More like a portable streaming TV than a tablet, Samsung’s massive 18.4-inch Galaxy View delivers 1080P resolution and a streaming home screen (similar to what you see on Roku or Apple TV) customized with Android 5.1 software offering shortcuts to services like Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and YouTube. Its built-in 5700 mAh battery provides 8 hours of video playback.
Pico is the automatic coffeemaker of brewing beer. Using pre-made ingredient kits called PicoPaks, it couldn’t get any easier. You pour in the pak, add water and wait. 5-7 days later, your beer is done & you’re a home-brewer. Another funded Kickstarter.
So it’s not really an igloo. Everything else about it seems legit though: Garden Igloo is a multipurpose, all-season outdoor shelter in the form of a geodesic dome. At 11-feet in diameter and 7-feet tall, it is big enough for lounging with a few friends, planting your garden, hiding from her mom, etc. Made of materials that are recyclable & won’t rust, it can be self-assembled using no tools. An optional canopy is available.
In addition to looking smooth & industrial, these sleek concrete cubes can serve multiple functions in your space: stool, cabinet, storage, display. The Plus Collection leaves the uses up to you, offering 3 different sizes and unlimited custom configurations.
The RX-S601 5.1 channel network AV receiver from Yamaha is well-equipped for home theater & networked home audio. It features the brand’s Sonos-like multi-room wireless MusicCast system as well as high resolution audio support & 4K passthroug plus built-in Pandora & Spotify as well offering AirPlay, DLNA, & bluetooth with a bonus. In addition to streaming bluetooth audio, it can also send the signal back out to bluetooth-enabled speakers of all sorts.
The Max360 radar detector uses app-enabled voice alerts & 360º protection to keep you from getting that speeding ticket. It features front & rear antennas to scan for signals & comes pre-loaded with Escort’s exclusive DEFENDER nationwide database of active red light and speed camera locations.
A portable wind turbine power station will allow you to generate your own power in places beyond the grid & in places where solar won’t work. At just 1.5 pounds, the smallest model is truly portable and will charge your iPhone 6 three to four times via efficient, Li-Ion batteries. Larger models will charge your electric car & home.
Classic Japanese bag maker Porter is celebrating its 80th year by collaborating with sportswear specialist Stone Island on a collection of three bags: a backpack, a Boston bag, and a shoulder bag. All are made of lightweight Polypropylene Tela in bold Marine Blue.
iRobot’s new Roomba 980 robotic vacuum cleaner is now wi-fi connected, allowing you to schedule cleaning remotely via Apple/Android apps. It also features a new floor tracking sensor and lo-res camera for advanced digital mapping. While older models could clean 2 or 3 rooms before a recharge, the new 980 will vacuum the whole house before rolling back to its dock.
Many watchmakers have a hard time keeping it simple. Not Filson. Their Scout Collection manages to offer solid function & refined details without ever veering into Jewelry-For-Men territory. Understated, military-inspired styling and a variety of finishes, all with Horween leather bands. And all made with Shinola movements, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.