The SmartHome kit from LittleBits makes it easy to program and automate everything in your home. The cloudBit lets you connect pretty much anything to the internet. The kit also includes an MP3 player, a temperature sensor, and an IR transmitter. With instructions for 14 different projects and 11 accessories to help build them, the kit enables you to do anything from create your own smart thermostat to hack into random devices and connect them to your home.
The HeatSync collection from Brunton will keep you warm when the cold kicks in. These portable, battery-powered body heaters include an under-the-jacket heated vest, a Bench Warmer to combat a cold keister at the football game, the Hot Seat camp chair, and The Zone, a multi-use heater for anywhere immediate warmth is needed.
The Qlipter is a new kind of carabiner that does more than just clip your water bottle to your backpack. The design features a hinged hook you can pop out to hang your stuff just about anywhere. It’s made of aircraft aluminum and can hold up to 50 pounds.
Sony’s compact, prosumer A7 just got a serious upgrade. The new Sony A7 Mark II now features 5-axis stabilization to compliment its full-frame sensor. Other improvements include a bigger & better grip with re-arranged buttons, plus video options pulled over from the A7s. Available in December.
The rigors of travel make a man thirsty. Equip yourself for the journey ahead by bringing along this travel cocktail kit from Stephen Kenn. The zip-up case of canvas and leather contains 9 empty bottles, a mixing spoon, and a book containing instructions on how to pack the kit for different types of trips plus 15 different cocktail recipes.
You’re too busy. You don’t have time to raise and lower the blinds, so let your iPhone do it. RISE is a solar-powered device that turns your regular window shades into smart shades. The device mounts simply to your shade and the App tracks habits and schedules automation for all the windows.
Sick of pulling it out all the time? With Flic you can just leave your phone in your pocket. Flic is a wireless button you can set up to do all kinds of tasks, like controlling lights, snoozing a phone alarm, playing music, screening calls, and triggering the camera in your phone. With its simple Android & iOS app, you can program it to do lots more, too.
Zippers were invented in the 1800s, time to update. This luggage features a fast, not-going-to-blow-open zipperless design. It is also GPS-enabled so you can track it while you travel. The carry-on size features USB charging with a rechargeable battery pack and all Trunkster luggage comes with a 5-year warranty. Another funded Kickstarter project.
The Moto Guzzi V7 has become a popular candidate for customization and apparently the iconic Italian brand is encouraging it. They’re now offering 4 distinct factory custom kits with high-quality Italian-made parts: The Dapper, The Dark Rider, The Scrambler, and The Legend. From tins to exhaust to bars and performance parts, these kits give you everything you need to make it your own.
Designed & built by Canadian craftsman Tom Chudleigh, Free Spirit Spheres are ewok-style treehouses made to hang suspended in the forest canopy—putting its inhabitants up in the trees, making for a unique wilderness experience that minimizes human impact on the environment. The Spheres are made of wood and coated in fiberglass for a waterproof exterior. Inside there’s a kitchen, bed, and all the comforts of home.