You may have seen Amber Lu strutting her stuff on the catwalks for Hermès, Karen Millen, Stuart Weitzman, Betsey Johnson or Benetton, or working with known brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Wella. You might also recognize her from her appearance on the catwalk for designers from the hit television show Project Runway. But who is this glamazon and what is she about? We met with Amber who was sweet enough to answer a few short questions for us, so we could get to know her a little better. A dazzling doyenne*, Amber is charismatic and exudes a warm presence that makes one instantly feel at ease around her.
Not only did we learn that Amber is a Boston based designer, fashion model, and photographer, but that she’s also an avid activist. She began her career as a fashion model while in her young teens when her family moved to the City of Boston, Massachusetts, where she developed her portfolio working for numerous high fashion brands. Amber’s career in modeling has taken her around the world, doing runway shows in the most revered fashion cities, including Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. However, when she gets a day off from striking a pose and walking the runway, Amber puts her energy towards something that is near and dear to her heart, philanthropy and charity work. Amber has worked for numerous charities and covered a wide range of missions, but one that is very important to her is animal rescue. She uses her visibility in the fashion industry to educate her audience about rescue animals and the need for responsible pet ownership. She’s a big fan of adoption and believes, without a doubt, that 'Rescue is the New Breed'.
Get to know more about the Boston-based designer and read our quick Q&A below:
How do you start your workday?
Light treadmill workout then I like to go for a walk with my sweet senior rescued miniature poodle, DinDin J
Start early or stay up late?
Definitely stay up late. I tend to come up with some great photography ideas for Amber Lu Design late at night.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the morning but I prefer green-tea at night.
What gadgets are essential for you to get through the day?
My cell phone for sure!
Best thing about your work?
Constantly meeting amazing and fun people. There’s never a boring moment!
What is your favorite area in the office?
My desk. That’s where all the magic happens.
An effective way to stay motivated?
Skype home to see my sweet little dog DinDin.
If you were sent to a deserted island and could only take 3 items with you, they would be?
Can I cheat and say my dog? Mobile with unlimited amount of battery, just in case there’s service (I’m a geek at heart!), and a lighter to make a bonfire.
Favorite travel destination?
Los Angeles and Hong Kong are my two favorite places.
Flea markets, you can always find amazing and unique things.
What are you reading right now?
Fifty shades of Grey, LOL!
Favorite female role model?
Joan Rivers, she’s fabulous.
Which quote resonates with you most?
“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”
Secret to staying one step ahead?
Get a good nights sleep.
Favorite technology/app/gadget and accessory?
Cell phone, iTranslate, and the Amber Lu Design cases for sure!
Future project you’re excited about?
My upcoming photography projects and my next collection for Amber Lu Design.
*doyenne: feminine version of a badass leader
We’re delighted to announce that not only have our new BuddyPhones InFlight been presented with the renowned A' Design Award, but our BuddyPhones Explore have also been granted the coveted Bronze A’Design Award in Baby, Kids' and Children's Products category — given to the top 10% that exhibit excellence in design.
A' Design Award and Competition is the worlds' largest design competition awarding only the very best designs, concepts, products and services. The A' Design Award is not just an award, it is the indicator of quality and perfection in design, and is recognized worldwide. The awards aim to highlight the best children’s product designs and concepts worldwide, creating global awareness for good design.
As you know, our BuddyPhones are about sharing and safety. Realizing there were few safe options on the market for kids, we decided to give parents a peace of mind and provide a safe sound solution with our volume limiting headphones that keep noise levels down to WHOs standards and have the option of multiple kids sharing one device. Traveling with kids is seldom hassle free and served as a motivation to create BuddyPhones InFlight, headphones that withstand being crammed into backpacks in chaotic situations, and offer a 3-volume setting of 75db, 85db and 94db to tackle noisy situation such as travelling by airplane, allowing parents to control the volume depending on environment.
Both our BuddyPhones Explore and BuddyPhones InFlight are designed to be used by kids of all ages, anytime, anywhere. They are approved by parents, and enjoyed by kids. Having two of our products marked as a winner by the international judging committee of the A' Design Awards, amidst a great number of submitted designs, is truly an honour and a great recognition.
We would like to give a big thank you to all our supporters, friends, family, and colleagues. Last but not least we would like to thank the parents and kids who buy, use and love our BuddyPhones. We designed this product for you, and we couldn’t have gotten to where we are without you.
Our popular BuddyPhones have gotten an upgrade!
We’ve just rolled out a new edition to add to our BuddyPhones family - so get ready for fun travels with In-Flight BuddyPhones. You can pre-order the In-Flight BuddyPhones now until 1 April 2016 and get free shipping on your order.
