Seldom seen on U.S. soil due to a costly taxation imposed on ‘work’ vehicles imported from Europe since 2003, Volkswagen’s iconic Transporter van has nonetheless been in production & updated all along. The latest 6th-generation California model is the modern VW van we all dream of, complete with the iconic pop-top and deluxe camper interior. Will it ever come to the states? It’s a very distant maybe … but there’s always gray market.
Toylander makes kid-size electric car kits for dads who pretend they’re buying the true-to-life mini trucks for Junior. Choose from a Land Rover Series 1 & 2, Scout, Mayfair, or TL3 Army Jeep. These kits include every part from tires to tailpipe & take up to 60 hours to build.
After several years of sameness, BMW has decided to update their outdated flagship 7 series. Starting with a new structural design called Carbon Core comprised of a blend of steel & carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, they’ve shaved 200 pounds off this luxury barge. Available in the States with either a turbo 6 or a 2-liter hybrid powerplant, the series also features an assortment of fresh technologies like the new iDrive touchscreen with gesture-controls and a crazy, touchscreen key.
Since 1917, The U.S. Navy has relied on the accuracy and durability of The Chelsea Deck Clock to synchronize its fleets. Now this same clock has been made exclusively for Best Made by Boston’s Chelsea Clock Company. It features a hinged bezel for access to the winding arbor for the clock’s weekly winding.
Sony’s a7 RII brings pro-camera features to the compact category and the heart of this new camera is its incredible sensor, a back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS with a 42-megapixel resolution and an ISO sensitivity of 102,400. This technology makes the a7 RII the world’s first digital camera to offer in-camera full-frame format 4K recording capacity.
The new Leica Q is a fixed-lens prosumer camera that features a 24 MP full-frame sensor and super-bright and super-sharp 28mm f/1.7 prime lens that can also shoot macro. Switchable frame lines for both 35mm & 50mm cropping help add range to the limits of the fixed lens design.
June is a high-tech countertop oven. It has a quad-core NVIDIA K-1 processor, a 1080p HD camera & it’s wi-fi & app connected. All these features make it easier to cook for yourself, as in, the camera watches your Bagel Bites so they don’t burn & sends you an alert when they’ve reached optimal golden-crispyness. Now you’re a chef.
Looking less like something that belongs in the basement and more like the elegant centerpiece for the modern man-cave, the PURE foosball table features a sculptural thermo-formed shell, oak legs and top, and chromed steel players. She might allow it.
Bigger, better, more. You get all that your photography demands in the Phase One XF camera system. It offers massive 14-stop dynamic range & super-high resolution with its medium-format sensor, which is more than 2.5 times larger than a standard DSLR sensor. It shoots 80MP stills in 16-bit color with a full range of available Leaf Shutter lenses, and features a new patent-pending and fully controlled autofocus system, called the Honeybee Autofocus Platform, or HAP-1.
The amphibious vehicles from England’s Gibbs Amphitrucks switch from freeway to off-roader to river-runner with the push of a button. The Humdinga model travels at highway speeds & does over 30MPH on water with room for 7. The larger twin-diesel Phibian model can carry up to 15 people & can be set-up with a custom cargo configuration.