Kneeling down & drinking straight from the stream is not advised: it will turn you from a happy camper into a dual-spout human geyser. And no tent-mate deserves to witness that. By killing 99.99% of bacteria, protozoa, & bacterial disease, Vapur’s BPA-free, flat-pack filter bottles mean Montezuma’s Revenge won’t ruin your trip weekend in the woods. Available Spring 2013.
The Automatic plugs into your car’s data port and wirelessly links your car to your smart phone. It uses the phone’s GPS to remember where you parked; it monitors your car’s engine health, tracks your driving habits, & in an emergency it will also call authorities & notify family.
Until that inevitable day when the YOLO Multi-tool is launched, we’ll keep ourselves in the game with the WTF keychain. This pocket-size titanium tool has the soul of a throwing star but it’s really a wrench that fits standard 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, & 1/2″ heads plus metrics in 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 11mm, & 13mm.
A pack of science lab lushes created a smartphone-controlled liquor-slinging robot that can accurately and efficiently mix hundreds of cocktails. We just hope this team of geniuses didn’t forget to make the robot a good listener and a heavy-handed pourer. And what about tips?
Hail. You know, that precipitation in the form of ice pellets? In certain regions this stuff does serious damage to cars and property. If you’re unlucky enough to reside in hail country, this external, inflatable airbag for your car will protect against the damaging effects of hail. If a tornado drops from the sky, you’re on your own again.
Award-winning war photographer Tim Hetherington survived embedded tours in Afghanistan’s Korangal Valley (aka hell on earth) for the making of the acclaimed documentary Restrepo and his book Infidel, only to be killed in 2011 by a mortar blast while covering the Libyan Civil War. Journalist Alan Huffman tells Hetherington’s story; a life dedicated and ultimately lost to showing war for what it really is.
If you survive to see your 160th birthday, you’ll celebrate, too. Swiss watchmaker Tissot is turning 160 and to make it special, they’ve created an anniversary timepiece. The Heritage Navigator Automatic is a remake of a model first made to commemorate their centenary back in 1953. Like all good designs, the styling of the classic chronometer looks just a good now as it did 50 years ago. Available November 2013.
From a distance, Porsche’s racetrack-ready 2014 911 GT3 looks a lot like last year’s model. But on closer inspection we see a re-designed rear fascia and a rear end that’s 2 inches wider to accommodate 20-inch wheels. There’s something else going on back there, too: active rear-wheel steering. Maybe this will keep the 475 horses from breaking loose.
Drinking a good cup of coffee doesn’t need to be a complicated, 10-step process requiring Pyrex lab equipment. The simplicity of these coffee drippers from Kalita takes making your morning Joe back to basics. Drop a paper filter into your stainless, ceramic or glass dripper, add coffee, hot water, and in minutes it’ll fill your cup with the good stuff.
A quick cruise around the Kickstarter site will offer plenty of proof that you’re not the only one with weird ideas floating around in your head. The difference between you & them: they’re putting theirs ideas into action. Really, where else can you find solutions to things like “wimpy refrigerator magnets”?