As the name indicates, the In-Flight BuddyPhones are designed specially for airborne little travelers, to enjoy their trip, share with buddies, and buy mom and dad (as well as the newlyweds back in row 52C) a little peace and quiet. Traveling with kids is seldom hassle free, and it served as a motivation to create durable headphones that will withstand being crammed into backpacks in chaotic situations, and allow parents the flexibility to control the volume depending on the environment.
While our original BuddyPhones feature a built-in, volume limiting circuitry that caps the sound automatically at 85 decibels, which is the level recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for kids, the new in-flight version features a three-volume preference settings of 75db, 85db and finally an option of 94db flight mode max safe volume, to be used for high noise levels on airplanes.
The In-Flight BuddyPhones feature a child-proof pill bottle switch that resembles the function of medical bottle safety cap that can easily be adjusted, by an adult, depending on the child's age and surrounding noise level. The volume can be adjusted to three different setting of 75, 85 or 94db. While 94db is great to tackle louder situations, the lower volume of 75db is viable for children with sensitive hearing, attention deficits and/or autism.
The In-Flight BuddyPhones are exceptionally durable and bendy and will be none the worse for wear if grandpa accidentally sits on them. The headphones can be fully adjusted to different sizes, and come with five sets of fun, colorful stickers as well as blank ones allowing kids to design their own. The In-Flight BuddyPhones also feature pillow-soft ear pads and cushion for maximum comfort while traveling, and come with a detachable BuddyCable system that allows up to four audio cables to connect to one device, for easy sharing, as well as flat cable design for less entanglement and lower chocking risk. This travel edition has a special two-prong plug for airplanes, foldable handles for easy packing and comes in an inclusive travel bag.
The In-Flight BuddyPhones are designed specially for travelling children with sharing and safety in mind, and to make air-travel time for the family a bit easier. We are proud to be extending our product range and hope that our new In-Flight BuddyPhones will make air-travel time a breeze for the family. So make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position, that your seat belt is correctly fastened and enjoy the new In-Flight BuddyPhones.
Every business traveler will have a trick or two up his or her sleeve for surviving life on the road. From scoring upgrades to packing a mini sized deodorant, anything that can make the hardships of jet setting around the world a bit more tolerable, can be a true bliss. As every seasoned business traveler knows, one of the essential tricks of traveling for business is packing light. Along with developing a solid packing strategy - traveling with light, small devices and gadgets that are easy to carry and operate is essential.
Sound Cover is dedicated to making life on the road easier, and is a great solution for business travelers looking to enhance their presentations. Sound Cover is an ultra-thin and lightweight smart cover for iPad, featuring built-in flat panel stereo speakers that offer powerful, high quality sound, allowing you to turn your tablet into a mini sound system. The built-in iPad speakers usually face away from the user, diminishing the sound, whereas Sound Cover is positioned so it emits sound directly at the user for richer audio experience. When playing presentations or music, the difference in decibels between Sound Cover and the built-in speakers can be as much as 400%, while maintaining audio fidelity - which works great for those marketing conferences, training courses, business presentations and product launches. Sound Cover’s ultra-thin and lightweight design makes it easy to travel with and operate; simply clip it on to the back of your iPad, once you prop up the cover it will automatically sync with your iPad and you’re ready to go. Once your presentation is done, simply close and slip into your briefcase – it doesn’t get much easier.
When it comes to traveling for business, preparedness and planning are you best weapons. Much like a Boy Scout, a business traveler has to be ready for anything, anytime and that’s why we designed Sound Cover. Its technology offers a powerful sound that will make an impressing presentation, while its compact and light design will fit snugly in your carry-on. All you need to worry about is slipping it in your kitbag, along with other critical elements for a business presentation (iPad and a change of socks and undies!) so if you have to head straight to a presentation from the airport, you’ll have everything you need.
By Kate Farr
Anyone with young kids will tell you that the little darlings’ developing motor skills coupled with a tendency to play rough can add up to endless trips to the bin with what were once much-loved toys. By that logic, it may seem sensible to opt for cheaper products since you’ll most likely have to buy a replacement every few months anyway. But this can often be a false economy – financially, in terms of safety and for the environment.
Take product safety, for example. Fragile electronics are extremely dangerous for children who may not appreciate the potential hazards of frayed or exposed wires, loose screws or sharp edges. Toddlers, in particular, have a disconcerting habit of putting everything in their mouths, which can be frankly terrifying for any parent discovering their little cherub chewing on a battery. Spending a little more on something a little more durable can take away some of this worry and allow you to give your child a little more freedom.
Buying quality also typically means buying once. This is a great cost benefit to parents as, when it comes down to it, a durable product means less time spent reaching for your wallet to shell out for replacement products. Even if the original purchase is a little more than you’d usually spend, it’s usually an investment, as you’ll earn back this value in extended use.
