Frank Zappa once said that the world won’t end in fire or ice. The other possibility: it will end in nostalgia. That probably has naught to do with Nikon’s new DF, an advanced digital DSLR with a full-frame sensor designed to evoke the golden age of square, clunky, knob-laden 35mm cameras of the early 1980s. Until its release next month shutterbugs and retro fetishists will be squirming in anticipation.
A dune buggy snuck into the hangar and crossbred with an ultralight aircraft. Nine months later the engineers yanked out the SkyRunner. Yup. A flying car. It drives and flies using a 1-liter EcoBoost engine which gets it off the ground quickly, and up to 15,000 foot elevation at 55MPH. Should this motor quit mid-flight, you’ll float gently back to earth with the reserve chute.
Normally not a lot changes when the new Ducati Monster 1200 drops every year but 2014 is different. This year the iconic Italian bike goes from its old, air-cooled V-twin to the water-cooled Testastretta 11º motor used in the racy S4/S4R and it also gets a larger 17.5-liter fuel tank.
ICON has mastered the art of vintage looks and modern drive. The Thriftmaster was inspired by the 1947-53 Chevy 3100 five window classic pick up but of course it features all new guts under the sheet metal. A fuel injected supercharged aluminum emissions equipped V8, ABS four wheel disc brakes, Bison hide seating, navigation, et cetera.
Every day some random brand releases a new wireless speaker but when Bang & Olufsen does the unveil, they always bring something new. All three of their new Beolab speakers—the smaller, full-range 17; the 18, an update to the iconic Beolab 8000; & the 19, a dual-driver sub—feature better-than-CD quality sound: B&O’s higher resolution 24-bit as opposed to standard 16-bit sound.
DJI’s Phantom Quadcopter quickly became the go-to heli drone for aerial filming with GoPro cameras. The new, improved Phantom 2 offers better battery life, a camera stabilizing platform plus a HD video camera that let’s you see the action from your mobile device.
The former NASA designer who created the space-age Cricket Trailer now has a new one. The Firefly is an even more compact ultra-lightweight camper pod designed to fit in the back of a pickup, on a travel trailer or it can be heli’d into remote locations. It’s got enough room for all your gear and plenty of space to sleep 2. via
With 120-square feet of floor space plus screened windows & doors and a full-height ceiling, this tent is more like a Cordura cabin. It’s built to sleep 8 but will be perfect for just the two of you.
The father and son team who developed the Voyage-Air foldable neck guitar have now teamed up with the iconic Fender guitar brand to produce their classic Dreadnought acoustic with their travel-friendly design & it fits perfectly into their carry-on approved backpack.
In the same way that cyclocross diversifies the cycling experience by taking riders off idiot-filled roads & into the dirt, all-terrain motorcycles can do the same. And if more builders start doing conversions like this dirt-slinging 1199 Panigale S from Portland Ducati dealer MotoCorsa, the woods could soon be filled with the sweet music of Italian exhausts. via