This is it. The Star Wars toy that will likely be the most coveted during the holiday shopping season. Colorado-based Sphero built a smartphone controlled BB-8 droid. Like the one you’ve seen rolling around in the upcoming Episode VII trailer. They’ve packed a ton of personality into this one as evident in the above video.
Made of rugged waxed sail cloth, this durable indoor/outdoor blanket measures 60” X 72” and features cotton twill insulation plus brass corner grommets for staking it down & a nylon strap for rolling it up to transport. Made in the U.S.A.
Italian cycling brand Campagnolo knows a thing or two about mechanical advantage. Created by the company’s founder in 1966, the oversized Big Corkscrew applies decades of Italian engineering & design wizardry to the popping of bottles.
Nest made a new thermostat that’s bigger and smarter. It’s got a larger, hi-res display that senses your presence from further away, so it “wakes up” when you’re across the room. It also sends out alerts if there are issues with your furnace as well as retaining all the functions of previous models.
TarDisk adds valuable storage space to your MacBook. Made of aluminum to match your Mac, this little nugget slides right into the SDXC port to provide flash storage and boost your machine’s built-in hard drive up to 256 Gigs.
In places where it rains (not here in SoCal), you see all the moms under umbrellas wearing Hunter’s knee-high rubber rain boots. But now Hunter has built a new, more rugged line just for men. The Hunter Field boots feature a softer rubber compound, waterproof zip closures & Vibram soles.
Online clothier Jack Threads teamed up with Burton snowboards for the creation of this vintage-inspired daypack. The top-loading Annex pack is made of water-resistant canvas & features internal laptop & tablet compartments as well as a pair of exterior pockets & padded shoulder straps.
Instead of filming everything that passes in front of the camera, like a GoPro, the graava is a smart camera that uses artificial intelligence to film only what it thinks you’d want it to film; the cool stuff. It uses 5 different sensors to determine what is interesting, dynamic, and worthy & creates an automatically edited highlight reel while also retaining the unedited clip as a backup.
The minimalist Starnettle knife from Connecticut’s Ragged Mountain Knifeworks is an everyday utility knife that’s 7 inches long with a 3-inch cutting blade shaped from a slab of American made 5/32″ D2 tool steel stock. A fully funded Kickstarter.
Based in sub-Saharan Africa, Oliberté works with African craftsman for the creation of their original, handmade, & Fair-Trade leather footwear. They’re also making gear bags and packs. The Tan Pullup pack is made entirely of Ethiopian leather & features a top-load design with internal pockets, a reinforced bottom, & a 15” laptop sleeve.