Which brings us to the larger perspective. Well-made products are far more environmentally friendly as their increased duration makes for less waste. According to the United Nations University, 92 billion pounds of electronics were discarded globally in 2014 alone. In a time of deteriorating climate conditions and global warming, innovators are now pooling resources to create the most sustainable products possible. One of the most environmentally beneficial acts that we as consumers can undertake is to prolong each product’s lifespan instead of throwing it away and purchasing a new item every couple of months.
BuddyPhones tick all three of these boxes, predominantly as they are built with both children’s needs and their parents’ in mind. Small touches such as flexible arms that are less likely to snap the headphones are sat on or dropped; a cable measured to an appropriate length to prevent tangling when thrown into a backpack and designed to be safe for a child when draped around their neck. And with BuddyPhones being endlessly customisable with the included stickers, your kids won’t may tire of their headphones as their might with other gadgets, meaning they’re more likely to see regular usage.
A safe, fun product that saves parents cash and helps to protect the environment? That’s what we call a win-win!
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As adults, we have a tendency to amp up the volume when listening to music in a busy space – whether it’s to drown out the constant sound of renovations from the neighbours upstairs, the thunderous vibrations of the subway, or simply just getting into the groove when listening to your favourite song (cue the chorus of “oh Mum, you’re sooo embarrassing!”). Often we don’t realise that we’ve maxed out the sound until we try to crank it even higher still. But upping the volume comes at a cost.
Researchers warn that exposure to volumes higher than 85 decibels is unsafe, yet many digital devices produce sound levels far higher than that. Take the common MP3 player for example; many popular models produce volumes of up to 105 decibels, which can lead to a higher risk of hearing loss after just a couple of minutes’ exposure. So if exposure to loud sounds in such close proximity to our eardrums isn’t good for us grown-ups, what about the developing aural systems of our kids?
Just as construction workers protect their ears with earplugs or earmuffs, onanoff created BuddyPhones for little music-lovers. These volume-limiting headphones keep noise levels down to World Health Organisation recommended standards and look cool to boot.
While most headphones on the market allow you to crank up the volume as high as your phone, MP3 player or tablet device will allow, the BuddyPhone’s unique circuitry prevents the sound from increasing beyond a maximum 85 decibels. This gives you peace of mind that no harm will come to your child’s sensitive eardrums without having to wrestle their headphones away in order to monitor the volume yourself.
And safety features aside, BuddyPhones are as cute and as comfortable as they are practical. They come in six different crowd-pleasing colours, complete with stickers to customise, and, as with any headphones, are plushly padded with synthetic leather cushions and extendable sides that are designed to fit the arch of your child’s head comfortably, meaning no complaining throughout their favourite film. If you have more than one child at home and they have trouble sharing, (and let’s face it, they often do!) then the ingenious BuddyCable audio splitter allows up to four kids to share one device squabble-free. As it’s built-in you’ll never have to worry about losing it – a huge bonus when travelling!
So if you’re looking to give your kids the freedom to develop their own musical taste without fear of ringing ears, snap up a pair of BuddyPhones and let the music play.
onanoff, the experts in functional smart gadgets have brought to life everything you imagined you could have for your iPad. Introducing the onanoff Sound Cover, the only iPad Cover you’ll ever need. Designed with the need for freedom in mind, Sound Cover 2.0 is a smart cover that features built-in flat stereo speakers, offering powerful and high quality audio, and can increase your iPad’s volume by up to 400%. With a battery life that lasts 15 hours and a sophisticated built-in microphone, it is ideal for Facetime, conference calls and straight up conversation. This intelligently design iPad cover maximizes the use of your iPad for those on the go!
WHAT IS SOUND COVER?
Sound Cover is a unique iPad Air smart cover with built-in flat stereo speakers that offers powerful and high quality sound and can boost the iPad's volume by up to 400%.
Its ultra-thin and lightweight design makes it perfect for any tablet user. It protects the iPad on your travels, making it a truly rocking companion. Once opened it syncs automatically with your iPad and you’re ready to experience impressive sound with your favorite device. Currently, it is available for the iPad Air while more tablets will be included to the development in the future.
onanoff is holding a sweestakes until 10th of June. For those interested please check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/onanoff to enter our sweepstakes for some cool prizes!
onanoff has a lot of exciting products coming out soon. Next week we will finally release the highly anticipated Dock Minimal, a universal tablet Stand / Dock that will work with almost all tablets on the market. The Dock Minimal has been getting a lot of positive early buzz, here is a recent review for the Dock Minimal:
Here is an explanation video for the Dock Minimal.
Next product to be released after the Dock Minimal will be the UltraSleeve, a highly functional clamshell case for Ultrabooks. It will have some really exciting new features never before seen in laptop cases.
Pictures and Product features coming soon!
And finally one of our most popular item to date are the Leather Skins for MacBook Air, but this time we've upgraded the Leather Skin for MacBook Pro 15 and 13 inch respectively. These Leather Skins will bring true life to your MacBook Pro, the Leather Skins will be released in late May. A short video showing off the Skins can be viewed below.