch options that you have to hear and feel IRL to truly appreciate.
Not every mobile device should have to be categorized as a flagship effort to be notable. Case in point: the Nothing Phone 1 is unabashedly a mid-tier smartphone, but one designed to standout from the crowd, thanks to its LED-illuminated translucent case. The light show isn’t merely eye candy; the Nothing uses those LEDS to notify when specific contacts are trying to reach you, for app notifications, or to show battery charge status.
When is a $1,200 transparent acrylic chassis turntable a “modestly priced” option? When it is the most affordable piece in a select collection of audio components celebrating the 60th anniversary of an audiophile brand.
Like many good designs, graphic designer and Toneoptic founder Fabian Geyrhalter’s solution began with a sketch of a simple cube with a surprising (and literal) twist. The Toneoptic rpm was conceived to help store and display his own 1,666 records collection, with an elegantly inventive storage system suggestive of the turntable itself. The design also rated as the most popular Home Furnishings post of 2022!
The Actoplus concept by Chinese design studio Suosi Design is as elegantly shaped as it is clumsily named, a lightweight cordless wet-dry vacuum cleaner with a gently tapered cylindrical silhouette with built-in cleaning water containment units that pare down controls to the bare minimum.
And the most popular technology post of 2022 is…
The xBloom design team rightfully recognizes a great part of the appeal of coffee is the relaxing rituals associated with preparing that first morning cup. They’ve designed a coffee capsule machine that retains a small element of user preparation while gladly also taking the guesswork out of preparing a perfect cup. The machine regulates water temperature, pressure, flow, pattern, and ground weight for you, and does so with biodegradable sugarcane fiber coffee capsules, while only really requiring a modicum effort on your part to ensure a great tasting serving of your favorite whole roasted beans.